The Bonner Team

Patty Mathison

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Bonner Program Co-Director

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 the environment impacts mental health. You can often find her hiking and enjoying time with family. 

 

Kristen Wright 

Kristen Wright

Bonner Program Co-Director

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.

Elexus Buckner

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Bonner Instructor 

As a current graduate student at George Mason University, Elexus’ interests range in the areas of social perception, behavioral analysis, and post-colonial & identity studies in pursuit of social change and civic engagement. She is a Master’s student in the Public Sociology program where alongside her cohorts implemented student workshops for professional and creative development to foster a more inclusive environment. Elexus enjoys discovering new recipes to cook and share with family and friends. She is an avid reader of fiction and academic literature, and when she’s not reading she likes to run or go on coffee dates with friends.

Fiona Klotz

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Bonner Leader Mentor 

Fiona Klotz is a Sophomore at George Mason University. She is majoring in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights and minoring in Nonprofit studies. She is a returning member to the Living Learning Communities and is part of the Gender and Social Justice LLC this year. Fiona has a love for culture and travel, she studied abroad in Peru this past summer and hopes to pursue more traveling opportunities in the future as well as advocate, inspire and create change for the future. 

CONTACT US!

You can reach any of the Bonner Team members at bonner@gmu.edu! The Bonner Leadership Program is housed within the Office of SAIL, Mason's Center for Community Engagement, located in Suite 400 in Enterprise Hall! Stop by to say hi!

Bonner Team at Fall Bonner Conference

A Special Thank You 

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