About Us

GAPS Executive Board

  • Catherine M. Millett

    Chair, Board Member

    Catherine Millett is a senior research scientist in the Policy Evaluation and Research Center at Educational Testing Service. Her research focuses on educational access, student performance and achievement, educational equity, and student financing for various population groups in the United States at the postsecondary educational level.

    Millett directs the evaluation of the “New Careers in Nursing” Program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and “The Gaining Options for College Collaborative” (GO College), an initiative of the Council for Opportunity in Education supported by the U.S. Department of Education and the GE Foundation. She co-lead the evaluation of the Goldman Sachs Foundation’s Signature Initiative “Developing High-Potential Youth.

  • Mary Tupan-Wenno

    Vice-Chair, Board Member

    Mary Tupan-Wenno is the executive director of ECHO, Center for Diversity Policy in Utrecht, The Netherlands. She has been working for ECHO since 1999. Her professional involvement on diversity and inclusion developments in (higher) education started when she was working for the government.

    Before ECHO she worked for the Dutch Ministry of Education Culture and Science as a policy advisor at the Department of Higher Education. At the ministry she was also responsible for the development of policy regarding the improvement of the participation and success of ethnic minorities in higher education.  She was part of a team that worked on the establishment of ECHO in 1994.

    Mary is a founding member of the European Access Network (1991) and is currently the President of the Executive Board of EAN. EAN provided a network to broaden her focus and expand international collaboration.

  • Maureen Hoyler

    Treasurer, Board Member

    Maureen Hoyler is the President of the Council for Opportunity in Education. Ms. Hoyler oversees operations for COE and brings new thinking to program practice and development to the college access and success field. Her publications include “Collaboration to Widen Participation in Higher Education” (The European Access Network) and “Expanding College Access and Success — The Chicago Model” (with George Lowery). She received her B.A. in English, theology, and anthropology and her law degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

  • Eva Egron-Polak

    Board Member

    Eva Egron-Polak was educated in the Czech Republic, Canada and France. She has held various positions at the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) prior to becoming the Secretary General of IAU in 2002. As Secretary General of IAU, Eva Egron-Polak has focused the organization’s work on several of the pressing policy issues in higher education.

    She is a member of committees at UNESCO, the European Commission, OECD and others. She has co-authored the 4th Global Survey Report on Internationalization of Higher Education in 2014.

  • Florian Kaiser

    Program Management Consultent

    Florian Kaiser graduated in Psychology at the University of Trier. He has been committed to higher education issues since the beginning of his studies, working at the local Student’s Union in Trier initially on social affairs, and later as head of the Student’s Union Executive Committee. From September 2009 to August 2010 Florian was a member of the Executive Board of German Students’ Union (fzs). From January 2011 to June 2012 he was elected to the Social Affairs Committee (SAC) and the Gender Equality Cross Committee (GECC) of the European Students’ Union (ESU). From July 2012 to June 2013 he was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Students’ Union (ESU). From January 2014 to December 2014 Florian was working as a Policy Assistant at the University of Liverpool for the SiS Catalyst project. Florian gained strong experience within the European context not only from participating in many higher education events, but also from participating in the BFUG WG on Social Dimension and as an expert in the European Parliament. Currently Florian works as an independent psychologist and offers solution focused brief therapy, counseling, management coaching and consulting in Frankfurt/Main (Germany).

  • Diana Wickham


    Diana Wickham is a strategic planner with experience spanning the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She has held management positions in a prominent think tank, a provincial government, a private start-up venture and a major education foundation. As Executive Officer of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation from 2002-2010, she led the organization of two international conferences on post-secondary access and success, Neither a Moment Nor a Mind to Waste and Prepared Minds, Prepared Places. In 2009, she partnered with the Toronto-based Institute Without Boundaries to organize the 1st Community Access Challenge, which mobilized multi-sectorial teams from across Canada to come up with local strategies to broaden access to post-secondary studies. A long-standing member of the European Access Network, in 2012 Diana was the volunteer chair of GAPS 1st World Congress on Access to Post-Secondary Education, held in Montreal.

    Currently based in Montreal, Diana works as an advisor and consultant in the not-for-profit and education sectors. She is also part of the LIFT Philanthropy Partner Network. Diana studied political science and communications and has an MBA from the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne.

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