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Members of the Board

  CWIL International Advisory Board 

Mell Bolen 

Currently President of BCA, Ms. Bolen is the former Director of International Programs at Brown University where she served from 1992 to 2005.  She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in American Civilization at Brown focusing on American Women in Study Abroad, 1860-1914.  She has been a key figure in the professionalization of international education over the past decade and has served in key positions with NAFSA and the Forum, as well as being active in the Association of International Education Administrators, the European Association of International Educators, and Women Administrators in Higher Education.  In addition to her current historical work on the role of women in study abroad, Ms. Bolen is a noted expert on outcomes assessment in international education.  She has published several articles on this and other topics, and is the author of the soon to be published Guide to Outcomes Assessment in International Educaiton.  She has an MA in International Education from Lesley College and is ABD in American Civilization at Brown University.  For fun she likes to bicycle across countries and has been known to design and knit her own sweaters. 


Johnnella Butler     

Johnnella Butler, currently Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Spelman College, is recognized for her work in ethnic studies, women’s studies, curriculum change, and development. She is responsible for overseeing academic departments and programs, formulating educational policies and recruiting and orienting faculty. Prior to that she was an Associate Dean and Associate Vice Provost

in The Graduate School at the University of Washington as well as Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies at Smith College. A noted scholar specializing in African American literature, Butler is considered one of the pioneers in diversity and curriculum transformation, and a leader in bringing together the content of ethnic studies and women’s studies. An author and former concert soprano, the Virginia native attended the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Mass., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a minor in Spanish American Literature in 1968; from there she earned a master of arts in teaching at the Johns Hopkins University in 1969. She later was awarded her doctorate in Afro-American Literature and Multicultural Studies in 1979 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Butler was one of the three editors for the first-ever Encyclopedia of American Studies. She is also a contributor and editor of Color-Line to Borderlands: the Matrix of American Ethnic Studies, and Transforming the Curriculum: Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, Dr. Butler is an internationally recognized expert on ethnic studies and is the Director of a Ford Foundation project to write a book defining ethnic studies and its role in higher education.

Denise Cavanaugh *

Denise Cavanaugh has been intrigued by the ways that organizations prosper, decline, and renew ever since her early assignments as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru, Parent Coordinator with Head Start in Chicago, and Program Officer with VISTA in West Virginia. All three organizations provided a first-hand, front line view of the challenges of organization development. Denise stepped into the corporate world in 1974 by starting a management consulting firm in Washington, DC that provided organization development services to non-profit groups, health-care organizations, entrepreneurs, and Fortune 500 companies.  In 1985, Ann Hagan and Jane Pierson joined Denise to create Cavanaugh, Hagan & Pierson, Inc. This long running partnership has developed into a smart, trusted ally for organization leaders across many sectors of the economy. She is a graduate of Saint Mary's College where she earned a B.A. degree in Economics and Sociology and has a folder full of certificates from an eclectic mix of professional development

Paula Dawning *

 Paula Dawning earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame. Dr. Dawning attended Boston University where she was named a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar and earned a Master in Education with a specialization in Adult and College Counseling as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, School of Business in Marketing and Human Resource Management. In May 2004, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame.


Ms. Dawning has served on the professional faculty at the University of Notre Dame serving as a Counselor and Director in the Freshman Year of Studies. She began her career in Sales at AT& T and progressed through the organization holding positions of increasing responsibility in Engineering, Customer Care, Project Management, International Marketing and retiring as Sales Vice President after 23 years with the Company. She then became an adjunct faculty member at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where she taught Information Management until becoming the Superintendent of Benton Harbor Area Schools. In November 2005, the Michigan Association for School Administrators, MASA, honored her with the prestigious Regional and State 2006 Superintendent of the Year awards. Each year the prestigious Broad Foundation identifies and recruits individuals to participate in a ten-month executive development experience designed to further the foundation’s mission to dramatically improve K-12 urban education. In 2002 Dr. Dawning was one of only twenty-two participants selected nationwide to participate in the first class sponsored by the Broad Center. Dr. Dawning is former superintendent of the Benton Harbor Area Schools and was the leader during significant reforms and restructuring of the district. Reading scores improved over 100% during her tenure for elementary and middle school students.  She continues her work as a volunteer in the HOSTS Program at Morton Elementary School. 

Ande Diaz                 

  Ande Diaz is Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Intercultural Center at Roger Williams University.  At Roger Wiliams, Associate Dean Diaz oversees the Intercultural Center, the on-campus hub for multicultural and spriitual programs.  Ande was a student affairs dean at Princeton (1997-2004) and assistant director of Career Services at Harvard (1990-1997).  She wrote The Harvard College Guide to Careers in Public Service which advocates for incorporating a public good ethos into all employment sectors of society. Her current research interests include civic engagement outcomes from deliberative dialogue, and interethnic and racial coalition building.  Ande holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University, an Ed .M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts and is currently completing doctoral work on dialog and civic life at the Fielding Graduate University.                                                    

Rachel Harding

Rachel Harding's understanding of religion was influenced by the southern folk Christianity of her grandparents who were from Leesburg and Cleages, Georgia, as well as by the Freedom Movement, in which she was raised during the 1960s in Atlanta. Rachel is also a member of the Terreito de Cobre candomblé community in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where she experiences a rich connection between ancestral spirituality, social justice activism, and the ritual poetics of dance, prayer, and obligation. These spiritual influences and practices form the basis of her academic, creative, and activist work.  Rachel has an M.F.A. in English and Creative Writing from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the author of A Refuge in Thunder: Candomblé and Alternative Spaces of Blackness, a history of the nineteenth century development of the Afro-Brazilian religion candomblé.  Rachel currently teaches Religion at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She has also taught Religion and African-American Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the Executive Director of The Veterans of Hope Project: A Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal at the Iliff School of Theology. The Veterans for Hope Project documents the life stories of community organizers, creative artists, religious leaders, and educators who have been active for many years in movements for compassionate social change. Through educational videos, public forums, workshops, retreats, consultations, and cultural events, the Project passes on the values, faith, and practices that have guided these "Veterans" in their work, with the goal of encouraging a healing-centered approach to community-building that recognizes the interconnectedness of spirit, creativity, and citizenship.


Frances Hesselbein 

Frances Hesselbein is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management).  In 1998, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor. The award recognized her leadership as Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976-1990, “a pioneer for women, diversity and inclusion.”  Her contributions were also recognized by former President Bush, who appointed her to two presidential commissions on national and community service.  She serves on many nonprofit and private sector corporate boards, including the Board of the Mutual of America Life Insurance Company and she is the Chairman of the national Board of Directors for Volunteers of America. She is the recipient of seventeen honorary doctoral degrees. In 2001, Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fund Raising from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and the International ATHENA Award. In 2002, Frances was the first recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Series Award for her “outstanding contributions to America’s national security.” In 2004, Frances was awarded the Girl Scouts of the USA National Woman of Distinction Award and the American Society of Association Executive’s Visionary Award.  She is Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly journal Leader to Leader, and a co-editor of a book of the same name.  She also is a co-editor of the Drucker Foundation’s three-volume Future Series as well as Leading Beyond the Walls and Leading  for Innovation, Organizing for Results, the first two books in the Foundation’s Wisdom to Action Series.  She is the author of Hesselbein on Leadership, published in August of 2002. Be * Know * Do: Leadership the Army Way, introduced by General Erik K. Shinseki (USA Retired), Richard Cavanaugh, and Frances Hesselbein was published in February of 2004

Barbara Hill

Barbara A. Hill is a Senior Associate in the Center for Leadership Development and International Initiatives of the American Council of Education (ACE). She previously served as President of Sweet Briar College, Provost of Denison University, and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Barnard College of Columbia University.  Barbara has served the Association of American Colleges and Universities as editor of the quarterly Liberal Education and as a continuing Senior Fellow.  She also has been on the Boards of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges. In addition, she also served on the Commission on Leadership Development and the Commission on Governmental Relations of ACE.  Barbara holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English Literature from the University of Washington. 

Sister Anne Veronica Horner Hoe, C.S.C.

Sister Anne Veronica Horner Hoe, C.S.C. was born in Shanghai, China, and was raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. She is Vice-Principal of a school (Colégio Santa Maria) with an enrollment of 3,250 which includes education from preschool to adult education.  She has worked extensively with marginalized women, slum dwellers, at risk youth, and Basic Christian community formation.  With degrees in Education, Philosophy, Theology, Language Arts, Business Administration, she has worked in schools in Bangladesh and Uganda.  Most recently Sister Anne was the Coordinator of the Area of South America for the Congregation of the Sisters of the Ho

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson *

In the nation’s capital, Eddie Bernice Johnson is widely known as the “Gentlewoman from Texas.”  She is now in her seventh term representing the citizens of the 30th Congressional District of Texas.  Congresswoman Johnson is the ranking Democratic member of the House Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Research, and Democratic Deputy Whip.  As the highest ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, she has secured millions of dollars for Texas development, which has helped Dallas-Fort Worth become one of the fastest growing business areas in the country.  Congresswoman Johnson was the first African American woman to ever win elected public office in Dallas.  In 1972, she began her public career when she was elected to the Texas House of Representatives.  She chaired the Labor Committee, becoming the first woman in Texas history to lead a major Texas House committee. 

Congresswoman Johnson began her career as a nurse.  She obtained her nursing preparation from Saint Mary's College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Texas Christian University.  She received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Southern Methodist University.  A businesswoman, Congresswoman Johnson has enjoyed a diverse career, including leadership in the private sector as founder of Eddie Bernice Johnson and Associates, a real estate business.  She was also a founding member of the Board of Directors of Sunbelt National Bank. 


Marlene Johnson


Marlene Johnson is the Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest membership organization of professionals in the field of international education exchange. Under her leadership, NAFSA has emerged as the leading advocate for international education and exchange during a period of growth in the field as well as increasing challenges to access to U.S. educational opportunities for the vast numbers of international students and scholars seeking to study in the United States. An entrepreneur and administrator, Ms. Johnson has three decades of leadership experience in government, business, and nonprofit management. As Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota from 1983 to 1991, she was an outspoken advocate of international educational exchange at the secondary and post secondary levels. Johnson’s commitment to international education issues has led to her service on the Board of Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange. She is also a former Board member of AFS-USA, AFS Intercultural Programs, the World Press Institute and the National Association of Women Business Owners. Currently, she also serves on the Board of the Communications Consortium Media Center in Washington, DC.               


Gale Mattox

Gale Mattox is Chair of the Political Science Department at the U.S. Naval Academy.  She was a founding member of Women in International Security (WIIS), Vice Presdent from 1987-1994, President from 1996-2003, and founder of the WIIS Summer Symposium.  She is also co-chair of the Women's Caucus of the International Studies Association (ISA).  She has served on the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State working on European and nonproliferation issues, including serving on the Task Force on North Korea and the Working Group for Extension of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.  Gale was a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow at the State Department Office of Strategic and Theater Nuclear Policy, Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs.  She was also an international affairs analyst in the Congressional Research Service for foreign policy issues.  Gale is the author of numerous articles on European security architecture, nonproliferation, and Germany as well as the co-author of Evolving European Defense Policies and NATO Enlargement: the National Debates. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Virginia.

Elizabeth Minnich


Elizabeth Minnich serves as a Senior Fellow with the Association of American Colleges and Universities Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives. She draws on her considerable experience and her years of research on inclusive scholarship, curricula, teaching, and institutional practice to inform AAC&U's efforts to create more engaged and inclusive curricula and to cultivate new connections among liberal learning, democracy, and diversity.  Elizabeth earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from The New School University, where she was a teaching assistant for Hannah Arendt. She is a leading national scholar on issues of democracy and education. Among Elizabeth’s many publications, her 1990 book, Transforming Knowledge, received the AAC&U Frederick W. Ness Award. A new, expanded edition of thisbook is presently in press. She also served as an advisor on AAC&U's national panel for American Commitments: Diversity, Democracy, and Liberal Learning, and served as scribe for that project's report, Liberal Learning and the Arts of Connection. She has served as a dean at several institutions and has taught or been an academic administrator at such institutions as The New School, Sarah Lawrence College, Hollins College, Barnard College, and The Union Institute. She is currently writing a new book with the working title Thinking Friends and Teachers: A Propos Hannah Arendt, Moral and Political Considerations. 


Caryn McTighe Musil 

Caryn McTighe Musil received her B.A. from Duke University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University. Before moving into national level administrative work in higher education, she was a faculty member for eighteen years.  She is currently Vice President of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global at the Association of American Colleges and Universities where she focuses on women's issues and diversity in higher education.  She is also currently Project Director for Liberal Education and Global Citizenship: The Arts of Democracy, funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) to work with institutions who want to incorporate global issues and social responsibility into the major. Caryn has been an educational consultant and outside evaluator at numerous colleges and universities, with a special interest in faculty and curriculum development, and has served as a reviewer and outside evaluator for FIPSE, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Ford Foundation. A frequent keynote speaker at various national conferences, Caryn has been writing, teaching, and speaking on women, gender, and diversity throughout her career. 


Marchell Wesaw                                                                                                                                             

Marchell J. Wesaw was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana under the influence of a submerged Pokagon Potawatomi culture, of an economically exploited working family, and of a sound education provided by the local Catholic school systems. The strengths and weaknesses in these influences instilled in her a commitment to community activism and service. As an undergraduate at Harvard University, Marchell initiated the Native American Youth Enrichment Program which was designed to help urban Indian children connect with their Native cultures and well as foster academic growth and enrichment. Upon completion of her law degree at Northeastern University School of Law, she directed public policy for Cultural Survival, a non-governmental organization advancing the rights of indigenous people around the world. With the federal re-affirmation of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the resources brought with it, Marchell returned to the South Bend area to assist the Band in the development of its Constitution and laws in governance, housing, health, and education, as well as its child welfare system and its economic enterprises. Marchell also served a term as Vice-Chairperson for the Band, making her the highest ranking female elected official in recent Band history.

 Currently Marchell focuses her time serving St. Joseph County in Indiana. Previously she was the Director of the Healthy Communities Access Project, which provided medical health care access and services to low-income residents. Now Marchell serves as the Director of the Advocate Centers program for the United Religious Community of St. Joseph County. Marchell works with program advocates to link people seeking basic needs assistance with appropriate community resources that will help meet their immediate needs while promoting personal accountability and active participation in their lives.

* Saint Mary's College alumnae 

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