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The Drexel EdD IMPACT Podcast

Season 1, Episode 1

Impact Podcast Season 1 Episode 2

Dr. James Patrick (Jimmy) Lynch has worked in the field of scholastic athletics for more than 15 years as a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator at schools in Boston and Philadelphia. In 2016, he was named the Executive Director of Athletics for The School District of Philadelphia and President of the Philadelphia Public League. Dr. Lynch also serves as a member of the PA State Athletic Directors Association Executive Council and as the Section 2 representative to the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Board of Directors. His dissertation titled Play By K - Building a Successful Model for Scholastic Athletics in Urban Schools aimed to address the systemic challenges of access to scholastic athletic programs in urban school districts across the country. Dr. Lynch has co-written and developed several articles, papers, reports and courses and has presented at conferences at the local, regional and national levels. Through his own personal and professional experience, he has come to realize that scholastic athletic programs of all levels can really be used as a catalyst for improving leadership development and student outcomes for youth in all areas.

Season 1, Episode 2

Impact Podcast Season 1 Episode 1

Dr. Pia L. Scott is a Counselor, Speaker, Consultant, Community Servant, and Educator. Early in her career she knew she wanted to work in a field where she could help people but wasn’t sure which direction to take. Over the course of ten years, she has worked in Human Services, State Government, and Education. While working in higher education for the last nine years, she was ready to grow, learn, and expand her career options. Stepping out on faith, she established the P L Scott Group, LLC. Her company focuses on a 3C’s approach: Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she works with individuals, groups, and families to address mental health issues. She is a certified life coach helping people find their purpose and as a consultant she develops continuing education programs training counselors and specialists in the helping profession. Dr. Scott didn’t know it at the time, but she was cultivating a teachable strategy to inspire anyone to become enthusiastic about change, to find their unique power of resilience and their purpose. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the visionary author of How I Got Over: The Educational Pursuit of Black Female Scholars

Season 1, Episode 3

Impact Podcast Season 1 Episode 3

Dr. Christine Galib serves as the Senior Director of Programs at The Ion, a technology and innovation hub in Houston, TX. The Ion anchors the Ion District, Houston’s 16-acre innovation district, which invites residents, start-ups, and corporate, academic, and civic leaders to unite, explore, and create opportunity together. Dr. Galib is a systems-thinker, educator, and founder with a non-linear career and over a dozen years of experience and demonstrated success in leadership and business development, instructional and program design, change and organizational management, coaching and mentoring, creativity and innovation, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial mindset development, and education. She is passionate about helping others discover their creative strengths, develop their entrepreneurial and investor mindsets, and build purposeful and inclusive innovation ecosystems. A Teach For America alumna with experience in investment management, pre-medical studies, and educational consulting, Christine holds her bachelor’s from Princeton University, master’s from the University of Pennsylvania, and doctorate from Drexel University. Her speaking, writing, and research interests include entrepreneurial mindset development, creativity, innovation, leadership, systems thinking, mindfulness, wellness, and apologetics. She is a published author, loves getting lost in a good book, and can be found at

Season 1, Episode 4

Impact Podcast Season 1 Episode 4

Dr. Kenneth Jones is head of enrollment for Year Up (Philadelphia), a Barack Obama endorsed organization that exists to close the opportunity divide between non-traditional learners and career access. Dr. Jones is a first generation college student, college and career access expert, international speaker, and author of the Amazon International Best Selling Book, Comeback Season, the Untapped Art of Mastering Your Resilience, and has focused his research and work on non-traditional student access to career and college. He has served on numerous journal review boards, including Drexel University’s Emerging Voices in Education Journal and the Journal of African American males in education out of Howard University. Dr. Ken also a 17-year veteran in higher education, who has held leadership positions in student affairs, college admissions, and academic affairs. His research has been featured by Drexel University’s School of Education, South University, and the University of Kansas’ medical school.

Season 1, Episode 5

Impact Podcast Season 1 Episode 5

Traci B. Fox, EdD, RT(R), RDMS, RVT (she/her), is Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University. Traci earned her BS in Diagnostic Imaging from Thomas Jefferson University and her MS in Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences from Thomas Jefferson University. In 2014 Traci graduated from Drexel’s EdD program in Educational Leadership & Management (Higher Education track). Traci has been a diagnostic medical sonographer for 28 years and an educator since 2005. Traci teaches in several areas of sonography and is also involved with ultrasound research. Dr. Fox has co-authored or contributed to five textbooks and is author/co-author of 12 peer-reviewed publications. Traci has spoken at local, national, and international conferences, including lectures in China and Dubai.

Season 1, Episode 6

Impact Podcast Season 1 Episode 6

Dr. Swinton-Buck is the 2021 Maryland State Principal of the Year and Principal of Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore, Maryland. She is truly committed to educating the whole student and adamantly lives her mission of “connection before content.” She earned her master’s and doctorate from Drexel and spent her time in both programs engaging in rich discussions with classmates and professors across the country while continuing her development as an education practitioner. During her time in the Educational Leadership and Management program, Dr. Swinton-Buck was able to pursue her passion in elevating the voices of change agent teachers in her research titled, “Teaching Inner-city Youth When Pedagogy Is Not Enough: A Phenomenological Study About Change Agent Teachers. Dr. Swinton-Buck is committed to her students, and she has dedicated her dissertation to them with this statement: "I dedicate this dissertation to every student who has sat in my classroom or walked the hallways of a school I have led. You are my hope for the future and fuel for my commitment to dismantling, disrupting, and destroying all barriers that stand in the way of your greatness.” Prior to her current position, Dr. Swinton-Buck was a highly effective high school English teacher and an assistant principal.

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Dr. Harlan Harrell is a United States Air Force Veteran and Captain (0-3) serving the state of Maryland Defense Force as Special Liaison to Community Colleges. Dr. Harrell’s professional experience includes 30 years in the design of programs and services in military/veteran services and supports applying evidence-based practices. Dr. Harrell received the Special Performance Award for the design, development, and implementation of the military and veteran services program at Georgetown University’s Law Center and the 7 Seals award and 2 Patriot awards from the United States Office of the Secretary of Defense for the design, development, implementation of the military and veteran services program at Anne Arundel Community College. Dr. Harrell also holds a Master of Science in Management and Leadership and Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences from National-Louis University as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Addiction Counseling, Certificates in Veteran’s Counseling from Anne Arundel Community College, Conflict Management & Process Management from Georgia State University, and Professional Management from Georgetown University. In addition, Dr. Harrell is a Certified Facilitator of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People awarded by the Stephen Covey Institute, and a certified Military Emergency Management Specialist (MEMS) through the United States Department of Homeland Security.

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Michael Shipman is currently continuing a career in the field of academia as an Assistant Professor in Accounting for Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA. Formerly an Instructor of Business Administration / Accounting for the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA, he began his career as a Tax Associate working in the Industry Services Group (ISG) of the Pittsburgh Office for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Michael has remained a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since obtaining his license and is currently a member of both the Pennsylvania and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA, AICPA). Most recently, he graduated from Drexel University with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Management (Ed. D.) with a concentration in Educational Policy. Michael has also graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business with a Master's of Accounting degree (MAcc), where he also worked as a Teaching Assistant (TA) in Financial Accounting. He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting with a minor in Legal Studies from Ithaca College. Michael is passionate about experiential learning and financial literacy, and he currently lives with his wife Kathleen and cat “Benny” in Johnstown, PA.