Robin Williams serves as Assistant Director of Operations, for Ursuline College's Adult Program (UCAP). She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ursuline College in 1994; and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Prior to joining Ursuline College staff in 2014, Robin served as a Regional Faculty Recruiter for Indiana Wesleyan University. She served the first 13 years of her career in Corporate America, as Associate Vice President in various business operation areas at MBNA America. She then served five years working with a non-profit, as Executive Director of the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation. The foundation works and supports over 30 universities in Northeast Ohio to provide scholarships for underserved African American students and has given millions of dollars toward the education of students. Robin is proud to come “back home” and serve Ursuline College.
Dr. Stacy Blake Beard is a Professor of Management at the Simmons College School of Management where she teaches organizational behavior. She is also Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons and Visiting Faculty at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India. Prior to joining Simmons, Dr. Blake-Beard was faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Dr.Blake- Beard’s research focuses on the challenges and opportunities offered by mentoring relationships, with a focus on how these relationships may be changing as a result of increasing workforce diversity. She is particularly interested in the issue women face as they develop mentoring relationships. She also studies the dynamics of formal mentoring programs in both corporate and educational settings. Dr. Blake-Beard has published research on gender, diversity, and mentoring in several publications and is co-editor of the Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Career’s (2013).
Dr. Nurete Brenner is the Executive Director of the Business programs at Ursuline College. She previously taught Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University and at the Interdisciplinary College in Herzliya Israel. Nurete’s research has focused on intercultural dialogue , Arab-Jewish dialogue and grassroots movements, and her interests center on how to create socially-conscious businesses. Nurete has authored articles on the subject of dialogue, challenging conversations and how to resolve conflicts in various settings. Nurete holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, an MBA, an MA in English Literature from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a BA in English and Middle East history from Bar Ilan University in Israel. She is also the mother of two boys who teach her on a daily basis the importance of dialogue and the art of challenging conversations.
Melissa Hladek is a Counseling and Art Therapy Graduate student at Ursuline College. She has been instrumental in the Service learning projects at Ursuline College and recently completed trips to Quito, Ecuador; Bulawayo, Zimbabwe; and Eagle South Dakota. Her research focuses on Post-Traumatic Growth and better understanding of visual, emotional, and epigenetic patterns as contributing factors to recovery from physical and sexual abuse . Melissa currently interns at The Centers for Family and Children, a community mental health agency, providing counseling and art therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults. She is also an art teacher at Ruffing Montessori School teaching levels 3 through 8.
George Matejka is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Ursuline College. He has strong interest in the ethical dimension of human relationships with animals and has lectured at the National Animal Rights Conference several times. He has published reviews of several books in the fields of Ethics and Theology. George has lectured at conferences at Oxford University, England as well as at Yale University and Michigan State University. He serves as the Board President for the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute.
Marianela Medrano was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and has lived in Connecticut since 1990. A poet and a writer of non fiction, she holds a PhD in psychology. Medrano is vice-president of Grace Works International, a literary work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Medrano is also a regular blogger for America Counseling Association (ACA).
Gretchen Miller MA,ATR-BC,ACTP is a Cleveland area Registered Board Certified Art Therapist and Trauma Practitioner. She is also an Adjunct Professor in Ursuline College’s Counseling and Art Therapy Department, Past President of Ohio’sBuckeye Art Therapy Association, and founder of the online communities Art Therapy Alliance and 6 Degrees of Creativity. Over the last 15 years , Gretchen has had a commitment in activating digital platforms for community organizing ad networking. This has included leveraging social media and online tools for the art therapy professional community, as well as for art-based engagement and connection. Connect with he on Twitter @gretchen_miller.
Dr. Deborah Jewell Sherman is a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Urban Superintendents Program and has built a reputation over the past decade as one of the most successful urban district superintendents the country. Prior to join the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s faculty, Dr. Jewel Sherman served as superintendent of Richmond Public Schools with a track record of success that culminated in her being named Virginia Superintendent of the year 2009 by Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS). During her appointment, 95 percent of Richmond’s lowest performing schools achieved full accreditation under Virginia’s Standards of Learning reform legislation. In addition, the district improved from 18 percent to 91.7 percent of all schools meeting this standard as measured by the State Department of Education (2008). Currently, Dr. Jewell- Sherman serves as the Director of the Urban Superintendents Program and is the principal investigator for an initiative between the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Dr. Linda Spurlock is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Kent State University, where she teaches courses in biological anthropology, forensic anthropology and archaeology. She has had an extensive career as a teacher of anatomy and physiology in colleges and universities throughout northern Ohio. She received her Ph. D. in biomedical science from Kent State and held a post doctoral position in the Department of Anatomy at NEOMED, where she refined techniques of forensic facial reconstruction. Spurlock is a forensic facial reconstruction artist and provides sketches of unidentified persons for Medical Examiner’s and Coroner’s offices throughout the region. She is also a scientific illustrator who specializes in primate fossil reconstruction and has recently worked on reconstructing the fossil Ardipithecus ramidus pelvis. The summer she traveled to Israel to participate in excavations of Manot Cave, a Middle Upper Paleolithic site.
Roxanne Sukol is Medical Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Enterprise, and sees patients in the Department of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Sukol has special interests in health literacy and patient-provider communication give her a unique ability to make complex medical information easier for everyone to understand. Dr. Sukol authors the blog Your Health is on Your Plate (http://yourhealthinonyourplate.com), with more than20 million hits. Her essays have been published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Wall Street Journal Online,KevinMD.com, Human Pathology, and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). She is author of the first-ever nutrition section to appear in Cleveland Clinic’s Current Clinical Medicine, a 2nd place winner of the 2008 Award for Creative Nonfiction at Baltimore Review, and a 1995 winner of the John Conley Foundation Essay Competition for Ethics and Philosophy in Medicine. Dr. Sukol is 1995 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with distinction in Biomedical Ethics, and a member Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the Honor Medical Society. She earned a M.S. from the Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering at University of Cincinnati, and a B.A.in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University. She is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Joan Bradley Wages is President & Chief Executive Officer of the National Women’s History Museum (https://ww.nwhm.org). (NWHM). She is dedicated to educating the general public about the central, indispensable role women have played throughout our nation’s history and raising awareness about the the critical need for a national women’s history museum in our nation’s capital. As one of NWHM’s founding board members, Joan has been a passionate and tireless champion of this effort for nearly 20 years; 16 of which were spent lobbying Congress on behalf of the Museum. As registered lobbyist, she worked with legislators and women’s organizations to effect positive change on a host of issues. It was therefore no surprise when she teamed with a small group of women to advocate for the transfer of The Portrait Monument (a 7-ton statue depicting the founders of the U.S. Suffrage movement) from the Capitol Crypt to the Rotunda, where it stands today. As a result of her efforts on behalf of the Museum, Joan was honored by Lifetime Television as part of its Remarkable Women series.
Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990 serving as a humanitarian aid worker. When the genocide launched in April 1994, Carl refused to leave and was the only American to remain in the country. Venturing out each day into the streets cracking with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. His actions saved the lives of hundreds. After returning to the US in 1996, Carl was featured in the 2004 PBS Frontline documentary, “ and began to respond to speaking request from around the nation. In January 2008, with no end insight to the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan; Carl decided to quit his job and dedicate himself full time to accepting these invitations. He and his wife Teresa have since formed an educational nonprofit, World Outside My Shoes (http://www.worldoutsidemyshoes.org/), to facilitate this important work. In 2011 Wilkens released his first book entitled I’m Not Leaving, and in 2013 he released a documentary with the same title.