Our Team

Amanda Koushyar,

Chief Operating Officer

Looking for an opportunity to give back to the community, Amanda Koushyar joined College Mentors as a program director in January 2005 and now serves as Chief Operating Officer. A native of Georgia, Amanda graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in management and a focus in finance and operation management. Amanda currently resides in Indiana with her husband and two little girls.

“I am touched on a daily basis with stories from mentors and children and how College Mentors has impacted them. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to be involved in something so special! The passion of our volunteers is contagious and seeing the program in action is so rewarding!”

akoushyar@collegementors.org

Carly Cox,

Associate Director of Programming

Carly joined the College Mentors team in September 2017 after spending several years in the education field. She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Kindergarten/Primary Education. Carly and her husband Austin live in Indianapolis and enjoy spending their time outdoors, watching documentaries, and learning about new and exciting parts of our world!

“I am passionate about making a difference in a community and I am thrilled to be a part of the College Mentors for Kids team! What drew me to College Mentors was their enthusiasm for making difference in a child’s life. By connecting college students and children, they have created a unique program with the ability to change lives. I am so happy to be included in this journey!”

ccox@collegementors.org

 

Carina Grainey,

Director of Enhancement and Engagement

Carina Grainey joined College Mentors for Kids in January 2014 after spending several years in South Korea working as a foreign language instructor. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a dual degree in communications and journalism and recently received a master’s degree in international development from Yonsei University. Carina is passionate about providing youth with the tools they need to succeed and thrilled to join the College Mentors for Kids team.

“The enthusiasm that everyone connected with College Mentors for Kids exudes is incredibly inspiring. By cultivating a link between college students and kids, this program has created something truly special with enormous potential to transform lives and communities. I am so excited to be a part of the story.”

cgrainey@collegementors.org

Cody Lopez,

Senior Associate Director of Programming

Cody was absolutely ecstatic to join the College Mentors National Staff in 2016! He graduated from Virginia Tech in May of 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology and served as the founding chapter president of College Mentors for Kids at Virginia Tech during its first year and a half of existence on campus in Blacksburg. Cody has been a semi-professional DJ since 2011 and has opened for major artists, including T-Pain, Fetty Wap, and Sammy Adams. Native to Ridgeway, VA, he grew up in his local 4-H program and has worked with youth in multiple capacities focusing on leadership, life skills, and STEM-based initiatives. He’s so excited to continue his journey in youth development with his position on our team.

“I became a part of College Mentors for Kids because it became clear to me over all my years working with children that youth in our country don’t have many consistent or strong advocates. We all want “what’s best,” but that phrase does not have a universal meaning. College Mentors for Kids is dedicated to teaching kids how to think for themselves instead of what to think or making decisions for them and I believe that is an invaluable, incredible service. Children see the magic in the world because they look for it and we all have the amazing opportunity to be magicians.”

clopez@collegementors.org

Emily Meyer,

Development Associate

Emily Meyer joined the College Mentors team after graduating from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2005. As an undergraduate majoring in English, Emily spent three years volunteering for the university’s College Mentors chapter. After having lived it as a college student volunteer for the program at IU, I feel blessed to work in a fun, energizing, and supportive work environment with the best people in the world, doing the best work possible. Natives of Indianapolis, Emily and her husband Jack have known each other since elementary school and have four young kids: John, Thomas, Rose, and Mae.  Emily’s oldest and youngest share a birthday, exactly six years apart.

“I love working for College Mentors because of all of the amazing people I get to interact with each day. From our dedicated university and school partners to our inspirational college students and children as well as our hardworking and enthusiastic headquarters staff and board, I continue to be inspired by the work and accomplishments of those involved with College Mentors for Kids.”

emeyer@collegementors.org

Erin Cosler,

National Director of Operations

Passionate about youth and education, Erin joined College Mentors in August 2011 after graduating from Butler University with a dual degree in International Management and International Studies, as well as a minor in Spanish. Growing up, Erin spent her summers picking sweet corn on her families farm. Now, Erin is excited to work with an organization committed to making a difference in the lives of children across the Midwest.

“I initially joined College Mentors for Kids because I believed education was a way for kids living in poverty to rise above their current circumstances and appreciated the way College Mentors activities enhanced kids’ education. I still believe these things are true, but after being here 7 years I have come to experience the power of mentoring on both the kids AND the college students. Both expand their perspectives on the world, learn about new opportunities they may not have otherwise experienced, understand the importance of giving back, and inspire each other to reach their fullest potential.”

ecosler@collegementors.org

Jabari Artis,

Communications Vista

Jabari joined the College Mentors team in July 2019 as AmeriCorps Vista. He graduated from IUPUI with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and with minors in Human Resources Management and Psychology. He grew up in Indianapolis and is a big Colts fan. Through mentoring in college and coaching youth sports teams he has developed a deep appreciation for the impact mentoring and is excited to join in College Mentors mission to inspire growth, confidence, and brighter futures!

“College Mentors helps kids see past their current situation to see their endless possibilities. I am excited to join this organization.”

jartis@collegementors.org

Jenna Woestman,

Operations Associate

Jenna joined College Mentors for Kids in 2016 as an Operations Associate and enjoys working with a team of individuals who are both fun to be with and passionate about the power of mentoring. Jenna and her husband, Joey, have one daughter, Analie, two cats, and 13 chickens. Jenna attended Iowa State University before graduating from a smaller Bible college in Iowa, where Joey also graduated from. They have lived in Indianapolis since 2010 and love calling this city their home.

“I enjoy supporting the college students as they do the week to week mentoring; it’s rewarding to hear the stories from the Little Buddies. Mentoring is an important part of my growth story, and I love that my work empowers others to continue to pay that forward to kids around the country.”

Julie Bowman,

National Director of Programming

Julie Bowman joined College Mentors for Kids in 2012. After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in finance and international business, she spent a year in the corporate world gaining business experience. Julie loves to travel, eat at local restaurants, play strategy board games & camp games, and spend time at her church, St. John the Evangelist! One of Julie’s favorite parts about College Mentors is the dual impact! She loves that the kids in our program spend time each week with a caring adult and learn about opportunities for their future, while the young adults who serve as mentors and chapter leaders develop invaluable philanthropic leadership, and career skills.

“Research shows that positive adult relationships are one of the key predictors of a child’s future success. College Mentors for Kids empowers college students to be those positive adult relationships to children in need of such an influence. I love that College Mentors for Kids improves communities in the Midwest by simultaneously empowering and inspiring children and young adults through its mentoring program.”

jbowman@collegementors.org

Laura Feldman Mishkin,

National Director of Corporate and Foundation Development

Laura Feldman Mishkin joined College Mentors for Kids in 2005 were she served first as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Laura earned her Bachelor’s degree in sociology at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and her MPA from Indiana University in Indianapolis. She and her family now live in Austin, Texas, where they enjoy spending time outside. Laura was excited to join an organization with such a meaningful mission and loves being a part of a team that makes work a joy!

“I enjoy the combined approach to mentoring and college access as well as working with a young and growing organization.”

lmishkin@collegementors.org

Lexi Wood,

Associate Director of Programming

Lexi was excited to join the College Mentors for Kids National Office staff in July of 2018! She graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in Social Work while simultaneously being an active participant in the College Mentors Ball State chapter. When she participated as a mentor she instantly bonded with her little buddy until serving as chapter president her senior year. Post-graduation, Lexi spent some time in the child welfare field where her passion for prevention grew and the need for College Mentors for Kids in the world was extremely apparent. Native to Granger, IN Lexi is an avid Notre Dame fan.

“I have a lot of gratitude for College Mentors for Kids. For connecting me with a wonderful little buddy who is still an important part of my life today. For helping me to call my almamater, my home. And for helping me to find a place within an organization that continues to touch my heart every day.”

lwood@collegementors.org

 

Macara Aloi,

Inspire Contractor

Macara joined College Mentors for Kids, originally as a program director, in 2007. Her passion for helping others quickly narrowed to focus on children who were potential first generation college students, as she is. She loves that at College Mentors she has a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children and college students each year. Both Macara and her husband are graduates of Purdue University. They enjoy spending time together with their three young children and participating in sports and outdoor activities.

“College Mentors quickly became not just my job, but a major part of my life. I feel fulfilled and excited to work each day, knowing that the impact our program has is positively changing the life trajectory for thousands!”

maloi@collegementors.org

Madalyn Pemberton,

Associate Director of Programming

Madalyn joined the College Mentors National Office team in July of 2018. She graduated from University of Virginia in May of 2018 with a dual degree in foreign affairs and economics. At the University of Virginia chapter with College Mentors, Madalyn served first as a mentor before subsequently holding various leadership positions throughout her four years as an undergraduate student. Having lived in Virginia her whole life – outside of a semester abroad in Berlin during the fall of her third year – Madalyn is super excited to create a life here in Indianapolis and embrace all that the city has to offer!

“Seeing how much the UVA chapter grew and evolved over just four years convinced me that this program is something very special. I’m excited to help further the impact of College Mentors on communities across the country!” 

mpemberton@collegementors.org

Miranda Reuter,

Associate Director of Operations

After serving a year as an AmeriCorps Development VISTA for College Mentors for Kids in 2017, Miranda was thrilled to become a permanent fixture of a team dedicated to creating a better present and future. Native to Indiana, Miranda graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Nonprofit Management. Growing up, she was heavily involved in 4-H where she showed a variety of animals such as pigs, sheep, and goats. Moving forward, she is elated to be a part of College Mentors as it continues to change lives and grow.

“From deciding to major in Nonprofit Management at Indiana University to the subsequent years of education, it has all culminated in me being a part of the College Mentors team. I love that College Mentors reaches kids at such a young age, enabling them to picture themselves on a college campus and to plan for their future. I am excited to be a part of an organization that proves its civic-mindedness through daily acts and its mission!”

mreuter@collegementors.org

 

Sarah Lane,

Program Operations Americorps Vista

Sarah joined the College Mentors team in July of 2019, after graduating with her B.S. in Communication Studies from Ball State University. Sarah originally joined College Mentors for Kids as a college student volunteer for Ball State’s chapter, serving from three years total in various different roles. Sarah has always loved working with children, whether that be her former little buddy Madi, other little buddies that visited Ball State’s campus, or throughout her previous work as a summer camp counselor. This love for youth work is what drove her to serve one year in the Program Operations VISTA position, where she will be working with the programming and operations teams and seeing more of the behind-the-scenes of what makes this program possible. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys all things social media and is developing a new-found love for podcasts and attempting to cook.

“Working with the little buddies was always the highlight of my week in college and I’m so grateful to get to spend more time with the organization!”

slane@collegementors.org

Shelley Hunter,

CEO

Shelley joined the College Mentors for Kids family in 2008 first as a board member and later as CEO in 2016. She received her B.A. in English Literature from DePauw University and her M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Shelley loves to watch Jeopardy and gets especially excited when the following categories are selected: state capitals, sports, and literature. It was Shelley’s passion for education that drove her to become involved with College Mentors as a volunteer. Now as CEO, she is excited to spearhead development and community engagement efforts to reach our 2020 goal of serving 5,000 kids and 5,000 college students.

“College Mentors is important because it opens the doors to higher education for young people who may not have even considered the possibility of attending college and succeeding.”

shunter@collegementors.org

Stephanie Kohls,

Development Director of Mid-Atlantic Region

Stephanie was first introduced to the College Mentors program in January 2010 as a mentor to a Bloomington, Indiana fourth grader and has since had the pleasure of serving in many roles with College Mentors as both a volunteer and staff member. Stephanie lives in Washington, DC where she works to build support and awareness for the College Mentors for Kids program in the Mid-Atlantic region.

“College Mentors for Kids provides elementary students a vision for their future and college students leadership experience and the opportunity to connect with their community. I love being involved with an organization that facilitates meaningful mentoring relationships with proven outcomes and working with staff and volunteers dedicated to providing children and college students the resources and experiences to realize a bigger and brighter future!”

skohls@collegementors.org

Zach Batt,

Development Vista

Zach joined the College Mentors team in July 2019 as an AmeriCorps Vista. He recently graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Religious Studies. In college, Zach competed as a distance runner for the DePauw University Cross Country and Track & Field teams. He is passionate about using his talents for the betterment of others. In the summer of 2017, Zach spent fifty days running relay-style across the United States to raise money for the Ulman Foundation through their 4K for Cancer program. Now, Zach is excited to use his abilities as a researcher and writer to support the thousands of mentors and little buddies making a positive impact on one another each year.

“I enjoy working with College Mentors for Kids because the organization truly finds inspiration in the youth it serves. An emphasis on dual impact programs recognizes that college students also have something meaningful to gain from the relationship with their little buddy. Often times, children are wiser than adults. I believe all mentors can learn from their little buddies. Even the College Mentor for Kid’s core value ‘awesomeness is everything we do’ seems, in essence, child-like. I think this attitude is exactly what makes the small, passionate staff here at College Mentors so impactful”.

zbatt@collegementors.org

Josh Brown (Past Chair)

Partner, Cohen Garelick & Glazier

“College Mentors For Kids not only does a phenomenal job of mentoring kids, but also equally provides incredible leadership opportunities to our young and talented college age students that head up our chapters. This dual benefit to both young children and college-aged students is what not only attracted me to the organization but also sets the organization apart.”

Ben Kitto

Associate, Ice Miller LLP

“I am excited to be part of an organization that introduces kids to college early on and provides them with the mentorship and support they need to get there in College Mentors for Kids.”

Gershom Davis

North America Shared Services Accounting Manager, Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.

“College Mentors for Kids provides hope to kids that otherwise may feel there is no hope for their success in the future.  It allows the kids to know that they are important and their future is important.  The importance of guidance and mentorship is at the core of the organization and I’m proud to serve on the board and give me time to help foster this vision.”

Mike Farrell, CPA

Controller, United Consulting

“I am excited to serve College Mentors for Kids and help to advance their mission.  I believe strongly in the power of mentoring, especially with the goal of connecting grade school kids with the broad possibilities and experiences a college mentor can provide.”

David Staley

Associate Professor of History, Design, and Educational Studies, and Director, The Goldberg Center, The Ohio State University

“Educators are becoming more and more aware that mentoring, especially in the early formative years, has transformative effects that are perhaps just as important as any cognitive or academic skills young people might acquire in school. Having been fortunate to have had two inspirational mentors in my own life, I am privileged to be associated with an organization devoted to providing that opportunity to those who need it most.”  

Kelly Frank

President, Social Legends

“One of the greatest opportunities as a college student is beginning to realize your own potential, and exploring how new possibilities align with your passions. College Mentors gave me that gift when I was a first generation college student. It is my privilege to support the organization in continuing to ensure both elementary and college students continue to have that unique opportunity.”

Scott Long

Vice President of Sales; Advisor, Apex Benefits

“College Mentors for Kids is an exciting part of my life because the programs and efforts of the staff have such wide-ranging positive impact not only in our Hoosier communities but in communities across the nation as well.”

Jayme Stemle (Treasurer)

Director Financial Planning & Analysis, Indianapolis Power & Light Company

“I believe that every child should have the opportunity to succeed in life. This is why I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the Board of College Mentors for Kids, an organization that helps make that happen. College Mentors not only allows kids to learn about the importance of a college education, but also instills confidence so that they believe they can achieve great things in the future.”

Keith Martin

Managing Director of Football Operations and Education, USA Football

Destiny Matthews

Student Board Representative

“Being apart of College Mentors for Kids has shown me to utilize patience, adapt to different situations, and that embrace diversity thought and inclusion. I am blessed to say I am apart of an organization that makes an impact in communities which I grew up in. Thank you College Mentors for Kids, and I look forward to continuous growth within this organization! “

Karen Seketa

VP of Talent, Element Three

“The impact that mentors had on me during my career, particularly in the early years, was immense. Supporting, encouraging and teaching me along the way was crucial to my personal and professional growth. College Mentors exemplifies how we can share this gift at a very early age and I am proud to support such a meaningful service to the community.”

Shamika Mazyck

Associate Attorney, Quarles & Brady LLP

“Every academic and personal goal that I have achieved in my life can be attributed to a mentor who invested time and energy into my development. Often, these people saw abilities in me that I did not initially see in myself. I am honored to serve an organization that prioritizes helping children and college kids reach their highest potential.”

 

Bryant Pottmeyer (Vice Chair)

Director of Finance & IT, Worthington Industries

“My goal is to be an advocate for education by showing the business community that investment in early education is not only socially responsible; it is an investment in the future of our economy.”

Brian Pyne (Secretary)

Senior Investment Advisor, Goelzer Investment Management

“College Mentors allows kids to explore the diverse opportunities that are available through a college education. It also helps to empower the kids to find their own path to a successful life through the encouragement and guidance of mentoring. I’m excited to help serve on the board and be a part of that mission.”

Nikki Shoultz (Vice Chair)

Attorney, Bose, McKinney & Evans LLP

“I am thrilled to join the board of College Mentors for Kids because it transforms the lives of kids, college students and parents and ultimately improves our community!”

Rebecca Thompson Boyle

Vice President, Fifth Third Private Bank

“I’m thrilled to serve on the Board of College Mentors for Kids, an organization that believes in the potential of all students. Together, in concert with families and communities, we can ensure kids are provided the educational opportunities they need and deserve.”

Sheila Seedhouse Dollaske (Chair)

Director of School Development and Innovation, Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana

“I am lucky to have seen firsthand the impact that College Mentors has on both the elementary students and college students. I am where I am today because of the outstanding leadership development and opportunities provided to me through College Mentors. I am excited to continue my own development, while ensuring that more mentors and little buddies are able to continue to benefit from the program.” 

Our Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Board

Danielle DeLozier

Global Product Owner, Customer Service Platforms at Michelin

“I support College Mentors for Kids because of the incredible opportunities the organization provides to both mentors and mentees. As a former mentor myself, I can personally speak to how the program focuses on developing strong relationships and exposes participants to new opportunities, allowing them to achieve things that would not have been possible without the program.” 

Kevin Schuyler, CFA

Senior Managing Director, CornerStone Partners LLC

“Mentorship is a wonderful way to achieve that unique personal fulfillment that can only come from giving of oneself in the service to others.”

Laura Sands, Ph.D.

Center for Gerontology, Virginia Tech

“College Mentors for Kids provides opportunities for promising children to develop confidence in their aspirations for attending college and for college students to enhance their leadership skills through mentoring.”

Patricia Power (Chair)

Senior Vice President, Federal Relations, Bose Public Affairs Group

“Mentoring works. College Mentors created a system to benefit both the college and elementary students by empowering college students to impact young children by their example and dreams for a better future. There is no better way to give at-risk children a shot at their dreams, and to teach college students how to make a difference in their world. Genius!”

Russell Armstrong

Assistant Vice President, Bose Washington Partners

“Mentoring can be a powerful way to build relationships between people of different ages, backgrounds, and means. Effective mentoring is not just hanging out, but an active connection characterized by mutual respect, trust, understanding, and empathy that leads to both tangible and sometimes intangible outcomes. Anyone who has had a good mentor, whether known by the formal sense or simply a friend, relative, or a stranger who took them under their wing, remembers and values the impact that person has had on their life. College Mentors for Kids is striving to make those kinds of connections between young kids and adults, exposing children to college aspirations early on and helping college students discover the joys of paying it forward to begin a lifetime of giving. That seems like a worthwhile endeavor I and anyone else should be able to get behind. That is why I joined.”

W. Aaron French

Internal Communications Manager, Latham & Watkins

“I credit my own mentors with much of where I am today. Without them, I could have easily been another kid without exemplars of success. I’ve decided to support College Mentors not only because of its goal of transforming the lives of children, but because it’s involved in so many communities – from Southwestern Virginia to the DC Metro Area – that are near and dear to my heart.”

Lauren Ducoste

Student Advisory Board Representative, University North Carolina at Charlotte

“College Mentors for Kids provides a unique and absolutely amazing opportunity to give back to the community. Being able to provide an avenue for kids to experience new things is such an honor to see in action. How excited the kids get to see their mentors every week never fails to put a smile on my face. I remember having people like that growing up, and they have made a lasting impact on my life. To know that these kids walk away having made new friends and memories is priceless!” 

Summer Clayton

Student Advisory Board Representative, Virginia Tech

“College Mentors for Kids provides the support, care, and consistency necessary for all kids to succeed. With the support of a mentor, each little buddy develops a curiosity and love for learning, an excitement for the potential of higher education, and becomes a more confident individual. I support College Mentors because everyone deserves to feel the support and encouragement of someone they look up to!”