Board of Advisors

Dennis Bernard amesite

Dennis Bernard

Chair, Amesite Inc. Board of Advisors ​
He is the founder and President of Bernard Financial Group and Bernard Financial Servicing Group (“BFG”). BFG is the largest commercial mortgage banking firm in Michigan, financing on average over $1 billion yearly. Dennis has been involved with over 1,200 commercial real estate financial transactions totaling over $18.6 billion. He specializes in both debt and equity placement with commercial lenders and institutional joint venture participants.

Patricia Mooradian amesite

Patricia Mooradian

Member, Amesite Inc. Board of Advisors
Ms. Mooradian is president and CEO of The Henry Ford, a national historic landmark that attracts 1.8 million visitors annually to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, the Benson Ford Research Center, the Giant Screen Theater and Henry Ford Academy. Previously, she held executive positions with The Taubman Co. in Bloomfield Hills. Her civic responsibilities include serving on the boards of Central MI University, University of MI Dearborn Advisory Council, National Arts Strategies, and Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. In addition, Mooradian is a Director on the Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company board. She earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Gilbert S. Omenn, MD, Ph.D. amesite

Gilbert S. Omenn, MD, Ph.D.

Member, Amesite Inc. Board of Advisors
Dr. Omenn is the Harold T. Shapiro Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan. He was previously the Executive VP for Medical Affairs and CEO of the UM Health System (1997-2002), White House Fellow at the Atomic Energy Commission (1973-74), Associate Director of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1977-81), President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, 2006), the advisory board member for the AAAS Project 2061 on Science for all Americans (1986-1996), a member of the Scientific Management Review Board for the NIH (2012-2014), and the Council of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM, 2015-2017). Elected to the NAM in 1978 and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2001. He received the David Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges for contributions to health and healthcare (2013). He served on the board of directors of Amgen, Inc. for 27 years and Rohm & Haas Company for 22 years.

Elliot Soloway, Ph.D. amesite

Elliot Soloway, Ph.D.

Member, Amesite Inc. Board of Advisors
Dr. Soloway is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is an expert in Artificial Intelligence, or AI, particularly related to learning and teaching. For the past 17 years, Dr. Soloway and his colleagues at the Center for Highly-Interactive Computing in Education, or HI-CE, a collaboration between University of Michigan and University of North Texas, have been pioneers in developing educational technologies and curriculum to support science education in grades K–12. HI-CE has helped teachers and students realize an unprecedented 15% gain in student achievement on standardized tests.

Theodore L. Spencer, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force, Retired amesite

Theodore L. Spencer, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force, Retired

Member, Amesite Inc. Board of Advisors
Ted Spencer is Senior Advisor on Admissions Outreach at the University of Michigan. Prior to September 2014, he was Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Before joining Michigan in 1989, he was an Associate Director of Admissions at the United States Air Force Academy. He is a graduate of the Military Air War College and was one of thirty-five Air Force recruiting commanders in the United States. Early in his career, he was a salesman for the IBM Corporation in the City of Detroit. Ted has presented at numerous professional conferences statewide, nationally and internationally, and has written and published articles on the college admissions process. He has received numerous awards, and was recognized as the Point Man on Diversity Defense for affirmative action in college admissions. He has previously served as a Trustee for the College Board and on the faculty for the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions. Ted holds a MS degree in sociology from Pepperdine University and a BS in political science from Tennessee State University.