Commission on the Status of Women

ASU CSW/SC 2014 Professional Development Conference

Conference Presenters

The CSW/SC 2014 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
Alberts Janet Alberts

Jess Alberts is President’s Professor and faculty member in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. She served as Director of the School for 10 years and 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.

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, legal negotiations, and community mediation. Previously she has conducted research on adolescent drug resistance, teasing and ethnic humor, and flirting.

Aragon-Montgomery Carol Aragon-Montgomery

With over 23 years’ experience working in the Medicaid and long term care planning fields Carol and her team have helped their clients successfully navigate the government programs’ mazes and have received approvals on over 1,000 ALTCS and Veteran’s benefit cases. 
Five years of Carol’s experience was spent as a State Employee working for the ALTCS program as an eligibility specialist and supervisor.  As a member of the ALTCS PIQUED Team, she was honored with the Governor’s Excellence in Government Award. 
For over four years she developed the ALTCS Planning Division at one of the valley’s largest elder law firms and then left that firm in 2001 to develop her own Long Term Care Planning Firm, Montgomery & Associates. Montgomery & Associates, also known as ALTCS, has been in business over 13 years.
Carol is an Arizona State Bar Certified Legal Document Preparer, an Arizona certified Career and Technical Education teacher, and an Arizona licensed Health Insurance Agent.

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.

Correa Kevin Correa

Kevin has enjoyed working as a higher education professional for nearly a decade. He is passionate about helping students succeed and making a positive impact. Kevin’s previous positions have included: program manager for Institutional Inclusion in the ASU Provost Office, assistant director of the University of Colorado Boulder GLBTQ Resource Center and administrative and programming coordinator at the University of Michigan Spectrum Center.

Originally from the east coast, Kevin earned a BA in Sociology from the University of Michigan as a first-generation non-resident student. He also holds an MEd in higher and postsecondary education from the ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education, with an emphasis on leadership and innovation, from the same college. In addition, Kevin serves as a mentor for the ASU Obama Scholars Program and as a facilitator for Access ASU's Future Sun Devil Families program.

Dillon Cory Dillon

Cory provides facilitation, educational and organizational support through Leadership and Workforce Development team in ASU’s Office of HR. Training covers leadership/ management skills, human relations skills, such as cultural awareness and communication, and career development.
Cory spent more than 20 years in organizational consulting, career management and coaching. She owns and operates Cory Dillon Associates, a consultancy specializing in organizational development services. She’s a professional Bowenwork practitioner with a weekend pain-reduction practice.
Cory earned a B.S. and master's degree, both from Ohio State, and a master's degree with an organizational development emphasis from Loyola University of New Orleans. Her hobbies include hiking and somatic education. She is interested the practical application of neuroscience 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.

Farmer Faye Farmer

Faye Farmer, Associate Director for Research Development in OKED, is Foundation Level certified by the Association for Proposal Management Professionals (APMP). She founded and moderates ASU’s Funding Success Skills Series (fs3) a series that brings senior faculty and more experienced staff together with early career faculty in an informal setting to discuss best practices across the proposal development lifecycle. She has eight years of experience as a proposal writer and manager at ASU, during which time she contributed significantly to several high dollar, strategic and multi-institution proposals.

Gjersted Kiersten Gjersted

Kiersten is the Learning Specialist for the Leadership and Workforce Development Group within the Office of Human Resources.   She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.  Needless to say, communication is her passion!  With this focus, Kiersten aims to help others at ASU communicate effectively and efficiently. 

Green Kamala Green



Gustavson Crystal Gustavson

As assistant director of Student-Centric Communications, Crystal Gustavson has been tasked by the University Provost with identifying and implementing strategies and tactics to drive consistent and effective student communications across ASU. A 2003 graduate of Arizona State University, Crystal joined ASU in 2010 as the Alumni Association’s Digital Media Manager, where she created engagement strategies and marketing campaigns. She also served as Online Editor for ASU Magazine, developing a digital presence for the university’s largest print publication. Crystal is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Communications with a Specialization in Participatory Governance from ASU to further enhance her advocacy skills for higher education.

Haskovec Angela Haskovec

Angela Haskovec is a Career Specialist, Sr. in the ASU Career Services office.  She has worked at ASU for 9 years and prior to becoming a career advisor, she served in roles as a national recruiter for Undergraduate Admissions, coordinator sr. for Orientation, Transition and Parent Programs, and as a program manager in the W. P. Carey School of Business. Angie holds a Master of Education, in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University as well as  Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from The University of Iowa.   Angie enjoys helping students, staff and alumni with all their career development needs. 

Hermann Mark Hermann

Mark Hermann is a native of Arizona and grew up in the Tempe/Scottsdale area.  He started at ASU in June of 2012 after eight years in the health care industry.  He has 18 years’ experience in compensation and a B.A. Degree in Business Management.   Mark attended ASU as a student right out of High School  in 1976, then spent four years in the Air Force before moving back to Arizona in 1985. 

Hutchinson Joel Hutchinson

Dr. Joel Hutchinson is a licensed psychologist in private practice who recently retired from ASU after 28 years of service to ASU students, faculty and staff. During his tenure at ASU he worked as a Senior Psychologist at Counseling and Consultation, Director of Counseling on the Poly campus, Director of Outreach and Wellness at C&C and as the Associate Director of ASU Wellness. Dr. Hutchinson has over 30 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 ASU students he worked with stress management tools and has been deepened by his personal practice of yoga.

Johnston Carol Johnston



Karaczan Natasha Karaczan

Natasha Karaczan is a Social Media Specialist in the Enterprise Marketing Hub. 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. 

Kelley Douglas Kelley

Dr. Doug Kelley studies interpersonal communication.  Specifically, his research looks at how couples negotiate relational expectations and transgressions within marriage.  His three books, Marital Communication, Communicating Forgiveness,and Marriage at Midlife, focus on relational and lifespan challenges and transitions for couples.  His most recent release, Marital Communication, highlights how the long-term, committed, romantic nature of marriage creates a unique space for the development and management of intimacy, love, and conflict. Professor Kelley teaches relationship-based courses such as Family Communication, Conflict and Negotiation, Relational Communication, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, and Inner-City Families.  He is a frequent speaker at various community organizations regarding marriage and family communication.  Doug has been doing the marriage-thing with Ann for over 30 years, has two grown boys, two dogs, and lives near the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, where he owns four kayaks—go figure.  Find out more at

Krasnow Aaron Krasnow

Dr. Aaron Krasnow is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Vice President and Director of ASU Counseling Services.  Dr. Krasnow has presented locally and nationally on a variety of topics, including organizational and team development, critical issues in student development, improving relationships, and stress management.  He received his Doctoral degree from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and has worked at ASU for 11 years. 

Lippert Stacey Lippert

Stacey Lippert is the director for Student-Centric Initiatives, which supports ASU service excellence initiatives. Stacey spent the last five years as director of academic services in the W. P. Carey School of Business undergraduate program. She has 14 years of experience in academic advising and student services. Stacey is excited to focus her proficiencies on improving the overall student experience at ASU and looks forward to collaborating with faculty, staff and administration to advance student services university-wide.

Lombardo Betty Lombardo Betty Lombardo is a Manager within the office of University Sustainability Practices. She has been involved with the development of several campus sustainability initiatives to include; Tempe campus Farmers Market, Green Events Program, Green Shops Program, the Department Bike Share Program and the university-wide Green House Gas Inventory. She plays a key role to track metrics of ASU’s sustainability goals.
Look Iris Look

Iris Look specializes in developing personalized financial strategies for individuals and families. The strategies involves in developing insurance and investment program for long term goals such as college, retirement as well as estate planning strategies.
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 serving as a Vice President and incoming President of Arizona Korean Chamber of Commerce.  She also volunteers at Junior Achievement and local schools to provide financial literacy workshops to students and their parents.

Moshinsky Elena Moshinsky

Elena Moshinsky is an HR Generalist in the Office of Human Resources.  Elena has been an HR professional for over 12 years, progressively working from HR Coordinator to Regional HR Manager for various organizations in the private sector.  She has experience in all areas of Human Resources from Employee Relations, Benefit Administration, Training, and Payroll.
Elena has a BA in Communications from California State University, Fullerton and has her Professional in Human Resources and CA-Professional in Human Resources designations from the HR Certification Institute.

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, CBT, 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.

Polasky Sarah Polasky

Dr. Sarah Polasky is the Assistant Director for Assessment and Program Evaluation at the University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness (UOEEE). In this position, Sarah supports departments in completing program assessment planning and reporting on an annual basis. She also conducts and oversees program evaluation for projects internal and external to the University. Prior to joining UOEEE, Sarah served as the Value-Added Specialist for the Arizona Ready-for-Rigor Project, a Teacher Incentive Fund Grant, within the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Sarah also previously worked as a Research Professional at the College Research and Evaluation Services Team (CREST), assisting partner districts with the development and completion of their individualized data service projects and working on program evaluation for the NEXT Teacher Quality Partnership grant and Arizona Ready-for-Rigor Project. In addition, she has served as a project manager and program evaluator on other local and statewide research projects in Arizona. Sarah earned her Ph.D. and M.A., both in Educational Psychology, from Arizona State University. 

Paoletti Brandon Paoletti




Robins Jessica Robins

Jessica Robins, Research Advancement Manager in OKED, is a certified research administrator with over nine years of experience working with faculty to prepare and submit compliant, competitive proposals for funding. She has extensive experience with federal sponsors and several private and philanthropic organizations. In her current role, she leads the Research Advancement Services (RAS) team and works one on one with faculty members to find funding opportunities, develop budgets, and complete non-financial post-award actions. She is actively involved in mentoring, training and process improvement in research administration across campus.

Romasanta Lindsey Romasanta

Lindsay is a proud Sun Devil alum. She has over ten years of experience working with families, schools and communities in a variety of public service settings. At ASU, Lindsay previously served as Coordinator for the TRiO Student Support Services program where she helped implement the first TRiO Academic Achievement Center at the Downtown Phoenix campus. She has also worked as a health educator with ASU Wellness, working on areas of college health promotion.

In all areas of her life and work, Lindsay is dedicated to helping students reach their fullest potential academically and personally.
Lindsay holds a bachelor’s in social work from Arizona State University and a master’s of public administration from Georgia State University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education, with an emphasis on leadership and innovation from the ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She also serves as an advisor for Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.

Rhodes Jennifer Rhodes

Jennifer Rhodes has been with ASU Career Services for just over three 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 twelve years of experience in student services, with six years related to academic advisement and career development. She is also a nationally certified counselor and has completed her Global Career Development Facilitator credential, in addition to serving as Past President of the Arizona Career Development Association.  This is Jennifer’s fourth time presenting at the CSW Conference.

Rostad Elaine Rostad

Elaine Rostad is an alumna and has worked as a staff member at ASU since September 1998.  She holds a Master’s degree in Education (Educational Leadership) and her career has advanced through several advising-related positions over the past 13 years.  She is currently one of the Senior Directors of Academic Services for the College of Health Solutions.  She decided to create this workshop because of the need staff have to be connected to ASU; and she saw this need repeatedly through her role on the Commission on the Status of Women at ASU.  She has been part of the CSW since 2005 and has served on the Staff Council, the Advising Administrator’s Board, the Council of Academic Advisors, and University Career Women. 

Thomas Casey Thomas

Casey Thomas is the Assistant Director of Student Engagement for Admission Services at Arizona State University. She manages the social media accounts for first time freshman and Campus Visits and Events including ASU’s admitted student network, devil2devil. 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.  

Wright Avery Wright

Avery Wright, Grant and Contract Officer Principal in OKED, is a Certified Research Administrator with over 14 years of experience in the field. As a member of the central research administration office she assists with development of large-scale proposals, ensuring proposals comply with ASU policies, and negotiating awards that align with University, State, and Federal regulations. She facilitates on-boarding new team members and coaching colleagues expanding their knowledge base.