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Center for Research on K-12 Adventist Education

About the Presenters


Thambi Thomas



Article: The 5% Solution: How to Make the Vision Viable Again

Presentation Date: Wednesday, February 6, 201

Dr. Thomas' 44 years of service to Adventist education gives him a wide knowledge of schools of various sizes in diverse locations. His former administrative posts include Associate Director of Education of Southern California Conference and Principal of San Gabriel Academy K-12.


May Oles


Article: From Faltering to Flavorful: How Your School can Become the Salt of Your Community

Presentation Date: February 27, 2013

May Oles is currently serving as the principal of Columbine Christian School in Durango, CO. She has 25 years of teaching experience in North Carolina, Oregon, Colorado, and Maryland in Montessori Schools.





Dennis Nooner


Article: Attention! Choppers in the Compound: A Regional Solution to a National Problem

Presentation Date: Wednesday March 13, 2013

Dennis Nooner is currently serving as President of Homeplace Assisted Living & Mosaic Healthcare Technology. He holds a degree in Healthcare Management from Southern University and has been active in a variety of educational activities including alumni positions at Ozark Academy and the chair of the strategic growth committee of the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference.



Gustavo Gregorutti


Article: Alternative Models of Funding Higher Education: Past and Present Trends

Presentation Date: Wednesday March 27, 2013

Gustavo Gregorutti, PhD, is an Associate Professor of the School of Education at the University of Montemorelos. He has served as an Adventist educator for fourteen years, including serving as a principal and academic director. In addition to teaching, he also conducts research in Adventist higher education.




Matthew Butte


Article: Faithfulness to Seventh-day Adventist Christianity in the Adventist School

Presentation Date: Wednesday April 10, 2013

Matthew Butte, M.Ed., is currently serving as the principal of Columbia Adventist Academy. He has served as an Adventist educator for 17 years, including serving as the school chaplain and religion teacher.





Cynthia Gettys


Article: Atlanta Adventist Academy - Education that Connects

Presentation Date: Wednesday April 24, 2013

Cynthia Gettys, PhD, has served as Vice President for Education for the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of SDA, a UC Foundation Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and as a member of the Atlanta Adventist Academy Transition Team.


Edwin Hernandez

Article: Thinking Outside the Bun: How to Make Adventist Education Accessible to the Children Who Need It Most

Presentation Date: Wednesday May 8, 2013

Edwin I. Hernández, PhD, is a Senior Program Officer at the DeVos Family Foundations. He co-leads a placed-based philanthropic initiative, funded by the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation, called Believe2Become (B2B). The purpose of B2B is to eliminate the achievement gap for children living in four contiguous under-resourced urban neighborhoods in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He oversees the research evaluation, data systems, communications and faith-based components of B2B. He also serves as a research fellow with the Center for the Study of Latino Religion at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame.




Dave Lawrence


Article: Funding the Vision - The Relationship Between Expenditure and Student Achievement in Seventh-day Adventist K-8 Schools

Presentation Date: Wednesday May 22, 2013

Dave Lawrence currently serves as the Vice President for Financial Administration at Pacific Union College. Most recently the university controller at Loma Linda University, Lawrence has extensive experience in the field of educational finance.




Elissa Kido


Presentation Title: "The Role of Pastors in the Future of Adventist Education"

Presentation Date: Wednesday June 12, 2013


Elissa Kido currently serves as the Director for the Center for Research on K-12 Adventist Education.




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