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Dr. Rosch serves currently as an Executive Director of the newly established Center for the Advanced Study & Practice of Hope, and as a Professor of Practice, within the Sanford School of Social & Family Dynamics. She began her professional career nearly 30 years ago at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, moving to Loyola University of Chicago, and ultimately to Roosevelt University, where she spent the bulk of her higher education career. Working in numerous leadership positions within these postsecondary institutions, her broad administrative background includes board relations, strategic planning, institutional advancement, public relations, fund-raising, and student services.
Dr. Rosch blended her scholarly abilities in research and organizational analysis with managerial and leadership skills to create and direct a large, complex educational collaborative known as the Chicago Education Alliance. This organization became a significant force in Chicago, and Illinois, as well as a national model of educational reform; collaboratively raising more than $200 million to support systemic initiatives over a ten-year period. She continues to devote her professional life to improving academic and enrichment opportunities for children and families within Pre-K-16 Education.
Upon moving to Phoenix in 2016, Dr. Rosch initially assumed the position of President of Kids at Hope (KAH). The organization continues to be led as a national not-for-profit youth development organization by its founder, Rick Miller. KAH initiatives are operating currently in 21 states across the US and Alberta, Canada, serving 400 organizations and approximately 60,000 adults, while impacting more than 600,000 youth. Through the newly established Center, an academic foundation and research priorities will be established, in partnership with KAH, to enhance the science and practice of hope --its clinical and health applications, empirical evaluation, and implementation – to improve our understanding of how hope (and hopelessness) impact children, youth, families, and communities.