Antioch University Midwest (AUM) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members over the past year to its Board of Trustees. Becka Rowland Buckley, Susan Hayes, and José “Rafi” Rodríguez will generously share their vast professional and civic experience with the AUM community and help shape the future of the university and its goal of serving adult learners to help them advance personally and professionally.
The new board members are:
Becka Rowland-Buckley (Appointed September 2014) – Rowland-Buckley is the Director of the Workplace and Facilities Management Solutions (WFM) Practice within the Transportation and Infrastructure Strategic Business Unit for Serco North America. At Serco, which is one of the world’s leading service companies, Rowland-Buckley leads a team of business and technical professionals that assists customers with business process re-engineering, selecting and implementing software to solve facility-related challenges, and managing the resulting organizational change. She has diverse and extensive experience in management consulting, strategic planning, change management coaching, and customer relationship and team building.
Rowland-Buckley’s formal education includes a BA in business management from Antioch University Midwest and an Associate of Applied Science, Concrete Engineering Technology from Clark State University. Her professional experience ranges from serving as chief of facilities management for the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFP in Dayton, Ohio to managing complex client relationships at an executive level for notable client organizations that include Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Capital One, and Smithsonian Institution.
A thought leader, author and speaker, Rowland-Buckley regularly shares her expertise in business, logistics and facilities engineering, leadership, and team building with professional associations and organizations. She is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the International Facility Managers Association (IFMA), the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), buildingSMART Alliance and IWMS (Integrated Workforce Management Systems) Connect. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County (Ohio).
Susan M. Hayes (Appointed December 2013) – Retired health care executive Susan M. Hayes has served in a number of health management positions in greater Dayton for more than 30 years. Her roles have included Vice President of Long Term Care Services/Post Acute Services at Community Mercy Health Partners, Senior Vice President/CEO of Friends, Mercy Siena Woods, Chief Operating Officer/Administrator, Englewood Care Center, Program Director, Seminole Villa Care Center, and Director of Vocational Evaluation, Goodwill Industries.
Hayes volunteers her leaderships skills for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce as chair of the Leadership Dayton Board of Governors, is a board member of the Montgomery County Families and Children First Council, Co-chair of Positive Living for Special Populations, Chair of the Frail Elderly Community Review Team (Human Services Levy), and is an active member of the Dayton Rotary Club.
Her previous community commitments include serving as past board chair at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce on several committees, past president of Dayton Catholic Social Services, a Miami Valley Health Improvement Council board member and chair of two committees, chair and member of Goodwill Easter Seals of the Miami Valley, chair and judge for Dayton Rotary, a Dayton Rotary Foundation board member, and several other leadership roles throughout Greene and Montgomery Counties.
A candidate for PhD in Leadership and Change at Antioch University, Hayes has completed seven courses in Conflict Analysis & Engagement at AUM, participated in Mercy Leadership Challenge in 2001, and holds a Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science from Wright State University, and a BA in psychology from the University of Detroit where she graduated Cum Laude.
She has been recognized extensively throughout the community: 2013 Volunteer of the Year, Leadership Dayton, 2010 Distinguished Administrator Award, 2004 Life Time Achievement Award, ACHCA, 2001 Dayton Daily News Top 10 Women, 1998 Sam Walton Business Leaders Award, and 1997 Mercy Health System Sponsor’s Recognition, among others.
Hayes has published articles entitled “Successful Business Leaders,” “What Being the Boss Really Means,” “An Ethical Dilemma in the Long Term Care Setting, Holistic Medicine,” and “Teams Make a Difference.” She has been quoted in Five Heads Are Better Than One and quoted repeatedly in 50 Great Management Ideas.
José “Rafi” Rodríguez (Appointed May 2014) – Retired United States Air Force Colonel and current President of Rodriguez Financial Strategies, LLC, José “Rafi” Rodríguez is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez where he obtained a BS in Chemistry. A Distinguished Graduate from the United States Air Force ROTC program, he received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1978. He later obtained a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Masters of Science in Systems Analysis from the University of West Florida.
After culminating his successful military career in March 2004, he then pursued a career as a Financial Advisor and now presides over Rodríguez Financial Strategies, which focuses on comprehensive financial planning for professionals, small businesses and affluent clients.
Rodriguez is passionate about guiding professionals and business owners on how to develop and follow a financial roadmap for living life on purpose. He routinely presents educational financial planning seminars throughout the community. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Dayton Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and as President of the Ohio Chapter of the Center for Hispanic Leadership, which provides culturally relevant educational online tools, and onsite discussion roundtables to help Hispanic professionals in Ohio lead in the workplace and advance in their careers. From 2004 to 2007, he served as Trustee and as President of the Puerto Rican Cultural Society of Dayton, a Non-Profit organization with the mission to promote the culture and folklore of Puerto Rico throughout the Greater Dayton area. And from 2007 to 2011, he served as board member and as President of the Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce—a Non-Profit organization with the mission to help the Hispanic business owners in the area with economic development and growth.
For his volunteer work in the community, Rodriguez received the 2007 President’s Volunteer Award, was recognized by the Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as the 2009 Business Advocate of the Year in Ohio and received the Supreme Award at the Ohio Hispanic Leadership Summit 2010 and with the Ohio Military Service with Distinction award. In 2010 and 2011 he served as the Chairman of the Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and since 2012 has served as the Executive Director. In 2012 Rodriguez was featured in the Latino American “Who’s Who” for his achievements in the advancement of the Latino American business community.
For his efforts, Governor Kasich appointed Rodriguez to the Ohio Minority Business Advisory Council Executive Committee to advise him on how Hispanics are taking advantage of the opportunities to do business with state agencies. He is a member of the Community Advisory Council for the Division of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement at Wright State University, and is the president-elect of the Dayton chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA-Dayton). He serves on the board of directors of the United Way of the Grater Dayton Area and is a founding member of the Kiwanis Club in Beavercreek, Ohio.