Adult Learning Students

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Sara Cook
sara.cook@uconn.edu
Advisor: Dr. Sandy Bell
Academic Background:
B.S. Gerontology
Professional Background:
Program Coordinator for the Office of Community Outreach at UCONN: Oversees the Health and Human Service volunteer programs pairing students with community organizations that work with a wide range of clients to address various concerns including homelessness, physical or mental disabilities, and personal injury or illness.
AL Program:
M.A., Adult Learning
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Carrie Graham
cograham@catawba.edu
Advisor: Dr. Sandy Bell
See Carrie’s CV here.
Research interests:
Workplace learning, professional development, faculty development, diversity
Academic Background:
MA – Athletic Training
BA – Sports Medicine
Professional Background:
Assistant Professor / Sport and Health Sciences
AL Program:
PhD Learning, Leadership, & Educational Policy, Adult Learning concentration
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Brian Hentz
brian.hentz@business.uconn.edu
Advisor: Dr. Sandy Bell
See Brian’s CV here.
Research interests:
Adaptive change, transitional learning, educational gerontology, sustainability
Academic Background:
B.S., Secondary Education/English, West Chester University (PA), 1992
M.A., English: Rhetoric & Composition, University of Oklahoma, 1996
MBA, Iowa State University, 2005
Graduate Certificate, Gerontology, University of Georgia’s Institute of Aging, 2011
Professional Certificate, Sustainability, University of Queensland (Australia), 2013
Professional Background:
In-residence faculty member at UConn’s School of Business.
Serves as a ghost writer and technical/developmental editor for a range of internal projects and publications.
Faculty mentor for the UConn Connects program.
AL Program:
PhD Learning, Leadership, & Educational Policy, Adult Learning concentration
Yujin Kim
yujin.kim@uconn.edu
Advisor: Dr. Robin Grenier
Research interests:
Expertise Development, Workplace Learning, Multicultural education
Academic Background:

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, 1999 B.A. in Psychology, Pusan National University, Pusan, South Korea, 1994
Professional Background:

Graduate Assistant
AL Program:
PhD Learning, Leadership, & Educational Policy, Adult Learning concentration
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Kim Laing
Kimberly.Laing@uconn.edu
Advisor: Dr. Robin Grenier
Research interests:
cognitive, affective, behavioral aspects of career learning; neurobiology of learning and memory
Academic Background:

MS Organizational Management – Eastern Connecticut State University
BS Liberal Studies – Southern Connecticut State University.
Professional Background:
Associate Registrar at Southern Connecticut State University
AL Program:
PhD Learning, Leadership, & Educational Policy, Adult Learning concentration
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Al Lizana
lizana@uchc.edu
Advisor: Dr. Robin Grenier
See Al’s CV here.
Research interests:
Adult Learning in Compliance Education related to Equity Issues
Academic Background:
Law
Professional Background:
Associate Vice President of Diversity and Equity, UCONN HEALTH
AL Program:
Graduate Certificate, Adult Learning
20130111_2051Christine Mosman
christine.mosman@uconn.edu
Advisor: Dr. Sandy Bell
See Christine’s CV here.
Personal Goals:
Work in program administration, leadership development, experiential education and counseling individuals and groups from diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Continue to support, encourage, and challenge individuals to excel beyond self imposed limitations and those imposed by gender, race, economics or disabilities in higher education, adult learning and beyond.
Academic Background:
B.S. Renewable Natural Resources
Professional Background:
Director of Student Services, University of Connecticut’s Torrington Campus
AL Program:
M.A., Adult Learning
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Leah Osborn
eosborn@charter.net
Advisor: Dr. Marijke Kehrnahn
See Leah’s CV here.
Research interests:
The relationship of adult learning theory to professional development, particularly leadership development.
Academic Background:
MA from the University of Texas at Austin in Instructional Design
BS from the University of Vermont in Industrial Arts Education
AD in Computer Integrated Manufacturing from Moraine Park Technical College.
Professional Background:
Director of the WIDS Division of the Wisconsin Technical College System Foundation.
AL Program:
PhD Learning, Leadership, & Educational Policy,Adult Learning concentration
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Brandon Murray
brandon.murray@uconn.edu
Advisor: Dr. Marijke Kehrnahn
See Brandon’s CV here.
Research interests:
Workplace learning, organizational learning, organizational structure, implementing change at a workplace
Academic Background:
M.A English Literature, University of New Hampshire, ‘10
B.A English, University of Connecticut, ‘08
B.A Philosophy, University of Connecticut, ‘08Professional Background:
Assistant to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
AL Program:
PhD Learning, Leadership, & Educational Policy,Adult Learning concentration
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Kris Perry
kristopher.perry@uconn.edu
Advisor: Dr. Marijke Kehrnahn

Research interests:
Veterans and Social Justice in Education
Academic Background:
BS Political Science- USNA ’92
MBA – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ’01
MMAS – School Advanced Military Studies ‘07
Professional Background:
Director of UConn Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs
AL Program:
PhD Learning, Leadership, & Educational Policy,Adult Learning concentration
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Jon Rizzo
jon.rizzo@uconn.edu
Advisor: Dr. Sandy Bell
See Jon’s CV here.
Research interests:
Patient Adherence/Compliance, Patient Education, Medical Student Education
Academic Background:
Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Adult Learning
Professional Background:
Clinical Instructor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at UConn
AL Program:
PhD Learning, Leadership, & Educational Policy,Adult Learning concentration
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Chris Ryan
cmnopryan@gmail.com
Advisor: Dr. Sandy Bell
See Chris’ CV here.
Academic Background:
Bachelors in Accounting, MBA
Professional Background:
Director, Learning and Performance Development and Quality Assurance
AL Program:
M.A, Adult Learning
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Alexis Salsedo-Surovov
Alexis.Salsedo-Surovov@uconn.edu
Advisor: Dr. Robin Grenier
See Alexis’ CV here.
Research interests:
Donor motivation, prosocial behavior, philanthropy, adult learning, donor education.
Academic Background:
M.S. Fundraising Management, Columbia University
B.A. Economics, Yale University
Professional Background:
Fundraiser for higher education
AL Program:
PhD Learning, Leadership, & Educational Policy,Adult Learning concentration
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Tracy Smith-Michnowicz
tracymsmith77@gmail.com
Advisor: Dr. Robin Grenier
See Tracy’s CV here.
Academic Background:
MA, Early Childhood Special Education
BA, Psychology
Professional Background:
Adjunct Lecturer, Early Childhood Education, Quinebaug Valley Community College Master Teacher at UCONN Child Development Laboratories
AL Program:
Graduate Certificate, Adult Learning
Brooks Snyder
brooks.snyder@uconn.edu
Advisor: Dr. Marijke Kehrnahn
Research Interests:
Adult Basic Education
Academic Background:
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology
Professional Background:
Senior Design Engineer at Pratt & Whitney.
AL Program:
M.A., Adult Learning