Leadership Advisory Council

The Leadership Advisory Council is comprised of alumni of William & Mary, representing a broad range of constituent groups. The Advisory Board is a standing board with the responsibilities of assisting with effective planning, exploring and developing funding resources, participating in leadership development initiatives on campus, offering guidance on best practices, sharing W&M best practices with colleagues and recruiting new board members.

Amy Barnes
Amy Barnes

Dr. Amy Barnes was appointed a Senior Lecturer in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program at The Ohio State University in 2011.  In this role, Dr. Barnes is responsible for leadership and service learning courses and serves as the College of Education representative to the new interdisciplinary leadership minor committee. 

Prior to this role, Dr. Barnes served an Assistant Director in the office of Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience at Ohio State.  One of her primary responsibilities in this role was the design, planning, and implementation of the Leadership Collaborative program, a 4 day, 3-night leadership conference for 80 incoming first year students.  She was also a co-leader of the Strengths Educators Group at Ohio State and a member of the Leadership Educators Group, the primary planning group for the design of the leadership minor.  In addition, Dr. Barnes served as an instructor with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, teaching undergraduate courses focused on leadership and civic engagement. Dr. Barnes is a 1999 OSU HESA graduate of the master's program and received her Ed.D in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership with an emphasis on Higher Education from the College of William and Mary in 2007.

As a Senior Lecturer in the HESA program, Dr. Barnes primary has responsibility for coordinating the undergraduate leadership and service learning courses sponsored by the School of Educational Policy and Leadership, promoting and further developing the leadership minor, collaborating with partners in the Office of Student Life, serving as a liaison to community partners, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and participating in all aspects of the HESA program. 

Barnes received her B.A. from William & Mary and a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio Shate University. In 2007, She earned a Doctor of Education from William & Mary in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership.

Paul Brockwell
Paul Brockwell

Paul Brockwell Jr. is a Writer/Editor at University of Richmond and hails from rural, southern Virginia (Brunswick County, to be specific). He joined the William & Mary Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae (Gala) Board of Directors as Vice President of Communications in December 2011 and prior to that served two terms as chair of the Young Guarde Council, the College’s young alumni constituency. He received his B.A. in religious studies with a minor in Middle Eastern studies at the College. At W&M, Paul served on the editorial board of the DoG Street Journal, both as opinion editor and managing editor for production before deciding to focus his time on academics, serving the Undergraduate Honor Council and working for Residence Life.

After graduating, Brockwell worked for two years in Virginia state government – first as an assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, then to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Despite loving his coworkers, Paul decided to take his pastime of talking about and understanding politics to the Fourth Estate, hoping to cover the affairs of government with an eye towards increasing civic engagement among his contemporaries. In 2010, he completed a master’s degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Paul’s interests include words, political satire, comedic arts, pop culture and graphic design (a recent love). He also geeks out for the Supreme Court and civic engagement. He lives in Richmond and works as a writer and editor at the University of Richmond, where he edits the back half of the alumni magazine, writes stories and slogans and dabbles in social media. In his down time he watches way too much TV and wanders the city in search of great food, coffee and dessert.

Doug Bunch
Doug Bunch

S. Douglas Bunch is a Partner at Cohen Milstein and a litigator in the firm’s Securities Fraud & Investor Protection Practice Group. Mr. Bunch represents individual and institutional investors in cases brought in violation of state and federal securities laws, including the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Currently, Mr. Bunch is part of the Cohen Milstein team litigating a class action suit against Harman International Industries, Inc., in which Cohen Milstein was successful in obtaining a ruling by the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversing the dismissal of the case and remanding it to the U.S. District Court for further proceedings. The ruling protects investors by limiting the scope of protection afforded by the so-called “safe-harbor” for forward-looking statements in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Mr. Bunch also recently played a key role in the litigation and settlement of securities class actions against ITT Educational Services, Inc. and Orthofix International N.V., in which the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied defendants’ motions to dismiss. Bunch was recognized as a Washington, DC Super Lawyer and Rising Star in both 2014 and 2015.

Bunch graduated from William & Mary, summa cum laude, in 2002. He received a Master of Education in 2003 from Harvard University and in 2006, his J.D. from William & Mary Law School. He is the co-founder and chairman of Global Playground Inc., an NGO that builds schools and funds education in developing countries. He is also on the Board of Directors for Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute and the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Krystal Clark
Krystal Clark

Krystal Clark is the Director for the Office of Student Leadership Development at Vanderbilt University.  She spent her undergraduate years at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA where she double majored in Sociology and Psychology. Upon graduation she decided to pursue a career in Student Affairs and earned her Masters of Education in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park. After four years as the Program Coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Life at Duke University, she made the move to Nashville, TN to serve as the Associate Director of Greek Life at Vanderbilt University. In 2015, Krystal made the move to Director of the  Office of Student Leadership Development.

Leadership has always been a passion for Krystal as she was a very involved student leader, co-taught leadership development course while in graduate school, and served as a fellow for the National Leadership Symposium. Clark served as a member of the Leadership Engagement Alliance at Duke University and the Leadership Taskforce at Vanderbilt.  She serves as a facilitator and speaker for leadership development programs at colleges/universities and for inter/national organizations.

Krystal is a proud member of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity serving as a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Innovation Team and in the Nashville Alumnae Chapter as a member of the Eve of Janus Planning Team, President Elect of the Junior League of Nashville, a former Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, a former Board of Directors members of Girls on the Run Middle Tennessee, and is a current volunteer for the YWCA,  She was a finalist for the 2012 Nashville Emerging Leader Award in the field of Education as well as the Junior League’s YP 2015 Nominee for the Nashville ATHENA Award. Krystal is also a member of the 2015 class of Nashville Emerging Leaders and recently graduated as a 2016 Fellow for New Leaders Council. She will begin as a member of Leadership Nashville in Fall 2016.  You will find her laughing loudly and desk dancing while at work. When she is not working or volunteering she is probably on social media, at a concert, shopping, working out at Barre3, acting as a residential tourist, and sending out Doodle polls to plan fun events with friends.

Mark Day
Mark Day

Mark is a Principal in EAB’s Corporate Strategy and New Product Development group, where he oversees the research, development, and launch of new, student-facing technologies for colleges and universities.

Prior to joining EAB, Mark worked as a management consultant, state educational official, and technology strategist. In these roles, he served public and private sector clients across a range of issues including data and analytics, state and federal accountability, organizational design, and growth strategy.

Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William and Mary and master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rachel Fybel
Rachel Fybel

Rachel Fybel is a Legislative Assistant handling healthcare and women's issues for a Northern California Democrat in the House of Representatives. Recently, Rachel served as a Legislative Correspondent in the U.S. House of Representatives. Previously, she has served as a Staff Assistant, an Intern for Representative Mark Takano, a Field Organizer for Patrick Murphy for Congress, and the Government Relations Coordinator for Edison Electric Institute. Fybel aspires to pursue a career in public service, which she has demonstrated through her sustained involvement in government and community engagement. She has an academic background in Foreign Policy, but is particularly passionate about college campus sexual assault prevention and awareness.

Fybel graduated Cum Laude from William & Mary in 2014, where she was actively involved in the International Relations Club as a member of the 2013-2014 Executive Board. She also served as Secretary-General of the newly established Intercollegiate Model United National Conference and worked on sexual assault awareness initiatives.

Adam G
Adam Gismondi

Adam Gismondi, Ph.D. serves in a variety of capacities at the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. He helps lead IDHE's qualitative research, resource production and dissemination, and social media outreach. His research is largely centered at the intersection of civic media and higher education, and his doctoral dissertation focused on how college student social media use impacts student civic learning and engagement.

Adam also currently serves as a part–time faculty member at the Boston University School of Education, as an advisory board member for SXSWedu, civic media researcher for Civic Series, and as president of the William & Mary Alumni Boston Chapter. Prior to working in a research capacity, Adam spent six years working as a student affairs administrator at both the University of Florida and Florida State University. He holds a BA in sociology from William & Mary, an MEd in student personnel in higher education from the University of Florida, and a PhD in higher education from Boston College.

Michelle Kang
Michelle Kang

Michelle Kang is currently the Vice President of Client Relations for Bright Horizons, a leading provider of early education and preschools, employer-sponsored child care, back-up care, educational advisory services, and other work/life solutions.

She received her BA from William & Mary, a Master of Education from the University of Virginia, and a MSc in Business from the University of Oxford.

Steen Mencarini
Steven Mencarini

Steven Mencarini is the Associate Dean of Student at Guildford college. Previously, he served as the Director for the Center for Leadership and Elon University, the Residence Director at Gonzaga University, and the Program Coordinator for Student Entertainment Events & Hoff Theater at the University of Maryland.

Mencarini received his B.A. from William & Mary and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland College Park in 2003.

Lynn B
Lynn Buchanan Miller

Lynn Buchanan Miller, Ed.D. is a senior faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development.  Lynn joined CCL bringing over 30 years of experience in the education and business sector. She has been in leadership positions in corporate America, experienced as both a line and staff manager. The majority of her corporate experience is in leading the Learning and Development function within three major industries; a consumer transaction technology firm, an airline IT organization, and a global packaging solutions company. In addition, Miller has been a line manager leading matrix teams to design software/hardware products that allow people to interact with systems based on their needs. As a senior faculty at CCL Lynn has designed and delivered leadership solutions for both the profit and non-profit sector which includes delivery within the USA, Canada, Europe, China, Singapore, India, Australia and Brazil. Her organizational development work includes analyzing processes to improve innovation in teams and organizations and working with organizations to increase their ability to collaborate. Lynn currently serves as CCL’s Portfolio Manager for the Women’s Leadership Experience, an open enrollment multi-phased course at CCL designed to equip women who are already proven leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to have greater impact and broader influence within their organizations. Lynn is also an executive feedback coach, certified in multi-rater and many self-assessment tools.

Lynn holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis in instructional technology, from Virginia Tech. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in education, from the College of William and Mary.

Lynn has served as adjunct faculty for the University of Georgia and as Board Chair for Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta. Lynn also holds a joint US Patent on user interface for the POS system.

Will Morris
Will Morris

Will Morris is the Founder and CEO of EdConnective. He is a member of the Wharton Venture Initiation Program and is also a Penn Social Impact House Fellow. Will received his Masters of Education from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. There he studied education policy and wrote his Masters Thesis on teacher development. Before UPenn, Will spent a year working as a life coach with a cohort of 30 African American freshmen as an Urban Prep Fellow in a Chicago Charter School.

During his year in Chicago, Will became a Starting Bloc Social Innovation Fellow and participated in a social entrepreneurship institute that sparked his desire to create systemic impact through social innovation. Before Chicago, Will obtained his bachelors from the College of William and Mary where he realized the education system was the variable he would leverage to impact the life outcomes of historically marginalized populations.

At William and Mary, Will was served as the president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, spearheaded the Distinguished Gentlemen middle school mentoring program, and completed an honors thesis on the achievement gap. He was an active participant in the multicultural community, participated in a W&M habitat for humanity trip to Guatemala, and served on the chair of the Bone-Marrow Drive.  Morris graduated in 2011 as a Psychology major and Community Studies Minor.

Julie Owen
Julie Owen

Dr. Julie E. Owen is an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Integrative Studies in the School of Integrative Studies (formerly New Century College), George Mason University, where she teaches courses on socially responsible leadership, civic engagement, and community-based research. She is a scholar for the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs and is co-editor of both editions of the Handbook for Student Leadership Development (Jossey-Bass). She is active on several national research teams, including serving as PI of the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership - Institutional Survey (MSL-IS) and a research team member with the Leadership Identity Development (LID) project. She is a frequent presenter, consultant, and keynote speaker on topics related to leadership, social change, and organizational development.

Owen is a 2005 recipient of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, the 2008 recipient of the CAS research grant, a 2011 ACPA Annuit Coeptis initiate, and a 2012 Mason Teaching Excellence Award winner. She has assumed leadership roles in numerous professional associations including ACPA: College Educators International and the International Leadership Association (ILA). Owen received her B.A. degree (1993) in psychology and English from the College of William and Mary, and her M. Ed. (1996) in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University. She holds a certificate of non-profit administration from Duke University (2000) and received her PhD (2008) in college student personnel at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Marcy Levy Shankman
Marcy Levy Shankman
Marcy Levy Shankman, Ph.D. is the Vice President for Strategy and Director of Leadership Cleveland for the Cleveland Leadership Center. In this dual role, Marcy has primary responsibility for overseeing the strategic work of the Center as well as designing and leading Leadership Cleveland, a 10-month program for senior executive leaders to enhance their understanding of the civic landscape and their role as leaders in it.

Prior to this role, Marcy was principal of MLS Consulting, a consulting practice she founded in 2001. Marcy specialized in facilitating strategic planning and visioning initiatives as well as designing and delivering leadership workshops and retreats. She has conducted trainings for a wide range audiences, from educators and school administrators in Singapore to nonprofit professionals, business executives, higher education professionals and college students across the country.

Marcy has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses since 2003 at John Carroll University, Baldwin-Wallace College, and Case Western Reserve University. She is currently a faculty member for the Cleveland Clinic’s Samson Global Leadership Academy.

Marcy co-authored Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: A Guide for Students (Second Edition) (Jossey-Bass, 2015) as well as the corresponding suite of companion resources (Inventory, Facilitation and Activity Guide and Student Workbook).  In addition to these publications, she has been published in peer-reviewed journals in leadership education as well as various magazines and periodicals on the subject of emotionally intelligent leadership. She presents workshops and trainings at businesses, non-profit organizations, colleges/universities, and conferences locally and across the country on a range of topics, including but not limited to leadership, emotional intelligence, and generational differences.

Prior to establishing her training and consulting practice, Marcy held professional positions with Indiana University, the Hillel Foundation, and the University of Iowa. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Arts from the University of Maryland at College Park, Marcy earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University in higher education administration in 2001. An active volunteer, Marcy serves on the advisory board Facing History New Tech High School and servces on committees for the United Way of Greater Cleveland, the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, and Camp Wise. Marcy lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio with her husband Brett and two children, Rebecca and Joshua.

Lynne Stewart
Lynne Stewart

Lynne Hozik Stewart has nearly two decades of experience fostering leadership development in college students.

Lynne has served as a Regional Leadership Trainer for Kappa Kappa Gamma since 2001, tailoring day-long workshops to individual chapters, leadership councils, and advisory boards. In addition, she serves as a facilitator at the organization’s annual Leadership Academy, guiding collegiate women and alumnae through a four-day intensive leadership curriculum.

Through the Office of Student Activities at Tufts University, Lynne has experience implementing campus-wide programs, running leadership conferences, weekend retreats, and coaching groups and individuals.

Lynne’s passion for leadership development was sparked by serving as a traveling leadership consultant upon graduation from William & Mary, visiting over thirty colleges in a year. Engaged in her community, Lynne serves in various service-oriented leadership positions. She resides outside of Boston with her husband and three children.

Rodney Willett
Rodney Willett

Rodney Willett joined Impact Makers in 2011 as Vice President of Business Strategy.  He is a member of the company’s executive team, leads its business development efforts for government, and oversees marketing and public relations.  Rodney has more than 25 years of experience working with government and commercial entities and helping to meet their management and technology needs.  Prior to joining Impact Makers, Rodney served as public sector lead for Virginia for North Highland, a global management consulting company. Prior to joining North Highland, Rodney directed Virginia’s state government Internet portal (www.virginia.gov) and served as president of Virginia Interactive, LLC, the Virginia subsidiary of the e-government company NIC. The Center for Digital Government recognized the Virginia portal and its e-government services as the best state Internet portal in the nation because of its innovations in delivering citizen and business services online.

Rodney is a licensed Virginia attorney and has represented state and local government clients for more than 15 years. He practiced with the law firm of Hunton & Williams, where he primarily represented and advised Virginia municipal governments and local school boards on contractual, administrative, and constitutional law issues. Rodney also is an advocate for educational and public health interests. He is a past chairman of the Richmond Montessori School Board of Trustees and completed 12 years of service to the board. Rodney founded the Pulley Family Endowment at the College of William and Mary in order to fund public service work by student volunteers world-wide. He also helped to create and lead a legal assistance program for the homeless in Northern Virginia. Rodney currently serves on the Board of Directors for Rx Partnership, one of Impact Makers’ community charity partners.  He also is a member of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Advisory Committee (CHIPAC) and the Public Policy Committee of the Board of the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg and serves on the Board of Directors of the Nature Foundation at Wintergreen Resort. Rodney is a frequent presenter and lecturer on social entrepreneurship to college classes, MBA programs, and community business groups.

Rodney attended the College of William and Mary for his BA and JD degrees. He completed high school at the Collegiate School in Richmond.

Nicole M. Woods

Nicole is a Director in the American Council of Education’s (ACE) Leadership division, where she provides content and operational management for ACE’s leadership development programs and Annual Meeting.

Prior to joining ACE, Nicole served in the higher education, non-profit, and corporate organizations, including University of Chicago, Mattersight Corporation, YMCA of the USA, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  She has specialized in  diversity and inclusion strategy, faculty development, organizational strategy, training, change management, and data analytics.

Nicole holds a bachelor of business administration from the College of William and Mary and master of education from James Madison University.