Marcia L. Bullard
Chair, America's Charities
Marcia is Chairman of the Board of America's Charities, the national nonprofit federation helping charities raise the funds needed to accomplish their work. She is a media executive and consultant based in Washington, DC where for 13 years she was President and CEO of the national magazine USA WEEKEND, with a circulation of 23 million. She was a founding editor of USA TODAY and has worked for more than 36 years as a publisher, editor and reporter in national and local media.
She serves on the Boards of Directors of other national nonprofits, including the Points of Light Institute, the nation's leading volunteer organization, and Heart of America Foundation which provides books and reading opportunities to children in need.
Ms. Bullard is the founder of Make A Difference Day, the nation's largest day of volunteering. Make A Difference Day began in 1992 during her leadership of USA WEEKEND Magazine; the magazine partners with the Points of Light Institute and Newman's Own Foundation to engage more than 3 million Americans every year in a day of volunteer service on the 4th Saturday of October.
As an executive with the Gannett Co. Inc., Ms. Bullard served as editor, then President and CEO of USA WEEKEND during its expansion to 23 million circulation in more than 600 newspapers, including the New York Daily News, the Denver Post, Chicago Sun-Times and Los Angeles Daily News.
She was a founding editor of the national newspaper USA TODAY, starting in 1982. She began in the newspaper business at age 17 as a reporter with the State Journal-Register in Springfield, IL, and later became a reporter and editor at the Rochester, NY, Democrat & Chronicle.
Ms. Bullard serves on the Advisory Board of the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University, and the Girls Know How Career Council. She is a member of the American Society of News Editors.
She was honored with a President's Volunteer Service Award by the White House in 2005. She received the Distinguished Service Award from Southern Illinois University in 1999, and was named Revlon Business Woman of the Year in 1998. She is a two-time recipient of Gannett's top award for executives, the President's Ring. She twice served as a judge for the Miss America contest. Her career inspired the first in a series of career books for girls, Girls Know How: Will Stephanie Get the Story?
Ms. Bullard grew up in Springfield, IL, where her parents still reside. She holds an M.B.A. from The George Washington University and was graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband Tom McNamara, an editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has a step-daughter, Emily, an actress living in New York City.
updated April 2011
Erline is Chairwoman and CEO of Belton’s Crossing, LLC a real estate Development Corporation and the CEO and Founder of the Lyceum Group, an organizational development-consulting firm. The mission of The Lyceum Group is to influence societal and workplace re-thinking and strategy development for individuals and work teams in their places of work. Her life’s work is to be of service to others in their search for truth based effective principle and strategies that support positive business results and individual personal growth. Her focus is in US and international markets. Her most recent international assignments were in South Africa, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, Cote Te Voire and Zimbabwe. She has spent 25 years as a senior corporate executive in the high technology and in the insurance industry, and eight years in higher education.
Prior to the creation of The Lyceum Group, she was a senior executive holding the position of Senior Vice President of human resources. He corporate business experience includes being a partner of a $650 million dollar business team at Digital Equipment Corporation. Ms. Belton in that position had responsibility for US and international markets. The international locations included Ireland, England, Sweden, France and Taiwan. She held a corporate position responsible for, health services, employee relations, personnel policy, corporate law, and corporate communications in 31 countries.
As a consultant, Ms. Belton’s expertise is in business strategy development, strategic planning, organization development, human resources, executive and life coaching. Her work and life experiences give her a unique combination of business strategy and organization development theory and practice... Her focus is on senior executive performance and life coaching that leads to a focus on intentional creation of legacy supported by clarified values and principles as the foundation of their leadership. She also focuses on large scale systems change effort.
Her current interest is in the area of creating legacy thru leadership. In her works she explores the relationship to building value-based systems in public education system, corporations, non-profits, government’s agencies and world communities based on truthtelling, compassion, and intellect.
She has been involved for the past 5 years with the Massachusetts Education System at the local and state level. She was appointed by the commissioner’s office to be a part of the turnaround team in Randolph. In that capacity she is working with the school committee and the board of selectmen. She has been involved with the following local systems developing strategic plan in, Wareham, Witchendom, Randolph, Somerset, and Lowell. She has held teambuilding session with teaching staff in Holyoke and Randolph, and is currently facilitating the Randolph school committee and the board of selectmen to build relationships that will influence effective governance in the town.
She has held multiple teaching appointments at the University of Massachusetts, Tufts University,Wheelock College, and Harvard University. She has worked for the Harvard Center for Social Policy and Change in research and evaluation of early childhood intervention and head start. She has served as an adjunct professor and was a senior fellow at Tufts University.
Ms. Belton is active as a national and international speaker. Topics include creating leadership through legacy to build inclusive organizations, organizational development, transformation, diversity, human resource strategies, AIDS in the workplace strategies, and truth telling for organization healing. She is also a certified a Reiki practitioner.
Examples of previous speaking engagements are: UNESCO - Paris, France; Harvard Business School; The American Red Cross; First Chicago National Bank; Ford Motor Company Engineering Conference; US Department of Currency; Simmons Graduate School of Management; and The White House.
Presently, Ms. Belton serves on the Boards of Directors of the following non-profit organizations: The Balm in Gilead, Tufts University College for Citizenship and Public service, African American Museum, Boston Chapter of the American Red Cross, and America Charities.
Her corporate Board appointment is Applebee’s International, Inc.; she has sat on three other corporate boards.
Ms. Belton’s formal education includes course study at Radcliffe College. She graduated from the International Executive Organization Development Program at Columbia University. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Education at Tufts University.
In January 1990, Ms. Belton was featured in an Ebony magazine article entitled, “100 of the Best and Brightest Black Women in Corporate America.” She has been featured in New Cleveland Woman and in multiple human resource magazines. The Museum of African American History, Boston, MA, honored her in November 1990, which included her portrait in an exhibit entitled, “Local Women Who Make A Difference in Boston.” She was featured in Essence Magazine July 1999, and in ASTD Training and Development May 2000.
She has published two articles in the Non-Profit Quarterly Journal entitled: Truth or Consequence, The importance of organizational Honesty and Organization Culture Check-UP. She is the author of a recently published a book: a Journey That Matters, Your Personal Living Legacy.
Dress For Success Worldwide
Joi joined Dress for Success as the executive director of the New York program in 1999 and in 2002 took over leadership of Dress for Success Worldwide. One of Joi's primary goals is to ensure that Dress for Success becomes recognized as an acknowledged leader in promoting the economic and social development of disadvantaged women while expanding the organization's reach so that more and more women across the globe will have access to the resources and tools they need to succeed in the workplace.
One of Joi's proudest accomplishments is to have succeeded in building a passionate, dedicated and talented staff who will make these objectives a reality. Assembling such a capable group has enabled Dress for Success to improve the services that it offers to its clients, who now number more than 50,000 worldwide each year. In addition, the staff has expanded and strengthened the organization's affiliate network and increased the support that is offered to its members.
"I am incredibly fortunate to have a job that combines my commitment to public service with my passion for women's issues," says Joi.
As the CEO of Worldwide, Joi spearheaded a rebranding of Dress for Success, complete with a new mission statement, tagline and logo. Under her leadership the organization has increased its focus to include employment retention in addition to suiting. Dress for Success now supports women as they find and retain employment and helps them turn their jobs into rewarding careers. Our suiting program has grown tremendously while the organization has launched new initiatives to assist our clients in their efforts to grow professionally.
Joi also serves on the advisory board of Atlanta based nonprofit Project Single Mom and is a member of Greater Queens Chapter of the Links, Inc. She served on the corporate board of directors of Urban Brands, owner of Ashley Stewart a leading specialty retailer who targets the fashion-savvy urban woman. She also served on several inaugural women’s advisory councils including those for American Airlines, Office Depot and VOICE, an imprint of Hyperion Books. Over the past several years a number of prominent institutions have recognized Joi for her achievements. In 2009 she was presented with the Vice Chancellor’s Award from The American Foundation for the University of the West Indies and named by Network Journal Magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business. In 2007 Joi received an Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Office Depot, Harlem YMCA and Coalition of 100 Black Women in New York City, among other organizations, have presented Joi with community service and visionary awards to acknowledge her contributions. A February 2007 cover story in Black Enterprise magazine recognized Joi’s leadership of Dress for Success as an example of successful social entrepreneurism. Joi received her B.A. in radio/ television broadcasting from the University of Oklahoma and her juris doctorate from its College of Law. She lives in Queens with her husband Errol, where they own and operate a fleet of luxury limousines. Her greatest joys are her two children, Sydney and Nicholas.
Robert J. Dunfey
Bob Dunfey is the Executive Director of ITNPortland. He joined the organization last December. Previously he owned and/or operated hotels, real estate development projects and a property management company. He served in the Clinton/Gore administration as Regional Administrator of General Services Administration for New England. He started his career in his family’s company, Dunfey Hotels, now known as Omni Hotels.
He sits on a few nonprofit boards and volunteers in other community organizations or committees.
Bob is also an endurance runner having completed over 100 marathons including 20 consecutive Boston Marathons as well as many ultra trail marathons with distances up to 100 miles.
Alliance Defense Fund
Chuck is Sr. Vice President of the Alliance Defense Fund, a national legal alliance created to defend religious liberties. Prior to his post with ADF, Chuck was Chief Operating Officer for Childhelp USA. Chuck has held distinguished positions in many different professions, including entertainment. From 1972 to 1987, Chuck was Sr. Vice President of Continental Singers, a musical youth outreach organization located in Ventura, California. In 1988, Chuck became Vice President of Focus on the Family, a multimillion-dollar, non-profit media organization. Chuck has also co-authored four books and written several seasonal dramas.
Paul T. Burke
American Psychiatric Foundation
Paul became the leader of the National Childhood Cancer Foundation in October 2002. The National Childhood Cancer Foundation is the leader in the battle against childhood cancer. It supports over 230 childhood cancer and research centers of the Children's Oncology Group that care for over 90% of the children with cancer in North America. Mr. Burke's extensive management and communications experience is now focused on the task of advancing NCCF as the pre-eminent organization for childhood cancer research and advocacy. Paul Burke inspires optimism when he talks about the fight to cure childhood cancer, even though cancer remains the #1 disease killer in children. He has reason to be optimistic. Throughout his exceptional career, he has brought hope to many thousands of individuals who otherwise may never have had a chance.
His signature style is to build teams that are guided by a clear and compelling vision of mission and outcomes. Many of his leadership skills were acquired and honed as a decorated Army officer in Vietnam, where he came to understand the absolute necessity of combining passion and focus in order to successfully achieve a goal. It has been his benchmark ever since. A Washington area native, Paul Burke's professional career began at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. Since that time he has distinguished himself as a leader in a number of causes related not for profits including service as Executive Vice President of Young Astronaut International, Director of Marketing and Development for the Special Olympics and, most recently as National Director of Marketing and Communications for UCP, the leading disability organization in the United States. In his spare time, Mr. Burke has devoted years of service as a youth athletic coach in basketball, baseball and lacrosse. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his college sweetheart and wife of thirty-three years, Peggy. They have three grown children.
Bidding for Good
Jon Carson is CEO & Chairman of Bidding for Good. He is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years in building and scaling forprofit enterprises that serve a broader social purpose. Other than brief stints at Boeing and McKinsey & Company, he has always worked on new ventures.
Jon has started 4 companies with over $175 million of returns to investors. His last company, Family Education Network (Fen.com), used a unique public/private partnership model to become the largest education website on the Internet. Over 20% of all U.S. school districts built their first website on the FEN platform. He is currently on the boards of Taunton Press, a midsized specialty publisher of magazines, books, TV, and websites (Fine Cooking, Threads, Fine Woodworking, Fine Gardening, Fine Homebuilding), the Lewis Institute of Social Entrepreneurship at Babson College, and The Trinity Boston Foundation.
He has previously served on the boards of NetImpact, a national organization of 240 college and MBA chapters promoting corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship, The ePhilanthropy Foundation, National PTA, National School Boards Foundation, and the Small Business Association of New England (SBANE). He is a participant in Renaissance Weekend and holds a deep interest in sustainability and equilibrium dynamics in political and economic systems as well as an interest in social entrepreneurship.
In 2008 Jon was one of the initial 3 inductees into the Babson College Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. In 2009 he was a finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (New England region). Jon lives in the Boston area with his wife and is thoroughly enjoying the joys of fatherhood and helping his kids build their cupcake delivery business.
Katherine L. Eller
Katherine Eller is a technology and corporate communications professional currently serving as Communications Manager at Google. Eller is an experienced public and media relations professional with a particular interest in wireless communications. She has extensive experience developing philanthropic campaigns for youth and teens.
Boy Scouts of America
Bradley Farmer is Assistant Chief Scout Executive – Development, Boy Scouts of America national headquarters. Farmer gives leadership to the Office of Development, including the National Development Office, the BSA Foundation, the Office of Philanthropy, and the funding of the national Scout jamboree site in West Virginia. These departments are responsible for raising funds to perpetuate Scouting, being a donor concierge, and using ethical stewardship.
Beatrice Gonzales Garza
Association for Advancement of Mexican Americans
Beatrice Gonzales Garza is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, which helps to advance the lives of at-risk and disadvantaged youth and families through an array of innovative programs of excellence in the areas of education, health and human services and community development. Garza previously was the Executive General Manager of Human Resources at the Houston Independent School District.
Patrick R. Gaston
The Western Union Foundation
Patrick Gaston is the President of the Western Union Foundation. Patrick most recently served as President and CEO of Gastal Networks LLC, a management consulting firm assisting organizations in building results driven Corporate Social Responsibility and philanthropic strategies.
Prior to that he served as Senior Advisor to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund where he provided strategic counsel and led broad outreach programs to increase awareness and support from major donors, corporations and foundations. He developed strategies to engage key stakeholders, including members of the Haitian Diaspora.
Prior to joining the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Patrick R. Gaston was the president of the Verizon Foundation, one of the 15 largest corporate foundations in America, overseeing an annual budget of $75 million and a corpus of approximately $600 million. He was responsible for philanthropic strategy, grant-making and initiatives in the foundation's issues areas of education and literacy, family safety and health, and employee volunteerism. Under his leadership, the foundation invested more than $500 million in communities in the U.S. and around the globe.
During his more than 25 years of service for Verizon, Patrick has served in a variety of management positions in operations, marketing, human resources, strategic planning and government relations and was the architect of the company's corporate social responsibility program and global community outreach.
Patrick serves on a number of national nonprofit boards, including the NAACP Board of Trustees, America's Charities, The Conference Board Contributions Council and the World Institute on Disability. He also served on the National PTA's Leadership Advisory Board and was Vice Chair of the Business Committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Patrick is a member of the board of directors of Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc., a publicly-traded company that operates a nationwide chain of retail stores. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a network and leadership forum of African-American senior corporate executives.
In 2009, Patrick was named as one of the top 100 most influential African-Americans in corporate America by Savoy Professional magazine. He was also named Corporate Responsibility Magazine Foundation CEO of the year in 2010. He has served as a guest lecturer at several universities, including Rutgers University and Dartmouth College, and speaks frequently at national venues on the subjects of corporate responsibility and philanthropy.
Patrick was raised in Haiti, Montreal, Canada and Boston, Massachusetts, and holds a B.A. in management from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University. He earned an International Certificate in Business from Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Reims, France.
Janet Gibbs has been Chief Financial Officer of Feeding America, an America’s Charities member, since early 2009. Gibbs guides on a broad range of strategic, operational and financial issues, and also ensures the financial well-being of the organization via budgeting, accounting, financial reporting and treasury. Gibbs has extensive background in financial management, operations, and business development. Prior to joining Feeding America, Gibbs spent four years with the American Bar Association, serving as Associate Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer.
Charlotte Coker Gibson
Charlotte currently serves as the National Program Director for Impact -- a unique educational community initiative for academically talented African-American high school juniors -- sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). Charlotte directs and oversees the Impact program in multiple markets. This includes directing and leading program strategy and execution and working with the local PwC office leadership teams to implement the Impact program curriculum for students and PwC professionals in those markets.
Charlotte is responsible for the development of program curriculum, workshop content, and materials, program communications, branded collateral, mentor recruitment, training and management and ongoing interaction with external constituencies (e.g. high schools, educational administrators, nonprofit and community representatives, local and national media, etc.) to promote the Impact program and identify and recruit eligible students.
Previously, Charlotte served as the Diversity Leader for the Washington Metro & National Tax Services Practices of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. In this capacity, Charlotte oversaw the diversity programs and initiatives for the local practice market. This included working the local Office Managing Partner and leadership team to develop and implement the diversity and inclusion strategy, related programming, diversity recruitment and retention initiatives and manage local programs for approximately 2400 staff and partners in the Washington Metro area.
Prior to joining PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Charlotte served as Vice President, Corporate Volunteer Development at the Points of Light Foundation. In this role, she oversaw the Foundation's work with Fortune 500 companies in helping them to develop and manage effective employee volunteer programs and strengthen existing programs to meet core business goals, employee interests and real community needs. Preceding her tenure with the Points of Light Foundation, Charlotte served as Vice President, Business Relations for SeaChange -- a start-up nonprofit focused on social entrepreneurism. Charlotte oversaw the organization's business relations development and worked with Fortune 500 companies to help them identify social entrepreneurs and ideas for creating social change that aligned with their values and philanthropic goals. SeaChange's primary focus was to develop an entrepreneurial virtual non-profit marketplace for social change.
From 1996 to 2000, Charlotte served as National Program Manager for US Contributions and Community Involvement
at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she was responsible for developing a contributions and community involvement program for key practice offices in the US. Prior to joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, she was with Sallie Mae for more than fifteen years where she helped establish the company's formal employee volunteer program and implemented the Dollars for Doers and the Matching Grants programs.
She has previously served on the National Council on Workplace Volunteering of the Points of Light Foundation, as Board advisor, and 2000 Chapter President, and Public Relations Chair (2000-02) for the Washington, DC Chapter of Executive Women International. Charlotte also previously served on the Board for the Coaching for College Project at Shaw Junior High School in Washington, DC where she also volunteered as a tutor and mentor.
Charlotte graduated Cum Laude from American University, Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in Public Communications and has her certification in Corporate Community Involvement Management from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.
W. Michael Gretschel
Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation
Mr. Gretschel is the President/CEO of Market Development Group, Inc. Prior to forming MDG and affiliates in 1978, Mr. Gretschel was the Executive Vice President and Creative Director for the Richard A. Viguerie Company of Falls Church, Virginia, the pre-eminent political fundraising agency. He has been in advertising and direct marketing business since graduation from the University of Maryland with a major in Marketing and minor in Statistics. In addition to his business activities, Mr. Gretschel has served for eight years as President and Board Member and Fundraising Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International's Northern Virginia Chapter. In 1993, Mr. Gretschel was one of the Founders of the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF) and serves as Volunteer President both in the United States and the United Kingdom today. DRWF is the publisher of the largest, paid, consumer/patient circulation newsletter in the field (Diabetes Wellness News), the first publisher of a weight-loss system for people with diabetes and leader in airing regularly scheduled weekly television designed to educate and inform patients and families about diabetes. Mr. Gretschel is a native of Washington, DC, married to Maureen Lawyer and father of four adult children.
NASA Federal Credit Union
Matthew Kaudy is Vice President, Marketing and Business Development at NASA Federal Credit Union. He has served as the lead marketing and business development executive for NASA Federal Credit Union (NASAFCU) since 2009. NASAFCU is one of the Washington metropolitan area’s largest credit unions with assets over $1 billion. In his role Matthew is responsible for all marketing, advertising, promotion and related business development as well as community relations and related organizational philanthropy.
Matthew’s career in credit unions began when he served as coowner of a California ad agency with a high percentage of credit union clients. Wanting to focus his efforts into one credit union he looked to the East Coast and joined Fairfax County Federal Credit Union (Fairfax FCU) where he was named credit union Marketing Executive of the Year by Credit Union Times magazine in 2008.
Matthew positioned Fairfax County FCU as "first to market" among area credit unions in the viral marketing arena by designing and launching a usergenerated Gen Y ad promotion on YouTube. The promotion encouraged Gen Yers to create and submit their own 30second video commercial on the virtues of the credit union's new Gen Y Extreme Checking Account. The contest was advertised on Facebook via its Flyer ad service allowing Fairfax FCU to target specific Gen Yers "psychographically" and demographically inside Facebook.
He also launched a successful initiative designed to attract the Hispanic Community to become members of credit unions.
Matthew is a Member of the National Advertising Review Board and serves in volunteer roles with many other organizations including the ANA Senior Marketers Think Thank and the Marketing Advisory Board of PSCU Card Services.
Matthew earned his Masters Degree in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University and holds an MBA from Chapman University.
Steven M. Kaufman
Mr. Kaufman is a partner in the law firm of Hogan Lovells US LLP as an attorney who specializes in business,corporate and commercial legal matters for domestic and international telecommunications and technology clients. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Yale University. Mr. Kaufman and Hogan Lovells US LLP have been pro bono legal counsel to America's Charities since 1987, providing assistance in a wide range of areas that have contributed substantially to America's Charities' development. Mr. Kaufman was a 1995 recipient of America's Charities' Blue Eagle Award - "To Honor Those Whose Work and Commitment Have Expanded Choice and Giving in Workplace Campaigns".
Custom Development Solution
David Phillips is Founder & CEO of Custom Development Solution. He has over 30 years of fundraising experience. He founded Custom Development Solutions, Inc. (CDS) in 1996. He and the firm’s campaign consultants have provided counsel to hundreds of nonprofit organizations and led hundreds of successful campaigns that have raised more than 2.5 billion dollars. His area of expertise is major gifts fundraising and the planning, implementation and management of capital campaigns.
David’s professional experience also includes service as the Chief Development officer of the Charleston, S.C. Spoleto Festival USA and serving as Executive Director of a major international fundraising consulting firm where he was responsible for supervising capital campaigns for major charitable organizations. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and has served on the boards of the ePhilanthropy Foundation and the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts.
David is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BS in Accounting.
Charlie is Partner at Lawry Rhoads in Houston, Texas. His work experience includes over 15 years experience in executive search, the Vice President, Human Resources for Gulf Oil Chemicals Company and the Vice President of Human Resources for Pennzoil Company. He is a graduate of Temple University.
Areas of Concentration: Chemicals and Petroleum, Energy and Natural Resources, Not-For-Profit, Human Resources.
Affiliations: Society for HR Management, American Compensation Association, has served as a member for a variety of not-for-profit and community service organizations.
Prior to his consulting practice, Mr. Rhoads held senior management positions in the energy, manufacturing and financial services sectors. He was promoted to Vice President, Human Resources for Gulf Oil Chemicals Company at the age of 33. He has also served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Pennzoil Company; Vice President Human Resources and Administration for United Gas Pipe Line Company; and Senior Vice President Human Resources for First Interstate Bank of Texas.
A graduate of Temple University, Mr. Rhoads holds leadership positions in several charitable, academics, and arts organizations and has been a guest lecturer at colleges, universities, and professional conferences. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the United Way of Texas Gulf Coast and as a member of its Executive Committee and as President of the Board of Literacy Advance of Houston. Mr. Rhoads has also served in several national organizations, including The Labor Policy Association and the Business Roundtable.
Charlie Rhoads has over 30 years of corporate, operational and consulting experience in all facets of human resources. He started his executive search and human resource consulting practice in 1993 and has counseled numerous companies in a variety of operational and management issues. Mr. Rhoads' primary focus throughout his career has been on establishing policies and programs that support management's strategic operating goals and decisions. His practice during the last twelve years has focused on executive search engagements in the energy, energy services and process industries and for not-for-profit organizations. Most recently, he was a Partner in Boyden, the fifth largest international search firm.
Specific Not For Profit Interaction: United Way TX Gulf Coast Board and Exec Comm-7 years, Catholic
Charities Board and Exec Comm-8 years, Literacy Advance of Houston Board Member-6 years: Board
President- 2 years, Wesley House Board-5years. Current Board VP., FBI- Conducted Assessment of Bureau wide Human Resources Function, 2nd Harvest Food Banks-Houston and New Orleans- Conducted Executive Director Searches, Catholic Charities of America-Conducted Executive Director Search.
Feed the Children
Rick has demonstrated strong character and dedication to excellence in every aspect of his life. He is a proponent of building strong relationships and helping mentor and build motivated, confident colleagues and team members by leading by example in both his professional and personal life. This is demonstrated by his civic involvement and employment choices. His current career choice shows where his heart has been leading Rick - to help give back and make this world a better place. Rick has been a valued Vice President of the Development department for Feed The Children for over seven years. Rick was a valued colleague for UPS for over twenty years, where he began his career learning the company from the ground floor to management level. These experiences taught him the value of producing quality service, support and the importance of producing results timely. Supporting customers (internal and external) and taking the lead to support team work. His career with UPS has taken him through all facets of the business world: Package Center - managed over seventy drivers and the success planning for exceeding their customer's expectations; Pre-load Department - he successfully motivated and trained over two hundred employees; Industrial Engineering - where time study certifications, time measurement and auditor skills were obtained and mastered; Human Resources, where he obtained his training certification. His career at UPS also gave him the opportunity to be selected to be the District United Way Company organizer as well as many other United Way Corporate Partner positions. He led this campaign for four years exceeding the company's donation goals each year. (109%, 111%, 117% and 103% - raising on average of $402,371). The fruits of Rick's involvement and leadership produced the receiving of the prestige's and coveted “The Spirit of Caring" award. This award is only given to two recipients per year. He was also a Loaned Executive for four different campaign years. This produced the results of being the very first Loaned Executive to produce over 1 million in pledges. This shows Rick has the ability, dedication and passion to surpass goals set for helping and giving back to the community.
George is the Founder and CEO of WholeWhale.com, and an adjunct professor at NYIT. Prior to WholeWhale.com, George was the CTO of DoSomething.org. Under his leadership, the organization became an innovator in social media, mobile technologies and social cause. During his 7 years at DoSomething.org, he oversaw the complete overhaul of the site twice (winning a Webby Award and nominations), helping to build a community of over 1.5 million young people taking action. Internally, George built a 10 person engineering team including mobile, social, and Drupal developers in NYC.
Other stuff: America’s Charities Board Member, Writer Huffingtonpost Impact/Technology, Founder CTOs For Good, Coach NYRR running class & City Sports for Kids
David A. Williams
Make-A-Wish Foundation of America
David came to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America (MAWFA) in January 2005 with an impressive background in non-profit leadership. As CEO, Williams now leads the Foundation's national staff and works closely with its 74 chapters, including chapter chief executives and board chairs, in executing the strategy and mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Williams most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Habitat for Humanity International, concluding a 10-year career at the organization when he joined MAWFA. From the beginning of his career, Williams was interested in working for organizations whose mission is to help others. After a short career in the corporate world, Williams decided to pursue the non-profit sector. In the early 1980's, Williams became involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Bread for the World and the Houston Food Bank. He joined the board of the Houston Food Bank and eventually took over as executive director in 1983. In 11 years under Williams' leadership, the Houston Food Bank was transformed from a struggling organization to one of the most successful food banks in the country.
In 1994, Williams became senior vice president for administration at Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Georgia. David holds his B.S. in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas. David recently moved to Phoenix, Arizona from Americus, Georgia with his wife, Martha and two children, Carson and Kate.
President and chief executive officer Steve Delfin was a long-time volunteer member of the America’s Charities board. He was serving as chairman when he was recruited to take over the organization’s professional leadership in January 2010. Delfin came to the organization after serving as Executive Director of the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), where he was responsible for providing leadership and strategy for America’s credit unions and their related foundations, philanthropic, and social responsibility initiatives.
He has 30 years of experience working in and with major national and international not-for-profit organizations and socially-responsible international corporations, including a long history of engagement with and leadership around workplace giving and employee volunteerism programs. Prior to the NCUF , Delfin was the worldwide director of community relations for Booz-Allen-Hamilton , a global leader in management consulting providing services to major international corporations and government clients. There he was responsible for the firm&rsquo ;s award-winning worldwide philanthropic and corporate citizenship programs, including the home office workplace giving program where he brought in America&rsquo ;s Charities as a partner.
It was while at Booz-Allen-Hamilton and while serving on the America&rsquo ;s Charities board that Delfin worked with America&rsquo ;s Charities leadership and a Booz-Allen-Hamilton technology team to conceive and create the first iteration of PledgeFirst , now the standard among national charitable federations for workplace giving. Delfin &rsquo ;s career also includes executive positions with the National Association for Home Care, the Just Say No Foundation), the American Red Cross, and United Way of America. He has also managed his own communications firm, Delfin & Associates, providing strategic public relations and strategic philanthropy counsel to not-for-profit organizations and corporations. A highly respected leader in the both the not-for-profit and business communities, Delfin has delivered hundreds of speeches, seminars and workshops on a range of topics. In addition to his long volunteer service with America&rsquo ;s Charities, Delfin has also recently served as volunteer chairman of the board of trustees of the ePhilanthropy Foundation, as a board member of the National Cooperative Development Foundation, and continues as an uncompensated member of the advisory board of cMarket , a leading internet fundraising firm. Delfin is a native Washingtonian and the son of a government executive. He holds a B.S . degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.