University of Vermont

College of Education and Social Sciences

Doctoral Programs in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Meet our Doctoral Students!

We have amazing students in our Doctoral programs. Click below to learn more about them.

 

Our Ph.D. Students:

Goma Mabika
Goma Mabika

Goma Mabika (Ph.D. Program)

Mabika is a PhD student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the Republic of Congo. He has taught English as a Second language for six years in high school in his home country. He came to the US in 2010 as a Fulbright grantee and went to Lehigh University for a Masters of Arts in Comparative and International ...

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Kelly Swindlehurst
Kelly Swindlehurst

Kelly Swindlehurst (Ph.D. Program)

I grew up in a small town in Maine and earned my BA from Smith College in American Studies with a minor in Education in 2007.  Following a year working in the non-profit world, I earned my master's in Education Policy from University of Massachusetts Amherst where my research focused on the experiences of students with ...

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Steven Netcoh
Steven Netcoh

Steven Netcoh (Ph.D. Program)

Steve Netcoh is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  Prior to enrolling in the program, he taught first-year writing and introduction to global literature at St. John’s University and a Hip-Hop themed first-year seminar at Mercy College’s Bronx campus.  He also worked as a humanities teacher at ...

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Caitlin S. Steele
Caitlin S. Steele

Caitlin S. Steele (Ph.D. Program)

Caitlin Steele is working toward a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy with a research focus on systems thinking and interdisciplinary curricula in K-12 schools.  She studied English and Elementary Education at The College of Wooster and earned her M.A. from The Bread Loaf School of English.  She has taught for twelve ...

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Carrie Williams Howe
Carrie Williams Howe

Carrie Williams Howe (Ph.D. Program)

I grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island but came to Vermont to attend Middlebury College as an undergraduate student.  After a short stint in Washington, DC following graduation, I moved back to Vermont to complete my masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The University of Vermont.  It was then that I fell in love ...

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Maria Mercedes Avila
Maria Mercedes Avila

Maria Mercedes Avila (Ph.D. Program)

Maria Mercedes Avila grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed a BA in English and a year-long Teaching as a Foreign Language (TELF) training program in the United Kingdom. She was sponsored to come to the U.S. to teach English as a Second Language and coordinate the first Family Literacy program for refugees and immigrants ...

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Mark Olofson
Mark Olofson

Mark Olofson (Ph.D. Program)

Mark Olofson is pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He has taught middle and high school science and mathematics in Colorado as well as Los Cabos, Mexico. Mark believes in the importance of student-community interaction and the need for multiple voices when shaping curriculum in order to achieve ...

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Lisa Natkin
Lisa Natkin

Lisa Natkin (PhD Program)

Lisa Watts Natkin is working towards a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a research focus on sustainability leadership and program evaluation.  She is UVM’s Clean Energy Fund’s Education & Outreach Graduate Fellow for the Office of Sustainability.  She earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies and ...

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Vincent M. Mugisha
Vincent M. Mugisha

Vincent M. Mugisha (Ph.D. Program)

Vincent M. Mugisha was born and raised in Uganda, East Africa. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont, in the United States where he is now a permanent resident. He has a big passion for languages and culture, which is why his general research interests are ...

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Beth White
Beth White

Beth White (Ph.D. Program)

As the oldest in a strong-minded farming family from northern Vermont, I was instilled with a hearty work ethic, an insatiable curiosity, and drive for constant improvement.  I have questions about why education often squelches children's intrinsic curiosity and why public school is becoming more and more uninspiring and ...

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Our Ed.D. Students:

Sarah M. Childs
Sarah M. Childs

Sarah M. Childs (Ed.D. Program)

Saludos! I am Sarah M. Childs, Assistant Director of the ALANA Student Center at UVM. In this position I focus most of my efforts on supporting the ALANA student community via programs, direct services and collaboration with colleges and departments across campus. Aside from my professional role, I am also a native of Tucson, ...

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Cyrus Patten
Cyrus Patten

Cyrus Patten (Ed.D. Program)

Cyrus is a local nonprofit leader specializing in complex system change.  A Vermont native, he earned his bachelors (2006) and masters (2009) degrees in Social Work from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where he specialized in community organizing.  His research areas include system change, creative funding ...

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Andrew Hudacs
Andrew Hudacs

Andrew Hudacs (Ed.D. Program)

Andrew Hudacs is working towards an EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  His research interests include how K-16 public education prepares students for careers.  Other interests consist of policy analysis and organizational leadership to reduce socioeconomic achievement gaps.  He completed a BA at St. Michael’s ...

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Steve Pomeroy
Steve Pomeroy

Steve Pomeroy (Ed.D. Program)

Steve Pomeroy is currently working as the Associate Director and Lecturer at Norwich University, and has also served there as the Dean of the School of National Services and a Professor of Naval Science. As a Marine Corps leader, served as Commanding Officer of a carrier-based F/A-18 Fighter Squadron, Commanding Officer of a ...

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Kailee Brickner-McDonald
Kailee Brickner-McDonald

Kailee Brickner-McDonald (Ed.D. Program)

Kailee Brickner-McDonald is pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus in higher education. Kailee’s originally from New Jersey. At The College of William and Mary (2006) she enjoyed learning about social change through civic engagement experiences. After a short time traveling and community ...

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Monica McEnerny
Monica McEnerny ('13)

Monica McEnerny (Ed.D. Program)

Monica McEnerny became a middle level educator in 2000 after earning her master’s degree in education at Castleton State.  Now an education professor at Castleton, she is pursuing her Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy studies.  Monica’s research interests concern resilience for adolescents, parents, and teachers.  ...

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Amber Rich
Amber Rich

Amber Rich (Ed.D. Program)

Amber Rich is Senior Transfer Admissions Manager at Champlain College, where she has worked the past ten years. A 1999 undergraduate of the University of Vermont, Amber is currently a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policies Studies program, where she is focusing on Higher Education. She is working on a ...

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Megan Munson-Warnken
Megan Munson-Warnken

Megan Munson-Warnken (Ed.D. Program)

Megan Munson-Warnken is pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a particular focus on middle level education and the experiences of boys in language arts classrooms. She is interested in their perceptions of themselves as learners, their identities as readers, and the ways middle level teachers and schools can more ...

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Jennifer Jang
Jennifer Jang

Jennifer Jang (Ed.D. Program)

As a multilingual global citizen, 張文馨 (Jennifer Jang) is a sister, daughter, artist, Acroyoga-enthusiast, educator, and philosopher. She moved from Chicago to Burlington to serve as the Associate Director of Student Diversity Programs at Champlain College. Her experience as an Asian international woman, a first-generation ...

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Kelly Mancini Becker
Kelly Mancini Becker

Kelly Mancini Becker (Ed.D. Program)

Kelly Mancini Becker is working towards an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis on arts integration, kinesthetic learning, and arts advocacy and policy.  She received a BM from Catholic University and an MA from Brown University. After performing professionally, Kelly taught in a variety of public and ...

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