Board of Directors
A graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin, Duke Austin taught high school and coached basketball and football at his high school alma mater. A retired Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Mr. Austin worked in public relations at the Federal Communications Commission and as Senior Spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service until his retirement in 1995.
Donald A. Collins Jr. (Chairman)
Mr. Collins is a senior technical account manager in Silicon Valley. Before that he was a senior engineer manager in the computer industry and holds 65 patents. His research and development teams designed and supported production of over a million products installed worldwide. During his career in the tech industry, Mr. Collins witnessed abuse of the H1-B visa program to displace American workers for financial gain. He is president and serves on the board of directors for the International Services Assistance Fund. Mr. Collins is a graduate of Temple University and holds his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from National Technological University.
Kevin Donaleski is employed in the private sector as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) and has supported the U. S. Intelligence Community for more than 20 years. He retired from U. S. Marine Corps after serving over 21 years in various senior intelligence positions and special assignments. World traveled with a wealth of experience, he has commanded U.S. Marines at home and abroad, both in peacetime and in combat. He is originally from Newark, NJ, a graduate of Wilkes University and holds a Master of Science degree from the National Intelligence University. He currently resides in Alexandria, VA.
Dale M. Herder, Ph.D.
Dr. Herder lectured and consulted in the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Georgia, Germany, England, Italy, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan, and Canada. He served as an enlisted man and commissioned officer at sea in the U.S. Navy and retired with the rank of Commander. A former Fulbright Fellow in West Germany, he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in history and English at Michigan State University. He has served as a high school principal, English professor, department chair, dean, academic vice president, and interim college president.
Cynthia Matthews is a photojournalist and longtime resident of New York City. Her work has been featured in major publications, including more than 20 years of photography for Town and Country magazine. Interest in immigration reform began in the 1980s when her involvement with oversight of a neighborhood homeless facility alerted her to issues related to government’s enforcement of immigration laws.
S. Blake Swensrud II
Blake Swensrud is a businessman, entrepreneur, and investor. He has built businesses in more than a dozen countries, and has worked in more than 30 across the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa with a primary focus on wireless and mobile communications. Swensrud began his career at CSIS, a Washington DC foreign policy “Think Tank.” Swensrud received his BA in International Studies from Tufts University, and has a graduate degree in Science, Technology and Public Policy from George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs. Mr. Swensrud’s interest in immigration policy derives in large part from his years of international travel and business experience.
National Board of Advisors
*Board of Directors Emeritus