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Alonso-NunezPilarPilar Alonso-Nunez, PhD, LCSW and Gwendolyn Kaltoft, RN EdD, are members of the interdisciplinary hospice team at Yolo Hospice, a not-for-profit freestanding community based agency in Davis CA, USA; collectively they have over 30 years of end-of-life care experience.
AmendSabineSabine Amend, owner SAMIKA: Building Adaptive Minds, focuses on human resource-ing™ as an integral part of strategy and organization development. As a Professor at a Business School, she teaches and designs courses on intercultural management, entrepreneurship and strategic self-stewardship. She is also a Gyrokinesis® instructor and Gyrotonic® Pre-Trainer.
AndersonSatheLaurieRSLaurie Anderson Sathe is the program director of the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies at St Catherine University. She is interested in transformation and healing at the individual and systemic level and teaches leadership, research and global studies.
BanerjeeAnyanaAnyana Banerjee is a doctoral candidate in Adult Learning at the University of Georgia, Athens and Deputy Branch Chief, Prevention Effectiveness Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Ms. Banerjee’s research and practice focuses on leadership development in the context of adaptive challenges.
BarthellJohnJohn Barthell, Dean of the College of Mathematics & Science at the University of Central Oklahoma and Professor of Biology, maintains an active student-centered international research program. His interest in Transformative Learning emphasizes undergraduate research and he is currently the PI of an NSF REU grant and a CUR Councilor.
BassettCarolineRSCaroline Bassett Ph.D. is founder and Director of The Wisdom Institute which focuses on practical uses of wisdom in everyday life. She teaches at Walden University and Capella University, directing dissertations for doctoral students in higher and adult education. She currently co-chairs the Curriculum Committee of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Minnesota.
BeneshJulieRSJulie Benesh, Ph.D. is a member of the program faculty in the doctoral program in Organizational Leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She consults to businesses and not-for-profits, has extensive experience in the healthcare industry, and is an award winning short-story writer.
BenneBeatriceRSBeatrice Benne, Ph.D., is the founder of Soma Integral Consulting, a firm focused on addressing adaptive challenges by facilitating multi-stakeholder transformative change toward emergent solutions. By creatively combining rational analysis and perceptive intuition, Ms. Benne successfully navigates the intricacy of highly complex environments while designing purposeful and resilient organizations.
BittermanJeanneDr. Jeanne Bitterman is a senior lecturer in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, serving as core faculty since 1983. In addition to teaching and sponsoring doctoral research she publishes and consults in training and professional development in: healthcare, higher and public education, for profit and non-profit organizations.
BolticSylvia2RSSylvia Boltic is a Systems Engineer for Huntington-Ingalls, Industries. She received her BSC from Spring Hill College, her MBA from the University of South Alabama, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning at George Washington University.
BoydDrick1440x180Drick Boyd is Associate Professor of Urban and Interdisciplinary Studies at Eastern University where he teaches courses on Race & Ethnic Relations and Social Justice. He is also a popular educator in Philadelphia, PA particularly in the area of grassroots leadership development, educational justice and gun violence prevention.
BrendelWilliamRSDr. William Brendel is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Learning and Development at the University of Saint Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Brendel is the founder of a website resource for the theory and practice of www.transformativelearning.org. His core research focus is with medical professionals who interface with and influence meaning-making with patients.
BroeckerMonika140x180Monika Broecker is the founder of the Center for Personal Growth and the Agency for Corporate Wellness. Monika has had a long-term career in Leadership Development. At Google, Monika built and led the School of Personal Growth. Monika works as a coach, consultant, workshop leader and Somatic Psychotherapist (MFTi). http://center4personalgrowth.com
BrownVickiRSVicki Brown is the Director of Civilian Training for the Dept of Army. She develops Army-wide policy and resourcing requirements for educating the Army’s 340,000 member civilian workforce, oversees a $70M training budget, and leads a team of senior Training Managers, HRD Specialists and Financial Managers. Vicki is a doctoral candidate in George Washington University’s Executive Leadership Program, Human and Organizational Learning.
BuchheitCarlCarl Buchheit is Co-Founder and Training Director of NLP Marin, a company begun in 1994. Since that time, NLP Marin has trained hundreds of students in Marin-Style NLP and in Systemic Constellation work. His ongoing, intense private practice has transformed thousands of clients’ lives.
BushPerdetaRSPerdeta L. Bush is pursuing her doctorate in Adult Education at The Pennsylvania State University—Harrisburg. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University and a Masters of Education in Adult Education from the University of Georgia. Her research interest is on the power of forgiveness as a vehicle for transformative learning.
CainPeggyRSMargaret “Peggy” Cain is a Professor and Director of the Master of Arts in Community Leadership program at Westminster College. Her M.A. in Latin American Studies and Ph.D. in Adult Education are from University of Wisconsin-Madison, with emphasis on learning in social movements. Her research interests are complexity thinking and leaderless organizing.
CantyJeanineRSDr. Jeanine Canty is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the School of Social and Natural Sciences at Naropa University. Her work addresses the ecological crisis through critical thinking, unraveling worldviews, connecting with all of life and changing our practices to be aligned with ecologically healthy modes of being.
CarterTeresaTeresa J. (Terry) Carter, EdD, is Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning at Virginia Commonwealth University and Associate Dean for Professional Instruction and Faculty Development in the VCU School of Medicine. Her research interests include transformative learning among professionals in the workplace and teaching with technology.
CasteelMelissaRSMelissa Casteel is an early childhood and adult educator. She promotes quality improvement of early childhood programs at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University and is an adult education doctoral student at NLU. Melissa’s research focus is the power of stories to build community.
ChenJosephRSJoseph Chen is an assistant professor at DePaul University's School for New Learning, a competence-based program for adult learners, located in Chicago, Illinois. He is also in private practice as a licensed clinical psychologist. He teaches courses on psychology and his research is focused on the human change process.
CriswellEleanorRSEleanor Criswell Hanna, Ed.D., is director of the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training and editor of Somatics magazine. She is an emeritus professor of psychology and former chair of the Psychology Department at Sonoma State University. She is founding director and distinguished consulting faculty at Saybrook University.
CroweGinnaVirginia (Ginna) Leigh Hamilton Crowe, RN Ed.D. has over 30 years experience in many areas and multiple levels of healthcare ranging from front line care delivery to management and international consulting. Dr. Crowe founded Hamilton Consulting, LLC in 2001. Her practice centers on facilitating learning and improving for organizations, teams, and individuals.
CunliffEd2RSDr. Ed Cunliff is a Professor of Adult and Higher Education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Ed has over 35 years’ experience in innovative organizational development. He has worked in social services, health care and higher education and has served in a consultative role with dozens of organizations.
DahlemJanetRSJanet Dahlem is Associate Professor in the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies program, and as an educator and leader in the field she serves on advisory boards of hospitals and educational institutions working to incorporate integrative and holistic health approaches.
DavisKatherineRSKatherine L. Davis, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Katie is a second-year PhD student in the Adult Education Program in the College of Education at The University of Georgia. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and currently holds a position as a Program Coordinator with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
DesautelsLoriRSLori Desautels, Ph.D. is on full time faculty at Marian University in Indianapolis. She instructs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the school of education emphasizing the social and emotional skills, service and educational neuroscience inside her courses and within the public schools with new teachers. She has recently published a new book entitled, “How May I Serve You? Revelations in Education.” Lori’s web site is: www.revelationsineducation.com.
DirkxJohnRSJohn M. Dirkx is Professor and Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair of Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University. His current research focuses on the transformative dimensions of international education and professional development for postsecondary institutions in developing countries. He is current editor of the Journal of Transformative Education.
Drago-SeversonEleanorRS2Ellie Drago-Severson, Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, is author of Becoming Adult Learners (2004), Helping Teachers Learn (2004), Leading Adult Learning (2009) Helping Educators Grow (Harvard Education Press, 2012) and Learning and Leading for Growth (Corwin/Sage, 2013). Ellie focuses on supporting adult development in organizations domestically and internationally.
DuphilyMoniqueRSMonique Duphily Raised on a farm and now teaching at San Jose State University, Monique Duphily is strongly invested in maintaining—and deepening—her relationship with the natural world. Her travels to Peru and continued work with Q’ero Elders have greatly informed her dissertation research on the Andean principle of reciprocity.
EllisAuburnAuburn Ellis is a visual artist and educator in Chicago. Currently, she is working on paintings relative to her doctoral dissertation at National Louis University centered in the Africentric Paradigm. The degree, an EdD in adult in continuing education, will be completed with an art-based dissertation. www.auburnaesthetic.com
EttlingDorothyRSDorothy Ettling, Professor in the Ph.D. program at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX, is co-founder of Women's Global Connection, whose mission is to promote the leadership and learning of women in developing countries and regions.
ECCW2The European-American Collaborative Challenging Whiteness fosters research and learning about White Supremacist Consciousness. Collective authorship under the name of the Collaborative reflects our understanding of the holistic way in which knowledge is constructed. Members came together originally through a cultural consciousness project at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco; members are: Carole Barlas, Elizabeth Kasl, Alec MacLeod, Doug Paxton, Penny Rosenwasser and Linda Sartor. Our website: http://www.iconoclastic.net/eccw/
FellerAmanda3.140x180Amanda E. Feller, Ph.D. is a teacher, scholar and practitioner in communication and conflict management. In addition to university teaching, she works with NGOs using dialogue to create community in divided societies. Her publications and invited lectures address concepts and skills related to communication efficacy, dialogue and transformation. Dr. Feller teaches at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA and lives on a half-acre botanical garden she cultivated as a place of sanctuary and renewal.
FerrerasSolymarRSSolymar Ferreras is a Doctoral candidate in the Adult Learning and Leadership Program at Columbia University. Conducting research on how to conceptualize and implement relevant and quality interdisciplinary social science doctoral programs. BA from Georgetown University, J.D. and MSW from University of Puerto Rico. Worked ten years as a public sector lawyer in Puerto Rico.
Fisher-YoshidaBethRSDr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida is Director and Faculty of the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University and President of Fisher Yoshida International. She serves on the Boards of the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution and Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies.
FjellstadtLyndseyLyndsey Fjellstedt is Assistant Director for the Center for Student Engagement at George Washington University. She received her B.S. from James Madison University and her M.Ed from the University of South Carolina. She is pursuing her doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning at George Washington University.
FlynnBonnieRSBonnie Flynn is an associate professor at National Louis University where she teaches health care and general management courses in the College of Management and Business. She completed her doctoral degree in Adult and Continuing Education at NLU and holds a Master of Public Health degree from Benedictine University.
GabowMichelle140x180Michelle A. Gabow has been a Learning Ability Specialist in the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) at Curry College for over twenty years, and she has been an active, award winning, playwright and author for over thirty years. Her full-length scripts have been produced in Boston and throughout the country.
GaffneySylvia140x180Sylvia Gaffney, PhD is interim Director of OD and Learning and Development at the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) working collaboratively with executive leadership, management, Human Resources, and the RCGA One Team in OD initiatives and company-wide programs that support the organization's strategic objectives, corporate culture, and employee growth and development. Before joining the RCGA team, Dr Gaffney has been consulting nationally and internationally in Change management integrating the human element with organizational goals.
GallRob140x180.2Rob Gall teaches at Meridian University where his research focus is on the role community based initiation practices in transformative learning. He teaches courses on expressive arts and transformative learning praxis.
GallegosPlacidaDr. Placida Gallegos is a Principle of ICW Consulting Group and serves on the faculty of the School of Human and Organization Development within Fielding Graduate University. She conducts research and has published on the impact of intercultural competence and leadership development especially as they relate to Hispanics/Latinas/Latinos in organizations.
GallowayKateRSKate Galloway is Senior Lecturer in Law, James Cook University. Her research encompasses the student experience in legal education and feminist, critical and contextual approaches to law. She leads the Australian Teaching & Learning (Law) Network and sits on the Council of Australian Law Deans Working Party on Student Wellness.
GatmonAnnaAnna Gatmon, Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change from CIIS. Her work focuses on facilitating spiritual inner knowing. Integrating personal and professional life, Dr. Gatmon has homeschooled her sons and founded an elementary school for wholistic education. She comes from a multi-cultural background and is multi-lingual.
GeislerCarolRSCarol Geisler is educated as both a psychologist and nurse. She currently teaches in the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies at St. Catherine University where she coordinates the research sequence and graduate student research projects.
GerkenSiegmar140x180Siegmar Gerken, PH.D., ECP, studied psychology, education and anthropology. He has pioneered body-oriented and heart-centered therapy and Humanistic Psychology since 1971. Siegmar has been adjunct teaching faculty at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, JFK-University and Esalen Institute, Big Sur. He conducts body-oriented therapy and mindfulness-based trainings worldwide (www.CoreEvolution.com);(www.EnergyandConsciousness.com)
GlisczinskiDanRSDaniel J. Glisczinski (EdD, University of Minnesota) works as assistant professor of education at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he and his students explore ways in which education neuroscience can improve the quality of teaching, learning, and living. Dan is grateful for a life rich in family, community, and outdoor adventures.
GlynnDonnaRSDonna M. Glynn, PhD, RN, ANP-BC is an Associate Professor of Practice, Simmons College, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts. Her research is focused on structured reflective practice, theory practice gap and the development of clinical judgment and clinical confidence in nursing students.
GogiaLauraRSLaura Gogia, MD, is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School. Laura practiced medicine in rural Virginia for five years before returning to Virginia Commonwealth University to initiate Ph.D. studies in Education with an emphasis in Adult Learning.
GreenLarryRSLarry Green has been a practicing psychotherapist for over forty years. He has also taught in a number of post-secondary institutions. He recently completed a doctoral dissertation on the optimal relationship between the prereflective self and the reflective mind.
HaysPamelaRSDr. Pamela Hays is a Psychologist in private practice in Alaska, an international speaker on multicultural awareness, cross cultural communication and wisdom across cultures. She is the author of Addressing Cultural Complexity in Practice, and Culturally Responsive Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
HerbersSharonRSM. Sharon Herbers, an associate professor at the University of the Incarnate Word, teaches adult education courses. She has researched teaching strategies that serve as catalysts for the transformative learning process of teachers and students. Another research thread is the early history of Highlander Folk School.
HogganChadRSChad Hoggan is an Assistant Professor of Adult Education at North Carolina State University. He has an Ed.D. in Adult Learning & Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. His research has focused on the wide variety of contexts in which transformative learning occurs, such as anti-racism education, breast cancer survivorship, and through arts-based learning encounters.
Hovey-RitterMargotRSMargot Hovey-Ritter Since graduating from CIIS’s Transformative Learning and Change program in 2002, Margot-Hovey Ritter has sought opportunities to synergize with others, not only “addressing conflict” but expanding possibilities to grow together. These events bring her joy. Recently, Margot has initiated research on how to introduce synergy to the corporate realm with virtual teams working at a distance.
HubbardLaura140x180Laura Hubbard has extensive experience in working with non-traditional age college students with learning disabilities, attention deficits, and comorbid psychiatric disorders. She is currently the Coordinator of the Adult Center at the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) at Curry College.
IllerisKnudRSKnud Illeris is Professor Em. of Lifelong Learning at the Danish University of Education and an internationally well-known learning theorist. Former Honorable Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. His most important book, ”How We Learn”, has been translated into several languages, including Chinese.
InsightDialogRSInsight Dialog Each of the presenters graduated from CIIS’s Transformative Learning and Change. Pat Fox, Ph.D. is the Manager of Online Academic Affairs for Heald College, working extensively in community building online. Lisa Herman, Ph.D. is Director Creative Expression at ITP/Sofia University, teaches at Meridian University and practices psychotherapy in Monterey. Margot Hovey-Ritter, Ph.D.’s extensive work with groups includes addressing conflict, growth, and virtual teams in the corporate realm. Patricia McCarver, Ph.D. is a Faculty Mentor at Western Governor’s University, teaching Foundations of Research and Educational Psychology, working with adult learners and on-line learning communities. Terri O'Fallon Ph.D., researches adult developmental maturity and collective intelligence within a 50 year career of teaching from infant stimulation through post Ph.D.
JohanssonCharityRSCharity Johansson, PhD, is a physical therapist with 30 years of experience as an educator and practitioner in the field of healthcare. Currently a professor of physical therapy at Elon University, Dr. Johansson has published and presented widely on transformative endeavors in education and in healthcare.
JonesBrookRSBrook Dennard Jones is an independent consultant in Atlanta, Georgia specializing in issues of diversity and inclusion. Brook holds a Masters in HR and Organizational Development from the University of Georgia and a Bachelors in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. She is currently perusing a doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning at George Washington University.
JonesPeterRSPeter Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at James Cook University. His research, teaching and activism interests include transformative learning, eco-social justice and community development. Peter is currently involved with a number of grass-roots environmental organisations as well as conducting research into transformative learning in social work education.
KakourisAlex2RSDr. Alexandros Kakouris lectures at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is also an adult educator and a counselor at the university career office. His research interests mainly concern adult learning with applications to entrepreneurship education. He has written two books, a book chapter and several research articles.
KaltoftGwendoGwendolyn Kaltoft, RN EdD and Pilar Alonso-Nunez, PhD, LCSW, are members of the interdisciplinary hospice team at Yolo Hospice, a not-for-profit freestanding community based agency in Davis CA, USA; collectively they have over 30 years of end-of-life care experience.
KaslElisabethRSElizabeth Kasl, Ph.D. has fostered collaborative learning through scholarly work, curriculum development, and pedagogical practice. She helped create the doctoral program in Transformative Learning at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her chapter, authored with Lyle Yorks, in the upcoming Handbook of Transformative Learning is about presentational knowing.
KayaKathyRSKathy Kaya is a doctoral candidate at Fielding Graduate University finalizing her dissertation research. Her interests lie in holistic approaches to transformative learning for social justice, women’s growth and development, and fostering whole-person work environments. She is an independent organization development consultant working to harmonize her practice with her scholarship interests.
Mark Kelley is a recent graduate of the Learning and Change Program of the California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco. His dissertation was entitled: Nurturing Group Learning in a Social Change Organization; learning in practice. His interests are in organizational strategy and learning, particularly for nonprofit and social change organizations.
KelleyTamaraTamara Kelley is currently a doctorate candidate in the Adult Learning and Leadership Program at Teacher’s College, Columbia University in New York. She has held numerous administrative positions where she collaborated with educators to improve the leadership capacity of personnel. She is an experienced coach and certified training consultant.
KendallLisaLisa Kendall is an associate professor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC, teaching leadership classes including: Foundational Leadership Studies, Creative Leadership and Women’s Leadership. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the California Institute for Integral Studies in the Transformative Studies program. Her research centers on transformative learning theory, cybernetics and humor.
Kennedy-ReidSherry3RSSherry Kennedy-Reid is a professional in the aerospace industry, working for firms in Europe and the US over the past 25 years. In 2012 she completed an Ed.D. from George Washington University. Additionally, Sherry has an N.D. degree, and has been a personal development and transformation practitioner since 2007.
KokkosAlexisRSAlexis Kokkos is Professor of Adult Education at the Hellenic Open University and Chairman of the Hellenic Adult Education Association, which was the host organization of the 9th International Transformative Learning Conference, since 2004. His research focus is on the focus is on the use of aesthetic experience in unearthing critical thinking.
KuehtKathyRSKathy Kueht, Founder and principal of CreAction Global Consulting. Developed and designed learning programs and development plans for leaders on all levels: executives, managers, supervisors, and individual contributors in a wide range of Fortune 500 businesses and federal agencies. Awarded Best Action Learning Research Study at the World Institute of Action Learning’s Global Forum in Washington, D.C., June 2009.
kushnerJennifer140x180Jennifer Kushner is a Program and Evaluation Specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. She focuses on educational paradigm change, capacity-building for ‘cross border’ work, and systems approaches to evaluation. Her research looks at leadership of liberatory movements. Her degrees are in adult education (EdD, National-Louis University; MS, University of Wisconsin).
KwongWeltonRSWelton Kwong is a doctoral student in the AEGIS program at Teachers College, Columbia University. One of his primary research interests is on the learning process of teacher leaders in K-12 schools. In addition, he hopes to bring research on adult learning to sports by studying how both athletes and fans make meaning of their experiences.
LamondCatherineCatherine Lamond is a transpersonal dramaturge and an Associate of the Vancouver School of Speech and Drama. Postgraduate studies include Shakespeare and Ritual Theatre. Her masters degree in Transpersonal Arts focuses on transformations of grief and loss. She currently is a facilitator for Vancouver Friends For Life Society serving populations facing challenges of HIV and Cancer.
LangeElizabethRSElizabeth A. Lange is Associate Professor, Department of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has 30 years of experience as an educator and facilitator of transformative learning in formal and non-formal education contexts. Her research interests focus on transformative learning, sustainability education for adults, socio-environmental responsibility and work, action research, and pedagogies for social change. Elizabeth is currently an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education.
LarosAnnaAnna Laros Since October 2009, I am a research associate and doctorate candidate at the University of Education Freiburg, Germany in the department of Adult Education.
LawrenceRandeeRandee Lipson Lawrence is an associate professor in Adult Education at National Louis University in Chicago. She is the editor of “Artistic Ways of Knowing: Expanded Opportunities for Teaching and Learning” and the recent publication “Bodies of Knowledge: Embodied Learning in Adult Education”, as well the author of several publications which exemplify her practice of incorporating affective, cognitive, somatic and spiritual dimensions into her teaching.
LeeJungEunRSJungEun Lee is a doctoral student in the program of Adult Education at the University of Georgia and serves as a graduate assistant in the department of lifelong education, administration and policy. JungEun’s research interests are international adult education, lifelong learning policy, adult education policy, globalization, adult learners in higher education, and transformative learning.
LinderKingStrajaRSStraja Linder King is a registered art therapist specializing in animal assisted learning and healing integrated with art making in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Madeline and Straja specialize in program development at the interface of art, nature and spirituality.
LiuWongMariaRSMaria Liu Wong is a doctoral candidate in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Dean of City Seminary of New York. Her dissertation focuses on how life stories impact leadership practice of diverse women faculty in theological education. Her research interests include women and leadership, transformative learning, urban theological education, collaborative inquiry, diversity, and faculty development.
LoweRussellRussell Lowe is a Doctoral Candidate in the Adult and Continuing Education program at National Louis University. He is currently serving on active duty with the Headquarters, United States Air Force, Logistics Directorate at the Pentagon. Mr. Lowe is the founder and CEO of LOKAN Enterprises, which focus is on promoting education programs, facilitating learning for organizations and providing consulting in human resources. Mr. Lowe earned his masters degree from National Louis University in Human Resources Management and Development.
LubellCourtney140x180 Courtney Lubell is Core Faculty and the Associate Director of the Center for Transformative Learning at Meridian University. Her research focus is the role of ritual, affect regulation, and memory in transformative learning. She teaches courses on expressive arts and transformative learning praxis.
Dr. Karen Magro is an associate professor of education at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. Her teaching and research work focus on transformative learning theory and social justice, refugee studies, adult literacy, and the psychology of teaching and learning. She earned her doctorate in education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Karen has worked both nationally and internationally in the field of adult education.
MallkiKaisuKaisu Mälkki, PhD, works as a post doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on adult learning and reflection in both formal and informal contexts, while involving special interest in issues of theory development and methodology. Besides research, Mälkki teaches courses on education, university pedagogy, philosophy of science and research methods.
MatosLoweDeb140x1802Deborah Matos Lowe, Ed.D., is a Consultant with LOKAN Enterprises, in which her focus is on promoting education programs. She currently serves on the board of Kramrick Education and has served on the Disability Services Board in Northern Virginia. Additionally, she is an advocate for individuals with disabilities and frequently speaks in the Washington, D.C, and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas on topics of recovery after brain injury and empowerment through transformation after an illness and disability. Dr. Matos Lowe earned her masters and doctorate degrees from National Louis University.
MatthewsKevin140x180Kevin Matthews, CPA, PHR is an accountant at a local firm in Washington, D.C. Kevin's bachelor’s degree and masters (MBA and Accounting) degrees are from Gonzaga University in Washington State. He is pursuing a doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
MankeyRichanne3Richanne C. Mankey, Ed.D. is Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students at Daemen College, and Adjunct Professor in its Executive Leadership and Change masters program. She teaches Transformational Leadership, Research I and II. Her chapter, invited as part of an edited book about student affairs practice, will be published in 2013.
MarinelliJanetRSJanet Marinelli is Assistant Professor with the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies at St. Catherine University where she was involved with the initial development of holistic health curriculum in 1984. Janet's areas of focus are transformational process, energy healing, and the use of the creative arts in healing.
MarloweElizabethRSElizabeth Marlowe, MEd, is the Educational Coordinator for the Foundations of Clinical Medicine course at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Medicine. She is a candidate in the PhD in Education program with an emphasis in Adult Learning. Her research interests include transformative learning in undergraduate medical education.
MarsickVictoriaVictoria J. Marsick is Professor of Adult Learning & Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College. She holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.P.A. in International Public Administration from Syracuse University. Victoria's research and publications focus on informal, team, and organizational learning.
MartinAkilahRSAkilah Martin is an assistant professor at DePaul University's School for New Learning, a competence-based program for adult learners, located in Chicago, Illinois. Her teaching and research interests include enhancing soil and water quality through education and promotion of its awareness locally, nationally, and globally.
Maslin-OstrowskiPatRSPat Maslin-Ostrowski is professor of Educational Leadership at Florida Atlantic University. Co-author of The Wounded Leader: How Real Leadership Emerges in Times of Crisis (Jossey-Bass), Pat’s current projects focus on internationalization of educational leadership and understanding how to support principals and other leaders practice an authentic, holistic approach to leading.
MayVirginiaRSDr. Virginia May MFA is the director of the Petaluma Arts Center in California. In 2011 she graduated with a doctoral degree in Transformative Learning and Change from CIIS. She recently presented a paper on Spirals of Transformative Learning at the National Art Educators Association conference in NYC.
McCallMary140x180Mary McCall, PhD is faculty in the Psychology and Ethnic Studies programs at Saint Mary's College of California, as well as faculty in the School of Human and Organizational Development at Fielding Graduate University. She teaches and facilitates diversity education experiences for students, staff and faculty.
McEwenRhonda3RSRhonda M. McEwen, Ph.D., currently teaches in the graduate programs in Intercultural Studies and Intercultural Education at Biola University. Originally from Canada, she brings over 25 years of experience with a background in international development, education, and training, and has lived and worked in several countries throughout Asia and Africa.
MeekJasonJason Christopher Meek is CEO of The iDeal World, a collaborative learning and creative problem solving firm focused on complex emerging challenges. He facilitates negotiations, multi-sector projects, peace and organizational change initiatives using awareness-based approaches that engage participants developmentally. A scholar practitioner, he serves as adjunct professor at Berkeley Law and UC Hastings Law.
MeekerJoyJoy Meeker is a conflict educator and trainer who has taught conflict resolution and peace studies in higher education contexts for the past two decades, currently at Sonoma State University. She holds an M.A. in Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change from CIIS.
MeyerPamelaPamela Meyer, Ph.D. teaches at DePaul University, School for New Learning where she is Director of the Center to Advance Education for Adults. As President of Meyer Creativity Associates, she works with organizations internationally and is the author of three books on innovation, learning and change and numerous articles and book chapters.
MichalekRuth2RSRuth Michalek After graduating teacher training (subjects: music, math, biology) I did a doctorate on boys' studies. I worked as a research assistant and since 2007 as assistant professor of general and adult education at the university of education in Freiburg (Germany). My particular interests are parent education, qualitative research methods and gender studies.
MitraBrianRSBrian Mitra is currently the Director of the Office of Career Development, Transfer/New Start and Scholarship Opportunities at Kingsborough Community College. His student affairs experience has included experiences in Student Activities, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Advisement, Enrollment Management, Career Development, Transfer, and Service-learning. Brian looks to continue to make an impact in adult learning and leadership. He looks to continue the dialogue of lifelong learning.
MollKirk2RSKirk Moll is a recent graduate of the doctoral program in adult education at Penn State Harrisburg. By day, he is a librarian at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and volunteers as an adult educator in his local church.
MondoNaya140x180Naya Mondo is a doctoral candidate in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation work is on Pioneer Women Leaders in Kenya exploring how lived experiences shape how they lead in a globalized developing world. Her research interests include transformative learning, gender, technology, diversity, and leadership. Naya is the Executive Director of Elerai Global, a company that provides IT services to rural communities in East Africa.
MooreBerniceBernice Moore, Ph.D., is President of ICO Consulting, which focuses on developing geographically dispersed and culturally diverse leaders and teams. ICO provides tools that improve relationships and results, helping teams work together internally and externally. Bernice has worked and consulted for international and virtual teams of all sizes.
MundayAshleyRSAshley Munday - Leader, Collaborative Strategies, Barrett Values Centre. Ashley has studied with Tibetan Buddhists in India, read Wilber books as bedtime stories, and loves nothing more than to hike through tree-covered mountains with her husband. Above all, she believes in caring - deeply and compassionately - for all people.
Luz María Muñoz de Cote is Associate Professor at the University of Guanajuato. She is particularly interested in research related to dialogical approaches to teaching and learning as well as teacher development. She coordinates a TESOL BA program.
MurphyLukasLukas Murphy is a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Adult Learning and Leadership department. He has finished his coursework and is currently working on his dissertation and is researching English language learners' perceptions of their language acquisition specifically when they hit a learning plateau. He works full time as the Assistant Director of the English Language Institute at Westchester Community College and also teaches on an adjunct basis.
NelsonMarkMark T. Nelson, M.D., M. Ed., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University where he serves as the Director of Perioperative Echocardiography and Assistant Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship Director. He became interested in transformative learning theory while earning his master's degree in Adult Learning.
NerstromNormaRSNorma Nerstrom is a doctoral candidate focused on the long-term significance of transformative learning. As an adult educator she is the Manager of Career Training for the Continuing Education Department at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois overseeing programs in business, technical and healthcare training.
NetzerDoritRSDorit Netzer, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT, is an art therapist, who works with individuals and families in a private practice in Huntington, NY. She is an associate core faculty at Sofia University (Global PhD in Transpersonal Psychology) and an adjunct assistant professor at Hofstra University (Creative Arts Therapy Master’s program).
NicolaidesAlikiRSAliki Nicolaides is an Assistant Professor of Adult Education at the University of Georgia, Athens. Dr. Nicolaides scholarship and teachings focus on leading adult learning and practicing a developmental action inquiry approach to creating conditions for adults to advance their capacity (complexity of knowing) and competencies (skillful means) to engage paradox, uncertainty and the ambiguity generated by early 21st Century demands in work, life, and society.
NitkinMindyMindy Nitkin is a faculty member at Simmons College. Her area of expertise is accounting and finance related to nonprofit and entrepreneurial ventures. She led the 2012 Simmons World Challenge on poverty alleviation that guided students in developing the team and project management skills they needed to work as a group in formulating an implementable local solution.
OFallonTerri2RSTerri O’Fallon is an Integral transformative scholar who derives theory and research interests from a passionate practice of auspicious wondering, learning, and marinating in life. She has a Ph. D. in Integral Studies, a Masters degree in Spiritual Direction and over thirty years of teaching experience from pre-kindergarten through post Ph.D.
omeraftab140x180Aftab Omer is President of Meridian University. His research has focused on the emergence of human capacities within transformative learning communities and his work includes assisting organizations in tapping the creative potentials of conflict, diversity, and complexity. He is a fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.
OtterKenRSKen Otter brings 25 years of professional experience designing and fostering transformative learning and change in individuals, and teams, and organizations both in the US and internationally. Presently, he is Director of Leadership Studies Programs at Saint Mary's College, which offers a transformative education in relational leadership to working professionals.
PerezLiliamRSLiliam Perez is an early childhood education training specialist. Her doctoral dissertation uses critical pedagogy to analyze the successful efforts of a not for profit organization to professionally develop and retain culturally and linguistically diverse English Language Learner teachers in the city of Chicago.
PersicoGretaRSGreta Persico: After several years working as educator in slums and urban ghetto, I’m doing a Phd in Human Sciences. My research is about the relationship among Gypsy groups and Institutions (as school, police, municipality and social services). Working with a comparative approach I have been researching among the Gypsy in Romania, Italia and Brasil.
PohlLissaRSLissa Pohl Coaching people to ‘embody’ leadership competencies is Lissa Pohl’s area of expertise. She is currently conducting research at the University of Kentucky on the effectiveness of collaborating with horses to develop emotional intelligence. She holds a Master Degree in Transformational Leadership Development from The Union Institute & University (2006).
PooleyAlisonRSAlison Pooley is a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of the Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales. Alison worked as Senior Housing Officer for the London Borough of Newham for five years before joining Rivington Street Studio as an Architectural Assistant. Alison became Senior Lecturer on the MSc Architecture course at the University of East London in 2003.
QireziBardha140x180Ms. Bardha Qirezi has a master degree in Adult Learning and Development from the National University of Ireland in Galway where she is also pursuing her part time PhD studies. She is vice rector for academic planning and quality at a private college Riinvest in Kosovo where she also teaches Managing People and Performance and Business Skills.
QuirkNikaRSDr. Nika Quirk MBA, an independent scholar/practitioner, has a diverse portfolio as playful, effective group facilitator, business consultant and educator. She recently received her doctoral degree in Transformative Studies from California Institute of Integral Studies. Nika currently leads an inquiry into love and forgiveness at work funded by Fetzer Institute.
RobbinsStacy2RSStacey Robbins is a doctoral student in the Adult Learning and Leadership Program at Teachers College, Columbia University and Business Development Consultant and Adult Learning Associate with Springpoint Partners. She holds a BA from University of Michigan, MA in Education from Fordham University and an Ed.M. from Teachers College.
RobertsonGaelRSGael Robertson is Scottish and her initial studies in home economics lead to innovative practice in community work. She came to Nepal as a VSO volunteer 22 years ago, and stayed on, to practice within international development. Always integrating practice and theory, with degrees in social science, education (adult learning) and doctoral research.
RodgersCarol140x180Carol Rodgers is an associate professor of education at the University at SUNY Albany. Her interests include reflective practice, John Dewey, presence in teaching, and a humanizing pedagogy. Publications include “Presence in teaching,” Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice (2006, with Miriam Raider-Roth), and “Defining Reflection,” Teachers College Record (2002).
RomkemaJeanette140x180Jeanette Romkema, Global Learning Partners Director and Senior Partner, has over 25 years of experience in the areas of health education, higher learning, international relief and development work. She is passionate about training groups in the power of Dialogue Education™, and designs dialogue-based programs that ensure learning to maximize positive change in lives and communities.
RoweNancyMSNancy Mangano Rowe, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Sofia University where she teaches, has designed the Global Master’s Program, and developed curriculum in spirituality, creativity, eco-spirituality, ways of knowing, intuition and dreaming. Nancy has facilitated spiritual retreats, seminars, workshops, and pilgrimages across the United States and in Greece.
RughMadeline2RSMadeline Rugh is an assistant professor in art and psychology at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Straja Linder King is a registered art therapist specializing in animal assisted learning and healing integrated with art making in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Madeline and Straja specialize in program development at the interface of art, nature and spirituality.
SammartinoRosario140x180Rosario Sammartino, M.A. Currently pursuing a PhD in Somatic Psychology. She is founder of Tamalpa Latinoamérica, Halprin Practitioner and Associate Teacher of the Tamalpa Institute. Rosario maintains her private practice and leads community projects, seminars and workshops in the United States and in Argentina, where she is originally from.
SchapiroSteven140Steve Schapiro is a faculty member in the School of Human and Organizational Development at Fielding Graduate University, where he coordinates the doctoral concentration in Transformative Learning for Social Justice. He is co-editor of Innovations in Transformative Learning: Space, Culture and the Arts and a contributor to The Handbook of Transformative Learning.
SchonourLaneRS Lane Schonour is the Director of Executive Development for Goodwill Industries. Lane holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and a master’s degree from Marymount University. He is pursuing a doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
SchwartzMelissa140x180.2Melissa Schwartz, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Transformative Learning and VPAA at Meridian University. As a licensed psychologist and MFT, she maintains a private consulting practice for psychotherapists, is a member of the California Psychological Association’s MCEP Review Committee and serves as a peer reviewer for the APA journal, Psychology of Women Quarterly.
Mary Shapiro is a Professor of Practice, teaching Organization Behavior courses at Simmons College, and consulting teams in public, nonprofit, and Fortune 500 organizations. She transformed the Introduction to Management course to include a semester-long team-based project working with a Boston nonprofit. She researches women, their careers, and their relationship with power and risk.
SharpeRamona140x180Ramona T. Sharpe, PHR, CCP is a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University in Adult Learning and Leadership. Her dissertation research explores cultural intelligence and self-directed learning in the lives of leaders. Her research interests include transformative learning, diversity, collaborative inquiry and leadership. Ramona is a Senior Strategist for Boain Consulting Group, focusing on human capital and learning solutions.
SimonsenBirgitteBirgitte Simonsen is Professor of Youth Research at the Danish University of Education and has for 10 years been the Director of the Danish Centre for Youth Research. She has conducted several projects on youth behaviour and problems in various contexts and done a lot of research and interviewing in practice.
SlozbergOrenOren Slozberg is the National Executive Director of Visual Thinking Strategies. Slozberg has 20 years experience in informal and formal educational settings using Youth Development and VTS. Slozberg has trained hundreds of educators in facilitating VTS discussions in various settings including museums, K-12 schools, higher education, businesses, non-profits and foundations.
SnyderCatherine140x180Catherine Snyder is an Associate Professor at the Union Graduate College School of Education in Schenectady, NY. Her research includes adult and transformative learning, and the National Board process. She received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the State University of New York, Albany and is National Board Certified.
SouthernNancyRSNancy Southern, Ed. D is an executive faculty member at Saybrook University and Chair of the MA and PhD programs in Organizational Systems. She is a research member of the Global Society of Organizational Learning and consults with organizations and executive teams embarking on cultural transformation. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Transformative Education and the Organizational Development Practitioner. Her research and teaching interests intersect transformative learning, hermeneutic inquiry, culture, collaboration, community and innovation.
SpaffordJanRSJanice Spafford Jan had a career in social work spanning over 40 years. Her last position was at the University of Chichester in Sussex. UK. She retired from her post as Principal Lecturer, Learning & Teaching in 2007 and embarked upon an MA in Transpersonal Arts & Practice, which has transformed her life.
StametzRebeccaRSRebecca A. Stametz, MPH is an Adult Education doctoral candidate at the Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg Campus and a Research Associate at the Center for Health Research at Geisinger Health System. Her research interests are focused on the influence of adult learning on obesity prevention and healthcare. Other interests include the exploration of weight stigma and behavior change.
StonehamDonnaDonna Stoneham, Ph.D., is President of Positive Impact, LLC, Co-founder of Integral Intelligence® and serves as Adjunct Professor in the MBA Program at Holy Names University. A master coach and facilitator, Donna helps teams and leaders thrive by delivering break-through development programs that inspire transformational results. She is the author of Changing Practices, Transforming Paradigms: An Appreciative Approach to Developing Integral Leaders as well as several academic journal articles.
StrozziAriannaRSAriana Strozzi, zoologist and Master Somatic Coach, has been working with individuals, groups, and companies from a non-linear, intuitive perspective for over twenty years. She weaves spiritual somatic practices learned from the animal world into the educational and healing arts, emphasizing a biological perspective and the creation of more spiritual, sensate learning environments.
TaborgaJorgeJorge Taborga, MS is the Vice President of Manufacturing, Quality and Information Technology for Omnicell, Inc., a medical devices company in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has an extensive background in transformational change, product development, process reengineering and information technology. Jorge has worked in several industries both as an employee and as a consultant, and has been primarily focused on large organizational change. Jorge teaches Organizational Change in the MBA program at Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Seattle and has lectured on this subject at MIT Slone School of Business and the College of Notre Dame. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Systems at Saybrook University.
TalmadgeRosemaryRSRosemary Talmadge, MPA, MA, is Director of Organizational Development & Planning at LaGuardia Community College in New York City. She is a doctoral student in Human and Organizational Development at Fielding Graduate University where she is studying students’ experiences with diverse peers and their capacities for perspective-taking.
TaylorEdEdward W. Taylor is a professor of adult education at Penn State University-Harrisburg. Research interests include adult learning, non-formal education, and medical education. He has published in the Adult Education Quarterly and other scholarly journals and has co-edited several books including The Handbook of Transformative Learning and Adult Education in Cultural Institutions.
TaylorJaneRSJane Taylor, Ed. D. Improvement Advisor and Learning Designer. She supports learning collaboratives, designs innovation projects, and program evaluations. Jane integrates transformative learning, improvement science, narrative therapy, and clinical improvement. For fun she plays the violin in a community orchestra in Minneapolis and is an amateur ballroom competitor.
ThayerYvonneYvonne Thayer is Director of Learning Strategies for Edvantia, a company that provides school improvement services. Certified as a Professional Coach, she headed adult literacy for the Virginia Department of Education. Yvonne received her doctorate in adult education from Teachers College and studied under Jack Mezirow.
TinningBeth140x180Beth Tinning is a Lecturer in Social Work at James Cook University. Beth began working in the human services sector in 1991. She has worked in government and non-government organizations in community development, group work and counseling positions with a particular focus on the areas of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault.
TisdellLibbyRSDr. Elizabeth (“Libby”) Tisdell is Professor of Adult Education at Penn State University – Harrisburg. Her research and publications have been in the areas spirituality and culture in adult education as it relates to transformative learning for diversity. She is the author of Exploring Spirituality and Culture in Adult and Higher Education, and the co-editor of Adult Education and the Pursuit of Wisdom.
TiuWuAimeeRSAimee Tiu Wu is a doctoral student in the Adult Education Guided Intensive Study (AEGIS) program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation work involves inquiry into how doctoral student mothers navigate graduate school, motherhood and professional work. Her primary research interests include academic motherhood, collaborative inquiry, diversity and cross-cultural awareness.
TsaiKuanChen140x180Kuan Chen Tsai is a doctoral student with the concentration of organizational leadership. He is an art educator. His research interests include creativity, leadership, and how to promote creativity in adult learners. Right now he lives in San Antonio.
TurleyEricka2RSEricka Turley has been working as a change agent in many capacities for most of her life. Most recently in Seattle, she has joined colleagues from her organization’s Equity and Social Justice Committee to achieve the collective goal of creating a more equitable work environment through participatory action research.
VanDijkSylviaRSDr. Sylvia van Dijk is an activist for women and children’s rights, the environmental education movement and a scholar in education. After 30 years of leading innovation projects for schools and community development, she joined a public University in Mexico and has published 18 articles, two books and five research reports.
WassermanIlene140x180Dr. Ilene Wasserman is the President of ICW Consulting Group and serves as Adjunct Faculty at St. Joseph’s University Graduate School for Arts and Sciences. She serves on the Board of the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution and on the Board of Governors for the Center for Creative Leadership.
WatkinsCorliss140x180Corliss Watkins is staff in the Office of Academic Advising and Coordinator of Black Student Achievement at Saint Mary’s College of California. She designs and teaches courses in Intergroup Dialogue and supervises peer facilitators on campus, as well facilitates faculty and staff diversity education.
WatkinsKaren140x180Karen E. Watkins is Professor of Human Resource and Organizational Development at The University of Georgia. Karen’s scholarly interests include incidental learning, action science, and organizational learning assessment. Watkins and Marsick developed and validated the Dimensions of the Learning Organization Questionnaire used in over 70 published studies.
WatsonConnieConnie Watson is a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Adult Learning and Leadership program. Her dissertation work focuses on infusing a global/international perspective into the community college environment. Connie is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and coordinator of the Community Leadership program at the Community College of Philadelphia. Her primary research interests include Transformative Learning and Leadership, the Learning Society, Adult Development, and the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning.
WellfordSlocumRobin140x180Robin Wellford Slocum is a professor of law at Chapman University School of Law. Her vision for our legal system is one in which lawyers serve as transformative problem-solvers and peacemakers, and her teaching and scholarship focus on the importance of mindfulness and emotional intelligence to the practice of law.
WestLindenRSLinden West is a professor of education, and a director of research development at Canterbury Christ University in the UK. He is a practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapist and author/editor of diverse publications. These include Education and Psychoanalysis: minding a gap, (Karnac, 2012) and Using biographical methods in social research, (Sage).
WidhalmBarbaraRSBarbara Widhalm, Ph.D., (Transformative Learning and Change, California Institute of Integral Studies), MCRP (Community and Regional Planning, University of New Mexico), Certified Permaculture and ZERI Whole Systems Designer, Biodanza movement facilitator-in-training. Sustainability education project manager (Laney College); Adjunct faculty and sustainability education consultant (Sonoma State University, University of New Mexico).
WillansJulie2RSDr Julie Willans is the co-ordinator of the STEPS pre-university Enabling program at CQUniversity in Queensland, Australia. Julie also teaches in the Enabling program and coordinates the university’s undergraduate learning support unit. Her research interests centre on mature age learners and transformations in how they perceive themselves as learners.
WilliamsLinRosieRSRosie Williams-Lim is a doctoral candidate in the Adult Learning and Leadership Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her doctoral research explores how non-profit organizational leaders in Singapore deal with leadership challenges that are marked by ambiguity and change. Her research interests include transformative learning, adult development, action learning, gender and adaptive leadership. Rosie is the Executive Director of Thinking Heads Global Pte. Ltd., a leadership development company in Singapore.
WimmerBrentonRSBrenton Wimmer is a doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma. His research interests include conducting an in-depth component analysis of the emotions that one may experience during a transformative learning moment (e.g. fear, anger, shame, and guilt). He is also interested in life writing and perspective change at the macro-level.
WoodsNicole140x180Nicole M. Woods is Manager of Diversity Initiatives at the University of Chicago. She is a doctoral student in Adult Learning & Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College. Her research interests are focused on nonprofit management and leadership.
WomenEducatorsRSThe Women Professors of Adult Education is a group of women professors and practitioners in the field of adult, continuing, and higher education who meet for networking, collaboration, reflection, support, and renewal. This photo was taken on Yukon Island off the coast of Homer, Alaska at the most recent of our approximately biennial retreats. The women pictured are: (front row) Shauna Butterwick, Libby Tisdell, Pamela Hays, Gretchen Bersch (whose home and retreat center is on Yukon Island), and Randee Lawrence; (back row) Mary Alice Wolf, Susan Imel, Carol Lund, Rosemary Caffarella, Vivian Mott, Carol Kasworm, Sharan Merriam, and Carrie McGill.
YatesJenniferRSJennifer L. Yates is an Allied Health Program Director at Merritt College, and a consultant on various projects relating to workplace learning. She holds an Ed.D. in Adult Learning and Organizational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her publications focus on informal learning, collaborative learning, and action research.
YorksLyleRSLyle Yorks is Associate Professor in the Department of Organization and Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University where he teaches courses in human resource development, strategy development, and research. Articles authored and co-authored by Lyle have appeared in the Adult Education Quarterly, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, and Journal of Transformative Education.
ZabariMaraMara Zabari, RN, MPA-HA, is the Director of Integration for the Partnership for Patients program at the Washington State Hospital Association. Funded by the Affordable Care Act, Mara is working with over 100 hospitals in Washington, Oregon and Alaska to make patient care safer. Mara has worked in the healthcare sector for over 20 years in a variety of leadership positions focusing on strategic planning, program development, and small and large organizational change efforts. She has taught leadership, Systems Thinking, and organizational change at both Oregon Health Sciences University and The Vermont Oxford Network. Mara is currently a PhD student in Organizational Systems at Saybrook University.
ZollingerRonaRona Zollinger Ph.D. is a co-founder and a high school teacher for New Leaf: A Sustainable Living Collaborative in Martinez Unified School District in Martinez, Ca. New Leaf is a community based collaborative that supports the integration of transformative education paradigms of learning into alternative school settings.


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