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Patricia is interested in empowering all families to have better outcomes by planning ahead for financial goals and has a particular interest in those who may have a more challenging time getting and staying on track.
In addition to her role at CAP, Mo proudly serves on the Leadership Council of Collaborate PASadena, a shared initiative of the Pasadena Public School district, community organizations, and the city/local governments of Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre. She also serves on the board of Action Kivu, a nonprofit organization that collaborates with local nongovernmental organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and invests in Congo’s women, children, and communities through vocational training and education, creating paths toward peace and prosperity.
Prior to her current role, Courtney served as the head of the Counseling and Wellness Center for eight years and developed and expanded the office into a robust counseling center, integrating counseling and wellness services into a comprehensive student development experience.
In addition to her work in higher education, she works as an independent therapist in private practice. Courtney has over fourteen years in various educational settings and twelve years of experience in the mental health field.
Having started life in the foster care system, Danny has a vested interest in hearing the stories of others, appreciating where they have been and the heights they hope to reach. Throughout his 15-year higher education career, he has focused on culturally responsive leadership practices, building collaborative partnerships, and increasing access and retention for historically marginalized students.
Danny currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Support at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College within the City University of New York (CUNY). Of his professional roles, his time at Guttman has been the most transformative for him both personally and professionally. As a founding staff member, Danny has had the rare experience of seeing the inner workings of a higher education institution from the ground up and developing innovative educational models that directly contributed to the institution being ranked as the number one community college in the nation in 2020.
Prior to Maryville University, Dr. Castles taught part-time in another doctoral program for five years and worked for 14 years in various areas of higher education, including the following: undergraduate admissions, new student orientation, Greek life, student leadership programs, student organizations, student government association, judicial affairs, first-year experience, and community service. Dr. Castles has served at a large, public university; large, private university; mid-size, public university; mid-size, private university; and small, private university.