2018 Forum Annual Meeting | Speakers


Breaking through the Noise: Messaging for Maximum Impact

April 25-27, 2018
Vancouver, WA

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Photo of Sona AndrewsSona Karentz Andrews has over thirty-five years of experience as a higher education university faculty member and administrator.  She has held many leadership positions, including vice chancellor of the Oregon University System and provost and vice president for academic affairs at two large universities. Andrews has served and continues to serve on local, state, regional and national task forces and boards. She earned her undergraduate degree in geography from Worcester State College in Massachusetts and her master’s and Ph.D. in geography from Arizona State University. Her areas of experience include innovation; strategic planning and implementation; leadership development; university budget models and policy development.

Photo of Carina BeckCarina Beck has served as the director of the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success since 2014. Within this role, Beck oversees several student services offices that work together to advance retention and graduation outcomes for Montana State University (MSU).   In addition, Beck also oversees the MSU Hilleman Scholars Program, a scholarship program designed to improve graduation outcomes for Montana resident students.  Beck earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organizational communication and her doctorate in higher education.  Through her interdisciplinary background, Beck focuses on the socialization process of students, and communication and analytical methods of institutions to advance student outcomes.

Photo of Patrick BriggsPatrick Briggs has spent the past 5 years as the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) state director for Texas. As of June 2017, he added the states of Arkansas and Oklahoma to the states he leads as an AVID state director.  Prior to this post, Briggs was the AVID Texas state assistant director.  Before that he spent 15 years as a teacher and administrator in Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Texas.  Briggs earned his B.S. degree in biology and his master’s degree in educational administration from Prairie View A & M University.    

Photo of David BuhlerDavid Buhler was appointed commissioner of higher education in 2012 by the Utah Board of Regents. As commissioner, he is responsible for providing strategic statewide leadership on behalf of higher education and implementing the policies of the Board of Regents, the governing board of Utah’s eight public colleges and universities. Buhler comes to this position with a long history of service in higher education, state and local government, and business. A native of Salt Lake City, he received his B.A. degrees in history and political science from the University of Utah, a M.P.A. from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Utah.

Photo of Martin CarcassonMartín Carcasson is a professor in the communication studies department of Colorado State University and the director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD). He is also the current chair of the board of directors of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation. His research is focused on helping communities address “wicked problems” more productively through improved public communication, community problem solving, and collaborative decision-making. The CPD is a practical, applied extension of his work, and functions as an impartial resource dedicated to enhancing local democracy in Northern Colorado. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M in 2004.

Photo of Michael Caulfield Michael Caulfield has served as director of blended and networked learning for Washington State University (WSU) Vancouver since 2013. He assists faculty with the integration of technology into teaching, and promotes new net-enabled pedagogical practice at WSU and in cross-institutional projects. Previously, Caulfield worked for Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the director of community outreach for the OpenCourseWare Consortium, and as an instructional designer and programmer in both corporate and university contexts. He received his M.A. in English from Northern Illinois University.

Photo of Clayton ChristianClayton Christian has served as Montana’s commissioner of higher education since January 2012. He served six years as a member and chairman of Montana’s Board of Regents of Higher Education before assuming the chief administrative leadership post in the Montana University System. His previous business experience includes title insurance and escrow services, real estate sales and development, commercial land ownership and management. He is a graduate of the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with emphasis in finance, management and advanced studies in economics.

Photo of Carlos CrespoCarlos Crespo is vice provost for undergraduate training in biomedical research at Portland State University (PSU) and professor in the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) PSU School of Public Health. He is the principal investigator of BUILD EXITO, a partnership with nine other community colleges and universities in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. He graduated from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, and received a M.S. from Texas Tech University and a doctor of public health from the Loma Linda University in California. His main areas of research are physical activity and minority health.

Photo of Barbara DamronBarbara Damron is the cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Higher Education Department. She has oversight of the state’s 28 public institutions of higher education, the four tribal colleges, and the over 150 private and proprietary postsecondary schools. She also chairs the New Mexico Education Trust Board and is a commissioner of WICHE. Most recently she was associate professor at the University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing and in the department of family and community medicine at the UNM Health Science Center School of Medicine. Damron previously worked as professional staff on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions.

Photo of Kimberly GreenKimberly Green has worked extensively on federal policy impacting Career Technical Education (CTE) for the past twenty-four years. Working closely with U.S. Congress, the administration and a broad range of stakeholders, she represents the interests of and seeks support for CTE. In her position with the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, Green helped to secure the largest philanthropic investment in career readiness/CTE: the New Skills for Youth Initiative funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co. invests in systemic, state-level transformation to increase access to high-quality CTE and aligns to the aspirations of Putting Learner Success First.  With the support of Pell Grants and the federal work study program, she is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Photo of Terry JonesTerry Jones is an author, venture capitalist, innovator and keynote speaker.  He is the founder of Travelocity.com, founding chairman of Kayak.com and current chairman for Wayblazer, a company designed around innovation and travel.  He has a proven track record of leading companies whose innovations have revolutionized an industry. His book, ON Innovation, has encouraged innovation and cultural change for readers worldwide. Jones is a graduate of Denison University and has an honorary doctor of letters from Sierra Nevada College.

Photo of Hannah KochHannah Koch is a research and technical assistance associate with the WICHE Mental Health Program and is also a licensed psychologist. Her work at WICHE includes various behavioral health research initiatives, including evaluating evidence-based programs and campus sexual violence prevention. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including university counseling centers, where she gained experience in both crisis intervention and outreach. She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Denver where she teaches graduate-level courses in clinical interventions. She earned her bachelor’s degree with honors at the University of Chicago in psychology and biological sciences, and her doctorate at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

Photo of Laura MalcolmLaura Malcolm serves as vice president of outcomes and strategy at Civitas. She is passionate about helping others improve their lives through education. She began her career as a high school teacher in Austin, Texas and through that experience discovered her deep interest in designing tools to help people learn. Prior to working at Civitas Learning, she spent ten years in executive leadership roles directing the design and development of innovative educational technology products. Malcolm is a two-time CODiE Award recipient from the Software and Information Industry Association for product design and received her B.A. and B.F.A. from University of Texas at Austin, and M.A. in learning, design and technology at Stanford University.

Photo of Gerry PolletRepresentative Gerry Pollet has served in the Washington House of Representatives since December2011.  Pollet is vice chair of the higher education committee and serves on the appropriations and finance committees. He spearheaded the successful effort to pass the nation’s first comprehensive regulation of electronic cigarettes; and, developed Washington’s program responding to the critical shortage of teachers, including a grant program for low-income students aspiring to teach in underserved areas. Pollet has been honored as “Legislator of the Year” for his work to improve access to affordable higher education and student support. He is an attorney and faculty member at the University of Washington School of Public Health. He received his B.A from Clark University and J.D. from the University of Washington.

Photo of Claude SteeleClaude Steele is an American social psychologist and currently serves as emeritus professor at Stanford University. He is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His earlier work dealt with research on the self (e.g., self-image, self-affirmation) as well as the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. In 2010, he released his book, Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, summarizing years of research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education. He has served in several major academic leadership positions such as the executive vice chancellor and provost at University of California Berkeley, the I. James Quillen dean for the school of education at Stanford University, and as the provost of Columbia University. He holds B.A. in psychology from Hiram College (OH), an M.A. in social psychology from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in social psychology and statistical psychology from Ohio State University.

Photo of Carl WiemanCarl Wieman has been a professor of physics at the graduate school of education at Stanford University since 2013, and before that was at the Universities of Colorado and British Columbia and was the associate director for science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Wieman has carried out extensive research in both atomic physics (Nobel Prize 2001) and undergraduate science education (Carnegie Professor of the Year 2004), including institutional change in teaching. Wieman received his B.S. from MIT and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Wieman recently published a book on large scale change, Improving How Universities Teach Science: Lessons from the Science Education Initiative.