External Gatekeepers Trainers:
Donna M. Stringer
Donna M. Stringer, Ph.D., is co-founder and President of Executive Diversity Services, an organizational development firm in Seattle, Washington. Following many years as an executive in public organizations, Donna now applies her experience to developing and implementing solutions that help organizations fully value and benefit from the diversity of both their employees and clients.
Donna combines her education and experience to design practical, innovative solutions to organizational challenges that increase the cultural competency of the organization and its executives, managers and employees. She developed the Inclusive Circles Process ™ that has benefited her diverse clients including United Airlines and Alaska Airlines, the University of California and Wake Forest University, United States Gypsum, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, American Red Cross, Exelon, Mobil Oil, PepsiCo, PepsiCo International, and the Catherine T. and John D. MacArthur Foundation.
Donna has published professional articles and books in the areas of diversity training, cross cultural communication, gender differences, values, cultural competency and organizational development. She is a faculty member at the Intercultural Institute and an adjunct faculty member at three universities. Her most recent books are is 52 Activities for Exploring Value Differences (2003) and 52 Activities for Improving Cross-Cultural Communication (2009), both published by Intercultural Press.
Donna recently completed a fully self-contained diversity training program that is benefitting organizations that need short-session, easy-to-train introductory cultural information. Information about this program, Diversafari: A Learning Adventure™ can be obtained by contacting her at email@example.com.
Donna is a social psychologist with specialized training in administration from Harvard University and cross-cultural communication from leading interculturalists at several universities in Europe and the United States. Her favorite activities include traveling, reading, needle arts, and spending time with friends and family.
Andy Reynolds retired as Executive Diversity Services Vice President in 2005 after 16 years of service. Continuing as an associate, he brings over two decades of successful experience consulting, teaching, and training in race and gender relations, workplace diversity, and customer service. Andy’s commitment and involvement in the business and education communities has resulted in his receiving a number of local and national leadership awards. Andy’s experience as a journalist contributes to his success as a public speaker and to his public relations work. Andy often fuels his interest in multi-cultural education by attempting new recipes from his international cook book collection.
Internal Gatekeepers I Trainers:
Nitya Anand is the Wake Forest Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the Provost. In this role, she plans and executes a series of initiatives focused on increasing inclusion for underrepresented or isolated groups across campus. One of Anand’s primary responsibilities is to organize and facilitate the Gatekeepers Workshops series, and she is assists with the planning, execution, and evaluation of almost every workshop. She participated in the Gatekeepers Workshop leadership training in June 2010 to become an Internal Diversity Trainer at Wake Forest and is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus community.
Ms. Anand graduated from Wake Forest in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (with a Biochemistry concentration) and English and a minor in Biology. In her personal time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and listening to and playing music.
Laurel Donley Banks has served as the Program Coordinator for University Police since July 2008. As a program coordinator she assists with victims services, coordinates sexual violence programming on campus, and serves as an advocate for students, faculty and staff. Her responsibilities include coordinating the CARE Team (Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation) and RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) programs. Ms. Banks has been a part of the Gatekeeper’s Workshops since June 2010.
Ms. Banks received her B.A. degree in Human Services with concentrations in Social Work and Public Relations and a minor in business administration from High Point University in 1999. She has a 7 year old daughter.
Jane Caldwell is in her 10th year as a member of the Wake Forest University athletics staff, serving as Associate Athletic Director Student-Athlete Academic Counseling and Assistant to the Dean of the College. During her time at Wake Forest all senior men’s basketball players have graduated.
In her role, Caldwell oversees the student-athlete academic counseling program which helps Demon Deacon athletes stay on track academically. She provides tutorial guidance, study coaching and study hall throughout the year and assists the student-athletes with making progress under NCAA guidelines.
Ms. Caldwell received her B.S. degree in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she played on the tennis team and her M.A. from Wake Forest University in Exercise Science. She is married to Wayland Caldwell who also works at Wake Forest University and they have two teenage children (Patrick and Erin).
Kriss Dinkins is a 1985 graduate of Wake Forest University and joined Wake Forest University in 1990 as the director of corporate relations for the Reynolda Campus. He later served as the director of corporate and foundation relations for our School of Medicine. For the past nine years, Dinkins has worked in the Information Systems Department in various roles. Currently, he is the director of knowledge and service support. Additionally, Dinkins is actively engaged in Wake Forest’s efforts to create and maintain a more diverse and inclusive community.
Mr. Dinkins has twin sons that are juniors at West Forsyth High School and a soft-coated wheaten terrier. When he is not a work, Dinkins enjoys renovating old homes and teaching yoga at a local YMCA.
Tomma Guastaferro has worked at Wake Forest University since 2004. As the Coordinator of Professional and Leadership Development, Tomma helps with marketing and managing the day-to-day operations of the Professional Development Center, which is a collective resource between the Human Resources Department and the Office of the Provost. The PDC provides professional, personal, and civic enrichment to faculty, staff, and the community through seminars focused on academic and administrative software, general technical skills, management training, interpersonal skills, and a myriad of special interest topics.
Tomma is passionate about the University’s commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive campus. In the fall of 2009, Tomma was instrumental in the implementation of the Gatekeepers program, which emphasizes the value of diversity and inclusion and the understanding of cultural similarities, differences, and perceptions.
Shayla Herndon-Edmunds has served as the assistant to the senior vice president and chief financial officer since 2006. As a member of the finance division, Edmunds serves as a liaison between the division of Finance, the campus community and external constituents. Her responsibilities include overseeing the office of the senior vice president, serving on the Finance Leadership Team, championing divisional community service initiatives, and developing opportunities for staff training and development. Edmunds is also actively engaged in Wake Forest’s efforts to create and maintain a more diverse and inclusive community. In 2009, she founded the Gatekeeper’s Workshop, which offers training in diversity and cultural competence to campus staff.
Ms. Edmunds received her B.A. degree in English with a minor in business administration from George Mason University in 2002. She is a married mother of two and is also a self-published author, mentor, and motivational speaker.
Beth Hoagland is the Assistant Provost for Budget and Planning. She has served in the Office of the Provost since August 2008. Prior to that she was the Associate Director of the Pro Humanitate Center from 2004-2008 and has worked in university administration for the past 18 years. Beth oversees all funds for the Provost (capital funds, operating budget, and restricted funds) and provides support to the business managers in the Law School, School of Business, Divinity School, Graduate School, and the Wake Forest Undergraduate College. She manages issues related to staff and serves as liaison to Human Resources and manages space allocation for areas under the Provost. She participated in the Gatekeepers Workshop leadership training in June 2010 and is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community at WFU.
Beth received her B.A. degree in Mathematics from UNC Charlotte. She lives in Greensboro with her beautiful Golden Retriever, Bela.
Matt Imboden works in the WFU Residence Life & Housing office as the Assistant Director of Residence Education. His roles include overseeing all Resident Adviser (RA) & Graduate Hall Director (GHD) training processes and programs, as well as RA & GHD staff selection and placement. Matt also oversees campus-wide and building-level programming initiatives, including the university’s Theme Housing program, international and regional staff enrichment programs, the advising of RL&H student organizations, and departmental assessment practices and programs. During the fall semesters, he coordinates a College Student Development class taken by all resident advisers.
Mr. Imboden graduated from Wake Forest University in 2006 with a B.A. in English and Religion. In 2008, he also earned his M.A. from Wake Forest, and is currently a PhD student in Higher Education at UNCG. In his spare time he enjoys reading, sports (especially cheering on the Deacs), the arts, the outdoors, working with stained glass, and spending time with his wife Lauren and other family members.
Alta Mauro is the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. In this role, she works to recruit, retain, and educate students who are underrepresented in higher education, and achieve a more inclusive campus environment where all members of the Wake Forest community are respected and affirmed. She is a native Hoosier, earning both a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a master’s degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs from Indiana University. Her student affairs experience includes residence life and judicial affairs, student organization advisorship, pre-college transition programming, and multicultural affairs. Mauro’s professional interests include: intercultural communication, cultural competence, social justice education, peer education, cultural audit work and strategic planning. She recently co-authored a chapter on peer education and social justice with a colleague, and hopes to write more in the future. In her personal time, she enjoys cooking, baking, knitting, shopping, reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Barbee Myers Oakes is the assistant provost for diversity and inclusion. Prior to this appointment, she was the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Wake Forest University from 1995-2009. Her accomplishments include the development of retention strategies that have positioned Wake Forest among the most successful institutions in the nation with respect to graduating college students of color. From 1985 through 1995, she was an assistant professor at Penn State University, Arizona State University and Wake Forest. During that period she authored over thirty publications and research presentations, co-authored five books and became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in the American College of Sports Medicine. She has continued her professional involvement in the area of physical fitness by co-authoring seven textbooks since 1995. Oakes’ professional and civic accomplishments include selection as a senior fellow for Future Focus 2020 and membership on the St. Peter’s Center for Comprehensive Services board of directors and the WFU Maya Angelou Research Center for Minority Health internal steering committee. Oakes holds a B.S. and M.A. in exercise science and cardiac rehabilitation from Wake Forest University. She completed doctoral study in exercise physiology and nutrition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Nicole Rodriguez-Pastor has worked in Residence Life & Housing since 2007 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Residence Life. She oversees various aspects of the residence halls, including staff management and the day-to-day operations of the halls. Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and International Studies from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Seeking warmer weather, she moved to Winston-Salem in 2005 and completed her Masters of Arts in Communication from Wake Forest University, focusing on intercultural health communication.
Sasha Suzuki is an Academic Counselor in the Office of Academic Advising. She is a 2006 graduate of Wake Forest, where she received her degree in Political Science. Prior to her current position, Sasha worked as a case manager for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Services, Inc., and Experiment in Self-Reliance. Sasha was born and raised in Fort Lee, NJ, and lived there until moving to Winston-Salem for college. She has a 20-month-old daughter named Maliyah and two dogs.
Kala C. Taylor, Esq. is the Assistant Director of Career Services at Wake Forest University School of Law. Having been in this position since 2008, she counsels first, second and third year law students, recent graduates and alumni on every aspect of their job search and career development. Her responsibilities also include, but are not limited to coordinating and/or facilitating all off-campus Diversity and Intellectual Property job fairs of which Wake Forest participates, assisting with on-campus interviewing, educational and professional programming, and providing weekly newsletters to students.
Kala received her B.A. degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Wake Forest University in 2001. She also received her J.D. and BCL from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She is an active member of the North Carolina State Bar. In her spare time, Kala enjoys studying in the area of non-profit compliance and contract law. Kala enjoys life with her husband, Eric, and her two children, Reign and Adaya.
Tiffany I. Waddell has served as an Academic Counselor in the Office of Academic Advising since August 2009. Her responsibilities include assisting undergraduate students regarding academic issues and providing advice and counseling regarding course selection, course loads, dropping and adding courses, and procedures for departing the University. She also processes all study abroad approvals for the Office of Academic Advising. Interested and engaged in Wake Forest’s Diversity and Inclusion initiative, Waddell is looking forward to serving as a Diversity Educator. Ms. Waddell received her B.A. in Theatre from Wake Forest University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree at WFU. Her interests also include volunteering in the local community as a mentor to young girls, poetry writing, and stage direction.
Kim Wieters joined Wake Forest in 1995 where she worked in Financial and Accounting Services. She spent three years at Brown University in the office of the Provost and the Dean of the Faculty as Assistant Director of Finance and Administration. Wieters returned to Wake Forest in 2007 and joined the office of the Dean of the College as Senior Business Manager. Her primary responsibilities include management of financial information for the college, assisting with faculty hiring, preparation and management of the college budget and oversight of college restricted funds. In June 2010, Wieters participated in the Gatekeepers Workshop leadership training and is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community at Wake Forest.
Ms. Wieters received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston. She is married and has two daughters.