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Maria J. Lavooy, PhD
President
Florida Institute of Technology

Maria J. Lavooy earned an undergraduate degree in biopsychology and went on to earn an MA and PhD in psychology from Miami University, Ohio. Now in her 27th year of teaching, she serves as the chair of the Applied Psychology Program at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. She became a member of Psi Chi as an undergraduate in 1978 and has served as a chapter advisor since beginning her teaching career. She was a 3-year member of Psi Chi’s Southeastern Regional steering committee and served Psi Chi in the position of Southeastern Regional Vice-President, planning Psi Chi events and awards for SEPA’s annual meetings. She also attends and contributes to numerous conferences and workshops on behalf of Psi Chi.

 

Jason Young, PhD
Past-President
Hunter College, CUNY

Jason Young, PhD, is associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY), and is also on the graduate faculty of the School Psychology program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Young teaches courses in Research Methods, Attitudes and Persuasion, Social Cognition, and Evolutionary Psychology, as well as graduate-level courses in applications of social psychology to social issues. His research focuses on the influence of emotions on various judgment and decision-making processes. Since 1995, he has been faculty advisor to a very active chapter of Psi Chi that has offered major programs to Hunter’s psychology community, including the Annual Hunter Psychology Convention, at which students from Psi Chi chapters from the New York metro area and beyond attend to network and present research. He served as Psi Chi’s Eastern Region Vice-President from 2007–11. 

 

Betsy Morgan, PhD
President-Elect
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse

Betsy L. Morgan, PhD, is a professor of gender and social psychology at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. She has served as the department chair for 8+ years and the Psi Chi faculty advisor for over 15 years. She was the Psi Chi Midwestern Regional Vice President from 2006–10. Dr. Morgan has a PhD in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine and is the author of 10+ articles for peer-reviewed publications and over 50 conference presentations. She has won several teaching awards and is known nationally for her book Majoring in Psych? Career Options for Psychology Undergraduates, now in the 5th edition.

 

Martha S. Zlokovich, PhD
Executive Director

A high school teacher in Pensacola, Florida, inspired Dr. Martha S. Potter Zlokovich to pursue psychology as a career. She completed her BA in psychology at UCLA, and MS and PhD in developmental psychology at the University of Florida.

Dr. Zlokovich joined Psi Chi in 2008 as its second Executive Director, leaving Southeast Missouri State University after teaching there for 17 years. This move, however, was not her first involvement with Psi Chi. She served as chapter advisor since 1993, as Midwestern Region Vice-President (1998-2000), and as National President of Psi Chi (2003-04). In 1996, Southeast’s Chapter won the Ruth Hubbard Cousin’s National Chapter of the Year Award, and several chapter members won Psi Chi Regional Research Awards at MPA and/or had their research published in the Psi Chi Journal.

At Southeast, Dr. Zlokovich taught Child Development, Adolescent Development, Lifespan Development, Advanced Child Psychology, and Introductory Psychology for Majors. She also served as chair of the department. Her research interests have focused on student study habits, study beliefs, and persistence to graduation as well as adolescent and young adult contraception and sexuality.

Dr. Zlokovich and her husband Neil have two sons and a daughter-in-law. Aaron (Truman State University, 2010) and Stephanie live in Lexington, KY, and Matthew is a senior civil engineering major at the University of Alabama.

 

Michele Rumpf
Chief Operating Officer

Michele Rumpf brings to the Executive Officer position a strong management background in the non-profit sector. Her most recent positions include director of development for the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Foundation (Fairhope, AL) and director of workforce development for the Mobile (AL) Chamber of Commerce. Earlier positions included program coordinator for the Department of Community Medicine at Mercer University and executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of Macon and Middle Georgia. She earned a BS in public administration from Auburn University (AL) and currently resides in the greater Chattanooga metropolitan area.

 

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