The President’s Executive Council at Maryland University of Integrative Health unites the administrative and academic leaders in a transparent and inclusive shared governance model. This group creates strategic initiatives and manages the University’s financial and human capital to advance the University’s mission and vision.


Marc Levin, M.B.A., M.A., CPA

President and CEO, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer

Marc Levin joined MUIH in March 2008 and has served as a senior officer for every president in the history of the University. He is highly respected both within and outside the University and recognized for his integrity, authenticity, and grace. He earned his Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Social Change from MUIH under the teachings of the University’s founders and elders. Today, he is a proud alum and continues to be a strong supporter of the University’s values and culture which are consistently shown through his leadership and actions.

Christina Sax, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs

Christina Sax, Ph.D., has served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Maryland University of Integrative Health since 2016. Dr. Sax serves as the chief academic officer and provides leadership for academic, instructional, and clinical education quality, strategy, and planning; the student experience, persistence, and retention; academic advising, student support service, and career services; research and scholarship; faculty affairs and development; registrar’s office and enrollment services; the Sherman Cohn Library; online course quality and development and instructional design services; professional and continuing education; and institutional and academic assessment and accreditation.

Nigel Long, M.B.A.

Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment Management

Nigel currently serves as the Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment Management providing leadership and oversight for the enrollment management department, which includes the management of the Office of Graduate Admissions, Marketing and Financial Aid.

Nigel joins MUIH as an experienced leader with a wealth of experience of over 10 years in various areas of Enrollment Management, Marketing and Student Affairs at both public and private institutions. In previous roles, Nigel has created, implemented, and managed integrated marketing and recruitment strategies and evaluated the effectiveness and efficiency of Enrollment Services Functions, the New Student Experience and Call Center operations. As a leader within Student Affairs, he has been successful with increasing student retention, by implementing initiatives that support student persistence and graduation completion. Nigel has also been successful in creating, implementing and supporting programs designed to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion, as well as student safety and success.

James Snow, D.C.N.
Dean, Academic AffairsJames Snow is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), having served previously as the Assistant Provost for Academic Research, and the Academic Director of the Integrative Health Sciences Department and Herbal Medicine Department.Dr. Snow has worked as a clinician, educator and researcher in the field of herbal medicine. Areas of research include the cognitive effects of herbs and phytochemicals, the role of context effects in herbal medicine, and the attitudes and use of evidence-informed practice among complementary health practitioners. He is an advisor for the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and sits on the editorial committee for the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild.As Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Snow provides leadership for initiatives and ongoing activities related to academic and instructional quality for students through all phases of the academic process including curriculum development, hiring faculty, and supporting professional development for faculty.He holds a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition from MUIH, and completed the herbal residency program at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.
Michelle McNear, Ph.D.

Vice President, Natural Care Center

Dr. Michelle McNear has over 20 years’ experience in the field of public health and wellness. She holds a MS in Exercise Physiology along with a MS in Public Health and a PhD in Public Health. Dr. McNear is currently the Clinic Director at the Natural Care Center, where she manages clinical operations, marketing, and securing grant funding for future patients. Her career has focused on health care administration, clinical research, strategic planning and quality improvement initiatives. Many of her responsibilities have included design and delivery of community-based health education programs. In addition to her role as clinical director, she is currently adjunct faculty at Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Melissa Cahill, SHRM-CP, PHR

Vice President of Human Enrichment

Melissa is the Director of Human Enrichment at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She has more than 19 years of experience working in human resources. She brings experience in Human Resources in Higher Education related to recruiting and orienting new employees, serving on the Diversity Committee to implement recruitment strategies and training, leading employees benefits, developing and implementing employee wellness initiatives, and providing consultations for employee relations.

Melissa holds a M.S. in Human Resource Management from University of Maryland, University College and a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Towson University. She has earned the credentials of SHRM-CP from the Society for Human Resource Management and PHR from Human Resources Certification Institute.

Lesly Elvard, M.S.

Vice President of Information Technology

Lesly Elvard is the Director of Information Technology at MUIH, providing strategic oversight of Information Technology activities, governance and standard IT policies and procedures, resource allocation, Information Technology protocols, and leadership for the continued development of a robust, and secure IT environment throughout the University.

With a reputation for judicious use of resources—and resulting cost containment — Mr. Elvard spent 19+ years in Information Technology roles in non-profit and higher education where he led responsive IT teams that consistently delivered results by aligning technology initiatives with business goals, with substantial improvement to service delivery, standardization, and business/systems performance.

Mr. Elvard holds a master’s degree in Information and Telecommunication Systems with a Focus in Information Security from Johns Hopkins University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Networking from Strayer University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Theta Kappa.