Board of Directors

Krishna Aniel

Education Program Specialist, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Krishna L. Aniel is the education program specialist at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Since June 2009, Krishna Aniel has managed the Wilson Center’s two internship programs with 250 interns and a visiting scholar program with 75 scholars annually. She was previously employed at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center from 2006 to 2009. She started out as an intern through the Washington Internship Institute in Fall 2006 before being hired by the Smithsonian Institution full-time. Krishna earned her B.A. (Humanities: History Concentration) at Brigham Young University in 2006, and earned her M.A. (Liberal Studies: American Studies Concentration) at Georgetown University in 2009.

Shane Brown

Account Manager, Proof Integrated Communications

Shane Brown is a seasoned communications strategist with a passion for social innovation and purpose-driven business. As an account manager with Proof Integrated Communications, Shane oversees the implementation of integrated communications campaigns and works closely with creative and digital teams to deliver powerful marketing and communications solutions to business and advocacy clients.

Prior to joining Proof, Shane led integrated communications campaigns at a global PR agency, organized for a political campaign in Minnesota, and served as a program coordinator at the Washington Internship Institute. While at the Washington Internship Institute, he helped lead marketing initiatives, student housing, international programs, and student activities.

Shane earned a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Minnesota and has lived in DC since graduating in 2007. When he’s not behind a desk you can usually find him biking around the city, reading in a park, or immersing himself in DC’s creative community.

Thomas Burns

Provost, Belmont University

Dr. Thomas Burns began his career teaching in the chemistry and physics department at Florida Southern College before serving as the assistant dean for academic affairs for the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for almost six years, where, among other things, he oversaw the Fulbright program and participated in the creation, implementation and interpretation of the policies for the graduate school. From 2006-2010, Dr. Burns served as associate provost for academic administration at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Since 2011, Dr. Burns has served as provost at Belmont University. Reporting to the provost are the deans for the University’s nine colleges. In addition, Dr. Burns oversees the departments that manage Belmont’s adult degree programs, enrollment services, student affairs, interdisciplinary and global studies, honors program, registrar, assessment and institutional research.

Dr. Burns graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Chemistry from Dickinson College in 1991 and completed his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 1998.

Nancy Hensel, Ed.D.

President, New American Colleges and Universities

Nancy Hensel became the first president of The New American Colleges and Universities in 2011. Previously she served as chief executive officer of the Council on Undergraduate Research in Washington, DC for seven years.
During her tenure at CUR she was co-principal investigator for seven National Science Foundation grants to assist faculty and institutions to develop undergraduate research programs. She initiated an undergraduate research program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle where she served as president. Prior to her presidency she was provost at the University of Maine Farmington and professor of education and department chair at the University of Redlands.
Dr. Hensel holds a doctorate degree in early childhood education from the University of Georgia, masters’ degrees in theater and early childhood education from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater also from San Francisco State.
In 2003, Dr. Hensel was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame for her work in promoting higher education in Maine and supporting the role of women in higher education. She is the author of several articles on issues of family and work, creativity in young children, and diversity in education and undergraduate research.

Jillian Kinzie, Ph.D.

Vice Chair

Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and National Survey of Student Engagement Institute, Indiana University Bloomington

Jillian Kinzie is the associate director for the Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute at Indiana University Bloomington. Dr. Kinzie conducts research and leads project activities on effective use of student engagement data to improve educational quality, and is currently senior scholar on the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) project, an initiative to study assessment in higher education and assist institutions and others in discovering and adopting promising practices in the assessment of college student learning outcomes.

Dr. Kinzie earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University in Higher Education with a minor in Women’s Studies. Prior to this, she served on the faculty of Indiana University and coordinated the University’s master’s program in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She also worked as a researcher and administrator in academic and student affairs at several institutions. She is co-author of Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education (2015), Student Success in College (2005/2010), One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice (2008/2014), and the 2nd edition of Assessment in Student Affairs (2016). She is co-editor of New Directions in Higher Education, on the editorial board of the Journal of College Student Development and the Journal of Learning Community Research

Christine Peck

Senior Director, SmithBucklin

Christine Peck has 30 years of experience in education strategy development, corporate education and facilitation, strategic planning and nonprofit management. She leads the team responsible for implementing educational strategy, program design and delivery, eLearning, and certification and accreditation for SmithBucklin’s healthcare client organizations, with a focus on outcomes and client growth. Prior to joining SmithBucklin, Ms. Peck founded Peck Performance Group, a consulting practice serving clients in the areas of education, training and organizational development, and she served as president and chief learning officer. She also served for seven years as the director of education and learning of the U.S. Tennis Association, where she established a full-service educational center providing professional development and educational resources to staff and volunteers in more than 1,000 community-based organizations. She has worked extensively with nonprofit organizations, including start-ups and turnarounds, helping these organizations develop to their full potential while managing multiple projects with combined budgets of more than $20 million. Ms. Peck holds a bachelor’s degree in French from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. She is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator©, and she is a certified DDI Facilitator.

Mike Robinson


Recruitment Marketing Manager, BAE Systems, Inc.

Mike Robinson is a Recruitment Marketing Manager for BAE Systems, Inc., where he has worked since June 2017. He is responsible for college and diversity outreach, recruitment marketing strategy and implementation, and other strategic recruiting initiatives for the Intelligence & Security sector. Previously, during his 14 years at The Boeing Company, he worked as a supply chain analyst, recruiter, and intern program coordinator. In his most recent role, he focused on building the pipeline for entry level talent at Boeing via internships, and on organizing the enterprise wide intern program. From 2012 to early 2014 Mike co-led and then led all aspects of the intern program, which hosted over 1800 interns in 2013, including housing and relocation, onboarding, orientation, programming, and retention activities.  

Mike has previously worked in the United Kingdom as a full life-cycle recruiter for Boeing, where he focused on recruitment of technical and business professionals in England, Ireland, and Russia. Also, while in the UK, he developed Boeing’s first intern program in the U.K., and strengthened university partnerships through various engagements with student organizations, departments, and staff.   

A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Mike earned a B.S. in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University, an MBA from University of Southern California, and a Graduate Certificate in Global Leadership in Teams and Organizations from George Washington University. 

June Speakman, Ph.D.


Professor of Political Science, Roger Williams University

June Sager Speakman has taught at Roger Williams University since 1995. She has a B.A. in Economics from UMass/Amherst, an M.A. in Economics from the New School for Social Research and a Ph.D. in Political Science from City University of New York. Speakman's research interests include congressional voting behavior, women and politics, state and local government and municipal management. Dr. Speakman currently serves as Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations.

Geoffrey Vincent


Former Head of Federal Relations, Vanderbilt University and Former Deputy Head of Public Affairs, NASA

Geoffrey (Jeff) Vincent retired in 2008 as Vanderbilt University’s assistant vice chancellor for federal relations. As executive director of Vanderbilt’s Washington, DC, office, he oversaw the University's relationships with all branches of the federal government, fostered interaction among the capital city's institutions and Vanderbilt's faculty and administration, and developed internship programs and for-credit academic programs for undergraduates.  He also held a faculty appointment as senior lecturer in policy, a role he often assumed during his visits to the University's campus in Nashville.  Mr. Vincent initially came to Vanderbilt in 1997 as a visiting professional scholar, on loan from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under an executive exchange program. A year later, he retired from NASA and accepted a permanent position at the university.

Previously, Mr. Vincent served ten years at NASA headquarters as the senior career official in the agency's national public affairs office.  He directed a wide range of programs, including news media relations, NASA Television, domestic and international exhibits, astronaut appearances, guest operations at special events, and agreements with commercial filmmakers.  Before joining NASA, he served as a civilian speechwriter for the Department of Defense, worked in the private sector, and served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Vincent received his B.A. from the George Washington University and a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri.

Gregory M. Weight, Ph.D.

President, Washington Internship Institute

Dawn Whitehead, Ph.D. 

Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change, Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons, Association of American Colleges & Universities

Dr. Whitehead’s work focuses on advancing practices, strategies, and projects for integrative global learning across the undergraduate curriculum. Dr. Whitehead also collaborates across AAC&U to advance global learning. 

Prior to joining AAC&U, Dr. Whitehead served as the Director of Curriculum Internationalization with teaching responsibilities in the Global and International Studies program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Dr. Whitehead was the faculty director for international service learning programs in Costa Rica, Ghana, Kenya, and Swaziland, and her research evolved from a focus on education and educators in Ghana to the impact of service learning on students and community partners. 

Dr. Whitehead earned her B.A. in History and Afro-American Studies, her M.S. in International and Comparative Education, and her Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies with a concentration in African Studies and a minor in International and Comparative Education from Indiana University Bloomington.

Sherri S. Wick, LPC

Associate Director of Career Development, Dominican University

Sherri Wick is a Licensed Professional Counselor with expertise in career counseling and mental health counseling. As the associate director of career development at Dominican University, she fosters a safe space for personal and career exploration. Her mission is to instill hope, promote change, and assist individuals in finding their passion while achieving their goals.

Ms. Wick earned her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University and her Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science at Eastern Illinois University. She is certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator©. She believes in the importance of gaining hands-on professional experience through experiential learning opportunities.