JR Hipple is a veteran leadership and communications consultant to corporations, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities. He has more than 25-years of experience working with colleges and universities on key issues and trends that will affect their success. He helps college administrators develop strategies for branding, recruitment and community engagement, and internal programs around change and diversity. He has an insider’s perspective on higher education as a visiting lecturer and adjunct instructor at The Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia, a board member of the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University, and as a member of the Boston University alumni board of directors. He holds an MS in public relations from Boston University and a BS in marketing from Miami University (Ohio).
Elizabeth Creamer is Advisor for Workforce Development in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Governor Terence R. McAuliffe. In that role, she acts as a liaison on workforce policy and programs to four Secretariats, eight state agencies, and 24 state and federally funded programs serving Virginians from middle school to retirement age. Her previous experience includes: Director of Education and Workforce Development for the Office of Governor Bob McDonnell; Assistant Vice Chancellor of Career Pathways and Workforce Development Programs for the Virginia Community College System; and workforce development and academic administrative positions at Thomas Nelson and Paul D. Camp Community Colleges. Creamer is a past member of the National Career Pathways Network Board, the Southern Region Education Board’s Career and Technical Education Commission, and the Virginia Board of Workforce Development and is a former winner of the Virginia Community Colleges’ Expanding Workforce Opportunities Award. She holds a baccalaureate degree from Christopher Newport University and a master’s degree from Old Dominion University.
Sara Dunnigan - Since February, 2015 Sara has been the Executive Director of the Virginia Board of Workforce Development, a business-led board that acts as the principal advisor to the Governor and provides strategic leadership to the state regarding the workforce development system and its efforts to create a strong workforce aligned with employer needs. Before assuming this role in the Governor’s office, Sara was the owner and principal of SJ Dunnigan Consulting, where she help organizations develop effective economic development strategies, build and manage high-impact programs, develop results-oriented program scorecards, and build and inspire accountable teams. She also worked as Transformation Strategist with Chmura Economics & Analytics, a company providing applied economic consulting, quantitative research, and software solutions requiring the integration of advanced economic analysis. Sara also worked with the Greater Richmond Partnership as Senior Vice President for Existing Business Services and Talent Development working to retain and grow businesses in the Richmond region.
Jayme Adelson-Goldstein is a national and international educational consultant specializing in teacher education for adult English language instructors. One of her current projects, LINCS ESL Pro, has allowed her to focus on collaborating with ESOL professionals in Florida and Wisconsin to increase the rigor in English language instruction and extend contextualization for work and career pathways into all levels of ESOL. Jayme is also the co-author of The Oxford Picture Dictionary, series director of Step Forward, and co-developer of the Multilevel Instructor’s Workroom for the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO).
Anthony Chan has worked in adult education since 1986. A certified teacher in Texas, he has taught various levels of mathematics, from elementary through college. During his 11 years with the Texas state office for Adult Education, he created and oversaw the Texas Adult Education Math Institute in which he trained master teachers in proven teaching strategies for training math teachers. He continues to train math teachers nationally and internationally. He is now owner and CEO of Alpha Educational Products and Services.
Lori Howard is an ESOL consultant, teacher educator, and author of reading textbooks for adult ESOL learners, including the Read All About It and Read and Reflect Series. She is also AEFLA/WIOA II Program Specialist Coordinator for CASAS and a frequent presenter at state and international conferences. Her many years of experience in the field includes teaching ESOL and Vocational ESOL, administering ESOL programs, being a TV/Video Teacher on the Los Angeles Unified School Districts’ Learning English Series, and a Video Teacher on the Teacher Training Through Video Series.
Sarah Lynn is an ESOL teacher, teacher trainer, and curriculum developer from Boston, MA. Currently at the Bridge Program, at Harvard University’s Center for Workplace Development, she teaches ESOL and leads their Smart Learning initiative. As a teacher trainer, Ms. Lynn has led workshops on: brain-based teaching practices, metacognition and self-directed learning, the multilevel classroom, learner persistence, collaborative learning, 21st Century Skills, and goal setting. As a curriculum developer, Ms. Lynn has contributed to numerous student textbooks for English language learners including Future, Project Success,(both of Pearson ELT) and Q: Skills for Success (Oxford University Press).
Susan Finn Miller has worked in the field of adult literacy for more than 25 years and has taught ABE, high school equivalency, and all levels of English learners from emergent readers to advanced. For many years, she has facilitated professional development opportunities for teachers in face-to-face workshops throughout Pennsylvania and across the United States as well as through online venues. Susan is a national LINCS trainer and moderator for the LINCS Communities of Practice. Susan teaches graduate courses in adult literacy and has a PhD in Language, Literacy and Culture.
Kathy St. John taught English as a Second Language in Washington D.C., Chicago and Madison, WI from 1989-1993. Her first work in adult basic literacy was as the Adult Literacy Assistant Coordinator and then Coordinator at the Blue Gargoyle Youth Services Center in Chicago from 1993-1995. She supervised Read Santa Clara, the literacy program at the Santa Clara Public Library in California, from 1995-2001.
She has been a freelance literacy and fund, program and board development consultant since 2002. She is currently a LINCS National Trainer and a freelance consultant in the areas of literacy and nonprofit fund, organizational and board development, strategic planning and organizational capacity building. She also teaches English as a Second Language at Partners in Reading, the adult literacy program at the San Jose Public Library.