• ADP Steering Committee

    Myla AndersonMyla Anderson
    Democratic Engagement Chair, Weber State University (Utah)

    Myla Andersen earned her Associate of Science in general studies while completing her high school education at NUAMES. She is now working toward a bachelor of science in accounting at Weber State University (WSU). Myla is also an active and engaged member of the WSU and wider community. Over the summer, she interned with Equality Utah and completed the Harvey Milk Leadership Training Academy. She currently works for Access and Diversity's Student 2 Student program, and is a member of the WSU Democratic Engagement Team.

    Barbara BurchBarbara Burch
    Provost Emerita, Western Kentucky University

    Barbara Burch, Provost Emerita at Western Kentucky University, who provided extraordinary national leadership in the design, creation, and ongoing development of the American Democracy Project.    
    During her time as Provost, Barbara Burch strongly supported faculty in the development of civic programming at Western Kentucky University. She actively sought out talented faculty members to offer positions of leadership and program development. She provided substantial financial support for professional development. She offered the prestige of her office and her own personal commitment to support faculty interested in civic work. Her efforts resulted in the development of a strong cadre of faculty at Western deeply committed to civic engagement and civic outcomes. As a result of her support for faculty, Western Kentucky University, during her time as provost, was seen as one of the leading universities in the country in civic engagement.

    Carol Burton Carol Burton
    Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, Western Caroline University (N.C.)

    A 25-year veteran of higher education administration, Carol has extensive experience in implementing and assessing institutional initiatives related to student learning outcomes, including civic literacy and liberal studies, supporting faculty engagement with the community via teaching, service, and scholarship, and academic program review. As associate provost for undergraduate studies, she has also directed Western Carolina University's reaffirmation for regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Colleges, overseen two successful applications for the university's designation as a community engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and leads the annual reporting of WCU’s economic and community engagement metrics to the University of North Carolina general administration.

    Peg Gray-VickreyPeg Gray-Vickrey
    Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Texas A&M University-Central Texas

    Prior her role at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, Peg was Associate Vice President and Associate Provost at Florida Gulf Coast University and served as Interim Dean, College of Health Professions, Director of the School of Nursing, Interim Provost and Professor of Nursing. Gray-Vickrey holds a B.S.N. degree in Nursing from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh; an M.S. as a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist from Northern Illinois University, and a D.N.S., Doctor of Nursing Science degree from the University of Buffalo. She has received many awards and recognitions in her career, and she has been credited with over 40 peer reviewed publications, two award winning AV productions on Alzheimer’s Disease and multiple invited and peer-reviewed professional presentations. Peg has been actively involved in civic and community engagement during her career in higher education.

    David HoffmanDavid Hoffman
    Assistant Director of Student Life for Civic Agency, University of Maryland Baltimore County

    David is an architect of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)'s BreakingGround initiative. His work is directed at fostering civic agency and democratic engagement through courses, co-curricular experiences and cultural practices on campus. His research explores students’ development as civic agents, highlighting the crucial role of experiences, environments, and relationships students perceive as “real” rather than synthetic or scripted. David is an alum of UCLA (BA), Harvard University (JD, MPP) and UMBC (PhD).

    William J. McKinney William J. McKinney
    Senior Advisor for Regional Campus Affairs, Indiana University 

    For more than 25 years, Bill has been committed to the civic value of a liberal education. His current position at IU encompasses a wide range of responsibilities, especially those outlined in Blueprint 2.0: The Bicentennial Strategic Plan for the Regional Campuses of Indiana University. This ambitious plan links student success and community engagement. He leads a number of strategic projects for IU’s five regional campuses, including their joint participation in AASCU’s Re-imagining the First Year. Prior to joining Indiana University in 2015, he served as President of Valdosta State University and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science and his M.A. in the History and Philosophy of Science from IU-Bloomington. He has published or presented well over 100 papers, book chapters or reviews in such diverse topics as the philosophical nature of scientific experiments, environmental ethics, liberal education, and civic engagement.

    Greg MellasGreg Mellas
    Director of Metropolitan State University’s (Minn.) Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship

    Greg has 17 years of experience working in community engagement, outreach and development in domestic and international settings. He provides leadership for the university’s civic and community-engagement efforts, and supports the President and Provost in developing strategic university partnerships. Prior to his current appointment he served as Service Learning Director, Center for Civic Engagement Leader, and Spanish Instructor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Earlier he worked as an English as a second language and citizenship instructor at Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio, and served in the US Peace Corps. Greg holds a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from the University of St. Thomas, an M.S. in Spanish from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Minnesota. His research has focused on the efficacy of engaged pedagogy to promote communicative competence and social responsibility among second language learners. 

    Shala MillsShala Mills
    Assistant Vice President for Graduate and Extended Learning                                                              

    Shala is the recipient of numerous teaching and advising awards. She taught courses in the areas of law and the courts, current political issues, sustainability, food and politics, and global challenges at Fort Hays State University (Kansas). She serves as one of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Global Engagement Scholars, was the National Coordinator for the AASCU Global Challenges Project, and spent her 2015-16 sabbatical serving as the National Manager for AASCU’s Blended Course Consortium. Her most recent publications have been in the areas of academic assessment and leadership, new models for educating undergraduate students, and global challenges. She is engaged in a wide range of service activities including leading FHSU’s Food and Hunger Initiatives. Civic engagement is one of her core values, permeating her teaching, scholarship and service, and leading her to involvement in the American Democracy Project on her local campus and nationally.

    Leah MurrayLeah Murray
    Professor of Political Science and Democratic Engagement Coordinator, Weber State University (Utah)
    Leah is a Professor of Political Science and Democratic Engagement Coordinator at Weber State University. She earned her Ph.D. at the University at Albany in 2004. While at Weber State University, she has co-coordinated the American Democracy Project since its adoption. She is responsible for helping to institutionalize American Democracy Project on her campus by bringing it under the auspices of the Center for Community Engaged Learning within the Democratic Engagement Team. Leah was the inaugural chair of the ADP steering committee from 2015-2016 and past chair from 2016-2017.

    Mel NetzhammerMel Netzhammer
    Chancellor, Washington State University Vancouver

    Mel has served as chancellor of Washington State University Vancouver since July 2012. Previously provost at Keene State College in New Hampshire, he is the second chancellor in WSU Vancouver’s 26-year history, advancing the university’s mission to provide access to baccalaureate-level education in the region. In addition to the American Democracy Project, Netzhammer’s extensive civic engagement focus includes serving on several boards and committees dedicated to education and economic development in Vancouver and Portland. He studied communication, earning a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Utah.

    Lane PerryLane Perry
    Director of Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Western Carolina University

    With nearly 15 years of experience in community engagement within higher education, Lane has seen first hand the value of people, systems, and processes when it comes to advancing community-campus partnerships. Across these networks of community members, neighbors, organizations, and institutions exists symbiotic opportunities for advancing mutually beneficial outcomes. Lane has  presented and published extensively in the fields of community engagement, service-learning, global citizenship, and pedagogical approaches to disaster response. He served as co-editor of the International Journal for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (2016-2019) and was recognized as the 2015 NC Campus Compact Civic Engagement Professional of the Year, the 2015 co-recipient of the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement, and the 2017 Gulf South Summit Community Engagement Practitioner of the year.

    Kris PierreKris Pierre
    Chair Elect for Academic & Community Partnerships, Northeastern Illinois University

    Kris serves as the Senior Director for Academic & Community Partnerships at Northeastern Illinois University, a diverse urban campus on the north side of Chicago. In that role she provides leadership for developing meaningful opportunities for civic learning and democratic engagement, strengthening existing and developing new collaborative community partnerships, and facilitating connections between Student Affairs and programs in academic areas to support student success and retention. She coordinates NEIU’s involvement in the American Democracy Project and NASPA’s CLDE Initiative. Kris serves as the Student Affairs lead for Northeastern’s participation in ADP’s Economic Inequality Initiative. Kris has spent the bulk of her career working across organizational boundaries to improve programs and better support student learning. Kris was elected in 2014 to the North River Commission Board of Directors, which serves as the lead organization for community and economic development for the north river area of Chicago.

    Julian Rogers Julian Rogers
    Director of Community Partnerships, Cleveland State University (Ohio)

    Julian oversees the Office of Civic Engagement at Cleveland State University. The Office of Civic Engagement provides support to faculty, students, staff and administrators that allow them to develop, expand, and sustain collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships with community residents, organizations and institutions. These partnerships contribute to student learning and academic scholarship while contributing to the social and economic well-being of Cleveland, its neighborhoods and the Northeast Ohio region. Prior joining Cleveland State, Julian was a member of the inaugural Cuyahoga County Council, where he represented District 10. Before being elected to County Council, Julian served as the Executive Director of Education Voters of Ohio, an advocacy organization dedicated to improving public education. His career has been spent in community service and education having worked for the Cleveland School District, where he served for seven years as Senior Assistant to the CEO and Liaison to the Office of the Mayor. 

    Kim Schmidl-Gagne Kim Schmidl-Gagne
    Program Manager, Keene State College (N.H.)

    Kim is the program manager for accreditation processes and for diversity and multicultural student initiatives at Keene State College (N.H.). After 20 years in residential life, Kim joined the staff of the provost and chief officer for diversity and multiculturalism as the accreditation liaison officer and to assist with coordinating a variety of programmatic efforts, including the American Democracy Project, the symposium and numerous speaker series as well as efforts to integrate academic affairs and student affairs. Kim is a past president of the Northeast Regional Housing Association. Kim is the curator for the AASCU Economic Inequality Blended Learning Course and a member of the ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Steering Committee.

     Daniel Fidalgo Tomé Daniel Fidalgo Tomé
    Director of Service-Learning, Stockton University (N.J.)
    Past Chair 

    Daniel earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior from Cook College, Rutgers University and his Master in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He works closely with the faculty and students from Stockton University and community partners in the South Jersey region creating authentic, reciprocal relationships. Prior to his work at Stockton, he has worked at the City College of New York in Harlem overseeing diversity, community service and leadership development student programs, part of the City University of New York system and for the Board of Public Higher Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts coordinating the Undergraduate Research Conference for the state.