Ms. Alma Burke is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). She is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in International Media program at American University’s School of International Service. She is also a Fellow with the Public Diplomacy Council. She served as the Public Correspondence Manager for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, where she worked alongside campaign executives to write correspondence and policy documents on behalf of President Obama and his Administration. She also served as a White House Intern in the Office of Presidential Correspondence. Ms. Burke holds her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research interests include global human rights and cultural and political adversities, particularly those affecting women and children.
Ms. Mariah Davidson is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). She is a current graduate student at the School of International Service at American University. Her focus is Global Environmental Policy with an interest in food and agricultural policy, food security, and sustainable development. She was the Project Manager of Research with the non-profit organization Save The Water, and has years of experience working abroad with diverse communities.
Ms. Sharice Lane is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). Ms. Lane's research interests include: adaptive support strategies for child development and intellectual disabilities; shaping and implementing local, state and federal disability policies and program development; and evaluation of organizations serving persons with disabilities. Ms. Lane has extensive experience working as a speech language pathologist. She received a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Rush University and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration and Policy at American University's School of Public Administration.
Ms. Schyler Neale graduated from American University's School of International Service in December 2016 with a BA in International Studies with a focus in International Development. She spent her junior year abroad in Nairobi, Kenya. While there, she interned with Local Aid Organisation where she supported the development of a physical therapy program for children with neurological disorders living in underserved areas. Her other interests involve food security and sustainable agricultural practices.
Ms. Lindsay Reesing is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). She is a current graduate student at the School of International Service at American University, studying Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs. Her interests and work experience are primarily in public health, international development, and foreign aid. She most recently returned from the Peace Corps in Senegal, where she worked with local communities to improve health status and promote new understandings of healthy behaviors.