ACCESS Symposium speakers

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Martha J. Kanter
Executive Director, College Promise Campaign

Dr. Martha Kanter leads the College Promise Campaign, a national initiative to increase college access, affordability, quality, and completion in American higher education, starting in America's community colleges. She is also a Senior Fellow at New York University's Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. She specializes in policy efforts to identify and apply innovative, evidence-based education interventions, financing models, and behavioral incentives to raise America's high school and college graduation rates. From 2009-2013, Dr. Kanter served as the U.S. Under Secretary of Education, overseeing all federal postsecondary statutory, regulatory, and administrative policies and programs, including the $175B annual federal student aid programs, higher education, adult education, career-technical education, international education, and six White House Initiatives. From 1993-2009, she was president of De Anza College and then chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in Silicon Valley, California. She began her career as an alternative high school teacher in Lexington, MA. Dr. Kanter holds a BA degree in Sociology from Brandeis University, an MEd from Harvard University, and an EdD from the University of San Francisco.

Featured Speakers

Ms. Lindsey Reichlin Cruse h

Senior Research Associate, Institute for Women's Policy Research

Lindsey Reichlin is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Lindsey manages IWPR's grant-funded projects under the Student Parent Success Initiative (SPSI), which promotes access to and success in college for women who are parents of dependent children. She also contributes to IWPR's research on global women's issues, including conducting case studies for a study funded by the International Finance Corporation on private sector provision of child care supports. Lindsey has presented IWPR research at numerous events and conferences, including serving as a panelist on private sector strategies to promote work-family balance at UNDP's Third Global Forum on Business for Gender Equality in Panama City. An expert on access to postsecondary education, Lindsey has been quoted in several outlets including The Washington Post, the National Journal, and Market Watch. Prior to joining IWPR, Lindsey held positions at the Aspen Institute's Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health and at Global Policy Solutions in Washington, D.C. Lindsey has a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where she studied human rights, and a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ms. Shelly Martin h

Assistant Director of Patient Transportation, OSU Wexner Medical Center

Aside from working fulltime to be the best wife, mother and grandmother, Shelly's passion is for people. Being one of the 2017 recipients of the OSU President and Provost Council of Women Glass ceiling award speaks to her continued commitment to reach higher heights for herself and others. Shelly continues to educate and mentors on how to excel despite the life's obstacles.

Shelly's commitment to education—her own, as well as others--continues. After receiving her bachelor's degree, she went on to earn a master's in Workforce Development in December 2016, also from Ohio State. Following seven years at OSU Wexner Medical Center as Training and Development Specialist and Staff Training and Development Coordinator Shelly advanced into her current roles as Assistant Director of Patient Transportation. Shelly is an ordained Minister for Royal Kingdom Ministries and was previously program director for the Education of Excellence Academy in Columbus Ohio. She has been a board member for Columbus State Community College's Patient Advisory Board, Building Bridges Community Revitalization Corporation, and Columbus Health Department's Faith Works, National Diversity Council as well as executive director for Christ Cathedral Church Neighborhood Health Clinic. She has been an active member of the OSU Wexner Medical Center Diversity Council, Women With a Call International, The Ohio State University Professional Development Staff Mentorship Program, and the National Nursing Staff Development Organization. In addition, Shelly has been a facilitator or speaker at a wide range of training opportunities both at Ohio State and nationally. She received the following awards: 2016 LA Award from The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center; 2016 Distinguished Leader by the National Association of Healthcare Transport Management; 2017 Glass Breaker by the Ohio State University President and Provost Council of Women; and most resent, 2018 Outstanding Business Champion by Columbus Business First.

While Shelly credits education and the support of mentors for her progress, her own determination has been equally important. Even a tumor in her head as an undergraduate and a breast cancer diagnosis as a graduate student did not end her drive. As she explains, “I went through homelessness, welfare, the foster care system, domestic violence. I have had health problems, low education, and been out of school for a long time before going back. As an African American woman, I often have to work twice as hard to get half as much as others. I went through all of that to demonstrate to others, “If you can believe it, you can achieve it”.

Ms. Carrie Welton h

Policy Analyst, Center for Law & Social Policy

Carrie Welton is a policy analyst on the income and work supports team. Her work focuses on advocating for policy reforms that improve the lives of people with low-incomes and communities of color through using a racial equity lens. This includes improving access to public benefit programs for postsecondary students and student parents with low-incomes to advance their academic success. She also advocates for policy reforms that strengthen the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Previously, Ms. Welton spent three years at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on the national Education and Learning team focused on early childhood systems alignment. In addition, she spent four years at the Kellogg Company conducting research and providing strategic direction to inform the organization's government relations and lobbying efforts. Ms. Welton also served on the state board of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, furthering the civil liberties and civil rights of residents. As a member of the executive committee, she provided fiduciary, strategic, and generative leadership to the organization. She earned her Master of Public Administration from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and her undergraduate degree in Public Law from Western Michigan University.