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Veronique Anderson

Education Profile:

EdS, Educational Leadership, Liberty University, 2011
MS, Speech Language Pathology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2000
BS, Elementary Education, Andrews University, 1986

Biography:

Born in New Jersey, Professor Anderson has worked as a therapist in the public school and in private clinic settings. She has also taught in public and private K-12 schools before coming to Washington Adventist University. Currently she teaches in the education department, coordinates the field experiences for the NAD student interns and supervisors the special education aspect of student internship.

Current Research or Professional Activities:

Professor Anderson is currently in the final stages of completing her doctoral studies in educational leadership at Liberty University. Her major area of interest is in leadership development and special education.

Grethel Bradford

Education Profile:

EdD, Argosy University
BS, Columbia Union College

Biography:

A native of the lovely island of Jamaica, Dr. Bradford’s educational experience span thirty years. She has worked with students from pre-school to the graduate level. Currently, she teaches in the Psychology Department of Washington Adventist University. She also is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

Research and Professional Activities:

Dr. Bradford has a deep interest in issues that affect immigrant women, but are often ignored and minimized. Her dissertation focused on the experiences of immigrant adult caregivers. Her dream is to continue highlighting issues that impact the overall mental well being of immigrant women, thereby providing clinicians further insights on how they may provide appropriate mental health support to this segment of the population.

Jarilyn Conner

Education Profile:

MPA, California State University
BA, California State University

Biography:

Jarilyn Conner, is Assistant Professor of Communication at the Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland since 2010.

Research and Professional Activities:

She is currently completing a Doctoral Degree in Mass Media Communication, with a Concentration in Autism, at Howard University. Her current initiatives include finding new approaches to raise awareness for Autism and to communicate important information regarding the condition to affected communities and parents.

Gaspar F. Colón

Education Profile:

PhD, New York University
MPH, Loma Linda University
MDiv, Andrews University
BA, Atlantic Union College

Biography:

Gaspar Colón is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at Washington Adventist University (WAU) and, since September 2002, also serves as Director of the Center for Metropolitan Ministry, which is housed at WAU. Previous to this Dr. Colón worked as Director of the Office of International Relations and Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response at the world headquarters of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International.

Dr. Colón was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and was raised in New York City. A graduate of Greater New York Academy, Colón continued his studies at Atlantic Union College and received a B.A. in Theology and German (1972). After college graduation he married May-Ellen Netten from Hartford, CT. The Colóns have worked in Greater New York Conference (1972-1979), Southern New England Conference (1979-1985) and the Michigan Conference (1985-1988) of Seventh-day Adventists in pastoral ministry, health ministry, youth ministry, evangelism, Sabbath School/Personal Ministries, prison ministries, and Community Services. After working as Health Ministries Director, Associate Ministerial Secretary, and Family Ministries Co-director for the Africa-Indian Ocean Division, Colón served as founding Assistant General Secretary of the Euro-Asia Division as well as founding the department of Health Ministries and co-founding the department of Family Ministries in the former Soviet Union.

Dr. Colón holds a Master’s Degree in Divinity from the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University (1976), a Master’s in Public Health Degree from Loma Linda University, School of Public Health (1976), and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Religious Education from New York University (1987).

Gaspar Colón’s wife, May-Ellen is currently Assistant Director of the Sabbath School/Personal Ministries and Director of Adventist Community Services International of the General Conference. They have two children. Ivan is a dentist working in Honolulu, HI and Sara-May serves as associate pastor at the Garden Grove Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Southeastern California Conference.

Research and Professional Activities:

Colón was the convening founder of the VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) for the North-East Region of the United States in 1981 and subsequently served as the organization’s president.

Sonia Donaldson

Education Profile:

MSN, Medical Surgical Nursing, Philippine Union College (now Adventist University of the Philippines),1987
BSN, West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University) Mandeville, Jamaica W.I., 1982

Biography:

A native of Jamaica, Ms. Donaldson has taught nursing and chaired the Department of Nursing at her alma mater, West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University) in Mandeville, Jamaica. Prior to Washington Adventist University, she also taught in nursing programs in California and in Maryland. Ms. Donaldson has served in various roles, in nursing education, administration, and practice. She teaches Professional Nursing Foundations, the first course in the new curriculum for the traditional option of the baccalaureate degree nursing program.

Current Professional Activities:

Ms. Donaldson is currently a doctoral student in the doctor of education program at Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is an approved Medication Administration Trainer with the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care. Based on her experience teaching item writing in her role as Senior Editor of Measurement Services with the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association, she offers private consultation in that area. She is participating with the editors of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins in the review of a Fundamentals of Nursing book and is preparing to publish her first book on Christian parenting.