The retiring faculty at the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at Fresno State have made a significant impact on our school. They are not just retiring but also leaving a legacy of years of work in their departments.
Jeanie L. Behrend, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
23 Years of Service
Dr. Jeanie Behrend is a respected mathematics educator who has been an instrumental part of Fresno State and the Kremen School since 1997. She coordinates FAST (Fresno Assessment of Student Teachers) and leads efforts in implementing the assessment system which allows our teaching credential students to successfully complete the credential program. Her efforts involve working closely with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Kremen School faculty, and coaches. The Kremen School is currently the only school of education in the CSU system with its own Teacher Performance Assessment.
“For more than two decades, Jeanie has served as a highly-respected, collaborative, and productive colleague in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The thousands of students she has taught revere her as an exemplary math educator whose expertise in Cognitively Guided Instruction has helped to transform the way math is taught in schools throughout the Central Valley. Jeanie played an instrumental role in the Fresno Teacher Residency Program and has served as a respected mathematics education consultant in many school districts. Jeanie has also been a leader in the Curriculum and Instruction graduate program and has been a leader in the development and approval of Fresno State’s preservice teacher assessments. We will greatly miss Jeanie but wish her all the best in retirement!” – Dr. Carol Fry Bohlin, Professor and Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Virginia R. Boris, Ed.D.
Lecturer, Department of Educational Leadership
Director, John D. Welty Center for Educational Policy and Leadership
24 Years of Service
Dr. Virginia “Ginny” Boris is a lecturer at Fresno State and the Director of the Welty Center. She teaches and mentors aspiring educational leaders at the graduate- and doctoral-level in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. Committed to making the University experience relevant, Boris has enhanced the University’s Central Valley footprint through course-based fieldwork, interagency partnerships, and Welty Center programs and events. Boris also spent 38 years with Clovis Unified School District serving as a teacher, high school administrator, middle school principal and area superintendent; she served her last 15 years as Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
The focus of Boris’ outreach and research is supporting schools and school districts in building their capacity to promote collaborative teacher efficacy, systems coherence, professional learning environments, and capacity to achieve high outcomes for all students. Boris has conducted extensive studies on curriculum alignment having focused her doctoral work on the subject. Working closely with district and school leaders, Boris designs and delivers customized workshops to support and expand their leadership capacity.
“Dr. Boris has provided extraordinary leadership and service to our Central Valley community. Her legacy as an inspiring agent of change and her unwavering dedication to education in pursuit of excellence will have a positive, lasting impact on our students and educators for years to come,” said Dr. Mabel Franks, Adjunct Professor, Department of Educational Leadership.
Dana Powell, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education
27 Years of Service
“Dr. Dana Powell has been a dedicated and appreciated faculty member in the Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education Department for 27 years. Dr. Powell earned her doctorate from the University of New Mexico in Special Education with an emphasis in Communicative Disorders. During her time here at Fresno State, she has been the Program Coordinator for the Special Education program and the Special Education Internship program. She also served and chaired several university committees such as the Multiple Subject Review Committee, the Liberal Studies Review Committee, the Dean’s Coordinating Council, the Dean’s Executive Committee, in addition to serving on the basic credential, admissions and standards committee, undergraduate, graduate, budget, research and scholarship, equity, and personnel committees, just to name a few.
She also was a committee member numerous of community organizations and advisory boards, like the Fresno City College of Councils for Special Education, of which she has either chaired or been a member of such as the Council of Exceptional Children, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, California Association for Persons with Disabilities, and the California Association of Professors of Special Education.
She served as a University Academic Senator for a number of years, and chaired several faculty searches, and was awarded a U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services for the representation of underprivileged students in a dual teacher credential program and in an inclusive educational setting.
Despite her publication record in Communication and Special Education, she was the Co-editor for the Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities. And her textbook ‘Communication and Diversity’ is still a much sought after college text that is still being utilized in Special Education classes across the country. With this being said, it is evident from Dr. Powell’s work with the university and the community that she made a difference in the lives of all her students. Her collegial aptitude and spirit will be missed!” – Dr. Imelda Basurto, Professor and Chair, Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education
Ruth Shaeffer, Ed.D., LMFT
Lecturer, Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation
Clinical Faculty, Fresno Family Counseling Center
24 Years of Service
Dr. Ruth Shaeffer has worked as a counseling instructor and supervisor and has worked with numerous graduate students over the years. One of the perks of her job is the meaningful relationships she builds with her students. These relationships have given her personal growth, such as learning to reframe feedback to her students in hopes that they would have a growth opportunity. Shaeffer has also experienced more understanding, empathy, and patience for her students.
Shaeffer’s passion lies in supervising Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling graduate students at the Fresno Family Counseling Center. She encourages students and helps them fine-tune their counseling skills for them to become the best counselors they can be. Her interests are in attachment and emotionally focused therapy applied to individual, couples, and family counseling.
“Dr. Shaeffer has been a valuable member of the Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation. Dr. Shaeffer has provided leadership in key areas in the department including clinical review processes and policy revisions which is critical in graduate student development and success. Dr. Shaeffer loves clinical supervision and has impacted numerous students throughout their journey into counseling; mental health; and marriage, family, and child counseling areas! She will be sorely missed,” said Dr. Jenelle Pitt, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Shaeffer was not just an instruction, but also a mentor to her students. “It is impossible to not grow in her presence. Dr. Shaeffer has touched so many lives in the counseling program,” stated alum Patrick Neely. “I know that therapists under her supervision (including myself) are open-hearted, warmer, and more nurturing with their clients because of her guidance. I feel blessed to continue to learn from her as my mentor, colleague, and friend.”
“Dr. Shaeffer has been an intricate part of my life and career. She has been my supervisor, mentor, and friend for the last decade. She has played a significant role in my ability to be a supervisor and therapist. She has helped me overcome personal challenges and has been a blessing to now call her my friend. In addition to her donating hundreds of hours of time and supervision during the years helping students become better-equipped therapists, she and her husband have donated their personal money to the Fresno Family Counseling Center. She is the definition of our “Fresno Family” which is service, love, commitment, and family,” said Maira M. Hernandez, Associate Director, Fresno Family Counseling Center.
“I first met Dr. Shaeffer as a student in the counseling program. She had such a warm presence that I felt instantly comfortable with her. Her greatest impact on me was when she was my clinical supervisor as I was earning my licensure hours while also attending school to earn my Ph.D. Going into my Ph.D. program I didn’t know how difficult it would. Dr. Shaeffer sat down with me and told me that there were going to be times in my education when I will want to give up, but that I can’t. She was absolutely right. She believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Now when students come to me and ask advice on what it takes to succeed in a graduate program or Ph.D. program, I tell them ‘find someone who will hold your hand while you cry and tell you that you are not allowed to give up’. It’s her voice and wisdom that has given me the strength to keep going during all hardships. She has been a wonderful mentor, supervisor, and most of all, friend. I’m truly blessed to have Dr. Shaeffer in my life. While I’m excited for this new journey for her in retirement, I can’t help but feel that Fresno State is losing someone really great,” said Dr. Mandy Greaves, Assistant Professor, Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation.