Dr. Johari Rashad - American Diversity: Issues in Race, Religion and Gender –
PhD in Intercultural Communications and Bachelor of Arts Degree in African-American Studies from Howard University
Dr. Rashad has written extensively and lectured on diversity issues and training. She is Director, Center for Innovative Learning and Professional Growth, in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. She has had extensive experience in diversity training and has taught in the LCWS since 2005.
Dr. John K. Maniha - American Heritage -
PhD from the University of Michigan
Dr. Maniha is a certified professional genealogist with East Coast Division certification. After retiring from federal government work, Dr. Maniha does private research in genealogy. He taught previously at Florida State University and began teaching in the LCWS in the fall 2010.
Juliette Faulkner, Esq. - Business and Public Policy –
Juris Doctor degree from Washington and Lee University
Professor Faulkner has served as Senior Policy Adviser to The Nature Conservancy and was a former senior associate and attorney for the firm of Booz Allen Hamilton. She is currently on the professional staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies and has taught in the LCWS since 2007.
Fredrika M. Witt, LEED, AP - Capital Landmarks in Art and Architecture –
Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon; Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture with High Honor from Georgia Tech
Professor Witt was formerly employed with the firm of Brennan Beer Gorman Monk Architects and Interiors in Washington, D.C. She has traveled extensively, speaks Spanish and is fluent in American Sign Language.
Dr. Joan Orgon Coolidge - Conflict and Compromise –
Master of Science and PhD from George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Dr. Coolidge has taught conflict negotiation and conflict management on the master’s level at the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus and on the undergraduate level at George Mason University. She previously worked with the Center for Dispute Settlement (CDS) in Washington, D.C. as a peer-based mediation program coordinator.
Shayla Freeman Simmons, Esq. - Controversy and the U.S. Supreme Court –
Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law
Professor Simmons is currently the Senor Counsel for Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. She is the former Deputy Director, Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs and has taught in the LCWS since the spring of 2010.
Dr. Katherine M. Kidd - Global Agenda –
PhD in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania; Master’s degree from Harvard University in Soviet Studies; Bachelor’s degree in History and German from Pacific Lutheran University.
Dr. Kidd taught extensively in international issues as Director of International Studies at Fairfield University and Director of Global Studies at Sacred Heart University. She is a former Senior Program Manager for the Center for Global Connections (CGC) unit at FHI 360 in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Donna K. Minnich - Violence and Values –
PhD in Sociology from American University; Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Clark Atlanta University; Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida.
Dr. Minnich has extensive teaching experience in criminal justice, domestic violence, police science, social problems, race and minority relations, and life and death issues. Her previous research interests include such diverse topics as stress levels among prison inmates and correctional officers, interviews with inmates on death row, and attitudes and beliefs among college students concerning euthanasia and physician assisted suicide.
Christine Messina-Boyer – Public Relations Seminar -
Master of Arts degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University; Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Public Relations from St. Louis University.
Professor Messina-Boyer is vice president for higher education at Widmeyer Communications in Washington, D.C. She brings more than 25 years of public relations experience in education, government and health care to Widmeyer’s diverse client roster. She has won awards for her social media strategy and public affairs communications.