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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 Brooklyn, it benefits under-served teenagers through hands-on training in the arts and entrepreneurship. For more information, visit:

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Arts & Humanities
Applied Linguistics

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 Harvard Extension School where she will learn about and implement new classroom technologies for the 21st century. She writes thanking TC for the “outstanding, quality education she received.”
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 Montana State University.

Dorothy Reilly
(Ed.M., 2002) is the Director of Public Relations at the Greenbelt Conservancy in Staten Island, New York.

Courtney Weida
(Ed.D., 2008) has accepted a position at Adelphi University as an assistant professor of art and education.
Arts Administration

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 Brooklyn, it benefits under-served teenagers through hands-on training in the arts and entrepreneurship. For more information, visit:
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 University of Michigan, where she has taught since 1985. She is Artistic Director of Ann Arbor Dance Works, a collective of choreographers, and has presented her choreography nationally and internationally. Recent projects include a site-specific performance in the Euin In Temple in Kyoto, Japan, and a large-scale, multi-disciplinary performance entitled Mapping the River. She is currently researching the history of 100 years of dance at the University of Michigan and has discovered that some of the earliest dance teachers at UM were closely influenced by the progressive education ideals of early dance education pioneers from TC.
English Education

Marci Mann
(M.Phil., 1992) is an Instruction Specialist-English Language Arts at the Community Learning Support Organization of the Department of Education in New York City, supporting instruction in 22 schools.
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 Collegeville, Pennsylvania, where she teaches piano privately in her studio and at the Community Music School in Collegeville. Her father, Prof. Forbes, a Professor Emeritus at TC, passed away in 2004, but from 1989 to 2004 lived with his wife in the Collegeville area, where he enjoyed renewing his association with Ursinus College, the school he and other family members attended. The Forbes are enjoying life in a 55+ community and contribute to society by volunteering their services to various organizations.

Warren Sata
(Ed.M., 2000) is the Director of School Operations at the New Designs Charter School in Los Angeles.

Aimee Steele
(M.A., 2008) is an Associate Voice Teacher at Liz Caplan Vocal Studios in Manhattan. She teaches singers looking for solid vocal technique in pop and musical theater.

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 (Scotland’s lead newspaper). The show then completed an extended run in New York City and is in planning stages for a 2010 production. Gropper has also completed two new plays, all while being a full-time mom.

Dale Mann
(Ph.D., 1971), a Professor Emeritus at TC, has relocated his business, Interactive, Inc., to Ashland, Virginia. He is evaluating learning technology in more than 200 schools and has worked on school improvement in 10 states. He is creating interactive computer simulations to train school administrators with a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Mann is also currently building a new “whole child” development capability for a number of countries in the Middle East. He is the Managing Director of Interactive, Inc.
Teaching of English

Karen Booker
(M.A., 2008) will be married to Erick E. Estrada in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on June 27. She teaches 9th and 10th grade English at Dumont High School in Dumont, New Jersey.

Nicholas Crowe
(M.A., 2008) starts work this fall as a 10th grade English teacher at the American School of Kuwait. Until then, he hopes to find work substituting in New York City.

Misty M. Kirby
(M.A., 2003) is a Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy, Planning & Curriculum Leadership at the College of William and Mary and is a secondary literacy coach in the Newport News, Virginia, School District.

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 Bell Multicultural High School, Washington, D.C.
Teaching of Social Studies

Jennifer Lieberman
(M.A., 2005) teaches 8th grade American history in Glen Cove, New York.

John Magoun
(M.A., 2008) is a social studies teacher at Explorations Academy, a new small high school in the Bronx. John shares, “It is exhausting, but very exciting and fulfilling!”

Jessica Taylor
(M.A., 2008) teaches Global History at The Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem. She is continuing her education by taking a course offered through TC and the New York City Department of Education on teaching East Asian history and geography.
Teaching of Spanish

(Roberts) Scaduto (M.A., 1990) rediscovered her passion of ESL and is now the K–12 ESL Director for the Riverhead School District on Eastern Long Island. Spanish and Japanese are still a part of her daily life, in a very rewarding way, she writes.

Hallie Fortt
(M.A., 2003) teaches ESL at Pierce College, as well as at two elementary schools in Washington State. She previously spent two years teaching EFL in Paris and New York City. She is keeping plenty busy with work and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest, she writes.

John Ozag
(M.A., 1992) retired from teaching in June 2008. He now works part-time in Adult Education with the parents of San Jose, California, public school students. John taught for 17 years, first at the Tokyo YMCA College of English in Kanda, and at Tokyo Women’s University, Waseda University and Bunka Fashion College in Shinjuku. He returned to his hometown in 1999 to teach public school and to San Jose, California, where he taught English at a public middle school for seven years beginning in 2000. In 2001 he married a former student, Tazuko Ikeya, who he met in 1994 at the Tokyo YMCA. Appropriately enough for an English teacher, he writes, they first met in the school library.

Biobehavioral Sciences
Applied Physiology

Patricia A. Leone
(M.A., 1994) has been keeping busy since graduation. While working as a research assistant at the Obesity Research Center at St. Luke’s Hospital, she authored a paper and two abstracts on obesity research and completed the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Columbia University, School of General Studies. She then attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Long Beach Medical Center in New York. In 2006 she received board certification in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. She is currently a family medicine physician at Midtown Medical Care as well as a teacher at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Manhattan.
Movement science & Education

Martha Eddy
(Ed.D., 1998; M.A., 1985) has moved from her position as Coordinator of the Riverside Church Wellness Center to establishing a new organization, The Center for Kinesthetic Education, that provides wellness programming and multi-faceted assessment through movement analysis and evaluation for people throughout the lifespan including infants and children. The Center’s fiscal partner, the non-profit educational organization Moving On Center, also sponsors Eddy’s Moving for Life dance-exercise program for cancer survivors, including Moving On Aerobics (, which was piloted at TC in 2000. It has been featured several times on CNN, in Women and Cancer and MAMM magazines and on Whoopi Goldberg and Candace Bergen’s blog for women called
Speech & Language Pathology

Suzanne Martin Barnes
(M.A., 1967) has practiced as a Speech Language Pathologist more than 25 years. Her clinic in the Los Angeles area, Suzanne M. Barnes and Associates, serves children, adolescents and adults. She received the District 7 Outstanding District Achievement Award from the California Speech Language and Hearing Association. She sends a warm hello to all her TC friends and writes that she is forever grateful to Ed Mysak.

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 Bronx. Their success is reflected in how they prepare many special needs kids for life at school in regular classes and how they work to retain staff members, encouraging aides to continue in school and return to higher level of responsibility. She writes, “I am now running the school alone, because my husband died last year, but with a fabulous staff we are continuing our work helping and advancing preschoolers who need extra support.”

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 ( and SRJ Therapies in Tucson, Arizona. She speaks nationally and internationally on using tactile, kinesthetic and proprioceptive activities and techniques to improve feeding safety and speech clarity. Her work is based upon the teachings of her mentor at TC, Edward Mysak. Sara has a wonderful husband of 34 years, three beautiful daughters and three amazing grandchildren.

Counseling & Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychology

Myrna J. Glick
(Ph.D., 1975; M.A., 1969) is a licensed psychologist who lives and works in Monterey Peninsula in private practice. She travels throughout the Southwest serving as an expert witness on legal cases. Her patients, and those for whom she advocates, represent a broad range of ethnic and international clientele. She is also the Forensic Chair of the Monterey Bay Psychological Association.

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 California girl who came east.

Jessica Siegel
(M.A., 1980) is an assistant professor of education and journalism at Brooklyn College. She is also a 1992 graduate of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. Siegel coordinates the English Teacher program at Brooklyn College and teaches journalism. As a journalist, she writes about education and the arts for a variety of publications. She and her students at Seward Park High School on Manhattan’s Lower East Side are the subjects of the National Book Award-nominated Small Victories (1990) by ex-New York Times reporter Samuel G. Freedman.
Counseling Psychology

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.
Psychological Counseling

Joan H. Cappello
(Ed.M., M.A., 1990) is currently navigating the world of off-Broadway theater as a stage manager in New York City. She previously worked for 11 years as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at ICD until 2001. Cappello decided to combine her love of theatre with her counseling/people skills and became a Stage Manager. She has since worked at the Classical Theatre of Harlem for five years and joined the Actor’s Equity Union for Actors and Stage Managers in 2005.

Nita Makhija
(Ed.M., 2006) is a first year doctoral student at Seton Hall University’s Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, she worked at the New York State Psychiatric Institute from 2006–2008. Makhija lives in New York.

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 Riverdale, New York.

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, NYU Medical Center. Rath has also served as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. In 2007, he served on a grant review panel for the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Program at the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education.

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 Brooklyn Center for Psychotherapy, and in a private practice.
Psychology in Education

Evelyn Konopko Hickman
(M.A., 1980) is a reading specialist/literacy coach in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Susan Riemer Sacks
(Ph.D., 1973) is a licensed New York Psychologist and professor of Psychology at Barnard College.

Marjorie Stonehill Zensky
(Ed.D., 1991; Reading & Learning Disabilities, Ed.M., 1982; M.A., 1979) lives in Boynton Beach, Florida, and is in private practice in Delray Beach, diagnosing children and adults as well as tutoring dyslexic children. She writes that she “will forever be grateful for the excellent education and training I received at TC.”

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, Oregon, for almost a year, doing elementary mathematics consulting in districts mostly in Washington and Oregon. She left full-time work as the Elementary Mathematics Specialist/Coordinator for Simsbury Public Schools in Connecticut to relocate out west.

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 Touro College for a position as an assistant professor at The Hong Kong Institute of Education’s Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology working on professional development, policy implementation and research into Hong Kong educational initiatives. If any alumni make it to Hong Kong, he writes, “Please look me up!”

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, Portland State University. Samuel has served as Chair of the Oregon Commission on Children and Families since 2003.

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 Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. In her spare time, she enjoys learning about massage therapy and painting. She notes that, “being a member of the Curriculum and Instruction department at Teachers College has been one of my most important education experiences to date, and I am proud to be an alumna.”

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 Czech Republic and Brazil. Passow also leads the “Earth2Class Workshops for Teachers” at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory ( He is in his 39th year as a science teacher, now working with 10th–12th graders in Earth Science and Chemistry at Dwight Morrow High School in his hometown of Englewood, New Jersey.

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 Rockville, Maryland.

(Mary) Jane Thompson
(M.A., 1964) is still living in New York City. She is a retired teacher and has added the title of “world traveler” to her resume. 
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 Eagle Hill School, a small private school in Greenwich, Connecticut, for students with learning disabilities ( She is also enrolled in the Educational Leadership program at Sacred Heart University for a Sixth Year Degree.

Celeste Bester
(M.A., 1985) teaches at Haworth Public in New Jersey. She instructs the Gifted & Talented program for grades 1–8 and loves it, she writes.

Katie David
(M.A., 2006) is a special education preschool teacher for Westport Public Schools in Westport, Connecticut.

Jean Gallagher-Heil
(Ed.D., 1982) is Program Chair and full-time instructor for the Early Childhood Education Department at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. The college has a lab school that serves children and families, and infants through preschool age. Their infant center is one of the California Demonstration Sites for the Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers.

Kuan-Hui Leu
(M.A., 2007) is a preschool teacher at the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center at TC.

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 San Francisco Chronicle, ran corporate giving programs at the ABC Foundation, Toyota USA Foundation and managed student journalists and journalism internship program at Newsweek’s Newsweek on Campus. She is currently utilizing her communications and public policy experience as Vice President of Communications and Public Policy at Save the Children helping children in need in the 50 countries and 18 states where the organization works.

Laurie Spear
(M.A., 1992) retired after 15 years of teaching 2nd and 3rd grades at P.S. 178 in Queens. She now works for Reading Reform Foundation, teaching general education elementary teachers how to teach reading using the Orton-Gillingham method. She writes it is “satisfying to help other committed professionals master a methodology that has a very high success rate for teaching decoding, spelling, comprehension and handwriting.” Spear also does private tutoring and enjoys her five grandchildren, a book club, an adult learning course, exercise classes, volunteer work and getting enough sleep. She is still living in Queens and writes that she hopes to read about her classmates.

Zand (M.A., 2007) is in her second year of teaching since graduating from TC. She started teaching at P.S. 8 in Washington Heights and currently teaches third grade at P.S. 126 in the High Bridge area of the Bronx
Dis/abilities Studies

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 Monroe-Woodbury High School in Central Valley, New York. She does everything from counseling parents to collaborating with teachers on educational and psychological testing. Although her job is demanding, it is also rewarding. She writes, “I love being actively involved in my student’s lives—it’s very rewarding, and I know I’m making a difference.”

Felicia Lebewohl Rosen
(Ed.M., 2005) is a school psychologist at the Westchester Fairfield Hebrew Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Guidance & Habilitation

Leib Kelman
(M.A., 1976) is the dean of the large all-girls private school Prospect Park Bnos Leah Yeshiva in Brooklyn. He was recently feted at the school’s annual dinner marking his 33rd year at the school.

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, Hemet, was released in August 2008 (Arcadia Publishing Company, Proceeds from the book go directly to the Hemet Area Museum Association. Whitney has been volunteering as the Hemet Museum Docent for 10 years.
Health Education

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 (
Nursing Education

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 Las Vegas. She has also co-authored (with Dr. Roberta Olson) the book, The Mentor Connection in Nursing (Springer, 1998). Vance is also as professor at the College of New Rochelle’s School of Nursing.

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 (, 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.
Reading Specialist

Polly Dee Perlstein Goltche
(M.A., 2005) writes that she is happily working as a reading/literacy specialist at the Great Neck Public Schools.
Special Education

(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 Wisconsin; did post doctoral work in neuropsychology and school psychology in Ohio and has worked as an educational psychologist in Columbus, Ohio, and Ithaca, New York. For the past nine years she has been a principal in the rural school district, Spencer-Van Etten Central near Ithaca.

Corrine R. Donley
(Ed.D., 1986; M.A.T., 1983) is a behavior analyst/consultant in private practice in Wisconsin and hopes to retire in 2009. She has 10 grandchildren of which one is a girl. She also has three great grandchildren. With her families in New Jersey, Michigan and Ohio she sadly reports she doesn’t seem them often. She continues to love traveling and is preparing to go to Norway, Sweden and Denmark in August.

(Tenney) Smith (M.A., 1983) has trained as a school psychologist and worked at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston as an Educational Clinician. She became fascinated with reading disorders/dyslexia and was trained in Orton Gillingham. “There is not a day that goes by that I do not use the knowledge I got at TC, and I often think of returning but the commute from New Hampshire would be rough!” she writes.

Human Development
Developmental Psychology

Richard Campagna
(M.A., 1991) is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at John Marshall Law School. He is also an international legal consultant, legal and medical interpreter, author and public speaker. He is working on his auto-biography, Beyond Ideology: The Genesis of An Existential Libertarian, which will be published in the fall of 2009 (

Mollie Hartford
(M.A., 2007) is now the coordinator of programming and media planning at The N, a Nickelodeon Kids and Family digital network.

Monique Howell
(M.A., 2006) is a school psychologist at Martin De Porres High School in Riverdale, New York.

Caryn Huss
(M.A., 1984) works as a School Psychologist for New York City Department of Education District 79 Bronx H.S. Long-term Suspension Center with Level 5 offenders from area high schools. The program combines clinical treatment and academic rigor in a small, alternative setting. She has worked as a counselor, psychologist and educator in several different residential treatment settings with various populations and ages including her own private practice. In 2006 Huss obtained a doctorate in educational administration.

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 Audubon, New Jersey.

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 Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Nina wrote International Jobs, 5th and 6th editions, published by Perseus Books. She resides in Hastings-on-Hudson with her husband and three children.
Sociology & Education

Sydney Brooks
(M.A., 2006) is an Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Faculty Grant Support at the Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

Shirley Feldman
(M.A., 2005) is an ESL Instructional Specialist at East Somerville Community School in Somerville, Massachusetts. She spent four years as the East Bay Director of the Jewish Coalition for Literacy, a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains, and places community volunteers as one-on-one literacy tutors for public elementary school students. Feldman taught abroad in Beirut, Lebanon, and was an ESL teacher (as a New York City Teaching Fellow) in two New York City middle schools.

International & Transcultural Studies
Bilingual/Bicultural Education

Yeon Ju
(Angela) Bae (M.A., 2004) is enrolled in an Ed.D. in IED program. She currently works for the CPLC Education Center, a private institute providing ESL/Standardized Tests for F-1 international tonal students.

Jessica Bedard
(M.A., 2007) is currently in her tenure year of teaching at Long Beach Public Schools in New York. She is part of a pilot program co-teaching a Spanish inclusion class in which she, a special education teacher, works alongside a Spanish teacher teaching beginner’s Spanish to 7th and 8th grade mainstream students and students with special needs. Bedard is starting her C.A.S. in Administration and plans to continue teaching in Long Beach focusing on bilingualism and special education.

Jennifer Losapio
(M.A., 2008) is currently a teacher in New York City at the Amistad Dual Language School.
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 Salvadori Center (, a non-profit that uses architecture and engineering to introduce teachers and learners to the wonder, beauty and logic of the built environment. Leonisa’s background in science education has helped transform the organization into a leading provider of project-based math and science professional development to teachers in New York City and beyond. On the side, Leonisa has recently released her second jazz album to critical acclaim.

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 New York foster care and preventive agencies to deal with highly complex education issues, including preschool services, special education, high school admissions among others.

Brandi N. James
(M.A., 2006) recently completed her first, two-year diplomatic assignment in Lagos, Nigeria, with the Department of State as a Vice Consul. She will be in Washington, D.C. until August 2009 learning French for her next diplomatic assignment in Paris.

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 China. They have four children ages 11, 10, 6 and 4. They reside in Suzhou City where she teaches ESL at Dulwich College Suzhou.

Reid Particelli
(M.A., 2001) teaches history at Sacred Heart Preparatory, a college preparatory high school in Atherton, California. He writes, “I want to thank TC for providing a wonderful educational experience. Major props and respect go to the leadership of Betty Reardon, Peter Lucas and Tony Jenkins, who have done great things in the field of Peace Education. Molding minds like clay, my own constant learning, and shaping the future is what I love about education.”

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 São Paulo. She also shared her work as part of the International Science programs at the annual National Science Teachers Association, held in New Orleans in March.

John Desjarlais
(M.A., 1984) authored a mystery novel, Bleeder (Sophia Institute Press, 2009). For details visit

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 Arizona and is on the board of directors of Afronesia, Inc.

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 Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has been teaching the A.P. Computer Science course from its inception through Pascal, C++, and Java. He previously spent 22 years as a teacher and the director of technology at Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut. Since moving to Charlotte in 2003, he has taught AP Computer Science, Introductory Programming, Computer Graphics and Desktop Publishing and Web Design, and just this year introduced a course in robotics.

Christopher Le
(M.A., 2003) helped launch the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and now owns Emotion Technology, a company combining mental health with technology. He recently wrote a white paper about suicide and the internet for SAMHSA (Under the Department of Health and Human Services) which will inform federal policy about this important topic. Le and his wife live in Austin, Texes.
Mathematics Education

Laurie Bass
(M.A., 1979) has been a math teacher at the Fieldston School since 1979 and writing geometry textbooks for Pearson Prentice Hall since 1998. She is presently working on the 2011 edition.
Science Education

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, Columbia University. This effort will marshal faculty, students, principals and teachers to enhance to professional development of teachers in ten K–12 Harlem schools over the next five years.

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 Chicago and works as a leadership advisor to United Airlines. She writes, “My TC experience has been a tremendous source of influence for my career!”

April Yvonne Garrett
(M.A., 1997) is the founder and president of Civic Frame (, 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 Philander Smith College.

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 Daemen College. Mankey will present at the International Leadership Association symposium in England in May 2009 on “Conceptualizing World Leadership: What Leaders Can Learn from the Mayan Calendar.”
education Leadership

Greg Bamford
(Ed.M., 2007) is the English Department Chair at The Overlake School in Redmond, Washington. He and his wife had a second daughter, Annabel Greer, in November.

Andrew Deyell
(Ed.M., 2006) is finishing his first year as Assistant Headmaster of the Washington Jesuit Academy, a tuition-free middle school in Washington, D.C., that serves educationally underserved and economically disadvantaged boys from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. It is a member of the Nativity Miguel network of schools.

Emily Alana James
(Ed.D., 2005) reports successfully moving to Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland. She teaches and mentors doctoral students in education and management for a number of for profit universities. Being an independent academic gives her the freedom to work with others in an international project aimed at developing new designs for education. Participatory teams from a growing number of sites and countries both meet locally and interact internationally online at


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 Hunter College. Balbi also mentors 17 teachers including Peace Corps Fellows and Student Teachers at TC and Teaching Fellows at Hunter.

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. Hammond is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration at SUNY New Paltz. She is currently the President of the Collegiate Association for the Development of Educational Administration and serves on the General Advisory Group at the New York Education Department for developing school leadership.

Ben Zion Kogen
(Ed.M., 1979; M.A., 1977) resides with his family in Reseda, California, and serves as Executive Director of the Western Region of the Bnai Zion Foundation, an agency that sponsors humanitarian projects all over the Jewish State.

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 Colorado. Stuart recently became a member of the John Dewey Circle and writes, “I appreciate the opportunity I had to sit with perhaps eight other TC students to listen to him and ask questions for an hour or so in late May 1952. He died June 1, 1952 at age 92. I was 25 at the time and thrilled to meet him.”

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 Hackensack, New Jersey, serving four elementary schools and consulting with two middle schools.

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 Westchester Community College. He also taught for 30 years at TC in the higher education program. During that time he served on 64 doctoral committees.
Devon Provan (M.A., 2008) was recently named Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She also became a new mom: Jackson Bailey Provan was born on September 18, 2008.
Organizational Psychology

Maryann McFadden Meador
(M.A., 1986) is a mental health counselor for nursing homes in South Georgia.

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 Wall Street West to develop competency models for the financial services industry. Panganiban has been a senior consultant for Arthur Andersen’s Human Capital practice, Director of Performance Management & Training at American University, Vice President of HR and OD at Wilkes University, and Chief of Staff at Diversified Information Technologies.

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 Denmark.

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.
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