College Advising Corps Welcomes New Members of Alumni Council

College Advising Corps is excited to announce the members of the 2018-2019 Alumni Council. The 10 members representing eight College Advising Corps partner institutions served between 2007 and 2016, and many have gone on to work in college access and higher education.

Over the next year, the Alumni Council will organize regional networking events for advisers and alumni; help write alumni stories to be shared with College Advising Corps members; and create “Life after the Corps” resources for advisers.

Since its launch in 2015-2016, the Alumni Council has helped advisers and alumni stay connected with College Advising Corps after their service ends.

We encourage alumni to share ideas and suggestions about expanding opportunities for alumni with Kyle Goodfellow, Development Coordinator, at kgoodfellow@advisingcorps.org.

Amber M. Briggs (New York) served as a college adviser with the inaugural cohort of the Texas A&M University College Advising Corps from 2011-2013. Upon completing her service at Alief Elsik High School in Houston, Texas, she earned a master’s degree in education policy with a specialization in higher education and law from Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently, Amber works at Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) as the Policy Project Director. There, she is responsible for launching a new pilot program to train young leaders from underrepresented backgrounds to lend their voices to federal policy discussions around postsecondary education. Amber holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, a minor in Africana studies, and a certificate in race and ethnic relations from Texas A&M University. Amber is excited to connect advisers from across the country and strengthen the community of College Advising Corps alumni through the Alumni Council. In her spare time, Amber likes to take full advantage of the events, exhibits, and hidden gems that New York City has to offer.

Emily Weir Foley (D.C.) served as a college adviser, then assistant director with the Pennsylvania College Advising Corps after graduating from Franklin & Marshall College in 2009. She then earned a master’s degree in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she honed her data and assessment expertise. Now, as a Senior Research and Assessment Analyst in the institutional research office at the University of Maryland, she administers student surveys, helps programs develop learning outcomes and assess their work, teaches a design-thinking course to incoming students, and helps others make sense of university data through visualizations. She is excited to serve on the College Advising Corps Alumni Council and looks forward to collaborating and connecting with other former advisers (especially those in the Washington, D.C., area)!

Asasi Francois (D.C.) served as a college adviser at Bassett High School with the Virginia College Advising Corps from 2011-2013. After completing his term as a college adviser, Asasi returned to the University of Virginia, where he graduated with a master’s degree in public policy in 2015. His interest in problem-solving and public service led him to a career with Deloitte Consulting LLP, where he is a member of the Government & Public Services practice. While Asasi does not currently provide consulting services to clients in the education sector, he continues to be a passionate supporter of the transformative power of education. He is excited to serve on the College Advising Corps Alumni Council to help increase the transformational impact of our alumni and current advisers.

Bri Hart (Raleigh) served as a college adviser with the Georgia College Advising Corps from 2013-2015. After completing her service, Bri returned to her alma mater, the University of Georgia, to earn her master’s degree in college student affairs administration. Bri is currently an Academic Advisor in the College of Textiles at N.C. State University. Bri has a variety of experience in higher education, including student-athlete support, leadership development, orientation and transition, and health promotion and wellness. Bri enjoys traveling to new cities, going to the gym, experimenting with new recipes, and searching for restaurants with the most Instagrammable food! As a member of the College Advising Corps Alumni Council, Bri is most excited about collaborating with other alumni to help advisers merge their experience in the Corps with their passion points.

Jessica Mardo (D.C.) served as a college adviser with the Brown University College Advising Corps from 2014 -2016. During this time, she was also a proud Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. Upon completing her service with College Advising Corps, she earned a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. This included an internship at MIT’s Poverty Action Lab as an Education Pioneers Fellow. She currently works as a senior analyst at LMI Government Consulting and volunteers as a college mentor with RISE. Jessica is excited to serve on the College Advising Corps Alumni Council and continue to build a strong network of alumni across the country. Jessica currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Bradley Matthews (College Station) served as a college adviser with the Texas A&M College Advising Corps from 2014-2016. Upon completing his service, he returned to Texas A&M University to join the Career Center and currently serves as the Senior Career Coordinator, Liberal Arts. His objective in life is to positively impact the lives of others by helping them reach their full potential through self-reflection, empowerment, and acceptance of who they are. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in student affairs administration in higher education at Texas A&M University. Bradley is excited to serve on the College Advising Corps Alumni Council and looks forward to connecting with other alumni and furthering the mission of College Advising Corps!

Emmanuel “Manny” Moses (New York) served as a college adviser with the inaugural cohort of the New York University College Advising Corps from 2011-2013. He joined the Corps after earning his bachelor’s degree in English education and master’s degree in sociology of education from NYU. Manny’s graduate work materialized during his time in the Corps as he worked to increase access to higher education and help build social capital to allow his students to overcome many of the systemic barriers that they face in our society. He continues this work as the Assistant Director of College Guidance & Transition at The Opportunity Network in New York City. College Advising Corps set Manny on this path, and he looks forward to giving back in any way possible.

Alyse Pivovarnik (PNW) served as a college adviser with the UC Berkeley Destination College Advising Corps from 2010-2012. During her service, she realized there was a need for more school counselors who genuinely care for their students’ well-being and future and began pursuing her master’s degree in educational counseling at Azusa Pacific University in 2011. Upon receiving her master’s degree, she became the Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Coordinator as well as the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Site Coordinator. This work led her to Washington state, where she continued her work with GEAR UP until she was offered a job as a high school counselor. She is going into her second year as a school counselor and pursuing her Ed.D. in educational leadership from Washington State University.  She is excited to serve on the Alumni Council and looks forward to collaborating and connecting with other alumni as we build a national movement!

Christine Shanaberger (PNW) served as a college adviser with the Pennsylvania College Advising Corps (PCAC) in the program’s inaugural years from 2008-2010. During her time in the Corps, she had the opportunity to work with her program director to write and submit grant proposals and reports for PCAC. She has carried that experience into a professional career in higher education grantseeking — first at Gettysburg College and now at Willamette University, where she serves as the Director of Institutional Grants and Strategic Funding Initiatives. Christine has served on the College Advising Corps Alumni Council since 2015, and she looks forward to helping advance the Council’s new mission and goals as it expands to better equip and connect College Advising Corps alumni.

Ebonie Williams (Houston) served as a college adviser with the Carolina College Advising Corps from 2007-2009. Upon completing her service with College Advising Corps, she earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from N.C. State University. After graduation, she moved with her husband, James, to work at Loyola University New Orleans. Having served with other organizations like KIPP and Posse, she now continues her work in the college access and success sector in her current role as Senior Director of Teacher Support with OneGoal Houston. She is excited to serve on the College Advising Corps Alumni Council and looks forward to collaborating and connecting with other alumni as we build a national movement!