Board of Directors
About Our Board of Directors
MENTOR's strength is in the commitment, expertise and work of its board, staff members and volunteers. MENTOR's board of directors consists of outstanding leaders from the business, government, education and religious sectors. These dedicated individuals are actively engaged in the strategic planning and implementation of MENTOR programs and policies and serve as the organization's chief ambassadors for youth mentoring. Willem Kooyker, chairman and CEO of Blenheim Capital Management LLC, is MENTOR's board chairman.
|Current Board Members||Board of Directors Emeritus|
|Mr. Willem Kooyker||Mr. Bill Russell||Mr. Michael Bolton|
|Mr. Geoffrey T. Boisi||Mr. Alan D. Schwartz||The Honorable Bill Bradley|
|Mr. Raymond G. Chambers||Ms. Suzanne Spero||Mr. David A. Coulter|
|Ms. Nancy Altobello||Mr. David Shapiro||Mr. J Markham Green|
|Mr. Jeffrey W. Durkee||Mrs. Sue Anne Wells||The Honorable Thomas H. Kean|
|Mrs. Marian L. Heard||Mrs. Denise M. White||Mr. Phil Ramone (In Memoriam)|
|Mary Margaret Lang||Mrs. Kathryn R. Williamson||Dr. Jean Rhodes|
|Mr. Thomas G. Mendell||Mr. Haim Saban|
|The Reverend J. Donald Monan, S.J.||Mr. John A. Schneider|
|Dr. Tom Osborne||Mr. James D. Sinegal|
Chairman of the Board
Willem Kooyker has been involved with MENTOR since 1993. He is currently chairman of the board and has previously served as a member of the board of directors, chairman of the audit committee, a member of the Telemachan Council, and was a founder of the PATHWAYS Initiative. A strong believer in the benefits of mentoring, Mr. Kooyker is committed to advocating mentoring programs to assist our youth.
Mr. Kooyker is the Chairman of Blenheim Capital Management, LLC, an investment management firm. Beginning his trading career in 1964 with Internatio-Muller in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, he was soon transferred to their New York office, and eventually became managing director of the International Trading Group. In 1981 he joined Commodities Corporation in Princeton, New Jersey, where he became President. In 1984, Mr. Kooyker began a new venture, Tricon Holding Company, Ltd., which remains active in the forest products industry. Mr. Kooyker founded Blenheim Capital Management, LLC in 1988.
Separate from Blenheim, in 1993, Mr. Kooyker became a co-founder and board member of Derivatives Portfolio Management (DPM), which was subsequently sold to Mellon Financial Corporation (“Mellon”) and renamed DPM Mellon, LLC. In addition, he was a founding director of the regional Somerset Valley Bank (SVB) in New Jersey. When SVB was bought by Fulton Financial Corporation in 2005, Mr. Kooyker became a member of their board of directors, and served on the audit committee and risk committee until 2012.
Mr. Kooyker is a majority shareholder and board member of Investor Analytics LLC. His professional affiliations have included a four-year term as president of the Cocoa Clearing Association; board service with the Cocoa Merchants Association of America and the New York Coffee, Sugar, and Cocoa Exchange; and former member of the NY Mercantile Exchange.
Mr. Kooyker’s current not-for-profit activities in addition to MENTOR include his serving as a cabinet member and a member of the investment committee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., which engages in the study of national and world affairs; and as an advisory board member of The Oliver Scholars Program, which provides support and guidance to African American and Latino children and their families in New York City in seeking better educational opportunities.
Geoffrey T. Boisi is chairman and CEO of Roundtable Investment Partners LLC, an independent private investment partnership providing strategic advice and planning, investment management, and merchant banking services for families of substantial wealth as well as select institutions generating high performance wealth creation and social legacy-building opportunities.
In 2003, Mr. Boisi retired as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase, where he served as co-CEO of JPMorgan, the firm’s commercial and investment bank, and a member of JPMorgan Chase’s executive and management committees.
Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Boisi was founding chairman and senior partner of The Beacon Group, a premier merger and acquisition advisory and private investment firm, which was acquired by Chase in July 2000. Prior to the formation of The Beacon Group, Mr. Boisi was a senior general partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he served as a member of the firm’s management committee and head of the global investment banking business, which included worldwide mergers and acquisitions, real estate, corporate finance, capital markets and principal investment activities. In addition, Mr. Boisi held numerous other positions during his 22 years at Goldman Sachs, including: chairman of strategic planning, co-chair of the international management committee, partner in charge of global finance, head of investment banking services, and partner in charge of mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Boisi is co-founder of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership. Founded in 1989, MENTOR ranks as one of the top 100 charities in the U.S. and is leading the movement to connect America’s young people with caring adult mentors.
He is an overseer of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; serves Boston College as a trustee associate and founding sponsor of the Center for Religion and American Public Life; serves Carnegie Corporation of New York as a trustee and chairman of the investment committee and member of the committee on compensation; trustee of The Brookings Institution and a member of its investment committee; member of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress; director of Oxford Analytica; member of the Founders’ Circle of America’s Promise; serves the Catholic Church as chairman and founding board member of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management (NLRCM); trustee of the Saint Thomas More Chapel & Center at Yale University; director of FADICA; and a Knight of Malta.
Mr. Boisi has served as chairman of the board of trustees, Boston College, co-chair of the University’s capital campaign and chair emeritus of the Boston College Wall Street Council; chairman of the graduate executive board, The Wharton School and co-chair of its capital campaign; trustee of the Papal Foundation; member of the international advisory board of Grupo Santander (Spain); member of the investment banking committee, American Stock Exchange; member of the board of directors of Freddie Mac; trustee, director and member of the investment committee of the Park Agency, Inc. (formerly Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises); member of the Trilateral Commission; director of Communities in Schools; and a trustee of Friends Academy.
Mr. Boisi has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Wharton School’s Joseph Wharton Award; Boston Colleges Presidents Medals for Excellence; Chaminade High School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award; the American Red Cross of Greater New York’s Humanitarian Award; the Cancer Research Institute’s Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research; the National Catholic Educational Association’s Elizabeth Seton Award and honored by Pope John Paul II as a Steward of St. Peter. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Sacred Heart University as well as the 2006 Lewis Hine Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service on behalf of children.
Mr. Boisi is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.) and Boston College (B.A.).
Mr. Chambers, a philanthropist, has directed most of his efforts toward improving the health and well being of children. He is the Founding Chairman of the Points of Light Foundation and co-founded, with Colin Powell, the America’s Promise Alliance. Mr. Chambers is the Co-Founder of the National Mentoring Partnership, and of Malaria No More.
Mr. Chambers is the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria. The MDGs are the internationally agreed upon set of humanitarian targets which come due in December 2015. He also serves as one of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates and chairs the MDG Health Alliance. He is also Co-Chairman of the Board of GBCHealth.
In his business career, Mr. Chambers was Chairman of Wesray Capital Corporation, which he co-founded with Former Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. William E. Simon.
Ernst & Young LLP
Nancy is Americas Vice Chair, Talent, for the global Ernst & Young organization. She previously held several leadership roles at Ernst & Young LLP, including Managing Partner for Assurance and Advisory Business Services in the Northeast, Managing Partner for Assurance and Advisory Area Practices, National Director of Human Resources for the Assurance and Advisory Practice, Area Director of Human Resources for Connecticut and Audit partner in the firm’s Stamford, CT office. Nancy has worked in several Ernst & Young LLP offices – including New Haven, Stamford, Boston and New York – serving clients in the technology, consumer products, and insurance industries.
Nancy and her team focus on the recruiting, retention, learning and development of people across the Ernst & Young organization’s Americas region, which includes North and South America, Mexico and Israel. They are committed to reinforcing leadership around inclusiveness and related diversity issues, and in building and supporting career mobility. Another important component of Ernst & Young's people agenda is a commitment to making a difference in its communities through sponsored corporate responsibility efforts and a culture that values volunteerism. All of these efforts yield a culture that delivers high-quality client service to member firm clients, while building a lifelong relationship with their people. Nancy is a member of the Ernst & Young organization’s Americas Executive Board and its Global People Executive Committee.
Nancy is actively involved in the community. Nancy currently serves on the board of Fairfield University, is both a board member and Treasurer for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. She joined the board in 2012 and was previously a board member of the Mass Mentoring Partnership, the Massachusetts affiliate. She is a board member of The Business Council for International Understanding, and is a committee member for the Greg Wolfe Fund. She served as Chairperson of the 2008 Fairfield University Awards Dinner for Multicultural Scholarships.
J. P. Morgan Securities LLC.
Jeff Durkee is a Senior Vice President with J. P. Morgan Securities LLC.
Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Chase in 2012, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of MTB Investment Advisors, a wholly owned subsidiary of Buffalo, New York-based M&T Bank. Mr. Durkee began his career in 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia with Merrill Lynch as a Financial Consultant and held management positions in Akron, Ohio; Corpus Christi, Texas; Los Angeles, California; and Princeton, New Jersey before joining Legg Mason. At Legg Mason, Jeff was the Senior Vice President and Director of the Southern Division and sat on the Board of Legg Mason Wood Walker until its merger with Citigroup. He was the Founder of the Legg Mason Mentoring Program, which received the Excellence in Mentoring Award for Maryland in 2004. He has served on the Board of Mentor since 2007 and speaks nationally on the importance of mentoring.
Mr. Durkee is a graduate of the SIA Wharton Securities Industry Institute as well as the Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Class of 1999, and is a past member of the FSDA Board of Governors. He functions as Trustee of the Board of Garrison Forest School and is a Board Member of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies. He serves on the Executive Committee of The Maryland Mentoring Partnership as well as on the Board of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership. A graduate of Florida State University, Jeff was inducted as a member of the Garnet and Gold Key, an honorary society recognizing outstanding and diversified student leadership, while completing a degree in Business Administration.
Jeff lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Natalie, and their two children.
Oxen Hill Partners
Marian Heard is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Oxen Hill Partners, a business specializing on Leadership Development Programs and Brand Enhancement Strategies and she counts Fortune 500 companies, educational and religious organizations and several privately help entities as clients.
She previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay in Boston and also as the Chief Executive Officer of the United Ways of New England, an association of 22 United Ways from Maine to Rhode Island. During her tenure, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay rose from #87 to #1 in America in the Leadership Giving category of $10,000 and above for the de Tocqueville Society. This United Way won more first place and other awards than any other United Way in America and Mrs. Heard was called “the most honored Chief Executive Officer in the country.” She retired early after over 30 years of leadership with the United Way.
She is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Points of Light Foundation and has served two terms as the National Board Chair. She continues to serve on the Board and is a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Human Resources/Compensation Committee. President Bush (41) serves as the Honorary Chair. She also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future, which was the largest gathering of past and the current President focusing on a domestic issue in the history of our Republic. Retired General Colin Powell served as the Honorary Chairman and Presidents Bush and Clinton served as Co-Chair. President Carter and Nancy Reagan also participated and Oprah Winfrey served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the main program.
In addition, she currently serves on the boards of Sovereign Bank and Santander, USA Holding. She is also a Trustee of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She recently retired from the Boards of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Liberty Mutual Group and CVS/Caremark.
She is a past Trustee at Berea College and Fairfield University and the Board of Associates of the University of Bridgeport where she served as President. She is also a past member of the Board of Governors of the New England Aquarium.
She is a Founding Director of MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership and currently serves as Vice Chair and has also served as the organization’s National Spokesperson. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum and a Founding Board member of the Massachusetts Women’s Conference, the largest women’s conference in the country. She is also a member of a number of business, cultural and professional groups, three focusing on corporate governance and leadership.
She earned as Associates Degree in Executive Secretarial Studies from the University of Bridgeport, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master’s Degree in Education from Springfield College. She has been honored by each of these three colleges with Alumni Awards and Honorary Degrees. A nationally recognized award-winning speaker and community leader, she is often called upon to deliver keynote speeches, commencement addresses and to provide strategic analysis for a wide variety of issues and to lead national initiatives.
She has also completed the University of Michigan’s Executive Leadership Program, where she focused on economics and social policy.
She has received local, regional, national and international awards too numerous to mention. In honor of her innovative ideas, skill in strategic analysis, leadership ability and advocacy for children issues, she is the recipient of 21 Honorary Doctorate Degrees.
She is married to Winlow M. Heard and they are the parents of two married sons and four grandchildren.
Mary Margaret Lang is the Founder of MML Jewelry, an antique and estate jewelry business with a special emphasis on pieces from the 1940’s. Lang joined MENTOR’s Board of Directors in 2013.
Lang is a tireless advocate and fundraiser for education. For the past five years, she has served on Duke University’s Annual Fund’s Executive Committee where she works closely with the Development Office to identify and connect with potential donors. She is the recipient of the ”Forever Duke Award” along with her other co- chairs, in recognition of raising the largest reunion gift in Duke’s history.
Lang also served on the Board of Trustees for The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey where she served as Chair of the Annual Fund, which raised close to $2 million, and she Chaired the Art Center Capital Campaign which raised over $8 million.
Prior to forming her own business, Lang served as an Account Executive at Affinity Agency Group, Inc where she sold Property and Casualty Insurance to commercial entities throughout the state of New Jersey. Lang has also held positions at Technimetrics, Inc in New York City, where she sold global shareholder databases of institutional investors and brokers to public companies, and Manufacturers Hanover Trust, also in New York City, where she sourced and managed lending relationships with large and middle market companies in the Mid-Atlantic states.
Lang currently lives in Morristown, NJ with her husband Wes. They have four daughters.
T.G. Mendell Corp.
Thomas G. Mendell is a Private Investor and on the boards of directors of several private companies. Mr. Mendell was a partner of JPMorgan Partners from 2000 to 2003 and a partner of The Beacon Group, a merchant bank, from March 1994 to July 2000. Prior to joining The Beacon Group, Mr. Mendell was a Partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he served as a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and Head of GS Capital. Mr. Mendell had shared responsibility for making principal investments of the firm’s capital as well as for the Broad Street Fund and GS Capital Partners, L.P. Mr. Mendell also spent eleven of his nineteen years at Goldman Sachs in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department where he successfully completed over one hundred fifty transactions for clients in a wide array of industries. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was an Officer in the United States Navy.
Mr. Mendell is currently Chairman of SonaCare Medical, LLC, Chairman of Knowledge Delivery Systems, Inc. and a director of several private companies including TopGolf International, ZeroWater Inc., RediLearning, LLC and Netomat Inc. In addition, he is on the board of the Cancer Research Institute, MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, which he has been involved with since 1992, and he served on the Harvard Business School Alumni Board and as a Trustee of St. Bernard’s School.
Mr. Mendell is a graduate of Harvard University (M.B.A.) and Vanderbilt University (B.E.).
J. Donald Monan, S.J. assumed the post of Chancellor in August 1996 following 24 years as Boston College President—the longest presidential tenure in the University’s history. Prior to joining Boston College in 1972, Father Monan successively served Le Moyne College in Syracuse as Chair of Philosophy, Academic Dean and Vice President.
Father Monan entered the Society of Jesus in 1942 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1955. He holds his PhD from the University of Louvain in Belgium after which he conducted postdoctoral research at Oxford, Paris and Munich. Father Monan has received honorary doctorates from a dozen universities ranging from Harvard to the National University of Ireland.
He is former chairman of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, served two decades as a director of the Bank of Boston (1976-96), as interim president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (1996-97), and co-chair of the Massachusetts Summit for the Promise of our Youth (1997). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The National Mentoring Partnership, founding board member of the Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership, of which he served as co-chair from 1992-2001, and of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. At the request of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, Fr. Monan in 2002-03 chaired a highly successful study of the management of the Massachusetts judiciary.
Father Monan is also a member of the Jesuit Philosophical Association, the Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, the Society of Ancient Greek Philosophy, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Former U.S. Congressman
Retired University of Nebraska Athletic Director and Football Coach
Dr. Tom Osborne is a former long-time head football coach at the University of Nebraska (1973-1997) with three national championships. He was later named the Athletic Director (2007-2013). The Cornhuskers mounted a 255-49-3 record under Osborne, good for a winning percentage of .836.
The 255 victories are the sixth-most all-time among major college football coaches while the winning percentage ranks fifth all-time. His achievements were so highly regarded that the National Football Foundation waived its three-year waiting period so that he could be inducted into its Hall of Fame in December of 1998. He is one of only four coaches in history to have the mandatory three-year waiting period waived.
In the classroom, Osborne’s teams were just as successful as they were on the field. Under Osborne’s guidance, the Husker football program totaled 65 CoSIDA Academic All-America awards in 25 years, averaging more than two selections per season. To put Osborne’s dedication to developing complete student-athletes in perspective, he accumulated more football Academic All-Americans in his 25 years as coach than any other football program in the nation has produced in its history, as Notre Dame has produced the second-most football academic All-Americans all-time, totaling 50 selections dating back to 1952.
Dr. Osborne holds a master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Nebraska in educational psychology and is a former three-term Republican Congressman (2000-2006).
He was the lead champion of the creation of the School-based Mentoring Grants. Additionally, Dr. Osborne and his wife Nancy founded Teammates in 1991, now run by his daughter Suzanne Hince. Teammates is the largest school-based mentoring program in Nebraska and a leader nationally serving 6,500 young people.
Osborne and his wife, Nancy, have three adult children, Mike, Ann and Suzanne and four grandchildren.
Bill Russell is a retired professional basketball player, Olympic athlete, human rights advocate, and philanthropist. His talent led to success early as he steered the University of San Francisco to consecutive NCAA titles before starting his NBA career with the Boston Celtics in 1956. Russell had a dynamic career and left his mark as the greatest defensive player in the history of the league. His presence on the team was a key factor in 11 of the Celtics NBA championship titles.
In 1966, while still a player, Russell was selected to coach the Celtics upon head coach Red Auerbach’s retirement, becoming the first African American NBA coach. He continued as a player and coach until 1969 when he retired with 11 NBA championships, including two while serving as coach. His other notable career stats include, leading the league in time played (40,726 minutes) and in career rebounds (21,721) and receiving five Most Valuable Player awards. Russell was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.
His NBA career also led him to the Seattle Supersonics where he served as general manager and coach between 1973 and 1977, and to the Sacramento Kings where he coached the 1987-88 season and then continued as president of basketball operations through 1989. During the 1970s and 1980s he also worked as a broadcast analyst for several television networks.
Russell is an impassioned advocate of human rights. He marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and has been a consistent advocate of equality. In 2010 Russell received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civil honor, from President Obama.
Russell is a founding board member of MENTOR, a passionate supporter of mentoring and citing the need for adults to become mentors, he often says “there is no such thing as other people’s children.” The Bill Russell Legacy Grant Program, in collaboration with the Boston Celtics and MENTOR’s Massachusetts affiliate, Mass Mentoring Partnership, helps to ensure effective mentoring programs in critical Boston neighborhoods receive support to create a lasting impact in the community.
He his three children: a daughter, Karen, and two sons, Buddh and Jacob.
Guggenheim Partners, L.L.C.
Mr. Schwartz joined Guggenheim Partners, which is a global, independent and privately held financial services firm in June, 2009. Mr. Schwartz is the former chief executive officer of The Bear Stearns Companies. During his career with Bear Stearns, he served as president and chief operating officer, as executive vice president and co-head of investment banking, and in other financial management positions. He previously worked in various capacities with Wertheim & Company and R.W.
Pressprich & Company.
He earned a B.A. in management science from Duke in 1972. He is member of the Duke Board of Trustees since 2005, has served as chairman of the Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors and as a member of the Athletic Advisory Board.
Mr. Schwartz is a member of the boards of the Robin Hood Foundation, St. Vincent’s Services, Marvin and Palmer, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, American Foundation for AIDS Research, NYU Langone Medical Center and Madison Square Garden.
Mr. Schwartz is married and has five children.
MCJ Amelior Foundation
Suzanne Spero is the Executive Director of the MCJ Amelior Foundation, a family foundation, created to help fund programs in Newark, NJ and surrounding communities. The Foundation assists entities that encourage mentoring relationships, are creating unique entrepreneurial opportunities, and promoting national and local participation in voluntary community programs and services. It has recently expanded into the international arena and engages in work to promote the Millennium Development Goals and halve the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015, with a particular focus on ending deaths from malaria.
Prior to nonprofit work, Suzanne worked in Washington, DC for Congresswoman Marge Roukema. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Women’s Association as Vice President for Fund Development and is also on the Board of Directors of Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership. Suzanne joined the Drew University Board of Trustees in 2009 and serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Student Affairs and Campus Life Committee. She is co-founder of Jersey Cares, which organizes teams of socially-minded individuals for community service projects.
Suzanne graduated from Drew University’s College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She resides in Chatham, NJ with her husband and two children.
David Shapiro is the President and CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this capacity, Shapiro is responsible for the strategic oversight of a nonprofit organization that serves as the lead champion for youth mentoring in the United States. For more than 20 years, MENTOR has worked closely with its strong and vibrant network of State Mentoring Partnerships and more than 5,000 mentoring programs and volunteer centers throughout the country serving more than three
million children in all 50 states.
Shapiro, along with MENTOR’s Board of Directors, guides the organization to help expand the capacity of mentoring programs across the nation to serve more youth, more effectively. MENTOR does this through developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs around the U.S., providing a public voice on Capitol Hill, through the media and other venues for mentoring, and promoting quality for mentoring through standards, cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art tools.
Before his appointment to MENTOR, Shapiro served as President and CEO of Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) for seven years, the state’s umbrella organization for youth mentoring. MMP works across sectors to increase the quantity and quality of youth mentoring opportunities for the Commonwealth’s young people.
MMP has a statewide network of 175 mentoring programs that serve 23,000 young people. MMP seeks to double the number of young people in quality, structured mentoring relationships to 40,000 by 2013.
In Shapiro’s tenure, MMP opened a Western MA office and launched initiatives including: Champions of Mentoring at Fenway Park, Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring, Red Sox Mentoring Challenge, Quality-Based Membership, Mass Mentoring Counts and the Bill Russell Mentoring Grants Program. MMP has grown by 400 percent, protected and increased state funding for mentoring, collaborated to attract federal funding and now distributes more than $300,000 to the field, $500,000 in services and $250,000 in match activities and scholarships for mentees.
In addition, the number of young people matched in quality mentoring relationships has increased by almost 50 percent during Shapiro’s tenure through MMP’s work with high quality mentoring programs driving impact in critical societal issues from youth violence prevention to academic achievement to workforce development.
Shapiro is chair of the board of the Mass Nonprofit Network and on the boards of Common Impact and Friends of the Children-Boston. He has received the Excellence in Leadership Award by MENTOR, was selected for the Barr Foundation Fellowship and was named to the Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. He lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife Kristin, who is a financial aid advisor for uAspire, and two sons, Brennan and Jack.
Sue Anne Wells is the founder of the Mustang Leadership Partners and a founding member of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. The Mustang Leadership Partners (MLP) is private organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and sustaining the American Wild Mustang. The Chattanooga Girls Leadership is the first STEM single gender public charter school in Tennessee. The two organizations formed a partnership to provide girls and young women both in-school and out-of-school opportunities to develop, practice and improve relationship skills, responsibility, social accountability, self-awareness and self-confidence.
Wells holds a PhD in French Literature from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, an M.A. in French from Middlebury College/University of Paris and a B.A. French/Education from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. She was a French Instructor at the high school and collegiate levels, including teaching at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the University of Tennessee.
She is active as a volunteer leader serving on various non-profit boards including A Night To Remember, ArtsBuild, University of Chattanooga Foundation and Young Women’s Leadership Academy Foundation. She also serves on the Development Committees of the Siskin Children’s Institute and Women’s Fund. Wells has received numerous awards for her tireless work in the community such as the Anheuser–Busch White Eagle Service Award, the Distinguished Alumna Award at the Girls Preparatory School, the Girls Inc. UnBought, UnBossed Award and the J.C. Penny Golden Rule Award.
The Gift Box, LLC
Kathryn Reilly Williamson is the founder and owner of The Gift Box, LLC a 21 year old company which provides small businesses and large corporations with high end gifts for recognition and special events. Outside her professional work, Mrs. Williamson has raised four adult children while relocating ten times around the U.S., and has found life's passion in helping young people achieve their full potential.
Denise White is an accomplished executive with experience in a variety of businesses. She recently retired from Viacom, Inc. where she was the Executive Vice President of Administration and Human Resources. Ms. White lead Viacom’s Worldwide Human Resources Strategies and Practices, Real Estate and Security for Viacom and all of its subsidiaries and holdings including MTV, BET, and Paramount Pictures. As a corporate office and chief administrative officer she was responsible for the management of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. During her time at Viacom, Ms. White built an outstanding executive team in multiple functions, greatly enhanced benefits extended to employees while removing tremendous cost from the overall offerings, and created a sustainable and strategic model for being a world class company and employer of choice. Ms. White and her team created “Get Connected” a worldwide mentoring program for employees and “Mentor in a Box,” designed to encourage and extend corporate mentoring programs.
Ms. White’s career included serving as an executive for a number of the world’s most recognized brands including Viacom, Microsoft and Pan American. She served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Entertainment and Devices Group at Microsoft Corp. In this position, Ms. White and her team addressed human resource strategy and complex talent needs by developing and growing a workforce of more than 8,000 employees in the company's Interactive Entertainment Group. Ms. White joined Microsoft in 1990, when it was an emerging software company with 3,500 employees. Over the course of 16 years, Denise and her teams hired over 35,000 employees, managed 59 acquisitions, 5 joint ventures and 1 IPO and launched a multitude of new businesses. In addition to leading the function for Microsoft’s emerging businesses for the last 5 years, Ms. White led HR for their worldwide Sales and Marketing and Corporate groups; functioned as the business partner to president Rick Belluzzo and Chairman Bill Gates; and established and led the New Ventures team, overseeing worldwide staffing and employee communications.
Prior to Microsoft, Ms. White was a human resources leader with Pan American World Airways, opening bases in locations abroad, and owned a human resources consulting firm that launched new businesses and divisions for Fortune 50 companies.
Ms. White established and manages two non-profit foundations directed at supporting at-risk youth and welfare of companion animals. Her passion is keeping kids in school and leveling the playing field for all children so that they have career choices in the future. She believes that mentoring is a key touch stone for academic success and well- being. She joined the board of Mentor in 2010 due to her dedication and belief in the mentoring process and the quality of the Mentor organization.
Ms. White and her husband Stuart, and accomplished entrepreneur, reside in Seattle, Washington where they enjoy outdoor sports, boating and their 4 rescue dogs. They have a wonderful son attending George Washington University.