GMU onAir Chapter

The GMU Democracy onAir chapter is the first and model chapter for Virginia onAir and the lead university chapter for Virginia.

Undergrad student members are affiliated with a number of GMU schools, departments, and programs including: Schar School of Policy and Government, the Department of Communication, and the Film and Video Studies program. A undergrad student club/student organization is also being formed to work in tandem with the GMU onAir Chapter.

GMU grad students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Mason participate as chapter members. Virginia onAir Hub coordinators also started onAir chapters at VCU and Virginia Tech.

Kerrie Thompson

I am currently the Outreach Director for Virginia onAir.  I am a recent graduate of  George Mason University. I majored in Global Affairs and was a Global Political Fellow where I interned with Democracy onAir.  I am also a member of the GMU onAir chapter.

My mission is to help expand the Virginia onAir network to other areas of the state to ultimately provide an all encompassing, unbiased source for news and general information on Virginia politics.

Jessler Elvira

I am currently the Curation Director for the George Mason University onAir chapter. I recently graduated from George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs and minoring in Global Governance.

I joined the team at Democracy onAir in order to pursue my interest in civil society and American democracy. Ultimately, the opportunity to contribute to the meaningful mission of providing a platform for the public to not only engage with their elected officials, but also inform themselves on the democratic process motivated me and continues to motivate me to work towards encourage “learning” and “discussion”.

Shuaib Ahmed

My name is Shuaib Ahmed and I am a senior at George Mason University majoring in information technology.  I am leading a team of five other GMU students as part of my IT senior design course to solve business challenges through technology for onAir Networks.

As a member of the GMU Democracy onAir Chapter, I hope to inspire other college students to be better engaged in politics.  I strongly believe that elections have consequences and each and every one of us has a responsibility to be informed citizens in the democratic process.

Saul Garcia

Ny-jhee Jones

I am currently Media Director for Democracy onAir. I am a senior at George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs. I was an intern with Democracy onAir and Virginia onAir Media Coordinator in the spring of 2o19 as part of being a Global Politics Fellow at the Schar School of Policy and Government.

Nader Momtaz

My name is Nader Momtaz and I am a George Mason University alum that pursued a BA in Global Affairs as a part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and a Minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. I am currently the Operations Director for Democracy onAir.

I am a member of this hub to increase transparency and better communication between the politicians and the people. I truly believe that the people’s voice is stronger than any one individual and that everyone has a right to learn the facts and participate in our democracy while fulfilling their civic duties.

Katlyn Weiser

Hello! I am the Executive Director of Virginia onAir. Before serving in this role, I was the founding Outreach Director where I worked to establish some of Virginia onAir’s closest partnerships with other organizations. I am also the chair of the Student Leadership Committee for Virginia21. Throughout my time at George Mason University, I served in various leadership roles including Student Government, Virginia21, and Kappa Delta Sorority. If you would like to get involved or start a chapter at your school, send me an email! katlyn.weiser@onair.cc

Yasmin Jaramillo

I am currently Curation Director for Virginia onAir.  I am a senior at George Mason University majoring in Government and International Politics with minors in Women and Gender Studies and Legal Studies. I am also the Secretary for Government and Community Relations in GMU’s student government.

Tim O’Shea

I am Executive Director for Democracy onAir – the nonprofit social enterprise managed and curated by students that oversees the pilot Virginia onAir Hub and chapters. 

Jacob Adams

I am currently a Content Management Intern for the GMU onAir chapter. I am in my final semester at Mason where I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Politics.

As a member of Democracy onAir, I hope to aid in the roll out of Democracy onAir in Northern Virginia and in making Democracy onAir a strong platform for people to engage with local, state, and national politics.

Richard “Willem” Landis

I’m a sophomore at George Mason University majoring in Government and International Politics with a double minor in Criminology, Law and Society and Data Analysis. I’m currently interning for Virginia onAir as a hub curator in the GMU chapter.

As a curator for Virginia onAir I hope to provide objective non-partisan information to the general public involving their elected leaders.

Camden Layton

I am Student Government President at George Mason University. I am also Vice President of the George Mason Democrats. My major is Public Administration.

As a member of the Virginia onAir Advisory Board, I consult on issues and opportunities related to Student Government.

I am CEO of OnAir Networks, the knowledge network software system that is used by Democracy onAir. I also am a member of the Virginia onAir Advisory Board consulting on how to adapt the OnAir system as well as the development of special features for the Hub.

My day job is a software engineer at Northrop Grumman. I have a PhD in Neuroscience from George Mason University.

Jim McLean

Jim McLean is VP of Media for onAir Networks. Jim is the lead designer of onAir Network’s Aircasting system that provides hub producers the tools to create mobile and studio video recordings and live streams.  He is also a member of the Virginia onAir Advisory Board consulting on how to adapt onAir media technologies for the Hub.

Jim is an Instructional Technology/Visual Media Specialist for George Mason University. He received a MFA from American University and a BA from George Mason.

Caitlin Dickson

My name is Caitlin Dickson and I am a senior at George Mason University.  I am studying Information Technology with a concentration in Security.  I am also a part of the IT 492 Capstone Team, 4Front.

I have a strong interest and willingness to learn more about politics and involve myself with the IT and political aspects of Democracy on Air.

Karanbeer Singh

I am Karanbeer Singh. Senior at George Mason and part of the  IS&T  team.

I am here to assist with the mission of creating a platform that allows citizens to make informed decisions throughout the political process.

Peter Quinn

Hi, I am Pete Quinn. I am a senior at George Mason studying IT with a DTP (Database Tech and Programming) concentration.

I am a member of the IT492 capstone team 4Front and we are doing our project with onAir networks.

Justin Park

My name is Justin Park and I am a George Mason University student that is pursuing a BA in Information Technology with a concentration in Information Security Systems.

I am a member of Team 4Front as a part of the George Mason University Capstone program. I have a strong interest in politics and technology and wish to contribute my efforts to help further the mission of having a free and open democracy.

Adam Black

I am a masters student in the George Mason University Geographic and Cartographic Sciences
program.

Cruz Sanchez

Junior: Major in Communication, Media Production & Criticism at George Mason University
General Manager:  Mason Cable Network

Grace D’Amico

Curator:  Virginia onAir Elections & Governance Hub

I recently graduated from George Mason and majored in Government & International Politics and double minored in International Security and International Politics.

By working with the Virginia onAir Hub, I hope to make it easier and more accessible for people to get information about how elections in Virginia work, upcoming elections, and the candidates running for election.

Jenkins Teh

Sophomore: Computer Science Major at George Mason University

I am assisting Todd Gillette on the web software development for the Elections onAir Hubs.

Sara Deriso

Junior: Major in Government and International Politics, Schar School of Policy and Government, Minor in Political Communication, George Mason University

President: GMU Student Power

Secretary: Transparent GMU

Jenifer Hitchcock

AP Government & US History Teacher
Fairfax High School & Online Campus
James Madison Fellow, Commonwealth of Virginia 2016
Nationally Board Certified Teacher
iCivics Educators Network Member
Writer at lovgov.weebly.com

The VA Election Hub is an exciting opportunity to extend civics education beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom. Civics happens on the streets! This organization provides an opportunity to students to use their native digital skills to improve their community and engage in a meaningful way in civics. I am a part of the VA Election Hub to help find and engage students directly in the democratic process as high school interns.

 

Angelique Arintok

Senior: Majoring in Communication, Media Production & Criticism and minor in Political Communication, George Mason University
General ManagerMason Cable Network

As a freshman with Mason Cable Network, I served as the Assistant Production Manager and was promoted to Production Manager just one year later. As the General Manager of Mason Cable Network, I  hope to sustain the network’s growth, and bring new student concepts to the table. She enjoys the creativity and integrity behind multimedia journalism, and is furthermore interested with the discipline’s connection to political communication. Angelique aspires a career as a news reporter/Multi-Media Journalist.

Kim Jaramillo

Senior:  major in Government and International Politics and minor in Data Analysis, George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government
Hub Coordinator: Elections onAir

My internship with the Virginia Elections Hub is to progress my interest in public participation and policy and to contribute to the research and curation of reports.

I am highly organized, detail-oriented, personable, and responsible. I have acquired skills in group facilitation, time management, logical thinking and conflict resolution. I am adaptable, quick to pick up new skills and eager to learn more from my peers. 

Through my hands-on experiences, I am proficient at maintaining and promoting customer service by greeting and serving visitors and guests in a courteous and efficient manner, both in person and on the phone. I have also developed a friendly, outgoing, and guest service demeanor through my experiences in sales.

Location: Fairfax City, VA
Emailkimjaramillo6@gmail.com

Nick Soteriou

Senior: Government and International Politics major with a double minor of International and Comparative Politics, and Sociology
Treasurer: Schar Undergraduate Student Organization (SUSO)
OnAir Chapter Coordinator and Curator: Virginia Elections Hub

As far back as I can remember I have always been interested in government at all levels, from the local level to the federal level. So much so that I have considered a career in field of government since childhood. In addition to this, over the past couple of years I have become increasingly interested in the role of elections and electoral policy, and how it shapes the government of the United States. As such, I believe that I have the necessary background knowledge and drive to actively participate in this internship, and both contribute to and get as much out of it as possible.

Emailnsoterio@masonlive.gmu.edu
Location:  Springfield, VA

State Delegate - Vivian E. Watts
State Senator - George L. Barker
US Congress - Don Beyer

Sarah Beavers

Senior: Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
Aircasting Coordinator: Virginia Elections Hub

Teddy Porter

Senior: George Mason University majoring in Government and International Politics, minoring in International Security and Chinese
Curator: Virginia Elections Hub, 10th Congressional District

I have always been interested in the domestic politics especially the upcoming midterm elections. I believe that the right to vote is the most important form of expression as a citizen to this country. Through working Election OnAir I hope to broaden my knowledge on my states politics.

Email: teddy@onair.cc
Location: Springfield, VA

Sergei A. Samoilenko

Instructor, Communication Department, George Mason University
Faculty Advisor, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Sergei Samoilenko's research focus is on public relations, crisis communication, reputation management, new media.

Salina Temesghen

Global Affairs MajorGeorge Mason University
Global Politics Fellow: Spring 2019
YouTube Coordinator: Virginia onAir

My term as an intern isn’t to only take it as part of George Mason’s Global fellowship and for course credit, but to be more educated in politics, government, philanthropy, and international relations.

 

Mason onAirGMU onAir Chapter

The GMU Democracy onAir chapter is the first and model chapter for Virginia onAir and the lead university chapter for Virginia.

Undergrad student members are affiliated with a number of GMU schools, departments, and programs including: Schar School of Policy and Government, the Department of Communication, and the Film and Video Studies program. A undergrad student club/student organization is also being formed to work in tandem with the GMU onAir Chapter.

GMU grad students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Mason participate as chapter members. Virginia onAir Hub coordinators also started onAir chapters at VCU and Virginia Tech.

Summary

The GMU Democracy onAir chapter is the first and model chapter for Virginia onAir and the lead university chapter for Virginia.

Undergrad student members are affiliated with a number of GMU schools, departments, and programs including: Schar School of Policy and Government, the Department of Communication, and the Film and Video Studies program. A undergrad student club/student organization is also being formed to work in tandem with the GMU onAir Chapter.

GMU grad students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Mason participate as chapter members. Virginia onAir Hub coordinators also started onAir chapters at VCU and Virginia Tech.

About

Contact

Email: Democracy OnAir

Locations

Fairfax Campus
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Web

Mason Votes

Videos

David Bulova Town Hall
Virginia onAir
Published on March 3, 2019
By: Virginia onAir

When:    Saturday February 2nd at 9:00 to 11:00 am
Where:   Fairfax City Hall Council Chambers at 10455 Armstrong Street (parking in rear of City Hall offices)
Web:       Recorded by Nic Barta for Virginia onAir edited by Ny-jhee Jones.

Summary of the event – Go to this post.

News Posts

Debate Dives Into the Issues
By: Abigail Adcox
Fourth Estate – November 5, 2018

GMU onAir Chapter

George Mason College Republicans (CRs) and George Mason Democrats (GMU Dems) went head-to-head in a civilized debate on Nov. 1 to discuss prominent issues ahead of the midterm elections.

The event, “First of All We Vote,” was hosted by Student Government, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Mason Votes as a way for students to hear about issues affecting the midterm in a bipartisan manner.

“In this election, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs and a third of the senate is on the ballot,” said Erica Kelly, an intern for GMU Dems, during opening statements.

Activities

Chapter members commit to curating at least one politician’s profile post – an elected official or candidate. Curating these posts include:

  • Communicating with a politician or their staff to insure profile content is accurate, current, and comprehensive
  • Adding news and events
  • Receiving emailed questions from post viewers and recording the politician’s answers in their profiles
  • Moderating post comments and suggestions
  • Assisting politicians with streaming their video updates then archiving them in the posts they are curating
  • Producing video interviews of politicians and voters in the district they are curating

Chapter members also can assist with organizing, streaming, and editing chapter events such as town halls, debates, forums, and candidate days.

Benefits

Beyond helping to reinvigorate a more civil and vibrant democracy in their state, chapter members will:

  • Have the same benefits as people and organizations that purchase premium memberships including a full member profile post and the ability to author or co-author issue related posts
  • Be able to network Virginia elected officials and political organizations
  • Acquire and develop their political communication and media skills
  • Gain experience and credibility to pursue job opportunities including with Democracy onAir and other democracy promoting organizations
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Kerrie Thompson 1Kerrie Thompson

I am currently the Outreach Director for Virginia onAir.  I am a recent graduate of  George Mason University. I majored in Global Affairs and was a Global Political Fellow where I interned with Democracy onAir.  I am also a member of the GMU onAir chapter.

My mission is to help expand the Virginia onAir network to other areas of the state to ultimately provide an all encompassing, unbiased source for news and general information on Virginia politics.

Summary

I am currently the Outreach Director for Virginia onAir.  I am a recent graduate of  George Mason University. I majored in Global Affairs and was a Global Political Fellow where I interned with Democracy onAir.  I am also a member of the GMU onAir chapter.

My mission is to help expand the Virginia onAir network to other areas of the state to ultimately provide an all encompassing, unbiased source for news and general information on Virginia politics.

About

Contact

Email: Democracy OnAir

Videos

Interview with Delegate Karrie Delaney
Virginia onAir
Published on November 18, 2019
By: Virginia onAir

I interviewed Delegate Karrie Delaney at the redistricting forum on November 17, 2019 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Interview with Delegate Mark Levine
Virginia onAir
Published on November 17, 2019
By: Virginia onAir

I interviewed Delegate Mark Levine following the 2019 redistricting forum in Fairfax, Virginia.

Web

Websites

LinkedIn

Personal Information

I have been an undergraduate at GMU since the fall of 2017 and began my major in Global Affairs in the spring of 2018. During my time at GMU, I have taken part in the Global Politics Fellowship offered by the Schar School of Government and Policy. I have also taken classes in advanced French language, and have completed a minor in Biological Sciences. Besides working as a part of the GMU onAir chapter, I also work as a part of the George Mason University Information department as a student employee. In the spring of 2020, I plan on continuing my work with Virginia onAir as well as taken part in an internship with Potomac Strategic Development in which I will lobby on Capitol Hill on behalf of Lions Club International, Special Olympics International, and the National Association of Community Health Centers.

Organizations

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Jessler ElviraJessler Elvira

I am currently the Curation Director for the George Mason University onAir chapter. I recently graduated from George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs and minoring in Global Governance.

I joined the team at Democracy onAir in order to pursue my interest in civil society and American democracy. Ultimately, the opportunity to contribute to the meaningful mission of providing a platform for the public to not only engage with their elected officials, but also inform themselves on the democratic process motivated me and continues to motivate me to work towards encourage “learning” and “discussion”.

Summary

I am currently the Curation Director for the George Mason University onAir chapter. I recently graduated from George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs and minoring in Global Governance.

I joined the team at Democracy onAir in order to pursue my interest in civil society and American democracy. Ultimately, the opportunity to contribute to the meaningful mission of providing a platform for the public to not only engage with their elected officials, but also inform themselves on the democratic process motivated me and continues to motivate me to work towards encourage “learning” and “discussion”.

About

Virginia Politics & onAir Hub

Experience

Education

  • A.S. General Studies
    Northern Virginia Community College
    2016 to 2018
  • B.A. Global Affairs
    George Mason University
    2018 to 2020

Volunteer Experience

  • Volunteer
    Borromeo Housing
    2018 to present

Contact

Email: jesslere13@gmail.com, School

Zipcode: 22207

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Mackenzie GrossMackenzie Gross

Summary

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Shuaib AhmedShuaib Ahmed

My name is Shuaib Ahmed and I am a senior at George Mason University majoring in information technology.  I am leading a team of five other GMU students as part of my IT senior design course to solve business challenges through technology for onAir Networks.

As a member of the GMU Democracy onAir Chapter, I hope to inspire other college students to be better engaged in politics.  I strongly believe that elections have consequences and each and every one of us has a responsibility to be informed citizens in the democratic process.

Summary

My name is Shuaib Ahmed and I am a senior at George Mason University majoring in information technology.  I am leading a team of five other GMU students as part of my IT senior design course to solve business challenges through technology for onAir Networks.

As a member of the GMU Democracy onAir Chapter, I hope to inspire other college students to be better engaged in politics.  I strongly believe that elections have consequences and each and every one of us has a responsibility to be informed citizens in the democratic process.

About

Passionate, hardworking, detail-oriented, and analytical focused aspiring cyber security professional that is motivated to use technology to solve the world’s toughest challenges.

Technical proficiencies include:

  • Programming languages: Python and PHP
  • Operating systems: Windows 7, 8.x, 10, OSX, and Linux (Ubuntu 18.04, Kali)
  • Databases: Microsoft SQL Server, mySQL, Oracle Database Management
  • Information security tools: Nmap, Wireshark, OpenVPN
  • Methodologies: Risk management, project management, and enterprise security auditing (Sarbanes-Oxley 404)

Certifications: Security+ ce

Experience

Education

  • Information Technology
    George Mason University
    2016 to 2019

Work Experience

  • IT Audit Intern
    Leidos
    2019 to 2019

Volunteer Experience

  • MITRE Scout Engineering Day Volunteer
    MITRE
    2019 to 2019

    Volunteered in MITRE’s annual Scout Engineering Day.

Contact

Email: OnAir Member

Zipcode: 20164

Web

Websites

LinkedIn, Twitter

Twitter

Projects

4Front Capstone Team

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Saul GarciaSaul Garcia

Summary

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Ny-jhee Jones 1Ny-jhee Jones

I am currently Media Director for Democracy onAir. I am a senior at George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs. I was an intern with Democracy onAir and Virginia onAir Media Coordinator in the spring of 2o19 as part of being a Global Politics Fellow at the Schar School of Policy and Government.

Summary

I am currently Media Director for Democracy onAir. I am a senior at George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs. I was an intern with Democracy onAir and Virginia onAir Media Coordinator in the spring of 2o19 as part of being a Global Politics Fellow at the Schar School of Policy and Government.

About

I have been, at different times, the producer, director, talent, and videographer for the About Virginia onAir video. I am a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, scholarship/fundraising Chair for the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and secretary/treasurer for Patriots for Peace. I am also a thespian who has performed in a number of plays and does standup comedy.

Experience

Education

  • BA Global Affairs
    George Mason University,
    2016 to present

    Anticipated graduation Spring 2020.
    Global Politics Fellow, Spring 2019
    George Mason Global Education– The Netherlands/Brussels

Work Experience

  • Media Director
    Democracy onAir
    2019 to present

Volunteer Experience

  • Mission Trips
    2019 to present

    Belize, Central America, West Virginia, North Carolina, & South Dakota

Contact

Email: Democracy OnAir, School

Zipcode: 22030

Web

Websites

LinkedIn

Personal Information

Campus Activities:
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Scholarship/Fundraising Chair/Treasurer: Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity
Secretary/Treasurer: Patriots for Peace
UNICEF Club
Freshman Liaison: Black Student Alliance
Club Football

Awards

  • Minor Preston Scholarship

onAir

Posts

Hub Posts

Politicians

Members

Papers

Articles

Mentorship key in helping Monticello student achieve his dreams
By: By Michael Bragg
The Daily Progress – May 31, 2016

Ny-jhee Jones will graduate from Monticello High School on Wednesday, and then he’ll try to accomplish something no one else in his family has done yet: earn a bachelor’s degree.

Jones will start his collegiate career at George Mason University in the fall, hoping to major in either global affairs, international business or a similar field.

Jones has been actively involved in his school’s drama department, he’s maintained good grades and he’s been involved in the local chapter of 100 Black Men of America for most of his life.

Jones is where he is today because of his hard work and dedication, but he said he owes a great deal of the credit to the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia and its mentor program.

“I think they’ve been absolutely critical in shaping me as a man, as who I am, so to speak,” he said. “Without the 100, and pushing me as far as they did, I don’t know if I’d be where I am today. I don’t know if I would have gotten into Mason.”

Jones was part of the organization’s first class for M Cubed — Math-Men-Mission — which aims to increase enrollment of African-American males in upper-level coursework during middle school.

It was there as a fifth-grader rising into sixth where Jones met his mentor, Juandiego Wade, who became an important part of Jones’ life on both developmental and personal levels.

Monique Banks, Jones’ mother, said Wade’s presence in her son’s life has been critical and that she could not have asked for a better mentor for her son than if she had picked one herself.

“He’s been very active in Ny-jhee’s life as far as 100 Black Men … got him involved in a great community church,” she said. “I feel like he does more than what is required through 100.”

The mentor program changes when students reach high school, becoming more of a group-mentoring setting rather than the one-on-one environment with M Cubed. But Wade and Jones’ interaction continued.

It’s even helped him with his post-secondary education. Jones started attending Wade’s church and later was connected with a family that was willing to help Jones out financially for school when it became apparent his lack of funding might affect his dream of attending college.

“Juan started out as my mentor and we’ve been really close ever since then,” Jones said. “He really is just like a second father to me. He looks after me, makes sure I have everything that I need and he was even able to find people that provided me with a substantial amount of money for college.”

* * *

Wade has been a mentor to several people over the last 30 years. He’s seen many of them through their formative years in school and move on to forge their own paths in life.

But of all the mentees he’s worked with, Wade said Jones is one of the most memorable.

“Mentoring someone like Ny-jhee has been really special because not only did I get to know his family, but he got to know my family,” said Wade, who is a member of Charlottesville’s School Board. “He’s like a big brother to my eighth-grade daughter and he’s been over to our house numerous times. We’ve broken meal together in my house plenty of times and he feels comfortable there.”

Bernard Hairston, president of the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia and executive director of community engagement for Albemarle County schools, said it’s difficult to say where some of the boys will end up when they first join the M Cubed program.

But as he looks at Jones now, “the sky’s the limit for him.” Hairston also mentioned Wade’s mentorship as one of the reasons Jones has gotten to where he is now.

“I mean, he’s got charisma, he’s one of those sponges who is looking to suck up as much information as he can,” Hairston said of Jones.

“… [T]his kid could end up being an ambassador somewhere, he’s got that potential,” he said.

* * *

For much of his younger years, Wade and Banks saw Jones as a quiet, to-himself and observant kind of kid. They said he was even a little shy sometimes.

So it was to their surprise that he decided to get involved in Monticello High’s drama department.

Jones said there were a couple of reasons who decided to get involved in drama:

One, he gave up on a dream of becoming a star athlete when he didn’t seem to get taller as he grew older.

“As I got older and realized how rare it is for students to make it to the next level unless you’re, like, smart, extremely talented and have a decent size on you, then it’s impossible for you to make it professionally,” he said. “So once I realized I wouldn’t get past 5-foot-5, I found a new passion, which was theater.”

The other reason, which he will not hesitate to tell anyone, is that he wanted to meet girls. But his interest in theater grew beyond that.

“It was one of the best decisions I made in my high school career because, not even about just the girls, it’s just a great group of people in drama,” he said. “They’ll look past anything, all your flaws; they don’t care about that stuff. They just care about what kind of person you are in general.”

But drama wasn’t just something Jones did to fill time. He excelled at it.

He received an invitation to the Governor’s School for Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts at Radford University and attended last summer.

But Jones later decided theater wasn’t the career path he wanted to take.

Even though he doesn’t plan to pursue the performing arts as a major, he doesn’t want that part of his life to just fall by the wayside.

“I’ll do standup comedy,” he said. “I’m going to see how that goes.”

* * *

Diversity has been a big aspect in Jones’ life, whether it’s part of the productions he’s been a part of at Monticello High — “In the Heights,” “Memphis” and “21 Chump Street,” to name a few — or how he views it as an important part of a community.

And that’s why he wants to major in either global affairs or international business when he goes to GMU, to continue that interest in some shape or form. He’s even already thinking about getting a master’s degree.

And it wasn’t his grades that could have kept him from attending the school of his choice. It was a matter of money.

According to George Mason’s website, the total cost for an undergraduate, in-state student for one year— tuition, various fees and room and board — comes out to a little more than $28,000.

Jones started working with his mentor to see what his options were. Even with financial aid, he was looking at $10,000 to $12,000 a year to make up.

“So, to some people, that’s not bad,” Wade said. “If you multiply that times four years, that’s not bad as far as what you have to get, but for some people, that might as well be $2 million to get that. That was going to be a substantial obstacle.”

He has some scholarship money, which helps, but he was still several thousands of dollars short. The other option would be applying for student loans, which would put him in debt for years after college.

But then a family at Wade’s church came into the picture. They are giving Jones $40,000 — $10,000 per year — to help him offset the cost of college.

Jones and Wade said the family, who has requested not to be named, only asked that Jones in return pays it forward one day by helping someone however he can as they helped him.

Had it not been for Jones joining Wade’s church, just one of the results of their mentor-mentee relationship, Jones would never have received this kind of help to get him to college.

“I wouldn’t have been able to pay for it, the college, without the family that’s helping me,” Jones said. “I definitely say it’s been amazing. It’s definitely been super critical to the whole thing.”

* * *

For this summer, Jones said he plans to work at his part-time job, hang out with friends and just enjoy some downtime before college starts.

He and Wade plan to continue their friendship even when he’s away. After all, as Hairston said, their motto is “mentoring across a lifetime.”

“I plan to continue to be a mentor to him, to be a resource to him for him to contact if he has any questions or needs advice,” Wade said.

“I’ll still keep up with him, I’ll call him, email him, do whatever,” Jones said. “I think we’ll still keep that same relationship, it’ll be just as strong. And we go to the same church, so when I come back and go to church, I’m sure I’ll see him there.”

The experiences he’s had with 100 Black Men of Central Virginia and Wade have helped shape his life, so much so that Jones said he could see himself mentoring one day.

“Juan was quite a significant figure to my life, and I know how much mentors can be significant figures in young people’s lives,” he said.

Michael Bragg is a reporter for The Daily Progress. Contact him at (434) 978-7265, mbragg@dailyprogress.com or @braggmichaelc on Twitter.
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Nader Momtaz 2Nader Momtaz

My name is Nader Momtaz and I am a George Mason University alum that pursued a BA in Global Affairs as a part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and a Minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. I am currently the Operations Director for Democracy onAir.

I am a member of this hub to increase transparency and better communication between the politicians and the people. I truly believe that the people’s voice is stronger than any one individual and that everyone has a right to learn the facts and participate in our democracy while fulfilling their civic duties.

Summary

My name is Nader Momtaz and I am a George Mason University alum that pursued a BA in Global Affairs as a part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and a Minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. I am currently the Operations Director for Democracy onAir.

I am a member of this hub to increase transparency and better communication between the politicians and the people. I truly believe that the people’s voice is stronger than any one individual and that everyone has a right to learn the facts and participate in our democracy while fulfilling their civic duties.

About

Nader is a Spring ’19 graduate from George Mason University. He obtained a bachelors degree in Global Affairs. He is an Egyptian that is currently residing in Fairfax, VA and has resided in both Egypt and Ethiopia in the past. Nader has a passion for political affairs and various social issues, which is why he wanted to affiliate himself with Democracy onAir. Nader has experience in youth development, refugee resettlement and helping Democracy onAir achieve its goals through the Mason Summer Entrepreneurship Accelerator (MSEA) program and his position as Operations Director.

Experience

Education

  • BA in Global Affairs
    George Mason University
    2015 to 2019

    Minor: Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Work Experience

  • Refugee and Immigrant Services Intern
    Lutheran Social Services
    2019 to 2019

    • Assisted Reception and Placement Case Managers in managing client cases and maintaining case files
    • Assisted in welcoming and meeting clients and setting up apartments for newly arriving refugees
    • Assisted clients with applications for Social Security cards and State IDs
    • Accompanied clients to various employment, education and medical appointments
    • Attended orientations on safety, financial literacy and methods of public transportation

  • Refugee Employment Intern
    Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc.
    2018 to 2018

    • Assisted Employment Specialists with employment development and job placement for refugees.
    • Conducted employment plan interviews with refugees
    • Assisted refugee community members with necessary skills for find and keeping a job
    • Searched for job opportunities, applied for jobs and ensured job retention for clients
    • Basic administrative assistance: filed paperwork and kept case notes for each refugee

  • Youth Development Intern
    Kid Power, inc.
    2017 to 2017

    • Engaged in academic, athletic, and social activities with children ages 8-14
    • Supervised volunteers and members of the Student Youth Employment Program.
    • Designed and carried out social and physical wellness activities for children ages 8-14
    • Teaching assistant for in-class activities
    • Assisted program directors with a variety of administrative functions

Contact

Email: nmomtaz5@gmail.com

Web

Websites

LinkedIn

Personal Information

Name: Nader Momtaz
Age: 23
Degree: Global Affairs
Nationality: Egyptian

Awards

  • NHS Leadership Award
    National Honor Society

Organizations

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Katlyn Weiser 3Katlyn Weiser

Hello! I am the Executive Director of Virginia onAir. Before serving in this role, I was the founding Outreach Director where I worked to establish some of Virginia onAir’s closest partnerships with other organizations. I am also the chair of the Student Leadership Committee for Virginia21. Throughout my time at George Mason University, I served in various leadership roles including Student Government, Virginia21, and Kappa Delta Sorority. If you would like to get involved or start a chapter at your school, send me an email! katlyn.weiser@onair.cc

Summary

Hello! I am the Executive Director of Virginia onAir. Before serving in this role, I was the founding Outreach Director where I worked to establish some of Virginia onAir’s closest partnerships with other organizations. I am also the chair of the Student Leadership Committee for Virginia21. Throughout my time at George Mason University, I served in various leadership roles including Student Government, Virginia21, and Kappa Delta Sorority. If you would like to get involved or start a chapter at your school, send me an email! katlyn.weiser@onair.cc

About

I was a former GMU Senator in Student Government and also served as the Secretary for University. Previously, I have interned for 3 U.S. Senators: Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. Throughout my time in college, I have also served as a research assistant for the Almanac of Virginia Politics published by George Mason University.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Research Assistant
    Almanac of Virginia Politics
    2018 to 2019

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

  • Intern
    US Senate
    2017 to present

    US Senator Heidi Heitkamp, ND 2018
    US Senator Debbie Stabenow, MI 2017
    US Senator Bob Casey, PA 2017

Volunteer Experience

  • Student Leadership Chair
    Virginia21
    2019 to present

    a nonpartisan and millennial focused organization to spread voter awareness

  • Secretary for University Academics
    GMU Student Government
    2018 to 2019
  • Founder and chapter member
    Theta Rho Chapter- Kappa Delta
    2019 to present

    All women’s non-profit

Contact

Email: School

Zipcode: 22030

Web

Websites

LinkedIn

Personal Information

Awards

  • Bob Williams Memorial Scholarship Rotary

onAir

Posts

Hub Posts

Politicians

Members

News

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Yasmin JaramilloYasmin Jaramillo

I am currently Curation Director for Virginia onAir.  I am a senior at George Mason University majoring in Government and International Politics with minors in Women and Gender Studies and Legal Studies. I am also the Secretary for Government and Community Relations in GMU’s student government.

Summary

I am currently Curation Director for Virginia onAir.  I am a senior at George Mason University majoring in Government and International Politics with minors in Women and Gender Studies and Legal Studies. I am also the Secretary for Government and Community Relations in GMU’s student government.

About

Yasmin Jaramillo headshot

For the past three years, Yasmin has been a leader in coordinating programs for GMU’s New Student and Family Programs especially the Quill Camp for first year GMU students where they can explore interests in government and international politics or leadership and service. She is also Secretary at Kappa Delta Sorority.

Experience

Education

  • BA Government and International Politics
    George Mason University
    2016 to present

    Anticipated graduation Spring 2020.

Work Experience

  • Coordinator of Logistics, Quill Camp
    New Student and Family Programs, GMU
    2018 to present

    • A part of a team to create a new camp program for first year students to George Mason University, in which they can explore interests in government and international politics or leadership and service.
    • Plan programming for the government and international politics camp that focuses on local, state, federal, and international politics in and around the Fairfax/DC metro area.
    • Deal with the logistics of coordinating schedules, transportation, meals, room reservations, and staffing for the program.
    • Handle coordinating registration and communication with participants in the months leading up to the program.

  • Student Coordinator
    George Mason University
    2017 to 2018

    Provided day to day administrative assistance to the office and Professional Staff.
    Assisted in interviewing, hiring, training and supervising of the Orientation Leader team…. See more

  • Orientation Leader
    George Mason University
    2017 to 2017

    Assisted with orientation for incoming students and families to help them acclimate to George Mason and act as a mentor for first year students.

Volunteer Experience

  • Undersecretary for Government and Community Relations
    George Mason University Student Government
    2018 to present

    Assist in planning the event Mason Lobbies in which Mason students go to Richmond to lobby to the Virginia General Assembly for increased funding to George Mason.
    Created a training for participants to use on how to lobby on behalf of George Mason

  • Secretary
    Kappa Delta Sorority
    2018 to present

    Maintain the roster and all other official records for the chapter.
    Take the minutes of council and chapter meetings and record attendance.

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Tim O'Shea 3Tim O’Shea

I am Executive Director for Democracy onAir – the nonprofit social enterprise managed and curated by students that oversees the pilot Virginia onAir Hub and chapters. 

Summary

I am Executive Director for Democracy onAir – the nonprofit social enterprise managed and curated by students that oversees the pilot Virginia onAir Hub and chapters. 

About

Tim O'Shea 1

Tim O’Shea recently graduated summa cum laude from George Mason University where he studied Government and International Politics, Data Analysis, and Economics. He previously worked as the Database and Intelligence Manager at Rise To Peace, where he developed and launched multiple open-source intelligence databases on international terrorism. He also worked as a Market Research Associate for the Virginia Small Business Development Center, where he helped Virginia businesses and organizations with expanding internationally. He has presented at research conferences at James Madison University and Georgetown University, and his work has been published in the Chicago Journal of Foreign Policy and the Immigrant Research Library.

Experience

Education

Work Experience

  • Market Research Associate
    Virginia SBDC
    2019 to 2019

    – Gathers and synthesizes open source market intelligence and research for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking to expand to international markets

    – Provides clients with reports including market trends and factors, comparative regulatory profiles, expansion targets, data visualization, government resources, and recommended next steps

    – Develops government relations material for organizations seeking legislative or executive branch support for initiatives and programs

  • Student Assistant, Robinson Professor Office
    George Mason University
    2017 to 2019

    – Provided administrative support for group of elite, multidisciplinary professors and professors emeriti, including managing student meetings, technical support, and course registration

    – Coordinated and arranged for hundreds of donations of books and manuscripts to multiple college campuses and special collections

    – Planned, promoted and ran academic events such as debates and lectures including well-known economists, pollsters, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists

    – Acted as a technical and teaching assistant for professor’s classes on criminal justice and economic policy

    – Maintains and updates website on professor’s achievements and appearances in the media

    – Interfaced with other departments and campus groups in order to support office, promote sponsored events, and host visitors

  • Database & Intelligence Manager
    Rise to Peace
    2017 to 2019

    – Conceptualized, designed, and built the Active Intelligence Database and Undercovered Attacks Database, compiling news reports on terrorist activity into public access databases with instant archives and other organizational features

    – Trained and managed a small team of interns to write articles on terrorism data and research, maintain databases, and increase social media presence with focused content on terrorism and extremism

    – Provided strategic planning, coordination, and on site support for community and academic events to generate support and awareness of the organization as well as serve mission of the organization

  • Joseph Schumpeter Fellow
    Mercatus Center at George Mason University
    2016 to 2019

    – Received and renewed membership five times for selective, paid fellowship for applied economic study at the Mercatus Center

    – Participated in discussions with Mercatus Center Fellows and George Mason Economics faculty on modern economic public policy issues, including economic education, technology policy, disaster relief, and foreign aid and Immigration

  • Immigration and Cross-Border Policy Intern
    Bipartisan Policy Center
    2018 to 2018

    – Assembled, crystallized and sent daily press briefings for members of the Immigration Team

    – Wrote timely articles on U.S. immigration policy issues, including family separation and denaturalization efforts

    – Generated data analysis, modeling, and visualization on contemporary immigration policy challenges, including immigrant detention, court backlogs, and border deterrence

    – Created impact statements on BPC articles for use in development outreach, including reach to key voter populations

    – Contributed to short and long term reports on relevant research literature, recent polling data, and federal grant evaluation

    – Winner of the Robert F. Bennett Award for demonstrating a commitment to public service and a desire to make a difference

  • Research Assistant
    George Mason University – Schar School of Policy and Government
    2018 to 2018

    – Served as part of an international team analyzing the erosion of U.S. soft power in Central Asia as part of the Minerva Research Initiative

    – Analyzed characteristics and trends of Central Asian terrorism, including research on their radicalization, attack profiles, and specific case studies in Turkey, Sweden, Russia, and the United States

  • Immigration Law Clerk
    The HMA Law Firm PLLC
    2017 to 2017

    – Conceptualized, designed, and built multi-layered database on violence and persecution around the world, compiling qualitative and quantitative information from government and NGO reports and news sources.

    – Built tools for legal data analysis, including comparative displays for affirmative and defensive asylum districts and decision matrix on immigration options for use by attorneys, and designed training for future interns on using tools.

    – Completed country conditions and asylum case research for clients from countries including El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Syria, and Cameroon, and others.

  • Research Intern, Center for Political-Military Analysis
    Hudson Institute
    2017 to 2017

    – Compiled and synthesized news updates on international policy issues on short time frames.

    – Researched international security issues including bilateral defense cooperation, WMD security, and CBRN crisis response.

    – Proofread and edited reports on national security issues and international news.

    – Crystallized government and NGO reports into memos and briefings.

  • Public Forum Debate Coach
    Poly Prep Country Day School
    2015 to 2017

    – Provided guidance and advice on argument creation for high school debate team.

    – Completed extensive research on current events and public policy issues for use in positions and cohesive arguments.

    – Assisted conflict mediation and team cohesion among team members.

    – Coached teams to 1st and 3rd place rankings out of 700+ nationally competitive teams, as well as to record the 2 highest national win counts across a debate season, and one of the first “total sweeps” of a national debate tournament in history.

    – Coached debaters interviewed by Fortune Magazine for comment on the Presidential debates

Contact

Email: Democracy OnAir

Zipcode: 22209

Videos

2018 Midterm Election Coverage
MasonCableNetwork
Published on June 6, 2018
By: MasonCableNetwork

Live coverage of the 2018 Midterm elections featuring exit poll results from Merten Hall and exclusive interviews with Professor Victor, Dean Rozell, Mason Votes, Roosevelt at Mason and more!

Web

Websites

LinkedIn

Twitter

Personal Information

Awards

Organizations

onAir

My current focus as Executive Director on Democracy onAir is on:

  • Development of recruitment, workflow, fundraising, and communication protocols and resources
  • Building an advisory board for the organization
  • Public interfacing and representation of Democracy onAir at relevant conferences
  • Management of other directors

Posts

Hub Posts

Politicians

Members

Aircasts

Papers

Articles

What the Hell does Student Government Do?
Fourth Estate – January 28, 2019

I joined Mason’s Student Government (SG) familiar with the dismal aspects of its reputation. I knew that many students see SG as an ineffective body comprised of playacting, would-be politicians passing empty bills and soaking up student funding. Mason students on social media are either unaware of Student Government’s role in our community or convinced that nothing happens.

I believe that these takes miss the important changes at Mason due to SG’s efforts that have either gone unnoticed or been merely forgotten. Student Government pressure on the school administration was the impetus behind the creation of the Gunston Go-Bus, which brings Mason students to local shopping areas that include Fair Oaks and Fairfax Corner. SG’s annual trip to meet with state legislators, Mason Lobbies, is often cited by state lawmakers as an important component of their positive impression of Mason students.

Students Bring Their Agenda to the Capitol
By: Abigail Adcox
Fourth Estate – February 4, 2019

“In terms of per-student spending, Mason lags behind in how much money we get from the state,” said Tim O’Shea, the executive secretary for government and community relations for Student Government.

In addition, this year over 80 percent of students attending were members of another student organization besides Student Government, according to O’Shea. This was in part an effort to target students who were active on campus outside of Student Government, and who might be able to personally relate how student funding affects them.

“The biggest reason for me, and this comes from conversations with the State Relations office, is that you consistently hear that state legislators and their [staffs] have a very strong opinion of Mason students as civically engaged and very adept students, and part of that is because of things like Mason Lobbies, where they get to see Mason students in action,” O’Shea explained.

Publications

What Makes a Terrorist Attack Notable? Attack Characteristics as Determinants of United States Media Coverage
By: Liam Timmons and Tim O’Shea
Chicago Journal of Foreign Policy  – January 9, 2019

This report analyzed the theoretical basis for determinants of U.S. media coverage of international terrorist attacks, as well as the statistical distribution of attack characteristics across attacks both covered and uncovered by major U.S. media sources.

Immigrants and Public Benefits: What Does the Research Say?
By: Tim O’Shea and Cristobal Ramón
Bipartisan Policy Center – December 5, 2018

Literature review of the usage of public benefits programs by immigrants, including analysis of factors including research methodology, state and federal laws, and both static and dynamic analysis.

Why are families being separated at the border? An Explainer
By: Tim O’Shea and Theresa Cardinal Brown
Bipartisan Policy Center – June 13, 2018

A step-by-step brief of the current conversation on the family separations occurring at the U.S. border. Accumulated 60,000 views in it’s first week, becoming the most read blog in the history of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Central Asian Export of ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorism: Case Studies, Comparisons, and Lessons
By: Tim O’Shea
Rise To Peace  – May 18, 2018

The report details five case studies of Central Asian migrants committing acts of terrorism against Western countries, before placing each attack in a statistical contextual comparison against similar attacks. The report concludes by noting trends in the case studies and suggesting further research.

Projects

Databases

Undercovered Attacks Database
Rise to Peace

Database that records information on terrorist attacks that place high in terms of casualties, but do not receive coverage in the U.S. media

Active Intelligence Database
Rise to Peace

The Active Intelligence Database is an online spreadsheet and database using the web application Airtable that displays and organizes information on global terrorist activity for viewers to engage more with global extremism. I also built secondary features including a full database methodology, a separate source archives database, an online feedback form, and a set of further resources for people interested in learning more.

Toolkits

Civic Action Toolkit

The Civic Action Toolkit is a guide to how Mason students can stay politically engaged outside of voting. It includes guides on petitions, protesting, political fundraising, and contacting elected officials. It also includes an external resources page.

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Jacob AdamsJacob Adams

I am currently a Content Management Intern for the GMU onAir chapter. I am in my final semester at Mason where I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Politics.

As a member of Democracy onAir, I hope to aid in the roll out of Democracy onAir in Northern Virginia and in making Democracy onAir a strong platform for people to engage with local, state, and national politics.

Summary

I am currently a Content Management Intern for the GMU onAir chapter. I am in my final semester at Mason where I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Politics.

As a member of Democracy onAir, I hope to aid in the roll out of Democracy onAir in Northern Virginia and in making Democracy onAir a strong platform for people to engage with local, state, and national politics.

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Richard "Willem" Landis 1Richard “Willem” Landis

I’m a sophomore at George Mason University majoring in Government and International Politics with a double minor in Criminology, Law and Society and Data Analysis. I’m currently interning for Virginia onAir as a hub curator in the GMU chapter.

As a curator for Virginia onAir I hope to provide objective non-partisan information to the general public involving their elected leaders.

Summary

I’m a sophomore at George Mason University majoring in Government and International Politics with a double minor in Criminology, Law and Society and Data Analysis. I’m currently interning for Virginia onAir as a hub curator in the GMU chapter.

As a curator for Virginia onAir I hope to provide objective non-partisan information to the general public involving their elected leaders.

About

Contact

Email: School, Personal

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Camden Layton w/AdiaCamden Layton

I am Student Government President at George Mason University. I am also Vice President of the George Mason Democrats. My major is Public Administration.

As a member of the Virginia onAir Advisory Board, I consult on issues and opportunities related to Student Government.

Summary

I am Student Government President at George Mason University. I am also Vice President of the George Mason Democrats. My major is Public Administration.

As a member of the Virginia onAir Advisory Board, I consult on issues and opportunities related to Student Government.

About

Web

Websites

Student Government, George Mason Democrats

Twitter

Personal Information

Organizations

Articles

Student Government Presidential Campaigns Heat Up

By Alexander Shedd
Fourth Estate – March 25, 2019

As Student Government President Bekah Pettine and Vice President Erik Truong prepare to graduate, one new campaign is running to succeed them, while one campaign is running to ask students not to vote for them.

The first ticket, with Camden Layton and Adia McLaughlin, is running a rather traditional campaign.

“Adia and I are running because we believe we are the best option to represent the student body,” said Layton, the presidential candidate for Mason’s student body. “We have a diverse background of experiences that will transfer over into these positions, and we want to enact real change and continue the progress we have made in Student Government.”

 

Meet Camden Layton and Adia McLaughlin, Candidates for Student Body President and Vice President at George Mason

By Salma Hamze
HCAT at Mason March 19, 2019

Camden Layton

* This is not an endorsement from Her Campus George Mason**

Over spring break I had the opportunity to interview Camden Layton and Adia McLaughlin, two students who are running for Student Body President and Vice President for Student Government at George Mason University.

I was able to ask them a few questions about why they’re running, what their platform is, and why should students care about voting. Here’s the interview:

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Todd Gillette

I am CEO of OnAir Networks, the knowledge network software system that is used by Democracy onAir. I also am a member of the Virginia onAir Advisory Board consulting on how to adapt the OnAir system as well as the development of special features for the Hub.

My day job is a software engineer at Northrop Grumman. I have a PhD in Neuroscience from George Mason University.

Summary

I am CEO of OnAir Networks, the knowledge network software system that is used by Democracy onAir. I also am a member of the Virginia onAir Advisory Board consulting on how to adapt the OnAir system as well as the development of special features for the Hub.

My day job is a software engineer at Northrop Grumman. I have a PhD in Neuroscience from George Mason University.

About

Todd Gillette 1

I studied Engineering and Computer Science at Swarthmore College, graduating in 2003, after which I moved to Virginia to work in IT (specifically knowledge managements systems) with Vivakos Inc until 2006. I then entered the Neuroscience PhD Program at George Mason University with a 2-year fellowship from Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. After the fellowship was over, I became a Graduate Research Assistant under Dr. Giorgio Ascoli at Krasnow’s Center for Neural Informatics, Neural Structures, and Neural Plasticity (CN3) of Giorgio Ascoli. I spent a semester working with Dr. Ted Dumas and helping publish a paper on gene therapy in addressing stress.

In the CN3 as a Graduate Research Assistant under Dr. Ascoli, I used my extensive experience in software development, data management, statistics, data visualization, and bioinformatics. My dissertation research involved bioinformatic pattern searching applied to neuronal morphology, with further interests regarding neuronal networks and their specific information processing roles and capabilities, as well as science policy and educational outreach.

Research

My work centered on neuronal morphology, with a focus in data mining and pattern analysis to determine distinct topological features (i.e. branching patterns) of various neuronal types. Some of my non open access articles can be requested and automatically delivered via my lab’s publications page.

Experience

Education

  • PhD Neuroscience
    George Mason University
    2015
  • BS Engineering and Computer Science
    Swarthmore College
    1999 to 2003

Work Experience

  • CEO
    OnAir Networks
    2018 to present
  • Software Engineer
    OnAir Networks
    2014 to 2018
  • Sr. Principal Software Engineer
    Northrop Grumman Corporation
    2019 to present
  • Principal Systems Engineer / Future Technical Leader
    Northrop Grumman Corporation
    2016 to 2019

Web

Websites

Twitter, LinkedIn

Personal Information

Organizations

  • International Council on Systems Engineering (2017 – present)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (2019 – present)
  • Society for Neuroscience (2007 – 2017)
  • GMU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) delegate for Neuroscience (2009 – 2012)
  • Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization – president (2010 – 2011)

onAir

Posts

Hub Posts

Members

Papers

Publications

Topological characterization of neuronal arbor morphology via sequence representation: I – Motif analysis
By: Gillette TA, Ascoli GA
BMC Bioinformatics, 16

Topological characterization of neuronal arbor morphology via sequence representation: II – Global alignment.
By: Gillette TA, Hosseini P, Ascoli GA
BMC Bioinformatics, 16

Statistical analysis and data mining of digital reconstructions of dendritic morphologies
By: Polavaram S, Gillette TA, Parekh R, Ascoli GA
Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, 8(138):138

The DIADEM Metric: Comparing multiple reconstructions of the same neuron
By: Gillette TA, Brown KM, Ascoli GA.
Neuroinformatics

Measuring and Modeling Morphology: How Dendrites Take Shape
By: Gillette TA, Ascoli GA
In Le Novere N. (Ed.), “Computational Systems Neurobiology”, pp. 387-428, Springer

Anti-glucocorticoid gene therapy reverses the impairing effects of elevated corticosterone on spatial memory, hippocampal neuronal excitability, and synaptic plasticity,
By: Theodore C Dumas, Todd A Gillette, Deveroux Ferguson et al.
1712-1720. In Journal of Neuroscience 30 (5)

On Comparing Neuronal Morphologies with the Constrained Tree-edit-distance
By: Todd A Gillette, John J Grefenstette
In Neuroinformatics 7 (3).

Quantifying neuronal size: summing up trees and splitting the branch difference
By: Kerry M Brown, Todd A Gillette, Giorgio A Ascoli
485-493. In Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology 19 (6)

Projects

  • Assisted technically in the art sculpture project Mental Floss, producing a virtual model and assisting with the projects underlying data
  • Researched at University of Central Florida’s Center for Research in Computer Vision (in 2002 as part of an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates)
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Jim McLeanJim McLean

Jim McLean is VP of Media for onAir Networks. Jim is the lead designer of onAir Network’s Aircasting system that provides hub producers the tools to create mobile and studio video recordings and live streams.  He is also a member of the Virginia onAir Advisory Board consulting on how to adapt onAir media technologies for the Hub.

Jim is an Instructional Technology/Visual Media Specialist for George Mason University. He received a MFA from American University and a BA from George Mason.

Summary

Jim McLean is VP of Media for onAir Networks. Jim is the lead designer of onAir Network’s Aircasting system that provides hub producers the tools to create mobile and studio video recordings and live streams.  He is also a member of the Virginia onAir Advisory Board consulting on how to adapt onAir media technologies for the Hub.

Jim is an Instructional Technology/Visual Media Specialist for George Mason University. He received a MFA from American University and a BA from George Mason.

About

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Jim McLean is an experienced Instructional Technology consultant with a demonstrated history working in higher education. Jim is highly skilled in media management and distribution (Kaltura Media), Content Management Systems (Drupal, WordPress, CommonSpot), Learning Management Systems (Blackboard/Sakai/Google Education), IT/Enterprise Service Management (EasyVista, TeamDynamix) e-Learning, Instructional Design, XR/MR/VR/AR applications and development, 360° video production, photogrammetry, 3d design and FDM printing, and live video streaming (LiveStream, Kaltura Live, OBS/YouTube). Prior to his educational endeavors, Jim also had a prolific career in photojournalism with Gannet, UPI, and the USO where his photography appeared on the pages of Der Spiegel, Entertainment Weekly, and the Boston Globe to name a few.

Experience

Education

Work Experience

  • Instructional Technologist (XR & Digital Media)
    George Mason University
    2013 to present

    Specializing in digital media immersive technology solutions for educators: VR/AR applications, 3d design, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and 360° video production solutions.

  • Instructional Technologist (Digital Media)
    Wellesley College
    2010 to 2013

    Specializing in digital media immersive technology solutions for educators: VR/AR applications, 3d design, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and 360° video production solutions.

  • Photographer
    USO World Headquarters
    1991 to 2001

    Professional tour photographer and videographer for the Celebrity Entertainment division, USO World Headquarters.

  • Photojournalist
    Gannet News
    1993 to 1998

    Staff photographer for national and local news stories with an emphasis on government, military and political affairs.

Contact

Email: onAir Networks, George Mason University

Zipcode: 20124

Web

Websites

onAir, LinkedIn

Papers

Articles

Jim McLean is George Mason University’s December Employee of the Month
By: Damian Cristodero
Mason News – December 7, 2018

Jim McLean is involved in so many things at George Mason University he cannot name them all without a few silent moments to ponder.

Let’s see, there is his work, generally, as an instructional technologist with the Online Learning Resources group. He is the administrator for the media platform for the university’s Blackboard system. His workshops and training consultations instruct faculty how to best capture and integrate media into their courses and organizations.

He works with instructional designers in George Mason’s Online Course Development Institute, and with the Assistive Technology Initiative. And he is establish an immersive technology space,  Th3 BuilD, that will concentrate on teaching and using 3-D printing, 360 video, and virtual and augmented reality program

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