Inquiry Magazine Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy

Fall 2017

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Christina Anderson (MS16) of Northbrook, Ill., is director of learner experience at John Wiley & Sons, where she works to create a healthier organizational culture.

Darkhan Bilyalov (MS10) earned his PhD in higher education from Penn State University. He will be an assistant professor at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.

Lisa (Blaskowski) Anderson (MS15) of Chicago received the 2017 Alumnae of Northwestern University Research grant for her joint research project, “Closing the Gap in College and Career Readiness for Low Income Students; Student-Centered Learning through Educational Technologies.” Lisa also was nominated for the 2016 University of Michigan Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Megan Castle (MS16) of Chicago received the Fellowship in Leadership at the Center for Leadership at Northwestern for the 2017–18 academic year. She’ll serve as a teaching assistant for the “Paradigms in Leadership” undergraduate course and will coach and advise undergraduates in the spring of 2018.

Nia Coffey

Nia Coffey (BS17) of Minneapolis, Minn., was selected by the San Antonio Stars as the No. 5 overall pick in the Women’s National Basketball Association draft, making her the highest Wildcat player ever selected.

Hana Johnson (MS17) of Fishers, Ind., is assistant director of Greek Life at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Mike Kegler (MS12) of Chicago was promoted to director of systems and technology at the University of Chicago.

Erica Miller (MS16) of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is a senior consultant with the Hackett Group, an intellectual property-based consulting firm. Erica previously worked as a consultant with Strategic Talent Solutions, and at Exelon in the Diversity & Inclusion Department, where she co-designed the inaugural Women’s Leadership Development Summit.

Eupha Jeanne (McCrary) Daramola (BS12) of Brooklyn, New York, is enrolled in the University of Southern California’s Urban Education PhD program. Her concentration will be K–12 policy.

Mandi Moy (MS13) is director of admissions and recruitment for the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing.

Hannah Nielsen (BS10) was named head coach of the women’s lacrosse team at the University of Michigan. Nielsen spent the past year as an assistant with the Wildcats.

Rebecca Pinchuk (MS15) of Chicago was promoted to senior project administrator at Northwestern’s Office of Change Management.

Keeley Sorokti

Keeley Sorokti (MS11) of Chicago recently joined Commvault to lead community and knowledge management strategy.

Cari Rachael Shapiro (BS11) of Miami joined Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Hermann as an associate. Ms. Shapiro is a litigation attorney who focuses on product liability and commercial litigation.

Valerie Smith

Valerie Smith (MS17) is assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Northwestern.

Ritu Subramony (MS13) of Sycamore, Ill., was promoted to director of accreditation, assessment, and evaluation within the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.

Corey White

Corey White (MS10) of Portland, Ore., left Accenture and joined Propeller, a boutique management consulting firm based in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, Calif. He’ll be working with Katy Mess (MS08) as a change management consultant for the 70-person firm.

Gabrielle Viard

Gabrielle Viard (MS15) is now working in Global Programs at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management as the MBA exchange program manager.

Nicolas Zarazúa

Nicolas Zarazúa (MS17) of Chicago started a new position as a transition coach at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is working in the L@s GANAS Office, which is dedicated to supporting prospective and current Latinx students in the STEM fields.


Katie Eimers (MS08) of Durham, N.C., is actiing vice dean for finance and administration at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Shannon Kennedy (MS06) is a college coach with Anna Ivey Consulting and an adjunct faculty member at North Park University in Chicago.

Gayle Kricke

Gayle Kricke (BS07) of Chicago is a clinical quality leader for Northwestern Medicine. She is the second person in the nation to hold PhD-level training specific to healthcare quality and patient safety. Kricke received her doctorate from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program.

Katy Weseman (MS09) of Chicago is associate director in the Office of New Student and Family Engagement at DePaul University, where she has worked for five years.

John Wilkin (MS08) is director of finance and administration and chief financial officer for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Robert Tuthill Kimball

Robert Tuthill Kimball (MA10) of Grand Rapids, Mich., earned a doctoral degree in education leadership at Michigan State University and is now associate vice president for charter schools at Grand Valley State University, Michigan’s largest charter school authorizer.

Heather Daigle Xu (MS09) of LaPlace, Louisiana, has been promoted to director in KPMG’s People & Change consulting practice, where she has spent the last five years.


Dan Galante (MS90) of Chicago is assistant admissions director and assistant football coach at DePaul College Prep High School in Chicago.

David R. Harris (BS91) of Lexington, Mass., provost and senior vice president at Tufts University, was named a Cummings Foundation community trustee.

Erika Lunkenheimer

Erika Lunkenheimer (MS99) of State College, Penn., is associate professor of psychology at Penn State University and associate director of Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network.

George McClellan (MS98), vice chancellor for student affairs at Indiana University, Purdue University Fort Wayne, is working on three books, including the third edition of Budgets and Financial Management in Higher Education.

Shazia Miller (MA96, PhD98) of Chicago was appointed senior vice president for education and child development at NORC at the University of Chicago.

Lisa Quinn Pate (BS91) of Ooltewah, Tenn., was named president and chief administrative officer for the truckload carrier U.S. Xpress, where she has worked since 2002.

Nsombi B. Ricketts

Nsombi B. Ricketts (BS99) of Chicago was promoted to assistant provost for diversity and inclusion at Northwestern University. She previously served as assistant dean of diversity and inclusion at The Graduate School at Northwestern.


Rosemary Caruk (MS88) of Evanston is a specialist in corporate and foundation grants at SGA Youth & Family Services which provides parenting, early childhood education, juvenile justice, and workforce development services in low income neighborhoods. Prior to joining SGA, Rosemary spent four years at Instituto del Progreso Latino in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, writing proposals to secure funding for the organization’s adult education, workforce development, and financial literacy programs in Pilsen, Little Village and Back of the Yards.

Donna Gallup (BS89) of Palm Desert, Calif., is assistant professor in the department of social work at Azusa Pacific University in the greater Los Angeles area. She previously served as CEO and president of American Family Housing.

Mitch Glazier

Mitch Glazier (BS88) of Bethesda, Maryland, was promoted to president of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); he will become chairman and CEO in 2019. Glazier also serves as chairman of the board for the charity Musicians on Call, which brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals and healthcare facilities across the nation.

Julie Miller Romeo (BS89), a teaching artist, director and producer, taught her awardwinning curriculum, the Fairy Tale Trials, during the Center for Talent Development’s summer session. Romeo’s class explores the moral dilemmas at the core of traditional tales, using the lenses of law, literature, and improvisation.

Lynette Calucin Connell (BS89) is a pediatric hospitalist with NorthShore University HealthSystem. She enjoys living in Evanston with her husband and three kids while spending her “free time” helping others as a virtual health and fitness coach.


Mary Jo Potter (MS73) of Walnut Creek, Calif., founder and CEO of Healthcare Angels, received the 2017 Hanna Community All-Star Award for her commitment to the Hanna Boys Center.

Christine Tolbert Norman

Christine Tolbert Norman (MS68) is mayor of Bentol City, Liberia, where she was born and raised. Norman is the daughter of the late William Tolbert, the former Liberian president, who was slain during a 1980 coup.