Leadership

National office

WHO ARE WE?

The Congressional Award is run by a small dedicated team of full-time staff. We are a resource for participants, families, schools and anyone interested in learning more about The Congressional Award.

Erica Wheelan Heyse

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Bethie Woodall

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS + PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

Rachel Mallory

DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS + CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT

Jordan Lindsey

PROGRAM DIRECTOR + CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER

Eric Fernandez

SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER (South Region)

Lukas Meyer

NORTH PROGRAM MANAGER

FRANCESCA D'AMBROSI

WEST PROGRAM MANAGER

Bri Murphy

CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

STEPHEN SOBONYA

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS OFFICER

award interns

Zenani Johnson

COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT

Samantha Wong

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS

Max Peyra Grau

PROGRAM INTERN

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board supports the work of The Congressional Award Foundation and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance.

Executive officers

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    Paxton K. Baker

    CHAIRMAN

    WASHINGTON NATIONALS
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      HON. RODNEY SLATER

      VICE CHAIRMAN

      Squire Patton Boggs
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        SHAWN WHITMAN

        VICE CHAIRMAN

        FMC Corporation
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          Laura O’Connor

          SECRETARY

            EDWARD BLANSITT, III

            TREASURER

            North Carolina
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            Committee Chairs

              Jonathan Heafitz

              FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENT

              Assistant VP, Federal Affairs, PCMA
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                Linda Mitchell, Ph.D.

                PROGRAM

                Mississippi State University
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                  Col. Steven C. Roberts, Esq.

                  AUDIT

                  Founder & President,
                  The Roberts Companies
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                    David Schiappa

                    CONGRESSIONAL RELATIONS

                    Partner,
                    The Duberstein Group
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                      Michael Skahill

                      FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENT

                      Lead of Government Affairs, Lineage Logistics
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                      BOARD MEMBERS

                        Marc Baer

                        VP, Health Services,
                        Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
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                          Romero Brown

                          Georgia
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                            Nick Cannon

                            California
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                              Edward Cohen

                              Principal,
                              Lerner Enterprises
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                                Lindsey Dickinson

                                VP, Legislative Affairs,
                                Comcast
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                                  The Honorable Debbie Dingell

                                  U.S. Representative MI-12
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                                    Mitchell Draizin

                                    Founder & President,
                                    Longview Capital Advisors
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                                      Jim Dunn

                                      EVP, Chief People
                                      & Culture Officer,
                                      Atrium Health
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                                        Melissa Foxman

                                        VP Federal Government Affairs
                                        Entertainment Software Assoc.
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                                          Beverly Gilyard

                                          VP– Federal Strategy,
                                          AARP
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                                            Steve Hartell

                                            VP of Public Policy
                                            Amazon
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                                              Erica Wheelan Heyse

                                              National Director,
                                              The Congressional Award
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                                                The Honorable Richard Hudson

                                                U.S. Representative NC-08
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                                                  David W. Hunt, ESQ.

                                                  Legal Counsel
                                                   

                                                    Myriah Jordan

                                                    Director of Public Policy,
                                                    Facebook
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                                                      Mike Kelley

                                                      VP External Affairs,
                                                      YRC Worldwide
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                                                        Bradley Knox, ESQ.

                                                        VP and Counsel, Federal Relations,
                                                        Aflac
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                                                          Karlos Lasane

                                                          VP, Government Relations, Caesars Entertainment
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                                                            Christopher Leahy

                                                            VP, Global Corporate Affairs and Chief Public Policy Officer,
                                                            intuit
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                                                              Keira Lombardo

                                                              CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER,
                                                              SMITHFIELD FOODS, INC.
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                                                                The Honorable Cynthia Lummis

                                                                U.S. Senator, Wyoming
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                                                                  Mateo Magdaleno

                                                                  Chief Education Officer, IDQ Group
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                                                                    The Honorable Joe Manchin

                                                                    U.S. Senator West Virginia
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                                                                      Lance Mangum

                                                                      Staff VP Government Affairs,
                                                                      FedEx Corporation
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                                                                        John Mason

                                                                        Director, Federal Government Affairs, 
                                                                        Altria
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                                                                          Michelle Mathy

                                                                          Head of Federal Affairs and Advocacy,
                                                                          Otsuka Pharmaceutical Inc.
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                                                                            Mike Parrish

                                                                            VP Public Affairs, Science and Sustainability
                                                                            Bayer
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                                                                              Michael Pitts

                                                                              Wisconsin

                                                                                Molly Ryan

                                                                                VP, Government Affairs & Policy,
                                                                                Global Blood Therapeutics
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                                                                                  Vanessa Sinders

                                                                                  SVP, Federal Legislative Affairs,
                                                                                  Charter Communications
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                                                                                    Riley Swinehart

                                                                                    Senior Director of Federal Affairs, Johnson & Johnson
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                                                                                      Kim Talley

                                                                                      Community Relations Director,
                                                                                      G2 Secure Staff, LLC
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                                                                                        Chiling Tong

                                                                                        President & CEO,
                                                                                        National ACE
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                                                                                          Jason Van Pelt

                                                                                          Executive Vice President, Crossroads Strategies
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                                                                                            Rita Vaswani

                                                                                            VP & Relationship Manager, Nevada State Bank
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                                                                                              Kathryn Weeden

                                                                                              Virginia
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                                                                                              ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

                                                                                                Pamela Alexander

                                                                                                Managing Director and Head of Corporate Citizenship,
                                                                                                KKR
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                                                                                                  Merrill Eisenhower Atwater

                                                                                                  People to People International
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                                                                                                    Simeon Banister

                                                                                                    Rochester Area Community Foundation
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                                                                                                      Skip Braziel

                                                                                                      VP, Government Affairs, Prudential Financial
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                                                                                                        Diana Leon Brown

                                                                                                        Director of Strategic Partnerships, Office of the County Executive,
                                                                                                        Prince George’s County
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                                                                                                          George Coelho

                                                                                                          Co-Founder & Partner
                                                                                                          Astanor Ventures
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                                                                                                            Anthony Crowell

                                                                                                            Dean & President,
                                                                                                            New York Law School
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                                                                                                              KATHY DIDAWICK

                                                                                                              Emeritus
                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                George Gould

                                                                                                                Washington, DC
                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                  LAWRENCE J. GREEN, M.D.

                                                                                                                  Maryland
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                                                                                                                    Raymond Hall

                                                                                                                    VP, Organization Effectiveness & Analytics
                                                                                                                    BOEING
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                                                                                                                      The Honorable Gregg Harper

                                                                                                                      Former U.S. Representative MS-03
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                                                                                                                        Adrian Harpool

                                                                                                                        Principal,
                                                                                                                        Adrian Harpool Associates
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                                                                                                                          Jesse Hill

                                                                                                                          Director of Regulatory Relations,
                                                                                                                          Edward Jones
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                                                                                                                            BRIAN K. JOHNSON, Ed.D.

                                                                                                                            President & CEO,
                                                                                                                            Advance Higher Ed
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                                                                                                                              THE HONORABLE SHEILA JACKSON LEE

                                                                                                                              U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TX-18
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                                                                                                                                RAYMOND KERINS, JR.

                                                                                                                                CEO, The Next Security Group and Chief Public Affairs Officer of The Next Practices Group
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                                                                                                                                  The Honorable Ritchie Torres

                                                                                                                                  US Representative – NY15
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                                                                                                                                    Karen Sessions

                                                                                                                                    Texas
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                                                                                                                                      Sanyin Siang

                                                                                                                                      Executive Director, Coach K Leadership and Ethics Center,
                                                                                                                                      Duke University
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                                                                                                                                        Will Stute

                                                                                                                                        Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
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                                                                                                                                          Bruce Walker

                                                                                                                                          Associate Director,
                                                                                                                                          DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment
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