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Faculty

Christina Garza-Nelson, M.S., Doctoral Candidate,
Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Director of Community Leadership

Christina is completing her doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is in Urban Education, with a major in Multicultural Studies. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication, from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her work in the not-for-profit sector includes serving as director of the Upward Bound Program (a federally funded TRIO program) at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She was subsequently involved with the implementation of National Holmes Scholars Alumnae (NAHSA) as a 501(c)(3) and served as the Chief Executive Officer during her doctoral studies. Afterward, she was involved with the coordination of the premier cohort of the Latino Nonprofit Leadership Program (LNLP) in conjunction with the Roberto Hernandez Center and Hispanics in Philanthropy.

Her research interests include “A transformative approach to teaching community leadership,” and “Defining community in Milwaukee.” She specializes in leadership, social justice, community development, racial and multicultural studies, and curriculum development. She enjoys the diverse student population at Alverno, along with the abilities-based curriculum that serves to prepare women to engage in community by becoming change agents. She is currently involved with Burlington Band Boosters (BBB) serving as Vice President, Extreme Moms, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM), Milwaukee Public Libraries- Genealogy Booth at Mexican Fiesta, Wisconsin High School Forensics Association (WHSFA), Organizing for America, and Progressives United. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, along with her ‘adopted’ international daughters and several other ‘temporary’ residents in Casa Nelson.

Jeana Abromeit, Ph.D.,
Professor of Sociology and Director of the Sociology program

Jeana received her doctorate from the University of Colorado-Boulder in sociology with specializations in peace and conflict, sex and gender, and organization development. At Alverno College, she has taught a variety of courses including Introduction to Social Science, Research Methods, Small Group Behavior, Understanding Terrorism, the Family, Comparative Social Policy, the Internship course, and Senior Seminar. Over the past twelve years, she has also worked as a consultant with faculty and universities in the U.S. and internationally on teaching, learning, and assessment. Jeana loves teaching at Alverno College and helping students learn. It is a great joy seeing students develop expertise in their fields, deepen their self-confidence, and acquire abilities that enable them to fulfill their hopes and dreams.

David Brooker, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Social Science department

Dave is the director of the Global Studies program. He teaches courses on the United Nations, American politics, and comparative politics. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Miami University where he focused on Russia and the former Soviet Union. He is originally from Florida; even though he spent 10 years in Connecticut, he is still adjusting to Wisconsin winters. Dave is also the Chair of the Social Sciences department and an integral part of the Community Leadership Program. 

Russell Brooker, Ph.D.,
Professor of Political Science and Director of the Political Science Program

Russell Brooker is the director of the Political Science program and teaches courses in American politics, as well as social theory, African American history, and statistics. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from The University of Chicago, specializing in public opinion and political participation. In the Community Leadership program, he teaches American Politics, Social Theory, and Community Power and Change. He is active in MICAH (Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope), a faith-based advocacy organization, and he has worked regularly in elections since 1968. He has also served on many non-profit classical music boards.

He taught as a Fulbright scholar in Vietnam during the spring 2006 semester. He returned to Vietnam to teach summer school in 2007 and 2008. He and Jeana Abromeit took a class of Alverno students to Vietnam in January 2010, and they will take another class in January 2012. His current research interest is in African American history, especially the period from 1890 to 1965.

Stephen Sharkey, Ph.D.,
Professor of Sociology and Alverno Senior Scholar

Stephen teaches a range of courses in the social science program, including the general Introductory Social Science course plus a themed one called Faith, Justice and Social Action; the Family, and the capstone Senior Seminar.  Over the years he has also taught courses in communications skills and critical thinking. His academic interests include how students’ for and act on their values, Catholic social teaching, and how to build effective communities. Most recently, he’s been looking at these issues in a new elective for sociology and political science called Law and Society, where students study recent landmark Supreme Court cases on issues like affirmative action, abortion and civil rights. He is active in the community mostly through his church parish.  He really likes espresso coffee and cats, and hanging out in bookstores and coffee shops with his beloved wife of almost 40 years.

Pat Walsh, MA,
Interpersonal and Organizational Communication
Associate Professor and Director, Interactive Media Design

Pat Walsh received her degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has been a faculty member at Alverno for 24 years, teaching courses in professional communication; interactive media design, and grant writing and fundraising. She particularly enjoys helping students learn how to build a loyal donor base to fund social justice initiatives. In addition to her responsibilities as a teacher, Pat serves on Alverno's Multicultural Council, Student Services Advisory Board, and Library Advisory Board. She has been the faculty advisor for Alverno's Gay Straight Alliance for the past five years. Pat's thriving freelance business as a writing coach for academic researchers and technical experts keeps her connected to the issues that face our communities today.

G. Scott Davis, M.S.

G. Scott Davis holds a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Program Evaluation. He has worked on a variety of projects with multiple stakeholders throughout Wisconsin, including all phases of program evaluation, planning, implementation, and analysis of such diverse programs as juvenile corrections, in-home family therapy services, clinical services, and child abuse prevention programming. In addition, Scott offers more than 10 years of direct service experience in the social services field. He has experience with multiple populations, including at-risk youth, chronically mentally ill adults, low-income individuals and families, the homeless and multiple-issue families. Topics of interest include issues related to homelessness, poverty, youth development, and mental health. His hobbies include travelling the world, playing guitar badly, and old motorcycles.

Henry Monaco

Henry has 45 years of broad health and human services non-profit experience, including 30 years of United Way fund development and CEO experience. He served as CEO of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee from 1986 through 1999. His responsibilities included: strategic fund-raising and fund distribution for community health and human services; successfully worked with boards of directors comprised of CEOs, labor community and non-profit leaders; created and built awareness of the institution's role in the community. He held similar posts with United Ways in Flint Michigan and Peoria, Illinois

Since 2000, Henry is principal of Henry J. Monaco, LLC, an independent contractor providing organizational, fund development, project management and interim executive services. His major clients included: The Cathedral Center [Milwaukee, WI]; Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern WI and Interfaith Older Adults Programs. He has also served as Adjunct Faculty at Springfield and Alverno Colleges, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level courses in nonprofit leadership.

 

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