As a Massachusetts state representative, Roosevelt chaired the Education Committee where he guided passage of the Education Reform Act of 1993—legislation providing the equitable resources and accountability measures necessary for school improvement. He was also the lead sponsor of the 1989 Massachusetts Gay Rights Bill. In 1994, Roosevelt was the Democratic nominee for governor of Massachusetts. For a five-year period beginning in 2005, he served as superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools. There, he pursued aggressive reform and founded The Pittsburgh Promise, an initiative that raised $150 million to guarantee college scholarships to Pittsburgh students who earn a 2.5 GPA or better. Roosevelt taught political science at Brandeis University, where he was also the director of the Gordon Public Policy Center, and taught a course on the intersection of American history and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz Graduate School of Public Policy. He holds BA and JD degrees from Harvard University and is a graduate of the Broad Urban Superintendent’s Academy.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Rahmanian was a member of the faculty at Antioch College from 1986 until it closed in 2008. An associate professor of business, he chaired the management program and coordinated the Department of Social & Global Studies. At the closing of the College, Rahmanian served as a member of its Executive Collective of the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute before accepting a post as senior director of institutional research and evaluation at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. Rahmanian earned BA and MA degrees in economics at the University of Tehran, and a PhD in public policy research and analysis at the University of Pittsburgh.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Valerie L. Webster
Webster was previously the chief financial officer at Cincinnati Incorporated, where she was responsible for the administrative, human resources, information technology, financial and risk management operations. For a two-year period beginning in 2009, she was the chief financial officer at Advanced Testing Laboratory, where she oversaw accounting and administration, managed and forecasted cash flow, and contributed to fundamental characteristics of growth and stability. As the vice president for administration and chief financial officer at Endeavor Construction, Webster managed all financial and general accounting activity, and she provided leadership and training to accounting and project management teams to build and implement effective strategies. She also held financial and operational directorships at Doubletree Hotels and LM Sandler and Sons. Webster has an associate in accounting from Oakland College Auburn and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of South Florida.
DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS AND THE ANNUAL FUND
Devine-Ahl came to Antioch College from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she served as director of donor relations and scholarships and special assistant to the controller. Previous to that she served as the director of alumni relations at the George Washington University Law School. She graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where she majored in communications/advertising and public relations. She has a master’s in education and human development, with a concentration in higher education administration, from George Washington University.
CHIEF ADMISSION OFFICER
Canal earned a BA in social entrepreneurship and economic development at Antioch College. His co-ops included positions at Mulhauser and Associates in Washington, D.C., where he was one of a three-member leadership team for RootsCamp, which brought more than 400 campaign managers and candidates together for a post-election debrief; and a position at America’s Impact, where he built and activated a network of more than 1,000 youth organizers to spread a message of progressive foreign policy. After graduation, he served as a campaign management consultant for John Stronberg’s successful mayoral bid in Ashland, Oregon, before returning to Yellow Springs as Internet director for the College Revival Fund, where he developed an integrated marketing communications strategy, oversaw branding initiatives, and supported annual fund-raising.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Thomas R. Brookey
Brookey has decades of financial experience, including higher education, real estate, mortgage, banking, human resources and sports and event planning. He was the vice president for finance and CFO at Day Air Credit Union, CFO at the Victory Financial Group, CFO at the Cincinnati Winter Sports Festival, and assistant dean of fiscal affairs at Wright State University. A registered notary public, Brookey has a BS in business administration from Wright State University.
CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Gariot P. Louima
Louima was the editorial director in marketing and publications at Miami Dade College and an editor and publicist at Nova Southeastern University. As a journalist, he reported for the Los Angeles Times, Palm Beach Post, and The Miami Herald. His fiction has appeared in Carte Blanche, The Caribbean Writer, and Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora. Additionally, he’s taught composition, college writing skills, and developmental writing as an adjunct professor of English at Broward College. Louima holds a BSC with a double major in journalism and English/creative writing from the University of Miami; an MS in management from Nova Southeastern University; and an MFA in writing and literature from the Bennington College Writing Seminars.
DEAN OF COOPERATIVE, EXPERIENTIAL, AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Prior to his arrival at Antioch, Kraince held posts as research professor and academic coordinator of the Center for Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de México, where he taught graduate-level courses on contemporary movements, social research methods and the political sociology of Islam. From 2003 to 2006, he directed Ohio University’s Inter-Religious Dialogue Project. He has conducted field research in Indonesia as a Foreign Language and Areas Studies grantee in 1998–99, a Fulbright Dissertation Research Program Fellow in 2000, and as a Fulbright New Century Scholar in 2005. He also has several years of experience leading experiential education programs in the Caribbean. Kraince speaks English, Indonesian/Malay, Spanish and is currently working on Portuguese. Kraince, who also has a faculty appointment as associate professor of cooperative education, has a PhD in the sociology of education and an MA in international affairs—Southeast Asia Studies from Ohio University.
DEAN OF COMMUNITY LIFE
Smith worked as a mental health counselor in community mental health settings. After working for a time at the Dayton-based Assertive Community Treatment, she took a position as a therapist for Wellspring and the Rocking Horse Adult Mental Clinic. She was a member of the Antioch College faculty from 1994 until it closed in 2008. During her time at Antioch, Smith chaired the arts department and, for a time, served as the associate dean of faculty. In addition to her degree from Antioch College, Smith holds an MA in playwriting from Antioch University and an MS in community counseling, with licensure, from the University of Dayton.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GLEN HELEN ECOLOGY INSTITUTE
Boutis has directed operations at the Glen Helen Ecology Institute for six years. Previous to his appointment, he was a teacher training manager at Population Connection, a program associate at Ocean Wildlife Campaign, and a communications/outreach coordinator at the Endangered Species Coalition. He holds a BA in biology from Oberlin College and an MGA from the University of Maryland.
DIRECTOR OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES
Kapoun has held librarian positions at Penn State, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Southwest State University and Mankato State University in Minnesota. He was director of the Luise V. Hanson Library at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, and associate director of Maag Library at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. He has a BS from Gustavus Adolphus College, an MDiv from the Luther Seminary, and an MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
DIRECTOR OF THE CORETTA SCOTT KING CENTER FOR CULTURAL AND INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM
The Rev. Derrick Weston
Weston is a pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs. He was previously pastor at the Oakland Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Ohio. Prior to moving to the Midwest, he taught a course titled “The City and Servant Leadership” on urban history, race relations and ministry in Pittsburgh, and he was the mission advancement manager at The Pittsburgh Project, a nonprofit community development organization that operates a series of afterschool and summer programs for young people. Weston has a BA in film studies from the University of Pittsburgh and an MDiv from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.
DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
Jennifer R. Jolls
Jennifer was the assistant director of communications at Antioch College prior to her current appointment. She previously served as the director of marketing strategy at Columbia College where she planned and executed the College’s $4 million advertising budget. Prior to that, she held the positions of associate director of marketing, interim senior director of public relations, and public relations coordinator at Columbia College. She has a BS in public relations and marketing from the University of Central Missouri and an MA in educational administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Linda Fuselier, Associate Professor of Environmental Science
Linda Fuselier was an associate professor and director of women’s and gender studies at Minnesota State University before coming to Antioch College. She’s taught in high schools, community colleges, research universities, and primarily undergraduate institutions. Linda has a strong record of receiving grant funding for integrating meaningful research into the undergraduate science curriculum. Most recently, she worked with a team of undergraduate researchers on a project in restored and natural wetlands in northern Minnesota. She is currently working with students to document women’s contributions to professional scientific societies and is hoping to work with Antioch College students on plant populations in Glen Helen.
ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
Morrissey was the associate dean of students at Antioch College prior to the closure in 2008. Previous to that, she was the student health advocate at Antioch College and formerly worked as a medical assistant in a homeopathic medical practice. Morrissey attended Antioch College as an undergraduate student.