The Story of Our Schools is committed to diversity, inclusion and drawing from our own local DC community. We also represent a range of perspectives critical to the work of our organization including professionals in communications, fundraising, law, accounting, policy and programming, as well as parents, community members and educators. Our Board of Directors supports the work of the organization by providing mission-based leadership and strategic governance.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Michelle holds bachelor of arts degree in broadcast journalism and a master of arts degree in communications from New Mexico State University.
Irene holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.
After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in NW DC, she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2016, she received the Laura Banks Reed Award for Community Service to Victims of Domestic Violence.
Jen brings over 20 years of experience in photography, exhibition design, and all aspects of digital imaging. She is the owner of Jen Harris Studio where she works with a wide range of organizations from large federal agencies to small local businesses. She has digitized and archived over 15,000 pieces of artwork for The National Portrait Gallery, The National Museum of African American History & Culture, and private collectors. Prior to founding Jen Harris Studio, Jen worked for Chris White Design Incorporated, an exhibit design business.
Jen graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Photography. She currently resides in Capitol Hill with her husband, son, and a variety of pets.
Joe is a parent of a DCPS student and has a B.S. in Physics from University of Central Florida and a M.S. in Project Management from University of Maryland - College Park.
Sam holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Education from Denison University in Ohio and is currently working on a master's degree from the University of Virginia with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Administration.
Prior to his work at C2Auctions, Chris spent nearly a decade at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School, where he was a member of the Advancement Team and, later, the Director of Communication.
He holds a master's degree in strategic communication from American University and a bachelor's degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. He and his partner live in Washington D.C.
Prior to joining Qventus, Claire spent nine years at the Advisory Board Company (now Optum), where she provided data-driven strategic and operational guidance to executive leadership and oversaw the daily management and performance of 100+ staff. She played a key role in the ABC/Optum integration.
Danica is currently a Principal at Penn Hill Group in Washington, DC a leading bipartisan consulting and lobbying firm specializing in federal education policy and advocacy. Previously, she worked in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of Education.
Petroshius holds a master's degree in education policy from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from the University of Notre Dame.
Blanchi started her career at the U.S. Department of Education, where she managed a range of policy and funding areas including appropriations, civil rights policy, higher education policy and other key policy issues areas. She has passionately engaged in advocacy efforts addressing immigrants’ and women’s issues in the education field. As a former student—and immigrant herself—she understands the importance of empowering students by encouraging them to explore and learn stories about their communities as a way to preserve history and promote inclusiveness.
Erin is currently the director of education research for the Office of the D.C. Auditor (ODCA) and is responsible for conducting and supervising audits of education-related programs in the District. Before joining ODCA in 2018, Erin was a senior analyst at the Center for American Progress, and prior to that was a researcher at the American Institutes for Research and an associate research scientist at the US Department of Education.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Master’s degree in Sociology of Education from NYU and also holds a certificate in Education Sciences from the Institute of Education Sciences at the US Department of Education. Many years ago, Erin taught kindergarten and Head Start in North Carolina.
When not doing education research, Erin enjoys reading, eating everything DC has to offer, and hanging out with her family and two cats.
Currently, Juanita works for an advocacy organization on education and workforce development policy issues. Previously, she worked to engage community members as a staffer at DC Public Schools and as a campaign organizer and she has advocated of behalf of under-represented, under-resourced communities in the U.S. and abroad. These experiences have reinforced her commitment to ensuring that all Americans have equal access to opportunity and the preparation necessary to succeed
Juanita holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a M.A. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Kyle and her husband live in Glover Park. She is an animal lover and enjoys traveling, yoga and amateur gardening.
MaryBeth is Montessori certified through American Montessori Internationale. She holds a master’s degree in education from Loyola University and a bachelor’s in American studies from Springfield College. She also studied literacy at the University of Sydney, Australia.
She believes The Story of Our Schools presents a unique opportunity for students to delve into living history. Through rigorous research the students form a personal connection to contemporary social issues that impact their community. This project changes the student's perspective. They no longer just go to their school, they become part of their school’s story.
Meet Our Associate Advisory Board
Our Associate Advisory Board cultivates an environment where young professionals can contribute their talents and resources to support the growth of the organization.
Alejandra holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics focused on public policy from ICESI University in Cali, Colombia.
Audrey is a Senior Associate at Penn Hill Group and enjoys advocating for clients on a variety of different educational issues. After growing up outside of Detroit, she is excited to be in Washington D.C. and working to influence policy at the federal level.
She is passionate about serving as an Associate Advisory Board Member for The Story of Our Schools and contributing to the work it does to empower students through art, history and a sense of community. This unique organization allows her to combine her personal and professional goals while getting involved in the community in a meaningful way.
Meet Our Consultants, Interns, and Volunteers
Our talented consultants help to create a robust organization by bringing in fresh perspective and expertise to The Story of Our Schools. Our interns and volunteers are self-motivated individuals who seek hands-on non-profit experience while working closely with our Board of Directors and Executive Director.
Saki will finish her master's degree in Science in 2021 at New York University, majoring in Integrated Digital Media. Her skills and knowledge expanded to emerging technologies, physical computing, and creative coding, while she has deepened her expertise in digital accessibility. She hopes to keep working in the accessibility field.
Jeff’s passion influences his desires to obtain an MBA and MFA and work towards putting his personal, original screenplay, The Slackers, on the big screen.
Since 2005, Meghan has contributed her design sensibilities and strategic insights for companies and non-profit organizations, including Physicians for Human Rights, the Drug Policy Alliance, Disability Rights International, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Meghan is an adjunct professor at Avila University where she teaches coursework on design and branding. She is also a former chapter president for AIGA, the professional association for design.
Vanesa holds a B.A. in English from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.