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Arts & Humanities
Betty L. Sullivan (Ed.D., 1992) was named Co-Chair of the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, to be held on May 9 in San Francisco, honoring celebrities and media personalities for fair and inclusive portrayal of LGBT people in film, television, stage and other performing arts.
Charo Uceda (M.A., 2008) is Chief Academic Director at an organization she started. She has created a new curriculum and redefined the implementation of methodology. In January, Uceda enrolled in an M.A. program in Educational Technologies at
Art & Art Education
Catherine Gibbons (M.A., 2004) currently works as a student support specialist for the Indian Leadership Education and Development Program at the Department of Education at
Dorothy Reilly (Ed.M., 2002) is the Director of Public Relations at the Greenbelt Conservancy in
Courtney Weida (Ed.D., 2008) has accepted a position at
Marisa Catalina Casey (M.A., 2007) was recently named a 2008–2009 YouthActionNet Global Fellow for her work as Founder and Executive Director of Starting Artists, Inc. A nonprofit community-based arts center in
Communication & Theatre Arts
Robert L. Hilliard (Ph.D., 1959, Distinguished Alumni Award Winner, 2006) released his latest book in April, the 34th published volume of Hollywood Speaks Out: Pictures That Dared to Protest Real World Issues (Wiley-Blackwell).
Dance & Dance Education
Jessica Fogel (M.A., 1983) is Professor of Dance at the
Marci Mann (M.Phil., 1992) is an Instruction Specialist-English Language Arts at the Community Learning Support Organization of the Department of Education in
Language, Literature & Social Studies
Arnold Klein (M.A., 1959) has been the Director of the Arnold Klein Gallery in Royal Oak, Michigan since 1971, where he specializes in 19th century to the present prints and paintings. He married artist Karen Anne Klein with whom he has three children: daughter Korinthia; son Arno, an assistant professor of clinical neurobiology at Columbia University; and son Barrett, a Ph.D. candidate in integrative biology at the University of Texas, Austin.
Music & Music Education
Lois Forbes (Ed.D., 1986) and her husband Jim live in
Warren Sata (Ed.M., 2000) is the Director of School Operations at the
Aimee Steele (M.A., 2008) is an Associate Voice Teacher at Liz Caplan Vocal Studios in
William Zurcher (Ed.D., 1973; Prof. Diploma, 1960; M.A., 1959) is a certified music teacher who has taught instrumental music to students for 23 years. Zurcher is also a jazz and commercial performer, playing the tuba and string bass for the majority of his professional career.
Philosophy & Education
Catherine Gropper (M.A., 1978) is an internationally exhibited painter and sculptor as well as an internationally produced playwright. Her play, “Embers” won a four star review in Scotsman (
Dale Mann (Ph.D., 1971), a Professor Emeritus at TC, has relocated his business, Interactive, Inc., to
Teaching of English
Karen Booker (M.A., 2008) will be married to Erick E. Estrada in
Nicholas Crowe (M.A., 2008) starts work this fall as a 10th grade English teacher at the
Misty M. Kirby (M.A., 2003) is a Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy, Planning & Curriculum Leadership at the
Shefali Parekh (M.A., 1999) has coupled her middle school teaching experience with an editing background at Scholastic, Inc., where she works as the Managing Editor of the Implementation and Professional Development team, crafting training and PD materials for teachers using Scholastic educational programs. This includes in-person and online training and graduate-level online courses. Her latest adventure was filming and editing a DVD to help teachers use System 44, a new technology program for older students who lack foundational reading skills.
Virginia Wooten (M.A., 2008) teaches at
Teaching of Social Studies
Jennifer Lieberman (M.A., 2005) teaches 8th grade American history in
John Magoun (M.A., 2008) is a social studies teacher at
Jessica Taylor (M.A., 2008) teaches Global History at The Young Women’s
Teaching of Spanish
Elizabeth (Roberts) Scaduto (M.A., 1990) rediscovered her passion of ESL and is now the K–12 ESL Director for the
Hallie Fortt (M.A., 2003) teaches ESL at
John Ozag (M.A., 1992) retired from teaching in June 2008. He now works part-time in Adult Education with the parents of
Patricia A. Leone (M.A., 1994) has been keeping busy since graduation. While working as a research assistant at the
Movement science & Education
Martha Eddy (Ed.D., 1998; M.A., 1985) has moved from her position as Coordinator of the
Speech & Language Pathology
Suzanne Martin Barnes (M.A., 1967) has practiced as a Speech Language Pathologist more than 25 years. Her clinic in the
Susan S. Friess (M.A., 1967) worked for many years as a clinical audiologist in different settings. In 1992 she and her husband opened a Love Me Tender School for Child Development, a special education preschool in the
Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson (M.A., 1972) is the author of two books: Oral Placement Therapy for Speech Clarity and Feeding and Assessment and Treatment of the Jaw: Sensory, Feeding and Speech, as well as many treatment manuals. She owns TalkTools Therapy (www.talktools.net) and SRJ Therapies in
Counseling & Clinical Psychology
Myrna J. Glick (Ph.D., 1975; M.A., 1969) is a licensed psychologist who lives and works in
Ellen Shumsky (M.A., 1972) is preparing to retire after practicing law for 33 years. She fondly remembers her friends and professors from her year at TC and would love to hear from anyone from Whittier Hall who knew the
Jessica Siegel (M.A., 1980) is an assistant professor of education and journalism at
Margaret M. Postlewaite (Ph.D., 1975) was recently elected as a Fellow in the American Group Psychotherapy Association.
Mun-Yi Shea (Ph.D., 2008) is an assistant professor at California State University Los Angeles.
Joan H. Cappello (Ed.M., M.A., 1990) is currently navigating the world of off-Broadway theater as a stage manager in
Nita Makhija (Ed.M., 2006) is a first year doctoral student at
Regina Mason King (M.A., 1960; B.S., 1957) retired from the Board of Education in 2002 after 38 years of service in various positions from teacher to Supervisor/Administrator. She is currently working part time as a Nationally Certified Career Counselor and lives in
Joseph F. Rath (Ph.D., 1992) was invited to join the editorial board of Rehabilitation Psychology, the official journal of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Rehabilitation Psychology. He is a clinical assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at New York University School of Medicine and a senior psychologist at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine,
Halley Wolowiec (Ed.M., 2008) is receiving advanced clinical training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the American Institute of Psychoanalysis. She is a Clinical Therapist at the Karen Horney Clinic, the
Psychology in Education
Evelyn Konopko Hickman (M.A., 1980) is a reading specialist/literacy coach in
Susan Riemer Sacks (Ph.D., 1973) is a licensed New York Psychologist and professor of Psychology at
Marjorie Stonehill Zensky (Ed.D., 1991; Reading & Learning Disabilities, Ed.M., 1982; M.A., 1979) lives in
Curriculum & Teaching
Curriculum & Teaching
Carolyn Choi (Ed.M., 1998; M.A., 1994) has been working part-time for the Teachers Development Group in West Linn,
Christopher Deneen (Ed.D., 2004) married Valerie Barlow in November 2008. He is also leaving his position as Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at
Christy Folsom (Ed.D., 2000) recently authored Teaching for Intellectual and Emotional Learning: A Model for Creating Powerful Curriculum, a book that helps teachers develop project-based curriculum that teaches thinking skills and promotes social emotional learning. It provides many examples of how to help students develop self-management skills of decision making, planning and self-evaluation.
Samuel D. Henry (Ed.D., 1978; M.A., 1974) is a faculty and doctoral program coordinator at the Graduate School of Education,
Danny Margolis (Ed.D., 1975; M.A., 1967) is in his 26th year as CEO of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Boston, which oversees the Jewish education of 17,000 students in 120 schools with 2100 educators. He writes that the 40th year recollections of the “bust” of ’68 brought back memories—sweet and sad—a strong motivator for reasserting the role of educators as socially responsible critics, now that we have an administration likely to be open to such.
Swati Mehta (M.A., 2001) has taken a break from the classrooms of Dallas and Chicago to pursue her doctorate. In the fall of 2005, she received a diversity fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the Boston College Lynch School of Education with a focus on language and literacy. Her dissertation is being supported through the Cultivating New Voices fellowship out of the National Council Teachers of English. Mehta and her husband reside in
Michael J. Passow (Ed.M., 1987; Science Education, Ed.D., 1974; M.A.T., 1971) serves as the 2008–2010 President of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, the largest organization supporting K–12 Earth Science educators. As president, Passow has delivered presentations at more than ten national conferences in the past two years, and will participate in meetings next summer in the
Judith Stern (M.A., 1973) authored a new edition of Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD, Second Edition, a book for children ages 8–13, written together with Patricia Quinn, a developmental pediatrician. The first edition sold 170,000 copies and was translated into four languages. A companion activity book will be published this spring. Stern is also a learning specialist at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in
(Mary) Jane Thompson (M.A., 1964) is still living in
Early Childhood Education
Alison S. Abrams (Ed.M., 1995) has left the classroom after 14 years and is in her second year as an Educational Advisor at
Celeste Bester (M.A., 1985) teaches at Haworth Public in
Katie David (M.A., 2006) is a special education preschool teacher for Westport Public Schools in
Jean Gallagher-Heil (Ed.D., 1982) is Program Chair and full-time instructor for the Early Childhood Education Department at
Kuan-Hui Leu (M.A., 2007) is a preschool teacher at the
Veronica Pollard (M.A., 1968) has had a versatile career threaded by her experience with educating and helping young people. After teaching first grade for several years, she switched to the world of journalism where she worked as an education reporter for the
Laurie Spear (M.A., 1992) retired after 15 years of teaching 2nd and 3rd grades at P.S. 178 in
Yael Zand (M.A., 2007) is in her second year of teaching since graduating from TC. She started teaching at P.S. 8 in
Oona Tanya C. Mapua (M.A., 2006) established a learning environment called Uplifting Natural Achievers in January 2007. In this position, she conducts individualized literacy enrichment and literacy intervention during the school year and literacy workshops during the summer. Mapua shares, “The last two years have been amazing—filled with exciting days of learning and laughter with my students (ages 3–12). I have been applying every ounce of knowledge learned at Teachers College, and I continue to learn from my students everyday!”
Health & Behavior Studies
Applied Developmental & Language Psychology
Melissa A. Modica (Ed.M., 2008) is currently a school psychologist at
Felicia Lebewohl Rosen (Ed.M., 2005) is a school psychologist at the
Guidance & Habilitation
Leib Kelman (M.A., 1976) is the dean of the large all-girls private school Prospect Park Bnos Leah Yeshiva in
Gail Mahoney Warek (Ed.M., 1976; M.A., 1975) is currently the Deputy Director of Global Leadership Development for the organization Save the Children.
Mary E. Whitney (Ed.D., 1967) retired from teaching in 1998 and has since written eight local history books. The latest,
Laura Conway (M.A., 2008) is working with a team of professors, doctors, nutritionists and translators at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as outreach workers from a variety of hospitals on a grant funded project where her team is developing multilingual, culturally sensitive patient education materials, focusing on chronic diseases and nutrition.
Srdjan Stakic (Ed.D., 2005; M.A., 2001) is a team leader for the Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign with the Media, Central Asia Drug Action Programme through the UNDP & European Commission (http://cadap.eu-bomca.kg).
Connie Vance (Ed.D., 1977) has continued her scholarship, research and consultation in mentoring and leadership development with professional associations and hospital departments of nursing. She presented a paper, “The Mentor as Pygmalion: Realizing Potential,” at the International Mentoring Association conference in March
Ana Kosok (Ed.D., 2005) works in private practice as a behavior therapist focusing on clients with substance abuse problems. She is also the executive director of Moderation Management (www.moderation.org), a non-profit organization for problem drinkers seeking to decrease their drinking to non-harmful levels.
Julieta Andico Songco (Ed.M., 1994; M.S., 1972) was part of the People to People Ambassador Program delegation and presented a paper “Nutritional Health and Wellness, a 21st Century Legacy or Paradox” in Beijing, China, in November 2008.
Polly Dee Perlstein Goltche (M.A., 2005) writes that she is happily working as a reading/literacy specialist at the Great Neck Public Schools.
Marcia (Marcie) Roe Bishop (Ed.D., 1976) has spent the last 30+ years in education and related fields. She was a classroom teacher and director of special education in
Corrine R. Donley (Ed.D., 1986; M.A.T., 1983) is a behavior analyst/consultant in private practice in
Helen (Tenney) Smith (M.A., 1983) has trained as a school psychologist and worked at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in
Richard Campagna (M.A., 1991) is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at
Monique Howell (M.A., 2006) is a school psychologist at Martin De Porres High School in
Caryn Huss (M.A., 1984) works as a School Psychologist for New York City Department of Education District 79
Brittany Reynolds (M.A., 2006) works in a Psychology Lab as a Research Assistant studying the effects of child maltreatment and prenatal cocaine exposure in a longitudinal study at the Drexel University College of Medicine. She lives in
Nina Segal (M.A., 1987) is a senior career consultant with the United Nations Secretariat in their Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), where she works in the Career Resource Centre providing a range of career development services for UN staff members. For nine years Nina was the Assistant Dean/Director of Career Services at
Sociology & Education
Sydney Brooks (M.A., 2006) is an Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Faculty Grant Support at the
Shirley Feldman (M.A., 2005) is an ESL Instructional Specialist at
International & Transcultural Studies
Yeon Ju (Angela) Bae (M.A., 2004) is enrolled in an Ed.D. in IED program. She currently works for the
Jessica Bedard (M.A., 2007) is currently in her tenure year of teaching at Long Beach Public Schools in
Jennifer Losapio (M.A., 2008) is currently a teacher in
Comparative & International Education
Masako Hamada (Ph.D.; Ed.D., 2002) studied international educational development, including inter-cultural communication and conflict resolution, second language acquisition, and gender issues, and works at Villanova University.
International Educational Development
Leonisa Ardizzone (Ed.D., 2001) is wrapping up her third year as Executive Director of the
Brittany B. Ford (M.A., 2008) works for the Advocates for Children of New York as an Education Specialist for Project Achieve, a New York educational advocacy organization on the foster care project. Project Achieve does direct case work and helps build the capacity for
Brandi N. James (M.A., 2006) recently completed her first, two-year diplomatic assignment in
Ochan Kusuma (Ed.D., 1992) is working as an educational consultant to international schools with the company Education Across Frontiers.
Kahla L. M. Thompson Nelson (M.A., 1996) is married to Eric Nelson, who is General Manager of Cable
Reid Particelli (M.A., 2001) teaches history at Sacred Heart Preparatory, a college preparatory high school in
Mathematics, Science & Technology
Communication, Computing & Technology in Education
Cristiana Assumpção (Ed.D., 2002) is the educational technology coordinator at Colegio Bandierantes, a private middle and high school organized a pioneer program to address the issue of safe use of the internet. She has partnered with a law firm specialized in digital laws to develop a school-wide program which includes training the teachers, the employees, parents and students. Assumpção has used her TC training to develop a professional development course in Educational Technology at her school and presents similar programs for other educators in
John Desjarlais (M.A., 1984) authored a mystery novel, Bleeder (Sophia Institute Press, 2009). For details visit www.johndesjarlais.com.
Ron Farris (M.A., 2008) recently authored a book, Africans and African Americans Divided: The Male-Female African and African American Digital Divide. Ron lives in
Fidelia Gale Johnson (Ed.M., 2005) is working on her doctorate degree and nearing completion. She is an honorary member of the National Nominating Committee of National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine 2008. She was chosen by the National Honor Roll as an Outstanding American Teacher, 2006–2007. She works for the Coffee Country Board of Education.
Peter Kashatus (M.A., 1986) teaches computer science at the
Christopher Le (M.A., 2003) helped launch the
Laurie Bass (M.A., 1979) has been a math teacher at the
Janell N. Catlin (Ph.D., 2007) is the Project Director of the new General Electric Foundation Grant (Harlem Schools Partnership for Science and Math Education) at TC in collaboration with the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science,
Organization & Leadership
Adult learning & leadership
John M. Carfora (Ed.D., 2007) was named Co-Chair of the International Group (I-Group) at the National Academy of Sciences.
Tiffany Dotson (M.A., 2002) lives in the windy city of
April Yvonne Garrett (M.A., 1997) is the founder and president of Civic Frame (www.civicframe.org), a national non-profit organization that uses art and intellectual work to encourage civic engagement and critical thinking. She has worked at Emory University as Assistant Director of Student Activities and Director of New Student Orientation, earned a Master of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School, served as the Fellows Officer of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and as the Director of Administration and Strategic Planning of the NAACP. Currently, she serves as a member of the Kenyon College Alumni Council and is one of the founders of its Alumni of Color Collective and is on the advisory board of The Justice Project at
William A. Howe (Ed.D., 1991) is the education consultant for multicultural education, gender equity and civil rights at the Connecticut State Department of Education. He is also the founder and chairperson of the New England Conference on Multicultural Education. In 2006, Howe was awarded the G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator of the Year Award. In 2008, he was appointed by Governor Jodi Rell to serve on the newly created Asian Pacific American Commission. Howe has given over 300 workshops, lectures and keynotes on diversity, multicultural education and organizational development and trained over 14,000 educators. He is co-authoring a textbook on multicultural education, a book of inspirational stories about teachers, and was a co-author of the Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education, 2nd Edition.
Richane C. Mankey (Ed.D., 2007) is Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at
Greg Bamford (Ed.M., 2007) is the English Department Chair at The Overlake School in
Andrew Deyell (Ed.M., 2006) is finishing his first year as Assistant Headmaster of the
Emily Alana James (Ed.D., 2005) reports successfully moving to Kinsale,
John L. Balbi (Ed.M., 1979; TESOL, M.A., 1975) retired from the New York City Department of Education after 33 years working in the English as a Second Language field as a teacher and administrator. Currently he is an adjunct professor at TC and
Jan Hammond (Ed.D., 1992) was just appointed to the New York State Professional Standards and Practices Board, which serves the Regents and the Commissioner of Education on teaching issues and related professions.
Ben Zion Kogen (Ed.M., 1979; M.A., 1977) resides with his family in Reseda,
John Goodspeed Stuart (Ed.D., 1954), who was named Superintendent Emeritus in 1986 when he retired from the Aurora, Colorado, school district, resides with his wife in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He has written two books about American artist/illustrator Maxfield Parrish. This father of five proudly boasts that three of his children are also educators in Brooklyn and
Maqueda Randall-Weeks (Ed.M., 2008) is a recent graduate of the TC Summer Principals Academy 2007–08 Cohort. In July, she will begin working on her Ed.D. as a member of the 20th Cohort of the Urban Superintendents Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a district-wide Special Education Literacy Specialist in
Austin D. Swanson (Ed.D., 1960; M.A., 1955) is co-author with Taher Razik of the third edition of Fundamental Concepts of Educational Leadership and Management (Allyn & Bacon, 2009). The text is designed for graduate students beginning their studies of the administration of schools and school systems.
Higher & post secondary Education
Emily B. Anderson (Ed.D., 1989) serves as the chair of the Department of Social Science & Human Services at the Borough of Manhattan Community College CUNY.
Edward Anthony Colozzi (Ed.D., 1973) authored a career/life exploration and planning self-paced workbook, Creating Careers with Confidence (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2009). Several years ago it was selected as the first career/life workbook ever to be published in Braille by the National Braille Press. Colozzi is a national career development consultant/motivational speaker, nationally certified counselor, licensed mental health counselor, and an NCDA Fellow; he coined the term “career/life” in the 1970’s to re-frame career to include multiple life roles. He developed DOVE (Depth-Oriented Values Clarification), SCG (cost-effective Systematic Career Guidance), and print/on-line materials for K–12 /college students. He has taught graduates and undergraduates levels, including numerous in-service training for K–12 staff, and served as coordinator of career development at the college level.
Carol G. Durst (M.A., 1975) completed a Ph.D. from The Union Institute and University in the fall of 2006. She has worked in the food industry for the last 25+ years, catering, teaching, writing and researching women who work in the food industry.
Joe Hankin (Ed.D., 1967) has been a community college president for 42 years spending 37 and a half of those years at
Devon Provan (M.A., 2008) was recently named Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations at
’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She also became a new mom: Jackson Bailey Provan was born on September 18, 2008. Columbia University
Maryann McFadden Meador (M.A., 1986) is a mental health counselor for nursing homes in
Josephine Panganiban (M.A., 1997) is a managing partner of People Front & Center, a woman- and minority-owned and operated human capital and organization effectiveness consulting firm. In 2008 it was awarded a grant by
Gloria M. Stevens (Ed.D., 2004) has used her knowledge from the ICCCR Conflict Resolution Program to develop an undergraduate Conflict Resolution course and textbook for Marymount Manhattan College (MMC), her undergraduate alma mater. Stevens has been an adjunct professor at MMC since 2005 where she teaches her Conflict Resolution course and General Psychology. She founded with six fellow alumni, the MMC Psychology Alumni Association and is now President. She also presented conflict resolution techniques at the Bedford Hills Crossing Borders Conference in 2007 and 2008. Stevens has 20+ years of experience as a consultant in the personnel industry. She is currently helping others to turn their “Passions into Power and Profits” while serving as an Executive Project Manager for the Former Ambassador to
David Zobler (M.A., 1989) is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. He created and runs an organization-wide mentoring program for his agency, The Los Angeles County Office of Education. He has also successfully implemented employee engagement surveys in the public sector industry and is an experienced facilitator of conflict resolution (between union and management) using an interest-based approach. Zobler serves on the Board for the Association of Los Angeles County Office School Administrators.
Social Organizational Psychology
Barbara Benedict Bunker (Ph.D., 1970) has just authored a new book with Janice Eddy, Innovations in Inclusion: The Purdue Faculty & Staff Diversity Story, 1997-2008 (Purdue University Press). The book is a research study of a ten-year culture change initiative to create a more welcoming and supportive environment for persons of many cultures which impacted individuals, policies and the university as a whole.