Advisory Board

  • Barbara Fowler

    Barbara Fowler is a global marketing leader with a broad range of experience, both in international and domestic leadership roles. During her 30-year career with Prudential, Fowler served as both a field and a home-office leader. In her last assignment, she was in charge of sales and leadership training and development for Prudential International Insurance where she worked extensively with the Asian, European and South American operations.

    Fowler has provided leadership training to managers and executives all over the world. She has taught courses in cross-cultural management at Rutgers and in leadership training for women at The American College. Barbara conducts workshops on various topics with client companies.

    Her educational background includes an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and a Business Administration degree from Wittenberg University.

  • Steven Shapiro

    Steven Shapiro is Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Prior to being appointed to this position in 2005, he had been the Chairman of Pediatrics and Chief of Staff at Roper Hospital. Steve attended undergraduate college at Rutgers College, where he also received a Master’s of Science degree in Genetics. He then earned his DMD at the College of Dental Medicine. After a clinical fellowship in Medical Genetics, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. After four years, he returned to Charleston and enrolled in MUSC’s College of Medicine and received his M.D. degree. He continued his training in Pediatrics at MUSC and became an Assistant Professor in the school’s Medical Genetic Division in the Department of Pediatrics. In 1992, he left MUSC to form Low Country Genetics in Charleston, a private practice dedicated to Medical Genetics.

  • Carol B. Aslanian

    Carol B. Aslanian is Senior Vice President for Market Research at EducationDynamics and founder of Aslanian Market Research. Over the course of a 30-year career, she has assisted nearly 300 colleges and universities to better meet the needs of adult and post-traditional students, first through the College Board’s Office of Adult Learning Services, then at Aslanian Group, Inc. and now at EducationDynamics.

    Aslanian is a national authority on the characteristics and learning patterns of post-traditional students and has made hundreds of presentations focusing on her major area of expertise – access to higher education for place-bound and time-bound students. She has assisted hundreds of institutions in developing programs that meet the needs of their constituencies, primarily working professional adult students and business and industry.

    Aslanian received her degrees from Cornell University and Harvard University.

  • Ben Brownlee

    Ben Brownlee is Vice President of Customer Support at Blackbaud, a Charleston-based software company that has served the worldwide philanthropic community for more than 30 years. Blackbaud combines technology solutions and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions.

    At Blackbaud, Brownlee and his teams work almost exclusively with enterprise-level organizations, including many higher-education institutions, by providing technical account management, software support and developer-level expertise for their online fundraising solutions and relationship management systems. Brownlee has been with Blackbaud since 2002.

    Prior to joining Blackbaud, Brownlee worked in the IT field in a variety of support, project management and leadership capacities, giving him 20+ years of IT/Support experience supporting software and hardware systems.

    Brownlee is a deeply proud alumnus of the College of Charleston, where he earned his communications degree.

  • Steve C. Warner

    Steve C. Warner is a senior strategist for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA), a non-profit economic development organization. Warner leads the CRDA’s global marketing team, using his experience in corporate brand management to integrate the organization’s competitive research, business development and marketing communications programs.

    His career includes more than 25 years in the marketing communications field, where he provided brand planning services for such global brands as Ritz-Carlton, Dow Corning, CNN and Coca-Cola. Immediately prior to joining the CRDA team, he was partner in the Atlanta marketing firm Sawyer Riley Compton.

    Warner acts as CRDA’s staff advisor to Charleston’s Creative Parliament, an all-volunteer adhocracy of professionals dedicated to helping Charleston realize its full potential as a creative community. He also serves on the Board of Directors of PURE Theatre, Charleston’s contemporary theater ensemble.

    Warner is a College of Charleston graduate with a degree in business administration.

  • Lorraine Cichowski

    Lorraine Cichowski is a long-time digital media executive, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Associated Press. While Lorraine was CIO at AP, she helped engineer their digital transformation from an analog wire service to a multimedia organization.

    Lorraine began her career as a journalist for AP before leaving for the launch of USA TODAY where she spent 18 years as a reporter and editor and founded She returned to AP in 2004 in product development before taking over the Technology Department.

    Lorraine has a law degree from George Mason University, a master’s degree in communications-public affairs journalism from American University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Seton Hall University. She served on the board of Verve, a mobile advertising company and is a member of the advisory boards of procurement platform start-up SelectHub, publishing platform start-up Bublish and the Outsourcing Institute Industry Leadership Council.

  • J. Brent Gibadlo

    J. Brent Gibadlo is Director of Real Estate Development, for MWV Community Development and Land Management. In this role, he is responsible for the development of the Nexton master planned community in Summerville, South Carolina.

    Before joining MWV, Brent was a Vice President with DPS Development Company, a developer of conservation-based communities, including the Ford Plantation, Greenbrier Sporting Club, Turks and Caicos Sporting Club and the Snake River Sporting Club.

    Upon graduating from the College of Charleston with degrees in Political Science and History, Brent went to work on Capitol Hill. During his time in Washington, D.C., Brent worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, covering Joint Taxation and International Relations Committee assignments.

    He then continued his studies at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business earning a Master in Business Administration.

  • Sue Sommer-Kresse

    Dr. Sue Sommer-Kresse has spent her entire career in higher education administration and teaching. She worked at the University of Minnesota and then at the University of Wisconsin as Associate Dean of Students and Director of a Statewide Extended Degree Program.

    Sommer-Kresse accepted the position as Dean of Continuing Education and Professional Services at the College of Charleston in 1980. Additional positions she has held at the College of Charleston include Dean of the Graduate School, Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. She retired in 2012 and currently serves as a higher education consultant.

    Sommer-Kresse has been a board member of Wachovia and Wells Fargo Banks, Roper Hospital, Center for Women, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, YWCA, and The Historic Charleston Rotary Club.

    She has a bachelor and master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.