18th Annual ELH Alumni Event honors three alumni

June 8, 2010

Dr. Linda Skrla, Texas A&M University associate dean for research P-16 initiatives and international programs, was the keynote speaker at the 18th Annual Educational Leadership and Human Development Alumni Event. She spoke on “The Role of Equity Leadership in School Success: Lessons from Research on High Performing Districts” at the event, which was held January 30, 2009, in the Michel Student Center. College of Education and Health Sciences Dean Joan Sattler welcomed attendees to the event.

Three alumni were honored at the event with Alumni Recognition Awards in community service, Mark Roberts; innovative professional practices, Julie Witkowski; and scholarship, Dr. Carrie Alexander-Albritton.

Community Service—Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts, who earned his master’s degree in human service administration from Bradley University in 2005, is the executive director and chief executive officer at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois in Peoria.

In his current position, Roberts is responsible for the management, administration, and general operations of the foundation. He focuses on growth and development, program implementation, fiscal stability, grant-making, public relations, and staffing. Previously, he was the director of the office of advancement and community relations at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. He was featured in the October 2008 issue of the Peoriamagazines.com iBi, which highlighted the successes of the foundation that Roberts has facilitated.

Innovative Professional Practices—Julie Witkowski

Julie Witkowski

Julie Witkowski received her Master of Arts in human development counseling (community agency specialty area) from Bradley University in 1996, and she completed the Post-Master’s Certification Program in school counseling from Bradley in 2007.

A professional school counselor at Plainfield East High School, she is in the process of implementing the American School Counseling Association National Model. A student needs assessment was completed last fall with freshmen and sophomores to access their academic, career, and personal/social developments. For two years prior to her current position, she was a professional school counselor at Peoria Notre Dame High School.

Scholarship—Dr. Carrie Alexander-Albritton

Carrie Alexander-Albritton

Dr. Carrie Alexander-Albritton, who is a faculty member of the Department of Counselor Education at Western Illinois University in Moline, earned her master’s degree in human development counseling (community agency specialty area) from Bradley University in 2005. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in counselor education and counseling from Idaho State University in 2008 where she specialized in mental health counseling with core focuses in human growth and development, and research and program evaluation. Her scholarly and research interests include women and parenting in higher education, wellness, mentoring, substance abuse, and assessment and diagnosis.