Meet Our Team

Our team strives to make the Summer and Non-Degree programs dynamic and engaging for the students we serve. We are constantly finding new ways to improve our current programs, as well as creating new ones that better serve the needs of our students.

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Chrishon Blackwell

Summer & Non-Degree Programs Director

Chrishon earned her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from National University in La Jolla California. She is TESL/TEFL certified and holds two undergraduate degrees in Political Science and International Business Management from the University of Western Ontario and University of Texas, San Antonio, respectively.

Chrishon is responsible for working with GW’s Summer and Non-Degree programs team and other campus partners to develop and grow summer and visiting programs that serve the university's strategic priorities on retention, diversity and internationalization. She will also provide guidance in growing special programs including Summer Institutes, GW Pre-College, Corcoran Arts Continuing Education and International Summer programs.

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Anna Borgholthaus

Marketing Coordinator

Anna was born and raised in a small town in Idaho, and decided to fulfill her life-long dream of moving to a big city in 2014, where she began working for GW. She received her BA in English from Brigham Young University, as well as her MPS in Publishing from GW.

Since moving to the East Coast, Anna has completely fallen in love with D.C.’s history, culture and political energy. Anna is an avid reader, blogger and cook. She enjoys photography, and can be found tagging along on many of the summer program outings, trying to get the perfect shots of our students in action. She works to market our various programs to both internal and external audiences, and helps make sure that information communicated about our programs is accurate, accessible and valuable to prospective students.

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Shonda Goward

Pre-College Program Director

Shonda earned her bachelor of arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, master of arts from Southern Connecticut State University and is a current doctoral student at GWU studying higher education administration and policy. Prior to joining the Office of Summer and Non-Degree Programs, Shonda was a Senior Undergraduate Academic Advisor in the GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. She also teaches first year writing in the University Writing Program. When not working with young people to pursue their goals, Shonda is most likely watching Major League Baseball.

As the director of the Pre-College Program, Shonda works to develop exciting and enriching courses and co-curricular programming for summer students. In addition, she works to establish local and national partnerships that increase, and support, the diversity of our high school programs.

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Chelsea Halling Nye

Program Associate

Chelsea joined the Summer & Non-Degree Programs team in May 2015, transitioning to higher ed from the U.S. Senate, where she worked for Senator Mike Crapo. She received her BA in Sociology from Utah State University, and is currently an MA candidate in American Studies at GW.

Chelsea is an American history enthusiast, and has a wealth of knowledge pertaining to Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas. She spent 18 months on a service mission in Guatemala, and continues to be conversant in Spanish. In addition to a wealth of administrative tasks in order to support the office as a whole, Chelsea assists with program budgets and visiting student enrollments.

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Dennell Reynolds

Assistant Director for Student Engagement

Dennell Reynolds received her BA degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. After college, Dennell moved to Beijing to continue studying Chinese. She eventually joined the University of Chicago Center in Beijing staff as a program coordinator for study abroad, admissions, and alumni programming, and also enjoyed scaring international tourists as a ghost tour guide. Dennell left China to receive a master’s degree in Comparative and International Education at the University of Oxford, where she researched the impacts of free study abroad programs on the lives of under-served American high schoolers. She remains engaged with several nonprofits that help lower-income students go abroad.
Dennell is excited to return to her hometown of Washington, D.C., and work for GW. As assistant director for student engagement, Dennell focuses on programming for International Summer and non-degree students and on helping build a process for advising sponsored international degree-seeking students.
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Robert Yi

Corcoran Arts Continuing Education Director

Robert is a graduate of American University where he received his MFA in Fine Arts. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia with a BA in Foreign Affairs, as well as a BFA in Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Robert is a professional artist, curator and art educator who is active in D.C.’s arts community. He received a residency to the New York Studio Residency Program and the Glogauair Artist in Residence program in Berlin, Germany. Robert’s work has been shown in D.C., New York, Italy and Lithuania.

In 2014, after serving as the Pre-College Coordinator and the Continuing Advisor for the Corcoran for six years, Robert was appointed the position of Assistant Administrator tasked in the transition of the Corcoran Continuing Education department to GW’s Office of Summer and Non-Degree Programs. He currently directs the Corcoran Arts Continuing Education program as well as the Corcoran Arts Pre-College courses, coordinates outreach to the community to promote arts programs and liaisons with the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design and Undergraduate Admissions.