Alumnae of the HERS Leadership Institute (HLI) are a diverse group of bold and resilient women united by the common goal of becoming leaders of their institutions and academic communities. Our alumnae represent a wide range of professional backgrounds, experiences, areas of expertise, and geographic locations — each bringing their unique perspective to the HERS learning community.

Learn more about our accomplished HLI Alumnae:

Jessica Lavariega Monforti, PhD

Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at California Lutheran University
HERS Institute Alumna, HERS Institute Alum, Class of 2019

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Mari Castañeda, PhD

Dean of Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
HERS Institute Alumna, 2019

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Debora Johnson-Ross, PhD

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Wartburg College
HERS Institute Alumna, 2010

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Laura Furge, PhD

Provost at Muhlenberg College, starting June 2021
HERS Institute Alumna, 2018

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Yenny D. Anderson

Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Strategic Analytics at Lehigh University
HERS Institute Alumna, 2015

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Wanda Costen, PhD, MBA

Dean of the School of Business at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
HERS Institute Alumna, 2019

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Deborah Dezure, PhD

Assistant Provost for Faculty and Organizational Development Emerita at Michigan State University
HERS Institute Alumna, 1998

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Patricia Findley, PhD

Associate Professor of Social Work, Director of the MSW Program, and Assistant to the Dean for Interprofessional Health Initiatives at Rutgers University – New Jersey
HERS Institute Alumna, 2019

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Jann Joseph, PhD

President, Georgia Gwinnett College
HERS Institute Alumna, 2007

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Corinne L. McNamara, PhD

Interim Department Chair and Professor of Psychological Science at Kennesaw State University
HERS Institute Alumna, 2020

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Chavonda Mills, PhD

Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Georgia College
HERS Institute Alumna, 2016

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Payal Parikh, MD, FACP

Vice Chair of Quality and Safety, Department of Medicine / Assistant Professor of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
HERS Institute Alumna, 2020

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Jenelle Pitt, Ph.D., LPCC, LPC, CRC, NCC

Department Chair and Professor at California State University, Fresno
HERS Institute Alumna, 2020

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Yves Salomon-Fernandez, PhD

President, Greenfield Community College, Massachusetts
HERS Institute Alumna, 2011

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Michelle Stewart, PhD

President of the Institute for Clinical Social Work located in Chicago, Illinois
HERS Institute Alumna, 2015

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Desha Williams, PhD

Dean of the College of Education and Social Work at West Chester University of Pennsylvania
HERS Institute Alumna, 2019

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