stacey [at] alternativebreaks [dot] org
Stacey joined Break Away in March of 2020 with more than 18 years of nonprofit experience in education, workforce development, entrepreneurship and national service. Her experience with alternative breaks during her sophomore year at the University of Georgia set her on a lifelong path of community development and learning that wound its way through Boston, New York City, New Orleans, and back to Georgia. Stacey has an MBA in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University, a year of improv classes, and a half a season of roller derby under her belt. She is also an alum of City Year Boston and Education Pioneers in New Orleans, experiences which helped open her eyes to systems of oppression and inspired her to seek new ways to create equitable communities.
meghan [at] alternativebreaks [dot] org
When Meghan started at William & Mary, she was just another freshman with a vague interest in service. She quickly found herself captivated by the immersive aspect of alternative breaks and went on to serve as a Site Leader and Student Director for the program. Her commitment to active citizenship only deepened after attending the ABCs and witnessing the true power of commitment to community. After a 2016 Break Away Internship, Meghan returned to William & Mary as a Community Engagement Fellow, serving as the adviser for alternative breaks.
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.
venneikia [at] alternativebreaks [dot] org
Venneikia joined the Break Away team in March 2020. Following her most recent community organizing work in St. Louis, Missouri, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to lend her expertise in facilitating. With a bachelors in Sociology from UNC-Chapel Hill and a masters of divinity from Covenant Seminary, Venneikia’s interests lie within the intersections of race, gender, and faith. Her womanist lens informs the work she does here at Break Away, teaching people and organizations how to be active, informed change makers.
Outreach + Communications Coordinator
shaun [at] alternativebreaks [dot] org
Shaun’s interest in social justice began during her time as an elementary education major at the University of South Florida, Sarasota/Manatee. After interning at multiple schools in the county, she quickly realized that students had varying access to quality education. Frustrated by the lack of resources for teachers and students at Title I schools in particular, she found a passion in educational policy and reform. Shaun looks forward to contributing to Break Away’s work fostering a community of active citizens as they discover their own social justice passions.
Interested in joining our Board of Directors?
Board members are passionate about the mission and approach of Break Away and serve as advocates and ambassadors for the organization. They represent a variety of personal and professional backgrounds and are based throughout the country. They take a collaborative, open-minded approach to strategic planning and problem solving and play a critical role in supporting our approach. Members of our Board of Directors have a dynamic influence on the direction of the national movement to create a society of active citizens. Join us!Position Description | Break Away Board of Directors
Want more information about what it means to be on our Board or Directors? Wondering when we’ll be recruiting again? Feel free to email us at board.recruitment [at] alternativebreaks [dot] org.