I would like to thank my family, friends, teachers, and students for their
wonderful support in all that I have tried to accomplish over the past several years. I
would especially like to thank my wonderful wife, Kimberly, for her ‘almost
unlimited’ patience and support while I finished my education.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Dr. Tony Bourgeois and Dr.
Arnold LeUnes for contributing so much help with my research and Record of Study,
to Dr. Frank Ashley and Dr. John Dollar for their help and participation on my
advisory committee, and to Dr. Robert Armstrong for his leadership and display of
I would also like to thank Dr. Darlene Schmidt for her friendship, help, and
support over the past 20 years.
Finally I would like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Carl Gabbard,
serving as the Chairman of my doctoral committee, who has very patiently guided me
through my doctoral program. Dr. Gabbard has given me a new appreciation for
thoroughness, which I hope to remember and incorporate in all my work. Thank you
for being there with your continual and invaluable support, effort, and assistance in the
completion of this project.