April 2022 Aijeron Simmons

Aijeron Simmons (OAK’20) will transition into a new role as UTK Coordinator for the 21st Century California School Leadership Academy. (Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education hosts and coordinates the 21CSLA State Center in partnership with UCLA Center X and the California Subject Matter Projects.)

Through this new body of work, she will focus on preparing leaders to roll out Transitional Kindergarten for all of California’s 4-year-olds. Read more about her journey here.

April 2022 Christopher Goins

Christopher Goins (CHI’16) has been named the next President of Girard College in Philadelphia. Read more here.

Girard College is a historic boarding school in North Philadelphia that provides free education for disadvantaged children from single-parent families.

April 2022 Halleemah Nash

Rosecrans Ventures Founder, Halleemah Nash (CHI’17), will join the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP) as an Executive in Residence in support of its signature program, HBCU in LA.

The HBCU in LA Internship Program is EICOP’s signature initiative and the first Los Angeles based program of its kind to provide underrepresented students with housing and the opportunity to participate in 10-week paid internships with major studios, networks, talent agencies and other global creative industry organizations.

March 2022 Claudia Montes Salinas

Claudia Montes Salinas (IND’22) has begun her new role with Indiana University Health as the Mosaic Center Special Projects Manager.

The Mosaic Center for Work, Life and Learning is a workforce development initiative that will support Indianapolis youth and adults as they navigate a path to and across healthcare careers, clinical and nonclinical as well as other careers. A new employer-driven and community-based program, the Mosaic Center will provide individualized coaching and mentoring designed to prepare people for and provide access to “promising” and “good” job pathways in healthcare with self-sustaining wages.

March 2022 Dr. Brian Dinkins

After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from students/faculty/staff/alumni, Dr. Brian Dinkins (IND’22) will join the Butler University College of Education faculty as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership & Director of Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals (EPPSP).

Learn more about EPPSP: www.butler.edu/education/graduate-programs/educational-administration-eppsp

February 2022 TaraShaun Cain

TaraShaun Cain (CHI’20) has joined the Surge Leadership team as Executive Director of the Black Principals Network.

The Black Principals Network was incubated and funded by Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, which invests in building a diverse educator workforce as part of its broader efforts to ensure all students are able to access a high-quality, culturally relevant K12 education that empowers them to achieve social and economic liberation.

February 2022 Tiara Wheatley

Tiara Wheatley (CHI’20) has accepted the role of Vice President, Alumni Impact at the Surge Institute.

In her new role, Tiara will be responsible for developing the strategy and ensuring successful execution and measurement of Surge Alumni programming. Furthermore, this role is aligned with the second pillar of the Surge Ahead, the organization’s three-year Strategic Plan.

Learn more at: https://www.surgeinstitute.org/surge-welcomes-new-vice-president-of-alumni-impact/

February 2022 Lateshia Woodley

Dr. Lateshia Woodley (KC’20) was featured in EdWeek’s 2022 Leaders to Learn From. The honorees are innovative district leaders who have showed resiliency and fortitude as they found ways to support students and families during a year of continued disruption. Lateshia was recognized for Leadership in Whole-Child Supports.

Learn more about Lateshia’s work as featured in EdWeek here.

February 2022 India Johnson

The local Indianapolis news recently covered Thrival Indy’s hypnotherapy services and the impact that this focus on mental health has had on our school culture. India Johnson currently serves as the school’s Executive Director.

Read the full story here.

January 2022 Diego Báez

The Poetry Foundation has welcomed Diego Báez (CHI’19) as a new Harriet Books reviewer. Named after Harriet Monroe, the founding editor of Poetry Magazine, Harriet Books centers the work of poets and serves as a portal to the latest poetry-related news.

Read more here.