Commission on the Status of Women

CSW/SC 2012 Professional Development Conference

Conference Presenters

The CSW/SC 2012 Professional Development Conference boasts an extensive and talented list of presenters. Listed below are the bios for our conference presenters. If you have any questions related to the conference, please contact Karen Engler, CSW Coordinator Sr. at

Last Name Full Name Presenter Information
Alberhasky JoEllen Alberhasky

JoEllen Alberhasky is a Project Coordinator for both the Downtown and West Campuses within the office of University Sustainability Practices.   She currently is coordinating the implementation of the comingled recycling program for both campuses, facilitating the creation of a Downtown Garden Club and gardening space, implementing measures designed to reduce both water and energy consumption, and fostering broader involvement in campus engagement in sustainability issues through celebrations of Earth week, No Impact Week, and a variety of events.  JoEllen is also on the team to develop a Sustainability Connect website that will connect faculty, staff, students and community partners together to collaboratively work on sustainability projects.


Alberts Janet Alberts

Jess Alberts is President’s Professor of human communication and has been a faculty member in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and Associate Director at the Institute for Social Science Research.  She is also the Director of Graduate Studies in the Hugh Downs School.

Alberts’ principal research interests focus on conflict in personal and professional relationships. Her current work examines marital conflict and the division of domestic labor, married couples’ conflict and daily interaction, workplace bullying, community mediation and work/life balance. Previously she has conducted research on adolescent drug resistance, teasing and ethnic humor, and flirting.

Alberts teaches courses on human communication, conflict and negotiation, relational communication and work/life balance. She was named the Jeanne Lynd Herberger Professor in 2007. She was selected by the undergraduate association for the Last Lecture Series Award, by the graduate student association for a Mentor Appreciation Award, and by Commission on the Status of Women for the Outstanding Achievement and Contributions Award.


Barnes Joan Barnes

Joan (Jo) Barnes holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Technology Management, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Finance, Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, and the designation of a Competent Toastmaster (CTM).  Jo’s experiences includes fourteen years in the technology arena, ten years as a functional Systems Analyst, Research Management Analyst, Pr. and seven years of Project Manager experience in a higher education environment.


Brown Nick Brown

Nick Brown grew up in Helena, Aransas and currently lives in Tempe.  He holds degrees in philosophy, environmental sciences and ecology from Hendrix College, the University of Texas at Dallas and Cornell University respectively.  He is Director of University Sustainability Practices at ASU, where he manages the Sustainability Practices Network and oversees ASU’s Climate Neutrality Commitment and Zero Waste Initiative.  Over a thirty year career in environmental conservation, he has worked in over twenty countries on many aspects of conservation science and sustainable development, including renewable energy, environmental remediation, environmental ethics, sustainable agriculture, forest ecology, biodiversity conservation, endangered species conservation, watershed conservation, greenhouse gas emissions management and sustainability.   Dr. Brown likes to hike, bike and rollerblade throughout the State of Arizona with his two sons and friends.  Despite working at a desk most of the time, Nick claims that he can out skate his 14-year-old son both on ice skates and rollerblades.


Dillon Cory Dillon

Cory is the Director of the Leadership and Workforce Development team in the Office of Human Resources. In this role, Cory provides training and organizational consulting, including providing a variety of  development courses on topics such as leadership/management skills, human relations skills, cultural awareness and communication, and management. 

Cory has extensive experience in non-profit and state-funded organizations and has designed and delivered training in change management, cultural diversity, conflict management, performance improvement, supervisor/leader development, planning and marketing, and career self management. She has developed products and services to address organizational performance, culture change, and leadership and talent management including succession management. 

Before moving to Arizona , Cory spent more than 20 years in organizational consulting and coaching. She was VP of Career Management Services and VP/Director of Organizational Consulting Services at Right Management Consultants, an international human resources/ organizational development consulting firm. In addition, she owns and operates Cory Dillon Associates, a consultancy specializing in strategic planning, organizational development and career management services. Hobbies include bouldering, hiking, photography, and somatic education.  Closely related to her work is her interest in neuroscience and its practical application to work and life.


Fachman Mary Fachman

Mary Fachman holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Iowa with a concentration in Human Resources Management. Her career path has spanned elementary and higher education as well as human resources management in the private sector. She was director of a federal job training program at Iowa Valley Community College, Placement Director at the Anderson School of Management at University of New Mexico and currently works as a career advisor at Arizona State University.  Mary’s ultimate career goal is to be a best-selling author. She has written four novels and is currently working on a career book to help others follow their dreams.


Green Kamala Green


Presenter Bio Coming Soon!


Guzman Rafael Guzman

Rafael Guzman has a long history with student employment, including starting as a student worker himself at ASU in the Student Financial Assistance Office in 1987. He graduated from ASU in 1991.  In 1994, he became a Financial Aid Counselor at ASU, and trained student workers at the front counter.   In 1999, he became involved with student employment at the West campus until 2008. In 2011, he was responsible for overseeing the hiring, supervising and training of 25 student workers, and became the Financial Aid Manager for the ASU Student Employment Office.   


Heaslip Sarah Heaslip

Sarah Heaslip is a Quality First! Coach Supervisor for the Association for Supportive Childcare in Tempe. Sarah also serves as a course writer for Springboard Publishing Company. She was previously the Assistant Director and Lead Teacher at the Child Study Lab, a developmental preschool at ASU.  Sarah received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology at ASU, and recently completed her Masters degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Lifespan Human Development.


Hutchinson Joel Hutchinson

Dr. Joel Hutchinson is a licensed psychologist and is the Associate Director of ASU Wellness.  Dr. Hutchinson has over twenty years of clinical experience, providing individual, group, and couples psychotherapy to students and workshops on a broad range of topics across the University.  His interest in happiness and mindfulness grew out of his desire to provide the students he works with stress management tools and has been deepened by his personal practice of yoga.


Jacobs Suzanne Jacobs

Suzanne Jacobs, LCSW is the Senior Counselor with the Employee Assistance Office at Arizona State University. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work in 1992 and a Masters in Social Work in 1996, both from Arizona State University. She is fully licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and has worked in the mental health field for over 23 years.  Mrs. Jacobs has over twelve years of experience working as an employee assistance program counselor in different settings and started working at Arizona State in 2012. Her areas of specialization include managing transition and change, helping employees handle stress and anxiety, work related problems, critical incident stress debriefings, couples counseling, parenting issues, anger management, weight management, and tobacco cessation.


Johnston Carol Johnston

Carol S. Johnston is Professor and Associate Director of the Nutrition Program in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University.  She received her BS in nutrition from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her MS in nutrition and PhD in biological sciences from the University of Texas, Austin.  She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and has an active research program.  She has published over 90 research articles and book chapters, and she is often quoted in popular magazines reporting nutrition news.  She is an expert in vitamin C metabolism, the medicinal use of vinegar, high protein/low carbohydrate diets for weight loss, and vegetarian diets.  She currently chairs the Institutional Review Board at ASU which oversees human subject research at the University.  She holds an elected position on an Expert Committee of the U.S. Pharmacopoeia in Washington DC.  She has been recognized on multiple occasions for her teaching excellence at ASU, and she has received several national awards from the American College of Nutrition for her professional and academic accomplishments.


Kaufman Cheryl Kaufman

Cheryl Kaufman is currently Director of Dining Services for ARAMARK, on the ASU West Campus. Her culinary background includes : Chef and Owner of “Sensation” a restaurant and catering company based in Kansas City.   Menus were designed to meet the culinary palates of patrons, preparing and serving fine dining selections with the additional knowledge and application of kosher dietary requirements.  Cheryl is also a culinary arts instructor, who has developed and taught classes in ethnic cooking, baking/pastry, appetizers, party planning/menu, and holiday theme decoration for a variety of educational and private institutions. Cheryl is also review writer whose cook book reviews can be found in the Phoenix Jewish News and Kansas City Jewish Chronicle.  She is an alumni of Arizona State University where she graduated with a BS in Graphic Arts Technology from the College of Engineering Division of Technology. 


Knapp Janelle Knapp

Janelle Elizares Knapp manages projects such as the ASU Community Connect database and communication pieces for the New American University and Entrepreneurship at ASU.



Jana LaVanway of Mass Mutual Financial Group

Jana LaVanway: As a Financial Advisor with the Dollarhide Financial Group, LLC in Scottsdale, Jana is committed to helping professionals achieve their financial goals through a financial process that is personal to each client and helps them identify where they are currently and what needs to be done to reach their financial objectives.  Drawing on nearly 20 years experience in the banking and financial industry she can offer insight and advice as well as exceptional service.  Jana specializes in investment strategies, retirement planning, estate planning, and insurance needs for families, individuals, and businesses. 

Jana is a 26 year resident of the East Valley and a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH.  She is married with 2 children, one a senior in high school and one in college.  An active member of the North Scottsdale and Chandler Chambers of Commerce, she enjoys community service, sports, and promoting local businesses.

Jana LaVanway
Financial Advisor
The Dollarhide Financial Group, LLC/ MassMutual
480-227-4564 direct

Jana Lavanway is a registered representative of and offers securities and investment advisory services through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. 17550 North Perimeter Dr, Suite 450 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 538-2992.

Look Iris Look of Mass Mutual Financial Group

Iris Look specializes in developing personalized financial strategies for families and small businesses.  She provides financial strategies for people and their family with making the appropriate decision to protect their family, accumulating and preserving their wealth, and making sure their hard-earned monies grow and continue to provide them for what and when it is needed.  

Iris has received BS degree in 1997 and has also taught students as a faculty associate at Arizona State University.  As a proud lifetime member of Sun Devils, she served as a board member of ASU Alumni Association from 2002-06.  She is currently a board member of Herberger Theater Center and Arizona Korean Chamber of Commerce.  As a busy working mom of two young children, she works with local non-profit organizations and schools on implementing financial literacy programs and helping families make informed financial decisions to help them reach their financial goals.

Iris Look
Financial Strategies
The Dollarhide Financial Group, LLC/MassMutual
Direct 480-538-2939

Iris Look is a registered representative of and offers securities through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. 17550 North Perimeter Dr, Suite 450 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 538-2992



McManus Jillian McManus


Presenter Bio Coming Soon!


Nasca Leonard Nasca

Leonard received a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree from Arizona State University in 2004 and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from ASU in 2008.  Leonard is licensed as an LMSW through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and he is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.  Leonard has worked in the mental health field since 1996.  His areas of specialization include handling stress and anxiety, trauma, relationship counseling, work related concerns, and male developmental issues.  In addition, Leonard has an extensive background in law enforcement and served in the United States Army, Judge Advocate General


Olafsdottir Kristin Olafsdottir

A native of Iceland, Kristín Olafs earned her Bachelor's degree in Recreation Management and Tourism from Arizona State University, and her Master's degree in International Business from Western International University.
Since joining the Engineering Dean’s office in 2005, Kristín has planned and executed hundreds of events. These include conferences, the Grand Challenge Summit, the Intel Entrepreneurial Competition, convocations, homecomings, donor cultivation events, and more.
Prior to joining Engineering, Kristín worked for USA Hosts, a destination management company for eight years where she was the Director of Operations. Her main focus was to oversee the operations department and work with large corporations on planning their events, incentive programs, meetings and conferences, both in AZ and out of state.
Her free-time activities include traveling and spending quality time with her husband and two boys.


Parnell Cindy Parnell

Cindy Parnell is the Director of Career Services at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus.  Cindy opened the Career Services department at DPC 5 years ago after working at the West campus Career Services.

Prior to working at ASU, Cindy was the Director of Student Services for HighTech Institute and a Program Director for the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA.  Cindy has also held positions in other nonprofit organizations in Arizona and California. 

Cindy has over 15 years experience in adult and youth education, career and leadership development. At ASU, she coaches and leads students, alumni and staff in career development topics and builds University partnerships with employers targeting ASU interns and new graduates. Cindy has facilitated specialty workshops and trainings in: Personal Branding, Negotiation, Interviewing, Resume Development, Networking, Researching Companies, and Job Searching.  Additionally, Cindy was hired as a consultant for Outplacement Services with the 2010 US Census project.


Preudhomme Jodi Preudhomme

Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Jodi was with the Department of Defense, Defense Contract Management Agency. For six years prior to that, she focused her practice on employment law while serving as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Arizona Attorney General and as a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney. Jodi graduated from St. Mary's University School of Law (J.D. 1997) and Arizona State University (B.S. 1994). She is admitted to practice in Arizona and Texas, the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Rhodes Jennifer Rhodes

Jennifer Rhodes has been with ASU Career Services just over one year and most recently
transitioned from Yavapai College in Prescott where she was an academic advisor for the past
five years.  Jennifer obtained her Master of Arts in Counseling:  Student Personnel Services
Degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and possesses nearly ten years of experience
in student services, with six years related to academic advisement and career development.
She is also a nationally certified counselor and recently completed her Global Career
Development Facilitator credential. 


Rhorer Toni Rhorer

Toni Rhorer is a Career Advisor in the Tempe Career Services Office.  She has a background in English Education and Counseling.  Toni has worked several years in career counseling at diverse institutions, including an all-women’s college and an MBA school.  She has been at ASU for almost a year and really enjoys the unique aspects of a large, public university.


Salcido Kevin Salcido

Kevin Salcido serves as the Associate Vice President and Chief HR Officer in the Office of Human Resources at Arizona State University.

Kevin has been a Human Resources professional for over 25 years and has held executive and senior management positions in the retail, consumer products, newspaper and utility industries. Kevin’s major areas of interest include employee and labor relations, organizational development, building performance based cultures , creating inclusive work environments and leadership coaching .

A native of Phoenix, Kevin holds a B.S. in Justice Studies and an MBA from Arizona State University. Kevin’s non-professional interests include community activism, hiking and travel. Kevin is also a licensed private pilot. Kevin lives in Ahwatukee with his wife, Antonia, and two daughters – Adriana and Alana – both ASU students.



Karen Starbowski of Mass Mutual Financial Group

Karen Starbowski’s practice is in Arizona.  Providing financial advice has become Karen’s passion because she enjoys helping people and their families.  This includes assisting people with making the appropriate decisions in regard to accumulation of wealth and the preservation of assets.  Karen’s goal is to create strategies to help relieve the family of their stress allowing them to retire, send their kids to college or just enjoy life!

Karen Starbowski was born and raised in Michigan and has been living in Arizona for twelve years.  She received her BS in Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University.  When the tech bubble burst along with her career at Motorola, she turned to financial planning.  Currently she is involved with the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce and Chrysalis-A Shelter for Battered Woman.  When Karen has free time, she enjoys watching her beloved Red Wings or hiking in the Superstition Mountains.

Karen L. Starbowski
Financial Planner
The Dollarhide Financial Group, LLC/ MassMutual
Office: (480) 538-2950

Karen Starbowski is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. 17550 North Perimeter Dr, Suite 450 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 538-2992.



Waldron Kathleen Waldron

Kathleen Waldron is the former director of the ASU School of Aging and Lifespan Development.  She teaches courses on Caregiving, Women and Aging, Later Life Health Issues, Sexuality in Midlife and Beyond, Aging and the Family, and other aging-related and family-related topics in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion.  She has been at ASU since 1993, but is originally from Dayton, Ohio.  She enjoys hiking, photography, reading, chocolate, and sleeping-in, when she is not at work.


White Juliann White

Julianne White received her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of New Mexico in 2002. She wrote her dissertation on the poetry of the great Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, and her three areas of specialty were Rhetoric-Composition and Victorian and Modern British Literatures. She is now a Writing Programs Instructor at Arizona State University in the English Department, where she teaches composition, business writing, and sophomore level English survey classes.


Wiley Beth Wiley

Beth Wiley is an Early Childhood Teacher with the Tempe Elementary School District.  She is also a consultant for Practically Perfect Parenting, a parent-training and child development consulting center. Prior to Tempe Elementary School District, Beth served as the Director at the ASU Child Study Lab.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Multicultural Studies, an Arizona Elementary Teaching Certificate, with an endorsement in Early Childhood) and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  She also has experiences working for Head Start, Healthy Families and taught in the public school system for 7 years.  Beth is the proud parent of her three kids:  Ben (14), Jonah (12), and Tatum (10).


Zunk MaryJo Douglas Zunk

MaryJo Douglas Zunk, currently serves as Alumni/Student Career Resources Senior Specialist for Arizona State University, Office of Educational Outreach and Student Services, where she develops career planning and management resources and educational programming, and coaches college graduates on job search strategies and network development. She also partners with the ASU Alumni Association to coordinate Alumni Career Resources for early- and mid-career alumni in transition.
Maryjo earned a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, while developing education, membership and volunteer programs for non-profit arts and cultural organizations and then directing a college career education center at her alma mater in the Midwest.  Moving to Phoenix in 1996, she was asked to join the start-up team for the ASU MBA and Graduate Business Career Management Center, and while successfully providing programming and guidance for students of the Evening MBA program, she earned an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU.  Maryjo has combined her counseling and business education, presentation and management experience, creative talents, and service-orientation to assist graduates, students and job seekers in transition successfully determine and achieve their career management goals.