Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall management and setting the vision for the IMPACT Conference. The Board of Directors works with our National Planning Committee to produce the annual conference, as well as creating strategic partnerships, long-term planning, and overall financial management.

We are always looking for new board members! Board member terms are typically for three years (with optional one-year terms for student members), running from July to July. We have two in-person meetings per year, one at the annual conference in February and a board retreat every September. Monthly board meetings are held via conference call on Mondays at noon eastern time.

If you are interested in joining the board, please get in touch with us at board@impactconference.org to set up a time to talk with a current board member.

Current Board

Laura Megivern, Board Chair

Laura Megivern is the Assistant Director of Student Life for Leadership and Civic Engagement Programs at the University of Vermont. Laura’s professional and research interests include the intersections of politics and group conflict in civic engagement work in higher education, diversity and social justice education from a constructivist lens, creating quality alternative breaks, and mentorship and support of new professionals and graduate students. In addition to her civic engagement and service work, Laura has previously worked as a career counselor and in orientation and wellness programs. At the conference, look out for Laura’s workshops on designing social justice training for civic engagement programs, reflection in alternative break programs, and career preparation.

Julianne Dunn, Vice Chair

Julianne currently splits her time between working as a leadership and social media consultant and supporting over 1200 volunteers  with the local humane society. Previously she worked at the Clinton School of Public Service and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in eastern Ukraine and a former Americorps Corps Member in Kansas City, MO. She has a MPH from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and MPS from the Clinton School of Public Service.

Thomas King, Board Treasurer

Tom King is the Assistant Director of Student Engagement in the Center for Service and Action at Loyola Marymount University.  Tom graduated from St. Joseph’s University and was a Jesuit Volunteer in Camden, NJ and Worcester, MA.  Tom has a Masters in Counseling/College Student Personnel Administration from Shippensburg University and a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Tom’s work includes advising student organizations including LMU’s nine service organizations and two service-themed residential communities.  Tom’s passion for “the service of faith and the promotion of justice” is reflected in his work as a retreat spiritual director for programs such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps,  and as a team member for LMU’s annual Service Retreat.  Tom is a strong advocate for post-graduate volunteerism, and through this work he established LMU’s Ignatian Service Corps, which is a one-year post-grad volunteer program based in Los Angeles.

Annie Pasqua, Board Secretary

Annie Pasqua serves as the National Program Director. Annie brings over a decade of experiences with the Bonner Program as a Bonner Alum and working in various roles throughout the Bonner Network. Annie’s commitment to service began while growing up on a summer camp in East Tennessee. These beginnings led Annie to attend Lees-McRae College (LMC) in Western North Carolina in large part because of her acceptance in the Bonner Program. The Bonner Program deepened her commitment to service and desire to create opportunities for engagement for others. In 2007, Annie joined the Bonner Foundation as a Program Associate supporting national meetings and the National Bonner AmeriCorps Program. At the end of this Fellowship, Annie traveled down the road to Rider University where she directed the Bonner Program for four years strengthening student leadership and deepening community partnerships. During that time, she also earned a MA in Organizational Leadership. In 2013, Annie returned to the Bonner Foundation, where she uses her experience and love for the Bonner Program to support the network by celebrating its accomplishments and push forward with innovation.

Heather McNew Schill, Immediate Past Board Chair

Heather Schill attended Berea College, where she majored in Psychology with an emphasis in Sociology and Child and Family Studies. After her graduation, she worked as a Social Worker in eastern North Carolina, while her husband served as a United States Marine. Heather returned to Berea College in 2001 to work in a newly created community service center. For over a decade, Heather worked in the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS) at Berea College, supervising the student-led community service programs and the Bonner Scholars Program. Currently, Heather works in the Partners for Education department at Berea College, where she supervises the federally funded TRiO programs, Upward Bound Math Science and Educational Talent Search, and programs supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Heather holds a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University and is also the proud mother of Caroline and Jackson.

Mare Somaine, Planning Committee Co-Chair

Mare Ernesto has been a part of the IMPACT Conference Planning Committee since 2012 and is serving in her second year as co-chair for the 2017 conference. She began her IMPACT journey when she attended her first (COOL) conference in 2003. From 2004-2006 Mare attended the (COOL/Idealist) conference in various roles. From 2012-2014 she served as the chair for the keynote speaker committee before transitioning in to the co-chair role for the overall planning committee.

Mare has held positions in Student Affairs for the last 10 years at Rider University, Westminster Choir College, and Philadelphia University. In January 2016, Mare began a new position in the non-profit world as the Vice President of Programs at Outreach at The Center for FaithJustice. Mare works with middle school through college students to explore how their faith and the idea of justice are connected through a variety of service immersion trips. Mare holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. and an E.Ds. in Community Counseling.

Mare loves the energy and inspiration of the IMPACT conference. She is very thankful and has no doubt that her experience with COOL/IMPACT has shaped her personally and professionally and she is very thankful to be a part of the team to make the IMPACT conference a success!

Jed Shireman, Planning Committee Co-Chair

Jed Shireman has been a part of the IMPACT Conference Planning Committee since 2013 and now serves as co-chair for the 2016/17 conferences. Jed currently works at IMDb as an account manager assisting independent film festivals but leverages his background in alumni engagement and volunteer management at MIT and GiveGab, respectively, to lead the planning committee. As an advocate for social justice, especially in the realms of economic and children’s issues, he is inspired and energized year after year by IMPACT’s knowledgeable and spirited attendees.

Steve Janowiak*, Host Campus Selection Chair

Steve is a 22 year veteran of higher education and student development. He has served in areas including admissions, residence life, student unions and student activities in public and faith-based private institutions over the years. He has served as the Director of the Leadership Academy and an Assistant Director of the Hartman Center for Civic Education and Leadership at DePauw University, an as Assistant Dean of Student Engagement at the University of Idaho, and as a Vice President of Student Affairs at Briar Cliff University. He is currently the Director of the Harre Student Union and Student Activities at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Steve was the inaugural director of the Leadership Academy at DePauw University and managed a Civic Intern program of 25 students and a portfolio of student leadership development programs. He is the founding director of the ASUI Center for Volunteerism and Social Action at the University of Idaho. He has also developed leadership curriculum for the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho. Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s degree in higher education leadership from the University of Idaho. Steve has been involved in the national conference for almost 15 years, since the days of the COOL Conference. He was a board member of the Idealist.org On-Campus National Conference, and helped establish the IMPACT Conference in 2008 and served on the conference planning team. He loves the IMPACT Conference and his deepest interests are in helping students understand their leadership potential and how to use their power to serve others, create a little bit more fairness and justice, and help make social change.

Dr. La Tasha A. Brown

Dr. La Tasha Amelia Brown completed her Ph.D. degree in Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. Dr. Brown holds an M.A. in African World Studies (now African and African Diasporic Studies) with a concentration in Cultural Studies from Florida International University in Miami, Florida and a B.A. in History with a minor in English Literature from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Her areas of Research/Creative interest: Cultural Studies, Caribbean Black Diaspora Identity; Hip Hop Culture, Media Aesthetics, Popular Culture, Internationalization of the curriculum, and Race and Ethnicity. Dr. Brown has conducted field research in Jamaica and has lived as well as traveled throughout the Caribbean region, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Dr. Brown is currently an Educational Consultant and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Digital Media and Journalism and the Program Director for the Jamaica Service-Learning Program (JSLP) at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Larry Glover- Meade

Larry Glover-Meade is a Grants Management Specialist with the US Department of the Interior. Prior to his current position, he worked for the Corporation for National & Community Service as an Assistant Program Director with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) for 10 years where he was responsible for program outreach and development in Southern California, Utah, and Alaska. He has also been a Grants Manager at the Points of Light Foundation in Washington DC and worked in Community Service-Learning at the University of Maryland College Park and The Ohio State University. Larry is a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alum, having served with Ohio Campus Compact. He attended the University of Dayton for both undergraduate and graduate school, studying Sociology, Community Leadership, and College Student Personnel/Higher Education Administration. When not busy developing relationships that strengthen communities, he can be found playing softball, performing improv comedy, or reciting lines from Pitch Perfect.

Rick Gray

Rick Gray currently serves as the Associate Director for Orientation and Family Programs and Services at George Mason University. He is responsible for coordinating orientation and first-year experience programming for the university. Prior to his role at George Mason, Rick worked with the Center for Leadership and Service at the University of Georgia with extended orientation and community engagement. It was through this role that connected Rick to the IMPACT world. He served on the planning committee for 2 years as Workshops Chair before being appointed Conference Coordinator for IMPACT 2015 and 2016. As a newly elected board member, Rick supports the conference planning committee and seeks to further IMPACT’s legacy on a national level.

Caroline Ouwerkerk

Caroline Ouwerkerk is the Assistant Director of the Center for Social Concern at Johns Hopkins University. In this role, she supports the Student Ambassador Board, Alternative Breaks, pre-orientation programs, and student groups.She is particularly interested in undergraduate student leadership development in the context of social justice and civic engagement.  Previously, she was the founding Program Director of the University of Chicago Urban Network, and the Program Manager for Social Justice Initiatives at the University of Chicago Community Service Center. Caroline received her A.B. in History from the University of Chicago, with honors, and an M.S. Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Gregg Potter

Gregg Potter lives in Madison, WI and had a BFA in Theatre Performance from UNLV and an MPS from the Clinton School of Public Service. Potter is currently a field director for Peacework International. He leads projects in Belize and St. Lucia but majority of his work is focused on building relationships with community partners throughout South Africa to build organizational capacity. Gregg is also the founder of a consulting and project management firm called Project Kinect. Project Kinect works to bring tools, resources, and people to assist social change agents in completing their impactful endeavors. Empowerment and connections are at the root of all Potter’s work. He spends his free time catching up with friends and loved ones, movies, dancing, reading, and being outdoors.

Amy Rios

Amy currently works at First Place for Youth in Oakland, CA, where she works with former foster youth to maintain stable housing, and meet education, employment, and health and wellness goals. Amy’s passion for working with foster youth came from her post-graduate volunteer year in NYC with Good Shepherd Volunteers, working directly with young women in the foster care system. Amy’s Jesuit education provided a dynamic foundation to her social justice and service experiences and values. She holds a BA in History and Political Science, and an MA in Educational Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. As an undergraduate, Amy was fortunate to be a student attendee of the IMPACT Conference at Northeastern University. The conference was invaluable to Amy – she still keeps in touch with some of the great activists she met there! Her biggest social justice interests lie in the intersections of feminism, racial justice, and education. She cares deeply about lifting up young people of color who have been placed on the margins, and she’s excited to bring her voice to the table!

Faran Saeed

Faran Saeed is a recent graduate of Louisiana State University where he completed his Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 2012 from the University of Memphis. He currently serves as the Assistant Director of Community Engagement for Madison House, a nonprofit that is affiliated with the University of Virginia. In his personal time, Faran does interfaith work on the local and regional level. His research interests include College Muslim Identity Development, Religious Diversity, and Service/Service-Learning.

Hilary Trudell

Hilary Trudell is thrilled to be serving her first year on the IMPACT Board. A graduate of the Clinton School of Public Service, Ms. Trudell’s passions center on social justice issues and advocacy through storytelling. While at the Clinton School, Ms. Trudell studied facilitation and honed these skills through leading community conversations around the topic of race. After leaving the Clinton School, Ms. Trudell moved to DC to use her facilitation skills working for the Human Rights Campaign where she trained teams of volunteers on topics of leadership, strategic planning and advocacy.

Ms. Trudell has moved back to Little Rock and now serves as an instructor for first-year students as the Assistant Director of Field Service Education. In her free time, she enjoys producing shows that promote awareness and understanding. Her first Little Rock show, OutLoud Storytelling, highlighted LGBT and allied Arkansans and their stories of hardship, acceptance and hope.

Kristen Wright

Kristen is the Associate Director of SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center), the community service and service-learning center serving the Johns Hopkins University’s Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. Previously, she was the coordinator and instructor for Mason Service Corps at George Mason University and the Director of the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service in Washington, DC. Kristen served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and has focused her research on the barriers that students and faculty face to participating in service-learning, as well as socially responsible leadership development as a result of participation in service-learning. Kristen served as the Conference Coordinator for the IMPACT Conference for three years (2013, 2014, 2015), and on the planning committee for a total of four years before transitioning to the IMPACT Board.

 Past Board Members

William Aaron

Amy Chan

Heather Cronk*

Hunter Phillips Goodman*

Trisha Gott

Savannah-Jane Griffin

Molly Hamm

Ariane Hoy*

Abby Kiesa*

Matt Lindsey

Kymberly Ruhmann

John Sarvey*

* = IMPACT Conference Founder