Meet the Leadership Team

Rex Marks

Rex Marks, Norwich University’s Leadership & Change Institute Director

Rex Marks is the Director of Norwich University’s Leadership & Change Institute as well as the Program Director and faculty member in Norwich’s Master of Science in Leadership program. Rex specializes in leadership development and team building, problem solving, project/fiscal management, emergency management, and organizational development. Rex has over 30 years’ experience as an accomplished and professional law enforcement leader having served in municipalities at various ranks including Chief of Police. He holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Disaster Management. Rex is currently completing his doctoral degree in Public Policy Administration with a concentration in Leadership, Community Sustainability, and Terrorism.   

Ashley Lopez

Ashley Lopez, Project Manager

Ashley Lopez focuses on relationship building, client engagement and outreach while managing the Research and Publishing Program and facilitating annual Leadership Summits. During her time at Norwich, Ashley has also served as a Student Services Advisor, in which she assisted in the creation of an employee training program within a Learning Management System and served on several committees, including Norwich Employees Enrichment & Development and Innovation Engineering. Ashley holds a Master in Literacy and a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus in Organizational Leadership.   

Toni Raftery

Toni Raftery, Technology Operations Director

Toni Raftery focuses on implementing and managing new systems for the LCI, including the website and Learning Management System. During her 14-years at Norwich University, Toni led the implementation of three different Learning Management systems, two Customer Relation Management systems, and an Online Application system. In her role as project manager, she automated and improved operational processes, including the instructor contract process, student account process, and application process. Before coming to Norwich, Toni was an Online Marketing Manager, leading a global team for an international publishing company and was Director of Operations for a Vermont specialty food company. Toni holds a Master of Public Administration and is currently working on a Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Project Management. 

The rest of the Team

Megan Liptak

Megan Liptak

 Megan Liptak focuses on Logistics for the Norwich University Leadership & Change Institute. Megan is also the Residency Conference and Events Coordinator for Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Megan holds a Master of Arts in Military History. Megan expertly ties Norwich history and legacy of leadership through creative deliverables that brings life to the learning environment of institute events.   

Chelsea Spencer

Chelsea Spencer

Chelsea Spencer is currently the Assistant Program Manager for Strategic and Justice Studies with Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Having wrapped up her MBA in Fall 2018, with a concentration in Organizational Leadership, Chelsea’s interests lie in Social and Emotional Intelligence and how it impacts organizations. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys hiking, Cross-fit, traveling and spending time with her family.

Michael Blair

Michael Blair

  Michael Blair is currently a Fellow at the Norwich Leadership and Change Institute and is studying for a Master of Science in Leadership as well as being a student at the U.S. Air Force Air War College.  Mike is has a Lieutenant Colonel in the Vermont Air National Guard and was most recently the Director of Operations for the 134th Fighter Squadron.   I'm originally from Lake Placid, NY, attended the Air Force Academy, and was active duty for just over 12 years. 

Jennifer West

  Jennifer West joined the Norwich University in July 2017 as a Student Services Advisor for the several graduate programs. After 20 years in education, administration and education technology, Jennifer is thrilled to be a part of Norwich University’s Leadership & Change Institute and bring her experience and communications expertise to these programs. Jennifer arrived to Norwich University from California where she earned her master's degree at Stanford University, education credentialing from Santa Clara University and undergraduate degrees from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  

Martin Marion

Martin Marion is an Instructional Developer and Digital Media Specialist for Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies and focuses on instructional design and multi-media for the Norwich University Leadership & Change Institute. Martin also enjoys collecting and playing musical instruments and is hockey fan.    

Seth Jackson

  Seth Jackson joined Norwich University in June 2018. Seth serves as the Assistant Program Manager for Cyber Security, Management Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies  for several areas  related to curriculum, instruction, and the assessment of student learning outcomes. Seth has his master's degree in Educational Leadership from his undergraduate Alma mater, St. Lawrence University. Seth also serves as the Head Coach of Men's & Women's Cross Country at Norwich. Seth lives in Vermont with his wife and dogs.  

Dr. Stacie L.L. Morgan

Dr. Stacie L. L. Morgan

The Leadership & Change Institute (LCI) at Norwich University was founded by Dr. Stacie L. L. Morgan in response to the overwhelming call to bring the Norwich University leadership values and approach to our changing world through the continuous engagement of our alumni population. Dr. Morgan brought her 30 years of experience determining key value in organizations and developing the individuals and teams to deliver it to Norwich to develop the LCI.