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Experiential Learning Summit 2020-21 Panelists

Read the biographies of each of our panelists.

April 16, 2021

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Michael Horn

Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each and every student. He is the author of the new book, Choosing College, which strips away the noise around college to help students and parents understand why they are going to school and how to make better choices, as well as aids schools in designing better experiences.

Michael is a senior strategist at Guild Education, which partners with leading employers and organizations to help offer education and upskilling opportunities to America’s workforce. He is also the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank.

Michael is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. An expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and how to transform the education system into a student-centered one, he serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations, including the Clayton Christensen Institute, the Robin Hood Learning+Tech Fund, and the LearnLaunch Institute. He also serves as an executive editor at Education Next and is a venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners.

Michael was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea, and Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Michael holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Jeff Brown

A firm believer in the value of experiential learning, Jeffrey Brown has served as the dean of Gies College of Business since 2015. Brown is also a professor in the Department of Finance and holds a PhD in economics from MIT, a master’s of public policy from Harvard, and a bachelor’s in economics and political science from Miami (OH) University. Brown joined the Illinois faculty in 2002 after three years as an assistant professor of public policy at Harvard.
From 2001-2002, he served as senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. During his tenure as dean, Gies Business has expanded its action learning initiatives with the naming of the Magelli Office of Experiential Learning and the launch of BUS301 - the largest experiential learning course in the nation.
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March 12, 2021

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Bill Heinrich

Bill supports campus partners by connecting big ideas to repeatable educational practices, guiding informed decision making and learning experiences that support student success. Trained in student development, experiential and organizational learning, and higher education assessment, Bill is passionate about emergent outcomes through meaningful learning experiences. His unique expertise positions Bill as a trusted and invaluable resource for the postsecondary community. With twenty years of experience, Bill’s career spans on-campus, regional, and international capacity development focusing on assessment of skills and mindsets, program evaluation, experiential design, teaching, learning, human-centered design, and data analysis. Bill joins our team from Michigan State University, where he worked as the Head of Assessment and Experiential learning for the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology.
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John Bennion

A native of the Utah desert, John Bennion writes personal and historical essays and fiction about people struggling with that forbidding landscape. He has published a collection of short fiction, Breeding Leah and other Stories (Signature Books, 1991), and three novels—Falling Toward Heaven (Signature Books, 2000), An Unarmed Woman (Signature Books, 2019), and Ezekiel’s Third Wife (Roundfire Books, 2019). He has published short stories and essays in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Hotel Amerika, Southwest Review, Hobart, Palaver, Utah Historical Quarterly, Best of the West II, High Country News, English Journal, and others. He is completing a collection of essays about his Bennion ancestors, who have ranched and lived in the western desert of Utah for six generations. He is an associate professor in the English Department at Brigham Young University, where he teaches writing fiction and creative non-fiction. He has twenty-three years experience leading outdoor writing programs that use the writing of personal essays to promote student growth. These include Wilderness Writing, Literature and Landscape, Integrated Natural History, and Insects, Writing, and Art.
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Frank Christianson

Frank is associate dean in the College of Humanities at BYU. Much of his academic work is comparative, exploring the connections and influences between America and Britain in the industrial age. In his role as associate dean, Frank’s primary focus has been on identifying and implementing Humanities specific professional competencies, advancing experiential education, career readiness, and mentored research.
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Feb. 12, 2021

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Dr. Alisha Redelfs

Dr. Alisha Redelfs is an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the College of Life Sciences at BYU. She is a translational scientist dedicated to making best practices in health accessible and available to all communities. Her research centers on healthy eating and active living, utilization-focused evaluation, and communicating complexity within a community context. She currently teaches courses in health communication, advocacy, and research methods and considers mentoring students to be one of the most meaningful activities she engages in as professor and researcher.

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Dr. Luke Howard

Associate Professor of Music History, School of Music, BYU
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Jacob Kinsey

Kinsey is the Director of Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) and Illinois Consulting Academy (ICA) at the Gies College of Business within the University of Illinois. IBC completes 60+ client projects a year with a student body of 250+ consultants from across the University.

Prior to his time at Gies, Kinsey had 10+ years of experience as a business development consultant and technology executive within the media and entertainment industry. During that time Kinsey worked on the technology infrastructure projects at high profile live events such as the Super Bowl, Olympics, and space shuttle launches. Later in his career Kinsey functioned as the Chief Development Officer of a US based electronics manufacturer working on projects within sales, marketing, product development, operations, and finance.

A two-time graduate from the University of Illinois, Kinsey most recently completed his MBA in 2015. During graduate school Kinsey participated in IBC as a Project Manager, leading student teams to solve client problems related to global supply chain and market analysis. Directly after his time with IBC, Kinsey became an IBC client hiring the organization on a business and information systems project. Kinsey lives in Champaign, IL with his wife and children.
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Dr. Jamie Jensen

Dr. Jensen specializes in the development and assessment of undergraduate biology curricula that employ evidenced-based pedagogical strategies to increase student scientific reasoning skills and deep conceptual understanding. She is also the mother of four handsome boys and loves reading, sewing, and dissecting.
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Kristie Paskvan

Kristie is a part-time Associate Director in the Magelli Office of Experiential Learning at the University of Illinois Gies College of Business where she serves as an executive mentor in the Illinois Business Consulting program. Previously she was the CFO and COO at Mesirow Financial, a global financial services company concentrated in investment management and capital markets.
Kristie is a board director at SmithBucklin, a Chicago- based association management company. She is also a board director nominee at First Women’s Bank, a de novo bank in formation. She is a member of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago board of directors where she chairs the Stronger Neighborhoods committee, as well as the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce board. Additionally, she is a member of the University of Illinois Dean’s Business Council for the Gies College of Business.
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Paul Frandsen

Paul Frandsen is an Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology at BYU. Prior to arriving at BYU, he co-led the Data Science Lab at the Smithsonian Institution. He earned his PhD in Entomology at Rutgers University. His research focused on using genomics to understand biodiversity. Professor Frandsen also serves as a mentor for “EntoPOC” (entopoc.org), an organization focused on recruiting and mentoring people of color in entomology.
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Jan. 15, 2021

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Jaynie Mitchell

Jaynie C. Mitchell has served in higher education administration since 2005. Prior to her current position as Research Developer at Brigham Young University, her roles at community colleges in Oregon and Texas included program manager for several federal funding and early college programs and Dean of Community Education for San Jacinto College. Jaynie is currently serving as an administrator in the Dean’s office in the McKay School of Education. She supports education faculty to find and submit for research funding and manages the Experiential Learning grant program for her college. In addition, she is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and is currently writing a dissertation on aligning Experiential Learning programs at the college and institutional level.
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Lisa Barrager

Lisa Barrager is the External Relations Manager for Mechanical Engineering & Capstone Coordinator where she works with her counterpart, Allyson Gibson, to arrange and scope projects for over 360 senior engineering students each year. Prior to working in Capstone she was the program coordinator for the Women in Engineering Program and worked to better the environment and increase opportunities for women students interested in pursuing degrees in technology and engineering. Lisa graduated from BYU with BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. from the Marriott School of Business. Her professional experience includes work in program management, strategy, marketing and business development for both large corporations and small engineering firms. Lisa spent 14 years in industry before returning to BYU.
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Allyson Gibson

Allyson Gibson graduated from BYU with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has worked for NCR, Dow Chemical, Novell, and as a private consultant. As Capstone Coordinator for the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECEn) Department since 2016, she helped facilitate the merging of ECEn with Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering to create an interdisciplinary Capstone experience for students. Each year, Allyson, along with counterpart Lisa Barrager in Mechanical Engineering, recruits and scopes over fifty sponsored projects, monitoring progress and assisting student teams throughout the academic year.
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Roger McCarty

Previous to his role as Director of Experiential Learning at BYU Hawaii, Roger created and managed the BYU Marriott School’s On-Campus Internship program that has given ~15,000 students professional work experience while still in school. He spent 30 years in industry at The Dow Chemical Company spanning everything from technical sales to marketing and product management. His final role at Dow was Corporate Director of Strategy Development over all 122 divisions.
Roger received his BS in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University in 1977 and an MBA in 1981.
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Dana Stephenson

Dana Stephenson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Riipen, a future of work platform specialized in scaling experiential learning opportunities for learners of all backgrounds. Recently awarded BC Business Top 30 Under 30, Dana's entrepreneurial journey started when he set out on a mission to end graduate underemployment by ensuring that every student has access to authentic experiential learning opportunities to better support their transition into the workforce upon graduation.
Riipen's cloud-based platform enables students, instructors and employers to connect, co-create, and track work-integrated learning at scale. The customizable, diverse types of experiences offered through Riipen allow learners from all backgrounds and geographies to authentically connect and engage with employers of all sizes. Since 2017, the Riipen platform has been used to deliver over 60,000 work-integrated learning experiences to students from over 220 different post-secondary institutions engaging with a community of over 10,000 employers.
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Nov. 13, 2020 Panelists

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Dr. Kerry Laufer

Kerry Laufer joined Dartmouth in 2008. She has been the Director of the OnSite Global Consulting course at the Tuck School of Business since 2013. OnSite is a second year elective course in Tuck's MBA curriculum that engages student teams in real-world consulting assignments for corporate, government and non-profit sector clients around the world. Kerry oversees both business development and course design and delivery for the course. She is also a faculty advisor for the course and has accompanied students to Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, South Africa, the UK, Haiti, Israel, and Croatia for projects. Prior to Dartmouth, Kerry was Vice Dean for Institutional Development and Quality Control at Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (from 1999-2007). Instrumental in its start-up, she managed Effat's international partnerships, laid the foundation for institutional accreditation, and championed the design and launch of new courses of study previously unavailable to women. Kerry has traveled to more than 50 countries throughout her 20+ year career in education. She is a founding member of the Assurance of Learning Subcommittee of MBA Leaders in Experiential Project-Based Education (LEPE), co-leads the Tuck Corporate Relations team, and has served on Tuck's Curriculum Design Committee. As a member of the Global Business School Network's Experiential Learning Advisory board from 2015-2020, she has co-led four international summits on experiential learning (in Cairo, Phnom Penh, Lima, and Mumbai). Kerry holds an MA in Education from LaSalle University (1999) and a BA in French from Swarthmore College (1994).
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Dave Waddell

Dave Waddell

David has spent the last 20 years in higher education administration, specializing in experiential learning programming and assessment, professional competencies development and assessment, and the college to career transition. He is the inaugural director of BYU’s Office if Experiential Learning and Internships. His undergrad and graduate degrees are in History, both from BYU.
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Dr. Spencer Magleby

Spencer Magleby is the Director of the BYU Honors Program and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education. He is a professor of Mechanical Engineering, served 11 years as associate dean for the College of Engineering and held leadership positions throughout the campus. He spent 6 years in the aircraft industry developing collaboration tools for advanced design and manufacture. In his research role at BYU he has published extensively in areas of innovation, product design, design processes that bridge engineering and business, and improving experiential engineering education with a focus on international proficiencies and leadership.
Professor Magleby is a co-founder of the BYU Capstone Program (an internationally recognized experiential design program) and guided development of study abroad programs for engineers. He has helped oversee more than 270 undergraduate and graduate team design projects through his involvement with the Capstone program and efforts in his laboratory, has taught engineering design at the graduate and undergraduate level and is an expert on educational partnerships with industry. He has been nationally recognized for his contributions in engineering design education. As director of the BYU Honors Program he promotes student outcomes related to interdisciplinary thinking, leadership and developing new knowledge.
Dr. Magleby received BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from BYU and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Sue McCracken

Sue McCracken is a Professor at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business, where she has traditionally taught accounting elective courses in the Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs. This year, Sue is leading a new course that aims to develop essential skills and provide experiential learning activities for first year students that will facilitate their transition to university and success in the Business Program. During her time at McMaster, Sue has taken on important leadership roles, currently serving as Associate Dean, Academic. In this role, she is redesigning the Bachelor of Commerce curriculum to ensure the program is preparing new graduates to become successful business leaders and is meeting accreditation standards. Previously, as MBA Director, Sue lead the redesign of both the full-time and part-time MBA programs.
Sue’s research focuses on how auditors interact with others – that is, how they develop and maintain relationships with the key parties involved in audits and how these relationships might influence auditors’ actions and decisions. She has extensively studied auditor-client management negotiations that take place during the preparation and finalization of financial statements. More recently her work has focused on the audit committee and how the audit committee evaluates and interacts with the auditor and client management. Given her interests in relationships and interactions, she mainly performs field-based research via interviews and interview analyses.
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Dr. Jason McDonald

Dr. Jason K. McDonald is an Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology & Technology at Brigham Young University and the program coordinator of the university’s Design Thinking minor. He brings twenty years of experience in industry and academia, with a career spanning a wide-variety of roles connected to instructional design: face-to-face training; faculty development; corporate eLearning; story development for instructional films; and museum/exhibit design. He gained this experience as a university instructional designer; an executive for a large, international non-profit; a digital product director for a publishing company; and as an independent consultant.
At BYU, Dr. McDonald has taught courses in instructional design, media and culture change, project management, learning psychology, and design theory. His work can be found at his website: http://jkmcdonald.com.
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Mat Duerden

Mat is an Associate Professor of Experience Design and Management at Brigham Young University. His teaching focuses on experience design and design thinking. His research focuses on experience design in both work and non-work contexts. Mat’s publications have appeared in a variety of journals including Leisure Sciences, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Journal of Adolescent Research and Journal of Leisure Research. Mat Duerden received a Ph.D. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Youth and Family Recreation from Brigham Young University. Mat is married to Chenae Duerden and they have four children, Jackson, Layla, Cooper, and Adele.
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Oct. 9, 2020 Panelists

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Dr. Jamin Rowan

Dr. Rowan joined the BYU faculty in 2010. His research on the intersection between urban narratives and city planning—the focus of his first book, The Sociable City (2017)—closely informs his teaching. In 2017, he launched the Provo City Lab, a course in which students work with organizations such as the City of Provo and Utah Transit Authority to improve urban design, public transportation, and community development. In this course and others, Dr. Rowan strives to provide students with opportunities to translate their humanities competencies to professional and civic contexts, and to help them learn to narrate the value of those competencies for others.
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Dr. Michellana Jester

Dr. Michellana Y. Jester, Lecturer and Course Faculty Lead, MIT Sloan School of Management. Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Michellana has almost twenty years of management consulting, human resource and organizational development experience. Prior to joining MIT Sloan, Michellana was a strategic management consultant responsible for assisting private corporations, non-profit organizations, and public agency clients who faced complex organizational and/or leadership challenges move to action. As a consultant and during her time as the co-founder and managing partner of a leadership development firm, Michellana served as an executive coach for high potential leaders, assisted leaders transition out of and into new roles, and assisted core teams improve their effectiveness. For five years, Michellana led MIT Sloan’s Action Learning Program, growing their portfolio of experiential learning courses and serving a number of administrative and academic capacities including mentoring faculty and students, designing and launching experiential learning courses, tools and assessments.

In her current faculty role at MIT Sloan, Michellana draws from her private and non-profit sector experience to assist MBA and other graduate students link theoretical management concepts to real world business challenges. Michellana is responsible for leading the design and delivery of MIT Sloan’s largest project-based course, Global Entrepreneurship Lab. In September 2020, she- along with five faculty from other disciplines- launched a new cross campus problem based learning course centered on COVID-19 entitled Hacking the Future: The Fall of COVID.

Michellana studies, evaluates, writes, and presents her research on adult and organizational learning and development in a variety of forums including Financial Times, Fast Company, The Smart Manager, BizEd Magazine and Psychology Today.

Michellana holds a Doctorate degree from Columbia University and a Master’s degree from Harvard University.
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David Comisford

David Comisford is the CEO of EduSourced: the most widely adopted software platform for experiential project-based learning in the United States. Through his work with over 100 experiential programs and as a cofounder of LX Consortium, David is an avid proponent of identifying and developing best practices in experiential learning for more career-ready students.
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Michael Bednar

Michael Bednar is an associate professor of business administration, academic director of Experiential Learning, and Robert & Karen May Faculty Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His primary research interests include corporate governance, executive leadership, and the relationship between organizations and the media. He joined the University of Illinois in 2008 after receiving his PhD in strategic management from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a BS from Brigham Young University, graduating cum laude in 2002. Bednar has received numerous teaching awards, including the Gies College of Business Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award in 2019 and the Dean’s Impact Award in 2018. He serves on the editorial review boards for Strategic Management Journal and for Academy of Management Journal.
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Sept. 11, 2020 Panelists

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Arline MacCormack

Prior to joining Babson’s Center for Career Development team, Arline spent 7 years working in the Office of Student Life at Babson College in Housing Operations. Arline earned a B.A. in Psychology from University of Massachusetts and a M.A. in Higher Education from Boston College.​​​​​

Arline MacCormack is the Associate Director of Experiential Programs at Babson College. In her role, Arline manages student and employer participation in experiential opportunities including: Undergraduate Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) Program, Career Exploration Lab (CEL), Intern Sponsorship, and Externship Programs. Arline also assists with planning and delivery of Undergraduate field based curricula.   Arline is a co-author of “How to Manage Student Consulting Projects: A Practical Guide for Project Advisors” due to be available from Edward Elgar Publishing in September 2020. 

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Ali Crandall

AliceAnn (Ali) Crandall is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at Brigham Young University (BYU). She currently directs the Families and Public Health Collaborative with a team of faculty and students interested in the family as a producer of public health. She earned her BS at BYU, her MPH at Loma Linda University, and her PhD at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Prior to getting her PhD, she worked on maternal and child health projects in domestic and international settings.

Her major research interests focus on the intersection between the family environment and executive functioning and their effect on health behaviors. Current research projects include examining the effects of childhood experiences on lifelong health and developing a survey measure of family health.
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Scott Steffensen

Scott Steffensen is a professor of Psychology at BYU. His research focuses on the neurobiology of addiction. More specifically, he studies neuroadaptations in brain substrates during alcohol and nicotine dependence and codependence. Over the last 20 years, Professor Steffensen has included student teams in his research. His lab is currently staffed by a postdoctoral fellow, three graduate students, thirty-five undergraduate students, and has mentored over 1000 students.

Scott completed his PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Utah. His post-doc fellowships were at Harvard, UCSD, and Scripps Research Institute.
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Christine Miller

For the last 8 years, Christine has been finding and developing many of the most talented team members at PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers). Her specialties include the development of communication and presentation skills, and applying critical thinking skills to presentations. She is an avid traveler and a restaurant enthusiast.

She holds a BS degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Chamagne.
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David Habben

David “HABBENINK” Habben received his BFA in Illustration from Brigham Young University in 2006 and was a Children’s Book Design Fellow at Chronicle Books in 2008. In 2017, he earned his MFA in Studio Art, with a Graphic Design emphasis, from The University of Utah. His work can be found in a wide variety of media, including children’s books, magazines, advertising campaigns, theatre posters, and even snowboards. His work has received awards from 3x3 Creative Quarterly, Communication Arts, and Graphis Magazine. In 2019, he published his first authored and illustrated children’s book, “Mr. Sherman’s Cloud” through Page Street Publishing.

David joined the illustration faculty at Brigham Young University as an Asst. Professor in 2018. An avid promoter of collaboration and student involvement, David has advised the Design Department student council, coordinated internships and experiential learning opportunities, and involved students in large scale illustrative work.
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Kirsten Novilla

Kirsten Novilla is from Saratoga Springs, Utah and is a junior at Brigham Young University. She majors in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Science. Kirsten has been working as a research assistant for Dr. Ali Crandall since the Fall of 2016 and has co-authored six publications with her mentor. Since Fall 2019, she has been working with Dr. Jeff Glenn as a teaching assistant in Hlth 316 on Health Systems and Policy. She continues to do research in Dr. Crandall’s Brain, Family, & Health Lab and has served as a mentor for fellow students who are looking to collaborate on various research projects in the lab. She has helped train and mentor prospective research assistants in writing research proposals, completing IRB applications, conducting literature reviews, collecting data, and in writing and publishing manuscripts. She loves learning about the family and exploring its role in public health practice, research, and policy. She intends to continue to be involved in research beyond her undergraduate years and into medical school.
Major: Public Health with a Health Science emphasis
Research Interests: Maternal & Child Health, Adolescent Health & Development, Population & Family Health
Hobbies & Interests: Family outdoor activities, reading, baking, and tutoring elementary-aged children
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Jeff Tessem

Dr. Tessem’s research focuses on both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Specifically, his lab works on delineating the molecular pathways that increase β-cell proliferation, enhance glucose stimulated insulin secretion, and protect against β-cell death.

In Dr. Tessem’s lab, students learn teamwork, written and oral communication, how to work through failure, and other skills essential to any professional work environment. Students develop a deeper understanding of how their experience in the lab can translate to many environments outside the discipline.

Dr. Tessem has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Duke University Medical Center's Sarah W. Stedman Center for Nutrition and Metabolism Research. His BS degree in Microbiology is from BYU.
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Weston Elison

Weston Elison is a currently a senior at BYU. He is also a research assistant in the Tessem Diabetes Research Lab. He is expecting a baby girl with his wife January 2021.
Major: Physiology and Developmental Biology
Minor: Computer Science
Hobbies & Interests: Backpacking, camping, and eating

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