|Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley|
Earlier this month, sixteen advocates for afterschool and expanded learning leaders from across the country were chosen as the 2016-2017 cohort of White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows.
Throughout the White-Riley-Peterson Fellowship, a partnership between the Riley Institute at Furman University and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, fellows will study policy-making for afterschool and expanded learning through real world case studies. During the 10-month program, fellows will also design and implement a state-level policy project with the support of their Statewide Afterschool Network and the Afterschool Alliance.
The White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship is named for William S. White, President and CEO of the C.S. Mott Foundation; Richard W. Riley, former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education under President Clinton; and Dr. Terry Peterson, National Board Chair with the Afterschool Alliance, Director, Afterschool and Community Learning Network, and senior fellow at the Riley Institute.
The 2016-2017 White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows are:
- Billie Jo Bakeberg, Steering Committee Chair, South Dakota Afterschool Network (Spearfish, S.D.)
- Suzanne Birdsall, State Director, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), Department of Education (Silver Lake, N.H.)
- David Carroll, Chief Program Officer, Neighborhood Houses (St. Louis, Mo.)
- Lisa Caruthers, Director, Center for Afterschool, Summer and Expanded Learning, Harris County Department of Education (Houston, Texas)
- Leslie Garvin, Executive Director, North Carolina Campus Compact (Elon, N.C.)
- Nichelle Harris, Network Lead, Ohio Afterschool Network (Columbus, Ohio)
- Jessica Hay, Program Director, California Afterschool Network (Sacramento, Calif.)
- Stephanie Lennon, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, School’s Out Washington (Seattle, Wash.)
- Amber May, Organizer – Program Director, Mississippi Statewide Afterschool Partnership Network — Operation Shoestring, Inc. (Jackson, Miss.)
- Shallie Pitman, Youth Development Associate, ACT Now (Chicago, Ill.)
- Kelly Riding, Network Lead, Utah Afterschool Network (Salt Lake City, Utah)
- Laura Saccente, Director, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) (Camp Hill, Penn.)
- Megan Stanek, Network Director, Oklahoma Partnership for Expanded Learning (OPEL) (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
- Patrick Stanton, Creative Research Director, Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership (Boston, Mass.)
- Kelly Malone Sturgis, Executive Director, New York State Network for Youth Success (Albany, N.Y.)
- Courtney Sullivan, Executive Director, Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (Tempe, Ariz.)