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Meet some of the Washington Faculty

Dr. Trenace Richardson

Campus Dean

Dr. Richardson holds a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from Elizabeth City State University, a master’s degree in divinity from Howard University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University. 
Dr. Richardson serves as the campus dean for Strayer University’s Washington Campus. She firmly believes that students are able to flourish in a compassionate, creative environment filled with high expectations and plentiful support.

Dr. Evangeline Jefferson


Dr. Jefferson holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems management from Potomac College, a master’s degree in business administration from Strayer University, and a doctorate in education with an emphasis in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She began teaching in 2001 and joined Strayer University in 2005. All of her teaching experience has been in adult education.
Outside of the classroom, you might catch Dr. Jefferson out for a run, lifting some weights, or shooting some hoops. Healthy body. Healthy mind.

Professor Nancy Romero


Professor Romero is a native of the Poconos in Pennsylvania. She has a master’s degree in information systems and completed additional coursework in business administration and marketing. She is taking courses at the doctoral level as well. Ms. Romero has been teaching with Strayer for a number of years, and in her spare time, she enjoys walking, gardening, and mowing grass.

Dr. Joel Nwagbaraocha


Since 1994, Dr. Nwagbaraocha has served Strayer University in a variety of leadership positions, including Interim President (2006-2007) and Provost and Chief Academic Officer (2007-2010). He is now Provost Emeritus and teaches business courses at the Washington campus. Every year, in recognition of his many achievements, a faculty leadership award in Dr. Nwagbaraocha’s name is given to a faculty member who demonstrates superior engagement and leadership in academics.

Dr. Ryan Poirier

Vice Provost

Dr. Poirier’s career has focused mainly on higher education administration, where he has championed student success, development of engaging learning communities, and getting to the heart of excellent instruction. As the Vice Provost in the Office of Faculty Affairs, his current role allows him to ensure instructional excellence in online learning environments. Dr. Poirier’s research and professional positions explore the intersection of student identity and motivation for success, and he works with his faculty to instill these values in their teaching.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in government and his secondary education certificate from Connecticut College in 1996. Dr. Poirier continued to The Ohio State University, where he earned a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration and a PhD in educational psychology.

Dr. Wesley Phillips


Currently the Campus Dean of the Fredericksburg campus, Dr. Phillips enjoys engaging with students in the classroom and online and has developed several teaching and learning models. He delivers theoretical and practical knowledge for personal and professional success though his business, criminal justice, computer information systems and security, and homeland security classes. Dr. Phillips is a former Special Agent and United States Marine. He is also a publisher, musician, martial arts practitioner and instructor, certified personal trainer, and business owner.

Dr. Phillips earned his PhD in management, a master’s degree in management: concentration in information systems security, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration: concentration in information technology from Colorado Technical University. He also earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Florida Metropolitan University.

Dr. Christy Karnes

Assistant Dean

Dr. Karnes is currently serving as Assistant Dean of the Washington region and previously served as Campus Dean of three Strayer University campuses. She has won various awards and recognition for her teaching, has been featured in Cincinnati Magazine as an Outstanding Educator, and has been nominated twice in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

She earned her master’s degree in English from Xavier University. Dr. Karnes then earned her PhD in English in 2003, followed by a master’s degree in Teaching in 2010, from Miami University. She has enjoyed teaching writing and literature on the university level since 1996.

Dr. Tressa R. Shavers

Associate Provost

A native of Michigan and an educator for more than 15 years, Dr. Shavers is passionate about creating a positive, engaging classroom experience. She has extensive senior-level management experience in corporate, nonprofit, and higher education institutions, and she currently serves as an Associate Provost, leading the academic leadership team for Strayer University’s Washington region. She believes education is the gateway to opportunity and considers it an honor to equip her students with the tools necessary to be the leaders of today and tomorrow.

Dr. Shavers earned a bachelor’s degree in political theory and constitutional democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University. She also holds a master’s degree in higher educational administration from Michigan State University. As a working adult, she earned an MBA and a Doctorate of Management from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Shavers enjoys playing basketball, singing karaoke, and spending time with her husband, son, family, and friends.

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