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Dr. Aram deKovenDr. Aram deKoven
Chief Diversity Officer
(860) 701-6930
Hamilton Hall 131

Dr. deKoven was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. He holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and music from the State University of New York-Oswego, a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and a second master’s degree in Education and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Dr. deKoven began teaching as substitute teacher in New Jersey and later in after school programs in upstate New York working with at-risk youth. Later he taught at the post-secondary level in Cornell University’s teacher education program as a teaching assistant. He continued to teach at the State University of New York-Cortland as a visiting assistant professor of education. In 2008, following four years at Cortland, Dr. deKoven accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he taught Educational Technology, the History of American Education, and Multicultural Education to pre-service educators. All of Dr. deKoven’s classes incorporated a highly critical lens that forced his students to analyze the significant impact of race, class, affectional orientation, gender, and being an English language learner on educational opportunities and access in American schools. Dr. deKoven’s research, publications, presentations, and intercultural immersion experiences share this critical perceptive. In 2015, Dr. deKoven’s unique combination of education and experience in multicultural programming, curricular design, culturally relevant training, and social justice advocacy and leadership afforded him a position at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut as their Chief Diversity Officer and the director of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity.

Ms. Richelle Johnson, M. Ed., CGA ‘91
Education Program Specialist
(860) 701-6557
Chase Hall 1045

Ms. Richelle Johnson currently fulfills two independent roles in her service to the United States Coast Guard. As a Coast Guard civilian she works as an Education Program Specialist for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. In this capacity, her primary duties include providing expertise and guidance on diversity management, monitoring Academy-wide climate targeted toward cadets, civilians, military officers, enlisted personnel, faculty, and staff, and working in collaboration with various departments to increase retention of all cadets; in particular those who have been historically underserved. In this role, she also teaches classes to cadets and conducts training for faculty and staff on topics related to diversity and inclusion. In uniform, Captain Richelle Johnson, USCGR is assigned to the Coast Guard’s Fifth District as the Senior Reserve Officer for the Portsmouth Federal Building where she develops policy, procedures, organizational structure, and training programs to maintain the readiness of over 745 diverse selected reservists across the Mid-Atlantic states.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Johnson taught social studies and language arts for over nine years in both New London and East Lyme, Connecticut public schools. Her specialties included developing stimulating lesson plans that exceeded state learning standards, while at the same time, promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity. Infused in all her work with young people was, and is, the desire to change the world for the better. While teaching in East Lyme, Ms. Johnson was elevated to the Chair of the Social Studies Department and it was during this time that her school earned the title of Connecticut Middle School of the Year.

Ms. Johnson served over seven years of active duty at the U.S. Coast Guard National Command Center, U.S. Coast Guard Group Port Angeles, U.S. Coast Guard Western Regional Recruiting Command, and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet. During this period, she realized how much she enjoyed conducting training and learning about leadership and enhancing management skills, which led her to the decision to pursue the Troops to Teachers program and to continue to serve in the Coast Guard Reserve.

As a reservist, she served at the Coast Guard National Command Center, the Atlantic Area Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, and more recently as the Senior Reserve Officer for U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. Under Ms. Johnson’s collaborative leadership style, Sector Northern New England went from last in Coast Guard Reserve Readiness rankings to first. Prior to her current reserve assignment she served as the FEMA Region 1 Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer where she supported, assisted, and provided coordination and liaison capabilities between the Coast Guard’s First District and FEMA for contingency preparedness and disaster response.

Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Government from the United States Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University. Originally from Camanche, Iowa, Ms. Johnson resides in East Lyme, Connecticut with her husband Kirk. They have two children: Ehren and Anna. When not working, Ms. Johnson enjoys running, boating, hiking, skiing, and coaching youth sports.

Ms. Daphne Dumorne, M. Ed.
Diversity Program Specialist
Chase Hall 1046

Ms. Dumorne has over 10 years of experience in the education industry. She has dedicated her career to the advancement of today’s youth by encouraging their pursuit of higher education. She has worked with a diverse population of students in several different capacities. As the Project Coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Health Systems Youth Community Programs, she spearheaded the Adopt-A-Class Program, Summer Youth Employment Program, and the Bond-to-Bond Program. Ms. Dumorne also served as the Guidance and College Placement Counselor at Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School in Washington, D. C. During her tenure she increased the college acceptance rate of graduating seniors to 100%.

Ms. Dumorne also has many years of experience in post-secondary education. She has worked as an admissions representative in traditional, proprietary and service academy settings. She has won many accolades for her goal driven recruitment style. During her tenure at Trinity Washington University as the Assistant Director of Admissions, she helped to develop and expand their newly established Bachelor of Science in nursing program.

Ms. Dumorne has truly devoted herself to higher education and to helping others to change their lives through education. She received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Bowie State University and her Master of Education from Strayer University. She has been successful in her efforts by taking a holistic approached to working with students and helping them to achieve excellence beyond their imagination.

YN1 Katy Robbins
Diversity Program Support Specialist
Chase Hall 1043

YN1 Katy Robbins is a reserve yeoman that serves actively as the Diversity Program Support Specialist for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at the Coast Guard Academy. In this role, she engages cadets of all rankings, staff, and faculty to facilitate their travel and conference needs. Her primary duties consist of logistic and program support for the Joint Diversity Councils, Eclipse week, and Respect and Inclusion Summer Experience (RISE).

Prior to her current role, YN1 Robbins has served as the Cadet Administration Shop Supervisor. She provided oversight of over 1,000 records, which included an average of 300 accessions annually. YN1 also held the positions of Servicing Personnel Office Supervisor for permanent party, and Admissions Logistic Support Coordinator at the Coast Guard Academy.

Petty Officer Robbins has a wide array of training in FEMA as a Resource, Demobilization, Situation, and Documentation Unit Leader. She was train-the-trainer certified for the BP Oil Spill and acted as the Resource and Demobilization Unit Leader for Deepwater Horizon.

YN1 Robbins has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Rhode Island. When she is not in an active duty status, she is the Human Resource Communication Specialist at Textron Corporate in Providence, Rhode Island. Her duties include internal communications support for Human Resources and Wellbeing, Travel, and Environmental Health and Safety.