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Erik S. Farley graduated from Denison University in 2003 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. He earned a master of arts in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University (EMU), where his experience included two years as an academic intervention specialist in EMU's Holman Learning Center and an administrative internship in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Ursuline College.
Farley's work at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., as the Assistant Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs, included serving as the administrative department head for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and director of their Diversity Center. His primary objective was to actively develop and sustain various aspects of multiculturalism throughout the university and Fox Cities communities in general, and the division of Student Affairs in particular. He established working relationships with students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community agencies based on the importance of diversity in leadership development. He also helped establish Lawrence’s Posse Foundation, Inc. partnership with the New York site office.
Currently, Farley serves as the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs at Denison University. His responsibilities include providing the overall design and coordination of programming with regard to diversity and multi-cultural relations. He organizes and conducts the Paving the Way pre-orientation to assist traditionally underrepresented student populations in transitioning to the academic, cultural and social climate at Denison University, as well as collaborates with other academic and administrative offices in collecting, analyzing and disseminating data on multi-cultural students including longitudinal retention studies. Farley also oversees the Posse program at Denison as its Program Director.
Joshua Finnell has served as the humanities librarian at Denison since the fall of 2009. Finnell came to Denison from McNeese State University where he spent two years as an Assistant Professor of Library Science. His work has appeared in Library Philosophy and Practice, Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and New Library World.
Mark FitzPatrick has served as the head men's and women's track and field coach and assistant cross country coach at Denison since the fall of 2010. FitzPatrick came to Denison from Washington & Jefferson where he has spent eight years as the head cross country and track and field coach. A six-time Presidents’ Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, FitzPatrick led his squads to four PAC championships during his tenure.
In 2011, FitzPatrick led his women’s track and field squad to its third PAC title. The Presidents’ captured nine event titles en route to a 10-point victory over Westminster. Following the meet FitzPatrick was presented with his sixth Coach of the Year award. At the conclusion of the 2011 season FitzPatrick was named the USTFCCCA Mid-East region women's track and Field Coach of the Year. He also guided the men’s track & field team to their first PAC Championship in 2010, powered by seven event championships.
Prior to accepting the position at Washington & Jefferson he spent three seasons as the head track & field coach at Hiram College. While at Hiram he led the Terriers to their best finish in conference history and coached five individual conference champions. Before taking over at Hiram, FitzPatrick served as the assistant women’s cross country and track and field coach at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse from 1998-2000 where he coached seven Division III All-Americans and helped the Eagles to three Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. FitzPatrick also spent two seasons as the assistant cross country and track and field coach at Allegheny College from 1996-1998, helping train five national qualifiers in cross country and track.
A 1995 graduate of Fairfield (Conn.) with a double major in philosophy and political science, FitzPatrick went on to earn a master’s degree in exercise and sports science from UW-LaCrosse.
Brian Flynn, Program Administrator, has a Masters in Business Administration and has experience at several private Montessori schools as an administrator and treasurer. Brian has ten years of experience being a practice partner for his two daughters in the program, Kethry and Ceridwyn Hunter.
Judy began working at Denison in 1998 in what was then known as the Records and Research Department. The area has evolved to become Advancement Services, where her responsibilities include working with the Major Gifts group on large and complex gifts, liaison with the Investment Office to facilitate gifts of securities and serving as the Matching Gift Coordinator for Denison. She is pursuing a business degree from The Ohio State University.
Michelle joined the Denison community in 1987, as an Administrative Secretary in the Information Group. In 1994, she became the Class Notes Editor and a Records Analyst within the same division of Denison. She is primarily responsible for editing the submitted class notes, for writing up the obituaries for Denison Magazine, and for the alumni bio-demographic updates and additions to the university database.
Laura received a B.A. from Denison University and a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Laura worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division, for three years and then Vice President and General Counsel for a real estate investment firm for 13 years. Laura returned to the Denison community as a Development Officer in 2010, and works with alumni, parents, and friends in Colorado, Chicago, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Minnesota, and on the east coast of Florida.
Mary earned a B.A. in Spanish and political science from Denison, and she holds a graduate paralegal certificate from Texas State University. She returned to Denison in 1997 after working for more than 20 years in the special events and convention management field. Mary currently serves as director of special events for the donor relations and advancement areas.