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Chief Program Officeraarchibald@scsnoonan.org
Ana Archibald joined SCS Noonan Scholars in May of 2016 as the Director of Programs. Prior to joining, Ana was Manager of Community-Based Mentoring at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, where she was responsible for overseeing all programmatic and clinical functions of the Match Support team, serving more than 1,400 mentoring relationships annually. Ana has significant experience working with youth and young adults, having previously held positions at The DREAM Program and at the Office of Prevention and Education at Northeastern University. Ana holds a B.A. in Sociology and a Master in Social Work from Boston College, and is a native speaker of Portuguese.
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Elisa Chief is the Program Coordinator at SCS Noonan Scholars, focusing on volunteer program development and implementation. Prior to this, Elisa worked with the nonprofit charter school network KIPP LA, developing and executing academic, recreation, and enrichment activities and curriculum for 5th to 8th graders in East Los Angeles. Elisa also previously held positions with the Indigenous Nations Library Program at the University of New Mexico. Here, she supported the academic and research needs of students, staff, and faculty. Elisa graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico, where she was a Chief Manuelito Scholar, a Utah Trust Fund Scholar, and a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Society. Originally from Monument Valley, Elisa is passionate about working with and supporting diverse communities.
Nicole De La Loza Rivera
National Director of Career PartnershipsSee Bio Hide Bio
Nicole De La Loza Rivera
National Director of Career Partnershipsndelalozarivera@scsnoonan.org
Nicole is a career and talent development professional with over seven years of experience in nonprofit management and training and development. She understands soft and hard skills needed in order for individuals from underserved communities to advance in their careers, and is excited to cultivate these skills in our talented Scholars. Nicole brings rich experience delivering audience-centered professional development programs in English, Spanish, and Swahili to individuals across diverse ages, origins, educational levels, and professions. Her accomplishments include: founding and stabilizing the Downtown Women’s Center’s first job development program; and developing and delivering trainings on international home design trends, in Swahili, for rural artisans in Tanzania. Nicole holds a M.A. in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University Los Angeles, and a B.A. from Michigan State University. She is a recipient of the David Boren Fellowship and American Association of University Women (AAUW) Career Development Grant, and is a member of the Alhambra, California, and National factions of AAUW.
Development AssociateSee Bio Hide Bio
Jess joined the Noonan Scholars team as the Development Associate in February of 2017. Prior to Noonan, Jess worked at 826 Boston as a Development Intern where she gained experience in marketing and fundraising for a small non-profit. Jess is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College where she earned her B.A. in sociology with a concentrated study in socioeconomic inequalities. During her time at Dartmouth, Jess gained valuable experience working with youth and families through her volunteer work with the DREAM Program and the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.
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College Success Managercespinoza@scsnoonan.org
Cynthia Espinoza joined SCS in November 2015 as the College Success Manager. As the daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first person in her family to attend college, Cynthia has a firsthand understanding of the importance of working to expand opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds. Before joining SCS, she worked for the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund as program assistant for the Immigrant Rights and Education Equity programs. Her prior experience was in the Vice Chancellor’s Office for Equity and Inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was an administrative assistant. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in American Studies and an emphasis on Diversity and Work. At Cal, Cynthia was an active leader on campus for Latino/a and women’s issues, as well as a strong advocate for greater awareness of the problem of domestic violence in minority communities.
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Administrative and Events Coordinatorjgonzalez@scsnoonan.org
Jocelyn joined SCS Noonan Scholars in October 2017 as the Administrative and Events Coordinator, shortly after graduating from UCLA where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Jocelyn is committed to the empowerment of youth and expanding education opportunities through SCS Noonan Scholars and beyond.
Communications and Development Coordinator VISTASee Bio Hide Bio
Communications and Development Coordinator VISTAflopez@scsnoonan.org
Fabiola Lopez joined SCS Noonan Scholars in November 2017 as the Communications and Development Coordinator VISTA. She is a born and raised Los Angeles native with an interest in not only education, but the policies and support that can effectively help get scholars through college. She graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University where she studied Political Science with a focus on International Relations. She went through various government and non-profit based internships before deciding to do her first year of Americorp through ServiceWorks and helping students learn how to created and budget their own projects. For her 2nd VISTA year, she decided to keep helping students but in a different capacity.
Director of Data Systems and EvaluationSee Bio Hide Bio
Director of Data Systems and Evaluationnmarsh@scsnoonan.org
Nate joined the team as Director of Data Systems and Evaluation in May of 2018. He has spent the last 15 years helping nonprofits in Boston build capacity by improving the way they collect, process and report on organizational data. He most recently spent 6 years at Citizen Schools working closely with their leadership team to manage and report on all donor and volunteer information. He is a Salesforce expert and has given a number of presentations at regional and national conferences. A graduate of Oberlin College, with a BA in Philosophy and Anthropology and Boston University with an MBA focused on nonprofit management, Nate lives in Jamaica Plain with his beloved family & two beautiful cats.
College Success Manager-Career DevelopmentSee Bio Hide Bio
College Success Manager-Career Developmentenajera@scsnoonan.org
Eduardo Najera joined the SCS Noonan Scholars team as the College Success Manager-Career Development on December, 2017. As a first-generation college graduate Eduardo has committed himself to supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds achieve their career aspirations. Eduardo graduated from Dartmouth College with a major in Government and spent three years working for the Center for Professional Development at Dartmouth. He has experience coaching students on all aspects of the recruiting process, from searching opportunities to negotiating salaries. Eduardo is excited to contribute to the growth and empowerment of SCS Noonan scholars.
L.A. Executive DirectorSee Bio Hide Bio
L.A. Executive Directorcpiranio@scsnoonan.org
Christina Piranio joined SCS in October 2015 as the Mentorship & Alumni Relations Manager and is now the Director of Programs. When Christina graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, she moved to Baltimore, Maryland desiring to make an impact in the lives of young people as an AmeriCorps member. Finding that she loved working with young people, Christina made youth development and the creation of high impact programs a priority in her career. From fundraising, to program design to managing exceptional teams, Christina strives to ensure that all young people have the opportunity and the support to achieve their educational, career, and personal goals. Christina is a native Californian who has had the privilege of enhancing the lives of young people at First Place for Youth in the Bay Area, the International Rescue Committee and Washington Village Neighborhood Planning Council in Baltimore. Most recently, Christina led fundraising efforts for foundation support on behalf of Casa Cornelia Law Center. Christina holds a Masters degree from the University of San Diego in Nonprofit Leadership and Management.
College Access ManagerSee Bio Hide Bio
College Access Managerrpolanco@scsnoonan.org
Robert Polanco joined the SCS Noonan Scholars team as the College Access Manager on April, 2018. An L.A. native, he is a graduate of SCS Noonan’s, formerly SCS, first cohort and attended Dartmouth College where he received his degree in Sociology. Prior to joining SCS Noonan Robert served as the Associate Director of College Success at the Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham, NC. Over a period of 5 years he built capacity and standardized procedures for the college application process and undergraduate success programs for the organization. Several of the first generation students he served gained admission into selective universities such as Duke, Georgetown, Williams, Wesleyan, U Penn and flagship state programs.
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College Access Managermsanchez@scsnoonan.org
Martha Sanchez joined SCS in May 2017 as the College Access Manager. She is a strong proponent of providing students support in reaching Higher Education to and through college. She brings over 5 years of experience in Education, including a strong background in College Admissions and High School Counseling. While in College Admissions, she was able to identify the needs of students and connect them to support programs, providing an easier transition from high school to college. She has guided students through the college choosing and enrollment process in the Greater Los Angeles area, Inland Empire, Northern California, and Arizona. Martha is committed to ensuring that SCS scholars are afforded the opportunity to have access to resources that will support them as they apply, enroll, and persist to graduation. Martha obtained a B.S. in Business Administration and minors in Spanish and Psychology from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
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Steve joined Noonan Scholars as Executive Director in February of 2016, an organization that allows him to continue pursuing his lifelong goal of providing life-changing educational opportunities to underserved youth in our society. Previously, Steve was the founding executive director of the Boston Debate League (BDL) following a ten year career as a high school history teacher. Over eight years at the BDL, Steve oversaw its transformation from a staff of one to 18, a budget of $30,000 to $2.5 million, and 30 students to 1,000, leaving a legacy of rigorous and meaningful academic opportunities for thousands of BPS students and fundamentally transformed instructional practice across many BPS high schools. Steve holds a B.A. in history and philosophy from Emory University and a M.Ed. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
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College Success Manageratiwari@scsnoonan.org
Ashrita Tiwari joined SCS Noonan Scholars in July of 2017 as the College & Career Success Manager. Prior to joining SCS Noonan Scholars, Ashrita was the Student Recruitment Coordinator for Bottom Line, where she helped lead recruitment for both their Access and Success program. She previously worked as a Success Counselor at Bottom Line, mentoring and coaching first-generation low-income college students at Boston College and the University of Massachusetts Boston. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Boston College and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a certified Social Justice Mediator through the Social Justice Meditation Institute. Ashrita is deeply passionate and dedicated to social justice work, specifically helping first-generation low-income students succeed and excel in college and beyond. She was born in Nepal and is a native speaker of Nepali. She is also a personal trainer part-time and currently trains and coaches people at a small boutique gym in Waltham. During her free time she loves traveling, being active/outdoors, and coaching others on living a healthy and fulfilled life.
President of Student ServicesSee Bio Hide Bio
President of Student Servicesrwinston@scsnoonan.org
Born in Los Angeles, CA the 4th child of 9. During the summer between his 7th and 8th grade his family moved to a 40 acre farm in Battle Ground, WA where he learned to importance of hard work and gained an appreciation of seeing the fruits of your labor. Randy applied to and was admitted to George Fox College now George Fox University where he distinguished himself as a Track & Field Athlete. Randy graduated from George Fox College in 1973 with a BA degree in Bible and Christian Education and worked at the college as an Admissions Counselor recruiting students to attend GFC from throughout the West Coast. He took over the Head Women’s Track Coaching duties in 1978 at GFU and produced powerful teams during his tenure that won several conference and regional championships. He along with his 1980 Women’s Track & Field Team was inducted into the George Fox University Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2009 he was inducted individually as a Coach. In 1981 Randy joined his Father and Brothers who formed Jim Winston & Sons Excavating Contracting Business which worked on projects throughout the Pacific Northwest most notably being one of the first construction firms to work on the restoration project after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens receiving several commendations from The US Army Corps of Engineers. In 1989 Randy returned to the Los Angeles Area and began working for the Volunteers of America Talent Search “Think College” Program providing college admissions and financial aid information to low income first generation to college students attending Crenshaw & John C. Fremont High Schools. In 2006 Randy became the first full time employee of South Central Scholars primarily making contact with prospective scholars at their High Schools and assisting them thorough the process of selecting the right college or university that will meet their needs. Randy has developed an outstanding College Fair Liberal Arts Summit where some of finest colleges and universities in the nation are represented as well as putting on numerous workshops on SAT Prep, Financial Aid and Parent Student Informational sessions.
Board of Trustees
Chairman, NxStage Medical and Patient Care AmericaSee Bio Hide Bio
Chairman, NxStage Medical and Patient Care America
Bob is currently Chairman of NxStage Medical and Patient Care America and on the Memorial Care Foundation Board in Long Beach. Mr. Funari has over 32 years of experience managing health care service, medical device, and instrumentation companies. He formerly served on the boards of directors of Beckman Coulter, Bay Cities National Bank (chairman), Community First Financial Group, First Consulting Group, and Pope and Talbot. He received his BS in mechanical engineering, with honors, from Cornell University and his MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He and his wife Pam live in Long Beach.
Portfolio Manager, Fidelity InvestmentsSee Bio Hide Bio
Portfolio Manager, Fidelity Investments
Callum is a portfolio manager at Strategic Advisers, Inc. (SAI), a registered investment adviser and a Fidelity Investments company, where he began in 2000. In this role, he is responsible for managing portfolios that offer down-market protection. Prior to assuming his current position in February 2015, he served as team leader, fixed income research. Before joining Fidelity in 2000, he was a pricing and allocation specialist at Standish Ayer & Wood Inc. from 1993 to 1999. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in economics from Boston University and his master of science degree in finance from Suffolk University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.
President & CEO, Herman and Associates LLCSee Bio Hide Bio
President & CEO, Herman and Associates LLC
Joan is president and CEO of Herman and Associates LLC, a healthcare and management consulting firm, which specializes in consulting to managed care organizations, provider groups, pharmacy benefit managers, dental, vision and behavioral health companies, as well as to private equity firms investing in healthcare. Prior to that, Ms. Herman was president and CEO of the Consumer Business Unit for WellPoint, Inc. Ms. Herman serves on the Board of Directors of Convergys (NYSE:CVG), HealthSouth (NYSE:HLS), and AARP Services Inc. In addition to South Central Scholars, she serves on the boards of other nonprofit organizations, including the Venice Family Clinic Foundation, the Gabriella Foundation and Center Dance Arts.
Founder & Co-Managing Partner, Evolution MediaSee Bio Hide Bio
Founder & Co-Managing Partner, Evolution Media
Rick is a founder and Co-Managing Partner of Evolution Media, an investment company created in partnership with Evolution Media Capital (EMC), TPG Growth, and Participant Media, which invests globally in technology businesses within the sports, media, and entertainment industries. EMC is a merchant bank formed in partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and offers investment advisory, asset management, industry research, capital raising services, and media rights advisory services. Prior to Evolution, Rick led the Film Finance group at CAA where he focused on the packaging and financing of feature films, as well as the structuring of film production and finance companies. Rick serves on the boards of Evolution Media, Evolution Media Capital, Fred Segal, Scopely, Jaunt, iflix, attn:, and is the Chairman of the Board of Inner-City Filmmakers and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Evelyn previously served on the board of South Central Scholars from it’s inception in 2001 until a few years ago. Moved by the stories of the students, their drive and determination, coupled with the devotion and leadership of the Londons, Evelyn and her husband David have remained active in the South Central Scholars community through fundraising and keeping close ties with the organization. Mother of four children, Evelyn actively participates in three different parent organizations and has also served as President of the Parent Association and Board Member of First Pres Preschool. She is also a Girl Scout troop leader and a member of Everychild Foundation. Evelyn graduated from Barnard College with a degree in Economics.
SVP & Chief Strategy Officer, Florida Blue and GuidewellSee Bio Hide Bio
SVP & Chief Strategy Officer, Florida Blue and Guidewell
Sarah was most recently President of Optum’s federal government business. She joined Optum after serving as the senior vice president of strategy, policy and community partnerships and chief strategy officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. From 2010-2012, Sarah was the president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, one of largest private health philanthropies in Massachusetts. Sarah came to the Foundation after serving as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy. Sarah earned a master’s degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health and her undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Executive Vice President & Chief Growth Officer at The Institute for Nonprofit PracticeSee Bio Hide Bio
Executive Vice President & Chief Growth Officer at The Institute for Nonprofit Practice
Patrick Kirby has two decades of management experience spanning the corporate, public and nonprofit sectors. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President & Chief Growth Officer at The Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Before that, Patrick taught high school before taking on a range of leadership roles at Citizen Schools, City Year and in the Timberland Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility department. Patrick is a graduate of McGill University and has served on the Board of Advisors of Orchard Gardens K-8 School (Roxbury, MA), GroundWork USA, and Volunteer NH! and The Brookings Institute’s “Building Bridges Task Force on International Volunteering and Service.” He currently coaches nonprofit executives at the Tufts Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.
Business Department Co-Chair, Choate, Hall, & StewartSee Bio Hide Bio
Business Department Co-Chair, Choate, Hall, & Stewart
Brian Lenihan is co-chair of Choate, Hall & Stewart’s Business Department. He represents private equity and venture capital funds in a broad range of financing transactions, including leveraged buyouts, majority and minority recapitalizations and growth equity investments. He has been named to The National Law Journal’s annual list of “Mergers & Acquisitions Trailblazers” and has been recognized in Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and Best Lawyers in America. He is a former member of the firm’s Executive Committee and the former co-chair of the firm’s Private Equity group. He received his JD, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Boston College Law School and his BA, cum laude from Dartmouth College.
Melvin D. Lindsey
Founder & Managing Partner, Nile Capital GroupSee Bio Hide Bio
Melvin D. Lindsey
Founder & Managing Partner, Nile Capital Group
Mel is the founder and Managing Partner of Nile Capital Group, a private equity firm specializing in providing capital and services to talented boutique and emerging managers of superior growth potential. Prior to founding Nile Capital Group, he spent a year and a half with Investec Asset Management as Director of Institutional Investments, North America. Previous to this, he spent ten years with Artio Global Investors as Head of Global Sales and Marketing and member of the executive management committee. During his tenure at Artio, AUM grew from $800 million to a peak of $78 billion ultimately resulting in an IPO and listing on the NYSE. Mel also spent nine years with Wells Capital Management in the capacity of Senior Portfolio Manager before becoming Managing Director of Sales and Marketing. He formerly spent five years with Salomon Smith Barney and its predecessor, where he was Vice President within Equity Sales. Mel holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and received an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. Mel also attended IMD, Global Leadership Program in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a member of the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts. Mel is on the board and investment committees of California Community Foundation, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, South Central Scholarship Foundation, and the Toigo Foundation Governing Board.
Dean of College Counseling, Phillips Academy AndoverSee Bio Hide Bio
Dean of College Counseling, Phillips Academy Andover
Sean is a graduate of Williams College with a masters in higher education administration from Stanford University. He spent six years as the Assistant Director of Admission at Williams in the early 90’s, followed by a two year stint as the Associate Dean of Admission at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and then as the Director of College Counseling at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA from 2000-2006. From 2006-2010, Sean returned to his alma mater as the Associate Director of Admission. Before starting his tenure as the Director of College Counseling at Andover in the summer of 2011, Sean spent a year in the Harvard College Admission Office. In June of 2015, Sean was elevated to the Dean of College Counseling at Andover.
James T. London, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon; Co-Founder, SCS Noonan ScholarsSee Bio Hide Bio
James T. London, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon; Co-Founder, SCS Noonan Scholars
Jim is a graduate of UC Berkeley and received his medical degree from University of California San Francisco Medical School. He was a fellow at the Mayo Clinic. Prior to going into private practice he was on the full-time teaching staff as an assistant professor of surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine. He has been in private practice for over 30 years and has served as Chief of Staff at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital. He was previously active in The New York Times Scholarship Fund. Dr. London co-founded Noonan and South Central Scholars and serves on the board of both organizations.
Business Manager, James T. London, MD, Co-Founder, SCS Noonan ScholarsSee Bio Hide Bio
Business Manager, James T. London, MD, Co-Founder, SCS Noonan Scholars
Patricia is a co-founder of South Central Scholars and Noonan Scholars. In this role, she has supported both organizations through fundraising, strategy, and program implementation. She is a member of the Everychild Foundation and a former board member of St. Mary’s Academy and Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles. Patricia is a nurse and works with her husband Jim in their private orthopedic surgery practice. Along with her nursing degree, Patricia holds a degree in Philosophy.
Founder & President, Principles Marketing, Inc.See Bio Hide Bio
Founder & President, Principles Marketing, Inc.
Renita Smith is Founder of an independent consulting firm that guides companies in developing and implementing marketing, business development, and fundraising strategy. Renita gained experience at companies such as Citicorp North America and General Mills. Renita has also served as Executive Consultant and Vice President of Strategy to the Los Angeles Urban League, and served on the Board of Trustees of Chadwick School. She is particularly passionate about ensuring the success of underrepresented minority students in the STEM fields. Renita holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Stanford University and a MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Tax & Nonprofit Attorney, Law Office of Russel J. Stein, PLLCSee Bio Hide Bio
Tax & Nonprofit Attorney, Law Office of Russel J. Stein, PLLC
Russell founded his own law firm in 2017 focusing on advising businesses and charities on various tax and operational matters. Prior to forming his own law firm Russell was a tax attorney at Sheehan Phinney in Boston, and prior to that at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in Boston, where he represented public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity offerings, fund sponsors in private equity fund formations, and non-profit organizations in formations and operations. Prior to law school, Russell helped run his family’s tax software business, Pencil Pushers Tax Software. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science from Northwestern University, and an MBA, JD, and LL.M. in taxation from Boston University.
Founder & Managing Director, CCISee Bio Hide Bio
Founder & Managing Director, CCI
Jeff is Founder and Managing Director Of CCI, a national organization which convenes CEOs and Senior executives in Healthcare and Tech. and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA and a licensed psychologist specializing in behavioral medicine. Previously, he was an assistant professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and Director of Behavioral Medicine at the UCLA-San Bernardino Medical Center. Jeff is also on the Boards of C-TAC, and MindCare Solutions. He received a PhD in Clinical Psychology and an MS in Organizational Development from the California School of Professional Psychology, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Medical School.
Former Media Strategy and Marketing ExecutiveSee Bio Hide Bio
Former Media Strategy and Marketing Executive
Samantha spent most of her career at Viacom’s Nickelodeon Kids and Family Group. Most recently, she held the positions of Senior Vice President of Research and Planning and Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. Since leaving corporate sector to focus on her family, Samantha has served on the board of the Putnam Indian Field School, and is an active member of the Rye Country Day School. Samantha holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a BA in European History from Wesleyan University.
Board of Directors
Executive Producer, Graceful Light EntertainmentSee Bio Hide Bio
Executive Producer, Graceful Light Entertainment
Paul established Graceful Light Entertainment in order to utilize multimedia to enhance the impact of his philanthropic efforts. In his prior career, Paul served as an investment banker with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, the President of First Mercury Financial Corporation, a publicly traded insurance company, and co-founded and managed a private investment partnership, PWB Value Partners, L.P.
On a more personal note, Paul has been married to his soulmate Amy for over 21 years and they are blessed with two children. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with High Distinction from the University of Michigan and earned an MBA at Harvard Business School. Paul and Amy are the proud founders of the Blavin Scholars Programs at the University of Michigan and Northern Arizona University to support youth aging out of foster care to achieve their dreams of a post-secondary education and a better life. Paul is also a Founder of The Teen Project’s Freehab Program, a free, residential, 12-step drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. In addition to serving on the Board of SCS Noonan Scholars, Paul is also on the Board of Directors of HYPE LA– Helping Young People Excel, and the Anti-Recidivism Coalition.
Member, Hestia FundSee Bio Hide Bio
Member, Hestia Fund
Melanie Calzetti-Spahr spent her career at Fidelity Investments where she worked in the private equity investment arm of the organization. She left in 2013 and re-engaged in the not-for-profit sector. Since then, she has been a member of organizations that invest throughout the greater Boston area in the domains of education, poverty and immigration. She is also actively involved with women’s reproductive health issues and advocacy. Melanie is a former fellow of Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, a new third stage of higher education designed to prepare experienced leaders to take on new challenges in the social sector. Melanie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Smith College and an MBA with distinction from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Member, Hestia Fund
Sally Currier has been engaged for several years with organizations that provide education-related services for youth and families in the Greater Boston area. Currently, she serves as a board member for Inversant, Inc., which promotes college access, Phoenix Charter Academy Network, Facing History and Ourselves New England Advisory Board, WGBH Overseers, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra Overseers. Sally is also an active member of The Hestia Fund, a giving circle of women which distributes grants to programs that serve children from low income families in the greater Boston area. Sally and her husband Saul Pannell live in Boston.
Agent, William Morris EndeavorSee Bio Hide Bio
Agent, William Morris Endeavor
Brian DePersia is Motion Picture and Television Talent Agent at William Morris Endeavor. DePersia began his career at the William Morris Agency in June 2000 and represents clients across the spectrum of the film and television landscape with actors and actresses including Rooney Mara (“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Michael B. Jordan (“The Fantastic Four”), Dylan O’Brien (“The Maze Runner”), Taylor Lautner (“The Twilight Saga”), Elijah Wood (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), Kevin Bacon (“The Following”), Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”), Hayden Panettiere (“Nashville”), Rob Lowe (“The West Wing”), Ted Danson (“Cheers”, “CSI”) and William H. Macy (“Fargo”, “Shameless”), in addition to multi-hyphenate entertainers such as NBA icon Shaquille O’Neal and singer Josh Groban. DePersia graduated from Skidmore College in 2000 with a B.A. in English Literary Studies. He resides in Manhattan Beach, CA with his wife and their two sons.
Retired General Counsel, Market MetricsSee Bio Hide Bio
Retired General Counsel, Market Metrics
I’m currently serving as an advisor to The Milton Resident Fund, a 100+ year old safety-net program which coordinates health, welfare, education and related non-profit programs for the Milton, Mass community. I was previously General Counsel to Market Metrics, Inc., a financial services market research firm in Boston, for over 16 years. Prior to Market Metrics, I was Vice President & Senior Counsel at BNY/Mellon Corporation and before even that, in private practice. I received an A. B. with honors, from the College of the Holy Cross and a J. D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School where I was a Watson Scholar. Finally, I am involved at the board level with several health, educational and arts organizations.
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Associate, Seyfarth Shaw
Alison is an associate with the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where her practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation, securities enforcement, and regulatory compliance. For many years, Alison has been involved with the Boston Debate League, first as a judge and for the last several years as tabulation director for the BDL’s middle school division. Alison has also served as a member of the BDL Advisory Board. Alison holds a BA and MA from Loyola University Chicago and a JD from Boston College Law School.
Shawna A Ferguson, M.Ed, CCDP/AP
Managing Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Wellington ManagementSee Bio Hide Bio
Shawna A Ferguson, M.Ed, CCDP/AP
Managing Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Wellington Management
Shawna is managing director of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Wellington Management. Shawna is responsible for building the firm’s inclusion capabilities, visibility, and impact through a variety of mechanisms, such as adapting best practices, directing business networks governance and programming, implementing diversity education or development offerings, and overseeing the firm’s partnerships with external diversity associations.
Prior to joining Wellington in 2011, Shawna spent 12 years in Human Resources at Genzyme Corporation in various positions supporting several client groups (1999 – 2011). She has over 20 years of generalist experience in human resources, diversity, and inclusion management across various industries including biotechnology, healthcare/hospital, distribution/manufacturing, and corporate travel. Shawna is a Certified Cornell Diversity Professional/Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP) from Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations, and a former adjunct instructor there. She earned her master of education with a specialization in adult and organizational learning from Northeastern University and her BA from Lesley University. She is a 2004 Fellow and 2016 Next Generational Executive Alumna from The Partnership, Inc. leadership development program.
CEO, uAspireSee Bio Hide Bio
Bob is CEO of uAspire, a national leader in providing college affordability services to young people, families and college access and success practitioners. Bob is on the Faculty of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership and serves on numerous Boards including Idealist.org and Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House Association, as well as the Advisory Board of Excel Academy Charter Schools. In 2015, Bob was awarded the Barr Fellowship for his “outstanding contribution to the Boston community and potential to drive positive change for years to come.” Bob is the first in his family to attend college, a product of the Somerville (MA) Public Schools, and a graduate of Harvard College.
Michael Goldstein, MD, MBA
Co-Director, Cornea, External Disease and Cataract Service, Tufts Medical CenterSee Bio Hide Bio
Michael Goldstein, MD, MBA
Co-Director, Cornea, External Disease and Cataract Service, Tufts Medical Center
Michael H. Goldstein, MD, MBA, is Co-Director of the Cornea, External Disease service at Tufts University/New England Eye Center and is an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is also Chief Medical Officer at AGTC, an gene therapy company developing therapies for patients with retinal diseases. He has won the Resident Teaching Award at Tufts Medical Center, the American Academy for Ophthalmology Secretariat Award for Education, and the AAO Senior Achievement Award. Dr. Goldstein has been involved with private sector clinical research and biotechnology consulting for over 15 years. Dr. Goldstein attended Williams College, Northwestern University Medical, and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Dr. Goldstein also serves as Team Ophthalmologist for the Boston Celtics.
Consulting Analyst, AccentureSee Bio Hide Bio
Consulting Analyst, Accenture
Vanessa is a management consulting analyst at Accenture, focusing on healthcare and public service, especially state, local, and provincial government. She graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in government and a Certificate in Latin American Studies, writing a senior thesis on the Mexican criminal justice system through the prism of inequality. Vanessa is a SouthCentral Scholar and participant in the first SCS Summer Academy. Prior to joining Accenture, she interned at a film production and international sales company, a commercial solar energy company, and the SouthCentral Scholars Summer Academy.
Owner, Eastern StandardSee Bio Hide Bio
Owner, Eastern Standard
Paula was the first board member of Noonan Scholars, and along with the two founders, was largely responsible for bringing Noonan to Boston. She has directly mentored five Scholars from the Los Angeles program, and indirectly supported many more. Paula is a graduate of Endicott College and the California Culinary Academy with degrees in restaurant management and the culinary arts. Paula has raised two beautiful daughters while supporting her husband Garrett in the opening of several restaurants in Boston, one of which is Eastern Standard. Over the last eighteen years, Paula has been an active volunteer in the Winchester Public Schools and organizations such as the Woman’s Lunch Place.
David C. Hou
Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, First Republic Investment ManagementSee Bio Hide Bio
David C. Hou
Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, First Republic Investment Management
David is a Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at First Republic Investment Management where he manages portfolios for wealthy families and institutional investors. Previously, David co-founded Luminous Capital, a SEC Registered Investment Advisory firm, which was acquired by First Republic Bank in December 2012. He also serves as an Investment Committee member for Altair Investments, the alternative investments division of First Republic Investment Management.
David received his B.S. in Economics/Business (88) from UCLA and MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management (92). He is an Advisory Board member of the UCLA Anderson School of Management Fink Center for Finance. He also serves as a Trustee and the Finance Chair for the Carlthorp School in Santa Monica and is an Investment Team member for the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. David resides in Pacific Palisades with his wife, Evelyn, and their four children.
Equity Portfolio Manager, Capital GroupSee Bio Hide Bio
Equity Portfolio Manager, Capital Group
Martin Jacobs is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 29 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 16 years. Before joining Capital, Martin was an executive director and senior investment analyst at Brinson Partners, Inc. in Chicago and an industry analyst at Security Pacific Merchant Bank in New York. He was also a research analyst at the Wharton Center for Applied Research, Inc. Martin holds an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Institute. Martin is currently a member of the Capital Group Companies Los Angeles Charitable Contributions Committee, a Vice Chairman of the Children’s Bureau of Southern California, a Director of the Board of Trustees of the Crossroads Community School, and a Director of SCS Noonan Scholars.
Ramsey Jay, Jr
Public SpeakerSee Bio Hide Bio
Ramsey Jay, Jr
Ramsey Jay Jr. (ramseyjayjr.com) is a widely recognized leading expert on leadership development and motivational speaking. He is Wall Street trained and Ivy League educated, an advisor to prominent business leaders, a sought-after international keynote speaker, and author of Weekly Life Lessons in Leadership. In April 2015 he was the recipient of UCLA’s Riordan’s Program inaugural “Excellence in Civil Engagement & Leadership Award”. His simple yet inherently powerful 3P’s methodology, (Possible, Probable, Predictable) has provided the functional platform that has enabled him to inspire others to achieve academic, professional and civic centered success. Of his own life story, Ramsey says “My journey has been blessed and afforded me the opportunity to be a blessing to others”. Ramsey earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno, where he was a five-time all-conference track and field athlete. He also earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he was voted speaker of the 105th graduating class.
Partner, DLA PiperSee Bio Hide Bio
Partner, DLA Piper
Stuart is the Co-Managing Partner of the DLA Piper Los Angeles area offices. He represents clients across a spectrum of industries in business and commercial real estate matters. He has achieved several eight-figure settlements in contingent fee cases, including a case against a major insurance company for targeting a product towards low-income residents in several different states; a class action against a large drug wholesaler brought by participants in a profit-sharing and savings plan that bought the company’s stock; and a high-profile case against the State of California based on a failed US$2.3 billion buildings sale.
Previously, Stuart was managing partner of prominent Los Angeles-based boutique law firm Liner LLP from its formation in 1996 to its merger with DLA Piper in 2017. Among his achievements at that firm, he successfully launched a number of business ventures with clients in the areas of entertainment and media, real estate and other core investments. He is on the Board of Directors of Loyola Law School.
Dr. Adrian B. Mims
Founder/Executive Director, The Calculus Project Inc.See Bio Hide Bio
Dr. Adrian B. Mims
Founder/Executive Director, The Calculus Project Inc.
Dr. Adrian B. Mims Sr. is the founder of The Calculus Project, a program dedicated to increasing the number of Black, Hispanic and low income students enrolled in Calculus Honors, AP Calculus and AP Statistics so they can pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). He has successfully implemented this program in over twenty-five (25) schools located in Florida, New York and Massachusetts, and has won numerous awards and recognitions for this work. Dr. Mims is a former adjunct faculty member at Simmons College, and also taught mathematics at Brookline High School for 19 years in addition to serving in administrative roles. Dr. Mims is a former trustee of the College Board and former board member of The Brookline Teen Center.
Director, Academic Advancement Program at UCLASee Bio Hide Bio
Director, Academic Advancement Program at UCLA
Masai Minters is the Director of University of California Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Academic Advancement Program (AAP). Masai has a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the UCLA, and received his Bachelor’s in Psychology/Pan African Studies from CSU Northridge. Prior to his work at UCLA, Masai had over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience as an independent businessman in Los Angeles. His academic interests involved research in stress and depression in the African-American community.He has been active in various civil and human rights organizations and has numerous professional associations with groups and individuals involved with educationally and economically disadvantaged individuals.
Phyllis Monroe, MD
Retired Physician, Internal MedicineSee Bio Hide Bio
Phyllis Monroe, MD
Retired Physician, Internal Medicine
Phyllis Monroe, MD is a Retired Physician, Internal Medicine. Phyllis grew up in Palos Verdes and attended Stanford and Stanford University School of Medicine. After six years at Yale, she and her husband returned to Southern California where Phyllis initially taught at Martin Luther King Hospital. In 1978 she helped found and taught in the San Pedro Hospital Family Practice Residency Training Program. After leaving the residency program, she practiced internal medicine in San Pedro for another 25 years, retiring in 2012. She is married to David Cannom, Director of Cardiology at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan. They have three grown daughters and five grandchildren. In addition to a passion for education, her other interests include tennis, piano, gardening, cooking, travel, and reading. Phyllis is honored to serve South Central Scholars and its mission aiding the education and career development of under resourced students. She and her husband have supported South Central Scholars since its inception.
Teacher & Coach, Boston Public SchoolsSee Bio Hide Bio
Teacher & Coach, Boston Public Schools
Frannie Moyer has been a teacher her whole life, from her first job teaching high school English in Boston (1968-72) up to the present where she is now a volunteer mentor to Boston teachers and works coaching newly arrived immigrants at the Writing Center at BINCA. From 1972-1989, with her husband and three children, Frannie spent 17 years overseas, teaching in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, starting an international school in Panama, and Taiwan. Returning to Brookline, she then taught high school English and served five years as Department Head at Newton South High School. After “retiring”, she has taught teachers at Brandeis’s Ed Programs, volunteered as a teacher coach in a number of Boston schools, and presently serves on the board of WriteBoston. She graduated from Smith College, then received a Masters from the Teacher Corps Program at Boston College and later a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma (Panama program).
Faculty Director for Professional Education, Boston University School of EducationSee Bio Hide Bio
Faculty Director for Professional Education, Boston University School of Education
Jacob Murray serves as the Faculty Director for Professional Education at Boston University School of Education. As Faculty Director, Mr. Murray is charged with developing innovative professional pathways that expand equity and access to current and emerging careers for a wide range of learners. Prior to BU, Mr. Murray served as the Executive Director of the Aspire Institute at Wheelock College. Under Mr. Murray’s tenure, Aspire emerged as a statewide social and education innovation and professional development leader. Mr. Murray holds a BA from Bates College, an MEd from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a MM from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Southern CaliforniaSee Bio Hide Bio
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Southern California
Dr. Michael Quick was appointed Provost at the University of Southern California on April 1, 2015. He also serves as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and as Professor of Biological Sciences in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University and studied as a post-doctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology. Before coming to USC in 2002, he was on the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Quick’s scholarship focuses on how therapeutic drugs and drugs of abuse such alter the signaling properties of nerve cells. As the university’s second-ranking administrator, he oversees the USC Dornsife College as well as the Keck School of Medicine of USC and 17 other professional schools, in addition to the divisions of student affairs, libraries, information technology services, research, student religious life and enrollment services. Dr. Quick previously served as Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, Vice Dean for Research and Executive Vice Dean of USC Dornsife, and Executive Vice Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Partner, Paul Hastings, LLPSee Bio Hide Bio
Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP
Jason Rednour is a partner in the corporate practice of Paul Hastings and a member of the firm’s private equity practice group. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and corporate and securities law matters. Mr. Rednour previously served as an intelligence analyst and German linguist in the United States Army Military Intelligence Corps.
Joy St. John
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Wellesley CollegeSee Bio Hide Bio
Joy St. John
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Wellesley College
Joy St. is Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Wellesley College, joining the Admission Office in 2010 as its director. Joy holds an A.B. from Stanford University and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She has spent the last twenty years dedicated to issues of access and diversity in college admission and higher education. Joy began her admission career at Occidental College in Los Angeles and then moved to the east coast to work as Associate Director of Admission at Tufts University. Later in her career, Joy worked for a brief time as a college counselor and Director of Scholarships at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California. Immediately prior to Wellesley, Joy worked for seven years as Associate Dean of Admission at Amherst College.
Treasurer, Hestia FundSee Bio Hide Bio
Treasurer, Hestia Fund
Beth Stonebraker received her B.S. from Brown University and her M.S. from U.C. Berkeley, both in Computer Science. She lived in California and worked in the computer industry for many years. Since moving to Boston in 2009, she has focused on urban education. She currently serves on the board of Beacon Academy, a 14-month gap year program between 8th and 9th grades designed to prepare low-income students for the rigor of independent high schools. She is also on the steering committee of the Hestia fund, a women’s giving circle focused on improving the education of underserved children in the greater Boston area.
Timothy M. Teagle
Global Client Services Partner, Business Development Leader Ernst & Young, LLPSee Bio Hide Bio
Timothy M. Teagle
Global Client Services Partner, Business Development Leader Ernst & Young, LLP
Timothy M. Teagle is Global Client Services Partner, Business Development Leader at Ernst & Young, LLP. Tim is a principal at EY and serves as the Global Client Services Partner for clients in the manufacturing, distribution, and media & entertainment industries. He is also the Business Development Leader overseeing the sales and marketing team for the Western region. Tim is responsible for all service lines, including Advisory, Assurance, Tax, and Transaction Advisory Services. Throughout his career, Tim has focused on leading sales force and customer management initiatives. He has led or served as a key team member for several sales and service transformation initiatives which have included customer segmentation, organizational design, compensation, sales force effectiveness, change management and systems transformation. Tim brings more than 20 years of sales and sales management experience in a consultative solutions environment. Before joining EY, he was the Regional Vice President of Account Management for Per-Se Technologies where he provided consulting and outsourcing in the health care field.
Kari Van Gundy
Chief Financial Officer, Zenith InsuranceSee Bio Hide Bio
Kari Van Gundy
Chief Financial Officer, Zenith Insurance
Kari Van Gundy is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zenith National Insurance Corp. (Zenith), a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (FFH.TO). Zenith specializes in workers’ compensation insurance nationally, as well as property and casualty insurance for California agricultural businesses. Kari began her career as an auditor, working for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (formerly Coopers & Lybrand) before joining CalFarm Insurance Company (a former subsidiary of Zenith), where she was Chief Financial Officer. Nationwide Insurance Company ultimately purchased CalFarm and she then led Zenith’s efforts to build an eCommerce small business workers’ compensation capability. She served as Zenith’s Chief Financial Officer for the past 9 years and became Zenith’s CEO in January 2015. Kari has served on several non-profit school boards and is currently a Director of South Central Scholars, a non-profit organization which assists and mentors disadvantaged inner-city students during high school and college.
Director of School Partnerships, OneGoalSee Bio Hide Bio
Director of School Partnerships, OneGoal
Becky Vogel serves as the Director of School Partnerships with OneGoal, and has dedicated her career to improving access, equity, and diversity in higher education. She previously worked with the Posse Foundation, Citizen Schools, and the Boston Public Schools to improve outcomes for students on their paths to and through college. She holds a BA from Tufts University and Master’s in Education from Lesley University.
Private Wealth Advisor, Goldman SachsSee Bio Hide Bio
Private Wealth Advisor, Goldman Sachs
Rory Wilfork is a Private Wealth Advisor at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Prior to that he spent 4 years as a Portfolio Manager at a $30 billion New York based hedge fund, Millennium Partners, where he managed Commodities assets. Prior to Millennium he worked as an energy trader at Goldman Sachs for 12 years in their Commodities Division where he was named Managing Director in 2007. Prior to joining the firm in 1997, Rory played professional football for the Arizona Cardinals NFL franchise. Rory is committed to higher education. He serves on the Columbia University Board of Visitors and is a member of Student Sponsor Partners, which pairs low income students with sponsors who provide financial support and one on one mentoring. He received his B.A. in Economics and Operations Research from Columbia University.
Board Member, William Morris Endeavor EntertainmentSee Bio Hide Bio
Board Member, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Dave Wirtschafter is a board member at WME. As the president of the former William Morris Agency, he was instrumental in shaping its June 2009 merger with the Endeavor agency. Wirtschafter joined WMA in September 1999 after twelve years at International Creative Management. There he was Executive Vice President and agent, first in television and then in the motion picture department. He began his career at Creative Artists Agency in their business affairs division. Wirtschafter represents clients in every area of the entertainment industry, including writers and directors such as the Wachowskis (“Matrix”), Ridley Scott (“Prometheus,” “Gladiator,” “Robin Hood”), Bryan Singer (“X-Men”), Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 & 2,” “Chicago”), Gus Van Sant (“Good Will Hunting”), Carlos Saldanha (“Ice Age,” “Rio”), Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders (“How to Train Your Dragon,” “Lilo & Stitch”) and award- winning documentarian Ken Burns (“The War”); musicians such as Grammy Award-winners Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Jack White, Lady Gaga, Frank Ocean, Drake, Tyler the Creator, Janelle Monae, and Usher; author Malcolm Gladwell and British economist Noreena Hertz; fashion house Rodarte, and corporations like Starbucks. Wirtschafter is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School. He is married to Dominique Lett Wirtschafter, a screenwriter/director.
R. Douglas Woodruff
Co-Owner, Cable Captioning Sponsorships, Inc.See Bio Hide Bio
R. Douglas Woodruff
Co-Owner, Cable Captioning Sponsorships, Inc.
R. Douglas Woodruff is a semi-retired investor. He served as co-founder of ACreativeGroup, a company that provided television advertising, representation, product placement and consultation services to producers, distributors and advertisers in the United States. Previously he served as the Chief Operating Officer of an elastomeric manufacturing company that supplied Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Woodruff is a CPA and holds a BS degree in Accounting from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Mr. Woodruff resides in Camarillo, California with his wife Patti. He has four children, Jack and his wife Samantha, their daughter Lila and son Alex in Greenwich, Connecticut. Alana and her husband, Mark, their daughter Ava, son Chase and daughter Lea in San Carlos, California. His daughters Kelly, who lives in Flagstaff, Arizona and Amy who lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.