Class Notes, Fall-Winter 2011

Thomas Bangert (MS  ’09), a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) teacher of 13 years, was recognized by Jamie Oliver’s Food Foundation for creating a K-5 curriculum focusing on food systems, sustaining the environment, growing, cooking, and sharing. Bangert’s philosophy of “Grow, Prepare, Share” led to the creation of the LA Human Garden project, which began as his leadership project for GSEP. He was also able to establish a student-maintained garden at Westside Global Awareness K-8 Magnet where he serves as the science teacher. more>>

Vera Bierend (MA ’98) has been enjoying her position as a tech trainer at Opportunities for Learning since 2008. She writes, “Love my job – thanks Pepperdine!”  Bierend currently resides in Canyon Country, California.

Dr. Nicole E. Brown (’01, PsyD ’10) was awarded the prestigious Early Career Psychologist Credentialing Scholarship by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, in conjunction with the American Psychological Association Committee on Early Career Psychologists. Brown is also recognized for starting a nonprofit organization called Learning Dynamics, Inc., designed to increase the public’s understanding of mental health and educational issues through culturally harmonious approaches including parent education, adaptive skills training, psychological therapeutic services, educational therapy, and community education. more>>

Dr. Wayne Byrd (EdD ’10) has opened the Los Angeles-based marketing firm Midnight Buzz in March of this year. Byrd, whose dissertation focused on the personal leadership strategies of successful entrepreneurs, now helps small businesses improve their visibility through local Internet marketing and brand management. Byrd also serves as an adjunct professor for Seaver College’s film department. more>>

KimMarie Cortez-Riggio (MA ’99) has created the “Green Project” with her fifth grade students. In giving students the opportunity to act as catalysts of social change, Cortez-Riggio’s Green Project allows students to incorporate science, math, social studies, and English language arts as they develop a local community environment project.

Heather Star Gelhart (MA ’96) and her husband Dr. Robert P. Gelhart, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, have recently published Write to Read, an educational kit consisting of 11 fictional stories written and illustrated by children. The kit contains an accompanying DVD with the authors reading and portraying characters in their stories.

Matt Jackson (MA ’09) is beginning a fellowship for aspiring heads of school with NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools.

Dr. Pardeep Krystal Kullar (MA ’03, EdD ’11) has been selected to serve as dean of summer programs at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She joins Amherst College from North-West College where she served as the interim dean of education and chair of the national certification programs for the North-West. She has been recognized by leading organizations for her contribution to educational research, policy, development, and strategy. more>>

Dr. Carlyn Ludlow (EdD ’10) has been selected to serve as associate dean for College of Education  at Grand Canyon University (GCU) in Arizona. She joins GCU from Arizona State University where she operated as the director of the Center for Civic Education and Leadership and also served as assistant clinical professor of education. more>>

Dr. Leo Mallette (MBA ’85, EdD ’06) released Rancho Mirage, through Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images of Rancho Mirage along with a supportive narrative. Rancho Mirage is a beautiful residential and desert-resort community nestled along the Santa Rosa Mountains, located between the cities of Palm Springs and Palm Desert in the Coachella Valley. Bighorn sheep and the Agua Caliente tribe of Cahuilla Indians were the area’s early inhabitants. Date farms and ranchos developed after aquifers were discovered. Guest ranches soon followed and became favorite destinations for the rich and famous in the 1940s and 1950s. By the early 1950s, residential communities designed in classic Desert Modern style were being constructed along with the valley’s first two country clubs with 18-hole golf courses.

Maysaa Mohammad (MA ’11) was honored on May 24, 2011, by Delta Kappa Gamma Society International with the Outstanding Student Teacher Award. The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an honorary society of educators promotes professional and personal growth of women educators, and excellence in education. more>>

Dr. Mike Moodian (EdD ’07) was recently selected to be one of 16 Americans to participate in the European Union Visitors Program (EUVP) with the European Union in 2012. EUVP invites young leaders from countries outside the European Union to visit Brussels to gain a firsthand appreciation of the EU’s goals, policies, and people, and to increase mutual understanding between professionals from non-EU countries and their EU counterparts.

Meghan B. Owenz (MA ’08), along with GSEP professor of psychology Dr. Susan Hall, were published in the North American Journal of Psychology. The article entitled “Bridging the Research-Practice Gap in Psychotherapy Training: Qualitative Analysis of Master’s Students’ Experiences in a Student-Led Research and Practice Team” explores the experiences of master’s students in a psychotherapy training program who participated in a student-led team designed to bridge a perceived research-practice divide. Qualitative analyses of three team-meeting transcripts revealed that students experienced the meetings as a place for mentoring and support, suggesting that master’s psychotherapy programs should support novel teaching and training opportunities for students to integrate research and clinical practice. more>>

Dr. Keegan R. Tangeman (PsyD ’08), along with GSEP professor of psychology Dr. Susan Hall, were published in Child & Youth Services journal. The article “Self-Efficacy in Incarcerated Adolescents: The Role of Family and Social Supports” investigates the role of general and specific self-efficacy factors in positive family relationships and perceived social support within an U.S.-incarcerated adolescent population. more>>

Dr. Anthony Tricoli (EdD ’84) was honored in Washington, D.C., on June 11 with the national Ralph S. Brown Award for Shared Governance from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). For the last four years, Tricoli has been transforming Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) through shared governance. GPC now has a model that involves more faculty and staff than ever before in its almost 50-year history. Because of this model Tricoli has been able to open two new campuses, develop an online campus, create partnerships with universities throughout Georgia, and increase enrollment every year. more>>

Jennifer Trubenbach (MA ’04), president and executive director of Operation of Hope, which has donated more than 3,000 surgeries since 1989, returned to Zimbabwe in Africa during July 2011 where 50 children are scheduled to receive reconstructive facial surgery.

Terry Walker (MS ’04) has been selected to serve as the next Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) Superintendent of Schools. On July 1 Walker will become the seventh superintendent in the history of IUSD. more>>

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