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In 2010, newly single mom Kimber Russel Simmons decided to go back to school and pursue a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at Walden. She wanted to become a more well-rounded professional while also empowering others in her community. Today, she’s a commissioner for Serve Idaho, the Governor’s commission on Service and Volunteerism, which promotes collaborative efforts among private and nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies to advance national service programs and volunteerism.
Dr. Lulu Williamson, Walden’s director of cross-college initiatives, recently led more than a dozen Walden faculty and students on a service learning trip to Panama. The group volunteered at a women’s prison, a group home for children, an orphanage, and a physical therapy foundation. The group was diverse, including undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students whose ages range from 21 to 64. Everyone who participated in the program said the trip changed their lives, as well as how they view volunteerism.
Dr. Wylie Tidwell III and his wife Kristin Tidwell of Georgia, with two children under the age of 4 at home, are both recent graduates of Walden. Wylie earned his PhD in Public Policy and Administration and Kristin earned her BS in Communication in 2015. With the help of their family and friends, Wylie is the program chair of general education at SAE Institute Atlanta and an adjunct faculty member at several universities, and Kristin is using her new degree to pursue a position in public relations.
When Dr. Catherine Griswold began her career as a medical assistant, she never imagined she’d end up in the administration department of a university. Early in her career, she enlisted in the U.S. Army, where she worked as a lab tech at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Next, she returned to the private sector to work in dialysis and honed in on what she loved most: talking to—and educating—patients. Recently, Dr. Griswold was appointed dean of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing at Trocaire College in Buffalo, New York.