The Bonner Team

Patty Mathison


Director, Social Action and Integrative Learning: 

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 is currently getting her second Master’s in Counseling and Development: Community Agency Counseling and has a particular focus on how environment impacts mental health. You can often find her out hiking with her dog, Shasta. 

Elexus Buckner


Bonner Program Coordinator

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, have 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


Bonner Leader Program Assistant

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. 


Dream Team


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