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- Lorri Capizzi, Ed.D.
- Francisco Castillo
- Rosaura Diaz
- Paula Hsieh
- Elizabeth Leiserson
- Omar Murillo Ed.D.
- Courtney Paulger, Ed.D.
- Mark Reibstein, Ed.D.
- Nancy Reyes, Ed.D.
- Kathleen Schoenecker, Ed.D.
- Christine Solari, Ed.D.
- Mary Streshly, Ed.D.
- Tram Vo-Kumamoto
- Suzanne Williams
Lorri Capizzi, Ed.D.
Lorri Capizzi is a lecturer in the Department of Counselor Education at San Jose State University for the last seven years as a Lecturer, GE Coordinator, Field Site coordinator, and Project Manager. Her research interests include examining social justice-based school counseling and its role in increasing access to higher education for foster youth, minority students, and students from low-income families.
Dr. Capizzi holds a B.A. in Child Development, a master's degree in Special Education, and a second master's degree in Counseling and Student Personnel from San Jose State University. She received her doctorate for her dissertation titled AB 97 Implementation for Students in Foster Care: A Case Study of Three School Districts.
Francisco Castillo is the Director of the Jack Holland Student Success Center at San Jose State University’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. He has previously held positions as Director of Undergraduate Advising at San Francisco State and as the Assistant Director of the Engineering Student Success Center at San Jose State University. His research interests are in the areas of STEM culture and in the success and persistence in STEM, factors and services that enable first-generation and low-income students to reach degree attainment. He holds a B.A. Degree in Chicano/o Studies from UC Santa Barbara and earned an M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education at CSU Long Beach.
Rosaura Diaz was the Senior Program coordinator at the San Francisco Education Fund and has worked as an educational advocate for non-profits and schools in the Bay Area and New York City. Her research interests include P-12 high school attrition rates; studying interventions to promote college attendance and retention of underrepresented minority students; and promoting science and math education to female and minority students at the high school and undergraduate levels. Her dissertation research is examining Latino student success in NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education programs across the United States. She holds a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University and earned a master's degree in Educational Leadership at New York University.
Paula Hsieh joined Berkeley City College as a staff assistant in Instruction after serving as the Graduate Student Affairs Officer in the College of Chemistry University of California Berkeley. She has previously worked for the China Program, Oakland Asian Students Educational Services, and the LEAP After School Program in which she was the Program Manager. She holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies with a minor in Education from UC Berkeley, and a M.A. in Education with a concentration in Equity and Social Justice from San Francisco State University.
Elizabeth Leiserson is a Research Analyst in the Office of Research & Planning at City College of San Francisco. She held a similar position at Foothill College previously. Her other experience includes research, administration, and instructional support with education non-profits at San Francisco State, the San Francisco Ed Fund, SF School Alliance, Larkin Street Youth Services, and Early College at East Palo Alto Academy. She holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from Western Connecticut State University and a master's degree of Education with an emphasis on Secondary Administration from Manhattanville College in New York.
Omar Murillo is Director of Federal Student Services Grants Implementation & Compliance at Mission College. In this capacity he oversees the Title III AANAPISI federal grant supporting a variety of services tin increase student transfer to four year institutions, including academic/tutoring support, the integration of career development into course content, as well as faculty cultural sensitivity training. Previously, Dr. Murillo was a Retention Specialist at CSU Monterey Bay. He provides counseling and mentor services to first-generation, low-income students including those with disabilities. He has 12 years experience working in higher education institutions.
Dr. Murillo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in Spanish from CSU Monterey Bay and a Master of Arts. in Education with a concentration in Counseling and student Services from San Jose State University. He received his doctorate for his dissertation titled Family away from Home: Support Systems for Multigenerational Hispanic Students at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
Courtney Paulger is program associate in science in the Teacher Professional Development program at West Ed. Before that, Dr. Paulger served as the Manager of Science Action Clubs and the STEM Afterschool Professional Development Program at the California Academy of Sciences. She began her career in education working as an informal science educator and served as a consultant and administrator in STEM education. Her research interests are in the areas of STEM access and opportunity for underrepresented youth and adults, evaluating the effectiveness of STEM programs, pathways to STEM careers, and professional development.
Dr. Paulger holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Lewis & Clark College and a Master of Science from Northeastern University. She received her doctorate for her dissertation titled Voices of Successful Women Advanced Technological Education Graduates: Counternarratives .
Mark Reibstein, Ed.D.
Mark Reibstein is a teacher at Woodside High School. He has been an English Teacher for twenty-three years and taught at Lolani in Hawaii, the Masters School of New York, and schools in Japan and Thailand. In addition, he is also a writer of children's books. His research interests are in the areas of education reform and teacher empowerment to generate curricular reform.
Dr. Reibstein holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College, received his teaching credential from UC Berkeley, and a Master of Arts in Philosophy and Education from Columbia Teachers College. He received his doctorate for his dissertation titled Amplifying Teacher Voice: Veteran High School Teachers During CCSS Implementation.
Nancy Reyes, Ed.D.
Nancy Reyes is a counselor for the Student Support Services and TRiO Program at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. Dr. Reyes' research interests include: the impact the Student Support Services / TRiO programs have on graduation and transfer rates at the community college level; the impact a community college first year experience curriculum has on first generation, low income students; the impact continuous academic advising has on students’ transfer and graduation rates.
Dr. Reyes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from UC Berkeley and a Master of Arts in Counselor Education from San Jose State University. She received her doctorate for her dissertation titled The Desire to Persist: Voices of First Generation Latino Community College Students.
Kathleen Schoenecker is an Administrative Systems Analyst for the IT department at Ohlone College. Previously she worked with the Disabled Students Programs and Services at Ohlone coordinating student accommodations, provides academic and disability counseling services, and teaches math to students with learning disabilities. She serves on numerous college committees and is actively involved in the California Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability. Dr. Schoenecker holds a B.A. in Liberal and Civic Studies from Saint Mary's College and a master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University. She received her doctorate for her dissertation titled Implementing Student Success and Support program Services in a California Community College District.
Christine Solari, Ed.D.
Christine Solari is the Administrative Director of the Stanford Medicine Teaching and Mentoring Academy. In this role she collaborates with the faculty co-directors to oversee all aspects of the Academy's programming, which promotes excellence in teaching and mentoring through grants programs, teaching and mentoring skills training, peer coaching and mentoring programs, and appointments and promotions support.
Prior to this role, Christine served in the School of Medicine first as the Pre-clerkship Curriculum Manager in the Office of Medical Education and then as the Curriculum Administrator in the Registrar's Office. Before arriving at the School of Medicine, Christine held a variety of roles in education. Her classroom teaching experience includes serving as a lecturer at both SFSU and the College of San Mateo, as well as teaching in SFSU's Educational Opportunity Program's Summer Bridge. Her administrative experience includes serving as the Associate Director of California Campus Compact, a statewide membership organization that supports colleges and universities as they engage students in service learning, building bridges between their academic study and its application to real world problems. Additionally, she served as the director of Stanford Upward Bound, a federally-funded college access program for low-income high school students who will be the first in their families to attend college. In this role, Christine also taught Education 102: Examining Social Structures, Power and Educational Access to Stanford undergraduates selected as Youth and Education Summer Fellows. Her passion for teaching and educational equity is the common thread that runs through her professional experience.
Christine earned her B.A. in English with minors in Women's Studies and French at U.C. Davis, her M.A. in English Literature with an emphasis on teaching composition at San Francisco State University. She earned her doctorate for her dissertation titled It's Tensious Work: A Case Study of Anti-Racist Educators.
Mary Streshly, Ed.D.
Mary Streshly is the Superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District. She has previously served as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in the Campbell Union High School District, and has held leadership positions in the Cabrillo Unified School District, at Lowell High School and in the San Marcos Unified School District. Dr. Streshly's research interests are in the areas of educational leadership: linked learning, high school and community college articulation and expanding concurrent enrollment options, restorative justice methodologies to improve school culture and climate, and the impact of school climate and collective bargaining on student achievement.
Dr. Streshly holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from UC Berkeley, a Single Subject Credential in English and a Supplementary Credential in English as a Second Language from San Diego State University, a Credential in Administrative Services from Cal State San Marcos, and a Master of Arts in English Education from San Diego State. Mary received her doctorate for her dissertation titled Change Leadership and Female Superintendents.
Tram Vo-Kumamoto is the Vice President of Instruction at Berkeley City College. Prior to this appointment, she was the Dean of Science and Math at Chabot College where she provided leadership and oversight over seven different disciplines: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics. Previously Vo-Kumamoto served as the Faculty Counselor and Coordinator for Matriculation at Chabot where her accomplishments included leading the college’s migration from paper and pencil to computer adaptive assessment, revamping the early Decision Program, and developing ‘just in time’ counseling services for students. She holds a B.A. in Psychology & Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and a M.S. in Counseling from CSU Hayward.
Suzy Williams is the Director of Special Education & Mid-Alameda SELPA for the Castro Valley Unified School District. Previously, she was the principal of Redwood High School in Castro Valley Unified School District. She has been a principal in alternative education, served as a school site administrator for thirteen years, and as a teacher for seven years. Her research interests are in the development of self-advocacy skills for students within alternative education; advocacy skills for parents of at-risk students; self-advocacy and transition to post-secondary options; and the role of self-advocacy and resilience related to school success and dropout prevention. Suzy holds a B.A. in Intercultural Studies from Biola University and a Master of Arts in Special Education from Chapman University.