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Spring 2016 Speakers

Undergraduate Ceremony: May 7, 2016

Kathy Ochse ’89

Kathy Ochse has twenty-five years of experience in leadership and management of post-production customer service, project management, and operations teams. She is in her sixteenth year with NBCUniversal, which is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation and one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. In her current role, Ms. Ochse serves as Senior Director, Client Services at StudioPost Operations, a Universal Studios post production facility in Universal City, California.

Devoted to providing best-in-class client support, Ms. Ochse leads a fifty-member team consisting of client services managers, project management professionals, schedulers, and expeditors to manage feature, television, and marketing projects that produce, master, deliver, and preserve the highest quality media and content in the world for artists, producers, and divisional clients.

In her previous roles at NBCUniversal, Ms. Ochse served as Director, Administration and Manager, Digital Video Services. She also served as the business lead, responsible for the training, implementation, and management of two resource scheduling and order management systems used by 200 people department-wide. She worked with every functional area of the division to ensure successful implementations.

Kathy Ochse received an NBCUniversal Ovation Award in 2009 for going above and beyond in the reorganization of two departments. Under General Electric ownership of the organization, Ms. Ochse earned her Six Sigma Certification in 2006. She has been instrumental in leading teams through numerous department reorganizations and process improvement projects as well as transitions to high definition and file-based workflows.

Prior to joining NBCUniversal in 2000, Ms. Ochse held positions as Manager and Supervisor of Account Services at two post production facilities servicing distribution clients for feature mastering and television syndication, as well as for top advertising agencies, between 1991 and 2000. Ms. Ochse moved to California in 1988 where she completed an internship with the show Entertainment Tonight. From 1989 – 1991, she worked at Eisaman, Johns & Laws Advertising, where she managed the distribution of television and radio commercials as the Broadcast Traffic Manager.

Ms. Ochse received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from West Chester University in 1989.

Undergraduate Ceremony: May 8, 2016

Katherine A. Dougherty Stahl ’76

Katherine Stahl is Clinical Associate Professor of Reading and Director of the Literacy Clinic at New York University. A prolific writer and presenter, Professor Stahl studies the effective instruction of reading in the elementary years and is committed to improving student achievement and school effectiveness, especially in urban settings.

Before joining the NYU faculty in 2006, Professor Stahl was Assistant Professor of Reading at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and, prior to that, was for two years an instructor at Clemson University. She had previously taught in high-poverty public elementary and middle school classrooms for more than twenty-five years. Her current research work, which examines reading acquisition and reading comprehension, stems both from those experiences and from current classroom observations.

A vigorous scholar, Professor Stahl has authored or co-authored dozens of journal articles, white papers, and book chapters, served on numerous editorial boards, presented at conferences and workshops throughout the country, and co-authored five highly regarded books. Among those titles is Developing Reading Comprehension: Effective Instruction for All Students in PreK-2 (Guilford Press, 2015), a guide that explains the essential elements of comprehension and shares a wealth of classroom-tested instructional practices. She has also served in a variety of roles on national and state boards, including the International Reading Association Foundation Board, the New York State Education Department English Language Arts Advisory Panel, and the West Chester University Professional Education Advisory Council.

Professor Stahl has earned numerous honors in recognition of her teaching, writing, and research. She has three times been a Fry Book Award Nominee and, in 2010, was a National Reading Conference Early Career Achievement Award Nominee. She is a recipient of the Jeanne S. Chall Visiting Researcher Award from Harvard University and the Teaching Excellence Award from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Katherine Stahl earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from West Chester University in 1976, an M.Ed (1984) and Ed.S. (1996) from Georgia Southern University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Georgia in 2003.

Graduate Ceremony

Joanne Finegan M’90

Joanne Finegan, MSA, CTRS, FDRT is Chief Executive Officer of US Community Behavioral, Embassy Management, LLC, and President of ReMed, an organization providing treatment and supported living for individuals who have experienced a traumatic brain injury. Under Ms. Finegan’s direction, ReMed has gained a national reputation as a state-of-the-art provider of services for people with disabilities in a community based, least restrictive environment. US Community Behavioral, a leading multi-state provider of community-based residential and behavioral services, acquired ReMed in 2013.

A certified therapeutic recreation specialist, Ms. Finegan was for thirteen years the chief executive officer of ReMed before also becoming president in 2013. Two years later she was appointed CEO of the Embassy Group of Companies, an organization that includes six companies, including ReMed, in eight states. She had previously served for three years as the director of therapeutic recreation at Mechanicsburg (Pennsylvania) Rehabilitation Hospital.

A vigorous advocate for both the field of therapeutic recreation and for people with disabilities, she has worked continuously on educating others on the impact and lifelong effects of brain injury. Ms. Finegan has served on the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for many years as a board member and trustee and, in 2004, as chairman of the board. She also has served as the chairman of the board of the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification and is currently serving as president and board member of the Council on Brain Injury. At Penn State University, she served as part of the training team for Inclusive Recreation for Wounded Warriors, a program that provided strategies for improving the well-being of injured military personnel through recreation. She continues to serve Penn State as an advisory board member at that university’s Brandywine campus.

Her deep professional commitment has led to broad recognition and numerous awards, including the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Penn State University’s College of Health and Human Development and the most prestigious award given by Penn State’s Alumni Association, the Alumni Fellow Award, in 2013. In 2005 she was honored by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association as a Distinguished Fellow, that organization’s highest distinction.

Ms. Finegan earned a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation from Penn State University in 1983 and a master’s in Administration from West Chester University in 1990.

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