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

Senior Marketing Associate

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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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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Ali 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.

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Jada Smith

Program Assistant for Special Initiatives

Jada Smith is a DMV native, and will soon be a double-GW alum, having earned her bachelor's degree in English, and working to complete her master's in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Affairs. She is conversant in French, and is a freelance artist. In her spare time, Jada enjoys painting, fiction writing and attending events at her local church. She served as a resident advisor for Pre-College in 2014 and 2016, and is excited to be working with the program again.

In her current position as the Program Assistant for Special Initiatives, Jada serves as the first point of contact for instructors and course assistants in the Pre-College Program. She manages the day-to-day operations and coordinates the logistics for successful program implementation with other university departments and external agencies. Jada develops program calendars and itineraries, manages special events and site visits and serves as a troubleshooter for problems as they arise.

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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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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.