Leadership & Senior Staff

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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 1stLt Katharine Davis USMC.

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Jeanette M. Casselano

Vice President, Advancement

Jeanette joined the Scholarship Foundation in October 2013. She brings more than ten years of broadcast news, media relations, crisis communications and event planning expertise to the Foundation. Previously, she worked at FleishmanHillard, a global communications firm, as a Senior Vice President in the Washington, D.C. office. While at FleishmanHillard, she provided support to the...

Jeanette joined the Scholarship Foundation in October 2013. She brings more than ten years of broadcast news, media relations, crisis communications and event planning expertise to the Foundation. Previously, she worked at FleishmanHillard, a global communications firm, as a Senior Vice President in the Washington, D.C. office. While at FleishmanHillard, she provided support to the implementation of programs for military, government, food, and beauty clients. Her work concentrated heavily on launching and raising awareness of new programs, as well as event planning. Jeanette began her career as a news producer at WIS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor degree in broadcast journalism.

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Robin Klung, CPA

Vice President, Accounting and Finance

Robin brings 12 years of accounting and leadership experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors to her position with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundaiton. Most recently as Vice President for Business Services with EdVantage Partners, Robin oversaw accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, and annual independent audits for a number of non-profit and for-profit public charter schools...

Robin brings 12 years of accounting and leadership experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors to her position with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundaiton. Most recently as Vice President for Business Services with EdVantage Partners, Robin oversaw accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, and annual independent audits for a number of non-profit and for-profit public charter schools in Phoenix. Robin previously served as Controller of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, a prestigious boarding school with a $15 million budget and $62 million endowment, where she managed accounting, payroll, and human resources, supervised the business office staff, and worked closely with the Treasurer and the development office.

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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 claims 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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Lieutenant Colonel John Langford USMC (Ret.)

Director of National Events

An F-18D Hornet Weapons and Sensors Officer, LtCol John Langford USMC (Ret.) served our Country and Corps for 23 years before retiring in 2009. John has spent the last six years as a defense contractor, triathlon race director, and Director of Military and Government sales for the fitness training company TRX. He brings with him tremendous...

An F-18D Hornet Weapons and Sensors Officer, LtCol John Langford USMC (Ret.) served our Country and Corps for 23 years before retiring in 2009. John has spent the last six years as a defense contractor, triathlon race director, and Director of Military and Government sales for the fitness training company TRX. He brings with him tremendous leadership and operational skills; event planning and execution expertise; and business development/growth experience.

While on active duty, John completed multiple training, operational and combat deployments, in addition to several staff tours.  His last active duty assignment before retiring was Branch Head, Semper Fit, Personal and Family Readiness Division, Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

Since retirement, John has been anxious to fulfill a commitment he’d made to himself since entering civilian life: to give back, in service, to those in need in the Marine Corps and the broader military community.  The son of a Marine infantry officer, John was born in Oceanside, CA, while his father was deployed to Vietnam. John and his wife Janie are blessed with five children, ages 18 to 26.

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Katy Cupples

Director of Development

Katy brings more than a decade of non-profit experience in development, board governance, and strategic planning. In her most recent role at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., she was asked by the President of The Kennedy Center to establish, lead and manage the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, a global training and consulting firm....

Katy brings more than a decade of non-profit experience in development, board governance, and strategic planning. In her most recent role at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., she was asked by the President of The Kennedy Center to establish, lead and manage the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, a global training and consulting firm. Since its founding, DeVos’ programs have reached more than 30 U.S. cities and over 80 countries. Her development experience includes time with the National Symphony Orchestra and The University of Texas at Austin. Katy holds a degree in communications from Emerson College and attended UT Austin for graduate studies in policy and diplomacy.

Growing up in San Antonio, TX, Katy has always been surrounded by the military community. Her husband’s family includes three generations of Marines, including a Sergeant Major in the 1st Marine Paratroopers, a grandfather in the Pacific Campaign of WWII, and cousins in the Gulf War and War in Afghanistan. While living in VA and TX, Katy served as a volunteer with Honor Flight and The Bunker, which provides a peer-learning environment for veteran entrepreneurs. Katy and her husband, Tom, live in Reston, VA.

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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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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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