Director of Alumni Engagement
Alison joined the College Mentors team in January 2014 after spending several years in the legal field. She graduated from Indiana University with a dual degree in History and Criminal Justice and earned a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. A native of Lexington, KY, Alison is excited to be part of a growing organization that impacts the lives of kids, college students, and communities!
“College Mentors helps kids envision amazing possibilities for the future, while simultaneously developing college students into tomorrow’s community leaders. I am thrilled to be part of such an impactful and unique program!”
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 Executive Vice President. Amanda graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in management and a focus in finance and operation management. Amanda is native of Georgia, where she currently resides 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!”
Associate Director of Programming
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.”
Regional Director of Development & Community Engagement
Chris joined the College Mentors team in November 2015 after spending several years in sports marketing and sales at the collegiate and professional level. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in political science and from Florida State University with a masters degree in sports administration. While at FSU, he taught classes and managed student volunteers. Chris is excited to be involved with such an ambitious organization that strives to help so many.
“I love the impact that being a volunteer mentor for College Mentors has on our college students. Our program inspires our mentors to be positive role models and to grow and mature in ways that will help them succeed in college and for the rest of their lives. The fact that they are also leaving an indelible mark on their adopted communities only makes their efforts more impactful.”
Associate Director of Programming
Cody is absolutely ecstatic to be a part of the College Mentors National Staff! 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. 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.
“The thing I love most about College Mentors for Kids is its unwavering belief in the fact that everything we do should be for the children we serve. It’s such a special thing to see individual people come together and really put every ounce of their time and effort into helping kids see the magic and their own potential in the world that surrounds them.”
Emily Meyer joined the College Mentors team after graduating from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2005. As an undergraduate majoring in English, Emily spent three years volunteering for the university’s College Mentors chapter. Emily and her husband Jack are Indianapolis natives and have three children: John, Thomas, and Rose.
“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.”
Director of Operations
Erin (Murphy) Cosler graduated from Butler University in 2011 with a dual degree in International Management and International Studies, as well as a minor in Spanish. Passionate about youth and education, Erin joined College Mentors in August 2011 and is excited to work with an organization committed to making a difference in the lives of children across the Midwest.
“The dedication of the College Mentors for Kids staff and volunteers is truly inspirational; it’s refreshing to work with people wholly committed to investing in the next generation of leaders. Children are the future, and through positive mentor relationships they will be equipped with the skills and confidence they need to impact the world.”
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.”
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 is excited to now work for an organization committed to impacting the lives of children and developing the leadership skills of college students.
“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.”
Associate Director of Programming
Laura joined the College Mentors for Kids team after graduating from the University of Indianapolis in 2014. While studying Professional Writing, Laura volunteered as a mentor at our UIndy chapter, as well as a summer intern at the National Office. In addition to her passion for making sure every child’s story is told, she is wholly committed to the mission of College Mentors for Kids—she is excited to connect college students with the most to give to the kids who need it most.
“My life changed when I became involved with College Mentors for Kids—I realized that I was not alone in my desire to impact a child’s life and education, and more than that, I realized that there was a great need. Children around the country need the support that is unique to the mentor-mentee relationship. This organization not only recognizes this need, but also capitalizes on the numerous advantages afforded to college students to remedy this need.”
Laura Feldman Mishkin,
Director of Corporate and Foundation Development
Since Laura Feldman Mishkin joined College Mentors for Kids in 2005, she’s worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA and on the programming and development teams. Laura earned her degree in sociology at Wellesley College. Laura and her husband Ben are both natives of Tennessee.
“I enjoy the combined approach to mentoring and college access as well as working with a young and growing organization.”
Development and Community Engagement Manager
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!”
A passion for education drove Shelley 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.”
Regional Director of Development and Community Engagement
Stephanie is thrilled to be joining the College Mentors team after graduating from Indiana University in 2013 with a degree in Nonprofit Management. She was first introduced to the program in January 2010 as a mentor to a Bloomington fourth grader and has since had the pleasure of serving in many roles including chapter president, summer programming intern, and student board representative. A native of Indianapolis, Stephanie is excited to continue connecting college students with the most to give to kids who need it most.
“My favorite part of College Mentors is the incredible, symbiotic mentoring relationship that we facilitate for our youth and college students. The inspiring stories of our little buddies realizing their potential and the college students gaining leadership and service experience is life changing. I am so proud to be able to work for College Mentors and to be part of a staff dedicated to providing children and college students the resources and experiences to realize a better and brighter future!”