Latest Placements

Paul Jackson, Vice President, Government Relations, Business Roundtable (BRT)
Paul Jackson has been named Vice President of Government Relations at the BRT. The BRT exclusively represents CEOs of America’s leading companies. These CEO members lead companies with more than 15 million employees and more than $7 trillion in annual revenues. For more than 45 years, the membership of BRT has applied CEO expertise to the major issues facing the nation. Through research and advocacy, BRT advocates policies to spur job creation, improve U.S. competitiveness and strengthen the economy. Paul engages directly with government officials and their staff as well as with other industry associations, third parties and stakeholders to advance the organization’s policy priorities. Most recently, Paul was the Director, Office of Legislative Affairs at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Catherine Schultz, Vice President, Tax & Fiscal Policy, Business Roundtable (BRT)
Cathy Schultz has been named the Vice President, Tax & Fiscal Policy at the BRT.  The BRT exclusively represents CEOs of America’s leading companies. These CEO members lead companies with more than 15 million employees and more than $7 trillion in annual revenues. For more than 45 years, the membership of BRT has applied CEO expertise to the major issues facing the nation. Through research and advocacy, BRT advocates policies to spur job creation, improve U.S. competitiveness and strengthen the economy. Cathy serves as the primary expert and advisor within BRT on matters relating to tax and fiscal policy formation and direct advocacy with government institutions. Most recently, Cathy was the Vice President, Tax Policy at the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC).

Jonay Foster Holkins, Senior Director, Policy (Racial Equity & Justice), Business Roundtable (BRT)
Jonay Foster Holkins has been named the Senior Director, Policy (Racial Equity & Justice) at the BRT.  The BRT exclusively represents CEOs of America’s leading companies. These CEO members lead companies with more than 15 million employees and more than $7 trillion in annual revenues. For more than 45 years, the membership of BRT has applied CEO expertise to the major issues facing the nation. Through research and advocacy, BRT advocates policies to spur job creation, improve U.S. competitiveness and strengthen the economy. BRT has endorsed a set of policy proposals designed to advance racial equity and justice. Jonay is responsible for helping BRT drive real change as it relates to advancing these initiatives. Most recently, Jonay was the Counsel to Congressman David N. Cicilline in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Craig Connors, Senior Director, Payor Relations, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA)
Craig Connors is the new Senior Director, Payor Relations at VHHA. VHHA is a trade association of Virginia hospitals and health care delivery systems that acts as a representative and advocate for policy issues affecting the delivery, quality, accessibility, and cost effectiveness of health care. In this newly created role, Craig works to advance the interests of Virginia’s hospitals and health systems with commercial payors (including Medicaid managed care and Medicare Advantage) through ensuring an effective working relationship with Virginia health insurers and developing and implementing strategies to promote patient and provider-friendly contracting and reimbursement policies.  Most recently, Craig was the Director, Policy & Community Relations at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Tom Pinder, General Counsel, American Bankers Association (ABA)
Tom Pinder is the new General Counsel at the ABA.  The ABA is the voice of the nation’s $20.3 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $15.8 trillion in deposits and extend nearly $11 trillion in loans. Tom is responsible for managing and driving the Association’s legal operations, which includes leading the Association’s strategic and tactical legal initiatives for corporate governance, business initiatives and other activities in support of the banking industry.  Most recently, Tom was the Deputy General Counsel at the ABA.

Megan Smith, Chief Financial Officer, Personal Care Products Council (PCPC)
Megan Smith is the new Chief Financial Officer at PCPC.  PCPC is the leading national trade association representing cosmetic and personal care products companies and serving as the voice on scientific, legal, regulatory, legislative and international issues for the $488 billion global industry. Megan has oversight for the Association’s $20M budget and serves as a strategic partner to the CEO and senior leadership team. Most recently, Megan was the Controller and Vice President at the Society for Human Resource Management, a professional membership associations.

Jon Carver, Chief Financial Officer, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)
Jon Carver is the new Chief Financial Officer at USHMM.  USHMM is a living memorial to the Holocaust and inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Jon leads the financial function of the Museum and supervises a 60-person team which includes finance, IT and museum shop staff. Most recently, Jon was the Chief Financial Officer at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, whose mission is to reduce and eliminate threats to U.S. critical physical and cyber infrastructure.

Jana Adams, Executive Director, Touchstone Energy, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
Jana Adams is the new Executive Director, Touchstone Energy (TE) at NRECA. NRECA is the national trade association for over 900 not-for-profit rural electric cooperatives providing electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 48 states. NRECA owns the TE brand and NRECA employees deliver TE-branded programs and services through a managed services agreement. Jana manages TE’s $10 million budget and is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership of the organization. Most recently, Jana was the Senior Vice President of Member Value and Experience at the American Wind Energy Association, a national trade association for the U.S. wind industry.

Ralph Boyd, President and Chief Executive Officer, SOME, Inc. (So Others Might Eat)
Ralph Boyd is new the President and Chief Executive Officer at SOME.  SOME is a community-based service organization supporting residents of our Nation’s Capital experiencing homelessness and poverty.  Ralph will oversee nearly 400 employees, over 8,000 volunteers, a budget of nearly $35 million and, most importantly, SOME’s hallmark continuum of care as they mark 50 years of serving Washington’s most vulnerable residents.  Most recently, Ralph held leadership positions at the Urban Land Institute and the American Red Cross.  He has a diverse and accomplished background that spans three decades of experience in government as well as the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Karen Caruth, Executive Director, American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI)
Karen Caruth is the new Executive Director at the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI).  ACOI is a professional medical association which represents Osteopathic Internists.  Their mission is to promote high quality, distinctive osteopathic care and they are the preeminent source for education, information, representation and service to the profession.  Most recently, Karen served as the Chief Business Development Officer at Intelos, a nonprofit healthcare certification organization.

 


Chris Morton, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, American Land Title Association (ALTA)
Chris Morton is the new Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at ALTA.  ALTA is the national trade association of the land title insurance industry.  Chris leads ALTA’s policy development, political engagement and lobbying strategy and will be a member of the Executive Team.  He works closely with senior leaders across the association and industry who engage in coalitions, campaigns and strategic communications to promote and enhance the title industry’s role in protecting consumers in the efficient and secure transfer of real estate.  Chris previously served as Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and Business Strategy at the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting.

Marc Pearce, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB)
Marc Pearce is the new President and Chief Executive Officer at American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).  The AATB is the national non-profit organization that supports tissue banking through accreditation, education, advocacy and the collaborative development of industry best practices.  Marc was previously Vice President, Business Systems for Creative Testing Solutions, the largest blood donor testing laboratory in the world.

 


Randall “Randy” Hultgren, President and Chief Executive Officer, Illinois Bankers Association (IBA)
Randy Hultgren is the President and Chief Executive Officer at the IBA.  IBA is a full-service trade association dedicated to creating a positive business climate that benefits the entire banking community and the communities they serve.  Randy was a former U.S. Representative representing the 14th Congressional District of Illinois.

 


Ryan Jackson, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, National Mining Association (NMA)
Ryan Jackson is the new Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the National Mining Association.  The NMA is a national trade organization which is the mining industry’s advocate in Washington, D.C., and beyond.  Ryan is responsible for leading NMA’s government and political affairs. He brings over 20 years of experience reaching bipartisan achievements.  Ryan was previously Chief of Staff to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Michael “Mike” Andrews, Vice President, Administration, Business Roundtable, Inc.
Mike Andrews is the new Vice President of Administration at the Business Roundtable, Inc.  The Business Roundtable is an association of Chief Executive Officers of America’s leading companies that works to promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.  Mike is responsible for financial, human resources, information technology, operations and compliance functions.  Mike was previously Executive Vice President, Operations and CFO for the American Geophysical Union.

Sara Enlow, Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer, CDW
Sara Enlow is the new Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer of CDW.  CDW is a Fortune 500 company and the leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare customers in the U.S., the UK and Canada.  Sara was previously with Tadeka Pharmaceuticals and most recently served as a U.S. Business Unit lead for Integration, Culture and Values.

Karin Flynn, Chief Financial Officer, American Bankers Association (ABA)
Karin Flynn is the new Chief Financial Officer at American Bankers Association (ABA).  The ABA is the united voice of America’s bankers, supporting small, regional and large banks as they perform their critical role as drivers of the nation’s economic growth.  Karin oversees ABA’s finance, information technology and operations functions.  Karin was previously a consultant for multiple organizations in recent years and was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration and Development for the National Presbyterian School in Washington, D.C.

Kera Wright, Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (St. Jude)
Kera Wright is the new Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The mission of St. Jude  is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.  ALSAC is the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude.  Kera was previously the Vice President, Customer and Sales Operations for McKesson Life Sciences.

Rich Nolan, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Mining Association (NMA)
Rich Nolan is the new President and Chief Executive Officer at the National Mining Association.  The NMA is a national trade organization which is the mining industry’s advocate in Washington, D.C. and beyond.  Rich brings more than 20 years of experience advocating on many natural resources sector issues.  Rich was previously Senior Vice President of Government and Political Affairs at NMA.

Jocelyn Ulrich, Deputy Vice President, Medical Innovation Policy, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Jocelyn Ulrich is the new Deputy Vice President, Medical Innovation Policy at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).  PhRMA represents the country’s leading biopharmaceutical research companies and supports the search for new treatments and cures. Jocelyn was previously Senior Director, Global and Government and Public Affairs for EMD Serono, Inc.

Gina Vetere, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Entertainment Software Association, (ESA)
Gina Vetere is the new Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).  The ESA serves as the voice and advocate for the video game industry.  Gina leads ESA’s legal, policy and regulatory initiatives.  She also oversees all governance and compliance matters and serves as Corporate Secretary to ESA’s Board of Directors.  Gina was previously Of Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP.

 


Meredith McPhillips, Vice President, Marketing, Business Roundtable, Inc.
Meredith McPhillips is the new Vice President of Marketing at the Business Roundtable, Inc.  The Business Roundtable is an association of Chief Executive Officers of America’s leading companies that works promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.  Meredith leads the organization’s brand and advocacy marketing, advertising, media partnerships, content strategy and events, holistically driving engagement for the organization.  Meredith was previously the Senior Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships for POLITICO.

Aimee Carter, Vice President, Membership, Business Roundtable, Inc.
Aimee Carter is the new Vice President of Membership at Business Roundtable, Inc.  Business Roundtable is an association of Chief Executive Officers of America’s leading companies that works to promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.  Aimee oversees the organization’s membership activities including recruitment and member communications.  Aimee was previously Vice President of International for AARP.

 


Michael O’Leary, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
Michael O’Leary is the new Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).  ESA serves as the voice and advocate for the video game industry.  Michael brings more than 25 years of experience from both the public and private sectors.  Most recently Michael was the Senior Vice President for Global Policy and Public Affairs at 21st Century Fox.

 


Stuart “Stu” Reed, Chief Operating Officer, Protect My Car
Stuart “Stu” Reed is the new Chief Operating Officer at Protect My Car.  Protect My Car provides consumers with extended auto warranty plans that have real coverage for vehicles that are no longer covered by their manufacturer’s warranty.  Stu has over 30 years of professional experience across multiple industries.  Most recently, Stu was the President and Chief Executive Officer for Education Corporation of America (ECA).

Patrick Brennan, Chief of Staff to the President and Chief Executive Officer, Guardian Insurance
Patrick Brennan is the new Chief of Staff to the President and CEO of Guardian Insurance.  Guardian is a Fortune 250 mutual company and leading provider of life, disability and other benefits for individuals.  Patrick was previously the Chief Operating Officer at The Rockefeller Foundation.

 


Melanie Drouet, Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel, Guardian Insurance
Melanie Drouet is the Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel at Guardian Insurance.  Guardian is a Fortune 250 mutual company and leading provider of life, disability and other benefits for individuals.  Melanie was previously the Head of Executive Governance in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer at AIG.

 


Kristin Gomez, Communications Director, The Paulson Institute
Kristin Gomez is the new Communications Director at The Paulson Institute.  The Paulson Institute is a non-partisan, independent, privately funded “think and do tank” not supported by or connected to any government.  It is dedicated to fostering a U.S.-China relationship that serves to maintain global order in a rapidly changing world.  Kristin leads the U.S. communications team in developing and executing a strategy which highlights PI’s programmatic activities to relevant U.S. audiences.  Kristin was previously the Director of Marketing and Communications at World Business Chicago.

Alison Esquea, Vice President, Federal Affairs, Cambia Health Solutions
Alison Esquea is the Vice President of Federal Affairs at Cambia Health Solutions and serves as the strategic advisor to  Cambia’s Leadership Team on all federal legislative, regulatory, policy and political affairs.  Alison is responsible for strengthening Cambia’s brand in Washington, D.C., by driving concrete action on specific, target initiatives that advance the cause and increase the company’s national visibility.  Alison was previously a Director of Health Policy at Sandoz U.S.

 


Curt Hemmeler, Executive Director, RV Technical Institute, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association
Curt Hemmeler is the new Executive Director at RV Technical Institute.  The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is a national trade association representing recreation vehicle (RV) manufacturers and their component parts suppliers who together build more than 98 percent of all RV’s produced in the United States.  Curt was most recently Vice President of Operations and Strategy for Zenith Education.

 


Robert Cain, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
Robert Cain is the new President and Chief Executive Officer at AACOM.  He is the principal spokesman for osteopathic medical education in the United States and abroad.  Robert was previously the Associate Dean for Clinical Education and GME at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

 


Jessica Wahl, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, Executive Director
Jessica Wahl is the new Executive Director for the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR).  The ORR is the nation’s leading coalition of outdoor recreation association and corporate interests.  As a newly re-organized 501(c)3 entity, ORR’s mission is to educate policymakers and media on the necessary policies and legislative reforms required to grow the outdoor recreation economy.  Jessica has a passion for the mission of ORR, with knowledge and experience in outdoor recreation public policy.  Jessica previously directed the Outdoor Industry Association’s government affairs organization.

Chris Hill, Director of Surface Transportation, Mitre Corporation
Chris Hill is the new Director of Surface Transportation at Mitre.  Mitre is a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs).  Chris is responsible for accelerating safe and secure integration of autonomous vehicles into our nation’s infrastructure.  Chris previously led the government transportation business within Booz Allen Hamilton.

 


Julissa Marenco, Assistant Secretary, Communications and External Affairs, Smithsonian Institution
Julissa Marenco is the new Assistant Secretary for Communications and External Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution.  The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, with 19 museums, 9 research facilities and the National Zoo.  Julissa oversees the Office of Communications and External Affairs which includes Public Affairs, Government Relations, Visitor Services and Special Events and Protocol.  Additionally, she serves as the principal media spokesperson for the Smithsonian and is a key adviser to the Secretary and senior leadership team.  Julissa brought more than 20 years of experience, and most recently served as Chief External Affairs Officer at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Doug Gatlin, Chief Executive Officer, Green Seal, Inc.
Doug Gatlin is the new Chief Executive Officer at Green Seal.  Green Seal is a $3 million, non-profit environmental standard development and certification organization.  Doug is responsible for helping Green Seal achieve its business and social responsibility goals.  Doug was formerly the Senior Vice President of Market Transformation & Development at USGBC, where he successfully designed and launched market transformation programs within the LEED and Energy Star certification market.

 


Naomi Camper, Chief Policy Officer, American Bankers Association
Naomi Camper is the new Chief Policy Officer at The American Bankers Association (ABA).  The American Bankers Association (ABA) is the united voice of America’s bankers, supporting small, regional and large banks as they perform their critical role as drivers of the nation’s economic growth.  Naomi manages and coordinates all the ABA’s government relations and policy functions.  Naomi previously served as the Head of Federal Affairs for JPMorgan Chase, and most recently held the title of Managing Director and Head of the Office of Nonprofit Engagement. 

Dori Kreiger, Executive Director, The Wireless Foundation, CTIA
Dori Kreiger is the new Executive Director at The Wireless Foundation CTIA.  CTIA represents the U.S. wireless communications industry – from carriers and equipment manufacturers to mobile app developers and content creators. CTIA Wireless Foundation is a 501(c)(3).  Dori is responsible for overall strategic and operational leadership and management of the Foundation.  Dori was previously a Senior Director at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

 


Brian Heindl, Director of Government Relations for Beauty & Laundry, Henkel North America
Brian Heindl is the new Director of Government Relations for Beauty & Laundry at Henkel North America, an international manufacturer of branded household and personal care goods for consumer and industrial consumers.  Brian brings 15 years of government relations experience from the federal and state levels in government, lobbying, and corporate roles.  Most recently, Brian served as the Director of Government Affairs at Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

 


Ian Nash, Director of Public Affairs & Governmental Relations for Adhesive Technologies, Henkel North America
Ian Nash was recently appointed the Director of Public Affairs & Governmental Relations for Adhesive Technologies at Henkel North America, an international manufacturer of branded household and personal care goods for consumer and industrial consumers. He brings several years of government relations experience within the chemical industry to his new role, most recently from Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience), where he represented the company in both the U.S. and the European Union.

 


Monika Juska, Associate VP for International Advocacy, PhRMA
Monika joined PhRMA as the Associate VP for International Advocacy and will lead the organization’s advocacy efforts in Europe, Russia, Turkey and Canada. Monika joins PhRMA having most recently served as Director for International Affairs at BP America, where she ran all facets of BP’s outreach on international issues with the U.S. Government and focused on policy developments throughout Eurasia, the Middle East, and Mexico. Prior to that, she served as Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Administration and Special Assistant to the National Security Advisor.

Laura Haines, Senior Vice President and Head of Government Affairs, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Laura Haines is the new senior vice president and head of government affairs at Guardian.  She will lead Guardian’s public policy agenda through analysis, policy development, and advocacy with public officials, regulators, and the industry on global, federal, state, and local public policy issues.  She was previously Vice President of Federal Affairs at Hartford Financial Services Group, where she advised Hartford’s leadership team on federal legislative and regulatory opportunities.  She has also chaired the American Insurance Association’s Federal Affairs subcommittee and the American Council of Life Insurers’ Long Term Care Federal Legislative Strategy Group.

Christopher Carr, Chief Financial Officer, American Dental Education Association
Chris Carr has been appointed to the Chief Financial Officer role at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).  ADEA is the sole national not-for-profit organization representing academic dentistry, with more than 21,000 members in the US and Canada.  Chris brings broad experience in nonprofit management to this role.  Most recently, he was the CFO at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), and prior to that the COO/CFO at Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO founded by Hillary Clinton to promote women’s leadership abilities.

alethiabaggett_photoAlethia Baggett, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, American Bankers Association
Alethia Baggett has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for the American Bankers Association. Alethia spent the last eight years at Freddie Mac, where she served as the Head of Human Resources for Freddie Mac’s Single Family business, and most recently served as the director overseeing division-level business management functions, communications, learning development, and human capital strategy across the Single-Family business. In her new role at the ABA, Alethia will lead and manage ABA’s human resources policies, services and programs, and oversee talent retention and acquisition, workforce planning, leadership development and other critical areas. 

snow_photoChris Snow, Senior Vice President & Chief Talent Officer, American Residential Services
Chris Snow joined American Residential Services (ARS) in August 2016 as Senior Vice President and Chief Talent Officer. Chris has over 15 years of experience in a dynamic human resources-driven environment. He joins ARS after serving in progressively responsible roles at the Dollar General. In his last role, he served as Vice President of Total Rewards and Human Resources Services. Throughout his career, Chris has held key roles in a variety of disciplines within human resources. In his new role at ARS, Chris provides leadership and support to ARS’ regional offices and corporate headquarters in achieving objectives in Talent Acquisition, Talent Retention, Training, Talent Management and Succession, and Organizational Culture. 

nilles_photoTracy Nilles, Senior Director, Employee Engagement, ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Tracy Nilles was named Senior Director of Employee Engagement at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tracy brings over 20 years of experience managing and growing strategic partnerships and employee engagement programs to her new role. She spent over two decades at the United Way, where she has most recently served as United Way Worldwide’s Vice President of Development. In her new role, Tracy will develop and implement an integrated strategy and lead the day-to-day efforts for ALSAC’s employee engagement team.

mogavero_photoValerie Mogavero, Chief Human Resources Officer, Catapult Learning
Valerie Mogavero joined Catapult Learning as Chief Human Resources Officer.  She brings more than 15 years of senior human resources leadership and operations experience from the behavioral healthcare industry. Most recently, she served as the Vice President of Human Resources at CRC Health Group, a treatment provider for substance abuse services, education programs for struggling teens, weight management issues, and eating disorders.  While at CRC, Valerie was responsible for taking the human resources lead in a number of acquisitions and start-up ventures. Prior to CRC, she held human resources leadership roles with companies such as The Renfrew Centers, SunGard, and Arthur Andersen. 

butcher_photoJoseph Butcher, Vice President, Business Development, CNA Corporation
Joseph Butcher is the new Vice President of Business Development for CNA, a not-for-profit research organization serving the public interest by providing analysis and result-oriented solutions to help government leaders choose the best course of action in setting policy and managing operations. Previously, Joseph was a Senior Capture Manager at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services where he led business development teams in implementing comprehensive capture strategies for top civil market IT opportunities across organizations such as the U.S. Departments of Education and Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the General Services Administration, the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Internal Revenue Service.

Ashley Burke, Senior Vice President, Communications, National Mining Association
Ashley Burke joined the National Mining Association (NMA), a national trade organization that represents the interests of mining before Congress, the administration, federal agencies, the judiciary and the media. Ashley brings over 15 years of experience spanning agency, corporate, and trade association roles. She previously served as Global Director of Communications for Dentons.  In her new role, Ashley will provide both strategic and hands-on tactical execution of the organization’s communications efforts.

 


Nowaczyk_optRonald Nowaczyk, President, Frostburg State University
Ronald Nowaczyk joined Frostburg State University as the new President, effective May 9, 2016.  Previously, he served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Clarion University, a public comprehensive university in western Pennsylvania. There, he facilitated new degree programs; increased the online program offerings at the bachelor’s degree level; enhanced opportunities for faculty scholarship, research, and outreach; and developed an academic strategic plan focused on increasing student enrollment and graduation rates.  Ron brings his experience in leading and growing a comprehensive campus to his new role.

MiksonAnia Mikson, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Franklin Square Capital Partners
Ania Mikson recently joined Franklin Square, a leading manager of alternative investment funds, after serving in the top human resources role at Delaware Investments since 2008.  In her new role, Ania designs and deploys innovative and impactful education, performance, recruiting, compensation and benefits programs tol drive growth, change, adaptability and improvement.

 


Anthony Sciacca, Chief Development Officer, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA)
Anthony Sciacca recently joined Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), one of the nation’s largest charities representing a national network of agencies serving poor and vulnerable persons and families.  Prior to joining Catholic Charities, Anthony served as the Director of Archdiocesan Appeals at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  In addition, he’s also held leadership roles during his tenure with Boys & Girls Clubs as well as the Catholic Education Foundation.  In his new role, Anthony is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy and development program to achieve a high level of donations and grants from corporations and foundations, as well as to increase CCUSA’s government grants.

McNamee_optElizabeth McNamee, Chief Financial Officer, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA)
Beth McNamee is the new Chief Financial Officer of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, which represents 30 member health systems and hospitals and 107 community, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals throughout Virginia.  Beth has over 30 years of experience in accounting and financial management in both for-profit and nonprofit business environments. In her new role, Beth is a key member of VHHA’s senior leadership team and provides overall leadership and accountability for the Association’s financial management functions.

Pierre-Louis_optStanley Pierre-Louis, General Counsel, Entertainment Software Association
Stanley Pierre-Louis has joined the Entertainment Software Association, a trade association that represents $22 billion of the U.S. computer and video game industry.  Stan most recently served as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property (IP) and Content Protection at Viacom Inc., where he was responsible for managing major IP litigation, developing strategies for protecting digital content and leading other legal initiatives for brands including MTV, Paramount Pictures, Spike TV and more than 130 other networks worldwide.

Chodakewitz_optSusan Chodakewitz, Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Associates
Susan Chodakewitz joined Nathan Associates, a premier economics consulting firm, as the new CEO.  She succeeded Lakhbir Singh, who retired after almost 39 years with Nathan. Susan previously worked at Tetra Tech where she served as president of its aviation management and information technology subsidiary, Tetra Tech AMT.  She also worked for SAIC, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Library of Congress and Booz, Allen & Hamilton.

 


Boisvert_optMaureen Boisvert, Vice President and Corporate Controller, WorldStrides
Maureen Boisvert joined WorldStrides,  the largest educational travel organization in the United States, with  more than 15 years of experience in accounting and compliance related positions.  Prior to joining WorldStrides, she served as a Senior Controller for GE Intelligent Platforms.  In her new role, Maureen leads the company’s finance and accounting function to support this high growth, multi-division and multi-national organization.

 


Trowbridge_RRick Trowbridge, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations, AmeriCares
Rick Trowbridge now oversees finance, logistics and gift-in-kind distribution operations at AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health organization.  Rick brought more than 23 years of experience in the nonprofit financial sector to AmeriCares.  He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Save the Children Federation.

 


Grabowski_optGene Grabowski, Partner, kglobal
Gene Grabowski joined the boutique public affairs firm, kglobal, as Partner.  Prior to joining kglobal, Gene served as Executive Vice President at LEVICK, where he led teams managing global issues for major corporations, foreign governments, law firms, and trade associations.  Prior to that, Gene was the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for The Grocery Manufacturers of America.  He also served as a Director in Burson-Marsteller’s Washington office, where he developed and managed national advocacy and media relations campaigns for leading U.S. corporations.

Haynes_L_optLisa Haynes, Chief Financial Officer, Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)
Lisa Haynes brought over 25 years of experience to her new role as Chief Financial Officer.  Prior to joining MBA, Lisa worked for Fannie Mae and served the company in several positions.  As Vice President for Operational Accounting, Lisa led a team of 45 professionals responsible for the management of single and multifamily loans worth approximately $3 trillion.  As MBA’s Chief Financial Officer, Lisa provides executive level leadership and management of the Association’s accounting and financial functions.

 


Riccio_optJulie Riccio, Director of Government, Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Julie Riccio has over twelve years of experience as a government relations and public affairs professional. Most recently, Julie was the Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs at the Printing Industries of America (PIA), a trade association which advocates for the United States printing industry.  In her new role, Julie promotes and protects PwC’s interests with the Federal and State Governments across a broad spectrum of corporate, industry, and general issues.

 


Weber_optBill Weber, Vice President, Government Affairs & Associate General Counsel
Bill Weber joined PBS after spending more than eight years with Baker & Hostetler LLP, where he was a Partner with the firm’s Government Policy and Data Privacy teams.  There, he counseled a wide range of commercial, not-for-profit and trade association clients.  In his new role, Bill represents PBS to federal officials, legislators and staff to help their key stakeholders understand the value public media delivers to the American people.

 


Siegel_M_optMike Siegel, Senior Vice President, Brand & Creative, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Mike Siegel is a marketing leader with broad experience serving the consumer, business-to-business, corporate, financial and healthcare markets.  Before joining St. Jude, he served as a Consultant with The Bedford Group, a marketing consultancy based in Atlanta, Georgia.  Mike has a career with progressive responsibility in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He has worked for major international brands like Kodak, to regional brands like SunTrust and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  His expertise includes brand strategy, advertising, sales promotion, trade/channel programs, sponsorship/event marketing and integrated marketing communications.

Stirling_S_optSteve Stirling, President and Chief Executive Officer, MAP International
Steve Stirling joined MAP International, a global health organization, after holding leadership positions in major corporations and non-profit organizations.  Previously, Steve served as the Executive Vice President of ChildFund International.   He has a strong background that includes 25 years of experience in executive leadership, diverse brand marketing, fundraising and management at organizations including Heifer International, World Vision, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

 


Schenk_optTodd Schenk, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)
Todd Schenk has worked in social services for more than 25 years and has spent the last 20 serving in various leadership roles at the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services (JBFCS). Most recently, Todd served as their Chief Operating Officer.  Todd has been recognized by the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies and the New York State Case Management Coalition for his leadership and collaboration with government and provider organizations to advance the state’s mental health field. As Chief Executive Officer, Todd works with a committed Board and staff to lead this $20 million social service and healthcare organization.

Best_A_optAmy Best Weiss, Vice President, Government Affairs, American Express
Amy Best Weiss joined American Express after serving for eight years as the Director of Government, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), LLP.  At PwC, she was responsible for lobbying Congress and the Administration, as well as overseeing public policy communications and all political activity.  Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, where she served as a Commission spokesperson and speechwriter.  Amy continues to utilize her strong combination of private sector and government experience in her new role.

Loper_optBrett Loper, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, American Express
Brett Loper leads the team responsible for representing American Express’ interests with federal and state policymakers.  He has deep knowledge and outstanding leadership skills from more than 18 years of experience with U.S. politics and government.  Brett previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director for Speaker of the House John Boehner, where he led all legislative and policy strategy.  Prior to this, he held a number of senior-level positions on the Hill, including Minority Staff Director of the Ways & Means Committee.  Earlier in his career, he served in the federal Office of Management and Budget, and as chief lobbyist for AdvaMed, the medical device industry’s trade association.