Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence
Center for the Advancement of Well-Being | The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Leadership and Staff


Dr. Jacob R. Jenkins

Director, Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence

Dr. Jacob Jenkins serves as Director of the Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence, Director of Executive Education in the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. His teaching and scholarship interests focus on strengths-based leadership, public sector leadership development, and organizational engagement.

Prior to Mason, Dr. Jenkins served as the Director of Information Policy, Privacy, and Strategy at the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Dr. Jenkins also held appointments at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Law Enforcement Information Sharing Program, and the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

A Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, Dr. Jenkins is eager to see individuals and teams develop and harness their talents for greater personal and organizational engagement and well-being. Dr. Jenkins also serves as a member of MasonLeads, a campus-wide leadership steering committee.

Dr. Jenkins earned his B.A. and MPA from George Mason University, and earned his doctorate in Leadership Development from Creighton University.


Tiffany Sleek

Interim Assistant Director, Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence

Tiffany Sleek currently serves as Interim Assistant Director of Executive Education at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, with a focus in leading and growing Mason's leadership coaching programs and cultivating a vibrant coaching alumni network. Her passions and interests emerge from the topics of organizational well-being, cultural competency, and well-being practices through the creative arts.

In April 2016 she graduated from the University of Florida Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education. Her undergraduate thesis focused on international students’ perspectives of well-being and the challenges of cross-cultural communication surrounding well-being concepts.

Tiffany’s work has concentrated on individual and community empowerment through health education and engagement. She has served as a wellness coordinator at a company of over 400 employees, a community health liaison in an outreach center, and as Vice President of the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, a national health education honorary.

As a member of this team, she is inspired to help facilitate leadership development opportunities that generate healthy, thriving individuals and environments.


Dr. Pam Patterson, PCC

Senior Coaching Fellow and Director of Professional Certificate in Leadership Coaching and Advanced Coaching Program

Pam Patterson is Associate Vice President of University Life at George Mason University and has 25+ years of combined experience in leadership and university administration.  She is also a Senior Coaching Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being where she co-directs the Advanced Coaching Program in Leadership and Well-Being.  Dr. Patterson is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program.  She is an executive leadership coach certified through the International Coaching Federation with the credential of Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Her professional interests are in the science and application of individual and organizational well-being, leadership, and coaching.  Dr. Patterson received her Strengths Specialist Certification through The Gallup Organization and is also licensed and certified by the Institute of HeartMath as a Resilience Advantage Trainer. At George Mason, she was a member of a team that created and implemented a leader development curriculum for executive education and a separate program for faculty and staff. She is a co-founder and co-chair of MasonLeads, the Leadership Legacy Program, and serves as co-director of Mason's Strengths Academy.  She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Eastern Illinois University and earned her doctorate in higher education from George Mason University.


Ellen Fulton, MCC

Coaching Fellow and Director of Training for Professional Certificate in Leadership Coaching and Advanced Coaching Programs

As a Coaching Fellow at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, Ellen Fulton brings her expertise to a variety of outstanding educational opportunities. Serving as Co-Director for the Advanced Coaching Program in Leadership and Well-Being and past Director of the Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence, Ellen is thrilled to be an integral part of the Professional Certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being.  Ellen is also Managing Partner of the Washington Coaching Group.  As a coach, Ellen works with clients to improve their intellectual and emotional flexibility while increasing awareness around leadership presence.  People who enjoy working with her have a desire to move from basic management toward robustly leading and inspiring.  Ellen challenges clients to reflect on their strengths, areas for growth, values, and interpersonal skills to help them align action plans that maximize strategic goals providing sustainable change. She brings her fervency for strengths-based leadership and well-being to all that she does. Her 25+ years of experience in teaching, management, and leadership coaching fuel her desire to act as a catalyst for growth and success. Ellen’s work leads her into a variety of industries, including the federal government, corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and universities.

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