Eric R. Ocheretyaner, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Title: Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Company: Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, LIU Pharmacy

Location: Livingston, NJ

Education: Residency in PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Practice, SUNY Downstate Medical Center (2016-2017);

Residency in PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice, SUNY Downstate Medical Center (2015-2016);

Internship in Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy (2012-2015);

PharmD, Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Long Island University (2015)

Career History: Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, LIU Pharmacy (2017-Present)

Eric R. Ocheretyaner, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at LIU Pharmacy, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of public health.

Driven to succeed and build his profession, Dr. Ocheretyaner has served as an academic professor of pharmacy practice at the Arnold & Marie Schwarz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, a graduate school of Long Island University, since 2017. He teaches on campus and in hospitals, educates pharmacy and medical residents, and regularly works with multidisciplinary teams, such as physicians and nurses, to develop the best treatment plans for patients. Board-certified in infectious diseases pharmacy and a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, he is a gifted speaker on his expertise in infectious disease pharmacy across many professional meetings and platform presentations, has authored numerous publications in the field, and also lends his services to numerous charity causes at the hospital site where he practices.

Over the course of his robust educational journey, Dr. Ocheretyaner earned a Doctor of Pharmacy from the institution in 2015. Going through schooling, he knew he always wanted to pursue residency training and be directly involved in the patients’ care. In the midst of his studies, he completed an internship in pharmacy at Rite Aid, and then afterward, a residency in PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice and a PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Practice at SUNY Downstate Medical Center between 2015 and 2017. He also had an affinity for teaching; as a student, he was always interested in academia and sees his current post as an accomplishment of that initial goal.

A recipient of numerous awards from his alma mater and a grant from Pfizer, Dr. Ocheretyaner has been a dedicated member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Looking toward the future, he hopes to continue to advance in his career and ultimately be promoted to higher-level positions in academia, keep conducting research, and encourage his students to be involved in academic projects.


Kayla Rose Krapf

Title: Music Teacher

Company: Christopher Unit School District #99

Location: Christopher, IL

Education: Pursuing Master’s Degree in Music Education, Eastern Illinois University;

Bachelor’s Degree, Eastern Illinois University, Summa Cum Laude (2018);

Associate in Music Education, John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL (2015)

Career History: Music Teacher, Christopher Unit School District #99 (2019-Present);

With, Shiloh CUSD 1, Hume, IL

Kayla Rose Krapf, Music Teacher at Christopher Unit School District #99, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of education.

Following in the footsteps of her mother, an accomplished music teacher, Ms. Krapf has excelled in the role herself at Christopher Unit School District #99 in Illinois since 2019. Within the district, she teaches fifth-grade band, junior high school choir, and the high school band, choir, and jazz band—as well as works with the junior high school band for sectionals. She was previously active at Shiloh CUSD 1 and—strongly believing that it’s equally important to perform as it is to teach—utilizes her expertise in music and the arts as a musician, a singer, and an actress for numerous community theater productions and pit orchestras.

Excelling in a variety of positions at the nonprofit theater troupe Pyramid Players since 2003—from an actress to a choreographer to an oboe player—Ms. Krapf has showcased her skills on stage in productions of “Guys and Dolls,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “White Christmas,” among others. In addition, she sings at her local church, where she also frequently volunteers her services within its programs. She has also authored an article on professional development aimed at new teachers for the Illinois Music Educator, the official journal of the Illinois Music Education Association. In celebration of her wide range of achievements, Ms. Krapf has been honored with an Eric Mazzie Award and a Presto Foundation Scholarship.

Growing up, Ms. Krapf was greatly inspired and supported by her family, particularly her parents, who encouraged her development as a musician, and nourished her potential in the art, since before her kindergarten years. They have also been there for every performance she has been part of to this day. In fact, her father recently built a percussion instrument that she uses for her students. As her parents stressed the importance of good grades since she was young, Ms. Krapf was a determined and focused student—and proud to have earned an associate’s degree in music education from John A. Logan College in 2015 and the highest distinction when she graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Illinois University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in 2018.

Brittney Potter

Title: Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher

Company: Campus High School

Location: Wichita, KS

Education: Bachelor’s Degree, Kansas State University (2019)

Career History: Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, Campus High School (2019-Present)

Brittney Potter, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher at Campus High School, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of education.

As a young girl, Ms. Potter moved to a small town and enrolled in a new school, where she felt isolated and unaccepted by her peers. However, there was a bright light for her in the form of her fifth-grade teacher, Mary Pinkston, who took her under her wing, helped her navigate the new surroundings, and made her feel like she belonged. This mentorship continued throughout middle school, during which she also served as her volleyball coach. It was Ms. Pinkston’s compassion and support that made her want to pursue a career as an educator—so that she, too, could help every student feel accepted, loved, motivated, and like there is always someone to rely on. To this day, Ms. Potter is still in contact with her and often defers to her when she has questions in the field.

In fact, it was Ms. Pinkston, who helped Ms. Potter—after she earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 2019—get her first job. Since 2019, she has found success as a family and consumer sciences teacher at Campus High School in Wichita, Kansas. In her role, she has strived to go above and beyond for her students, the school, and the community as a whole. A sponsor for several clubs, she also heads an annual holiday event with the kids and town through which clothes, shoes, and toys are donated to those in the area who might be struggling financially. Additionally, she serves as vice president of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences; an adviser for the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America; and is a member of the Kansas Association of Career and Technical Education and American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Determined to make an impact on the lives of students for years to come, Ms. Potter has ambitions of opening up a daycare at her school; obtaining a master’s degree; and one day becoming a college professor. However, she doesn’t think she could ever leave her high school students—looking into the field of counseling as an additional area of expertise, she wants to build on the connections she has with them and help them out as much as possible.

Annette Lord Cohen

Title: Chief Executive Officer

Company: Lammie’s Daycare Inc.

Location: New York

Education: MA in Public Administration, Long Island University (2000);

BA in Marketing

Career History: Chief Executive Officer, Lammie’s Daycare Inc.

Annette Lord Cohen, Chief Executive Officer at Lammie’s Daycare Inc., has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of education.

For more than two decades, Ms. Cohen has excelled as both an independent contractor and a child care advocate and life coach, culminating in her current role teaching others how to start or expand a successful home-based childcare business. Through Lammie’s Daycare Inc., which was established in 1997 but is in full operation now, she lends her expertise and passion in the areas of early childhood development, business, marketing, and public administration—as well as raises funds in order to offer free workshops to the community. In the wake of COVID-19, her business approach has changed entirely, but her success has been maintained.

In addition, Ms. Cohen serves on the planning board for the Queens Community Board 14 and is a dedicated member of the American Society of Public Administration, and volunteers for the New York Community Board. Chief among her proudest achievements has been her launch of the first children’s health fair in her community, for which she worked hard to find event sponsors and booked entertainment. A pivotal goal of hers has been to spread awareness about preventable children’s illnesses. In recognition of her hard work, she was honored with a council citation for contributions to the community.

In preparation for her professional journey, Ms. Cohen became the first in her family to receive a college degree when she earned a Bachelor of Arts in marketing, which she followed up with a Master of Arts in public administration from Long Island University in 2000. She also proudly served in the Marine Corps—a post she considers a major factor in her overall success. Looking toward the future, she plans to continue her business and, as a survivor of cervical cancer, strives to educate more women about the illness and her experiences with it. In her free time, Ms. Cohen enjoys traveling, reading, swimming, and going to the beach.

Ved Nanda

Title: Law Educator, Director, Academic Administrator

Company: University of Denver

Location: Denver, CO

Education: LLD (Hon.), Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India (2000); LLD (Hon.), Soka University, Tokyo, Japan (1997); Postgraduate Coursework, Yale University (1962-1965); LLM, Northwestern University (1962); LLM, University of Delhi (1958); LLB, University of Delhi (1955); MA, University of the Punjab (1952)

Career History: Distinguished University Professor, University of Denver (2018-Present); Director, The Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law (2014-Present); Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law (1970-Present); Honorary Professor of Law, University of Delhi (India) Faculty of Law (2017); Vice Provost, University of Denver (1994-2008); Evans University Professor, University of Denver (1992-Present); Thompson G. Marsh Professor, of Law Emeritus, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Founding Director, International Legal Studies Program, University of Denver College of Law; Assistant Provost, University of Denver (1993-1994); Associate Professor, Law, University of Denver College of Law (1968-1970); Assistant Professor, Law, University of Denver College of Law (1965-1968)

Ved Nanda, Law Educator, Director, and Academic Administrator at the University of Denver, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leaders for their contributions and achievements in the fields of law and education.

A renowned figure in legal education, academic administration, and the fight for human rights, Mr. Nanda has dedicated himself to helping students reach their highest standards, predominantly at the University of Denver—where he has been a Professor of Law at the Sturm College of Law since 1970, an Evans University Professor since 1992, and was recognized as a Distinguished University Professor in 2018. In addition, at the university, he has served as director of the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law since 2014, through which he and other colleagues promote quality writing and research in international law and excellence in international law teaching, scholarship, and practice among faculty, staff, and alumni. He was previously active as the assistant provost from 1993 to 1994; an associate professor from 1968 to 1970; and an assistant professor from 1965 to 1968—and was the founding director of the university’s international legal studies program. Among the many students he helped to guide and mentor was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

On top of these primary endeavors, Mr. Nanda has also lent his expertise to numerous other institutes of learning, finding success as a visiting professor at Florida State University, the University of Iowa’s College of Law, the University of San Diego, the University of Colorado, and for numerous summer programs between 1973 and 1992. In the midst of those appointments, he also excelled as a consultant for the Solar Energy Research Institute from 1978 to 1981, a consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy from 1980 to 1981, a distinguished visiting professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1981, a distinguished visiting professor of international law at California Western School of Law from 1983 to 1984, and a distinguished visiting scholar at the University of Hawaii from 1986 to 1987. In 2010, he was honored as a distinguished visiting scholar at the John Marshall Law School. A dedicated member and chair across several national and international civic organizations, he has been affiliated with the Board of Trustees for both the Hindu University of America and Hindu Temple & Cultural Center of the Rockies since 2019, and previously served on the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and World Federation of United Nations Associations in Geneva, Switzerland. Additionally, Mr. Nanda has been the honorary vice president for the American Branch of the International Law Association since 2001, honorary president of the World Jurist Association since 2000, a counselor for the American Society of International Law since 2000, and a member of the governing council for the United Nations Associations since 1990, among several other professional organizations.

Just as prolific in his written works, Mr. Nanda has authored and edited numerous publications over the course of his career, acting as the co-editor of several texts in the field, including “A Treatise on International Criminal Law,” “Water Needs for the Future,” “The Law of Transnational Business Transactions,” “Global Human Rights,” “World Climate Change,” “Human Rights and Third World Development,” and “Climate Change and Environmental Ethics,” among many others. He also recently co-wrote “Litigation of International Disputes in US Courts” and “Private International Law: Avoiding and Resolving Conflict of Law,” has been a columnist for the Denver Post, and has served on the editorial boards for the American Journal of Comparative Law, Indian Journal of International Law, and Transnational Weekly. In recognition of his impact on the world of education and law, he has earned several accolades, including the World Legal Scholar Award from the World Peace Through Law Center in China in 1990; Civil Rights Award from the Anti-Defamation League in 1996; Medal of Honor from the World Congress of Ukrainian Lawyers in 1999; was named an Ambassador for Peace by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace in 2001; a Lifetime Teaching Award from All India Law Teachers Congress in 2009; and a Founder’s Faculty Award from the University of Denver in 2020, among others.

Born and raised in India, Mr. Nanda obtained a Master of Arts from the University of the Punjab in 1952 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Delhi in 1955. Then, in 1960, he immigrated to the United States, where he earned a Master of Laws from Northwestern University in 1962, completed postgraduate coursework at Yale University from 1962 to 1965, and later received honorary degrees from Soka University in Japan in 1997 and Bundelkhand University in India in 2000. A significant voice in the area of human rights, Mr. Nanda has greatly valued his ability to help people and take care of his students.

Dr. Krista Johns Mulcahy

Title: Band Director

Company: Campbell High School, Cobb County Schools

Location: Smyrna, GA

Education: DMA in Music Education, Boston University (2016);

Master of Music in Music Education, Louisiana State University (1996);

BS in Music Education, Jacksonville State University (1994)

Career History: Director of Bands, Campbell High School, Cobb County School District (2021-Present);

Assistant Director of Bearcat Bands, University of Cincinnati (2018-Present);

Director of Bands (4th Grade to HS)/Indiana Academy/Instructor, High School Music Theory/Instructor, Middle School Music Appreciation/Director of Jazz Band and Basketball Pep Band, Burris Laboratory School at Ball State University (2011-Present);

Director of Marching Band, Pep Band, Wind Ensemble/ Instructor, Music Education and Performance/Assistant Professor of Music/Director of Instrumental Studies, Charleston Southern University (2003-2011);

Director of Bands (High School Concert Bands, Marching Band, Pep Band)/Private Lessons Instructor/Chamber Group Instructor, Cobb County Schools (2001-2003)

Dr. Krista Johns Mulcahy, Band Director at Campbell High School within the Cobb County School District, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of music education.

Dr. Mulcahy’s love for her field was fostered at a young age—her grandfather, J.M. Johns, was an accomplished gospel music composer with whom she had a lot of similarities throughout her upbringing; she started playing piano when she was seven years old. Passionate about the art of music and teaching others, she earned a Bachelor of Science in music education from Jacksonville State University in 1994 and a Master of Music in Music Education from Louisiana State University in 1996.

She launched her career at the Cobb County School District from 2001 to 2003, serving as the director of the high school concert band, and the marching and pep bands, and taught afterschool private lessons and chamber groups. From 2003 to 2011, she found success as an assistant professor of music at Charleston Southern University, where she also directed the marching, jazz, and pep bands, as well as wind ensemble, and served as a member of the Teacher Education Committee. Since 2011, she has been the director of bands at the Burris Laboratory School within Ball State University, instructing musicians ranging from fourth grade through high school on music theory and appreciation; in the midst of this appointment, she obtained a Doctor of Musical Arts in music education from Boston University in 2016. In addition, she has excelled in the role of assistant director of the Bearcat Bands at the University of Cincinnati, a campus music program that provides educational opportunities and leadership development—for which she became the first woman leader in 2018. In this capacity, she taught about inclusivity and encouraged far more students to appreciate music and join the program. Dr. Mulcahy also returned to Campbell High School in 2021 when she was appointed as the director of bands.

A dedicated member of the Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and Women Band Directors International, Dr. Mulcahy is continually motivated to do what she does because she loves her students and the looks on their faces when her teachings connect with them. On this note, she considers the highlights of her career to be whenever the achieved something in the classroom or while performing in front of others. She has had many students who became band directors themselves and all of them have attributed their career choice to her teaching. Dr. Mulcahy hopes to be remembered as a person who always put student interests first, and advised aspiring music educators, “You must love what you do; music is a great outlet for people.”

Looking toward the future, Dr. Mulcahy hopes to be able to work at a university level to help train teachers; additionally, she’s excited to have her own son, John, play in her band in two years.

Campbell Band



Dr. Mary Ann Cashman-McGuire

Title: Education Consultant

Company: EduCom

Location: Massachusetts

Education: EdD, Catholic University of America (1990); MA in Drama, Catholic University of America (1962); BA, Speech, Drama, Mundelein College (Now Loyola University, Chicago), Chicago, IL (1958)

Career History: Education Consultant, Private Practice, Annapolis, MD (1987-Present); Director of Education, Tall Oaks Early Learning Center, Bowie, MD (1991-1994); With, Speech Department, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (1990-1992); Director of Marketing, Alpha Gallery, Rockville, MD (1988-1990); Director, Marketing, Applied Business Technology, Adelphi, MD (1988-1989); Artistic Director, Opera Bel Canto, Takoma Park, MD (1983-1985); Legal Secretary, Arnold & Porter, Washington, DC (1981-1985)

Dr. Mary Ann Cashman-McGuire, Education Consultant at EduCom, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of education.

Guided by a love for teaching and her students, Dr. Cashman-McGuire has built an accomplished career in education that’s spanned more than 30 years and several institutions of learning. She has served as an education consultant out of EduCom, her private practice in Annapolis, Maryland since 1987 and a professor at Arundel Community College since 2000.

Launching her career as a legal secretary for Arnold & Porter in 1981, Dr. Cashman-McGuire co-founded and became an artistic director at Opera Bel Canto from 1983 to 1985 and then found success as the director of marketing for both Applied Business Technology and Alpha Gallery between 1988 and 1990. It was in 1989 that she proudly took the role of an adjunct professor within the speech and theater department at Prince George’s Community College up until 1996, during which time she also taught continuing education, speech, and drama. Outside of these primary roles, she has found success as an instructor within the speech department at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1990 to 1992, the director of education at Tall Oaks Early Learning Center from 1991 to 1994, and the president of the local branch of the National Council for Geocosmic Research from 1995 to 1997. For 11 years, she taught at the Dahlgren Military Base in Virginia, which she found to be extremely rewarding. Throughout all of her experience in academia, it has been the looks on the faces of her students while she taught that have fueled her excitement most.

On the civic side of things, Dr. Cashman-McGuire has long been active in her community in Maryland. She was the publicity chair of the Save Takoma Park Committee from 1964 to 1968, chair of the Antiques Seminar Group from 1968 to 1985, co-founder of the Takoma Park House and Garden Committee in the 1970s, chair of the Community Improvement Board from 1970 to 1984, and a consultant for the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine in 1993. Since 2004, she has organized Ranger Rosaries at St. Mary’s Church, and since 2008, she has served as a historian for the Ladies of the Ancient Order of Historians. Additionally, her lifelong love for theater led her to form a youth drama group in the city of Takoma Park, through which she writes plays for children. Just as prolific as an author, Dr. Cashman-McGuire has authored “View Alternative School: An Historic and Ethnographic Analysis of Its Founding, Development” for the Catholic University of America, “Voice and Diction Today,” “Stage Movement for Singers,” and numerous articles for professional journals.

Dr. Cashman-McGuire gravitated toward her profession at a young age, when her passion for art and theater led to her interest in drama school. While a student at Mundelein College, now known as Loyola University Chicago, she decided that speech and drama were the fields for her—as they encompassed everything she loved in the arts—and ultimately obtained a Bachelor of Arts in them in 1958. She followed that up with a Master of Arts in drama from the Catholic University of America in 1962, and later returned to the Washington, D.C. institution for a Doctor of Education in 1990.

Danielle R. Gilmore

Title: PhD Candidate

Company: George Washington University

Location: California

Education: PhD in Public Policy and Administration, The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (2018-2022);

MPP, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2016-2018);

BS in Public Health, University of Central Oklahoma (2011-2016)

Career History: Graduate Research Assistant, George Washington Institute of Public Policy (2018-Present);

Research Assistant, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (2016-Present);

Research and Evaluation Associate, Mirror Group LLC (2019-2020);

Research Assistant, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, Rosslyn, VA (2019);

Teaching Assistant, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (2017-2018)

Event Coordinator, Main Event Entertainment (2015-2016);

Banquet Attendant Trainer, Main Event Entertainment (2014-2016);

Office of Partner Engagement Intern, Oklahoma State Department of Health (2015-2016);

Practicum Student, Muscular Dystrophy Association (2014);

Server, Outback Steakhouse (2012-2014)

Danielle R. Gilmore, PhD Candidate at George Washington University, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the fields of public policy and education.

For the past decade, Ms. Gilmore has dedicated herself to education, providing a voice to the voiceless, and highlighting an underrepresented population through research and hard work. Attributing her success to peerless drive, passion, and the desire to make her corner of the world “a better place,” she has served as a graduate research assistant at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy since 2018. In this role, she supports the research projects of Dr. Andrew Reamer, a renowned economic and workforce development analyst, by conducting literature scans, classifying databases, studying and maintaining typologies for non-degree credentials, and analyzing how federal government agencies purchase and use private data sets.

Additionally, since 2016, Ms. Gilmore has been active as a research assistant at the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, for which she works on two major projects—conducting data cleaning and analysis and developing peer-reviewed scholarly articles around the Black Men’s Health Study, a National Institutes of Health-granted initiative, and analyzing how stress impacted mental health. Outside of these primary endeavors, she has also excelled as a research and evaluation associate for Mirror Group, LLC, conducting documentary analysis and facilitating evaluation workshops, from 2019 to 2020; a research assistant for the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness in 2019; and a teaching assistant at Johns Hopkins University from 2017 to 2018. At Johns Hopkins, she served under Dr. Roland Thorpe for his course, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Scientific Writing in Public Health,” for which she performed data analyses and graded students’ writing assignments. Previous positions include an event coordinator at Main Event Entertainment, an intern at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, and a practicum student at the Muscular Dystrophy Association based in Oklahoma City.

Ms. Gilmore has prepared for her illustrious career by earning a Bachelor of Science in public health from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2016, a Master of Public Policy from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2018, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in public policy and administration from the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at George Washington University. In addition, she was certified as a health education specialist by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. in 2016. Over the course of her academic journey, she has contributed greatly to education, serving in the roles of member and chair for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy; a mentor at Washington Evaluators; a community consultant at Johns Hopkins; and president of the Johns Hopkins University MPP Alumni Association. For her services, she has earned many accolades and is a dedicated member of such professional organizations as the Society for Public Health Education, American Public Health Association, and Association of Public Policy and Management—among others.

Ms. Gilmore has also authored numerous publications across several peer-reviewed academic journals, her most recent analyzing the role of representation at school. Looking toward the future, she aspires to work for a consultant firm, where she can conduct evaluations, analyze policies, and ideally interact with government agencies and regulatory agencies in order to create high-level system changes. She also strives to one day become an adjunct professor at a university.


Anthony Clark Jr.

Title: Student

Company: Grand Valley State University

Location: Michigan

Education: AA in Multimedia Journalism, Grand Rapids Community College (2021); BA in Communication Studies, Grand Valley State University

Career: Staff Writer, Lanthorn, Grand Valley State University (2021-Present); Line Cook, Peppino’s Sports Grille & Pizzeria, Kentwood, MI (2018-Present); Administrative Assistant, GVSU Sociology Department, Allendale, MI (2021); Journalist, The Collegiate, Grand Rapids Community College (2019-2021); Kitchen Supervisor, Fricano’s of Caledonia, Caledonia, MI (2015-2018)

Anthony Clark Jr., Student at Grand Valley State University, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of communication.

For as long as he can remember, Mr. Clark has been passionate about writing. As a child, he often filled notebooks with fictional tales and dreamt of one day becoming an author. Motivated by his mother, who raised three children on her own, and his grandfather, a military veteran and hard worker who served as a great role model to him, he devoted himself to being a strong student and eventually enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in 2019, where he majored in multimedia journalism. He quickly proved himself in his field by joining the school’s news publication, The Collegiate, and advancing from a reporter to a Sports Editor to Editor-in-Chief—which he considers a crowning achievement—by the time he graduated in 2021. In doing so, Mr. Clark became the first in his family to graduate from college, lending credence to his philosophy that “with hard work and determination, success will come when it’s least expected.”

Diploma in hand, Mr. Clark sought to continue on his higher education journey and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies at Grand Valley State University, which he strives to obtain by 2023. There, he serves as a staff writer for Lanthorn, a twice-weekly newspaper published by the school for which he writes and reports both news and sports articles. In addition, he has excelled as a line cook at Peppino’s Sports Grille & Pizzeria since 2018. He was previously active as an Administrative Assistant within the sociology department at the university, creating syllabi and course material for professors, managing filing systems and records, and directing students in need of program assistance. As a testament to his abilities in his field, Mr. Clark has garnered several accolades, including a Grand Valley Award for Excellence, and serves as a member of both the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Valuing the advice and feedback of others, and finding his role incredibly rewarding, Mr. Clark will soon be working for a broadcasting company in West Michigan and aspires to become a communications director for either of his alma maters.

Zachary J. Ridder

Title: Academic Adviser

Company: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Location: Tennessee

Education: MPA, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2020);

MBA, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2018);

BS in Economics, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2016);

BA in History, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2014);

Pursuing PhD, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Career History: Academic Adviser, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2019-Present);

Academic Records Specialist, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2017-2019);

Operator, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2013-2017);

Intern, Tennessee Valley Authority (2016-2017);

Cell Technician, Sam’s Club (2013- 2014);

Term Worker, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2011-2013);

Student Worker, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2010- 2011);

Shift Lead, Blue Coast Burrito, Chattanooga, TN (2006- 2009);

Cashier, Staples (2006- 2007)

Zachary J. Ridder, Academic Adviser at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of education.

For Mr. Ridder, persistence and a strong work ethic have been the driving forces behind his advancement from a cashier at Staples to the academic adviser at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Since 2019, his role in higher education has involved integrating first-year students majoring in computer science, computer engineering, political science, communications, and mathematics into the university and connecting them to the right resources; encouraging their involvement in the school’s variety of programs; teaching them the ropes on a technical level; and, most importantly of all, helping them navigate their new environment and encouraging them to advocate for themselves and stay on track toward success. Motivated by his own experiences as a student at the University of Tennessee, his mission has stemmed from his realization that it’s “a lot harder to fix problems at the end of the road than it is to prevent them in the first place.”

While he grew up in a house of education, Mr. Ridder—as his father was a school teacher-turned-principal who ultimately served as an agent with the FBI—he insists that it wasn’t intelligence that drove him to where he is today but an ability to never give up no matter how difficult things got. While in high school, he worked at Staples from 2006 to 2007 and as a shift lead at Blue Coast Burrito in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before graduating and attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He initially wanted to major in physics, but upon reflection, he realized that he just enjoyed learning and wanted to better understand how everything in the world came to be. Between 2014 and 2020, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history, a Bachelor of Science in economics, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Public Administration—he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in learning and leadership. All the while, he served as a student and term worker, a cell technician at Sam’s Club, an intern at Tennessee Valley Authority, and then an operator and an academic records specialist at the university between 2013 and 2019.

A major incentive for his gravitation toward academic advising was feeling as though he was not properly guided as a student; it took him six years to graduate with his first degree, predominantly due to not being aware of certain academic policies. On top of his myriad responsibilities, he has served as the president of Scenic City Clay Arts—a nonprofit that promotes the art form in the city through outreach and educational assistance programs—and a member of both the National Academic Advising Association and Tennessee City Management Association. In five years, he hopes to have obtained his PhD, keep learning, work in education, and pursue a job in the federal government.