Alumni Advisory Board

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The School of Education Alumni Advisory Board was established in 2017 and serves as the liaison between the alumni and the Dean. Representing all areas of the School of the Education, the Alumni Advisory Board is voted into office by their fellow alumni. They work to create opportunities for professional development, networking, community service, and socialization for our alumni. Along with creating opportunities for our alumni, they also work to create opportunities for our students and alumni to connect as well.

Meet the Alumni Advisory Board:

Beverly A. Jones, Chairman 1994 B.S. Secondary Education
Beverly currently works as a teacher of English and Yearbook Journalism at Mt. Lebanon High School. As a board member, she hopes to use her experience in the teaching field to establish a mentorship program and create opportunities for professional development.

Anna V. Blake, 2014 M.S.Ed. Instructional Technology
Anna currently works with Elizabeth-Forward School District as an Instructional Technology Specialist. She also is a private tutor and writes curriculum for the technology company, BoXYZ. As a board member, she hopes extend the Duquesne network and keep Duquesne University at the cutting edge of instructional technology.

Lisa M. Harris, 1989 Elementary Education
Lisa spent 28 years in the teaching field. She is currently retired from teaching and working in real estate. As a board member, she would like to help the School of Education reach their goals pertaining to diversity and inclusion.

Jade Leung, 2005 Bachelor of Science (Biology), 2006 Master's of Education (Secondary Science), 2015 Master's of Arts (Pastoral Ministry)
Jade is currently a high school science teacher. As a board member she hopes to help the School of Education continue its success as a leading institution in education and  instill her  passion for science education to inspire other women in science. I would like to work with alumni  and current students to help Duquesne University graduates to be leaders in their fields.

Jean Marie Livingston, Ed.D., 1999 M.S.Ed. in Supervision and Administration and 2016 Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
Jean Marie is currently an elementary principal. She hopes to increase student enrollment and interest in Duquesne University in her time as a board member.

Sara Makin, M.S.Ed., LPC, NCC, 2015 M.S.Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Sara is the founder and CEO  at Makin Wellness. As a board member, she would like to empower more students to become counselors, researchers, and educators.

Robert Schneider, 1972 B.S.Ed. Early Childhood Education & Special Education, 1974 M.S.Ed. Special Education, 1980 Principal Certificate, 1981 Special Education Supervision
Robert has a long legacy with the School of Education. After 36 years in the teaching profession, he retired from Wilkinsburg Elementary School. He currently serves on the university's Alumni Board of Governors and he is a Greek life advisor and Freshman Mentor. As a board member, he hopes to further the legacy of the School of Education by connecting students and alumni together.

Melissa Unger, 2012 B.S. Education, B.A. English
Melissa is currently a K-2 STEAM teacher for South Fayette School District. She hopes to use her experiences to connect students and alumni to opportunities for STEAM professional development.

Joe Welch, 2007 B.A. History, B.S. Secondary Education - Citizenship Education
Joe is currently a social studies teacher at North Hills Middle School. As a board member, he hopes to contribute his experiences as a classroom teacher back to current and future students within the School of Education. Joe shares that his experiences as a student within the School of Education at Duquesne unquestionably helped to form who he is as a teacher, mentor, and, most importantly, as a person. By connecting with other members of the board as well as School of Education personnel, he hopes to help create the best possible environments to develop caring, dynamic educators of the future.

Barron Whited, 2004 M.S.Ed. School Counseling
Barron currently works as a Professional School Counselor. In addition to working as a school counselor, he can be seen on local news stations as a correspondent sharing tips on various issues concerning children and youth. As a board member, his goal is to network with educational organizations and provide professional development and resources to educators.

Your voice matters! If you would like to get involved, have any suggestions or ideas, we would love to hear from you!