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Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis is the Founder & Executive Director of Classes 4 Classes, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization. Kaitlin founded Classes 4 Classes knowing that positive social change was needed, and that this needed to begin with the youngest members of our society, our K-8 students. Classes 4 Classes is a social networking tool, for every student in the United States to learn: compassion, caring, kindness, empathy, consideration, through active engagement. Classes 4 Classes has worked with over 12,000 students in 38 states. In 2018 they are expanding to all 50 states. Classes 4 Classes has been featured in People, O Magazine, Fortune, Glamour, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping and other national publications.

Kaitlin speaks to School Boards, Administrators, Teachers and High School and College students across the US and Canada as a key note and commencement speaker. In 2018 Kaitlin will have addressed over 200,000 people. Kaitlin is the author of ‘Choosing Hope: Moving Forward From Life’s Darkest Hours’ published by G.P. Putnam & Penguin. Kaitlin teaches 3 courses, one that she created, at Bay Path University as an Adjunct Professor. Kaitlin serves on the NEAG Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Kaitlin is a Leadership Legacy Mentor at the University of Connecticut. In 2016 Kaitlin received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

In October 2014, Kaitlin received the alumni association’s Humanitarian Award from her alma mater, The University of Connecticut. In May 2014, Kaitlin received two Honorary Doctorate Degrees, one of Humane Letters from Bay Path College and the other of Public Service from Luzerne College. Kaitlin delivered a TED x talk at UMass Amherst in April 2014. Kaitlin and her non-profit have been featured in People, Glamour, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan, as well as, on World News with Diane Sawyer, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Extra and Yahoo News!

In 2013 Kaitlin received the Dedicated Teacher Award from The Chicago International Conference on Education. Kaitlin writes educational blog posts for the Huffington Post weekly. Kaitlin also contributed to the book ‘Teaching From the Heart’ volume 2, published in May 2014. Kaitlin ran the NYC marathon, in honor of 12/14/12, and the lives lost.

In 2013 Kaitlin was honored as one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year along side Nobel Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai, Congresswoman and shooting survivor Gabby Giffords, and Emmy nominated actress Kerry Washington, among others.

Previous Glamour Women of the year include Former First Lady and teacher, Laura Bush and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Also in 2013, Kaitlin was honored by L’Oreal Paris one of their “L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth” of which she was one of “10 Inspiring Women Making Beautiful Differences in their Communities. Through Women of Worth, L’Oreal Paris is committed to recognizing women who are true to themselves and their passion of making a difference in their communities. L’Oreal Paris supports these inspiring women through a donation for their charity and by raising awareness for their causes.

In 2007 Kaitlin began teaching first grade at Sandy Hook Elementary School. There she served on the Math Committee, Language Arts Committee, Action Research Committee, and Social Committee. She also began Marathon Mondays, a running club for 3rd and 4th grade students.

Kaitlin began her teaching career as a Reading Specialist in Westport, CT in 2006. While there, she worked with first and second grade struggling readers. Kaitlin worked closely with teachers, and administration to implement strategies and action plans for these readers.

Kaitlin attended UCONN and was accepted to the NEAG School of Education, where she completed her Masters of Education with honors in 2006. She was a member of Order of Omega honor society, The Historical honor society and the NEAG honor society, and was named a New England Scholar in 2005. Kaitlin served as the Historian for the NEAG Student Association and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority where she served as Membership Chair, Recording Secretary, and on the Scholarship Committee. She worked as an intercollegiate athlete tutor to refine study skills and plan essays, as well as a study hall monitor for the UCONN Men’s Soccer team.

Annual Conference Opening Speaker

Wednesday November 6 at 5 p.m.

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Anthony Everett

Anthony Everett is the Emmy Award-winning anchor of WCVB Channel 5’s nightly newsmagazine, “Chronicle.”  He joined the program in September 2005.  He has also served as co-anchor of NewsCenter 5 at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11PM.

Everett has been honored with multiple Emmy Awards, including Emmys in 2016 for his reporting on Education, and for his reporting on the high incidence of cancer among Boston Firefighters. In 2015, he received an Emmy for his reporting on Alzheimer’s as a societal concern.  He also received the Emmy for hosting a special on Holiday Lights in 2015 and for a special on the Boston Pops 125th anniversary in 2011. His work as host of “Chronicle” was recognized with an Emmy in 2010.  He also was honored with Emmys for his reporting on the recycling industry in 2009, and for a report on special education in 2008.  In 2015, Everett received a first place National Headliner award for Health and Science reporting. Also in 2010, The Improper Bostonian magazine named “Chronicle” Boston’s Best Local TV Program.

Everett has served as WCVB’s senior correspondent for major national events and breaking news and has regularly contributed to special reports for all WCVB newscasts.  His strong reporting skills have helped WCVB garner multiple prestigious awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Awards for News Series and News Documentary in 2013, the Associated Press Awards for Investigative Reporting and Documentary Reporting in 2012, and the National Headliner Award for Breaking News in 2003.

Everett previously served as co-anchor of the station’s Midday, 6 and 11 PM weekend newscasts. During this period, Everett twice received recognition from the National Headliner Awards in the category of “Spot News.”

In 2000, Everett shared the “Best Newscast” award from the Associated Press for his work in the early evening. Also in 2000, readers of The Improper Bostonian magazine voted Everett “Best Newscaster” in Boston. He has won numerous additional awards, including the 1996 National Headliner Award and Massachusetts Broadcasters Association First Place award for spot news coverage. In 1993, the RTNDA recognized him with the “Continuing Coverage” award and in 1991 he received an award from the Associated Press in the same category.

Everett’s dedication to charitable work has led to collaborations with organizations such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Habitat for Humanity, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, the Boston Ballet, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Home for Little Wanderers, Derby Academy, and more. As a longtime advocate, volunteer and board member for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Everett was honored with the Public Education Award in 1992, and in 2006 received one of the Society’s highest honors, the Partners in Progress Award.

Everett began his tenure at WCVB’s NewsCenter 5 in 1990 as a general assignment reporter. Prior to joining Channel 5, Everett was a general assignment reporter and weekday anchor on the 6 and 11 PM newscasts at WVIT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Hartford, CT. Everett began his professional broadcasting career in 1984 as a sports reporter and anchor at KSPN-TV in Aspen, Colo. He later became KSPN’s news director and remained with the station until 1987.

Everett is a graduate of Tufts University in Medford, MA. He currently serves as a guest lecturer at Tufts in their Film and Media Studies Program.

Annual Conference Keynote Speaker

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Luisa Havens Gerardo

Luisa Havens Gerardo, President of AACRAO and Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Luisa M Havens Gerardo became Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at Virginia Tech on August 1, 2017. Prior to Tech, she served as the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Services at Florida International University (FIU) and Executive Director for Enrollment Services at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She began her career as an admissions recruiter at her Alma Matter, the University of Idaho. She has served in leadership roles in the areas of admissions, recruitment, registration, international admissions, graduate admissions, financial aid and enrollment services.  She served as the AACRAO Vice President for Access and Equity from 2010 to 2013 and is currently the organization’s President.

Originally from Honduras, she holds a BS degree in Radio and TV production, a Master’s degree in Resource Recreation and Tourism and a Ph.D.in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Idaho.

Throughout her career, Dr. Havens Gerardo has worked with diverse, underrepresented and/or at-risk populations. Such experiences contributed to her doctoral research focus culminating in her doctoral dissertation titled “Academic integration and self-efficacy: An exploratory study of at- risk student persistence. Her strong commitment to access and student success has facilitated her work on initiatives aimed at serving historically underserved and underrepresented populations,  transfer students, military veterans, low SES populations and first generation college students. She frequently presents at local, regional and national forums on varied topics such as applying strategic enrollment management best practices, transfer issues and trends, using financial aid leveraging to facilitate access and equity in higher education, process reengineering in enrollment services, staff development and training and leadership/management development.