William Muse, President Emeritus, National Issues Forums Institute
William Muse is former president of the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), a non-profit nonpartisan network that, in partnership with the Kettering Foundation, publishes issue guides on major problems facing the nation and works with groups to conduct deliberative forums around the country. NIFI is based in Dayton, Ohio.During his career in higher education, Muse served as chief executive officer of three major universities over a period of approximately twenty years. He was first selected as president of the University of Akron in 1984 and served in that post until 1992, seeing the university's enrollment expand to over 30,000 students. He also held many leadership posts in Akron, including chairman of the Akron Regional Development Board and director of National City Bank.
Lisa Keyne, Chief Strategy Officer for Collaboratory, TreeTop Commons
Lisa Keyne serves at TreeTop Commons, LLC, as the Chief Strategy Officer for Collaboratory, introducing the cloud-based software solution to higher education institutions interested in comprehensively tracking their community engagement and public service activities, and working to help them strengthen their institutional mission and strategy related to community engagement.
Lisa’s experience in higher education includes working as the Executive Director of North Carolina Campus Compact, housed on the Elon University campus, where she was a member of the Council on Civic Engagement. As Executive Director she helped support and build community engagement at over 50 diverse institutions, and was active in national Campus Compact.
Margie Cook, Director of Training, Ask Big Questions
Margie Cook is the Director of Training for Ask Big Questions based in our Chicago office. Margie comes to Ask Big Questions with more than 20 years experience in higher education, where she has pursued her passion for creating greater understanding and justice through roles across Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Employee Development and Training. Margie's career has been rooted in lessons of inter-cultural exchange and community empowerment learned during her service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. Most recently she was the Associate Director of the Center for Student Diversity at the College of William & Mary, where she developed a Diversity Peer Education Program and a campus dialogue initiative. Previously, at Northern Illinois University, she was the inaugural Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center, guiding its development from inception to its status as a nationally-recognized program. At NIU she pioneered the campus Ally Program, which was looked to as a model by colleges and universities nationwide. Also at NIU she put her Master’s Degree in instructional design to work in a groundbreaking initiative to support faculty in diversifying their course content and pedagogical approaches.
Julie Reed, Senior Director of Partnerships, Ask Big Questions
Julie Reed is the Senior Director of Partnerships for Ask Big Questions and is based in San Fransisco. Julie has been a consultant to university, nonprofit and government organizations on issues ranging from post-incarceration education to environmental leadership to international student experiences. She was a senior leader in the public service centers at Stanford University, the University of San Francisco, and Gettysburg College. Additionally, she worked at California State University-Monterey Bay, Indiana University-Bloomington, IUPUI and Georgetown University. She began as a criminal justice social worker after earning bachelors and masters degrees from the University of WI. Julie established univeristy programs for undergraduate and graduate students, international development interns, and faculty and community partners, and directed domestic and international service-learning trips. She has also co-authored Facilitating Reflection in Higher Education and various journal articles on faculty and student development.