Department: Communications

James Steele brings over a decade of experience as a communicator and educator. Currently, he teaches at Northern Virginia Community College where he educates students in introductory communication courses. Previously, he served as full-time faculty with the Communication Department at George Mason University. Working with the Center for International Student Access, he developed an adapted public speaking curriculum for undergraduate international students seeking to improve their English language proficiency skills. He would serve as the liaison to and primary communication instructor for the INTO Mason program for six years. He holds a Master of Arts in Communication from George Mason University. While pursuing his graduate studies, he completed a thesis which was based on examining the processing of breast cancer messages based on different source perceptions. He has presented papers and professional posters at the conventions for the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research, the DC Health Communication Conference, the Eastern Communication Association, and the National Communication Association. He served as the Social Media Manager for the DC Health Communication Conference for three years. He continues to use his experience and skills in communication as the Assistant Director of Communications for Federal Career Connection, Inc.

Krystle Cluen is a national security professional and policy analyst working at the Department of Defense. Prior to her work at the Department of Defense, Ms. Cluen worked as a policy analyst at Brownstein Hyatt, BGR Group, and U.S Congress. Ms. Cluen has s B.A. from Vanderbilt University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Art in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. In addition to her work with FCC, Inc. / CNM, she is involved in INSA, WIIS, YPFP, and is a member of the Junior League of Washington.

Wendi is a native Washingtonian recently returned. She served a stint as Assistant Director for the Louisiana Film Commission, where her job mainly consisted of connecting people, and co-ran production company Flying Chaucer Films for 11 years, writing and producing award-winning documentary series Jefferson Davis, An American President (PBS), and TV/internet content, including shows for Swedish public radio.

Wendi is a voiceover actor (e.g. training, commercials, etc.). And since teaching in some capacity was always a part of her life, she recently resumed her teacher training. For almost two years, she hosted a show on WRBH Reading Radio for the Blind (New Orleans), volunteered socializing troubled German Shepherds (Los Angeles), and since 2020, she has served as a Stephen minister. Her résumé is a little unusual, but she’s straightforward.