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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Ken Ashworth

Director, American Patriots Campaign

Ken joined the Scholarship Foundation team in March 2012, bringing over 25 years of campaign experience to the task. He has planned and directed campaigns at the University of Oregon, University of Connecticut, The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, the University of Maryland College Park, and the Landon School. Under his leadership, both Oregon and Connecticut...

Ken joined the Scholarship Foundation team in March 2012, bringing over 25 years of campaign experience to the task. He has planned and directed campaigns at the University of Oregon, University of Connecticut, The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, the University of Maryland College Park, and the Landon School. Under his leadership, both Oregon and Connecticut were recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as the most improved university fundraising programs. At the University of Maryland, he was responsible for planning and directing the Great Expectations Campaign.

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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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Clint Nesmith

Director, National Events

Clint has worked for the Scholarship Foundation since August 2007 as a volunteer manager, events director, and development officer.  He brings over 12 years of non-profit work experience starting with the Dallas Opera and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he managed the National Symphony Orchestra Women’s Committee and the NSO Board of...

Clint has worked for the Scholarship Foundation since August 2007 as a volunteer manager, events director, and development officer.  He brings over 12 years of non-profit work experience starting with the Dallas Opera and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he managed the National Symphony Orchestra Women’s Committee and the NSO Board of Directors.  After moving to Washington, DC in 2004, Clint completed his MBA at the University of Phoenix.  He also received a music degree from the University of Texas, and has sung professionally with the Dallas Opera and many choirs throughout the United States, including the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  Clint lives in Arlington, VA with his wife Anne.

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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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John M. Ripley

Director, Major Gifts and Planned Giving

John joined the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in 2012, bringing nonprofit experience in fundraising, management and consulting. The son of the late Col John W. Ripley USMC, John is the first former scholarship recipient to join the Scholarship Foundation’s professional staff. In 2010, John founded Inspired, LLC, a consulting firm in Washington, DC, that worked...

John joined the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in 2012, bringing nonprofit experience in fundraising, management and consulting. The son of the late Col John W. Ripley USMC, John is the first former scholarship recipient to join the Scholarship Foundation’s professional staff. In 2010, John founded Inspired, LLC, a consulting firm in Washington, DC, that worked with nonprofit clients on projects relating to fundraising, marketing, strategy, and management. Prior to Inspired, John was the Executive Director of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach in Palm Beach, FL. John is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Shannon, and children, Lily and Keegan.

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