Meet Our Team
Amanda Propst Cuevas, PhD
Amanda directs the Office of Appreciative Education in the Department of Educational Leadership in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. She works directly with Dr. Jennifer Bloom, co-founder of Appreciative Advising, to support and expand Appreciative Education initiatives globally. Amanda has a proven passion for helping others intentionally foster an Appreciative campus culture in which ALL – students, faculty, staff, and administrators—can truly THRIVE! She is an engaging presenter on Appreciative Education topics and values the opportunity to train faculty, professional advisors, student affairs administrators, and others about how to incorporate this theory-to-practice framework into their work. She has also incorporated the Appreciative College Instruction (ACI) framework into courses that she has developed and taught at both the community college and university levels. Amanda is a published author and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Appreciative Education.
Connect via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandapropstcuevas/
Jenny Bloom, EdD
Jennifer L. Bloom, Ed.D. joined the Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology at Florida Atlantic University in August 2015. She serves as a Professor and Coordinator of the Higher Education Leadership Master’s Degree Program at FAU. Dr. Bloom is a co-founder of the Appreciative Advising and Appreciative Education movements. She established the annual Appreciative Advising Summer Institute, the Appreciative Education Conference, an on-line Appreciative Advising course, the process for Certifying Appreciative Advisers, and other exciting initiatives related to Appreciative Advising and Appreciative Education.
Connect via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-jenny-bloom-1873487/
Ashley Brannan serves as the Coordinator for the Office of Appreciative Education at Florida Atlantic University. She is dedicated to supporting educational and professional development initiatives that utilize a positive, strengths-based, and student-centered approach to helping students realize their full potential. Ashley graduated cum laude from University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and continued her education at Towson University where she earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and Florida Atlantic University where she earned a Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership.
Connect via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-brannan/
Bryan Hursh serves as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Office of Appreciative Education at Florida Atlantic University. He is committed to utilizing Appreciative Education strategies and techniques to foster community among his peers. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a minor in Communication Studies and Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. As a doctoral student pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Leadership, Bryan’s research interests are centered around the practices and theories used in developing undergraduate student leaders, peer mentors, and Appreciative Advising. Bryan is committed to fostering community among his peers that is rooted in the foundations of Appreciative Education.
Connect via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hurshbryan
Colton Dawson serves as the Lead Social Media & Marketing Intern for the Office of Appreciative Education. Colton is a First-Generation Senior at Florida Southern College, majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Integrated Marketing Communications. He serves as the Head Resident Advisor for the Barnett Residential Life Complex, a Southern Ambassador, and a Student Influencer for FSC's Enrollment Management department. Under his roles, Colton has published several articles on his Institution's website, gained invaluable leadership skills, and is looking forward to gaining both experience and knowledge as time continues.
Connect via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/coltondawson
Steve Sanderson is a Staff Associate with the Office of Appreciative Education and is a veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard. Steve grew in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and received a degree in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University. He retired from Administration at the University of Illinois and later worked as a Corporate Pilot for a Vesuvius USA, a company based in Champaign. Steve also worked as a Flight Instructor and a charter pilot, both in Illinois and in South Carolina. He holds the Airline Transport Pilot rating. After moving to Florida, Steve spent five years with the Office of New Student Orientation and Family Engagement, and has served in various capacities for all of the Summer Institutes. Steve is a Certified Appreciative Adviser and works with many of the other OAE programs.
Connect via LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/steve-sanderson-15730511/
Ed Morrison is a Staff Associate with the Office of Appreciative Education and is a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves. Ed grew up in West Virginia and received a degree in Mathematics from The University of Toledo. He had a career in Information Technology as a software developer for Owens Illinois, Inc. a glass company and then with Holcim, Inc. a cement manufacturing company. After moving to Florida, Ed spent two years with the Office of New Student Orientation and Family Engagement and has served in various capacities with the Office of Appreciative Education. Ed has joined the team in the Zoom Broadcast Engineer control room helping with the Summer Institutes and many other OAE programs.