As a Massachusetts state representative, Roosevelt chaired the Education Committee where he guided passage of the Education Reform Act of 1993—legislation providing the equitable resources and accountability measures necessary for school improvement. He was also the lead sponsor of the 1989 Massachusetts Gay Rights Bill. In 1994, Roosevelt was the Democratic nominee for governor of Massachusetts. For a five-year period beginning in 2005, he served as superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools. There, he pursued aggressive reform and founded The Pittsburgh Promise, an initiative that raised $150 million to guarantee college scholarships to Pittsburgh students who earn a 2.5 GPA or better. Roosevelt taught political science at Brandeis University, where he was also the director of the Gordon Public Policy Center, and taught a course on the intersection of American history and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz Graduate School of Public Policy. He holds BA and JD degrees from Harvard University and is a graduate of the Broad Urban Superintendent’s Academy.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Rahmanian was a member of the faculty at Antioch College from 1986 until it closed in 2008. An associate professor of business, he chaired the management program and coordinated the Department of Social & Global Studies. At the closing of the College, Rahmanian served as a member of its Executive Collective of the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute before accepting a post as senior director of institutional research and evaluation at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. Rahmanian earned BA and MA degrees in economics at the University of Tehran, and a PhD in public policy research and analysis at the University of Pittsburgh.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Adkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the College of Mount St. Joseph and an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati. She spent a majority of her career at Procter & Gamble in various Finance and Accounting roles, included Chief Financial Officer of the Iams Pet Imaging start up in Vienna, Virginia; Global Finance Manager of Beauty Care Research & Development; Plant Finance Manager of Cellulose and Specialties in Memphis, Tn.; Financial Analyst, New Drug Development, Global Pharmaceuticals; and Internal Auditor, North and South America. She retired from Procter & Gamble in 2010.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADVANCEMENT
Williams joined the Antioch College staff from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was the vice president of development since May 2006. During his tenure, he managed the museum’s resource development program and helped to generate an annual average of $8.5 million in contributed revenue. As vice president for advancement at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, a position he held from 2001 to 2006, Williams served as a member of the president’s senior staff, advising the college’s president, other vice presidents, and deans on strategic initiatives.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER and DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Thomas R. Brookey
Brookey has decades of financial experience in higher education, real estate, mortgage and banking. In addition, he has over twenty years of experience in human resources (public and private) and sports and event planning. He was the vice president for finance and CFO at Day Air Credit Union, CFO at the Victory Financial Group, CFO at the Cincinnati Winter Sports Festival, and assistant dean of fiscal affairs at Wright State University. A registered notary public, Brookey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Wright State University.
DEAN OF ADMISSIONS
Canal earned a BA in social entrepreneurship and economic development at Antioch College. His co-ops included positions at Mulhauser and Associates in Washington, D.C., where he was one of a three-member leadership team for RootsCamp, which brought more than 400 campaign managers and candidates together for a post-election debrief; and a position at America’s Impact, where he built and activated a network of more than 1,000 youth organizers to spread a message of progressive foreign policy. After graduation, he served as a campaign management consultant for John Stronberg’s successful mayoral bid in Ashland, Oregon, before returning to Yellow Springs as Internet director for the College Revival Fund, where he developed an integrated marketing communications strategy, oversaw branding initiatives, and supported annual fund-raising.
DEAN OF COOPERATIVE, EXPERIENTIAL, AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Prior to his arrival at Antioch, Kraince held posts as research professor and academic coordinator of the Center for Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de México, where he taught graduate-level courses on contemporary movements, social research methods and the political sociology of Islam. From 2003 to 2006, he directed Ohio University’s Inter-Religious Dialogue Project. He has conducted field research in Indonesia as a Foreign Language and Areas Studies grantee in 1998–99, a Fulbright Dissertation Research Program Fellow in 2000, and as a Fulbright New Century Scholar in 2005. He also has several years of experience leading experiential education programs in the Caribbean. Kraince speaks English, Indonesian/Malay, Spanish and is currently working on Portuguese. Kraince, who also has a faculty appointment as associate professor of cooperative education, has a PhD in the sociology of education and an MA in international affairs—Southeast Asia Studies from Ohio University.
DEAN OF COMMUNITY LIFE
Smith worked as a mental health counselor in community mental health settings. After working for a time at the Dayton-based Assertive Community Treatment, she took a position as a therapist for Wellspring and the Rocking Horse Adult Mental Clinic. She was a member of the Antioch College faculty from 1994 until it closed in 2008. During her time at Antioch, Smith chaired the arts department and, for a time, served as the associate dean of faculty. In addition to her degree from Antioch College, Smith holds an MA in playwriting from Antioch University and an MS in community counseling, with licensure, from the University of Dayton.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GLEN HELEN ECOLOGY INSTITUTE
Boutis has directed operations at the Glen Helen Ecology Institute for six years. Previous to his appointment, he was a teacher training manager at Population Connection, a program associate at Ocean Wildlife Campaign, and a communications/outreach coordinator at the Endangered Species Coalition. He holds a BA in biology from Oberlin College and an MGA from the University of Maryland.
GENERAL MANAGER, WYSO
Neenah Ellis is the general manager at WYSO. She began her radio career in high school, working at her parents’ commercial radio station in Valparaiso, Indiana. She came to WYSO in 2009 after 30 years as a radio documentary producer in Washington, D.C. She’ s been a producer for “ All Things Considered” at NPR and has won three Peabody Awards, broadcasting’ s highest honor, for her work. She is also the author of “ If I Live to be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians,” which is based on her radio series about people 100 years of age.
DIRECTOR OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES
Kapoun has held librarian positions at Penn State, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Southwest State University and Mankato State University in Minnesota. He was director of the Luise V. Hanson Library at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, and associate director of Maag Library at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. He has a BS from Gustavus Adolphus College, an MDiv from the Luther Seminary, and an MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
Jennifer R. Jolls
Jennifer was the assistant director of communications at Antioch College prior to her current appointment. She previously served as the director of marketing strategy at Columbia College where she planned and executed the College’s $4 million advertising budget. Prior to that, she held the positions of associate director of marketing, interim senior director of public relations, and public relations coordinator at Columbia College. She has a BS in public relations and marketing from the University of Central Missouri and an MA in educational administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Michael Casselli, Instructor of Media Arts
Casselli has been interested in the hybridization of forms and media since he received his undergraduate degree in visual arts/performance theory from Antioch College in 1987. While at the college, he staged large-scale outdoor mixed media performance installations, whose primary focus was an attempt to clarify issues of sense-based perception and the physicality inherent in performative work. After Antioch, he was accepted into the Masters Program in Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).