The 2006 Class of Academy Fellows

The 2006 class held its final meeting in June 2007. Participants accepted into the Academy are listed below. Read our press release about the graduates.

Rajani Adhikary Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) New York, N.Y. Restaurant industry
Randall G. Blakely Portland Community College Portland, Ore. Transportation, construction
Diana L. Carpenter Mich. Dept. of Labor & Economic Growth, Bureau of Workforce Programs Michigan (statewide) Health care, manufacturing, construction, forest/timber
Mary Coonan Transition to Work Dorchester and Boston, Mass. Health care/acute care
Camille Cormier Wider Opportunities for Women Washington, D.C. Protective services
Erin Currier Women Work! The National Network for Women's Employment Nationwide Information technology
Drew Douglass Rubicon Programs, Inc. Berkeley, Calif. Health care/allied health, biotechnology
Eugenie FitzGerald SFWorks San Francisco, Calif. Bioscience, legal services
Andrea Fozard Fair Cities Brent Wembley, United Kingdom Transportation
Eileen Haggerty Commonwealth Corporation Massachusetts (statewide) Health care, manufacturing, transportation, hospitality
Matthew E. Houghton Shoreline Community College Seattle, Wash. Automotive
Rebecca Kusner WIRE-Net Cleveland, Ohio Manufacturing
Brenda Lopez Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, Inc. Denver, Colo. Hospitality
Guy Loudon Jane Addams Resource Corporation Chicago, Ill. Manufacturing
Catherine McNair Fair Cities Central Team Nationwide (UK) London, England Various
Juan Medina Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee San Diego, Calif. Construction, building trades
Elizabeth A. Nilsen Institute for Advanced Learning & Research Danville, Va. Various
Valerie Palamountain Piedmont Virginia Community College Charlottesville, Va. Construction
Jerry Petrick SW WA Workforce Development Council SW Washington Metals Manufacturing, Semiconductor Manufacturing
Renee L. Pietrangelo American Network of Community Options and Resources Nationwide Direct care for disabled
Colleen Price MY TURN Inc. Massachusetts and New Hampshire Various
Elise Scala Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine Maine (statewide) Health care/long-term and home care
Susan Speetzen Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development Minnesota (statewide) Health care
Jim Torrens JVS San Francisco, Calif. Health care, business services, non-profit, retail/hospitality
Kathleen R. Zavala Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council St. Cloud, Minn. Health care/long-term care

Academy participants' testimonials
One good way to get a sense of the Academy's value, is to hear from participants.

I came full circle in my work throughout the Academy from the practical to the conceptual model of sectoral workforce development and back again. I applied to the Academy to learn about systems change and I did, but I came away with a deeper level of understanding than I expected as a result of all the various applications of the concept I saw among the other Fellows. And, I liked having the opportunity to see the learning tools applied and to work with them before I applied them to my own work.

Elise Scala
Research Associate, Institute for Health Policy
Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine
Portland, Maine