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New Member Profiles

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Stephanie Shipton is a policy wonk, systems thinking nerd, and innovation explorer who is passionate about education as liberation and connecting policies and systems with people and communities. As the director of early engagement and strategic initiatives at Teach For America Hawai`i, she is responsible for curating and cultivating leadership development opportunities for high school students and serving on the organization's leadership teams. Her career journey includes co-founding Education Incubator (a local non-profit), roles in the Superintendent’s Office of the Hawai`i State Department of Education and experiences in federal education policy work through roles at the National Governors Association and Alliance for Excellent Education. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master's degree in political management from The George Washington University.

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Dr. Summer Van Pelt is the Campus Director for the University of Phoenix, Hawaii Campus. Recently moved from the Bay Area in Northern California, where Dr. Van Pelt was the Campus Director for the University of Phoenix. Dr. Van Pelt has been in the Higher Education field for over 15 years and is a strong proponent of education. Prior to leading the Hawaii and Bay Area Campus, Dr. Van Pelt spent 11 years is Asia, where she helped establish the Overseas Military Campus for the University of Phoenix and served in a variety of roles from Campus Director and Area Director, Enrollment. The learning centers were located on military bases in Okinawa, Mainland, Japan, Korea, and Guam. The campus served our military members who were stationed in the Asia/Pacific region.  In addition to her administrative position with the University of Phoenix, Dr. Van Pelt also serves as an Associate Faculty member for the University of Phoenix, where she teaches classes in Critical Thinking and Organizational Leadership. Dr. Van Pelt earned her Doctorate in Management in 2009, her dissertation focused on and is entitled, “The Complexities of Leading Virtual Teams”.  Dr. Van Pelt has served as the President for the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts Overseas, President of the Bay Area Diversity Council and also served on the Board of Directors for the Joint Venture Silicon Valley.  Having a black belt in a martial art, she has served as a volunteer instructor for women’s self-defense, this is a cause Dr. Van Pelt is passionate about. In her spare time, Dr. Van Pelt, enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as traveling, and running marathons.