Administrative Staff

Helena Brykarz

Manager, Center for Studies in Higher Education

Helena Brykarz has worked with a range of international non-profits and foundations, managing programs, operations, human resources and fundraising. These included Global Footprint Network, the Goldman Environmental Foundation and the Skoll Foundation. She also was a co-founder of Rainforest Alliance. Helena spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching in Zaire, which is now called the Democratic Republic of Congo, and later was on Peace Corps staff.

Gemma Givens

Events and Communications Specialist

Elisabeth Gordon

Financial Analyst

As the Center’s financial analyst, Elisabeth Gordon supports the Center’s financial services; she is responsible for the Center’s financial management (analysis, planning, and reporting.) Ms. Gordon also oversees the Center’s business processes & procedures to ensure adherence to auditing standards and internal controls.

Samantha Rushing

Program Administrator & Executive Assistant, Executive Leadership Academy

Samantha Rushing started with the Executive Leadership Academy in 2017 as the Executive Assistant. Her passion for and devotion to the program assisted her in becoming the ELA Program Administrator in 2018.