Meet the Faculty
Dr. James C. Daniels III
Professor - Clear Communication, Managing Yourself at Work, and Working with Others
Dr. Daniels earned his Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership and a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Wilmington University. He also holds post-Masters certificates in Mental Health and Family Counseling. Most recently, he served as the Director of Education for the Douglass School. He is a well-respected educator and leader who has implemented innovative approaches to student learning in traditional and non-traditional educational settings.
Dr. Melanie Obitz-Bukartek
Professor - Practical Problem Solving
Dr. Melanie Obitz-Bukartek was the first professor hired at Foundry College. She helped design and has taught each of the Professional Skills courses (Managing Yourself at Work, Practical Problem Solving, Working with Others, and Clear Communication). Additionally, Melanie is an expert writing instructor, published author, TEDx speaker, and award-winning educator. As the founder and CEO of The Collegiate Writer and Unhindered Writing, she teaches people how to experience and leverage the research-based, transformational benefits of writing. She lives in Delaware with her husband, son, and two dogs. They can often be found on the Delaware beaches (even during winter) and on the tennis court.
Ms. Michelle Schumann
Instructor - Project Management Foundations
Michelle has over fifteen years of experience in various project management roles and in a teaching capacity. She earned her PMP certification in April 2016 and her CSM in June 2017. She has a Master of Science in Management and Leadership, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Administration. She has been associated with the Project Management Institute - Northern Utah Chapter since 2013 and has served on the Board of Directors for over seven years, currently serving the Executive VP of Professional Development. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling & the outdoors, specifically off-roading in her Jeep!
Ms. Debra Hunter
Instructor - Project Management in Practice
Ms. Debra Hunter holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, a M.S. in Management and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and was also a Sloan Fellow in Public Policy Management and Analysis at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is an expert in her field with more than 20 years of industry experience, having worked in local government with the cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach and for consulting firms such as Sierra Systems and PricewaterhouseCoopers. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), she regularly teaches and mentors others to contribute to the Project Management and Technology professions. She also serves on the Small Business and Job Creation Advisory Board for the 36th Congressional District of California.
Ms. Jamie Grettum
Instructor - Salesforce Admin Super Set Foundations and Salesforce Admin Super Set Skills
Ms. Jamie Grettum earned her B.A. in Social Work from San Jose State University and is a Certified Salesforce Administrator. She specializes in teaching system admins and new users the essential Salesforce skills needed to accomplish daily tasks, and has been training and consulting around Salesforce since 2010. Jamie spent a large portion of her earlier career as a Business Analyst supporting sales operations in the corporate training industry. This experience laid the foundation for understanding the unique needs of sales users and where those needs intersect with sales technology configuration.
Ms. Maria Pezzino
Instructor - Salesforce Admin Super Set Foundations
Ms. Pezzino earned her B.S. in Business Management from SUNY Plattsburgh. She has been working around Salesforce products since 2017. She is a Project Manager that helps transition firms onto a Salesforce platform as well as a member of her company's support team. Maria also volunteers her time to mentor high school women as part of the GEM (Girls Empowered by Mentoring) program.
Student & Faculty Support
Our faculty and student support staff serve important roles at Foundry College, overseeing and supporting both faculty and students to ensure academic success.
Susan Chang is the Personal Coach, providing direct coaching to our students. Susan was born in Taipei, Taiwan, spent her early childhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil and now resides in Southern California. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Business, a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology, a Certificate in Human Resources Management and is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and a MBTI Certified Practitioner. She has navigated several career transitions and has over 20 years of combined experience, most recently in higher education, career coaching, and human resources. She is passionate about helping students get the most of their academic experience as well as achieving work/life integration. When she is not working, Susan enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling.