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Meet the Fortify Summer Associates

As we move into the summer we are thrilled to announce that Fortify Associates has brought on our inaugural group of Summer Associates to work on various projects and initiatives. As we hire Associates, we are seeking individuals with proven track records and specific niche areas of expertise in the Higher Education and Not-For-Profit verticals. Take a minute to learn more about our Summer Associates of 2019.

Alex Cabal

Alex Cabal brings his 12+ years of experience to Fortify Associates with a specialty in social justice, inclusion, and allyship. Alex is a member of NASPA and has held several leadership roles over the last decade. He has been recognized regionally and nationally by NASPA for his commitment and dedication to Student Affairs and for the work that he has done through the Gender & Sexuality Knowledge Community. Alex has an expertise in facilitation of training programs as well as performing institutional scans and program reviews. He has worked with higher education institutions, non-profits, and for-profit organizations on their inclusion efforts. Alex believes that authentic dialogue, reflection on our identities, an understanding of our history, and direct and consistent action are key to creating a more inclusive environment.

Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from the University of Hartford and completed his Master’s Degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Administration at Springfield College. He currently serves as the Director of the Center for Diversity and Social Justice Programs at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA.

Beth Grampetro

Beth Grampetro, MPH, CHES, has been working in higher education for 16 years, with a focus on college health for most of her career. In her positions at various campuses, she has managed health services, health promotion, and counseling services. Beth is skilled at planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion programs and interventions, and has a strong background in supervising administrative and clinical staff, budget management, data analysis/reporting, and collaboration.

Beth is committed to helping organizations provide services that support students’ well-being while prioritizing best practice as well as efficiency and sustainability. She enjoys hearing from clients about the work they do and helping them to translate their goals into workable solutions.

Beth is currently serving as the Director of Wellness at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA. Beth received her MPH from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her BS in Community Health from Hofstra University.

Jenn Kosses currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston,MA.  Jenn will bring her expertise in student discipline process, Title IX, student handbooks, and residence life to Fortify Associates.  Prior to her role as Assistant Dean, Jenn served in many roles within the functional are of Residence Life at a variety of institutions. Jenn has been a leader in NASPA serving in multiple capacities at the regional level including co-founding the New Professional Mentoring Institute.

Jenn Kosses

Jenn earned her Bachelors at Merrimack College in Business Administration, her Masters of Higher Education at Boston College, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education from Northeastern University.  Jenn also serves as adjunct faculty at Merrimack College in the Masters Level Higher Education program.

David Vacchi, PhD is US Army veteran of 20 years with deployments for Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom in the early 2000s who earned a PhD in Higher Education Administration from UMass-Amherst as a student veteran using the Post 9/11 GI Bill in which his dissertation research focused on explaining student veteran success.  A nationally recognized author and scholar, David is an unapologetic advocate for viewing veterans through strengths perspectives. David critiques research and models that take a negative view of veterans, while leveraging his own scholarly background to demonstrate how veterans succeed despite numerous obstacles to their success.  David has been a faculty member or administrator in higher education since 2005.  David is bringing his expertise to Fortify Curriculum by developing a Veteran’s Transition Boot Camp for students and a professional development version for faculty. The Boot Camp will premier in August of this year and builds on David’s expertise in building successful transition programs for this important campus population. 

David Vacchi

David earned a master’s degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University.  David’s forthcoming book, entitled Straight Talk for Veterans and an evidence-based handbook intended to help veterans successfully transition to higher education.

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