Board of Trustees
Mr. Kenneth Kunzman, Chair Partner, Connell Foley (Roseland, NJ)
Mr. William Bush, BDT & Company (Chicago, IL)
Mr. Charles C. Goodfellow, former Bank of New York Investment Officer (Cranford, NJ)
Rev. Dr. John Kuykendall, former President of Davidson College (Davidson, NC)
Dr. Beth Paul, President, Capital University (Columbus, 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.
Ariane 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.
Samantha Ha joined the Bonner Foundation Staff in July 2014 and serves as Program Associate, a two-year fellowship opportunity for recent graduates who hope to contribute to the Network in a different role. She is a graduate from Ursinus College, located in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Philosophy.
At Ursinus College, she served as a Bonner Leader for four years, as well as a Bonner Intern for her last two years. During her time as a student, she fostered a new partnership with the ACPPA Community Arts Center in Norristown, PA and helped to develop the Creative After-School Alternatives (CASA) program. The CASA program provided a safe space for middle-schoolers to express themselves through artistic and creative mediums. Through her work at CASA and with Bonner, she fostered a passion for higher education and college access. Before beginning her role as Program Associate, Sam was a summer intern for the Foundation, where she supported the 25th anniversary national meeting, developed capacity-based trainings, and proposed a Bonner Alumni Mentorship Model. In the Program Associate role, she uses her transformative student experience to provide new perspective and support for the Bonner Network.
Kristi Cordier joined The Bonner Foundation in May 2014. In her role as the Program Manager, Kristi oversees the New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps Program, the New Jersey Bonner Leader Program, and the New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows 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.
Jasmine Rangel joined the Bonner Foundation staff in August 2017 and serves as the New Jersey Bonner Program Associate. Jasmine Rangel recently graduated as a Bonner Scholar from Berry College in Rome, GA with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. During her time as a Bonner Scholar, Jasmine focused her service on a myriad of issue-areas: from early childhood to middle-grades education at the YMCA After School Care Program, the Open Door Children’s Home and the South Rome Early Learning Center, to advocating for women’s issues at the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia. She also interned for several months with her hometown’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore as a Social media specialist. Jasmine was also deeply integrated into the Bonner Leadership Team at Berry College as a Bonner Congress Representative, and leading three Issue-Based teams on the Foster care system, Third Culture Kids, and College Access. Jasmine took on the role of Senior Intern during her final year at Berry College as the Bonner Leadership Team Facilitator and head of Issue-Based Teams. During this time, she was able to focus intently on student leadership development techniques for creating a more effective team as well as a more sustainable and engaging Issue-Based team model. Upon graduation, Jasmine was a summer intern at the Bonner Foundation where she worked on developing a Social Media and Marketing strategy for the national network, as well as, creating two trainings on political discourse through the Dialogue Across Diversity and Inclusion model.
Caroline Black is the part-time Bonner Partner Initiative Manager responsible for coordinating with the Foundation's national partners. She first joined the Bonner network in 2012 to support the National Bonner AmeriCorps Program, and returned to the Foundation in 2014 after serving in the New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps program in 2013 as the Urban Education Coordinator for Rider University's Bonner Leader program. Caroline is a third-year student in the dual master’s degree program at Widener University’s Center for Social Work Education and Center for Human Sexuality Studies. Her professional work and goals focus on leading mental health and sexual wellness programs in higher education. She completed her first-year clinical social work internship with Princeton University's SHARE (Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources, and Education) and HPPS (Health Promotion and Prevention Services) programs. She is currently interning with Rutgers University's Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) as a second-year clinical social work student. She loves working with college students and is excited to help connect Bonners with opportunities for service beyond their campus communities.
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 2018 Bonner interns
Each summer, the Foundation welcomes 4-8 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, Bonner Summer Interns will help in launching the Bonner Alumni Network and in creating new resources for students to pursue capacity-building and Community-Engaged Signature Capstones. They bring a wealth of relevant experience to these projects. This summer, we will be joined by:
Aleah Qureshi, Bonner Class of 2018 from Wofford College who majored in Environmental Studies and Spanish. Aleah recently completed a capstone called "The Effectiveness of Harvest Park in Feeding the Northside" which studied the effectiveness of a food hub in increasing access within the local community. She will enroll in a master's program in Urban Planning at Florida State University this fall.
Alexander Nichols, Bonner Class of 2019 from Davidson College who majors in Africana Studies and Educational Studies. Alexander brings experience working in the District of Columbia Public Schools and the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools. Alexander is looking to pursue a career in higher education administration and multicultural affairs, and he has been involved in a range of on campus positions to expose him to potential pathways.
Ashlee Renich-Malek, Bonner Class of 2018 from Stetson University who majored in Aquatica and Marine Biology and earned a Certificate in Community Engagement. Ashlee brings experience as a mentor for first generation students, an active member in Stetson's Bonner Leadership Team, and as a Senior Intern. In that role, she planned and led trainings for freshmen and helped develop new programmatic structures for student advising and capstone planning.
Kai Mangino, Bonner Class of 2019 from the College of New Jersey who majors in Psychology, Counseling, and Women's Studies. Kai is the site team leader for the Prevention Education Intervention (PEI) Kids Initiative in Trenton, NJ. As part of her own undergraduate research and capstone work, she is working on a study of racial microaggressions and their effects on emotions. She hopes to pursue a career as a researcher and clinician.
Taylor Clarke, Bonner Class of 2019 from Stetson University who majors in Economics and minors in Community Engagement. Taylor is active with the Bonner Leadership Team and a Resident Assistant in a Living and Learning Community. As part of his Bonner service, he works on microcredit and economic community development efforts.