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.
Chairman of the Board
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Willem Kooyker has been involved with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) since 1993. He is chairman of the board and has 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, Kooyker is committed to advocating mentoring programs to assist our youth.
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. Kooyker founded Blenheim Capital Management, LLC in 1988.
Separate from Blenheim, in 1993, 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, Kooyker became a member of their board of directors, and served on the audit committee and risk committee until 2012.
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.
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.
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
Boisi is co-founder of MENTOR: The 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.
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.
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.
Boisi is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.) and Boston College (B.A.).
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
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. Chambers is the Co-Founder of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, and of Malaria No More.
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, Chambers was Chairman of Wesray Capital Corporation, which he co-founded with Former Secretary of the Treasury, William E. Simon.
Ernesto Anguilla is senior vice president and global head of communications for Bain Capital, LLC, an alternative investment firm with more than $75 billion in assets under management and offices in 14 locations around the world. In his current role, Anguilla oversees all aspects of communications and public affairs – including media relations, corporate communications, government relations and philanthropy – for Bain Capital’s five affiliated business units: Bain Capital Private Equity, Sankaty Advisors, Bain Capital Ventures, Brookside Capital and Absolute Return Capital.
Prior to joining Bain Capital, Anguilla worked at Bank of America for more than eight years in a variety of communications roles. Most recently, he was communications executive for the company’s Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs group, where he oversaw corporate communications for a number of functions including brand, marketing, corporate social responsibility and local public relations.
Earlier in his career, Anguilla was press secretary to U.S. Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island. He also worked at Lois Paul & Partners, a public relations firm in Massachusetts focused on the technology space, and as a reporter and editor for the Warwick Beacon, a twice-weekly newspaper in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Anguilla graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1999. In addition to his board role with MENTOR, he is also a member of the Board of Fellows of Trinity College. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife, Melissa.
Nancy Altobello is EY Global Vice Chair, Talent. She previously held several leadership roles at EY, 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 EY offices – including New Haven, Stamford, Boston and New York – serving clients in the technology, consumer products, and insurance industries.
Altobello and her team focus on the recruiting, retention, learning and development of people across the EY 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 EY’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. Altobello is a member of the EY organization’s Americas Executive Board and its Global People Executive Committee.
Altobello is actively involved in the community. Nancy currently serves on the board of Fairfield University, is both a board member and Treasurer for MENTOR. She joined the board in 2012 and was previously a board member of the Mass Mentoring Partnership, MENTOR’s 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.
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 held 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 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 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 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 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 is married to Winlow M. Heard and they are the parents of two married sons and four grandchildren.
Deloitte Tax LLP
Hollister is a Partner with 29 years of experience at Deloitte LLP. She is known there, and in her various communities, as a thoughtful and strategic leader, experienced in leading change and building teams, and a steward for the future. She is currently the Tax Chief Strategy Officer for Deloitte Tax LLP, the Managing Partner of Deloitte Business Tax Services, a member of the Deloitte Tax Operating Committee and Deloitte Tax LLP Board. She has served both public and private company clients, in several industries.
Hollister also currently serves as a Director of the Deloitte LLP Board (US Firms), and a member of the Strategic Investment and Risk Committees. She was previously the Vice Chairman of the Board, chaired the Governance and Global committees and was a member of the Finance and Audit, Partner Earnings and Benefits, and Regulatory and Committees. She is also a member of the Board of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited Board and chairs the Global CEO/Chairman Evaluation and CEO Compensation Committee.
Throughout her career, Hollister has held leadership roles as both a national and a local Cincinnati client service partner. She is an active volunteer and board member for several organizations and community and professional initiatives.
Hollister is a graduate of Duke University (B.A. Trinity, ‘81) and University of Cincinnati (J.D., ’84) and she is a CPA, registered in Ohio. She has been recognized as a Nicholas Longworth Distinguished Alumni from the University Cincinnati College of Law, a University of Cincinnati Foundation “Alumni Master,” a Cincinnati YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, a Cincinnati Women’s Business Top CPA and a Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Woman of Distinction.
Most importantly, Hollister and her husband Brad, who is a physician, are proud parents of two boys, Ryan age 23 and Luke age 19. She says her passion is helping others to reach their potential, lead and make an impact, since so many at Deloitte and elsewhere have done the same for her.
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 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. She 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. 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, 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. He 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. Mendell also spent 11 of his 19 years at Goldman Sachs in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department where he successfully completed over 150 transactions for clients in a wide array of industries. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was an Officer in the United States Navy.
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: The 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.
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 MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, is a 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 the former long-time head football coach at the University of Nebraska (1973-1997) and holds three national championships. He also served as the University’s Athletic Director (2007-2013). The Cornhuskers mounted a 255-49-3 record under Dr. 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).
During his time in Congress, 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. .
Dr. Osborne and his wife, Nancy, have three adult children, Mike, Ann and Suzanne and four grandchildren.
Kent Pekel is an educator and administrator who has worked at the school, district, state, federal and university levels. In 2012, he became President and CEO of Search Institute, a non-profit research organization that partners with schools, programs, families and communities to discover and disseminate what kids need to succeed.
Much of Dr. Pekel’s work prior to joining Search Institute focused on providing all young people in his home state of Minnesota with a world-class education and on closing the large achievement gaps that exist between Minnesota’s low-income students of color and their more affluent Caucasian peers. From 2006-2012, Dr. Pekel served as the founding Executive Director of the University of Minnesota’s College Readiness Consortium, and from 2000-2005 Dr. Pekel was Executive Director of Research and Development in the Saint Paul Public Schools.
From 1995-2000, Dr. Pekel held several senior staff-level positions in the Clinton Administration, including White House Fellow assigned to the Director of Central Intelligence, Special Advisor to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, and Special Assistant to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education. Prior to his time in Washington, Dr. Pekel taught at the high school level in Minnesota and at the college level in China.
Dr. Pekel serves on the board of Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest. He holds a B.A in East Asian Studies from Yale University, a Master’s in Education from Harvard, and a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota.
Global Asset Alternatives, LLC
As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Asset Alternatives, LLC (“GAA”), Dennis Pemberton is responsible for creating and implementing the vision of GAA and identifying and executing investment strategies.
GAA is a leading private real estate investment and advisory firm. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia the firm’s primary activities are the acquisition, development, and operation of high quality real estate assets in the southern United States. GAA currently controls over $175 million of real estate assets and has participated in over $1.5 billion of transactions.
Prior to founding GAA, Pemberton served as Managing Director of a regional boutique real estate investment firm, where he oversaw research, portfolio management and capital raising activities. Prior thereto, Pemberton was affiliated with Security Capital Group, Inc. (SCG), a global investment and research organization. There he held several positions of increasing responsibility including: Vice President of an SCG affiliate, where he identified, analyzed and structured global investment opportunities; Associate, Security Capital Markets Group where he participated in raising in excess of $3 billion of public and private equity for SCG affiliates; and assistant to the Vice Chairman where he analyzed and participated in several merger and acquisition transactions. Pemberton has also worked for CIGNA Investment Management as an asset manager, responsible for a $300 million national real estate portfolio. Additionally, he has held positions at Lehman Brothers and the Prudential Realty Group.
Pemberton has served on the Board of several organizations including: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta; The Emory University Center for Ethics; The Buckhead YMCA; the Economic Empowerment Initiative; The Buckhead Club; and Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) – United Kingdom.
Pemberton has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College, having graduated with honors; an Executive Certificate in Real Estate Development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
President and CEO
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
David Shapiro is the president and CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. Nearly 25 years ago, MENTOR was founded to build and activate a mentoring movement. Since then, the number of mentoring relationships has grown from 300,000 to more than four million. Under Shapiro’s leadership, the organization’s efforts to build capacity and scale innovation within the mentoring movement has been highlighted by the Social Impact Exchange, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. In addition, the U.S Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention selected MENTOR to establish and lead the National Mentoring Resource Center.
In 2014, research commissioned by MENTOR entitled The Mentoring Effect found that 1 in 3 young people are reaching adulthood without the benefit of a mentor. MENTOR’s mission is to fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships to close that gap. MENTOR’s strategy incorporates policy expertise and advocacy, public awareness and mobilization. The organization advances quality mentoring by bridging research to practice, and developing and delivering standards, training and state-of-the-art tools. MENTOR carries out this work in collaboration with its national network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships and more than 5,000 mentoring programs and volunteer centers in all 50 states. MENTOR works extensively across the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that young people have the support they need through mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school and, ultimately, work.
Shapiro was previously the CEO of MENTOR’s Massachusetts affiliate, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP). During his tenure, MMP launched Champions of Mentoring at Fenway Park, Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring, Mass Mentoring Counts and the Bill Russell Mentoring Grants Program. MMP grew by 400 percent, increased state funding for mentoring, attracted federal funding and distributed almost $1 million in financial assistance, capacity building, and match activities to mentoring programs. The number of young people matched increased by almost 50 percent during Mr. Shapiro’s seven years at MMP.
Shapiro’s experience includes leadership positions with the U.S. Golf Association Foundation’s 10-year, $50 million grant-making initiative and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. He chairs the board of the Mass Nonprofit Network and serves as a volunteer leader with a variety of nonprofits, including America’s Promise Alliance and the National Human Service Assembly. He was selected for the Barr Foundation Fellowship. Shapiro is a husband, father of two sons, and mentor.
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, Spero 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. Spero 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.
Spero 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.
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Kerry Herlihy Sullivan is President of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen the economic and social health of communities across the company’s global footprint through $200 million in annual philanthropic investments. In this role, Sullivan leads a team responsible for implementing a broad range of national and international philanthropic programs associated with the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Sullivan manages strategic relationships with global philanthropic partners addressing pressing issues of education, community development, health and human services, the environment, and the arts. She leads the company’s signature philanthropic programs which recognize the community leadership and service of nonprofit organizations and students in 42 markets across the U.S., with more than $160 million invested since 2004. In addition, Sullivan is responsible for Bank of America Community Volunteers, the company’s global volunteer program open to the company’s more than 230,000 employees.
With more than 20 years of experience, Sullivan is recognized as an expert in the field of charitable giving. Prior to joining the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, she managed Philanthropic Management Foundation Advisory Services at the company —a team responsible for distributing more than $200 million in charitable grants on behalf of clients. Under her leadership, the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation distributed more than $85 million in charitable grants predominantly to organizations aimed at improving access to education for underserved populations.
She currently serves as Chair of the Summer Fund – a donor collaborative that raises annual support for summer programs to benefit Boston’s inner city youth. In addition, she serves on the Year Up Board, the Expanded Learning Time Advisory Board and the Council on Foundations Corporate Committee.
Sullivan has a BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross-Worcester, Massachusetts, and earned her MBA from Boston College, Carroll School of Management. She resides in Sudbury, MA with her husband and two daughters.
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 R. Williamson is the founder of The Gift Box, LLC a 23 year old company that provides recognition gifts for both small businesses and large corporations. Mrs. Williamson joined the Board of Directors for MENTOR: the National Mentoring Partnership in 2011.
Williamson’s passion for helping young people achieve more has led her to serve on several local boards, in classroom programs and on the sports field. Along with her husband, she is an active supporter of international amateur golf, hosting teams from Great Britain and Ireland for many competitions over the past decade.
Williamson splits her time between New York City and Sea Island, Georgia. She is the mother of 4 and just welcomed her first grandchild, Charlie.
The Honorable Bill Bradley
David A. Coulter
J. Markham Green
The Honorable Thomas H. Kean
Phil Ramone (In Memoriam)
John A. Schneider
Alan D. Schwartz
James D. Sinegal