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Adjunct Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Jeff Benvenuto (PhD, Rutgers University) teaches Unveiling the Underpinnings of Genocide, Genocide in the Modern World, Genocide Prevention, and Native American Genocides. He is a contributing co-editor of Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America (Duke University Press, 2014), has published in Journal of Genocide Research and Genocide Studies and Prevention, and is currently working on a manuscript entitled “Coopting Rights: Settler Colonial Globalism and the Normalcy of Assimilation.” He specializes in genocide studies, atrocity prevention, human rights, Indigenous studies, settler...

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In addition to teaching in the Doctor of Education program at Gratz College, Bill Boozang is a full-time faculty member and dissertation chair at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. Having worked in higher education for twenty years, as an instructor of English composition and literature, communications and education, as well as an administrator at both small and large institutions, Bill has interest in creating opportunities for affordable and accessible post-secondary education. Bill also serves as Past-President for the Association for Continuing Higher Education, and serves on...

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Adjunct Instructor in Education

Stephen “Steff” Chortanoff earned degrees at Lycoming College (B.A., History), Pennsylvania State University (M.A., American Studies), Temple University (M.Ed., Educational Administration), and the American Military University (M.A., History).  Over the last dozen years, he served as an AP European History teacher, Dean of Students,  gifted support teacher, and creator and instructor of dual enrollment college history courses (Second World War, American Civil War and Reconstruction, 20th Century America, and the Vietnam War) at Lower Dauphin High School. In addition, he serves as an...

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Adjunct Professor in Nonprofit Management

Tel. 215 435 2721
[email protected]
 

Dr. Choukroun is Managing Director, Park/Mathieson Group Inc. In this capacity, he assists clients in the areas of strategy, business planning and organizational change, and leads seminars for executives and managers in the United States and abroad.
His current academic affiliations include Affiliated Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, where he lectures in the Organizational Dynamics Graduate Program and in the Wharton School Executive Education Division, Adjunct Faculty in the LeBow College of Business programs at Drexel University and Adjunct Faculty in the Healthcare MBA...

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Associate Professor of Jewish Studies

Phone: 215 635 7300 x 142
Email: [email protected]

Joseph M. Davis was born in 1960.  He grew up in Providence, R.I., and attended college at Brown University.  His Ph.D. is from Harvard University in the field of medieval Jewish history and literature.  His area of academic specialization is the cultural and intellectual history of Ashkenazic Jews in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Professor Davis has been teaching at Gratz College since 1994.  Before that, he taught at Washington University in St. Louis and at the University of Maryland.  He teaches a variety of courses on aspects of medieval Jewish culture and thought and on...

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Tricia Dressel is currently serving as the Director of Human Resources at The Food Trust, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.  Tricia has more than 15 years’ nonprofit management expertise working with local, national, and international organizations.  Tricia holds a MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and BA in Sociology with honors from the State University of New York at New Paltz.   She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a professional member of the...

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Adjunct Professor of Music and Education

Marsha Bryan Edelman studied at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where she earned degrees in general music, Jewish music, Jewish studies and education. She spent many years teaching music in a variety of formal and informal settings, to students ranging in age from 2 – 92.  Much of her career was spent at Gratz College, in Melrose Park PA, where she was Professor of Music and Education (as well as Dean for Academic Affairs for nine years); she is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music in the Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  In...

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President of Gratz College

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 215-635-7300 x131

Paul Finkelman received his B.A. in American Studies from Syracuse University in 1971 and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 1976.  He was later a Fellow in Law and Humanities at Harvard Law School. He has held a number of endowed chairs as a tenured professor or as a visitor, including the Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights Law at the University of Saskatchewan, the John Hope Franklin Chair in American Legal History at Duke Law School, and the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School.   In 2017 he held the Fulbright Chair in Human...

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Director of the Holocaust Oral History Archive

Phone: 215-635-7300 x130

Email: [email protected]

Josey G. Fisher, Director of the Holocaust Oral History Archive and Instructor in Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Gratz College, has graduate degrees in both clinical social work and Jewish studies and has focused her interdisciplinary background on Holocaust research and education for over 30 years. She received her BA and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and her Masters in Jewish Studies with a major in Modern European Jewish History from Gratz College.
 Her course offerings include “Teaching the Holocaust” and “Children of the Nazi Era”. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty...

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Adjunct Associate Professor of History

Dr. Reena Sigman Friedman is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Jewish History at Gratz College.

Dr. Friedman received her PhD in Jewish History from Columbia University. She is the author of These Are Our Children: Jewish Orphanages in the United States, 1880-1925 (Brandeis University Press, 1994), several encyclopedia entries and book chapters, and numerous scholarly articles. Her articles have appeared in American Jewish Archives, Jewish Social Studies, The...

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Adjunct Instructor in Educational Leadership

Dr. Karen Galardi is an adjunct instructor for Gratz College in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership. She is currently the Associate Vice President for Program Development and Planning at Holy Family University, but Dr. Galardi has held a variety of administrative and managerial roles at Holy Family University since 1990. She is an experienced higher education administrator with over 25 years of progressive managerial experience, with specialization in branch campus administration, adult education, strategic and operational planning and workshop development and facilitation....

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Adjunct Instructor Non-Profit Management

Allan Glazerman has over 25 years executive level not-for-profit experience supporting Jewish community organizations and synagogues ranging in size from 600 to 1500 families. He is currently the Executive Director of Congregation Or Tzion in Scottsdale, Arizona, one of the leading conservative synagogues in the Southwest. 
 
Prior to joining the Or Tzion staff, Allan served congregations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, San Antonio, Texas, Sydney, Australia, Marietta, Georgia, and Fair Lawn, NJ.  He has overseen and advised numerous committees, including Personnel, Fund-raising, Budget...

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Director of Library Services

Donna comes to Gratz College with 10 years of experience in archives, special collections and academic libraries, pushing them toward open access and creating welcoming, flexible learning spaces. She holds degrees from Temple University and the University of Pittsburgh in Art History and Library and Information Science, respectively. Donna's professional interests include digital access and preservation, socio-technological trends and communication, and the role of libraries in building community partnerships with shared knowledge and the support of first-generation college students. Her...

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Anna Hartman is the Director of Early Childhood Excellence at the Jewish United Fund and the Director of the Paradigm Project, a national network that nurtures emerging leadership in Jewish early childhood education. Anna holds a master's in Jewish educational leadership from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She has participated in two study tours of the renowned municipal early childhood centers in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Before graduate school, the first graduate education course...

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Peter Hocking is teacher, organizational development consultant, visual artist and writer based in Providence, RI & Provincetown, MA. He teaches at Goddard College in the Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts program and in the Division of Liberal Arts at Rhode Island School of Design. Previously he was director of Rhode Island School of Design's Office of Public Engagement (2007-2011), and Associate Dean of the College and Director of Brown University’s Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service (1988-2005). At the Swearer Center, he developed university-community...

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Adjunct Instructor in Early Education

Rebecca Holland is an adjunct instructor in the Early Education Program teaching Issues of Supervision. She attended Arcadia University, Cabrini College and Neumann University. She has a Master’s in Organizational Leadership.  She is licensed in real estate, an Associate Certified Coach, and a Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) trainer. 

Rebecca has taught Early Education Classes at Reading Community College and Chestnut Hill. She currently owns six childcare centers in Pennsylvania, which are active participants in the Keystone Stars program.  She has also owned childcare...

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Nancy Isserman, MSW, Ph.D. is the Director of Operation Home and Healing: Services for Veterans and Families (OHH); and Co-Director of Transcending Trauma Project (TTP) at Council for Relationships (CFR).  As part of the OHH services Dr. Isserman has developed and taught trainings and courses in military culture for clinicians, clergy, and others. She co-teaches a course on military culture and treatment for CFR’s interns and clinicians and for seminarians at United Lutheran Seminary on Military Culture, Behavioral Health, and Pastoral Care. Isserman is an adjunct lecturer at Gratz College...

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Adjunct Instructor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Dr. Victoria Khiterer is Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide at Millersville University, Pennsylvania. 
She is a founding member of the Scientific Council of the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center (BYHMC) in Kiev, Ukraine.
Dr. Khiterer is author and editor of six books and over one hundred articles in Russian and Eastern European Jewish History. Dr. Khiterer recently published her books Jewish City or Inferno of Russian Israel? A History of the Jews in Kiev before February 1917 and Jewish...

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Adjunct Instructor

Barbara Krasner holds an MBA in Marketing from the Rutgers Business School and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a 30-year veteran of corporate marketing in the technology and publishing industries, where she led teams in marketing communications and digital and print content creation. As a freelance writer, she is the author of more than 25 books and 200 articles. She has also helped small businesses establish a digital presence and has written press releases for scientific and medical journals. She has served on the boards of directors of several Jewish non-profits,...

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Adjunct Instructor in Nonprofit Management

Marilyn Lucas is a celebrated fundraiser in Philadelphia and among her colleagues nationally. Most recently, she was the Vice President for Development of the Philadelphia Orchestra, stepping in to build a successful fundraising program after the Orchestra filed for Chapter 11 in 2011.  She served in other  nonprofit fundraising positions for Gallaudet University, Arcadia University, University of Pennsylvania’s Development and Alumni Relations for Penn Health System and School of Medicine, The American Cancer Society, Osteopathic Medical Center of Philadelphia, Hahnemann University, and...

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Assistant Director, Gratz Advance; Director, JCHS & JOLT

Dina Maiben is the Assistant Director of Gratz Advance, the Director of the Jewish Community High School and JOLT: Jewish Online Learning for Teens, as well as an Adjunct Instructor and Hebrew Coordinator for Gratz College. Dina has worked extensively in the field of Jewish Education, in both formal and informal settings.  She has served as a Hebrew School director, classroom teacher, youth director, camp counselor, program director, and consultant.  She was the founding chair of Monmouth County’s Commission on Jewish Education.  Dina has authored nineteen books and more than two dozen...

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Director of Camp Administration and Leadership

BS, Communications James Madison University
MA, English/Writing Studies Montclair State University
EdD. (ABD), Jewish Theological Seminary

I am interested in organizational culture, leadership development, summer camps, adult learning.

Adjunct Instructor in History

Jennifer Marlow received her doctorate in East Central European history from  Michigan State University in May 2014. Her specialty is modern Poland, specifically Polish-Jewish relations during the interwar period and the Holocaust.  Her dissertation, “Polish Catholic Maids and Nannies: Female Aid and the Domestic Realm in Nazi-Occupied Poland," examines the role of Polish Catholic household servants working in interwar Jewish homes and their role in rescue during the Holocaust. She is currently in the process of  revising the dissertation into a book manuscript. She has written the article...

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Dr. Paul Mojzes is professor emeritus of religious studies at Rosemont College, where he used to be also the Provost and Academic Dean. He was interim director of the Gratz College Holocaust and Genocide Studies doctoral program and continues to teach at Gratz as an adjunct professor. He is a native of Yugoslavia where he studied at Belgrade University Law School, received the A.B. degree from Florida Southern College and Ph.D. degree from Boston University. He was the co-editor of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and is the founder and editor of Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern...

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Philip Moore is an artist, writer and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. As a teacher, he has experience teaching at the pre-school, middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. At the college level he has created and taught credit courses in a variety of formats including: 5, 6, 7, 8 and traditional 15 week semesters, online and in the classroom, hybrid, weekend seminar and even one week abroad. As an artist, he has shown work with the Jewish Arts Center in Old City, Philadelphia, PA, as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival (2004, 2006, 2007), and as a founding...

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Interim Dean of Academic Affairs

Honour H. Moore, EdD, is the Interim Dean and Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. She holds a B.A. in American Studies, from Rosemont College; an M.A in History, from Villanova University, and an EdD in Leadership, from Nova Southeastern University. She has over 30 years of experience in higher education administration, having served as Dean in three different institutions, where she was instrumental in developing and implementing accelerated undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Dr. Moore has also served as a consultant to more than a dozen institutions,...

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Carson Phillips, Ph.D., holds a B.A. from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Graduate Diploma in Holocaust and Genocide Education from the University of Toronto, and an M.A. from York University. He earned his Ph.D. from York University; receiving the BMW Canada Award for Excellence from the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies. He has received numerous scholarly awards and fellowships including the Fleischer Award, Gertner Award, and the Klasner Fellowship from York University; the Alfred Lerner Fellowship from the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous; and the Hess Faculty...

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Adjunct Instructor, Gratz College

William Plevan Ph.D. holds rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a doctorate in Religion from Princeton University, where he wrote a dissertation on the philosophical anthropology of Martin Buber. He has taught Jewish philosophy, theology and ethics at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College, and in a variety of adult educational settings. His article “Holiness in Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, and Martin Buber,” was recently published in Holiness in Jewish Thought, edited by Alan Mittleman (Oxford University Press, 2018). He is also the author of...

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Alison Polly graduated from Mansfield University and completed her doctoral work at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and works for a local school district as a high school principal.

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Director of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Programs

Email: [email protected]

Monika Rice, Ph.D. is the Director of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Programs and Assistant Professor in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Programs (M.A. and Ph.D.). A native of Poland, she holds an M.A. and B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, and a Ph.D. in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.

Dr. Rice has taught many courses on the Holocaust, Jewish-Christian relations, and women’s spirituality. Her first book, “What! Still Alive?! Jewish Survivors in Poland and...

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Leonard and Ethel Landau Professor of Rabbinics, Director, Jewish-Christian Studies Program and MA in Interfaith Leadership

Phone: 215-635-7300 x168

Email: [email protected]

Biography

Dr. Ruth N. Sandberg is the Leonard and Ethel Landau Professor of Rabbinics at Gratz College, and is the Director of the graduate Certificate in Jewish-Christian Studies and the MA in Interfaith Leadership.  She is  is a member of the board of Directors of the Insitute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, and served three years as the co-President of the heltenham Area Multifaith Council, a local organization that promotes...

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Christine Schmidt holds a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a certificate in Museum Studies with special focus on exhibition development from The George Washington University. She earned her Ph.D. in History from Clark University (2003) in the first-ever doctoral program in Holocaust and genocide studies. Her research has focused on the history of Jewish daily life in hiding in south-central France. Schmidt's areas of special focus include Vichy France, twentieth-century European history, and comparative genocide. Her most recent research has focused on a...

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Jonathan grew up in a small town in south Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University in 2003 with a degree in Marketing. While never attending a traditional camp growing up, Jonathan spent college summers in Maine at Camp Laurel, and in Michigan at Camp Miniwanca. After graduation, he spent the next eight years as the Boys' Director of Camp Champions, a residential summer camp outside of Austin, TX. In 2012, Jonathan left Camp Champions to pursue a Masters’ degree in Higher Education Administration and Leadership, and to run leadership programs for the University of Houston...

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Mark Snyder began educating in the high school English & Mathematics classroom in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and has also taught High School Special Education at Wordsworth Academy and a Cyber Charter High School.  He has since been teaching in the Temple University School of Education as well as Cabrini College.  He attended the University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate work and completed his Masters in Special Education and PhD in Educational Psychology at Temple University.  His personal research interests consist of classroom assessment, teacher change, and post-...

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Adjunct Instructor in Early Education

Rosalie St. Clair is an adjunct instructor in the Early Education Program teaching Play as the Foundation of Learning. She was originally from the Pittsburgh area and graduated from Indiana University of PA with a Bachelor of Science in El Ed, certified in PS through grade 8. Her graduate work was completed at Penn State.
Rosalie’s first teaching position was in Latrobe, PA—home of Mr. Rogers. Later she moved to Bedford, PA where she owned and taught in a private Kindergarten. She also taught ESEA reading and grade one in the district, and a career development course for Mt. Aloysius...

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David Keller Trevaskis, Esquire, is an attorney and former third grade teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education.   Trevaskis is the Pro Bono Coordinator for Legal Services for the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), responsible for assisting local bar associations, legal services programs and other groups who offer pro bono legal services across the Commonwealth to help improve the access to justice for the neediest among us.  Trevaskis is involved in numerous clinics and other activities that provide support for those with legal needs.

Trevaskis has long been a champion of non-...

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Adjunct Instructor in Education

Diana Tucker holds a Bachelor of Science in Entomology/Plant Pathology from the University of Delaware. She later went on to study Secondary Education at Notre Dame College. Diana taught various science courses at the middle and high school level for the Berea City School District in Ohio, where she also served as Department Chair and Science Olympiad Coordinator. Diana also holds a Master of Arts in Education from Gratz College. For the past several years, she has taught high school Biology at Unionville High School in Kennett Square, PA. She has extensive experience and interest in the...

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Adjunct Instructor in Education

Craig R. Van Demark earned degrees from Eastern University (Bachelor of Science), West Chester University (School of Health Sciences), and Gratz College (Masters of Education). Craig was awarded the Masters of Education award upon his graduation from Gratz College. Craig has been teaching physical education for the past fifteen years. He has taught elementary physical education in Naples, Florida, Lumberton, New Jersey and is currently teaching in Yardley, Pennsylvania. He created and leads a Brain Train program which engages his kindergarten students to perform at their maximum level at...

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Nina Warnke holds a B.A. in Theatre History from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. in Yiddish Studies from Columbia University. She has lectured and published extensively on Yiddish theatre and Yiddish literature. A forthcoming article will be included in the volume Women on the Yiddish Stage and among her most recent publications are an essay on representations of Shylock in Yiddish in Wrestling with Shylock and entries for the Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture. Over the past three decades, she served as a faculty member at Columbia University, Indiana University, the University...

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Adjunct Instructor in Nonprofit Management

Joseph P. Welsh, Esq., is an adjunct instructor in Nonprofit Management at Gratz College. He has combined expertise in healthcare administration and law in his career. Presently, he is the President and General Counsel for the Center for Healthcare Information Research and Policy, an organization that facilitates the integration of health policy and health technology policy in the US and Global healthcare delivery systems. He received both a B.S. in Healthcare Administration and an MBA from Philadelphia University and his JD from Temple University School of Law. He is an active member of...

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Director of Enrollment Management, Director of MAEd Program

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 215-635-7300 x125

As a seasoned educator and public speaker, Jessica Whittemore holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from Penn State and a M.A. in Educational Instruction from Gratz College.

Always building on her belief that education should be both applicable and enjoyable, Jessica has taught at a variety of levels, from junior high in the PA Wilson School District to leading educational seminars for the Federal Department of Corrections. 

Jessica has also served as an educational consultant for Penn State University, Kutztown University, the Hershey School District, the Hamburg School...

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Adjunct Instructor Non-Profit Management

Michael Willmann
Chairman and CEO
WMSH Marketing Communications
PO Box 100
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Michael Willmann is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Nonprofit Management at Gratz College. An Emmy-winning, marketing communications veteran, Michael is the co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of WMSH Marketing Communications.

A graduate of Fordham University (BA) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD), Michael is admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States. 

He is a former Emmy-winning television news and public affairs producer for Group W Television, as well as an award-...

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Rhonda teaches a variety of Judaic Studies courses for the Jewish Community High School, as well as various levels of conversational Hebrew in which she is fluent.  She also teaches Hebrew as an adjunct for Gratz College.  Rhonda grew up in New York and also lived in Israel for several years. Rhonda earned her B.S in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology from Drexel University, and has also taken some graduate level course in Family Therapy. Rhonda did her graduate work in Educational Administration at Temple University where she earned her M.Ed. Currently, Rhonda works at Drexel...

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Adjunct Instructor in Education

Sarah Yoder earned degrees and certifications from Wilkes University (B.A., Mathematics, Secondary Math Certification, and B.S., Educational Strategies and Development); Alvernia University (Principal Certification); and Temple University (Ed.D., Educational Administration).  Her dissertation topic was “A Phenomenological Study of Charter School Students and Parents in One Rural School District: Why They Go, the Nature of Their Experiences, and Why Some Choose to Leave.”  She is an adjunct instructor with Gratz College and teaches School Boards and School District Governance.

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