Manassas, VA

Meet some of the Manassas Faculty

Dr. Brian Abdul-Karim

Campus Dean

Dr. Brian Z. Abdul-Karim, affectionately called "Dr. Z," is an inspirational speaker, writer, coach, educator, and administrator. He's published five books on personal transformation and self-leadership and has taught over 20,000 people throughout his career in federal government agencies, educational institutions, corporations, and community organizations.  
Dr. Z has served as an entrepreneur, a corporate trainer, and adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland University College, and National Louis University. He's currently the campus dean at Strayer University's Manassas Campus.

Steven L. Holeman, Sr.

Associate Campus Dean

Mr. Holeman holds a bachelor's degree in psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology from Elon University, a Juris Doctor degree from Regent University School of Law, and a master's degree in government with a concentration in political management from Regent's Robertson School of Government. He has worked for the Durham Housing Authority, where his leadership led to his selection on the International Who's Who of Professional Management. He's currently an associate campus dean and full-time faculty member at Strayer University's Manassas Campus.
Always involved and ready to contribute, he's also a proud member of Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honor Society), the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers, the National Rifle Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Prince Hall Affiliated Masonic Lodge #825.

Professor Marty Jackson


Professor Jackson has been an adjunct professor since 2004, concentrating on corporate finance. In his “day job” he serves as the Advanced Technology Integrator (ATI) for Marine Corps Intelligence Programs at Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) in Quantico, VA. Prior to his work for the federal government, he spent eight years in early-stage private equity (venture capital), first as a director at The Redleaf Group and following on as a partner with Milestone.

Mr. Jackson began his career in the United States Navy, serving in various intel roles, primarily with the submarine fleet. Mr. Jackson has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University and a master’s degree in business administration from The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. When time allows, he is a wine enthusiast and avid outdoorsman. He lives in Northern Virginia with, as he says “several plastic plants and piles of unopened mail.”


Paul J. Hutter

Paul J. Hutter currently serves as general counsel for the TRICARE Management Activity (TMA). Prior, he served as the chief of staff of the Veterans Health Administration in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). His long-standing career at VA includes serving as chief of staff for Secretary James Peake and as chief legal officer, where he advised the secretary and managed a staff of 700 throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Additionally, he has served as the Chief Operating Officer for a Department of Defense team to transition the interim government in Iraq (the Coalition Provisional Authority) to a U.S. embassy. In 2011, he was called to active duty to assist with the development of a military commission process to support the Global War on Terrorism. Prior to this, Mr. Hutter was a civil litigator in private practice in Honolulu, HI.

Mr. Hutter is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he served as an infantry officer and judge advocate for 30 years. He attended the University of Santa Clara Law School and has a master’s degree from Pepperdine University and LLM from The Judge Advocate General's School. He is a member of the bar of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Hutter and his wife, Mary, reside in Virginia. Two of their three sons are Naval aviators and their eldest is a chef in Washington, DC.


Dr. Jane El-Yacoubi

Associate Campus Dean

Dr. Jane Biddle Merritt El-Yacoubi is a full-time professor and associate campus dean. She comes from a historically prominent family in Philadelphia, PA, and now resides in Fairfax, VA. Dr. El-Yacoubi has been teaching political science and humanities classes at Strayer for 12 years, winning Strayer University’s Donald Stoddard Faculty Award of Excellence in 2007 and 2008.

Dr. El-Yacoubi views the world through a political and artistic lens, possessing a PhD in Political Science and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from University of Colorado, Boulder. Her areas of expertise are U.S. government, international relations, Middle Eastern studies, and the fine arts. She has traveled and lectured extensively throughout the Middle East and is fluent in Arabic and French. Her unique perspective and world view benefits her students, friends and colleagues.

Nancy James


Ms. James has a bachelor’s degree in arts from California State University and a PhD from the University of Virginia. When she’s not teaching, Ms. James works as a professional writer. Her academic specialty is French history, having published at least 10 books on this subject, the most recent being The Complete Madame Guyon (Paraclete Press, 2011). She also writes on other subjects and at times works in journalism. Dr. James teaches English and writing at Strayer University and enjoys the interactive relationship she shares with her students. 


Professor William (Bill) Reid


When Professor Reid is not a Strayer adjunct professor of criminal justice, he provides financial compliance-consulting services through his own consulting business. This has kept him busy since his retirement in 2008, after 28 years in federal law enforcement. As the agency director of internal affairs for a division of the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Reid directed field operations, serving as the special agent in charge of the Philadelphia and Washington, DC, field offices and as national manager for several investigative programs. Subsequent to his federal career, he was appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia to serve as the supervisory magistrate of the Northern Virginia Region. Later, he lived and worked in New York City as a compliance director for Citibank. Professor Reid holds a juris doctor degree from George Mason University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in education from George Washington University.

Dr. Rasool Nafisi


Dr. Nafisi has taught sociology at Strayer University since 1988. He served as humanities chairman for five years and associate dean for seven. For his dedication to our university, he’s received multiple awards, including 2011’s Excellence in Scholarship. Dr. Nafisi is an academic expert on Middle Eastern affairs. His latest book, Abarqu Reminisced, a collection of short stories in Farsi, was published in February 2013. He has also co-authored a number of books, including The Middle East: A Guide to Politics, Society, and Culture (Sharpe Publications, 2012); Engagement, Coercion, and Iran's Nuclear Challenge (USIP, 2010); and The Rise of Passdaran (Rand Corporation, 2009).

Dr. Nafisi is a regular contributor to news agencies and journals, such as Voice of America, Radio Farda, and the BBC. He is often tapped for analysis and insight from the likes of The New York Times, Reuters, and the Associated Press. Dr. Nafisi has a law degree from Tehran University and a PhD from Florida State University. 

Professor Kathleen Miller


Born and raised in the Colorado mountains, Ms. Miller moved to southern Arizona with her Army husband, where her two daughters completed grade school and entered high school. She then completed an associate’s degree at a local community college before transferring to the University of Arizona, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general biology. After a hiatus of a few years, in which she assisted in raising three granddaughters, Kathleen moved near Southern Illinois University, where she earned a master’s degree in biological sciences. Following a three-year teaching position at a community college in North Central Missouri, Kathleen moved to Virginia to live and work near her family.

Ms. Miller currently teaches biology classes at Strayer University, Northern Virginia Community College, and Valley Forge Christian College. She spends her time with family, in her painting studio, playing the piano, or reading. It’s no surprise to any of her students that this professor relishes sharing her love for life-long learning with her students and colleagues.

Judge Richard B. Potter


Judge Potter is a circuit court judge for the 31st Judicial Circuit of Virginia. Prior to his election, Judge Potter practiced law for 16 years, specializing in civil and criminal litigation with the firm Compton, Compton and Potter. He has been certified as a diplomat of judicature by the American Academy of Judicial Education and lectures extensively at prestigious institutions such as Oxford University and the Institute for Magistrates in Paris. He has been an adjunct professor at Strayer University for more than 15 years.

Judge Potter’s professional affiliations include more than 25 years of membership and service in the American Judges Association and the American Judicature Society, and more than 40 years of membership in the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Prince William County Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and his juris doctor degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law. 

Professor Thomas Major

Professor Major has been an adjunct professor for Strayer computer students for more than 10 years. He is also retired from both the U.S. Navy and Electronic Data Systems (EDS).

Professor Major has assessed countless IT projects for correct System Design Life Cycle (SDLC) and Program Management (PM) methodology processes, and he has taught the system life cycle. His experience with Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) processes exceeds 20 years. In addition, he has worked intensively with corporate consulting groups, targeting company business objectives and government contracting offices. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Strayer University and a master’s degree in information system and engineering management from George Washington University. 

Professor Richard L. Hendershot


For more than 15 years, Professor Hendershot has been teaching accounting and religion courses for Strayer students. He is licensed to practice accounting in Virginia, DC and Maryland, has 29 years of experience as a certified public accountant and is deeply dedicated to community involvement.

Mr. Hendershot is affiliated with the Greater Washington Society of CPAs (technical committee); Heritage Foundation (controller); Prince William-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce (chairman, treasurer); Prince William Health System Foundation’s board of directors (chairman); Leadership Prince William (co-chairman, treasurer); Manassas Rotary Club (chairman, treasurer); Prince William Parks Foundation (treasurer); Prince William Symphonic Orchestra (treasurer); American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants; and National Association of Tax Professionals (speaker). 


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