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Meet the Team

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Get to know the people behind Close Up’s work!

At the heart of each Close Up program are more than 100 dedicated staff members in over ten departments who work together to make it all happen. Our executive officers, senior staff, program staff, and outreach staff are highlighted here, with the rest of the Close Up team working tirelessly behind the scenes to give students and teachers the experience of a lifetime.

 

Senior Leadership

 

Scot Wilson
Vice President of Academics 
Elisa Ferrara Gunduz
Head of
Student Programs
Jodi Stewart Miteva
Vice President of Business Development
John Sturm
Vice President of Program Operations 
Shannon Ahrens
Senior Director of Educational Outreach
Porsche Johnson
Senior Director
of Finance 
Luke Stallings
Senior Director of Account Engagement

Curriculum and Student Programs

 

Close Up curriculum staff form the core of our programs, ensuring that students have a safe, rewarding, and memorable experience with us. Our program leaders, student program specialists, and program instructors come to us from all over the country, some of the nation’s top universities, and distinguished programs such as Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and Teach for America. Together, they undergo over 120 hours of training in our curriculum and methodology, certification in First Aid and CPR, and ongoing professional development to build students’ skills and mindset for civic engagement. 

 

Emily Gibson
Director of Curriculum and Training
Katie Whitmire
Director of Student Programs
Katie Chandler
Manager of Special Programs
Katie Jones-Gray
Manager of Curriculum Design
Shawn Ralston
Manager of Curriculum Design
Anna Bauder
Program Leader
Jared Conn
Program Leader
Michael Covin
Program Leader
Reese Arthur
Program Leader
Timothy Cleasby
Program Leader
Carlos Peredo
Student Program Specialist
Cynthia Smith
Student Program Specialist
Jodie Grief
Student Program Specialist
Kelcie Fay
Student Program Specialist
Madeline Scully
Student Program Specialist
Danny Hastings
Curriculum and Training Specialist
Jacob Israel Chilton
Curriculum and Training Specialist
Rebecca Lewis
Curriculum and Training Specialist
Kevin Gomes
Curriculum and Training Specialist
Wendy Low
Curriculum and Training Specialist
Abby Manning
Special Programs Coordinator
Aidan Novins
Program Instructor
Andrew Michels
Program Instructor
Max Jefferson
Program Instructor

Civic Fellows

 

Allison Gressett
Civic Fellow
Ayia Ghazy
Civic Fellow
Daniel Kireopoulos
Civic Fellow
Dante Ingargiola
Civic Fellow
Harry Ferguson
Civic Fellow
Homar Maurás Rodríguez
Civic Fellow
Kate LeBlanc
Civic Fellow
Maria Perez
Civic Fellow
Marlin Rooks
Civic Fellow
Matt Vargo
Civic Fellow
Nadeen Ghazy
Civic Fellow
Nick Pakoski
Civic Fellow
Sophia Orlando
Civic Fellow
Suzzy Ndiforchu
Civic Fellow
Yarnetta Leonard
Civic Fellow

Teacher Programs and Professional Development

 

Dr. Daniel A. Wallace, Ed.D.
Director of Teacher Programs
Sante Mastriana
Manager of Professional Development
Joe Geraghty
Teacher Program Coordinator
Michael Boateng
Teacher Program Coordinator
John Cheeseman
Teacher Program Historical Guide
Bobby Hunter
Teacher Program Specialist

Educational Outreach

 

Julie Pace
Regional Manager of Educational Outreach
Melissa Williams
Regional Manager of Educational Outreach
Lauren Rumski
Senior Educational Outreach Coordinator
Mariza Padilla
Senior Educational Outreach Coordinator
Cameron DeLo
Business Development Coordinator
Cameron Haag
Educational Outreach Coordinator
Cory Gassett
Educational Outreach Coordinator
Erica Darce
Educational Outreach Coordinator
Erin Burney
Educational Outreach Coordinator
Jess Smith
Educational Outreach Coordinator
Josie Aveni
Educational Outreach Coordinator
Michelle Faucher
Educational Outreach Coordinator
Olivia Dumboski
Educational Outreach Coordinator
Thomas Devine
Educational Outreach Coordinator

Partnerships

 

Heather Arnold
Manager of Program Design and Partnerships
Jon Gerst
Manager of Partnerships
Sarah Strum
Program Development Specialist
Hywet Yonas
Partnerships Coordinator
Katie Lustig
Partnerships Coordinator
Rachel Armstrong
Program Support Coordinator

External Affairs

 

Maura O'Brien
Director of Communications
Shelby Buckman
Manager of Grants and Partnerships
Kevin Rohrbaugh
Partnerships and Communications Coordinator
Samantha Garza
Speakers and Partnerships Coordinator

Customer Engagement

 

Natasha Williams
Account Relations Coordinator
Dehlila Bracey
Account Relations Coordinator