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December is a great month to give. The holidays bring people together for a variety of celebrations, including some that involve giving gifts to others. In recognition of the holiday season, the Center for Public Service is highlighting faculty and student spotlights that piqued the interests of readers. The following faculty members and students have inspirational stories about using their career to give back to others or their communities. Below you will find stories about acts of heroism or individuals who started organizations to help others going through difficulty times. Many of the story spotlights we have selected demonstrate how each individual is making a difference and giving back to others or their communities and how they reached their career goals to getto a position of giving.
Julie Riley, chair of the human services program, works with Family Promise, an organization that helps keep families together by temporarily housing families in churches and varied community housing so they can all stay together. Learn more about her work in the human services field and helping families.
Today Genevieve teaches the students at Orange Morris Middle School how to prepare for and use evolving technology.
Toi Dennis started her own not-for-profit women’s shelter, Serenity House (www.serenityhouseshelter.com). Serenity House will be a transitional shelter that offers supportive services to women and their children.
Outside of the virtual classroom, Dr. Howard Chusid is a founding partner of the Family Law Cooperative (www.familylawcooperative.com), a group of caring professionals who offer a cooperative and collaborative approach to divorce, financial difficulties, and other family disputes.
As a behavior analyst, Catie works with families and children, helping them meet their needs and bringing a voice to children unable to speak or communicate.
Cheri Schumann is a Kaplan University psychology graduate whose dream was to become a substance abuse counselor to help people struggling with addiction. Read her story to learn more about her journey to start a career in the addictions field.
Educating kids and empowering others to improve their lives, especially for the sake of their families, has always been a passion for human services graduate Arnez Cooper. She is responsible for the case management of 36 families through site visits, developing and overseeing parenting groups, providing ongoing support planning, and helping with everyday needs such as housing and food.
Chris Spielhagen, 34, is a Team Sergeant in the 10th Special Forces Group in Fort Carson, Colorado, and a student at Kaplan University. Born and raised in Boston, he went with his wife and daughter to run the Boston Marathon and to see his extended family. Two minutes after he crossed the finish line, the nightmare began.
Professor Karla Drenner is a modern-day renaissance woman. Read her faculty spotlight and learn about her work in public service, including serving as a Georgia State Representative for 14 years.
Betsy Kuecker grew up in Iowa and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from a local university. She worked in corporate marketing right out of college, then a year later she got a job with her alma mater. She found that she really enjoyed working with the students and transitioned later to working at a nonprofit church camp. Her inclination to teach grew stronger.
He is a mentor in every sense of the word, whether he is in his Kaplan University virtual “classroom” or on the UCF campus. He makes it a priority to always lead by example and provide guidance to those around him.
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