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Dr. Patricia Chappine is an adjunct professor in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies graduate program at Gratz College. She is also an adjunct professor at Stockton University where she teaches courses in the Holocaust and Genocide studies, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Historical Studies undergraduate programs and in the MA in American Studies program. She earned a B.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Stockton University. She also earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History and Culture from Drew University in Madison, NJ. Her research interests include Holocaust and genocide studies, women’s history, New Jersey history and civic activism.

Dr. Chappine’s articles have appeared in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies and the University of Toronto Quarterly. She is a chapter contributor in the upcoming book Women’s Wartime Experience, 1939-45: Exile, Survival and Everyday Life, to be published by Boydell and Brewer.

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 adjunct faculty member at Gratz College (education) and Ashford University (education, history, military history, and political science).  He created and leads an oral history project, associated with the US Army Heritage and Education Center and Library of Congress, to connect students with 'makers of history,' such as veterans, service members, activists, politicians, and Holocaust survivors.

Whether teaching in person or online, Steff strives to inspire all students with a love of education.  A driving force of Steff’s vision for education comes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who in 1947 said: “To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction. The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.”

Steff resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Courtney, and two young children.

Adjunct Professor in Nonprofit Management

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 Program at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. He had previously served as a full-time member of the Wharton School faculty, including a term as Social Systems Sciences Department Co-Chairman, and has been a guest lecturer at a number of institutions in the United States and abroad.
Over his professional career, Dr. Choukroun has worked for private companies in a variety of industries, for government agencies and not-for-profit organizations in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Representative US and international clients include Boeing, Celgene Corporation, Alstom, Evonik Industries, Nokia, Merck, Eli Lilly, Coca-Cola (Turkey), McCormick, Newell Rubbermaid, Sunoco, American Express, Hewlett Packard, Anheuser-Busch Cos., Exxon Mobil, General Electric, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, LabCorp, Albert Einstein Health Network, United States Postal Service, Transport Canada, the City of Philadelphia, The Pew Charitable Trusts and various cultural and social services organizations.
Recent consulting assignments in the United States and abroad have been in the areas of strategy formulation and execution, project leadership, marketing and branding strategy and business planning. Executive and management development seminars have included strategic and systems thinking, strategy execution, project leadership, competitive analysis, and finance for non-financial managers. He also regularly oversees, advises and coaches applied learning projects as lead instructor/thinking partner in executive development programs.
Dr. Choukroun holds Ph.D., M.A. and Master in City Planning (MCP) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate engineer from the Ecole Polytechnique of Paris, France. He is fluent in English and French.
Publications include Planning for Human Systems (University of Pennsylvania Press), Using Core/Risk Analysis for Competitive Advantage (Handbook of Business Strategy, Faulkner & Gray Publishers) and A Framework for Planning (Essays on Quality, University of St. Thomas).

Alan B. Cooper graduated cum laude Georgetown University Law School, where he
also served as an Instructor before entering practice in 1983. He began representing
camps when he moved to northeastern Pennsylvania in 1986, and since 2000 has
served as General Counsel and Claims Director at AMSkier Insurance Agency, Inc.
where he has advised camps and travel programs on legal, insurance, risk aversion and
crisis management matters. He has served as an adjunct professor of American legal
systems at Northampton Community College, and as a professor of law and ethics at
Touro University, teaching in its Camping Administration Masters Degree program. He
has written numerous articles and lectured throughout the United States on issues
affecting camps.

Just as important, he has fifteen years of experience as a camper and counselor at both
residential and day camps.

Jayne Cravens, MSc. is an internationally-recognized researcher, consultant, university lecturer and trainer. She is the co-author, with Susan Ellis, of The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook, the most comprehensive work to date on involving and supporting volunteers using Internet tools. She is also a veteran manager of various local and international initiatives, including United Nations programs, and has worked in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Germany, Egypt, Serbia and Poland, among other countries. She was the Fall 2015 Duvall Leader in Residence at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Leadership Development and has guest lectured at classes at Portland State University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work, and St. Edward's University. Jayne received her BA in Journalism from Western Kentucky University and her Master's degree in Development Management from Open University in the U.K. She is based near Portland, Oregon.