Message from the Dean

Dr. Jill Beloff Farrell

Dear ADSOE Community,

Wow! Here we are in the midst of the fall semester with the season changing and a new dawn upon us—yet, still in a precarious situation that feels all too familiar with a long overdue stay. Over the last year and a half, I’ve sent messages of gratitude, hope, and resilience. Today, I am reaching out to share my heartfelt sentiments of admiration for all that our amazing students and alumni have accomplished, and I’d like to share some of those highlights with you. 

In the last year, we’ve graduated hundreds of students from the School of Education at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist, and Doctoral level. I’ve watched how brave students endured the most trying times of their lives, while juggling their professions, and persevering through their degrees—and I’ve witnessed their sweet success as they’ve celebrated their graduation while crossing the podium at commencement. I have congratulated young educators completing their field work in a new school for the first time, and I’ve applauded doctoral students who’ve defended their dissertations after years of research. Along with faculty, I have been impressed by the counseling and school psychology students performing assessments and working with clients through our CARE Center, and via telehealth, while providing critical services during the pandemic with empathy, kindness, and professionalism. And, I’ve been able to hand diplomas to the future Administrators of tomorrow ready to take on new initiatives with a breath of fresh air, while also watching in awe as the next wave of HRD professionals enter into the workforce ready to deal with the current organizational landscape and drive transformational change.

As Dean of ADSOE, I deal with the administrative, organizational, operational and nitty-gritty of the day-to-day, but the most rewarding part of my role is seeing the success stories of our students and alums in our school. It’s not easy to be a student—not today—but as a past principal, life-long educator, and learner, I know how hard everyone is working and I am here to remind you to keep on moving forward. The finish line is closer than you think and I’m rooting for you to get there. 

Looking forward to seeing you at commencement!

With gratitude, Dr. Jill Beloff Farrell

Faculty Spotlight

Danna Demezier

Danna Demezier, Ph.D.

Danna Demezier joined the Counseling program in 2021. Dr. Demezier holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Florida. She also has an MS in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling from Albizu University and PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Demezier is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Her research interests include culturally responsive interventions for diverse ethnic populations to improve mental health utilization and culturally competent supervision in counselors and counselors-in-training. Dr. Demezier has over 10 years counseling experience with children, adolescents, and adults in minority communities and is passionate in providing evidence-based multicultural counseling for different populations.

Saima Hossain

Saima Hossain, MSc and SSP

Saima Wazed Hossain is a recipient of the Distinguished Barry Alumni Award for her work in international advocacy on autism, mental health, and disability at the United Nations and the World Health Organization, which she continues to do through her not-for-profit organization in Bangladesh (Shuchona Foundation). She obtained her MS in Clinical Psychology and EdS in School Psychology at Barry University and has worked across the state of Florida as a school psychologist for many years. Currently, she is completing her doctorate in Organizational Leadership at ADSOE and working full time as a Clinical Instructor in the School Psychology Program.

Colleen Logan

Colleen Logan, Ph.D.

Colleen R. Logan joined Barry University as Professor and Chair of the MS Counseling program in 2021. Dr. Logan holds a BS in Behavioral Sciences/Psychology from Warren Wilson College. Dr. Logan also holds an MS in Counselor Education from Duquesne University and a PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Dr. Logan has dedicated her career to advancing affirmative therapy for LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and families, social justice, and advocacy for marginalized populations. Her career spans decades of activism, advocacy, and diversity training.

Dr. Logan has a national and international reputation as a trainer and speaker in issues related to LGBTQ+ issues, multicultural/diversity issues, advocacy, and social justice. For example, she was an invited speaker at the Asian Pacific Counseling conference in Singapore, the Philippines Counseling Convention in Manila and the X. Turkish Psychological and Guidance Congress in Adana, Turkey. She is a Fellow and Past President of the American Counseling Association (ACA). In addition, the ACA has commended her for her contributions to the field of counseling as well as her unwavering commitment to affirmative therapy for LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and families.

She has authored or co-authored numerous articles and chapters. In 2016, Dr. Logan authored a document entitled Inclusion and Wellbeing of LGBTQ+ Youth, an award-winning document created for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America staff and volunteers. She has also received numerous awards for her teaching and service including her most recent recognition as recipient of the prestigious Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award at Southern Methodist University.

Student Athlete Spotlights

ADSOE is proud to acknowledge our student athletes who are all excelling academically. If you’d like to support them by going to a game visit

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Payton Germer

Received her BS in Business Administration - Management. Graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Currently in the MS in Curriculum and Instruction program with a specialization in Mathematics Education.

Payton Germer

Harriet Swindells

Graduated this summer with a BS in Education specializing in Pre-K Primary Education. Returning for her senior season. Currently enrolled in the MS in Education program.

Harriet Swindells

Bran Socorro

Currently a senior in the BS in Elementary Education program.

Bran Socorro

Alumni Spotlight

Juliet King

Juliet King

Dr. Juliet King, with her respectful and soft-spoken demeanor, reflects and models what it means to be a Montessori educator. But this reserved nature is not to be underestimated. Juliet is fiercely passionate about Montessori, social justice, and using the former as a vehicle to promote the latter. She is the co-founder and co-director of Coral Reef Montessori Academy, an AMS-accredited school in Miami, Florida and a civil rights activist, community advocate, and lifelong educator.

Immediately after graduating from Benedict College with a business degree, Juliet moved to Florida and, in 1969, began teaching for Miami-Dade County public schools. Between 1969 and 1982, she worked at R. R. Morton Elementary, Whispering Pines Elementary, Bel-Air Elementary, Everglades Elementary and Pine Villa Elementary School.

Dr. King’s first introduction to Montessori was at Pine Villa. She was so inspired by the methodology and pedagogy of Dr. Montessori that she pursued related studies, earning a Master’s degree in Montessori Elementary education from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, in 1992. This was her second Master’s degree; her first was in Elementary education with a certification in Urban Education from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. 

In 1998, in collaboration with Dr. Lucy Canzoneri-Golden, another Montessori educator, Dr. King co-founded Coral Reef Montessori School, the first Montessori charter school in the state of Florida. As teachers, Drs. King and Canzoneri-Golden shared a passion and respect for the intrinsic value of Montessori teaching and learning. Barry’s graduate program involved many group projects designed to foster interdependence, much like students working together in a Montessori classroom. It was during their time commuting to Barry and teaching in a summer Montessori Program that the seeds of their dream were planted.

ADSOE Celebrates Our Years of Service Honorees

ADSOE recognizes the following faculty who have achieved a milestone.

30 Years of Service:

  • Sister Ellen M. Rice, OP, PhD

20 Years of Service:

  • Dr. Fay Roseman
  • Dr. Jill Beloff Farrell

10 Years of Service:

  • Dr. Jose Raul Machuca
  • Dr. Emilie Ney
  • Dr. Jennie L. Ricketts-Duncan
  • Dr. Heidi Whitford

ADSOE Angels

We are grateful beyond measure to the following ADSOE Angels who have blessed our school with these generous gifts.

Donors who have contributed $25,000-$49,999

Gift from Melly Sanchez to the Adrian Dominican School of Education’s CARE Center:

As someone with a heart for helping families, Melly Sanchez was drawn to the ADSOE CARE Center. The CARE Center meets the academic and mental health needs of underserved children and their families from our local community. Her gift serves as a wonderful testament to the work being done by the CARE Center.

Melly Sanchez has a been a stay-at-home mom, a social worker, and a volunteer for her children’s schools and the Catholic community in Miami. Mrs. Sanchez attended Barry University and received her degree in sociology and psychology. A member of both St. Augustine and Little Flower parishes in Coral Gables, Sanchez has been an active member of the Catholic community for many years. In 2015, she was honored with the “Women of Faith” award by the Archdiocese of Miami. She has been married to Robert Sanchez for over 23 years and they have three sons.

Melly has been a member of Barry University’s Board of Trustees since July 1, 2020. Robert E. Sanchez is chairman and CEO of Ryder System, Inc., a commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions company in Miami, FL. Melly and Robert are both active and respected members of the Miami community.

Donors who have contributed $100,000 or greater:

Cobb Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship: 

The purpose of the foundation’s scholarship is to provide support to a student-teacher who shares the Cobb Family’s commitment to closing gaps in achievement, specifically for children in middle school grades at Doctor’s Charter School located in Miami Shores, Florida.

Ambassadors Chuck and Sue Cobb are prominent Miamians with successes in business, law, government, and diplomacy. Ambassador Chuck was a longtime CEO of Arvida Corp., then the COO of Penn Central, then the CEO of Arvida Disney and Disney Development. He served on the boards of nine public companies including Walt Disney Company, Penn Central, and Arvida. In 1987 he joined the Reagan administration first as assistant secretary and then undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 1989, President George H. W. Bush appointed Chuck U.S. Ambassador to Iceland. Ambassador Sue was a partner in Greenberg Traurig and the founder of its public finance department. She served seven years and three times as Chair of the Miami Federal Reserve Board. Governor Jeb Bush asked Sue to be the CEO of the Florida Department of Lottery and later the Secretary of State of Florida. President George W. Bush appointed Ambassador Sue to be his U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica. 

The Cobbs have been recognized for their philanthropy to many different charities, but one of their highest priorities is contributing to endowments for fellowships, scholarships, or professorships. The Cobbs have created multiple scholarships nationwide to benefit students at the following institutions: Texas A&M Bush School of Government & Public Service, Stanford Graduate School of Business, University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, University of Central Florida College of Optics and Photonics, and Barry University’s Adrian Dominican School of Education. In addition, the Cobbs serve on the boards of Center for Strategic and International Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Eisenhower Fellowships, American Academy of Diplomacy, American Scandinavian Foundation, American Friends of Jamaica, Council of American Ambassadors, and several other organizations that provide fellowships and scholarships. Ambassador Chuck Cobb is particularly proud of receiving an honorary doctorate from Barry University and is pleased that Barry is joining other universities that are benefiting from support through the generosity of the Cobb Family Foundation.

Gregory F. and Donna Greene Scholarship for Education honoring Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD:

Donna and Greg Greene believe in the powerful difference a college education can make in the life of a student and the need to nurture and support students who want to become enthusiastic and effective teachers. That belief led them to establish this four-year scholarship honoring the university’s sixth and past president to be awarded annually to undergraduate students majoring in education.

Greg, who earned an MBA from Barry University and a BA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh served in a multitude of executive positions for Miami-based Ryder System, Inc. from 1993-2016, and ultimately as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. Greg is a long-time member of the Barry Board of Trustees, currently serving as Chairperson. Because of his professional experience and expertise, he chaired the Presidential Search Committee, which ultimately led to the selection of Barry’s seventh president, Dr. Mike Allen.

Donna earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and received a Master's of Public Health from the University of Miami. She is actively involved as a volunteer in various roles with Broward County Public Schools.

The family of Dr. Richard Tureen were generous enough to donate a bench to our school in his name.

During Homecoming 2021, ADSOE was honored to receive the gift of a campus bench from the family of Dr. Richard Tureen to honor his time and dedication to the university and profession of Counseling. Dean Farrell, along with Associate Deans Drs. DiBello and Carter accepted the bench among faculty, staff, students, and the family of Dr. Tureen. Dr. Farrell noted, “Richard found his passion in his 50’s after he returned to school and earned a Ph.D. from Nova University in family therapy. With this degree in-hand he touched many lives. He was a full professor at Barry University for the last 15 years of his life where he was highly regarded by students and faculty alike. He was a gentle soul who leaves behind a legacy of service and goodness. May he rest in peace.”

The bench will be placed outside of Powers Hall and the faculty and staff hope all who visit and rest there will feel the sense of peace that Dr. Tureen was known for throughout his time at Barry.

In Memoriam

Evette Woodard

Evette Woodard

Our University community extends our sincerest sympathy and compassion to the family of Evette Woodard, an alum of the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program and recent student in the Master of Arts in Administration program. Before receiving her MAA, Evette sadly lost her battle with COVID-19 on August 10, 2021 while in the last weeks of her capstone course.

A regular attendee in all synchronous class meetings, Evette kept the conversation lively and upbeat with her comments and suggestions. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was admired by both faculty and students. 

Evette’s family was honored to receive her long-awaited diploma in recognition of her accomplishment of earning her Master of Arts in Administration. Evette was a memorable student, one that we will never forget.

May she rest in eternal peace.

Dr. Ijya C. Tulloss

Dr. Ijya C. Tulloss

A trained chemist (at Northwestern University), Dr. Tulloss worked for Abbott Laboratories. Upon becoming a mother, her interest shifted to education and she earned her Montessori credentials (Elem I-II & EC) which led her to become the founder of Glencoe Montessori in suburban Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Tulloss earned her doctorate from Nova Southeastern and later joined the Barry University faculty in 1991, to work on the development of the MS in Montessori Elementary Education. She spearheaded the MACTE accreditation of our Montessori programs in Elementary I-II and Early Childhood, with AMS affiliations attained at both levels. Dr. Tulloss uniquely used her scientific training and her passion for the humanities to dedicate 18 years of her life serving as the Montessori Program Director at our school, training many Montessorians globally and impacting the lives of many children as a result.

We are planning to create the Dr. Ijya C. Tulloss Montessori Scholarship. If you wish to honor Dr. Tulloss’ legacy in this way, please click on the following link.

Sister Helen Wilson, OPs

Sister Helen Wilson, OP

Sister Helen Wilson, formerly known as Sister Sean Angela, died Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 85 years of age and in the 61st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. 

Sister Helen was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, to Spenser and Mary Angela (Gleason) Wilson. Sister graduated from Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Science degree in Guidance, both from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida.

Sister spent 46 years ministering in education, guidance counseling, and office services in Detroit and Pontiac, Michigan; and Jacksonville, Miami Beach, Fort Walton Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida. She spent 17 years in office support and as guidance counselor at Dominican High School in Detroit, a Congregation institution. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2013.

ADSOE Authors
(Books, Publications, and Dissertations)

We are proud to share the work of our students, alum, faculty and staff. Among this issues’ updates, you will find that ADSOE faculty have been published in various platforms and several students defended fascinating dissertations:


Michael Provitera
Post Pandemic Recovery

"Post-Pandemic Recovery: Transformational Leadership and Knowledge Management," with Mostafa Sayyadi on June 1, 2021.


Meloun, J. & Foreman, S. Pay It Forward: Enable Fellow Groups to Better Define Their Path Forward, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference, Virtual, June 11, 2021.

Meloun, J., & Foreman, S. Knowing is Not Enough; One Must Do. Center for Community Service Initiative’s Community Engagement Symposium Bringing Learning to Life through Engagement, Miami Shores, FL, March 31, 2021.

Meloun, J. & Foreman, S. Collaborative Creativity is the Secret Ingredient. IMPACT Conference, Virtual, March 4-6, 2021. (Proposal accepted)

Matusevich, K., Hartz, D., & Meloun, J. (2021). Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace: Exploring the role of authentic and social support. Academy for Human Resource Development, Virtual Conference, February 17-19, 2021.

Machuca, R., Kurns, A. (2021). Online live supervision of telemental health counseling. Journal of Technology in Counselor Education and Supervision, 1(1), 3.

Machuca, R. (2021, February). Legal and ethical issues in the provision of online live supervision of telemental health counseling. Florida Counseling Association Guidelines Newsletter.

Matusevich, K., Hartz, D., & Meloun, J. (2021). Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace: Exploring the role of authentic and social support. Academy for Human Resource Development, Virtual Conference, February 17-19, 2021.

Smith, S., Vera, G. (2021). Training School Counselors in Challenging Times: A Faculty’s View on Creative Strategies to Meet Practicum and Internship Requirements.

Whitford, H. (2021). Exploring a critical model of faculty engagement with service-learning programs. In Experiential Learning in Higher Education. L. Finley & G. Bowen (Eds.). Information Age Publishing.

Starratt, G.K. (2021). Community-based research as an approach to experiential learning in methodology of research: A case study. In Experiential Learning in Higher Education. L. Finley & G. Bowen (Eds.). Information Age Publishing.

Ban, R., Walter, C., Dominguez Menendez, L., & Scott, V. (2021). Developing novice researchers as social justice advocates: Lessons learned from the trenches in performing community-based research as pedagogy. In Experiential Learning in Higher Education. L. Finley & G. Bowen (Eds.). Information Age Publishing.

Quamina, I., & Whitford, H. (October 9, 2021). Improving Student Engagement and Collaboration in a Flex Learning Environment. Presenting at the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning’s 51st Annual Conference on Innovative Higher Education Pedagogy, Tempe, Arizona.

Whitford, H., Huertas, L., & Frank Saavedra (October 2021). Career paths in higher education: An exploration of faculty and administrator perspectives. Presenting at the NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) Florida Virtual Conference.

Lori Huertas is a doctoral candidate in the Ed.D. in Organizational Learning with a specialization in Higher Education Administration and Frank Saavedra is a May 2021 graduate of the M.S. in Higher Education Administration and President of the Barry University chapter of the Chi Sigma Alpha International Student Affairs Honor Society

The following ADSOE faculty and students have published chapters in the book Experiential Learning in Higher Education published in 2021 by Information Age Publishing. Here is a link for more information about the book:


Machuca, R., & Georgieva, M. (2021, March) Chi sigma iota chapter faculty advisors training. Presented at the CSI Days virtual event.

Machuca, R., Hall, P., Lewis, S. (2021, January). Trauma Informed Teaching. Office of Distance Learning. Barry University. Webinar.

Machuca, R., Ahmad, N. (2021, January). Building Remote Community Through Instructor Presence and Engagement. Office of Distance Learning. Barry University. Webinar.

Whitford, H., & Machuca, R. (March 23, 2021). An exploration of students’ experiences of activism and advocacy in graduate service-learning courses. Paper presented at the 2021 NASPA virtual conference.

Machuca, R. (2021, March). Fostering Ethical Behavior and Thinking in Online Live Supervision of Telemental Health Counseling. Presented at the Sixth Annual Law and Ethics in Counseling Virtual Conference.

Machuca, R., Martinez, E. (2021, March). Service-Learning after a Natural Disaster: The Bahamas Experience. Paper presented at the virtual Community Engagement Symposium. Barry University. Miami Shores, Fl.


PAR Participatory Action Research

During spring and summer, 2021, EdD in Organizational Leadership students, enrolled in the EDU 722/Participatory Action Research (PAR) course, collaborated with local agencies, vis-à-vis support from Barry University’s Center for Community Service Initiatives. Each of the PAR research teams conducted interviews with community organizations’ stakeholders to learn about their respective missions and identify change initiatives which align with the neighborhoods and/or population they serve. PAR teams expect to continue their projects throughout fall 2021 and spring 2022. Project titles and PAR teams are as follows:

  • Exploring an Organization’s Mission to Eradicate the “School-to-Prison Pipeline”
    PAR TEAM: Roger Blake, Steve Hendricks, Shaunie Wall Marshall
  • Identifying Needs of a Community Partner to Promote Financial and Social Services to Families
    PAR TEAM: Tiffany Budert-Waltz, Latoya Dean, Emmanuel Ikpuri
  • Staying the Course: A Case Study of a Faith-Based Organization to Improve Delivery of Outreach Projects
    PAR TEAM: Ingrid Bethune, Frances Fraser, Karen Stalnaker, Wayne Tikah
  • Promoting an Organization’s Civic Engagement Mission to Its Neighboring Community
    PAR TEAM: Howard Bolden, Shanika Hill, Ana Maria Rodriguez, Brittany Tracey


Best Paper Award
from the Academy of Business Research

Marousek, M., Roberts, S., and Rushing, J. (2021) Leading the Millennial Generation: A Human Resource Perspective. Academy of Business Research, New Orleans, LA, Spring 2021 Conference.

Student Accomplishments

Isera Miller, currently enrolled as a doctoral student in the Ph.D. in Leadership and Education, specializing in Higher Education.

1st Black Female promoted to full professor and Serve as Department Chair from State College of Florida, Bradenton

Yojana Rodriguez, current student in the EdD in Organizational Leadership, specializing in Higher Education Administration.

"Expanding Opportunities of Employment for F-1 International Students During the Course of Their Study" Presented at the Association of College and University Housing Officers (International Conference)

Ocxanne Jean, Ph.D. in Leadership and Education, Higher Education.

Dissertation defense: "Second Language Learners' Experience in Fully Online Composition Courses in Community Colleges" 

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Lisa Bisogno, PhD '12

Since 2007, Barry University has paid tribute to outstanding graduates via the Distinguished Alumni Awards, the highest and most prestigious honor that Barry bestows upon its graduates. Join us as we celebrate and honor a select group of Barry graduates who have made significant contributions to their professions and/or community, and who consistently demonstrate Barry’s Core Commitments of Knowledge and Truth; Inclusive Community, Social Justice, and Collaborative Service through their daily lives.

In ADSOE, we share in celebrating Lisa Bisogno, PhD ‘12, for receiving the Collaborative Service Award. Dr. Bisogno is the Associate Dean for the College of Education at Northeastern State University.

BUConnect is Here!

BUConnect is Here! 

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