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A Weekend With Women Who Amaze
Jonathan R. Alger


Jonathan R. Alger is James Madison University’s sixth president. In addition to ensuring the development and provision of high quality academic and student life programs, his leadership involves developing and articulating a shared vision and mission for the university, anticipating trends and issues affecting higher education, providing strategic institutional leadership and planning, and ensuring sound fiscal management. A nationally recognized scholar and speaker on higher education policy and law, the president has given hundreds of presentations across the United States and abroad on a wide range of topics such as access and opportunity, diversity, student and faculty recruitment and retention, management of financial challenges, student organizations, shared governance, intellectual property, leadership, and academic freedom. He received a Bachelor of Arts with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College and his Doctor of Law with honors from Harvard Law School.

Mary Ann Alger

Mary Ann Alger

Mary Ann Alger, James Madison University’s first lady, is an active volunteer on campus and in the community. With more than 25 years of experience in finance, small business consulting and entrepreneurship, she is adviser to the Center for Entrepreneurship, a frequent guest speaker in classrooms, a regular mentor to students and a judge of business plan competitions in the College of Business. She co-founded the Madison Business Network and is a founding member of the Women for Madison Executive Council. Mary Ann is an honors graduate of Auburn University with degrees in international finance and Spanish. She received an MBA with high honors and a concentration in international finance from the University of Miami. She also completed a one-year international management course at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Lauren K. Alleyne


An award-winning creative writer, Lauren K. Alleyne has been widely published in periodicals, journals and anthologies. Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Ms. Muse, Women's Studies Quarterly, Interviewing the Caribbean, Crab Orchard Review, and many others. She is the author of Difficult Fruit (Peepal Tree Press, 2014) and Honeyfish (New Issues [US] & Peepal Tree Press [UK], 2019). She hails from the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago and earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Francis College, her MA from Iowa State University, and her MFA from Cornell University. Lauren joined the faculty at JMU in 2016 and is an associate professor of English as well as the assistant director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, where she is alo editor of the center’s online literary journal, The Fight & The Fiddle

Wilma Bowers


Wilma Cairns Bowers (’83, ’17P) is the co-owner of Bowers Design Build, an architecture and construction company in McLean, Virginia. Prior to entering entrepreneurial life, Wilma was the vice president of corporate advertising for Verizon. Moving from worldwide advertising to a locally focused small business has given Wilma has a deep appreciation of both career paths. She has dedicated her philanthropic energy toward student health and wellness as an appointee to the Curriculum Advisory Council for Fairfax County and a PTA board member for 14 years. Her activism prompted the Washington Post article, “In McLean, a Crusade to Get People to Back off in the Parenting Arms Race,” an article focused on reducing the unnecessary anxiety of the college admissions process. 

Wilma worked at JMU University Relations as a student and is grateful to icons Ray Sonner and Ron Carrier for instilling in her the profound value of philanthropic engagement. Wilma is currently the vice chair of Women for Madison and founder of the Dolley Madison - Dukes Pay It Forward scholarship fund.  

Cannie Campbell


Cannie Campbell (’95) is assistant vice president for constituent engagement at James Madison University and is an adjunct faculty member for the university, as well as for the Virginia Community College System. As a woman in higher education, she is passionate
 about the advancement of all women in education and the creation of meaningful leadership roles in their fields. Cannie has a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from JMU and a master’s of public health from the University of Oklahoma. Currently she is working on a second master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. She is involved in a variety of community service organizations locally and internationally, sitting on several boards and advising student groups at JMU. 

Jennifer Campfield


Jennifer Campfield (’91, ’02M) is the director of talent development at JMU. She and her team provide a variety of professional development activities for JMU staff and faculty. She has expertise in the fields of adult learning, personality/behavior assessment, customer service, teamwork, employee engagement, and human resources policies, procedures and processes. Her personal vision is to assist employees and organizational leaders in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to create productive and happy work teams. Jennifer holds a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Science in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from James Madison University.

Vanessa Evans-Grevious


Vanessa Evans-Grevious (’93, ’97M) currently serves as vice president of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, widely regarded as the most prestigious college scholarship program in the country for college-bound high school seniors who are African American. Before joining the Program, Vanessa was the Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg; prior to that, she served as assistant director of Admissions at James Madison University. Vanessa earned two degrees from JMU: a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration. She served as the inaugural chair of the JMU Women for Madison Advisory Council and currently serves on the JMU Board of Visitors, having previously served as Rector from 2016 to 2018. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA), on the Board of Directors of the JMU Alumni Association, as president of the JMU Black Alumni Association and on the Board of Directors for the Monticello Area Community Action Agency in Charlottesville, Va. 

Tina Fox


A champion for women in business, Tina Fox (‘94) is an entrepreneur and former management executive with a 24-year track record of business effectiveness through multimillion-dollar growth in her own sales career as well as building teams for Fortune 100 companies and Silicon Valley start-ups. She has a driving passion for empowering women as the national chair of WomenOnCourse, the nation’s fastest growing women’s golf community. Tina is the founder of Fox Paradigm Consulting and co-owner of Cobalt Settlements in Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia. Tina graduated from JMU with a B.A. in Communications.

Chiquita King


Originally from Franklin, Virginia, Chiquita King (’09, ’11M) is a Double Duke who was involved in the Centennial Scholars program, the Office of Orientation, student government, and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority while she was a student. She received the 2007 Diversity Enhancement Award, three NCAAP Image Awards, and was named Graduate Student of the Year in 2010. She also has the distinction of being voted “Miss Madison” by her peers. Today, Chiquita works for Booz Allen Hamilton in Northern Virginia as an instructional systems designer. She oversees, creates and maintains training materials and learning solutions for defense clients. Still strongly connected to Madison, she is a member of the Women for Madison Executive Advisory Council and the Black Alumni Chapter, and she is often seen at MetroDukes events. In 2017, she received the GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Network Award from the Alumni Association.

Aaliyah McLean


Aaliyah McLean (’20) is from Richmond, Virginia, and studies media arts and design with a concentration in journalism at JMU. Along with her major, she double minors in sociology and political communication. Apart from her studies, Aaliyah is the 2019-2020 student body president for the Student Government Association. She is the revitalizing president of Women of Color, an organization on campus to help empower other minority women. Aaliyah is a spring 2018 Initiate of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the first African American Sorority for Black women, where she now serves as the Lambda Chi Chapter president. Aaliyah also served as a member of the Women for Madison Executive Advisory Council. Aaliyah was a resident advisor for upperclassmen and currently works for the Community-Service Learning Office as an Alternative Weekend Break coordinator. She will also be serving as a 2019 Orientation Peer Advisor for the incoming Class of 2023. Aaliyah has received the 2017 Freshman of the Year Award and 2018 Sophomore of the Year Award from the JMU Branch of NAACP for outstanding dedication to service to her community.

Jennifer Killi Marshall


Jennifer Killi Marshall (’01) is co-founder and executive director of This Is My Brave, Inc., the leading platform for individuals to share their stories of overcoming mental illness through creative expression. Jennifer formed the organization after experiencing an outpouring of support following the publication of her story on a well-known news website. Wanting to provide that same opportunity to others living with mental illness, she and her co-founder Anne Marie Ames have produced more than 50 shows in the United States and Australia with nearly 700 individuals sharing their experiences. Jennifer’s personal blog, (originally was named Healthline Bipolar Blog of the year four years in a row (2014-2017). She’s been featured on the front page of The Washington Post (June 2, 2016), in O, The Oprah Magazine (August 2016), in BPHope Magazine (fall 2015), on local news stations in D.C., as well as interviewed for podcasts and local publications, speaking on the importance of sharing stories of triumphing despite mental illness to end stigma. Jennifer gave a TEDx talk in October 2016 entitled “Mental Illness: Being Brave Saves Lives,” and she speaks regularly at mental health conferences. In June of 2018, Jennifer was awarded the prestigious Clifford W. Beers Award by Mental Health America, and in December of 2018 she was named one of the Washingtonians of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine.

Elizabeth Keane Martin


Elizabeth Keane Martin (’85), chair of Women for Madison, graduated from James Madison University with a BBA in marketing.  As a student, she was active in the Madison Marketing Association, business manager of the Bluestone yearbook, a Dukette and a sister in the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.  She later earned her MBA from the University of Richmond and spent 25 years as a human resources leader specializing in strategic compensation management and working for several Fortune 500 companies before shifting into a consulting role. She has remained active with JMU as president of the Richmond Alumni chapter, a board member and president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and a member of the Centennial Commission. In 2004, Elizabeth received the Inez Graybeal Roop Alumni Service Award. She also has contributed to her local community through Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), PTAs and Philanthropic Educational Organization. She also has volunteered in local schools and led a Bible study. 

Jamie Jones Miller


Serving at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, Jamie Jones Miller (’99) knew from a young age that she was headed for public service, carrying on a family tradition. Her father is retired from the Air Force and her mother worked as a civilian in the Department of Defense. Now Jamie is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Defense. In this role, she develops and maintains relationships with members of Congress and key congressional staff, as well as advises the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense in their interactions with Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch. At JMU, Jamie received a B.A. in International Affairs, played varsity basketball and was a member of Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority. Jamie is a member of the Women for Madison Executive Advisory Council and the JMU Political Science Alumni Board. She served as president of the JMU Alumni Association from 2011-2014. 

Tamela Noboa


Tamela Noboa (’92) is managing director of Discovery Learning Alliance, a nonprofit organization extending the power of media to transform education and improve lives in underserved communities around the world. With more than 20 years of international development experience, Tammy has developed partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, USAID, the UK Department for International Development, UN agencies, and national governments around the world. She serves on the board of directors for DLA and Pact International, served on the Millions Learning International Advisory Panels chaired by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and on the Varkey Global Girls’ Education Alliance. Tammy is passionate about supporting locally driven transformation, systemic and scalable solutions, innovative partnerships and financing, and sustainable uses of media and technology to advance education and development in marginalized communities.


Karen Rothenberger


Karen Honaker Rothenberger (’93) graduated from JMU with a degree in Health Science and a concentration in Athletic Training. She received a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Midwestern University in 1998. Karen has worked in a variety of settings as an occupational therapist, and she has volunteered extensively with Fairfax County Public Schools and Girls on the Run of NOVA, as well as served on the stewardship committee of the nonprofit organization Together Rising for the last five years. Karen also enjoys spending time with her family, reading, practicing yoga and traveling. She and her husband, John, have been involved with JMU in a variety of ways. Most recently, they have established the John C. (’88) and Karen H. (’93) Rothenberger Centennial Scholars Scholarship. 

Katrina Shelton


Katrina Shelton’s transformative story will lead you to believe that wisdom comes with experiences rather than from age. Though young, Katrina has experienced loss and recovered from it in ways many more mature women have never had to face. At age eight, she recognized that education would be a lifeline for her, the child of parents who live with addiction. At 15 she was homeless but still yearning for knowledge and a way out of her circumstances. When she earned the Centennial Scholars Scholarship to attend JMU, she redefined home for herself and has become a role model for her three younger sisters. Katrina is the first in her family to graduate high school and this May will be the first to earn a college degree. She is a resilient young woman who plans to change the way people perceive the challenging personal and social issues with which she is all too familiar. 

Diane Strawbridge


Diane Strawbridge (’80, ’02M) is JMU’s executive director of Student Access and Inclusion. She began her Madison Experience with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and later earned her master’s degree in Adult Education/Human Resource Development. Today, she oversees both the Centennial Scholars and the Valley Scholars Programs. Diane has been a part of the Harrisonburg community for more than 35 years. During those years, she has dedicated herself to mentoring JMU students from under-represented backgrounds and feels that her leadership, problem solving and critical thinking skills are vital components in her role.

Heather Tedesco


Heather Tedesco (’94) is a licensed applied psychologist and a recognized parenting expert with a private practice in McLean, Va. She uses a combination of psychological research and proven techniques to make parenting less stressful, more effective and more enjoyable. She works one on one with parents to address concerns such as how to support children who struggle with motivation, stress, anxiety, ADHD, anger or depression, and she frequently gives talks to groups of parents, educators and students.  You can see more about her practice at Heather received her B.S. in Psychology in 1994 from JMU, where she was an Honors Scholar.  She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 1999 from the University of Maryland at College Park.  She has served on the Honors Advisory Council for the Honors College since its founding in 2009 including as chair from 2015-2017. Heather also serves on the STEM Advisory Council of the Children’s Science Center in Northern Virginia and co-chairs the Mental Health Committee of the Safe Community Coalition in McLean. 

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