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TABLE OF CONTENTS Master of Education Natacha Billups-Thomas, Ed.D.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Karen Blinstrub. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Charri Boykin-East. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Arinne Braverman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 William Broderick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Gwendolyn Brown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Margaret (Margie) Q. Burke, Ed.D.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Jim Cobbs, Jr., Ph.D.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Gerard Connors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Ruth Curtis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 John D’Auria, Ed.D.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Zoe Ann Durkin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Elvia H. Hernandez. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Tim Jackson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Nancy Merz Nordstrom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Jerome Posey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Sheila Denise Spaulding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 LTC Jeffrey S. Yarvis, Ph.D.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Master of Education — Counseling Psychology Alison Ball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jacques-Paul T. Barbour. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David J. Bookbinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Martin Cantrell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G. Gwendolyn Dunson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ronald A. Seletsky. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Master of management George Best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leah M. Coviello. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles Creighton III. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce B. Dabbs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thulani A. DeMarsay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James P. Desrosiers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christine Dixon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lawrence M. Douglas III. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosa G. Familia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edward W. Rhodes, III. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suniti Yoseph. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Bachelor’s Degrees Emma Brown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Julian Jefferson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Michelle Thomson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

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Tito Guerrero, III President Cambridge College


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A Message From the President As you think about applying to Cambridge College, the testimonials and biographies herein will provide great inspiration and guidance. I know they inspire me! This fourth in a series of alumni profiles booklets represents a cross-section of alumni across our different campuses and degree programs. Every one of them echoes a similar refrain about the Cambridge experience. All are ready and willing to speak to prospective students about their career path. They are a true measure of the value of our non-traditional programs. William Broderick, M.Ed., 1980, Head of School at Forth Worth Academy, Texas, writes: “This experience pushed boundaries, embraced the non-traditional, and emphasized the immense value of human diversity. It had an initial (and continuing) impact on my personal educational philosophy—30 years after graduation I often find myself reflecting on the boldness and forward-looking nature of the college, and feeling grateful to have been there.” Leah Coviello, M.M., 2007, writes: “The weekend intensives help students gain momentum into their programs, especially individuals who also have families. I most valued working in the team format, although at the time, I would not have thought I would ever feel this way! Two heads are better than one as the saying goes. There are some very bright, talented, and energetic individuals who attend this school.” The lives and work of our alumni are closely linked to their personal educational transformations in a way which is quite extraordinary. They have come to value their education because it has helped them to build or substantially enhance their confidence, at a time when personal empowerment is crucial for every worker and teamwork is a sine qua non. We are a national leader in adult education, and this booklet is a testament to what this means. Discover Cambridge College for yourself. If you are interested in enrolling at the College, call one of these alumni for a chat. You may discover a mentor! If you would like to invite an alumnus(a) to speak about the College to a group, or speak or consult on a career or research oriented topic in a particular field, I encourage you to contact him or her, and keep us posted. For information about our degree programs, visit or call us anytime at 800.877.GRAD, and enjoy your reading. Yours truly,

Tito Guerrero, III President

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Natacha Billups-Thomas

Master of Education Integrated Studies, 2000 CAGS, School Administration, 2002

“I came to the College because of its excellent reputation, its convenience in terms of being pro-student, and I was inquisitive about a non-traditional institution. The degree enabled me to get a position in school administration. I enjoyed the GREAT professors, establishing camaraderie with students from around the U.S. and abroad, learning unique teaching methods, and interacting and learning from other students. For example, I learned that my classroom did not have to be noise-free (quiet) for learning to take place. All students did not have to sit in one position (erect) to complete their assignment(s). I’ve encouraged 10 to 15 family members, friends, and colleagues to enroll. They are constantly expressing gratitude to me for being persistent in encouraging them. You can have a family, career and advance your degree all in one!�


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background Natacha received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and change from Fielding Graduate University, 2006, and both Educational Specialist Certificate (CAGS) and M.Ed. from Cambridge College, with a B.S. from Georgia Southern University. She holds Georgia Certifications in Leadership and Administration, Middle Grades Education, Endorsements in Gifted/Talented, Teacher Support Specialist, and Integrating TECHnology (in-TECH). She has broad experience working with student teachers, and currently works as a dissertation mentor for University of Phoenix. She is employed in rural middle Georgia as a consultant for the Graduation/Dropout Project. Natacha has participated in several workshops, seminars, and professional trainings. The focal point of her research has been “An Analysis of the Impact of America’s Choice Program on Critical Thinking and Writing Skills of Selected Fifth Grade Students” (dissertation). She has been in education for 16 years and some of her duties and responsibilities are implementation of the school’s vision, goals and strategies, supervisory responsibilities in accordance with district policies, procedures and applicable laws, conducting the Georgia Teacher Observation Instrument and Georgia Teacher Duties and Responsibilities Instrument, conferring with teachers and students on educational and behavioral initiatives, and teacher recruitment to colleges and universities in the state of Georgia. She has taught at the elementary and middle school levels, but “my zeal is for the middle grades. At times I get awkward looks from colleagues and peers when I express my affection for the grades in the middle. However, this is the area in which I can fully maximize my purpose. It is during these years discovery is at its pinnacle for adolescents, so I want to be on the cusp of this discovery in terms of providing mentorship for students and partnerships with my colleagues and parents. Cambridge College was extremely instrumental in helping me to expand the purpose I live with on a daily basis. As it relates to any student on any level, I realize my purpose is to ‘take what I get and mold what I want.’ In that sense, I am doing my part to ensure my students are prepared to be great global citizens.” Independent learning or capstone project Develop the Territory Under Your Hat – THINK! Critical Thinking: A Workout for a Strong, Healthy Mind, and Using Writing to Develop Critical Thinking in Social Studies Speaking and/or consulting topics Leadership — women and/or minority, and critical thinking CONTACT Phone: 478-272-8164 (h); 478-875-1000 x9017 (w) Email:,

“I’ve encouraged 10-15 family members, friends, and colleagues to enroll.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Karen Blinstrub

Master of Education Human Service Administration/Counseling, 1979 “The openness to diversity and new ideas drew me to the College years ago, and I valued the teaching style of the professors and their willingness to help in every way! This degree gave me the ability to apply my skills in the administrative field by allowing me to be promoted to higher positions. The strongest part of the program was the in depth study in a rich learning environment. I recommended the College to many folks I worked with before coming to California.�


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background As CEO of Child, Family & Community Services Inc. (CFCS), serving Alameda County, California, Karen creates the vision and sets the tone for this $17M agency, serving 3,000 families each year. She has 30 years of social service management experience, with effective community relations, diversified fiscal development and personnel leadership. She has extensive experience developing and implementing child welfare, social services, mental health, child development, family support and substance abuse programs. She is skilled at motivating staff, building partnerships, developing funds and other resources to support outstanding programs targeted to reach the most diverse populations. When she joined CFCS in 2005, she welcomed the opportunity to lead an organization whose knowledgeable, committed staff and high quality programs are legendary in the human services community. She envisions a multi-functioning agency expanding to truly integrate families into the community. This would include training for families to become aware of services available in the community even after they are no longer enrolled in Head Start or other CFCS programs. In turn, these families can advise others. She believes that education is the key to helping families achieve self-sufficiency and that the right outcome for any situation is what is in the best interest of the child and family. When she was enrolled at the College, Karen was regional director of advocacy and area advocate supervisor for the Massachusetts Office for Children. She then went on to serve the MA Department of Social Services as intake/investigation/foster care/adoption unit supervisor; the MA Department of Mental Health – Harbor Area, as director of children’s services, associate director; the North Suffolk Mental Health and Mental Retardation Association, as director of children’s services; Behavioral Healthcare Network of Massachusetts, president/founder/CEO; Options Health Care (merged with Value), Child and Family Department, executive director; First 5 Santa Clara County, executive director; and founder of The Blinstrub Group. Independent learning or capstone project The Development of Attitudes and the Use of the Term Adolescence in the U.S. Speaking and/or consulting topics Provided over 50 different trainings in the past 5 years. Areas of training: Child health insurance, special needs/inclusion development, school readiness, organizational development, strategic planning, managed care, integration of service delivery. CONTACT Phone: 831-338-1787 (h); 510-489-2863 (w) Email: Web site:

“I valued the teaching style of the professors and their willingness to help in every way!” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Charri Boykin-East

Master of Education Management & Administration, 1984

“I enjoyed the small classes, and learning with other older students. The writing of the thesis was both educational and cathartic. I would never have been offered the position I hold now without the degree. The courses I took related to workplace issues and supervision. I was supervising a staff at the time I attended the College. Being able to read the theory, practice the methods at my workplace and then talking in class about my experiences were abundantly helpful. The environment was so nurturing. I had the opportunity to learn with people my own age, who knew the importance of an advanced degree. Having the opportunity to also practice what you learn in a safe setting has been invaluable. The entire experience has provided me with self assurance and confidence that will last me a lifetime.�


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background “In my junior year of high school my dad died. During my first year of college my mom died. I had to figure out life and how to survive. After taking one course at a time I finally graduated with my B.A. eleven years later. By that time I had a husband, a two year old and a baby on the way. I felt I was very behind my peer group. I needed to earn a master’s and still work full time. Cambridge College exceeded my needs.” Charri has been working at Amherst College since 1990. She completed all of the course requirements at UMass, Amherst, for a doctorate (but not the dissertation) and received a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Multicultural Organizational Development from the School of Education there. She is senior associate dean of students/coordinator of academic support services at Amherst College. Prior to this she was senior associate dean of students/director of residential life; associate dean of students/director of residential life; acting dean of students; and assistant dean of students/director of residential life. From 1977-1990 she was residence director at UMass, Amherst. During that period, from 1983-87 she was a recruitment coordinator at Cambridge College, where she taught and served as academic advisor to candidates for M.M. degrees (1985-88), which “I enjoyed very much.” At UMass she was an instructor of math, English and in the Science Technology Education Project, and within the Department of Residential Education taught 3-6 credit courses on various topics including teaching strategies and curriculum design to first-time instructors; issues which may emerge when presenting multicultural issues in the classroom; student development theory, social justice education and conflict resolution. Charri also designed and facilitated courses for graduates and undergraduates on topics including racism, sexism, ableism, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/questioning issues and socioeconomic diversity. She has been a consultant to Simmons College on “Racism, Building Bridges and Creating Dialogue;” to Cooley Dickinson Hospital on “Understanding Gay/Lesbian/Bi-sexual Issues in a Hospital Setting;” Smith College on “Cross Cultural Communication;” UMass, Smith College, Hampshire College and Mount Holyoke on “Exploring Diversity;” and the New Jersey Department of Higher Education on “Improving Racial Harmony on Campus.” She has offered coalition building workshops at Mount Holyoke College, the Tri-County Youth Corporation, Inc., and Brown University. Speaking and/or consulting topics Workplace issues, diversity in the workplace CONTACT Phone: 413-253-2397 (h); 413-542-2529 (w) Email:

“I would never have been offered the position I hold now without the degree.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Arinne Braverman

Master of Education Interdisciplinary Studies, 2007

“The strongest part of the Cambridge College experience is the faculty with realworld, practical experience in the field (beyond academic research and the theoretical) and the opportunity to learn interactively alongside students with diverse educational and professional experiences. Both are extremely important in testing out the theories we learn to see whether they ring true in different contexts. When I recently learned during a block party that a neighborhood child would require a special, summer reading tutor, I cited my M.Ed. in volunteering to assist. Though I readily admitted that I didn’t have particular expertise in reading instruction, the skills I learned in such classes as ‘All Kids Can Learn’ came in handy. Having an M.Ed. provided the entrée to this rewarding new opportunity.”


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background A Hartford jeweler named Bill Savitt was legendary for his slogan “POMG” or Peace of Mind Guaranteed. He built on the most successful ad campaign ever launched, in 1938, to promote the belief that “a diamond is forever.” Today a college education has become a necessity, and the search for POMG of a different kind vital for college retention. As director of regional student services, Hillel Council of New England, Arinne helps Jewish students at New England colleges explore and celebrate their Jewish identities and grow intellectually, spiritually, and socially. She develops interactive curricula for regional leadership trainings and cultural and educational programs; recruits and engages uninvolved students for leadership positions, and provides support and resources to students, their families, professors, and university and community partners. Previously she was health education director/teen advocate advisor, YWCA, Malden, MA; community organizer, JOI Fellowship & FDNH Inc.; and complexity management consultant, VHA Inc. & Plexus Institute. A Smithie with a B.A. in Psychology (’99), she came to Cambridge College because of “the flexibility to study educational theory across the age spectrum as well as classes in group counseling and management to address my current work. The Interdisciplinary Studies option was the initial draw, and it was extremely helpful to relate classroom learning to my work and to concrete examples of real-life experience. “I feel blessed to be happily employed. If that were to change, my degree would convey a sense of professionalism and dedication as well as demonstrate that I had made an investment in developing my own skill set. My M.Ed. has afforded me additional peace of mind and confidence in my marketability. And as we learn in Ketuvim/Scriptures; Iyov/Job, 28:18, ‘the striving for wisdom is more precious than pearls’ … and far better than diamonds!” Independent learning or capstone project Beyond the Bagel Brunch: A Pluralistic, Experiential Pair of Workshops Addressing Jewish College Students’ Search for G*d. Speaking and/or consulting topics Experiential education and informal education; religious education and religious youth work. (I have been employed by both the YWCA and Hillel and have experience working in an interfaith capacity as well.) Also community building; planning and facilitating successful and productive meetings, workshops, or retreats. CONTACT Phone: 781-449-1413 (h); 617-928-1488 x310 (w) Email: Web site:

“The strongest the faculty with real-world, practical experience in the field.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


William Broderick

Master of Education, 1980

“I was looking for a master’s program of quality that could be completed in a reasonable amount of time, at a reasonable cost, and allow me to continue working while going to school. I got all of that, and much more. I thoroughly enjoyed the collegial atmosphere — surrounded by other active practitioners/ learners willing to enthusiastically share their expertise, perspectives, and questions. This experience pushed boundaries, embraced the non-traditional, and emphasized the immense value of human diversity. It had an initial (and continuing) impact on my personal educational philosophy — 30 years after graduation I often find myself reflecting on the boldness and forward-looking nature of the college, and feeling grateful to have been there. My teachers were sincerely invested and interested in students. The immediate applicability of course content to the work setting was an added benefit.” 12

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background William Broderick serves as Head of School at Fort Worth Academy in Fort Worth, Texas; a position he has held since 1999. Broderick is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College where he majored in special education. He completed his M.Ed. at Cambridge College with a concentration on the education of gifted and talented students. At that time Cambridge College was the Institute of Open Education, part of Antioch. He to this day highly values this “relevant, authentic and respectful” experience. His extensive post graduate studies in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies took place at the University of Houston. He began his career as an educator in 1977 as a classroom teacher with the Sandwich, Massachusetts Public Schools. An education administrator in Texas since 1982, he has worked in both public and private sectors, in rural, suburban and urban settings. William is also a trainer for the National S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project which is headquartered at Wellesley College, a facilitator for Schools Attuned, an initiative of the All Kinds of Minds Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a member of the College of Education Board of Visitors at Texas Christian University. In 1997, the United States Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principals granted William National Distinguished Principal status at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The vast majority of William’s time during the school day is spent directly interacting with teachers, students and parents. He is able to address every student by name and is keenly aware of their progress. He refers to his job as “the absolute best a person could hope for.” When asked about the most enjoyable aspects of his job, Broderick responds, “My favorite day of the school year is the first day — because there is so much to look forward to. And a very, very close second favorite is the last day — because there is so much to celebrate!” Independent learning or capstone project The American Continents: A Supplementary Elementary Social Studies Curriculum CONTACT Phone: 817-361-8812 (h); 817-370-1191 x609 (w) Email: Web site:

“I thoroughly enjoyed the collegial atmosphere.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Gwendolyn Brown CAGS, Educational Leadership, 2005

“I came to the College on the recommendation of a teacher/friend who already finished the NITE program. I valued using the computer reference library and visiting Harvard’s computer reference lab. Because of the CAGS I was able to get a salary increase. I now have two NYS certificates, as School District Administrator, and School Administrator/Supervisor. The strongest part of the program was meeting students from other states who have the same life convictions as I. The experience was electrifying. I have recommended NITE to two others who have taken the course and graduated, because of the great support system in place. My professors had a positive view of me and were willing to give extra help if needed.”


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background At a time when themed magnet and charter schools are all the rage, Gwendolyn was ahead of the curve in 1969, graduating from High School of Music and Art, NYC. By 1973 she had earned her bachelor’s in music at University of Hartford’s renowned Hartt School of Music, and by 1975 a master’s in music at Manhattan School of Music. By that time she had started teaching for the NYC Board of Education, at James Monroe High School, Bronx. She taught and tutored mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry), Spanish grammar and English. In 1976 she taught at Manna House Workshops, as a substitute teacher of piano, voice and theory. From 1978-1984 Gwendolyn worked at the NY School of Music, with Arthur Cremins as Director, teaching theory, piano and voice. From 1984 to the present she has been with the NYC Department of Education. PS 291x was her base of operations until 1995. Gwendolyn taught kindergarten, K-4 music enrichment, and as K-4 music cluster/art teacher. Moving to PS/MS 306x she has been a K-8 art teacher since 1985. Speaking and/or consulting topics Channeling corrective behavior through music; developing focusing skills through music; the effects of music in developing language art and math skills; using music as a motivational tool; vocal projection and word enunciation through songs CONTACT Phone: 845-693-4150 (h) Email:

“The experience was electrifying.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Margaret (Margie) Q. Burke, Ed.D.

Master of Education, 1999

“I came to Cambridge College because of the NITE program and the intensive scheduling. I most valued the ProSem with Jorge Cordosa. The program provided many valuable lessons and teaching strategies that I was able to effectively implement in my classroom. The lessons were practical and provided real-life instructional opportunities for my students. The strongest part of the Cambridge experience was the opportunity to complete courses during the summer in weekly course sessions, allowing for in-depth exploration into strategies and lessons offered. Teamwork on projects offered a variety of insights into the implementation of the lessons. Realistic and practical tools to incorporate into the classroom were provided in every course. I have highly recommended the program to colleagues. The program offers an opportunity for busy professionals to complete the curriculum with a short time commitment.� 16

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background For her Cambridge College Independent Learning Project Margie developed and implemented a reading/writing workshop program for upper elementary grade students involving them in a hands-on, minds-on approach to learning. The project’s goal was to motivate them to read and write and improve their skills. Margie serves on the online and Augusta campus faculty for the University of Phoenix as Department of Education Instructor. She serves as a member of the Faculty Leadership and Mentoring Team and Campus Academic Council on this campus. She also teaches fourth and fifth grade language arts/social studies at Westmont Elementary School, Martinez, GA. Prior to this she was a fifth grade teacher at Grovetown Elementary School, and demonstrated professional teaching practices in a Title 1 school with students of diverse backgrounds. She integrated a hands-on program in science and math instruction utilizing the AIMS instruction method. She was once named teacher of the year. Her doctoral dissertation at the University of Sarasota was conducted to determine if the adoption of Reading Renaissance assisted in attaining the annual benchmark established by the School Improvement Team. Paired t-tests were used to compare means of pre and post measurements of the Grade Equivalency, Percentile Ranking, Normal Curve Equivalency, and Instructional Reading Level from STAR Reading tests for second, third, and fourth grade students. She also has an Ed.S. from U. Sarasota, and a B.A. in Middle Grades Education, Augusta State University. “Teaching is a vocation; a commitment to provide the catalyst for others to reach their potential. To inspire students to learn and experiment with new ideas is the most rewarding experience. To motivate and encourage students is a mission to be taken with passion and true commitment. Education is a lifelong endeavour that should be nurtured and encouraged. Whether an educator is working with youth in preparing them to become productive, contributing members of society or with adults pursuing career goals, the educator must be concerned with the overall being and provide the scaffolding to enable them to build upon their life experiences and cognitive abilities.” Independent learning or capstone project Integrating the Reading and Writing Curriculum Speaking and/or consulting topics Cambridge College NITE Program — Practical Real-Life Teaching Solutions CONTACT Phone: 706-863-2717 (h) Email:;

“The program provided many strategies that I was able to implement in my classroom.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Jim Cobbs, Jr.

Master of Education, 1986

“The M.Ed. is a program tailored to professional and working adults. Most valuable was the professional seminar, and the faculty brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the school. It has been a long time since I have been involved, and I am not sure what has changed since I graduated, but I was very satisfied with the program when I attended. I have recommended the College to my friends and colleagues, and I believe they have attended and completed programs. Cambridge College is a great option, and more important than ever in today’s economy. A degree from Cambridge College is well known and respected, and essential in outpacing the competitive job market today.�


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background Jim’s career began with his Cambridge College degree, which enabled him to successfully apply for and complete the US Army officer commissioning program (OCS) at Ft Benning, GA. He retired as a U.S. Army major, having served as a vessel officer, commander of an electrical power line unit, combat engineer platoon leader, and U.S. Air Force electrician and cargo supervisor. Starting in 1995 he entered health care administration, serving as supervisor of a staff of 50 in a 103-bed nursing facility; executive director, Olympus Health Care Center-Fall River and SunBridge Care & Rehabilitation for Newton. He was awarded the status of Fellow – American College of Health Administrators, which represents the highest level of membership in ACHCA. The world of education then became his focus. He served on the adjunct faculty of Massasoit Community College and New England College. Jim became a bonus recipient of the Massachusetts Institute for New Teachers (MINT) program, from the Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE). The program addresses the challenge of recruiting qualified educators by opening doors for candidates who do not have the time or financial resources to pursue initial licensure in a traditional college or university setting. The participating districts make decisions on levels of acceptance, after a rigorous selection process. He conducted review/ technical mathematics classes, and became a technology education teacher. Earning a Ph.D. in organizational systems (1999) at The Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA, he eventually became assistant principal in the Boston Public Schools and most recently principal of Global Learning Charter Public School, New Bedford, supervising, and evaluating a staff of 55 within a school of 400+ students. He merged the middle school and high school into one cohesive community; increased average daily attendance; student reenrollment by 400%; developed and implemented a Shared Leadership Model; and served on the Chancellor’s Advisory Group, UMASS Dartmouth which created a new school of education. Independent learning or capstone project Welcome To Electricity: An Introductory Curriculum for Electrical Apprentices Speaking and/or consulting topics K-12 urban education today and tomorrow CONTACT Phone: 508-583-3744 (h)

“ A degree from Cambridge College is well-known, respected, and essential.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Gerard Connors

Master of Education, Management, 1987

“A business associate had interviewed at the College and went into great detail about what a great place he thought it was. I went for an interview and filled out an application. After being accepted, I was still procrastinating. One day the school called and asked when I was going to enroll. I said I didn’t know if I had the time. Their response was I’d ‘never have the time, so just do it!’ They were right. I did. One of the best decisions I’ve made. The self challenge is the strongest aspect. Midway through I felt I was in way over my head. But since I was ‘halfway across the river’ I had only two choices, go back or go forward. I went forward.”


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background Gerard Connors has over 30 years experience in port operations, transportation, logistics, international trade and maritime security. As fate would have it, the M.Ed. has proven to be a valuable asset throughout his career. He has made progressive advancements since receiving his degree. Immediately after graduation Gerard received a promotion and substantial raise at work. Involved in maritime security since the tragic events of 9/11, Gerard has consulted with international and regional security companies, engineering firms, security equipment vendors and the U.S. State Department on a variety of maritime security related issues. He has been involved in numerous port security projects throughout the United States and abroad, in such countries as Algeria, Bahamas, Finland, Haiti, Malaysia, Senegal, Sri Lanka and Venezuela. Prior to 9/11 Gerard was a vice president and general manager for a stevedoring company under contract to a port authority located in the Northeast. His duties included overseeing all terminal operations and, in addition, he was responsible for international marketing of the facility’s services. Before joining the stevedoring company, he owned his own export trading company and also lectured, instructed and consulted extensively on international trade issues. In addition, Gerard spent over 10 years with the Massachusetts Port Authority’s maritime division, holding several positions including intermodal supervisor, maritime facilities manager and maritime marketing research manager. Previously, Gerard had been a terminal manager for a regional petroleum company. He began his career in the maritime industry as a petroleum cargo inspector for E. W. Saybolt, then as a regional manager for Caleb Brett, USA, conducting cargo inspections on vessels and at petroleum terminals throughout the Northeast. Gerard is a MARAD/U.S. Coast Guard/DNV approved company security officer, ship security officer and facility security officer. In addition, he is a DNV/MARAD-approved instructor for numerous maritime security courses. He has also successfully completed training as a maritime security plan auditor. Independent learning or capstone project A Plan for the Standardization, Modernization and Automation of the J.F. Moran Terminal Speaking and/or consulting topics Maritime security CONTACT Phone: 781-961-9060 (h); 781-961-9060 (w) Email: Web site:

“One of the best decisions I’ve made... the self challenge is the strongest aspect.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Ruth Curtis

Master of Education, 1989

“I was attracted to the College for self fulfilment, on my time schedule, and Cambridge College accepted all credits from other accredited educational institutions. I valued meeting other adult students with similar issues, i.e. raising a family, working full time, etc. The professors were tough, but very fair and would help you accept responsibility for your own actions, i.e. homework assignments being submitted on time; able to voice your own opinions on issues that may not be popular; but it is a learning experience to cope with diversity and the changes in the world around us. With the degree, I gained more confidence and was empowered when applying for various jobs. Once on the job, I could prove my worth and speak up when necessary.�


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background Ruth has extensive experience in the world of healthcare insurance, is skilled in many software applications, and knowledgeable about rehabilitation healthcare. She also has a Healthcare Management Certificate (1996), Northeastern University, and studied to be a licensed physical therapist assistant at North Shore Community College, Beverly, MA. She works as a physical therapist assistant for the Elder Service Plan of the North Shore – PACE – Gloucester, MA. She provides physical therapy services to elderly clients to maintain their independence and to help them remain in the community. This is accomplished with a comprehensive team of professional healthcare disciplines. Prior to this she was senior medical risk analyst, TruServices, LLC, Beverly, MA. Ruth would review case management notes from policyholders nationwide, and manage due diligence for the requirements of the policy. She was a liaison with nursing staff, and set reserves for risk involved when necessary for the stop/loss ratio. Some teaching experience is also in her portfolio, including lead teacher, Mass Job Training – Salem, MA, teaching development and implementation of tools and techniques; including teaching MS Office software to adults, to upgrade their skills to get back into the workforce. Prior to this she was an implementation consultant, Eclipsys Corp., Brighton, MA. Ruth traveled nationwide; to large hospitals, as part of a team, to implement hospital information technology applications. She educated the staff at these hospitals on the new clinical software. As senior reviewer, Rehabilitation Unit, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Boston), she reviewed treatment plans and case management notes, for approval of the insurance benefit. Again she was a liaison, with nursing staff and physicians, to approve the proper treatment program. “I hope to be running my own business when I retire from my current job. (Eight years away, I will be 70 years old and hopefully healthy). My passion is photography and I am selling images and greeting cards now through various venues and I hope to increase that portion of my life. My degree has given me the tools to ‘chase the dream’.” Independent learning or capstone project How to Retain Employees in Healthcare CONTACT Phone: 978-777-1206 (h); 978-675-9500 (w) Email:;; Web site:

“With the degree, I gained more confidence and empowerment.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


John D’Auria

Master of Education, 1972

“I was a graduate of the first cohort when Cambridge College was the Institute of Open Education, part of Newton College, which is now part of Boston College. It offered a Master’s Degree in Open Education. This was, at the time, the beginning of a pedagogical approach to learning that emphasized the importance of students constructing their own understanding of concepts. I valued the most the hands on learning experiences and the creative and collaborative approach to instruction. The experiences I gained helped to shape my thinking in very powerful ways. I learned how to construct lessons that engaged students and that approach influenced me to shape adult learning in a similar fashion. The strongest part of the experience was the then novel approach to learning that emphasized studentcentered teaching and creative thinking.”


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background John is a Boston College graduate (’71) and holds an Ed.D. from UMass in Leadership in Urban Education, and an M.Ed from Cambridge College (‘72). His dissertation was on “Factors that Influence How Children Come to Perceive Their Intelligence as a Dynamic Quality.” Currently superintendent, Canton Public Schools, Canton, MA, John oversees a 3,100 student district consisting of one pre-school, three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. He develops and manages an annual budget of $29M. He also served as principal of Wellesley Middle School for 19 years. As a faculty member of the Leadership in Learning Program, he has co-developed a core curriculum for two learning modules: the “DNA of School Leadership,” and “Supervision and Evaluation.” He is a board member of the Canton Association of Industries, the CHARMS Collaborative, Stoughton, and a member of the Working Group for Educator Excellence. As a consultant for Teachers 21, John conducts professional development workshops for administrators, faculty, and parents; and coaches new and struggling principals. He served as national advisory board member, Middle School Curriculum Project, EDC, Newton; associate in education, Wellesley College; adjunct faculty, Graduate School of Education, Boston College, teaching a course on “The School Principalship.” He was staff developer, Research for Better Teaching, Carlisle; principal, Norman E. Day Middle School, Westford; guidance counselor, Carlisle Public Schools; and math teacher there for grades 6-8 (1975-1980). From 1971-75 he was math teacher at East Boston Central Catholic, grades 7-8. In addition to a variety of timely staff development programs and professional presentations, John’s publications include: “The Superintendent as Teacher,” Phi Delta Kappan Online Edition; “A Principal’s Dilemma,” jointly with Matt King, “Schools: Studies in Education,” University of Chicago Press; “Three Strands Form Strong School Leadership,” jointly with Jon Saphier & Matt King, National Staff Development Council; “Exploring Intelligence to Influence Student Achievement,” Schools in the Middle; “An Inspiring Journey to the Past,” jointly with Matt King, Boston Globe, May 3, 1998 (about how he took his students to Selma to learn about the Civil Rights movement); “Tremors We Should Not Ignore,” Daedalus. Speaking and/or consulting topics Educational leadership CONTACT Phone: 617-965-1226 (h); 781-821-5060 (w) Email: Web site:

“The experiences I gained helped to shape my thinking in very powerful ways.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Zoe Ann Durkin

Master of Education, Integrated Studies, 1992

“I came to Cambridge College at the recommendation of a co-worker and because I was able to go to class in the evening and on the weekends. I most valued the curriculum design and the writing assignments and the development of presentation skills. The degree has enabled me to get my current position. The ILP was not specific for histologic science but I did use examples that related to histology. Also, I used the (GE800) ‘Didactic Instruction,’ ED530 ‘Curriculum Development,’ and ED615 ‘Successful Classroom Strategies’ courses to write the histotechnician program’s curriculum, lesson plans, etc. while I was at Hartford Hospital. The instruction I got at Cambridge College has been invaluable to me throughout my career. I have recommended the program to others, since the degree is obtainable and valuable. It is an investment in your future!”


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background A graduate of the School of Histotechnology, University of Pennsylvania (’78), Zoe is associate professor and director of the histologic science program, Health Science Department, Goodwin College, East Hartford, CT. Zoe was instrumental in bringing the histotechnician education program to Goodwin. She is a member of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP); and the discipline lead person for histotechnology. From 2007-08 Zoe reviewed preliminary reports for initial accreditation and new program official approval. She serves as a team leader, site visitor and self study paper reviewer. In January 2008 she was a specialist site visit team member for the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. She is on the adjunct faculty of Harford Community College, Bel Air, Maryland, as distance learning histotechnician instructor. She has served as adjunct faculty at Manchester Community College, University of Hartford and Harford Community College. Zoe was director, School of Histotechnology, Allied Health Department, Hartford Hospital, and helped to implement the education redesign process through advisory support and monitoring education throughout the institution. For two years she was clinical coordinator of the Health Collaborative Careers Program, a consortium between six school systems, Hartford Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. She has worked as a histotechnician at Hartford Hospital, Manchester Memorial, and Rockville General. Throughout her career Zoe has given numerous presentations at the local and national level and is widely published. Zoe’s Cambridge College ILP was published by the New England Association of Allied Health Educators. Some other published works include: Three Years Later, Goodwin College Histotechnician Program, Paraffin Press, Winter 2009; Growing Up Sheehan, Paraffin Press, Winter 2009; Picric Acid (Growing Up Sheehan Series), Paraffin Press, Spring, 2009; associate editor for Laboratory Operations, Instrumentation, Lab Math, Education, Management, Regulations, National Society for Histotechnology SelfAssessment Examinations; co-author, Clinical Education in Two-year Colleges: Cost-Benefit Issues, Journal of Allied Health; “Capitation: The Future Trend for Healthcare,” New England Association of Allied Health Educators newsletter, Winter 1995 and in American Association of Pathologists Assistants Inc. newsletter; The Brain, Paraffin Press. Independent learning or capstone project Mastery Teaching Model Speaking and/or consulting topics Following the accreditation process; curriculum maps; developing the healthcare professional in a teaching environment CONTACT Phone: 860-871-8407 (h); 860-727-6917 (w) Email:

“I most valued the curriculum design and the writing assignments.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Elvia H. Hernandez

Master of Education, 2009

“Attaining a master’s degree had been my lifelong goal. Returning to school later in life with a family of four and full time job was hard but the College made the whole process so much easier. Weekend classes were the best route for me. The knowledgeable instructors worked with me, and working collaboratively in ‘groups’ has given me experience that I can use in my occupation. The degree will allow me to meet the requirements for a Director Permit and qualify for principal at an early education center, leading to a better job and ultimately a higher income, benefiting not only me but my family as a whole. One of the best decisions I have made was to return to college and certainly the best choice was Cambridge.”


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background With more than 25 years of educational experience, Elvia is a leader in the second largest school district in America. She has been curriculum support advisor since July 2008 for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Local District – 4 (LAUSD). Elvia served as an early education teacher at LAUSD, May 1982 to Feb. 2008, then as head teacher and LAUP teacher. She came to Cambridge College with her Adult Education Credential 2008, University of San Diego; a B.S. in Child Development, University of La Verne (’07); and an A.A. in Child Development, Bakersfield Jr. College (’76). She received a Professional Growth Advisor Certificate in 2005; Site Supervisor Permit in 2003; and Teacher Permit in 1976. She is proficient at creating a physical environment and planning a curriculum that engages all children and promotes social, cognitive and physical development. Elvia works collaboratively with her teaching team to implement developmentally appropriate activities. She demonstrates leadership with the team to get parents to enhance their children’s learning. These leadership skills were built via a series of other responsibilities, including community relations. A mentor teacher and professional growth advisor, Elvia has been actively organizing and conducting professional development activities since 2008. She was an administrative trainee, Laurel EEC and Vine St. EEC; human resources assistant, Child Development Division; mentor teacher for the Regional Occupation Center; mentor to Fairfax High School students; parent meeting facilitator-DLM Curriculum; Parent Advisory Council teacher representative; guest speaker, UCLA Bruin Corp. “Bruin for a Day” 2005 Family Involvement Day; workshop presenter, DLM Curriculum at UCLA Bruin Corp, 2004, 2006, and 2007; guest speaker-UCLA “Bruin for a Day” 2005; and worked on the revision of the DRDP Participant-Collaboration Study with Sonoma State University and California Department of Education, Child Development Division, 2005. Independent learning or capstone project Age Appropriate Practices and Strategies to Develop Early Literacy in Preschool Children Speaking and/or consulting topics Child development topics, parenting for the preschool child, transition to kindergarten, challenging behaviors in preschool children, literacy development in preschool children CONTACT Phone: 323-965-1860 (h); 323-493-2027 (c) Email:;

“Working collaboratively in groups

has given me experience I can use in my occupation.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Tim Jackson

Master of Education, 1993

“Cambridge College introduced me to progressive, creative teaching practices just as I was entering a major career change. I was able to work on a degree while raising a family. I also was able to associate with adults in the profession from whom I gained confidence, insight, and a wealth of ideas. I most valued the practical ideas for addressing different populations and learning styles. My M.Ed. has allowed me to practice as a titled college professor where I have been able to realize my full potential as an artist and an educator. The strongest part of the Cambridge College classroom is the confidence that comes from the advice and experience of other professionals in the field. I have recommended the program several times to teachers who have gone on to earn degrees and professional advancement.�


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background Tim began as a drama major at Ithaca College in 1967, but went on to a full time career in music until 1985. This included some 20 groups, many recordings, and national and international tours with Tom Rush, LaVerne Baker, as well as a Warner Brothers record contract with Robin Lane and the Chartbusters, who landed on MTV with the 9th music video played on that channel. Movie soundtrack contributions include Return of the Secaucus 7, Brother From Another Planet, Lone Star, Outside Providence, and others. In the early 1980’s, he took up acting again and eventually became a union actor (SAG & AFTRA) appearing in Unsolved Mysteries and many locally shot TV and film productions, commercials and corporate videos, along with some stage work. In 1985, he started a local music group called the Band That Time Forgot, which won a Best of Boston Award in 1989 and continues today. In 1987, he set out on a 10-year plan to become a teacher; earning a Magna Cum Laude degree in English from UMass Boston (’89) and the Cambridge College M.Ed. In 1996, he was hired by what is now the New England Institute of Art, where he serves as a full time assistant professor, Digital Film and Video Department and General Education Department. Tim initiated a Faculty Senate instrumental in implementing titling, sabbaticals, equity in pay, and reducing workload. He has developed upward of 10 courses in subjects including art history, film studies, popular culture, and directing. In 2007, he received the first Prescott Award given by the faculty to their own for distinguished contributions to the school. He was awarded a sabbatical in spring 2009. Finally, he has directed two documentary films, integrating both students and faculty in production; Chaos and Order Making American Theater and Radical Jesters. The former is distributed by Films for the Humanities; the latter has played at festivals in the USA, Poland, England, Canada, and Australia and is available for viewing on-line. He has hosted and produced — with his students — over 60 segments of an on-line film discussion show called Behind the Screen. Independent learning or capstone project Using Drama to Teach in the Classroom Speaking and/or consulting topics Writing your own story at Cambridge College: Integrating creativity and professional achievement CONTACT Phone: 617-628-5498 (h); 617-582-4435 (w) Email: Web site:

“I was able to work on a degree while raising a family.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Nancy Merz Nordstrom Master of Education, Integrated Studies, 1998

“I came to the College because of the focus on helping working adults get their degrees. I absolutely LOVED being able to select relevant courses from a wide variety of challenging and stimulating subjects. The faculty appreciate and value experiential learning, and show appreciation for the students’ life experiences. My degree enabled me to make the leap from office administrative work to a professional management position. Having seen first-hand the power of adult education, I realized what I really wanted was to work in some kind of venue that promoted adult education, especially for older adults. Finding such a position, however, was not easy and took over a year, but in August, 1999, I went to work for Elderhostel, Inc. and found my perfect job.”


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background Over the next 20 years, 78 million baby boomers will face retirement. Their contributions while retired can be very productive for our nation, not draining, and Nancy wants to encourage that prospect. She is the author of an easy, breezy read, Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years (2006) a “transformative, holistic approach to fostering human potential” or as best-selling author Ken Dychtwald wrote “A terrific resource for navigating the uncharted waters of revolutionary retirement trends and lifestyles...” Her own life story led her to write the book. Her journey started in earnest in 1993 when the mother of four found her 48-year-old husband dead of a heart attack. “The shock and grief kept me in a kind of fog for several years. In 1996, however, at age 51, I took a big step outside my comfort zone and found the key to starting a new life as a single woman. I entered Cambridge College. What an environment! It was stimulating, invigorating, almost a fountain-of-youth for me, and it literally turned my life around.” Then, to ice the cake, for five years, from their HQ in Boston, she directed the Elderhostel Institute Network (EIN), North America’s largest educational network for older adults. Different from Elderhostel’s regular type of educational travel programming, EIN helps start new lifelong learning institutes or learning in retirement programs for older learners at local colleges, universities, retirement communities and other venues. “We also provide resources to all these programs, help organize regional conferences, and promote communication between all the programs. Today we have almost 400 programs affiliated with EIN. Along the way I remarried and my husband and I moved to New Hampshire, but I have continued the same work with Elderhostel, not as an employee, but as a consultant working for myself.” Follow your bliss! At age 64, Nancy never thought she’d be living these famous words by Joseph Campbell. “But when I realize that I’m doing the work I love while being surrounded by loving family and friends — well, to me that’s bliss!” Independent learning or capstone project Taking Charge of Our New Lives: A Twelve Session, Self-Help Course for Widowed and Divorced Mid-Life Women Speaking and/or consulting topics The concept, benefits and opportunities of lifelong learning for older adults CONTACT Phone: 603-635-3181 (h); 603-635-3181 (w) Email: Web site:

“I absolutely loved being able to select relevant courses.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Jerome Posey

Master of Education, Health and Consumer Sciences, 2004 B.A., Counseling Psychology, Family and Community Systems, 2002

“For me, the most amazing initiative during the master’s program was the trip to Africa, the experience of a lifetime! My career started to advance as soon as I enrolled. Within my first semester I went from shift supervisor to resident director in the youth program in which I worked. That was just the start of my professional growth. The strongest part of the Cambridge College experience was gaining the ability to do research and work with all projects with a systems way of thinking. I do recommend the degree and certificate programs to anyone who is trying to advance in the helping field. I think the College gives the necessary support to someone who hasn’t been in school in a while. Learning begins when you leave the home.”


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background Currently working at the Highpoint Treatment Center and Boston Learning Center, Jerome has a long and dedicated history of service to children and families. He is lead motivational instructor, BIFF Paradigm Project, Boston Learning Center, Dorchester. He teaches a nine-week motivational skills curriculum, meets with school site liaisons, conducts teacher informational sessions and workshops, collects and maintains student information. He is a Massachusetts Red Cross/CPR/First Aid Instructor, along with health and safety training, in his own business, Community Educators. As a child service coordinator for the Human Resources Development Institute Inc. and Harvard Neighborhood Health Center, Griffin House, he maintained communication with clients, program staff, case managers and other professionals involved with clients/children; ensured that the educational and therapeutic needs of the children were met; developed interagency linkages for the adult/children’s services; conducted individual/group substance abuse sessions; and provided weekly supervision with childcare assistant and weekend/ overnight staff. Prior to this Jerome was program manager/Center Youth Development and Education, Commonwealth Corporation. There he designed, developed and implemented programs; developed collaborative relationships with stakeholders; presented/marketed program concepts to schools and communities; and assisted schools and communities in adopting and implementing programs. Jerome served as assistant director/clinical coordinator, North American Family Institute, Alliance House; residential director, Catholic Charities Inc., Bishop Ruocco House; counselor, Steven Miller House, Gosnold Treatment Center. Independent learning or capstone project Grief Workshop Speaking and/or consulting topics Health and safety CONTACT Phone: 617-792-0581 (h); 508-742-4480 (w) Email:;

“My career started to advance as soon as I enrolled.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Sheila Denise Spaulding

Ed.D, Educational Leadership, 2008 CAGS, Educational Leadership, 2003

“I knew with my life challenges a traditional college would not suffice. In our small county in Georgia there were not many opportunities for adult learners, and I had personal fears after being out of college so long. I wouldn’t have completed the doctorate without the love, support and encouragement from my cohort and the staff. Eleven months before my dissertation defense I lost my mother. I was in Boston at the time. The students rallied around and offered so much love and support, I could not give up. Academically, the staff was always willing to listen to us through surveys, open-forum discussion and immediate feedback. Cambridge College changed my life forever. I enrolled as a student, but graduated a scholar. I would like to see the program expand to many cities across the U.S.”


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background Sheila was a 16-year-old teenager and faced the stigma and challenge of being a single mother and the daughter of a single teen, yet she believed in herself, worked hard and took advantage of opportunities presented to her. Before enrolling in the CAGS program she was a successful 9th grade math teacher, with a B.S. in math from Savannah State University, and an M.S. in Education from Troy State University. But she feels that “without Cambridge College I would not have overcome the destiny predicted for me many years ago. Because of my research on supporting pregnant and parenting teens and others who are ‘at-risk’ and potential dropouts, I’ve presented at a national conference, and my school and I have been recognized nationally and locally. I can now advise communities across the U.S. on strategies to help teens reach their full potential.” She was promoted within two years of completing the CAGS program to principal of a nontraditional high school, Southside Performance Learning Center, where she is today. This school offers all kinds of at-risk students an opportunity to graduate. The National Youth at Risk Conference recognized the school as one of four “High Flying Schools” in the nation. It was also recognized as the number one such school in Georgia for three consecutive years from Communities in Schools of Georgia. Her dissertation topic was: “Strategies for Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens: Examining Policy from a Critical Theory Perspective.” “In my research, I visited counties across Georgia and looked into the faces of girls with whom I was so familiar. If we become activists for high quality educational options and advocate for them regarding their rights, and support youth programs, then they will graduate from school, maybe college and enter the workforce as productive young ladies. Teenagers should not get pregnant for many reasons, but parenthood should not be a signal for lifelong failure. I never thought my journey would lead to an Ed.D. but now it is my hope that many communities may use my testimony, and more youths will one day write their own dissertations.” Independent learning or capstone project A Unique Approach to Dropout Prevention (presented at the National Youth at Risk Conference 2008) Speaking and/or consulting topics How Cambridge College changed my life forever. Dropout prevention and strategies for supporting pregnant and parenting teens CONTACT Phone: 912-264-8072 (h); 912-267-4225 (w); 912-266-7546 (c) Email: Web site:

“I enrolled as a student, but graduated a scholar.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Jeffrey S. Yarvis

Master of Education, Integrated Studies, 1992

“The course work on behavior modification in the classroom was the harbinger of my new career in mental health. Since graduating I have presented and published my research on PTSD internationally, published a book and was named three times as social worker of the year. My degree was the springboard into a whole new life. It gave me the confidence and energy to pursue additional advanced education. The experience put me well ahead of my peers in terms of readiness for advanced adult learning. To this day the Cambridge College professors are the most dynamic and creative of my educational experience. I only wish I could replicate it so well in my own practice and classroom. I would strongly urge colleagues looking to advance their careers and personal growth to enroll.�


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background U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Jeffrey Yarvis, Ph.D., LCSW is dedicated to humanitarian service. He is the first chief of the new, Integrated Adult Outpatient Behavioral Health Department for the new Walter Reed National Medical Center. He was recently honored as the 2008 U.S. Army and Uniformed Services Social Worker of the Year for his work on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and his book on Subthreshold PTSD. He has presented on, treated, and researched the mental health concerns of military beneficiaries worldwide and is widely published. He is an assistant professor of family medicine and director of social work at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD; and adjunct professor of social work at Virginia Commonwealth. He co-authored with the Under Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs “Winning the Peace in Iraq with Medical Civil-Military Operations,” Army Medical Department Journal. With a M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work, Boston College (’94) and Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Georgia (’04), he has taught at the University of Maryland and University of Georgia. From 2005-2007 he developed the medical engagement strategy for Iraq. He was principle liaison to the surgeon general of the Iraqi Armed Forces and the US State Department health attaché. Prior to this he was chief of mental health, 30th Medical Brigade, Heidelberg, for a 2000-soldier medical brigade. At the Academy of Health Sciences, US Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, TX, he was lead instructor in mental health subjects for the Soldier and Family Support Branch. He led preventive mental health expeditions to Haiti and Bosnia serving over 15,000 servicemen and women from 72 nations. As platoon leader and assistant operations officer, US Army Delta Company 1/63 Armor Battalion, Fort Irwin, CA, he trained and certified over 115 tank crews for Operation Desert Storm. In civilian life, he has worked in college student counseling, as a residential counselor for intellectually challenged citizens, shelter social worker, special ed instructor and behavior specialist, community therapist for the prestigious Lighthouse School Inc. Independent learning or capstone project Beating the Army Readiness Training and Evaluation Program (ARTEP) Speaking and/or consulting topics Education and clinical practice. Veterans Issues: returning vets to education and the barriers and challenges, care needs CONTACT Phone: 703-372-5279 (h); 301-295-9853 (w) Email:

“The professors are the most dynamic and creative of my educational experience.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Alison Ball

Master of Education, Counseling Psychology, 2007

“The program was very comprehensive. There were many opportunities to interact with other professionals in similar work settings, and the internships were most valuable. We had a class to coincide with these and discuss issues that arose while working; a wonderful opportunity for feedback. This is where I learned the most, as well as from the supportive faculty who made themselves available to help in finding internships. I would still feel comfortable picking up the phone and asking one of my professors for help or guidance in my career. They acted as mentors. I felt as prepared as I could be easily entering into my new job. Cambridge College truly changed my life! I could leave sales and marketing and now have my dream job. I draw from my education and experience at the College every day�!


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background Alison had a B.A. in Sociology and Hispanic studies, Boston College, and had been working in sales and marketing, but decided to go back to school because this work didn’t feel right. She had always enjoyed working with children. She now has her “dream job” as a school adjustment counselor. Previous jobs included work as an administrative assistant, an assistant store manager, a waitress at a cigar bar, and sales and marketing coordinator for a small company making reusable children’s stickers. “I went to a CC information session and I liked the program of study and how things were set up within the program and the College made it easy to enroll! The faculty made themselves available to help in finding internships and answer any questions that arose. There is a lot of required practical experience that is extremely important and helpful.” While taking classes she served as a life skills advocate at Boston Medical Center, and interned as case manager at Eliot Community Human Services Chrysalis House. While interning at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School she was able to: •

Provide individual long-term, short-term and crisis-oriented counseling in substance abuse, grief, suicide, violence, depression and eating disorders. • Work with school staff and family to serve students by making community referrals, determining education accommodations and completing bio-psychosocial assessments. • Co-facilitate a substance abuse group. • Participate in the suicide prevention program and assist in the coordination of the depression workshop program. • Help with transition planning for middle school students to the high school. Specialized training beyond the CC classroom has been significant for Alison and includes: dialectical behavior therapy training online; life skills advocate training; fundamentals of HIV/ AIDS; hepatitis and STDs; positive prevention into practice training; HIV and communities of color; suicide prevention training, legal issues and special education, as well as trainings and classes on drug and alcohol use. Independent learning or capstone project Children Keeping the Secret: Recognizing and Treating Children Affected by Parental Substance Abuse Speaking and/or consulting topics Mental health issues for adolescents, school based programs or other issues. I have spoken to a few classes in the school adjustment program at Cambridge College about my high school internship and role as a school adjustment counselor. CONTACT Phone: 781-545-8750 x102 Email:

“I draw from my education and experience at the College every day!” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Jacques-Paul T. Barbour

Master of Education — Counseling Psychology Marriage and Family Therapy, 2002, lmhc

“The knowledge and experience gained through pro sem, practicum and internship is truly remarkable. There are so many aspects of graduate school, ranging from financing, part time vs. full time, flexibility, the admission process, the worries of being able to finish and job prospects after graduation. Don’t let these mini obstacles get in your way. Cambridge College takes all these factors into consideration. I know that I made the right decision. I ask everyone ‘Why not start now and today? You are here and thinking about it! Just imagine had you started the process when you were first thinking about it, where would you be now? Earning a graduate degree has opened many doors for me and has given me the ability to feel a sense of accomplishment in life along with respect from my peers, friends and family.”


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background As an immigrant, education has been the key to Jacques-Paul’s achievement of the American dream. Currently employed at Charlton Memorial Hospital as an ER crisis clinician and social worker, he also has a private practice, thanks to his M.Ed. With the M.Ed. he achieved independent licensure, and became a credentialed provider on insurance panels including Boston Medical Center Health Net, Blue Cross Blue Shield and many others. He focuses on individual, group and family therapy. He has worked with a diverse population of MR adolescents and their families, with couples therapy, psycho-social assessments and diagnostics, and relapse prevention group therapy and addiction counseling for court ordered clients. “In 1971, when I was five, my parents sold all their belongings to move to the U.S. from Lebanon, in search of the American dream. My dad had less then $100 and the only resources my parents had were their trades; my father a chef and my mother a seamstress. “My father had two dreams: to make a better life for his family and educate his children. Growing up in a family of five boys and two working parents was fun but not easy! “We all worked hard in my father’s restaurant, however school was important. I became an optician, earned my associate’s degree from Newbury College, and worked for Pearle Vision. For 11 years I tried to finish my B.A. in psychology at Bridgewater State College. After learning from a friend about Cambridge College, I was motivated to finish my B.A. and applied for the M.Ed. program. I had Dr. Niti Seth and Prof. Mopsy Kennedy, who motivated me to complete the program in two and half years. They not only provided exceptional classroom instruction but the support to ensure my success, and I grew by leaps and bounds in my career and personal life. My parents are very proud. Although both of my father’s dreams came true, and all of his children had the opportunity to go to college, I was the only one to complete a graduate program, and if not for Cambridge College I would not have been able to do so.” Independent learning or capstone project Do First Generation Lebanese Immigrants Impose Cultural Standards on Second Generation Lebanese Immigrants Living in the United States? Speaking and/or consulting topics Going back to school as an adult – why and how? Classmate peers, what to expect! How to overcome anxiety about a graduate program. Learning from seasoned faculty members — what to ask and how to maximize your learning experience. Practicum and internship — Yes you can do it and you will survive. CONTACT Phone: 508.-725-6705 (h); 508-837-0790 (w) Email:

“I ask everyone — Why not start now and today?“ Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


David J. Bookbinder

Counseling Psychology, 2005 LMHC

“Cambridge College seemed to offer a way for me to sample a new field without a lot of application overhead. I registered for one course, liked it, tried two more, and then finally enrolled full time. It is a place for second chances. I received the most value from the internships and from the internship supervision groups that accompanied them. The degree was the gateway to my becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. It allowed me to get my first counseling job, which in turn gave me the hours to earn my license and, finally, to open a private practice, which I now do full time. I liked the flexibility of the course schedules (for example, the availability of intensive courses), professors who had a lot of real world experience, and the broad mix of students.�


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background As we “take our place on the great mandala” we crave positive connections with others and often with nature. “Only connect….” wrote E.M. Forster. David is a person with a big heart and deep need to be connected, but grew up insulated from others and from himself. The arc of his life has been to reclaim what he now thinks of as his birthright. “Connection and compassion have manifested themselves mainly in my work in photography — particularly images of flowers as mandalas, of sea and sky — and as a psychotherapist, my current occupation.” As a counselor in Danvers, MA, David treats a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, medical issues, addictive disorders, and bipolar disorder. His practice is informed by the theories and techniques of person-centered, solution-focused, Gestalt, transpersonal, and Buddhist psychotherapies. He has special expertise in working with the creatively gifted and with people interested in discovering/rediscovering their creative selves. He has also taught adults and children in college, corporate, elementary school, and after-school environments. He has written professionally for more than 20 years and is an award-winning photographer and digital artist. His entry onto his path today began with a near-death experience in 1993, when he was a graduate student in a PhD program in English Literature (he has an M.A. in creative writing from Boston University). Afterward, he saw his life divided into two parts: who he had been, and who he was becoming. His art helped him to gain perspective and to find his “greatest gift” as a healer. “The way back from the brink has been ‘a long, strange trip.’ I have discovered my calling. As a psychotherapist, I see the light in people and help bring it into the world; I know I am saving lives. As an artist and writer, I am affecting people I may never meet. Through these gifts, I hope to convey what wisdom I have garnered from my journey, a kind of boon that, had I not taken that long, strange trip, I would never have been able to discover.” Independent learning or capstone project Madness, Art, and Psychotherapy with Artists Speaking and/or consulting topics Workshops and/or talks on “Cultivating Creativity,” “Reinventing Yourself in Retirement,” and “Healing Through the Hero’s Journey” CONTACT Phone: 978-395-1292 (h); 978-395-1292 (w) Email: (counseling and writing) and (photography) Web sites:,

“It is a place for second chances.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Martin Cantrell

Master of Education — Counseling Psychology/ Business Administration, 1992

“I came to the College for the independent study program and small classes. In particular I valued the course on ‘Expressive Therapies,’ the good professors, the support for working adults, and the flexible schedules. The degree gave me the confidence and knowledge to launch my business, Money Therapy Associates; a low-cost, fee-based, financial counseling service to small business owners and individuals who needed help with finances. I did budgeting, debt counseling, and visioning for goals development. With visioning, you have to think about how to make sense of the changes when they happen so fast you can’t keep up. Time is just a state of mind. When you allow yourself the freedom to accept everything as it is right now, the moment becomes pregnant with possibilities. Trust and faith in the process of life is essential.”


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background Martin is an artist, writer, and humanitarian currently working for Steps for Vision. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Northland College, Wisconsin (’69) and studied at the Arana Art Studio, Paris. In 1975, he studied briefly with Alfonso Melendez in Paris, and once met the painter Katrina Van der Heide in Jerusalem. He did mural painting at a moshav in Bitzarron that summer. In 1981, in Italy, he made a series of watercolors. And while in Switzerland, France, Belgium and England, he came into contact with the work of Paul Klee, which he studied for five years, and which crystallized his artistic style into an expression of the spirituality of the universe. From the beginning as an artist, he identified with Modigliani, Van Gogh, Chagall, Cezanne, and Kandinsky who “felt and expressed my feelings about art and the world.” In addition to the Money Therapy business, he has used his creativity as a special education consultant to Mental Retardation adult clients at Charles River Industries, Needham, MA. More recently, he has enjoyed serving Jumpstart For Children, older adult corps, where he developed educational programs to teach reading and writing skills to children. In 2008, he received their “Spark Award” for his “dedication and service as a Jumpstart Team Leader during the 2007-2008 school year, at The Laboure Center.” Prior to this, he worked at Harcourt Learning Center, Boston, as a test scorer, and as a Mental Retardation residential counselor in the home for Bay Cove Human Services, Boston. As a management assistant in quality assurance for the Defense Logistics Agency at DCMDN, he met with contractors regarding equipment displays, used a database to manage company laptops, and proofread non-conformance and variance reports. Martin was also a voucher examiner for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. He served as a publicity coordinator for Cherry Productions. He has also been a facilitator/organizer for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, Trinity Church, Copley Square, and First Parish Church, Cambridge. Independent learning or capstone project Communication Patterns in Creative People Speaking and/or consulting topics Visioning, money therapy, creative communication CONTACT Phone: 617-849-3419 (h) Email:

“The degree gave me the confidence and knowledge to launch my business.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Gwendolyn Dunson

Master of Education, Counseling Psychology — Addiction Counseling, 2006 “When I applied, I originally was going to major in elementary education-school counseling because I didn’t want to substitute anymore. I then changed to addiction counseling and my career took off. The College, and my advisor Deborah Merriman, made it convenient to switch majors. The instructors were awesome, helping us to succeed. The curriculum was strong. After receiving my degree, I was offered the position of correctional substance abuse counselor trainee, and when I completed my required hours I took the certification test offered by the Connecticut Certification Board and I passed. Because I have my master’s, the Connecticut Department of Public Health licensed me as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and the Department of Correction promoted me to correctional substance abuse counselor in October 2008.”


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background Gwen also has a B.A. in Psychology, University of Hartford. She is a correctional substance abuse counselor, Carl Robinson Correctional Institution, Enfield, CT; and chairperson, Diversity Committee. Prior to this she served as a substance abuse counselor, Community Substance Abuse Centers, Hartford, an outpatient methadone treatment clinic. Gwen was responsible for evaluating and assessment treatment, aftercare planning as well as individual and group counseling to chemically dependent patients. She worked as intervention specialist/ case manager at Community Partners in Action, Hartford Alternative Incarceration Center, and intern and case manager (emergency shelter) at The Open Hearth Association, Inc, Hartford. Until coming to The Open Hearth in 2006, she developed her career helping others by spending two decades (1986-2006) as a long-term substitute teacher in Hartford — not an easy thing to do! Gwen served the Juvenile Detention Center; Alternative High School (HALO); Adult Ed; special ed at the University High School of Science and Engineering; librarian, Clark School; and at various schools as teacher of science, academic biology, U.S. history, civics and psychology. Gwen manifests her love of learning with 32 certificates! These have come from the Center for Professional Development of the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, Natchaug Hospital, Connecticut Department of Correction, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Community Solutions Training and Resource Center, Appelbaum Training Institute, and the Connecticut Counseling Association. She worked at Southern New England Telephone Co. from 1966-1986. Her last four years at SNET she was assistant manager in the business office supervising 15 service representatives. Independent learning or capstone project Dysfunctional Family Structure and Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children: Assessment and Treatment Speaking and/or consulting topics Substance abuse CONTACT Phone: 860-871-7229 (h); 860-871-7229 (w); 860-913-6158 (c) Email:

“The college made it easy to switch majors, and once I did, my career took off.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Ronald A. Seletsky

M.Ed., LMHC, LSW, Counseling Psychology, 1996

“Finally, a cost contained graduate education without compromise… Classes taught/facilitated by competent professionals within their respective fields of work and expertise… Clinical internships which challenge you on a continuum… Workshops which expose the student to ‘the current happenings’ in the field and also allow for friends/family… the opportunity to experience the ‘Cambridge College Classroom Milieu’… An educational setting rich with resources that include, though are not limited to Diversity, Culture, Support, Friendship, Networking, and Pride… An opportunity to FULLY explore, examine, theorize, and complete an independent research project that is all encompassing, with end results readily applied within one’s own community… To become more humanistic within the clinical realm of life… and a more proficient clinician. My interview opportunities were MUCH greater with my master’s degree! This gave me choices within my career”! 50

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Background Ron is subsidy manager for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families DCF (former known as Department of Social Services), and has worked in the field of human services for over 25 years. In his current role at DCF, he oversees a staff of five and an annual budget of $101 million, serving over 13,000 special needs children who receive either an adoption or guardianship subsidy. He is also a member of the Commissioner’s Leadership Group for Foster Care Recruitment and Retention and took an active role within the Massachusetts Interfaith Partnership for Children. He is the recipient of the Massachusetts Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Performance 2005 (Commissioner’s Leadership for Foster Care Recruitment and Retention) and 2006 (Manager). During his tenure with DCF, he has held a variety of posts in foster care and adoption services. Prior to returning back to DCF for his current position, he has served in various regions in Eastern Massachusetts as the hospital director, clinical director, an emergency psychiatric clinician for mental health facilities and community based hospitals for children and adults. While residing in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., he had the opportunity to consult on various mental health initiatives while he was employed full time as an instructor of English and Western culture. He earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational psychology from Suffolk University, Boston; and holds a certificate in human relations from Richmond University, London. In his spare time, he enjoys performing acoustic guitar with vocals both here in the U.S.A. and in Taiwan. Independent learning or capstone project topic “The Neglected Parents: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Support Urban Foster Parents” Speaking and/or consulting topics Cambridge college: a cost contained graduate education without compromise Contact Telephone: 617-327-5428 (h) Email:

“ An educational setting rich with resources that include, though are not limited to, diversity, culture, support, friendship, networking, and pride.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


George Best

Master of Management, Organization Development, 1997 “As a male of color, my degree has assisted me in applying for positions and getting them. Immediately after graduation, I accepted a position in Washington, DC as an organization development associate; this experience allowed me to become a vice president at an IT software firm. The Cambridge College unique experience cannot be duplicated anywhere. The learning model speaks to people who would like to become successful, accomplished professionals. The faculty interaction, support and creativity have allowed me to create a personal professional brand out of quality, useful information that I acquired while in the classroom. Faculty provided strict guidelines for success while allowing me to formulate my own personal branding through knowledge and the blending in of my life experiences. I have recommended the College to more than 30 graduates.�


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background As a senior human resource professional, currently a consultant, George has a deep, successful corporate achievement record. He has recruited, managed, developed and trained many diverse workforces, teams of top talent. He has the ability to define and organize key objectives, goals, and implement effective short and long-range organizational plans. He is experienced in identifying and developing new initiatives while working effectively for success with existing managers, employees and organizational goals within multiple business settings and cultures. Before coming to the College he had been HR manager for an aerospace design company; and consulted with corporate clients worldwide to provide leadership in organizational development, recruiting, training, staff development, project management, employee relations and management development. In 1997 he became senior technical recruiter with BankBoston. As sole corporate recruiter for 14 divisions, he was responsible for hiring over 132 technical professionals that year. He also designed and was the driving force behind the Y2K retention bonus program, allowing the bank to maintain a stable IT workforce while other banks were losing employees to their competition. As senior associate at Knowledge Workers, Inc., he guided and coached senior management within Fortune 100 companies in identifying organizational deficiencies and establishing a more comprehensive recruitment presence. As senior staffing manager/HR generalist-consultant for Stop and Shop/Ahold USA, George led the entire IT recruitment effort, utilizing best practices in recruiting executives and senior technical professionals to initiate and lead new technical development offerings. He served as VP of HR for Videoshare, Inc; helped Cambridge College to develop its Ecommerce program; and joined the faculty in 1998. He served as corporate training consultant to BiogenIdec where he assisted in developing a new online performance appraisal tool. He has held the position as Senior VP of recruiting and operations for Staffing Solution, Inc. His last position was at Harvard Vanguard. Here he had lead responsibility as the site generalist, employee relations professional and full cycle recruiter for 12 specialty practices and over 400 employees within a mixed union and nonunion environment. He recruits and manages for all categories from medical, IT systems/software, business management and senior executive positions. Independent learning or capstone project Human Resource Leadership Within a Changing Corporate Structure Speaking and/or consulting topics Organizational development, staffing and management development CONTACT Phone: 617-661-4335 (h); 617-504-4485 (c) Email:

“The learning model speaks to people who would like to become successful, accomplished professionals.� Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Leah M. Coviello

Master of Management, Business Management, 2007

“Colleagues at Mass General Hospital were attending the College and really loved the program. I focused in on this and am glad to have been a part of the experience. It is a good location for individuals working in Boston and surrounding towns, with good evening programs for adults. The weekend intensives also help students gain momentum into their programs, especially individuals who also have families. The intensives were just that — intense — and I liked them! I most valued working in the team format, although at the time, I would not have thought I would ever feel this way! Two heads are better than one as the saying goes. There are some very bright, talented, and energetic individuals who attend this school. To prospective students I say: ‘Do It Now . . . Do It Here’”!


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background Leah has been working for Wyeth Research for five years now. Wyeth is a global leader in pharmaceuticals, consumer health care products, and animal health care products. At Wyeth Research as senior administrative coordinator in study file management, she works to ensure regulatory documents are processed in a way to ensure compliance with Good Clinical Practice and Wyeth SOPs. Prior to this position, she was administrative project coordinator for Wyeth Research translational research. She assisted with project management of clinical trials supporting a team of study directors, medical monitors, and clinical scientists; planned conferences and expert meetings; tracked clinical study activities; coordinated and populated regulatory and study documents in specified databases; interacted with internal and external vendors, investigators and key opinion leaders. She got into this business in 2002 as senior executive assistant for Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in the facilities planning and engineering department, and prior to that serving in several positions for fourteen years at Massachusetts General Hospital, including office manager of the Police and Security Department; Operations Supervisor of the Parking and Commuter Services Department; and Executive Office Assistant of the Nursing Support Services Department. Leah has an M.S. and B.A. from Suffolk University, where she received two academic achievement awards. In 1998 she received a Partners in Excellence Award (for leadership and innovation). Her writing includes “Workplace Violence: Strategies for Keeping the Workplace Safe,” MGH, 2001; “Out of the Shadows: (A Comprehensive Approach to Workplace and Domestic Violence),” Security Management Magazine, 1998; and “Contemporary Issues in Healthcare, Customer Service and Competition,” Security Training Manual and Study Guide for Healthcare Security Personnel, 1996. Right now her career advancement is on hold due to the birth of her son. However, “I would say that advancement is almost certain to happen with the degree once the time is right for me.” Independent learning or capstone project C&D Handyman Services — A Business Plan Speaking and/or consulting topics Working on your thesis; writing a business plan; returning to school as an adult learner; returning to school and balancing a baby/family. Leah charted a Toastmasters’ club at MGH, served as Club President and received “Competent ToastMaster” award. CONTACT Phone: 781-581-1374 (h); 617-665-8217 (w) Email:

“It is a good location (Boston and surrounding towns), with good evening programs for adults.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Charles Creighton III

Master of Management, Healthcare Management, 2002

“I was working for General Electric at Massachusetts General Hospital when they introduced the initial program to managers at the hospital and I was invited to attend. The strongest part of the degree program was the hands on experience with the professors and others involved in the program, and the flexibility of the courses. To have an advanced degree has been an advantage, especially since I work in the healthcare field. For these reasons I’ve referred some of my colleagues to the College. There are many advantages of a graduate degree in today’s workplace, regardless of whether you’re already in a managerial position.”


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background Charles is national sales director for Swearingen Software, which offers a state of the art radiology information system. Prior to this, he was director of sales at Emageon, Inc., serving New England area hospitals, IDNs and outpatient imaging facilities. With extensive medical imaging equipment and software knowledge, he has a proven ability to develop sales potential in new market areas. He maintains a solid and diversified background in medical sales and products, with 20 years of healthcare experience including sales, service operations, marketing and training. Awards include: Six Sigma Green Belt Certified; GE Omega Society (GE Medical Systems); and “Top Administrative Performance” and “Top Revenue” for GE Health Care Services. He has a master’s degree, Healthcare Management ‘92, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston. After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard for five years (Disabled American Veteran), he entered the world of health care at Boston Children’s Hospital, serving as radiology engineer, performing all maintenance, testing and QA on all diagnostic imaging equipment, 1989-1991. He worked his way up at GE HealthCare, starting as a field service engineer, planning and performing all proactive and remedial service on state of the art CT scanners as well as diagnostic and clinical review workstations. He provided leadership and support for field engineers in New England. Charles then became a technical account manager at GE, and managed all multi-vendor service activity within the radiology departments of luminary teaching hospitals in New England (Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s, Lifespan, and CareGroup). After serving in the Information Technologies section as a network sales specialist, he became a primary care sales specialist for solutions for bone mineral densitometry equipment to primary care physicians in New England. Then, as an imaging sales executive he joined the 100% club in 2004/2005 for exceeding annual quota, utilizing his existing relationships in the New England territory to seed new opportunities. He then moved to Emageon, Inc. and to his current company. Independent learning or capstone project The Successful Roll Out and Implementation of Ensuring a HIPAA Compliant Healthcare Facility Speaking and/or consulting topics Healthcare IT CONTACT Phone: 508-456-1922 (h); 800-992-1767 (w) Email: Web site:

“The strongest part of the degree program was the hands on experience.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Joyce B. Dabbs

Master of Management, 2007

“I had been investigating getting my graduate degree for several years, but time and cost were such a factor, having to attend class 3-4 times a week, getting there on time at the end of each work day — all seemed so daunting. Cambridge has a new focus that appealed to me — weekend school with the rest online — within 14-16 months, you’ve finished. WOW. I valued studying when I had time; being able to get instructor feedback on a problem through e-mail/phone calls. If you have the discipline to be self-directed and can effectively manage your time, then Cambridge College is for you.”


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background Joyce has over 15 years experience in medical administration, medical accounting, and thirdparty billing. She possesses strong professional knowledge and application of adult learning theories, with over 20 years public, adult education, and proprietary educational experience. She has in excess of 25 years computer application software teaching experience. She spent seven years directing an animal welfare organization; three years in country club accounting and business operations, and nine years in the military when first starting her professional life (Marine Corps and Army Reserves Medical Corps). She has been with the City of Norfolk since 1993, first as a part-time teacher when Norfolk shared her with Virginia Wesleyan College and the Social Security Administration, and in 1997, she joined the city as a full-time employee as training coordinator managing the Information Technology Computer Software Training Program. “We have two training rooms, two full-time trainers, 42 machines and a training program 50 weeks a year, 40-plus different courses, serving 12,000 students per year. We prepare the training materials in-house so that we can customize them to meet our training community needs. Our vision is to provide just-in-time training to every city employee in a customer-centric environment.” She is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Secondary Education, and a State of Virginia Teaching Certificate for grades 7-12, Social Studies. She has taught in the Chesapeake Public School system, Mansfield School of Business, Bryant & Stratton College and at Virginia Wesleyan College before coming to the city. In addition, she is president of the Chesapeake Democratic Women and corresponding secretary for the Chesapeake Democratic Committee. Joyce is past chair (seven years) of the Nora Davenport Scholarship Committee for the Chesapeake Democratic Women. She is a member of the American Legion, Post #0280 of VA. She is past president of the Mill Creek/ Elmwood Landing Civic League and board member. She is a member of the Ocean View Easter Star Chapter, and at large member of the Red Hat Society. Independent learning or capstone project Adult Learning in a Technical Environment Speaking and/or consulting topics Benefits of continuing your education. Value of computerized learning experiences. Learning to use MS Office 2003/2007 – differences. How to manage your time while you attend to work, family, and recreation. CONTACT Phone: 757-487-3527 (h); 757-439-5126 (c) Email:; Web site:

“I valued studying when I had time; being able to get instructor feedback on a problem through e-mail.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Thulani A. DeMarsay

Master of Management, Leadership and Organizational Development, 2007

“I worked at Cambridge College as a receptionist in 1999 and was very much intrigued by the organizational culture and tight knit community. In addition, I found the faculty to be extremely supportive and committed to the success of the students. Many years later, I enrolled in the Master of Management program and am so happy that I did. As a life coach and consultant, I found this program to be instrumental in the development of my theoretical framework. I graduated feeling much more confident in my abilities to help clients find solutions to complex organizational challenges. I returned to Cambridge College last year to pursue a degree in psychology and am preparing to apply to doctoral programs the end of this year. Thank you Cambridge College!�


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background A visionary and emerging leader in the human potential arena, Thulani DeMarsay is making her way to the forefront of audiences around the country. Driven by a core belief that all people possess an immortal calling, Thulani has been devoted to helping individuals uncover the deeper meaning and purpose of their lives for close to a decade. A life coach, inspirational speaker and writer, Thulani breathes a sense of newness and vitality within individuals, inspiring a greater level of self awareness and purpose. Prior to launching her coaching and consulting business, Thulani successfully owned and operated Thulani Skin Care & Spa, with locations on Newbury Street and The Mall at Copley Place, Boston. Thulani has been featured on HGTV’s Fine Living Network, has had frequent guest appearances on The Boston Neighborhood Network, Boston’s WILD Radio, and has been credited in Essence magazine, Savoy magazine and Black Beauty & Hair, a London based publication. Additionally, Thulani has been a long-time advocate of social justice and human rights. In 2006, she founded Ahimsa (formerly the Indigo Peace Project), a non-profit organization committed to promoting the nonviolence philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. King. Thulani is a member of the International Coaching Federation, The Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, A Season for Nonviolence and The Association of Global New Thought. Independent learning or capstone project Exploring Logotherapy and Its Implications on Mental Health CONTACT Email: Web site:

“I graduated feeling much more confident in my abilities to help clients.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


James P. Desrosiers

Master of Management, Leadership in Human and Organizational Development, 2007

“I was drawn to the College because it provides a quality education to a diverse population. I enjoyed the adult learning model that allowed students to participate directly in class, and the professors and textbooks provided great management theory. The students shared real-world experiences that either proved or challenged these theories. The degree has given me credibility in the world. Prior to my Cambridge College experience, my personal and professional development and management expertise was taught informally by corporate training and self-learning. The strongest part of the experience was the students having the ability to share real-world experiences and using these experiences to learn different models of leadership and management techniques. The content and tools received were phenomenal and the schedule very flexible for people busy with careers and families.� 62

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background James lives with his wife Claudia in Groton, Massachusetts. They enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, and being with their three sons. He is the founder and president of, a people performance company since 1994 that helps young people, adults, and organizations with goals achievement through training in goal setting, time management, and life coaching services. For corporate clients, GROWTHco also provides business planning, sales strategy/re-engineering, and performance management services. Clients include ESPN, Morgan Stanley, Poli Mortgage Group, the New England Patriots Alumni, and Salem Five Cents Savings Bank. James also has a strong passion for helping children and adolescents. He is the founder and president of the brand new non-profit organization called The Goal Setting Institute for Youth. In 2001, he authored a book called Young People’s Guide to Goal Setting and has implemented a goals management program in over 180 Massachusetts schools totaling over 18,000 students. His success program has increased grades in school, decreased dropout rates, reduced gang activity, and prevented suicide. James was awarded the Junior Achievement’s Volunteer of the Year in 2004. James launched after graduating from Cambridge College, as a website that “levels the playing field” by providing people worldwide with free access to the critical knowledge required to succeed in every area of life. People can also become members for a small fee. Members identify, store, and manage their goals and time online with the ability to give other people (like teachers, supervisors, parents, mentors, and peers) access to their goals. Bottom line: James Desrosiers is an expert at helping ANY ONE or ANY ORGANIZATION reach maximum potential, success, and happiness. He served in the U.S. Air Force, 1986-1990, and was Airman of the Month, May 1988, RAF Fairford, United Kingdom. He received the Libyan Conflict Medal. Independent learning or capstone project Business Plan for & creation of a website that provides people of all ages with everything they need to succeed in all areas of life. Speaking and/or consulting topics I have presented numerous times to Cambridge College students and would like to continue. Goal setting, time management, performance management, business and sales planning CONTACT Phone: 978-827-3133 Email: Web site:

“The students shared real-world experiences that either proved or challenged these theories.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Christine Dixon

Master of Management, Healthcare Management, 2007

“The adult learning approach and curriculum attracted me the most to Cambridge. The strategies taught in class can be applied to real life experiences. I valued the group presentations and the networking that is part of that learning process. My degree allows me to now make a professional change in organizations. The strongest part of the Cambridge College experience is the focus on the adult learner and taking that into consideration in course times and length of classes. I have recommended the College to friends and co-workers and would eagerly do so again. The curriculum at Cambridge College is conducive to a working adult.�


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background One of the greatest services in America is the visiting nurse program, and Christine is truly dedicated to this field in New England. She has over 20 years of experience, with the ability to develop management teams to respond to the challenging needs in home healthcare and hospice. The delivery of quality patient care is her primary focus. She is the CEO of Visiting Nurse and Community Health in Arlington, MA, a Medicarecertified, home health and hospice care agency. Services include skilled nursing, rehabilitation therapies, social services, home health aides, specialty nursing, infusion therapy, palliative care, hospice care and bereavement support services to the community. “Under my leadership, Visiting Nurse and Community Health has grown the business into a $5M organization, and the hospice care program is brand new this year. Now we can care for patients through the end of life. We also converted to an electronic medical record system in 2007 which put laptops and the entire patient’s medical record in the hands of all clinical staff visiting patients’ homes.” Prior to this, she was CEO and director of clinical services for eight years, overseeing the operations for nearly $3.6M in Medicare PPS Revenue with 125 administrative and clinical staff. She shared primary responsibility for the new McKesson computer system, and implemented many new clinical models under Interim Payment System and Prospective Payment System in home health such as the Wound Vac and IV Programs. Prior to this, at the same agency, Christine served as nursing team manager for two, large multidisciplinary teams, as well as being a nurse manager at Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, MA, managing a 42-bed, post-op surgical floor with some 35 staff, and a $6.4M budget. She created a successful Quality Assurance Program relating to post operative pain using patient controlled anesthesia. She currently sits on the board of directors of Visiting Nurses of New England and the Massachusetts Bay Self-Insurance Group. Christine earned a diploma in nursing in 1987 from New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, MA, and a B.S. in Nursing at Regis College in Weston, MA (’97). Independent learning or capstone project Learning Disability: Communication Speaking and/or consulting topics Management in healthcare CONTACT Phone: 781-643-6090 (w) Web site:

“The strategies taught in class can be applied to real life experiences.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Lawrence M. Douglas III

Master of Management, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, 2003

“I came to the College for the convenient hours, the length of the program, and the accreditation. I valued the negotiation and conflict resolution exercises along with the business plan writing. The degree has made a tremendous impact on my career in many ways. My pay has gone from the mid $70’s a year to over $200k a year now. The initial jump right after my degree was to $97,500. I tested for Mensa right after graduation (figured I wouldn’t get any smarter) and was accepted. The credibility the degree brings and the strength it gives your resume is amazing. The strongest part was the fellow classmates I met and the business dealings with them along with networking. Cambridge College is a small investment, paying large dividends in the future.”


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background Lawrence and three partners own New England Crime Scene Safety and Cleanup (NECSC), where he is president. The company was featured in a documentary for national television. NECSC assists and supports businesses, homeowners, and property management professionals who need cleaning of their property because of a suicide, accident, assault, or homicide. In addition to biohazard and blood-borne pathogen remediation, the company handles medical waste recovery and provides disposal services. Consultants are available to train employees in OSHA compliance, workplace violence issues, first aid and CPR. Lawrence has 15 years of law-enforcement experience, is certified in crisis intervention, and has completed extensive training in dealing with crime scenes, death, survivor support, and workplace violence prevention. He is a certified OSHA outreach trainer in OSHA compliance, biohazard materials, blood-borne pathogens, and OSHA training. He is starting another crime and death scene clean up company in Louisiana. He consults to national insurance companies, forensic consultants, and two OSHA training institutes. He is also a project executive at MAPP Construction, Baton Rouge, overseeing the Industrial Construction Group and Corporate Safety. He is a commercial construction professional with over 20 years of practical experience in project management and safety. Larry has experience in commercial, pharmaceutical, and industrial projects including office buildings, administrative facilities, multi-family condominiums, research centers, laboratories, clean rooms, control rooms, pilot plants, parking garages, restaurant, and retail. He was safety manager at the $55M Harvard University Biological Research Center, and the $85M Harvard University Business School Baker Library projects. “I was the project director for the first Gold LEED Certified Commercial Office Building in Louisiana and we received the best in Louisiana and National ABC Prism Award for its construction. (Total project cost was $110M). I also did extensive training and consulting after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast Region under an OSHA grant.” Independent learning or capstone project Workplace Violence Reduction and Hiring Policies and Procedures Speaking and/or consulting topics Negotiation, conflict resolution strategies, starting a new business, marketing techniques, OSHA regulations, disaster worker and preparedness, post Katrina and Rita hurricane response, blood-borne pathogens and other occupational safety related topics. CONTACT Phone: 225-276-3489 (h); 225-757-0111 x2222 (w); 225-806-9502 (c) Email:; Web site(s):,,

“The degree has made a tremendous impact on my career in many ways.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Rosa G. Familia

Master of Management, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, 2009

“When I was looking for a graduate program, Cambridge College made me feel welcome. The admission counselor made me feel motivated and inspired me to continue my application. The educational environment and friendly people helped me to get involved in the M.M. program. The most valuable experience was the relationship between the professors and the students. The professors consistently valued my presence. The faculty is hands-on; very open, knowledgeable, and capable in giving assistance to students. The program gave me the opportunity to share and meet new people from all around the world. I learned a lot about different cultures and backgrounds and developed knowledge and skills which will allow me to obtain more experience to enhance my life and pursue career goals. The Cambridge experience enhances one’s life experience in a very positive way.�


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background Rosa came to Cambridge College with a B.S. in Business Administration, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santiago, Dominican Republic (’06). She had been a credit analyst and a bank representative for two of the largest financial institutions in her country, the Dominican Republic. After moving to Boston in September 2007, she decided to pursue a degree in management, which she completed in 2009 at Cambridge College. She was one of the students chosen by the school to share her College experiences as the 2009 commencement ceremony keynote speaker. As part of the final requirements for the master’s degree, Rosa wrote a business plan for a chocolate business. To learn more and understand the chocolate industry/business, she took a professional chocolatier program, attended the 2008 Chocolate Show in NYC, and worked at Richart Chocolates (Boston, MA), a gourmet French chocolate store. One of her goals/dreams is to implement and develop the business plan in the future. Currently, she works for Bank of America and one of her goals is to work up in the ranks in banking and financial services. She also did volunteer work at the Museum of Science, Boston. In the Dominican Republic, Rosa evaluated and selected new credit card applications; performed evaluations of customers’ credit history; assisted clients with their balance sheets; and generated a daily report on new credit card applications. She promoted business by maintaining good customer relations and selling financial products and services; assisted customers with questions or issues regarding their accounts; worked with the computerized system for tracking, information gathering; processed all new accounts transactions and assisted customers in their selection of accounts and financial services. Independent learning or capstone project Cocoa Chocolatier: A Business Plan CONTACT Email:

“The faculty is hands-on; very open, knowledgeable, and capable in giving assistance to students.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Edward W. Rhodes, III

Master of Management, 2009

“As a financial strategist I can now advance my business plan to help the insurance and annuity industry fill a much needed void in agent recruitment and training. I will help up to 24 agents per year build their businesses and careers. I’ve been working independently, so this is a big step. I came to the College because they had real classes, not online classes. I valued working in groups with students from all over the world. The strongest part of the experience was the combination of building toward the ILP and working with others in small workgroups toward a common goal in a business-like environment. It allows working adults the ability to advance their educational experience in an environment where work groups and international cooperation enhance the experience.”


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background Eddie is an entrepreneur. Since 1988, he has been an independent insurance agent, and founded Rhodes Financial Services, Peabody, MA, an independent financial services consulting company. From 1984-1988 he was owner, manager of Minuteman Press, Stoneham, MA, responsible for managing five people, purchasing supplies, selling, accounting, budgeting, networking, and general maintenance of the printing machinery. From 1972-1984 he was owner, manager of T.W. Rhodes Funeral Service, Inc. in Lynn, MA., hiring and managing a staff of 31 people. He has an A.A. Mortuary Science, The New England School of Boston (’73). Since earning a B.S. in Education, Salem State College (’72), “I had wanted to get my master’s degree. I looked into three programs, and decided on Cambridge because the program looked like a good format for my lifestyle and my wife recommended it very highly. At the introduction seminar I was extremely nervous. I had been out of school for over 36 years and here I was with so many young people from all over the world. How was I going to do this? Would the young people accept me? What could I offer them? Would the language issue and heavy accents be a problem, would they even understand me? To be honest I was second guessing myself. “In my first class I was put into a group with three other students. English was a second language to all of them. I said to myself that this was not going to work. By the second class I found myself helping them tackle some language issues and they were teaching me about their cultures. These students are now very close friends as are many of the other students that I worked with. These friends helped me get focused on learning again. One girl from Thailand actually asked me to represent her father at her American wedding because he was not able to get here for the wedding. I learned much about other cultures and so much about being a manager.” Independent learning or capstone project Rhodes Financial Group, a Business Plan Speaking and/or consulting topics Small business creation, planning and financial applications CONTACT Phone: 978-531-1419 (h); 978-532-1705 Email:

“I valued working in groups with students from all over the world.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Suniti Yoseph

Master of Management, 2009

“My ILP on investments with and for Thailand was not just a fulfilment for completing the master’s degree. Thanks to the warm and encouraging teaching style at Cambridge College, it gave me an opportunity to express my dreams and set me on a path to my future career. My life at the College was especially wonderful; making friends from different cultures, meeting with inspiring faculty, and enjoying the curricular programs. Friends were important in the learning process, helping me to broaden my horizons, learning from different perspectives, sharing knowledge, and most importantly, being able to do this without having to travel far away. Literally, I have seen people grow up semester by semester in terms of acquiring new learning skills, thinking outside the box, and broadening their visions. This also applies to me.�


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background Suniti came to Cambridge College from Thailand with a B.S. in Business Administration (’02), majoring in finance and banking, from Bangkok’s Rajabhat Institute Suan Dusit. He had also completed an intensive, six-month seminar on “Integrated Marketing Communication” for Three Force Communication Company Limited, 2006, Kasetsart University, Bangkok. From 2003-2006 he was an advertising account executive of Thansettakij Company Limited, Thailand’s leading business newspaper. From 2002-2003 he worked in public relations for the Thai Military Bank Public Company Limited. In addition to working with the media, he was responsible for contacting outside organizations regarding the company’s corporate social responsibilities and proposing their requests to senior management. At press time for the alumni profiles booklet, Suniti was waiting for the employment authorization to work in America. He was invited by Cambridge College Prof. Sharon Wulf to be a speaker at the 2009 Cambridge College commencement, with an excerpt here: “I liked the warm and encouraging style in teaching at Cambridge. It boosted my courage to stand up and talk in front of a crowd without being shy because of my introvert characteristic as an Asian. What I can also reflect upon is the faculty and their teaching that there is more than what is written in the books: relating to their real life work experiences, role playing giving different scenarios, and inviting guest speakers. In addition, their teaching taught us to grow up and be skilled leaders able to cope with all the uncertainties in today’s environment and how to apply theories in a practical sense. I truly appreciated seminar I-IV, whereby the same group of students could spend their time together for at least four semesters. I will never forget my time as a student there, and the happiness that I have had.” Independent learning or capstone project Main Factors for Thailand Investment, a Research Project Speaking and/or consulting topics Investment in Thailand, multinational companies in Thailand, potential international business for Thailand investment CONTACT Phone: 617-642-6066 (h) E-mail:;

“My life at the College was especially wonderful; making friends from different cultures, meeting with inspiring faculty, and enjoying the curricular programs.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Emma Brown

Bachelor of Science, Management, 2009

“I went back to school many times, and was made to feel stupid. At first, at Cambridge College, I wanted to give up, but I kept coming back to class because I felt like I could do anything. Then one day, it all changed for me. I wrote a paper on growing up in Selma, Alabama, and my professor suggested I submit this to Change Agent Magazine and it was published! You have helped me with such grace. You made me believe in myself, gave me back confidence that had been taken away through the years. You took the time, being approachable when needed, accessible in person on the phone or by email; you were always there. I am amazed at the change Cambridge College has made in me.�


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background Emma was the oldest of eight, born in the late 40’s, and both her parents worked the cotton fields in Selma, Alabama. “As a kid I thought life was great. But as I look back over my life, I know that we lived in hell right here on earth. I took on the role of being a mother at a very early age: cooking, washing clothes, and cleaning the house. A bench was made so I could reach the top of the stove to start a fire and cook the food before my parents got home from the cotton fields. They did not make much money, but we always had food; if it was only beans and corn bread, we ate. We grew everything we ate and had no electricity or gas… I can remember going to town and wanting something to eat. I had to go to a window labeled ‘colored’ and wait to be served… If I needed to use the bathroom, or wanted a drink of water, most of the time I was out of luck. “My God, what a turn around my life took in the early 60s when the Civil Rights Movement came to Selma…One day…at the Brown Chapel Church… the message [from Dr. King] changed my life. I [realized] I’m just as good as or better than anyone, and I have rights too. It gave me back my courage that I already had but had never used. “I have been discriminated against on many levels... My experiences have taught me a lot. The most important lesson I’ve learned is that I need higher education in order to succeed in life. I’ve been working at one company for 30+ years, slowly making my way up from the assembly line to a position in the purchasing department. I no longer have to hear ‘I’m sorry, you are not qualified because you do not have a degree.’ I have been on my job for a long time, with this degree I can step out of my comfort zone.” Independent learning or capstone project Discrimination Still Exists Speaking and/or consulting topics My life in Selma, Alabama CONTACT Phone: 508-612-1101(h) Email:

“Cambridge College made me believe in myself.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Julian Jefferson

Bachelor of Science, Business Management, 2008

“The ‘yes you can’ environment at Cambridge College provided by faculty and students is redefining the American dream at an affordable price. I definitely got more credibility and immediate insights on my job in hotel management. The confidence I gained gave me the credentials, and more importantly, the courage to think about law school. I’m now a second year student at The Franklin Pierce Law Center. I came to Cambridge College via a referral by a family member who enrolled in the graduate level program. I most valued the top notch professors who had such rich experiences and mastery in the subject matter. I would recommend the College to others. If one is committed and serious about continuing one’s education the College offers adults working full-time a second-chance, with high-caliber professors.”


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background Julian graduated with his B.S. and was not sure what to do next. An M.B.A. seemed to be the next logical step but he knew deep down that would be the easy way out. Researching two men he admired, Deval Patrick and President Obama, he discovered they shared one important achievement; they both had law degrees. This clinched the deal in his mind; he would go to law school. He worked full time while earning his B.S. and spent several years in hotel management, where he became interested in the business aspect of the law. As assistant general manager for a privately owned hotel, he got the opportunity to represent the hotel in an unemployment hearing. “It was so exciting to sit in that room and present evidence (signed employee handbook and written warnings) and to be able to question the employee. The hotel ultimately prevailed in the decision and the amount of respect and gratitude I got from my superiors was very satisfying. After that I was hooked! I subscribed to a monthly hospitality law journal and got certified in hospitality law by the American Hotel & Motel Association’s Educational Institute. Since then I have been able to speak about guest and employee incidents and how the law will impact the business.” Julian grew up in inner-city Boston. He had very tumultuous teenage years where, due to his parent’s divorce he ended up homeless for a period of time, which led to working full-time during high school. Throughout the hard times he knew that better times would come. The encouragement and assistance he got from bosses, teachers and friends of all different backgrounds was crucial. Following his brother’s untimely death at the age of 24 he incorporated a 501C3 non-profit organization to help foster some sustainable positive change for low-income children in Boston, because “I am acutely aware of what is possible when someone affords you an opportunity to succeed. There are still lots of stereotypes. I’m hopeful that programs like this and others that identify and foster talent from minority groups will help dispel these stereotypes.” Independent learning or capstone project The Falling Dollar and Its Global Implications CONTACT Phone: 617-335-8926 (h) Email:

“The ‘yes you can’ environment at Cambridge College provided by faculty and students is redefining the American dream at an affordable price.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


Michelle Thomson Bachelor of Science, Management, 2009

“I was accepted into the One Family Scholars program for homeless and low income women, and received other scholarships. Now with my degree I can qualify for better positions and, thanks to the connections I’ve made, will be starting the UMass, Boston Campus LSAT program with the hope of entering Northeastern’s School of Law in September 2010. Cambridge College introduced me to several influential people, including an alumnus of the School of Law. I was able to ask questions, which was very helpful. The professors, faculty, and students become your friends. They expect life circumstances to happen. The College wants all the students to succeed; they let you know that you will graduate. The positive feedback begins when you first enter the door and continues from then on.”


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background Michelle wanted to advance her career, with 20 years experience as an administrative assistant or credentialist, but she was a working, homeless mother. Fortunately she was accepted into the One Family Scholars program for homeless and low income women, and received other scholarships, and came to Cambridge College. While at the College she was a development coordinator/work-study student. She never dreamed that law school would enter her picture, but the College helped her to bring that dream to life! Prior to this from 2004-2006 she had been executive assistant/medical credentialist, Codman Square Health Center, Boston. She performed administrative support to executive staff of this busy, community-based health clinic; supported the medical staff through management of the credentialing process and insurance verification, and maintained patient documents and records. From 1985-2003 she served as a patient intake coordinator/medical credentialist, Children’s Hospital, Boston. She managed and facilitated patient registration in the Emergency Room, Endoscopy Suite, Pain Management, and Orthopedics Units. She answered a multiline phone and triaged patients; supported the Regional Poison Control Center serving Massachusetts and Rhode Island; administered the credentialing process for fellows and rotating physicians; and coordinated the fellowship application process which included portfolio organization, interviews and site visit processes. The mission of the One Family Scholars program is to provide the essential tools and support services — higher education, flexible funding, leadership training and mentoring — to lowincome working women so that they can clear the barriers that often prevent them from building a better future, pursue careers that pay a living wage and build a new path to economic independence. The mission is based on the premise that education, linked with essential tools and support services, is the most reliable and direct route to economic independence. Independent learning or capstone project Ending Homelessness One Family at a Time Speaking and/or consulting topics Ending family homelessness (I am a One Family Scholar) CONTACT Phone: 617-623-0861 (h)

“The professors, faculty, and students become your friends.” Cambridge College Alumni Profiles


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