About Kenna

Updated 6/5/12

I'm 31 years old and a Sagittarius.  I have been married for almost 6 years to John, who is awesome.  Seriously.  He's the one who really got me into weight training.  He knows a lot about a lot of things, so he's the first person I got to when I need help.  He's pretty much the person I go to for everything in my life.  We live in Los Angeles with our 2 cats (Lascivia & Celie), dog (Falkor), and upside down catfish (The Mechanic-- I swear this a real thing).

I just finished my PhD program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology (check it out).  My dissertation explored the antecedents and outcomes of organizational inclusion (e.g. feeling a sense of belonging in one's organization).  I looked at supervisor authentic leadership and organizational climate for ethics as antecedents and organizational citizenship and organization-based self-esteem as outcomes (I'll post a summary when it's done).  For those of you keeping track at home. that's a BA in Sociology from UC Davis, an MS in College Student Personnel from Miami University of OH, and the PhD.  Yes, I'll be done after this.

I currently work for two great organizations -- the Institute for Judaism & Sexual Orientation (IJSO) and Leadership Inspirations (here).  My work at the IJSO focuses on managing the Welcoming Synagogues Project, which is aimed at helping synagogues become more inclusive and welcoming of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) folks.  I've been an LGBT ally for a long time, but this is the first time I've worked in a religiously-based organization.  I've learned a lot!

Leadership Inspirations is my chance to work with friends who I have known for a REALLY long time!  We inspire learning, leadership, and service in high school leaders.  I'm primarily responsible for the developing curriculum and training the staff.  In addition, I am working with two high schools to plan their Winter Formals and Proms.  Our Event Planning process is a little different in that we emphasize learning and leadership development as we plan the events!

I've already shared information about my fitness habits before the P90X2 here, so I won't go into that again. I will say that I am occasionally plagued by knee issues -- I had ACL & meniscus surgery in 1997 when I was in high school, so my left knee is pretty good, but my right knee sometimes acts funny.

I'm sure there's a lot more to know about me, but I think that's a good place to start!  Thanks for reading my blog and commenting on my posts!

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