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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Through the SCS Noonan Scholars network and our corporate partnerships, our Scholars are connected to internships and jobs during college, allowing them to explore diverse career paths. During their internships, Scholars begin to network with professionals in their chosen fields and build a professional portfolio of skills and interests. As a result of our corporate partners, SCS Noonan Scholars Alumni are entering the workforce across a broad spectrum of industries including numerous Fortune 500 corporations and top law firms.
SCS Noonan Scholars aims to expand our Scholars professional opportunities with targeted career counseling and professional development workshops. Often, low-income and first generation students are familiar with high paying jobs such as medicine and law, but, due to a lack of exposure, are unfamiliar with other career options, such as those in research, finance, technology, or computer science. SCS Noonan Scholars offers students webinars, workshops, and conferences to help Scholars understand their interests and skills and learn how to apply them in different industries. We work with our Scholars and alumni to provide them with resume reviews, mock interviews, and other supports.