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Passion to perform is the driving phrase that fuels the training manager, project manager, blues and pop singer, Judelaine Ramirez-Catalano. A native of Manila, she served as a Project Manager in Deutsche Bank responsible for process migrations by and among branches in Europe, Middle East and the USA. She also worked as a contractual Project Manager for the mobilization department at the Arthur Anderson consulting offshoot, Accenture where she was tasked to do migration of "Procure to Pay" processes of Diageo (the world's largest producer of spirits) from Hungary to the Philippines and Romania. Prior to her project management roles, she served as a Senior Training Manager in the Global Business Services (GBS), TeleTech Holding Incorporated and was the sole training provider to support functions: IT, Quality Control, Talent Acquisition, Procurement, Accounting and Payroll based in South Africa, Argentina and the Philippines. Her relevant work experiences revolved around start-up companies within the BPO and financial industries. She was able to establish a paperless Funding Department in Manila that catered to Ardent Financial Services. She also served in the faculty of the AMA Computer University in the Philippines as a part-time College instructor for World History, Speech Communication and General Psychology. Judelaine was an active youth leader for MORAL (Movement of Responsible and Able Leaders) and was involved in civic projects on poverty alleviation through livelihood, cottage industry programs, literacy campaigns and medical missions in CAMANAVA Region, Philippines. She was the 2008 GBS Service Excellence Awardee for initiatives such as the Pulse Newsletter, Email Writing and International Business Skills Curricula. In 2003, she represented the Philippines and was the student speaker in the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities convention which was held in Bang Na, Thailand. She was also the 2000 International Air Cadet Exchange IACE Philippine Aerospace delegate, an international youth aviation program of the Civil Air Patrol and NASA held in Washington D.C., and Maryland, USA. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication with Cum Laude honors in San Sebastian College under the SEJA (Senator Edgardo J. Angara) scholarship. She aims to supplement her experiential knowledge on training and project management and grow as an efficient leader through the Adult Learning and Leadership Master's program that she's currently completing at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Fred Antil was in the first AEGIS cohort (M.A. '84, Ed.D. '86, Higher and Adult Education). Before coming to Teachers College, Fred earned his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. He then spent three years as a Marine Corps Officer. Fred spent most of his professional life in Human Resource Development. He has held senior positions at Marriott, other companies, and several large trade associations. Fred also earned a Master of Science in Organizational Development from George Washington University. He was a VP of the American Management Association when he discovered AEGIS. His advisor, Dr. Mezirow, founded AEGIS. While in the program he became Special Assistant to the Dean of Cornell's School of Hotel Administration. Under Mezirow's guidance his dissertation, "Developing A Continuing Education Program For Executives In The Hospitality Industry" was perfect for his career assignment. After retiring from Cornell, he taught part-time at Canisius College for five years. For a decade Fred had a local radio show, interviewing interesting/informative people. Fred now works with Cornell University, Ithaca College, and community organizations as a volunteer. Years ago he began researching Lincoln and he has given frequent presentations about him, often attired as our 16th president. Most recently Fred led a series of adult discussions of Lincoln's speeches under a grant from NYS Council for the Humanities.
Jody is the founder and principal consultant for Jody Barto, Adult Learning Strategist & Coach, LLC. She designs and facilitates engaging, meaningful, and impactful professional development programs for corporate, non-profit, and higher education settings. Jody's college teaching experience focuses on the development of effective interpersonal, group, and written communication skills for the workplace. She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Manhattan College in the M.S. in Organizational Leadership Program, and at Fairleigh Dickinson University for the Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies. In addition to earning an Ed.D. in Adult Learning & Leadership at Teachers College, Jody also holds an M.Ed. in Adult & Organizational Development from Temple University, and a B.S. in Graphic Design Communication. Jody's Linkedin Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/jodybarto
Dr. Rachel Ciporen- As an executive coach and educator Rachel draws on over 15 years of experience in conflict resolution, leadership development and team building to help individuals and organizations maximize their potential. She works with executives across multiple industries and specializes in helping leaders stretch beyond their habitual thinking, relating and problem solving patterns. Rachel is a core faculty member in the Columbia Coaching Certification Program and has been working in Columbia Business School's Emerging Leaders, Senior Executive, High Impact Leadership, Personal and Social Intelligence, and Not-for-Profit Management programs since 2004. Rachel received her bachelor's degree in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College, and completed her Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology at Teachers College prior to entering the Adult Learning and Leadership Doctoral Program. Rachel also completed a certificate program in Organizational Development at the Gestalt OSD Center where she is currently on the Board of Directors. Rachel's research interests include executive education and coaching, transformative learning and learning transfer. Her dissertation "The Role of Personally Transformative Learning in Leadership Development" won The American Society of Training and Development's Dissertation of the Year Award in 2008. Her work has been published in The Academy of Management Learning and Education, The Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and in the edited series University and Corporate Innovations in Lifetime Learning.
Patricia W. De Barbieri
Dr. Patricia De Barbieri is a licensed professional counselor with 42 years of experience in education. She began her career as a high school vocational education teacher, kindergarten and pre-school teacher, and elementary school counselor in a public school settings. She has experience working in public and private education, not for profit social service agencies, private practice and institutions of higher education. Her work in higher education began as adjunct instructor at Gateway Community Technical College, Albertus Magnus College, and Sacred Heart University. She served for 10 years as university student mental health counselor and director of a university mental health counseling center. It was during these experiences that her professional interest in eating disorders began. She is a past member of the NCAA Speakers Bureau and has visited colleges and universities throughout the U S consulting with student athletes, coaches and athletic department administrators around support for athletes with eating disorders. Dr. De Barbieri is Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and former Chair of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University. She served as Coordinator of the graduate program in School Counseling for 10 years prior to becoming Department Chair. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta in Child Development and Family Relations and a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Southern Connecticut State University. The benefits of her doctoral studies at TC are endless, but most importantly are the concepts of reflection and transformation in learning which inform her work as an educator on a daily basis. Her dissertation topic is; The Role of Learning in Recover from Bulimia.
Michellana Y. Jester, Lecturer and Manager of MIT Sloan School of Management's Action Learning Program, began her career as a strategic management consultant before she began working in higher education. As a consultant for more than a decade, Dr. Jester worked for private corporations, non-profit organizations, and public agency clients to strategically solve organizational challenges. Her consulting engagements specialized in leadership development, organizational change, and team building. In her current role at MIT Sloan, Dr. Jester draws from her private and non-profit sector experience to assist MBA and other graduate students link theoretical management concepts to real world business challenges. As the Manager of Sloan's Action Learning Program, she is responsible for leading the design and delivery of project based courses and recruiting host company partnerships that align with the program's goals. Dr. Jester develops, supports, and assesses program learning objectives, as well as the transfer of learning among multiple stakeholders including faculty, students, and host companies. Dr. Jester received her doctorate degree from Teachers College Columbia University where her research focus was adult learning and leadership. Her dissertation, entitled "When and Where I Enter: A Case Study of Preservice Teachers Preparing to Teach in Culturally Diverse Educational Settings", explored the impact of reflective practice on teaching perspectives. Her study incorporated tools she developed to enhance and examine reflection. Dr. Jester also holds a masters degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government where her study focus was group dynamics, leadership, and economics; and a bachelors degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Mills College.
Barbara A. Macaulay
Barbara A. Macaulay currently serves as the Associate Provost for Online Education/CEO of MCPHS Online at the Mass College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, overseeing the development and implementation of online health care programs. She spent some 28 years in the public higher education arena at both the community college and university levels, engaged in various aspects of adult and continuing education. Her last position was as Associate Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for UMass Online. She also taught graduate courses in adult and continuing education at several colleges in Massachusetts, as well as at Teachers College and was a doctoral advisor for the AEGIS Program for several years. In addition to earning an Ed.D. and MA at Teachers College, she holds an M.Ed. from Worcester State University and a B.S. from Springfield College. The research interests were and are strongly tied to adult learning in various settings and venues; needless to say, she has been well served by this area of interest/expertise in online education where adult learning practices must be carefully integrated into online program and course delivery, as well as faculty preparation.
Richanne C. Mankey
Richanne C. Mankey is Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Daemen College in Amherst, New York. Richanne's career as an organizational leader in independent higher education spans two and one-half decades; she has been a Senior Student Affairs Officer since 1996. Her master's degree is in Social Agency Counseling from the University of Dayton (Ohio, 1997), and her bachelor's degree is in Psychology from Ohio Northern University (Ohio, 1982). In addition to her administrative duties, Richanne teaches in the Executive Leadership and Change masters program at Daemen College—she teaches research and transformational leadership. In leadership, her intention is to promote leading from the heart with humans at the center of holistic and collaborative decision-making. Richanne was inspired to pursue her doctorate in this program because she wanted to better understand how to promote holistic learning in students. She knew the excellent reputation of the faculty in the AEGIS program would promote her own learning, thinking, and intuiting to enhance her practice as a student affairs professional who advances learning for life by helping student synthesize classroom and outside-of-classroom lessons.
Leodis Scott, LearnLong, Founder & Learning Strategist with a focus on advancing education and learning within institutions and communities. Over 15 years serving learners in the military, corporate, nonprofit and academic fields: Research includes experiential learning, community engagement, and educational philosophy. BA: Economics; Philosophy: University of Illinois at Chicago MA: Adult Education: DePaul University School for New Learning Leodis came to the Adult Learning and Leadership program to learn alongside a diverse and dedicated group of educational leaders within our emerging field of adult learning and continuing education. Leodis came to this school to experience the legacy of Teachers College by learning its renowned history, traditions, and practices of service.
Alysa Turkowitz is a recent Ed.D. graduate from the Adult Learning and Leadership Department. Her research interests and dissertation focus is on the experience of marginalized students within higher education settings and creating equitable educational opportunities. She is also the Associate Director of Educational Affairs for the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. In this role she supports faculty and graduate students on their educational journey including but not limited to providing curricular and pedagogical support, educational programming and academic advising. Alysa's background includes experience in training and development, leadership development, talent management and planning, and career advising. Alysa received her MA at Teachers College in Social and Organizational Psychology. The ALL Program's impressive faculty, collegial atmosphere and overall passion and commitment to adult learners helped make TC the obvious choice for her degree program.
John C. Welch IV
John C. Welch, Ed.D., M.T.S., M.B.A. is an author and professional speaker on topics related to influence, leadership, power, and grit. He is the author of Mastering the Power of Grit, and he hosts the Classic Influence Podcast (available on iTunes). Dr. Welch teaches a course at Columbia entitled Creating Revolutionary Change in a Democratic Society. Deeply concerned about the future of American democracy, he also works part-time as the National Campaign Manager for the movement to launch the new Progressive Bull Moose Party. He earned a master's degree in business administration from San Diego State University and a master's degree from Harvard where he split his time between the Divinity School and the Kennedy School of Government. He earned his doctorate from the Department of Organization and Leadership at Columbia. Johnny currently lives in San Diego and, in his free time, enjoys weightlifting, running, traveling and, above all, surfing on some clean, hollow, warm water waves.
Jeff Wetzler is Executive Vice President and Chief Learning Officer at Teach For America. Currently, Jeff co-leads the national function accountable for the performance of approx. 8,000 teachers and 1000+ full- and part-time staff members. He directly oversees teams who: design and develop the training and ongoing support for TFA's teachers and the staff who train and supervise them; run asocial-networking website to enable online learning and knowledge-sharing; measure performance and drive ongoing innovation to the program; and conduct long-term research to identify the top drivers of teacher performance and improvement. Jeff joined Teach For America after working at Monitor Group, an international consulting firm, where he developed and led client engagements to advise executives on a range of strategic, organizational, and leadership issues. While at Monitor, Wetzler also led new product development initiatives and managed global training in the area of interpersonal effectiveness. Jeff currently serves on the board of Rocketship Education, as vice chair on the founding board of three Leadership Prep charter elementary schools in Brooklyn, and as an advisor to several education start-ups. He earned a B.S. in psychology from Brown University; while at Brown, Jeff cofounded Providence Science Outreach, a nonprofit organization that equips university students to use hands-on projects to get kids in under-resourced schools excited about science. Jeff earned an M.A.in adult learning and leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he pursued a doctorate to advance his understanding of theory and connect it to his day-to-day practice.
Donna Murdoch serves as Director of Learning and Development for Apollo Education Group's Industry Strategy unit. Working in tandem with Apollo's academic and education program development teams, she leads design and development of educational products and services keyed to national industry career priorities across numerous vertical markets. Prior to joining Apollo Education Group, Donna was the Associate Director of Virtual Instruction at Temple University, where she designed and implemented their first fully online undergraduate business bachelor's degree. Before that, she was with Classlink, a technology implementation firm for Career and Technology Education programs. Her numerous consulting roles have included ongoing advisement and mentorship to The University of Pennsylvania's Education Design Studio, the New York City Mayor's Office of Adult Education, Johnson and Johnson's Global Medical Knowledge Division, and a number of education startups and entrepreneurs. Donna's notable activities at the national level include her current role as Chair of the Online Learning Consortium's Launch Pad for its International Symposium for Emerging Technologies in Online Learning and membership on the Association of American Publishers Five on the Rise Educational Technology Award Committee. She is also an annual judge and participant in the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) CoDIE awards' EdTech division, the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspiration Awards, International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) poster session selection, and the Penn GSE/Milken Family Foundation Education Business Plan Competition. She has presented at conferences including SXSWedu, International Society for Technology in Education, Software and Information Industry Association, and the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education. Donna is a recent Ed.D graduate at Columbia University Teachers College in Adult Education and Organizational Leadership, where she also received her master's degree in Communications, Computers, Technology, and Education. Her dissertation focuses on the transformative process adults experience as they integrate new modalities, technologies, and pedagogies into their professional practice.
Stacey Robbins is an educator, coach and researcher whose work focuses on women's leadership development and entrepreneurial learning and innovation to help individuals and teams create the next level of success and meaning in their professional endeavors. Stacey is a doctoral candidate in the Adult Learning and Leadership program. She is also a member of the Transformative Learning Conference 2014 steering committee and a recipient of the Dean's Fellowship for Diversity in Teaching and Learning 2014. A former high school English teacher, Stacey later worked as a consultant to the NYCDOE where she supported teachers in their work with non-readers. She looks forward to bringing together her passions for learning, entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership in the context of higher education. Stacey received a BA in English Literature from the University of Michigan, a MST in Education from Fordham University, an EdM in Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University and a certification in Executive and Organizational Coaching from Columbia University. Stacey chose to pursue her doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College because she believes that adult learning is key to individual success and happiness and our collective well being.
Alison Walling is the Founder and CEO of Walling & Associates, LLC. As a consulting practitioner and executive coach, Ms. Walling has provided leadership development and organizational change programs for organizations including Bristol Myers Squibb, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Columbia Business School and Marsh & McLennan Companies. Ms. Walling is an Instructor for the Columbia Essentials of Management Program for Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. Prior to founding Walling & Associates, Ms. Walling delivered training and development programs for Columbia Business School and Goldman Sachs. She also served as the Assistant Director for the Samberg Institute of Teaching Excellence at Columbia Business School where she advised on strategic, management and evaluative planning and execution to improve the effectiveness of classroom content and delivery. Ms. Walling is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, Teachers College, where her dissertation focuses on Executive Coaching Communication and Client Outcomes. She expects to defend in the Fall of 2014 and graduate in the Spring of 2015. She is presenting her research at the 2014 First International Columbia Coaching Conference. Ms. Walling received her M.A. in Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College, with a research focus on Team Learning in Organizations.