The following alumni were honored at the School of Education Awards Conferral and Reception on Thursday, April 27, 2006 in the Henke Lounge at the Alumni Memorial Union. The event was part of the university-wide Alumni National Awards Weekend, a celebration honoring alumni from every college who represent the heart, soul and spirit of Marquette.
Charlotte Price and Jan Serak share a friendship and a passion for helping others that has resulted in their co-founding and co-directing the Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support Inc.
WI FACETS grew out of their collective experience trying to negotiate the educational system to accommodate the orthopedic needs of Charlotte’s son and the needs of Jan’s autistic son. As they discovered the resources that would help their own children, the two united to provide this information to other parents through statewide workshops, parent counseling, resource referral, and support related to early conflict resolution.
In addition to their work through WI FACETS, both Charlotte and Jan provide board training and strategic planning for non-profit organizations, mediation services for organizations around Wisconsin and hours of support for numerous other organizations around Wisconsin.
Ronn Johnson, Arts ’88
Executive Principa, Ronn Johnson played a key role in launching YMCA Young Leaders Academy, a charter school, in 2002. Ronn’s involvement with the academy goes back 18 years, with a part-time leadership development program once housed at Marquette. He was the executive director of the Youth Leadership Academy/YMCA, a leadership development program for African American males, which grew from 25 to 260 students during his tenure.
Ronn’s professional and community work reflects his goal of serving as a catalyst for change and an innovative curriculum leader. He believes that academic curriculum content is not enough: “Teachers — especially urban teachers — must learn about the culture of the communities from which the children are coming.”
Rebecca C. Anderson, Grad ’88
Rebecca Cogwell Anderson, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and educator, credits Marquette University with providing her the education and training necessary to achieve personal and professional success. “Being a Marquette graduate is one of my most prized academic accomplishments,” she says.
Now, Rebecca provides education and training to others. She is currently a professor of psychology and director of psychological services in the division of transplant surgery and associate director of surgical education at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Rebecca’s professional career includes consulting for the US FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. She is also on the After Breast Cancer Diagnosis medical and community advisory board and is a member of the research agenda for the Breast Implant Public Health Project.
An international speaker and author of numerous studies, books and publications, Rebecca has addressed a wide range of issues including wellness programs, media coverage of silicone implants and adjustment issues following the diagnosis of breast cancer.