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2015 Rising Alumni

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This April, the CEHD Alumni Society is recognizing rising alumni from across our college who have achieved early distinction in their careers, demonstrated emerging leadership, or shown exceptional volunteer service in their communities. See the full list of our 2013 and 2014 CEHD Rising Alumni.


Martha AbyMartha Aby

Martha Aby is passionate that all children on Medicaid get access to high quality, effective and culturally specific mental health services. While working in Minnesota’s Department of Human Services she developed new benefits for the State’s Medicaid plan and is the primary author of the 2014 Minnesota Statute, Intensive Treatment in Foster Care (256B.0946). Read More


Matthew AyresMatthew Ayres

Matthew has developed a well-earned reputation as an expert on homelessness and is a recognized leader in our community among practitioners and policy makers who are addressing this problem. Ayres is currently a planning analyst for Heading Home Hennepin – Hennepin County's 10-year plan to end homelessness. Read More


Courtney BellCourtney Bell

Courtney Bell’s passion for students whom she proudly calls her “scholars” is irrepressible. As the co-curriculum developer for Minneapolis Public Schools’ African American history program, she teaches social studies while passing on the wisdom of elders she considers mentors and guides such as Professor Mahmoud El-Kati and Nelson Mandela. Read More


Kathryn J. ColemanKathryn J. Coleman

Kathryn is 3M’s Global Leader for Talent Acquisition and Onboarding. In this role, she leads global strategy for talent acquisition across over 70 countries. Read More


Terrence JordanTerrence Jordan

Terrence is currently completing a doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University and is the current president of Georgia State’s Counseling Psychology Organization and a member of The Metro-Atlanta Association of Black Psychologists. His current doctoral work regarding PTSD is on the cutting edge of the intersection of trauma, neuropsychology, and behavior. Read More


Azizah Jor'danAzizah Jor'dan

Azizah is passionate about improving the quality of life for older adults. Her research explores the connections between neuroscience, age and movement science. Azizah is currently continuing her work through the Harvard Medical School Postdoctoral Fellowship in Transitional Aging Research program. Read More


Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi

Nicole M. LaVoi is one of the most cited and rising scholars in sport sociology and psychology in the US. She is not only a scholar, but an activist for women's sports and has been chosen by the Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership to receive their 2015 Special Merit Award given annually to individuals who exemplify extraordinary levels of commitment to breaking barriers for girls and women in sport. Read More


Gloshanda LawyerGloshanda Lawyer

Gloshanda is a valuable asset to the communities she serves. As a fluent speaker of Spanish and ASL, she provides access and advocacy for those in need who don’t always have professionals who speak their language to help them navigate complex systems. Read More


Maria LeMaria Le

Maria is a first grade teacher at Central Park Elementary and coordinates targeted services for the building. Maria played an instrumental role in the piloting of Roseville Area Schools’ new literacy curriculum, Literacy by Design©. Read More


Audrey LensmireAudrey Lensmire

Dr. Audrey Lensmire is a passionate educator and scholar who has garnered a growing national reputation for her work. Her well received book—White urban teachers: Stories of fear, violence, and desire—was the outgrowth of her dissertation work. She’s also been published in the Harvard Educational Review, one of the nation’s leading education journals, and was recently invited to contribute a chapter to an edited volume responding to the violence against young black men in the United States. Read More


Melissa LundquistMelissa Lundquist

Missy Lundquist has helped strengthen thousands of families by teaching them to face their cancer experience as a united front. As the co-director of the Angel Foundation’s family based programs, she leads the organization’s many programs for caregivers, cancer patients, and their family members. Read More


Nora MurphyNora Murphy

Nora Murphy is becoming recognized as an emerging leader in program evaluation practice, scholarship, and training in the Twin Cities as well as nationally. Nora's dissertation on homeless youth in the Twin Cities won the Michael Scriven Dissertation Award, the highest honor for students in the field. Read More


Kerry PhillipsShade Osifuye

Shadé Osifuye’s life is dedicated to serving others by applying a rich combination of education and public health within highly diverse populations. Shade’ has spent nine months out of the last two years teaching and conducting research in a disabled children’s center in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a 2014-2015 fellow in the The University of Minnesota LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Program. Read More

Thomas RademacherThomas Rademacher

Tom Rademacher teaches high school English at the Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource School in downtown Minneapolis and is the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. As teacher of the year, Tom represents more than 70,000 educators in Minnesota and acts as an ambassador, discussing his approach with teachers and students throughout the state. Read More


Stuart RalstonStuart Ralston

Stuart Ralston creates and manages global professional development content and programs for teachers and education leaders at one of the world’s most innovative companies, Apple Inc. His department helps teachers and school leaders integrate technology into the classroom to advance learning and build equity. Read More


Michael RedictMichael Redict

Michael, also known by his stage name King Karnov, is a multi-talented muscian and entrepreneur. As owner of Castlehouse Worldwide LLC, he’s a business owner, music producer, and beat maker extraordinaire.Read More


Amy ReschlyAmy Reschly

Amy Reschly is a full professor and the coordinator of the school psychology program at the University of Georgia. She is a leading scholar in the areas of student engagement, high school completion, and family engagement in multi-tiered systems of support. Read More


Sara SchoenSara Schoen

Sara’s passion is to make Online learning accessible, interactive and relevant to learners from highly diverse backgrounds. As an instructional designer within CEHD’s Office of Information Technology she serves as a consultant and information resource for instructors seeking to effectively transfer course content to Online and hybrid learning platforms in clear and imaginative ways. Read More


Christopher SchulzChristopher Schulz

Chris' mission is to keep kids well rounded through sport. As the founder and executive director of Active Kids Association of Sport (AKASPORT), a Minnesota 501(c)3 nonprofit, he has developed and operated over 500 youth sports, exercise and recreation programs since 2004.Read More


Benjamin SilberglittBenjamin Silberglitt

Ben Silberglitt is on the executive team at TIES, an education technology consortium of 49 member-owner districts in Minnesota. His team is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of software that serves a broad range of needs in education. Read More


Jill Stein LipsetJill Stein Lipset

Jill Stein Lipset opened The Power House at Highland & Side Door Cross Fit in 2013 with her husband, Max. By integrating her core values and educational experience into her business, Jill has co-created a unique gym experience at The Power House where the emphasis is on the holistic development of each person. Read More


Caitlin SweetCaitlin Sweet

Caity received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University in April 2014 and was immediately hired at Cincinnati Children's Hospital after completion of her student clinical rotations. Already in her brief career, Caity has developed considerable expertise with both athletic and pediatric populations. Read More




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