Jamie Franco-Zamudio, PhD
Jamie Franco-Zamudio is an associate professor at Spring Hill College. She identifies as an engaged scholar, combining teaching, research, and scholarship by focusing on teaching for social justice. Her current research addresses the benefits of experiential learning and service-learning for social justice outcomes. Franco-Zamudio is a member of the Governing Council of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and is currently serving as Co-Chair of the SPSSI Teaching and Mentoring Committee and Member of the SPSSI Task Force for Engaged Scholarship. She has received awards for her teaching and service, including the SPSSI Innovative Teaching Award.
Barry Ross Rinehart
Over the last thirty years Barry has been designing transformative multi-sensory 360˚ experiences for and with CEOs and little kids, billionaires and refugees, movie stars and astronauts, scientists and jurors, board members and volunteers, politicians and ordinary citizens from all around the world. With each and every one, he has attempted to serve their needs, tell their stories and magnify their potential. His clients have included: ABC, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, BGC3, Compaq, Discovery Communications, Disney, eBay, Experience Music Project, Exxon, Ford, International Rett Syndrome Foundation, Kenworth, LucasFilm, Mars, Mary Kay, Microsoft, NASDAQ, National Geographic, Nintendo, Noggin, PayPal, PBS, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, United Nations Foundation, UNICEF, World Association for Children & Parents, WHO and many more. Barry was recognized as a 2015 Innovator of the Year by BizBash Magazine and in the last two years has been a keynote speaker and presenter on emotional and multi-sensory design of live events at over eight different conferences across the U.S, Sochi, Moscow, and Amsterdam. Barry now serves as the executive creative director for the international live event production company Multi Image Group in Boca Raton.
Dima ignites the untapped potential in individuals across the globe, empowering them to shatter limitations and become courageous, purpose driven leaders. Her own journey is one of escaping confinement, crossing continents, and transforming her life’s purpose. Harnessing the power of her story, Dima is committed to inspiring others to attain personal and professional growth, while simultaneously helping organizations increase diversity within their leadership ranks. Through keynote speeches, workshops, and executive coaching, Dima shares her unique leadership journey with one goal in mind: motivate and activate those around her to re-imagine their potential and grow into leaders. Dima draws from two decades of corporate experience leading global teams and developing future leaders worldwide. She has worked across the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa for several Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Merrill Lynch, and Intuit. She has honed a keen expertise in developing leaders to meet the demands of the global workforce. In addition to her global empowerment work, Dima serves on numerous nonprofit boards. She has been recognized for her services with the 2014 President of the United States Bronze Volunteer Service Award, the 2014 Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Forty Under 40” Award, and the 2016 Louisiana State University “Esprit de Femme Award.” She has been featured in numerous publications for her professional and philanthropic work.
Dana Wilder, originally from Dallas, Texas, is the youngest in her family with three older brothers, who taught her to be a tough, determined, and empowered woman with a heart of gold. She is a senior at Spring Hill College, majoring in Business Marketing and Management. Upon graduating from Spring Hill, she will return to Ortigia, Sicily to work with refugees and asylum seekers at an inter-cultural and inter-faith center. She plans to serve in the Peace Corps and pursue a Master’s Degree in International Development, with the hopes to work for a relief organization in the future.
Demetrius Semien, PhD
Dr. Demetrius Semien serves in his third year as Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Spring Hill College. He has a M.Div. from Yale University and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has taught for thirteen years at colleges and universities in NC, KY, Ohio, and AL. His research focuses on how faith motivates people to assist people as they transition out of prison and return to society. He is an active member of Open Table United Church of Christ and the Mobile NAACP. He also serves on the Steering Committee of Mobile United and is President of the Mobile Area Interfaith Conference, which sponsors programs like the Metro Jail
Julie Dobbs is a Sophomore at Spring Hill College. She is currently majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and minoring in Political Science. Over the past two years, she has been very active in the Mobile area helping with prison re-entry and is hoping to grow it. She hopes to attend Duke Law School after graduation and plans to obtain a Juris Doctorate Degree. Her ultimate dream would be getting appointed to work for the United States Supreme Court.
Rachael Hatley is a Graphic Designer and educator originally from Derby,
England. She has worked as a designer specializing in print, branding and editorial design in the publishing, manufacturing, apparel, and oil and gas industries in both UK and the US. Rachael received her MFA in Graphic Design from Vermont College of Fine Art in 2013 where her focus explored graphic design as a tool for social change. Rachael is the founder of The Litter Letter Project, a 3D messaging system of letters constructed from chicken wire and rebar, filled with litter collected from the roads and highways. She is a strong believer in sharing ideas and the power of community collaboration and has helped communities and organizations across the US create their own versions of the idea to promote response, thought and action toward the litter issue. Rachael is the Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Spring Hill College teaching typography, branding, design history and digital design and Faculty Advisor for the inaugural Spring Hill College AIGA student group.
Martin Jaramillo is a Senior student of Economics and Management at Spring Hill College. He has done service in Colombia, Nicaragua, Italy and the US. He periodically writes articles for the press and advocates for global solutions to problems that can’t be solved locally, like global poverty. He believes we have the ability to eradicate world poverty within our lifetime if we don’t lose our guidance of true service, social justice and economic growth.