Rosalind Wiseman, MCSR Board Chair
Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice, and ethical leadership.
Rosalind is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, the groundbreaking, fully-revised edition of her bestselling book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls. Her follow-up book, Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads, addresses the social hierarchies and conflicts among parents and is now being made into a major motion picture by New Line Cinema. In 2010, Rosalind published the young adult novel Boys, Girls, & Other Hazardous Materials, which was recognized by the American Library Association as one of 2012’s Most Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. She is now writing a set of companion books for boys and their parents, scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2013. Rosalind holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Occidental College. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two sons.
Allison Mitchell, MCSR Board Vice-Chair
Children's Hospital Foundation
Allison Mitchell is currently the Associate Director for Leadership Giving at the Children's Hospital Foundation. She is also the Principle of Allison Mitchell Consulting in which she works with a broad range of non-profits to address their fund development, marketing, strategic planning and institutional and organizational development. She has led workshops on donor relations, grassroots fundraising and major gifts.
Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Mitchell was a founding board member of the DC Abortion Fund, nominee for the 2010 Young Women of Achievement Award from the Women’s Information Network and Vice-Chair of Whitman-Walker Clinic’s Lesbian Services Program. She is also served for one year in AmeriCorps VISTA whose mission is to eliminate poverty in America.
Ms. Mitchell has a master’s degree from The George Washington University in Public Policy and two bachelor’s degrees from University of Missouri in Women Studies and Philosophy. She enjoys reading and gardening, and splits her time between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.
Donna J. Purchase, MCSR Board Secretary
Portsmith Creations, LLC
Donna Purchase is President of Portsmith Creations, LLC, an event and meeting planning company in Washington, DC. Prior to forming Portsmith Creations, Ms. Purchase was Director of Homelessness Initiatives and Volunteer Programs for the Fannie Mae Foundation. In this position, she worked to raise awareness of and funds for Washington metropolitan area organizations that strive to prevent and end homelessness, with an emphasis on programs that help homeless people return to independent living.
Ms. Purchase is active in the community serving Men Can Stop Rape, YMCA DC Youth and Government; Women Work! and Organization for Training Others in Need (OFT/ON).
Donna and her husband, Henry, live in the District of Columbia. She is the mother of four and has nine grandchildren.
David Sloane Rider, MCSR Board Treasurer
From 2002-2005, Mr. Rider worked as a staff member for Men Can Stop Rape, first as the Coordinator of National Programs, and later as the first Director of Consulting and Training. In these two capacities, he traveled across the country to train youth-educators on how to build and sustain young men's investment in ending men's violence against women. He also presented to youth groups on a wide range of topics, including violence-prevention, gender equity, and dominant stories of masculinity. Mr. Rider is currently a Consultant with Accenture.
General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church
Susan G. Burton is Program Director for Seminar Design, Education and Leadership Formation and the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS).
Susan grew up in the United Methodist church in North Carolina. Throughout her work as a facilitator and instructor, Susan has sought to integrate her faith and commitment to justice. She has continued to engage seminar participants to deepen their faith, vocational discernment and our understanding of the biblical mandate to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God” since she joined GBCS in June 2001.
Prior to joining GBCS, Susan worked with the Center for Values and Service at Loyola College in Maryland and Jubilee Ministries, a network of social service agencies in Washington, D.C.
Susan has an Master’s degree in Counseling and Personnel Services and a Bachelor’s in Biology.
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