FAST Fellows are individuals who have volunteered to participate in initiatives promoted by FAST. We invite researchers and graduate students who are interested in the development of social theory to get involved.
Donald W. Nobbs, PhD
Donald Nobbs graduated from the Fielding Graduate University in 2011. His research led to the development of a new theory entitled The Theory of Collective Understanding. The dissertation focuses on rethinking our understanding of the relationship between social integration and system integration for the purpose of improving organizational practice.
His research interests include practice-based research, real-world complexity, open systems thinking, and cognition. All of these have implications for group and organizational learning, and for the creation of new forms of institutionalized practice.
Donald’s consulting practice enables corporate agents to understand the internal dynamics and indeterminate nature of organizational practice. Enabling corporate agents to adopt a dialogical approach for working with experience itself, Donald nurtures their ability to discern and communicate new possibilities for organizational practice in a different and expanded way.
Ayanna Lewis, MS
Ayanna L. Lewis obtained a B.A. degree in psychology from Rutgers University in 2008 and a M.S. degree in counseling psychology from Capella University in 2010. She is currently employed as a case manager for the Mental Health Association in which she teaches, assesses, and develops recover plans for individuals severing from persistent psychiatric illnesses.
Ayanna lives in New Jersey and is beginning a fellowship for the Foundation for the Advancement of Social Theory (FAST). Her interest in the field of psychology includes qualitative and quantitative research, counseling in a group and an individual setting with various culturally diverse populations, and enhancement in sports performance through team cohesion and personal development.
Juan Arango, MS
Juan Arango, MS believes in the possibility of a better world. He was born in Fredonia, a small town near Medellin, Colombia. He has lived in different cities and today resides in Miami, USA. A mechanical engineer, he has two graduates degrees, one in Technology Management and another in Industrial Engineering. Since he is always reflecting on the possibilities of improving life, he has found through his work, by looking to improve communication with his clients in the information area, that the essence of every living being is the result of its information creation ability. He calls this information creation ability: informational ability, or infoability. Juan believes that humankind has started to understand that we are one team, a big living being–the humankind living being. He assures we will see great developments if we can understand the liability that our uncivilized animal instinct poses against the improvement of our relationships.
Keith Brown, EdD
Dr. Keith Brown has more than 20 years of experience teaching English, English as a Second Language, English as a Foreign Language and as a Learning Assistance Specialist. His experience includes more than a decade of teaching in Japan.
Keith earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University in 2004. He has an M.A. in Humanities with a focus on EFL/ESL Teaching. He also carries certificates in TESOL teaching and Learning Community and Facilitator Development, plus International Tutoring Association Certification.
Scott Pochron, MA
Scott Pochron holds a Masters degree in Organizational & Leadership Dynamics from Antioch University. He is also a Master Practitioner of NeuroLinguistic Programming, a certified Project Management Professional, and a Certified Meta-Coach. His research interests include metatheoretical approaches to integrating of theories of leadership and human action.
Scott brings a technical background to FAST, with 20 years experience in technology consulting, and diverse corporate business experience as a CIO, strategic planner, and technical project manager. His current consulting and coaching practice focuses on equipping executives and managers to exercise leadership in the midst of rapid change and uncertainty.
Bernadette Wright, PhD
Dr. Bernadette Wright has 16 years’ experience in evaluation and applied social research. She is Research/Evaluation Methodologist at Meaningful Evidence, LLC, enabling businesses and non-profits to maximize their success through evidence-based design, development, and impact assessment of their organizations, strategies, and initiatives. Examples of her professional publications can be seen in the Journal of Aging and Social Policy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Aging and Disability Resource Center Technical Assistance Exchange website, the International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication website Free Resources for Methods in Evaluation and Social Research, and many other sources. She has given over 25 presentations at national and regional conferences like the 2012 American Society on Aging Conference in Washington, DC, the 2011 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, and the 2008 Symposium on Strengthening the Home and Community Based Services Direct Service Workforce in Baltimore.
Before establishing Meaningful Evidence, she was Consultant at The Lewin Group, a leading health and human services consulting firm, for 5 years. Previously, she spent 6+ years as Policy Research Analyst at AARP Public Policy Institute, where she was awarded two AARP Certificates of Recognition for extraordinary effort/creativity. She earned her PhD in Public Policy, Evaluation and Analytical Methods, from the University of Maryland in 2002.
Bernadette’s current work at FAST is focused on applying critical metatheoretical analysis to advance theories of entrepreneurship and innovation towards greater effectiveness in supporting entrepreneurs like herself. She is on a mission to equip others to realize their potential and demonstrate their value in a fair and scientific way.
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