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Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD

President and CEO

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD, is President and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Her scholarship has focused on interracial families, biracial identity, and the politics of racial categorization. She is author of two important books: Beyond Black and Raising Biracial Children, as well as over two dozen articles and book chapters on multiracial youth. After Dr. Rockquemore became a tenured professor, her focus shifted to improving conditions for pre-tenure faculty by creating supportive communities for writing productivity and work/life balance. Her award-winning work with under-represented faculty led to the publication of her most recent book: The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure Without Losing Your Soul. Dr. Rockquemore provides workshops for faculty at colleges across the U.S., writes an advice column for Inside Higher Ed, and works with a select group of faculty each semester in the Faculty Success Program. Download Dr. Rockquemore's CV here.


William Haupricht

Vice President of Finance

William Haupricht is the Vice President of Finance at the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. William brings 15 years of consulting experience to the NCFDD and is responsible for developing and supporting institutional clients


If you would like to contact William, please email him at


Denise Rushing

Vice President of Institutional Relations

Denise Rushing is the Vice President of Institutional Relations at the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Denise brings more than 30 years of business experience to the NCFDD and is responsible for developing and supporting institutional clients.


If you would like to contact Denise, please email her at


Mason Anthony

Director of Operations

Mason Anthony oversees all of the day-to-day operations of the NCFDD. She works closely with all team members and all areas of the organization to provide an amazing experience for all of our members. She brings a background in management and leadership development to the NCFDD.


If you have any questions for Mason, please contact her at


Allison Van Buren

Member Relations Coordinator

Allison Van Buren manages NCFDD communications including the Monday Motivator and Monthly Newsletter, creates promotional materials, and provides administrative support for members. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and brings a background in marketing, communications and membership management to NCFDD.


If you have questions about NCFDD communications or your NCFDD membership, please contact Allison at


Ruben Jimenez

Campus Workshop Coordinator

Ruben Jimenez coordinates all campus workshops for the NCFDD. He is also the primary administrative contact for the Faculty Success Program. Ruben brings a background in organizational management, university administration, and event logistics to the NCFDD.


If you have any questions regarding campus workshops, please contact Ruben at


Badia Sahar Ahad, PhD

Training Director

Badia Sahar Ahad, PhD, is Associate Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Programs in English at Loyola University Chicago and is the author of Freud Upside Down: African-American Literature and Psychoanalytic Culture (U of Illinois Press, 2010). Her areas of specialization are post-World War II African American literature, cultural studies, the history of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory. Currently, Badia is a Faculty Success Program Coach as well as the NCFDD’s Training Director.


Rick Patterson, CPA


Rick Patterson, CPA, handles all financial tasks related to NCFDD operations. This includes recordkeeping, reporting, and payment processing. Rick brings with him over 20 years of experience as a certified Public Accountant working with clients in various for-profit and non-profit industries to the NCFDD.


To contact Rick, email him at


Mindi Thompson, PhD, HSP

Faculty Success Program Head Coach

Mindi Thompson, PhD, HSP, is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and a licensed and registered Health Service Psychologist. Applications of her research agenda occur within two primary domains: (1) vocational and educational development and (2) mental health and psychotherapy. Specifically, she attends to interpersonal and systemic factors (e.g., experiences with oppression, access to resources, unemployment) that contribute to mental health and career development among individuals from diverse and underrepresented groups. Mindi is a Faculty Success Program Coach as well as the Head Coach.


Eric Johnston

Program Administrator

Eric Johnston manages the back-end functions of the NCFDD, including member accounts, software updates, and website operation. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Arizona and brings extensive experience with marketing, web design and computer science.


If you encounter technical issues with the website or your membership, please contact Eric at

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