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Advisory Board Mission & Charge

GSEAP Advisory Board Mission

The GSEAP Advisory Board is a leadership group that promotes the mission of the School, advises on strategic planning and programmatic initiatives, assists in fundraising, and fosters outreach and communication with professional and community constituencies.

GSEAP Advisory Board Charge

  • Promote the GSEAP mission
  • Attend 3 Board meetings a year
  • Share expertise and experience
  • Act as a GSEAP spokesperson and advocate
  • Advise the Dean on strategic direction of GSEAP
  • Identify sources of funding and support

Advisory Board Members

The Graduate School of Education and Allied Profession's Advisory Board met for the first time in February 2010. Founding members of the GSEAP Advisory Board are accomplished community members and professionals committed to advancing the mission of the School. Advisory Board members represent each of GSEAP's academic programs and outreach initiatives in education and the human services.

Randi Infusino

 
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Randi's professional career has focused on educating and mentoring children. She has a teaching degree and a Master's degree in teaching children with learning disabilities. A native of Chicago, Randi taught in the Windy City's public schools for eight years and was head of her school's learning disabilities department.

After a career in public education, Randi founded a tutoring business that served children who had high IQ's, but were challenged by learning disabilities. After moving to Connecticut, Randi has tutored children with learning disabilities from economically-challenged families on a volunteer basis. She has also recently begun to mentor economically-challenged young people by guiding them through the higher education application and financial support process.

Randi is a partner in SVP-CT, Social Venture Partners (SVP). SVP-CT is a community of private individuals who donate time, expertise, and funds for sustainable solutions to social problems helping the neediest members of society.

She lives with her husband, Jeff, in Westport. In her spare time, Randi is an avid bridge player.

Denise Lewis

JD

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Denise Lewis was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated from the Wheeler School in Providence in 1974. In 1978, Ms. Lewis graduated magna cum laude from Union College in Schenectady, NY with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. In recognition of her academic excellence, the faculty designated Ms. Lewis an Eliphalet Nott Scholar. Ms. Lewis played on the Women's Varsity Tennis team for four years and chaired the Speakers' Forum, an organization that arranges notable people to speak to the campus community. Ms. Lewis graduated from the Quinnipiac School of Law with Honors in 1985. In addition to serving as an Editor of the Law Review, she interned for a Federal Magistrate Judge. After graduation, she clerked for U.S. District Judge Warren Eginton in Bridgeport and then practiced law in Fairfield County. More recently, she has been working in financial management, including the financing of higher education costs. Ms. Lewis participates in several legal associations including the American Bar, the Federal Bar, the Connecticut Bar, and the Bridgeport Bar. Ms. Lewis served on the St. Vincent's Medical Center Auxiliary board. She also served on the Parent/Faculty Education Committee, the Science Fair Committee, and the Auction Committee at the New Canaan Country School. In addition, Ms. Lewis has worked on fundraising projects to benefit the Hopkins School and Cornell University. Ms. Lewis lives with her family in Fairfield. Her pastimes include traveling, music, and playing sports including tennis, golf, and skiing.

Jane Marone

MA '08

Christen Pollock

MA '05

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Christen brings a rare combination of business know-how, applied research policy expertise, and an entrepreneurial spirit to realize her commitment to making social progress and advancements in the public education and non-profit sectors. She founded edBridge Partners LLC, a collaborative consulting firm serving K-12 and higher education. Prior to founding edBridge Partners, Christen launched and led the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, transforming the organization’s advocacy and policy agenda and establishing the Center as trusted resource for research, data, and information, with a mission to improve college readiness, access, affordability and completion, particularly among under-served students. Christen started at the College Board as an information analyst.

Christen enjoyed a successful career in the private sector, co-leading a successful technology company in the market research space, FocusVision Network. FocusVision is now the leading global provider of live video transmission, analysis and archive solutions for the qualitative market research industry. Earlier in her career she was a senior product manager with Unilever, the global consumer products company, where she was responsible for the marketing, research, and sales success of three of the company’s brands; and was a brand manager at Canada Dry Corp., working on the company’s flagship products, ginger ale and sugar-free ginger ale.

Christen earned her B.A. in communications at UCLA and an M.A. in applied psychology at Fairfield University Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, where she achieved a 4.0 grade point average and was a member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.

Christen currently lives with her husband in NYC and has two sons.

Martin Schwart

 

Theresa D. Tillinger

MA '02

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Mrs. Theresa D. Tillinger received a B.S. in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Middle Tennessee State University. She holds a Masters in Education from Fairfield University and a Certificate in Advanced Studies for Administrators from Sacred Heart University, in addition to a Connecticut professional educators certificate in Mathematics. After working in the Information Technology field for 15 years for major corporations such as Ingram Distribution Group and Circuit City Stores, Mrs. Tillinger returned to her original plans of becoming an educator in 1998 as a middle school math teacher. She served as Upper School Administrator at Greenwich Catholic School before becoming Principal at St. Ann School in Black Rock in 2005. She and her husband Mark have two grown sons and live in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport.

Carolyn Vermont

 

Laura Wrinn

MA '09

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Laura has been a fifth grade teacher at All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk since 1994. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society and co-membership chairperson of the Fairfield University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, an organization for educational professionals. Mrs. Wrinn received a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Connecticut in 1981, and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Fairfield University in 2009. Mrs. Wrinn resides in Norwalk with her husband and two sons.

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