The Bonner Team

Patty Mathison


Director, Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL)

Patricia "Patty" Mathison has been at Mason since April 2013. She serves as the Director for Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL). Patty supervises the SAIL staff and provides overall management of the Center as well as connecting to community engagement initiatives across the university. Patty has been active in this field over the past 15 years and it has been her dream to bring the Bonner program to George Mason University. She just received her second Master’s in Counseling and Development: Community Agency Counseling and has a particular focus on how societal influences impacts mental health. You can often find her hiking with her dog and enjoying time with family. 


Kristen Wright 

Kristen Wright

Director of Civic Engagement, Office of Community Engagement and Civic Learning (CECiL)

Kristen Wright has served as the Director of Civic Engagement at Mason since August of 2019. In this role she collaborates with students, faculty, and community partners to incorporate civic learning and community engagement into academic courses and the student experience. Kristen started her career in collegiate civic engagement as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the College of Charleston where she created their Bonner Leader Program and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Bonner Leaders at Mason. Kristen completed her graduate work in Higher Education at George Mason University and her undergraduate work at Baldwin Wallace University outside Cleveland, OH. In her spare time you can find Kristen hiking and enjoying nature with her husband DJ and adorable dogs Chase and Seneca.


Nikkhil Dev


AmeriCorps VISTA/ Bonner Coordinator 

Nikkhil Dev Murthy is from Bangalore, India, and is currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Nikkhil completed his graduate studies at Rutgers University, where he majored in public affairs and community development. Nikkhil’s practicum project revolved around creating a neighborhood action plan for the Cooper-Grant and Central Waterfront area in Camden, New Jersey, with a focus on sustainable community development. In addition, Nikkhil has worked in numerous nonprofits in a variety of different roles. Most notably, he worked as an outreach worker for SEAMAAC, a nonprofit in South Philadelphia, where he conducted outreach campaigns to connect underserved community members to city-wide resources.

Besides working in the nonprofit sector, Nikkhil is also politically active. He has had the opportunity to work on multiple electoral campaigns, most notably Andy Kim for Congress and Lawrence Hamm for U.S. Senate. In addition, Nikkhil has had the opportunity to intern at the District Office of Congressman Donald Norcross, who serves as the representative of New Jersey’s first congressional district. Recreationally, Nikkhil enjoys spending his time reading books; his all-time favorite is President Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father. He also enjoys playing tennis, badminton, and chess. 


Fiona Klotz



Bonner Leader Mentor

Fiona Klotz (she/her/hers) is the Bonner Leadership Programs co-coordinator, co-founder, student Mentor and Teaching Assistant. She is a Senior at George Mason and is originally from Connecticut. Her major is Social Justice and Human Rights with a minor in Nonprofit Studies. She has been part of The Leadership through Community Engagement LLC and the Gender and Social Justice LLC at her time at Mason. Fiona has a passion for culture and travel, she studied abroad in Peru on an Archeology Expedition summer 2019 and hopes to pursue a career/lifestyle that provides more traveling opportunities in the future. Fiona also loves volunteering and giving back to the community. She has a vision to fight for lasting social change and to learn, lead and grow from her experiences and relationships with others. She continues to trail blaze through her journey as an activist and co-conspirator. 




You can reach any of the Bonner Team members at! The Bonner Leadership Program is housed within the Office of SAIL, Mason's Center for Community Engagement, located in Suite 442 in Enterprise Hall! Stop by to say hi!

Bonner Team at Fall Bonner Conference

A Special Thank You 

To the founders of the Bonner Leadership Program at George Mason University, Elexus Buckner Robinson, Fiona Klotz and Patty Mathison who spent a full year planning, designing, creating and recruiting partners and students for this program, prior to welcoming our first cohort of students in Fall 2020. 

To our Bonner Advisory Committee who created the initial curriculum impact grant to bring this program to Mason. Their thoughtful contributions, curriculum design, attention to assessment, and community voice have been tremendous in supporting this program. 

Dr. Samuel Frye 

Focus Areas: Local government, Nonprofit organizations, quality improvement in human service organizations, neighborhood change, and the scholarship of teaching & learning

Dr. Nick Lennon

Director for the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Office. Focus Areas: ethical leadership, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills

Patty Mathison

Focus Areas: Community engagement, leadership development, social justice, mental health, and student development.

Dr. Graziella McCarron

Focus Areas: Ethics and Leadership. Access and experience for adult and first-generation students 

Dr. Julie Owen

Focus Areas: Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL), leadership studies

Dr. Laura Poms

Focus Areas: Global and Community Health Administration, Community Health, Epidemiology, Occupational Health, Work-Family Balance

Shauna Rigaud

Focus Areas: Black History with a focus on Caribbean American experiences, Black feminism, youth development, and community organizing