MLFTC welcomes 24 new and promoted faculty this fall

2023 faculty
August 24, 2023
Meghan Ensell

New faculty 

Stephen Balliet, clinical assistant professor: Balliet comes to us from Grand Canyon University where he was an adjunct professor. 

Kristin Borruso, clinical assistant professor: During her career in education and prior to joining MLFTC, Borruso held positions as a teacher, reading specialist and administrator.

Chanda Crabtree, clinical assistant professor: Crabtree comes to the college from Mesa Community College. 

Linsay DeMartino, assistant professor: DeMarino joins MLFTC from Illinois State University. Her research focuses on critical education, transformative practices, collaborative community engagement and just schooling. 

Jesse Fleming, assistant professor: Fleming comes to the college from University of Virginia, where he earned his doctoral degree in Special Education and Teaching. 

Lesley Ford, clinical assistant professor: Ford has more than 20 years of experience in elementary education, increasing and developing literacy skills in and out of the classroom. 

Amy Gildersleeve, clinical assistant professor: Gildersleeve comes to the college from Paradise Valley Unified School District. 

Richard Ingersoll, visiting professor: Ingersoll, professor of Education and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, has a one-year appointment at MLFTC. 

Ryan Kinser, clinical assistant professor: Kinser was a senior learning experience designer and manager of learning experience and design with ASU Enterprise Technology before becoming clinical assistant professor at MLFTC.

Angel Morgan, assistant instructional professional: Morgan joins MLFTC from Purdue University, where she was a senior business analyst. During her doctoral studies, Morgan was a research intern at the CAST Center on Inclusive Technology in Education Systems.

Karyn Rabe, clinical assistant professor: Rabe was an instructional coach in the Scottsdale Unified School District prior to joining the college. 

Heather Raithel, clinical assistant professor: Raithel comes to the college from the Arizona Department of Education where she was lead program specialist. 

Alexandra Sokhy, clinical assistant professor: Sokhy comes to MLFTC as a clinical assistant professor in the Physical Education department.

Darci Tipton, clinical assistant professor: Prior to joining MLFTC, Tipton was a teacher in the Deer Valley Unified School District.

Christina Verdugo, clinical assistant professor: Verdugo obtained a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

Jan Vesely, professor of practice: Vesely was superintendent of Kyrene School District prior to joining MLFTC.

Promoted faculty 

Elisabeth Frias, clinical associate professor: Frias was promoted from clinical instructor and senior program strategist of graduate programs. 

Angela Jennings, clinical assistant professor: Jennings was promoted from faculty associate to clinical assistant professor. 

Katherine Kicey, clinical assistant professor: Kicey was promoted from instructor to clinical assistant professor. 

Tera McDonald, clinical assistant professor: McDonald was promoted from clinical instructor to clinical assistant professor. 

Katherine Morris, clinical assistant professor: Prior to her current position, Morris was an instructor and faculty associate at MLFTC.

Lydia Ross, assistant professor: Ross was promoted from clinical assistant professor. Her research broadly centers on issues of equity, access and inclusion in K–12 and post-secondary education, focusing on STEM. 

Jill Wendt, clinical assistant professor: Wendt has been with the university since 2015 and was promoted to clinical assistant professor this fall.

Robin Wolpinsky, clinical assistant professor: Wolpinsky has worked in the psychology field for more than 17 years, and previously was a lecturer at ASU.