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Meet the Curriculum Developers

Ryan Andrews, Purchase College, Adjunct Instructor

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Sustainable Development Goal 13 – Climate Action
Ryan D. Andrews ( completed his education and training at the University of Northern Colorado, Kent State University, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Columbia University. He currently writes and speaks about nutrition, health, and sustainability, teaches at Purchase College, is an adviser with Precision Nutrition, and teaches trauma-sensitive yoga at Silver Hill Hospital. You might have seen him in Time, Parade, Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Health, Rodale Organic Life, Greatist, Precision Nutrition, Buzzfeed, Relevant, Furthermore from Equinox, Alan Aragon’s Research Review, ABC News, or VegNews. Ryan has accumulated over 1000 hours volunteering on farms and with non-profit food recovery organizations. ​

Mark Bremer, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Lecturer

Sustainable Development Goal 11 – International Perspectives on Sustainable Cities and Communities with a lens on Sustainable Deign and Green Building
Mark Bremer is currently a Lecturer at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and a doctoral student in Sustainable Energy at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Mark earned his Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University and his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Colorado College. He is a certified Campus Sustainability Leader and LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design & Construction. Mark is Principal Investigator for the multi-campus SUNY Green Building Experiential Learning Collaborative which uses campus buildings as living laboratories for learning.

Kenneth Cohen, PhD, SUNY Cortland

Sustainable Development Gal 1 – End Poverty in All Its Forms Everywhere
Kenneth Cohen is an Associate Professor at SUNY Cortland. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Lewis & Clark College with a focus on organizational development and a Ph.D. in Conservation Social Sciences from the University of Idaho. Dr. Cohen has extensive professional experience in volunteer management, international sustainable development, fund raising, risk management, and community capacity building. Dr. Cohen’s research focuses on cultural imprints on ecological practices in sustainable operations.

Lisa D’Adamo-Weinstein, PHD, SUNY Empire State College, Visiting Associate Professor

Storytelling, Creative Non-Fiction Lens
Lisa D’Adamo-Weinstein is currently a visiting associate professor in the Arts & Media Department at SUNY Empire State College’s School of Arts & Humanities. Lisa earned a B.A. in English & General Literature at Binghamton University (SUNY). She completed her M.S. and Ph.D. at Indiana University. Her dissertation analyzed the personal narratives of several female African‐American first-generation college students, focusing on how their ways of knowing and identity development related to their college success. She is co‐author of the book Piecing It Together: A Guide to Academic Success, published by Allyn & Bacon.  She teaches courses on digital storytelling, narrative, and creative non-fiction. You can find out more about Lisa’s professional background, presentations, and research interests at her Google Site or her SUNY Empire State College faculty site.

John Justino, PhD, University at Albany

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Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Good Health and Well Being Through a Health Equity Lens
Professor John Justino has more than 25 years of experience working in international development and global public health. This includes over 15 years leading and consulting on social behavior change communications programs in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere around the world focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention, malaria prevention and treatment, adolescent reproductive health, family planning, maternal and child health, and improved hygiene and sanitation. As the director of the UAlbany Center for Global Health, he leads strategic initiatives to ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of the Center and its programs.  Professor Justino teaches courses in global health science and comparative health systems and coordinates a number of faculty-led study abroad programs open to health sciences students. He also administers the School of Public Health’s Graduate Certificate in Global Health Studies and International Internship programs.

Barb LeSavoy, PHD, SUNY Brockport, Associate Professor

Sustainable Development Goal 5 – Gender Equality, LGBTQIA+ Identities and Freedoms
Dr. Barb LeSavoy is Associate Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS) at SUNY Brockport.  Her research and publication areas include women’s global human rights, identity politics in literature and popular culture, historical to contemporary perspectives on gender equality, and visual culture and the Holocaust. Dr. LeSavoy serves as lead faculty for a global classroom linking SUNY Brockport students with students at Velikiy Novgorod State University in Russia, and she has taught several WGS seminars at the NY Institute for Linguistics, Cognition, and Culture  (NYI) in St Petersburg, Russia. Dr. LeSavoy is a 2017 recipient of the Brockport Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence and a 2020 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching.   

Jada Secone, SUNY Plattsburgh, Adjunct Lecturer

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Sustainable Development Goal 5 – International Perspectives on Gender Equality
Jada Secone received her master’s in Gender, Globalization and Human Rights from the National University of Ireland in Galway. She has a bachelor’s in Women’s Studies and Sociology from SUNY Plattsburgh. She has worked in the nonprofit world in the fields of domestic violence, homelessness and alternative education. She teaches Introduction to Gender & Women’s Studies, Global Gender Issues, Men and Masculinities, Transnational Queer Film, Special Topics Course: Memoirs of Solo Women Travelers’ and Gendered Violence/Peer Education in association with Sexuality, Power and Relationships, also referred to as “the weekend course”.

Jada has traveled extensively throughout South East Asia, Southern Africa, North Africa, West Africa, Europe and Latin America. She chaperoned the 2013 GWS department study abroad trip to India for the Women’s World Conference. In the summer months, Jada takes high school students to rural Nepal to work with an organization focusing on girls’ education and accessing resources for vulnerable populations.