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Meg E. Evans, PhD

Director of Education + Research

meg [at] alternativebreaks [dot] org

Meg joined the Break Away team in the summer of 2019, coming in with over a decade of student affairs practitioner experience in queer and trans student services and housing at the University of Georgia (UGA), Carnegie Mellon University, Guilford College, and Warren Wilson College. They also currently hold a board position with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). Meg has a bachelors in Outdoor Leadership from Warren Wilson College, a master’s in Community Leadership from Duquesne University, and a PhD from the Mary Frances Early College of Education at UGA. Their research focuses on student activism and racial justice in the academy. Prior to their time spent in student affairs, Meg worked as a middle school teacher, an emergency medical technician, and played professional football for the Pittsburgh Passion.

RaShaun Robinson

Assistant Director of Partnerships + Outreach

rashaun [at] alternativebreaks [dot] org

RaShaun joined the Break Away staff in August of 2021. He received his Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration from Appalachian State University, with a focus in alternative breaks and civic engagement. He credits Break Away for his development in intentional community engagement and is an alumni of the ABCs and a 2-year intern with Break Away. He is excited to interact with developing students, as they engage in their own communities and beyond.

RaShaun has special interests in inclusion development research and assessment (although he can definitely talk all day about anything music or soccer-related). He wishes to cultivate inclusive environments, where all students within higher education have an equitable opportunity to develop and achieve their unique vision of success.

Aaron George

Fraternity/Sorority Specialist

aaron [at] alternativebreaks [dot] org

California born and raised on the central coast, Aaron George received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and master’s degree in educational administration and leadership with an emphasis in student affairs from the University of the Pacific. With over a decade of professional experience in student affairs, including residence life, housing, student conduct, fraternity/sorority life, academic integrity, gender and LGBTQ+ programs/initiatives, violence prevention, and multicultural student engagement, Aaron is currently a PhD student at the University of Georgia in their college student affairs administration program.

Aaron is a member of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. and has served as a campus fraternity/sorority professional for seven years across three different institutions. As a doctoral student his interests are exploring the lived experiences of professionals engaged in fraternity/sorority advising.

Buck Cooke

Executive Director

buck [at] alternativebreaks [dot] org

Buck joined the Break Away team in February 2022, bringing over 20 years of experience in higher education administration and nonprofit organization management. He worked in a variety of functional areas in student affairs, including orientation, residence life, student activities, leadership development, community service, and student government on a variety of campuses, including Emory University, Auburn University Montgomery, and Richmond, the American International University in London. Buck spent most of his career advising sororities and fraternities, including a decade at the Georgia Institute of Technology, leaving the institution as Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life. In the nonprofit sector, Buck worked as the executive director of the Atlanta Pride Committee and Pets Are Loving Support and served as director of development for Jerusalem House. Buck earned his MS at Florida State University in higher education administration and his BA in mass communication from Winthrop University.

We are accepting applications to join our Board of Directors!

For over 30 years, Break Away has promoted the development of quality community engagement programs through justice-based trainings, consultation, and connecting campuses and communities. Ready to help us shape our next 30 years?

This is an exciting time for the organization, as we are expanding our current focus areas and clarifying the direction of the organization. We’re looking for board members who are passionate about the mission and approach of Break Away and who will serve as advocates and ambassadors for the organization.

Have a background and interest in any of these areas? We especially want to hear from you.

  • Accounting/Finance*
  • Fundraising & Grant Writing*
  • Nonprofit Management/Leadership
  • Legal*
  • Higher Education and/or Service Learning
  • Social & Racial Justice
  • Volunteer & Civic Engagement
  • CRM/Database Administration

View the full position description for application instructions.

*These areas are of extreme interest to us!

Board Members

Scott Stewart

Board Chair

BUILD Institute, Pontiac, MI

Hamp Price

Board Vice Chair

Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, Nashville, TN

Steph Ralls

Board Secretary

United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Redlands, CA

Mike Weinstein

Board Treasurer

CVS Health, Washington, DC

Aleena Sorathia

Ahmad Zaffarese LLC, Philadelphia, PA

Ariel Rogoff

Goldman, Sachs & Co., New York, NY

Chloe Isaac

DC Central Kitchen, Takoma Park, MD

Darrell Deas

Davidson College, Charlotte, NC

Mandy Wrinkle

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Washington, DC

Roberta Patton

Sage Advisory LLC, Philadelphia, PA

Sonia Shahdadpuri

KPMG LLP, Old Westbury, NY

Ugo Ezeh

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights , Washington, DC