L.E.A.R.N. Speakers will Feature Public Programs March 13, 15, 19, and 20

by Public Relations | Mar 09, 2018

March 12, 2018

Saint Vincent College’s L.E.A.R.N. (Listen, Evaluate, Analyze, Reflect, Navigate) Speakers Series will host four programs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Thursday, March 15, Monday, March 19, and Tuesday, March 20 in the Fred M. Rogers Center on the Saint Vincent College campus.  No tickets are required for admission and all of the presentations are free and open to the public.

The series will feature Sherry Winn, an Olympic athlete and coach, on March 13; Karol and James Brown, historic storytellers, on March 15; Elizabeth Ventura and Jayna Bonfini, professional counselors, on March 19; and Dr. Christopher Neck, fitness and leadership expert, on March 20.

Sherry Winn

Sherry WinnWinn attended the University of Charleston, graduating in 1986 with a degree in health and physical education. She later earned a graduate degree in sports administration at Ohio University. Winn played basketball at Charleston where she was an academic All-American, twice conference MVP and was valedictorian of her senior class. Winn was then on the U.S. national handball team from 1981 to 1988. She competed at two Olympics (1984, 1988), won a gold medal at the 1987 Pan American Games and competed at the 1981 World Junior Championships and the 1982 World Championships.

Winn later became a coach. In her early 30s, she developed a chronic pain syndrome and overcame this mostly on her own with a positive attitude and alternative medicine. This led to another career in which she shares her experience with others as a motivational speaker and attempts to help those in attendance reach their highest levels of success.

Karol and James Brown

Karol and James BrownKarol and James Brown portray Aunt Harriet Tubman and Brother Ely and tell the story of the historic Underground Railroad. Audiences laugh, cry and sing with Aunt Harriet as they visit with her in the parlor of the convalescent home she founded in Auburn, New York, where she lived until she died in 1913 at the age of 93. Karol tells stories that capture the emotions, imagination and humanity of the woman called Moses. Her husband, James, a natural storyteller with a smooth tenor voice, will take attendees on a journey back in time to 1912 and bring the sounds of Negro spirituals into the room with musically enchanting moments.

Elizabeth Ventura and Jayna Bonfini

Elizabeth Ventura and Jayna BonfiniVentura is a qualitative researcher, trauma specialist and counselor educator, who has been practicing clinically since 2004. She is a core faculty member in the Community Mental Health Counseling Department at Walden University and has taught in the criminology department at Saint Vincent College. Her research and clinical training include the Cleveland Clinic and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, where she gained expertise in dual diagnosis, trauma theory, eating disorders and mood disorders.

Bonfini has significant research, teaching and clinical experience with adolescents and adults struggling with various mental health issues, trauma histories and substance abuse problems. She counsels adolescents, adults and their families in private practice, consults and counsels for a local high school and teaches counseling and psychology as a part-time faculty member at Robert Morris University. A Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor, she has specific training in motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to offer an integrated approach that meets the needs of her clients.

Dr. Christopher P. Neck

Dr. Christopher NeckNeck is an associate professor of management at Arizona State University where he holds the title University Master Teacher. From 1994 to 2009, he was part of the Pamplin College of Business faculty at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in management from Arizona State University and his M.B.A. from Louisiana State University.

His research specialties include employee/executive fitness, self-leadership, leadership, group decision-making processes and self-managing teams. He has authored 11 books, as well as more than 100 publications in scholarly journals.

Many major organizations have participated in his management development training. He has been cited in numerous national publications including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Houston Chronicle and Chicago Tribune.

Outside of Neck's professional interests, he is also a dedicated runner and has completed 12 marathons.

Special opportunities for SVC students

Students of Saint Vincent College who attend the lectures will have a chance to win a top housing lottery ticket, commuter parking space or priority graduation seating.

The Saint Vincent College LEARN Speaker Series, which stands for Listen, Evaluate, Analyze, Reflect and Navigate, was started in 2013 and features speakers on contemporary issues or personal growth.  Its goal is to prepare students for life in the contemporary United States.

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Photos: Sherry Winn, Karol and James Brown, Elizabeth Ventura and Jayna Bonfini, Dr. Christopher P. Neck

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