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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Hoang My Nguyen

Student Program Coordinator

Hoang My is proudly a son of Vietnamese immigrants. He earned his bachelor of arts in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and master of social work from the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed a year as a research fellow in Hong Kong. As a social justice advocate, his aim is to transform the conditions in society, especially in higher education landscape, for marginalized communities. He centers all his work around compassion, community and transformation.

Hoang My is a “foodie,” which means he loves everything pertaining to food. In his leisure time, he enjoys exploring the city, trying out local eating spots and cooking Vietnamese food. Moreover, he loves nature and its preservation – long hikes and conversations are ideal. As a product and lover of the Southeast Asian culture, he welcomes any sharing of knowledge and culture associating with such culture.

As the student program coordinator, Hoang My partners with local area schools and community based organizations to continue efforts to enroll a diverse student population. Hoang My also manages the residential experience for students enrolled in special summer programs including the selection, training and supervision of summer staff.

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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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Hermella Tekle

Logistics Assistant

An international student from Ethiopia, Hermella is currently working on her master's degree in Strategic Public Relations at the Graduate School of Political Management. She holds a bachelor's degree in History and Political Studies from Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. Hermella has past experiences interning in Capitol Hill, D.C. Mayor's Office, United Nations Association and Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

As logistics assistant, Hermella is responsible for organizing program supplies, assisting in administrative tasks for international enrollment and preparing orientation materials for summer staff and students. She also works on day-to-day tasks. 

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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.