Dr. Jessica Rowland Williams joined Every Learner Everywhere in October 2019. Prior to this role, she served as the Completion Grant Initiative project director for University Innovation Alliance. She also worked as program director in Georgia State University’s Office of the Senior Vice President of Student Success. Prior to those roles, Williams was a diversity fellow at Princeton University’s Office of Academic Affairs and Diversity, as well as program coordinator for the Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (PSURE). She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Spelman College. Through her personal and educational experiences, Jessica developed a passion for improving student outcomes among underserved, minority, and low income students. Jessica has devoted her career to expanding access, increasing graduation rates and promoting student success among students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Jessica lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and is a proud mother of 4 children.
Laura has dedicated her career to improving educational outcomes for underrepresented students through innovative approaches and grant-funded programs. As the Program Manager for Every Learner Everywhere, she has the opportunity to work with a strong network of partners committed to improving educational outcomes through technology-enhanced education. Prior to joining the Every Learner Everywhere team, Laura was the Grants Manager for Aims Community College, taught Computer Science, held a number of TRIO positions, and managed multiple international educational grants funded by the European Commission. She earned her MBA from Eastern New Mexico University, and her Bachelor degree in International Business in Romania.
Mollie McGill is the senior director for operations and membership. In this role she ensures the successful recruitment, retention, and engagement of WCET member institutions, organizations, as well as companies in the ed tech industry. She provides overall management and administrative oversight of WCET, its programs, its leadership committees, and several of WCET’s core staff. In 2018, she celebrated 30 years as a WICHE employee and one of the original “WICHE Women.” She spent 20 years with WICHE early in her career and was instrumental in founding WCET in 1988. In 2017, McGill secured the original support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for WCET's role as the intermediary organization to Every Learner Everywhere network. For 12 years she held a position at the University of Colorado System where she directed learning innovations and technology initiatives with CU’s campuses and served leadership roles for several Colorado statewide e-learning projects. She is the proud mother of identical sons in their mid-twenties and a 40-year resident of beautiful Boulder, Colorado.
Robert Perez joined the Every Learner Everywhere team as the Grant Manager in November 2018. Previously, Robert was a Proposal Manager at ACT, where he organized and led responses to international business opportunities in areas such as creativity assessment, moral education, and workforce development. Before that, he worked at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, managing grants and contracts for researchers across Harvard and its affiliated research hospitals. Having grown up in a minority-majority community, broadening the pathways to higher education success for all students is an issue of great personal importance for Robert, and he is focused on ensuring that Every Learner's grants activities maximize its reach and impact. Robert earned a BA from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Missouri–Columbia.
Joyce earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and has 25 years of experience in administration. Joyce recently earned a Professional Certification of Excellence with the American Society of Administrative Professionals. She previously worked for the University of Colorado–Boulder for 22 years. Outside of work, she keeps busy with her Angora show rabbits, grooming them and attending shows across the country. Joyce uses the fiber from her angoras and alpacas to spin and make various fiber art creations.