Note Category: Alumni

April Brucker ’19

April Brucker ’19 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) had her new book Don’t Read  My Lips! — America’s Foremost Female Ventriloquist Reveals the Secrets of How to be a Successful Vent published CFBP Bestsellers on March 13, 2021. Brucker is a Las Vegas headliner and the special guest star in the Las Vegas revue “BurlesQ.” “When the pandemic shut down my Vegas residency last year after just two performances, I took time to write the book that I always wanted to write but hadn’t due to tour dates, TV appearances, and other excuses,” says Brucker. “Whether you’re

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Giselle Töngi-Walters ‘21

Giselle Töngi-Walters ‘21 (Los Angeles, MA), the lead star of Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’ romantic-drama, “Diliryo” (1997), finished her graduate studies at the Antioch University in Los Angeles. Her focus for graduate studies was professional development and academic classes pertaining to the nonprofit sector. She thought of nonprofit management because it is similar to attaining an MBA (Master’s in Business), but adding the NGO [non-government organization] social good structure. She hopes to one day create sustainability for future generations. She has recently been offered the executive director position for the annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC). The

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Dr. Yves P. Gakunde ’12 and ’20

Dr. Yves P. Gakunde ’20 (New England, PhD in Environmental Studies) and ’12 (New England, MS in Sustainable Development and Climate Change) assumed the position of Purchasing and Contract Services manager for the City of Keene after previously working as environmentally preferred purchasing program coordinator. He will assist the city in working toward its sustainability goals.

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Dr. Kavon Ward

Community Organizer, Spoken Word Activist Dr. Kavon Ward (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) has teamed up with fellow activists in California to launch Anti-Racist Movements (ARMs) Around the South Bay (LA). The mission of ARMs is focused on “Mobilizing families to raise anti-racist children and enact change in our community through organized action”. The group provides a space for involvement and education to engage in deep conversations about privilege and race to enact change. Kavon brings years of demonstrated experience in community leadership to the group and has extensive expertise in nonprofit organizational development, grassroots organizing, governmental relations, and volunteer

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Dr. Maya Townsend

Dr. Maya Townsend (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) recently co-published “The Road to Successful Change is Lined with Trade-Offs” in Strategy+Business, an award-winning management magazine focused on strategy, operations, human capital, and governance.

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Dr. Brittany Pines

Dr. Brittany Pines (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) has successfully garnered a new Department of Education Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Title V grant to benefit students of Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) where she is Project Director of an existing Title III grant entitled EXITO: Exit on Time in STEM. This new grant entitled, CASA: Creating Access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for All, allows NEIU to create a freshman/sophomore STEM cohort that embeds Ethics, History, and Financial Literacy into the cohort but taught through a STEM lens in a collaborative, co-teaching way. In addition, the grant allows NEIU

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Dr. Ileya Grosman

Community Builder, and Educational Strategist, Dr. Ileya Grosman (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) has just authored “Will COVID-19 Be a Disruption or an Interruption” for Medium an online network of scholars and practitioners. The piece examines the impacts of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and provides deep reflection regarding the ways in which it will drive transformation throughout communities, within individuals, and amongst leadership practices. Acknowledging that change and disruption are continual, she questions the takeaways of this historic moment in time. Ileya’s scholarship, practice, and expertise focuses on fostering relational connections and educational engagement driven by the power of communication

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Dr. Trisha Swed

Interim Director of Gratz College, Dr. Trisha Swed (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) was recently featured in “Philly Faces” a monthly Q&A series, profiling local Philadelphia Jews in their 20s and 30s within the Jewish Exponent, the flagship publication of the Jewish Publication Group. Read here.

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Dr. Marcus A. Rodriguez

Dr. Marcus A. Rodriguez (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) has been appointed the Assistant Dean of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLICE) at Occidental College. Marcus is a seasoned student affairs professional specializing in identity building and civic engagement with a focus on cross-sector leadership development and transformative learning

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Dr. Chanté Meadows

Dr. Chanté Meadows (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) was a featured #hometownheroes honoree! #hometownheroes is a recognition to honor essential workers who continue to serve and keep our economy going during the COVID-19 crisis. These unsung heroes include store clerks, bus drivers, sanitation workers, first responders, delivery drivers, restaurant workers, postal workers, social workers, and many others. Read here.

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Dr. Elena Haviv

Dr. Elena Haviv (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) , Executive Director and Founder of Generation Human Rights, has recently led the launch of unMasking: The Pandemic Curriculum Project. All around the world, we have put on masks to protect ourselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Yet, at the same time, the pandemic has taken masks off so many human rights issues. unMasking is a free, open source curriculum that provides educators free, open-sourced unMASKing: The Pandemic Curriculum Project provides educators with a muchneeded roadmap to guide students, in supportive and inclusive ways, as they explore the local and global

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Dr. Nicole White

Dr. Nicole White (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) has published “Shifting Leadership in Times of Crisis: A Role for DAC” in the latest issue of the Journal Biomolecular Techniques. The piece highlights the ways in which the current COVID-19 pandemic has led to the opportunity for Direction, Alignment, and Commitment (DAC) in leadership throughout the globe. In particular Nicole shares the importance of creating space for distributive leadership, the importance of increasing the flow of ideas, and building stronger boundary-spanning networks of community. Nicole is Shared Resource Administrator at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and is experienced in business

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