Meet the Training Facilitators
MEET A FEW OF OUR FACILITATORS
Reverend Larry Brickner-Wood is the Chaplain and Executive Director of the United Campus Ministry to the University of New Hampshire. The UCM, aka the Waysmeet Center, is an ecumenical and inter-faith ministry that has existed at UNH for over 60 years. He has a Bachelors degree in Public Administration from James Madison University in Virginia, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Vermont, and a Master in Divinity from Andover Newton Theolgical School.
Faina Bukher holds a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Purchase College in New York and a M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania. Prior to her role as the Assistant Coordinator at the UNH Women’s Studies Program, she was the Residence Hall Director for Hubbard Hall at UNH for four years. In addition to managing day-to-day operations for the Women’s Studies Program, Faina teaches Introduction to Women’s Studies.
Tara Flippo holds a B.A. in Outdoor Experiential Education from Hampshire College and a M.A. in Social Justice and Outdoor Experiential Education from Vermont College. Prior to her full-time role at UNH’s The Browne Center, she was the Training and Consulting Team Manager and the Youth & College Programs Director at Project Adventure Inc. In addition to managing day-to-day operations for adventure programs and teaching in the Kinesiology Department’s Outdoor Education program, Tara is passionate about social justice issues and training others in innovative techniques and methods.
Marisa Forti is an Academic Counselor at the University of New Hampshire’s urban college and campus in Manchester (UNH Manchester). She also coordinates the College Transition Program, a structured academic access program for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or underperforming students who do not meet the traditional admission requirements. She holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Western New England College and a Masters degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. She also worked with the Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO program supporting first generation and/or low socioeconomic students who were in academic jeopardy and in the Office of Community Standards with a focus on engaging at-risk students.
Regina McCarthy is the Assistant Dean of Academic Student Services for the University of New Hampshire’s urban college and campus in Manchester(UNH Manchester) . She oversees all departments involved with student enrollment, enrichment, transition and support. She holds a BS in Education/Secondary Education, English and M.Ed. in College Counseling and Student Personnel from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a personal and professional commitment to the academic success of students from underrepresented groups.
Sean Moundas is the Coordinator of Assessment and Evaluation Services at UNH Counseling Center. Sean has a Psy.D. in Clinical-School Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Since 2006, he has been providing counseling to undergraduate and graduate students from a multicultural perspective. Sean has also taught "Transforming Gender," a UNH Women's Studies course, which focused on the intersection of different social identities as well as power, privilege, and oppression.
Dr. Joelle Ruby Ryan is currently a Lecturer in Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire, where she also sits on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. She is the Founder of TransGender New Hampshire (TG-NH) and continues to serve on the Steering Committee for that organization. She is finishing up work on her third autobiographical film, Transilience, and also working on several writing projects. Her major areas of academic and activist interest include: queer, asexual and trans rights, feminism, fat studies and fat liberation, sex worker rights, and film/media criticism and production. She is excited to work with SJE to help promote a campus community where all people are valued and differences are seen as a strength and an asset.
R. Ellen Semran, LGBTQA+ Coordinator at the UNH Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is a social justice educator and recognizes that having a critical understanding of social identities, systems of oppression, dynamics of privilege, socialization, inclusion, equity, and ways to be an ally will strengthen our professional work. She also coordinates the UNH Safe Zones professional development trainings and student programs, which promotes the advancement of understanding the issues and experiences of LGBTQA+ individuals, encouraging bystander responsibility around responding to bias incidents, inspiring our community to engage in Ally work, and creating a welcoming and inclusive campus climate at UNH. Ellen holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Sociology and a Certificate in LGBT Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a M.Ed. in Higher Education / Student Affairs Administration from Iowa State University.
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