Faculty Activities


Emily Anhalt, School of Education and Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

Emily Anhalt, PsyD received her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She recently turned her doctoral dissertation on ADHD into a TEDx talk and has been published in the world’s leading online ADHD publication. In addition to teaching at NDNU, Dr. Anhalt works as a Psychological Consultant helping technology companies be more psychologically-minded, empathetic, and self-aware, and also runs yoga and therapy retreats in California and abroad.

Doris Arrington, School of Education and Psychology (Art Therapy)

Dr. Arrington is a licensed psychologist, Professor Emeriti, and an exhibiting artist. She founded the Art Therapy Psychology Department at NDNU almost 40 years ago. She was a Summer Scholar for 12 years in the Department of Art Therapy at Florida State University and was the first art therapist to receive the Fulbright Senior Specialist. She served two terms as president of the Northern California Art Therapy Association and eight years on the National Board of the American Art Therapy Association. She currently serves on the editorial board of The Arts in Psychotherapy.

Amy Backos, School of Education and Psychology (Art Therapy)

Dr. Backos is the Chair of Graduate Art Therapy Psychology. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and registered and board certified art therapist. In addition to teaching in the MA and PhD programs, she serves on the Research Committee of the American Art Therapy Association, serves as an editor for Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, and serves on the Internal Review Board at NDNU. Her clinical work includes intimate partner violence, sexual assault, combat trauma, and substance abuse disorders. She previously worked at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital providing evidence-based treatments and Art Therapy for veterans with PTSD, as well as working as a research associate. She currently works in clinical practice treating substance abuse disorders and co-authored three peer reviewed journal articles and a book chapter this past year. She is published in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, Art Therapy, and PTSD.

Jacqueline Berger, College of Arts and Sciences, English

Dr. Berger’s fourth book of poetry, The Day You Miss Your Exit, will be published in 2018 by Broadstone Press. Recent publications include poems in California Quarterly, Catamaran, and The Scribbler. Previously, several of her poems were featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. She directs the Master of Arts in English program at NDNU and developed its community engagement course, Community-Based Pedagogy, which places graduate student with mentor teachers in community college composition and literature courses.

Richard Carolan, School of Education and Psychology (Art Therapy)

Dr. Carolan is a licensed psychologist, Board Certified Registered Art Therapist, Tenured Professor, Director of the Art Therapy Ph.D program, and past Chair of the Department of Art Therapy Psychology at NDNU. He currently serves as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the American Art Therapy Association, serves as an editor for Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, and as the faculty ombudsman of NDNU. Dr. Carolan’s research includes addiction and is currently researching “art as a way of knowing.” He has a thriving private practice in Sonoma County and San Mateo, working with individuals and families. He co-authored two peer reviewed journal articles and a book chapter this past year.
Jennifer Harrison (Art Therapy)

Arthur Chait, School of Business and Management

Arthur Chait is an Adjunct Professor in the MBA program and teaches courses in Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is the founder and past CEO and Chairman of EoPlex semiconductor; former Senior Vice president at Stanford Research Institute, Program Manager at Booz Allen and Hamilton, and Senior Vice President at Solectron/Flextronics. Professor Chait volunteers as a mentor for start ups at StartX – Stanford’s Accelerator, Draper University, Start-Up Chile and does Social Entrepreneurship mentoring at Santa Clara University. He is past president of the Antigua Forum and is currently a board member. He is also a visiting lecturer at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala.

Louise Costigan-Kerns, College of Arts and Sciences

Louise Costigan-Kerns performed Shostakovich with Palo Alto Philharmonic in December, 2016.

Linda Covello, College of Arts and Sciences (Art)

Professor Covello continues work on a series of portrait paintings in egg tempera on panel, some of which are currently held in private collections in the San Francisco bay area. Her work as the Art School Director at the Community School of Music and Arts includes currating the art exhibitions in the Finn Center, Mohr Gallery, most recently exhibiting the work of Jonathan Parker and Ala Ebtekar. She will be bringing traditional arts of India from the 17th -the 19th century to the Mohr Gallery in April of 2017.

Patricia Davis-Wick, School of Business and Management (Professional Studies)

Dr. Davis-Wick continues her work as a Harvard Business Review Advisor and has reviewed and made recommendations on five articles published by the Journal this year. Her work in the Community includes participating at Second Harvest Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Shelter Network, the NAACP Martin Luther King Scholarship Awards Event and provision of food and shelter to homeless families through Home and Hope, a foundation supported by several religious denominations in San Mateo County. She attended the ACBSP Conference in San Diego.

Marianne Delaporte, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Delaporte is currently co-editing a volume on spirituality and childbirth for which she is also contributing a chapter on Ina May Gaskin’s work on The Farm. She has continued work on her book on Motherhood and Spirituality and will present on the subject at two conferences this year (the American Academy of Religion and the Berkshire Conference.) She is also co-presenting on the subject of “Building Faculty Collaboration to Develop Metaliterate Learners” at a librarian’s conference in May. Meanwhile she is preparing for the fourth summer institute for high-school religious studies teachers, held at NDNU this coming June. Last year’s institute was well attended, with teachers coming from as far as Los Angeles. She published a chapter on hospitality in Teaching Civic Engagement, (Oxford University Press) published January 2016.

Stephanie Demaree, School of Education and Psychology

Dr. Demaree is in her third year of collaboration with Drs. Kelly Vaughn and Kim Tolley on a research project for the California Council on Teacher Education QUEST for Teacher Education Research Program. Their presentation is titled, “Assessing Predictive Validity of Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) for Teaching Credential Candidates: A Case Study.” Dr. Demaree, in collaboration with Dr. Kelly Vaughn, developed and implemented a math tutoring program at NDNUs lab school Roosevelt Elementary, in Redwood City. The program serves 40 students in 3rd through 5th grades in Common Core Math. Dr. Demaree continues to conduct STEM education research. In the summer of 2016 (and hopefully again in 2017) Dr, Demaree was the faculty sponsor at NASAs Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) which provided the opportunity for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to participate in 5-day MUREP Educator Institutes at each of the 10 NASA Centers, including NASA Ames in Mountain View. Over the course of the 5-day institute Dr. Demaree and 5 Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation students learned about student-centered classroom activities that utilized NASA assets and resources designed to help educators develop instructional practices that will enhance STEM instruction for all students. NASA and Texas State University partnered for this institute and NDNU received Institutional Membership into the NASA MEI Emerging Stars Network.

Marcelle Dronkers, College of Arts and Sciences (Musical Theatre)

Soprano Marcelle Dronkers has performed most of Mozart’s heroines, Handel’s evil sorceresses, Queen Elizabeth I in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, and Verdi’s Lady Macbeth with Donald Pippin’s Pocket Opera, the Four Last Songs of Strauss with LiederAlive, and Britten’s War Requiem in San Francisco’s Davies Hall. Alongside her Teaching Artist position with San Francisco Opera, Marcelle is Adjunct Professor at both Notre Dame de Namur University and College of San Mateo, soloist at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, and maintains a private voice studio in Kensington, where she resides with her rock drummer/composer/screen writer son, Christopher, and assorted feral felines. She holds degrees from Indiana University and the Royal Conservatory at The Hague, The Netherlands.
Upcoming 2017 performances include Verdi’s Requiem (MasterworksChorale.org); Mozart’s Requiem (UUCB.org); and the notoriously difficult role of Queen Elizabeth I in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux (PocketOpera.org).

Betty Friedman, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Friedman produced a group of intaglio prints on her own handmade paper during her sabbatical leave in Fall 2015 that was shown in a solo exhibition called Something New: Intaglio Compositions on Handmade Paper, March–May, 2016 at the Peninsula Museum, Burlingame, CA. She gave a lecture on her own work during the exhibition. Betty will show large scale paper pieces in a two-person exhibition in May–June, 2017, at the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA. Jean Nyland and Betty Friedman’s review of the Wiegand Gallery exhibition: Roots of the Spirit, titled “Roots of the Spirit and the Red Book: Encounters with the Ancestors”, was published in the Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche in the Fall 2016 edition. Her work in graphic design includes the catalog design and production for the Robert Hartman: Aerial Photographs exhibition shown in the Wiegand Gallery in Spring 2016.

Jennifer Harrison, School of Education and Psychology (Art Therapy)

Dr. Harrison is a licensed psychologist and registered and board certified art therapist. She has Diplomate distinction at the National Center for Crisis Management with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (DAAETS) and is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology (ABPP). She serves on the Multicultural Committee of the American Art Therapy Association. She works in private practice in Burlingame, using an evidence-based approach to treatment and utilizing such interventions as EMDR, TF-CBT and Art Therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. At Fremont Hospital she provides clinical supervision of doctoral and master students. She holds a Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and Master of Arts in Art Therapy from New York University. She has co-authored two peer reviewed journal articles this past year.

Robert J. Hernbroth, School of Business and Management

Student. Athlete. Soldier. Coach. Teacher. Administrator. Professor. Son. Brother. Husband to Gail. Father of four. Grandfather to eight. Great Grandfather of two. Student Athlete in High School & College (Football); recruited by the Los Angeles Rams. US Army – veteran soldier. High School Football Coach and Teacher; League Championship teams. High School Principal; Asst. Superintendent of Schools, Davison, Michigan. Program Administrator, San Mateo County Vocational Education; received Distinguished Educator Proclamation from the State of California. CA Administrative Credential. Recruited as an adjunct professor, Cornell School of Hospitality; Instructor of Overseas Program, Guam Island. Team Member, Huge & Associates; participated in superintendent and executive searches throughout western US and taught management training for business/educational/institutional entities. Lifelong dreamer; lifelong educator!

Cheryl Joseph, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Emerita, Cheryl Joseph, recently signed a contract with Emerald Insight Publishing Group in London, England, to publish the pithy sociology text that she has written which is titled, You’re Hired! Putting Your Sociology Major to Work. The book will be available to an international market in both print and ebook format by August, 2017.”

Jennifer Kinder, College of Arts and Sciences (Natural Sciences/Kinesiology)

Dr. Kinder is new to NDNU for the 2015-2016 academic year. She comes to NDNU with a unique blend of clinical and higher education experience. As a physical therapist, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, and seasoned adjunct professor specializing in anatomy and physiology, she is excited to reconfigure the Kinesiology Program serving as Faculty and Director. As program director she is eager to help students build a solid foundation in Kinesiology while assisting them with their next steps post graduation. From a faculty perspective, Dr. Kinder’s objective is the creation of interactive, interdisciplinary, and applicable “hands-on” courses for her students. For example, in the Mechanical Kinesiology (upper division) course students must use critical thinking and apply theory to objectively analyze motion in real time using biomechanical software. In the Structural Kinesiology course, the practical labs leverage clinical measures and techniques. As students build their skills throughout the course they are challenged to tap into their artistic side for the final “Muscle Project,” with the student’s work published in NDNU’s online journal The Bohemian. She is also the owner of Rehab Fitness & Wellness, providing Women’s Health and Orthopedic physical therapy, rehab fitness training, and talks throughout the community.

Tim Kortenkamp, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kortenkamp has been working in a myriad of different art mediums. He has been working on photography, watercolor, woodworking and stained glass. He is finishing up a Lord of the Rings themed wooden carved table and stained glass inset. He teaches at an adult school in Campbell where he teachers nearly forty subjects to adults completing their high school diploma. He also won the Bronze medal in Men’s Sabre fencing at the USA nationals.

Sandra E. Larragoiti, School of Business and Management (Professional Studies)

In the fall of 2016, Dr. Larragoiti was admitted into the Stanford two-year “Online Writing Certificate Program in Novel Writing” (OWC). Upon completing her doctoral studies in 2014, she was strongly encouraged to write about Santa Teresa de Ávila, the topic of her dissertation. She has begun to write an historical novel that unpacks the teachings of Santa Teresa de Ávila through the lives of three characters who live in different countries (Ávila, Spain; Monterrey, Mexico; Half Moon Bay, California) and in different historical periods (1575, 1939, 2014), respectively. In the novel, Santa Teresa’s teachings touch the souls of these characters in unexpected ways triggering a deep desire for holiness. The tentative title is—Called to be Holy: A novel about the teachings of Santa Teresa de Ávila.

Natashia López-Gómez, College of Arts and Sciences (Culture and Language)

Natashia López-Gómez found a home for her article titled, “Where is Thumbkin? Racism in Special Education”. She was honored to have it accepted by the distinguished author, Ana Castillo, who is the editor and publisher of La Tolteca Zine. La Tolteca is a literary arts magazine that promotes the advancement of a world without borders and censorship. Natashia’s article was featured in the summer 2016 issue. You can check it out here:https://issuu.com/latolteca/docs/latolteca6_1

Therese M. Madden, School of Business and Management (Professional Studies)

Dr. Madden presented at the Western Association of Schools and College’s Academic Resource Conference. Her presentation fell into the “Partnerships and Public Good” category and carried that title; it described the successful degree completion partnership between NDNU and Mission College and included a video about student reactions to the projects that they completed as part of this program. She was also an Associate Editor for the International Journal of the Book (Vol 14, Issue 1). Dr. Madden directs both the Human Services and the Intensive Business programs, which combined operate on all four of NDNU’s campuses and in spring 2017 will introduce a hybrid weekend intensive option. Her research focus is increasingly on concerns related to supporting caregivers and their families, though her scholarship includes interests related to children’s literature, spirituality, and partnerships in higher education that focus on nontraditional students as well.

Helen Marlo, School of Education and Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

Dr. Marlo presented, “Birth of the Self,” and “Psychic Birth and Rebirth through Analysis” to the Oregon Friends of Jung. She taught mental health professionals in the series, “Psychoanalysis and Creativity: How Art and Spirituality Catalyze Emotional Growth” for the South Bay Committee for Psychoanalytic Study, and “Out of Dissociation into Creation through Relation: Healing with Art and Soul,” within the series, “Deepening the Work: Relational Psychotherapy through a Jungian Lens,” and “Teaching Analytical Psychology: What Works, What Matters” through the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco where she trained analytic candidates on, “Fundamentals of Depth Work,” and “Treating Complex Trauma: Depth Oriented Approaches.” A clinical psychologist and Jungian psychoanalyst, she continues to practice depth oriented psychotherapy, analysis, and consultation through her San Mateo private practice. She provided training on perinatal mental health, particularly perinatal anxiety and trauma, to labor and delivery nurses at Mills-Peninsula Hospital. The only professionally facilitated, complimentary service in the Bay Area for perinatal emotional health, Dr. Marlo’s, “Mentoring Mothers,” consultative service at Mills-Peninsula Hospital is entering its fifth year and has served over 5oo women. Dr. Marlo’s article, ”Into the Woods with Jean Bolen: Activism, Artemis, and Archetypes,” was published in Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche. In collaboration with the California Institute of Integral Studies, she developed the conference, “Inspired Educators in a Secular World: Spirituality in Higher Education,” at NDNU. She was appointed to the Advisory Board of The Burkard School which offers innovative education specifically tailored for children who struggle with behavioral and emotional challenges.

Melissa McAlexander, College of Arts and Sciences (Natural Sciences)

Dr. McAlexander was invited to participate in the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) Summer Leadership Institute for STEM faculty in July 2016. She is also part of the local planning committee for the AACU Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education Conference that will be held in San Francisco in November 2017. Dr. McAlexander has also remained engaged with the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE), giving conference presentations in 2016 and 2017 on NDNU’s new Science Success Seminar course. In 2017, Missy plans to return to Belize for her third Teacher Training Conference as a volunteer facilitator with Pathlight International.

Erin Partridge, School of Education and Psychology (Art Therapy)

Dr. Partridge is an artist and board certified, registered art therapist. She graduated in the first cohort of the NDNU art therapy PhD program in 2016. Erin’s teaching and lecturing experience includes teaching at NDNU in the art therapy department, guest lectures in art and counseling programs, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, workshop facilitation at several national conferences, and interviews with media about art therapy. Her clinical experience includes work in community, pediatric, forensic, and geriatric settings and she is published in the areas of art therapy, elder care, and technology. She is currently working on responding to the findings of her research within the elder care context, and conducting continued research in this setting. Her research interests incorporate the lived experience and focus on participatory, ethnographic, and art-based approaches.

Sujata Ramnarayan, School of Business and Management

Dr. Sujata Ramnarayan joined the faculty of the College of Business and Management in Fall 2015. Prior to joining the university, she authored a book titled ”Marketing in a World of Digital Sharing.” The extension of her work from the book is her research on product review sites looking at “What Makes or Breaks Product Reviews.” She presented the findings of this research at the Society for Marketing Advances Conference in November 2015. Another extension of this work titled “Why I Share: Understanding Motivations for Sharing Positive, Negative, and Two-Sided Online Reviews,” was presented at the Society for Marketing Advances Conference in November 2016. She is currently working on extending her work further to investigate customer engagement in an era of social conversations. Dr. Ramnarayan has received a grant to continue her work on the impact of electronic word of mouth communication on marketing performance. Dr. Ramnarayan has also conducted research in the area of marketing education. Most recently, her work done with students on the “Impact of Student Self-Assessment of Preparation Effort on Student Performance,” was presented at the Marketing Educators’ Conference in April 2016. Dr. Ramnarayan is a faculty advisor to the Delta Mu Delta Society at Notre Dame de Namur University, a member of the American Marketing Association, the Marketing Educators Association, and the Society for Marketing Advances.

Douglas Rice, School of Business and Management

Dr. Rice won the ACBSP Wester Conference of Business Schools competition for the best paper on “Preparing Students for Career Success” for his work entitled, “Killing Two Birds with One Lesson: Using a Matrix Model to Create Synergistic Positive Externalities.” He will compete in the national finals. He also created two online courses including almost 200 videos and embarked on creating three more courses. He is adapted his portion of the Latino Board Leadership Academy, a comprehensive program of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley designed to train and assist in placing Latinos on nonprofit boards headed by NDNU Trustee Ron Gonzales, into a workbook for nonprofit financial leadership. In his spare time, he gained 501(c)3 status for his financial literacy program, Rice Financial Education, which focuses on educating low income individuals.

Irvin Rollins, School of Education and Psychology

In addition to being a NDNU core and senior faculty member, Dr. Irv Rollins has been an active community volunteer for a number of years. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Palo Alto Community Child Care, the Foundation for a College Education in East Palo Alto, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Advisory Committee for San Mateo County. Currently, he is a member of the San Mateo County Commission for Juvenile Justice & Crime Prevention. Dr. Rollins also provides Executive Coaching services for school administrators. He chairs the School of Education, Leadership & Psychology’s Education Committee as well as a thesis reader for students in the Master of Arts in Education Program.

Gwen Sanders, School of Education and Psychology (Art Therapy)

Dr. Sanders is the Program Director of the Clinical Practicum. She has a successful private practice in Oakland and served for six years as a European Consultant for the Army and is past president of the Northern California Art Therapy Association. She is a California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Certified Supervisor. Dr. Sanders exhibits her artwork and recently, her artwork was featured on the cover of the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. Dr. Sanders is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences on the topic of attachment and art therapy. She is an alum of NDNU’s Art Therapy Psychology program and recently completed her PhD in Art Therapy at NDNU.

Juliet A. Schiller, School of Education and Psychology

Dr. Schiller is in her second year as the Director of the Single Subject Credential program. She has been actively involved in attending the California Commission on Teacher Credential conferences and is updating courses in the program to reflect new Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs). Dr. Schiller is on the Diversity Council, Social Justice Speaker Series Task Force, Education Committee, Enrollment Growth Task Force, and the Faculty Grievance Committee. She believes that service to others, the campus, and the community are essential for a meaningful life. Dr. Schiller completed research with preservice teachers about school shootings and is in the process of submitting an article for publication. Dr. Schiller’s work in human rights continues to push her to consider new community partnerships and ways to impact equity in the Bay Area. She is collaborating with Refugee Transitions to create a new community engagement course in the School of Education. Dr. Schiller recently led a grant writing team to propose a new Biological Sciences Teacher Preparation Program. The proposal was submitted to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and approved for $185,000 in grant funding. Dr. Schiller was recently certified to evaluate distance learning programs and looks forward to continuing her interest in the use of technology and hybrid learning formats.

Matthew Singer, School of Business and Management

Matthew Singer teaches Entrepreneurial Marketing and Service Marketing. On a personal note, he is working on his doctorate in Business Administration at Walden University. He is moving to a new home up in Petaluma and very excited about the move after living in San Francisco for the past 25 years. He enjoys teaching, finds it extremely rewarding in helping to shape young minds, and appreciates seeing the students’ growth throughout the semester.

Kim Tolley, School of Education and Psychology

Dr. Tolley has been elected Vice President/ President Elect of the History of Education Society (HES). The Society’s journal, History of Education Quarterly, is the foremost journal in the field of education history in North America. Over the years, many well-known scholars have served as presidents of the Society, including Pultzer-prize winning Lawrence Cremin. Tolley will serve as Vice President in 2017-18 and President in 2018-19. As Vice-President, she will Chair the Society’s Annual Conference in 2017. Her 2015 book, Heading South to Teach: The World of Susan Nye Hutchison, 1815-1845 has received positive reviews from well-known peer-reviewed journals and was honored with a symposium at the 2016 HES meeting. She now has a forthcoming book chapter: “The Hallmarks of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in the West: Women Religious and Education in the United States,” in New Perspectives on the Higher Education of Women in the United States, ed. Margaret A. Nash (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) as well as an edited book on the unionization of adjunct faculty in higher education under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press.
Miriam Zimmerman, School of Business and Management (Communication)

Retired as fulltime faculty administrator of the Communication Program in 2005, Miriam Zimmerman continues to teach the Holocaust course at NDNU, begun in 1995 by then NDNU chaplain, Father Wayne Maro, now of blessed memory. On July 1, 2014, she completed two years of service as the interim (volunteer) director of the Helen and Joe Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Catholic Schools, Mercy High School, San Francisco, and she continues to volunteer as an active Board member for that organization. She writes a column for the National Jewish Post & Opinion, begun in 1985, under the byline, “Holocaust Educator.” She and her husband Richard work together in a mediation practice, DivorceMediationGroup.com. On a personal note, from Oct. 3, 2013 to Dec. 19, 2013, she and Richard transitioned from being the grandparents of one granddaughter to four, as each of their adult married children presented them with a granddaughter. In Nov. 2015, they welcomed their first grandson into the family.