Meet Our Wonderful Guests
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Season 1: Episode 10: Rachel Laribee Gresk, Ph.D.
Rachel Laribee Gresk is Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), located in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, where she has been working since 2009. Rachel has extensive experience working in higher education administration and working in English language programs (ELP), having served as Director of the Academic Preparatory Program (APP) for the past ten years, before becoming Director of Academic Administration, and then moving into her role as the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Season 1: Episode 9: Christopher Jacobsen, Ph.D.
Christopher Jacobsen is the Executive Director of Development for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He received his Bachelor of Science with a double major in English and Theater from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and a Master of Education from Harvard University. Dr. Jacobsen graduated with his Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education from Boston College in 2021.
Season 1: Episode 8: Todd Cimino-Johnson, Ph.D.
Todd Cimino-Johnson defended his dissertation in March 2021. His dissertation title was Narratives from Appalachia: The Current Stories of LGBTQ Community College Students. He was born and raised in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He is a graduate of Shepherd University with a B.S. in Economics/Accounting, an MBA from Shepherd University, an M.A. in History from American Public University, a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Old Dominion University. Todd’s current position is Program Coordinator of Business and Economics at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg, WV. Todd lives in Leesburg, Virginia, with his husband, Tony, and Doberman, Sophie.
Season 1: Episode 7: Sarah Meiser, Ed.D
Sarah is a Student Affairs professional with experience in Residence Life, Housing Operations, Student Conduct, and Title IX. She currently serves as the Interim Title IX Coordinator at the University of Portland. Sarah recently completed a Doctor of Education in Leading and Learning with an emphasis in neuro-education from the University of Portland. She is especially proud of navigating work, family, and school simultaneously and for not allowing life to get in the way of her education, no matter how hard it tried. Since defending her dissertation, Sarah has been enjoying free time with her husband and children, reading for fun, and tackling some house and yard projects.
Season 1: Episode 4: Cody A. Sasek, Ph.D. MPAS, PA-C
Dr. Sasek is the Chief Clinical Director of the Creighton University Physician Assistant Program. He is a practicing emergency medicine physician assistant with CHI Health in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Sasek holds a PhD in educational administration and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree, both from the University of Nebraska.
Season 1: Episode 3: Heather Kropf, Ed.D.
Heather Kropf (she, her, hers) serves as the Associate Director of Residence Life at the University of Oregon. She is a California native and has worked professionally in Oregon over the past decade. She previously worked at Pacific University (in Forest Grove Oregon) and Azusa Pacific University (in Azusa California) where she received her Master’s degree in College Student Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication studies. Heather recently graduated from the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program from Portland State University. Her research focused on organizational cultures and structures that support a curricular approach. Her dissertation is titled: Residence Life as Learning Organizations: An Inquiry Into Organizational Elements that Support Integration of the Residential Curriculum. Heather views herself as a scholar-practitioner and is dedicated to support efforts that support student learning and success.