Leadership & Senior Staff

Margaret B. Davis

President and CEO

Margaret was appointed President and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in March 2009. She brings to the Foundation a 30-year professional career in nonprofit management, communications, and resource development, as well as almost 20 years of volunteer leadership with Marine Corps Family Readiness programs. Her work at the civic and national levels includes...

Margaret was appointed President and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in March 2009. She brings to the Foundation a 30-year professional career in nonprofit management, communications, and resource development, as well as almost 20 years of volunteer leadership with Marine Corps Family Readiness programs.

Her work at the civic and national levels includes most recently being Associate Dean at Washington National Cathedral and of counsel or on staff with National Children’s Museum, the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Ravinia Festival, and Northwestern University.

In addition to her years of volunteer family support work with major Marine commands (including Marine Forces Reserve, Marine Forces Europe, and Marine Corps Mobilization Command), she was awarded the Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Medal in 2008. With a life-long commitment to education and family welfare, Margaret has also served on the boards of Milton Academy, Family Focus, and Chicago Children’s Museum. She is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College.

Margaret is a granddaughter of a WWI Marine Corporal. She and her husband, retired Marine Major General Andrew “Drew” Davis, live in Annapolis, MD, and have two daughters, Caroline and Captain Katie Gibbons-Neff USMC.

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Colonel Steven Peterson USMC (Ret.)

Chief Operating Officer

Steven Peterson joined the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in September of 2012 following a 24-year Marine Corps career. During his career he served as an infantry officer serving in a variety of operational and staff assignments. His last assignment on active duty was Branch Head, Reserve Affairs Manpower Management at Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters...

Steven Peterson joined the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in September of 2012 following a 24-year Marine Corps career. During his career he served as an infantry officer serving in a variety of operational and staff assignments. His last assignment on active duty was Branch Head, Reserve Affairs Manpower Management at Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps. Steven and his wife, Karen, and their two sons reside in Fairfax Station, VA.

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Keith Weller

Director of Communications

Keith joined the Scholarship Foundation in 2014 after nearly a decade of versatile experiences in non-profit marketing and communications and more than ten years working with service members and several national military and veteran service organizations. Most recently Keith oversaw communications and advocacy strategies for the Washington, D.C. based Reserve Officers Association. He began his...

Keith joined the Scholarship Foundation in 2014 after nearly a decade of versatile experiences in non-profit marketing and communications and more than ten years working with service members and several national military and veteran service organizations. Most recently Keith oversaw communications and advocacy strategies for the Washington, D.C. based Reserve Officers Association. He began his career specializing in veteran advocacy and VA disability issues in Boston, MA. He brings to the Foundation, a proven track record of success and a diverse portfolio of communications disciplines. Keith’s long experience communicating on behalf of America’s men and women in uniform combined with a broad technical expertise across the media spectrum, combine to deliver a brand narrative with measurable results and the passion to inspire action. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Virginia Tech and Penn State University respectively. Keith and his wife Ann live in Washington D.C.

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Ashley Saville

Director of Leadership Gifts

Ashley Saville joined the Scholarship Foundation in September 2014 as a Development Officer. A veteran Marine Captain, she served Country and Corps for over five years.  Her last duty station was at Marine Barracks Washington as the Assistant Logistics Officer. Prior to serving at Marine Barracks, Ashley deployed as a platoon commander to Helmand Province,...

Ashley Saville joined the Scholarship Foundation in September 2014 as a Development Officer. A veteran Marine Captain, she served Country and Corps for over five years.  Her last duty station was at Marine Barracks Washington as the Assistant Logistics Officer. Prior to serving at Marine Barracks, Ashley deployed as a platoon commander to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  After leaving active duty, Ashley joined the private sector where she leveraged her knowledge of logistics and leadership towards pharmaceutical sales as a representative at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. Ashley currently resides in Camp Lejeune, NC with her active-duty Marine Corps husband.

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Rita H. Thakur

Assistant Director, Accounting and Finance

Rita joined the Scholarship Foundation in April 2011 and was appointed to Assistant Director, Accounting and Finance in January 2016. She brings to the senior leadership team more than ten years of profit and non-profit accounting experience, including five years as the Foundation’s Accounting Manager. Previously a Project Accountant for M.C. Dean, a design-build and...

Rita joined the Scholarship Foundation in April 2011 and was appointed to Assistant Director, Accounting and Finance in January 2016. She brings to the senior leadership team more than ten years of profit and non-profit accounting experience, including five years as the Foundation’s Accounting Manager. Previously a Project Accountant for M.C. Dean, a design-build and systems integration corporation, she managed multiple construction projects, including $80 million budgeted for the recently developed Military Department Investigative Agencies Headquarters in Quantico, VA. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Roanoke College and a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University. She is currently preparing to sit for the CPA exam and anticipates becoming certified in 2017.

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Jeanna Adams

Assistant Director, Scholarship Programs

Jeanna Adams joined the Scholarship Foundation in December 2010. During her time at the Scholarship Foundation, Jeanna has developed and led programmatic strategies to achieve measurable results, and overseen the awarding of $36 million in scholarships and 11,000+ awards. A California native and a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Jeanna brings a...

Jeanna Adams joined the Scholarship Foundation in December 2010. During her time at the Scholarship Foundation, Jeanna has developed and led programmatic strategies to achieve measurable results, and overseen the awarding of $36 million in scholarships and 11,000+ awards. A California native and a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Jeanna brings a background in non-profit development and growth strategies from her most recent position with the Neurosciences Institute, a non-profit brain research institute led by Nobel Laureate Gerald M. Edelman. An active member of the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) since 2010, Jeanna currently serves on the Membership Committee and the Earned Revenue Committee for the Association. Jeanna and her husband, veteran Marine Corporal Dustin Adams, reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Courtney Balson-Madden

Senior Manager, Stewarship

Courtney Balson-Madden joined the Scholarship Foundation in 2011 as the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO. Courtney quickly became involved in assisting the Foundation in its stewardship efforts and was promoted to the Senior Manager, Stewardship in 2014 where she is responsible for stewarding our investors while underscoring the immediate and long-term impact of...

Courtney Balson-Madden joined the Scholarship Foundation in 2011 as the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO. Courtney quickly became involved in assisting the Foundation in its stewardship efforts and was promoted to the Senior Manager, Stewardship in 2014 where she is responsible for stewarding our investors while underscoring the immediate and long-term impact of their investment. Courtney holds an undergraduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master’s degree from Point Loma Nazarene University. As the wife of a veteran Marine, Courtney is dedicated to helping Marines and their families through education. Courtney currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and twins, Shane and Jackson.

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Candice Robinson

Senior Manager, Data Operations

Candice Robinson joined the Scholarship Foundation in July of 2012 as a part of the Data Operations Department. As the Senior Database Manager, she is responsible for gift entry, donor communication, and streamlined reporting. Since her tenure at the organization, Candice has developed processes and procedures to ensure the integrity of the database that support...

Candice Robinson joined the Scholarship Foundation in July of 2012 as a part of the Data Operations Department. As the Senior Database Manager, she is responsible for gift entry, donor communication, and streamlined reporting. Since her tenure at the organization, Candice has developed processes and procedures to ensure the integrity of the database that support the overall goals and mission of the organization. Candice holds an undergraduate degree from Kentucky State University and a Master’s degree from Oakland University. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband.

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