Champlain 11th Hooding & Commencement on May 9 to feature Janine Allo

A commencement and hooding ceremony for Champlain College Master's degree candidates will be held Friday, May 9, on the lawn of Roger H. Perry Hall.

Some 112 students will participate in the ceremony. Janine M. Allo, Ed.D., former president of marketing firm Kelliher Samets Volk in Burlington, and faculty member in the Champlain College MBA program, will give the keynote speech. The alumni welcome will be by Lanaya Sandberg G'13, G'14.

Tickets are required for attendance on May 9. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Seating in the tent for guests will open at 9 a.m. The ceremony should conclude around 11:30. Immediately following the ceremony, a reception will be held in the IDX Student Center.

Allo is an accomplished leader-director, counselor-advisor and teacher-learner. A self-described “Organizational Alchemist,” Allo uses her expertise in collaborative leadership, organizational development, communication and group dynamics and strategic planning to effect individual, organizational and societal transformational change toward more simple, beautiful, sustainable, joyful, just and compassionate living.

Currently, she is the Chief People Officer for the Wildflower Bread Company based in Scottsdale, AZ, a growing restaurant company in the Top 10 of the Fast Casual category nationwide. Prior to her move out west, she was president of Kelliher Samets Volk, a full-service marketing and communications company in Burlington, VT, New York and Boston, which focuses on building brands that connect to the “passionate networks of believers.”

As an independent leadership and organizational development consultant and executive coach for more than ten years, Allo specialized in working with small and large organizations, private for-profit and non-profit agencies, and community based collaborations to help them meet their business objectives. She also proudly served as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Spectrum, a local Vermont organization that helps teens and families transform their lives.

Many Champlainers will recognize Allo from the latest transitional period of her career where she became deeply connected to many students and faculty at Champlain as a counselor and as a faculty member in the MBA program for the past five years. She is profoundly grateful to have been able to engage with her students to become successful leaders who use their talents to courageously live their dreams.

Allo has a B.S. from Cornell University and a M.Ed. in Counseling & Consulting Psychology from Harvard. She earned her Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont where she focused on relational leadership.

Allo currently lives in Scottsdale, AZ, at the base of Saddle Mountain in the McDowell Mountain Range with her favorite hiking trail directly behind her house. She is a very proud mom to her 16-year-old daughter Maia, an aspiring artist, and son Leif, a junior at Champlain in video game programming. Allo loves running, practices mindfulness, and seeks to inspire others in their ongoing journey to deepen self-awareness, find their purpose and engage their passion. Connect with Allo on Twitter @AZBrandCoach and at LinkedIn at

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About Champlain College Graduate Studies

Champlain’s first Master’s degree was established under Roger H. Perry in 2002. Now the Graduate Studies program offers 11 Master’s Degrees, all online except for the MFA in Emergent Media and the MS in Emergent Media program in Shanghai, China. The programs offer a flexible approach to furthering your education in various cutting-edge programs, including Early Childhood Education, Digital Forensic Science or Management, Executive Leadership, Health Care Administration, Law, Managing Innovation & IT, Mediation & Applied Conflict Studies, and Emergent Media. For more information, visit

About Champlain College

Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and eight master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2013 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit