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Tom Browne

Name: Tom Browne

Education: Doctor of Education, Brigham Young University, Utah; Master of Arts in Education, University of Victoria; Higher Diploma in Education, University College, Galway, Ireland; Bachelor of Science, University, Galway, Ireland

Biography: Tom's experience includes thirty six years as a teacher and administrator in public and independent secondary schools in British Columbia, followed by nine years teaching and managing student teacher practica at the University of Victoria. His interests include all things related to the administration of public schools, most particularly school and community relations and supervision of instruction. When he is not working, he enjoys his family, gardening, fishing and watching rugby.



Susan Thomson

Name: Susan Thomson

Education: BGS (learning disabilities, ECE, History) Simon Fraser University, MA - Gonzaga University (At-Risk)

Biography: I have been an educator for over 25 years beginning my career as an Administrator in a Kindergarten School in Auckland, New Zealand.  Upon returning to Canada I continued my teaching career, entering Special Education in 1997.  Because of my passion for teaching diverse students I enrolled in Gonzaga's At-Risk Masters program in 2004 and became an adjunct instructor for Gonzaga in 2008.  I currently case manage a group of High School students and am Department Head for Low Incidence Students in School District 23 (Central Okanagan) Student Support Services.  My professional interests include recreation and fitness for special needs students, and I coordinate a unique adaptive downhill ski program for the school district.  When I am not working, I can be found with my family, walking our golden retriever "Jake", playing soccer and skiing.



Katy Karschney

Name: Katy Karschney

Education: Ph.D. Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University (2003); MA Curriculum and Instruction, Eastern Washington University (1990); BA Music, Flute Performance, University of Washington (1984); Teacher Certification, University of Washington (1986)

Biography: Katy is a school and systems design coach, with over ten years of experience in partnering with educators to bring to life powerful learning experiences in K-12 classrooms. Her clients include schools and districts across Washington State; North Platte, Nebraska; Great Falls, Montana; the Atlanta Public Schools and schools across British Columbia, Canada. Katy is a practitioner, teaching over fifteen years in diverse classrooms; a researcher, publishing in the areas of student voice, teaching and learning; a school and district coach, serving as a reflective partner for teachers, leaders and administrators, and a professional developer, offering interactive workshops in teaching and learning, leadership and organizational health. She holds her doctorate in leadership studies and serves as an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University, teaching masters classes in curriculum development, advanced learning strategies, and professional development.



Joan Southworth

Name: Joan Southworth

Education: Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum, Secondary Music Education, University of British Columbia (2008); Masters of Arts, Gonzaga University (2000); B.Ed., University of Alberta (1975)

Biography: Joan has taught band, jazz band, choir, and music composition in small towns for over 25 years. When she turned 50, she set herself two goals: first, to complete a PhD, and second, to play in a rock band again. Her doctoral studies, which were an incredible three year journey of discovery, included research for her dissertation Beyond Band: Perspectives On the High School Jam Session. She greatly admires the work of Mihalyi Csikszentmihaly (in particular, his work on engagement and enjoyment) and also John van Maanen of MIT,, whose work exemplifies the reporting of ethnographical research by way of the Impressionist Tale. Joan's participation in the Gonzaga M.A. program reaffirmed her love of writing, and since that time she has written and published on Amazon DPT format, five books, including a screenplay and a fictional account of the misadventures of two rookie teachers in a small community. She is married, with husband who is a retired high school administrator, and two sons; one a music composer/producer, and the other a city policeman. She enjoys running, wakeboarding and waterskiing in the summer, and snowboarding in the winter. She has also fulfilled her second goal (as stated above) by playing keyboards, guitar, bass, harmonica, and fiddle (although not all at the same time) in the Turtle Valley Band.



Angie Krauss

Name: Angie Krauss

Education: Master's in Educational Administration and Curriculum, Washington State University (1998); Bachelor of Arts in History, Gonzaga University (1990).

Biography: Angie's experience includes twenty years as a teacher and administrator in public schools throughout the state of Washington.  She has taught at all levels from elementary to graduate level classes.  She was an administrator in the Lake Washington School District for six years serving as a vice principal of a junior high and elementary principal.  Currently, she is an adjunct in the Educational Leadership and Administration Department.  Her interests include educational leadership, community relations and the craft of teaching and learning.  When she is not working she enjoys being a mom to three children, wife, running and connecting with friends and family.


Duane Schafer

Name: Duane F. Schafer

Education: Ph.D. Educational Leadership, Gonzaga University (2002); MA Educational Administration, University of Akron (1982); BA English, University of Akron (1968)

Biography: Dr. Duane Schafer has been an educator since 1968, and he currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools in the Catholic Diocese of Spokane. Some of his prior experiences include middle school teacher, principal of Holy Family School (Grades 1-8) in Stow, OH, principal of Holy Spirit School (Grades K-8) in Columbus, OH, and principal of Holy Name of Jesus School (Grades Pre-K-8) in Indialantic, FL. His primary research has focused on the role(s) of the principal and the principal's relationship with her/his immediate supervisor.




Gene Medina

Name: Gene Medina

Education: B.A. in History from St. Mary's College, Moraga, California,  M.A. in Social History from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California and my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon.

Biography: As an educational leader and lifelong learner, several core leadership beliefs influence my thinking and doing:

  • It's about relationships building, asking good questions, listening and really hearing, being hard on problems and soft on people, and working together we create the future.

As teacher, curriculum director, staff developer, assistant superintendent, superintendent, and now, leadership coach and adjunct faculty member, I have spent the past 40 years exploring the processes of change and transitions for individuals, groups, schools, and school districts.  I am deeply facilitating the success for ALL learners, developing learning organizations and professional learning communities, helping facilitate processes of change and transition for individuals, groups and organizations and championing the role of education in creating our global future.

My experiences range from designing and implementing instructional programs and designing and facilitating leadership training to developing and implementing organizational interventions and facilitating group and community problem solving and dialogue about challenges they confront. Most recently I was Superintendent, North Kitsap School District and am currently a leadership coach for the Washington State Leadership Academy, district improvement facilitator for Aberdeen School District and on adjunct faculty @ Gonzaga teaching staff development.