Program Leadership

Bill Reckmeyer 

Bill
Reckmeyer

Program Director
& Co-Founder

 Layla Forooghi

Layla
Forooghi

Program Assistant
Salzburg Program

Mary Okin 

Mary
Okin

Coordinator
Cultural Showcase

David Steele 

David
Steele

Lead Sponsor
Salzburg Program

Dennis Jaehne 

Dennis
Jaehne

Coordinator
Salzburg Scholars

 Mary Conroy

Mary
Conroy

Faculty Liaison
San José City College

 Kate Davis

Kate
Davis

Faculty Advisor
Salzburg Scholars Club

Brad Stone 

Brad
Stone

Coordinator
Salzburg Fellows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Conroy

Mary Conroy, PhD

Faculty Liaison
San José City College

 

Lecturer
Department of Child & Adolescent Development
Lurie College of Education

mary.conroy@sjsu.edu

A member of the leadership group since 2014, Dr. Conroy coordinates arrangements with with the Salzburg Program at San José City College and is sending 2 students to attend GCP #69 with the SJSU Salzburg Scholars this summer (2015).  In addition to serving as an SJSU Salzburg Fellow (2011-2012), Mary has also been a Salzburg Fellow with the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District (2007) and served as a GCP Observer at the Global Citizenship Program, Salzburg Global Seminar (2014).  She teaches the Chad 106 course on Concepts of Childhood at SJSU, which introduces students to global issues that directly impact the lives of children.  A full-time faculty member at San José City College, Dr. Conroy has been developing its Global Studies Program and teaching courses on the Introduction to Global Studies and Global Issues.  She has been working closely with the SJSU Salzburg Program and the Global Studies Program during the last several years to design a transfer degree in Global Studies and a transferable course on Global Citizenship.  Other contributions include her work implementing a Title IV Grant for the Silicon Valley Middle East Consortium that was jointly awarded to San José State University, Santa Clara University, and San José City College.  


Kate Davis

Kathryn Davis, PhD

Faculty Advisor
Salzburg Scholars Club

 

Associate Professor & Chair
Department of Geography & Global Studies
College of Social Sciences

kathryn.davis@sjsu.edu

A member of the leadership group since 2013, Dr. Davis has been serving as Faculty Advisor for the Salzburg Scholars Club at SJSU (2013-2015) and also teaches/coordinates the GLST 164 course on Global Citizenship that all SJSU Salzburg Scholars are required to attend as part of the preparation for their trip to Salzburg each summer.  In addition to serving as an SJSU Salzburg Fellow (2013-2014), Kate has received an NSF Advanced Technological Education Grant (2006–2009); a CSU Research Grant Aware (2005); and a COSS Foundation Research Grant (2005).  She has also received an SJSU Global Studies Fellowship (2004–2005); a Kevin Starr Postdoctoral Fellowship in California Studies (2002); an American Association of University Women Fellowship (2000–2001); and was recognized as an Outstanding Graduate Instructor (2000–2001).  Kate has published interdisciplinary work in humanities, gender studies, botany, environmental history, and geography.  She has also chaired and presented conference sessions on gender, identity, and representation.  She has been working with Habitat for Humanity in Guatemala since 2005, where she is engaged in a research project on decent housing and lifting people out of poverty. 


Layla Forooghi

Layla Forooghi

Program Assistant
SJSU Salzburg Program

Senior
Department of Englsh
College of Humanities & Arts

layla.forooghi@sjsu.edu 

A member of the leadership group since 2015, Layla is assisting with the coordination of orientation activities for the group of SJSU Salzburg Fellows and SJSU Salzburg Scholars during the Spring semester (2015).  In addition to serving as an SJSU Salzburg Scholar (2012-2013), Layla was the Teaching Assistant for the experimental UNVS 96GD online GE course on Global Citizenship taught by Professor Darci Arnold (Fall 2012) and by Dr. Reckmeyer (Fall 2013) that was supported by the SJSU Salzburg Program.


Dennis Jaehne

Dennis Jaehne, PhD

Coordinator
SJSU Salzburg Scholars

 

Associate Vice President
Graduate & Undergraduate Programs
Office of the Provost

dennis.jaehne@sjsu.edu

 

A member of the leadership group since 2006, Dr. Jaehne is helping organize orientation activities for the SJSU Salzburg Scholars and will be leading the group as Faculty Advisor during its trip to attend GCP #69 in Salzburg this summer (2015).  In addition to serving as an SJSU Salzburg Fellow (2006-2007), Dennis has also been a GCP Faculty Member at three student sessions of the Global Citizenship Program, Salzburg Global Seminar (2007-2009).  He has been a faculty member in the Department of Communication Studies since 1989, where he served as chair (1997-2009) and also assumed leadership responsibility as chair / co-chair of the University Council of Chairs and Directors (2000-2009).  More recently, he has been serving as the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies (2009-2014), Associate Vice President for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs (2014-2015), and Interim Deputy Provost (2014-2015).  Dennis is well known in the profession of Communication Studies for his scholarship, professional contributions, and leadership in the area of Communication and Global Citizenship; Environmental Communication; and Rhetoric & Public Discourse.  He has also led 3 semester-long and 2 summer study abroad programs to Bath, England (1997-2009) as well as other SJSU initiatives in international education efforts with Japan, Denmark, and Finland.  In addition, he has represented the university community through his service and leadership on various campus committees - most notably as the Accreditation Liaison Officer for the university's current accreditation review (2012-2015).  Dr. Jaehne has been recognized for his contributions to SJSU with several awards, including the College of Social Sciences Meritorious Service Award (2002-2003), the College of International & Extended Studies International Educator Award (2008-2009), and the Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Service Award (2015).  BA in German Language and Literature, Brigham Young University (1968); MA & PhD in Communication, University of Utah (1989).


Mary Okin

Mary Okin, BA

Coordinator
Cultural Showcase

 

Graduate Student
Department of Art History
College of Humanities & Arts

mary.okin@sjsu.edu

 

A member of the leadership group since 2014, Mary is leading the team of 25 Salzburg Scholars, Salzburg Fellows, and other campus volunteers that is the 2nd Annual SJSU Cultural Showcase (2014-2015).  In addition to serving as an SJSU Salzburg Scholar (2013-2014), she was the Interview and Documentary Coordinator for the 1st Annual SJSU Cultural Showcase (2013-2014) and is a Graduate Student Appointee with the SJSU President's Commission on Diversity (2014-2015).  Mary has received numerous academic awards during her career as a graduate student at SJSU - including selection as a CSU Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar (2014-2015), a CSU Research Competition Finalist (2015), an SJSU Alumni Association Dean's Scholar (2014-2015), a CSU Dumke Fellow (2013-2014), and an SJSU Associated Students Global Scholar (2013-2014).  Mary graduated magna cum laude from SJSU with a BA in Liberal Studies and a minor in Business (2011), including honors as a President's Scholar several times (2009, 2011, 2012).  Mary is passionate about education and enabling others to succeed.  She began working in preschools and as a nanny before becoming a Student Assistant in SJSU’s Humanities Honors Program (2008-2011).  After graduation, she worked as a SAT Prep Instructor for Upward Bound (2011-2012) and as a Scholarships Associate at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (2012-present).  In addition to her work and study, Mary volunteers as a Curatorial Research Intern at Montalvo Arts Center (2011-) and co-leads Stitching Up Spirits, a charity-knitting circle that supports EHC Lifebuilders Cold Winter Shelter in Sunnyvale (2008-).  Born in Russia, Mary speaks English and Russian fluently (also a bit of French) and loves to talk about art, history, travel, and food.


Bill Reckmeyer

William J. Reckmeyer, PhD

Director & Co-Founder
SJSU Salzburg Program

 

Professor of Leadership & Systems
Department of Anthropology
College of Social Sciences

william.reckmeyer@sjsu.edu

 

A member of the leadership group since co-founding the SJSU Salzburg Program with Dr. Mark Novak in 2005, Dr. Reckmeyer is responsible for leading all aspects of the Program.  Bill has been a faculty member at San José State since 1977 and is a systems scientist / cybernetician whose teaching, research, and practice focuses on leadership & integrative approaches to hyper-complex global and institutional issues.  In addition to his work as Faculty Chair of the Global Citizenship Program, Salzburg Global Seminar (2004-present); he has been a Salzburg Global Fellow at several sessions on leadership, higher education, and global affairs (1995-2004); Fulbright Host/Scholar (2007); Chief Systems Scientist, DoD Systems of Systems Center of Excellence (2003-2006); Kellogg National Leadership Fellow (1988-1992); and President, American Society for Cybernetics (1982-1985).  Other major responsibilities have included contributions as Editor-in-Chief of General Systems Yearbook (1987); a member of the Editorial Boards for numerous other major scientific journals (1983-2009); and a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Harvard Business Review (2007-2013).  In addition, he has held positions as a Visiting Professor or Senior Fellow at leading universities around the world – including Sydney (2010); Stanford (2009-2010; 2003-2006); Maryland (2000-2005); St. Gallen (1995; 1987); Harvard (1993-1999); Aveiro (1995); Stockholm | Royal Institute of Technology (1985-1993); and Southern California (1985-1986).  A Life Fellow of the American Society for Cybernetics (2009) and an AASCU Global Scholar with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (2012-2013), he has also received the university's Outstanding Professor (2010), Austen D. Warburton (2009), and Distinguished Faculty Mentor (2011) awards.   Bill has chaired 100+ masters theses; authored 60+ publications, studies, & reports; delivered 300+ papers, keynote addresses, and presentations; and conducted 20+ multi-year strategic change projects during his 45-year career.  BA in History, Randolph-Macon College (1970); MA in Russian & East European History, American University (1975); PhD in Russian Studies, American University (1982); and several post-doctoral programs in Leadership and Higher Education, Harvard University (1990-1995).


David Steele

David M. Steele, PhD

Lead Sponsor
SJSU Salzburg Program

 

Dean
Lucas College of Business

david.m.steele@sjsu.edu

 

A member of the leadership group since 2013, Dr. Steele has been a principal sponsor of the SJSU Salzburg Program since serving as an SJSU Salzburg Fellow (2010-2011).  He currently serves as Dean of the university's Lucas College of Business (2008-2015) and held similar positions as Dean of the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University and as Dean of the College of Business at Florida Institute of Technology prior to arriving at San José State.  David spent more than 25 years as an executive in the petroleum and information technology industries with increasing responsibilities in global business development, finance, and engineering.  He rose through the ranks of Chevron Corporation to become President of Chevron Latin America after a broadly diversified career track in R&D, project engineering, finance, strategic planning, and IT before moving to senior executive management as Vice President Finance of a $7.3 billion division.  Responsible for activities in over 30 countries, he managed complex engineering projects in countries with difficult social, economic, and political environments while also chairing the operating committee of an international consortium.  After leaving Chevron, Dr. Steele served as an Executive Consultant to the founders of 4 international early-stage ventures, providing strategic, financial, and operational expertise and developing and executing worldwide strategic alliances.  He also served as Interim CEO of one of these ventures, Online Resolution, Inc.; and was Interim CEO of a non-profit educational foundation based in The Netherlands, the Kids 2020 Foundation, that helps children make better choices for themselves based on values.  He has achieved distinction as an industry leader for programs on safety, educational, and environmental issues and was honored with the prestigious Rafael Urdaneta Medal for outstanding public service in Venezuela.  David ifluent in Spanish and has lived in 8 countries in South America, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean.  Born in Venezuela of Hispanic heritage, Dr. Steele-Figueredo attended Birmingham University in England, where he received BS and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering, and later completed graduate business training at UC Berkeley and the Wharton School.


Brad Stone

Brad Stone, PhD

Coordinator
SJSU Salzburg Fellows

 

Professor of Chemical Physics
Department of Chemistry
College of Science

bradley.stone@sjsu.edu

 

A member of the leadership group since 2010, Dr. Stone chairs the SJSU Salzburg Fellows Selection Committee and helps coordinate orientation activities each Spring (2010-2015).  In addition to serving as an SJSU Salzburg Fellow (2009-2010), he has been a Resource Specialist at 3 faculty-administrator sessions of the Global Citizenship Program, Salzburg Global Seminar (2013-2015).  Brad has been a leader on campus during his career at San José State, including service as Chair of the Department of Chemistry (2003-2012) and Chair of the University Council of Chairs & Directors (2007-2010), and is a recipient of the university's Distinguished Service Award (2013).  He has also been a long-time research collaborator in laser photophysics and microfluidics at Imperial College, London (1994-2011) and at ETH, Zurich (2011-present); and in planetary atmospheres and laboratory astrophysics at NASA Ames Research Center as a Stanford Fellow and research scientist through the SETI Institute ((1989-present).  Other responsibilities have included service as University Co-Director for the NASA Faculty Fellowship Program at the NASA Ames Research Center and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (2000-2005).  In addition to his academic and scholarly work, Dr. Stone also has had a long-time avocation in jazz radio and has 35+ years of experience as a jazz radio programmer.  He served as one of the faculty advisors for SJSU's radio station KSJS-FM, and as its jazz music director, for over 25 years.  He is an 8-time recipient of the Jazz Programmer of the Year Award (JazzWeek and Gavin), including most recently the 2014 Bobby Jackson Award as Jazz Programmer of the Year in Internet/Non-terrestrial Radio; the prestigious Duke DuBois Humanitarian Award (JazzWeek, 2008) for lifetime achievement in jazz radio; and has been a long-time Board Member for San José Jazz and the Jazz Organ Fellowship.  BS in Chemistry with Honors, University of Illinois at Chicago (1977); PhD in Chemical Physics, Indiana University (1984); and Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California- Irvine (1984-1985).