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Mike Sessions, PhD (HOD 2012), was awarded the Excellent in Teaching Award for 2017 Root 6 by the Associated School of Construction.

Gloria Morrow, PhD (PSY 1998), was promoted to Director of Behavioral Health MMG Molina Health Care.

Kathy Armijo Etre, PhD (HOD), was named the first ever recipient of the 2017 Spirit of Community, Community Champion Award by the Association for Community Health Improvement in New Mexico.

Ken Druck, PhD (PSY 1984), was featured on CNN with Don Lemon tallking about Prince William, Prince Harry, and Princess Kate Middleto’sn discussion and speaking openly about mental health and grief.

Caryn Wiley-Rapoport, PhD (Media PSY 2017), was appointed by Canvas Worldwide as SVP, managing director at the agency’s consumer insights practice.

Geraldine Perri, PhD (HOD 1998), superintendent/president of Citrus College, was named“Woman of the Year” by Senator Anthony Portantino.

Berlinda Begay, EdD (ELC 2016), Eva B. Stokely Elementary School’s bilingual and multicultural supervisor, is featured in this piece about her New Mexico school, where students are being taught in the Navajo language, and thriving.

Marilyn Bailey-Jefferson, EdD, (ELC 2010) was awarded the 2017 Southern Early Childhood Education Association President’s Award.

Cheri Gurse, PhD, (HOD 2013) accepted a full-time faculty in the liberal arts program at Antioch-Santa Barbara teaching Business Ethics & Social Responsibility, and Community Psychology & Social Change.

Pamela Thomas, EdD, (ELC 2011) principal at Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) of America’s Career and Academic Development Institute (CADI), was honored by The American Conference on Diversity with the 2017 Bridge Builder Award in April during the 69th Annual Humanitarian Awards Gala at the Pleasantdale Château in West Orange, NJ.

June Klein, EdD, (ELC 2010) vice president for business affairs and CFO of Palo Alto University, was awarded by the FEI’s Silicon Valley Chapter as one of the four Finance Executives of the Year (FEOY), and was one of the three Chief Financial Officers chosen by the Silicon Valley Business Journal to participate in a panel discussion about the current era of political change.

Clarice Ford, EdD, (ELC 2003) was named vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Ande Diaz, PhD, (HOD 2009) associate provost for diversity and organizational development at Allegheny College, in Pennsylvania, was appointed chief diversity officer at Saint Anselm College, in New Hampshire.

Joe Troiani, PhD (CLIN PSY 1992) was appointed as president of the Illinois Psychological Association. He is the second alumnus to be elected to this position, the first being John Blattner, PhD (CLIN PSY 1998).

John L. Bennett, PhD, (HOD 2006) was named the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. Chair of Leadership, which is one of the highest honors awarded to a faculty member at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte.

Bill White, EdD, (ELC 2001) was appointed as head of the Office of Minority Affairs in West Virginia.

Andree Robinson-Neal, EdD, (ELC 2009) was chosen as a featured presenter in the 2016-2017 Distinguished Speaker Series by Cottey College’s Serenbetz Institute for Women’s Leadership, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness in Nevada.

Ronald Cortez, MA (OMOD 2003) was appointed as vice chancellor for administration and businesses service at University of California, Irvine.

Michele Bresso, PhD (HOD 2013) was appointed as vice president of academic affairs at Gavilan College.

Salud Carbajal, MA (OMOD 2003) (D-CA) was sworn into serve his first term in the 115th Congress representing the 24th Congressional District.

Ref Rodriguez, EdD (2006) was reappointed to the  California Commission on Teacher Credentialing by California Governor Jerry Brown.

Marney Hoffman, PhD (PSY 2015) was given the Distinguished Service Award for 2016  from the Oregon Counseling Association (OCA) during the OCA Annual Fall Conference in Portland Oregon.

John Bennett, PhD (HOD 2006) was named the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. Chair of Leadership at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte.

Bill Dailey, EdD (ELC 2010) and his guide dog, Farley, were honored with a bench on the Fresno State campus on recognition of Dailey’s 15 years of service to the Department of Social Work Education and Department of Public Health.

UC Riverside announced Sheila Bergman, PhD (HOD 2015) as the new ARTSblock director.

Drew Thomas Foley, PhD (HOD 2012) published chapter titled ” Madness and the Map ” in a new peer-reviewed anthology titled Depth Psychology and the Digital Age.

Steven Page, PhD (HOD 2015) dissertation research on the development of systems thinking over the life span was selected for presentation at the 2016 Midwest Academy of Management conference.

Charlita Shelton, PhD (HOD 2008) was named the new executive director of the Chicago, Illinois-based Dallas Nursing Institute.

Amy Serin, PhD (PSY 2006) launched a patent pending non-invasive neuroscientific wearable device.

Michael D. Sessions, PhD (HOD 2012) was promoted to department chair of the Design and Construction Management Department in the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering at Brigham Young University in Idaho.

Iowa Wild General Manager Brent Flahr announced that the American Hockey League (AHL) club named Keith Paulsen, MA (MA-CEL 2008) as the team’s new Video Coach.

Camille Pavy Claibourne, PhD (HOD 2002) published “Purses and Shoes for Sale,” a book about the joys and challenges of caring for elderly parents, is based on her caregiving research.

Lynn Schmidt, PhD (HOD 2009) and Kevin Nourse, PhD (HOD 2009) recently wrote “Shift Into Thrive,” a book that outlines six resilience-building strategies that women can use to successfully to thrive in the face of career challenges.

Paul Gunser, PhD (PSY 1984) was elected as president of the Neuropsychology Division of the New York State Psychological Association. Currently, he is engaged in the development of a proposal to research the effectiveness of HRV Biofeedback and Heart Math interventions with police officers for stress and anger management. Dr. Gunser oversees two cardiologists, a psychologist, an administrator MD, two master’s level professionals and the VP for administration of St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers.

Darren Pitcher, EdD (ELC 2014) was named acting vice president of learning while retaining his role as vice president of student services at Grays Harbor College.

Merian Stewart, EdD (ELC 2000) was appointed as principal at Franklin Elementary School in the Pasadena Unified School District.

Michael M Gonzalez, EdD (ELC 2014) is a Fulbright Scholar for 2015-16. Dr. Gonzalez is conducting his research on sustainable incomes for indigenous weaving communities in the Philippines. The research will investigate the efforts by NGO’s, local/international governmental agencies and individuals in addressing these problems such as fiber plant cultivation, technology innovations, and coop strategies. He is the research/education director of The Hinabi Project (THP) based in San Francisco. THP is a 501c3 organization dedicated to spread public awareness of indigenous textile art. Currently, he is with the adjunct faculty of City College of San Francisco and University of San Francisco.

Richard Weaver, PhD (HOD 1993) was promoted from associate professor to professor in the School of Business and Management at National University. NU is a mid-career oriented university that offers both bachelor and master level degrees. He is the program director for the bachelor of arts in management and the master of global management.

The School Superintendents Association (AASA) announced the inaugural cohort of graduates including Marion Smith, Jr., EdD (ELC  2010) from the University of Southern California (USC) Urban Superintendents Academy.

Nicola Erb, PhD (HOD 2013) was selected as the Assistant Chief of Police at Breckenridge Police Department.

James Douglas Smith, PhD (HOD 2013) had his article “Human Experience Realist Ontology in Basic Formal Ontology” published in Knowledge Organization Journal.

Julie Benesh, PhD (HOD 2011) program director and department chair for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Online campus has been promoted to Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership.

Kathy D. Geller PhD, (HOD 2004) was promoted to associate clinical professor at Drexel University in the EdD Leadership and Management Program. In this role Kathy is “dedicated to educating scholars, leaders, and practitioners to transform the world” and applies Fielding’s values of diversity, social justice, learner-centered education and transformational learning in her pedagogy.