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ASC Doctoral Peer Mentors: Doctoral Peer Mentor Bios

Christy Fraenza, Coordinator, Doctoral Peer Mentors Program

Christy Fraenza, Ph.D.In addition to her role as writing faculty in the Academic Skills Center, Christy Fraenza also coordinates the doctoral peer mentors program. Christy holds a PhD in General Psychology (Educational Track) and a MS in General Psychology from Walden University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Penn State University. She has been teaching undergraduate courses for about four years in both online and face-to-face settings. Her research interests include the imposter phenomenon, using technology to decrease student anxiety, culture in the online classroom, and online peer mentoring programs.

William Clements

William ClementsEducation:

  • BS Justice Studies-Georgia Southern University
  • MS Forensic Psychology

Current Walden Program: PhD Public Policy, Community Leadership

Location: North Carolina (Eastern Time Zone)

Research Interests: public policy, social issues, and educational policy

Hobbies and Interests: jogging, hiking, researching, video gaming, and speaking

Favorite class or experience at Walden thus far: The Language of Leadership (course)

Deanna Deaton

Picture of Deanna DeatonEducation:

  • BS Psychology - Liberty University
  • MA Human Services - Liberty University

Current Walden Program: PhD Forensic Psychology

Location: Alabama (Eastern Time Zone)

Research Interests: family violence in rural areas, abnormal behaviors in juveniles

Hobbies and Interests: equestrian activities such as eventing or dressage; farming

Favorite class or experience at Walden thus far: Treatment of Forensic Populations (course)

Justin Goldston

image of JustinEducation:

  • BS Supply Chain Management - North Carolina A&T State University
  • Master's Degree in Supply Chain Management - Penn State University

Current Walden Program: PhD Management, Leadership, and Organizational Change

Location: Pennsylvania (Eastern Time Zone)

Research Interests: management, leadership, and enterprise applications

Hobbies and Interests: officiating baseball, softball, and basketball

Favorite class or experience at Walden thus far: My most memorable experience thus far was attending my first residency and networking with doctoral students from various disciplines. This experience provided insight into experiences from those further along in the program.

Emir Gonzolez

Picture of Emir GonzolezEducation:

  • BS Biology
  • MA Secondary Education

Current Walden Program: PhD Curriculum and Instruction

Location: California (Pacific Time Zone)

Research Interests: academic intervention, articulation process between high school and colleges

Hobbies and Interests: Reading, working out, and spending time with my family

Favorite class or experience at Walden thus far: Applied Research in Education

Sheree H. Keitt

Picture of Sheree H. KeittEducation:

  • BA in Advertising - Michigan State University
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health - University at Albany, SUNY
  • Master of Management in Public Administration - University of Phoenix
  • Master of Public Health in Community Health - Walden University

Current Walden Program: DrPH Public Health

Location: Maryland (Eastern Time Zone)

Research Interests: health disparities, maternal and child health, adolescent health

Hobbies and Interests: traveling, reading, and spending time with family

Favorite class or experience at Walden thus far: Walden Residencies have enriched my experience at the university because of the ability to meet peers and have extensive conversations with faculty and staff.

Valerie (Val) Krage

image of ValEducation:

  • BS, Child Development and Family Life, University of Wisconsin, Stout
  • MS, Educational Leadership, Minnesota State University, Moorhead

Current Walden Program: PhD Early Childhood Education

Location: Minnesota (Central Time Zone)

Research Interests: The cognitive impact of poverty, parent involvement, and sleep.

Hobbies and Interests: Animal rescue, reading, exercise, time with family, baking

Favorite class or experience at Walden thus far: Family and Cultural Influences on Society

Staci Parker

Picture of Staci ParkerEducation:

  • BA, Psychology - Saint Leo University
  • MS, Organization Development Psychology - Walden University

Current Walden Program: PhD Psychology

Location: Maryland (Eastern Time Zone)

Research Interests: personality and motivation

Hobbies and Interests: drawing with pastels, listening to music, taking long walks, and jogging

Favorite class or experience at Walden thus far: Motivation at Work (course)