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Fall/Winter 2009 Volume 26, No.2

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Green is the New


Science-focused School Launches Green Curriculum

Supporting the Homeless and At-risk Youth | Autism in the Classroom | Opportunities with Higher Education

L etter From the D ea n

We start learning early, at home and in preschool. Then there is kindergarten; elementary, middle, and high school; and college. But if we really desire to see what we are made of, to explore our greatest potential, we attend graduate school. However, the education you receive at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) is not meant to be completed when you walk across the stage at graduation. At GSEP we hope to instill in you a passion for lifelong learning. This issue of the Colleague highlights several members of our GSEP family who have dedicated their lives to educating themselves and others. These members include the beloved Mrs. Pat Lucas, formerly the director of student teaching for the master of arts in education with teaching credential program, and Dr. Jim Hedstrom, previously the associate dean of psychology and codirector of the doctor of psychology program. Both served GSEP’s students for more than 20 years before retiring, and recently passing. We mourn their departure, but continue to honor their legacy and tremendous commitment to teaching. The alumna featured in “Working Toward a Cure,” five alumni spotlighted in “Ready for Anything,” and three alumni appearing in our “Perspectives” pieces are also great examples of learning beyond the classroom. Each of these students has applied his or her GSEP degree to engage in unique research and projects to further their own education and impart it to others. We encourage you to do the same with your degree. Education does not end with a piece of paper, the closing of a year, or the assignment of a new title. Learning is a lifelong endeavor enjoyable in and of itself. We hope that you experience the pleasure of gaining and sharing knowledge as much as we do.

Margaret J. Weber, PhD Dean

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A Community‘s Wish Granted

Ready for Anything

Green is the New Black

Support for the Homeless and At-risk Youth

Doctoral Degrees Provide Versatile Opportunities

Working Toward A Cure

Departments 02 Initiatives 04 News 22 Class Notes

Alternative Approaches to Treating Autism

Science-focused School Launches Green Curriculum

Perspectives 20 “A” is for Accomplishment By Nicole Johnson

21 A Leap of Faith By Gail Wilburn

21 A Singular Effort with Significant Results

By Todd Coston

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY Graduate School of Education and Psychology Fall/Winter 2009 Volume 26, No. 2

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G S E P I niti a tives

GSEP Expands Web Presence To Social Networks

GSEP has expanded its Web presence to Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, Ning, and, the most popular social networking sites redefining communication today. The official pages provide engaging and participatory platforms for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of GSEP to connect and keep abreast of program developments. Information on scholarships, writing support, career services, student groups, upcoming events, and recent news is available on each of these pages.

Boone Center for the Family Hosts Relationship Week And SavvyChic Fundraiser The GSEP Boone Center for the Family Relationship IQ Project hosted Relationship Week, October 5 – 9, at Seaver College. As a part of the new Pepperdine Dating Ini tia ti ve, Re la tionship Week includ ed presentations on for ming healthy dating relationships, healthy sexuality, God’s relational creation, and celebrating gender differences. The programs focused on the students’ development of a positive self-image, understanding of each other, and ability to be a supportive partner to their significant other. Next, we are looking forward to celebrating the sixth annual SavvyChic fashion show fundraiser, on November 12 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. This year we will be honoring mothers with the theme “Mothers and Others: Celebrating Women Who Shape Our Lives.” Developed by the Friends of the Family League, the event promotes elements that enrich a woman’s life: family-centered values, healthy habits that enhance the beauty within, and a strong sense of self that can be confidently projected through style and fashion. 2 GSEP Colleague Fall/Winter 2009

Mour ning the Loss of a Leader Dr. Lloyd James “Jim” Hedstrom (’51, MA ’54), lifelong supporter of Pepperdine, sadly passed away in June. Hedstrom served GSEP in a variety of roles over 20 years, including associate dean of psychology, founder and codirector of the doctor of psychology program, interim dean of GSEP, and chairperson of the Psychology Division. He also chaired several Pepperdine committees including Dean Candidate Review, Tenure, Rank and Promotion, and WASC Evaluation; held the presidency and vice presidency of the Los Angeles Faculty Organization; participated widely in psychological associations, frequently spoke at symposia, enjoyed a successful clinical practice, and published numerous papers, articles, and book reviews. He also assisted doctoral students with their dissertations, which he found especially rewarding. Hedstrom graduated from George Pepperdine College with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology

with an emphasis in child and physiological psychology (‘66) from the University of California, Los Angeles before returning to Pepperdine to teach. Pepperdine honored him as an Emeritus Professor in 1997 and a Distinguished Alumnus in 2006. Hedstrom is survived by his wife, Betty Jean “Peggy” Hedstrom (MA ’87), who graduated from the master of arts in counseling psychology at GSEP and worked at the University from 1982 to 1995. His daughter, Melissa Donnelly (’78), graduated with a bachelor of arts in communications from Seaver College. His other daughter, Dr. Amy Matheson (’85, MA ’88, PsyD ’97), is also a Pepperdine alumna, having graduated from Seaver with a bachelor’s in industrial/organizational psychology, and GSEP’s master’s and doctoral programs in psychology.

G S E P initi a tives

Alumni Authors Celia Edmundson (EdD ‘96, Organizational Leadership) Letters to Lee: From Pearl Harbor to the War’s Final Mission Celia Edmundson edited this collection of love letters from her father to her mother during World War II. Lt. General James V. Edmundson began writing to his wife, Lee, while stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He told his story of the war in the South Pacific through his letters, until the 1945 surrender of Japan. The well-reviewed book is a moving tribute and an enjoyable read for everyone from the history buff to the romantic. (Fordham University Press, 2009)

Mara Leigh Taylor (MA ’03, General Psychology; MA ’06, Clinical Psychology) Women in Prison: Women Finding Freedom Mara Leigh Taylor has written her third book about the incarcerated women helped through the reentry program established by Getting Out by Going In (GOGI), an organization Taylor founded and directs. Women in Prison contains numerous heartwarming stories of rehabilitation and discusses techniques readers can use to improve their own life. (Getting Out by Going In, 2008)

Martine Ehrenclou (MA ’04, Clinical Psychology) Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide to Get Your Loved One Out Alive Inspired by her own experience, Martine Ehrenclou wrote this award-winning book to help family members and loved ones of people who are hospitalized deal with the emotional and often overwhelming experience. Through qualitative research, Ehrenclou discovered how to prevent deadly medical errors, reach doctors when needed, interact with doctors and nurses effectively, maximize care and comfort for the patient, and create a Family Advocate Team. (Lemon Grove Press, 2008)

FACULTY Authors Dr. Devin Vodicka Pieces of the Puzzle: Building Trust and Social Capital Through Collaboration Devin Vodicka, an adjunct faculty member in the Education Division, cowrote this book on effective team-building to “provide strategies to build trust and social capital through collaboration,” and provide practical opportunities for easy “wins” with staff. Vodicka is the special projects coordinator and bilingual director for Jefferson Elementary in the Carlsbad Unified School District. (Blurb, Inc., 2009)

Dr. David Elkins Humanistic Psychology: A Clinical Manifesto: A Critique of Clinical Psychology and the Need for Progressive Alternatives Emeritus Professor of Psychology David Elkins has written this book to discuss the research and evidence of the benefits of humanistic psychology. A book for budding and established psychologists alike, Humanistic Psychology delves into the importance of the relationship between therapist and client to promote healing. As a humanistic psychologist for 30 years, Elkins writes from the perspective of an empathic, caring, and respectful therapist, consistent with GSEP’s emphasis on compassion for others. (University of the Rockies Press, 2009)

Research Promotes Development

Of Personalized Learning Communities

The Future Learning Environments (FLE) Initiative has taken several recent turns. The Education Division’s curriculum continues to undergo research-based improvements to nurture personalized learning communities in each of its programs. Several important publications by GSEP faculty are in press or have been published over the past year to advance this vision. GSEP was one of a small group of organizations invited by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to submit a proposal to organize a virtual organization to carry out international research and development on personalized learning communities. GSEP’s proposal is now pending at NSF; it includes more than 60 researchers and developers from six continents. The Emerald Publishing Company in England awarded a group in Uganda a small grant to carry out FLE research with GSEP researchers. The United States Department of Education made an additional award of $114,000 to GSEP to continue work on the futuristic “Agent and Library Augmented Shared Knowledge Area” (ALASKA) program that associate professor Dr. Nancy Harding and associate dean Dr. Eric Hamilton are carrying out with Granada Hills Charter High School. Finally, the Air Force Academy has awarded $146,000 to GSEP to continue FLE research that Hamilton started when he was a professor there. GSEP Colleague Fall/Winter 2009 3


Faculty Present on Current Psychology Topics at APA Convention Once again, GSEP faculty demonstrated their broad expertise at the American Psychological Association (APA) annual conference, held August 6 – 9 in Toronto, Canada. Both Dr. Miguel Gallardo, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, associate professor of psychology, gave presentations on current topics in psychology, including stereotypes and discrimination in the field and trauma across cultural lines. “Presenting at the annual APA convention is an opportunity to educate and to be educated,” Gallardo stated. “For me, this is always

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis and Kimberly Smith.

a good opportunity to assess the quality and effectiveness of my own work as a professor and scholar.” Gallardo represented GSEP as the chair of the plenary session, “To Be or Not to Be PhD/ PsyD - Stereotypes Revisited,” which covered the benefits and limitations of both degrees. He led two participants in the discussion, one with a PhD, and the other with a PsyD. Gallardo and the participants chronicled their careers and reflected on how they might have done things differently. Gallardo also participated in two other presentations as a panel member: “Initial Interview: Essential Principles and Techniques with Diverse Clients” and “Opposing Discriminatory Legislation and Initiatives Aimed at LGB Persons.” He discussed issues regarding professional psychology associations such as the California Psychological Association taking stands on political and ethical issues such as those presented during the controversy surrounding ballot initiative Proposition 8 in the November 2008 state election.

Dr. Pamela Hays (adjunct faculty at Antioch University Seattle), Gallardo, Dr. Senel Poyrazli (associate professor of counseling at Penn State Harrisburg), Dr. John Sommers-Flanagan (associate professor at the University of Montana), and Dr. Derald Wing Sue (professor of psychology and education at Columbia University).

Bryant-Davis gave two presentations at the conference, one of which included Culture and Trauma Research Lab research assistant and doctor of psychology student Kimberly Smith. Bryant-Davis and Smith presented on the traumas associated with human trafficking and slavery, while Bryant-Davis did a solo presentation on sexual violence and international psychology.

New Scholarships Support Students in Difficult Economy GSEP offers a financial aid program that provides more than 75 percent of the student body with some type of assistance, and scholarships are a major component of this effort. As dean Margaret Weber said, “One of GSEP’s core values is to serve. Establishing scholarship programs is our way of lending a hand to those in or entering our Pepperdine family.” It is with this ethos that GSEP established Waves EDGE (Education Development Growth and Excellence), a scholarship created this past spring to support students during the current economic downturn. Waves EDGE was open to all Pepperdine alumni interested in pursuing a GSEP degree starting in Summer or Fall 2009. Thirty-six alumni

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from the GSEP Education and Psychology Divisions, the Graziadio School of Business and Management, and Seaver College submitted applications, and a total of $125,000 was awarded to five alumni pursuing master’s degrees and 10 alumni pursuing doctoral degrees. Decisions were made based on financial need, clarity of career goals, and alumni affinity for the University’s mission. “Waves EDGE was created to demonstrate GSEP’s concern for all of our valued Pepperdine alumni, and to reach out to them in a meaningful way during these difficult economic times,” said Weber. “Our goal is to ensure that those that want to retool after recent job losses or enhance their skills with an advanced degree are not denied that opportunity due to any financial restrictions.”

The GSEP doctor of education in organizational leadership (EDOL) program also instituted a scholarship to support its second-year students. Developed and funded by the EDOL faculty, the award is being offered to students who have demonstrated academic achievement, promise in the program, and need.


A Shining Light Leaves Us but Her Legacy Remains the Los Angeles area. The institutions were always delighted to work with students that Lucas had taken under her wing, as everyone knew that her nurturing approach cultivated the most professionally trained teachers. “I honor her by upholding the standards that she set; the Pepperdine credential candidates continue to be highly regarded and sought after when schools want the best-prepared instructors,” said Dr. J. L. Fortson, lecturer and director of student teaching. “She was a mother to many, many teachers,” remarked Allie Tegner, a close friend of Lucas and wife of Pepperdine’s Dean Emeritus Olaf Tegner, with whom Lucas worked.

Mention the name “Pat Lucas,” and you will be greeted with smiles and fond stories. The former director of student teaching at GSEP for more than 20 years was a model of servant leadership, mentor, cheerleader, counselor, inspiration, and friend to the thousands of aspiring and hopeful teachers she shepherded through the credentialing and placement programs. She became a part of GSEP’s heritage, and left a meaningful mark on the hearts of those who benefited from her support and faithful leadership over the years. It is for these reasons and many more that we regret her recent passing though she will surely be remembered for her unwavering dedication and commitment to GSEP’s students. “Pat’s legacy lives in every classroom where her former students have left their footprints,” said Dr. J. L. Fortson, lecturer and director of student teaching at GSEP, and admiring colleague of Lucas. “I have yet to meet a former student of hers who, when her name is mentioned, doesn’t have a gleam in their eye and a tale to tell. She taught by example and was a teacher’s teacher.” Lucas represented much of what is unique about GSEP. She groomed novice teachers into expert educators, and then successfully placed them in schools throughout

Pat Lucas Honored With Creation of Center for Teacher Preparation To honor Mrs. Pat Lucas’ memory and with the generous support of her husband, Dr. Bill Lucas, GSEP is proud to establish the Pat Lucas Center for Teacher Preparation. Through an eventual $1 million endowment, provided through a combination of outright gifts and Bill’s estate commitment, the proposed center will receive annual funding to unify and enrich the resources for the development of future educators through a variety of programs that bear Pat’s unique signature. “To meet Pat was to immediately like her,” said Dr. Lucas. “Her constant smile, friendliness, and firmness brought success to her students—always referred to as her kids.” The center will be open to Pepperdine students and alumni, and support stipends for student teachers who are unable to work while pursuing their credential due to the full-time training schedule; stipends for field supervisors who oversee and evaluate the student teachers; professional development resources for students and their master teachers such as workshops on current topics in teaching and potential certificate and

“Everybody loved and respected her. Her interest in teaching and training teachers was her whole life.” Evelyn Golden, former credential administrator for the GSEP master of arts in education program for 16 years and another close friend of Lucas, echoed those sentiments using words starting with “P” for “Pat”: “Pat Lucas was one of the most phenomenal sisters I’ve ever known. Pat truly exemplified patience, perseverance, and passion, mentoring students and teaching life lessons with purpose and poise. Pat’s extraordinary work and dedication is an inspiration to all and reflects the best of the teaching profession.”

credit programs; teaching artifacts and classroom tools to enhance the student teacher experience; regular renewal of technology hardware and software, including resources for second-language learners, arts and media supplies, and special education needs; periodicals, teaching guides, lesson plan materials, and multimedia for classroom use; and resources for the Teacher Portfolio required of each student as they prepare to file their materials for state credentialing. GSEP dedicated the center on October 22 at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus. Dr. Lucas unveild a portrait painted of Pat specifically for the occasion; and Dr. Hasty Arnold (’61, EdD ’85), alumnus of both George Pepperdine College and GSEP, former principal of Santa Monica Elementary School, and founder of Arnold Educational Consulting, shared his memories of working with Pat. In the evening, GSEP held its annual Celebration of Excellence at the nearby Ayres Hotel in Manhattan Beach. Prior to the dinner was a reception at which Dr. J. L. Fortson, director of student teaching, introduced the center and spoke about Pat’s love of education and the students she served. The center will represent a distinctive initiative for teacher education and will be a fitting tribute to a dedicated leader and dear friend of GSEP.

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A COMMUNITY’S WISH GRANTED The Irvine Counseling Center and PRYDE Program Receive Significant Grants to Support Orange County’s Homeless and At-Risk Youth

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Dr. Duncan Wigg

Since establishing the Urban Initiative, GSEP has placed numerous students in schools and nonprofit organizations in underserved areas through student teaching positions and practicum. These experiences help students become acquainted with the cross-cultural issues and complexities of urban life, and to apply the lessons they have learned in the classroom to the field. Students are also guided to navigate community systems such as schools, courts, child welfare agencies, welfare departments, hospitals, and other health care agencies. But, most importantly, we teach our students to become empowered to work in unfamiliar territory, so that they in turn may empower the communities. A great example of this model is our Community Counseling Center at the Irvine Graduate Campus. The center caters to individuals, couples, and families experiencing marital and relationship problems; child and adolescent behavioral, attention, and academic problems; singleparenting, blended or stepfamily issues; difficulty adjusting to chronic illness; grief; stress; postpartum distress; and aging concerns. The center offered low-fee services to approximately 250 clients just last year.

The Community Counseling Center is considered such an important community resource that it was just awarded an $18,000 grant from the HealthCare Foundation for Orange County to support the center’s partnership with Village of Hope, a transitional housing facility for nearly 200 homeless individuals. Village of Hope opened in March 2008 and operates as a part of the Orange County Rescue Mission. The funds will sponsor the Pepperdine University Mental Health Collaborative, enabling additional research, supervision of trainees, and further development of a relationship with Orange County Rescue Mission Health Care Services; the University of California, Irvine Department of Psychiatry; and Pepperdine University to better serve Orange County’s homeless. “This gift is especially generous during our current economic climate,” said Dr. Duncan Wigg, director of the Community Counseling Center, author of the proposal, and chief champion for the funding and its allocation to the city’s growing homeless population. “We are grateful that the HealthCare Foundation is as committed to supporting our society’s most vulnerable as we are. The six master’s students and three alumni from the GSEP marriage and family therapy program working at Village of Hope have already provided more than 850 hours of counseling services over the last academic year, and we will continue to offer and expand our mental health resources to those in need for as long as the need remains.”

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issues such as overcoming the effects of chronic poverty and homelessness as it affects an individual’s identity. In addition, students use a multidisciplinary approach to act as client advocates, immersing themselves in the social services and probation systems, assisting clients with regaining custody of their children, helping clients access community resources, coordinating with medical staff and case managers, and negotiating relationships with other residents. “Our students are trained to speak on behalf of the residents who would otherwise not have a voice,” Wigg stated. “Moreover, the services offered are consistent with the new legislation recently signed by Governor Schwarzenegger, which emphasizes the provision of mental health services to California’s underserved.” Senate Bill 33 increases the educational requirements of marriage and family therapy programs by 25 percent, mandating additional clinical training with residents living on the margins. Wigg also noted that the Community Counseling Center is actively pursuing funding that would provide stipends to students and interns interested in this specialized training. “Hopefully, this modest incentive will give the students the support that makes it feasible for them to continue to serve the residents of Village of Hope and wider Orange County area. It is because of the students that many neglected populations with limited health care access are able to receive treatment and improve their lives.”

John De Paola (MA ’97), manager of the mental wellness program for the Orange County Rescue Mission and collaborator on the development of the Pepperdine University Mental Health Collaborative, expressed equal enthusiasm for the opportunity to better aid the residents at Village of Hope and grow its partnership with the Community Counseling Center. “As an alumnus of the GSEP marriage and family therapy program, I enjoy working with the GSEP trainees—things have come full circle. GSEP has taught us the importance of giving back to the community, and that is why assisting the homeless—one of the most marginalized and disenfranchised populations—is so rewarding.” The GSEP students providing therapy to clients at Village of Hope not only address problems such as domestic intimidation, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety, but they also delve into even more complex

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Not only are Orange County’s homeless supported by GSEP programs, the city’s at-risk youth are as well. As program director for the Pepperdine Resource Youth Diversion and Education (PRYDE) programs, faculty member Dr. Robert Hohenstein oversees the clinical training of and counseling services provided by GSEP students and alumni to youth living in Orange County and the San Gabriel Valley in California. For example, the PRYDE Youth Diversion program, supported by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department with a grant of $350,700, provides intervention and counseling services to 12-to-17-year-olds who have been cited for their first offense. Then there is the School Mobile Assessment Resource Team (SMART) Campus Crisis Intervention program, operated in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Department, which offers K – 12 students with on-campus crisis intervention services, and the Alternatives to Suspension program, through which suspended

“Our students are trained to speak on behalf of the residents who would otherwise not have a voice.” Dr. Duncan Wigg students receive evaluation, counseling, and referral services. Similar services are available to elementary and middle school students through the On-Campus Counseling program. The latter three initiatives are funded by the Capistrano Unified School District with $61,500, $50,000, and $152,000 grants, respectively. In addition, the Covina Valley On-Campus Counseling program, awarded $20,000 by the Covina Valley School District, provides counseling to K – 12 students, and the San Juan Capistrano City Gang Prevention and Intervention Program, which received $54,424 from the City of San Juan Capistrano and is implemented with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, educates and provides counseling to the city’s youth and families. “PRYDE takes a comprehensive approach to helping atrisk youth, addressing everything from drug, alcohol, and

tobacco abuse; gang influences; and personal and family issues, to socialization, communication, and problemsolving skills; judgment and impulse control; and goal-setting and attainment,” stated Hohenstein. “The key reason for PRYDE’s success over the last 10 years is that the approximately 30 counselors that assist us each year have consistently demonstrated the special qualities needed to nurture and motivate the youth. It is because of their dedication that we are able to sustain and expand our efforts to help youth in Orange County and the San Gabriel Valley.” For more information on the Community Counseling Center, visit: For more information on PRYDE, visit:

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Re ady f An y th Versatile Degrees Create Opportunities Across All Sectors and the Globe


SEP’s doctoral programs in the Education Division offer a wide range of professional possibilities after graduation. The doctor of education in organizational leadership (EDOL) is designed to teach students how to take on leadership roles in a variety of settings, preparing them to become business and academic professionals. The doctor of education in organization change (EDOC) comprehensively assesses the world’s changing business environments and emphasizes the theory, research, and practice of change within and across organizations. Finally, the doctor of education in learning technologies (EDLT) helps students understand product design, the relationship between humans and computers, and management issues surrounding technology—knowledge that can be applied in a multitude of forums. The following five examples will showcase how our alumni are using their education in unique ways to make an impact. O r g a n i z at i o n C h a n g e Dr. Melvin Musick (EdD ’08) cultivated his knowledge of organizational structures and processes as a staff professional at the Los Angeles City Mayor’s Office, director of agency relations at United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and executive director of Cities in Schools – Los Angeles. For the past 18 years, Musick has acted as an external consultant at Los Angeles-based company

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Organizational Concepts. In this role, he assesses and creates the issues, policies, and programs affecting residents of California and other states. In the process of utilizing collaborative techniques to analyze and implement local, regional, and statewide programs, Musick often finds himself coaching government officials, foundation staff, and businesspeople in an effort to inform strategic decision-making, enhance stakeholder outcomes, and positively affect the social environment. One of the projects that Musick finds personally satisfying is designing and evaluating the educational programs hosted by the Los Angeles-based Japanese American National Museum. This work has taken him to several states, and connected him with countless educators, policymakers, youth, and families. Musick also enjoys creating and assessing model programs that target individuals and families living in distressed circumstances. He hopes that by demonstrating the utility of these models, governments and foundations may further invest in the most promising programs. “I am drawn to work with public institutions due to their mandate to serve all people, regardless of circumstances, because it aligns with my personal and Christian values,” said Musick. “Because of its international focus, EDOC expanded my worldview to include all people who are endeavoring to create meaningful lives.”

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Robertson professed that, “The degree I received at GSEP was the catalyst that inspired me to launch my own consulting firm. I acquired the ability to successfully apply theories, models, and processes learned in the classroom to the real business world. I focus on empathic listening, which helps me better understand the needs of my clients and to think strategically about how to assist in achieving their goals.” O r g a n i z at i o n a l Le a d e r s h i p After working for the McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing Company for 18 years, Dr. Patrick Ross (EdD ’03) left the corporate world for a new adventure in academia. “I credit Pepperdine for giving me the confidence to leave Boeing and begin my dream of working in higher education,” said Ross.

Like Musick, Dr. Evelyn Robertson (MBA ’95, EdD ’01) is impacting many communities through the consulting firm she founded, Robertson and Associates. The company assists large organizations in designing strategies and implementing tactics to support sustainable business initiatives. As a self-proclaimed “Christian entrepreneur,” Robertson’s innovative programs have supported her clients in accordance with Christian values, differentiating her offering from other consultants and reflecting the Pepperdine mission. Robertson has not only been a student at GSEP, but an adjunct professor in the organizational leadership program. In 2005 she taught the seminar “Transforming Organizations in a Global Community,” which focused on change theory, futurist literature, and worldwide trends in education and related disciplines.

Dr. Melvin Musick, EdD ’08

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After graduating from GSEP, Ross secured a job at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he serves as the director of academics for the Los Angeles-Metro campus. Then he took another leap, from academic to entrepreneur, when he started his own aviation and security consulting company, Patrick Ross & Associates, serving the United States, Europe, and Canada. 
This year Ross, who researches high-altitude emissions, had a paper published in the online edition of Astropolitics, an international magazine following space politics and policy. “Limits on the Space Launch Market

Related to Stratospheric Ozone Depletion” looked at the effects of rocket launching on the ozone, and discussed the economic implications of ozone depletion caused by rocket exhaust. For the first time, the economics of environmental regulations was coupled with the economics of space flight, addressing the issue of limits on the number of rocket launches and the return on investment of new rockets. The pioneering paper has already received attention from several international organizations. Dr. Jack Zimmerman (EdD ’08) is also a risk taker. While some might look forward to relaxing after years of hard work as a senior executive with firms such as General Electric, Caterpillar, and Intel, Zimmerman decided to continue his education by earning his doctorate. Soon after, Zimmerman made a swift transition into teaching in the master’s in business administration program at the University of Southern Nevada. “This second career came about because of the sudden passing of my parents,” Zimmerman stated, explaining their dream for him to become an educator. Although he was successful in his first career, teaching would honor the memory of his parents. Zimmerman, encouraged by his parents, was the first in his family to graduate from college, before moving above and beyond to earn both his master’s and doctoral degrees.

Dr. Evelyn Robertson, MBA ’95, EdD ’01

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Since graduating in 2008, Zimmerman has published several articles referencing his dissertation on entrepreneurship, one of which was awarded Best Paper at an academic conference. He is currently conducting research on how entrepreneurs can recognize and create new opportunities, and how to teach that skill to students. His most recent interest is entrepreneurship in large mature, or established organizations, such as corporations, educational institutions, and government organizations.

Zimmerman hopes to continue his research and teaching for as long as possible, and perhaps one day return to Southern California. However, before he comes back to his home state, he will complete a three-year professorship at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates, in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Le a r n i n g T e c h n o lo g i e s “Imagine a world with greater survival prospects for future generations, better educated children, equal opportunities for women, and a healthier environment. Now imagine that you are part of the solution.” This is how Dr. Lani Fraizer (EdD ’09) describes herself—a part of the solution. As founder and executive director of Synergies in Sync, a social enterprise dedicated to advancing economic opportunities for individuals through digital literacy, Fraizer works in partnership with other organizations to equip people with workforce skills and offer a chance for a better life. However, in addition to playing this important role, Fraizer is busy on the lecture circuit, inspiring her colleagues to use their technological expertise to support social welfare. Traveling from GSEP’s hometown in Los Angeles, California, to Seoul, Korea, Fraizer purported that each person can make a difference in her presentation “Imagining Together and Extreme Inclusion: Using Technology to Solve the Toughest Problems in the World.” Fraizer presented this lecture again at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, held from September 30 to October 3 in Tucson, Arizona. “This session served as a forum for techno-social students, educators, and professionals to discuss strategies and technologies for social change,” Fraizer said. She was also recognized for receiving the 2009 Grace Hopper Women in Computing Scholarship. Fraizer will next travel to Gottenheim, Germany, in November with professor of education Dr. June

“Technology can be a powerful catalyst for change and economic opportunity for students of any discipline, anywhere in the world.” — Lani Fraizer, EdD ’09 Schmieder-Ramirez, and professor of leadership Dr. Farzin Madjidi, to attend the International Journal of Arts and Sciences conference. She is looking forward to lecturing with the GSEP faculty on “Social Entrepreneurship Across Academic Disciplines,” and her doctoral dissertation titled “21st-Century SocialChange Makers and the Next Generation Social Entrepreneurs,” which explores the role of technology in the implementation of social solutions. Rounding out her tour, Fraizer will come back home to speak with Madjidi on the “Next Generation Change Agents: What Is a Social Entrepreneur?” at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Society of Education and Scholars in Costa Mesa, California. Her final stop is the Paris International Conference on Education, Economy, and Society in July 2010, where she will discuss “Technology and Social Entrepreneurship in the Education Sector.” “One of the things I aspire to accomplish is to impart an overall excitement about technology and digital literacy,” said Fraizer. “Technology can be a powerful catalyst for change and economic opportunity for students of any discipline, anywhere in the world.”

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Working Toward a Cure

Teaching Educators and Parents Alternative

Approaches to Treating Autism

Rather than take the road more traveled, Melissa Nickert (MA ’09), alumna of the master of arts in education with an emphasis in psychology, chose to complete an independent study course that would have her travel across the United States, educating educators about working with autistic children.


s an early childhood educator, Nickert has taught many children who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum, and she knew she needed to do something to help them. “The epidemic of autism is not going away; it is getting worse. It is time that educators got educated on this subject,” she said.

From Los Angeles, California, to Cincinnati, Ohio, Nickert conducted informational meetings for teachers, parents, and doctors on the biomedical approach to treating children with autism, which aims to alleviate the physical and behavioral symptoms of the disorder by using medical and dietary interventions. Nickert’s interest in the biomedical approach began when she was a first grade teacher, and six of

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However, aware of the many misconceptions about alternative treatments for autism, Nickert decided to use her final project for her Teacher Symposium class to dispel those rumors. Building on the project theme “Educators Advocating for Hope,’ Nickert developed a presentation on the importance of educators knowing about the various treatment options for children with autism. This is an especially pertinent subject since teachers are often the first to notice any challenges a child might be experiencing behaviorally or academically. Nickert received such positive feedback on her final project that she desired to take her show on the road. Having connections in Cincinnati, Nickert thought that that would be a great place to start. Furthermore, Cincinnati is an area where autism is not given as much attention and funding as in Los Angeles, so Nickert felt that both parents and educators would appreciate the information.

From left to right: Dr. Patrick Baker (Baker Chiropractic; Fairfield, Ohio), Dr. Ryan Berlin (Baker Chiropractic; West Chester, Ohio), Dr. Maureen Pelletier (LaValle Metabolic Institute; Cincinnati, Ohio), and Nickert.

her 22 students were suffering from some sort of disorder on the autism spectrum. After conducting some research, she discovered that 80 percent of all children with autism have a compromised immune system, which can account for some typical autistic symptoms such as gastrointestinal problems, sleep disturbances, and aggressive outbursts. Nickert’s research came to life when she noticed that one of her students exhibited increased behavioral problems each time he deviated from his biomedical diet, even for a few days. “At its worst, a biomedical intervention will lessen your child’s symptoms and improve their quality of life,” Nickert said with optimism. “At its best, it can cure your child. What is not to try?”

In order to make her presentation relevant to the Cincinnati community, Nickert interviewed local parents and physicians, and contacted Dr. Patrick Baker, a chiropractor in the Cincinnati area, to help her make her presentation. She also drew on the knowledge of Dr. Maureen Pelletier, a medical doctor committed to the biomedical approach to autism intervention. Thus, the program consisted of these two doctors, a parent advocate for children with autism, and Nickert, all working together to educate the public about how the biomedical approach can drastically improve a child’s experience in and out of the classroom. The first workshop was such a success, Nickert plans on returning to Cincinnati to conduct quarterly workshops on this innovative approach to treating children with autism. In addition, she has been preparing for future presentations in Cleveland, Ohio. Nickert explained her passion: “When it becomes personal, you have to jump in with both feet and your whole soul. I hope to raise awareness and encourage social changes to support educators, parents, and the children whose lives are changed by autism and other spectrum disorders. All of us will be touched or know someone who will be touched by this, and we can no longer ignore this need.”

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Katie Fisher, MA ’09, former student teacher at Manzanita Elementary, now EARTHS.

Green is the New

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As any parent knows, children can be a handful. But a classroom full of them—each with their own personality; motivations; interests; learning style; coping mechanisms; and level of cognitive development, sensitivity, and security—that is a handful of juggling balls. Only the most skilled teachers are able to keep their eyes on each orb, though the spheres are constantly moving in different directions, at different speeds, and with different trajectories. GSEP’s master of arts in education with teaching credential students become just such teachers, in large part because of their participation as student teachers with Professional Development Schools (PDS). These are partnerships GSEP has established with local learning centers to provide our students insight into the teaching profession, and a forum in which to cultivate their techniques and confidence. An outstanding example of these premier programs is our relationship with the Environmental Academy for

Research Technology and Earth Science (EARTHS), formerly Manzanita Elementary School. The recently transformed K – 5 public magnet school promotes interactive, multisensory, discovery-based education with a specific focus on earth sciences and technology. With this transition, GSEP’s students will have an even more unique platform on which to develop their teaching capabilities. “The complexity that is involved in the practice of teaching is considerable,” remarked associate professor Dr. Kathy Church, who oversees the professional development program for GSEP at EARTHS. “Helping student teachers to adequately develop their identity and skills to become extraordinarily committed and effective educators is no small task. It is exhilerating to be involved in a partnership with the innovative thinkers at EARTHS who are actively engaged in making significant researchbased changes.” In the past four years, more than 60 GSEP student teachers attending classes at the Westlake Village Graduate Campus have served at this PDS. The student teachers work with the school for an entire academic year, doing rotations before engaging as teachers alongside master

Student Teachers at Professional Development School EARTHS Explore EcoEducation

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teachers at the school. At this stage, the teacher candidates help prepare and implement lessons, and try various teaching styles and classroom management techniques. In addition, student teachers become versed in gender issues affecting education such as the disproportionate male-to-female ratio of men to women in science, and diversity issues such as English language learning.

Jennifer Boone, principal of EARTHS and an ardent supporter of the PDS program, agreed: “I am thrilled to bring such a talented group of teachers together to provide a challenging education to our students.” EARTHS, which opened its doors on August 27 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local educational leaders, school administration, teachers, and parents, has attracted

“I am thrilled to bring such a talented group of teachers together to provide a challenging education to our students.”

Jennifer Boone

Research shows that teachers trained in this experiential model are more effective than those trained with traditional methods. “EARTHS has been built hand-in-hand with Pepperdine University,” noted Laura Pewe, EARTHS’ PDS coordinator. “This school provides the Westlake cohort of multiplesubject student-teaching candidates with an intensive internship that is rich with collaboration. The hands-on preparation that GSEP students receive here builds on their graduate course work and ultimately cultivates the highest quality teachers.”

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around 500 students that have voluntarily transferred from other learning centers within the Conejo Valley School District. Using a cross-curricular approach and earth sciences and technology as a unifying theme for exploration, students learn how people depend on and influence the ecosystem, and how their decisions affect the availability of the Earth’s vital resources. Innovative courses encourage service learning and environmental stewardship, from recycling to purchasing solar-powered goods. Most distinctively, the newly renovated biology and chemistry lab; the native plant and California regions gardens; and

Elizabeth Hartmann, MA ’09, former student teacher at Manzanita Elementary, now EARTHS.

local museums, universities, environmental agencies, businesses, and national parks all act as classrooms.

educator,” said Elizabeth Hartmann (MA ’09) who taught third grade and is now going on to teach 10th-grade geometry at Animo South Los Angeles Charter School. For example, with the Students Helping Restore Unique “EARTHS’ new format for teaching and learning will Biomes (SHRUB) project, children visit the Santa Monica be an even greater benefit to both students and National Recreation Area once per month throughout the student teachers.” year to assist with the collection of seeds from and planting of native plants. The program operates under the Church summed up the excitement surrounding the guidance of the National Park Service Rangers, who prolaunch of EARTHS and the success of the PDS program: vide lessons on preserving the native flora and fauna, the “What is happening between our schools is extraordinary, impact of invasive species on native plants, geology and and it is a blessing to have our student teachers, the water cycles, protecting wildlife, and scientific methods. elementary students, and the administration at EARTHS In February, students go on a three-day camping trip to come together as a community of learners. This wonderDeath Valley National Park so that they can compare and ful undertaking is education at its best.” contrast the two extremely different biomes. For more information on EARTHS, visit: “As a student teacher at this site I was given valuable training that qualified me for my future career as an

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G S E P perspectives

“I hope that the insight I have attained can help others achieve success.” The ABC Coach (which stands for Appreciating Strengths, Blazing Trails, and Changing Lives) started as a passion project in an entrepreneurship class in my program at GSEP. The course, led by visiting faculty member Dr. Vance Caesar, encouraged me to find my niche, brand myself differently, and be “best” at something. So I developed a resource to help students map out their educational path using coaching strategies such as observation, inquiry, and self instruments. This interest also inspired me to write A Thin Book for 1st-Year Doctoral Students—a simple guide for those considering or enrolled in a doctoral program to turn obstacles into opportunities and adversities into advantages. I searched for this book as I started my own journey in a doctoral program in 2006, but, when I couldn’t find it, I decided that I should document and share my personal process with others who might benefit from these stories. I also collaborated with colleagues, other students, and alumni from GSEP, who contributed their voices to offer a broader perspective of what a doctoral program entails.

“A” is for Accomplishment By Nicole Johnson doctor of education in organizational leadership student and founder of The ABC Coach, Inc. During these difficult economic times, I have come to realize that I am my greatest asset. Thus, I resigned from my position as a literacy coach with the Los Angeles Unified School District in June to start The ABC Coach, a business modeled on my own experience and designed to encourage students to reach their fullest potential.

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Though it is just a 30-minute read, the book contains several meaningful messages, such as “be present,” “begin with the end in mind,” “find balance,” “create new life scripts,” and “move outside your comfort zone.” A doctoral student needs to learn to think differently, try new approaches, and appreciate spontaneity and change. Most importantly, a doctoral student should discover that the importance of his or her education is not in finding the answers, but in learning to ask more questions. What would I do if I were not afraid to fail? How much of my potential am I fulfilling compared to how much I have? Both The ABC Coach and A Thin Book are the product of this self-reflection. I hope that the insight I have attained can help others achieve success as a doctoral student, teacher, or in any other career. As GSEP has taught me, when you become an “executive leader,” the possibilities are endless.

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A Leap of Faith Changing Careers to Serve My Community By Gail Wilburn (MA ’05), master of arts in clinical psychology

alumna and executive director of the Southern California Counseling Center

Eleven years ago, I moved to Malibu, California, from Virginia, married Jim Wilburn, dean of the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy, and ran out of excuses for not pursuing my dream of attending graduate school and becoming a counselor. Despite my political background and having successfully raised two children (a daughter in medical school and a son prominent in the business world), I was intimidated—what if I didn’t remember how to study? But I soon learned that GSEP was the perfect place for a fresh start as there were so many professors who inspired, encouraged, and mentored me as I moved through the program. Finally it came time to do my practicum and internship, both of which I completed at the Southern California Counseling Center, one of the finest train-

ing sites for those seeking marriage and family therapy licensure. At the center, more than 60 licensed health professionals donate their time and expertise to supervise a cadre of 80 volunteer interns who provide individual, family, and group counseling services to men, women, and children seven days a week. In fact, the volunteers provide more than $1.3 million worth of in-kind mental health services each year. After fulfilling my required 3,000 hours and passing both licensing exams, I assumed the role of director at this terrific institution. I feel so fortunate to work with a staff I admire and so many wonderful students and interns, and hope that I can provide them a path as rewarding as mine has been.

A Singular Effort with Significant Results By Todd Coston (MA ’08), online master of arts in educational technology alumnus and director of the South Kern Campus for Cerro Coso Community College

After graduating from GSEP, I was filled with a passion to advocate for the integration of technology at all levels of education. My question and pursuit was, “Can one person make a difference in changing education?”

technologies to enhance collegelevel curriculum.

From left: Sandra Serrano (chancellor of the Kern Community College District), Coston, and Kevin McCarthy (congressman and chief deputy whip in the House of Representatives).

First, I became a member of the School Site Council for my children’s school which gave me access to the principal. I took it upon myself to share my love for technology and discuss the school’s future plans for incorporating technology in the classroom. This led to an opportunity to manage the Web sites for the entire school district, and an informal position demonstrating to teachers how to build their own class sites and develop ideas for using technology to teach more effectively.

Through my participation in a selective leadership academy, I was able to travel to Sacramento, California, to meet with legislators and advocate for community colleges. The experience was exciting and opened my eyes to the work that goes on behind the scenes. Upon graduating from the academy I became a director of two of the Kern Community College district’s smaller sites, Kern River Valley and Edwards Air Force Base. In this position I have even more resources to lead change in education and advocate for technology in our schools.

I was also able to use my degree to benefit college students and educators as assistant professor of computer studies at Bakersfield Community College, the school which also honored me with the award for “Standout Colleague of Excellence for Online Teaching.” Around the same time, I delivered a presentation at Taft College on using Web 2.0

So, “can one person make a difference in changing education?” The answer is a resounding yes. All it takes is a passion and will. Armed with both, I will continue to fulfill my mission to facilitate learning and technology so that every student may benefit, and in turn become leaders themselves. GSEP Colleague Fall/Winter 2009 21

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Savannah Wallace Chalifoux (MA), hosted a luncheon honoring Doris Spaulding Gilmore, an alumna of George Pepperdine College, Class of 1941. Chalifoux was a student in Gilmore’s sixth grade class at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Compton, California, from 1942 to 1943. Gilmore and her husband, Roland, also a Pepperdine graduate, are both 92 years old and have been married for 71 years.


Janice Phelps (MA) is an adjunct professor in the new urban education program at the University of Northern Colorado.

Marilyn Wright (MA ‘89, PsyD ‘95) represented the Lat ter Day Saints church community by attending the Mass of Installation of Bishop Salvatore Cordileone at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California. She is a GSEP Distinguished Alumnus.


Claudia White (MA) is owner and president of White Sand Consultants in Orange County, California. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Time Warner and Levi Strauss.


Susan Baker (MA), a licensed marriage and family therapist and adjunct professor of psychology, was spotlighted in the Acorn, a local newspaper in the Conejo Valley in California, for her research on the mind-body connection. Baker has been promoting the trend toward somatic psychology in her practice.


Michelle Rosensitto (’90, MA ’91, EdD ’99) began her business, “The Writing Coach,” in 2007. She provides graduate students with dissertation

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help and general writing assistance. She also teaches “Research Methods” as an adjunct faculty member at the Irvine Graduate Campus.


Miatta Snetter , (MA ’00, PsyD ’07), a military sexual trauma counselor at the Los Angeles Veterans Resource Center, is a narrator on The Colony, a new Discovery Channel reality television show that follows 10 volunteers tasked with rebuilding society in a post-apocalyptic world setting.


Kim Johnson (EdD) is director of education and academic dean at Everest College. She oversees the matriculation of more than 720 students and professional development of 35 faculty members.

Kristy Hirschberg (MA), director of education for eLearn Training Systems, was quoted on “E-learning provides people with different learning styles the opportunity to learn in a fun environment and at their own pace, resulting in better comprehension and job performance.”


Janice K eener (MA ’04, PsyD ’08) is fulfilling a postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Orange County, California, where she primarily works in the pediatric intensive care unit.


Sean Johnson (MA) joined Life Adjustment, an organization that implements practical solutions for clients seeking mental health treatment. He credits the GSEP Career Fair for this opportunity.

Bernice Ledbet ter (EdD) will begin a full-time faculty position at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School

of Business and Management in the area of organizational theory. Anthony Culpepper (MBA ’97, ’05 EdD) was appointed dean of the business school at TUI University in Cypress, California.


Lisa Montana (MA) is a science teacher at Glassboro Intermediate School in New Jersey. Brad Poorman (MA) is vice president of information and support services at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He has been charged with developing a service component to the university’s merit-based scholarships and is applying action research skills to create the program.

Tom Kuhlmann (MA) launched Articulate, a company dedicated to rapid e-learning. His blog on the subject attracted 18,000 subscribers in eight months. Scott Hildebrand (MA) is director of instructional technology services at Elon University in North Carolina. He oversees digital signage, emergency communications, and video teleconferencing. Paul Reynolds (MA), president of media company FableVision, presented the “Lure of the Labyrinth” middle school math gaming project with Maryland Public TV and the U.S. Department of Education at the Maryland Association of Educators Using Technology Conference. In addition, Reynolds’s five-yearold family business, The Blue Bunny, was recognized by Best of Boston in the bookstore category.


Tracy Kovacs Bevington (MA) is a private practice intern specializing in adolescent therapy at Empowering Teens in Beverly Hills, California.

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Liz Coleman (MA) studied climate change with the Earthwatch Foundation in Louisiana with a teaching fellowship. She shared this experience with her students each day via Skype Web conferencing and an online blog where she posted photos and video from the field. Dave Harmeyer (EdD) was appointed associate dean of University Libraries at Azusa Pacific University and to the board of the Journal of Religious and Theological Information. Michael Moodian (EdD) received the 2008-2009 Teacher of the Year Award at Chapman University, where he is assistant professor of social science. He teaches courses in empirical research methods, communication, and organizational leadership. Robert Martellacci (MA), president of MindShare Learning and publisher of the MindShare Learning Report, collaborated with the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., to host a reception coinciding with the 2009 National Educational Computing Conference. Guests included Nancy Knowlton, chief executive officer of SMART Technologies, the world’s leading producer of interactive whiteboards for the classroom.


Janet Mc Collum (EdD) presented at the Academy of Management Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Tom Taylor (EdD) discussed the “Essential Qualities of an Excellent Leader” and “Winning Diversity the John Wooden Way” at the 2nd California Diversity and Leadership Conference. He also spoke on “The Servant Leadership of John Wooden” at Greenleaf Center’s 19th International Conference. Mona Shenassa Toubian (MA) was a keynote speaker at the National Association of Women MBAs in Los Angeles program “Career Transitions: Navigating the Shifting

Employment Landscape,” hosted by the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management. Heather Schneider (MA), a science educator, joined the crew of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research ship Gordon Gunter to collect plankton samples in the Gulf of Mexico. David Rose (MA) is the supervisor of instructional technology and professional development for Southfield Public Schools in Michigan. He presented on using cell phones in the classroom to harness the power of learning at the National Educational Computing Conference.

Faculty and Students Doctor of psychology student Natalie Feinblatt (MA ’05) was awarded the California Psychology Internship Council Mental Health Services Act Stipend Award for her 2008 – 2009 internship. Armond Aghak hanian , a doctoral

student of organizational leadership, completed a series of meetings in Washington, D.C., to make “the moral, historical, and genocide-prevention case for official U.S. condemnation and commemoration of the Armenian Genocide,” and to advocate for human rights legislation as a representative of the Armenian National Committee of America. Learning technologies doctoral student Theresa Stanle y was promoted to

library director at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, where she will be in charge of the Downtown Campus library, serving more than 9,000 students each year. Shalen Bishop ; a Seaver alumnus and

current doctoral student in the educational leadership, administration, and policy doctoral program at GSEP; was promoted

to principal for the high school level of Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy in Los Angeles. He received kudos for his contribution to the school’s Academic Performance Index score of 820. Dr. Diana Hiat t-Michael , Emeritus

Professor of Education, was awarded Emeriti Membership status by educational honor society Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) in Bloomington, Indiana. She was a member of the first group of women to join PDK and hold a leadership position, and helped coordinate the GSEP chapter of PDK. Visiting professor Dr. Gary Stager discussed 1-to-1 programs, which aim to equip every student with a laptop or mobile device, in “Digital Education,” a popular blog hosted by Education Week. Dr. David Levy, professor of psychology,

provided his professional opinion on one of the most interesting unsolved mysteries of the 20th century in National Geographic’s The Skyjacker That Got Away. The documentary discussed the public’s obsession with discovering the identity of D. B. Cooper, a U.S. citizen who hijacked a commercial airplane for ransom then jumped into the sky, never to be heard from again. Dr. Steven Sultanoff, adjunct faculty

and humor therapist, was quoted throughout the extensive article “Medicinal Mirth: The Health Benefits of Laughter” in the August issue of Ode Magazine. Former GSEP dean Nancy Magnusson will join Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, as senior vice president. She has been with Pepperdine for 30 years, most recently serving as senior vice president for planning, information, and technology. Her accomplishments have included the implementation of PeopleSoft; improvements to the library collections, services, and facilities; and the development of the University Strategic Plan. She will assume her new role in January 2010. GSEP Colleague Fall/Winter 2009 23

2009 Education • Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient •

Jennifer Trubenbach


ennifer Trubenbach (MA ’04), alumna of the master of arts in educational technology program, is president and executive director of Operation of Hope, a nonprofit foundation that conducts free facial reconstructive surgeries on children in need in Ecuador and Africa. Operation of Hope has performed more than 2,000 corrective surgeries over 20 years. The organization recently won $50,000 in actor Hugh Jackman’s Twitter contest, in which he invited fans to suggest their favorite charities. Trubenbach has worked at Operation of Hope since 1996. She manages public speaking engagements, fundraising efforts, surgical supply inventories, travel arrangements, volunteer coordination, and legal and regulatory compliance. Previously, she was a field consultant and corporate training executive at ASI in Atlanta, Georgia, and, before that, director of marketing, sales, and special events for MGM Grand Air. Trubenbach has also worked for Bell and Howell, Jet America, and the Carter Hawley Hale Corporation.

Trubenbach was featured in the September 2008 issue of People, in one of the magazine’s largestever humanitarian stories. The article spotlighted her personal support of Beloved Jefeti, a Zimbabwean boy whose face was disfigured by a land mine. In addition, People named Trubenbach as a one of its 2008 “Heroes of the Year,” and she was recognized at the 2008 “Heroes Among Us” AllStar Tribute hosted and internationally broadcast by CNN. Trubenbach has been honored by the Ecuadorian Embassy and the Ministry of Health of Zimbabwe, was named one of Orange County’s “Hottest Business People” by Metro Magazine, and received the Well Done Award from Kingdom Assignment. Trubenbach earned her bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University, which also honored her as its 2009 Distinguished Alumnus. Trubenbach resides with her husband, Ted, in Lake Forest, California.

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Colleagues fosters meaningful connections with opportunities to mentor current students or recent graduates and to volunteer their expertise with some of GSEP’s community partners. Your annual membership in Colleagues helps GSEP with our most important initiatives: • Graduate student fellowships and scholarships • Recruitment opportunities to attract top students and faculty • State-of-the-art facilities, technology, and research library

Please join as a member of Colleagues by sending your gift in the envelope included in this magazine. Or, you may join online at our secure Web site: If you have questions regarding Colleagues, please contact Claudette LaCour at (310) 568-5649 or via e-mail at or

“The Colleagues are a vital part of the GSEP community. They provide scholarships and other forms of academic support for current students and networking opportunities to assist alumni in career advancement. Our alumni are critical to Pepperdine’s success and we look forward to continually advancing the influence and reputation of Pepperdine in our local community.”

— Dr. Ed Shafranske, Professor, Psychology

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BOONE CENTER FOR THE FAMILY The Ayco Charitable Foundation Mr. John L. Baker Mrs. Robin L. Broidy Ms. Ilene Cohen Mrs. Carol A. Crisp Mrs. Shirley J. Fredricks Mr. James M. Gamblin Mrs. Sharon Garapedian Mrs. Sara Y. Jackson ‘74 Ms. Lea S. Karp Dr. Dennis W. Lowe ‘75, MA ‘77 Mrs. Jana M. McBeth

D onor R oll Mrs. Diane Perez Dr. Margaret J. Weber Windgate Charitable Foundation Mrs. Patricia L. Yomantas

Colleagues Ms. Laura E. Adams MA ‘00 Dr. David M. Alford EdD ‘06 Ms. Henriene Allums Mr. Alvis J. Andrews ‘56

Education Associates Dr. Fereshteh Amin EdD ‘06 Dr. Bennett Annan EdD ‘08 Dr. Hasty Arnold ‘61, MA ‘85 Dr. Robin Bailey-Chen EdD ‘07 Mr. Nitin Bajaj MBA ‘08 Dr. Michael Boytim EdD ‘05 Dr. Charles A. Clifford Ms. Barbara D’Alise Mr. Michael C. D’Alise MA ‘96 Mrs. Kathy A. Danhakl MA ‘02 Mrs. Jacquelin D. Dedona ‘49 Ms. Linda N. Edmond MS ‘88 Ms. Mathilda M. Fenner MS ‘77 Dr. Paul M. Foster EdD ‘03 Mrs. Dorothea F. Gales ‘42 Mrs. Lucinda L. Glossop Ms. Marian W. Guirguis MBA ‘05 Dr. Eric R. Hamilton Dr. Rosalyn S. Heyman Dr. Diana B. Hiatt-Michael Dr. Larry R. Hygh EdD ‘08 Ms. Chin H. Kim Dr. Dennis W. Lowe ‘75, MA ‘77 Dr. Farzin Madjidi MBA ‘88, EdD ‘91 Ms. Carole J. Mason MA ‘78 Ms. Leslie Mayer ‘08 Dr. John F. McManus Mr. Harry R. Nelson ‘50 Dr. Bonny S. Nickle EdD ‘94 Mrs. Wendie K. Olshan Mr. Wesley Patterson Mrs. Faye Pinkett MP ‘76 Dr. Kent Rhodes EdD ‘90 Dr. June H. Schmieder-Ramirez Mr. Daniel Stark Dr. Sandra Taylor-Moore MBA ‘91, EdD ‘07 Mrs. Allie E. Tegner ‘47, MA ‘68 Mrs. Doris M. Tomlin ‘52 Dr. Ken Townsend EdD ‘02 Dr. William J. Watkins ‘62, EdD ‘87 Mr. Jeremy N. White MA ‘94

Education Silver Medallion Associates Mr. Christer N. Palsson MBA ‘75

Mr. Lynn Andrews MS ‘73 Mr. Ernest S. Arguello MA ‘80 Dr. Joy K. Asamen Dr. Patricia G. Ashby EdD ‘85 Dr. Lujean Baab EdD ‘04 Dr. Cheryl D. Barkovich EdD ‘96 Mrs. Lori Barnum MA ‘92 Mrs. Christine A. Bates MS ‘76 Ms. Jane K. Bearman-Smith MA ‘00 Dr. Phyllis L. Beemsterboer EdD ‘93 Mr. Darrell F. Bever ‘55 Dr. Gitu Bhatia PsyD ‘00 Mrs. Caryl L. Bigenho MS ‘83 Ms. Camille Boden MS ‘00 Mrs. Susan H. Bradshaw Dr. Alan C. Brandenburg EdD ‘95 Mrs. Barbara Bronner MA ‘00 Mrs. Berkeley A. Burch-Martinez MA ‘93 Mr. William G. Cain Mr. Mark A. Carlock MA ‘07 Dr. Kim S. Cary EdD ‘04 Dr. Teresa Casillas EdD ‘00 Mr. Frederick H. Cassidy MA ‘93 Ms. Ruth Castillo MS ‘02 Mrs. C. M. Channel MS ‘75 Mr. Brady D. Cherry MA ‘92 Mr. William Chew MS ‘74 Dr. Gregory K. Chung MS ‘89 Mr. Ronald F. Clark MS ‘81 Dr. Patricia Clemons EdD ‘00 Dr. Melba F. Coleman MS ‘74 Mrs. Laurene I. Cooper MS ‘77 Ms. Mireya B. Coronado MA ‘00 Commander Robert W. Cosgriff MA ‘76 Dr. Janet M. Cosman-Ross EdD ‘03 Ms. Lola H. Coulter MA ‘76 Lt. Col. Dorothea A. Courts MA ‘79 Dr. Louis J. Cozolino Dr. John M. Curtis MA ‘76 Mr. Jarrell D. Davis MA ‘06 Ms. Yeshiva D. Davis MA ‘06 Ms. Thardice G. De Loach MA ‘76 Mr. Gerald R. Detamore MS ‘85 Mr. Richard W. Dixon MS ‘91 Mrs. Lenora S. Dixon MS ‘76 Mr. Richard C. Dumond MA ‘97 Mrs. Joni Edelman MA ‘93

Ms. Araceli R. Vargas MS ‘89

Mrs. Alta F. Ellis Babino MS ‘76

Dr. Ziegfred G. Young MS ‘83, EdD ‘88

Dr. Amy E. Enomoto-Perez EdD ‘00 Mr. David C. Ewoldt MS ‘99

Mr. Christopher R. Faucher MS ‘98, MA ‘02

Ms. Sandra Jo M. McIntee MA ‘99

Dr. Diane T. Fiello MS ‘90, EdD ‘05

Mrs. Erika L. Mack MS ‘87

Ms. Rebecca A. Figueroa MA ‘01

Mrs. Staci A. Marrs Daringer MA ‘01

Ms. Margaret A. Flores-Garcia MS ‘75

Mr. Mitch L. Martens MA ‘93

Mr. Ronald R. Fujihara MA ‘02

Mrs. Magnolia A. Martin MS ‘77

Ms. Susanna C. Furfari MS ‘99

Dr. David M. Martinez EdD ‘02

Mr. Arlen H. Gaynor MS ‘84

Mr. Brian R. Massey MA ‘07

Dr. Susan B. Gesshel MA ‘85, PsyD ‘90

Ms. Tiffany R. Maston MA ‘06

Dr. Lupe K. Grajeda MS ‘83

Ms. Carolyn S. Mayes-Taylor MS ‘82

Mr. John A. Gravino MS ‘76

Ms. Amanda L. Mayhew

Dr. Mikel W. Hand EdD ‘06

Ms. Susan M. Mays MA ‘98

Dr. Dorothy L. Harris ‘72

Dr. Michael D. McCambridge MS ‘93, MA ‘98

Ms. Adrienne R. Harris MS ‘80

Dr. Claudette S. McLinn MS ‘83, EdD ‘06

Ms. Roslyn B. Harris ‘73

Dr. John F. McManus

Ms. Carol A. Harrison MS ‘85

Mr. Wilson H. McMillan MA ‘76

Ms. Alvina M. Harrison-Wells MA ‘78

Dr. William S. Meyer MBA ‘88, EdD ‘98

Dr. Joanne Hedgespeth

Mr. James B. Milne MA ‘01

Mrs. Phyllis S. Hughes MS ‘79

Dr. Cary L. Mitchell ‘76

Ms. Lynn H. Ingber MA ‘91

Ms. Kathleen S. Miyamoto MS ‘79

Dr. Barbara L. Ingram

Mr. Gordon C. Mooers MS ‘86

Intuit Foundation

Mrs. Virginia A. Mort MS ‘75

Mr. Jack C. Irby ‘50, MA ‘74

Ms. Jean S. Mueller MS ‘90

Dr. Chie Iseri EdD ‘99

Mr. Marden E. Mull MA ‘86

Dr. Jay J. Jackson EdD ‘03

Ms. Gloria E. Nazario MA ‘04

Dr. Barbara D. Jacobs EdD ‘89

Mr. Clyde L. Needham MA ‘76

Mrs. Nancy J. Jenkins MA ‘76

Dr. Frances W. Neely

Dr. Stephen M. Jones EdD ‘07

Mrs. Charmaine L. Nicholson MA ‘82

Ms. Mabelean Jones MA ‘76

Ms. Elin N. Nozaki MA ‘90

Karen Cladis, Marriage & Family Therapist

Mrs. Mari Nuzum MA ‘95

Mrs. Katherine Kastan

Mr. John R. O’Brien MS ‘75

Ms. Mary K. Kemp MA ‘76

Ms. Karen A. Ormsby MS ‘75

Ms. Joann M. Kennelly MA ‘98

Dr. Michael D. O’Sullivan MS ‘74, EdD ‘87

Major Richard J. Keogh MA ‘74

Dr. La Vera Otoyo EdD ‘84

Ms. Sadie R. Kestner MA ‘76

Mrs. Dorothy N. Palmer MA ‘75

Ms. Pamela S. Kinnaman-Korporaal MS ‘86

Ms. Donna J. Palmer MA ‘76

Dr. Kevin G. Kistler EdD ‘95, MBA ‘00

Ms. Diane E. Pardue MS ‘82

Mr. Scott W. Kloetzke MS ‘95

Mrs. Jennifer D. Particini MA ‘00

Mrs. Grace A. Kojima MS ‘75

Mr. Gregory Patterson ‘74, MS ‘76

Ms. Jeanette R. Kratofil MA ‘97

Ms. Denise S. Pehrsson MA ‘08

Mr. Robert J. Krause ‘76

Dr. James H. Peoples

Ms. Kay T. Kudo ‘58

Ms. Emma Perez MS ‘86

Mrs. Catherine D. Kyker MA ‘88

Dr. James J. Perino EdD ‘87

Mr. George F. Landon MS ‘00

Dr. Linda G. Polin

Commander T. R. “Tom” Langley MS ‘75

Mrs. Carolyn J. Price MS ‘78

Ms. Kim M. Lattimore MS ‘93

Dr. George A. Reams EdD ‘92

Ms. Grace I. Lee MA ‘01

Mrs. Rebecca S. Reed MA ‘91

Dr. Tony T. Lei MBA ‘69, EdD ‘90

Mr. Keith R. Regan MA ‘89

Dr. Terry S. Leung MA ‘76, EdD ‘88

Ms. Lorena M. Reid MA ‘97

Mrs. Yee-Man L. Leung MA ‘78

Mrs. Karen S. Robos MA ‘91

Dr. David A. Levy MA ‘84

Ms. Pamela S. Rogers MS ‘97

Mrs. Laurie E. Libow ‘74, MS ‘80

Dr. Patrick S. Ross EdD ‘03

Mrs. Nancy M. Lippert MS ‘01

Mr. Arthur B. Rouse MA ‘03

Mr. Jack P. Lipton

Dr. Daryl M. Rowe

Mrs. Janie E. Long MS ‘81

Mrs. Theresa M. Rubin MA ‘03

Ms. Caroline Lynch MS ‘09

Ms. Judith Rudolph MA ‘93 GSEP Colleague Fall/Winter 2009 27

D onor R oll Mr. Paul C. Sabolic MBA ‘80 Dr. June H. Schmieder-Ramirez Mrs. Cydney Schwarzberg MS ‘03 Dr. Bobbie B. Scoggins EdD ‘92

Gold colleagues Mr. John L. Baker

Ms. Hirout Dagnew MA ‘93

Dr. Charles R. Miller EdD ‘90

Ms. Christianne C. D’Ambrosio MA ‘86

Mr. Douglas J. Miller MA ‘76

Mr. Arthur R. Delgadillo MA ‘78

Mr. James B. Milne MA ‘01

Dr. Robert A. DeMayo

Dr. Stephanie Moore MA ‘88, PsyD ‘92

Ms. Mahta C. Shafieha MA ‘03

Silver colleagues

Mr. Jack A. Dennen MS ‘75

Lt. Col. Michael W. Morrow MA ‘76

Dr. Edward P. Shafranske

Dr. Michael L. Botsford

Ms. Susan J. Drapkin MS ‘78

Dr. Lauren L. Moulton-Beaudry EdD ‘99

Mr. Gary W. Shelton MA ‘79

Mrs. Christie F. Dailo

Ms. Linda N. Edmond MS ‘88

Ms. Barbara J. Murray MS ‘83

Dr. Genevieve A. Shepherd MS ‘78

Intuit Foundation

Dr. Carrie L. Esparza MA ‘95

Ms. Arline C. Murrel MS ‘77

Mrs. Erin R. Shiroma MS ‘05

Ms. Claudette T. LaCour

Mrs. Vera P. Everett MA ‘76

Mrs. Alvera B. Nafziger MA ‘76

Mr. Jesse Silva MA ‘74

Ms. Karen A. Magner MA ‘00

Mrs. Mary Frances Eves MA ‘73

Mrs. Kikuno M. Nakamura MS ‘76

Ms. Elizabeth J. Silverthorn MA ‘07

Mrs. Alice E. Richardson MA ‘05

Dr. Diane T. Fiello MS ‘90, EdD ‘05

Mrs. Carol M. Nakashima MA ‘82

Mrs. Sheila M. Simmons MA ‘97

Mrs. Cheryl Saunders MA ‘84, MA ‘04

Dr. Logan J. Fox ‘46

Mrs. Cheryl A. Newman MA ‘75

Mr. Andy Smith MA ‘76

Mrs. Mildred F. Smith Williams

Mrs. Doris M. Freitag MA ‘77

Ms. Michelle H. Nguyen MA ‘06

Ms. Lynette E. Sorenson MA ‘04

Ms. Mary C. Tabata

Mr. Michael Garcia MA ‘74

Oscar G. & Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation

Dr. Richard T. Stanley EdD ‘84

Ms. Tinnie S. Taylor

Dr. Pauline A. Garstka EdD ‘84

Pacific Precious Metals

Dr. Bentley P. Stansbury EdD ‘94

Mrs. Kathleen S. Wenger MA ‘92

Ms. Sharon F. Gebhart MS ‘85

Mrs. Dorothy N. Palmer MS ‘81

Dr. Evangelina C. Stockwell EdD ‘91

Mrs. Tanya Grace MS ‘75

Mr. Richard T. Parkhouse MS ‘80

Dr. Larry D. Strand EdD ‘06

Mr. Miles W. Graff MA ‘76

Dr. Dabbiru G. Patnaik EdD ‘08

Dr. Laurel M. Sugden MA ‘92, PsyD ‘97 Ms. Esther R. Taira MS ‘83 Lt. Col. Paul K. Takamiya MA ‘74 Mrs. Chere C. Talbert MS ‘78 Dr. Teri S. Tamayose EdD ‘03 Mrs. Jo Ann Teal MS ‘75, MS ‘87 Mr. Duraiyah Thangathurai MA ‘06 Mrs. Marianna M. Thomas MA ‘81 Ms. MaryLee L. Thomas MS ‘80 Mr. Shellie Thomas MS ‘75 Ms. Susan K. Tiss MA ‘05 Dr. Carl A. Totton PsyD ‘98 Dr. Karyn E. Trader-Leigh EdD ‘00 Dr. Lori L. Travis EdD ‘06 Mr. Eugene B. Trimble MA ‘76 Mr. Jonathan D. Trost MA ‘88 Ms. Deborah Valentine MA ‘97 Miss Elayne Y. Vanasse MS ‘80 Mr. Jan P. Vanderpool MA ‘04, MA ‘05 Mrs. Diana L. Villafana MS ‘79 Mr. James E. Vils MA ‘00 Dr. Lauren E. Walters MS ‘90, EdD ‘99, MS ‘00 Mrs. Justine W. Wayne MS ‘77 Dr. Robert F. Wemheuer EdD ‘79 Dr. David L. Whitney MA ‘78, EdD ‘83 Mr. Gregory S. Whitney MBA ‘98 Dr. Linda Wicks MA ‘93 Mrs. Mary E. Widtmann MA ‘98 Ms. Jacqueline Williams MS ‘91 Mr. Ronald V. Wilson, Jr Dr. Katherine Wolf MA ‘82 Mr. Garry L. Wright MS ‘81 Mrs. Donna J. Zappa-Wheeler MS ‘82

GSEP Mrs. Yolanda Aguerrebere MS ‘83 Dr. David M. Alford EdD ‘06 Mrs. Betty J. Archie MA ‘77 Dr. Joy K. Asamen Mr. James D. Augsburger MA ‘71 Dr. Marjorie M. Banks-Lott EdD ‘01 Dr. Antoinette Barbieri MS ‘91, EdD ‘03 Ms. Jo Anne Bartlett MA ‘81 Ms. Robbie M. Belcher MS ‘95 Mrs. Joan E. Bentler MA ‘97 Ms. Geneva Berry MA ‘76 Mr. Darrell F. Bever ‘55 Ms. Anna Bilyk MA ‘00, MA ‘05 Dr. David Bixby EdD ‘00 Mrs. Naomi R. Blackmore MS ‘81 Mrs. Susan H. Bradshaw Mrs. Barbara Bronner MA ‘00 Ms. Sylverine Brooks MA ‘79 Mrs. Sandra S. Browne ‘60 Dr. Thema S. Bryant-Davis Mr. Raymond J. Burch MA ‘78 Ms. Linda J. Byrne MS ‘76 Colonel Ricky L. Campise MA ‘82 Mrs. Antonia G. Carpenter MS ‘97 Ms. Victoria M. Castro MS ‘78 Mr. Wayne W. Chan MA ‘03 Mrs. C. Marea Channel MS ‘75 Mr. Brady D. Cherry MA ‘92 Ms. Paula F. Churchill MA ‘00 Mr. James M. Cleland MS ‘82 Ms. Mary I. Coleman MS ‘76 Dr. Juanita I. Coleman-Merritt EdD ‘04 Commander Robert W. Cosgriff MA ‘76 Mrs. Beverly K. Cross MA ‘88 Mr. Douglas M. Crow MA ‘78 Mrs. Lori Ann Cutler Cert. ‘87

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Mr. John A. Gravino MA ‘76

Ms. Cassandra J. Penamon MS ‘82, MS ‘87

Lt. Col. Haines Gridley MA ‘76

Ms. Florence M. Pike MS ‘92

Mrs. Mabel E. Griffin MS ‘75

Mrs. Tracy H. Pumilia MS ‘03

Ms. Barbara I. Gutierrez MS ‘77

Mrs. Sara Pursche MA ‘75

Mr. Eric M. Hansen MS ‘06

Mrs. Dorothea Rattelmeier MA ‘96

Mr. Richard A. Harmel MA ‘05

Dr. Joel Recinos MS ‘83

Ms. Betty J. Hedstrom MA ‘87

Mr. Willie R. Reedy MA ‘79

Dr. Juliette R. Henry MS ‘75, EdD ‘81

Mr. Keith R. Regan MA ‘89

Ms. Marie L. Holm MA ‘78

Mrs. Marcia A. Richards MA ‘76

Dr. Chie Iseri EdD ‘99

Ms. Pamela S. Rogers MS ‘97

Mrs. Bonsita C. Jackson-Jones MA ‘02

Mrs. Joanne H. Rosamond MA ‘77

Ms. Lynda S. Jensen ‘79

Ms. Megan S. Ross MA ‘04

Ms. Mabelean Jones MA ‘76

Mrs. Theresa M. Rubin MA ‘03

Ms. Carol B. Kapp MS ‘75, MS ‘80

Mrs. Gladys M. Saddler MS ‘86

Ms. Nadine Katibloo MA ‘94

Ms. Virginia D. Samplawski MA ‘78

Mrs. June Klapakis MA ‘76

Mr. Frank Samuel MA ‘79

Dr. Patricia A. Landau EdD ‘89

Ms. Rosa M. Sanchez MA ‘78

Dr. Gaydelle M. Lang MA ‘75

Ms. Shukla C. Sarkar MS ‘99

Mr. Elmer W. Langham MS ‘74

Dr. Richard E. Sauter EdD ‘00

Mrs. Mary A. Law ‘66, MS ‘76

Mrs. Judith A. Scatoloni MS ‘76

Dr. Carol A. Le Boeuf MA ‘84

Dr. Sarah L. Schecter EdD ‘88

Ms. Carol E. Leslie MA ‘90

Dr. Olive P. Scott EdD ‘87

Mrs. Valerie Lev MA ‘94

Dr. Stephen L. Shane EdD ‘99

Mrs. Nancy M. Liverman MS ‘78

Mr. Gary W. Shelton MA ‘79

Ms. Barbara D. Loureiro MS ‘88

Mrs. Kristina A. Shrader MA ‘98

Mr. Boyd R. Lowe

Dr. Bryan W. Silva PsyD ‘06

Dr. Ralph A. Ludders MA ‘77

Mrs. Sheila M. Simmons MA ‘97

Dr. Ralph W. Mackey EdD ‘89

Dr. Frank Sinsheimer EdD ‘94

Dr. Amy S. Mandel MA ‘86, PsyD ‘90

Mrs. Kimberly A. Smith MA ‘95

Dr. Michelle I. Margules MA ‘96, PsyD ‘00

Mrs. Afton A. Smith MA ‘76

Dr. Mary E. Martin MA ‘84

Ms. Connie L. Smith MS ‘82

Mr. John T. Masters MS ‘85

Ms. Georgia A. Smith MA ‘76

Mrs. Judith F. Matlock MS ‘78

Ms. Mary B. Soon MA ‘89

Mr. Ralph A. Mauger MA ‘74

Ms. Leslie M. Spencer BSM ‘94

Ms. Angela M. Maye MS ‘07

Dr. Larry D. Strand EdD ‘06

Mr. Dwight D. McBride MA ‘05

Dr. Sharon D. Sutton MS ‘88, EdD ‘99

Dr. Teri M. McHugh MA ‘92

Mrs. Chere C. Talbert MS ‘78

D onor R oll Ms. Willie M. Taylor MS ‘75 Mr. Richard K. Terada Mrs. Lori T. Terada MS ‘89 Mrs. Jean M. Terberg MS ‘78 Mr. Shellie Thomas MS ‘75 Ms. Geraldine Thomas MA ‘89 Dr. Carl A. Totton PsyD ‘98 Dr. Beulah Underwood MA ‘76 Miss Elayne Y. Vanasse MS ‘80 Ms. Linda B. Venable MA ‘94 Mrs. Diana L. Villafana MS ‘79 Ms. Phoebe A. Villanueva-Ignacio MA ‘00

GSEP Board of Visitors Dr. Fereshteh Amin EdD ‘06 Dr. Randy E. Clark EdD ‘05 Dr. Rosalyn S. Heyman Mrs. Geannie Holden-Sheller Ms. Chin H. Kim Employees of Northrop Grumman Political Action Committee Dr. Susan F. Rice EdD ‘86 Mrs. Jennifer A. Ricker ‘76 Dr. Marilyn S. Wright MA ‘89, PsyD ‘95 Mrs. Wendie Z. Young ‘85 Dr. Ziegfred G. Young MS ‘83, EdD ‘88

Mrs. Dana L. Wall MA ‘01 Mrs. Jacque Lyne C. Wallace ‘54 Lt. Col. William L. Waters MA ‘77 Mrs. Candace Webb MA ‘03 Ms. Doris I. Weinert MS ‘91 Ms. Elaine C. White MS ‘91 Dr. David L. Whitney MA ‘78, EdD ‘83 Ms. Cheryl L. Williams MS ‘91 Dr. Edna D. Wilson MA ‘65, EdD ‘87 Mrs. Wilma M. Wilson MA ‘99 Ms. Sophia P. Wong MA ‘01 Mrs. Josephine B. Woodson MA ‘78 Ms. Sheryl M. Yamada MS ‘91

Dean’s Excellence Fund Ms. Cathy Y. Ahia MA ‘99 Ms. Lisa Baldwin MA ‘00 Mr. Jack N. Hayden MBA ‘79, MA ‘08 Ms. Kristine J. Heydon MA ‘02 Dr. Farzin Madjidi MBA ‘88, EdD ‘91 Dr. Ronald D. Stephens ‘67, MBA ‘69

GSEP Scholarship Dr. Robert Canady Mr. Robert Gerughty ‘55 Dr. Joanne Hedgespeth Ms. Jacqueline K. Ludlum ‘45 Mrs. Gloria Okereke MA ‘89 Mrs. Mary L. Pierce MS ‘78 Dr. Susan F. Rice EdD ‘86 Mrs. Marilyn Shirreffs ‘49 Mr. Michael Stankovic Mrs. Margaret A. Sheppard Mr. Thomas J. Trimble Mrs. Guadalupe Vander Ploeg

California Community Foundation

Urban Parent Teacher Education Collaborative California Community Foundation

Foster Grandparents Program Children’s Institute, Inc.

Union Rescue Mission Clinic Ms. Marian W. Guirguis MBA ‘05 Mrs. Alison E. Havel MA ‘98 Ms. Betty J. Hedstrom MA ‘87 Dr. Cary L. Mitchell ‘76 Dr. Jo Anne E. Sornborger MA ‘01, PsyD ‘05

Youth Empowerment and Research Seminar

Varos Chilingarian Endowed Scholarship Dr. George V. Chilingar

Marco Garcia Memorial Fellowship Enrique and Lucy Garcia Family Foundation

P sy D Emergency Fund

Adorno, Yoss, Alvarado & Smith Dr. Fereshteh Amin EdD ‘06 City of Bell City of Huntington Park Llovio Ford Los Angeles Unified School District Ludwick Family Foundation South Gate Rotary The Richard C. and Melanie F. Lundquist Family Foundation

Superintendent of the Year Award

Education Life Associates

Dr. Susan F. Rice EdD ‘86

Dr. Kent B. Rhodes EdD ‘90 California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

Planning Grant for Education Collaborative Initiative

Dr. Nancy M. Durham Dr. Clara M. Lincoln EdD ‘90 Dr. Doreen S. Oleson MS ‘86, EdD ‘91 Mr. Michael T. Okabayashi Dr. Robert C. Paull Dr. Susan F. Rice EdD ‘86 Dr. Margaret J. Weber

Dr. Ronald L. Kaufman PsyD ‘98

MVE Institutional, Inc. Piper Jaffray & Co.

Regent Challenge Match

Riordan Leadership Project Rx for Reading

AWP Scholarship — GSEP

The Futures Academy: Building Bridges for Middle School Students to High School

Associated Women for Pepperdine

United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Evelyn Blake Endowed Scholarship for Doctoral Students in Psychology Estate of Evelyn B. Blake ‘68

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