Tina Wesanen-Neil is the Senior Director of Leadership Programs. She oversees programmatic and strategic development for the seven curricular and co-curricular leadership programs. She has been the director of the nationally renowned Blue Chip Leadership Experience since 2008, and has played a major role in the expansion of the Blue Chip Leadership Experience which now includes the First Year Experience, an Online Experience, and a Transfer Experience. As part of her role in Leadership Programs, she serves as the Eco Theme Coordinator for the Blue Chip Leadership Experience and provides all supervisory and administrative oversight to the Blue Chip Leadership Experience: Years 2-4.
Tina has been an educator in experiential education and leadership development since 2001. During this time she worked with students in gap year and college programming, outdoor and challenge education, service learning, social justice experiences, and classroom teaching. She earned two degrees from the University of Rhode Island: a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in College Student Personnel. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she volunteered with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps for a year during which time she served as an advisor for after-school leadership development programs in Bridgeport, CT. In her professional career, she has taught over 50 leadership and personal development courses at four year colleges and community colleges. Additionally, she has facilitated workshops for college staff, college students, high school students, the military, and community organizations.
Tina has been invited to present at the 2015 National Society of Experiential Education Conference, presented at the Association of Leadership Educators (2014) on teaching leadership, and at the following conferences on program design: OrgSync Connect (2012), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (2012), Leadership Educators Institute (2010 & 2008). She was awarded the Outstanding Educators Showcase Presentation Award in 2014 by the Association of Leadership Educators. She is certified as a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Facilitator, trained as a StrengthsQuest educator, and is Wilderness Advanced First Aid and Challenge Course certified.
When Tina is not working with college students she is an avid hiker who loves to explore and protect the outdoors as environmental volunteer.