Vincent Kiernan

Kiernan Vincent Kiernan, Ph.D. Dean, Metropolitan School of Professional Studies (202) 319-6260 
Dr. Kiernan joined the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies in June 2016. Previously, he served as an associate dean at George Mason University and Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies, where he led the university's undergraduate program for working students. He earned a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Maryland, College Park; an executive master's in leadership from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business; and a master of science in adult and continuing education from Kansas State University. Prior to his work in academe, Dr. Kiernan worked for more than 20 years as a science and medical journalist, and his academic research centers on science and medical journalism, more particularly on relationships between journalists and the scientific establishment. His 2006 book, Embargoed Science, critically examined news coverage of the latest scientific research.

LaShay Boyd

lashay-boyd-headshot.pngLaShay Boyd M.A.T
Director of Admissions and Communications (202) 319-6376  
LaShay Boyd, is the Director of Admissions and Communications for the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies. Prior to joining Catholic University, LaShay began a career in education in 2005, as an Education Consultant for Sylvan Learning Center. She continued her career at an education technology company, 2U Inc. for 4 years supporting the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education by training new staff on programs, and facilitating virtual marketing events. LaShay’s passion for education continued as a Program Director for Baltimore County Public Schools, and classroom teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools district. LaShay holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Goucher College and a Bachelor of Science concentrating in Education and Psychology.

Daniela M. Petchik

Daniela.jpg Daniela M. Petchik, M.A.
Associate Director of Records and Faculty Support (202) 319-4999 
After growing up in University Park, Maryland, Daniela Petchik started at Catholic University as an undergraduate student, and her first philosophy course changed her life. Indeed, "All men by nature desire to know." She now has a degree from Catholic University (and another one from the University of Toronto) and has been on staff here since 2013. Prior to joining the Metropolitan School family, Daniela worked in the Division of University Advancement. She loves Catholic University and enjoys sharing her passion for Catholic University with others. Daniela really loves her mission support role in MSPS, being able to act as an advocate within the University for faculty and students alike. She also follows professional baseball, particularly the Baltimore Orioles, and is a big fan of charity 5Ks and intramural sports. Another of her hobbies is flower arranging.

Chad Smith

Chad.jpg Chad Smith, Esq. Director of Legal Programs (202) 319-4389 
Chad Smith joined the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies in October 2017. He has been a licensed and practicing attorney in the South Florida area since 2009. Mr. Smith earned a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Florida and J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Previously, he was adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern University and Brown Mackie College – Miami. Over the last 8 years, Mr. Smith has taught several courses in the areas of Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice, and General Education. In his role as Director of Legal Programs, Mr. Smith looks forward to establishing the Paralegal Program as a mainstay at the Catholic University and helping to provide students with support and guidance to further their academic and legal careers.

Jean-Luc Nshimiyimana

jean-luc.jpg Jean-Luc Nshimiyimana, M.Ed Academic Advisor (202) 319-6667 
Jean-Luc began a career in education as a research/teaching assistant in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UT Arlington and he joined the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies in March 2018. Prior to joining MSPS as the Admissions Coordinator, Jean-Luc worked as a Curriculum Design with the University of Management and Technology. Additionally, he served as Coordinator/Educational Advisor for TRIO-Upward Bound Programs, helping low-income and first-generation college students make a successful transition from secondary to post-secondary education. Jean-Luc holds M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy and currently pursuing an M.A in Policy and Finance in Higher Education.

Twila Lindsay

Twila Lindsay, Ph.D Assistant Dean(202) 319-6375 
Dr. Twila Lindsay joined the Metropolitan School of Professional studies in October 2018. Prior to joining The Catholic University of America, she served as a Campus Dean at Strayer University for several campuses in the Metropolitan area. In addition, she served as a Research Psychologist for the Department of Transportation, and CEO for a Residential Treatment Facility for Youth. Dr. Lindsay was an adjunct instructor at Montgomery College, the University of the District of Columbia and Strayer University where she taught several courses in the field of Psychology. Dr. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Master’s of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology, concentration in Human Development, from Howard University.

Cierra Dillon

Cierra Dillon Assistant to the Dean(202) 319-5808
Cierra Dillon graduated from Catholic University in 2018 with a B.S in Biology. She joined the Metropolitan School family in 2019. Prior to working at the Metropolitan School, Cierra worked as a Research Assistant in the department of Biology. In her undergrad she worked in the department of Disability Support Services and the Office of the Controller at Catholic University. Cierra is passionate about helping others and worked at Anne Arundel Hospital in Labor Delivery in 2015. She wants to continue her education and encourage others to do the same. 

Michael Harris

Michael Harris Assistant Director of Communications & Outreach(202) 319-4805
Having an adventurous undergrad experience attending multiple universities across the east coast, southeast and mid-west regions of the United States, Michael has dedicated his career goals to the advancement of higher education. Michael joined The Metropolitan School of Professional studies in July of 2019, serving as the Assistant Director of Communications & Outreach. Prior to being hired at The Metropolitan School of Professional Studies, Michael was a Student Success Advisor for MBA students at 2U Inc. partnering with American University. It is Michael’s goal to live out his personal mission statement within his role: “To propel the visibility and accessibility of higher education across socioeconomic statuses; transcending generations by providing moral, just and reliable leadership.” 

Shannen Gora

Shannen Gora Admissions Coordinator(202) 319-6087
Originally from northern New Jersey, Shannen Gora joined the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies in June 2019. She enjoys her role as the Admissions Coordinator, getting to know students and assisting them in their pursuit of higher education and advanced degrees. Shannen graduated from Catholic University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics. While pursuing her BA, she interned at numerous institutions around DC and completed a Parliamentary internship at the House of Commons in London. Following graduation, she joined the Democratic Party of Wisconsin as a field organizer for the 2018 midterm elections. She is currently working toward an MA in Congressional and Presidential studies from Catholic University. ” 

M. Jean Russell

M. Jean Russell, Ph.D. Business Development Associate(202) 319-5256
Dr. Russell joined the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies in full-time in May 2020. She began teaching for Metro in 2010, and in 2015, she received the School’s Outstanding Professor Award. Her academic accomplishments include her role as dean-level administrator for Saint Louis University and Webster University, and distinguished faculty at St. Louis Community College, University of Missouri- St. Louis, Fontbonne University, University of Colorado, Washington University, and The Catholic University of America. She earned a Ph.D. in Foundations of Education, a Master’s in American Studies and a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Communication, cum laude, from Saint Louis University. Her Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies, from Webster University, focused on Criminal Justice and Juvenile Law. She will use her collaborative style and comprehensive understanding of curriculum to improve all aspects of global education.