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, paddleboarding, cycling, loving on puppies and kitties, and making terribly ridiculous puns.
Kris is a graduate assistant working with scholarship and recognition programming in the Center. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kris earned his bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from Temple University, where he focused his studies on representations of marginalized identities in music, film, television, and emergent media. His undergraduate studies and involvement on campus led to his current pursuit of a Master of Science in Higher Education at Florida State University. His professional and research interests lie at the intersections of social justice, identity development, student success, and leadership learning, with a focus on race, gender, and sexual identity. Kris’ free time is spent cooking, pursuing various art projects, and streaming countless movies and TV shows online.
Nancy Wong is a Program Coordinator in the Center for Leadership and Social Change. In her current role, she oversees a number of multicultural, leadership development, and service learning programs. Nancy grew up in a small town in the rural south where she was one of the few marginalized students in her school, and she uses her experiences to dialogue on critical topics like power, privilege, and oppression. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. After graduation, she worked for College Forward as a College Completion Coach advising first generation and low-income students in Texas. She went on to receive her Masters of Education in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut while serving as the graduate assistant for the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center. In her free time in Tallahassee, she’s usually rock climbing, playing ultimate Frisbee, reading socially just texts, or trekking across the world.
Administrative Support Assistant
Juan works with community engagement and spirituality programs at the Center, including Florida State Alternative Breaks, the Moellership Program, the Non-Profit Internship Program, and the Spiritual Life Project. A former K-12 teacher, Juan takes every opportunity to teach courses at the university, both within the Service Scholar Program and the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies through the Leadership Learning Research Center. He earned a Bachelor of Science in English Education from Florida State University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. His main interest areas within social change include intersections of gender, species (non-human animals and environment), and non-religious spiritual development. Those who know Juan will attest to his close relationship with his canine daughter, his love of sugar-free vegan cooking, and his ability to turn episodes of Drag Race into leadership pedagogy.
Steve Mills, Ph.D.
Steve Mills is Associate Director at Florida State University's Center for Leadership & Social Change. His direct responsibilities include the creation, support, and development of the center’s community engagement efforts, and teaching in the undergraduate leadership certificate program. Steve’s master’s degree is from University of Florida in Counselor Education, and his Ph.D. is from Purdue University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Steve was the recipient of FSU’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2005 and Florida Campus Compact’s Community Engagement Educator Award in 2010. He is a licensed mental health professional and extremely interested in how our deepest group identities impact our democratic process and social progress as a nation.
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.
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
Marshall Anthony Jr.
Marshall Anthony Jr., a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, is a Ph.D. student studying Higher Education (Public Policy) at Florida State University. His passion and research interests involve educational policy related to Black male student success, culturally relevant leadership learning, organizational governance, and student activism. Marshall completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, minors in Accounting and Spanish, a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration, and a graduate certificate in Teaching, Training, and Educational Technology from North Carolina State University. He has worked in various academic and student affairs functional areas at Meredith College, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University. Currently, Marshall 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.
Vivechkanand "V" Chunoo
V. is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate on the Student Affairs track in the Higher Education program at Florida State University. His work and research interests involve developing leader identity and capacity in first-generation college students, students of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds, and students from lower socioeconomic communities. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, both from the University of Miami. Also at UM, he was an academic advisor for ten years and concurrently the academic ombudsperson for four years. Currently, he retains a position as a research assistant for the Leadership Learning Research Center, a curricular program overseen jointly by the College of Education and the Center for Leadership & Social Change.
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.
Trisha is a doctoral student in higher education. She enjoys being an instructor for the LDR certificate program and has worked with the Leadership Theories, Leadership in Groups and Communities, Leadership and Change, and Gender and Leadership courses. Trisha also assists in editing the series New Directions for Student Leadership. Her research interests include leadership education curriculum development, teaching social justice in leadership education, and leadership development for college students. Prior to taking the Ph.D. adventure, she attained a B.A. in communication and theatre and M.Ed. in student affairs and worked in the field of student affairs in a multitude of capacities for seven years. She is a proud Texan and loves reading and hanging out with her cats!
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.
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