Latest Placements

Meg Calnan, Vice President of Executive Communications, National Audubon Society
Meg Calnan has been named Vice President of Executive Communications at the National Audubon Society. She is responsible for creating, shaping, and executing a comprehensive executive communications strategy for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Our placement, Meg Calnan, brings more than 16 years of marketing and communications leadership to Audubon, with extensive experience in conservation driven not-for-profit and for-profit environments. Most recently, Meg served as Senior Director, Brand Marketing & Strategic Planning at The National Geographic Society.

Anne Krause, Senior Vice President of Development, Texas 2036
Anne Krause has been named Senior Vice President of Development at Texas 2036. Texas 2036 is a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization using data, research, and leading expertise to enable Texans to make informed decisions to ensure the state continues to be the best place to live and do business through its bicentennial in 2036 and beyond. Anne brings more than 20 years of establishing strong fundraising infrastructures through private family foundations and other philanthropic organizations. She most recently served as Co-Founder, President & Executive Director at Hemisfair Conservancy.

Preethi Bapna, Chief of Staff, Editas Medicine
Preethi Bapna has been named Chief of Staff at Editas Medicine (Nasdaq: EDIT). Editas is a clinical stage genome editing company dedicated to developing transformative genomic medicines to treat a broad range of serious diseases. Preethi brings a diversity of experiences from her time in consulting and across her roles in life sciences. She most recently served as Head of Consulting & Integration Management at Novo Nordisk Inc.

Mollie O’Dell, Vice President, Paid Media & Strategic Initiatives, American Petroleum Institute
Mollie O’Dell has been named Vice President of Paid Media and Strategic Initiatives at the American Petroleum Institute (API). This position serves on API’s Leadership Team, supporting allied trade associations and coalition members, and serving as a catalyst for creative ideas, vision, and initiatives that advance American energy among policymakers and other constituencies. Mollie is a strategic communications executive who has gained broad experience working in public relations agencies and national trade associations. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Communications and Media Relations for the National Restaurant Association.

JC Glick, Chief Executive Officer, The COMMIT Foundation
JC Glick has been named CEO at The COMMIT Foundation. This position has the primary responsibility for the leadership, operational management, and strategic direction of COMMIT and articulates a vision that ensures the organization’s role as a prominent foundation contributing to the protection and growth of transitioning veterans. JC brings an extensive network, creative ideas about how to grow the organization, and a strong personal connection to COMMIT’s mission. He most recently served as Partner and Founder of Prodromos Leadership and Culture Consulting and is the author of the books A Light in the Darkness: Leadership Development for the Unknown and Meditations of an Army Ranger: A Warrior for Everyone. JC is also                                       a decorated combat leader and Retired Army Ranger, serving more than 20 years in the United States Army.

Jennifer Gibbons, Vice President, State Government Affairs, Entertainment Software Association
Jennifer Gibbons has been named Vice President of State Government Affairs at the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). ESA works to expand and protect the dynamic worldwide marketplace for video games and enhance public trust in the industry. Jennifer holds a key strategic leadership role within the ESA Government Affairs Team with the responsibility of identifying key state priorities of ESA, developing a plan for achieving these priorities, and overseeing the execution against that plan. Jennifer has over 15 years of state government affairs experience including progressively responsible roles in the California State Assembly and in the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice                                           President, Government Affairs at The Toy Association.

Richard Russell, Senior Vice President, Government & Political Affairs, National Mining Association
Richard Russell has been named Senior Vice President of Government & Political Affairs at the National Mining Association. He is a key member of the executive leadership team with the responsibility for leading all government affairs efforts for the Association. Richard is an experienced Washington, D.C., executive who has worked in impactful positions both on and off Capitol Hill and within a Presidential administration. Most recently, he served as the Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and, prior to that, as Staff Director on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Bill Chittenden, President & CEO, Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Foundation
Bill Chittenden has been named President & CEO at the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Foundation (SWGSB) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He has the primary responsibility for the leadership, strategy, and operational management of the Foundation. Bill brings more than 30 years of professional experience, a strong academic background, and deep knowledge of banking and finance. Most recently, he served as the Chief Academic Officer for SWGSB and spent the last 24 years at Texas State University where he served as an Associate Professor of Finance and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the McCoy College of Business.

Margaret Cekuta, Senior Director of Policy, Business Roundtable
Margaret Cekuta has been named Senior Director of Policy at Business Roundtable (BRT). She supports BRT’s members on trade and international policy with a focus on U.S. – China trade policy. Margaret brings more than a decade of experience working on a broad variety of complex trade issues. Most recently, she served as Senior Director for Trade and Innovation Policy at the National Foreign Trade Council.

Megan O’Hare, Chief of Staff, National Audubon Society
Megan O’Hare has been named Chief of Staff at the National Audubon Society. She provides strategic and operational support to Audubon’s Chief Executive Officer. As a member of Audubon’s senior leadership team, Megan oversees the Office of the CEO and the Board Relations team to ensure effective integration across the organization. Megan brings more than 10 years of Chief of Staff experience to Audubon. Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff at The United States Institute of Peace.

Stephanie Holland, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, American Chemical Society
Stephanie Holland has been named Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications at American Chemical Society (ACS). Founded in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress, the ACS is the world’s largest scientific society working to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. Stephanie serves as a key member of the executive leadership team and oversees Communications, Sales & Marketing, and Web Strategy & Operations. Most recently, she served as Senior Director of Sales Marketing & Strategic Partnerships at ACS.

Lori Kearns, Director, Retirement Security & Tax Policy, Investment Company Institute
Lori Kearns has been named Director of Retirement Security & Tax Policy at Investment Company Institute (ICI). ICI is the leading global association of regulated funds, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), closed-end funds, and unit investment trusts (UITs) in the U.S. and worldwide. Our placement, Lori Kearns, has a strong policy background acquired from 10+ years of experience on Capitol Hill. Most recently, she served as Policy Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), and earlier as Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security of the Senate HELP Committee.

Wayne White, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Communities Foundation of Texas
Wayne White has been named President and Chief Executive Officer at the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT). CFT is one of the nation’s largest community foundations and serves as a catalyst for charitable giving by connecting donors with nonprofit organizations in Texas. Wayne is a seasoned business and nonprofit executive who drives the organization’s strategic direction and provides leadership and management oversight to a highly talented, motivated, and diverse staff. Most recently, Wayne served as Executive Vice President at the American Cancer Society.

Mike McCarthy, Executive Director, Pentagon Memorial Fund
Mike McCarthy has been named Executive Director at the Pentagon Memorial Fund (PMF). Mike provides strategic leadership in fundraising for a preservation endowment of the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and he provides continuing educational opportunities through the design and construction of the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center (VEC); a space where visitors can learn about the events of 9/11, the lives lost, and the historic significance of the Pentagon Memorial site. Mike has more than 30 years of nonprofit and for-profit experience. He most recently served as the Chief Operating                                              Officer of the Carnegie Institution for Science, a nonprofit research organization with a $1 billion endowment.

Matt Mika, Vice President, Advocacy and Government Affairs, AmericanHort
Matt Mika has been named Vice President, Advocacy and Government Affairs at AmericanHort, a national association with a mission to support the horticulture industry through advocacy, collaboration, connectivity, education, market development, and research. Matt is an experienced government affairs executive who serves as a key member of AmericanHort’s executive leadership team and leads all government affairs and lobbying efforts of the Association. Matt brings over 20 years of government affairs experience to the role. Most recently, Matt served as the Vice President of Government Affairs at Atlas Crossing.

Amy Shuart, Vice President Policy – Innovation and Technology, Business Roundtable
Amy Shuart has been named Vice President, Policy – Innovation & Technology at Business Roundtable (BRT). She serves as the primary expert and advisor on matters relating to innovation and technology policy formation and is the primary liaison with government institutions. Amy brings over fifteen years of public policy experience to the role. Most recently, she served as the Head of U.S. Government Affairs & Policy at Onfido. Prior to Onfido, Amy worked on Capitol Hill for over a decade, most recently as the Social Security Subcommittee Staff Director for the Committee on Ways and Means.

Charlotte Young, General Counsel, National Audubon Society
Charlotte Young has been named General Counsel at the National Audubon Society. The General Counsel is a key member of Audubon’s executive leadership team working as a trusted business partner to Audubon’s CEO, executive leadership team and Board of Directors. Charlotte brings significant experience with strong compliance, risk assessment, nonprofit governance, and management expertise. Most recently Charlotte served as General Counsel, Vice President and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer at Winrock International.

Emily Kunchala, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, American Chemical Society
Emily Kunchala has been named Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer at American Chemical Society (ACS). Emily is an essential member of the ACS executive leadership team and oversees the management of the Society’s investments and treasury operations with overall responsibility for the financial operations of ACS. She most recently served as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Finance and Administration at The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (SUNY).

Emily Lafon, Director of Medicaid Financial Policy, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association
Emily Lafon has been named Director of Medicaid Financial Policy at the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA). VHHA is an alliance of 110 hospitals and 25 health delivery systems that develops and advocates for sound health care policy in the Commonwealth. The Director of Medicaid Financial Policy provides leadership and oversight of the Virginia Hospital Mutual Assistance Program (MAP) and works closely with VHHA senior leadership, the MAP Governance Committee, and the state Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS). Most recently, Emily served as Executive Budget Manager for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

Michelle Neal, Director of Digital Communications, Business Roundtable
Michelle Neal has been named Director of Digital Communications at Business Roundtable (BRT). BRT is an association of Chief Executive Officers of America’s leading companies working to promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy. The Director of Digital Communications plays a key role in the development and execution of BRT’s public affairs programs and digital communications strategies to advance the organization’s mission. Most recently Michelle served as Senior Manager for Creative and Digital as well as Interim Senior Manager of DEI for InterAction.

Igor Khrestin, Bradford M. Freeman Managing Director of Global Policy
The George W. Bush Presidential Center
Igor Khrestin has been named Bradford M. Freeman Managing Director of Global Policy at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and the George W. Bush Institute, an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization that develops leaders, advances policy, and takes action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. Igor leads the execution of initiatives and programs focused on global policy within the Bush Institute and                                     provides strategic development of research, policy, and programmatic efforts. Most recently Igor served as Managing Director,                                      International Practice at FGS Global.

Betty Su, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, National Audubon Society
Betty Su has been named Chief Marketing & Communications Officer (CMCO) at the National Audubon Society. The CMCO will play an influential role within the Audubon leadership team, charged with providing both strategic leadership and hands-on tactical execution of the organization’s marketing and communications efforts. Betty has over 20 years of experience in complex marketing environments with strong roots in brand management. Most recently Betty served as General Manager of GMAC Connect, a $10 million business unit of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

Dan Schneider, Director of Communications, Business Roundtable
Dan Schneider has been named Director of Communications at Business Roundtable (BRT). BRT is an association of Chief Executive Officers of America’s leading companies working to promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy. Dan brings over 10 years of government experience in both legislative and executive branch roles working on policy issues ranging from energy and environment to financial services and telecommunications matters. Dan plays a central role within BRT’s Public Affairs team providing both strategic and hands‐on tactical execution of BRT’s public affairs initiatives through communications, advocacy, media partnerships, events, and                                              digital and social media. Most recently, he served as Communications Director in the Office of Congressman French Hill.

David Merritt, Senior Vice President, Policy & Advocacy, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
David Merritt has been named Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). David joined BCBSA with nearly 20 years of high-profile health care leadership experience. He most recently led public affairs and strategic initiatives at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). He also served as President of the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future and on the Board of Directors for the Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing. David’s prior experience includes leading political and messaging research for Luntz Global; serving former HHS Secretary and Utah Governor Mike Leavitt, leading Leavitt Partners’ Washington office; and working closely with former House Speaker Newt                                          Gingrich on health care issues.

Laura Chadwick, President, The Travel Technology Association
Laura Chadwick has been named President at The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech). Travel Tech is the voice of the travel technology industry, advocating for public policy that promotes transparency and competition in the marketplace to encourage innovation and preserve consumer choice. Laura represents the travel technology industry before policy makers and is responsible for the overall strategic and operational leadership and management of the Association. Laura was most recently Vice President, Industry Relations at XR Association.

Aubrey Quinn,  Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs
Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
Aubrey Quinn has been named Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs at Entertainment Software Association (ESA). ESA works to promote and protect the dynamic marketplace for video games and enhance public trust in the industry. Aubrey has nearly two decades of communications and public relations experience and plays a critical role in positioning ESA as a driving influence in promoting the industry’s positive impact on business, entertainment, culture, and the economy. She most recently served as a Partner and Managing Director of the Clyde Group, a leading Washington, D.C. –                                             based public relations and public affairs firm.

Karen Bailey-Chapman, Senior Vice President of Public & Government Affairs
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
Karen Bailey-Chapman has been named Senior Vice President of Public and Government Affairs at Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). SEMA is the leading trade association that represents the thousands of manufacturers, designers, distributors, and retailers that make up the specialty-equipment aftermarket universe. Karen serves as a key member of SEMA’s executive leadership team and is responsible for leading all government affairs efforts for the Association. Karen most recently served as Senior Vice President of External Affairs at American Beverage Association.

John-Michael Donahue, Vice President, Communications, Business Roundtable
John-Michael Donahue has been named Vice President of Communications at Business Roundtable (BRT). BRT is an association of Chief Executive Officers of America’s leading companies working to promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy. John-Michael plays a key role in leading BRT’s strategic communications operation, overseeing communications initiatives and helping the organization advocate for effective public policy solutions. Most recently John-Michael served as Vice President of North American Public Affairs at the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Jennifer Hart, Vice President, Direct Marketing, ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Jennifer Hart has been named Vice President of Direct Marketing at ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a global leader in the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Jennifer is responsible for revenue growth through new donor acquisition and retention using direct marketing with a focus on large scale mail programs. She most recently served as Vice President of Direct, Digital, and Data & Analytics at AAA Life Insurance Company.

Jennifer Thornton, Vice President of Trade Policy, Business Roundtable
Jennifer Thornton has been named Vice President of Trade Policy at Business Roundtable (BRT). BRT is an association of CEOs of America’s leading companies with a mission to advocate policies that promote U.S. investment, a world-class workforce, and a dynamic, growing economy. These member CEOs lead companies that support 37 million American jobs, generate $10 trillion in sales activity and account for 24% of U.S. GDP.  Jennifer plays a critical role as the primary expert and advisor within BRT on matters relating to trade policy. She was most recently Trade Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means.

LeeAnna Pachter, Director of Human Resources, Business Roundtable
LeeAnna Pachter has been named Director of Human Resources at Business Roundtable (BRT). BRT is an association of Chief Executive Officers of leading U.S. companies whose mission is to advocate policies that promote U.S. investment, a world-class workforce, and a dynamic, growing economy. LeeAnna supports the organization by collaborating with executive leadership to define the organization’s long‐term goals and develop strategies to support BRT’s mission through effective talent management. LeeAnna was most recently a Consultant of Health and Benefits at Mercer.

Shawn Wax, Vice President, Territory Leader – Midwest, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Shawn Wax has been named Vice President, Territory Leader – Midwest at ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The mission of St. Jude is to advance cures for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude. has the enduring mission to elevate the brand and raise the funds needed to sustain the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. Shawn was most recently Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Columbia College Chicago.

Watson McLeish, Senior Vice President of Tax Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Waton has been appointed to The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (The Chamber) as Senior Vice President of Tax Policy. Watson previously served as Tax Counsel at Tax Executives Institute, Inc. (TEI) leading advocacy initiatives for TEI’s Tax Reform Task Force, Federal Tax Committee, and Canadian Income Tax Committee. Before joining TEI, Watson was a Manager at Ernest & Young, LLP where he advised on complex U.S. federal income tax issues affecting domestic and foreign clients. Currently, Watson is an Adjunct Law Professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches a graduate-level seminar on Tax Research and Writing.

Becky Tallent, Vice President, Head of Government Affairs, Anywhere Real Estate Inc.
Rebecca “Becky” Tallent has been named Vice President, Head of Government Affairs at Anywhere Real Estate Inc., (fka Realogy Holdings Corporation) (“Anywhere”). Becky brings more than 20 years of senior level government affairs experience, having advised members of Congress, corporations, and nonprofits on critical policy initiatives most recently as Senior Director of U.S. Government Affairs at Dropbox and prior to that as Director of Immigration Policy with the Bipartisan Policy Center. She has served in several capacities on Capitol Hill, including as Assistant to the Speaker for Policy for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Jim Kolbe (R-AZ), and she has held positions                                      of increasing responsibility to U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) culminating as his Chief of Staff.

Christine Simmon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Food and Drug Institute
Christine Simmon has been named President and Chief Executive Officer at Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI). Prior to joining FDLI, Christine served as Executive Vice President of Policy and Strategic Alliances for the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM). Her leadership contributed to AAM’s successful advocacy for pharmaceutical competition and improved market access. Concurrently, Christine served as Executive Director of the Biosimilars Council, the AAM subsidiary that advocates for greater access for patients to biosimilar medicines.

Erin White, Senior Director, Corporate Initiatives, Business Roundtable
Erin White has been named Senior Director, Corporate Initiatives at Business Roundtable (BRT). BRT is an association of Chief Executive Officers of America’s leading U.S. companies whose mission is to advocate policies that promote U.S. investment, a world-class workforce, and a dynamic, growing economy. The effectiveness of BRT’s advocacy is rooted in the direct, personal participation of its CEO members. Erin supports the organization by helping to lead a number of private sector initiatives to help its members invest in workers and other stakeholders, and to promote an economy that serves all Americans. Erin was most recently Manager Social Impact at Lockheed Martin.

Russell Davis, Executive Vice President, Member Experience, American Bankers Association
Russell Davis has been named Executive Vice President, Member Experience at American Bankers Association (ABA). ABA is the voice of the nation’s $23.7 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional, and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $19.7 trillion in deposits and extend $11.2 trillion in loans. Russell manages the Member Experience division, whose mission is to align ABA’s various product areas to better represent the depth and breadth of ABA’s member value proposition and support the ongoing needs of their members through new product development opportunities. Most recently, Russell was Partner, Optum Advisory Services, Strategy and Growth Practice at Optum.

Holly Smith, Executive Vice President, Membership American Bankers Association
Holly Smith has been named Executive Vice President, Membership at the American Bankers Association (ABA). The ABA is the voice of the nation’s $ 23.7 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional, and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $19.7 trillion in deposits and extend $11.2 trillion in loans. Holly is responsible for oversight and leadership of the Membership Sales, Relationship Sales, and Membership Concierge teams. Most recently, Holly was Senior Vice President, Office of Strategic Engagement at the ABA.

John Frank, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs Officer, Illumina
John Frank has been appointed Chief Public Affairs Officer at Illumina. John spent 27 years with Microsoft, most recently as Vice President of United Nations Affairs and International Organizations reporting to Microsoft President, Brad Smith. Prior to that, John led Microsoft’s European Union Government Affairs team and held numerous leadership positions focused on digital trust and security, digital crime, competition law and compliance issues. John began his career at Microsoft as a Senior Attorney in 1994, then led Microsoft’s legal and corporate affairs group for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Amanda Schwartz, Executive Director, Senate, and Administration Relations, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
Amanda Schwartz has been named Executive Director, Senate and Administration Relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 35 independent, community‐based and locally operated Blue Cross Blue Shield companies providing health insurance to more than 110 million people in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Nationwide, more than 1.7 million doctors and hospitals contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield companies – more than any other insurer. Most recently, Amanda was the Director of Congressional Affairs at                                                     American Society of Clinical Oncology.

John Emling, Chief Government Affairs Officer, Investment Company Institute
John Emling has been named Chief Government Affairs Officer at Investment Company Institute (ICI). ICI is the leading global association of regulated funds, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), closed-end funds and unit investment trusts (UITs) in the United States, and similar funds offered to investors in jurisdictions worldwide. In 2021, ICI’s members manage total assets of $32.4 trillion in the United States, serving more than 100 million US shareholders, and $10.1 trillion in assets in other jurisdictions. Most recently, John was the Head, Global Government Affairs at Broadcom Inc.

Dr. Lawrence Kerr, Deputy Vice President, Global Health & Multilateral Affairs
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Kerr has been named Deputy Vice President, Global Health & Multilateral Affairs at Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). PhRMA represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested nearly $1 trillion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $83 billion in 2019 alone. Most recently, Larry was the Director of Pandemic                                            Threats at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

David Kramer, Managing Director, Global Policy, The George W. Bush Presidential Center
David Kramer has been named Managing Director, Global Policy at The George W. Bush Presidential Center. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and the George W. Bush Institute, the action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization that develops leaders, advances policy, and takes action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. Their work is inspired by the principles that guided President and Mrs. Bush’s public service and oriented toward the future. David provides strategic development of research, policy, and programmatic efforts and supports the Executive Director in driving the overall mission, strategy and impact of the Bush Institute. Most recently, David was Senior Fellow at Florida International                                       University.

Michael “Steel” Steel, Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications, Business Roundtable
Michael “Steel” Steel is the new Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications at Business Roundtable (BRT). BRT is an association of CEOs of America’s leading companies with a mission to advocate policies that promote U.S. investment, a world-class workforce, and a dynamic, growing economy. These member CEOs lead companies that support 37 million American jobs, generate $10 trillion in sales activity and account for 24% of U.S. GDP.  Steel leads the organization’s external communications strategy and oversees its message development, media relations, digital engagement, and marketing                functions. Most recently, Steel served as Partner at Hamilton Place Strategies.

Casey Denoyer, Director, Policy, Business Roundtable
Casey Denoyer has been named Director, Policy at Business Roundtable (BRT). 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. Casey supports the organization on matters relating to policy formation and direct advocacy with government institutions. Most recently, Casey was the Legislative Director for Congresswoman Haley Stevens (D-MI).

Jeff Schmid, President & CEO, SW Graduate School of Banking Foundation
Jeff Schmid is the President & CEO at SW Graduate School of Banking Foundation (SWGSB). SWGSB at SMU is the first name in banking education, bank management training and bank director training programs. Thousands of financial services professionals have attended its banking management programs since its founding in 1957. Jeff will have primary responsibility for the leadership, strategy, and operational management of the Foundation and will be responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating the staff, programs, and activities of the Foundation to ensure that educational objectives, goals, and organizational needs are met. Most recently, Jeff was the CEO of Susser Bank.

Erica Richardson, Chief Public Communications Officer, Investment Company Institute
Erica Richardson is the Chief Public Communications Officer at Investment Company Institute (ICI). ICI is the leading global association of regulated funds, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), closed-end funds and unit investment trusts (UITs) in the United States, and similar funds offered to investors in jurisdictions worldwide. In 2021, ICI’s members manage total assets of $28.5 trillion in the United States, serving more than 100 million US shareholders, and $9.6 trillion in assets in other jurisdictions. Most recently, Erica was the Managing Director, Financial Services Strategic Communications at FTI Consulting.

Paul Jackson, Vice President, Government Relations, Business Roundtable
Paul Jackson has been named Vice President of Government Relations at Business Roundtable (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
Cathy Schultz has been named the Vice President, Tax & Fiscal Policy at Business Roundtable (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).

Nicole Vasilaros, Vice President, Advocacy & Government Relations, Business Roundtable
Nicole Vasilaros has been named the Vice President, Advocacy & Government Relations at Business Roundtable (BRT). BRT is an association of Chief Executive Officers of America’s leading companies working to promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy. Through research and advocacy, BRT advocates policies to spur job creation, improve U.S. competitiveness and strengthen the economy. Nicole plays a central role in representing BRT’s members with Congress and the Administration and leads BRT’s national advocacy campaigns. Most recently, Nicole was the Senior Vice President, Government and Legal Affairs at the National Marine Manufacturers                                                      Association.

Jonay Foster Holkins, Senior Director, Policy (Racial Equity & Justice), Business Roundtable
Jonay Foster Holkins has been named the Senior Director, Policy (Racial Equity & Justice) at Business Roundtable (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
Craig Connors is the Senior Director, Payor Relations at Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (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
Tom Pinder is the General Counsel at American Bankers Association (ABA).  The ABA is the voice of the nation’s $ 23.7 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional, and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $19.7 trillion in deposits and extend $11.2 trillion in loans. Tom is responsible for managing 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
Megan Smith is the Chief Financial Officer at Personal Care Products Council (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
Jon Carver is the Chief Financial Officer at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (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
Jana Adams is the Executive Director, Touchstone Energy (TE) at National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (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 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
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
Chris Morton is the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at American Land Title Association (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
Marc Pearce is the 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
Randy Hultgren is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Illinois Bankers Association (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
Ryan Jackson is the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the National Mining Association (NMA).  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
Mike Andrews is the Vice President of Administration at the Business Roundtable (BRT).  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 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
Karin Flynn is the 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 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
Rich Nolan is the President and Chief Executive Officer at the National Mining Association (NMA).  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
Jocelyn Ulrich is the 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
Gina Vetere is the 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
Meredith McPhillips is the Vice President of Marketing at the Business Roundtable (BRT).  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.

Michael O’Leary, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Entertainment Software Association
Michael O’Leary is the 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.

 


Patrick Brennan, Chief of Staff to the President and Chief Executive Officer, Guardian Insurance
Patrick Brennan is the 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 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 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
Robert Cain is the President and Chief Executive Officer at American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, Public Affairs & Governmental Relations for Adhesive Technologies, Henkel North America
Ian Nash was 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 VP & Head of Government Affairs, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Laura Haines has been appointed to 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 previously served at Freddie Mac as the Head of Human Resources for Freddie Mac’s Single Family business, and prior to that 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 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 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
Anthony Sciacca 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 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.