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Vanessa Sheared


Jose MacariSheared came to Sacramento State from San Francisco State University, where she served as associate dean of the College of Education.

She holds a doctorate in Adult Education from Northern Illinois University, a master's degree in Counselor Education from Louisiana State University and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Wheaton College. She has worked as an alcoholism counselor at the Bobby Wright Community Mental Health Center, a social worker with a Catholic Charities Head Start Program and a job-training coordinator at Blackhawk Vocational College.

Sheared has written extensively on change strategies. She is editing a scholarly book that examines race and racism, and the impact they have on the teaching and learning environments in adult and higher education.

Fawzia Keval

Graduate of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program

Fawzia KevalFluent in seven languages, Keval began her career as a French/English translator for the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya. She started teaching as a high school French instructor in England. After settling in California, she taught at a Title I school that served minority students.

Currently, she is the principal of Prairie Elementary, a year-round Title I school that has been recognized for its character education and technology implementation.

Rhonda Staley-Brooks

President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento

Rhonda Staley-BrooksStaley-Brooks took the reins at Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2001, when she was 29. She began working for the agency while a student at Sacramento State - after responding to a help-wanted ad on the University's student job line. This year, she celebrates 20 years with the organization, which matches adult volunteers, known as "Bigs," with children (the "Littles") in need of positive role models.

The Sacramento Business Journal honored her in 2012 with a "Women Who Mean Business" award, and in 2006, Sacramento Magazine named her the CEO of the year.

Maria Lewis

Principal of Whitehead Elementary School in Woodland

Maria LewisLewis came to Sacramento State via the Summer Bridge Program and majored in Liberal Arts. She also worked for Sacramento State's CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program), where she bonded with students and instructors.

She was born in Mexico and was the first member of her family to earn a college degree.

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