SD Certified Workshop Leader
Mary Frances Postupack is the Vice President for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship (EDE) at East Stroudsburg University. She leads the EDE division which includes the award-winning Business Accelerator Program – featuring the J-1 Visa International Innovation Program, the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, Office of Career and Workforce Development/Career Development Center, Conference Services, and the Schisler Museum and McMunn Planetarium. While at ESU, she secured in excess of $8M in federal and state grants to support economic development and entrepreneurial initiatives. Mary Frances has over 25 years of experience in the areas of education, economic and business development. She serves on the Executive Board of the Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA), Board of Directors of the University Economic Development Association (UEDA), a national organization representing higher education/public/private economic development stakeholders, and on the Monroe 2030 Action Team which has developed eight Strategic Doing Teams to address: Business Development, Workforce, Public Health, Sustainability, Housing, Collaboration, Marketing, and Youth Entrepreneurship. She received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University, master’s degree from East Stroudsburg University, and she completed the Corporate Entrepreneurship Certificate Program at Lehigh University.
Darshini Render is a higher education professional. At present, she serves as an Assistant Director for Student Success in the College of Engineering at Purdue University, where she operationalize and implements programs for professional development. She teaches career development, cross-cultural leadership skills and introduction to Strategic Doing for undergraduates.
Since 2009, Darshini has been involved in training and development in several public and private universities. Darshini has considerable practical experience in mentoring, coaching, career services program development, multidisciplinary research, consulting, and teaching. Darshini is a PLUS-Fulbright scholar, and received her B.A in Sociology and Business Administration from Colorado State University and her M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Darshini is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research interests are in pedagogies of collaborative sciences.
Jane Rogan has over 20 years of experience in higher education academic program design, curriculum development, and innovative engaged learning programs. Jane designs pathways to enhance student academic success and to positively influence student identity development through teaching and learning methodologies. Most recently Jane leads the Sustaining Hoosier Communities, a community-engaged learning initiative which connects rural communities to Indiana University courses, students, and faculty to address community-identified needs and opportunities.
A Hoosier by choice, Jane grew up in south of Manchester in the United Kingdom. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in business studies from Birmingham City University and a Master of Science in higher education from Indiana University.
Dr. Michelle Sabick assumed the role of Dean of Parks College of Engineering, Aviation
and Technology at Saint Louis University in July of 2016. Prior to that she was Chair of
the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Saint Louis University. Dr. Sabick began
her academic career at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho where she co-founded
the Center for Orthopaedic and Biomechanics Research and served as Chair of the
Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering for three years.
Sabick earned a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve
University and MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the University of
Throughout her career, Sabick has been passionate about improving undergraduate
engineering education. She has been highly involved in efforts to transform STEM
teaching practices at both Saint Louis University and Boise State, where she helped
mentor faculty members to infuse courses with more interactive and hands-on learning
experiences. She is currently working on a Boeing-funded project to infuse more math
content into the middle school curriculum in the St. Louis Public School System.