Chapter Advisory Board (CAB)

The Fulbright Association’s Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) was initially created in January 2014. The objective of the CAB is to implement a nationwide chapter and national office engagement strategy whereby the Fulbright Association and its chapters work together to enhance the Association’s sustainability, build the alumni community, and secure the future of the Fulbright Program.

CAB is designed to better integrate chapter initiatives and activities with the Association’s national and international mission. It will provide a platform for peer training and the sharing of best practices; and will develop partnerships among chapters in the same geographic region, fostering regional discussions and activities to strengthen the chapter network.
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CAB Leadership

Tom Haakenson


Northern California Chapter

Tom Haakenson is Special Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Support, as well as Associate Professor of Critical Studies and Visual Studies at California College of the Arts. He has served as Vice President to both the Northern California and the Minnesota Chapters of the Fulbright Association. His previous Fulbright awards include Germany (2002-2003) and the Fulbright German Studies Seminar (2012).

Holly Wheeler

Vice Chair

Arizona Chapter

Holly Wheeler was a Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistant in New Delhi, India from 2016-2017. She is now an Education Abroad Advisor at Northern Arizona University.


Beth Bennett

Massachusetts Chapters

Beth Bennett is the vice president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Fulbright Association. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Ghana (2014-2015) and is an English professor.

Carolyn Bero

Georgia Chapter

Carolyn is a management consultant specializing in the talent and organization space. Carolyn received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Spain from 2013 – 2014 and served on the Georgia Fulbright Board from 2016 – 2019.

Derek Crider

National Capital Area Chapter

Derek Crider is an engineer with 34 years of experience in planning, design and operations analysis for rail and bus transit systems. This career links directly with his Fulbright research and study in Germany.

Kelly Day

Indiana Chapter

Kelly Day is a 7th-grade math teacher in Westfield Indiana and she currently serves as Treasurer for the Indiana Fulbright Chapter.  Day was selected to receive the Fulbright Award in Teaching in 2015 which allowed her to spend a semester in Helsinki Finland researching Finnish Education.

Trey Guinn

San Antonio Chapter

Dr. Trey Guinn is Assistant Professor and Chair of Communication Arts at University of the Incarnate Word, and is a Business Communication Specialist at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin.

Nan McEntire

Utah Chapter

Nan McEntire is a retired professor of folklore and ethnomusicology at Indiana State University. She is the president of the Utah Chapter and lives in Salt Lake City. Her Fulbright was to the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 2010.

John Rios

Western Washington Chapter

John Rios is a Sales Operations Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry and is skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Instructional Design, Market Research, Spanish, and Management. John has a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in General Management from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Marilyn Susman

Chicago Chapter

Dr. Marilyn Susman is Professor Emerita in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. She is senior psychologist with The Evanston Psychological Group. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Malaysia (1997) and Cyprus (2003) and a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Indonesia (2011).