Prior to joining the CCSD faculty, Dr. Ashlee worked in student affairs and higher education for more than a decade in a variety of functional areas including service-learning, multicultural affairs, international education, and social justice education. Her research interests include critical autoethnography as healing and liberatory methodology, poststructural possibilities for student affairs praxis, and the racialized experiences of underrepresented Asian Americans in higher education (specifically transracial adoptees and Hmong Americans).
Dr. Ashlee earned a Ph.D. in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Miami University in Ohio; a M.S. in Counseling and College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park; and a B.A. in Strategic Communication from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is the proud mama to Azaelea Grace and lives with her family and their cat Samma in Minneapolis.
Dr. Macari is a professor in the College Counseling and Student Development program in the Department of Community Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy. He holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Nevada as well as a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dan has been teaching at SCSU since 2004 where he served as the Coordinator of the CCSD program for more than a dozen years and also served as the Faculty Director of the University Honors Program. Prior to working at SCSU, Dr. Macari worked in a variety of positions in college student affairs and mental health and addictions counseling in California and Nevada. While he primarily teaches classes in the College Counseling and Student Development program, he also teaches undergraduate courses in the community psychology major.
One of Dr. Macari’s greatest passions is study abroad and he has facilitated more than a dozen trips to various countries around the world including his favorite locations; South Africa, Australia, Laos, Thailand, and Malaysia. Dan lives in St Cloud with his partner Jennifer, his son Sam, and his cat Boo-Boo.