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Recharge with Reading - Welcome!: Facilitators' Bios

Facilitaors

President Jeffrey D. Senese, Ph.D. - Dr. Senese was named the tenth president of Saint Leo University on July 26, 2018. He held leadership positions at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Maryland, and several other private institutions before accepting the position. As Saint Leo University’s 10th president, Senese has implemented a foundational three-year strategic plan to grow the university, strengthen its culture, and transform the educational experience to better serve the needs of students. President Senese earned his bachelor’s degree in the administration of justice from Pennsylvania State University. He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in criminology from Indiana State University and a Ph.D. in criminal justice/research methods statistics from Michigan State University.  Dr. Senese began his academic career of over 30 years as a faculty member at Indiana University, followed by a faculty position at the University of Baltimore, a member institution of the University of Maryland system. There he engaged in extensive nationally-funded research work with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Defense on the use of force, among other topics. He and his wife, Alicia, have two children: Mia, a graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Daniel, a student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. You can learn more about Dr. Senese here.


Dr. Dan Dubois - Dr. Dan Dubois received his Ph.D in the history of U.S. foreign relations from the University of Colorado -Boulder. He teaches courses on immigrations, sport history, the Civil War, U.S. empire, and the Cold War, among others. Dr. Dubois is currently working on a book project covering the international history of American sport. He spends most of his free time doing whatever his young kids order him to do. 

Amanda J. Forrester, M.F.A. - Forrester is a program administrator for the Center for Alternative Credentials at Saint Leo University. She joined the Saint Leo University staff in 2012. Amanda earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Tampa, and her full-length poetry collection Resurrection will be released by WordTech Communications, LLC in March of 2021.  Other poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Azahares Spanish Language Literary Magazine, Pink Panther Magazine, SWWIM, Trailer Park Quarterly, and other anthologies and journals. She has served as the organizer for the Women in STEAM conference held at Saint Leo University.


Jessica Graves  is the Associate Director of WorldWide Student Life at Saint Leo University. Jessica earned a B.A. in English from Kent State University followed by a M.B.A. in Human Resources from Saint Leo University. She has a wide variety of literary favorites ranging from Shakespeare to Philippa Gregory and just about everything in between. Jessica believes reading is always a welcome escape and that Science Fiction allows you to travel even further. Jessica became part of the pride in 2014.


Michelle Joy is the Online Services Librarian who works both on and off campus students with research. She earned both her Bachelor's in English-Creative Writing and her Masters in Library Science at the University of South Florida. She's obsessed with cats, fitness, and planning to organize! (She'll actually do it someday...) Michelle loves diving into a great book and sometimes forgets to come back out when she needs to. She loves fiction, fantasy, and other things that allow you to "escape" for a while. Her fiancé and 6 cats love snuggles while reading.


Dr. Tim Jussaume - Dr. Jussaume is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Saint Leo University. He holds an M.A. and P.H.D from Villanova University and a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross. His academic philosophical interests are broad, with emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century European thought. His work explores existential and phenomenological approaches to ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. He has written on Heidegger, Levinas, Kierkegaard, Merleau-Ponty, and Wittgenstein. Outside work, Tim enjoys hiking, cycling, fishing, and spending time with family. You can find out more about Dr. Jussame here.

 

Dr. Pamela Lee A former U. S. naval officer, Dr. Pamela Lee is currently the MBA Director and Associate Professor of Management with Saint Leo University. She primarily teaches MBA (Master of Business Administration)  and DBA (Doctorate of Business Administration) courses and chairs a number of doctoral dissertation committees. Dr. Lee has published and presented in the areas of women in leadership, the integration of faith in business, mentorship, and online learning and advising. She is a member of several leadership and management organizations, such as the International Leadership Association and the Southern Management Association. She is also a Board Member for the Selective Service System. A former Associate Dean for Bryant & Stratton College and Regent University, she is an ordained minister and lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband and son.

Dr. Ernest Luke McClees Jr. is the Director of Military Affairs and Services at Saint Leo University. He works to remove barriers for military and veteran connected students at Saint Leo University. He has also been working in the field of Veteran Studies since its' infancy. As part of the nation's vanguard Veteran Studies program, Dr. McClees helped establish and proliferate the area of study throughout the United States.  He has created Veteran Studies curriculum, taught Veteran Studies courses, and presented nationally on Veterans studies topics. He has guided organizations on creating their own Veteran Studies curriculum and helped conceptualize their program offerings.  Dr. McClees is currently a co-editor with the nation's lead academic journal of Veteran Studies and a member of the Veteran Studies Association. Dr. McClees has been published in several national and International blogs on topics related to Veteran Studies. He has current work accepted to the next Veterans in Society Conference. Dr. McClees is also currently co-writing and editing a book about veterans in academics. His research and writing interests are Veteran Studies pedagogy, veteran intercultural issues and contributions, veterans in Higher Education, and veterans in education.

 

Viki Stoupenos - Viki Stoupenos serves as regional librarian to Saint Leo continuing education centers in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina assisting students and faculty with library materials and services. She gives library instruction to center classes, develops research guides for majors and courses, and answers reference questions. Over the years she has volunteered at America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia with Saint Leo center students, faculty, and staff. She has also been an active volunteer with Senior Citizens Inc. in Savannah Georgia assisting with the rideshare and meal delivery programs. Viki was awarded volunteer of the year for the Chatham Effingham Liberty Regional Library system. Her research interests include botany, ecology, and conservation.


Christine Woods is Online Reference and Instruction Librarian for Saint Leo University Library.  Masters in Library Science from Catholic University in Washington, D. C.  Self-proclaimed huge Science Fiction and Fantasy fan, who has been known to wear pointy Vulcan ears or elf ears depending on her mood. She read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone before it was popular in America.  She was a school librarian for 25 years and adjunct faculty at ODU before joining the Saint Leo family in Jan 2020.