Mardia Blyther, Program Director, 202-420-8790
Mardia is a native Washingtonian that has had over 20 years of experience working with low income, at risk, and potential first generation youth and families both in the non-profit and government sectors. Her previous work as an educational consultant, primary, secondary and adjunct instructor, program coordinator and college access advisor has given her a tremendous amount of invaluable insight on the social and educational challenges of young people K-College. Her passion for young people, education and health issues has afforded her several opportunities to train, facilitate workshops and develop curriculums. Mardia holds a B.A. from the University of the District of Columbia in Biology (1999), and a MSA from Trinity University (2006).
Vinette Brown, Development Director
Vinette was formerly the Associate Director of Development for Family Health International (FHI), and for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. She worked for two years with the Academy for Educational Development (AED) as a Communications Associate for their Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance Program (FANTA). Vinette is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), and spent two years in Haiti as an Agricultural Extension Volunteer. In addition to serving on the board of Perry Street Preparatory Charter School, she is also a founding board member of the Educated Consumer Project (ECP), an organization which provides low income youth with financial literacy education, and the Peace Corps Friends of Haiti, whose mission is to educate Americans about Haiti and to raise funds for Haitian relief and development projects. She has a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University (1997), and a M.A. in International Development Studies from the George Washington University (2005).
Clifton Crosby, School Partnership Manager, 202-440-3064
A former NFL Player and Super Bowl Champion, Cliff was an All-State Basketball, Track and Football Star in high school who was recruited by the University of Maryland on a full football scholarship and graduated with a degree in Family Studies (1999). With football life now behind him, Cliff has become a champion of at risk youth and families in his work with many different organizations, including Caron Treatment Centers and the National Center for Children and Families.
Quincy Jones, School Partnership Manager, 202-495-9767
Quincy is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Kentucky State University with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1995. He began his career as a financial advisor, but was soon called to the social services field. He moved to the DC area in 2001, where he worked for many years in the foster care arena as a Case Manager and Crisis Intervention Specialist. He most recently worked as a college access advisor/provider in DC Public Schools. He also tutors students in Prince George's County Public Schools and has served as a College Counselor during College Summit's summer workshops. Quincy holds a M.S.A (2009) from Trinity University.
Regional Advisory Board
Nancy Kuhn, Esq.
Sheldon Caplis, Vice Chair
Regional Director of Community Relations
President & CEO
AMD LLC Advisory Services
Prince George's County Community College
Margaret Dunning, Development Committee Co-Chair
James W. Dyke, Jr.
McGuire Woods, LLP
Vice President, Regional Operations
John Green, Development Committee Co-Chair
Chief Financial Officer
Share Our Strength
Former Deputy County Executive
Vice President, Finance and Administration
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Principal, Enterprise Risk Services
Deloitte & Touche
Chip Kunde, Selection Committee Chair
Vice President, Government Relations
Government Relations Consultant
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Mary MacPherson, Honorary Board Member
College Summit-NCR is looking for committed business and community leaders in the National Capital Region to join its Regional Advisory Board. College Summit-NCR seeks candidates who have connections, experience, and contributions to make in at least one of these priority areas and regions:
1) Fundraising/Resource Development
2) Marketing/Communications/Public Relations
3) Corporate Sector
4) Prince George’s County
5) Washington, DC
6) Baltimore City
For more information, review the full Advisory Board Job Description, or contact Development Director Vinette Brown,email@example.com.
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