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 Session I Bios 

 Workshop A: "Progressive Strides of the Engaged Student"

 Marques Dexter, Assistant Coach at SUNY Cortland 

  Marques Dexter

Marques is an assistant coach for Cortland's cross country and track and field teams. He also serves as an instructor in the physical education department and is an adjunct member of the sport management staff. In the 2009-10 track and field season at Cortland, Dexter coached three NCAA qualifiers, nine ECAC qualifiers and nine SUNYAC scorers in horizontal jumps. He also was a Central Region coach at the 2010 Empire State Games.

Workshop B: "Flourishing Communities: Including People of ALL Abilities"

Vicki Wilkins, Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies at SUNY Cortland  

  Vicki Wilkins

Dr. Wilkins is a professor in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department at SUNY Cortland. She serves as project faculty for the New York State Inclusive Recreation Resource Center.  Dr. Wilkins’ work focuses on diversity, inclusion, and recreation.  She has been active in the field of recreation and therapeutic recreation for over 30 years, and has won numerous teaching awards as a professor at SUNY Cortland.  Dr. Wilkins received her master’s degree in therapeutic recreation at Florida State University, and her Ph.D. in therapeutic recreation/family development from Pennsylvania State University.


Workshop C:   "Being Collaborative in a Conflicting World"

 Anthony Nocella, Lecturer at SUNY Cortland

 Anthony Nocella

Anthony J. Nocella II, Lecturer at SUNY Cortland and Executive Director of Save the Kids, has published more than 12 books in the area of social justice and has facilitated conflict transformation and collaborative workshops around the country in prison and non-prison settings for the last 13 years.


Session II Bios 

Workshop A: "Sustaining Secure, Confident, and Multiculturally Competent Student Leaders in a Diverse World"

Kim Williams, Coordinator for Staff Selection and Training at Syracuse University 

  Kim Williams

Kim was born in Jamaica and came to the United States for college. She has been working at Syracuse University for 5 years. In her first year at SU she was a Resident Director (RD). For the last four years she has been the coordinator for staff selection and training. In that role she selects and trains student staff, including resident advisors and main desk assistants. She also selects and trains professional staff members. Kim is one of three people in the department of residence life who plan and facilitate diversity conversations with professional staff. She facilitates Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (CARE) dialogue circles with students and is very passionate about issues related to historically underrepresented groups in society.


Workshop B:  "Citizen Leadership - How?"

John Suarez, Service-Learning Coordinator at SUNY Cortland  

John Suarez 

Since August 2005, Suarez has served as SUNY Cortland's Coordinator of Service-Learning; in 2008, he co-founded the SUNY Service-Learning and Community Service Association.  His recent work includes Imagination and Emotion:  Neurological Bases for Role-Playing's Effectiveness (Scholars' Day, SUNY Cortland, April 2009) and Emotion:  The Heart in Service-Learning, presented at the American Democracy Project Conference, Philadelphia, PA, June 2007. He has used service-learning pedagogy in his writing classes since fall 1999.   

Leslie Wilkins, Prevention Coordinator for Family Counseling Services of Cortland County, Inc.

  Leslie Wilkins 

Leslie is the Prevention Coordinator at Family Counseling Services where she develops, coordinates, and presents prevention programming by working with many facets of the community, most notably the Youth Assist program. Leslie is also the Cortland County regional Coordinator for the Family Counseling Services Rite Aid Drug Quiz show, and she serves as a member of the SUNY Cortland Service-Learning Advisory Team.  Leslie has a B.A. in Elementary Education from SUNY Cortland and an M.S. in Education from Antioch University.  Leslie has been involved with youth advocacy for many years.  Some of her accomplishments include the Tully After-School Program, being an OCM BOCES Special Education Teaching Assistant, and being an Academy Leader at the Central New York Charter School for Math and Science.


Workshop C: "Leadership and Innovation in Student Teaching"

Katelyn D'Loughy, Kara Cangemi and Katelyn Grant

Moderator: Karen Hempson, Lecturer at SUNY Cortland

There are two programs available for student teachers within Childhood Education at Cortland that require initiative, collaboration, and team work.  The Unified Teaching and Learning Initiative (UTLI) is part of the Cortland Professional Development School (PDS) program and involves co-teaching on teams with master teachers and student teachers of special education and general education.  The Australia Student Teaching program includes a 13-week student teaching experience in Australian schools in collaboration with the University of Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.  You will learn more about these programs and how innovation in teaching is an important part of leadership development in education.