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Celeste Camagna Foley, Ph.D.


Forensic Psychology

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Claire Reclosado-Baclay, PsyD


Dr. Reclosado-Baclay’s interests include Sport Psychology, Social Justice and Advocacy, and areas surrounding the Filipino American community. Her experience includes presenting at national profession conferences (AAPA, NMCS, APA), teaching at both university and high school levels, and clinical work in various settings.

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Credentials & Accolades

Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
M.A. Sport Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
B.A. Psychology, University of California, Davis

Communication Coordinator, Asian American Psychological Association’s Division on Filipino Americans

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Laura Jones, M.A.


Having previously taught at a 4-year University I have found a home and a family at John F. Kennedy University. JFKU offers opportunities to an array of students, from those coming directly from a community college to lifelong learners returning to school. My teaching philosophy is to provide excellence and equity in education amongst a diverse population. My capstone topic is “social, cultural, and institutional factors that may enhance academic identity or lead to students’ disengagement in underrepresented minorities”. I advocate for students and help them find opportunities they may not have been aware existed including tutoring services, career mentoring, and graduate school possibilities. I most enjoy working with students in their college career and inspiring them to go further than they thought possible.


  • Goodkind, M.S., Eickhoff, S.B., Oathes, D.J., Jiang, Y., Chang, A., Jones-Hagata, L.B., Ortega, B.N., Zaiko, Y.V., Roach, E.L., & Etkin, A. (2014). Identification of a common neurobiological substrate for mental illness. JAMA Psychiatry.
  • Jones, L. B. "My Team Drinks: An Analysis of Alcohol Consumption Norms Among Adolescent Athletes" (2013). Master's Theses. http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/etd_theses/4282


Social Psychology

Theories of Personality

Abnormal Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Senior Capstone

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Developmental Psychology

Adolescent Psychology

Social Psychology

Multicultural Psychology

APA Writing

Research Methods

Credentials & Accolades

M.A. Experimental Psychology, San Jose State University
Professional Affiliations:
American Psychological Association
Society for Teaching Psychology (APA Division 2)
Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (APA Division 45)
Western Psychological Association

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Dr. Pamela D. Parkinson, BS, JD


In my younger, thinner years I was a model, (one of the originals on the “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby”, Virginia Slims campaign); practiced law in the Salt Lake Valley; served as a municipal court judge in Utah and Montana; owned a cafe and flipped hamburgers in the Yellowstone ecosystem; taught on ground as a Professor of Women’s Studies; and now teach online and develop courses. Whew!

I live high in the Rocky Mountains, 100 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah, in a town of 180 souls that my Great-Grandparents founded in 1867. We are a farming and ranching community and it is the joy of my life to live in this beautiful, tranquil setting and be able to work from home. Life is very good!

My philosophy of education is a student-centric. I believe in focusing on student’s individual needs and goals and challenging students in the process of their learning. My goal is to help students develop the yearning to be lifelong learners and enabling them to understand the limitlessness of their critical thinking skills.

It is my philosophy that individual differences need to be recognized, respected, and celebrated. I believe that all students have strengths and it is the goal of an educator to mentor students in identifying and building upon these strengths.

My personal philosophy of education involves helping students realize the relevance and application of their studies to the world in which they play a part. I believe that students learn best through real-world experiences which are meaningful to them.

My personal experiences contribute to my philosophy today in that the most meaningful learning takes place when students are engaged, respected, motivated, and interested. It is my belief that the way to achieve this is by giving students a strong voice in their learning process and environment and by assisting them in finding connections in the curriculum with their own life and interests.

By allowing students to bring their own stories, experiences, and ideas into the classroom, students collaborate, they develop that most useful of real world skills and they learn from each other, and respect each others’ opinions and differences. My philosophy of education is grounded in respect.

Respect for the student and the totality of their experiences and being, and respect for the process that nurtures and encourages them to question and challenge the world around them. Now more than ever they are citizens of the world and that view must have its foundation in respect for the diversity and richness that they discover through the educational journey.

JFKU Online affords me the opportunity to reach those students who, for reasons of time or place, cannot begin or continue their educational journey. These students understand the importance of an education and how valuable it is to their lives. There are dreams involved here.

I picture the student: it’s 11pm and there is a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, their spouse is asleep in the BARCO-lounger in front of the TV, the washing machine is going, and they are just sitting down with their laptop and studies. They know they are not alone, we are there for them, at all hours, no matter where in the world they sit, and we are there.


Business Law and Ethics, Legal and Ethics Issues in Health Care, Ethical Behavior in the Criminal Justice System, Family and Small Business, Decision Analysis, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Corrections, Criminology, Conflict Management, Health Care Management, Introduction to Film, Communication, Juveniles in the Justice System, Criminal Law and Procedure, Criminal Investigation, Drug Use and Abuse, American History I & II, Human Civilization I & II, Ancient World History, New Venture Creation, Strategic Management, Organization and Business Communication, American Government, Academic Strategies, Psychology, Sociology, Personality Theories, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Social Psychology, Counseling

Areas of Expertise

US History
US Constitutional Studies
Political Science
Women’s Studies
Criminal Justice
Social Sciences

JFKu Online

Jen Cross, MA, MFA


A widely-anthologized writer and educator, Jen Cross has facilitated writing workshops for over a decade. In 2003, Jen founded Writing Ourselves Whole, an organization that offers Amherst Writers and Artists method writing workshops, creating spaces in which the true and complicated stories of the body might emerge. Jen is the author of Writing Ourselves Whole: Using the Power of Your Own Creativity to Recover and Heal from Sexual Trauma (Mango, 2017). She received her MA from Goddard College in Transformative Language Arts, and recently received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

Programs and Courses

  • CNS5039 - Self-Exploration: Writing Your Story (Online)

Area of Expertise

  • Consciousness and Transformative Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Writing as Transformative Practice
  • Healing through Journaling
  • Composition
  • Editing
  • Workshop Facilitation


  • Writing Ourselves Whole: Using the Power of Your Own Creativity to Recover and Heal from Sexual Trauma. (Mango, 2017)
  • “The Story of a Common Girl,” Under the Gum Tree, October 2017
  • "Coming Home," Matador Review, Fall 2017
  • "Safe," The Elephants, August 16, 2017
  • “Writing Our Survival: Transformative writing for survivors and those who love them,” Survivorship Journal, Volume 19, Issue 2, Summer 2014.
  • “Sisters: A Deology,” The Healing Art of Writing 2010, University of California Press, 2011.
  • Editor of Survivorship Journal, Volume 16, Issue 2, Summer 2010
  • “Communities of scars” (review of Live Through This, Essence and Artifice, and Scars Tell Stories). make/shift: feminisms in motion, issue 4, Fall/Winter 2008.
  • "Surface Tensions," Nobody Passes: Rejecting the rules of gender and conformity, Seal Press, 2006.

Credentials & Accolades

San Francisco State University, MFA in Creative Writing, 2018
Goddard College, MA in Transformative Language Arts, 2003
Amherst Writers and Artists, Amherst, MA Workshop Facilitator Certification I, 2001
Amherst Writers and Artists, Amherst, MA Workshop Facilitator Certification II, 2002
Dartmouth College, BA, Cognitive Science, 1996

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Keith Wade, DBA


Dr. Keith Wade’s work experience includes over 18 years of business and finance experiences with Fortune 500 companies such as Ford Motor Company and Pitney Bowes. Some of his duties were to develop yearly plant budgets all of Powertrain, totaling more than 80 million dollars.

Dr. Wade was responsible for overall compliance of income statements before published from several departments and created all strategic roadmaps for future growth and income while at Ford Motor Company.

Dr. Wade’s extensive academic experience includes facilitating online classes that include the topics of finance, business, project management, and organizational behavior.

Dr. Wade earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He also earned his MBA in Business from the University of Detroit-Mercy in Detroit, Michigan. Additionally, he completed his Doctorate in Business (Finance Concentration) from Argosy University.

On a personal side, Dr. Wade lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife and three kids. He loves to horseback ride and mountain bike with his family.


Organizational Behavior

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Organizational Behavior



Credentials & Accolades

DBA, Business

Director of Evaluators - JFKu Online

Ben Perez


Benjamin Perez is an experienced industry leader with 15+ years experience in the areas of Information Technology, e-Business Technologies & Security, Database Administration, and Business Administration. He is responsible for ensuring the curriculum is designed to engage students to provide them with a positive learning experience.

Ben is actively involved with database administration, web development and design, programming, network administration, and project management. He holds an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Santiago Canyon College, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Information Technology from National University, and a Master’s Degree in Information Services from National University. He is currently working on completing a Doctorate in Information Technology at Walden University.

Courses and Programs

  • Information Technology
  • Database Administration
  • Data Analytics

Credentials & Accolades

AA – Liberal Arts
BS – Business Administration
MS – Information Systems
Doctor of Technology (ABD)

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Rick Abshier


I was born and raised in Chicago and spent most of my childhood and adult life there. I hold a BA in Political Science, an MBA in Marketing, an MA in Religion and a CAS in Business Education which required 33 semester hours of doctoral-level work.

I have worked as a Production Planner, Field Sales Engineer, Customer Service Manager and a Senior Management Consultant. I also spent 28 years at FedEx Express where I worked as a Senior Marketing Specialist, a Senior Training Specialist and a Senior Manager of Training.

I taught Management, Marketing and Economics on the campus of University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois for 6 years and have been involved in the world of online higher education since 2004 at Western Governors University, University of Phoenix, Argosy University, Cornerstone University, Ashford University, New Charter University, Patten University and, of course, John F. Kennedy University.

My lovely wife and I currently live in Northeast Florida in the small beachside community of Amelia Island where I enjoy playing the drums, guitar, bass, flight simulation and amateur (ham) radio.


Research Methods
Social Entrepreneurship
Leadership in Organizations and Business Management
Social Ethics
World Religions
Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Strategic Management
Strategic Planning
New Student Orientation
Management Theories and Practices
Executive Leadership
Marketing Management
Mentoring and Team Leadership
Introduction to Business
New Venture Creation
Intermediate Selling
Sales Management

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Theology and Philosophy

Credentials & Accolades

C.A.S., Business Education, Northern Illinois University
M.A., Religion, Reformed Theological Seminary
M.B.A., Marketing, Benedictine University
B.A., Political Science, Benedictine University

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Jennifer St. John, MA


I have a BA and an MA in English from VA Tech, the coursework for a PhD in Educational Media and Computers from Arizona State University with an emphasis on special education and adult learners and am currently enrolled as a doctoral student studying Learning Analytics in Higher Education, which I hope to use to develop courses that support student success and achievement. I have been teaching for more than twenty years and have taught everything from English, to math, to Computers, to Accounting. I have worked as a college administrator in positions like Dean, Director of Academic Support, and General Education Department Chair. In addition, I have a strong background in instructional and curriculum development and online education. But my first love is, and has always been, working with students.

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I live in southeastern Virginia, near VA Beach. Although I’ve moved around a bit I’m a VA girl at heart. The only part of VA I haven’t lived in is the central part of the state but as global warming continues to cause the waters to rise, I anticipate a move — by truck or boat — to Richmond at some point. In my house the four-legged family members out number the two legged by a good margin but I’m hoping to get some chickens to swing that balance back to the two-legged. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with animals (obviously), reading, playing the piano, cooking enormous and elaborate meals for friends and family, and spending time in my husband’s beautifully landscaped yard. (He’s a bit proprietary on that score.)

I look forward to working with you sometime soon and I hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as I will!


American History courses (American History I & II, Government)
Ancient World History
Argument, Technical Writing
Comp I type courses
Comp II type courses
Critical Thinking
Effective Graduate Writing
Ethics, Critical Thinking
Interdisciplinary Reading, Writing, and Research
Introduction to Film
Lit courses (American, British, World)
New Student Orientation
Orientation to Graduate Studies
Persuasive Writing
Psychology/Sociology courses
Remedial English (Grammar and Composition, Effective Writing)
Theory of Composition

Area of Expertise

English: Composition and Literature

American History

Communications and Public Speaking

Music: Theory and vocal performance

The Art of Persuasion

Credentials & Accolades

Ed.D. Educational Leadership: Learning Analytics in Higher Education (in process)

  • Northcentral University
  • Expected Completion Date: June 2019
  • Focus: Interaction in Online Higher Education

Ph.D. coursework (ABD), Educational Media & Computers

  • Arizona State University
  • Focus: Instructional Media Design
  • Dissertation Topic: Women and Media: Hunter Gatherers in the Internet Age
  • 33 credits completed, 4.0 gpa

M.A., English

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Focus: Use of Computers in the Liberal Arts classroom
  • Thesis topic: Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time: A self-aware hypertext

B.A., English

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Minor: Vocal Performance

Additional Training

  • Microsoft Certification Courses: Word, Excel, Outlook
  • TOEFL Certification Course
  • Franklin Covey: 7 Habits Workshop, Productivity Workshop, Leadership Workshop


CE Credit Hours: 7

Course Description

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) research suggests that about 40% of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan experience some form of mental health difficulties, including PTSD, depression, and substance abuse. Through videos and case examples, learn about military culture and common war-zone experiences, the difficulties service members have returning to civilian life and the psychological impacts of war – particularly PTSD and its treatment. Also learn about vicarious traumatization and self-care when working with this population. This course provides a thorough overview of the unique aspects of working with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and suggests numerous tips throughout the course to help maximize effectiveness in therapy with veterans.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about military culture and potential war-zone experiences of veterans.
  • Begin to understand the unique aspects of the OIF/OEF Wars and subsequent unique needs of veterans from this conflict.
  • Increase knowledge of difficulties associated with readjusting to civilian life after spending time in a combat-zone.
  • Develop competence in understanding the psychological impact of war and of PTSD in veterans.
  • Expand knowledge of individual treatments for PTSD, as well as issues of vicarious traumatization and therapist self-care when engaging in this type of clinical work.

Instructor: Gretchen Lindner, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has spent her career specializing in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in individual, couples, and group therapy formats.  Dr. Lindner currently works as a staff psychologist for the VA Montana Health Care System at the Bozeman CBOC, and serves as the Associate Training Director for their Psychology Internship Program. She most often utilizes empirically-supported treatments and is certified in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).  In addition, she has significant training in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy. Dr. Lindner completed her doctoral training at Georgia State University, her internship at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System, and her post -doctoral fellowship with the SFVA’s PTSD Clinical Team (PCT) specializing in the treatment of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Throughout these experiences, Dr. Lindner has enjoyed her work supervising practicum students, interns, post-doctoral fellows, psychiatry residents, and staff therapists.  She also enjoys teaching on the topic of trauma, and leads a significant number of trainings, classes, seminars, and research presentations on this topic.

JFKU-CE is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to provide continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs & LEPs and by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) to provide continuing education for RNs.  JFKU-CE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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