Bonnie Cain – Board Chair
Bonnie has been a tireless advocate for civic engagement as a resident and familiar face in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. She has participated in numerous campaigns in DC, including working for the Tommy Wells Campaign in his 2014 run for the Council of the District of Columbia, representing Ward 6, and Adrian Fenty in his mayoral bid. Her enthusiasm and experience with uniting the community in partnerships for the common good bring a much-appreciated energy to the MCS Board.
Susana M. Colonne – Board Treasurer
Dawn T. L. Barton – Board Secretary
Dawn is a Senior User Experience Designer at PBS with a passion for usability, accessibility, and information design. She designs flows and experiences for PBS Learning Media, a supplemental media delivery system for educators, and for a content management system for PBS member stations called Bento. She was previously the Information Architecture Manager for the American Psychological Association, where she designed an integrated email sign-up solution, user flows for a professional social networking community, improvements and new flows for the main, sister, and child sites of the APA and also managed metadata and search usability. Dawn has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s degree in Information Science from the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While earning her graduate degree, she served on the School of Information Alumni Board and the Board of the School of Information Student Association. She has also served on the DC Rollergirls Board of Directors while chairing the Special Events Committee.
Barbara J. Hopkins
Barbara has been a passionate educator for quite literally her entire life. She has been an Educational Consultant for over 30 years, with expertise in project management for over 20 years. Barbara specializes in strategic planning, coalition building, and partnership development. This is her second stint on the MCS Board of Directors, which she previously chaired.
Soohyun (Julie) Koo
MCS’ Advisory Board is a group of dedicated volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to specific projects of the Board of Directors.
Rosemary Fennell – Board Vice-Chair
Rosemary is the Program Manager for the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) Program, a birth-12th grade literacy initiative administered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. While at ED, she also has served as a Sr. Education Specialist in the Office of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs (Title I) and the Office for Civil Rights. Recently, Rosemary served as an education advisor to the Secretariat for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She is a long-time supporter of nonprofit organizations concerned with building cooperative intergroup relations and has convened and lectured at numerous forums to promote on education and peace-building, including at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Rosemary has served on the MCS Board of Directors since the organization’s inception.
Anne T. Henderson
Anne is a senior consultant to the Community Involvement Program at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Her specialty is the relationship between families and schools, and its impact on students’ success in school and through life. Since 1981, she has steadily tracked research and effective practice on how engaging families can improve student achievement, especially in diverse and low-income communities. Anne has published on the topic of the relationship between families and schools. Anne is a writing contributor to the Evidence series and is the author of Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships. A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Anne graduated from Oberlin College, and received a Master’s Degree in politics from Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University. She has worked in Civil Rights and Anti-Poverty programs for the federal government and the New Jersey Department of Education. She left New Jersey to help start the National Committee for Citizens in Education, a group that aimed to put the public back into the public schools.
MCS owes its success to the tireless commitment and dedication of its Board of Directors. We are proud to count our Board Alumni as some of our strongest advocates and biggest supporters.
James W. Preston, Sr.
James is the Director of Advocacy, Mediation and Court Process Services at Justice & Mediation Service Center. Prior to joining the MCS Board of Directors where he served as Treasurer and later Chair, James worked for the Financial Management Service, Department of the Treasury for 37 years. He retired in January 2007, as the Diversity Program Manager. James is a contract teacher in the Center for Business and Industry Training, Prince George’s Community College, Largo, Maryland. He teaches skill-based courses in Effective Mediation Techniques and Conflict Management. Additionally, James teaches workforce development seminars for clients of the college such as the Prince George’s County Government.
Ned is a Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He resides in Baltimore, MD and works at HUD’s Baltimore field office. Ned has worked at HUD since 2010, focusing on public housing the Northeast region of the U.S.; much of Ned’s work has dealt with troubled housing authorities and the analysis of occupancy, leasing, capital improvements, and governance. Ned joined HUD after serving two years in Morocco with the U.S. Peace Corps. Ned’s primary projects in Morocco were in small business development and education at an association for people with disabilities in the desert city of Tinghir. Ned is originally from Manhattan, KS and earned his Bachelor’s degrees in Italian, Art, and Painting from the University of Kansas. He continues to make art and is also an active musician in the Baltimore community. Ned also is active in the Baltimore area chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Ned served as MCS’ Board Secretary.
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