Mary Beth Blaufuss (Beth) is a former English teacher and has taught in an Australia, Nashville, and Prince George’s County at a variety of private, public and religious schools. Ms. Blaufuss led Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, DC for twelve years. As vice-principal she implemented the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and expanded the program to include IB for all as the school’s president. She serves as the senior director for principal support for the Partnership for Inner City Education. She has served on boards at the Latino Student fund, the Harpeth Hall School, and St Anselm Abbey School. She consults with a variety of nonprofits on strategic planning, capacity building, program design and curriculum development. Blaufuss is a graduate from Yale College and received a Master’s Degree from Vanderbilt. Beth has been serving as an advisor for GGA and has extensive experience as head of school. Beth will transition from advisor to Board Chair.
Max Levasseur is an expert in Business and technology strategy in a range of public, private, including Fortune 500 corporations, areas in the Federal Government, and innovative Tech start-ups. Mr. Levasseur is a Program Manager in the Data Management Group within the Multifamily division of Fannie Mae. Max has served as the Treasurer on the board of the Child Development Center at the Department of Labor. He also served on the Board at Washington Latin Public Charter School on the Governance, Finance, and Development committees. Levasseur is a graduate of Harvard University with an AB in Economics and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He has been serving as an advisor for onboarding GGA board members and will lead the creation of the Financial Manual. Max will use his experience as a former Board Vice Chair to contribute to the accountability measures of the school and school leader.
Christine Miller has experience living and working in the Middle East in both academic and international development. She has supported the development of new businesses and proposal writing while working with several USAID contractors. Ms. Miller has shifted her focus from international work to local advocacy work in education. She is a member of the Ward 1 PAVE Parent Leaders in Education (PLE) Board, on her school’s Local School Advisory Team, and President of the Parent Teacher Organization where she has written grants and oversaw the 501(c)3 process. She also serves as a Commissioner for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A (Columbia Heights) and is Chair of the Commission’s Education Committee. Ms. Miller graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and has a Masters in International Relations from the American University in Cairo. Miller supports GGA in identifying and pre-interviewing professionals that will serve on the board and identifying possible facilities.
Scott Ganske leads the Youth Service America (YSA) collaboration with local and national partners in K-12 education. Ganske has extensive experience with youth development, community and national service, and resource development. Scott has developed the YSA innovative education framework designed to create a culture of sustainable service in schools and communities. He is a nationally and internationally recognized trainer, facilitating trainings representing over 80 countries. Prior to his work at YSA, Scott was an education consultant and co-founded a nonprofit organization that matched community volunteers with students in Title I schools. Scott will use his expertise in creating programs in China, Taiwan, India, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, and the United States in the LEADership academy at Girls Global Academy. Ganske is a graduate from Arizona State with a B.A. in Education and Masters in Public Administration. Scott has supported GGA as an advisor for service learning. He is also a contributor to the LEADership academy program that girls will participate in on Wednesday’s. He will also assist the GGA Director of Culture in developing international partnerships for cross-school collaborations.
Donna Tymus is a native Washingtonian and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Tymus works with Washington DC Medicaid residents suffering from mental illnesses and substance use disorders. She has extensive experience working with adolescents with mental illness. Donna is a member of the Washington DC Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and values community service and volunteers with multiple organizations. Ms. Tymus is a graduate from University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a B.S. in Rehabilitation Services and M.S. in Rehabilitation and Substance Abuse Counseling from East Carolina University. Tymus supports GGA by identifying critical members needed for a student response team, reviewing job descriptions for service providers, and setting up meeting and introductions to professionals in the mental health and wellness field. She will continue to support GGA in identifying service learning opportunities for students, making connections with related service providers, and developing morning advisory.
Marilyn serves as the Director of Talent and Human Resources for DC Scholar Public Charter school in Ward 7 of Washington, DC with responsibility for the development and implementation of Talent and human resources policies and practices in support of DC Scholar’s transforming workforce.Marilyn’s passion lies in developing and implementing education and people programs to deal with educations most pressing problems. Through her undergraduate work in education, program development and recruitment with low-income communities, as a former teacher, and Associate Director of Recruitment for DC Prep, she has recognized the importance of transforming the educational system through the power of people. She also serves on The Collective alumni board of color for Teach for America. Marilyn was born and raised in the Washington, DC metro area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Saint Paul’s College, and a master’s degree in Education from John’s Hopkins University. In her free time, you can find her spending time with her husband and three young children.
Board Vice Chair
Shalini Madan Benson believes, like Margaret Mead, that a .”…a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” Shalini bring to the Board o Girls Global Academy over 20 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors. Shalini has served with five federal agencies, all in a mission support capacity. As a member of the federal Senior Executive Service at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Shalini lead the finance and budget of the National Flood Insurance Program, a $5B enterprise, oversaw the human relations aspects of a 400+ person organization and developed relationships with stakeholders within the executive and legislative branches. She was also the Vice President of Headquarters and Operations at A Wider Circle, a local anti-poverty nonprofit organization. Shalini has three kids, ages 14,12 and 9 and lives with her family in Silver Spring, MD.
aura Dunn, CRM, is President and Founder of TrailBlazer Consulting, LLC., a certified woman-owned business enterprise (WBE). Proud graduate of s education, Maura started her business seven years ago, after 15 years as a consultant to US Federal agencies, public utilities and energy companies, and global corporations in media, healthcare, and manufacturing. Maura earned a Masters in Library Science degree from the University of Maryland and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. She is a well-known speaker and author on records and information management and was a volunteer leader at the chapter, regional, and international levels of ARMA, the Information Management Professionals (professional association) for many years. Maura serves on the Governance, Operations and Management, Finance, and Audit and Risk Committees of the Girls Global Academy Board.
Mary Pendleton serves as the Director of Literacy at DC Prep. After graduating from the University of Georgia, she serves as a corps member with Teach for America in New Orleans. While in the classroom, Ms. Pendleton taught 3rd-12th grades before moving into teacher-leader roles such as ELA Department Chair and Grade Level Leader. She was then given the opportunity to serve as the Assistant Principal at her school, overseeing the coaching of department chairs and all ELA/literacy teachers in the middle school. For the past three and a half years, Mary has led the development and implementation of the ELA/Literacy programming vision at DC Prep. As the organization’s first Director of ELA, her responsibilities have centered around overseeing and owning curriculum development, programmatic leadership, and the development of ELA leaders across all five schools.