Committees – School of Education & Human Development


Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee at the SEHD was formed in 2010 with the ultimate goal of fostering a healthy, respectful, and inclusive atmosphere for all stakeholders in the school.


To build a sense of community through:



Dr. Debbiesiu Lee

Co Chairperson

Cathy D. Ferguson

Co Chairperson

Dr. Gina F. Astorini


Kelley Flagg


Danielle E. Genovese


Tinisha Hollinshead


Dr. Tywan G. Martin


Dr. Warren A. Whisenant


Gennet D. Wright


10 + 10 Committee

The 10 + 10 committee is tasked with developing and implementing the vision, strategies and plans to align our school with the President’s priorities and to take us to UM’s Centennial in the next ten years.

The School of Education and Human Development has been engaged in a planning process designed to align our school with the President’s priorities and to take us to UM’s Centennial in the next ten years. We have been calling this the 10 + 10 Plan. We have had faculty/staff retreats, a visit with the President, and deliberations in our departments and School Council. The time has come for the next step, where ideas begin to take shape and move towards implementation.

Four task forces have been formed; they are: HEALTH AND WELLNESS, CULTURE OF BELONGING, EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION, and HEMISPHERIC FOCUS. Both SEHD faculty and staff have volunteered to participate in this process by serving on these task forces.

These task forces are extremely important in positioning our school as we seek to play a significant role in the success of the university in a rapidly changing future.

Task Force


Dina Birman

Justin Tatman

Dan Santisteban

Wes Smith

Arlette Perry

Isaac Prilleltensky

Joe Signorile

Task Force


Miriam Lipsky

Gina Astorini

Elaine Segrera

Donner Valle

Laura Kohn Wood

Ty Martin

Kristen Schwarz

Gennet Wright

Task Force


Mary Beth Calhoon

Moataz Eltoukhy

Mary Avalos

Carol-Anne Phekoo

Brian Arwari

Daniele Iacomoni

Task Force


Alicia Jessop

Beth Harry

Kysha Harriell

Warren Whisenant

Luciana de Oliveira

Guerda Nicolas

Visiting Committee

The Visiting Committee for the School of Education and Human Development, established by Dean Prilleltensky in 2006, helps shape the future of the school. Comprised of prominent education, civic, and business leaders, including current and emeritus UM trustees, the Visiting Committee advises and consults with the Dean.

They offer ideas, suggestions, and feedback regarding the school’s physical facilities, fiscal status, academic programs, and role in the community. As Dean Colson, Esq., the founding committee chair said, “I’m very positive about the school and building a national reputation that will attract the very best scholars to our university. I am impressed by the enthusiasm of our members for the school and the Dean’s ambitious plans.” Hilarie Bass, the immediate past chair, explains the Committee’s role by saying, “It provides the school with input from community leaders who support the school’s vision and mission."

The current members of the Visiting Committee are:

Chair:  Ms. Barbara Hecht Havenick, A.B. '72, J.D. '75, UM Trustee and President and CEO of Flagler Greyhound Track

  • Ms. Hilarie Bass, Esq., J.D. ’81, UM Trustee and Co-President of Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Mr. Paul DiMare, UM Trustee and Owner of DiMare Homestead, Inc.
  • Ambassador Paul Cejas, B.B.A. ’69, UM Trustee Emeritus and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PLC Investments, Inc.
  • Mr. Dean C. Colson, Esq. J.D. '77, Former UM Trustee and Partner of Colson Hicks Eidson
  • Mrs. Judith S. Adler, B.Ed. ’73
  • Ms. Donna F. Genet, A.B. '65;  M.A. '69
  • Mr. Phil Genet, A.B. '71, President of Genet Western Brokerage Co., Inc.
  • Mr. Richard Jay Kurtz, B.Ed. '62, Chief Executive Officer of The Kamson Corporation
  • Mr. Richard J. Lampen, Esq., Executive Vice President of Vector Group Ltd., President and Chief Executive Officer of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc., and President and Chief Executive Officer of Castle Brands Inc.
  • Ms. Sheryl Ann Lipman, B.Ed. '66
  • Dr. Jeffrey Orloff, B.Ed. '70
  • Mr. Lee Osiason, Esq., Former Ex-Officio UM Trustee, Owner of Lee J. Osiason, P.A.
  • Mr. Kenneth Rosen, Chief Executive Officer of Infinity Sales Group, LLC.
  • Mrs. Lisa Rosen, Manager of KR/LR Dining Concepts, LLC.