Class Notes-Second National UNION ReUNION

“Recalling our Roots / Embracing our Future”

Dr. Sulayman Clark

Dr. Sulayman Clark,2011 Union ReUnion keynote speaker.

Union Institute & University’s International Alumni/ae Association Board is proud to host the graduates for the second Union ReUnion, held in Cincinnati October 14-16, during Union’s National Commencement weekend.

“It is always gratifying to be in the company of such creative thinkers, who remain passionate about making a positive difference and living Union’s mission of social relevance,” said Steven Swerdfeger, Ph.D., president of Union’s International Alumni Association Board. “This is a great opportunity to connect with fellow graduates and explore new ways of seeing both ourselves and the world.”

The 2011 ReUnion features events and workshops throughout the weekend, designed to engage Union alumni in spirited and inspiring discussions. Visit the 2011 Union ReUnion webpage for specific information including the full schedule of events, registration information, the presenter’s full biographies and silent auction information.

On Saturday evening, alumni will converge at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for a tour of the museum, followed by a silent auction and a dinner keynoted by Dr. Sulayman Clark, a fundraising consultant, educational historian, and author whose book, The Rains: Voices for American Liberty, is required reading in Philadelphia public secondary schools.

On Sunday, alumni can take part in a variety of workshops and lectures featuring fellow graduates including: Lenore Goldfarb, Ph.D. on “Photography and Social Relevance;” Steven Swerdfeger, Ph.D., president of the IAAB, who will discuss blind imagery and hypnosis; and Rochelle Burns, Ph.D. discussing “Fulfilling the Mission: Using the Good from the Past for a Better Life Today for You.”

Also on Sunday, the ReUNION will feature a virtual interview with Roy P. Fairfield, Ph.D., co-founder of the Union Graduate School Ph.D. program. The weekend will conclude with the interactive workshop, “The Oldest Living Pioneer, A Firsthand Account of the Coinage Produced by Our Nation’s Gold Rushes” presented by alumnus and IAAB board member Donald H. Kagin, Ph.D.

Class Notes

Charles Brownfield Book

Brownfield’s book Isolation

Charles BrownfieldCharles A. Brownfield, Ph.D. 1971. The third edition of Brownfield’s book Isolation was recently released by Xlibris and will be featured at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Book Exhibit. Brownfield taught psychology at SUNY College at Geneseo, Nassau Community College, and at Queensborough Community College of CUNY. He also served as director of the Community Family Guidance Center, Inc., a non-profit counseling service in Middletown, New Jersey, as a clinical psychologist at Mendocino State Hospital in California, and worked in the corrections departments at several institutions in New York, Florida, and New Jersey. Brownfield retired in 1995 as a principal clinical psychologist and head of the psychology department at Riverfront State Prison in Camden, New Jersey.  He now lives in Wilmington, Delaware and does psychology consulting in New Jersey. For more information visit:

Ernest R. Myers, Ph.D. 1976. In March 2011, Myers was presented the Certificate of Appreciation by the department of psychology and counseling at the University of the District of Columbia for his outstanding service and commitment to the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Programs (CACREP) accreditation for the school’s counseling program.

Donald Kagin


Don Kagin, Ph.D. 1978, was recently elected to the board of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, a non-profit organization focused on preserving, interpreting, and presenting the historical heritage of San Francisco.  A longtime coin and gold collector, Kagin’s dream is to establish a state-of-the- art money and gold rush museum at the Old San Francisco Mint. Kagin serves as a member of the board of Union’s International Alumni Association. Learn more about Dr. Don Kagin

Vestal Anthony Simms Howell


Vestal Anthony Simms-Howell, B.A. 1990, a Panamanian-American residing in Cincinnati will be inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame on October 13. Simms-Howell was a founding member of the Hispanic Chamber USA and the Cincinnati chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). A naturalized U.S. citizen, Simms-Howell has pushed for expanded English as-second-language courses in Cincinnati Public Schools and for Spanish-speaking students’ admission into preschool programs. Simms-Howell also serves as a senior member of the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs and is chair of finance. Read More about Simms-Howell


W. Henry Harmon


W. Henry Harmon, Ph.D. 1992, currently serves as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Triana Energy, Highlands Drilling and Mudarra Services.  Harmon founded Triana Energy in 2000 and also served as president and chief executive officer of Union Drilling, Inc. from 2000 until 2003. He worked within the Columbia Energy Group for 22 years, where he served as president and CEO of several of its non-regulated energy subsidiaries, including Columbia Natural Resources. Learn more at:



Richard Haid

Dick Haid

Richard (Dick) Haid. Ph.D. 1994, is a professional certified coach, as well as an adult mentor and personal and business coach. As a doctoral mentor and adjunct for the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Haid is currently co-leading a doctoral program “Spirituality and Aging: Enabling a Life of Significance,” the first known program of its type in the country. In addition, Haid has for many years served as a judge for the Family Firm Institute’s Award for Best Unpublished International Family Business Research. He has also served as a member of the global credentialing and program accreditation committee for the International Coach Federation.


Mary Catherine Bookser

Mary Catherine Bookser, SC, Ph.D. 1997, recently began serving as a leadership counselor at the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, returning to the charity after serving for eight years as the their director of initial information. Prior to her work as a leadership counselor she served for 20 years in various positions at the College of Mount St. Joseph including director of the liberal studies program and later as coordinator of service learning. Bookser also worked at Cincinnati State Community College as a counselor and taught in various Catholic high schools throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Read more about Mary Catherine Bookser


Jennifer Bottomley


Jennifer Bottomley, Ph.D. 1998, a physical therapist and member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), was recently honored with the APTA’s 2011 Lucy Blair Service Award during an awards ceremony at PT 2011: APTA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in National Harbor, MD. Bottomley currently works as an independent geriatric rehabilitation program consultant, advisor, and educator in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.



Randy Danielsen

Randy Danielson Book

Randy Danielsen, Ph.D. 2003. Danielson’s recently published book The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants is a guide for physician assistants as well as for physicians who supervise physician assistants in their practice. The book addresses current practices as well as future projections and provides guidance for new styles of supervision in evolving health care systems including distance supervision, supervision in teams, and patterns of supervision in home care and geriatrics.

Learn more about Randy Danielsen’s book



Baomi Watson


Baomi Watson, Ph.D. 2005. Watson recently launched a new website to promote her latest book, Along the Way: An Inspirational Handbook for Life’s Journey, a book inspired by her daily “spiritual journal.” The website, , features information about Baomi’s life and journey, as well as photographs taken by her husband that inspire quiet moments “along the way.”

Watson is a singer, teacher, writer, composer, actress, director and playwright. She toured as
a singer in the 1980s with Harry Belafonte, the world renowned musician, philanthropist, and civil rights activist. Her solo tours have taken her to Denmark, Japan, and West Africa, where she attended churches and conferences to study the African roots and continuum of gospel music. While in Copenhagen she experienced the reach and influence of jazz as a vocalist with a local Danish jazz band; performed on television with the Danish Radio Big Band; and shared a bill with Dizzy Gillespie at the famed Montmartre.

Bruce Bechtol

Bruce E. Bechtol Jr., Ph.D. 2000. 
This summer Bechtol’s book Defiant Failed State: The North Korean Threat to International Security aired on the C–SPAN 2 program “Book TV.”  In the program, Bechtol, speaking at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel in San Francisco, discussed the threat North Korea poses to the U.S. and the rest of the world.  Bechtol currently serves as an associate professor of political science at Angelo State University and was previously a visiting adjunct professor at the Korea University Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul, Korea.  He is also the author of Red Rogue: The Persistent Challenge of North Korea. Learn more about Bruce Bechtol’s C-SPAN appearance.

Sergeant Anthony Boisselle


Sergeant Anthony Boisselle, B.S. 2010, a 10-year veteran of the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department, received the Outstanding Individual in Aviation Security – Front Line Staff award at the 2011 AVSEC Conference in Hong Kong in May.  The award recognizes extraordinary individuals for significant contribution to the aviation security domain in ways that facilitate innovative protective strategies.  Sgt. Boisselle supervises the department’s Counter-Terrorism Group. His personnel are responsible for the assessment of vulnerabilities and the development of mitigation strategies for all structures on LAX properties deemed essential to the operation of the airport. His staff also coordinates and participates in ongoing interdisciplinary research and development efforts in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. As a result of his efforts, LAX is noted worldwide for the development of the ARMOR (Assistant for Randomized Monitoring Over Routes) Program. Additionally, LAX was named TSA Airport of the Year in 2009. Learn more about Sgt. Boisselle’s work

In Memoriam

Joan Rodenhauser, Ph.D. 1997, of Vero Beach, Florida, died May 10 in Altoona, PA. From 1972 until 1996 Rodenhauser served as a medical secretary at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland. In her 50s, she became a psychologist after receiving her doctorate from Union in 1997.

Nora Mendell


Nora Lee Mindell, Ph.D. 1981, of Herrliberg, Switzerland, died August 25, 2010. Mindell, a Jungian analyst who was based in Zurich, offered psychotherapeutic care for children with cancer. For decades, Mindell performed extensive research on how cancer manifests itself in the psyche of children.