Project Pipeline Repair Steering Committee

Caitlin Dennis provides executive support for the president of SHEEO and other SHEEO staff. Ms. Dennis holds three bachelor’s degrees, English, history, and psychology, from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a licensed secondary English and social studies teacher and has a passion for educational technology that began with her work at the local school district’s Innovation Center, where she taught classes in Scratch, coached robotics teams, and judged district robotic competitions. Ms. Dennis will start a master’s program in information & learning technologies in the fall of 2017, learning how to integrate her love of English into the 21st century classroom.

Gregory Henderson is an accomplished professional with diversified expertise in the fields of education, leadership training and development, counseling, retention, and adult learning and development. He is currently an assistant professor at Winston-Salem State University where he teaches in the School of Education. Henderson serves as director of the M-STRONG program, an initiative to increase the number of African American males entering the field of education. Prior to Henderson’s appointment as assistant professor, he served as director of district schools and as principal of elementary, middle and high schools. Henderson earned a Ph.D. in urban education from Cleveland State University, and several master’s degrees including one in adult learning and developing from Barry University.

Marvin Lynn, currently professor and dean of the School of Education at Indiana University South Bend, has served as associate dean for teacher education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; associate professor of curriculum & instruction, affiliate faculty member in African American studies, and director of graduate and undergraduate elementary teacher preparation programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and assistant and associate professor of minority & urban education—a graduate program he founded and coordinated at the University of Maryland at College Park. Lynn earned his Ph.D. in social sciences and education with a concentration on race and ethnic studies in education from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Lamikco Magee is an educator and consultant. She has over a decade of experience in educating students with disabilities. Most of Magee’s experience is in urban communities and secondary education. She has a master’s of education in moderate disabilities, and a juris doctor. Magee is trained in special education advocacy and is dually licensed in special education and English language arts in Massachusetts. Magee is actively involved in the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association and is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Association for the Supervision of Curriculum Development. She serves as a commissioner on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Magee is a veteran having served active duty in the United States Air Force.

Denise Pearson, Ph.D., is a Principal Policy Analyst at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) where she maintains a broad portfolio of work to inform state policy at the intersection of teacher preparation, education equity, accreditation, and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).  Dr. Pearson is currently the principal investigator for Project Pipeline Repair: Restoring Minority Male Participation and Persistence in Educator Preparation Programs, a multi-year externally funded collaboration with state higher education policy leaders and educator preparation faculty and staff at five HBCUs to address critical teacher shortages and close academic achievement gaps.  She also co-directs SHEEO’s Higher Education Policy Conference and is involved with SHEEO’s TRIAD initiative that aims to inform state policy and practice involving student learning and quality assurance.  Prior to joining SHEEO, Dr. Pearson served in a variety of capacities at Winston-Salem State University including Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs, Professor of Education and Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education at Winston-Salem State University.  She earned her Ph.D. in Education Supervision and Administration from Marquette University, M.A. in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver, and M.S. in Education Administration from Concordia University Wisconsin. 

Peggy Valentine is dean and professor of the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University, with educational programs in clinical laboratory science, exercise science, health care management, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation counseling.  She received the doctor of education degree from Virginia Tech, the master of arts and bachelor of science from Howard University. She was elected Fellow in the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, and Howard University Faculty Senate honored her for “Outstanding Contributions to the African Diaspora.” Valentine has conducted research on homeless and minority issues; is the co-founder of the North Carolina Alliance for Health Professions Diversity; and is the immediate past chair of the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary Community-based Linkages of the Health Resources & Services Administration.