H.O.P.E. Academy 2013


Imam Abd'Llah Al-Ansari

An expert in the field of Islamic studies, the Arabic language, and the culture of Islam and the Muslims Imam AbdíLlah Al-Ansari has been studying, teaching, writing, and speaking publicly on these subjects for nearly 20 years.
Imam Al-Anasri spent nearly seven years studying Arabic and religious studies in one of the most credible Islamic universities in the Middle East and most recently served as the Imam and Director of Islamic Affairs for the Islamic Center of Peoria Illinois where his responsibilities included: conducting religious educational programs, providing spiritual guidance and counseling to members of all ages, educating other faith groups about Islam, and serving as a mentor and guidance counselor for young people.

Imam Al-Ansari is a talented orator whose services have been solicited by religious and educational institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is currently pursuing a second Masterís degree in the field of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. where he now resides with his wife and six children.


Aurea Osgood

Dr. Aurea Osgood is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Winona State University. Dr. Osgood has been teaching at WSU since 2007. Dr. Osgood teaches primarily courses in family sociology and social research methods. Dr. Osgood takes a demographic approach to understanding family trends in the United States and uses active learning to engage students to apply concepts to real life situations. Dr. Osgoodís research includes work with single-father families and poverty, food insecurity, and teaching/pedagogy. Dr. Osgood earned her PhD in family demography from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Osgood also volunteers with the local food shelf and food co-op.

Rill Reuter

Professor Rill Reuter is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Winona State University.† She holds a masterís degree in biochemistry from Yale University and a bachelorís degree in chemistry from Connecticut College.†† Her research interests have focused on nucleic acids and photosynthesis. She has co-authored several scientific articles and had served as an accuracy reviewer for chemistry texts.† She has been active both in the university and in the community.† In addition to teaching, she enjoys music and history.†††

Rinnel Atherton

Dr. Rinnel G. Atherton currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the College of Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology Measurement and Evaluation from the University of North Carolina, Chapel. She has taught in the P-12 education system and served in various capacities to include: teacher evaluator, coach of teachers, program evaluator and provided professional development workshops in the areas of child and adolescent development and cognitive development.

Nate Emerson

Nate Emerson currently serves as Vice President of Student Affairs at Minnesota State Southeast Technical College. He has over 26 years of experience in higher education to include: admissions counselor, director of financial aid, director of institutional research and interim director of finance. He dedicated to community service with his involvement with the Kiwanis, Special Olympics and the Human Rights Commission of Winona, Minnesota.

Luke Woods

J. ďLukeĒ Wood, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education (ARPE) at San Diego State University. Dr. Wood is Co-Editor of the Journal of African American Males in Education (JAAME) and Chair of the Multicultural & Multiethnic Education (MME) special interest group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Luke also serves as a Young Academic Fellow for the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and Lumina Foundation for Education. His research focuses on community colleges, specifically in the areas of ethical leadership and decision-making, Black male achievement, and leadership development.

Joyati Debnath

Dr. Joyati Debnath is currently a Full Professor of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Winona State University (WSU), Minnesota.† Professor Debnath received M. S. degree in Pure Mathematics and Ph. D. degree in Applied Mathematics from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.† She received numerous Honors and Awards including the Best Teaching Award from Iowa State University, the Outstanding Woman of Education Award, and Whose Who Among American Teachers.† Prior to joining WSU, Dr. Debnath was a faculty member of Mathematics and Computer Systems at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, Wisconsin

Dr. Debnath has research interest in the areas of Topological Graph Theory, Integral Transform Theory, Partial Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problem, Associations of Variables, Discrete Mathematics, and Software Engineering Metrics and Tools. Dr. Debnath is an author or co-author of over 50 publications in numerous refereed journals and conference proceedings in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Terrence Wilcox

B.S., Biology, Bemidji State University

M.S., Biology, Bemidji State University

Mr. Wilcox is a biology and environmental faculty at Lake Superior College. He has ten years of teaching experience and has been involved in higher education experience for 12 years. Mr. Wilcox enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, exploring nature and teaching science.

Fredrick Lee