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Meet the Team

Meet the Social Impact Hub (The Hub) staff.

Melissa Nelson

Melissa Nelson

Staff Director, Social Impact Hub | she/her

T. 407-646-2808

BS, Communication Studies and Psychology, Appalachian State University
MA, Career and Technical Education, University of Central Florida

Melissa obtained her BS from Appalachian State University where she was also the administrative assistant for the Economics Department, serving 20 faculty and supporting additional needs of the College of Business for over two and a half years. She received her MA in Career and Technical Education with a focus in Gender Studies at the University of Central Florida. Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, she previously worked in finance as well as in professional soccer.

Melissa has been working with the Social Impact Hub since May of 2017 and serves as a point of contact for students, faculty, and the community. In 2019, Melissa was recognized with the Presidential Award for Diversity and Inclusion at Rollins. 

Anne Stone, Ph.D.

Anne Stone, Ph.D.

Faculty Director, Social Impact Hub | she/her

CSS – Room 151

T. 407.646.2368

PhD, Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MA, Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Stone is an Associate Professor of Communication where she teaches courses including health communication, communication across the lifespan, and listening. Her research interests are in intergenerational communication and community engagement which gives students an opportunity to grow, break down barriers, and discover new perspectives. Dr. Stone has served as the Program Coordinator for the interdisciplinary major in Social Innovation, a Faculty Fellow for The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, and is currently a Faculty Fellow for the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement at Rollins.

Her research has been published in journals such as Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Applied Nursing Research.

Mary Conway Dato-on, PhD

Mary Conway Dato-on, PhD

Crummer Champion, Social Impact Hub | she/her

Crummer Professor of International Business and Social Entrepreneurship

T. 407.646.2514

BA, Bradley University
MBA/MIM, Denver University
PhD, University of Kentucky

Areas of Specialization: Social Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise Business Models, Cross-Cultural Consumer Behavior, Nonprofit and International Marketing 

As the Crummer Champion, Dr. Conway Dato-on connects The Social Impact Hub's key values of diversity, empathy, and system change in ways that develop responsible, global business leaders who use entrepreneurial innovation to change their world.

In addition to teaching and researching international aspects of social entrepreneurship at Crummer, Dr. Conway Dato-on is a visiting professor at IPADE School of Management in Mexico, Faculty Mentor for the Global Links Program, and a Fulbright Scholar. She also leads biannual global consulting projects, mentoring student-led teams to solve real-world business issues. She has taught in countries such as Denmark, Spain, Japan, China, and the Philippines.

She currently serves as a Board Member of Rally: The Social Enterprise Accelerator.

Student Employees

The Social Impact Hub's student employees, InnovaTARs, work to create, manage, and facilitate a suite of programs and events in collaboration with campus and community constituents. To get in touch with any of the InnovaTARs, please email

Kinsley Gerks

Lead | she/her

Rachel Stern

Social Entrepreneurship | she/her

Isaiah Parra

Social Entrepreneurship | he/him

Fernanda Reyes Espinosa

Ideas for Good | she/her

Bobby Sena

Campus Partnerships | he/him

Matthew Deveaux

Social Innovation | he/him

Samantha Maris

Brand Design | she/her

Kira Bernhard

Digital Marketing | she/her

Isabela Santos

Digital Marketing | she/her

Hannah Jackson

Logistics | she/her