DePaul University Faculty and Staff Collaboration Leadership Team



Dr. James Wolfinger

Associate Dean for Curriculum and Programs;
Associate Professor, Secondary History



Dr. Melissa Ockerman

Associate Professor, Counseling


Dr. Barbara Rieckhoff

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership; Director, Educational Leadership Master’s Program



Dr. Sally Julian

Associate Dean for Development

Facing History and Ourselves Collaboration Leadership Team



Mr. Phredd MatthewsWall



Ms. Maureen Loughnane

Collaboration Senior Fellows


Liz Clemons Colicchia

Thomas Middle School


Tamaria Crider

Truman Middle College


Amy Dobner

Lincoln Park High School


Lauren Lipsey

The Lake County Regional Office of Education


Thomas Saleh

North Shore Country Day School


Abigail Tieck

Making Waves Academy


Olena Marshall


Michelle Livas

North-Grand High School


Facing History’s pedagogy is about learning from both the good and the bad of the past, about constructing a safe classroom environment, and about teaching children how to be ‘upstanders’ or those who stand up against prejudice or persecution. We’re bringing into the teaching of history a conversation about what it means to be human. How did an event like the Holocaust come to be? How does a society reach that point? How could it have been prevented?
–Dr. James Wolfinger, DePaul Faculty Leader