Board of Trustees
Kenneth Kunzman, Chair Partner, Connell Foley (Roseland, NJ)
William Bush, BDT & Company (Chicago, IL)
Bernie Flynn, former President & CEO of New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group (West Trenton, NJ)
Charles C. Goodfellow, former Bank of New York Investment Officer (Cranford, NJ)
Shannon Maynard, Executive Director, Congressional Hunger Center (Washington, DC)
Dr. Beth Paul, President, Capital University (Columbus, OH)
Tony Richardson, Executive Director, Nord Family Foundation (Amherst, OH)
Robert (Bobby) Hackett joined the Bonner Foundation in 1992 as Vice President and Director of the Bonner Scholars Program and assumed the role of President in July, 2010.
Prior to joining the Bonner Foundation, Bobby worked at the Telesis Corporation, an affordable housing developer in Washington, D.C. He also served as managing director of the Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL) during its first three years of operation. In addition, for the past twenty years, Bobby has been associated in various capacities with the Youth Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based non-partisan organization that researches and reports on policies and programs relating to young people.
Bobby received his bachelors degree from Harvard University in 1985 and a masters in public and private management from Yale University's School of Organization and Management in 1990.
Dr. Ariane Hoy joined the Foundation in 2004. As Vice President, Ariane leads strategic initiatives to promote program quality and deeper, more pervasive campus-wide engagement. These include efforts to integrate capstones and Community-Engaged Signature Work into the Bonner Program and across departments. For more than a decade, Ariane led national meeting planning, including for Bonner Congress, Fall Directors, and Bonner Congress.Ariane serves on the national advisory boards for AAC&U's Diversity and Democracy and VALUE Initiative, and the Center for Engaged Democracy. She is co-editor of Deepening Community Engagement in Higher Education: Forging New Pathways and co-author of Civic Engagement at the Center: Building Democracy through Integrated Cocurricular and Curricular Experiences.
Fueled by early and college experiences, Ariane pursued a career in civic engagement. During college, she mentored students and worked with schools and families in East Palo Alto (working developmentally over four years as Bonners do). She researched economics and policy issues, creating a credit-bearing CBR course co-taught by community leaders and students. She was exposed to theories and practices of experiential learning and civic engagement by mentors. A John Gardner Fellowship in East Palo Alto's public schools cemented an interest in diversity, inclusion, and access. She spent five years at City Year, helping to expand the national organization that engages diverse 17 to 25 year-olds in full-time service in cities across the USA. As Jumpstart’s Vice President for Program, she oversaw the creation of an outcome-based national program model for low-income preschoolers. At the Echoing Green Foundation, she helped shape its fellowship for social entrepreneurs. As Executive Director of Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL), she nurtured a platform for student leadership of campus civic engagement. She earned a bachelor's in Political Science at Stanford, a master’s in higher education from Drexel University, and a doctorate in higher education leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. Both her thesis and dissertation focused on change in higher education.
Dr. Rachayita Shah joined the Bonner Foundation in September 2018 as Community Engaged Scholarship Director. Her responsibilities in this role include dissemination of evidence-based best practices in campus-wide community and civic engagement, development of curriculum and training to support Bonner campuses in creating a culture of service leadership, and successful implementation of foundation’s strategic initiatives.
Rachayita graduated from Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction in 2012, and earned her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in English Literature from India. Before joining the foundation, she worked with FAU as Visiting Instructor and taught multiple courses focusing on diversity, multicultural education, human rights, and social justice. She also worked as Program Manager at Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, where she facilitated teacher professional development, provided curriculum consultations to K-12 teachers, and managed Holocaust and human rights-oriented events. As a member of the Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Task Force on Holocaust Education, she recently served on curriculum writing team for integrating the content of the Holocaust in middle school civics lessons
Her areas of research include teacher professional development, community-engaged curriculum / service learning, and multicultural education. She volunteered at various non-profit organizations in India and in the U.S. in different capacities to advocate for issues pertaining to diversity and social justice. She strongly believes in the power of education to bring social reforms and is very excited that this new position at Bonner will offer opportunities to collaborate with passionate individuals, working towards developing and sustaining a society of conscientious citizenry.
Liz Brandt joined the Bonner Foundation staff in August 2018 as the Community Engagement Director. In this role she designs and manages Foundation initiatives for supporting Bonner Program member campuses and campus-wide community and civic engagement in program, staff, faculty, and student development. She supports planning of national meetings, resource and curriculum development, campus visits, and identifying and developing best practices and models.
Liz is originally from rural central Kentucky. She graduated in 2015 as a Bonner Scholar from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky with a Bachelors in Anthropology and Sociology. As a Bonner Scholar, Liz served as the Senior Intern and a Bonner Congress Representative. Also at Centre, Liz had transformative experiences studying abroad in Ghana, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Guatemala. After graduating, Liz worked as a Campus Organizer for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, a non-profit that trains college students in grassroots organizing tactics to tackle issues such as hunger and homelessness, renewable energy, and student debt.
After serving in that role, Liz returned to her alma mater of Centre College to serve for two years as the Coordinator of the Bonner Program and Community Service. In this role, Liz managed Centre’s sixty student Bonner Program, including facilitating trainings and education, developing and empowering student leaders, restructuring the Program into an Issue-Based Group model, and cultivating and maintaining community partnerships. She also focused on curricular-co-curricular integration, such as helping to develop a Social Justice Minor at Centre and serving on the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty Internship (SHECP) committee, which provides students an opportunity to engage with social justice through academic coursework and a related summer internship. Liz is excited to bring her background, experiences, and passion for civic and community engagement, service learning, and social justice in higher education to her new role as the Community Engagement Director at the Bonner Foundation.
Kristi Cordier joined The Bonner Foundation in May 2014. In her role as the Program Director, Kristi oversees the New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps Program and the New Jersey Bonner Leader Program. Prior to joining the Bonner Foundation staff, Kristi worked at her alma mater, The University of Scranton in Alumni Relations where she developed innovative student-alumni engagement programming. Kristi also served as the VISTA Leader for the New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Program in 2011 and a VISTA member for Retired Seniors Volunteer Program where she worked on building a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents in 2010. A native of New Jersey, Kristi received her bachelor's degree in History from The University of Scranton in 2009.
Arthur Tartee joined the Bonner Foundation in August 2018 and serves as the Alumni Network Manager. Arthur is a Bonner Scholar 2017 alum from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Leadership Studies and International Studies: World Politics and Diplomacy. Arthur studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, where he combined both majors to examined the evolving role of multilateral diplomacy and leaders responses to security challenges in a chaotic, global world.
Arthur Tartee first became involved with the Bonner Network in high school and ever since then, he has loved the invaluable friendships and experiences Bonner has brought into his life. He interned with the Bonner Foundation in the summer of 2015. Then, Arthur supported the 25th anniversary national meeting and developed capacity-based trainings modules for fundraising and events planning on campus.
At Richmond, Arthur sought to foster local relationships as a Bonner Scholar: from tutoring and mentoring underprivileged students with the Higher Achievement Richmond Program to being a middleman for the Richmond’s Young Adult Police Commission (YAPC) a youth advisory board that promotes relationship between the Richmond Police Department and the youth in the City of Richmond. Arthur fascination with relationships, led him to take multiple community-based learning courses about the City of Richmond. One of his favorite, Archiving Richmond, allowed him to explored the impact of gentrification. Arthur worked with youths in the Church Hill Community of Richmond to conduct community interviews and do archival research. He organized the first ever community dialogue about the changes in the neighborhood. He is eager to collaborate with partner campuses, current students and alumni in efforts to engage and strengthen the beloved Bonner community. Arthur favorite activity is dining out and conversing with Bonners about life!
Wayne Meisel was hired in 1989 by Mr. Bonner as the founding president of the Bonner Foundation, which he led for the first next 21 years. In his first two years he launched the two programs that continue to define the Bonner Foundation. The Crisis Ministry Program which funds anti-hunger efforts and the Bonner Program which is the largest privately-funded, service-based scholarship program in the country with 3,000 students serving annually at 65+ colleges and universities.
Meisel has been a longtime advocate of service, service learning, and community engagement. Click here for a profile that traces his career from college up to the present.
summer 2019 Bonner interns
Each summer, the Foundation welcomes 3-6 undergraduates or recent graduates to work in national leadership roles. These professionals bring their Bonner Program experience and share it by developing new resources and strategies for the national network. This summer, the six National Bonner Summer Interns will help develop resources for the Bonner Alumni Network, create new resources for the Bonner Pipeline Project, develop a Social Action field guide, and develop new resources for annual reporting.
Clare Blim joined the Bonner Foundation in 2019 as a National Summer Intern. This summer she will be working on the Bonner Pipeline Project, program development, and the Bonner annual report.
Born in Louisville, KY, Clare is a rising senior at Centre College and is double majoring in International Studies and Spanish. During her time as a Bonner, Clare has focused primarily on working with the Centre After School Program, where students of all grades from the local community are paired with Centre students for tutoring on campus twice per week. Aligning with her passion for community engagement, this program encourages local students to focus on school work while simultaneously forging relationships between Centre students and members of the Danville, KY community.
Outside of Bonner, Clare has fundraised for the Crusade for Children for many years, a non-profit in Louisville which raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals which work to make life better for children with special needs. She hopes to keep community engagement at the forefront of her last year as a Bonner and carry that into her post-graduate journey. Transitioning into the fall, Clare is looking forward to being a part of the programming committee for Bonner Congress 2019 at Centre College and is grateful to be at the Foundation this summer.
Sara Byler joined the Bonner Foundation as a 2019 National Summer Intern. During her time working at the Foundation Sara will be working further develop the Bonner Pipeline Project, program development and annual report analysis.
Sara is a rising senior at Waynesburg University studying Business Management and Pre-Law Studies. She was born and raised in Salisbury, a small town in Southwestern PA. As a Bonner, Sara is the Senior Intern at Waynesburg’s Center for Service Leadership where she has worked on developing programs and trainings on communicating in conflict, peer leadership and capacity building along with starting a mentorship program for Waynesburg Bonner Scholars. On Waynesburg’s Bonner Leadership Team Sara helped plan and facilitate the 2019 Bonner Summer Leadership Institute at Waynesburg University as chair of the programming committee. Sara also serves as the leader and founder of Waynesburg’s Issue-Based Project, Human Rights where she and her team focus on educating the local community and campus on issues such as human trafficking and racial privilege. This past year, Sara served on a team of Bonners and community members to set up a program for juvenile offenders going in and out of detention centers. The program works to provide the youth with an opportunity to break the cyclical habits they form or have been born into and develop healthy coping mechanisms and new lifestyles. The program offers tutoring, enrichment classes, as well as group counseling.
Beyond being a Bonner, Sara is an RA in one of Waynesburg’s traditional style female halls. She also was a 2018 recipient of the Vira I. Heinz Women in Global Leadership Award through which she studied politics and sociology and interned at a women’s development center in Meknes, Morocco.
Maria A. Guevara Carpio joined the Bonner Foundation as a 2019 National Summer Intern. In this position, she is collaborating with other interns and Foundation staff to work on the Bonner Pipeline Project, program development, and annual report analysis.
Maria is originally from Peru and moved to the United States in 2014. Maria is currently a rising junior at Rutgers University. She is majoring in Public Health and minoring in Business Administration. Maria became involved with service learning, her community in New Brunswick, and the Bonner Foundation in 2017 when she joined the Rutgers Bonner Leader Program.
Throughout her Bonner college career, Maria has served at the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market (NBCFM) and the Community Health Promotions Program (CHPP) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH). The experiences she gained at her service sites have strengthened her passion to learn about other cultures and people’s stories. At the NBCFM, Maria got the opportunity to develop interactive games in English and Spanish, which taught the community members the importance of healthy eating and physical activities. At CHPP, Maria analyzed and input data from Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) prevention surveys. In addition, she helped facilitate different events targeting multiple New Brunswick communities. Moreover, through the Bonner Program, Maria had the opportunity to serve communities in West Virginia and Puerto Rico.
Maria’s excitement to form different communities at Rutgers University led her to live at Helyar House. This traditional residence hall provides cooperative living between 40 students from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Maria served as their Social Coordinator between 2018 - 2019. Maria’s passion to learn about others’ culture motivated her to study abroad in Greece during the summer of 2018. In Greece, she had a unique learning experience while working with refugees and migrants from the Eastern Mediterranean.
Sophia Marie Lombardo joined the Foundation staff as a National Foundation Intern in the summer of 2019. An Earlham College Bonner Scholar class of 2019 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Management Leadership, Sophia focused her studies on nonprofit leadership as well as arts & advocacy management. As a Bonner, Sophia mentored and taught creative writing to youth at Girls Inc of Wayne County, Indiana, and aided high school students as they prepared for college through the Richmond Early College group. She became a Junior then Senior Intern at Earlham’s Bonner Program, focusing on implementing evaluations, leading public speaking workshops, boosting morale in the Senior class, and initiating a Get Out the Vote campaign for the entire campus. Sophia conducted both of her Summers of Service in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio. First at United Schools Network as a Human Resources Summer Intern, then at Capital University as a Summer Bonner Leader Intern as they built their first cohort of their Bonner Program. While studying and serving, Sophia was a Bonner Advisory Board member and presented workshops at SLI 2018 and SLI 2019. During the spring semester of her senior year, she taught a student-led Social Action Course using the Bonner materials and community organizing resources. After spending her summer with the Foundation, Sophia will begin her new position as the Coordinator of Community Service and the Bonner Program at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky where she hopes to implement greater campus community engagement and strengthen the Bonner Leadership Team.
Alexander Nichols joined the Foundation staff as a 2019 National Bonner Summer Intern. He is a Bonner Scholar 2019 graduate of Davidson College. While at Davidson, he pursued a double major in Africana Studies and Educational Studies. Originally from Atlanta, GA, he decided on Davidson primary for its commitment for preparing students for lives of leadership and service. Along that line, he joined Bonner at the end of his sophomore year to further immerse himself in service work with community-based organizations geared towards youth empowerment and college access.
Alexander’s previous service sites include the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program, the District of Columbia Public Schools, La Escuelita San Alban, and the Bonner Foundation as a 2018 National Summer Intern. At all of these service locations, he had the opportunity to deepen his civic footprint and develop a passion for student development. He spent the past year working as the Bonner Senior Intern for the Davidson Bonner Program. Next fall, he will attend Vanderbilt University to obtain a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration.
He enjoys watching movies (especially anime films), finding free food deals, and meeting new people.
Whitney Yu joined the Bonner Foundation June 2019 as a National Summer Intern. Her responsibilities involve developing the Bonner Alumni Network, expanding the Bonner Foundation’s national partnerships with graduate schools, and developing a template for campuses to use in order to share their community engagement stories and deepen capacity-building.
At Brown University, located in Providence, Rhode Island, Whitney is concentrating in Public Policy and Education Studies with a focus on social and urban policy and the bridge between comprehensive social policy and educational equity. She has also been a Bonner Fellow since 2018, working at United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI), which provides various social services to the larger Rhode Island community, focuses on community development, and explores policies that affect housing and education in Rhode Island. Researching various policy proposals related to education and affordable housing, developing the Afterschool Network of Rhode Island, and expanding outreach for the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, Whitney has been able to promote UWRI’s mission of providing accessible community support for Rhode Island. The heavy policy focus of UWRI offers Whitney the opportunity to explore how policy affects communities and engages Whitney’s interests in affordable housing, social equity, and educational equity.
A native of New York City, Whitney has indulged her interest in social justice work as an intern at Wing on Wo Co, a local nonprofit that utilizes the arts and local culture to empower and mobilize locals, where she created a human-interest blog that utilizes oral history to weave together stories of community resistance. A previous member of her local Neighborhood Advisory Board, she helped propose funding requests for initiatives to the City of New York in order to address the concerns of her community. Carrying forth her interests and experience engaging with the local community, Whitney is excited to contribute to the Bonner Foundation’s mission this summer.