Curriculum Development Committee

The Honorable James W. Symington

Chairman, American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, Washington, DC

Mr. Symington served four terms in Congress from 1969-1977. Before that, he spent two years as President Lyndon Johnson‟s Chief of Protocol (1966-1968), Director of the President‟s Committee on Juvenile Delinquincy (1965-1966), Administrative Assistant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy (1962-1963), and Deputy Director of Food for Peace in the Kennedy Administration (1961-1962).

Mr. Symington served as Director of the Atlantic Council 1986-2001. he then served as Director, Library of Congress Russian Leadership Program in 2001. Over the past two decades he has served as Chairman of the Board for the Ameri-ca-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation in Washington, DC.

He Served in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1945-1946, and is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Law School, Jim Symington follows a distinguished family tradition: his father Stewart was a U.S. Senator from Missouri, his grandfather James W. Wadsworth was a Senator and a Congressman from New York, and his great grandfather John Hay was President Abraham Lincoln‟s private secretary and later Secretary of State.



Dr. Kathleen K. Sulik

Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Director, Fetal Toxicology Division, Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies

Dr. Sulik received her Bachelor's degree from Drake University in 1970, and her Ph.D. in Anatomy from The University of Tennessee Medical Units, Memphis, TN, in 1976. Her postdoctoral training was in the field of teratology at the University of North Carolina (1976-1978).

Following two years as an instructor at Georgetown University, in 1980 Dr. Sulik joined the faculty at UNC as an Assistant Professor of Anatomy. There she rose to the rank of Full Professor in 1992.

Dr. Sulik has authored over 200 publications. In 1995-6 she served as the president of the Teratology Society and in 2004-5 as President of the Research Society on Alcoholism Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Study Group (FASSG). In 2007 she received the NOFAS Excellence award for her pioneering research and distinguished contributions to the FAS field; and in 2009 she was presented the Henry Rosett award by the FASSG for her career achievements.

In addition to her laboratory work, Dr. Sulik teaches embryology and gross anatomy at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Her interest in developing and utilizing effective teaching methodologies has also been applied to creation of a science-based alcohol-related birth defects curriculum for pre-teens and teens.



Dr. Patrick Alan Lennon, DABMG

Assistant Professor/Education Coordinator, University of Texas

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

ABMG-certified Clinical Cytogeneticist

Dr. Lennon is an Assistant Professor/Education Coordinator for the Molecular Genetic Technology Training Program in the School of Health Professions at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas (UT-MDACC). UT-MDACC is considered the leading cancer hospital in North America. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Science Education (North Carolina State University, 1985), a Master of Arts in Science Education Degree (East Carolina University, 1990), and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Biological Education (University of Northern Colorado, 1995).

While winning tenure and promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of a small regional university in Oklahoma (Southeastern Oklahoma State University), Dr. Lennon was director of the Bachelor of Science degree program in Science Education and the Master of Science degree program in Science Education. Dr. Lennon won over $13 million in federal and matching state funding. This GEAR-UP grant from the United States Department of Education focused on providing college readiness to students in 17 public schools designated as a poverty zone by the federal government.

Dr. Lennon continued his education by becoming certified at the technologist level in cytogenetic technology, and then completed a two-year National Institutes of Health-funded Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Clinical Cytogenetics before taking his current position at UT-MDACC in 2006. Since then, he has become certified in the clinical lab specialty of molecular pathology and obtained postdoctoral certification in Clinical Cytogenetics. He currently serves on and will chair the product development committee for the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists beginning in July, 2010. Within that organization he has won the Omicron Sigma national service award, the Theriot Award for Media Development, and the Scientific Research Award.



Mark Fincannon

Theater Arts, BA

Motion Picture & Television Casting Director, Wilmington, NC

Mark Fincannon serves on the Board of Directors of IORC and is a Motion Picture and Television Casting Director, and partner in Fincannon and Associates. He won an Emmy in 1998 in the category Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries or Movie, for “From the Earth To The Moon” (Executive Producer Tom Hanks); and has been nominated for three other Emmys, in 2000 for the mini-series “Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story”, in 2005 for the Oscar winner “Ray” (Best Picture), and in 2009 for the television movie “Living Proof”.

Other notable film projects have included: "Blind Side" (2009), which garnered a Best Actress Oscar for Sandra Bullock, "The Princess and the Frog" (2009), "Nights in Rodanthe" (2008), "Evan Almighty" (2007), "The Guardian" (2006), "Cold Mountain" (2003), "A Walk to Remember" (2001) and "The Patriot" (2000).

Television series on which he has worked include “Matlock” (1989-1995), “Prison Break” (2006-2007), “Dawson’s Creek” (1998), “One Tree Hill", “K-Ville” (2007-2008), and currently “Drop Dead Diva” and “Vampire Diaries”.

He graduated from Catawba College in 1980 with a degree in Theater Arts.



Katherine Croom Bryan


Katherine received both her Bachelor’s of Social Work and Masters of Social Work from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. While in graduate school, she was in the Advanced Standing Program, with a concentration in Direct Services to Children and Families.

From 1992-1996, Katherine worked as a Clinical Case Manager managing psychiatric, alcohol and drug related treatment for inpatient hospitalization, intensive outpatient treatment, and outpatient levels of care for both commercial and public sector clients.

Before that, she worked as a Pediatric Social Worker Coordinator for Child Abuse cases, providing treatment planning and intervention, individual and family counseling, case coordination and management, community liaison, and patient and family advocacy. Before that, she worked for three years as a Clinical Case Worker in the Intensive Diagnostic and Treatment Unit, Children’s Psychiatric Institute at John Umstead Hospital.

From 1987 to 1990, she worked as a Clinical Social Worker in the Intensive Diagnostic and Treatment Unit at the John Umstead Hospital’s Children’s Psychiatric Unit. Her work included parent/family therapy and as case coordinator on a short term inpatient treatment unit for emotionally disturbed adolescents.



Carol Boyd

Washington, DC

Oxford Univeristy Ph.D program

Carol has served the development of children and appropriate educational models for forty-five years including establishment of an inner-cty Head Start program in Memphis, TN, creation of early childhood centers in Manila and Cairo, restructuring of institutional systems for abandoned children in Ethiopia.

Currently, she is finishing her dissertation towards her doctorate on the topic of "Reactive Attachment Disorder”, a common disorder affecting orphans. Over the past two decades, she has done extensive counseling and work specializing in "Reactive Attachment Disorder”.



Leanore Copeland

Senior Partner, mc2 Strategic Consulting

Vancouver, Canada,/London, England

Leanore Copeland has a distinguished career as an educator, communications, strategic planning and government relations specialist. She is currently Senior Partner with mc2 Strategic Consulting.

In her native Canada, Leanore has served as a Senior Secondary English teacher and career counselor, senior editor for major print publications, and as a senior policy advisor to a federal cabinet advisor in two portfolios.

Her background in governance, including serving as a national election candidate, and as a short-term observer in international elections for the United Nations (having just served in that capacity in the recent Ukrainian Presidential Election Runoff-February, 2010), has already led to a number of projects and involvements. She is fluent in both Russian and Ukrainian. In addition, she has received undergraduate degrees in Education, and her MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

She continues to be committed to community in both her professional and private life, serving on numerous boards in community recreation, arts and culture, and health sectors.



Laurie Ann Harvey

ME Developmental Reading & Language Arts

Laurie Ann has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, University of Maryland, and Master of Education in Developmental Reading and Language Arts, Loyola College of Maryland. Laurie Ann has worked in the Wake County Public School system as an Accelerated Learning Program II/Literacy Teacher, from 2002-2009, and served as Supervisor of Literacy Teachers from 2003-2004.

In the 1990s, Laurie Ann worked in the Maryland Public School system, and during that time created instructional videos ‘Cooperative Learning Structures', ‘Every Student Response’, and ‘Think Trix (Megacognitive Strategy)’, among others. From 1990-2001, she worked as a Classroom Teacher in Howard County Public Schools (Maryland) and Frederick County Schools (Maryland). She has led workshops on such topics as ‘Word Study and Developmental Reading,’ ‘Guided Reading and Reading Strategies’, ‘Integrating Math, Writing and Literature’, and ‘Cooperative Learning Structures", among others.

In her current position, Laurie Ann provides literary instruction to identified students, designs and implements parent and teacher workshops, analyzes assessment data to provide instruction, implements Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop in the K-2 classrooms, and provides coaching and modeled lessons for K-2 teachers.



Ellen Taricani, Ph.D

Instructional Systems

Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Taricani received her Ph.d from Pennsylvania State University in 2002 in Instructional Systems, with an emphasis in learning environments and cognitive structures. Her Masters degree is in Communications from PSU, and undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Indiana University (Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems, 2000; Bachelor of Science in Marketing, 1982).

She has served as a Lecturer in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania State University from 2000 through the present, as an Instructor and Web Master for the Pennsylvania State University Department of Agricultural Sciences, 1990-2000, and had a Computer Consulting Business before that in State College, PA.

Dr. Taricani has served as a PA Governor School mentor and instructor from 2001-present; PA Governor School computer class coordinator, 1994-2005; and received a USDA grant for the formation of a national project team to develop Web-based training.



Gabriel J. Rich III, DDS

Family Practice & Team Dentist for NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes

Dr. Rich received his BS in Biology from LeMoyne College, and his DDS from Georgetown University School of Dentistry. From 1982 through 1985, he was a Lieutenant with the U.S. Public Health Service, and Clinic Director in Century, Florida. Since 1985, he has been in private practice in Raleigh, NC.

Dr. Rich has served as president of the N.C. Academy of General Dentists, president of the Raleigh/Wake County Dental Society, and president of the National Hockey League Team Dentist Association.

His broad range of volunteer work has included not only spearheading the International Orphan Resource Center’s mobile dental clinic work in orphanages in Ukraine, but as a volunteer dentist for Children of Chernobyl project and Guatemala Student Exchange.