Advisory Board

 

Vida Anderson

Coldwell Banker

Vida first met LearnServe through Yasmine Arrington, a LearnServe alum and founder of ScholarCHIPS.  Vida is active as a mentor in the Girl Scouts and leads a local troop which has included Yasmine and a number of other LearnServe Fellows over the years.  Vida is a residential sales associate in the Bethesda office of Coldwell Banker.  She is a member of the Maryland Association of Realtors, the Prince George’s County Board of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors, and she is licensed in both the District of Columbia and Maryland.  Vida, a D.C. resident, has been active in other community groups including Episcopal Church women’s organizations and the Friends of the Shepherd Park Library.  She earned a B.S. at Howard University.  Advisory Board Member since 2011.

 

Tammy Bah

St. Mary’s College; Sandy Spring Friends School (alum)

Tammy grew up in suburban Maryland and graduated from Sandy Spring Friends School in 2011.  As captain of two high school teams, she won League First Team All-Star for volleyball two years in a row and All-Star Honorable Mention for basketball.  Tammy was a LearnServe Fellow (2011), and based on her interest in international health and development, joined 2011 LearnServe Zambia trip.  Upon returning to the states, Tammy collected clothes and materials for the children she met in Zambia.  Tammy now attends St. Mary’s College, the public honors college in the Maryland state system, as a member of the Class of 2015.  Her academic interests include economics and international health.  Advisory Board Member since 2011.

 

Christopher Barclay

Montgomery County Board of Education

Chris is a veteran telecommunications industry executive, having worked with MCI and Verizon, and has also been, during the last four years, an elected member of the Montgomery County Board of Education.  His daughters, Zora and Sana, graduated from Einstein and Blair High Schools in Montgomery County and have participated in the Fellows program; Zora traveled with LearnServe to Zambia in 2009.  Chris joined the LearnServe board because he is a strong advocate for leadership development in our youth. Board member 2009-2013.  Advisory Board member since 2013.

 

Sam Black

Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP (retired)

Sam is a retired attorney at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP.  He was a long-time volunteer at Lowell School in D.C., where his and his wife Deb’s children started school, and Sam served as the board chair there.  He later helped, with Hugh Riddleberger, to found the Latino Student Fund.  In his law practice he has worked extensively with universities, school finance and with public charter schools.  Sam joined the LearnServe board because he believes that students who gain experience in social entrepreneurship will become even better leaders in their college years and in their future communities.  Sam was a LearnServe Board member from 2008-2013, and joined the Advisory Board in 2013.

 

Robert Cullen

 

 

James Cunningham

 

 

Anna Gemolas

FourWords, LLC

Anna is founder of FourWords, LLC, which consults on communication tools for social change.  Her clients include the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education.  Anna worked for ten years as an executive at Lockheed Martin, serving as Director of Communications and Public Affairs.  Before starting at Lockheed, Anna worked in communications in agency, healthcare, non-profit, and university settings.  Anna has served on the board of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and helped to found the Chamber’s Community Foundation, which works to enhance veteran-owned business’ ability to win government contracts.  While at Lockheed, she worked extensively with Project Thanksgiving, which annually helped 80 local charities provide 2,700 families Thanksgiving dinners.  She is a director at Interfaith Works, a Washington region nonprofit that unites more than 165 congregations of many faiths to pursue social justice and identify and meet the needs of the poor.  Anna has an M.S. in public relations from Syracuse and a B.A. from the University of Seranton.  Advisory Board Member since 2011.

 

Michael Kimsey

Kimsey Foundation

Michael is Executive Director, President, and a Trustee of the Kimsey Foundation, a family foundation supporting educational and cultural initiatives to offer opportunities to youth from the Washington, DC area.  Mike serves as chairman of the Communities in Schools of the Nation’s Capital DC Task Force.  He is a founding member of the Place-Based Funders Group, a board member of KIPP DC/Key Academy, and a trustee of the Federal City Council.  He also serves on the advisory board of several other regional organizations including the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship-Greater Washington, Charity Works, and the Center for Corporate Citizenship of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.   Prior to his philanthropic work, Mike commanded the Main Support Medical Company of the U.S. Army 1st Armored Division in Germany.  He also served as the office in charge of Patient Administration and Logistics at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe medical facility in Belgium, and as a personnel advisor to the U.S. Army battalion commander in Bosnia.  He earned a B.A. in Philosophy at the College of William and Mary and an M.B.A. at George Mason.  Advisory Board Member since 2011.

 

Don Kozusko

Kozusko Harris Vetter Wareh LLP

Don is a founding partner of his law firm, Kozusko Harris Vetter Wareh LLP, which specializes in private client legal representation.  He counsels international and domestic entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists and privately-held businesses on tax and legal issues relating to investments, business, estate planning and charitable endeavors.  Don is a director of a non-profit production company that uses theater to inspire change in family wealth management and philanthropic endeavors, and serves as a director of several foundations involved in education, art, family planning.  Don and his wife Adele live in Vienna, Virginia and have two sons, Chris and Drew.  Chris participated in LearnServe’s Ethiopia trip in 2006.  Don joined the LearnServe board because he was impressed with the quality of the programs and the impact they had on his son.  Don served on the LearnServe Board from 2009-2013 where he acted as Treasurer of the Board and chaired the Finance Committee.  He joined the Advisory Board in 2013.

 

Anthony Shop – Advisory Board Chair

Social Driver LLC

Anthony is co-founder and Director of Client Services at Social Driver LLC, which works with clients in the for-profit, non-profit, and political fields on communications consulting, website design, and new media training.  His work focuses on unique applications of social media, including private-label social networks for employees or customers, or custom social media applications for conferences or other live events.  Before Social Driver, Anthony served as founding principal of Liftoff Solutions LLC, a firm that developed strategic communications campaigns for nonprofit and governmental organizations.  He also served as press secretary for a congressional campaign.  As editor of his campus newspaper, Anthony launched its first website.  Anthony has a B.A. in International Relations from William Jewell College in Missouri, and an M.B.A. from the George Washington University School of Business.  Advisory Board Member since 2011, Advisory Board Chair since 2013.

 

Jim Taylor

 

Sam Taussig

Sewanee University; Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (alum)

Sam is a member of the Sewanee University Class of 2015, a graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (BCC), and an alum of the LearnServe Fellows Program, LearnServe Zambia, and LearnServe Paraguay.  At BCC, Sam was active in student government and was nominated as a Distinguished Scholar by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.  Sam has served as both an active participant and leader in Children’s International Summer Villages.  He served as a LearnServe Ambassador in the Fellows Program, and in a coordination capacity during his second trip to Paraguay.  In 2010-11 Sam worked as an intern at Development Finance International, Inc. in Bethesda.  Advisory Board Member since 2011.

 

Martin Tillman

Marty is President of Global Career Compass, an international consulting practice focused on global workforce trends and the impact of education abroad experiences on student career development. The International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership named him a Distinguished Fellow, and he was cited as a pedagogical pioneer in the field of cross-cultural education and service-learning in Service-Learning: A Movement’s Pioneers Reflect on Its Origins, Practice and Future.  Marty consults and conducts workshops with leading international education organizations and universities, including Central College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the International Partnership For Service-Learning & Leadership, The Washington Center, American Institute for Foreign Study, SIT Graduate Institute, CEA Global Education, State Department EducationUSA, CET Academic Programs, among others.  He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook; M.A. from Colgate University in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education and an M.A. in Intercultural Management from World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute.