Leadership

WHO ARE WE?

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

 

National office

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 (West Region)

Eric Fernandez

SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER (South Region)

Lukas Meyer

NORTH PROGRAM MANAGER

Bri Murphy

CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

FRANCESCA D'AMBROSI

PROGRAM OFFICER

STEPHEN SOBONYA

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS OFFICER

award interns

Zenani Johnson

COMMUNICATIONS

Samantha Wong

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS

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

                      Virginia
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                      BOARD MEMBERS

                        Pamela Alexander

                        Managing Director and Head of Corporate Citizenship,
                        KKR
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                          Marc Baer

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

                            Georgia
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                              Amina Bulman

                              Chief of Staff,
                              Washington Football Team
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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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                                                                              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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                                                                                      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

                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                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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