Commission on the Status of Women

ASU CSW/SC 2013 Professional Development Conference

Conference Presenters

The CSW/SC 2013 Professional Development Conference boasts an extensive and talented list of presenters. Listed below is information 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
Binter Julie Binter

Julie Binter has been an Organizational Development Consultant with the Leadership and Workforce Development Group in the Office of Human Resources since September of 2012. She provides professional development workshops, assessments, consulting and coaching to staff at ASU and  has been delivering engaging and impactful learning opportunities for over fifteen years. Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a Master's degree in Organizational Development and Leadership from Fielding Graduate University, and she is also a certified coach and emotional intelligence trainer.


Brown Nick Brown

Nick Brown grew up in Helena, Arkansas 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.

Engler Karen Engler

Karen Engler earned a concurrent B.A. in English and Psychology in 1999 from ASU.  She has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University and a Master’s degree in English Literature from ASU.  She is currently a doctoral candidate in the English Literature program and is working on her dissertation.  Karen has served as the Senior Coordinator for the ASU Commission on the Status of Women for eleven years, and has served as the Senior Coordinator for the ASU Faculty Women’s Association for the past five.  In this role, Karen develops and coordinates programming for all women at the university.    Karen is also a faculty associate in the English Department and has taught writing at ASU for the past eleven years.  Her specialty teaching areas include freshmen composition and business writing.  Karen enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching reality television, and cooking.


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

Kamala Green currently holds the title of Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Ms. Green, who has approximately 17 years of management experience, spent 12 years at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, where she was an active member of the Lab’s Human Resources Leadership team and served as the Senior Manager for the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action.

At ASU, Ms. Green is responsible for ensuring an equitable and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students in the area of employment compliance.  Specifically including, training & awareness, consultation with senior management, managing investigations of sexual harassment/harassment/discrimination, serves as the Title IX Officer, the ADA Officer, and oversees the Affirmative Action Plan.

Ms. Green holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Pre Law and Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management.


Haskovec Angela Haskovec

Angie Haskovec, is a Career Specialist Senior, in the Career Services office at the ASU Tempe campus.  She has been with ASU since September 2005 where she started as a National Recruitment Coordinator for the ASU Admissions Office.  Angie has also worked in the ASU Orientation office as well as for the W. P. Carey School of Business as a Program Manager.  Angie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication and Communication Studies from The University of Iowa and Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. 


Huggins Amelia Huggins

Amelia Huggins directs the strategic marketing and communication efforts of ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, including media and public relations. She is the Provost appointed Chair Elect for the Commission on the Status of Women at the Tempe campus, and has been an active member of the Commission for going on 6 years. She is an ASU alum and has a bachelor of science degree in marketing from the W.P. Carey School of Business.

Amelia is also certified to facilitate True Colors workshops, a fun and interactive personality assessment that helps others identify and learn more about their temperament type.

Amelia serves on a number of committees and organizations, including the university communicators, media relations and social media teams, as well as the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium, Arizona SciTech Festival, and Arizona Science Center partnerships, among others. Her collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit has allowed her to engage with numerous different units and people throughout the university and in the community to help raise the reputation of the university and advance ASU as a model for a New American University.


Hutchinson Joel Hutchinson

Dr. Joel Hutchinson is a licensed psychologist and currently the Associate Director of ASU Wellness.  Dr. Hutchinson has over twenty five years of clinical experience providing individual, group and couples therapy  at the university and in private practice. He has developed and offered numerous workshops on a broad range of topics most recently focusing on Happiness, Gratitude and Mindfulness.  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.


Jones Alonzo Jones

Alonzo Jones, associate dean of students at ASU’s Tempe campus, has spent 20 years in higher education, managing and creating programs that support the academic, personal and cultural development of students.
A 1991 ASU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in justice studies, Alonzo holds a master’s degree in developmental education from Texas State University. He has worked in the areas of student recruitment, early outreach, leadership development, multicultural affairs and student retention.
In other service to ASU, Alonzo is a member of the A. Wade Smith Memorial Lecture on Race Relations Committee, and Chair of the Tempe Committee for Campus Inclusion.
Outside of ASU, Alonzo is a faculty member of a national organization, Student African American Brotherhood, committed to the high school completion and college graduation of African American and Latino Youth, a consultant to youth-based community organizations and institutions, and a co-author of a chapter in the 2006 book “African American Men in College.  


Karaczan Natasha Karaczan

Natasha Karaczan is an Information Specialist in the Media Relations Department at Arizona State University. She manages the official Arizona State University social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Natasha is a proud ASU alum, having earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. When not at work, she enjoys cooking, traveling, discovering new music and playing with her Pomeranian.


Knatz Jo Knatz

Dr. Jo Kantz graduated University of Kansas with BSN 1977, moved to Phoenix and worked for St. Joseph’s for two years.  She returned to Kansas where she completed medical school at KU and then completed residency at UMKC (University of Missouri at Kansas City). She missed the sunshine so much so she moved back to the Valley of the Sun. Dr. Knatz was in private practice in Mesa AZ for 24 years before joining ASU Health Services in 2009.  She is am a Board Certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist.  She has four children, one grandchild and one ASU graduate.  Two chose the other school (UA). Dr. Knatz has been awarded the Patient’s Choice award for the last five years, and Most Compassionate Physician award for the last 2.  These are national awards voted on by patients on the internet. 
She is currently the Section Chief for Women’s Health, Occupational Health Physician for the Department of Research, and Adjunct Instructor in Medicine for the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.


Look Iris Look

Iris Look specializes in developing personalized financial strategies for individuals and families. She provides financial strategies to protect their family, accumulating and preserving their nest egg in making sure their hard-earned monies grow and continue to provide them.

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 serving as a Vice President of Arizona Korean Chamber of Commerce of Arizona.  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
MassMutual Arizona
Direct 480-538-2939


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 LCSW 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.



Kristin Olafsdottir

Kristín Ólafs – Special Events Manager, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
A native of Iceland, Kristín 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. 
Kristín has over 16 years’ experience planning large events.  Since joining the Engineering Dean’s office in 2005, Kristín has managed hundreds of events.  These include conferences, the Grand Challenge Summit, the Intel Entrepreneurial Competition, convocations, homecomings, donor cultivation events, and more.  Kristin is also a co-founder of MECA (Meeting and Events Coordinators and Associates), a group of events planners who learn about best practices for events at ASU.
Her free-time activities include traveling and spending quality time with her husband and two boys.


Pearl Julia Pearl

Julia Pearl is a wellness lifestyle consultant and has been teaching and coaching in the wellness field since 1995. She inspires and motivates audiences by giving them practical tools so they can feel happier and be healthier.

In addition to being an inspirational speaker and wellness consultant, Julia was a former health educator at Arizona State University, She is a certified personal trainer through the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as well as a 5,000 hour certified and registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. Her coaching extends into a vast knowledge of holistic nutrition and she integrates this knowledge into helping her clients and students with a healthy approach to food and body image.

She received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Wellness- Health Promotion from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Healthcare Delivery.

Julia uses her personal story and unique training principals to empower her clients and students to take charge of their health and live life to the fullest!

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Rhodes Jennifer Rhodes

Jennifer Rhodes has been with ASU Career Services just two years 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 eleven 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.  Jennifer is excited to be serving as this year’s President for the Arizona Career Development Association as well. 


Rhorer Toni Rhorer

Toni Rhorer is a Career Specialist, Sr.; she has been with the Tempe Career Services office for two years.  She completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Education at The University of Arizona, a Master of Education in Counseling at North Carolina State University, and is currently finishing a Master of Library Science degree also at The University of Arizona. Her past experience in career services includes working at an all-women’s college, as well as an MBA program. Toni’s passion is helping students, staff, and alumni to discover their strengths and how those relate to their long-term career goals.


Strouse Heather Strouse

Dr. Heather Strouse is an Organizational Development Consultant in the Leadership and Workforce Development Group. Heather retains several years of instructional design, program development, facilitation experience, and more than 10 years of management experience. Heather holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and a Master’s & Doctoral Degree in Organizational Management. She has also attended the National Transportation Safety Board Academy and is certified in various safety related programs. Volunteer service is very important to Heather and she currently supports the National Tourette Syndrome Association.


Thirkill Deborah Thirkill

Deborah Thirkill is an ASU alumni that has worked for many years at the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden and for the last five years at ASU Ground Services/Arboretum.   Every year, Deborah coordinates the campus harvest of 4500 pounds of organic dates and 8000 pounds of Seville sour oranges for campus dining halls and the ASU Farmers Market. 


Thomas Casey Thomas

Casey Thomas is the New Media & Student Engagement Coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Arizona State University. She manages the social media accounts for Undergraduate Admissions and Campus Visits and Events including ASU’s admitted student network, devil2devil. Casey also supervises the peer admissions representatives telecounseling program. Casey received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and her Master of Education from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.  Casey’s current favorite hashtag is #crowcrow. She will explain its New American University meaning during the session.


Velasco Ulises Velasco

As an undergraduate at Columbia University, Ulises Velasco worked as a student employee between 2004-2006. In 2010 he moved to Arizona and got a position working in the financial aid office at ASU. By 2011, Ulises was a Financial Aid Counselor and  worked closely with student workers providing customer service. In 2012, he became responsible for overseeing the hiring, supervising and training of 23 student workers and four full-time staff.


Walters Sloan Walters

Sloan Walters, is a registered representative and co-founder of Blakely Walters Wealth Management. He is a graduate of the Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business with his Bachelor of Science in Finance. He started his finance career in the banking industry, and then advanced into the private wealth management industry to increase the breadth of services he could offer his clients.