Speakers at the Nov. 6, 2013 TLC Event
Jason King was born in Palos Township, went to school in Palos Township, and now teaches Mathematics and Geography at Moraine Valley Community College. Jason is a graduate of Moraine Valley, Illinois State University and of DePaul University. He is a former cartographer for the Frederick Blum Neighborhood Assistance Center at Chicago State University.
Souzan Naser was born in El-Bireh, Palestine and raised in the United States. Following the path of her parents involvement in the Arab-American community she became a strong advocate for social justice. She currently serves on the board of the Arab-American Action Network. Souzan is a licensed clinical social worker who earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Souzan is committed to social justice and this is evident in the work she has done early on in her career with survivors of domestic violence. Souzan also is a grassroots activists who believes it is her duty and obligation to bring attention to the plight of Palestinians living under Israeli siege. She is a full-time faculty member in one of the most integral areas of the college, Counseling and Career Development Center, where she continues to follow her passion of assisting others by empowering students. Souzan lives in Orland Park with her husband, Firas, and their two beautiful daughters.
Jerimi Ann Walker is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Moraine Valley Community College and founder of the math help website mathbootcamps.com. Jerimi earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics at Troy State University Dothan, located in her home town in Alabama. Later,she earned a master's degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where her primary area of study was graph theory. When not teaching, Jerimi tends to spend her time programming, writing, and taking random courses at the college.
Speakers at the Feb. 20, 2013 TLC Event
Beverly McLaughlin is a Community Service Officer in Moraine Valley's Police Department. She is the co-founder and Executive Secretary (a non-salaried position) of the F.O.S.C.I.K. (Friends of Sheltered Children in Kenya) organization. Beverly McLaughlin grew on the west side of Chicago and currently resides the in the western suburbs.
Scott Murdoch is Associate Professor and Department Chair of Biological Sciences at Moraine Valley Community College, as well as an adjunct Ecology instructor at DePaul University. He has been teaching Biology and Human Anatomy for almost 20 years. Being an avid outdoor enthusiast, he is likely to be found hiking, running, mountaineering, gardening, practicing yoga, laughing with friends, or watching children play. He tries to practice what he preaches.
John Neff is currently the Staff Development Specialist at Moraine Valley Community College. As the Staff Development Specialist, John has facilitated over a hundred workshops, ranging from leadership to technology. John, in a variety of other organizations has also proudly served as a teacher, trainer, and as an organizational development specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Adrian College, a Secondary Teacher Certification from Saginaw Valley State University, and a Master of Science in Administration with a concentration in Leadership from Central Michigan University. John is a Microsoft Certified Professional and is captivated with social media and Apple products.
John Sands is Professor and Department Chair of Computer Integrated Technologies at Moraine Valley Community College, as well as an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University. He has been teaching Information Technology courses for nearly 30 years. Over the last 15 years, John has served as a trainer for the Cisco Systems Network Academy Program. In this role, he has taught hundreds of teachers from schools across the nation and around the world.
Charmaine Sevier grew up on the Southside of Chicago. Throughout her life she had a knack for establishing unlikely friendships and relationships with people who had different backgrounds than her own. She was known in school for demanding left-handed desks and fighting for her pastor to come to school on spiritual days to which he was not originally invited. Even though she didn't always know the term, she strove for inclusion mostly by being herself. She continues to walk the walk as she is the Manager of Diversity and Employment at Moraine Valley Community College.
A Southsider by birth, Maura Vizza is the Public Relations Generalist and Sports Information Coordinator at Moraine Valley Community College. She is a graduate of Moraine Valley and Drake University where she earned a degree in magazine journalism. When not doing her communication duties, she runs marathons, travels the world and performs in a percussion ensemble, concert band and flute choir.
Speakers at the Nov. 7, 2012 TLC Event
Sandra Beauchamp grew up in a small town in downstate Illinois and graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a masters degree in English, specializing in creative writing. Her poetry has been published in Rosebud and The Spoon River Poetry Review. She is currently working on a book related to her experience as an adoptee. This is her 10th year as a full-time faculty member in the Communications Department at Moraine Valley Community College. She currently resides in Bolingbrook, with her husband, Todd.
Glenn Carpenter is Moraine Valley's first full-time photographer. For 22 years he has witness Moraine Valley changed and grow. He has won numerous awards for photography, serves as the president of The University Photographers' Association of America, and continues to present at both local and national conferences. Glenn lives in Lockport with his wife, Jill, and their two sons.
Sam Chen graduated from Northern Illinois University with his master's degree in Anatomical Sciences. He has taught anatomy and physiology for the past 10 years at Moraine Valley. Sam went on sabbatical to obtain his master's of science in Nursing from Rush University-Chicago. He is now back in the classroom as well as working as a Registered Nurse at Edward Hospital. Sam currently lives in Downers Grove with his wife and three children.
Originally from Pasadena, California, Tamarra Coleman-Hill spent her first two years of college at Pasadena City College. She earned her bachelor degree in English Literature at California State University, Los Angeles. After moving to Chicago, she earned a master's degree in English at DePaul University. She has taught in community colleges for the last 12 years and has been at Moraine Valley since 2008. Tamara has spent several years working in the Social Justice Movement focusing her efforts on women’s reproductive rights. For the past year, she has been working on a book that reflects on identity, marriage, motherhood and feminism, a book that reflects the many aspects of her own identity.
As the sustainability manager at Moraine Valley, Stephenie Presseller manages the college’s Center for Sustainability where, among other duties, she coordinates STARS submission for Moraine Valley, which proudly received the Bronze rating. The center supports greening of the campus; community outreach; student, staff and faculty engagement; greening curriculum; and greening workforce. A transplant from Southwest Florida, Stephenie lives in Chicago, where she loves her urban vegetable garden; enjoys lazy days in the sun with her two dogs-the cat and turtle; and looks forward to spring every winter.
Dawn Wrobel teaches geography at Moraine Valley Community College, where she serves on the Honors Program and Adjunct Faculty Development committees. Dawn also has taught professional development classes for faculty and staff, including Blackboard and Green Living. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Geography with University Honors from Northern Illinois University, her Master of Science in Geography at Northwestern University, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Holistic Health from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. Even before the publication of her first book, The Hedgehog: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy, Healthy Pet, Dawn became known as the Hedgehog Lady. Dawn resides in Beecher with her husband Bob, five hedgehogs, a dog, and a cat.
Speakers at Feb. 16, 2012
Thomas Dow teaches Composition, British Literature, and Shakespeare at Moraine Valley Community College, where he also chairs the Communications, Literature, and Languages Department. Tom has published on Thackeray and co-authored a book for first-year composition students, Why White Rice? Thinking Through Writing, in 2010. He earned his Ph.D. in English from Loyola University Chicago and also holds a master’s degree in English from Loyola and a bachelor's degree from Wabash College.
Larry Langellier is an associate professor in the Management Information Systems Program at Moraine Valley Community College. Larry has worked in the information technology field for 28 years, first as a designer and developer of education and business software before moving to his current instructional role at Moraine Valley 12 years ago. Langellier received his Bachelor of Science in computer science/engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Science in computer science/artificial intelligence from the University of California at Davis. Larry has been teaching LEGO Mindstorms Robotics to elementary and high school students through the eFun Explorations Academy at Moraine Valley for 10 years. He has been involved in several other constructionist educational endeavors, including One Laptop Per Child, Squeak, Alice, Scratch, App Inventor for Android, GameMaker, along with Android and iPhone Programming for Teens. Additionally, Larry has two test subjects at home (his kids, Lexi and Kyle) on whom he experiments all of the time.
Martha Mazeika is the director of the Title III—Student Success Interventions Program at Moraine Valley Community College. Martha’s professional experiences at community colleges include academic advising, retention programs, teaching Introduction to College at Moraine Valley and other community colleges, and advising student clubs. She started quilting in 2003 and currently is an active member in the Salt Creek Quilters Guild in Hinsdale, IL. Her quilts have been displayed at town and county fairs in Massachusetts with a few winning ribbons. Martha is in the process of completing her dissertation as a requirement for the Ph.D. in community college leadership from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virg. She has a Master of Education degree in counseling and psychological services–student personnel administration from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in Dartmouth, Mass.
Troy Swanson is the teaching and learning librarian and Library department chair at Moraine Valley Community College. Troy teaches research skills to students and manages the library’s web presence. He has published on information literacy, personal epistemology, library website usability, and social media in libraries. Troy also writes as a guest author on the Tame the Web blog. Troy holds a Ph.D. from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virg., and a master's degree in library and information science from Dominican University in River Forest, Ill.