Carmen Blakely, M.ED, RDN, LD

Carmen BlakelyMy education background includes a BS degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Michigan State University in 1986, completed a dietetic internship from the Cleveland Clinic in 1990, became a Registered, Licensed Dietitian in 1991 and received a M.ED in Community Health Education from Cleveland State University in 1994.  I have worked as a clinical nutrition manager and a clinical dietitian for 18 years prior to joining the faculty at Kent State University, where I specialized in endocrinology, obesity, neurology, general surgery, oncology, trauma, cardiology, renal/hemodialysis, neuro-intensive care, urology, geriatrics and general medicine.  I have several publications on Nutrition and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

I joined Kent State University as an Adjunct Instructor for the Geauga and Twinsburg regional campuses in 2007-2008.  I joined Kent State University as a full time Non-Tenure Track faculty in August 2008 where I remain employed.  As a lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics I teach Science of Human Nutrition, Human Nutrition and Dietary Food Modification-Nutrition for Older Adults.  I have, also, assisted with the Kent State University's Dietetic Internship Program by developing their schedules with preceptors in community and school foodservice, hospital foodservice, women's infants and children, renal, special community, business, and long term care.  I obtained a Certificate in Training in Adult Weight Management in 2011 and a Certificate in Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management in 2010.  Currently, I am a doctoral student in the Health Education and Promotion Program at Kent State University.


Yang Gao

Yang GaoYang Gao is now a doctoral student and graduate assistant at the School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies. He is also the President of the Association of International Students and representative of the Dean's Office Graduate Advisory Council at the School of Education, Health and Human Services.





Stacey Litam

Stacey LitamStacey is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University. She received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Carroll University. Stacey is a founding member and board member of the Ohio Division of the Association for Humanistic Counseling and a recipient of the 2014 National Emerging Leader Award. Since then, Stacey has been working closely with the Association for Humanistic Counseling and has gained valuable experience within professional organizations. She is a proud member of the Holmes Scholars Program, Chi Sigma Iota, the American Counselor Association, and the Association for Humanistic Counseling. Stacey is also a board member for Tareto Maa, an international nonprofit organization that provides shelter and education to Massai girls in Kenya who refuse to be victims of female genital mutilation and have fled their homes. 

Stacey is currently working as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Clinical Resident and values combining a proactive wellness approach with the Humanistic tenets of unconditional positive regard, empathy, and authenticity. She has a wide variety of clinical experience and has worked with many populations including LGBT, dual diagnosis, and survivors of sexual trauma and human sex trafficking. Her research interests include multicultural counseling, cross-cultural supervision, and women's issues. The pursuit of social justice and advocacy within the fields of counseling, education, and mental health are important to Stacey and she is heavily involved within many professional organizations and programs.


Rob McKinney

Rob McKinney Holmes ScholarRob is currently working on his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University.  He earned his M.S. in Clinical Counseling from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. He is proud to be a member of the Holmes Scholars Program, American Counselor Association, Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), and Chi Sigma Iota (Kappa Sigma Upsilon).  In addition, he is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.  His professional and research interests include various advocacy-related issues, counselor preparation, and multicultural counseling.


Alma Moore

Alma MooreAlma Moore earned her master’s degree in Clinical Counseling at Malone University and is currently licensed in Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory Endorsement (LPCC-S). Alma earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace University and held multiple leadership positions in business and the community before entering the community mental health counseling field. Alma worked as a clinical supervisor and clinical director in a mental health agency, in addition to serving on that agency’s Board of Trustees as a member of the Human Resources Committee. Alma currently serves as the Chair of the Bylaws Committee and Treasurer of the Ohio Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling for the Ohio Counseling Association. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee for Kent State’s Kappa Sigma Upsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. Alma is a member of the Executive Board of the AACTE Holmes Scholars Program and serves as Chair of the Research Committee. Alma is a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Kent State University, and her research interests include the use of supervision contracts with counselor trainees and doctoral students’ gatekeeping experiences in counselor education and supervision.


Neete Saha

Neete SahaNeete Saha is currently a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education Administration program at Kent State University. She graduated from Temple University with a BA degree in Asian Studies and Psychology and also possesses a Master's degree in Anthropology from Columbia University. Her primary research interests include international students, social media, substance abuse, and 1.5 generation first-year college students.


Zach Nyangau

Zach NyangauJosiah (Zach) Nyangau is a doctoral student in Higher Education Administration and Student personnel, and works as Special Assistant to the Dean of our college. His research interests include educational policy, international education, academic governance, faculty careers, and organizational change. He is currently working on his dissertation research looking at internationalization of higher education and faculty reward systems.


Tanesha Walker

Tanesha WalkerTanesha Walker is a doctoral student in the Counseling and Human Development Services program and is a proud native of Akron, Ohio. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is pursuing her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University.  She earned her master's and bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University.  During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she gained both quantitative and qualitative research experience.  Populations she has worked with include the college population, elderly women, adolescent males and others. She currently serves as Program Chair for the Black Graduate Student Association and is a recipient of the Graduate Dean's Award.  Walker also volunteers in her local community through the Young Black Professionals Coalition in which she serves as Volunteer Coordinator.  Her research interests include minority issues within counseling, couples counseling, and interpersonal relationship factors.


Jillian Watts

Jillian Watts Holmes Scholar PhotoI believe that education is a tool that can be used to mold new pathways and journeys for not just individual students, but it is an agent of change that can shape the road for future generations to come. Academia and impacting the lives of others has been my passion for many years, and as time progresses, my passion for aiding in the success of others grows. I received my Bachelor of Science in Middle/Secondary Education: Social Studies from the University of Louisville, and a Master's of Arts in Human Services: Student Personnel Services in Higher Education from Eastern Kentucky University. My quest for higher education- the challenges, accomplishments, and experiences-has allowed me to become an advocate of allowing students from all backgrounds to see their potential in college success and a holistic development. My experience in higher education stemmed from my undergraduate career at the University of Louisville. I was involved in many registered student organizations, Greek Life, and employed by First-Year Initiatives and REACH Ambassadors & Learning Resource Center. These positions  involved mentorship , leadership development, welcome weekend involvement, and tutoring students. At Eastern Kentucky University, I gained valuable experience as a Graduate Assistant with Student Outreach & Transition Office with the Dr. Rodney Gross Scholars and a Part-Time Adjunct Instructor with the Adult Education department. These positions allowed me to transition into the staff position of Educational Coordinator with Educational Talent Search (TRiO) program working with first-generation, underrepresented, and minority students. As an Academic Advisor for Exercise Science and Athletic Training majors, I have developed an advising philosophy is to "Plan for Success". Having a plan that includes short-term and long-term goals, identifying  those that advocate for your success, locating resources, and knowing obstacles that you are currently or may face is an important step in being successful within college and outside of academia.  Outside of work, I am a Ph.D. student in the Cultural Foundations of Education program at Kent State University, I love to spend time with my family and friends, watch movies, read, volunteer, and travel.