About the Staff

Susannah Bechtel

Susannah is Assistant Director of Curriculum Development for the Choices Program and a Research Associate at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Since joining the Choices Program in 2008, Susannah has worked on a wide range of topics and has served as the lead writer for curricula on human rights and modern Turkey. She is a 2007 graduate of Tufts University where she majored in International Relations.

Andy Blackadar

Andy is Director of Curriculum Development for the Choices Program and a Research Associate at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Andy joined the Choices Program in 1999. Andy is a former high school teacher with experience teaching in the United States and Brazil. Andy holds a BA in English from Bates College and a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University.

Lisa Blake

Lisa is an Office Assistant for the Choices Program. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for over 15 years. Her prior background working as an Administrative Assistant for a Charter High School has led her to University level. To add to her skills, she has accomplished a certificate as a Graphic Designer from URI. She has a passion for Arts as a hobby, and is hoping to pursue an Arts degree in the near future.

Susan Graseck

Susan is Director of the Choices Program and a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Her areas of interest include renewal of American democracy, education, and civic engagement in international and public policy. Susan came to Brown University in 1988 to start the Choices Program. Prior to coming to Brown, she taught at the elementary and secondary levels and then served as director of a small national foundation where she focused on civic engagement around international issues.

Kathleen Magiera

Kathleen is the Administrative Manager for the Choices Program. Prior to joining the Choices team in 2011, she spent over 20 years with the Cranston Public Schools and was the Medicaid/Census Supervisor and Non-Public Textbook Coordinator. Kathleen is currently working on a degree in computer science.

Ada Okun

Ada is a Research and Writing Intern with the Choices Program. She comes to Choices after teaching 4th grade and then middle school Social Studies at a K-8 school in Central Falls, RI for five years, Ada is a graduate of Brown University’s MAT Program and received her B.A. in Educational Studies and English Literature from Swarthmore College.

Mimi Stephens

Mimi is Professional Development Director for the Choices Program and a Research Associate at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Prior to joining the Choices Program in 2011, Mimi worked at Clark University where she served as the Director of the Teacher Center for Global Studies supporting K12 social studies teachers throughout Massachusetts for more than 20 years. Mimi holds a Masters in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.

Lindsay Turchan

Lindsay is a Curriculum Writer for the Choices Program. Since joining the team in 2015, Lindsay has worked on a range of topics and has served as the lead writer for curricula on Nigeria. Prior to joining the Choices Program, Lindsay worked as a writing tutor at the college level and as an advocate for survivors of sexual violence on her college campus. She holds a BA in History from Carleton College.

Jillian Turbitt

Jillian is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for the Choices Program. Prior to joining Choices in 2007, she served as Manager of Student Relations for the Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. She received her M.Ed. in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University.

Tanya Waldburger

Tanya is Manager of the Digital Media Group at the School of Professional Studies. Prior to joining Choices in 2009, Tanya worked for seven years as a producer and editor for a commercial production company in New York. She holds a BA in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University.

The Advisory Group

Choices Teaching Fellows

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