Member Profiles

Committee Chair:

  • Dr. Frank Webbe

Faculty:

  • Dr. Maria Lavooy
  • Dr. Virginia Follette
  • Dr. Radhika Krishnamurthy
  • Dr. Katrina Merlini

Staff:

  • Ms. Stephanie Enstice

Students:

  • Jenna Manelli
  • Paige Koehler
  • Aaron Martes
  • Bethany Wellman
  • Jovany Avendano
  • Jenna Seward
  • Amy Cuccuro

Angela Zeng

Angela Zeng

Hi, my name is Angela Zeng and I am a third year student in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program. I was born in China and immigrated to the United States when I was five years old. I grew up in the melting pot of New York City and was exposed to a variety of cultures and various delicious ethnic foods. I am very passionate about learning about different cultures and am excited to be a part of a committee that is not only devoted to celebrating diversity, but also raising awareness and promoting cultural diversity.

 

Charlie Scott

Charlie Scott

I have been interested in diversity as a personal fascination for as long as I can remember. I wasn't raised in the most diverse area of the world (Flagler Beach, FL. 96% Caucasian) but I was born into an international family and am a dual citizen of both the U.S. and the Cayman Islands and my mother made sure that I spent long stretches of time as I was growing up living in the Caymans so that I would appreciate my heritage. I've been traveling ever since, getting to know new people from all around the world. My interest in diversity has only gotten stronger over the years since I came to terms with my sexuality as a gay man. I'm happy to say that I've been able to surround myself with diverse friends and family. Today, I study how diversity impacts working relationships and teams and I plan on continuing to actively promote understanding of diversity as well as the similarity we all share as members of a single species: Homo sapiens.

Dr. Lavooy

Dr. Lavooy

Dr. Lavooy

Dr. Lavooy

Maria Lavooy earned an undergraduate degree in biology, with biopsychology as her main area of interest and study. It was this interest that led her to the Behavior Genetics Mouse Lab at Miami University, Ohio, where she earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology. She brings almost 25 years of teaching experience, 11 of them in online instruction, to Florida Tech. She has been an active member of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, since her undergraduate years and is currently serving on the Board of Directors in the capacity of Vice President of the Southeast Region. Her recent research interests, in addition to online teaching and learning, include confronting behavior and diversity, with a primary focus on gender issues.Dr. Lavooy:



Dr. Proctor

Dr. Proctor

 

Darby Proctor received her Ph.D. in the psychology of animal behavior from Georgia State University. Her research interests are in economic decision-making with nonhuman primates and she currently works with the primates housed at the Brevard Zoo. Previously, Dr. Proctor was an NIH-funded IRACDA postdoctoral fellowship focused on promoting women and minorities in the STEM disciplines.

Erin Miller

I am currently a senior Undergraduate Forensic Psychology student at FIT. I am working on my undergraduate thesis which is looking at individual responses to awkward and uncomfortable situations when there are gender diversities involved. I am also the president of the Florida Tech Psi Chi Chapter. I became a member of the Diversity Committee because I find great importance in spreading awareness regarding diversity, especially with the great diversity represented at FIT! I feel no matter what a student is involved in, it is important to have diverse backgrounds and thoughts, especially in academic environments.

Jenna Manelli

Jenna Manelli

Jenna Manelli is a first year student in the Clinical Doctoral program at the Florida Institute of Technology. Her interest for diversity comes from living in Madrid, Spain for a year where she taught English to school-aged children. Living and traveling abroad immersed her in a culture unlike her own, and she gained an appreciation for celebrating diversity, especially from an international perspective. She values and maintains her close friendships with individuals from various countries and cultural backgrounds, and she hopes to share her passion of spreading diversity to those throughout the community.

 

Past Members:

  • Dr. Wildman
  • Dr. Webbe
  • Dr. Edkins
  • Stephanie Carter,
  • Christina Mandina
  • Tatiana Vallejo Luces
  • Mickela Engleson
  • Hank Ebner
  • Bethanie Stephens
  • Fabian Consbruck
  • Adrienne Nelson
  • Alexa Weinberg
  • Helen Greenbacker
  • Jennifer Kennedy
  • Maria Sverdlova