Leadership and Identity
Bailey is a program coordinator focusing on leadership development and social justice. Born and raised in the panhandle of Texas, Bailey received a bachelor’s degree in leadership studies with minors in psychology and sociology from Texas A&M University, then obtained a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Texas State University. Bailey has previously worked at the West Texas A&M University in campus recreation, and Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi as an “other duties as assigned” expert. In the Center for Leadership & Social Change, Bailey coordinates LeaderShape, Leadership LOGIC, Service Leadership Seminar, and the Women’s Leadership Institute. Bailey’s extended interests include sustainable justice, experiential learning in the outdoors, disrupting the patriarchy, and critically analyzing “what is.” Bailey’s free time includes camping, cooking amazing tacos, ultimate frisbee, cool Saturday mornings in a hammock with a cup of coffee and podcasts, facilitating challenge courses, paddle boarding, cycling, loving on puppies and kitties, and making terribly ridiculous puns.
Miguel Angel Hernandez is a native of Puerto Rico and identifies as Afro-Caribbean. Miguel serves as the Associate Director for the Center for Leadership & Social Change at Florida State University. In this role he coordinates university-wide programs focused on diversity & inclusion, facilitates social justice training and assists students in addressing discrimination on campus. Miguel serves as the program director for the Service Scholars program and co-director of the FSU affiliate of the National Coalition Building Institute. As a first generation college student, Miguel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Administration from Columbus State University and a Master of Arts degree in College Student Development from Appalachian State University. Miguel is passionate about working with college students, faculty, and staff in navigating the process of creating diverse and inclusive communities; developing culturally responsive practices reflected in policies, procedures, and decision making; and serving as a resource throughout the community. His personal mission statement is to develop personally, spiritually and professionally with a relentless focus on being a humble, compassionate, and an authentic man.
Veronica is a Tallahassee Native and self-proclaimed “Tallahassee Lassie”. Veronica brings to the center over a decade’s worth of customer service experience as well as almost four years of leadership experience. Veronica has a passion for baking and pastry and has been scratch baking and decorating cakes for over ten years. When she isn’t baking you can find her crafting or painting. Veronica also loves spending time with her husband and two daughters. In their downtime they enjoy hiking the trails around town, traveling to new places, playing board games, video games and watching Star Wars.
Erin Sylvester Philpot
Erin is the Assistant Director for Leadership & Identity Programs at the Center where she works with Leadership Programs, The Service Scholar Program, and a variety of recognition and scholarship programs. A proud FSU alumna, Erin was a member of Service Scholars, Alternative Breaks, and completed the Leadership Studies Certificate as an undergraduate. She received a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina and is currently working on her Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership & Policy. Her research interests include barriers to access in higher education, and ways in which we can make higher education more affordable and more accessible for students from historically under-represented or marginalized groups. Erin has worked professionally in Student Conduct, Fraternity & Sorority Life, & Event Planning. When she isn’t running, or reading for class, Erin advises a number of student organizations and volunteers with local community groups. She and her husband are proud dog parents to Bailey the yorkie-poo and enjoy spending time outside.
Satcha, originally from Miami, Florida, is a first year graduate student at Florida State pursuing her master’s degree in Higher Education. She currently serves as a graduate assistant at the Center for Leadership & Social Change, working primarily with Scholarships and Recognitions, V-rak-ke-ce-tv Cultural Graduation, and Service Scholars. Satcha received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Telecommunications at the University of Florida in 2015. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, she served as a ninth grade Algebra teacher in New Orleans for two years under her commitment with Teach for America. She is excited to return back to her home state and begin working toward the success and retention of first generation, low income students, a dedicated passion for her. When not in the office or in class, she enjoys traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with loved ones.
David is a first year graduate assistant working primarily with Florida State Alternative Breaks, the Diversity & Inclusion Certificate, and Partnered Student Organizations. David completed his undergraduate education at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2015. After graduation David worked for Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. When not working, or reading for class, David enjoys hanging out with fellow graduate students - playing board games or attending FSU Athletic events.
Kiah is a masters student in the Higher Education program at Florida State University. Originally from middle Tennessee, she received her bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in psychology from the University of Tennessee. In addition to studying full-time at FSU, Kiah is a graduate assistant on the community engagement team in the Center for Leadership & Social Change. She serves as the coaching coordinator for PeaceJam Southeast. In her role, she oversees PeaceJam’s coaching program, a collaborative effort with Leon County Schools to create acts of peace within the Tallahassee community. In her free time, Kiah enjoys reading memoirs, listening to podcasts, eating various types of pasta, and keeping tabs on Beyonce.
Danny Dominguez is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Higher Education at Florida State University. Originally from Houston, Texas, Danny attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree for Marketing and Management. In his role at the Center, Danny serves as a graduate assistant for the community engagement team. He is responsible for overseeing the Community Ambassadors Program and EngageTLH, both initiatives that promote and empower students to encounter the Tallahassee community. He enjoys watching sports, especially any Houston or Baylor team, staying active, discovering new music, and trying new foods.
Administrative Support Assistant
Youth Programs Vista
Joi Phillips, Ph.D.
Dr. Joi N. Phillips currently serves as an Assistant Director supporting community engagement initiatives. Dr. Phillips is a very proud alumna of the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and got her start at the Center as a graduate assistant at the Center for Civic Education and Service. After completing her Master’s degree Dr. Phillips became the coordinator for the Center’s America Reads Mentoring Program while completing doctoral work in the Educational Policy and Evaluation program in the College of Education. Dr. Phillips’ work centers on the relationship between policy and civic participation. Her work is focused on how communities and higher education institutions develop and sustain partnerships. She uses pedagogical influences from critical race theory, education policy, and service-learning to support her work. Dr. Phillips is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and in her spare time enjoys hanging out with her family, reading, and trying new recipes.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Bridgid Shannon has moved over 35 times and lived in nine states. Constants have been marathon dialogues, building relationships, noting social-ecological dynamics, and fostering community-driven, positive, sustainable social change by engaging stakeholder voices across difference through art, literature, and storytelling. English and Intergenerational Studies were Brie’s focus at Rollins College, followed by graduate studies in Children's and Young Adult Literature and Creative Writing at Hollins University (M.A. & M.F.A.). Brie's work in education stretches from 3-year-olds to senior citizens. Most immediately, she taught AP English, Journalism, and Engaged Citizenship through Service-Learning at Pine View School for the Gifted in Sarasota, where she was actively involved in professional development, shaping service-leadership curricula, and the PeaceJam family for more than 10 years. Through her role at The Center for Leadership & Social Change, she coordinates the Moellership program and PeaceJam Southeast. When Brie's not serving with students, you can find her reading, researching, writing, or on an adventure with loved ones— camera in hand.
Jennifer Williams, MSW, is a native Tallahasseean, recently returned after 20 years away. She lived and worked in Atlanta, Georgia; Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Los Angeles, California; and Queens, New York. A social worker by training, she has a wealth of experience in program management in non-profits and higher education. Her background includes work on women’s issues, criminal and civil legal aid, victim advocacy and forensic investigation, civic engagement through service learning, internships and volunteering, and educational success and equity. She loves cooking, eating, long walks in nature, home décor, social justice, and terrible reality TV.
Leadership Learning Research Center
Jenni is a doctoral student in the Florida State University Higher Education program. Her research interest involves the process of student involvement and how it leads to generativity (the fifth stage of the Leadership Identity Development model). She currently serves as a graduate research assistant for the Leadership Learning Research Center where she serves as an instructor for the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies and contributes to research on leadership programs across the United States and internationally. Before beginning her doctoral journey, Jenni received her Bachelor’s in Marketing and Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Texas State University-San Marcos. She began her student affairs career at Austin College where she worked in a variety of student affairs functional areas before focusing on student activities at St. Mary’s University. Outside of her passion for student development and leadership education, Jenni enjoys game nights, biking, dancing, and being with family and friends!
Dr. Cameron C. Beatty
Cameron C. Beatty, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department. Dr. Beatty teaches courses in the undergraduate leadership certificate as well as conducts research with the Leadership and Learning Research Center. Dr. Beatty's research foci includes exploring the intersections of gender and race in leadership education, leadership development of students of color on historically white college campuses, and global leadership education for undergraduate students. His recent publications center on topics that include: supporting undergraduate Black womxn through Sister Circles, gains in leadership capacity for high achieving Black men leaders, and supporting undergraduate men in leadership education through liberatory pedagogy. He is a scholar passionate about deconstructing race, systemic racism, and hegemonic masculinity in postsecondary education environments.
Prior to joining the faculty at Florida State University, Dr. Beatty was an assistant professor at Salem State University in the higher education student affairs program. He was also the Coordinator and Lecturer for the Leadership Studies Program at Iowa State University, where he was not only responsible for the administration of the certificate program, but also directed the Global Leadership Study Abroad Program to Sweden and the Vermeer International Scholarship Program. Dr. Beatty has experience in fraternity and sorority advising, campus programming boards, and supervising academic peer mentors.
Dr. Beatty was named a 2018 ACPA Emerging Scholar designee. He completed his Ph.D. at Iowa State University in the Higher Education Administration Program with a concentration in Social Justice in 2014. Cameron received a B.S. in Sociology and a M.S. in Higher Education Student Affairs, both from Indiana University, Bloomington (IUB).
Brittany Brewster is a proud native of Miami, Florida and current Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at Florida State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Florida International University and her Master of Science degree in Higher Education from FSU. Following her time at FSU, she served as an assistant director in the Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development at the University of Miami where she supported students interests in community involvement and personal development. Her research interests include exploring the leadership development of black women and its impact on their career readiness and the cultivation of civic identity in undergraduate students of color. Currently, Brittany is a teaching and research assistant for the Leadership Learning Research Center, a partnership between the College of Education and the Center for Leadership & Social Change at Florida State. Outside of work, she enjoys satisfying her inner foodie with new restaurants, binge watching TV shows and working out.
Kathy Guthrie, Ph.D.
Dr. Guthrie serves as the director of the Leadership Learning Research Center. She is an associate professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. In addition to teaching in the Higher Education program, Dr. Guthrie also coordinates the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies, which is a partnership between the College of Education and the Center for Leadership & Social Change. Her research focuses on the learning outcomes and environment of leadership and civic education, online teaching and learning, and professional development for student affairs professionals.
Dr. Guthrie has authored several refereed journal articles and edited and authored several books. In 2016 she co-edited a New Directions in Higher Education issue titled “Reclaiming Higher Education’s Purpose in Leadership Development.” In 2013, she co-authored “Cultivating Leader Identity and Capacity in Students from Diverse Backgrounds.”
In her current role with Florida State University, she has taught courses in higher education, including Introduction to Student Services, Leading Change in Higher Education, Practicum in Student Services, and Capstone in Higher Education. She has also taught courses in the undergraduate leadership certificate, including Leadership Theory and Practice, Leadership in Groups and Communities, Leadership and Change, and Leadership Experience. Over the course of her career, she has been honored with awards including the Transformation through Teaching Award (2015), Florida State University College of Education Teaching Award (2014), Association of College Personnel Administrators’ Emerging Scholar (2012), Seminole Faculty Award (2011), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Contributions to Student Affairs through Teaching (2010).
Dr. Guthrie is an editorial board member of the Journal of Leadership Education and Journal of College and Character. Currently, Dr. Guthrie is the associate editor of the New Directions in Student Leadership series and editor of the Contemporary Perspectives in Leadership Learning book series. She also currently serves as the chair for the Leadership Scholarship Member Interest Group in the International Leadership Association.
Dr. Guthrie received her Ph.D. in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008.
Julie is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education (Student Affairs track) program at Florida State University. She received her bachelor's degree in social work with a certificate in leadership studies from Florida State University and obtained her master's degree in higher education at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to returning to FSU, Julie worked full-time at The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Tampa, where she developed and facilitated leadership development, community engagement, and diversity education programs, and taught in the Leadership Minor program. Her research interests focus on the intersection of leadership, diversity, and service programs and their impact on student learning and success. In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her Pomeranian, Coco, and cheering on the FSU football team.
Dr. Marianne Lorensen
Dr. Lorensen is a Specialized Teaching Faculty member in the Leadership Learning Research Center. Prior to arriving at FSU in 2018, Dr. Lorensen’s career presented her with opportunities to work as a leadership educator and student affairs professional at several other notable public universities. She has a B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences Education from the University of Kentucky, an M.Ed. in Youth & Family Education from The Pennsylvania State University, and an Ed.M. in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her doctorate in Human Sciences and Leadership Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014.
Dr. Lorensen loves leadership learning both in and out of the classroom and particularly enjoys providing her students with opportunities for experiential learning. Her areas of scholarship and expertise include youth leadership development, college student leadership development, service-learning, group and team dynamics, and curriculum/program development. She would love having you stop by her office to discuss any of these topics or talk about college basketball, your favorite books, or your favorite podcasts.
Maritza is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education (Student Affairs track) program at Florida State University. Born and raised in Chicago, she received her bachelor’s degree in communication with minors in Spanish and Latino studies from DePaul University. She obtained her master’s degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Florida. Maritza has previously worked at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a program advisor for the Illini Union Board and has recently arrived from the University of Miami where she served as the assistant director of student activities and student organizations. While studying full-time at FSU, Maritza is a graduate assistant in Leadership Studies in the Center for Leadership & Social Change. She teaches in the LDR certificate program as well as serves as a program advisor. Her research interests include leadership, Latinx leadership development, mentorship, and first generation students. Maritza is a member of a co-ed Latino interest fraternity called Alpha Psi Lambda, Inc., and during her free time she enjoys working out, reading, sitting in coffee shops, musicals, and Netflix.
Dr. Sally Watkins
Visiting Teaching Faculty
Dr. Watkins is a visiting teaching faculty with the LLRC. She has taught a variety of the LDR courses offered at Florida State. Her research focuses on the history of leadership education at the collegiate level, socially responsible leadership development, and leadership learning and pedagogy. Additionally, Sally is interested in the history of higher education, institutional presidents, and career readiness. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communications at the University of Alabama, a Master of Education in Art Education at the University of North Georgia, a Master of Education in Post and Secondary Education at Arizona State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education at Florida State University. A native of Georgia, Sally loves being in the Northeast Georgia Mountains and spending time with her dogs.
Erica is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at Florida State University. Her research focuses on critical race theory and critical pedagogy in leadership education and scholarship. In her role as a graduate assistant in the LLRC, she conducts research and teaches in the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies. She also assists with the source book series New Directions for Student Leadership. Previously, Erica worked full-time as a program coordinator in the Center for Leadership and Social Change at Florida State University, where she developed and coordinated college student development programs focused on the outcomes of leadership, social justice, identity, diversity, and community engagement. She received her bachelor’s degree in business marketing with a certificate in leadership studies from Florida State University and obtained her master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education at Texas A&M University.
Administration & Finance
Amanda Albert is a mixed media artist and graphic designer located in Tallahassee, Florida. Her work is inspired by mid century art and design and her childhood growing up in Southern California in the shadow of the Hollywood sign and the Disneyland castle. She is responsible for the illustration, graphic design and branding at The Center. She hopes to use her work to further social change and progress with The Center. One of her favorite aspects of the job aside from getting to draw for a living, is working with and getting to know the students. In her off hours she enjoys making art, spending time with her husband and their chihuahua pack, gardening, cooking, home diy projects, traveling, reading and subverting the dominant paradigm.
Bill Knight graduated from Florida State University in 2014 with an accounting degree and certificate in Leadership Studies. He was also inducted into the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society. Bill earned his Certified Public Accountant designation in 2016. He loves baseball, Seinfeld, and time spent with the young adult group at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
Laura Osteen, Ph.D.
Laura Osteen leads and follows students, colleagues, and neighbors in the transformation of our co-existence through identity development, leadership education, and community engagement. Through her roles as director, facilitator, observer, and listener she seeks to apply theory for effective practice and apply practice to evolve theory. Laura envisions a world where everyone is enabled and empowered to create positive sustainable change. She received her doctorate of philosophy degree from the University of Maryland, her masters from Colorado State University, and undergraduate degree from Indiana University. In addition to degrees her enduring experience as a Hoosier, Ram, and Terrapin created a woman committed to making the most of each hand in Euchre, Hearts, and Spades; getting outside as much as possible to appreciate the imperfect perfect beauty of the natural world; and a life long addiction to college basketball.
Paige Rentz grew up just down the road in Sneads, Florida. After years working as a journalist in several states, Paige turned her passion for social issues and storytelling to promote the amazing work of the students and staff working here each day to make the world a better place as the center’s media specialist. Paige is a proud alumna of Chipola College, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In her free time, you can find Paige taking photos, reading, playing video games, watching Star Trek, or walking her dogs, Frankie and Johnny.
Vanessa Solomon is a native Georgia Peach who hails from Albany, just a few miles away from Tallahassee, Florida. Over the course of her two decade career here at Florida State University, she is very passionate about the Center for Leadership & Social Change where she serves as a Program Associate. Vanessa earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Tallahassee Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Flagler College – Tallahassee Campus. When not serving at FSU, Vanessa enjoys family, concerts, taking selfies with her daughter – Danielle and her dog Remy. She is a die-hard lover of chocolates, cheese, salty chips and road adventures, her aim is to own a small local business in Tallahassee, Florida.
Linnea Stutts was born and raised in Middleburg, Florida. She serves as the center’s Human Resources and Travel departmental representative. Linnea completed a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Florida State University. She has served in many roles within the Center for Leadership & Social Change, including as a student assistant while she was completing her Bachelor’s. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and is very involved with activities at Timberlane church of Christ - planning classes and serving abroad on mission trips. Linnea also enjoys racing NHRA Summit ET Bracket Racing, and exploring the amenities of Tallahassee and surrounding areas.
Sandi E. White