• 2016 Seminar Participants

    Jeffrey R. Lindauer, Ph.D.

    Dean, School of Education and Human Services

    Canisius College

    Dr. Jeffrey Lindauer is the Dean of the School of Education and Human Services at Canisius College. Prior to accepting this position in 2014, he served as Department Chair of Physical Education and Sport Studies, Department Chair of Kinesiology, and Interim Dean of the School of Education and Human Services at Canisius. Jeff started his career as a K-12 Physical Education teacher/coach in Iowa and also worked as the Physical Education Teacher Education Program Director at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from Wartburg College, Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science: Physical Education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction in Physical Education from the University of New Mexico.


    As Dean, Jeff oversees a school with approximately 55 full-time faculty and staff, 34 programs, and 1200 undergraduate and graduate students. His scholarly interests include pre-service teacher preparation, professional development, and leadership in higher education. He also advises freshman students in a non-credit Fantasy Football course as part of the college’s advisement program.

    Jeff has been married for 24 years to his wife Pam, and they have three children, Reed (22), Paige (20), and Kate (17). Jeff’s Christian faith is an important part of his life, and he enjoys outdoor activities, following college and professional football (especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Vikings), exercising, and reading.

    Kevin M. Smith

    Assistant Vice President & Director, Student Records & Financial Services

    Canisius College

    Kevin has been with Canisius College for 22 years, serving as the Assistant Vice President & Director of the Student Records & Financial Services Center for the past 2 years. Kevin’s prior positions at Canisius College include College Bursar and Director of Graduate Admission for the School of Education and Human Services. In the newly integrated Center, Kevin oversees Student Records & Registration, Students Accounts, and Financial Aid. Kevin holds a Master’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Canisius College.


    Kevin has presented at many industry conferences on the topic of on-line technology in the area of Student Accounts. He currently serves as Treasurer of the New York State Organization of Bursars and Business Administrators (NYSOBBA). Kevin has been a NYSOBBA Board member since June 2001.


    Kevin enjoys sports, the outdoors, and spending time with his wife, Karen, and his three daughters, Jenna, Olivia, and Abigail.

    Timothy A. Joseph, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Classics

    College of the Holy Cross

    Tim Joseph is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at the College of the Holy Cross. He earned his B.A. in Classics from Holy Cross and his Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University. His research and teaching concentrate on Latin literature, especially historiography and epic poetry. Tim serves on the executive board of the Classical Association of New England, and, before becoming chair of the Classics Department, he was a group director in the Montserrat first-year seminar program at Holy Cross.

    Martha Hirst

    Senior Vice President, CFO and Treasurer

    Fordham University

    Martha K. Hirst joined Fordham in 2015 after four years at St. John’s University, where she served as executive vice president, chief operating officer, and treasurer. Before joining Fordham as the University’s senior vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer, Hirst had a distinguished career in public service.


    Hirst served as commissioner of New York City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services for eight years and as deputy commissioner of the Department of Sanitation for six. She served in key roles under every mayor from Ed Koch to Michael Bloomberg, including positions in housing, intergovernmental relations, real estate, energy management, and facilities management and construction. Hirst headed the team of solid waste management planners and engineers that designed, secured regulatory approvals for, and implemented the closing of the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island. She also oversaw recycling education and outreach programs for the city.

    Hirst graduated magna cum laude with a BA in History and Urban Studies from New York University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also holds a Masters in Urban Planning from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

    Dr. Maura Mast

    Dean, Fordham College at Rose Hill

    Associate Professor of Mathematics

    Fordham University

    Dr. Maura Mast became Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill in August 2015. She is the first woman to be dean of the college and the first dean with a background in the sciences. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 1986 with a double major in mathematics and anthropology and her PhD in mathematics from the University of North Carolina in 1992. Her research is in the area of differential geometry, with a focus on understanding how analytic information about certain spaces is related to geometric information about these spaces.


    Dr. Mast has held visiting positions at Northeastern University, Wellesley College and the University of Notre Dame. She is an award-winning teacher, having received college- or university-level teaching awards at three different institutions. Before coming to Fordham, Dr. Mast was an associate professor of mathematics at the University of Massachusetts Boston and held several administrative positions there, working across the university to expand academic programs in ways that were global, interdisciplinary and innovative.


    Dr. Mast is an advocate for student success in mathematics, and has a deep conviction that mathematics can be used a way to overcome injustice and inequality. Dr. Mast has held leadership roles in the Association for Women in Mathematics and a national quantitative literacy organization, and was the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation-supported project to resources for an undergraduate quantitative reasoning curriculum. Her textbook Common Sense Mathematics, co-authored with Dr. Ethan Bolker, will be published by the Mathematical Association of America in 2016.


    Dr. Mast spent the 2012 – 2013 academic year as a Fellow of the American Council on Education. This program, the premier higher education leadership development program in the United States, condenses years of learning about higher education and leadership into a single year. Building on her deep interest in Catholic higher education, Dr. Mast sought out senior leaders at Catholic colleges and universities across the United States during her fellowship year to talk with them about contemporary Catholic higher education. These experiences, paired with her background in Catholic higher education, were pivotal in Dr. Mast’s interest in becoming the Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill.

    Angela Ruff

    Manager of University Events

    Academic Vice President Division, Gonzaga University


    My guiding philosophy is that optimum effectiveness requires a dedicated team of people giving and receiving support toward a common goal and direction set by a  leader who engages commitment, inspires growth and generously gives credit where due.   My 27-plus years of increasingly challenging administrative and project management experience at Gonzaga University has allowed me to co-create and implement new programs serving various student constituencies, serve on our staff organization council in several roles, and effectively manage teams for large-scale and high-profile events like Commencement, Fall Family Weekend, and the Presidential Speaker series, and contributing to projects housed in other departments like our 125th Anniversary (a few years ago), and New Student Orientation.  Much of the work I do is engaging people not within my hierarchical authority to help carry out work in which they have limited/passing interest.  I am reminded daily of how much more there is to learn and do in contributing to the larger work of our institution.

    Jim Simon

    Director of Sustainability

    Administration and Planning Division, Gonzaga University

    At Gonzaga, Jim is working to add capacity to our missioned goal of being a climate neutral campus by 2050. Through engaging the campus and the community in new and different ways, Jim is excited to bring his passion for sustainability to a world-class Jesuit institution like Gonzaga University, and to work with the community to continue fostering a culture of sustainability that is resilient and responsive to the dynamics of higher education and our changing world.


    When he’s not on campus, he enjoys trail running along the Spokane River and traveling the Pacific Northwest with his wife Beth and their son Porter.

    O. Ray Angle

    Assistant Vice President, Career and Professional Development

    Student Development Division, Gonzaga University

    With more than 29 years of experience in college career services and teaching, O. Ray Angle currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Career and Professional Development at Gonzaga University.

    He has held career services leadership roles in both public and private universities including The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cal State East Bay, Webster University and Millikin University.


    He has been invited to speak domestically and internationally on a variety of topics including career and professional skill development and leadership. He currently serves on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Board of Directors, and has served as President of the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers (Midwest ACE).


    He has been the recipient of several professional awards including SoACE’s Southern Star Award, Midwest ACE’s J.W. Paquette Superior Leadership Award, North Carolina ACE’s Outstanding Professional Award and UNC’s Outstanding Encouragement of Learning and Development Award. He was inducted into the NACE Academy of Fellows in 2014.


    He earned a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a master's degree from the University of Central Missouri. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and internationally visiting all 50 states, 16 foreign countries and five continents.

    Ron Large

    Associate Academic Vice President and Professor of Religious Studies

    Gonzaga University

    Dr. Ron Large is Associate Academic Vice President and Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University. His area of specialization is Christian Ethics with an emphasis on Christian Social Ethics and peace studies. Dr. Large took his Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia where he majored in Religious Studies. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. His M.Div. thesis examined violence and nonviolence as methods of social change. Dr. Large received his doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. His dissertation was on the connection between virtue and social change in the thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi.


    He teaches classes in Nonviolence, Christian Morality, Death and Dying, Sexual Morality, Religion and Film, and the Vietnam War. For the academic year 2000-2001, he was named Teacher of the Year at Gonzaga University. In the summer of 2006, Dr. Large was invited to attend a week long seminar on Global Peace and Security at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC. Dr. Large received a Fulbright Scholar Award in the Fall of 2009. He taught in the International Peace Studies Program at the Irish School of Ecumenics in Trinity College Dublin. He received Gonzaga University's Exemplary Faculty Award for 2009-2010.

    Bridget Rini

    Assistant to the President

    John Carroll University

    Bridget M Rini is the executive assistant to Fr. Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, the President at John Carroll University.  She is chiefly responsible for managing the President’s office, communicating with the various university constituencies, coordinating activities with the vice presidents, event planning, and supporting the Board of Directors.   Hired in the fall of 2015, Bridget brings over 20 years of experience in the health care industry, including fifteen years in health care administration.  She joins the Seminar to learn more about the intricacies of higher education in general and Jesuit education in particular.   She is a life-long resident of Ohio and together with her husband is the proud mother of three children and one granddaughter.

    Kate Costello-Sullivan

    Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

    Le Moyne College

    Kate Costello-Sullivan is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest of three academic divisions at Le Moyne College. Arts and Sciences encompasses all academic departments and programs, faculty, staff and students in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. Dr. Costello-Sullivan also oversees the Integral Honors Program, Le Moyne’s Core Curriculum, and the Arts and Sciences administrative team. She is a member of the President’s Council and works closely with the Provost, Student Development, and the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs.


    In her academic department, Dr. Costello-Sullivan is professor of English with a specialty in modern Irish literature. She has taught both introductory and upper-level courses, including Introductory Writing, Studies in Poetry, and Contemporary Irish Politics and Fiction. She was the founding director of the College's Irish literature program. An active scholar, Dr. Costello-Sullivan is author of numerous articles and the monograph, Mother/Country: Politics of the Personal in the Fiction of Colm Tóibín. She was editor of a critical edition of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's vampire novellaCarmilla, and was a Moore Institute Visiting Fellow at the National University Ireland-Galway in summer 2014. Her critical edition of Norah Hoult's Poor Women! is forthcoming in 2016 with Anthem Press.


    Dr. Costello-Sullivan graduated from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, with a degree in English and Spanish and a minor in Psychology. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English/Irish Studies from Boston College. Dr. Costello-Sullivan began her teaching career at Le Moyne College in the fall semester of 2004.

    John Campbell

    University Bursar

    Loyola University Chicago

    John has been with Loyola University Chicago since 2004. He started as a Business Manager for Business Services and has been the Bursar at Loyola since 2006. Prior to working at Loyola he worked for Barnes and Noble College Bookstores since 2008 serving as a store manager at six different colleges. John has been treasurer of the Illinois Bursar Organization since 2008. He earned his B.A. from Indiana State

    University in History Education and his M.A. from Loyola University Chicago in Urban Life Chicago Studies. John and his wife have two children ages 14 and 10 and live in Schaumburg, Illinois.

    Lauren Hagan

    Associate Vice President for Strategic Financial Planning

    Health Sciences Division, Loyola University Chicago

    Lauren Hagan currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Strategic Financial Planning for the Health Sciences Division at Loyola University Chicago and is responsible for the areas of finance and administration for the division. Ms. Hagan joined Loyola in 2010 as a senior financial analyst and has held various other positions at Loyola within the finance division. Prior to Loyola, Ms. Hagan held positions at two public accounting firms working in the areas of both audit and tax.


    Ms. Hagan graduated magna cum laude with a B.B.A in accounting from Loyola University Chicago. She holds a Master of Science in Accountancy also from Loyola Chicago. Lauren is a certified public accountant. She and her husband, Jim, have a two year old son, Joe, and they live in Forest Park, Illinois.

    Linda Russell

    HR Manager

    Loyola University Chicago

    Linda Russell works as an HR Manager for Loyola University Chicago, supporting recruiting efforts, employee relations matters, performance improvement and training and development initiatives, for several divisions and schools across three of Loyola's five Chicago campuses, as well as Rome, Beijing and Vietnam Centers. Linda is also a part-time instructor at the Quinlan School of Business and is a proud 2014 alumna of the MSHR program at Quinlan. Linda has recently published her first scholarly article, focused on female employees and expatriate assignments, which she co-authored with Dr. Arup Varma, HRER Professor at Loyola University Chicago's Quinlan School of Business. Linda will also be presenting a paper on the female expatriate experience at the European Academy of Management Conference in Paris, France, in June of this year. Linda worked for more than two decades in retail management and human resources roles prior to joining Loyola in 2014.

    Therese (Terri) D. Pigott

    Dean, School of Education

    Loyola University Chicago

    Terri Pigott is Dean and Professor of Research Methodology in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago. She has served as Interim Dean and then Dean since November 2014. Prior to Loyola, she was Associate Program Officer at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago. Dr. Pigott is the former co-Chair and current co-Editor of the Methods Group of the Campbell Collaboration, an international collaboration supporting the production of systematic reviews of social interventions. She has numerous publications on methods of meta-analysis, including work on handling missing data and computing power in meta-analysis. She is also interested in outcome reporting bias in education research, and its implications for systematic review. She serves on a number of editorial boards including Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Methods, and Research Synthesis Methods. She is chair of the AERA SIG on Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, and a long-time member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology (SRSM).

    Brian M. Oakes

    Director of Development

    Loyola University Maryland

    Brian M. Oakes currently serves as the Director of Development for Loyola College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Maryland.  Brian is a double alumnus of Loyola University Maryland having earned his undergraduate degree in ’99 and MBA in ’10.  Brian began his career at Loyola in 2005 as Coordinator of Event Planning and Marketing, overseeing several large-scale institutional events and the faculty giving campaign.  In 2008, Brian became the Director of Alumni Relations.  During his time overseeing the alumni office, Brian grew the alumni footprint from three regional chapters to nine, developed and implemented a discovery program for unassigned prospects, and coordinated volunteer opportunities between alumni and Admission.

    Brian has served in his current role as Director of Development since 2012.  During this time, Brian helped launch Loyola’s Bright Minds Bold Heart $100,000,000 campaign, assisting with the development of campaign priorities and initiatives.  Brian also oversees the philanthropy for Messina – Loyola’s Living Learning initiative, which recently received one of the largest challenge grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


    Prior to coming back to his alma mater, Brian served as the Associate Director of Development at Easter Seals of Southeastern PA.  Brian lives in Baltimore with his wife Schoen and their three daughters.

    Dr. Herbert Medina

    Professor of Mathematics & Associate Dean for Faculty/Staff Development & Student Success, School of Science and Engineering

    Loyola University Marymount

    Herbert A. Medina joined the faculty at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles in 1992 after receiving his Ph.D. in Mathematics from UC Berkeley and his B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science from UCLA. Prof. Medina teaches courses at all undergraduate levels and has published mathematical research in functional analysis, wavelets and polynomial approximations (collaboratively with undergraduates).


    One of his passions is working to increase participation of historically underrepresented groups in STEM. For example, he is one of five founding co-directors of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP) in Berkeley, CA, and from 1998-2002 he co-directed the Summer Institute in Mathematics for Undergraduates (SIMU) in Puerto Rico---a program that earned national acclaim for its design and success.


    Prof. Medina’s administrative/leadership positions at LMU have included Interim Director of Study Abroad, Chair of the Committee on Rank & Tenure, Acting Chair of the Mathematics Department, and he currently serves as Associate Dean in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering.

    Dr. Susan Abraham

    Associate Professor of Theological Studies & Chair, Theological Studies Department

    Loyola Marymount University

    Dr. Susan Abraham is Associate Professor of Theological Studies and Chair in the LMU Theological Studies Department. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English the University of Mumbai, an M.A in Theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a doctorate from Harvard Divinity School. She writes and lectures widely in contemporary global Catholic theology.

    Dr. Douglas Woods

    Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies and Dean of the Graduate School

    Marquette University

    Dr. Douglas Woods is currently Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies and Dean of the Graduate School at Marquette University. He joined Marquette in January of 2016. Prior to that he was Head of Psychology at Texas A&M University from 2013-2015, and a faculty member, Chair of Psychology and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1999-2013. Woods received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1999.


    Dr. Woods has authored or co-authored over 200 papers or chapters, and authored or co-authored 9 books on Tic Disorders, Trichotillomania, and other repetitive behavior problems. Dr. Woods has received nearly $4 million in extramural funding from the NIMH and other funding sources. Dr. Woods is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He also serves as co-chair of the Tourette Syndrome Association’s Medical Advisory Board and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Trichotillomania Learning Center.

    Pedro Maligo, Ph.D.

    Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

    Rockhurst University 

    Pedro Maligo is the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Rockhurst University, where he started in July, 2015. Born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in various cities throughout Brazil, Pedro moved to the U.S. in 1984 to pursue doctoral studies, earning a Ph.D. in Portuguese from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. His earlier degrees, both from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, are a M.A. in Brazilian Literature and a B.A. in Portuguese-English. Dr. Maligo is the author of Land of Metaphorical Desires, a book on the representation of the Amazon in literature, as well as several academic journal articles and articles in Brazilian and U.S. media. His professional career in the U.S. includes a Visiting Lecturer position at Yale University in 1987-88, seventeen years at Michigan State as assistant and associate professor, three years as chair of the foreign languages department at Coastal Carolina University and six years as professor and chair of the modern and classical languages department at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. In addition to being delighted with his return to life around Jesuit education, he and his wife, Lidia, an artist and art educator, are thoroughly enjoying Kansas City and its many attractions.

    Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, Ph.D., MPH

    Professor and Dean, College for Public Health & Social Justice

    Saint Louis University

    Collins O. Airhihenbuwa PhD, MPH, is Professor and Dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri. He is a global expert on health behavior with a track record on the central role of culture in health behaviors. He has led research collaborations, institutional partnerships, and mentoring of faculty and professional staff at various institutions globally. As the author of PEN-3 model his work has informed ways of addressing the intersection of culture, identity, and health globally.


    He is a consultant to several UN agencies including WHO, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA. He led one of the earlier WHO efforts to galvanize multi-disciplinary efforts to address HIV and AIDS in Africa. He is the lead author of the Communications Framework for HIV and AIDS (the UNAIDS Communications Framework for HIV/AIDS: A New Direction, 2000); sponsored by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) involving 103 researchers and practitioners from 5 continents with the final report translated into French, Spanish and KiSwahili. He has authored over 120 articles, book chapters, and books. Books include Health and Culture: Beyond the Western Paradigm (1995); Healing Our Differences: the Crisis of Global Health and the Politics of Identity (2007); and Ethnicity: Theories, International Perspectives and Challenges (2013) co-editor (with Agyemang and de-Graft). He chairs the Advisory Board of the Global Philanthropy Alliance which funds projects in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. He has been a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a former President and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Until last year, he was Professor and Head, Department of Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University and Director of the Pan University Network for Global Health.

    Kelly M. Everard, Ph.D.

    Director, Medical Student Education

    Saint Louis University

    Dr. Everard received her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She is currently in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine where she has been director of medical student education since 2008. In this capacity she oversees recruitment and faculty development of community preceptors, scholarship of medical student educators, family medicine electives, and the Primary Care Mentoring Program. Dr. Everard is co-director for the Rodney M. Coe Distinction in Community Service program where she mentors students throughout their four years of medical school by guiding them through critical reflection and community service projects.


    On a national level, she served as a founding member of the steering committee for the Council of Academic Family Medicine Educational Research Alliance (CERA) and is currently serving as liaison for the CERA clerkship director survey. In 2015 Dr. Everard received a grant from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts to develop a speaker series titled “Stirring the Embers: Reconnecting Medical School Faculty to the Jesuit Mission of Saint Louis University.”

    Mardell A. Wilson, Ed.D., RD

    Professor and Dean, Doisy College of Health Sciences

    Saint Louis University

    Dr. Mardell Wilson currently serves as Dean of the Doisy College of Health Sciences and Professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Saint Louis University. The Doisy College of Health Sciences offers 20 degree programs among 8 departments to over 1700 students. Before joining Saint Louis University in August 2014, Dr. Wilson served as Associate Vice President for Academic Fiscal Management at Illinois State University where she held tenure and the rank of Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the discipline of Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics. Prior to serving as the AVP for Academic Fiscal Management, Dean Wilson served as Assistant Provost and Director of University Assessment and Director of the Graduate Dietetic Internship.


    Dr. Wilson has held various leadership roles in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at the regional, state, and national levels. Throughout her career, Dr. Wilson has given numerous presentations and has over twenty peer-refereed publications. Lastly, she has been the recipient of several awards for her professional contributions and accomplishments including the Outstanding Graduate Alumnus from Eastern Illinois University and the Illinois Outstanding Dietetics Educator. Dr. Wilson and her husband, Dave, live in Glen Carbon with their sons Jonah, who will be a sophomore in high school, and Elliott who will be a 6th grader next fall.

    Sean Boyd Saum

    Editor, Santa Clara Magazine

    Santa Clara University

    Steven Boyd Saum edits Santa Clara Magazine at Santa Clara University. His journalism, essays, and fiction have appeared in The Believer, Creative Nonfiction, Orion, The Kenyon Review, and other places. He has lived and worked in the Czech Republic and Ukraine, where he directed the Fulbright program, taught as a Peace Corps volunteer, hosted a radio show, and has served as an election observer. He formerly served as editor-in-chief for The Commonwealth Club of California and edited the collection Each a Mighty Voice. Once upon a time he was a three-time champion on Jeopardy!

    Bridget K. Colbert

    Assistant General Counsel 

    Santa Clara University 

    Bridget Colbert joined Santa Clara University as Assistant General Counsel in 2011. Prior to joining the University, Bridget practiced trusts and estates litigation in San Jose. Bridget supports the General Counsel through contract review and drafting, policy development, legal research, litigation support, review of government regulations, providing guidance on issues involving students, responding to government investigations and inquiries, and communications with various schools and departments. Bridget received her Bachelors in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. Bridget is a member of the State Bar of California, the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

    Debbie Tahmassebi, Ph.D.

    Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

    Santa Clara University

    Prior to coming to Santa Clara University, Debbie Tahmassebi was a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of San Diego. Over her almost 20 years on the campus of USD, she served as Department Chair, Special Assistant to the Provost and Associate Dean of Program Development. She spent a year as an American Council on Education Fellow working in the President's Office at Loyola Marymount University.


    Debbie completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at UCSD and then her PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Washington. In her lab at USD, she worked with undergraduate students to synthesize and study the structure of non-natural DNA. Her work was funded by a variety of federal agencies and foundations. She has been active in a variety of programs to increase the number of women and socioeconomically disadvantaged students selecting STEM majors and careers.


    At Santa Clara, she is excited to lead the College through some very exciting changes including the upcoming opening of the new Edward M. Dowd Art & Art History Building, and planning for a new STEM complex and Center for Arts and Humanities.

    Melore Nielsen

    Dean of Admissions, Undergraduate Admission

    Seattle University

    Melore Nielsen is Dean of Admissions for Seattle University where she has worked for the past 19 years. She received her Bachelor degree from the University of Washington and Master of Arts in Education from Seattle University. Prior to joining Seattle University, Melore worked as the Associate Director of Admissions at the American College of Switzerland in Leysin, Switzerland, was an international student advisor and English as a Second Language instructor. During her tenure at Seattle University, Melore has initiated a variety of mission-driven efforts aimed at personalizing the admission process and highlighting the Jesuit ethos of care and academic excellence. She currently resides in Edmonds, Washington with her two children and their Labradoodle, Luna and Golden Lab, Kona.

    Monica Nixon

    Assistant Vice President, Student Development

    Seattle University

    Dr. Monica Nixon serves as Assistant Vice President for Student Development. In this role, she leads the division’s innovation and organizational learning initiatives to support student success and engagement. Previously Monica worked as Seattle University’s Director of Multicultural Affairs from 2006-2015; as Director of the ALANA Cultural Center and Assistant Director in the Center for Leadership and Student Engagement at Colgate University; as Associate Director for Student Services at the University of Puget Sound; and as Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Assistant Director of Orientation and New Student Programs at the University of Virginia. 

    Monica earned an Ed.D. from the University of Washington in 2013 and M.Ed. in Counselor Education and B.A. in English from the University of Virginia in 1999 and 1995, respectively. Her research interests focus on agency of women of color in higher education leadership, integration of social justice initiatives into organizational structures, intersections of racial and sexual identity development, and the experiences of multiracial and Asian American/Pacific Islander college students. She co-authored a chapter in the 2012 book Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education and has served in numerous leadership capacities in the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

    Kiersten N. White, Ed.D.

    Assistant Vice President for Student Life

    Saint Joseph’s University

    Kiersten N. White, Ed.D. is Assistant Vice President for Student Life at Saint Joseph’s University. In this role, Kiersten serves as Chief of Staff and provides leadership for Community Standards, Information Systems for Student Life, off campus student life, and operational oversight for Public Safety and Security and the strategic planning and assessment efforts for the Division. Prior to her current role, Kiersten worked in Community Standards, Student Activities, and also served as the NASPA Journal Editorial Assistant. Kiersten has worked as a consultant and trainer for the Clery Center for Security On Campus, Inc. She holds a B.S. in Sociology, a M.S. in Training and Organizational Development, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University. Her dissertation focus was ethical commitment to campus safety and the Clery Act. In 2016, Kiersten co-authored a chapter in The Crisis of Campus Sexual Violence: Critical Perspectives on Prevention and Response.

    James (Jim) W. Boettcher, Ph.D.

    Professor, Philosophy Department

    Saint Joseph’s University

    Jim Boettcher, Ph.D. (Boston College 2002) is Professor of Philosophy at Saint Joseph's University, where he specializes in social and political philosophy with a research program focusing mainly on public reason and the ethics of citizenship in the context of religious and cultural pluralism. Among his twenty-five scholarly publications are articles in Journal of Political Philosophy, Journal of Social Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Social Theory and Practice, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Metaphilosophy, and Public Affairs Quarterly. Since 2011 Professor Boettcher has also overseen general education at SJU, chairing the General Education Program Oversight committee and serving on all seven general education committees along with several other University level assessment and institutional effectiveness committees. Over the past few years, Professor Boettcher has served on both steering bodies for the SJU accreditation process and on the search committees for the SJU President (2014-2015) and the SJU Provost (2015-2016). Professor Boettcher mainly teaches courses in political philosophy and is also active in the SJU service-learning program. He is the recipient of the SJU Justice Award and the SJU Faith Justice Institute Faith in Action Service Award.

    Barbara J. Wilcots, Ph.D.

    Associate Provost of Graduate Studies

    University of Denver (nominated by Regis University)

    Since 2009, Barbara has been Associate Provost for Graduate Studies at the University of Denver and Dean of the University of Denver-Iliff School of Theology Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion. As Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, she works with 10 deans in 11 schools, colleges and divisions to deliver 120 degree programs to meet the needs of more than 6,000 students in graduate and professional programs. Graduate students comprise more than half of the total student body of the University. As the University of Denver Dean for the joint doctoral program, Barbara oversees the administration of the degree, supervising faculty and staff and working in collaboration with the Dean of the faculty at the Iliff School of Theology to promote the growth and integrity of the program. She has held other administrative positions at the University of Denver since 1995 including Director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and Associate Dean of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Divisions.


    An associate professor in the Department of English at DU, Barbara’s scholarly interests include 20th Century American Literature and literature of the African Diaspora. Specific areas of focus include Caribbean literature as well as the works of Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Two current projects examine representations of the 1955 Emmett Till murder and radical Christologies in literature and popular culture.


    Barbara holds a B.A. in Journalism and Graphic Arts and an M.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from Drake University; an M.A. in English, American Literature and Rhetoric from Texas Women’s University; and a Ph.D. in English, 20th Century American Literature from the University of Denver.

    Teri Kromrei

    Associate Athletic Director & Senior Woman Administrator

    University of Detroit Mercy

    Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Teri Kromrei is in her eighth year with the Detroit Mercy athletics department and her sixth as Associate Athletic Director. In her current position, Kromrei is responsible for all aspects of the department’s business office, including submitting EADA and NCAA Financial Reports, and monitors gender equity within the department. She is also the sport supervisor for women’s basketball, men’s soccer, and women’s lacrosse.


    Kromrei is a member of the Horizon League’s Executive Council, where she currently serves on the Strategic Alignment Committee and is the Horizon League Liaison to the Men’s and Women’s Golf coaches. She has previously served as the Horizon League Softball Liaison. Kromrei worked for five years in the Athletic Department as Office Manager and Assistant Ticket Manager before advancing her career. Kromrei served as Ticket Manager at Kent State before moving to the University of Central Florida as Director of Ticket Operations. Kromrei graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with both a Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Business Administration.

    David Donahue

    Director, McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

    University of San Francisco

    David M. Donahue is Director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and Professor of Education at the University of San Francisco. He came to USF in 2015 committed to the continuation of building a strong community while leading the McCarthy Center in its mission of helping inspire and prepare USF students for lives and careers of ethical public service. Before coming to USF, David was the Interim Provost and Associate Provost at Mills College in Oakland, California, and worked there for more than twenty years as a professor of education. 


    His research interests include teacher learning generally and learning from service learning and the arts specifically. He is co-editor of Democratic Dilemmas of Teaching Service Learning: Curricular Strategies for Success (2011) published by Stylus in 2011. He is also co-editor of Art-Centered Learning Across the Curriculum: Integrating Contemporary Art in the Secondary School Classroom (2014) and Artful Teaching: Integrating the Arts for Understanding Across the Curriculum (2010), both published by Teachers College Press. He has a Ph.D. in education and an M.A. in history from Stanford University and a B.A. in history from Brown University.

    Donald (Don) E. Heller, Ed.D

    Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Professor of Education

    University of San Francisco

    Donald E. Heller is Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and a professor of education at the University of San Francisco. He is responsible for the university’s five schools, libraries, academic affairs, student life, enrollment management, online programs, international relations, and diversity and community outreach for the university’s 10,800 students,1,200 faculty, and 1,000 staff.


    His teaching and research is in the areas of educational economics, public policy, and finance, with a primary focus on issues of college access, choice, and success for low-income and minority students. He has consulted on higher education policy issues with university systems and policymaking organizations in California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Washington, Washington DC, and West Virginia, and has testified in front of Congressional committees, state legislatures, and in federal court cases as an expert witness.

    Prior to his appointment in January 2016, he was Dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University. Earlier appointments included Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education and professor of education and senior scientist at The Pennsylvania State University, and assistant professor of Education at the University of Michigan. Before his academic career, he spent a decade as an information technology manager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


    Dr. Heller has published over 175 articles, book chapters and other publications, and his research has appeared in scholarly journals including the Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Educational Policy, and The Journal of Student Financial Aid. He has been interviewed by and/or has published opinion columns in media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Business Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Times Higher Education, The Daily Telegraph, National Public Radio, CNN Headline News, and Marketplace Radio. He is editor or co-editor of six books, including: Student Financing of Higher Education: A Comparative Perspective (with C. Callender, Routledge, 2013), The States and Public Higher Education Policy: Affordability, Access, and Accountability (Johns Hopkins University Press, second edition, 2011), and Generational Shockwaves and the Implications for Higher Education (with M. d’Ambrosio, Edward Elgar, 2009). He has made over 250 presentations at scholarly conferences, policy and professional associations, and governmental organizations in ten countries around the world. In 2012 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of DePaul University, and in 2015, to the Board of Overseers of Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

    Dr. Heller earned an Ed.D. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and holds an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science magna cum laude from Tufts University.

    Dr. June Madsen Clausen

    Associate Dean for Academic Effectiveness, College of Arts and Sciences

    University of San Francisco

    Dr. June Madsen Clausen is Associate Dean for Academic Effectiveness in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco. She is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Psychology, where she has taught a variety of courses in clinical and research psychology.


    She is Consultant and past Director of the Foster Care Research Group, which focuses on evaluating mental health interventions for foster youth. She is a licensed psychologist with a clinical practice in which she provides evaluation, consultation, and treatment for children and adults who have experienced trauma. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and teenaged children, as well as her 140-pound puppy dog, Kofi.

    Don Crean

    Associate Director, University Ministry

    University of San Francisco

    Don Crean oversees the Resident Ministry at the University of San Francisco. He is originally from the Bronx, New York and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JSTB). While at JSTB, Don came to the University Ministry staff as an intern in 1996 and joined the staff full-time in 1998 as associate director of liturgy. From 2001-2008 he also served as director of liturgy for St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco.

    Helen M. Wolf, Ph.D.

    Executive Director, Office of Campus Ministies

    University of Scranton

    Helen M. Wolf, Ph.D. serves as the Executive Director for Campus Ministries at The University of Scranton. She oversees a comprehensive university-wide spiritual ministry program to students, including university Sunday worship experiences, spiritual formation, leadership development, sacramental preparation, vocational discernment, social justice experiences, global and domestic service trips, and other community-enhancing events within the Ignatian tradition. In her first year, Dr. Wolf chaired a new undertaking at The University of Scranton – In Solidarity With Syria, a community-wide initiative of educational programs, advocacy opportunities, and prayer activities developed to bring attention to the Syrian and broader global refugee crises.


    A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Wolf taught elementary/high school religion in the Brooklyn Diocese for 15 years. After that, Helen served at The College of New Rochelle, a Catholic college in Westchester county, New York for 14 years as the Director of Campus Ministry for the College’s Westchester and five New York City campuses.


    Dr. Wolf holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology, a Master of Science in Education, a Master of Arts in Religion and Religious Education, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Education from Fordham University. A segment of the research for her doctoral dissertation on peer ministry was published in November 2014 in the Journal of Catholic Higher Education. Helen has presented at national conferences on moral theology in postmodernity, peer ministry, multiculturalism, and the school as faith community. She has written on topics pertinent to Catholic scholarship, including young adult ministry, interreligious relationships, service learning, the Millennial generation, Catholic higher education, and ecofeminism.

    Kevin Lavelle

    Senior Digital Strategist and Marketing Partner

    Xavier University

    Kevin has been at Xavier University since entering as a first-year student in 1998. After graduating in 2002, he began working at the University as an admission counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Kevin joined the Office of Web Services in 2007, serving as the Coordinator of Web Services. His responsibilities included strategy and development of the “Road to Xavier” website which was named “Best University Web Site” by the Web Marketing Association and received a Grand Gold Award from CASE as a top university website. Kevin served Xavier as Director of Web Services from 2010 to 2014 and has worked as Senior Digital Strategist in the Office of Marketing and Communications since 2014. He works with a talented team on Xavier’s web, social media and digital advertising initiatives, focused on the University’s enrollment, fundraising and branding goals. Kevin earned his MBA from Xavier in 2011.

    Mike Trafecante

    Vice President for Finance & CFO

    Fairfield University

    Paige Francis

    Chief Information Officer

    Fairfield University

    Vincent Burke

    Director of Capital Programs and Planning

    Fordham University

    Jane Aiken

    Vice Dean of the Law Center

    Georgetown University Law Center

    Michael Lorenzen

    Assistant Athletic Director and Adjunct Faculty

    Georgetown University

    Tarek Cherkaoui

    Associate Director for Strategic Communications

    Georgetown University, SFS-Q

    Shaida Sonde

    Chief Financial Officer

    Georgetown University, SFS-Q

    Christina Anderson

    Associate Director of Enrollment

    John Carroll University

    Laura Kurzu

    Vice President for Marketing and Communications

    Loyola University New Orleans

    Dr. Susan Scherer

    Associate Dean of the College for Health Professions

    Regis University

    Pedro Maligo, Ph.D

    Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

    Rockhurst University

    Jane Barrantes

    Assistant Vice President, Auxilary Services

    Santa Clara University

    Steven Saum

    Assistant General Counsel

    Santa Clara University

    Ashley Dunklin

    Director of Student Advising Services

    Spring Hill College

    Dr. Nassif Rayess, Ph.D.

    Assistant Dean of Research and Outreach, College of Engineering & Science

    University of Detroit Mercy

    Melissa Starace

    Associate Vice President, Engagement, Annual Giving & Operations

    University of Scranton

    Linda Schoenstedt

    Associate Professor, Sport Management , Coaching Education & Athlete Development

    Xavier University

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