Norman Wright, PhD

Ex Officio Board Member, Interim President

Dr. Norman Wright has served as the Dean of the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University for eleven years, leading that institution through the introduction of several new undergraduate and graduate programs, two accreditation renewals, significant fundraising, a doubling of the student body and faculty team, creation of a world-class advisory board, and building a new 200,000 square foot business building.


Dr. Wright holds a Ph.D. in Management from Wharton as well as an M.A. degree in Management from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Public Administration degree and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brigham Young University. Prior to joining the Woodbury School of Business, Dr. Wright served in academic administration for nine years in the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, and Hawaii.

In addition to his academic work, Dr. Wright maintains close connection with industry through consulting and board service including with organizations such as Kahuku Community Hospital, the Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine, Academy for Creating Enterprise, and Provo City Power.

John Dougherty, DO, FACOFP, FAOASM, FAODME

Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer

After an undergraduate degree in education Dr. Dougherty graduated from medical school from Kansas City University. He is board certified in Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. He is recognized as a fellow in both Family and Sports Medicine as well as two Academic Leadership colleges. Dr. Dougherty is past President American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM), an Organizational Physician for the Kansas City Royals serving in the Dominican Republic in collaboration with the Kansas City Royals and Dominican Republic Ministry of Health since 2008.

Immediately before coming to Provo, Dr. Dougherty had been serving as Dean of the medical school for Touro University in Henderson, Nevada. Prior to that he served in a variety of senior leadership roles at his alma matter in Kansas City for 20 years.

Dr. Dougherty is a Certified Physician Leader in Administration. He was selected for and completed a Senior Leadership Development Program, a National Health Policy Fellowship and holds a Certificate in Finance from the University of California, San Diego – Rady School of Management. He was voted Family Physician of the Year for Missouri in 2014, named Education Health Care Headliner by VegasInc Magazine in 2018 and was recently selected to serve as a Governor for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Doug Evans, AD

Director of Facility Operations

Doug Evans comes to Noorda-COM with 25 years’ experience in the facilities and operational management of large commercial buildings and construction management.  Mr. Evans began his journey as a Chief Engineer while working for the Financial District in Salt Lake City, Utah before moving into higher education where he has worked as a Director of Facilities for the past 10 years.  His previous institutions have included the Montana Technological University of the University of Montana and the University of Utah.  Mr. Evans will be overseeing construction of the new Noorda-COM campus and will be responsible for the daily operations once it is completed.

Leslie Manley, PhD

Assistant Dean of Assessment

Dr. Leslie Manley joined Noorda-COM as Director of Assessment and Professor of Neurosciences. Dr. Manley received her BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from UCSD School of Medicine. She has also received a Senior Leadership Development Program certificate from Columbia Business School. She developed her passion for teaching undergraduate medical students and neuroscience graduate students while at UCSD. Prior to joining Noorda-COM, Dr. Manley was the Executive Director of Assessments at Kaplan Medical where she led teams of dozens of physicians and PhDs to create world-class licensure exam practice items and review materials.  She was an author of the first ever online Qbank and a variety of published medical boards preparation books. She has extensive knowledge of assessment and medical content development and is excited to take this experience to a new medical school.

Schyler Richards

Vice President of Institutional Advancement

With nearly 30 years of Advancement experience in higher education, Schyler Richards joined Noorda-COM in July 2020 as Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Prior to joining Noorda-COM, Ms. Richards served in the same capacity at Touro University Nevada from 2010 to June 2020. As a member of the senior leadership team at the Noorda COM, she will provide advice and counsel on matters related to the University’s outreach to various external audiences and has overall responsibility for Development, Alumni Relations, Marketing and Public Relations, Advertising, Media Relations, Government Relations, and Community/External Relations. Ms. Richards previously worked at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas holding numerous positions, including Associate Vice President for Alumni & External Relations, Associate Vice President for Community Relations, Chief of Staff to the University President, and Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship.

Dave Sorensen, M.HRD, CPRP

Director of Human Resources

A native of Northern Utah, Dave Sorensen joined the Noorda team in December 2019 as the Director of Human Resources with over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and Mental Health.  Prior to moving back to Utah, Dave owned and operated the largest private outpatient mental health clinic in southern Idaho.  He has a degree in Psychology from Utah State University and a master’s degree in Human Resource Training & Development from Idaho State University.  Dave has a passion for working with recruitment, HR policy and employee relations. He has been a recognized crisis intervention instructor and parent educator for many years throughout Southeastern Idaho. 

Christina Twelves, MPA

Director of Financial Aid

Christina Twelves serves as Noorda-COM’s Director of Financial Aid.  Ms. Twelves arrives at Noorda-COM with over 25 years working within higher education at major universities including the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada State College, Westminster College, and Touro University Nevada, as well as the U.S. Department of Education. Ms. Twelves is passionate and committed to assisting students with attaining their dreams.  Her philosophy is that quality student service provides students with the opportunity to focus on their education, not worrying about the financial aid process.

Kristy Watters

Administrative Assistant - Clinical Affairs

After graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in Education, Ms. Watters taught for 10 years in California. After returning to Utah from California, Ms. Watters spent the next 25 years working as a Human Resources Manager and Executive Administrative Assistant in the retail world. She is very excited to use the skills gained through 35 years of experience to support the Clinical Affairs department and students at Noorda COM. 

D. Bren Green, RN

Medical Clinic Manager