The Advisory Council provides consultation and resources to address specific priorities and initiatives identified by Thinking Beyond Borders and its Board of Directors. Members of the Advisory Council provide expertise related to the programs TBB offers gap year students through business, higher education, international development, and law to specific projects within the organization.
Andrea joined TBB in fall 2008 to assist in the launch and growth of the organization. Over her 5 years as the Administrative Director, she led the creation, maintenance, and growth of a state-of-the-art set of management systems and tools. She demonstrated outstanding commitment to TBB, its students and families, and the staff. In her final year with the organization, Andrea developed and implemented our first impact assessment. She continues to support TBB and remains an invaluable member of our community.
Andrea graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of the Holy Cross, earning a Bachelor’s degree in history and Italian. She has lived, worked, and studied abroad in Italy on several different occasions, including studying history and art history at the University of Florence. Before joining Thinking Beyond Borders, Andrea worked in Italy for a private educational tour company as a Travel Leader with a high school student summer program. In 2007, she was a finalist for the Fulbright Teaching Assistantship Program. These experiences abroad have inspired Andrea to work in international education. Additionally, Andrea has had a passion for volunteering and service work since high school. While attending Holy Cross, Andrea was a program director for the SPUD (Student Programs for Urban Development) organization. She coordinated an after-school tutoring group for which she earned the Worcester, Massachusetts UniverCity Partnership Award for College Student Community Engagement. In addition, Andrea was the recipient of Holy Cross’ Study Abroad Scholarship and the Charles A. Dana Scholarship for sound academic ability and demonstration of qualities of character and leadership. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Education at New York University. You can find Andrea on LinkedIn.
Eve & Jon Rounds
Eve and Jon Rounds are both advisors to Thinking Beyond Borders. Eve is an independent wardrobe consultant and board member for several not-for-profit organizations. Ballet is Eve’s passion and after training in NYC for a professional career, Eve chose instead to attend college at Smith and Stanford. After college, Eve pursued a career in fashion retail with Macy’s and Liz Claiborne. Currently, Eve advises individuals on how to best define and refine their personal style. Eve is currently the vice chair of the board of Boston Ballet, an advisory council member of the School of American Ballet, and a trustee of the 21st Century Fund.
Jon is an independent investor who advises a number of for profit and not-for-profit organizations. During the past seven years, Jon was part of the leadership team for two start-ups, Health Dialog, where he was head of client operations; and RISC Ventures, where he was co-founder and chief operating officer. Previously, Jon had worked in financial services for Fidelity Investments, Chemical Bank and Citibank; in private equity for Fidelity Capital and Ditri Associates; and in consulting for the Boston Consulting Group. One of Jon’s passions is pre K to 12 education, and he is currently the chair of the board of the Boston Children’s Museum. In addition, Jon is a founder of the Brookline High School 21st Century Fund and has done fundraising for Northfield Mount Hermon School and Brown University. Jon has an A.B. in English and American literature from Brown University and a MBA from Stanford University.
Eve and Jon live in Brookline, Massachusetts and have three sons. Their second son, Zander, participated in the second TBB program and inspired by that experience, he is attending Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Ellison is passionate about developing provocative learning opportunities that drive positive life outcomes for youth from diverse backgrounds. His career has spanned teaching overseas; supporting at ¬risk youth through social work; and managing cross¬ cultural education programs and events in university and nonprofit settings.
A first ¬generation college graduate, Ellison received his B.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As an undergraduate, he developed a series of Japanese immersion and college readiness programs for underserved high school students in Los Angeles, California. Ellison studied abroad at Tokiwa University in Ibaraki, Japan and then went on to live and work in southwestern Japan for two additional years as an English teacher and citizen ambassador with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme. Recently, he served as Director of Programs for the Bardoli Global Scholars Program where he led the design and delivery of the U.S. State Department’s American Youth Leadership Program with Kenya. Ellison is an active member of the JET Alumni Association of Northern California and currently serves as an advisor to the Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association, which provides opportunities for Oakland youth to participate in short ¬term study abroad programs to Fukuoka, Japan.
An avid traveler with an insatiable wanderlust, he has visited more than 14 countries and is fluent in Spanish and Japanese.