Nigel Long, M.B.A.

Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment Management

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

Nigel joins MUIH as an experienced leader with a wealth of experience of over 10 years in various areas of enrollment management and student affairs at both public and private institutions. In previous roles Nigel has created, implemented, and managed integrated recruiting and admission strategies and evaluated the effectiveness and efficiency of Enrollment Services Functions, Testing and Assessment, New Student Experience/Mentor Programs and Call Center operations. He has been successful with increasing student retention by implementing initiatives that support student persistence and graduation completion and as a leader within student affairs, Nigel has created, implemented and supported programs designed to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion as well as student safety and success.

Tita Gray, Ed.D., M.B.A., CC

Associate Vice President of Student and Alumni Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Tita Gray has over 25 years of corporate and higher education experience. She currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Student and Alumni Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at Maryland University of Integrative Health where she manages academic and career advising, career services, student support services, and all equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.

Prior to this role, she served in positions at Miami Dade College as Director of Advisement and Career Services and San Diego State University as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Director of the Business Advising Center in the Fowler College of Business. She has taught numerous business and leadership courses and has been awarded multiple Outstanding Faculty Awards.

Dr. Gray is a certified Career and Life coach and has practiced as a consultant, coaching senior executives. She is a member NACADA, NASPA, and NADOHE. She is an active advocate for LGBTQ issues, including workforce discrimination. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Baruch College in NYC, a M.B.A. from San Francisco State University, and a Doctorate of Education from San Diego State University. Furthermore, she completed the coveted Management Development Program at the Harvard Institute for Management Development. Dr. Gray has a TEDx talk called “My Greatest Fears Created My Strongest Values.” She is the author of a career planning book called Follow Your Purpose. She is a highly regarded motivational speaker, an avid sports fan, and has a cool dog named Toby.

James Snow, M.A., RH(AHG)

Dean, Academic Affairs

James Snow is the Assistant Provost for Academic Research and Academic Director of the Integrative Health Sciences Department at Maryland University of Integrative Health. He has more than 25 years of experience merging modern scientific perspectives with traditional explanatory models of healing.

Mr. Snow has worked as a clinician and educator in the field of Western herbal medicine and served as director of MUIH’s (then Tai Sophia Institute) herbal medicine program. He has conducted and published research on the cognitive effects of rosemary and the development of a questionnaire to measure wellness. Mr. Snow is a contributing author to the Gastrointestinal Nutrition Desk Reference, sits on the editorial committee for the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild, and serves as a reviewer for the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia.

Mr. Snow’s current research projects include investigation of attitudes and use of evidence-informed practice among Western herbal practitioners; the role of context effects in the effectiveness of Western herbal medicine; and exploring the construct of healing presence. At MUIH, his work also focuses on enhancing research literacy and capacity among complementary and integrative health faculty.

Mr. Snow holds a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership and Social Change from MUIH, and completed the herbal residency program at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. He is also a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild.

Melissa Cahill, SHRM-CP, PHR

Director, 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.

Director, 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.

Michelle McNear, Ph.D.

Director, 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.

Brian Lee

Executive Associate to the President and CEO & Director of Facilities

Brian Lee currently serves as the Executive Associate to the President and CEO & Director of Facilities at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Additionally, he serves as the Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees, responsible for managing the operations for the Board and each of its committees. Prior to this role, he served in positions with Virginia Tech and Prince William County, Virginia. He holds a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University, and a Master’s in Public Administration and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Public and Non-Profit Financial Management from Virginia Tech.

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., is Provost and Vice President for Academica and Student Affairs at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Dr. Sax serves as the chief academic officer and provides leadership for academic and clinical quality, assessment, and accreditation; research and scholarship; continuing education; faculty professional development; digital learning; and external academic and clinical outreach. She provides leadership for all academic programs and faculty, the Natural Care Center; the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Sherman Cohn Library.