Ed. Notes: It takes many dedicated people to allow KIDS to provide students with the belief that by rooting out the root causes of hunger, poverty, &


Joan Dye Gussow, KIDS Advisory Board Member

Ed. Notes: It takes many dedicated people to allow KIDS to provide students with the belief that by rooting out the root causes of hunger, poverty, & inequality and putting that knowledge to good use that they are capable of fostering change in their community and world.

We are blessed with a group of talented and knowledgeable people who come together and volunteer their time and talent to provide guidance for the betterment of the KIDS program. Most members have been active for over ten years. Through their dedication and input we continue to believe that the best is yet to come.

Advisory Board

Anne Baker is Vice President of the National Peace Corps Association. She has a B.A. in Physics from Amherst College and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she concentrated in international education. She has ten years of teaching experience at the high school level: two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer teacher of physics, mathematics and physical science in the Fiji Islands and eight years as a mathematics teacher at St. George's School in Newport, RI, where she was also the Director of Cultural Affairs and an International Student Advisor. At St. George's, she founded, developed and facilitated a student-led organization for global education and community outreach. She first came to NPCA to develop its global education program, Global TeachNet., which today continues to support K-12 educators in bringing global issues to their classrooms, schools and communities. She is currently a co-facilitator of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Global Education Network.

Jen Chapin is a songwriter, singer and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University, and has also studied at Berklee College of Music, and in Mexico and Zimbabwe. As a music teacher at Brooklyn Friends School, she developed middle school music curricula based on creative listening and improvisation, as well as a high school course on the "History of Black Music." She serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of World Hunger Year (WHY) and is a member of WHY's "Artists Against Hunger and Poverty" program.

Carol Gose DeVine is the retired Head of the Caedmon School, where she worked from 1970 until 2007. As the Head of School, Carol oversaw the development of Caedmon as one of the most diverse independent schools in New York City. This essential aspect of Caedmon informs its mission and, in Carol’s mind, is the best environment in which to educate young children about social justice issues. Carol did her undergraduate work at Albertus Magnus College, completed her Montessori training with the St. Nicholas Montessori Program in London, and received an M.A. and an Ed.M. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Carol served as a Director on the Board of the Guild of Independent Schools, as a member of the Accreditation Commission for the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), and also as a Board member on the NYSAIS Board of Trustees. Carol and her husband volunteered at a shelter for homeless women in Brooklyn, N.Y. for 19 years, readily involving their two children in this work from the age of three. They credit this experience for their children’s current interest in social justice issues.

Rex Enoch recently retired as Manager of Adult Education Programs for Heifer International. Prior to coming to work for Heifer in 1997, he was Professor of Sociology and Director of International Studies at the University of Memphis (UofM). He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas. He has been active in international and development education for many years. While at UofM, he also served as Director of the Tennessee Governor’s School for International Studies, and was very active in a variety of local and state-wide programs with an international focus. His interest in international development brought him to Heifer International. He initially was the Global Education Manager at Heifer Ranch, one of Heifer’s learning centers which is located near Little Rock, AR. Heifer’s learning centers offer a variety of programs focusing on the root causes of hunger and poverty as well as programs that focus on caring for the earth. Heifer’s five (5) learning centers host between 60-70 thousand visitors each year who are exposed to Heifer’s messages through their unique experiential educational opportunities. For the past few years he has focused on programs that are aimed at Heifer’s volunteer support base around the country, with specific emphasis on connecting with college and university education programs. He will continue to focus on developing these programs for higher education institutions for the immediate future.

Martin C. Fergus is Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Fordham University. While at Fordham he taught courses that focused on domestic and international poverty, grassroots development, globalization, and issues of Peace and Justice Studies. In 1998 he received the Outstanding Teaching Award in the Social Sciences from Fordham College at Rose Hill. Among his papers, published articles and book chapters are “Land and Hunger: A Simulation Exercise,” “Poverty, Domestic and International: Is There a Connection?” and “International Justice and the World Hunger Problem.” During parts of his tenure at Fordham he served as chair of the political science department and as director of Fordham’s peace and justice studies program. While living in New York he was for three decades an active member of Bread for the World, serving six years on its national board of directors. He also served for ten years as chair of the world hunger committee for the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Lutheran Church (ELCA). Since retiring from Fordham in 2007, Dr. Fergus has resided in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he remains active in Bread for the World and in the antihunger efforts of his local congregation.

Joan Dye Gussow is the Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emerita of Nutrition and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University (NYC) where she formerly headed the Nutrition Education Department. She is author, co-author or editor of a number of articles and several books. Disadvantaged Children: Health Nutrition and School Failure (with Herbert Birch), l970; The Feeding Web: Issues in Nutritional Ecology, l978; Food as a Human Right, co-edited with Eide, et al..l985; The Nutrition Debate (with Paul Thomas), l986; and Chicken Little, Tomato Sauce and Agriculture: Who Will Produce Tomorrow's Food?, 1991. Her latest book about learning to eat locally in the northeast was published by Chelsea Green in the spring of 2001. During her career she has served in various capacities for various public, private, and governmental organizations, including chairing the Boards of the National Gardening Association, the Society for Nutrition Education, the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, and Just Food. She also served two terms on the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences, was a member of the FDA’s Food Advisory Board and the National Organic Standards Board. She is interested in food policy generally and, specifically, in issues related to the environmental necessity of, and practical barriers to, the relocalization of the food supply. She resides and grows much of her own food on the west bank of the Hudson River in Piermont, New York.

Alan C. Handell for almost forty years, has provided printing and graphic design for the nonprofit and good government groups in the northeast region of the country. His company, Astoria Graphics, Inc, is a full service union and F.S.C. certified "green" printer. He most recently provided posters and flyers for the Obama campaign. He serves on the Board of Directors of World Hunger Year where he was the Treasurer for many years. He has published the KIDS Newsletter and Teacher Guide since their inception. He lives on the west side of Manhattan with his wife Ann O'Shea, a New York State Family Court Judge. They have two grown sons.

Judy (Linebaugh) Huynh graduated from Michigan State University in 1968 with a B.S. degree in Dairy Science and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction in 1992. She taught 4th grade at the International School in Vietnam for 2 years, and 6th and 7th grades at Palo Community Schools for 19 years, retiring in December of 2007. In 2003, she was named Michigan Social Studies Educator of the Year for Middle School. In 2009, she received the Glen L. Taggert award for Community Contribution to International Understanding from Michigan State University. She serves as a volunteer for Heifer International and was on their Educators Advisory Council, helping develop their new Global Education Resource Kits. Judy is a member of LATTICE (Linking All Types of Teachers to International and Cross-Cultural Education), RESPECT (Refugee Education Sponsorship Program – Enhancing Communities Together), iEARN (International Education and Research Network, and Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers sorority. She has been a 4-H leader for over 30 years and serves on the 4-H State Global and Cultural Education Committee. She went to Vietnam on a Fulbright Hays Group Program Abroad in 2004 and was the curriculum director for a Fulbright Hays Group Program Abroad to Ecuador in 2008. At the present time, Judy is a member of “The Box” team at the Ionia County Intermediate School District and does professional development in service learning and in global education in Michigan, in the United States, and in other countries. Judy is married to Han Huynh, a native of Vietnam, and they have three sons – Khoi, Eric, and Jason.

Stephanie Kempf has taught in public and private schools in New York. She has a Masters Degree in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is a member of the advisory board of World Hunger Year (WHY) as well as the Board of Overseers of St. Meinrad Archabbey. Ms. Kempf developed a reading and writing program for women in East Harlem using a grant from the Department of Education. She is the author of Finding Solutions to Hunger: Kids Can Make A Difference published by World Hunger Year and the forthcoming Through the Looking Glass, a teacher's guide to restoring the female image in art, literature and film. She has conducted research for film scripts and was the supervising editor of the documentary, The Big Bang, directed by James Toback and featured in theaters nation-wide, on PBS, BRAVO and the BBC.

Velma LaPoint is Professor of Child Development in the Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies, School of Education at Howard University in Washington, DC. Dr. LaPoint teaches graduate and undergraduate courses related to youth development, education and human services, and youth/families and public policies where titles include Children and Adolescents Placed at Risk, Diverse Youth and Families, Youth and Consumer Culture, and Diverse Families and Public Policies. After earning a doctorate in counseling at Michigan State University as a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH/NIH) pre-doctoral fellow, Dr. LaPoint completed post-doctoral fellowships in Child Development at the NIMH and two Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) fellowships in (a) research on the social and emotional development of Black children and (b) child development research and public policy. Dr. LaPoint has conducted and conducts research on children’s development in varying contexts such as families, schools, the marketplace, human service settings, and other community settings:

(a) academic achievement and social competence of black and underserved middle and high school students, (b) commercialism’s influences on diverse youth, especially youth of color and low-income youth, (c) career development and programming among youth, and (d) parental incarceration and children’s development. She has authored or co-authored several in venues such as the Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, New Directions in Evaluation, Journal of Black Psychology, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Journal of Negro Education, and the Encyclopedia of Cross Cultural School Psychology. Dr. LaPoint has presented at conferences such as the American Psychological Association, American Education Research Association, Society for Research in Child Development, American Society Criminology, Children’s Defense Fund, National Black Child Development Institute, Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood, Association of Black Psychology, American Correctional Association, and the 2001 Surgeon General’s Conference on Children’s Mental Health/U.S. Public Health Service. She has provided commentary to media outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Voice of America, JET Magazine, and Pacifica Radio. Dr. LaPoint holds memberships, affiliations, and provides service to national and local organizations such as the American Psychological Association, American Education Association, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood, Alliance for Childhood, and the Washington Waldorf School.

Ava McCall is Professor and Department Chair, Curriculum and Instruction Department, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She has a Ph.D. in curriculum and Women's Studies from Indiana University. For 13 years she was an elementary teacher in South Bend, Indiana. She has also been a teacher educator since 1987 and departrment chair since 1999, mostly at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She teaches social studies methods for elementary education majors and supervises clinical students. In the social studies methods course, McCall encourages preservice teachers to integrate real world issues into the social studies curriculum as part of her emphasis on multiculturalism and social responsibility. During the past few years, her students have engaged in social action projects dealing with the issue of hunger and poverty within the local community. She has written over 35 articles and book chapters on caring in education, feminist pedagogy, feminists in higher education, challenges and possibilities as a feminist department chair, students' responses to a multicultural, social reconstructionist approach to social studies methods, improving social studies education, and teaching multicultural state history. McCall co-authored Teaching State History: A Guide to Developing a Multicultural Curriculum published in 2003 by Heinemann Press and has written six articles for the Finding Solutions Newsletter since 1999.

Dana Mortenson has dedicated her professional life to educating and engaging youth in community and world affairs, to close the Global Competency gap in American education. Her deep belief in the transformative power of global education to contribute to peace, justice and equity on a global scale led her to co-found World Savvy in 2002. She has since led the organization through extensive growth and expansion –reaching more than 250,000 students and 2,000 educators from three offices nationwide since founding. Dana is a recognized expert in the field of global education, and serves as Advisor and Board member to a range of nonprofits focused on international education and youth development. She is a frequent speaker on the subject of global citizenship and social entrepreneurship. She is a 2011 Ashoka Fellow and was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 Under 40 Progressive American Leaders in 2010. Dana holds a B.A. in International Relations from Connecticut College and a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Allison Piazza was introduced to KIDS through Advisory Board member, Martin Fergus, in his class “Political Economy of Poverty,” for which she wrote a paper about KIDS. Allison assists in the development of the Finding Solutions Newsletter and the Finding Solutions to Poverty and Inequalitynewsletter. In addition to this, she developed and administers the KIDS Facebook page. Allison graduated from Fordham University in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies and will be beginning graduate study at Pratt Institute's School of Information and Library Science in the Fall of 2013. She currently works as a Data Coordinator for Columbia University Medical Center. She can be reached at allisonpiazza@yahoo.com.

Julianne Rana is the Director of Foundation and Corporate Giving for The Children's Aid Society, one of New York City's oldest and largest child welfare organizations. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College (BA) and New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (MPA), Julianne has been a dedicated member of the nonprofit community for more than 10 years. She has previously worked with and for nonprofits that draw attention to child labor and sweatshops, domestic hunger and poverty, farmworker rights, the status of recent immigrants and refugees and the special needs of girls.

Christina Schiavoni is the Director of the Global Movements Program at WhyHunger. She works through diverse networks to grow and unify movements for food, land, and water in the US and around the world. Before joining WhyHunger, Christina worked with the NYC-based nonprofit Just Food, where she coordinated community supported agriculture (CSA) and community garden projects to support local food production and to increase access to fresh food in low-income areas. Christina holds degrees in International Agriculture and Natural Resources from Cornell University. She has researched and reported on food sovereignty movements occurring in different parts of the world in response to the injustices of the global food system and she has worked to connect US food and farm movements to the global movement for food sovereignty.

Bridget Stout is the Manager of Membership and Professional Development at the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN-USA), whose mission is to enable young people worldwide, working in collaboration and dialogue, to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people. iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries. Bridget works closely with teachers across the U.S. to help them integrate the Kids Can Make a Difference Teacher Guide, Finding Solutions To Hunger: Kids Can Make A Difference, along with 200 other global projects into their classrooms. She can be reached at bridget@us.iearn.org

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