Dr. Patricia Ripoll was born and raised in La Habana, Cuba. Dr. Ripoll has over 48 years teaching experience. This experience has covered high school, undergraduate and graduate teaching. Additionally, Dr. Ripoll worked for twenty six years in Philadelphia's Department of Human Services as a Program Analysist, Training Director, Quality Assurance Supervisor, and Administrator of Policy and Planning. Dr. Ripoll has served as a child welfare program reviewer and as a grant reviewer for the federal Administration for Children and Families. for the Policy and Planning Section of the Department. Dr. Ripoll came to Walden in 2004 where she has been a contributing faculty in SPPA.