Cohort 10 Students

Fatima Albuenain
Fatima is the director of Roua Assessment, Advice and Support Center  at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education of the state of Qatar. Previously, she worked as Head of Gifted Education section and she held several positions as a professional development specialist at Roua Assessment Advice and Support Center and student affairs coordinator in Zubaida secondary school for girls. She also has 10 years of experience as an Arabic language coordinator and teacher for K-12 students. Fatima earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor degree in Education and Literature (Arabic Language) from Qatar University. She graduated from a Government Leadership program that is presented by Qatar Leadership Center.
Sedda Antekelian
Sedda is a Learning and Development Specialist at USC Shoah Foundation. In this role, she develops resources for educators and students with audiovisual testimonies of genocide survivors, for USC SF’s educational website, IWitness, and facilitates professional development workshops. Sedda also serves as the Assistant Director of the Ararat-Eskijian Museum in Mission Hills, California, Vice-Chair of the Armenian National Committee of American-Western Region Education Committee and Board Member of the Museum Educators of Southern California. She has been involved in the field of education for over ten years and has worked in both formal and informal educational environments. She is an alumni of Loyola Marymount University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Humanities as well as an alumni from the University of California, Irvine where she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching. She is also a recent graduate of Coro Southern California’s Lead LA program. 
Lisa Caraway
Lisa is the Director of Outreach, Student Affairs and Alumni Services at Stanbridge University; where she is the Program Director for the Campus Compact Fellowship program; oversees the President’s Volunteer Service Awards; and leads the award-winning OutReach community service programming including the Root for Change signature initiative for urban reforestation. Lisa has over a decade of managerial experience spanning multiple industries, and specializes in process improvement, event coordination, art direction, grant administration, and strategic planning. As a multilingual, Southern California native, that has been formally educated in Spanish, French, and Arabic; Lisa broadened her experience overseas developing foundational knowledge of Hangul (Korean) and Brazilian Portuguese, while working internationally as a government sponsored educator for Korea’s “Let’s Talk” program in the province of Jeju-do, South Korea; as a language counselor for Nacel’s programming throughout France; and as a volunteer educator for the nonprofit Iko Poran in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, teaching at Crescer e Viver Circo Social, as well as Ballet de Santa Teresa. Lisa has received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration with Concentrations in Management and Leadership, as well as International Business, from University of LaVerne. In her undergraduate studies, Lisa graduated cum laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art, and a Certificate in Biomedical Art, from California State University Long Beach; as well as received a certificate of completion for the Summer Arabic Immersion Program through California State University San Bernardino
Adam Carter
Adam is the executive director of Marshall Street Initiatives, the program development division of Summit Public Schools. Marshall operates national and statewide teacher credentialing, school leader development, networked improvement, and parent partnership organizations. Adam led the design of Summit’s model, the Summit Learning Program, and Summit’s educator pathways programs. Today, tens of thousands of families and hundreds of public schools have embraced Summit’s model. As chief academic officer at Summit, Adam led all academic programs, curricula, data and information, product development, coaching, and professional development across the network. Adam was a teacher in Argentina, Indonesia, and California, and he founded an NGO program advancing teacher development in Jakarta. He was a founding teacher at Summit Preparatory Charter School, where he received California’s New Outstanding Teacher Award. Adam is an Aspen-Pahara Fellow, holds a master’s degree from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s from Presbyterian College.
Peter Cipkowski
Peter works as an educational consultant after 30 years in executive positions with leading K-12 publishers. He is also a former mayor and leader of community-based non-profit organizations from Hudson, NY. Early on, Peter worked for NGOs in Cambodia and Poland where he developed civic and AIDS education programs. He is the author of two books for young adults, Revolution in Eastern Europe and Understanding the Crisis in the Persian Gulf, both published by John Wiley & Sons. Peter serves on the Willa Cather Foundation Board of Governors. Peter holds a master’s degree in history from Carnegie Mellon University, and a bachelor’s in medieval studies from Bard College.
Omowale Crenshaw
Omowale is the Managing Partner of Grupo Mecca, a Santiago de Cali, Colombia-based real estate development and advisory services firm.  Omowale is diligently focused on the revitalization, growth and development of Afro and Indigenous communities throughout the Americas.  Omowale is an experienced real estate professional with a specialization in strategic planning, feasibility analysis, and project financing. During his career, he has facilitated the development of commercial, retail, residential, higher education and K-12 educational facilities.  Omowale also is currently an adjunct professor at Howard University in the School of Business and a visiting professor at the Universidad Santiago de Cali (Cali, Colombia).  He was formerly a Regional Director of Canyon Capital Realty Advisors with the Canyon-Agassi Charter School Facility Fund and the Managing Director of Capital Asset and Real Estate Development at Howard University.  Omowale served on the Board of Trustees of KIPP Philadelphia for six years.  He has a BBA in International Business from Howard University, an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in International Real Estate Development from The Johns Hopkins University.
S. Queenie Johnson
Queenie is an award-winning educator, curriculum designer, executive coach, and anti-racist educator. She is the Director of  Equity at KIPP SoCal Public Schools. She works as an independent consultant delivering DEI workshops to help companies reframe how they design for equity in the workplace. In 2020, after the murder of George Floyd, she built an online-education anti-racism platform, Black School for White People™ training nearly 1500 allies from five continents with the tools to dismantle racism. Ms.Queenie co-founded Black School, Inc, a 501(c)(3), to train Black children to develop a strong ethnic identity and 21st-century leadership skills to shape the future they want to live. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Human Development & Social Change. She has a California both a Single Subject History credential and a California Multiple Subject teaching credential. In 2018, Ms. Queenie spent three days on Capitol Hill with UPLAN legislating and speaking with the offices of members of Congress to co-sponsor the Child Care for Working Families Act. She’s also met with the United States Department of Education to propose a Federal Parent & Family Advisory Council to bring parental issues and engagement to the national level.
Jimmy Liu
Jimmy is the Project Specialist of the International Public Policy and Management Program (IPPAM) at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Jimmy is also the Co-Founder of Home-States LLC and President of Leone StarZ.  
Susan Nishida
Susan is the interim vice chancellor of academic affairs at Honolulu Community College, the premier career and technical college in the University of Hawai‘i System. With over two decades of higher education experience, Susan has worked in both academic and student affairs, and at public and private universities. She holds a master’s degree in organizational change, graduate certificate in international business management, and a bachelor of arts in speech.
JP Novin
JP is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PLEXUSS, INC., a Silicon Valley-based educational technology social impact company that is the world’s largest social engagement platform of its kind. Based on state-of-the-art AI technology, PLEXUSS connects over 7,000,000 student users with social capital and educational opportunities at over 18,000 colleges and universities worldwide. JP also serves as a business instructor at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, JP founded PLEXUSS FOUNDATION to provide low and no-cost access to high-quality private tutoring.  The Foundation continues to provide thousands of hours of tutoring to families and at-risk students. Prior to starting PLEXUSS in 2011, JP managed key business relationships for the Microsoft Corporation. He also founded four technology-based start-up companies, enabling several successful exits for both investors and employees. JP earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his MBA from the University of California, Irvine.
Laishyang (Melody) Ouyoung
Melody is the Manager of Speech Pathology Department at the USC Keck Medical Center. She is one of few bilingual speech pathologists in the United States. She has conducted workshops locally and internationally. She has trained speech therapists, special educators, doctors and parents for communication and swallowing related topics such as aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia and speech delay. She has published many peer reviewed articles related to head and neck cancer rehabilitation for dysphagia and voice disorders. She has also published books in Taiwan.
Mengya (Daisy) Qiu 
Daisy is the US regional director of Onesmart International Education Group, a publicly traded company that provides afterschool programs for K-12 students across the globe. Daisy is also the founder of International Teacher Training Services, an independent firm under the umbrella of Onesmart International that partners with US leading education schools to design and deliver high quality training contents for K-12 teachers and principals in the United States and China. Prior to joining Onesmart Education, Daisy was the admissions officer at the Wharton Business School and the international admission manager at the University of Sydney in Australia, with focus on Southeast Asia regional marketing and recruitment.  Daisy earned her Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and Bachelor of Communication in Journalism from RMIT University in Australia.