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ACE Advisory Board

Meet the current ACE Advisory Board, consisting of eleven Duke and Stanford faculty and staff members representing the athletic departments as well as civic engagement and public service and international education offices on campus. Committed to the sustainability and growth of ACE, the Advisory Board has been instrumental in developing core program values to guide program decisions as ACE continues to evolve and launching the 2023 ACE Game Plan.

Who We Are

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Kristen Azevedo

School: Stanford University
Title: Assistant Athletics Director, Student-Athlete Development
Most likely to apply to: ACE in South Africa. I would love to learn more about how apartheid’s impact is still felt throughout the country.

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Leslie Barnes

School: Duke University
Title: Associate Director of Athletics/Director of Student-Athlete Development
Most likely to apply to: ACE in South Africa. I have heard so much about the culture there and would love to immerse myself into the community.

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Kelly Beck-Sordi

School: Stanford University
Title: Associate Director for Cardinal Commitment, Haas Center for Public Service
Most likely to apply to: ACE in South Africa. I think we have so much to learn from the experience of the South Africans as we go through challenging times in our own country.

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Amanda Kelso

School: Duke University
Title: Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education / Lead, Undergraduate Experiential Education Division / Executive Director, Global Education Office
Most likely to apply to: ACE in Vietnam. I love mentoring and encouraging students to think about how to achieve their goals through higher education.

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Jeff Koseff

School: Stanford University
Title: William Alden and Martha Campbell Professor of Engineering, Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR)
Most likely to apply to: ACE in India. I have never been there and the country has always intrigued me. Plus, I would love to watch a cricket game there!

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Elaine Madison

School: Duke University
Title: Assistant Vice President/Director, Office of Duke-Durham Educational and Workforce Collaboration
Most likely to apply to: ACE in Vietnam

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Todd Mesibov

School: Duke University
Title: Deputy Director of Athletics/Administration and Legal Affairs/Chief of Staff
Most likely to apply to: ACE in South Africa. It’s an area of the world I have not visited and would enjoy learning from and working with the children in the program.

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Mitch Moser

School: Duke University
Title: Deputy Director of Athletics/Resource Development/CFO
Most likely to apply to: ACE in South Africa. I’ve heard phenomenal stories from the student-athletes that have been there and it is a continent that I’ve never experienced.

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Heather M. Owen

School: Stanford University
Title: Executive Associate Athletics Director/SWA
Most likely to apply to: ACE in China. I traveled to China as a recent graduate and would like to return.

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Martha Putallaz

School: Duke University
Title: Professor, Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR)
Most likely to apply to: ACE in Vietnam. I watched Parker Goyer (a former Duke student-athlete) develop this program from scratch.

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Aron Rodrigue

School: Stanford University
Title: Burke Family Director of the Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP)
Most likely to apply to: ACE in Vietnam. I have never been there.

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Carina Thompson

School: Stanford University
Title: Undergraduate Advising Director, Student-Athletes
Most likely to apply to: ACE in South Africa. I have always wanted to visit there! And what a wonderful opportunity to do so through the lens of civic engagement.

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Former Board Members

Meet our former board members:

Beth Goode

Board Member, 2015-2019
School: Stanford University
Title: Executive Associate Athletics Director & SWA

Pat Jones

Board Member, 2015-2017
School: Stanford University
Title: Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR); Dr. Nancy Chang Professor of Biology; Director, Stanford Immunology

Nina King

Board Member, 2015-2021
School: Duke University
Title: Vice President, Director of Athletics & Adjunct

Austin Lee

Board Member, 2015-2019
School: Stanford University
Title: Assistant Athletics Director, Sports Programs & Services

Jon McConnell

Board Member, 2015-2018
School: Stanford University
Title: Senior Program Director, Cardinal Quarter, Haas Center for Public Service

Eric Mlyn

Board Member, 2015-2019
School: Duke University
Title: Assistant Vice Provost for Civic Engagement; Peter Lange Executive Director of DukeEngage

Lauren Reid

Board Member, 2020-2021
School: Stanford University
Title: Lead Academic Advisor for Student-Athletes

Ramón Saldívar

Board Member, 2015-2019
School: Stanford University
Title: Hoagland Family Professor of Humanities & Sciences, Burke Family Director of Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP)

Jacki Silar

Board Member, 2015-2020
School: Duke University
Title: Senior Associate Director of Athletics