Inquiry Magazine Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy

Spring 2016

Alumni Kate McKenzie, Fred Tye Lead Colorado Retreat for SESP Seniors

Alumni Kate McKenzie, Fred Tye LeadColorado Retreat for SESP Seniors

Kate McKenzie (BS13) and Fred Tye (BS13), who both work in management consulting, came up with an inventive idea to help rising SESP seniors confront career issues. With sponsorship by SESP, they led a weeklong retreat to Mission: Wolf, a Colorado wolf sanctuary and educational organization— an experience they called Project Pause.

Alongside young alumni, seniors had the opportunity to reflect on the impact of the Northwestern experience and what it means to have a career. “Before senior year is a great time to sit back and reflect,” McKenzie says.

The five seniors who participated gave the retreat high marks, and Tye and McKenzie were pleased to help students with constructive dialog about personal goals and career development. “We’re extremely passionate about the SESP community and wanted to give back. We knew it would have a positive impact on students,” says Tye. Plans are underway to continue Please send all address changes, news updates and Project Pause this September.

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Leah Chamberlain (MS10) is now director of the Office of Assessment and Continuous Improvement at the University of Cincinnati.

Ange Concepcion (MS10) of Norwalk, Conn., became director of residential education at Wagner College on Staten Island in New York. She is also completing a PhD in educational leadership at Fordham University.

Fiona Barbour Horenkamp (MS10) recently joined Deloitte as a manager in the firm’s human capital service line.

Kami Bond (MS11) of Elmhurst, Ill., was appointed senior vice president of people and culture at Cielo. She was formerly global head of talent at Aon Hewitt.

Roma Khanna

Roma Khanna (MS11) of Chicago, a graduate of the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change Program, is now a director of change management at Northwestern.

Claire Lew

Claire Lew (BS11) of Chicago is the CEO of Know Your Company (, a software tool that helps CEOs understand their company’s culture.

Jennifer Puchtel

Jennifer Puchtel (MS11) of Chicago, a graduate of the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy Program, began a new position as a director of change management at Northwestern.

Jason Becker (MS12) of Carmel, Ind., was promoted to chief executive officer of RICS Software.

Carrie Murphey (MS12) returned to her undergraduate alma mater, Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, as assistant dean of students for first-year programs.

Michelle Wilkerson (PhD12) of Berkeley, Calif., has been appointed an assistant professor at the University of California–Berkeley Graduate School of Education.

Eric Doctors (MS13) of Chicago joined Leo Burnett as the senior vice president for leadership and organizational development.

Melissa Luna (PhD13), an assistant professor at West Virginia University, received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Her project investigates teachers’ noticing of Appalachian students’ thinking in science.

Rose Sloan (BS13) of Baltimore is a government affairs specialist for the National Federation of the Blind.

Sharon Bautista (MS14) of Chicago is now senior user experience strategist at One North Interactive. She was named to the Crain’s Chicago Business “Tech 50” list.

Lauren Faucette (MS14) was promoted to associate director of student preparation in the University of Chicago’s Office of Career Advancement.

Karina Garcia

Karina Garcia (MA14) of Riverside, Calif., a Learning Sciences graduate, joined the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica as director of the College Bound educational leadership program.

Yue Guo (MS14) of Beijing recently joined Taikang Asset Management as the head of human resources.


Richard Rykhus (MA00) of Evanston was re-elected to the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board and currently serves as vice president.

Aaron Hosmon (BS03, MS07) of Chicago was promoted to associate athletics director for compliance at Northwestern.

Tondra Loder-Jackson

Tondra Loder-Jackson (PhD02) of Birmingham, Ala., has a new book, Schoolhouse Activists: African American Educators and the Long Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. In it she acknowledges her education, training and mentoring in the SESP Human Development and Social Policy Program..

Janet Rocha (BS08) is a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Pryce Davis (MA09, PhD15) of Chicago is a postdoctoral fellow in the Learning Sciences Program at SESP.

Della (Gott) Rucker

Della (Gott) Rucker (BS91) of Cincinnati, Ohio, published her fourth book, Crowdsourcing Wisdom: A Guide to Doing Public Meetings That Actually Make Your Community Better. An economic development and urban planning specialist, Rucker is the principal of the Wise Economy Workshop, a consulting firm and niche publisher. “The public participation approach outlined in the book is heavily based on the small group cooperative education methods I learned as a BS education candidate around 1990,” she says.

Shelley Sherman (MS92) of Deerfield, Ill., is the 2015 recipient of the American Educational Research Association Division of Teaching and Teacher Education Award for Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education for her book, Teacher Preparation as an Inspirational Practice: Building Capacities for Responsiveness.

Patrick Day

Patrick Day (BS93) of Stockton, Calif., vice president for student life at the University of the Pacific, spoke to about 170 resident assistants and Residential Services administrators at Northwestern’s Gregg A. Kindle Distinguished Lecture on Community about the importance of building cross-cultural and diverse communities.

Amy Liu

Amy Liu (BS93) of Alexandria, Va., was named vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy program at the Brookings Institution..

Amy Liu

Betheny Lyke (MS95) of Frankfort, Ill., is now executive director of the Illinois Center for School Improvement (ICSI), which works to build leadership capacity in school districts identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. Under her leadership, ICSI has made advances on a statewide support system, coaching for district leaders and a learning network.

Andrew Keyt (MS96) of Chicago is executive director of the Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center and president and founder of Keyt Consulting, which assists family enterprises. Keyt recently wrote Myths and Mortals: Family Business Leadership and Succession Planning.

Denis Tse (BS98) of Hong Kong has been appointed executive director of Daiwa Associate Holdings. Previously he was the head of Asia-Private Investments with Lockheed Martin Investment Management.

April Bernard (PhD99) of Chicago, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Chicago State University, wrote a new book, Transforming Justice, Transforming Lives. Through interviews with formerly gang-affiliated women, the book traces how they were able to desist from crime and contribute to their communities.

Eric Brown

Eric Brown (MS99) of Chicago, a biology teacher at Evanston Township High School, was elected to the National Education Association executive committee, the nine-member governing body overseeing the Association of nearly three million members. He will have a three-year term.

Gary L. Rivlin

Gary L. Rivlin (BS80) of New York City wrote Katrina: After the Flood, named a New York Times notable book of 2015 and one of NPR’s best books of 2015. The New York Times described Rivlin as “a sharp observer and a dogged reporter” and “unerringly compassionate.”

Enid Pallant Portnoy (EdD86) of Rockville, Md., is a retired associate professor of communication and gerontology at West Virginia University, where she taught for 43 years. Portnoy received the Stetson Distinguished Service Award from the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.

Linda K. Stroh (PhD89) of Santa Cruz, Calif., released the second edition of her book Trust Rules: How to Tell the Good Guys from the Bad Guys in Work and Life. Stroh, emeritus professor at Loyola University Chicago, is teaching a class at the University of California Santa Cruz.

Adrienne Y. Bailey

Adrienne Y. Bailey (PhD73) of Chicago, a senior consultant with the Panasonic Foundation, received the Coffey Award from Loyola University, which honors an alumna for leadership and service, for her career in education and human development.