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Fraylanie   is the Associate Dean of Students in the Office of Student Affairs. As a scholar-practitioner with more than 10 years of work experience in higher education, her research interests include examining immigrant women of color leadership identities and experiences, and how their authenticity and power can lead (virtual) higher education into the future. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of San Francisco. She is currently pursuing her EdD in Organization and Leadership at the University of San Francisco, School of Education. Her most recent published article is The cass’ theory of sexual identity formation: a study of the complexities of queer identity development (Psychology Research, 2014). As an immigrant woman of color leader herself, Fraylanie believes that our core values can provide the compass we need to transform and heal our communities while moving into the future with integrity and creativity.

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Jane Bleasdale (SHE/HER)

Professor at University of San Francisco

I am an assistant professor and department chair of Leadership studies, in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. Born and raised in England  by parents who were both educators I knew at an early age that teaching was my vocation. I have lived  and taught in the UK, the Bahamas and now the US, My career has been primarily in K-12 education serving as a high school administrator focusing on equity and inclusion through personnel and student development. I started studying the higher education sector a decade ago and  joined the faculty at USF in 2016. My original  research focused on equity and inclusion in Catholic Jesuit high schools and specifically the experience of Black, Latino and LGBTQ students. I have recently conducted research on equity and inclusion in public schools, social and emotional wellness of students and critical feminist leadership. My research focuses on the experience and impact of women leaders with intersectional identities. I am  the primary investigator on a participatory action research project at the University of San Francisco collaborating with 10 doctoral students on a  new paradigm for equitable leadership focused on critical feminist perspectives.

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I am originally from the tiny nation of Belize in Central America.  The pursuit of higher education and greater opportunities brought me to St Thomas University in Miami where I received  a BA  in Business and Marketing.  I moved to San Francisco from Miami and attended Golden Gate University where I received an MS in Organization Behaviour  and Leadership.  My career in retail management, particularly the absence of African American women in the leadership ranks has prompted my pursuit of an EdD in Organization and Leadership at the University of San Francisco to research and understand the insidious ways perception and bias is used either together or apart to suffocate leadership advancements for the African American woman.

Genevieve Charbonneau,(SHE/HER)

I am an associate director in the School of Nursing and Health Professions Sim and Skills Centers at the University of San Francisco. Born the youngest of six children and raised in the San Francisco bay area I learned about inequities at a very young age.  I received my undergrad degree in Speech Communications, and went on to receive my master’s degree in Organization Development at the University of San Francisco.  My passion and research has been focused on examining the different disparities in student disciplines and on critical review of current literature on how microaggressions against transgender communities and more specifically against transgender patients that are deficient in many of the prelicensure nursing programs at the School of Nursing and Health Professions Simulation Center in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I am currently pursuing an EdD in Organization and Leadership at the University of San Francisco.

Michele Darchuck (SHE/HER)

I am a mother, a proud Feminist, and an unabashed philomath. I’ve spent the better part of the past decade teaching Early Elementary and have transitioned to the role of Education Specialist where I have the privilege of supporting students with Special Education needs. I have earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno, and a Master of Science in Elementary Education from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Education. My career and passion is promoting education equity through the social justice practice of teaching. Currently, I am pursuing a Doctorate of Education from the University of San Francisco where my research is centered around the support of Feminist Leaders at Jesuit Universities. My biggest influencers are my grandmother, Dolores Munt (who was a lifelong educator, and reading specialist), Kimberle Crenshaw, Audre Lorde, and Gloria Ladson-Billings.


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I am a Mathematics teacher at a Catholic High School called Archbishop Riordan High School and the head moderator of a GSA group called READI club, which stands for Riordan”s Educational Alliance of Diverse Individuals.  Our club’s goal is to promote and create a safe space for individuals who want to express their talents and their progressive ways of thinking to strengthen the Riordan community. We strive to be inclusive and accessible to all individuals regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexuality. I believe the LBGTQIA community can be supported in Catholic schools through our club and our community.  I collaborate along with nine doctoral students on a new paradigm for equitable leadership focused on critical feminist perspectives, which is lead by Jane Bleasdale at the University of San Francisco.  Originally from Los Angeles, I earned my Bachelor of Science, Mathematics at University of California, Irvine and Teaching Credential and Masters in Single Subject Teaching, Mathematics at Loyola Marymount University.  I am working on my doctorate degree in Catholic Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco.  I live in South San Francisco with my husband, Alex and I am a proud mother of two boys, Jameson (age 15) and Alex Jr. (age 11). 


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KATE is the Regional Director of Enrollment for Fusion Academy, an alternative private school that supports students who have not thrived in traditional school settings. Kate’s experiences span over 12+ years of teaching, supporting schools through community partnerships, strategic development, coaching, and leadership. Her research lies at the intersection of critical feminism and leadership and is interested in how organizations seek to incorporate critical feminist values to ensure equitable approaches. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and is passionate about using the outdoors to support maternal mental health. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Organizational Leadership program at the University of San Francisco. Kate enjoys camping and resides in Long Beach, CA with her partner and one year old son.

Ingrid H. McVanner (SHE/HER)

A proud San Franciscan, I love thick fog, fresh sourdough, and Irish coffee.  I’ve spent the last decade working in higher education administration.  I have a BA in English from the University of Portland and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of San Francisco, and am currently also pursuing an EdD in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco, researching feminist leadership during a crisis.  My research interests include critical feminism, global citizenship education, leadership, and crisis management.  My many, many influences include bell hooks, adrienne maree brown, Erin Gibson, Roxane Gay, and Sara Ahmed.

Alison K. Nishiyama-Young(SHE/HER)

Originally from Hawaii, I moved to San Francisco to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of San Francisco. I fell in love with the City and I’ve spent the past 10 years in higher education. After earning my MBA in 2016, I started USF’s Doctorate of Education in Organization and Leadership program. I am currently the Director of Administrative Operations in the Strategic Enrollment Management at USF. My research focuses on Asian American women in leadership and leadership development, specifically in community based leadership programs.

Margaret Peterson(SHE/HER)

MARGARET has been an educator for 30 years serving as a Japanese language teacher, professional development provider and coach, content specialist, curriculum developer and coordinator, central office administrator, and assistant principal. At the heart of every role, students and teachers are front and center. In her current position as Executive Director of the California World Language Project, she oversees the professional development for language teachers throughout the state. She works closely with (mostly female) bilingual teacher leaders who pay particular attention to meeting the needs of students who have been marginalized and harmed by the educational system. Her mission is to provide an equitable education for each and every student by working alongside bilingual teachers to help them develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to provide humanistic experiences in their classrooms, racially just curriculum, and to engage students to recognize and ignite their own agency and power within themselves and with their community.

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Star Plaxton-Moore(SHE/HER)

Director of Community-Engaged Learning at the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at University of San Francisco. Star directs institutional support for community-engaged courses and oversees public service programs for undergraduates, including the Public Service and Community Engagement Minor. She designed and implements an annual Community-Engaged Learning and Teaching Fellowship program for USF faculty, a Community Partner Co-Educator Fellowship, and other professional development offerings that bring together faculty and community partners as co-learners. Her scholarship focuses on faculty development for community-engaged teaching and scholarship, student preparation for community engagement, assessment of civic learning outcomes, and community engagement in institutional culture and practice. She recently co-authored two books, The Student Companion to Community-Engaged Learning and The Craft of Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning. Star also consults with independent K-8 schools on service-learning and community engagement. She was elected to the board of the International Association of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement in 2019. Prior to working in higher education, Star taught elementary school in Virginia and California. She holds a MEd from George Washington University and is beginning her dissertation work for an EdD in organizational leadership at USF. Star lives in San Francisco with her spouse, Andrew, and her two fantastic kids, Jackson (age 10) and Stella (age 8).