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Welcome Our Incoming Fall 2016 MATX Class…

MATX logoAbdullah Alahmari completed a Bachelor of Education with a specialization in computers at the Teachers College in 2006. He earned MA in Communication Arts at the University of the Incarnate Word in Taxes. He taught at the Technical College in Abha for the academic year of 2006 and joined the Ministry of Education as a teacher from 2007 to 2011. After that, he joined King Abdulaziz University as a lecturer in the Communication Skills Department. In the meantime, he worked with a team to establish the Commission for Social Development, overseeing centers in many cities and contributing to the preparation of their strategic plans. He also supervised the Unit of Media and Public Relations as a volunteer in many organizations. Moreover, he has coached more than 1,500 students and teachers in a government program on the dissemination of digital culture and knowledge. Moreover, He worked as an intern at Al Jazeera Media Network. He is originally from Saudi Arabia.

Ahmed Alqarni earned his BA in Arabic language and literature from King Khalid University in Saudi Arabia 2008. After that, he served as a teaching assistant in the department of Arabic language and literature in KKU. In addition to his work in KKU, he was a member of Abha literary association. Ahmed I earned MA in Mass Communication from University of Wisconsin at Whitewater 2015.  Laster, he studied Academic English Language in University of Illinois at Chicago.   His primary research interests are focused upon the impact of social media on social advocacy in Saudi Arabia.

Chaz Barracks is a native of Glastonbury, Connecticut. He earned a BA in Criminal Justice from University of Richmond and a MA in Nonprofit Studies, also from UofR. As a former recipient of the Bonner Scholarship, Chaz has maintained a passion for integrating academics and community engagement that breaks down barriers and sustains quality partnerships. Following the completion of his BA, he worked abroad for two years as an English teacher in the Japanese Exchange Teaching Program (JET). Chaz mentored students about cultural exchange, utilizing language study to break cultural barriers and stereotypes. He also wrote and co-directed a play about his life story, which has been published and featured in an anthology dedicated to young LGBTQ men of color. Chaz now leads workshops and youth programming about how the ‘power of sharing personal stories’ can transform individual lives and communities. Chaz strongly believes that when education is equitable, accessible, and transformative, there is no limit to its impact. In the MATX program he plans to pursue ways to enhance the integration of personal narrative and the creative arts.

Elizabeth Collins is a bioethicist and Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) with more than seven years of experience in oncology and palliative care. She received her B.A. from Pepperdine University and her M.A. with Certification in Health Care Ethics from The University of West Florida (UWF). Prior to joining Virginia Commonwealth University in February of 2009, Beth was the first recipient of The Reubin O’D. Askew Award for her formative work with the UWF’s Center for Health Care Ethics in cooperation with Sacred Heart Health Systems in Pensacola, Florida. Her research interests focus on the use of interdisciplinary lenses to improve ethical decision making in the field of narrative medicine.

Frankie Mastrangelo earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Gender Studies from Rollins College, where she became involved in feminist and economic justice activism. After completing her undergraduate education, Frankie worked in Washington, D.C.-area nonprofits and served on the board of a radical bookstore cooperative. While earning a Master’s degree in Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Frankie worked as graduate instructor in the First-Year Writing program, facilitated educational initiatives for the UWM LGBT+ Resource Center, and participated in efforts to organize precarious workers in higher education settings. Frankie’s research interests focus on the intersection of digitality, nonprofits, and contemporary social movements.

Heidi Reszies is a poet and multidisciplinary artist living in Richmond, VA. She received her MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and was a 2015 James Merrill Poetry Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. Her poetry and poetics have appeared or are forthcoming in Forklift OhioFORTH MagazineJacket2Leveler, La Vague, and The Volta; her book-length poetry manuscript Blue Optimism was a finalist in the Lost Roads Press 2016 Besmilr Brigham Women Writers Award. Heidi currently serves as Design Director and Chapbook Series Editor at H_NGM_N Books.

Jeanette Vigliotti is a native of Carmel, New York. She completed her MA in English Literature from the University of North Florida, and her BA in English Language and Literature from Flagler College in St. Augustine. She is currently employed as the Digital Media Specialist for the St. Augustine Historical Society and as an Administrative Assistant for the Florida Literary Arts Coalition. Jeanette also volunteers as a reader and Instagram account manager for The Passed Note, an online YA journal. Her work was recently published in a special issue of Comunicazioni Sociali: Journal of Media, Performing Arts, and Cultural Studies.