Board Members

We are pleased to announce our inaugural W&M Washington Center Advisory Board!

 
 
Christopher Bright '87

Christopher J. Bright is a diplomatic historian with a specialty in post-war U.S. foreign policy. He has served in state, local, and federal levels of government.

For nearly a decade Mr. Bright led a subcommittee staff of the Committee on Armed Services in the U.S. House of Representatives. Previously, he managed national security and foreign affairs issues for now-retired U.S. Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia and served as an aide to Davis when he led the Fairfax County (Virginia) government. Before coming to Capitol Hill, Mr. Bright was a Virginia Governor’s Fellow and was the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade during the administration of Governor George Allen.

Mr. Bright received his A.B. from William & Mary (Government) and an M.A. (Foreign Affairs) from the University of Virginia. He holds an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from George Washington University, where he served as a university trustee and teaches at the Elliott School of International Affairs.


Nataki Corneille '97

Nataki earned her bachelors degree at William & Mary as an Art History major and minored in Sociology. As a student, she was a member of Chi Omega sorority and the Gymnastics Club. Nataki has dedicated her career to work in education — first in Admissions, touring the country teaching students about the process and importance of higher education while at Virginia Wesleyan College, Catholic University and George Mason University and then in alumni relations, diversity recruitment, scholarship programs and fundraising, at the University of Virginia. She also served as the senior director of board management at the Georgetown University Alumni Association, overseeing the affairs of the governing alumni board and the Association. She currently works at Georgetown Day School managing alumni strategic planning, fundraising, communications, special projects, and events.

I am incredibly grateful for the quality of education and lifelong friends I made while at W&M. I have always been proud to have attended one of the country’s oldest and most beautiful universities and am honored to have been asked to serve as a volunteer. Go Tribe!


Colin Danly '15

Colin Danly is a Senior Associate at Public Private Strategies (PPS), a Washington, D.C. based bipartisan consulting firm focused on bringing together the public and private sectors to solve pressing societal challenges. Colin supports PPS’s work with nonprofit organizations, philanthropic foundations and corporations to advance strategies focused on small business engagement, retirement, caregiving, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. Colin has spearheaded several major projects at PPS, including engaging the private sector around the economic imperative of ensuring everyone is counted in 2020 Census, leading business engagement efforts around ballot issue campaigns, and assisting organizations in their efforts to build a more inclusive and robust workforce. He is passionate about the positive impact businesses can have on our society and communities.

Before joining Public Private Strategies, Colin was part of the Policy & Thought Leadership team at Bellwether Education Partners, working on a variety of policy and consulting projects for foundations and state agencies. His work focused primarily on research and analysis of the juvenile justice system. From 2015 to 2017, Colin served as a Teach For America Corp Member in the Mississippi Delta where he taught high school English Language Arts.

Colin graduated from William & Mary in 2015 with a degree in Government. While at the university, Colin held leadership positions in student government, led orientation, and stumbled on uneven bricks as a tour guide. Colin was born in California but grew up in the Chicagoland area.


Eva DeBella '08

Eva DeBella has over 10 years working within the intelligence community in counterterrorism operations and actively deployed to both diplomatic posts and austere locations throughout the Arabian Gulf, East Africa and Afghanistan. Throughout this experience, both within the public sector and private sector, she leveraged her advanced Arabic language skills and tactical training to participate in real time, high impact operations.

As one of the few female officers in this environment, Eva gained experience in supporting other female officers in defense and law enforcement roles which offered uniquely important mentorship opportunities.

Prior to this, Eva served as the executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Transportation Security Administration, Kip Hawley and later John Pistole, former Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She later worked for FBI in the Charlottesville Field Office followed by positions at the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Directorate of National Intelligence.

These past experiences helped Eva transition into her current role as a Client Engagement Manager at Dataminr, specifically supporting DOJ.  In this role, she works across DOJ entities to surface high-impact and breaking information, enabling the fastest real-time response.  This role includes deploying technology-based solutions to alert clients to breaking security-related events. 

Eva graduated from William & Mary in 2008 with a B.A. in Government and Middle Eastern Studies and was one of the first W&M Washington Program students during the Spring 2008 semester focusing on national security. Shortly after, she attended Georgetown University’s Intensive Arabic Language Institute and obtained her Masters in Arabic Language from the University of Virginia in 2010. Eva is originally from the Williamsburg-Hampton Roads area.


Matthew Erpelding MBA '18

Mr. Erpelding holds the position of Senior Principal Business Development at Northrop Grumman Innovations Systems in Baltimore, Maryland supporting Alleghany Ballistic Laboratory located at Rocket Center, West Virginia. Here he works closely with a team of engineers developing strategy and leading business development activities for the global tactical propulsion marketplace.

Mr. Erpelding is a 1998 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. After Graduation, Mr. Erpelding attended pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, MS and Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, TX. After pilot training, he was stationed in Abilene, TX flying C-130’s. During Aircraft Commander School Mr. Erpelding earned Distinguished Graduate finishing first in his class. He flew the C-130 Hercules for 15 years totaling more than 3,000 flight hours; including over 1,000 combat flight hours as a Senior Pilot. While stationed at Scott AFB he was Chief Pilot C-130 Division Air Mobility Command Air, Space, and Information Division/Command Evaluator developing C-130 command policies and standards for active duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve aircrew members while also conducting check flights of senior officer evaluators. He deployed multiple times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his Air Force tenure, Mr. Erpelding attended Trident University International graduating with an MBA in International Business, Magna Cum Laude.

After Mr. Erpelding’s time in the Air Force he worked for the Danish defense company, Terma, here he was exclusively responsible for all personnel and business development in the North American region as well as Foreign Military Sales globally for the Command, Control, and Sensor Division. Mr. Erpelding is a 2018 graduate of William & Mary’s Executive MBA program. He is originally from Jesup, IA.

 


Gay Hee Lee '99

Gay Hee Lee is a Senior Analyst with US GAO.  She has been with GAO’s Health Care Team for almost 17 years and has primarily worked on public health issues, including pandemic influenza and FDA drug and device approvals. She received a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health, where she focused on health policy. Before attending graduate school, Gay was a staff writer for various online health policy publications, including www.kaisernetwork.org and American Health Line/National Journal. In addition to her master’s degree, Gay has a BA in Government from William & Mary. In her spare time, Gay likes to read, play with her dog, and talk about her niece and nephew.


Tom Moyer '08, JD '12

Tom Moyer is a Counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C., where his practice focuses on white collar defense and government investigations.  As a member of the firm’s congressional investigations practice, he advises corporations, institutions, and individuals facing complex and politically-sensitive government investigations and related criminal, civil, and regulatory proceedings. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

Tom lives in Virginia with his wife—who is also a William & Mary alum--and their dog. 


Jen Psaki '20

Jen Psaki served as the White House Communications Director during President Obama’s final two years in office. In this role, she was one of the primary advisors to President Obama on domestic, national security and political issues. She also led an ambitious effort to modernize the White House approach to communicating taking a more creative and digitally focused approach to breaking through the noise of the modern media environment.

Prior to this role, she served as the spokesperson at the Department of State. As the public face for US foreign policy, she conducted daily briefings with international media, traveled to more than fifty-five countries with then Secretary of State John Kerry and served as a senior strategist to the Secretary and the Department on how to utilize communications as a tool of diplomacy.

She is currently the Vice President for Communications and Strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Senior Advisor at West Exec Advisors and an on air commentator and opinion writer for CNN. She is a 2000 graduate of William & Mary.


Harrison Roday '13
Harrison Roday graduated Magna Cum Laude from William & Mary in December 2013 after double majoring in Government and Finance with a concentration in Accounting. In 2010, Harrison participated in the W&M in Washington semester program studying International Politics in Economic Hard Times and interning at the Center for American Progress. That summer, Harrison studied in a number of summer programs and interned at The White House. Following these experiences, Harrison took time off from school to be the Advance Director for the Kaine for Virginia Senate campaign in 2012.

Harrison grew up in Richmond, Virginia and currently resides in New York City where he works at American Industrial Partners, a group of engineering-centric operating and financial professionals focused on investing in American companies in the industrial economy. Prior to joining AIP, Harrison worked in the Global Industrials Group at Morgan Stanley. Harrison is passionate about leveling the playing field in education and is in his fifth year working as a volunteer with New York City public school students. He currently volunteers with Minds Matter, a non-profit dedicated to improving college preparation and accessibility for underserved students, where he is the Co-Director of the Writing and Critical Thinking program for junior year, as well as a classroom instructor.
Anne Pennewell Sharp '82

Anne Pennewell Sharp was raised on Chincoteague Island and is a 1982 graduate of William & Mary. While in college, she was a reporter for The Flat Hat and The Richmond Times-Dispatch and played clarinet in the band, where she met Barry Sharp (‘81). They have marched together ever since and are proud parents of Katie Sharp (‘14).

A writer, editor, and educator, Anne has taught English and journalism in the Virginia Beach and Fairfax County Public School Systems. She currently teaches writing and literature courses at Compass Homeschool in Oakton and at Ideaventions Academy for Mathematics and Science in Reston.

Journalistic writing has always been a passion for Anne, and she and Barry worked with The Charles Center at W&M to establish a nonfiction seminar that partners students with working journalists. The Sharp Seminar, in collaboration with The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, provides writing-centric undergraduate research opportunities that culminate in published articles about local, national and global issues.

Anne has served on the boards of the W&M Foundation, George Mason University’s Friends of Music, Mason Community Arts Academy, and Fairfax City AAUW. She is a member of the Society of 1918, Alpha Delta Kappa, and P.E.O. International.
She and Barry have been Northern Virginia residents for over 35 years. They currently live in Fairfax Station with their cardigan corgi, Madigan, and make virtual and real trips to visit their daughter Katie in NYC.


Kayla Sharpe '17

Kayla N. Sharpe graduated from William & Mary in 2017 with degrees in Film & Media and American Studies. A digital journalist focused on the intersections of technology and society, she currently works as a Copy Editor at POLITICO Pro, a leading news organization focused on politics and policy, and previously worked at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting supporting student and freelance journalists covering under-reported, systemic global issues.

At the university, Kayla began her journalism career at The Flat Hat, serving as the newspaper's inaugural Digital Media Editor. As a sophomore, she was selected as a New Media Fellow for the Washington Center's 2015 Summer Institute and has since remained involved in the Center through  student mentorship and engagement. In addition to completing communications internships at the Brookings Institution, the Democratic National Committee, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Kayla's reporting has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, receiving their 2017 Regional Mark of Excellence Award for In-Depth Reporting, and W&M, receiving their 2016 Rex Smith Journalism Award. 

In addition to the Advisory Board, Kayla serves on W&M's Young Guarde Council as well as the Executive Board of the Lambda Kappa Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She currently resides in Vienna, VA and has a love for video game and digital inter-connectivity. 


 
Zakiya Thomas '02

Zakiya Thomas, MSW. Zakiya Thomas is a change agent; helping businesses, nonprofits, and political campaigns transform. For over 15 years she has worked with organizations in transition to execute on and achieve their goals. Whether leading a nonprofit through its next phase, managing a political campaign to victory, or consulting with a start-up company, Zakiya helps organizations chart their course to success.

As the Executive Director of the National Woman’s Party, she helped the 100 + year old organization transition from a museum to dynamic nationally recognized women’s rights organization. Zakiya founded a consulting firm on the premise of doing well while doing good to help organizations grow, adapt, and thrive.

In 2018, she managed a successful campaign for Lt. Governor of Virginia helping to elect only the second African American to the position in the state’s history. She is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law teaching a nonpartisan course on how to run for political office. A licensed social worker, Zakiya actively volunteers with Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services and is on the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. Zakiya received a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science from William & Mary.


 
Scott Wilkinson '94, MBA '99

Scott founded AlphaVu in 2009 out of a desire to understand and predict human behavior using more advanced techniques than were currently available. Before AlphaVu, messaging strategies were based on market fragmentation and division. Now, using a network approach, AlphaVu’s partners have the opportunity to deploy effective and unifying messages based on the real-world understanding of how people communicate with one another and share information.

Prior to founding AlphaVu, Scott served as CEO of a technology firm responsible for major national market research and market segmentation studies. Scott led a pioneering team of academics to study and revamp prevalent market segmentation methodologies, resulting in dramatic accuracy improvements. It was this research that highlighted the market and political fragmentation that has been predominant in the west for the past 20 years, and which inspired Scott to invent new ways to analyze and influence communication and decision making. Scott has also worked for elected officials, both in campaigns and policy positions, where he learned the nuts and bolts of competitive retail politics. It is this on-the-ground foundation that drives Scott to always assure practical market applications for AlphaVu’s products and services.

Scott studied political science at William & Mary in Virginia, where he later returned to complete his Masters in Business Administration with concentrations in corporate finance and statistics. In November of 2017, Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam appointed Scott to his transition team's transportation committee.


Molly Wolff '98, Board Chair
 

Molly is a real estate agent with Compass with over 10 years of experience representing clients in Northern Virginia and DC. Prior to her career in real estate, Molly spent 8 years helping Capital One transform its brand from a small credit card company into a major bank.

Molly graduated from William & Mary with a degree in Marketing in 1998. She has dedicated much of the past 20 years since graduation to supporting the Tribe in various volunteer roles, and has worked closely with the Washington Center for most of 2018. Molly's blood runs green & gold and she is proud of her deep W&M roots, including parents, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins as faithful alumni.

Molly grew up outside of Richmond and currently resides in Arlington with her husband and three children. When not working and volunteering, Molly enjoys playing tennis, traveling with her family, and cheering for her children as they become little baseball, basketball and soccer stars.

TRIBE PRIDE!


Ex Officio Members

 

Doug Bunch '02, J.D. '06, Board of Visitors

Mr. Bunch is a partner at the Washington, DC law firm of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, serving as a litigator in its Securities Fraud & Investor Protection Practice Group. More recently, he has taken on litigation against large chemical manufacturers for pollution of public drinking water. Mr. Bunch co-chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and previously chaired its Summer Associate Committee. In 2017, Law360 named him one of the leading securities lawyers under 40 in the U.S. At William & Mary, Mr. Bunch was a Monroe Scholar, President’s Aide and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board. He graduated summa cum laude in 2002 with a B.A. in government and classical studies and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. At Commencement he received a Ewell Award and the James Frederic Carr Memorial Cup. In 2003, Mr. Bunch graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education with a Master’s degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, with a special focus on higher education. During his time at Harvard, Mr. Bunch spent a year as a law clerk at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in Boston. He returned to W&M Law School in 2003 and completed his J.D. in 2006, receiving a Benjamin Rush medal at Commencement. In 2011, Mr. Bunch received the inaugural W. Taylor Reveley Award for his sustained commitment to public service. In addition to his legal work, Mr. Bunch is co-founder and chairman of Global Playground, a nonprofit that builds schools and other educational infrastructure in developing countries, and is the founder and previous executive director of Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute, a nonprofit organization, created while he was a Monroe Scholar at W&M, that teaches Latin and the classics to elementary and middle school students.

Mr. Bunch has also served or currently serves on the boards of three other education nonprofits, including the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Virginia21, and the Modern Classrooms Project. Mr. Bunch was appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2016. Previously, he has served as Vice Chair of the Committee on Athletics and as a member of the Presidential Search Committee for the 28th President of William & Mary (2017-2018). Currently, he serves as Vice Chair of the Committee on Academic Affairs, is a member of the Committee on the Student Experience and the Committee on Financial Affairs, and is the Board representative on the Provost Search Committee.


Nicole Fratianne, DC Advancement

Nicole Fratianne is an experienced higher education fundraiser with several years of experience fundraising in the Washington D.C. community. Prior to joining William & Mary, Nicole worked for The Ohio State University and George Washington University. As the Senior Director of Regional Advancement for the DC metro area, Nicole serves as the market leader guiding fundraising strategy, raising support for the college and facilitating engagement opportunities for alumni and friends of W&M. As a volunteer, Nicole is engaged with the Campagna Center located in Alexandria, VA, and Alpha Phi sorority.

Nicole received her B.S. in Education from Bowling Green State University and her M.S. in Education from Indiana University.  


Tonya Nations, Cohen Career Center

Joining the Cohen Career Center team as Director – Public Service Careers & Assessment in June 2018, Tonya brings 20 years of progressive experience in career services to William & Mary. She is responsible for the development of programming and opportunities for students seeking careers with government agencies and nonprofit organizations, as well as capturing alumni outcomes for each graduating class at W&M. Tonya supervises an excellent team of professionals dedicated to serving career exploration for freshmen and sophomores; students seeking majors and careers in STEM, education, and creative fields; and, the career needs of our W&M athletes. Additionally, she supports the international student population with their career goals, whether domestic or abroad.

Tonya holds an MS in Behavioral Science from the University of South Alabama and a BS in Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi. With previous experiences in elementary education, county government, and private healthcare, Tonya’s track in career services includes Troy University, The University of Southern Mississippi, and Millsaps College, a member of the Associated Colleges of the South.

Tonya held several leadership positions with the Mississippi Association of Colleges & Employers, as well as the board position for diversity with the Southern Association of Colleges & Employers. She is a three-time Sallis Award winner for customer service, and achieved one of the Mississippi Business Journal’s “Top 50 Business Women” in 2014. In May of 2018, her team received the military’s prestigious “Seven Seals Award” for their collaborative work on campus.

Tonya is certified in career assessments, MBTI and SII, as well as a graduate of NACE’s Management Leadership Institute. She also has 10 years of experience teaching a wide range of topics in career development at the collegiate level.


Michael Steelman, Alumni Association

 

Michael Steelman has over seventeen years of experience in higher education, alumni relations, career services, arts administration, and non-profit fundraising. As the Director of Alumni Career Management and Professional Networks at William & Mary, Michael designs programs and resources to enhance the professional success of nearly 100,000 alumni globally. As a volunteer, Michael is a board member and past president of the Alumni Career Services Network, a mentor in the Michigan in Washington Program, and a member of the Congressional Chorus.


Michael received his Bachelors of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan and a Certificate in Career and Workforce Development from the George Washington University.



Drew Stelljes PhD '07, Study in DC Faculty

Dr. Andrew D. Stelljes serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Leadership at William & Mary. Stelljes holds teaching appointments in the School of Education and the Department of Public Policy. 

Stelljes is the author of Service-Learning and Community Engagement: Toward Long-term Developmental Social Concern and his engagement model has been widely published. He has authored an array of journal articles on placing students intellectual and developmental needs at the center of the learning endeavor, service-learning, community-based learning, education policy reform measures, impacts of alternative breaks and measures of the efficacy of college based tutoring and mentoring programs.

Stelljes is a graduate of W&M with an earned Ph.D. in Educational Policy. In 2008 Drew was selected as an inaugural member of the Engagement Academy for University Leaders. He has held an executive board seat on a variety of local non-profits and on the Governor’s Advisory for National and Community Service where he chaired the annual selection process for statewide Americorps funding. Stelljes is the faculty member for the DC Office Summer Institute on Leadership and Community Engagement and he teaches the class Urban Education: Policy, Practice and Leadership through the Washington Center. 

Drew consults on topics ranging from the creation of civic engagement on college campuses, service-learning and student development in the college years. Stelljes is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. He has guest lectured, presented or consulted for 20 schools. He and his wife, Amy, have three children, Emma Grace, Braden Eberhardt, and Elizabeth Marie. They live in Williamsburg, Virginia.


And thank you to our Task Force Members, who've worked since early 2018 to help shape this Board!
  • Colin Danly '15 
  • Maureen Klovers '99
  • Davey McKissick '13 
  • Tom Moyer '08, JD '12
  • Pamela Wise '97
  • Molly Wolff '98, Chair