FAST Fellows

Working individually or in teams, FAST Fellows learn breakthrough methods for accelerating the advance of theory and practice within and between disciplines. We invite researchers, professors, and graduate students who are interested in developing theories that are highly effective in practical application to get involved! Applications are open on a continual basis. For more information, please email:


Rosalind A. Schaaf is currently enrolled in the Capella University Masters of Science degree program in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Forensic Psychology. At FAST, Ms. Schaaf is researching criminology and psychology to better understand problems using theory and knowledge mapping. Ms. Schaaf also has an interest in exploring the frontiers of technology including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Holograms for advancing new theories and practice. She is passionate about her research is in criminology and psychology, especially the rate of recidivism, and also is exploring concerns of crime in suburban populations. She has an interest in discovering how urban culture influences suburban culture and how this influences crime rates in the suburbs. She is passionate about finding up-to-date solutions for this situation through the use of theories and knowledge mapping! Ms. Schaaf has additional interests in the arts, theater, sciences, and exploring new theories that explain everything around us including the universe!

Joan B. Townsend is a Capella University Minneapolis, MN Bachelor of Science in Psychology graduate who is currently enrolled in Capella’s Industrial Organization in Psychology Master’s program. Ms. Townsend is a Capella University Ambassador in addition to being a Fellow at FAST (Foundation for the Advancement of Social Theory) and member of a research team there. She is passionate about assisting with the ideology of linking Biblical psychological principles with science to discover sound theoretical solutions for global concerns such as poverty, crime, injustice, love, obesity, cancer, addictions, longevity and other seemingly impossible global concerns.

Kristina (Kricket) Hodgdon obtained a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Southern Maine in 2004 and an A.S. degree in Paralegal Studies from Florida Southwestern State College in 2016. She is currently enrolled at Capella University for a Master’s degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology and at Rasmussen College for a B.S. in Data Analytics. She continued her education after experiencing a major stroke in 2015 that has left her partially paralyzed. She is currently unemployed from disability but searching for a clinical internship. Kristina lives in Naples, Florida and is beginning a fellowship for the Foundation for the Advancement of Social Theory (FAST). Her interest in the field of psychology includes brain plasticity computer therapy, prisoner reform, and diversity. She is interested in research and in developing standards and protocols in the  psychology discipline. Kristina believes that if the huge amount of data available globally is used properly and ethically it can help advance scientific study. She believes that all humans matter and has a special passion for the protection of children, the elderly, and animals. Life is too short so humans need to band together to protect each other and all living beings from the self-destruction of our wonderful world.

Guswin de Wee is a PhD Candidate at the Nelson Mandela University, with research focus on public policy analysis/design. He is a research fellow at the Foundation for the Advancement of Social Theory, where he uses novel and innovative tools to accelerate the usefulness of policies. He is especially focused on Housing policy and the study of human settlements in South Africa. He is currently working on projects aiming to advance policy design from a conceptual science perspective.



Donald Nobbs, PhD, 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 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 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.

Dr. Keith Brown, EdD, 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 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.

Dr. Bernadette Wright, PhD, has over 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.  



Steven E. Wallis, PhD

Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Social Theory;

Dr. Wallis is a Fulbright alumnus, international visiting professor, award-wining scholar, researching and consulting on theory, policy, and strategic planning. An interdisciplinary thinker, his publications cover a range of fields including psychology, ethics, science, management, organizational learning, entrepreneurship, policy, and program evaluation with dozens of publications, hundreds of citations, and a growing list of international co-authors. In addition, he supports doctoral candidates at Capella University in the Harold Abel School of Psychology. Following a career in corrosion control engineering, he earned his PhD at Fielding Graduate University and took early retirement to pursue his passion – leveraging innovative insights on the structure of knowledge to accelerate the advancement of the social/behavioral sciences for improved practices and the betterment of the world. His textbook, with Bernadette Wright, “Practical Mapping for Applied Research and Program Evaluation” (Sage Publications) provides unique and effective approaches for developing new knowledge in support of sustainable success for businesses, government, and non-profits programs working to improve measurable results, individual lives, and whole communities.