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.

Chrishon Blackwell

Chrishon Blackwell

Director of Summer & Special Programs

Chrishon Blackwell is the Director of Summer and Special Programs at George Washington University. Chrishon oversees summer at-large initiatives across the university to develop and grow summer and visiting programs to support the university's broader strategic priorities of enhance student success, access, retention, diversity, and internationalization. She earned a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, two undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Business Management with an emphasis on international relations, and is TESL/TEFL certified. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning in the Executive Leadership Program at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

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Alison Schmierer

Pre-College Program Director

Prior to joining Summer & Non-Degree Programs, Ali was a program director at a K-12 educational nonprofit in Peru where she designed, monitored and evaluated new initiatives such as health, social work, psychology, leadership and empowerment. Ali worked closely with the community to identify overarching issues and was able to create result-driven solutions. Previously, Ali worked at AmeriCorps where she managed the development of a community park based in Louisiana. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.

As the director of the Pre-College Program, Ali 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. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Organizational Leadership and Learning at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

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Danica Abarquez

Senior Marketing Associate

Danica is a Northern Virginia native joining the GW team after spending time in both Theater and Corporate Hospitality Marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, as well as Baccalaureate Certificate in Product Innovation.  In her spare time, you can find Danica exploring DC's vast theater scene or spending time with her dogs. She hopes to bring her passion for strategic storytelling and digital marketing into the education space as GW's Senior Marketing Associate. 

Danica will mainly be responsible for managing marketing, outreach, and communication campaigns for Summer and Non-Degree programs.  Additionally, she will help the Office for Student success develop a comprehensive social media strategy that promotes best practices to ensure academic success.

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Bryce Webster-Jacobsen

Assistant Director for Student Engagement

Bryce was born and raised in a quintessential Midwestern town outside of Chicago, but has long been drawn to D.C. After stops in Connecticut, Texas, Georgia and Vermont, he joined the team at GW. When not working with college students, he enjoys all things outdoors, attending concerts and exploring coffee shops. Bryce earned his master's of education in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University. Throughout his professional career, he has been focused on supporting the transitions and on campus experiences of international students. His past work includes co-curricular programming and admissions work for both international and domestic students.

As the assistant director for student engagement, Bryce is primarily responsible for overseeing student advising, engagement and the enrollment process for visiting and matriculated international students enrolled in summer, non-degree and other special programs. Bryce is also responsible for supporting business development and relationship management for sponsoring agencies and international partners.

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Helen Snelgrove

Executive Assistant

A born and raised Washingtonian, Helen is a product of the District of Columbia Public School System and proud School Without Walls alumna.  She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2015 with a BA in Psychology. During her time as an undergraduate, Helen played for the TU Women’s soccer team, and was extremely involved in community service, mentoring and leadership within several on-campus organizations. During the warmer months, you will find her gardening; during the cooler months, you will find her knitting while watching college football.

As executive assistant, Helen works regularly with parents and students in our office to advise them on the details of our programs and help them with any needs they may have. She also supports the office on a day-to-day basis with administrative and logistical tasks.

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Kimberly Tanner

Program Assistant

Kimberly graduated with honors in 2017 from GW with a BA in Sociology and recently received her MA in the same major with an emphasis in Criminology.

Kimberly has had leadership roles in GW's Center for Student Engagement as residence director along with resident advisor. While in these roles, she supervised eight resident advisors and five residence halls, was in charge of student community engagement events and oversaw crisis management on the Mount Vernon Campus. She was highly involved with the hiring committee for residential advisors and has mentored first-year students on conflict resolution. She also worked at D.C.'s Jewish Community Center, overseeing and coordinating events for their inclusion program for adults with disabilities. She has held other roles at the JCC including head swimming coach, arts instructor and administrative coordinator.

As the program assistant, Kimberly manages the logistics for our special summer programs. Mainly working within the Pre-College Program, Kimberly's role includes arranging housing, dining and transportation, as well as assisting faculty and staff in coordinating off-campus site visits for the students. Kimberly works to ensure all students are feeling engaged and welcome through all programming our office provides. Kimberly has great logistics and programming experience, is thrilled to be a double graduate from GW and considers the Mount Vernon Campus to be her home away from home.