AUNE Announces New Hires, Promotions, and Sabbaticals

To mark the beginning of the fall semester, Dr. Stephen Jones, president, and Dr. Melinda Treadwell, vice president of academic affairs, along with faculty and staff members, assembled on Thursday, August 20 for AUNE’s annual Fall Breakfast. Dr. Jones recognized employees serving AUNE for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years. Dr. Treadwell announced sabbaticals for the coming academic year, followed by introductions of new employees and promotions since last year’s Fall Breakfast.


Cath​arine (Kate) Hickey has joined Antioch University New England (AUNE) as executive assistant to the president and secretary to the Board of Trustees. She willl, assume responsibility for overseeing and managing operations in the office of the president, serve as the point of contact for tactical and daily operations to complement the president’s focus on executive initiatives, including strategic leadership and planning, financial management, fundraising, governance processes, public relations, and communications. Kate will also assist the president by providing support to AUNE’s Board of Trustees.

Kate brings a rich experience working in government and non-profit organizations, including the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (PA), United States Peace Corps (Philippines), and most recently, Grow Pittsburgh (PA). ​ In addition to her fluency using technology, social media, and e-marketing tools, she also speaks Tagalog.

​Kate earned her MS in Public Policy Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. As a Social Enterprise Intern at the Institute for Social Innovation, she researched key cultural issues to understand the barriers around rebuilding Kenyan tribal alliances and the difficulties of reintegrating orphans affected by HIV/AIDS.

Bonnie Powers returned to AUNE in January 2015 as the integrated student services specialist. As part of the Integrated Student Services team, she oversees data systems integration, ensuring seamless student data continuity and improving outreach to prospective students and applicants. Bonnie most recently worked as kitchen manager at the Phoenix House in Dublin while freelancing as a web developer and database manager.  She worked at AUNE from 2002 to 2012 as director of web services.

Brittany Burnham began serving as grant and contracts coordinator in May. She provides post-award administrative support to project directors and principal investigators engaged in AUNE’s sponsored programs and other restricted funds projects to include research, quality assurance and compliance, expense monitoring, financial reporting, and close-out administration.

Melissa Chickering, an AUNE alumna (MA, Applied Psychology), was named director of practica and internships for the Department of Applied Psychology in July. She is responsible for all aspects of the department’s relationships with external practica and for developing and maintaining suitable training sites, primarily within New England and New York. She will be responsible for approximately 200 successful student placements per academic year.

Deb Despres is the part-time marketing coordinator that just joined AUNE at the end of summer. She assists the marketing manager with a variety of communications and marketing projects including preparing content and updates for the web site, assisting with AUNE e-newsletter efforts, and promoting the organization through social media.

Katy Keenan was named campus finance director over the summer and is responsible for managing financial processes, systems, and services at AUNE. Reporting to AU’s regional chief financial officer, Katy serves the campus president, leadership team, and other department managers by monitoring finance policies and procedures, assisting in implementation of new financial systems, and acting as key campus contact for central accounts payable. A graduate of California State University and a Certified Public Accountant, she has experience in both public and not-for-profit accounting.

Hannah Kreider was recently appointed assistant professor in the Department of Applied Psychology. She will serve as core faculty for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program. Most recently, Hannah worked as the assistant clinic director at University of Northern Colorado’s Psychological Services Clinic while completing her PhD in the Counselor Education program. She will be teaching a full course load in the CMHC program.

Heather Warfield has joined AUNE as teaching faculty for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Her work will focus on course development as well as instructing. She earned her PhD from North Carolina State University.

Alexander Sandy Blount has been appointed professor and core faculty member for the Department of Clinical Psychology. In this role, he will teach a variety of courses in the PsyD program, and will supervise doctoral students. In addition, he will develop a concentration in primary care behavioral health as he works to expand AUNE’s options for practice experience in primary care. Previously, he was the director of the Center for Integrated Primary Care and professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA, and director of Behavioral Science in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.  At UMass Medical School, he taught physicians the psychosocial skills of primary care practice and established the postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology in Primary Care.  A member of the council of overseers of the National Academy for Integrating Mental Health and Primary Care, he is also past president of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, a national multidisciplinary organization promoting the inclusion of mental health services in medical settings, and editor of Families, Systems and Health, the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare.  Dr. Blount received his Doctor of Education (EdD) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.


Christina Devereaux, associate professor and program director of Clinical Training, Dance Movement Therapy, will be on sabbatical during the spring 2016 semester. During her sabbatical, she’ll further explore non-verbal therapeutic support for individuals facing the challenges of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), ultimately resulting in a proposal for a specialty track program in ASD.

Susan Dreyer Leon, core faculty in the Department of Education, will be on sabbatical during the spring semester. She will participate in the sixth cohort of the Community Dharma Leaders Program which is designed for committed Dharma practitioners to hone leadership skills and to encourage creative, intuitive, and innovative responses in applying timeless teachings to contemporary lives.

Lorraine Mangione, professor and director of practica in the Department of Clinical Psychology, has been granted a sabbatical to further study the religious and spiritual affiliations of psychologists and the resulting impact on their work, as well as the consideration of ethnicity and cultural practices on grief and mourning across generations. The proposed courses of study will help to inform future diversity and social justice foci within the Department of Clinical Psychology.

Peter Palmiotto, core faculty in the Department of Environmental Studies, is currently on sabbatical for the fall 2015 semester. He will dedicate this leave time to further advancing his study of the alpine ecosystem in New Hampshire with planned research in the areas of Mount Monadnock and the White Mountains.


Dr. Tom Julius joined OAA on August 1 as the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and student services. Tom comes to the position with 18 years of experience as an Education Department core faculty member at Antioch University New England. His focus has been teaching and advising in the Experienced Educators MEd program and consulting with schools. Most recently he directed AUNE’s Integrated Learning Teacher Certification program, working closely with student support services, as well as representing Antioch University in the New Hampshire Institutions of Higher Education Network and on the Council for Teacher Education. Tom has been a longstanding member of the AUNE Institutional Review Board and taken leadership roles both as director of Academic Assessment on the AUNE campus and as coordinator of the university-wide Assessment Resource Team. His professional interests include organizational ecologies, authentic assessment, critical skills and place-based learning. He was a founding parent and board member of the Surry Village Charter School in Surry, New Hampshire.

Tom earned his EdD from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, his MEd at AUNE, and his BA from Tufts University.

Suzanne Koulalis has been named associate registrar for academic evaluation, academic standing, and credentialing at Antioch University. Reporting to the University Registrar, she is responsible for the accuracy, reliability, retrieval, reporting, and security of information related to academic evaluation, degree auditing, academic standing, and the management of all credentialing functions. Her primary responsibilities will include creating, implementing and communicating consistent and best practice in these areas, to ensure adherence to University policy compliance with federal, local, and University regulations, and to maximize student satisfaction with access to information regarding academic standing, evaluation, and progress toward credential completion.

Suzanne began her AUNE career in 2000 as a part-time administrative assistant, before becoming assistant registrar in 2006. She was named campus associate registrar in 2013. She earned her BS in Management from Northern Arizona University.

Faith Wilder was recently promoted to director of donor relations for University Advancement. Faith has spent the last five years based at AUNE, most recently working as a database administrator for Antioch University. Faith reports to the vice chancellor of institutional advancement. As a key member of the advancement team, she provides direction, planning, and implementation for the University’s constituent information strategy. Her core job functions include oversight of constituent record management, gift processing, technology support, and ensuring the sustained integrity of the University’s alumni/donor/friend database. Faith earned her BS in Management Information Systems from New Hampshire College (Southern New Hampshire University).


Christina Devereaux has been awarded a rank promotion to associate professor and program director of Clinical Training, Dance Movement Therapy. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology from The Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and her master’ s degree in Dance/Movement therapy from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Leatrice Oram has been promoted to associate vice president for academic affairs
at AUNE. She started working at AUNE in 2002 as director of admissions and became assistant vice president for academic affairs in 2010. In her new role she will support the goals and priorities of the Academic Affairs office by providing administrative oversight in the areas of student success, self-study, accreditation, program development, curricular cohesion, special projects, and general administration. Leatrice reports to the vice president of academic affairs.

John Dunham was recently promoted to the position of writing center coordinator for AUNE and for the University’s Virtual Writing Center (VWC). He is responsible for developing student writing services and resources at the campus in partnership with its academic departments. John collaborates with AUNE’s Library faculty and the director of disability services to create, develop, and implement academic support services initiatives. And for the University, he serves as the main technical support contact and administrator of the VWC – service. John graduated from Marlboro College with highest honors in 2005, and is also an AUNE alum (MS, Environmental Studies). He reports to the associate vice president for academic affairs.



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