REGINALD ADAMS is a knowledge management and organizational development professional with over 20 years’ experience. Reginald is currently Manager of Knowledge Management at Direct Energy, a global energy and home services company. Prior to this Reginald served in the same capacity for Apollo Group, parent company of the University of Phoenix and West University. Reginald’s academic training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Wilberforce University and a Master’s degree in Adult Learning.
DR. BARBARA BADERMAN is currently the President of Baderman Consulting, and teaches masters level students at Grand Canyon University. Baderman Consulting focuses on the development and delivery of custom programs and training for entrepreneurs, mentoring, business strategy, strategic goal setting, succession planning, and leadership development for non-profits and for-profit organizations. Previously, Dr. Baderman served sixteen years as a Senior VP & Provost, Dean of Humanities, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Associate Dean of Business, and a Campus Manager at a university. She holds a Ph.D. in Organization Management/Leadership from Capella University. Dr. Baderman has a firm belief that the humanities acts as a change agent in how we view our world, and has significant relevance in other disciplines, such as business, natural sciences, and social sciences. Through the humanities, shared human experiences and engagement through learning and connecting, there are opportunities for transformation of through and appreciation for the world around us.
GAIL BRADLEY, an Arizona native, is a consultant to a large family foundation which supports micro finance in Africa and Latin America, overseeing their gifts to organizations providing small business loans, education and personal dignity to the most poor. Previously, she worked in the financial industry as a stock broker and most recently as Vice President and Senior Wealth Strategist for Northern Trust. Gail received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and Master of Counseling from Arizona State University. Gail has been involved in the philanthropic community for over 25 years, primarily as a board member for organizations such as: Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale, Herberger Theatre Center, Scottsdale Cultural Council, Scottsdale Public Art, Phoenix Committee of Foreign Relations, Arizona Town Hall, Arizona Chapter of International Women’s Forum, ASU Women in Philanthropy, and Desert Botanical Garden.
RYAN J. BRUCE has served as the Executive Director of The Bisbee Radio Project (KBRP) since 2008. Mr. Bruce began his career more than 17 years ago at WFHB Community Radio in Bloomington, Indiana followed by a number of years on Capitol Hill working on legal and policy directives at the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, which represents more than 400 community radio stations across the country. He assisted in the coordination and development of the convergence of the first Latino and Native American community radio conferences and currently works with Radio Cultural in Naco, Sonora developing a Media Education and Training Center. Mr. Bruce is responsible for the creation of the KBRP Youth Media Project, Borderlands Community Media Foundation, Bisbee Chamber Foundation, and Copper Chronicle Radio Program. Active in the non-profit sector, Mr. Bruce is the owner of Post-Soviet Depression Press and Solfa Music and Books in Bisbee, AZ. He currently serves on the City of Bisbee Community Sustainability Commission and is the advisor to the City of Bisbee Youth Council.
TINA CLARK is the Historian/ Archaeologist for the City of Yuma tasked to the Yuma Crossing National Area. She also serves as the Director of Programming and Curator for the Yuma Territorial Prison and the Yuma Quarter Master Depot, both within the Yuma Crossing National Historic Landmark. Deeply involved in almost every historic project in the City’s Redevelopment Plan, she brings years of experience to her work. A native of San Diego, she has extensive construction and preservation experience and has consulted on large projects in Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Tucson. Her background in historic preservation stems from projects in San Diego’s Old Town, the Gas Lamp District, and Balboa Park. She has academic credentials (BA, MA) in History, and Archeology and has done field archeology in San Diego’s Mission and Presidio, and remains the curator of the Chinese porcelains found at those sites. She is an active member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is on the National Geographic Arizona-Sonora Geo-tourism Council, Museum Association of Arizona, is the Yuma Chair of the Anza Trail Foundation and a Board Member of the Yuma County Historical Society. In addition to her professional work, Tina is also personally involved in the renovation of three historic Yuma properties: Power Apartments (1915), Yuma’s oldest apartment house; Old St. Paul’s Church (1909), and Parish House (1929) which together form St. Paul’s Cultural Center. Tina hopes that her work here will help to revitalize Historic Yuma, and play a small part in the renaissance that is certain to follow the designation of Yuma as the first National Heritage Area West of the Mississippi.
JULIE CODELL is Professor of Art History at Arizona State University and affiliate faculty in English, Gender Studies, Film and Media Studies and Asian Studies. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University Bloomington, an MA in Art History from Indiana, an MA in English from The University of Michigan and a BA in English from Vassar College. She was Vice Chair of the Montana Humanities Council while teaching at the University of Montana, Missoula, and a grants evaluator for the NEH, the Australian Research Council and the National Humanities Center. Her research and teaching interests are 19th-century European culture and the press, the British empire, 19th- and early 20th-century India, life writings and film. She wrote The Victorian Artist, and edited Transculturation in British Art; Power and Resistance: The Delhi Coronation Durbars; The Political Economy of Art; Imperial Co-Histories; and co-edited Orientalism, Eroticism and Modern Visuality in Global Cultures; Encounters in the Victorian Press, and Orientalism Transposed. She received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Getty Foundation, Kress Foundation, Huntington Library, Ransom Center, and Yale Center for British Art. She has been president of 5 Victorian studies societies, board member of 8 professional organizations, and 6 scholarly journals.
ALAIN-PHILIPPE DURAND is Dean of the College of Humanities, Professor of French, Honors College Distinguished Fellow, and affiliated faculty in Africana Studies, Latin American Studies and LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. His research interests include French and Brazilian literatures, French Cinema, Hip-Hop, and the promotion of the Humanities disciplines in the professions. He is the author and editor of four books: Black, Blanc, Beur. Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World; A Techno World. New Electronic Spaces in the French Novel of the 1980s and 1990s (preface by Marc Augé, published in French); Novels of the Contemporary Extreme (co-edited with Naomi Mandel), and Frédéric Beigbeder and his doubles (published in French). He has published chapters and articles in journals such as PMLA, The French Review, Romance Notes, Contemporary French Civilization, L’Esprit créateur, and Romance Quarterly, among others. He is Associate Editor of the journalContemporary French Civilization. The French Government awarded Durand the Palmes Académiques. The University of Arizona awarded Durand the Five Star Faculty Award, the Richard Ruiz Diversity Leadership Faculty Award, and the African American Community Council’s Distinguished Faculty Award. The French publication France-Amérique named him among its list of fifty French talents living in the United States.
As a Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Grand Canyon University, I am focused on higher education innovation. I have numerous years of experience preparing and mentoring secondary education professionals in transforming their teaching to meet the needs of learners of the 21st century. My researcher interests include Holocaust education, world religions in the public school classroom, and deep learning. With 17 years of teaching religious studies, political science, and history at both the secondary and college levels, I consider myself a life-long learner who seeks to model the innovation that I expect from my faculty and emulate for others.
DR. DANA JAMISON is an orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine and specializing in Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. As a physician she gave up the long hours of a sports medicine and trauma surgeon after her kidney transplant, and is now a faculty physician and orthopaedic consultant at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix and the Southwest Center for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Psychology and Social Relations, attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, did her residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and sports medicine fellowship at the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute. As a servant-leader much of her nonprofit and community involvement has been in arts & culture at Phoenix Theatre, ASU Piper Center for Creative Writing and the Phoenix Library Foundation; health advocacy at Donor Network of Arizona and the National Kidney Foundation, and African American experiences with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, The Links, Jack & Jill of America and Tanner Chapel AME Church. As a “lover of words” she will continue to be an advocate of the word and sharing it with others, supporting its access to all.
KARL KENDALL has worked for the Phoenix Public Library for the past 17 years. In his current role as the Deputy Director of Collections and Programming, Karl oversees the coordination of programs, services, and the purchasing of library materials across this diverse system of 17 Library locations. Prior to his current position, Karl managed the Century, Cesar Chavez, and Agave libraries, overseeing the opening of the latter two. Karl holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Information and Library Sciences from the University of Arizona. Married with three young children, Karl’s main passions are music, baseball, and, of course, reading.
MARY LU NUNLEY served on the Arizona Historical Society Board of Directors including terms as president and vice-president. In her positions with the city of Phoenix Water Conservation Office, she worked with Valley cities to increase awareness on where our water comes from and how to protect those resources. At Arizona’s Children Association, and with the Governor’s Community and Family Programs, she developed educational handbooks and videos for families and community organizations. Mary Lu also served on Congressman Jim Kolbe’s campaign staff and in his district office for more than 16 years. Now retired, she will continue to be involved in a variety of efforts to keep Arizona as the greatest place to live. Community outreach and education are the running threads through Mary Lu Nunley’s interests, both personally and professionally. Her family, a wide range of professional work, and the community strongly influenced her understanding how important culture is to developing a healthy community. Helping a community grow is always one of her goals when joining a program or project. Mary Lu was appointed to the Arizona Humanities board of directors by the governor.
ESHЀ PICKETT is a Cloud Automation Engineer at Intel Corporation in Chandler, AZ. She has been with the company since 2005. In her role, Eshé is responsible for architecting, developing, deploying and supporting Internal, External and Hybrid Cloud computing for Intel Data Centers. Eshé participates in STEM outreach, specifically targeting women in engineering. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University and her Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Chicago.
Eshé is an active community member who strongly advocates for civic and civil engagement. She is a graduate of Valley Leadership, mentored for 6 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, and served as Precinct Committeeman in Legislative District 18. Eshé believes that exposure to Arts and Culture is critical in the development of intelligent and useful design and feels the mission of the Arizona Humanities is crucial in retaining the human element in advancing technology.
ALBERT MONREAL QUIHUIS is an award winning author who wrote his first children’s book to honor his parents and family tradition. At that time he realized the need for multicultural books and became passionate about writing books that motivate and inspire children to learn about their traditions, culture, history and being proud of their heritage. Albert reads aloud in schools, libraries and gives presentations to educators and organizations. Currently Albert is writing and researching several historical novels and continues to write “Sofia and Pepe the Parrot Adventures Series.”
Prior to writing Albert was a Financial Advisor, and a Certified Financial Planner for 25 years with the Quihuis Investment Group; he has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University and is a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He is a native of Arizona and traces his ancestors to the 1700s in Arizona. Albert is serving or has served on the following Boards of Directors- East Valley Hispanic Business Alliance, Dia del los Muertos Festival at the Mesa Art Center, Chandler Mariachi Festival, Chandler Chamber of Commerce and Diversity Committee, Financial Planning Association of Greater Phoenix and the YMCA Chandler – Gilbert.
DIANNA SOE MYINT retired from Motorola after 41 years of service. During her last two years at Motorola, she facilitated three day seminars for Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to 3560 employees. After retiring from Motorola she also presented these seminars to Honeywell and Avery- Dennison employees. Dianna was president of Paradise Republican Women’s Club, Arizona Federation of Republican Women Region Eight Director for four years and currently the AZFRW Region Director Coordinator and Leadership Development Chair. In 2009, she was selected to participate in the Dodie Loden Excellence in Public Service Series. Dianna has been married for 48 years, and has one son, and one grandson.
CHRISTINE SZUTER is executive director of the Amerind Foundation in Dragoon, Arizona, since fall of 2014. Before arriving at Amerind she was the director of the graduate Scholarly Publishing Certificate program at Arizona State University in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona specializing in Southwest archaeology and zooarchaeology. Her research interests include food systems, Indigenous studies, digital humanities, gender studies, scholarly publishing, and public history. Her connection to Arizona Humanities began soon after graduation when she became the Arizona Humanities Scholar-in-Residence at Sahuarita High School.
She has served as the director of the University of Arizona Press where she collaborated with three other university presses on the First Peoples Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation—a book series on Native American and Indigenous Peoples. She has served on boards and committees for the Society for American Archaeology, American Association of University Presses, National Council for Public History, University of Arizona Digital Information Management (DigIn) Certificate program, Arizona State University Institute for Humanities Research Nexus Lab, Western National Park Association, and Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society.
EMERSON YEARWOOD has been a member of the legal team at Cable One, Inc., since joining the company in October 2000. As Associate General Counsel & Director of Regulatory Affairs, he is primarily responsible for managing the company’s regulatory compliance and reporting for Cable One’s video, internet and VoIP services. In addition, he also directly supports General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel in a wide variety of legal matters. Prior to joining Cable One, Emerson gained five years of cable industry experience with Falcon Communications and the Cable Services Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. He holds a J.D. from UCLA, an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management, and a B.S. in City Planning from MIT. His past board experience includes serving as the Chairman of the Black Alumni of MIT. Emerson is a native of Barbados and was raised in the Bronx, NY. He enjoys travel, hiking and the occasional game of golf.