Craig R. Barrett
Dr. Craig Barrett is a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S. and around the world. He is also a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards globally. In 2009, he stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation, a post he held from May 2005 to May 2009. Craig Barrett was born in San Francisco, California. He attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California from 1957 to 1964, receiving Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science. After graduation, he joined the faculty of Stanford University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and remained through 1974, rising to the rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Barrett was a Fulbright Fellow at Danish Technical University in Denmark in 1972 and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory in England from 1964 to 1965. He is the author of over 40 technical papers dealing with the influence of microstructure on the properties of materials, and a textbook on materials science, Principles of Engineering Materials. Read more...
Dr. Barrett joined Intel Corporation in 1974 and held positions of vice president, senior vice president and executive vice president from 1984 to 1990. In 1992, he was elected to Intel Corporation's Board of Directors and was promoted to chief operating officer in 1993. Dr. Barrett became Intel's fourth president in 1997, chief executive officer in 1998 and chairman of the Board in 2005. Dr. Barrett previously served as Chairman of the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development, which works to bring computers and other technology to developing parts of the world. He chairs Change The Equation, a national education science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) coalition and the National Forest Foundation; co-chairs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advisory Board; and vice chairs Science Foundation Arizona. Dr. Barrett is chairman of STAND for Children AZ, president and chairman of BASIS Schools, Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors of Achieve Inc., Carnegie Institution for Science, K12 Inc., Society for Science and the Public, Arizona Commerce Authority Board, Impele Holdings LLC and Grameen Intel Social Business. He is International co-chairman of the Russian Federation’s Skolkovo Foundation Council, and serves on the advisory boards of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Carnegie Mellon University, Geothermic Solution LLC, Tallwave LLC, Team4Tech, Montana Family Foundation, and is Chairman of the Irish Technology Leadership Group. Dr. Barrett has been an appointee of the Council for Foreign Relations Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security, the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, and the American Health Information Community. He has co-chaired the Business Coalition for Student Achievement and the National Innovation Initiative Leadership Council, and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Council for International Business, the Clinton Global Initiative Education Advisory Board, and numerous other boards, policy and government panels and committees. Dr. Barrett has been a member of the National Governors' Association Task Force on Innovation America, the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, the Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security, the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, past chair of the National Academy of Engineering, and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, and TechNet.
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Caroline Choi is Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). In this role, she is responsible for the Company’s regulatory strategy and policy at the national and state levels, including regulatory affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs. Choi previously served as Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy. Prior to joining SCE in 2012, Choi was executive Director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy; she served the company in various roles, including Director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and manager, Federal Public Affairs. Choi is active in national policy and community engagement, where she serves on the Board of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utilities in the implementation and deployment of clean energy and distributed resources. She also serves as a Board member of the National Forest Foundation and the Alliance for Transportation Electrification. Choi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Dartmouth College.
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Robert G. Cole is shareholder with the law firm of Collins Cockrel & Cole. Bob’s legal practice focuses on all areas of local government law, with an emphasis on general counsel representation of municipalities and special districts. His work includes serving as Town Attorney for Gypsum and Pagosa Springs, Colorado, general counsel for numerous emergency service providers, and assisting clients with water supply development, public lands and environmental issues. Bob organized the City of Centennial, Colorado, a large Denver area city, and served as its first City Attorney. Bob received his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1986, where he emphasized natural resource law study and was the President of the Environmental Law Society. Bob received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1980 from Oklahoma State University in Forest Management. Before law school, Bob worked for nine years for the United States Forest Service on the Sequoia, Cleveland and Klamath National Forests in California, primarily in fire management and timber management, and also worked as a paid-call firefighter with Tulare County/California Division of Forestry. Read more...
In addition to serving on the National Forest Foundation Board of Directors, Bob is a member of the Denver, Colorado, and American Bar Associations; Denver Metro City Attorneys Association; Society of American Foresters, Fire and Economics, Policy and Law working groups and previously Chair for the Mile High Chapter; the National Fire Protection Association Wildland Fire Working Section; an associate member of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs’ Association and the Association of Retired Forest Service Employees; and a former member and Vice-Chair of the Clear Creek County Planning Commission and Upper Bear Creek/East Mount Evans master plan task force. Bob is married to Patty McInnis-Cole. They have four young children and live in Evergreen Colorado, where their interests include family outings in the mountains and forests of Colorado, fly fishing, bicycling, and youth sports.
Peter B. Foreman
Executive Committee Member
Peter Foreman lives in Chicago and is married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren. He is an avid traveler, fisherman, and outdoorsman. Professional: Mr. Foreman has been involved in investment management for 39 years. Mr. Foreman has been involved in the securities industry since 1960. He began his career as a sales trainee for Glore, Forgan, Wm. R. Staats, Inc. He became a shareholder of the firm in 1964, and Senior Vice President and Director in 1967. From 1969 through 1975, Mr. Foreman was a Vice President, Director and shareholder of R.J. Levy Harris & Co., the original predecessor to Harris Associates, L.P. In January of 1976, Mr. Foreman became a founding partner of Harris Associates, L.P., an independent investment advisory firm specializing in the management of equity and balanced portfolios for families and institutions, and was highly instrumental in the development of the firm's business. In 1994, Mr. Foreman left Harris Associates L.P. and started his own investment management firm, Sirius Corporation. He manages Procyon Partners, a limited partnership focusing on fund to fund investing. Education: Undergraduate work done at Hobart College and Colorado State University. Civic: Mr. Foreman currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the John G. Shedd Aquarium as well as the Board of Directors of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Lee Fromson is the Executive Vice President of Simms Fishing Products, based in Bozeman, Montana. Simms is the preeminent manufacturer of waders, outerwear and technical apparel in fishing, including expertly crafted outerwear, footwear and sportswear that gives all anglers a choice in top-end, premium products. Lee is responsible for leading product design, development, human resources and sourcing as well as the operations division, which includes the Bozeman wader manufacturing factory. Read more...
In addition to the NFF Board, Lee also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Appalachian Mountain Club and continues to participate in their semi-annual strategy planning sessions. Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America's oldest nonprofit conservation and recreation organization. Previously he served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Mountaineers. The Mountaineers was formed in 1906 and is dedicated to enriching the community by helping people explore, conserve, learn about and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.
Timothy Proctor Schieffelin
Mr. Tim Schieffelin is a Founding Partner of the Leeward Group. Previously, he was a Senior Wealth Director for BNY Mellon Wealth Management and has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry including serving as a Senior Vice President at Bank of America and as a Managing Director at Citigroup, where he worked for 27 years. Mr. Schieffelin serves on the Executive and on the Nominating and Governance Committees of the National Forest Foundation for which he also serves as Secretary of the Board. Additionally, he serves on the Board and their Investment, EdGE Advisory, Development and Scholarship Committees of the Maine Seacoast Mission; the Board of Greenwich Emergency Medical Services; the Descendants Advisory Board of Friends of John Jay Homestead, and on their Scholars Committee; on the Board and Investment Committees of Sand Pond Corporation and on the Board of the First Friday Group. He is a former Vestry member and Finance Committee member of Christ Church Greenwich as well as an EfM program graduate. Mr. Schieffelin is a member of the Investments & Wealth Institute and graduated from Washington & Jefferson College where subsequently he served as a two-term Trustee. He is married and has four daughters.
Michael Barkin is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Vail Resorts where oversees the finance, accounting, tax, strategic development and procurement functions. He joined Vail Resorts in July 2012 as Vice President of Strategy and Development and was named CFO in April 2013. Prior to joining Vail Resorts, Michael was a Principal at KRG Capital Partners, where he was a member of the investment team since 2006. Prior to KRG, he worked at Bain Capital Partners and Bain & Company. Michael graduated from Williams College and received his MBA from Stanford University. He is a co-founder of the Eagle Fund, a fund that supports innovative educational initiatives and organizations in Colorado, and is a former Trustee of Strive Preparatory Charter Schools. Michael is a Colorado native and is a passionate skier, cyclist and angler.
Mike Brown is the Founder & General Partner at Bowery Capital based in New York. Prior to Bowery Capital, Brown co-founded AOL Ventures and led investments in over 30 companies primarily focused around the next generation of CMO and CTO spend. Before AOL Ventures, Mike worked for the investment arm of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, helping to invest capital in early stage internet startups on behalf of the British entrepreneur. He began his career at Morgan Stanley. Outside of his professional life Brown serves on the Board of Directors of the National Forest Foundation and co-chairs the Columbia College Young Leaders Council. Mike holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University.
Coleman Burke is the founder and Managing Partner of Waterfront Properties located in New York, New York since 1983. The commercial real estate company specializes in office, retail, art gallery, museum and storage properties with holdings in New York, Maine, Massachusetts, and Colorado. Three of the properties are landmarked and two have undergone substantial renovations. One is nominated to be included in the Maine and National Register. Prior to founding Waterfront Properties, Mr. Burke was a partner at the law firm of Burke & Burke for 13 years, 1970-1983, where he was a corporate and tax attorney and served on the Executive Committee. He received a law degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He served as a lieutenant JG in the U.S. Navy aboard a destroyer, USS Rowan DD 782, during the Vietnam War, after graduating from Yale in 1963. He was the Main Propulsion Assistant to the Chief Engineer, Communications Officer, and a Fleet Officer of the deck. Read more...
Mr. Burke has spent almost forty years dedicating his services to the environmental movement; in particular, the preservation of our oceans, forests, wetlands, and clean water. He is an investor in clean energy and a proponent of LEED certification for new construction or restoration. His hobbies are amateur geology and amateur paleontology. He serves on the Deep Ocean Exploration Institute at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He surveys geology on his own at the Yale University Science Libraries before leading field trips to identify dinosaur bones in Wyoming, Montana, and Patagonia. Within the past two years, he has given the Burke Auditorium at Kroon Hall to the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He has established the Coleman P. Burke Chair in the areas of tax, trusts and estates in honor of Professor Leon Gabinet at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Burke serves as a trustee of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Forest Foundation, the Leadership Council of The Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, The Yale University of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. He is a director of the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy covering the 26 national parks in New York Harbor. He serves on the Science Committee of The New York Botanical Garden. He was a former trustee of St. Paul’s School, The Leakey Foundation and the Professional Children’s School and a former member of the Board of Overseers of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is a retired member of the New York Bar. He is a lifetime member of the Sierra Club. Mr. Burke is a member of the New York Real Estate Board, the Bedford Historical Society, Pjepscot Historical Society, the Nantucket Historical Society, St. Matthew’s Church, and the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology. Mr. Burke has spent fifteen years finding dinosaur bones in Patagonia and Wyoming and has contributed many of them to museums. He has led flag expeditions for the Explorers Club to Patagonia on paleontological digs for dinosaur bones and to Tierra del Fuego to locate and descend rivers never attempted before. He is an avid player of golf, tennis, ice hockey, skiing, shooting, fishing and sailing. He has four children who join him on such activities – two in San Francisco and two in New York and Portsmouth, New Hampshire; seven grandchildren. He is writing a book about Charles Darwin’s early years in South America.
Aimée Christensen is CEO of Christensen Global Strategies with clients including the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy, Microsoft, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Re, Virgin Unite, and United Nations. Trained as an environmental and energy lawyer, she has two decades’ experience in policy, law, investment, and philanthropy including with the U.S. Department of Energy, World Bank, Baker & McKenzie and Google where she guided its earliest climate and energy strategy including a commitment to carbon neutrality. She was Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General's High-level Group on Sustainable Energy For All and co-chair of the World Climate Summit where 800 business leaders mobilized climate solutions. She negotiated the first bilateral climate change agreements (U.S. – Costa Rica 1994, et al.) and wrote the first university endowment investment policy on climate change (Stanford University, 1999). She was the 2011 Hillary Laureate and a 2010 Aspen Catto Fellow. In 2009 she relocated to Sun Valley, Idaho to be with family and manage her family’s investments including in solar energy companies, projects and funds. She graduated from Smith College and Stanford Law School.
Vicki Christiansen is the Chief at the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in Washington, DC. Prior to that she was Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry where she had oversight of Fire and Aviation Management, Tribal Relations, Forest Health Protection, Cooperative Forestry and Conservation Education. She joined the Forest Service in 2010 as the Deputy Director of Fire and Aviation Management. Vicki has worked extensively on the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy bringing her experience as a line officer, land manager, wildland fire fighter and State Forester to the effort. Prior to joining the Forest Service she served as the Arizona State Forester and Director of the Arizona Division of Forestry. She was responsible for the protection of 22 million acres of state and private lands in Arizona, including wildland fire management. Read more...
As State Forester, Vicki represented Arizona at the national and state level on forest health and wildland fire issues. She was Chair of the Wildland Fire Committee for the National Association of State Foresters. Vicki also served as the Washington State Forester where she had a 26 year career with Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). She started as a wildland fire fighter while still in college and held many different positions at Washington DNR with a strong emphasis in operations, managing state trust lands and regulating forest practices on state and private lands in Washington State. Her first permanent position was as a forester responsible for the reforestation of state trust lands in the Mt. Saint Helens blast zone. Vicki has been a wildland fire fighter and fire manager for 36 years. She has numerous credentials in the wildland fire program with a special expertise as a fire line-blasting advisor. Vicki has a B.S. in Forest Management from the University of Washington (1983, cum laude). She is married to a Fire Chief (retired) and has two grown sons.
Colleen Coleman works as a Merchandising Strategy Manager, focused on Go-to-Market, at REI’s headquarters in Kent, Washington. Her expertise is leading business-critical, cross-divisional initiatives and campaigns to drive customer-centric strategies and profit. She is committed to the power of business for positive impact in the world and has dedicated her career to this mission. In her work at REI (the leading retailer in the $887 billion outdoor industry), she has combined her professional skills with her personal values, sharing the main tenant of REI’s brand: “A life outdoors is a life well lived.”
This ethic comes organically to Colleen, who grew up on a rural 40 acre farm, neighboring the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest in eastern Washington State. Her father was a forester and wildland firefighter and her mother has spent over 35 years working in fisheries. Their passion for the natural world instilled a lifelong love of the outdoors in Colleen. Read more...
Today she excels in projects of all scales, and has worked widely with REI’s programs at national and local levels. In 2015, she led the national “Opt Outside” campaign, where her work as a campaign integrator resulted in more than 1.4 million people getting outside on Black Friday. On a local level, she was the project manager for the Wild Olympics and REI partnership, doubling the campaign’s social media following with a grass-roots approach.
Colleen’s experience includes B2B/B2C marketing, strategic planning, go-to-market strategy, product launch, key partnership management, process optimization, fundraising, influential communication, and team leadership. She has extensive understanding of retail and wholesale, and has worked in the outdoor and adventure travel industries for more than fifteen years. She holds a degree in Ski Business from Colorado Mountain College and a degree in Marketing from the Western State College of Colorado. She is a member of Camber Outdoors (formerly Outdoor Industry Women’s Alliance) and is Six Sigma certified. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys long-distance trail running, skiing, backpacking, stand up paddling and adventure travel. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband Alex and their two dogs, Sam and Arrow.
Bart Eberwein, Executive Vice President, Hoffman Construction Company, with offices in Portland and Seattle, and projects throughout the West. Hoffman is 85-years old, with annual sales bouncing between $600 million and $1.4 billion over the last 15 years. Recent notable projects include the Seattle Library (Rem Koolhaus); Experience Music Project (Frank Gehry); Tacoma Art Museum (Antoine Predock); Seattle City Hall (Peter Bohlin); Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (Bob Frasca). Hoffman clients with wide name recognition include: Intel, Hewlett Packard, Boeing, Philips, Fujitsu, Westin and Marriott Hotels. Mr. Eberwein, is a father of Ella, Hayden and Douglas and husband of Jill. Oregon Arts Commissioner; founding Board member of CAWS (Construction Apprenticeship & Workforce Solutions, Inc.) Past Board member of Cycle Oregon, Architecture Foundation of Oregon, Portland AIA, Oregon Literary Arts, Oregon Symphony, Northwest Youth Corps. Avid cyclist. Collector of modern first editions and other literary ephemera.
Barry K. Fingerhut has been the Chief Executive Officer and majority equity owner of Certification Partners, LLC (CP) since the fall of 2010, moving to Paradise Valley, Arizona from New York City, to manage the Company. CP is the leading vendor-neutral Certification Company for developing requisite IT skills for careers within the emerging markets of the Web, and a Select partner to a number of Certification Associations in helping to build and maintain their Web presence for their members. Previously, Fingerhut has been involved in many phases of the investment business. From 1981 to 2004, he served as President of GeoCapital, LLC (a registered investment advisory firm), which was sold in 1997 to Affiliated Managers Group. Prior to that, he served two years at First Manhattan Co. and four years as a limited and then general partner at Weiss, Peck & Greer. Read more...
Mr. Fingerhut has focused much of his career on public and private investing in small capitalization companies (defined primarily as under $1 billion in equity valuation), in the for-profit education and training, publishing, media, consumer services, hydrocarbon and financial services industries. In 1992, he co-founded Wheatley Partners, a venture capital partnership, specializing in investments in new technologies and services, and serving both corporate and public institutions. Currently, there are five outstanding partnerships. In 2004, he formed Fingerhut Management, a family-and-friends investment office in New York City. In 2009, he co-founded Caregiver Institute, LLC, to address the enormous challenges of aiding home caregiver workers in the United States. Caregiver Institute utilizes immersive learning technologies to serve the skills and enhance the emotional sustenance of the caregiver demographic. Since 1992, Fingerhut has served on a number of public and private boards of directors, with current positions at Caregiver Institute, Edufund Inc. (Global Student Loan Corp.), Aequus Technologies, Certification Partners and YourTango.com, among others, and a current public Board position at Carriage Services, Inc. (He presently serves as Chairman of YourTango.com, and Caregiver Institute, LLC). In the non-profit sector, Fingerhut has served as President and now board member of F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services System in New York City. He also serves on the board of overseers for the Stern School of Business a New York University, and as a board member of Achievement/First Corp., and extraordinary Charter School operation in New Haven and New York City. Fingerhut earned his B.S. degree with distinction from the University of Maryland (1967) and his M.B.A. in Finance/Investments from New York University (1969).
Dr. Roje S. Gootee co-owns and manages Rush Creek Ranch, 3,083 acres of forest and rangeland in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon. At the time of the purchase, improper management by former owners had left much of the property in significantly depleted condition. Thirteen years of active restoration have resulted in substantial improvement, and the property is now an ATFS-certified tree farm. Dr. Gootee is a former United States Forest Service employee, having worked as a Range Conservationist on the Modoc National Forests, and a Forester on the Sam Houston and Mount Hood National Forests. She now works as a private consultant specializing in natural resource stewardship and policy, in addition to managing her family’s ranch. She holds a baccalaureate degree in Forest Science from Utah State University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University. Her research focuses on the social and legal interference between private forests and environmental regulatory policy. Read more...
Her research results have been presented in a variety of academic and professional settings including the Thomas Foley Institute, Yale University, and international conferences in Slovenia, France, and Ireland. Her consulting work is directed toward improving public understanding of environmental issues and working toward socially and ecologically sustainable policy solutions. She is an adjunct faculty member at Washington State University, a member of the State of Oregon’s Committee for Family Forestlands, a member of the Operations Committee of the Blue Mountains Forest Partners, and is the environmental advisor for the Franciscan Montessori Earth School, a private school in Portland, Oregon. She is also a member of the International Society for Environmental Ethics, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, the Society of American Foresters, the Society for Range Management, the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals, and the Oregon Small Woodlands Association.
James Hunt is Managing Partner and CEO of Kayne Anderson’s Middle Market Credit business which finances US middle market companies seeking capital for growth, acquisitions, recapitalizations and/or change of control with teams in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Houston. Previously, Jim was the founding Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of THL Credit, Inc. and THL Credit Advisors LLC Founded in 2007, THL Credit is an investment manager for both direct lending and tradeable credit. Mr. Hunt was Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Bison Capital which he co-founded in 2001. From 1990 through 2000, he was President of SunAmerica Corporate Finance and an Executive Vice President of SunAmerica Investments, Inc. (subsequently, AIG SunAmerica) through 2000. At SunAmerica, Mr. Hunt was responsible for high-yielding investments including CLO management, private placements, acquisition financing, term loans and portfolio purchases, structured finance and specialty finance corporate acquisitions. Mr. Hunt joined SunAmerica from the Davis Companies, a private equity investment firm, where he was responsible for acquisitions. Prior to that he worked at Citicorp for over 14 years, where he held a variety of leveraged lending, credit and finance positions, culminating in the role of Senior Credit Officer and Vice President/Area Head for the Far West U.S. leveraged lending group.
Today, he serves on the board of directors of PennyMac Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: PFSI) and Hunt Companies, Inc. In addition to having served on a number of private boards, Mr. Hunt is a former Chairman and member of the board of directors of Financial Pacific Leasing, LLC. , Lead Trustee for Falcon Financial (Nasdaq: FLCN), Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE: LPS), Primus Guaranty Ltd, LLC. (NYSE: PRS), Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (NYSE: FIS). Mr. Hunt is on the not-for-profit boards of the National Forest Foundation and the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum. Mr. Hunt earned his BBA in economics from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Pennsylvania¹s Wharton School.
Patricia Hayling Price
Patricia Hayling Price is President of LiveWorkStrategize LLC, an executive coaching and talent development consulting practice. As a strategic thought partner she supports individuals and organizations wishing to reach higher levels of effectiveness and reward. Her two decades of success at IBM in sales, consulting and as a global marketing executive serve to inform her practice. Prior to her years at IBM Patricia worked for several years on-stage and on-camera as a performing artist. This experience translates to a keen sense for image and communication effectiveness to shape the total presentation of her clients. Her client list includes: MasterCard, Fannie Mae, Marsh McLennan, TIAA - CREF, Ernst and Young, Goldman Sachs, M6D, Rutgers University MBA Program, UNCF - MERCK Science Initiative, College of New Rochelle’s Doctorate Program in Leadership, Pace University Center for N-F-P Management, The Harlem Children’s Zone, Right Management, Viacom, Reed Elsevier/Lexis Nexis and Ambassador Andrew Youngs’ Good Works International Leadership Team. Read more...
Patricia follows her philosophy to “meet client exactly where they are,” partnering to develop and execute winning strategies; helping clients to harness effective problem solving skills and communicate with clarity, confidence and courageous authenticity… for a winning performance. Patricia has served as a speaker and facilitator for the Forbes Woman in Leadership Conference, Cornell University Graduate Woman's Forum, the Executive Leadership Council’s (ELC) Black Women on Wall Street Symposium, MasterCard’s Global Woman’s Summit, MasterCard’s Coaching Panel, The Westchester/Fairfield Executive Women’s Society, Google’s DNG Panel, Clorox Professional Development, MLT Houston Leadership Development Project at Rice University and MasterCard’s Multicultural Leadership Summit. In the media realm, Patricia has written a quarterly coaching column for the Network Journal and served as a featured guest on a segment of NPR's "All Things Considered", where she conducted a live coaching session on air. Patricia also serves as Managing Director at Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) where she has built and leads it’s Career Advancement Program (CAP) for rising, diverse, mid-level executives from an array of Fortune Companies. CAP was originally funded by Yale School of Management and is now a self sustaining program. It has been under the design and leadership of Patricia from conception in 2008 until today. Yale, Wharton and the Corporate Executive Board have hosted CAP’s acclaimed Leadership Horizon Seminars. Her contributions to community include service on the board of the American Heart Association of Westchester, Westchester Medical Center Board (nominated by Governor Pataki), The International Marketing Research Association Board, The Westchester Clubmen Gala Committee, The Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program Board and The Bruce Museum of Greenwich Connecticut Gala Committee. She has also served in program development for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Red Cross of Westchester. Patricia is a Charles P. Dana Fellow, a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and a graduate of Colgate University. Patricia resides in Westchester County New York where she and her husband Dr. Thomas Price have raised their daughter who attends the University of Pennsylvania and their son, a policy director in Washington DC…and an accomplished musician.
Allie Kline brings to the Board deep marketing, communications and transformation expertise. Most recently she served as chief marketing and communications officer for Oath Inc., the Verizon Communications, Inc. subsidiary consisting of 20+ distinctive digital brands reaching 1 billion consumers including AOL, HuffPost, MAKERS, TechCrunch, Tumblr, and Yahoo. She served as chief marketing and communications officer for Oath, from Oath’s formation in 2017 following Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo to July 2018, where she was responsible for all consumer and B2B marketing, external and internal communications, brand strategy and creative, and corporate citizenship and cause marketing. She also served as the head of MAKERS, Oath’s prominent women's media brand. Kline held the position of chief marketing and communications officer for AOL from 2013 to 2017 prior to and following Verizon’s acquisition of AOL in 2015. Read more...
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Pier 1 Imports and is a member of the iconic retailer’s Compensation Committee. She previously chaired the Oath Foundation Board, was a member of the Executive Committee for the Internet Advertising Board of Directors, and served on the Board of The Female Quotient. Kline is a diehard Boston Celtics fan currently living in Denver, Colorado. She enjoys fishing, hiking and skiing with her husband, two daughters and dog Fenway.
Andie MacDowell has established herself as an accomplished actress and spokesperson with worldwide recognition. On the small screen, Andie stars in Hallmark's #1 series, "Cedar Cove". She portrays Judge Olivia Lockhart, a respected small-town municipal court judge who considers leaving the beautiful lake town where she raised her family to take a federal judgeship. The series is based on the bestselling books by Debbie Macomber. Previously, Andie was featured on the ABC Family series "Jane By Design" and starred in the Lifetime Original movies, "At Risk" and "The Front", both based on Patricia Cornwell crime novels. She earned praise for her performance in the Emmy-nominated, HBO original film, "Dinner with Friends" and co-starred with Rosie O'Donnell in the CBS telefilm "Riding the Bus with My Sister", directed by Anjelica Huston. On the big screen, Andie earned the worldwide title of #1 female box-office draw with her performances in the smash hit romantic comedy "Four Weddings and a Funeral", for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, and the western "Bad Girls" with Drew Barrymore. She also starred alongside Bill Murray in Harold Ramis' holiday classic "Groundhog Day", which was recently included into the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. In other comedies, Andie continued to partner with top leading men including: Gerard Depardieu in "Green Card", for which she again earned a Golden Globe nomination, Michael Keaton in "Multiplicity", and John Travolta in "Michael". Read more...
She first received critical acclaim and accolades for her performance as a repressed young wife in Steve Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies and Videotape". The film won the Palme d'or at Cannes and garnered Andie the Independent Spirit Award and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Actress as well as her first Golden Globe nomination. Additionally, she has been presented with the coveted Cesar D'Honneur for her body of work, the Golden Kamera Award from Germany's Horzu Publications, and the Taormina Arte Award for Cinematic Excellence. Andie's dramatic feature performances have included: "The End of Violence", directed by Wim Wenders, which was selected to screen at the opening of the 50th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival; Robert Altman's "The Player" and Short Cuts" for which the cast earned a special Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble and a special Volpi Cup Award at the Venice Film Festival; "Unstrung Heroes", directed by Diane Keaton and the ever-popular "St. Elmo's Fire". Andie can next be seen alongside Channing Tatum in Warner Bros' "Magic Mike XXL" and her more recent film credits have included: 2011's "Footloose", "Monte Carlo", and the Indie feature "Mighty Fine" with Chazz Palminteri and her own daughter Rainey Qualley. For her philanthropic work, Andie was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lander University and received an Honor of the Arts from Winthrop College. Andie has served as the national spokesperson for both The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and the American Heart Association. Additionally, in her continued efforts to bring awareness to preserving nature, Andie has supported the Tree Farmers of America with a national awareness campaign and put 2000 acres of her Montana ranch in a conservation easement with the Montana Land Reliance in her effort to preserve Montana's natural habitat. Andie began her career as a model and appeared in international ad campaigns for brands such as: Yves Saint Laurent, Vassarette, Armani perfume, Sabeth-Row and Bliss Blass. Since 1986, Andie has been the global spokesperson for L'Oreal Paris cosmetics and hair products. Andie's long-standing relationship with the brand has made hisory as the longest relationship between a beauty brand and spokesmodel.
On July 1, 2017, Thomas McHenry, a nationally recognized environmental law attorney, began his term as the ninth president and dean of Vermont Law School. Formerly a partner with Gibson Dunn in Los Angeles, Calif., Dean McHenry brings 30 years of environmental and administrative law practice to VLS, the nation’s top-ranked environmental law school. Dean McHenry is a longtime member of the VLS community and taught for several years in the school’s Summer Session. He has taught environmental business transactions and comparative U.S./France land use law, which included taking a group of VLS students to Paris and Provence to meet land use lawyers and planners. He plans to continue the tradition of learning outside the classroom, whether taking VLS students to visit abandoned mining sites now regulated under the Superfund and being used to install solar panels or visiting local farms to learn more about the challenges facing food growers and producers. Read more...
Prior to his leadership role at VLS, Dean McHenry co-chaired the Leadership Council at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and served as vice-chair of the Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College, where he taught environmental law and policy to undergraduates for 25 years. His other nonprofit and community service includes the Council on Watershed Health in Los Angeles, the National Forest Foundation, the Natural Heritage Institute, Wildlife Trust, the Wolf Fund Advisory Board, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, the California State Parks Foundation, California Waste Association, and the Santa Lucia and Tejon Conservancies. Dean McHenry has provided legal counsel internationally on environmental and natural resources legislation and regulations in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean for the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He earned his JD at New York University School of Law, a master’s in forest science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in history at Yale College.
Jeff Paro, Chief Executive Officer of InterMedia Outdoors, Inc. (formerly Primedia Outdoors, a division of Primedia) is a 30-year industry veteran of enthusiast media. Jeff joined Primedia in 2002, and under his leadership assembled the outdoors’ leading multimedia franchises to form what is now InterMedia Outdoors, Inc., America’s largest outdoor multimedia enthusiast network. Intermedia Outdoors network serves and fuels the passions of over 50 million American Sportsmen. This brand portfolio includes such venerable franchises as The Sportsman Channel, Barrett Productions, Fly Fisherman, Florida Sportsman, Petersen’s Hunting, In Fisherman, Bowhunter, Gun Dog, Wildfowl, Shallow Water Angler, Shooting Times, and others. Prior to joining Primedia Jeff spent 6 years with Times Mirror as VP Group Publisher for Field & Stream and Outdoor Life Magazines, Sr. Vice President of Times Mirror Magazines, and President of The Outdoor Company (Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, and Outdoor Explorer). Read more...
And he began his career with The New York Times Sports & Leisure Division, where he held a variety of sales, and management positions with Golf Digest, Tennis, and Snow Country Magazines, including National Sales Manager for The Tennis Company, and Publisher of Tennis USTA and Tennis Buyers Guide. Jeff likens his last ten years in the outdoors as “coming home”. His lifelong passion for the outdoors includes fly-fishing, skiing, backpacking, boating, upland bird hunting, mountain biking, and “anything that will get me and my family outdoors”. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Colorado, with a BA in Economics and Political Science. Jeff, his wife Pam and two children live in Short Hills, NJ.
Mary Smart, a graduate of Columbia University is affiliated with a variety of organizations, benefiting education, the environment, medical research, the arts and social welfare. Her father was one of three visionary brothers who founded the Chicago-based Esquire Magazine in 1933. Esquire was one of the first men’s fashion and lifestyle magazines distinguished by its high quality literary and editorial features which helped change America’s cultural landscape in the 19th century. Coronet Instructional Films, the nation’s first producer of education and training films during the Cold-War era was another venture of the Smart Family. The family is one of the founders of the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago in 1974. This university museum promotes understanding of the visual arts and their importance to human history and culture. Mary’s first involvement with social service organizations occurred in 2004 when Community Service Associates, Inc. in Mount Vernon, New York was a recipient of a Smart Family Foundation grant under Mary’s sponsorship. Community Service Associates provides programs that nourish the physical needs as well as social and psychological needs of the poor and disenfranchised. Read more...
Mount Vernon is the eight most populous city in the State of New York. It is a predominantly African-American city in a majority Caucasian country. The northern half of Mount Vernon has a suburban presence with tree lined streets and close knit homes side by side while the southern portion of the city has a very urban feel, nearly mirroring its border with the New York City Borough, The Bronx. The city’s downtown business district is also located on the city’s southside, which features the City Hall, Office buildings, and other municipal establishments. Mounta Vernon was named after the Viriginia plantation where George Washington spent his final years, just as neighboring Wakefield was named after the plantation where he was born. Mount Vernon has in recent years undergone a transition from a city of homes and mediocre businesses to a city of regional commerce. Between 2000 and 2006, the city of Mount Vernon’s economy grew 20.5%, making it one of the fastest growing cities within the country for having such a large magnitude of diversity for a city of its size. Mary Smart serves on several non-profit boards, including: The Buehler Center on Aging at Northwestern University, an agency working to improve the quality of life and quality of care for older people. The Origins Institute at Arizona State University, a trans-disciplinary institute focusing on issues with origin from evolutionary biology to nano-technology as well as the origins of the universe. The institute conducts research and provides public outreach and education about the institutions, which have evolved to consider these issues. The Federal Homeland Security Foundation (FEHSF) assists Federal Agents and law enforcement officials through supporting their families with emergency funding, financial assistance and community outreach. In particular, FEHSF provides monetary support to families of agents and officers who are seriously injured or killed on duty protecting the nation’s citizens and enforcing our laws. The New York New Jersey Trail Conference, an organization that organizes volunteers to create, protect, and promote more than 1,700 miles of public hiking trails in the northeastern United States. Mary serves on the Nominating Committee and Development Committee.
Chad Weiss is a Founder and Managing Partner of JOG Capital Inc., a private equity concern which invests in the energy sector. Prior to establishing JOG Capital, Mr. Weiss spent more than 25 years as an investment banker serving the energy industry. Within the investment banking industry, Mr. Weiss served as Managing Director and Head of Royal Bank of Canada's Capital Markets Energy Group. Before joining RBC, Mr. Weiss was the Managing Director and Head of the Energy and Power Group with Bank of America Securities from 1998 to 2001, and held a similar position with Smith Barney, Inc., from 1985 to 1998. Mr. Weiss obtained a B.A. in Physics from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Mr. Weiss also serves on the board of Breitburn Energy Partners, LP., (NASDAQ, "BBEP").
Bob Wheeler is President and CEO of Airstream, Inc., manufacturer of the world’s most iconic recreational vehicles.
Since assuming this position in 2005, Bob has guided Airstream through one of the worst economic downturns in industry history and lead the company to record sales fueled by product innovation, cutting edge marketing, and the public’s renewed appreciation for Airstream’s authenticity and quality.
Bob brings a great blend of technical and people skills to his office in Airstream’s Jackson Center, OH manufacturing facility. An engineer by training, he has a deep understanding of the Airstream product and manufacturing process. He is also noted for his positive management style, which emphasizes inclusiveness, encouragement, and creative thinking about the future of the brand.
Prior to becoming CEO, Bob served as Airstream’s VP of Product Development and Engineering. In that job, he shaped business strategy and oversaw programs to expand product offerings to new customer groups.
He has also held management positions with companies owned by Airstream’s parent, Thor Industries. Among his assignments: Director of Purchasing for Dutchmen, Inc., Director of Operations at Aero Coach. He was also Director of Product Development for Fleetwood, Inc.’s American Coach Division.
Bob Wheeler came to recreational vehicles from the auto industry. After earning a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester, he joined General Motors as a manufacturing engineer in the Saginaw Steering Gear Division Buffalo plant, where he began to master both the functional and financial aspects of the heavy manufacturing process.
In addition to his engineering degree, Bob holds an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Bob lives in Columbus, OH, with his wife and their three boys. He is an avid cyclist.