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Ignatius Aloysius

Ignatius Aloysius

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Currently teaching:
Advanced Writing Workshop

Ignatius Valentine Aloysius completed his MFA in Creative Writing with a focus on fiction from Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, where he received the Distinguished Thesis Award for his novel manuscript Fishhead. Soup., now under consideration by Curbside Splendor Press. A finalist for The Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists competition, Aloysius was also an interdisciplinary Ragdale resident. In addition, he became the 2014 Writer-in-Residence at el Ranchito Cielito con Nopales in La Union, New Mexico. Aloysius moderated several writers’ panels and also participated as a guest panelist at the 2015 Chicago Writers Conference. His writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, Newcity, the Chicago Tribune, LaTolteca Zine, and Gander Press Review. Aloysius is currently Managing Editor of the bilingual LaTolteca Zine online. He lives in Evanston and makes a living as a graphic designer and teacher of English and design software. In his spare time, he writes songs and plays lead guitar in a hard rock band.


Atef Bader

Atef Bader

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Currently teaching:
Data Management Principles

Atef Bader has been working in the IT industry for many years and currently is a member of the technical staff at Lucent Technologies. He is a recognized expert in object-oriented technology, automated software testing, concurrent software systems and software architecture. His technical papers have been presented at numerous conferences and published in technical journals. Bader holds a PhD in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology.


Jennifer (Jen) Baker’s expertise is in the interdependence of communication theory and practice, where she strives to help others find true confidence in their communication and interaction with others. She is an experienced writer with a background in marketing, corporate communication, and technical writing; she has been teaching communication courses for almost 20 years, starting at the University of Texas at Austin, moving onto the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and now at Northwestern University. Baker has worked at a marketing company, an engineering firm, and a variety of educational institutions. Artistically, she has founded an inner-city high school speech/debate team, assisted with photography and animation in independent films, and produced a radio show on communication. Personally, Baker lives in Evanston IL and is raising two young children, along with her elderly canine.
Courses taught include Theories of Persuasion, Business Communication, Collective Decision-Making and Communication in Organizations, Strategic Communication, Using Data to Make Informed Decisions, and Professional Communication Skills. Baker also teaches practicum and field study courses where she is able to champion both the theory of communication and the practical nature of interaction in organizations through the experiential learning model. In her workspace, she has been awarded the SPS Distinguished Teaching Award and has been called the happiest professor that a student has ever known. Baker received her MA in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.


Kevin Budelmann is the president and co-founder of Peopledesign, a design strategy firm based in Michigan. Kevin oversees the firm’s strategic direction and helps manage client relationships as designer, strategist and change catalyst. Budelmann has been a designer at Herman Miller Inc, served as the president of APDF (Association of Professional Design Firms) and AIGA West Michigan (Professional Association for Design) and is on the board of IxDA (Interaction Design Association). His co-authored book, Brand Identity Essentials (Rockport 2010) has been translated into six languages and is available worldwide. He received a Master of Design Methods from IIT Institute of Design and is a frequent speaker and guest blogger on brand and design innovation.


Mark Clare

Mark Clare

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Currently teaching:
Foundations of Leadership

Mark Clare, founder of New Value Streams Consulting, has more than 20 years of experience in knowledge management, strategic change and informatics with Fortune 200 companies, including 3M and Allstate. His previous executive positions include vice president of knowledge and informatics management at Parkview Health, a nine-hospital system in northeast Indiana. Clare is author of many publications, including the book Knowledge Assets and a series of articles in KM Review on “Solving the Knowledge-Value Equation.” He holds a patent in artificial intelligence and has several more patents pending. Clare has an MS in physics, an MA in analytic philosophy and a Six Sigma Black Belt.


John Cooper

John Cooper

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Currently teaching:
Foundations of Leadership

John Cooper is a managing partner of Milestone Partners. His 30 years in business include line management, internal and external consulting, effectiveness training, strategic planning, organization design, change management, and executive coaching. He has served dozens of clients in the Chicago area, including Fortune 100 companies and nonprofit organizations. Cooper is former president of the Organizational Development Network of Chicago, has served on the board of directors of the Human Resource Association of Chicago, and has been certified in various development tools, including Center for Creative Leadership Benchmarks 360 and Hogan Leadership Assessment Series. Cooper has an MS in organizational development from Aurora University and advanced coaching training through the International Gestalt Coaching Program.


Michael Dain has been a practitioner in the field of Human-Computer Interaction since 1997, and received his master’s in the subject in 2001. His interests combine a deep appreciation for human behavior, design history and principles, and interaction patterns and innovations. He has held many roles in leading development of innovative experiences, including Creative Director and Experience Design Director. His advertising work has won Cannes Gold and Silver Lions, Addy Awards and Marcom awards. He has worked in Advertising, Education, Health Care and Enterprise Systems. Dain has developed and taught User Centered Design courses for DePaul and Northwestern Universities.


Kathreen Fontecha

Kathreen Fontecha

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Currently teaching:
Visual Communication

Kathreen Fontecha is the UI/UX Designer and Production Coordinator at the Statewide Integrated Pest Management program at University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. She has over a decade of experience as a graphic designer. She has extensive experience working on the visual design of technical information which sparked her interest in data analysis and information design. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies Information Design and Strategy program with an emphasis in Data Science and Analytics. Through this program, Fontecha was able to combine her passions and interests in information collection, analysis for patterns and trends, and presenting the information visually and effectively. Fontecha received her bachelor’s degrees in Design (Visual Communications) and English from the University of California, Davis.


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William Lester

William Lester

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Currently teaching:
Foundations of Leadership

William Lester is the MPPA faculty director and a scholar of political science, public policy, and public administration. His interests include leadership and ethics, public administration, disaster response, public organization theory, public personnel, and American politics. He has published in Public Administration Review and The Public Manager, among other journals and book chapters, and is on the editorial board of Public Voices. He has a recently published book in the American Society for Public Administration Series entitled Transforming Disaster Response: Federalism and Leadership. Lester was named a 1999 Civitas Scholar and was also a 2009 participant in Minnowbrook III. Lester was named a Fulbright scholar (2013), teaching and researching at The National Research University-Higher School of Economis in Moscow. He received his MPA and PhD from Texas Tech University with specializations in public administration, American politics, and political theory.


Patricia McNally

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Currently teaching:
Foundations of Leadership

Patricia McNally is assistant dean in the medical education department at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She is a Harvard Macy Scholar with 20 years of experience working with adult learners in a variety of areas, including management, leadership, organizational development, human resource development and medical education. McNally draws from corporate, higher education administration and instructional experience to bring her learners a multifaceted view of organizations and organizational learning. McNally received her doctorate in education from National-Louis University.


David Noffs

David Noffs

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Currently teaching:
Learning Environment Design

Dr. David Noffs has spent over 10 years as an Instructional Technologist and Designer in the Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence at Columbia College Chicago where he oversaw the development of online interactive tools and the use of Learning Management Systems (LMS’s). In this capacity, he supervised the installation of a campus-wide Moodle (Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) LMS in 2008 and development of training programs for students, faculty and staff. Noffs’ work grew to include not only teaching faculty and staff ways to use technology in the classroom, but also oversight of the creation of faculty led virtual learning communities, and non-stop facilitated online courses for faculty and staff development. In addition, he helped develop and teach workshops for mobile app development, online coursework development (instructional design), grade book design, portfolio design, and an array of online teaching tools, including integration of social media into virtual learning communities. Noffs joined Northwestern University School of Professional Studies in 2015. His doctoral dissertation in Adult and Continuing Education from National Louis University is entitled, Resonating Frequencies of a Virtual Learning Community: An Ethnographic Case Study of Online Faculty Development at Columbia College Chicago. Noffs also teaches courses in Sound Design, Web Design and iOS, C# and C++ Programming at Columbia’s department of Interactive Arts and Media.


Russell Roberson is vice president of quality and regulatory affairs for a global medical company, assuring that products and services are designed, manufactured, distributed, and serviced properly. He has responsibility for an extensive portfolio of healthcare software products in both medical (pharmacy, imaging, electronic medical records, and prescription management products) and nonmedical (financial and data-privacy products) device areas affected by global regulation. Roberson is a frequent speaker at global conferences on such topics as software design processes, regulatory affairs, and quality management systems. A licensed professional engineer, he holds professional certifications in engineering, auditing, and management; is active in several professional societies; and sits on his college fraternity’s national board of trustees. Among his publications are two books on leadership and cancer management. Roberson has a doctorate in business administration and management, an MBA degree, and a MS in mechanical engineering.


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