Board of Directors

Krishna L. Aniel

Community Services Specialist, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian

Krishna L. Aniel is the community services specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian managing the internship and fellowship programs at its three facilities in Washington, DC; Suitland, MD; and New York, NY. From 2009 to 2018, she served as the education program specialist at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she managed two internship programs with 250-300 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

Brand Strategist, Purple Strategies

Shane Brown is a brand strategist with more than a decade of agency and in-house experience. Prior to joining Purple, Shane was an account director for integrated marketing at Burson-Marsteller, where he led communications campaigns for national and international consumer, nonprofit and corporate brands, including Intel, Nestle Waters, Dominion Energy, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Bristol-Myers Squibb, ZeroWater, and more.

Previously 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.

Sarah Bruno

Executive Director, Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)

Named one of Nonprofit HR’s “7 Inspiring Nonprofit Women to Watch in 2018,” Sarah Bruno is the executive director of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). As PLEN’s executive director, Sarah provides program and administrative oversight to the organization. Prior to PLEN, Sarah consulted with nonprofit organizations to help them improve their operations and fundraising strategies. From 2010 through 2015, Sarah served as the chief operating officer at the Truman National Security Project & Center for National Policy, where she was responsible for the overall day-to-day operations and human resource management of the organization. She previously served as the organization’s director of development. Prior to joining the Truman Project, Sarah served as the national development director at America Votes and a development writer at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Before coming to Washington, DC, Sarah worked as development coordinator at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A lifelong feminist and long-time advocate for social justice, Sarah holds a Masters degree in macro social work from Boston University and a B.A. in Anthropology with a Women’s Studies concentration from Haverford College.

In her free time, Sarah volunteers with various other organizations and political campaigns, and sings with the Congressional Chorus. She grew up in New Hampshire and is a die-hard Red Sox fan. Sarah lives in Washington, DC with her dog Dorrie.

Thomas Burns, Ph.D.

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.

Jennifer Ewald

Associate Vice Provost for Global Strategy, Fairfield University

Jennifer Ewald currently serves as the associate vice provost for global strategy at Fairfield University. She is an international education administration professional specializing in program development and project management. Her experience in the field of international education and training includes university, government, provider, and nonprofit development agencies. Her experience encompasses project management, international student advising, study abroad programming, cross-cultural training and independent consulting.

Her work, both domestically and abroad, has allowed Ms. Ewald to develop international marketing strategies and manage education and training programs throughout Latin America, Middle East, Southeast Asia and Europe.

Ms. Ewald earned a B.A. in General Studies, cum laude, from the University of Arizona and holds the Masters in Intercultural Management from the School for International Training. 

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


Project Manager, Snowbird Consulting Group

Mike Robinson is the project manager for Snowbird Consulting Group’s evaluations contract with the US Trade & Development Agency (USTDA). Previously, as a college programs manager for BAE Systems, Inc., he was responsible for college and diversity outreach, recruitment marketing strategy and implementation, and other strategic recruiting initiatives for the Intelligence & Security sector. Also, during his 14 years at The Boeing Company, he worked as a supply chain analyst, recruiter, and intern program coordinator. In his last role there, 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.

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

Licensed Professional Counselor, Waterbrook Counseling Services and Wellness House

Sherri Wick is a Licensed Professional Counselor with expertise in mental health counseling and psychosocial oncology. As a Licensed Professional Counselor she fosters a safe space for healing. Her mission is to instill hope, promote change, and assist individuals in finding ways to heal to be their authentic and whole self.

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.