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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 MANAGER

MARISTELA ROMERO

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

MAX PEYRA GRAU

PROGRAM OFFICER

SAMANTHA WONG

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS 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, Business Partnerships & Negotiations,
                        Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
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                          Romero Brown

                          Georgia
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                            Cheri Bustos

                            Head of Illinois Operations, Mercury Public Affairs
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                              Edward Cohen

                              Principal,
                              Lerner Enterprises
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                                Diane Dewhirst

                                Senior Deputy Chair, National Endowment for the Arts
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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,
                                                      Meta
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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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                                                            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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                                                                          Joyce Rogers

                                                                          Vice President, US Policy & Public Affairs, Pfizer
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                                                                            Molly Ryan

                                                                            VP, Government Affairs & Policy,
                                                                            Global Blood Therapeutics
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                                                                              Jade Shields

                                                                              Vice President, Government Affairs, Ferring Pharmaceuticals
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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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                                                                                            Rachel Welch

                                                                                            Senior Vice President, Policy & External Affairs, Charter Communications
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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

                                                                                                            Strategic Partner, Strategic Elements
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                                                                                                              Ingrid Duran

                                                                                                              CEO & Co-founder, D&P Creative Strategies, LLC
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                                                                                                                LAWRENCE J. GREEN, M.D.

                                                                                                                Maryland
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                                                                                                                  Raymond Hall

                                                                                                                  Chief Human Resources Officer, Harvard Maintenance
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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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                                                                                                                        Colin A. Hosten

                                                                                                                        Executive Director, Leonard-Litz Foundation
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                                                                                                                          BRIAN K. JOHNSON, Ed.D.

                                                                                                                          President & CEO,
                                                                                                                          Advance Higher Ed
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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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                                                                                                                              THOMAS KIM

                                                                                                                              President, Thomas Capitol Partners, Inc.
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                                                                                                                                CHRISTOPHER LEAHY

                                                                                                                                VIRGINIA
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                                                                                                                                  THE HONORABLE SHEILA JACKSON LEE

                                                                                                                                  U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TX-18
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                                                                                                                                    Catherine Pino

                                                                                                                                    Founder & CEO, D&P Creative Strategies, LLC
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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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                                                                                                                                          Vanessa Sinders

                                                                                                                                          INDIANA
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                                                                                                                                            Will Stute

                                                                                                                                            Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
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                                                                                                                                              The Honorable Ritchie Torres

                                                                                                                                              US Representative – NY15
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                                                                                                                                                Bruce Walker

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