Board of Directors
Center for Civic Engagement, George Washington University
Amy has been, since 2010, the executive director of the George Washington University Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. She coordinates public service activities campus-wide, including conceiving and executing programs, and assisting with initiatives led by students, faculty, and staff. Amy was previously Associate Vice President for Child Development Programs at Save the Children. Before that, Amy served for nearly a decade as director of Learn and Serve America at the Corporation for National and Community Service, the parent agency for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps. Amy’s career in academic service and civic engagement began at the University of Pennsylvania, where she helped direct the Penn Program for Public Service. Amy grew up in Montclair, N.J., attended the New School for Social Research, and received her B.A. from Brandeis. She conducted her graduate work in U.S. history at the University of Pennsylvania. Board member since 2011.
Japan Quest Journeys
Scott Gilman is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of JapanQuest Journeys, a Washington, DC and Tokyo-based destination management firm specializing in bespoke “tailor-made” luxury journeys to Japan. Scott is a recognized expert on Japan and the luxury segment of the market. He is an entrepreneur and has also held senior positions as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer in the financial services industry in both the US and Asia for firms including SMG Capitol Investors, Goldman Sachs and State Street Bank. Scott was the Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Board for The Washington International School and Board of The American School in Japan.
Richard Hall – Chair of Program Committee
Retired – Washington International School
Dick retired as the head of the Washington International School in July 2007. When he was at WIS, Dick, Kathy Kemper, and Hugh Riddleberger formed the Center for International Education, the core activities of which grew into LearnServe International. Dick’s main interest centered on the collaboration of public and private schools and of teachers and students, all in the interest of social entrepreneurship. Dick is Chairman of the Board of Assist. Dick is married to Carol Hall, a classical musician and teacher. He joined the LearnServe board in order to continue to support its important work as LearnServe expands as an independent organization. Board member since 2008.
Sam Hastings-Black – Secretary of the Board
Retired – Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP
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. Board member since 2008.
Ned is president & tutor-geek at PrepMatters, a metro-area education company providing tutoring, educational planning, and test preparation. With twenty years of working one-on-one with students, Ned is also the test-prep expert for the US News&World Report’s College Guide and co-author of “Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Students Overcome the Pressure and Succeed.” A sought-after speaker on best practices of study skills, sleep habits, parent-teen dynamics and test anxiety, he, with his wife, practices his wares (study skills and good sleep practices, not test-prep!) with his son Matthew and daughter Katie.
MK Technology LLC
Marty is the founder of MK Technology LLC and chairman of the MK Group, which includes MK Technology, MK Data Services, and Spark Media. His business experience focuses on export-controls and trade-controls consulting, training, and compliance tools for the international trade community. Marty founded the monthly magazine The Export Practitioner, and he has served as a consultant on a number of business projects in Russia and other countries within the Former Soviet Union. Prior to founding MK Technology, Marty served as a trade consultant with specialties in commodity and technology classification, quantitative analysis, and negotiations for Commerce Department advisory opinions. Marty and his wife Andrea are the parents of Yoni Kalin (Fellows’ 11 and Paraguay ’11). Marty holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. He is an active member of EO, the “Entrepreneurs Organization,” in the Washington-area chapter, where he serves on the Board of Directors. Advisory Board member 2011-2013. Board member since 2013.
Institute for Education
Kathy is founder and CEO of the Institute for Education (“IFE”), a non-profit foundation that promotes leadership and civility locally, nationally and worldwide, and educates youth for global citizenship. A former professional tennis player, Kathy served as head Women’s Tennis Coach at Georgetown from 1978 to 1990. Kathy and her husband James Valentine have two daughters, Kelsey and Christina, both of whom participated in LearnServe summer trips, to China and Paraguay. Kathy helped create the Center for International Education, and based on that and on her professional work over many years, nothing could have been more natural than for her to become a founding member of the LearnServe board. Board member since 2008.
Don Kozusko – Treasurer of the Board; Chair of Finance Committee
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. Board member since 2009.
College Summit, Chair, National Capital Region, Esqu.
Nancy is an attorney, whose eclectic career has spanned 20 years in private law practice, as well as non-profit and government service. She currently chairs the National Capital Region Advisory Board of College Summit, a national non-profit dedicated to building a diverse pipeline of first generation college-going students. She previously was Director of External Relations for the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), a national non-profit composed of Fortune 500 CEOs, university presidents, and foundation leaders dedicated to addressing U.S. education and workforce challenges, particularly in STEM. Prior to joining the non-profit sector, she was a partner in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, an international law firm, where she counseled and litigated on behalf of Fortune 200 corporations and national non-profit organizations. She is a former President of Wake Forest University’s Alumni Association and Chair of the Wake Forest annual College Fund, and is a member of the Wake Forest Law School Metropolitan D.C. Externship Program Board. She previously served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Washington International School.
Professionals for Nonprofits
Barbara is Executive Vice President of Professionals for NonProfits and is based in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Barbara has provided consultant services for capital campaigns; grant writing; prospect research; major gift campaigns; and planned giving initiatives. She brings a myriad of experiences in education including as a teacher at Gallaudet University’s Model Secondary School for the Deaf and as a deaf educator. She is passionate about the need for quality early childhood education and was Principal of Sunshine Montessori School, a model program for at-risk preschool students in Detroit, Michigan. She is a member of Montgomery Ancient Mariners Master Swim Team, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Washington, DC and Maryland Chapters), and Association Foundation Group. Barbara is a board member since 2012.
Hugh Riddleberger – Founder; Emeritus
Retired – LearnServe International
Hugh is a career educator, first as a teacher and then in a number of senior administrative capacities, including at schools in Boston and New Orleans as well as Washington. He served as head of Sheridan School in D.C. and interim head of Langley School in Virginia. His father, his wife Louise McIlhenny, and one of his daughters were or are also career educators. He founded LearnServe because of his interest in international community service and in broader community service curriculum in American schools. Board member since 2008.
U.S. Department of Education
Sambia manages the International Visitors’ Program in the U.S. Department of Education. She coordinates foreign education officials’ visits with the State Department, identifies visitors’ requests for education-related briefings, and often conducts those briefings. She has spoken and presented on numerous topics on education issues in the international context. Sambia is married to Chris Barclay, who is also a member of LearnServe’s Board of Directors, and their daughters, Zora and Sana, have both been in the Fellows program; Zora traveled to Zambia with LearnServe in 2009. Sambia serves on the LearnServe board because she believes in our mission to empower young people to be local and global change agents. Board member since 2009.
Cathy Tinsley – Chair of the Board
Assist, Board of Directors
Cathy is a Texan born and raised who was bitten by the international bug in high school on the Experiment in International Living, spending a summer in France. She and her husband Tom have lived and raised their family in Denmark, The Netherlands and the U.S. Here in Washington she has devoted time to teaching ESL and volunteering in many school and church activities. At Washington International School she was chair (twice) of the principal annual fundraising event, president of the Parent Association, and the chair of the 40th anniversary celebration. Cathy is on the Board of Assist. Cathy joined the LearnServe board because of the diversity of the participants and the depth of learning that happens in both the Fellows program and on the international trips. Board member since 2008.
Sidley Austin LLP
Richard is a partner in Sidley Austin LLP’s Brussels and Washington, D.C. offices and a member of the firm’s International Trade and Arbitration Group. He practices in the areas of EU and US regulatory law, international trade and international arbitration and litigation. He served as Chairman of International Dispute Resolution Associates, based in Washington, D.C., and was named an “Honorary Citizen of Mexico City” for devising a debt-for-environment swap for Mexico City, which was signed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Richard has written and lectured on international relations, international trade, and international environmental affairs. He is the father of Stephen (Fellows ’11) and Josh (Fellows ’08 and Zambia ’07), and Naomi (Zambia ’12).