|Susan Wardak, Ph.D. [C 13] 2022|
From the abstract:
"This dissertation used interpretive case study methodology focused on the story of rebuilding the national education system of Afghanistan destroyed by decades of conflict. The study documents the challenges and progress in preparing adequate and qualified teachers for the nation. The dissertation is based on critical analysis of available documents tracing events, policies, and programs. The research asks: What are the critical leadership strategies and organizational frameworks that promote or impede institutional change? What are the barriers to change in teacher education in a conservative Islamic society? The dissertation is unique in that this story of educational intervention in a small war-torn, socially fragmented, and politically fractured nation is documented by a participant observer who is both of the nation and from the nation. The study records the steps and missteps of the changes and leadership processes implemented by both international donor-advisors and national leaders to restore education to Afghanistan in a critical contemporary time. The story encompasses many aspects of education in Afghanistan, past and present, including urgent efforts to fulfill the promise of the new Constitution for universal nondiscriminatory and free education for all, not only of a population in residence but of the masses returning from exile expecting schools for their children. The central core of the dissertation is a focus on the national effort to recruit and train teachers, competent in subject knowledge and teaching methods. A basic and recurring theme is the education of girls and women and their role in this society. Although gender equity is a priority theme through the dissertation, the central message of the dissertation is the evolution of teacher training. This story is framed against the larger picture of historical traditions, the disruptions of conflict, and recent overall national education reconstruction, expansion, and reform. The record of cultural differences that contributed to failed as well as to successful interventions abounds in examples of leadership for change impacted by international donors and by political priorities.”
|Bonnie Curtis, Ph.D. [C 19] 2022|
From the abstract:
Bonnie Curtis, PhD, has a long track record of accelerating growth for both a Fortune 50 consumer products company and a privately held distribution and trucking firm. Noteably, she lived in Guangzhou, China for eight years where she led the largest Procter and Gamble plant in Asia. Dr. Curtis is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Chemical Engineering and also holds a PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. As the CEO of Golden Spike LLC., with expertise in leading change for the supply chain, human resources and sales, Bonnie shares her passion in the areas of leadership and process, with focus on frontline and mid-level manager coaching.
Bonnie has had a toal of five national and international moves that have taught her the power of understanding cultural dimenions of people and work. Raising four children over the course of her career, Dr. Curtis has mastered the ability to multi-task with success, unleash people from status-quo thinking both at work and home--bringing out their best and driving an inclusive culture. She is an honest and direct talker, and enjoys sharing her insights with universities, businesses, and non-profits.
|Rachel M. Roberts, Ph.D. [C 19] 2022|
From the abstract:
Rachel M. Roberts, Ph.D., is a recent 2022 graduate from Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Dr. Roberts holds a master’s degree in educational leadership, a master’s degree in elementary education, and a bachelor’s degree in Child Development. As a seasoned educational leader, Dr. Roberts has served public education in various leadership roles for over 20 years, in three different regional locations. Dr. Roberts started her career as an early childhood educator in Northern Michigan and is a proud former Head Start program teacher who has worked with numerous families on developmental milestones over the years. In 2009, Dr. Roberts was appointed as a National Head Start Fellow, which is prestigious and competitive federal fellowship program in Washington, D.C. During her fellowship, Dr. Roberts worked at the national level on federal program support, improving the National Head Start Program Performance Standards, and on leadership development within the Head Start Program. Post fellowship, Dr. Roberts served the students and families of the District of Columbia Public Schools, through early childhood teacher effectiveness programming from the district office and as an assistant principal at Tyler Elementary on Capitol Hill, a dual language Spanish immersion elementary school. While at DCPS, Dr. Roberts helped revise the teacher evaluation system and provided direct support to early childhood educators throughout the district. In 2015, Dr. Roberts transitioned from DCPS to her role as principal in Brevard County, Florida (10th largest district in the state of Florida) where her track record of improving student outcomes in high poverty schools is quite impressive. Dr. Roberts moved Odyssey Prep Elementary from a state accountability rating of “F” to “B” and Columbia Elementary from a “D” rating to a high performing “B” rating. Both turnaround efforts earned Dr. Roberts the accolades of finalist for BPS Principal of the Year in 2020, and the 2022 Florida Tax Watch Principal of the Year award, which is only awarded to three elementary principals in the state of Florida each year. Dr. Roberts currently serves as Director of Elementary Leading and Learning for Brevard Public Schools and is a passionate advocate for school leadership, especially women in leadership. She lives with her wife, Jules, and their menagerie of furry friends, Pippa (Chiweenie), Ruth (rescue cat) and Hattie (the new kitten).
|Mark McMillian, Ph.D. [C 16] 2022|
From the abstract:
I want to honor my mother and all the parents that have used their voice and helped us get to this point in our personal journeys. Remembering these very special people of our lineage, learning about their lives and seeking to understand the context in which they lived their lives gives us a perspective on the work of our own lived journey. I cannot say enough about my own mother’s courageous, wise and indomitable spirit. She was quite a special lady, indeed. She would however want me to talk about myself on an occasion like this one.
She would want me to say things like I am a seasoned entrepreneur and have worked in diverse industries. As a consultant I’ve helped leaders to understand the things in their way and supported them in making the needed changes to motivate and lead their teams to perform. I’ve trained, coached and strategized with decision-makers on tactical and personal/professional development. I’ve been self-employed having started businesses on my own, and I’ve also worked in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.
My mother was especially proud of my academic achievements. After all, I was the little boy the teacher said was academically ‘slow’. No one thinks that today. I attended and graduated from Central State University on an Academic and Athletic Scholarship. I have two Master’s Degrees from Cleveland State University, both paid for with scholarships, and I was on the Dean’s List for both. I attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as a Senior Executive in State and Local Government, on scholarship as well. These were all very rich experiences for me, but my Mom would have been so delighted to know that her little boy now has both a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from the Antioch University. The University started by Horace Mann. She has passed away, but I still think she sees me down here and I know she is so proud of me. This is the reason for my passion in my own community. I want to make a difference in others’ lives, too.
“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”
|Lijun Li, Ph.D. [C 13] 2022|
From the abstract:
"This study is an effort to turn to older Chinese immigrant women aged 60 and above, one of the most marginalized groups in American society, to recognize their humanity and rediscover the unseen and unheard. It asks what we can learn from their life stories, particularly from the ways in which each experience(d) being a woman in different societal systems. Using in-depth life story interviews supplemented with secondary sources of information, this study crafts four women’s stories that are first read and interpreted individually to capture the whole person in context, and then are looked at thematically. Nine themes are presented, ranging from their remembered histories to their life journeys in different societies, integrating three lenses: the dialogue between the past and the present, the intersectionality (of race/ethnicity, gender, class, education, age, location, generation, nationality, immigration, etc.), and the interplay between the individual and the historical, political, and economic environment in different contexts. This study acknowledges that all of these women, across time and space, have developed capabilities that brought about positive changes to their lives, and that perhaps they have relied on their strengths and capabilities developed throughout their lives to become resilient and accepting of the unknown challenges. It is in this light that these women, as “normal” people whose lives are often overlooked by society in general, become heroic. It is hoped that the stories can serve for any readers as a small window into the older Chinese immigrant women’s worlds, sparking empathy and imagination, helping break down the barriers of differences, and leading readers to see and hear these women’s stories that are different from theirs. From there, it is hoped that this study prompts more connections and conversations with immigrants and refugees in daily life, and that one effort of that kind begets more. This study also provides implications for other Chinese immigrant women and men and even beyond, as well as for the younger generation.”
|A. Nicole White, Ph.D. [C 17] 2022|
From the abstract:
Nicole White, Ph.D., MBA, is a former basic science benchtop researcher; she is knowledgeable in molecular biology techniques and flows cytometry and imaging. After working at the bench for a decade, she graduated from Ashland University in May 2010 with her MBA focused on global management. Her scientific and business skill sets motivated her to find a position that allows her to work between both scientists and business roles within academic organizations.
Nicole is the mother of four children, two of whom have a disability. Her Ph.D. from Antioch University allowed her to blend her scientific and business skills into a study on healthcare facilitation for children with Down syndrome. From this work, she gained additional skills sets in social science research. Nicole hopes to further her studies by evaluating the spaces between communities and healthcare models to improve efficiency in processes, understand the cost modeling of these complex systems, and continue to advocate for children with disabilities using a parental lens.
|Ahmed Al Ansari, Ph.D. [Healthcare C 2] 2022|
From the abstract:
Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Al Ansari
CEO of Government Hospitals
Kingdom of Bahrain
MBBCh, MRCSI, MHPE, MLC, PhD
• Dr. Al Ansari serves as CEO of Government Hospitals since December 2020
• He was the Director of Training and Planning at the Supreme Council of Health from 2019 till 2020
• He was appointed as Director of Government Hospitals’ Autonomy Project and Acting Director of Training at the Ministry of Health in 2019
• He acquired the position of Honorary Associate Professor in Medical Education from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI), Dublin in 2019, and is currently an Associate Professor of General Surgery and Medical Education in Arabian Gulf University
• He was an adviser for the Medical Education Department at King Fahad Medical City, Saudi Arabia in 2016, and a consultant for the Medical Education Department at Prince Sattam Bin AbdulAziz University from 2014 to 2018
• He obtained a PhD in Leadership and Change in the Healthcare Sector from Antioch University in 2021.
• He obtained his Master’s degree in Leadership and Change in the Healthcare Sector from Antioch University in 2019.
• He obtained a PhD in Medical Education from University of Ambrosiana, in collaboration with University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 2013.
• He obtained his Fellowship in Cardiac Surgery from Maastricht, Netherlands in 2009 and obtained a Master’s degree in Health Profession Education from the same University in 2010.
• He obtained his Membership in General Surgery from RCSI, Dublin in 2004.
• He is a reviewer in several international journals and the Associate Editor for the Canadian Medical Education Journal CMAJ from 2012 till 2016. He is currently a Member of Editorial Board for the World Journal of Emergency Surgery.
• He has published over 48 papers in respectable peer-review journals such as Academic Medicine, Professional Psychology, Advances in Health Science Education, BMC Medical Education, and the Journal of Surgical Education.
|Lynn Redenbach, Ph.D. [Healthcare C 1] 2022|
From the abstract:
Lynn Redenbach has been a clinician in the Canadian healthcare system for almost 40 years. In addition to a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology, she is a Registered Psychiatric nurse. Throughout her career, Lynn has been committed to finding ways to bring relational ways of being, seeing, and doing into her work with clients and in her leadership roles in communities, organizations, and systems of care. Currently, Lynn is a clinical manager in a non-profit mental health organization on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She also has a private counselling and leadership consulting practice. She aspires to bring relational neuroscience to healthcare leaders in the service of transforming complex systems, big and small, through courageous dialogue that is foundational for integrative wellness.
|Katharine O'Connor, Ph.D. [C 14] 2022|
From the abstract:
Katharine O’Connor, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Foreign Languages at Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers, Florida, where she teaches Intercultural Communication, Creative Capstone for General Education, Public Speaking, and Fundamentals of Human Communication. She earned her PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University and has an MA in Communication Studies with a specialization in Public Service Communication from Monmouth University. Her scholarly interests are community change, diversity and inclusion, global learning, intercultural communication, and public service. Within her work as a scholar, Katie works to integrate high-impact practices, including community-engagement and global learning throughout various courses and across the curriculum.
|Marion M. McGee, Ph.D. [C 14] 2022|
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Marion Missy McGee is a research practitioner who specializes in expanding and reframing conventional narratives to create more equitable leadership ecosystems. As an organizational strategist, she administers the design, implementation and evaluation of domestic and international programmatic initiatives for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), located in Washington, D.C. Her areas of expertise include long-term strategic planning and organizational forecasting through relational and participatory leadership. She believes in creative problem solving through the embrace of failure, experimentation, and innovation. Marion’s scholarly research contributes to closing the gap between race and leadership through a multidimensional lens, while amplifying lesser-known histories, increasing unexplored narrative exemplars, and providing greater empirical evidence from the vantage point of African American leaders. For over 10 years, Marion has led multi-state collaborative partnerships, strategic planning for board and staff development, along with coordination of regional, national and international conferences and facilitation of skill-development trainings. She is former executive director of the John G. Riley Museum of African American History and Culture and interim director of Florida’s statewide African American Heritage Preservation Network (FAAHPN). Marion is a gifted strategist who takes a passionate approach to transforming organizations through resource identification, partnership development, and workshop facilitation. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration from the Florida A&M University. She also holds a Master of Arts in Leadership and Change and a PhD in Leadership & Organizational Change from Antioch University.
|Eric Kung, Ph.D. [C 17] 2022|
From the abstract:
Mr. Eric Kung is the Founder, Chairman & CEO of Human Dynamic. He has been in the field of change management consultancy, executive training & development, and critical incidence management work for over 29 years. Eric founded Human Dynamic in 1993 in Hong Kong. Since then, he had led the company growth to be a leading provider of Integrated Solution for Leadership and Change in Asia Pacific with 14 direct offices across Asia Pacific serving over 100 global companies. Eric has extensive experiences in corporate consulting in leading organizational change, handling staff communication in change and crisis management, and conducting leadership training for senior executives and middle managers. Clients that he has worked with include HP, Microsoft, HSBC, Manulife, Cigna, Nestle, P&G, Nike, GE, Dow Chemical, Chevron, Freudenberg, Ubisoft, and many other global companies and government bodies. He travels widely as consultant and speaker in Greater China, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and India. Eric graduated from McMaster University, Canada, in 1982 with an honor bachelor’s degree in commerce. In 1987, he obtained from University of Hong Kong master’s degree in social work. In 1999 he obtained his second master’s degree of Divinity from Hong Kong Baptist Seminary. Eric completed his PhD program on Leadership and Change at the Antioch University, Ohio, USA in 2022. His dissertation was on Exploring Leadership as Practice of Middle Managers Engaged in Organizational Change in Asia Pacific Multinational Setting.
|Bill Taylor, Jr., Ph.D. [C 13] 2022|
From the abstract:
Bill Taylor is a broadcast production expert, and filmmaker. He began his career in radio, producing programmatic content for KRKE, WGAR, WJMO, WHUR, and WOL radio stations. His free-lance voice-over work includes the Nigerian Broadcasting Company, National Public Radio (NPR), narration for various documentaries, and acting and voice-overs for other free-lance radio and television advertising commercials. He has participated in extensive production, working at stations WDCA and WVIZ television. He has taught at 3 different Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and also at California State University. His education includes a B.A. in Communication, a terminal MFA in Film Production, a Master’s degree in Leadership and Change, and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change.
|Shiphrah Mutungi Akandiinda, Ph.D. [C 18] 2022|
From the abstract:
Dr. Shiphrah Mutungi Akandiinda is a seasoned professional in the social science disciplines. Her 20+ year career has been invested in developing and leading projects in a variety of social development fields, notably psycho-social, trauma healing, peacebuilding, conflict transformation, leadership, and organization development mainly based in Sub-Saharan Africa. Shiphrah grew her career starting as a program officer to leading country-wide and multi-country projects. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Makerere University in 1996, Shiphrah joined the National Council for Children, an agency that was established as part of Uganda’s commitment to the UN Convention on the Rights of Children, which went into effect in 1990. At the Council, Shiphrah was responsible for the communication and advocacy department, a post she held almost eight years. While at the Council, Shiphrah enrolled in a Counselling Psychology master’s degree program at Makerere University, which she obtained in 2003. In 2006, she joined EASUN Foundation, a civil society capacity building organization based in Arusha, Tanzania. Although based in Arusha, EASUN’s projects span in all of East African countries, including Uganda, Shiphrah’s home country. At EASUN, Shiphrah served as an advisor for the Civil Society Program, supporting civil society organizations in all of East Africa. Meanwhile, Shiphrah was also a young mother, trying to balance both career and family, hence it was necessary that she returns to her home country. In 2008 Shiphrah joined the US Peace Corps as a program manager for PEPFAR/HIV and AIDS. She was later on assigned the role of program manager, a more comprehensive portfolio encompassing not only PEPFAR/HIV/AIDS, but also WASH, Malaria, Mental Health, and Psycho-social programming, to mention but a few. While working on Peace Corps Uganda’s mental health and psycho-social strategy for northern Uganda, Shiphrah was confronted with the ethnic conflicts and its associated impacts. The impact of the 20+ years of conflict in Northern Uganda was enormous, but among its many challenges was widespread trauma and the associated divisive narratives. That experience pushed Shiphrah to learn more about conflicts and peacebuilding. She enrolled at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in their prominent Strategies of Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program and later on decided to join the graduate program in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. In 2015, Shiphrah was invited to serve as a Program Director for Morning Star, a trauma awareness and peacebuilding initiative which was implemented as part of the Viable Support to Transition and Stability (VISTAS) project, a conflict mitigation project in the whole of South Sudan. The VISTAS project concluded in 2019, as did Morning Star. When Morning Star concluded, Shiphrah was already enrolled in Antioch’s PhD program in Leadership and Change. She purposefully took a break from full-time employment to focus on her doctoral studies. She also holds a master’s degree in Leadership and Change from Antioch University, a certificate in Refugee Trauma and Recovery from Harvard Medical School, and a certificate in Global Mental Health from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. Shiphrah is married to Dr. Emmanuel Mutungi. They have four biological children and have cared for other children that God puts in their path. Shiphrah is currently working as a trauma healing expert with DT-Global in Sudan. Although Shiphrah has made solid footprints throughout her career, her experience in South Sudan provoked her and left her with many questions that she decided to explore in her doctoral research. Shiphrah wants to share with you her findings about Theater and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Settings, in which she explores experiences of participants in the Morning Star Theater Program in South Sudan.
|Ivy E. Sackey, Ph.D. [C 17] 2022|
From the abstract:
Dr. Ivy Efua Sackey is a Fellow of the West African College of Nursing/Midwifery, a capacity builder, teacher, and an inspiring leader who is passionate about women’s health, reproductive, maternal, and child health issues. Ivy is married with three children. She was born in a small town called Swedru, located in the central region of Ghana. Even at a young age, Ivy took great delight in helping others, so it came as no surprise when she discovered that nursing would be her calling. After completing secondary school, she gained admission to the Cape Coast Nursing College in 1984, completed the program in 1987, and obtained a license as a State Registered Nurse. After working for a year, she then proceeded to pursue a one-year midwifery course at Korle-Bu, which she completed in 1989 and was then awarded a license as a State Registered Midwife. After gaining extensive clinical experience as a senior staff nurse/midwife in Ghana’s largest hospitals (Komfo Anokye in Kumasi and Korle-Bu teaching hospitals in Accra), she decided to continue her education at the University of Cape Coast to enhance the teaching she was providing in the clinical area. This tilt transitioned her from hands on clinical work to educating and mentoring students and nurses/midwifery professionals in the classroom on pediatrics, obstetrics /maternal health issues, and pharmacology, among others. Extensive lecturing drew her closer to students sharing their experiences during clinical supervision and piqued her interest in preceptorship. From 2005 – 2006, she pursued and successfully completed a master’s program in Population and Reproductive Health, International Health, at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ivy taught in the Sekondi Nurses and Midwifery Training Colleges (NMTC), after her QMU studies, continued teaching in Korle-Bu Nurses/ Midwifery Training College during which she trained and mentored over three thousand nurses/midwives. Ivy was the chairperson of the Maternal and Child Health faculty of the West African College of Nursing/Midwifery (WACNM) between 2009-2015, and then, substantive secretary of the Ghana chapter of WACNM from 2007 to 2009. Ivy has conducted research, written papers, presented speeches, and her interest in researching preceptorship stems from the experience gained while teaching at the training colleges and from working as the Head of the Nursing/Midwifery Training Institutions unit at the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Ghana. Through visiting hospitals and clinics used by the training colleges, Ivy observed several issues with the process of clinical supervision, which revealed a broken system. Some of these issues included the preceptorship programs that were supervised by the department, but which were not well established. Her aim in pursuing the research for her dissertation was to help identify and understand the problems with the preceptorship program in detail in order to improve the program. Through her PhD program, Ivy has been able to make huge strides in this endeavor and is currently sharing her findings with the relevant bodies in Ghana.
|LaTanya White, Ph.D. [C 17] 2022|
From the abstract:
Dr. LaTanya White is an inclusive scholar-practitioner working at the intersection of racial equity and entrepreneurship curriculum design. Over the course of her professional career, she has personally coached and consulted more than 600 Black urban entrepreneurs. A 2x author, TEDx Speaker, leader and strategist, Dr. White is the founder and principal consultant for Concept Creative Group, a technical assistance firm focused on business development, capacity building, and Dynastic Wealth™ transfer for Black entrepreneurs. White was selected to participate in the inaugural cohorts for the Change Ventures Fellowship in Bali, Indonesia as well as the Center for Black Innovation’s EcoSystem Builders Fellowship. White previously spent 11 years serving as an entrepreneurship educator at a prominent Historically Black College/University, an experience that informed her advocacy for Black entrepreneurship as a pathway to wealth creation. Dr. White developed her expertise in the intersection of the racial wealth gap and Black entrepreneurship through her graduate studies at Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change. As a result of her doctoral research on intergenerational wealth transfer and Black business families, Dr. White has designed an evidence-based entrepreneurship training model that specifically addresses the ancestral narrative and lived experience of Black entrepreneurs using a lens of racial equity. By academic definition, a family reaches dynastic status once either the business or the wealth has been controlled by the founding family for at least three consecutive generations. Driven by Proverbs 13:22, Dr. White is committed to the advocacy and action required to build an entrepreneurial dynasty that begins with her daughter Sparrow and that will benefit her grandchildren’s grandchildren.
|Stacey Guenther, Ph.D. [C 17] 2022|
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Stacey Guenther is a certified leadership coach (PCC), organization development consultant, educator, and certified mindfulness meditation teacher (CMT-P) who is dedicated to a developmental journey for herself as well as for the individuals and groups she serves. She invites her clients into deep work with wisdom and heart while holding the space for them to find answers, inspiration, and direction and to build new skills. She is the principal and founder of a small consultancy, Awakened Impact (https://awakenedimpact.com). Until 2020, Stacey had a 15-year affiliation with George Mason University, serving as adjunct faculty, administrative faculty and director of educational programs for the Center for Consciousness and Transformation (now known as the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being), and a corporate facilitator for the university’s outdoor challenge course. She was named a 2021 Fetzer Scholar by the Academy of Management's Management, Spirituality, and Religion (MSR) Interest Group, and her dissertation proposal earned one of three awards by MSR as a 2021 promising dissertation proposal. She is a long-time, committed meditator, and she finds the sacred in nature as well as in animals. Stacey lives near Asheville, NC, with her husband and two rescue dogs.