Faculty Activities

Doris Arrington (Art Therapy)

Dr. Arrington is a licensed psychologist, Professor Emeriti, and an exhibiting artist. She founded the Art Therapy Psychology Department at NDNU over 35 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 (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 and 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 serves as a guest lecturer at CSPP and San Francisco State University and is published in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, Art Therapy, and PTSD.

Emese Bari (Computer Science)

Ms. Bari has brought fresh industry experience to NDNU. She recently changed jobs and moved from being a Director at PayPal’s Engineering Department to Vice President of Solutions Engineering at Flexton Inc. In her new position she has the opportunity to research the most up to date technologies Silicon Valley has to offer. She brings that hands-on experience to her classroom and challenges students with up to date software tasks, problems and solutions. She was also recently invited to deliver a guest lecture at Oxford Brookes University, UK – connecting researchers in the US and in UK.

Pearl Chaozon Bauer (English)

Pearl’s article “Freeing To Do Their Best: Examining Writing in First-Year Seminars” is included in the Spring 2016 volume of Across the Disciplines, and her book review on Sarah Parker’s The Lesbian Muse and Poetic Identity: 1889-1930 will be in print in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature later this year.  She is currently working on a few publications: “A HIP 19th-century Literature and Gender Classroom” for Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, “Making Academia Cool: Serious Study of Sequential Art at the University”, co-authored by Marc Wolterbeek, and a book manuscript based on her dissertation, “Performative Subversions: The Epithalamium, Sappho and the Victorians.”  This March, at the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, she is chairing a panel and will be presenting a paper titled “Disability and Poetry: “Writing” the (Dis)abled Body in Poetry.”  In November, she plans to present at the North American Victorian Studies Association Conference on “Socializing Michael Field: Mentorship as Collaboration.”

Enrico Beltramini (Philosophy and Religious Studies)

Dr. Beltramini has recently presented at the American Catholic Historical Association in Atlanta. The paper, “Sacramental Theology in Current Catholicism. A Historical Assessment,” is part of a book due at the end of 2016. Enrico also published articles in academic journals such as Studies in World Christianity, Rupkatha Journal, and Études Asiatiques.

Richard Carolan (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 Notre Dame de Namur University. He currently serves as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee 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. 

Paula O’Sullivan Chaffee ‘88 (Psychology)

A proud graduate of the College of Notre Dame, Dr. Chaffee began to teach at NDNU when she earned her Ph.D. and her mentor, Sr. Roseanne Murphy, asked her to return to teach Psychobiology.  Dr. Chaffee is a practicing clinical neuropsychologist.  She recently accepted the position of assistant neuropsychologist for the San Jose Sharks National Hockey Club and the San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer Club, conducting baseline assessments and post-concussion assessments on professional athletes.  Dr. Chaffee also contracts with the Santa Clara County Department of Social Services, where she conducts Social Security disability neuropsychological assessments for GA recipients with severe and persistent mental illness.  She also has a private practice where she conducts neuropsychological assessments for the clients of local Social Security attorneys.

Patrick F. Cravalho (Psychology)

Dr. Cravalho recently completed a PhD in Educational Psychology at Kent State University (KSU). At KSU, he completed several research studies investigating how children and adults process sets of numbers, as well as studies investigating the impact of metacognition on undergraduate academic performance. He disseminated the results of these studies at regional, national, and international conferences. He also taught undergraduate Educational Psychology courses at KSU for five semesters. In addition, he has worked as a researcher in multiple labs at NASA Ames research center (Mountain View, CA) and is co-founder of Friends Play Group (San Carlos, CA), which runs social skills playgroups for children.    

Hélène Laroche Davis (Modern Languages and Cultures)

Dr. Laroche Davis recently traveled to Moorea, French Polynesia and met with the family of Crista Teihotu and Jeanne Lasserre, two authors and founders of Air Tahiti and tourism in French Polynesia. She is currently writing a book of fiction based on the culture of Moorea. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance Française of Silicon Valley (AFSCV), she has created a new French Language Center in Menlo Park/Palo Alto. She also participates in the monthly activities of the French American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco (FACCSF), meeting French CEOs and young entrepreneurs. This is instrumental to finding internships for her Business French students. She participated as contributor to the 2015 edition of Remi Lanzoni’s book, French Cinema: From its Beginnings to the Present—and on the back cover she is quoted and NDNU is mentioned. This fall she also initiated the new Evening Liberal Arts Program with the help and support of Dean Caryl Hodges.

Patricia M. Davis-Wick (Business)

Dr. Davis-Wick continues her work as a Harvard Business Review Advisor and has reviewed and made recommendations on three 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.

Kelly Delaney (Education)

Kelly is currently completing her doctoral dissertation at the University of San Francisco, doing qualitative research on the transnational identity development of Palestinian youth.   Her work on the issue of Islamophobia in U.S. classrooms has led to the publication of a chapter in Bringing Human Rights to U.S. Classrooms: Exemplary Models from the Elementary Grades Through University. She was made a Dorothy Stang Scholar in 2014 and as a result has been able to expand the partnership between NDNU and Ayudando Latinos a Sonar (ALAS). ALAS is a non-profit cultural arts, education and social justice program in Half Moon Bay designed to empower local youth and families. In this partnership, Kelly’s credential students from NDNU work with ALAS to gain experience supporting the literacy development of English Language Learners, and ALAS students and families gain additional academic support. This fall, Kelly returned to the San Bruno Park School District full-time to teach social studies to seventh graders while also continuing to teach part-time in the School of Education and Leadership.

Marianne Delaporte (Religious Studies)

This year Dr. Delaporte has continued work on her book on Motherhood and Spirituality. She presented her research at the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement in Toronto this year after presenting at three conferences last year. She is preparing for the third summer workshop for high-school religious studies teachers, held at NDNU this coming June. In addition she is busy on the planning committee for the American Society of Church History’s Spring conference. She published a chapter in Teaching Civic Engagement, which came out with Oxford University Press in January.

Andrew Delunas (Philosophy)

Dr. Delunas is currently busy teaching at various institutions all across the Bay Area. His courses include “Introduction to Critical Thinking”, “Introduction to Ethics”, “Nineteenth Century Philosophy”, and “Early Modern Philosophy”. In addition, he is revising an essay on Kant’s ethics for publication. 

Dr. Stephanie Demaree (Education)

Dr. Demaree is in her second 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 continues to collaborate with Dr. Kelly Vaughn to develop and implement a tutoring program at NDNUs STEM lab school, El Crystal, in San Bruno. The program serves 40 students in 1st through 5th grades on skills across the disciplines. She also works with Drs. Tacha Shaw and Isabelle Haithcox on making Science in Action the best community engagement course available! Each semester they teach NDNU students how to be hands-on science teachers in local elementary schools by applying the idea that students who do science will learn science. Finally, Dr. Demaree is in the process of becoming a Dorothy Stang Scholar by transforming her Introduction to Education class into a community engagement course in which NDNU students tutor elementary students in diverse school settings.

Michael L. Drexler (Clinical Psychology)

Dr. Drexler is the Director of the Telemental Health Section and the Workplace Violence Prevention Coordinator at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He is a staff psychologist with training as a geropsychologist and neuropsychologist. The Telemental Health program offers services to Veterans across our 6 Community based outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), as well as to some veterans in their own homes. These services offer skills-based groups, individual therapy, neuropsychological assessment, and some neurobehavioral rehabilitation via video conferencing. The Workplace Violence Prevention (WVPP) Program offers services across the facility and to all CBOCs. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Health Sciences in Psychiatry at UCSF, Adjunct Professor of Neuropsychology and Neuropsychological Assessment at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University, Instructor in Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Geropsychology and Neuropsychology at UC Berkeley Extension, and he teaches the Gerontology Focus courses at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont California. He is actively involved in survey research and teaching across his areas of interest.

Marcelle Dronkers (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.

Nellis Freeman (Business)

Mr. Freeman has been a member of the faculty since 1999 and facilitates classes in both management and information technology. He is a senior member of the IT management team for a major law firm headquartered in Chicago and he frequently presents at various IT conferences. Mr. Freeman has over thirty years of IT experience, both as an in-house employee and as a consultant to major companies spanning an array of industries: from legal to automotive and energy. His technology and management expertise in these areas makes for applicable and interesting discussions rooted in reality during his assigned classes.

Betty Friedman (Art and Graphic Design)

Professor Friedman produced a group of intaglio prints on her own handmade paper during her sabbatical leave in Fall 2015 that will be shown in a solo exhibition called Something New: Intaglio Compositions on Handmade Paper, March–May, 2016 at the Peninsula Museum, Burlingame, CA. She will give a lecture on her own work during the exhibition. Betty also showed in a two-person exhibition Bronze and Paper, May–June, 2015, 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 accepted for publication in the Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche for the summer 2016 edition. Her work in graphic design includes the catalog design for the Miriam Hitchcock Close to Home exhibition in the Wiegand Gallery and catalog design for the upcoming Robert Hartman: Aerial Photographs exhibition. 

Robin P. (Dutch) Fritz (Theatre & Dance)

Dutch began 2015 supervising and assisting NDNU Theatre & Arts seniors to produce their winter directing showcase projects and assisting the Music & Vocal Arts Department with the technical production of their spring musical “Once on This Island” in Tracy, California. In March he designed and painted scenery for the Coastal Rep Theatre and followed this with the design, installation & painting of scenery for the NDNU Theatre & Dance Department’s .Spring production of “Almost Maine” by John Cariani. Then he facilitated the technical production for the spring dance show, “Dance Upon a Dream”. In addition to hosting & facilitating Hillbarn Theatre Conservatory Summer Stage July productions of “Westside Story” and “Rent” he dedicated a majority of summer 2015 to producing and facilitating the 19th annual NDNU “Hot August Theatre Festival & Playwrights’ Contest”—the first year ever to host juried, cash awarded prizes of $1,000.00 for 1st place and $300.00 for runner up. It also marked the first (Steampunk) themed program for the festival as well as the fourth year (assisted by CND, 1990, alum, Karen Byrnes) to host the Children’s matinee performances of the program and second year for the children’s writing contest. Dutch finished out the year with the scenic design, construction and painting of the Theatre & Dance Department’s Fall production of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” by Steve Martin, directed by ACT alum, Bruce Williams. He also supervised faculty, students, alums and community volunteers in the remounting, technical support and striking of the 30th anniversary presentation of “A Christmas Carol, the Musical”. He is presently helping prepare this year’s seniors for their directing Showcase productions, facilitating the M&VA Dept.’s musical production of “In the Heights”, directed by Greg Fritsch, facilitating the T&D Dept.’s spring production of “Twilight Los Angeles, 1992” with guest director Ed Trujillo and facilitating the 20th NDNU summer theatre festival & playwright’s contest.

‪Kimberley Garth-James (Business)

Dr. Garth-James is excited to announce that after two long years of working with Sage Publications, Sage Encyclopedia Economics and Society (1-4 vol. set) has been released. She has five articles, including Women’s Groups, Policy Networks and Restorative Justice; and, two are first-time publications. The articles on Massive Open Online Classrooms (MOOCs) and Racial Profiling are ground-breaking and of interest to students across the USA. The Encyclopedias have been purchased by a number of college/university libraries and are available at public, private and online university libraries as well. At this year’s American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) conference, Dr. James will moderate a panel on social justice.  She is currently researching issues regarding to part-time faculty and Herzberg’s Theory, with financial support from an NDNU grant. Additionally, she is very proud of her students. Amanda Pyle and Christina Maryannis, students in the MPA Program, were considered for the ASPA Founder’s Fellowship in 2015 (out of 6000 competitors). Although, not awarded, these two students proudly represented NDNU’s MPA Program. Miss Maryannis is being considered for a Section on Women in Public Administration (SWAPA) Scholarship, and if selected, will attend the ASPA conference in March, 2016.

Jennifer Harrison (Art Therapy)

Dr. Harrison currently teaches as tenure-track faculty in the PhD and Master Art Therapy programs. She works as a licensed clinical psychologist at her 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 also continues her clinical supervision of doctoral students doing psychological assessments. 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 Diplomate distinction at the National Center for Crisis Management with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Dr. Harrison is also a Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist.

Barbara Kaplan (Business)

Barbara Kaplan currently supports and assists with the Ombudsman Program for Senior Citizens in San Mateo County. She also works with a local healthcare organization assisting with the patients and their process through the system.

Kiran Khatri (Business)

While continuing to practice management in the hospitality industry, Mr. Khatri has been trying to bring contemporary business practices to the classroom and integrate academic learning with managerial decision-making. This year he has been studying the dynamic social and economic environments created by changes trending in international relations and government policies to understand how all these affect the continued processes and sub-processes of globalization and, ultimately, businesses in America.  

Jennifer Kinder (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 project. The NDNU community votes on the best project and the student’s work is published in NDNU’s online journal The Bohemian.

Winifred Kum (Education)

Retired as a School Superintendent in San Mateo County, Dr. Winifred Kum is a Senior Faculty member and has been affiliated with NDNU School of Education and Leadership for the past 19 years. She was an Interim Director of Administrative Services Program; has taught many of the classes in the Administrative Services and Master of Arts Degree in the School Administration Program; and has taught some foundation classes in Single Subjects, Multiple Subjects and Special Education Credential Programs. In addition, she has supervised Administrative Students and Interns in the Administrative Services Credential Program and supervised Student Teachers and Teaching Interns in both the Multiple Subjects and Single Subject Credential Programs.   She also is a thesis reader for students in the Master of Arts in Education Program.

Stephen La Plante (Sociology)

Steve La Plante retired as the EMS Administrator with the EMS Agency in the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management in 2013. He previously served as Chief of the Institutional Police in the Health Department from 1994-98, based at San Francisco General Hospital. During the 1980s, Steve was a criminal justice project manager and the City’s Homeless Coordinator under Mayor Dianne Feinstein. He then became the Director of San Francisco Juvenile Hall. After college at USF and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Steve worked in the Sheriff’s Department in the 1970’s as the Jail Ombudsman and was the founder/team leader of their first Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Team. During the first term of Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton (1978-1981), La Plante was an agent for the parties in the litigation before the U.S. District Court in Little Rock over the state prison system to ensure that prison officials complied with federal law regarding the treatment of prisoners. He has extensive experience in training and teaching college since 1973 in corrections, police work, crisis and hostage negotiation, disaster response, sociology and criminology. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor in Sociology and Criminology at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. He is also the Executive Officer for the Bay Area’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team (CA-6) with the United States Department of Health & Human Services. He served as their Chief of Logistics from 1998-2006 and Deputy Commander from 2006-2011.

Sandra E. Larragoiti (Professional Studies-Evening Intensive)

Since defending her dissertation, Dr. Larragoiti in 2015-12016 is now working with the Stanford Online Writing program to follow the directives given by her committee. Since it had a bilingual component, she defended in Puerto Rico with a dissertation committee comprised of bilingual scholars (Spanish-English). At graduation on May 4, 2014 she was awarded the top dissertation award, The John Macquairre Fellowship in Philosophical Theology. This was granted for the use of hermeneutic phenomenology as a methodology for studying a literary work of Santa Teresa de Ávila. Her dissertation is entitled: “Post-Eucharistic Participation: Answers from Santa Teresa de Ávila’s Work, Exclamaciones (Soliloquies). ‘A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study.’ ” Her dissertation team STRONGLY recommended that she share her findings with the general public by writing a book about Santa Teresa de Ávila, possibly as a historical novel. She earned her PhD in Theological Studies from Graduate Theological Foundation (GTF).

Therese Madden (Human Services)

Dr. Madden published a handbook called Creating your Electronic Portfolio: Storytelling, Content, and Design.  She also published an article for The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society (“Journeys of Purpose: A Review of Literature about Work and Spirituality,” December, 2016).  With Dr. Marianne Delaporte, she wrote an article for the Mentoring Institute’s October 2015 conference titled, “Social Justice at Home: Measuring Outcomes of a Faculty Mentoring Program,” which was published in the conference proceedings.  She published an article titled, “Fostering Creativity through Innovative Course Design: Working with Adult Learners to Reclaim Agency” in The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education (April, 2015).  Finally, with Susan Monahan from Mission College, she prepared a paper for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning titled, “Partnering Programs to Eliminate Obstacles to Success.”

Thérèse F. Martin (Business and Management)

Dr. Martin worked with fellow consultants to arts nonprofits to develop a business-training program for executive directors in the arts. She will deliver her two modules on finance and organizational assessment at The African American Art & Culture Complex in the summer. In October, she delivered the presentation, The Dos and Don’ts of Community-based Research at the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Region 7 conference.

Melissa McAlexander (Natural Sciences)

Dr. McAlexander is now the Project Director for NDNU’s HSI-STEM grant from the Department of Education, succeeding Dr. Isabelle Haithcox (Natural Sciences) who was project director from 2012-2014. This grant funds several STEM student success initiatives, including tutoring for lower-division and upper-division science courses, a textbook lending program for lower-division science and math courses, faculty professional development to support student success, and STEM Library resources and student assistants. Dr. McAlexander has presented on NDNU’s STEM grant funded activities at both the 2014 and 2015 Alliance for Hispanic Serving Institutions Educators (AHSIE) Conferences. Dr. McAlexander has also presented her research on the impact of active learning approaches on student retention of general chemistry concepts at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in August 2014 as well as the CIRCLE Conference “Integrating Cognitive Science with Innovative Teaching in STEM Disciplines” in September 2014.

Jim McGarry (Director, Sr. Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement)

Jim McGarry presented a paper in Rome, Italy, at A Culture for a New Humanism: XII International Symposium of University Professors June 25-27, 2015. His paper was entitled Sr. Dorothy Stang as a Model of Integrated Sustainability: Perspectives on Her Four Decades of Work with Settlers in the Amazon Region of Brazil. Jim also published a book review of Bidyut Chakrabarty’s Confluence of Thought: Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. (Oxford University Press, 2013) in Peace Review, Issue 27 (4) published in November of 2015. This past summer, Jim was chosen for a Taube Foundation Sponsored Educators’ Study Group to spend two weeks in Poland doing field research. His results will be presented at a workshop on Jewish life in Poland at the University of San Francisco on March 6, 2016. His topic is: Mordechai Gebirtig and the Perseverance of Jewish Culture in Yiddish Song.

Katherine Mary Mills (Tutorial Center)

Katherine Mary Mills, tutor for graduate and undergraduate students in the social sciences, business and humanities and the arts, has begun doing classroom presentations on APA Writing Style and Format to assist students in gaining understanding of the requirements for formal academic style. Her hour and a half presentation also includes techniques for reading and paraphrasing scholarly articles and concludes with a discussion of writing as a process to emphasize the necessity of setting a schedule for writing and research. In Fall 2014, Mills received a faculty grant to investigate writing instruction in MBA programs, and in Fall 2015, she received another grant to create information for the NDNU website to assist international students with understanding the demands of English language rhetoric and rules for plagiarism.

Jennifer M. Murphy (Psychology & Sociology)

After having lived, studied and worked almost ten years in Spain, this year Dr. Murphy excitedly joined the department of psychology and sociology and the scholarly and learning community at NDNU. She has also lived and worked in Japan, Ecuador, El Salvador, Algeria (Sahrawi refugee camps) and England. With a doctoral degree in peace, conflict and development studies, she continues to teach and form part of the core faculty at two prominent peace studies graduate programs in Europe, the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón, Spain, and the University of Innsbruck, Austria; she is also a guest professor at the Masters in Human Rights and Culture of Peace at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Colombia. Having received the Peace Review torch from NDNU professor Stephen Cole, Jenny is the new book review editor for the social justice journal. In 2015, she was named the deputy director of the international network DEEP (Dialogue, Empathic Engagement and Peacebuilding). She is currently working on editing the last work of Wolfgang Dietrich’s elicitive conflict transformation trilogy. Her recent research focuses on invitational pedagogies and a post-oppositional politics of change and interconnectedness. Jenny approaches her interdisciplinary research with postcolonial, intersectional and transrational lenses. Every day, Jenny is inspired by her colleagues and the diverse and phenomenal NDNU student body!

Sungho Park (Education)

Dr. Park is a new Director of Education Specialist Credential Program. Some of his responsibilities include updating program requirements/documents, teaching courses, and advising/supervising students. Last December, he presented on how to support culturally diverse parents of students with severe disabilities at TASH conference.

Sujata Ramnarayan (Business)

Dr. 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: “What Makes or Breaks Product Reviews.” She presented the findings of this research at the Society for Marketing Advances Conference in November 2015. Most recently, her work done with students on the “Impact of Student Self-assessment of Preparation Effort on Student Performance” has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming Marketing Educators’ Conference in April 2016. In addition, Dr. Ramnarayan has received a grant to continue her work on the impact of electronic word-of-mouth communication on marketing performance.

David Reed (Psychology & Sociology)

David Reed, MS is a doctoral candidate at Palo Alto University (PAU). He currently works at the Center for Survivors of Torture in San Jose, CA, where he is a therapist working directly with individuals who have been tortured, and at LifeMoves, where he is a therapist working with both children and adults. His current research focuses on the interaction between existential anxiety, psychopathology, and political violence. These research and clinical interests led to his work with Stanford’s Program for Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health as a way to directly contribute to the improvement of mental health on a global level. David’s research also includes advanced statistics and methodology. He earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of South Carolina in Experimental Psychology.

Douglas Rice (Business)

Knee deep in video production, Dr. Rice began the process of turning two fundamental business courses, managerial accounting and corporate finance, into video and media driven online courses. So far he has completed 68 videos and anticipates almost dozens more. Dr. Rice also created and taught the financial 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. He authored Reflections on Conventional Wisdom, which spins common financial quotes into real world analysis. He spoke at Cal-State East Bay’s event celebrating first- generation students, providing much needed financial literacy education to incoming freshman. And in his spare time he completed another Masters degree, an MS in finance to go along with his MBA and DBA.

Adam J. Rodriguez (Clinical Psychology)

Dr. Rodriguez maintains a private practice in San Francisco specializing in treating LGBTIQ people of color. He has recently sat on several panels, including with neuropsychoanalyst Dr. Mark Solms for his presentation “Dreams, Consciousness, and Restorative Social Justice”; with author Richard Rodriguez following his presentation “Between the ‘I’ and ‘We’: Becoming an American Student”; and for the Notre Dame de Namur University Art Therapy Department’s salon “Culture & Art: Is Art Immune to Gentrification?” Dr. Rodriguez contributed a chapter entitled The Assessment of Egg and Sperm Donors for the text The Handbook of Private Practice. He wrote a three part series of commentary for the online psychology magazine PSYCHED in San Francisco, addressing ethnocentrism, internalized racism and homophobia, and white fragility. One of these pieces, “How Can You Not Like the Beatles?: The Damaging Effects of Power and Privilege” was published online at the Huffington Post. Dr. Rodriguez has also provided supervision and consultation for psychology doctoral students at Queer LifeSpace in San Francisco. He is currently working on a paper addressing the intersection of cultural identities that discusses the problem with current essentialist models of cross cultural education and training.

Irv Rollins (Education)

In addition to being a NDNU core and senior faculty member, Dr. Irv Rollins has been an active community volunteer for the past 13 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.  Dr. Rollins chairs the School of Education & Leadership’s Education Committee and serves as a thesis reader for students in the Master of Arts in Education Program. 

Gavin Ryan Shafron (Psychology & Sociology)

Gavin Ryan Shafron is a new addition to the department of Psychology and Sociology here at Notre Dame. Mr. Shafron has previously served on the psychology faculty of Iona College in New Rochelle, New York and concurrently teaches at Cañada College and the College of San Mateo. Mr. Shafron’s research focus is on adolescent emotional dysphoria and ethics in applied psychology. He as been published on these topics in numerous peer reviewed academic journals. In addition to teaching and research, Mr. Shafron is a Ph.D candidate at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco and sees patients in clinical practica at the Santa Rosa Junior College Student Psychological Services center. 

Gwen Sanders (Art Therapy)

Ms. 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. She is a California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Certified Supervisor. Ms. Sanders exhibits her artwork and recently, her artwork was featured on the cover of the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. Ms. Sanders is a frequent presenter state and national conferences on the topic of attachment and art therapy.

Will Springhorn Jr. (Lecturer, Theatre and Dance)

Will continues to be active in Bay Area Theatre, and can be seen in January of 2016 in Born Yesterday and in May/June in Rock of Ages at Center Repertory Theatre in Walnut Creek.  He also appeared in professional shows: The Addams Family at San Jose Stage Company; The Best Brothers at B Street Theatre in Sacramento and in World Premieres; Incidents in the Wicked Life of Moll Flanders at Pacific Repertory Theatre; and Scrooge in Love at 42nd Street Moon.  The film The Road Between premiered in Los Angeles in January of 2016, and the film The Spirit Machine continued its maddening plod through post-production, slated for a late 2016 release.  Will is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association: www.willspringhornjr.com

Kim Tolley (Education)

Dr. Tolley has recently published a book, Heading South to Teach: The World of Susan Nye Hutchison, 1815-1845 with the University of North Carolina Press and a chapter in Miseducation: A History of Ignorance-Making in America and Beyond, edited by A. J. Angulo. In Fall 2015, she presented papers at the History of Education Society Conference in St. Louis, Missouri and at the Social Science History Association (SSHA) Annual Meeting in Baltimore. She is currently working on a book chapter about the development of the Hallmarks of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. As a Network Representative for SSHA, she is also working on the program for the annual meeting in Fall 2016 in Chicago.

Kelly Vaughn (Education)

Dr. Vaughn has been working with Drs. Stephanie Demaree and Kim Tolley on a collaborative 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.” In addition to her graduate/post-baccalaureate classes, Dr. Vaughn enjoying teaching undergraduate course “Math for Elementary Teachers II Common Core Standards” in which she is pulling in researched-based ideas on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, as well as her collaboration with Drs. Joan Rossi, Stephanie Demaree, and Bob Ferrera at NDNU’s partnership lab school, El Crystal Elementary of the San Bruno Park School District.

Gretchen Wehrle (Psychology)

Dr. Wehrle continues to focus her scholarly work on community-based learning/research.  In the summer of 2013 she was one of twenty-five faculty selected for Campus Compact’s Third Summer Institute for Experienced Civic and Community Engagement Practitioners.  She and Dr. Don Stannard-Friel continue to take NDNU students and alumni to the Annual Continuums of Service Conferences.  This spring three of them will present on “Turning Wicked Problems into Positive Solutions Becoming an Effective Change Agent” in Long Beach, CA. As Director of the Dorothy Stang Faculty Scholars Program at NDNU, Dr. Wehrle provides professional development workshops and mentorship to faculty interested in developing community engagement courses.  Since the program’s inception, twenty-three faculty members have become SDSC faculty scholars, representing the three schools/colleges, undergraduate and graduate students, and fifteen different disciplines.

Marc Wolterbeek (English)

Dr. Wolterbeek has been working on revisions of his book The Short Poems of Hildebert and Lavardin: Texts and Translations (submitted to the Dallas Texts and Translations Series), and he has submitted an article entitled “Grim Reapers and Shinigami: Personifications of Death in Comics and Manga” to the International Journal of Comic Art. He is currently collaborating with another faculty member, Pearl Chaozon-Bauer, on a chapter proposal entitled “Making Academia Cool: Serious Study of Sequential Art at the University,” and he is undertaking research on another paper, “Sequence and Duration in Graphic Novels,” to be submitted for possible publication by the International Society for the Study of Time. Finally, Wolterbeek is continuing his work editing and translating the short poems of Marbod of Rennes.

Miriam Zimmerman (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.