Alumni Council Nominates Three to the Board of Trustees

The Alumni Council is pleased to announce the nomination of three distinguished alumni to serve on the Colby Board of Trustees: Sarah Eustis ’96, Jackie Dao Dinneen ’05, and Tionna Haynes ’15.

Sarah Eustis ’96 is the strategic partnership director at InsideTrack, Inc., an organization working with colleges and universities to improve student and institutional success. She manages university partnerships and offers strategic consulting on industry best practices, technology integration, and improvements to student services. While at Colby Eustis served as a COOT Leader and was a four-year member of the soccer team, serving as captain in 1995. She has been an active alum and served two terms on the Alumni Council, chairing that body’s DavisConnects committee. Her connections to Colby run deep; she counts at least seven Colby graduates in her family, including her parents and her spouse.

Jackie Dao Dinneen ’05 serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Peace Corps within the Biden Administration. Prior to taking on this distinguished role, she worked at The Partnership, Inc., a firm focused on attracting, retaining, developing, and convening professionals of color in leadership roles. Earlier work included multiple positions in the Obama Administration, including Associate Policy Director within the Office of the First Lady for Michelle Obama, overseeing both the First Lady’s Leadership and Mentorship program and Let Girls Learn Initiative. In addition she also has served in various civic, corporate, and nonprofit organizations, and holds a master’s in public policy from George Mason University. As a student she was a COOT leader, head resident, four-year member of the Rugby club, and mentor for girls through Hardy Girls, Healthy Women. She has been a frequent Colby volunteer and serves as co-president of her class. 

Tionna Haynes ’15 is nominated for the Recent Alumni Trustee seat, reserved for an alum who has graduated within the past seven years. Born and raised in New York City, Haynes now lives in Chicago and is the director of special education at Urban Prep Academy for Young Men, Bronzeville Campus. Haynes studied African-American studies and history at Colby and she was well known on campus for her activism and leadership. She received the 2015 Drum Major for Justice Award, was president of Students Organized for Black and Hispanic Unity (now known as SOBLU, Students Organized for Black and Latinx Unity), and worked at the Pugh Center for nearly four years. She also performed in Broadway Musical Revue, held Student Government Association leadership positions, and served as a sociology research assistant. After Colby she earned a master’s in special education and teaching from Dominican University, as well as a master’s of education, public school building leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.

These three nominees were selected from a competitive pool of candidates after an extensive search process. Other nominations may be made by submitting a petition featuring the signatures of one percent of the members of the alumni association to the executive secretary of the Alumni Council at [email protected]. If no petitions are received within 15 days of this announcement, the Alumni Council chair will declare the above nominees to be elected.

This story was posted Feb. 17, 2022.