Stephanie Baller

Health Sciences
ballersl@jmu.edu
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Stephanie Baller joined the Department of Health Sciences at JMU in the Fall of 2010. She completed her Ph.D. in Health Education and Health Promotion at the University of Alabama and has been previously employed at the University of Mississippi as well as Northwest University. Her primary research interests include the interpretation of space and place and the impacts of materialism and physical activity as they relate to health and quality of life. Originally from Bellingham, Washington she enjoys reading, movies, outdoor pursuits and horseback riding.

Stephanie Baller

Howard Lubert

Political Science
luberthl@jmu.edu
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Howard L. Lubert was born and raised in Schenectady, New York, and attended Rutgers University, where he received his B.A., studied Political Science and English, and was a member of the Henry Rutgers Honors Program. After graduating from Rutgers he attended Duke University, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science, with a focus in political philosophy. He has held full-time teaching positions at Alma College (in Alma, Michigan) and Rutgers (New Jersey). He came to James Madison University in fall, 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Dr. Lubert has taught courses in American constitutional law, American political thought, political philosophy, federalism, race and politics, and politics and literature. He was the recipient of a 2004 National Endowment for the Humanities award for his ongoing study of federalism in the American Founding. His publications include essays on the political thought of James Otis and Thomas Hutchinson (American colonial leaders) and Benjamin Franklin, as well as an essay on the New York State Constitution.

Howard Lubert

Misty Newman

Community Service-Learning
newmanmj@jmu.edu
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Misty earned her B.S. in Business Administration and Public Relations from Heidelberg University and M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration at James Madison University. Before coming to JMU, she worked at Ashland University in Ohio. Misty has worked at JMU since 2004 in offices such as Residence Life, Financial Aid & Scholarships, and currently in Community Service-Learning with Alternative Break Programs. She has also been adjunct faculty for Psychology, Social Work, Individualized Study, and University Studies. Additionally, she has really enjoyed her roles with Homecoming Student Spirit Committee, Civic Mentoring, Sigma Alpha Omega, and Future is Female. Outside of work, Misty enjoys serving the community, leading worship, live music, Latin dancing, and fun runs that end at a local vineyard or cidery.

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Kathy Ott Walter

Health Sciences
ottwalmk@jmu.edu
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Kathy Ott Walter received her B.A. in Psychology from Kent State University (1995), M.S. in Community Health Promotion from West Virginia University (1998) and her Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion from Kent State University (2009). Before coming to JMU she worked at the Cleveland Clinic as a Substance Abuse Trainer/Educator from 2006-2008. Kathy also worked at Ohio University from 2000-2002 at the Assistant Director for Health Education and Wellness for Substance Abuse Prevention. Prior to that she worked as a Community Development Specialist for Substance Abuse Prevention at Westbrook Health Services in Parkersburg, WV (1997-2000). Her research interests include sexuality and substance abuse/use among college students.

Kathy Ott Walter

Barbie Shifflett

Office of Budget Management
shifflbm@jmu.edu
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Barbie Shifflett, a former Army brat, was born in Bamberg, Germany to a German mother and G.I. father. She has an Advanced Associates degree from Blue Ridge Community College and a BIS with a concentration in Finance in Public Administration from JMU. Her capstone presentation was “A Case for Economic Equality for Women in the United States” and she currently studies in the German Language department. She works as a Senior Budget Analyst in Administration and Finance in the Office of Budget Management.  Barbie is a member of the Employee Appreciation Day committee, the Women of Distinction Committee, and Women for Madison. Both of daughters, Summer, a junior in the Master of Public Administration program, and Sydney, a first year Biology major with a focus in Forensic Sciences, attend JMU. Barbie enjoys hiking, exploring, gardening, cooking, DIY, knitting and crocheting, and volunteer work not limited to but including rescuing, fostering, and transporting animals with local shelters and rescue groups.

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Kristen Shrewsbury

English Language Learner Services
shrewskm@jmu.edu
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Kristen Shrewsbury is a double Duke, earning a BA in 2001 and returning to work as the Learning Centers' Coordinator of English Language Learner Services in 2007. With an intimate understanding of the culture at JMU, she has just resurfaced after spending the last 6 years earning a Ph.D. studying the influence of social conservatism on self-identified lesbian couples in the Shenandoah Valley as they made meaning of the concept of marriage in the lead up to the legalization same-sex marriage in the Commonwealth. Her interest in serving on the steering committee of the Madison Caucus for Gender Equality is to contribute to the critical and on-going advocacy role that the group plays on campus. Kristen teaches in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program housed within the College of Education's Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities department.

Kristen Shrewsbury

Courtney Swartzentruber

English
swartzcr@jmu.edu
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Courtney R. C. Swartzentruber is part of the grading faculty in James Madison University’s English Department, where she works with large sections of 200-level literature classes, such as Survey of African American Literature, Gender & the Short Story, and Women’s Literature. Before joining the English Department, she taught part-time in Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication (WRTC). Courtney earned both her B.A. (2006, English major & Communication Studies minor) and M.A. (2012, English) at JMU. In between degrees she worked full-time as a paralegal. She has been a member of the Madison Caucus for Gender Equality since Fall 2012. Courtney lives in Harrisonburg with her partner and enjoys reading, traveling, and conversing with other equality-minded individuals.

Courtney Swartzentruber

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