Meet our Board of Directors, our Staff, and our Alumni Advisory Board: the leaders who support our development, run our operations, power our passion, and spark the spirit of our Foundation.
Board of Directors
Kirk Tyler is a third generation owner of Atlantic Bottling Company serving southwest, central and south central Iowa. He spent the last 36 years working in the family-owned business.
Kirk grew up in the sales side of Atlantic Bottling Company and has served as president since 1991. He also serves as Treasurer and Director at The Coca-Cola Bottlers' Association, Inc. and as a Director of The American Beverage Association.
Mr. Thomas N. Benford is the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Coke Florida. Mr. Benford oversees our integrated commercial organization, which includes Customer Relationship Management, Franchise Field Operations, Marketing, Enterprise Planning, Corporate Development, Franchise Relations, Risk Management, Sustainability, and Security functions. Mr. Benford began working at Coke Florida in 2015 as the company’s Vice President of Strategy and Planning. Previously, he was with Halliburton Company, where he served as Marketing and Development Manager of Baroid Fluid Services and Corporate Finance Manager. Prior to Halliburton, Mr. Benford was an Investment Banker in the leveraged finance group at J.P. Morgan, where he began his professional career as an Investment Banking Analyst. Mr. Benford holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and Computational and Applied Mathematics from Rice University.
Mark Eppert is the Global Transformation Leader for The Coca-Cola Company. In his prior position as Chief Financial and Supply Chain Officer for Coca-Cola North America, he was responsible for leading an organization of close to 4,000 supply chain and finance associates across the United States and Canada. Mark had total P&L accountability, as well as commercial and controllership responsibilities within the North America Business Units of USA Operations, Venturing and Emerging Brands, Fountain, Minute Maid, Canada and Supply Chain. He also had financial oversight responsibility for the refranchising of company-owned bottling operations in North America to independent bottlers.
Before that role, Mark was the Senior Vice President of Finance for Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR). He led a finance organization of more than 1,500 associates across the United States and Canada responsible for providing financial leadership and business partnership to product supply, customer care, commercial, National Retail, National Foodservice, and Region Sales.
Before his role in CCR, he was Chief Financial Officer, Fountain. He was responsible for controllership, customer deal analysis, and commercial finance activities supporting national and regional customers operating within the Foodservice and On-Premise channels of business in the United States.
He also served as the Vice President of Finance for the Sparkling Category Business Unit, including core responsibilities in P&L management, incidence pricing, brand investment analysis, and packaging innovation ROI.
During his nearly 25 years with Coca-Cola, Mark has held a variety of other finance and operational positions in supply chain, the field, and at headquarters. Prior to his career at Coke, he worked at The Flxible Corporation, a manufacturer and assembler of metro-transit buses, where he held a number of positions in corporate and cost accounting.
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Mark attended The Ohio State University, where he received a degree in Accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Henry W. (Hank) Flint is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Coke Consolidated, the nation’s largest Coca-Cola bottler, headquartered in Charlotte, NC and operating throughout the Mid-Atlantic and the Mid-West. Hank began his career at Coke Consolidated in 2004 when he joined the Company as Executive Vice President. He was later promoted to Vice Chairman in 2007 before becoming President in 2012. Before joining Coke Consolidated, Hank served as a Managing Partner of the Kennedy Covington law firm, one of the largest law firms in North Carolina, and had twenty-four years of corporate law experience including serving the Company in a legal capacity. Hank was named to Best Lawyers in Charlotte, Best Lawyers in North Carolina and Best Lawyers in America. He is a native of Charleston, SC and received his J.D./M.B.A. degrees from the University of Virginia in 1980.
Hank believes in and strives to live by Coke Consolidated’s Purpose which is to honor God in all we do, to serve others, to purse excellence and to grow profitably. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Coca-Cola Bottlers Association and the Metropolitan YMCA Board of Trustees. He has previously served on the Advantage Carolina, Board of Directors, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Board of Advisors, Communities in Schools, Board of Directors, Johnston Memorial YMCA, Board of Directors, Kindermourn, Board of Directors, Metropolitan YMCA, Board of Directors, North Carolina Outward Bound School, Board of Directors, Ben Craig Center, Board of Directors, The Carolina Youth Commission, Board of Directors and the United Way of Central Carolinas, Board of Directors.
Hank enjoys spending time with his family, his wife, Anne, his five children and five grandchildren. He has a passion for the mountains, sailing and the outdoors.
President of Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England since 2013, Mark began his career with Coca-Cola in 1993 in Portland, ME.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Manchester, NH, Boys & Girls Club and the Board of Governors for the Coca-Cola Bottlers Association, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Coca-Cola Bottlers Sales and Service and the New Hampshire Restaurant & Lodging Association.
Mark graduated from Bentley College with a B.S in Accounting. He resides in Merrimack, NH, with his wife Tracey and daughter Taylor, where they enjoy supporting and volunteering for several local organizations together.
Chaly Jo Moyen is Senior Vice President, Strategy, Decision Science and Insights for Coca-Cola North America. In this role, she leads strategy development, the advancement of insights and data science, and the acceleration of digitization.
Prior to this assignment, she served as Vice President, Business Development for USA Operations; Vice President, Business Development for North America Still Brands; and Vice President, Global Marketing and Innovation in the Foodservice division. Earlier in her career, she held roles in global commercial leadership, strategy and planning, field marketing and brand management. Before joining Coca-Cola, Chaly Jo worked in brand management for Procter & Gamble in Europe.
She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia Honors Program and a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children.
As Coca-Cola’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, Beatriz Perez advances a global sustainability strategy designed to help grow the business while making a lasting positive difference for consumers, communities and the environment. She also directs the efforts of the Coca-Cola Foundation – the company’s global philanthropic arm.
Beatriz joined the Company in 1996 as an Associate Brand Manager and has held various roles of increasing responsibility prior to establishing The Office of Sustainability in 2011, including Chief Marketing Officer for Coca-Cola North America.
She holds a degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland.
Sue is Chief Talent Officer at The Rockefeller Foundation in New York City. Previously, she served with the U.S. Departments of State and Defense in Washington DC, New York, and Tripoli, Libya, managing issues such as nuclear nonproliferation, UN sanctions, public affairs and overall U.S.-UN relations.
Sue holds a degree in Politics from Princeton and a degree in Political Science from Columbia, and was grateful to earn a Fulbright award to South Korea and a Presidential Management Fellowship with the U.S. federal government.
Sue is a former member of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation’s Alumni Advisory Board. Currently, she is also pursuing a PhD with Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
T. Martin Williams was named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works in December 2015.
He was previously the Director of Sales Information for the company from 2009 to 2015. He began his career with Coca-Cola as an account manager for Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. in 1998 before becoming a Sr. Financial Analyst there from 1999 to 2003.
Martin has a degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.
Jane Hopkins joined the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation in 2001, and is responsible for advancing the Foundation’s efforts to develop an influential community of socially conscious and service-minded leaders who positively shape the world. She is also Chair of the Board for Emerge Scholarships in Atlanta.
In August of 2017, Jane was elected by the Board of Directors to succeed J. Mark Davis as President upon his retirement in late 2018.
Outside of the office, Jane is an avid runner whose best days begin with an early excursion through one of Atlanta’s parks. She also loves to read, particularly Southern fiction on the beach, and travel as often as possible. Read what Jane’s tweeting at @janehalehopkins.
“I get to work with 7 people who challenge me, and over 6,000 Scholars who inspire me to continue to grow, explore the world, and see no limit to what my own contribution can be. We are lucky to celebrate young people who push themselves beyond what they have been given to achieve great success.”
Jamie Williams joined the Foundation in 2015 after almost 20 years advising high-achieving undergraduate and graduate student leaders at Clemson, Emory, and Georgia State Universities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Scholarship Providers Association, and was the founder and first president of the Undergraduate Scholars Program Administrators Association.
Jamie tries (note emphasis) to read one book a week and to see at least 40 new movies a year – recommendations for both are welcome on Twitter @JamieCCSF.
“I want to hear from undergraduate Scholars how the Foundation can complement their campus-based programs to support their personal and professional goals; and from alumni Scholars, the real-world lessons the younger Scholars should learn while still in college.”
Carolyn Norton has been a part of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation since 2001 and maintains a dynamic relationship and connection between the Foundation’s over 5,850 Coca-Cola Scholar alumni across the country and the Foundation.
Carolyn implements engagement opportunities that enrich the lives of our alumni and connects them to each other to further increase their impact. She also provides oversight of the Alumni Advisory Board, helping to align their goals with the Foundation’s strategic priorities.
Prior to her work at the Scholars Foundation, she was a second grade teacher. Outside of work, Carolyn enjoys photography, poetry, being an aunt to her 5 nieces and nephews, traveling, and being involved in her church as a mentor and small group leader. Keep up with her at @cnortatl.
“I am blessed to be in a job that I love. Working with our alumni board, connecting with Coke Scholar alumni and finding ways to engage them is always exciting and fun. They are doing amazing things around the world, and I am grateful to be involved!”
Lauren has been a part of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation since 2007 and showcases the inspirational work of Scholars, alumni, and the Foundation. She creates, executes, and manages all communications, including the Foundation’s digital presence and social media channels.
Away from the office, she enjoys going for walks with her husband, Matt, and their twin boys, Finn and Landon. Connect with Lauren on Twitter at @laurbrien.
“The most fulfilling thing about being a part of the Foundation is playing a small part in helping such deserving students realize their dream of going to college. The determination of Coca-Cola Scholars to make this world a better place for everyone is truly inspiring.”
LaQuanda Prince came to the Scholars Foundation in 2014 and helps Scholars use their award in a way that best suits their unique situation. A mother of 3 children, she enjoys attending their many sporting events and volunteering at their schools when away from the office.
“I am excited and blessed to be a member of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation team, doing what I love and interacting daily with these extraordinary Scholars.”
Jeremy Sale oversees the selection and recruitment of future Coca-Cola Scholars. He joined the Foundation in 2017 from Holy Spirit Preparatory School where he served as the Director of Academic and College Counseling.
Prior to Holy Spirit Prep, Jeremy worked as a college and guidance counselor at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, FL. We also worked in college admissions at both Mercer and Oglethorpe Universities.
Jeremy is an avid soccer fan, watching over 30 matches a week and takes an annual trip to England to experience the excitement. You can follow Jeremy on Instagram at @lord_sale to gain a snapshot into his daily life at the Foundation.
“Over the past 8 years, I have had the opportunity to read scholarship applications for the Foundation’s programs, and each year I would be more and more motivated to be a change agent. When the opportunity arose to join CCSF, I could not let the amazing opportunity pass by. As a native of Atlanta, I’ve always dreamed of working at Coca-Cola, and now I get to look out over the city every day, and be thankful for the lives I am impacting through the Foundation’s work.”
Ericia Ward has been a part of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation since 2002 and manages the operations of the Foundation.
When Ericia is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and experiencing all of the great wonders life has to offer. She is always ready for a new adventure.
“There is something very fulfilling about seeing a Scholar grow from a teenager making an impact in his or her local community, into a young man or woman making an impact on a greater scale and knowing that the work that you do on a daily basis helped facilitate their success in some small way.”
A Washington and Lee University graduate, Teach for America alumna, and former Bonner Scholar, Kathryn enjoys building relationships with Scholars and stakeholders of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Her passion for increasing access to educational resources led her to the Foundation.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Kathryn has spent 3 years teaching middle school in Metro-Atlanta before joining the CCSF team. Outside of work, Kathryn is well versed in Netflix series and loves to explore the many hiking trails and parks that Georgia has to offer.
Alumni Advisory Board
Heidi Koester Oliveira recently joined the Global Human Rights team at Mars, Incorporated, focused on innovative approaches to human rights across key agricultural supply chains. She has built her career at the intersection of business growth and societal benefit. During nearly nine years with The Coca-Cola Company, Heidi managed partnerships, communication and engagement around economic development, human rights and shared value strategies. She also focused on health partnership and policy, including the expansion of Project Last Mile, a groundbreaking initiative to enhance health systems in 10 African countries. Previously, Heidi worked in international development with the U.S. Peace Corps in rural Costa Rica. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Masters in Sustainable Development from Escuela Organización Industrial in Spain. While her roots are in Iowa, Heidi has lived in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and Spain. She and her husband, Augusto, live in the Washington, D.C. area.
Michaella Gallina is the Director of Investor Relations for Spectranetics, a publicly traded medical device company. She was previously an analyst at a hedge fund and also worked in investment banking. Michaella is a Boettcher Scholar and summa cum laude graduate of the University of Denver. She holds both a B.S. in Finance and an M.S. in Finance with an emphasis in Not-for-profit Management. Michaella also sits on the national selection committee for the Barron Prize for Young Heroes and the board for the Temple Grandin Equine Center. She is a national champion equestrian and resides in Denver, Colorado.
Cesar Aviles, a 2000 Scholar, is a Senior Performance Consultant for Frontline Performance Group. He is passionate about developing front line staff and their belief to grow. In the consulting industry, there are many different ways to implement change. Yet, the most compelling formula is finding the intrinsic motivational elements every individual has to succeed. Ultimately, it is about helping each member of the team realize their full potential and belief.
Cesar has been blessed with the opportunity to travel to the Middle East and Latin America with different programs aimed at humanitarian relief and preservation of the environment. He has volunteered to work with organizations including: Habitat for Humanity, United Nations Youth Program, and the Toastmaster International organization. He serves the Coca-Cola Scholar’s Foundation as a Coach to first year students. He feels it is an honor and privilege to join the AAB and continue to serve in this amazing community of change leaders!!!
Eamon Bracht is a 2016 Coca-Cola Scholar and a 2017 Sandy Williams Alumni Legacy Scholar (SWALS).
Selected from nominations from their fellow class of Scholars, the Sandy Williams Alumni Legacy Scholarship is awarded to an active and passionate Coke Scholar who is an engaged and supportive alumnus, and embodies the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation’s mission as a socially conscious, service-minded change agent. SWALS recipients are true difference-makers with strong initiative and powerful, strong voices, with deep passions for creating, leading and administering their own initiatives to educate, enrich, and serve others.
Eamon is currently majoring in bioengineering and computer science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is a strong believer in the power of youth to be catalysts for change and has started two nonprofits focused on empowering youth by improving health and educational outcomes in the US and abroad.
Eamon is also a deeply passionate researcher focusing on the role of data and software in bridging the gap between medicine and technology. His current areas of focus are the role of hemopoietic stem cells in liver fibrosis and developing a surgical robot to automate brain tumor ablation using lasers.
Rosanna Catalano Flury is an attorney, lobbyist, and 1990 Scholar. She is recognized as a senior leader within the post-secondary education arena throughout the State of Florida and enjoys exceptional relationships and access throughout Florida’s governmental, educational, and healthcare communities. She has extensive experience in Florida administrative law and compliance issues, state budgets, management, procurement, litigation, and strategic planning.
Rosanna has a diverse and unique background through her service as Executive Director of the Florida Elections Commission; Associate Dean at Florida State University’s College of Law; Assistant Attorney General; Board Counsel to professional regulatory boards including the Board of Medicine Credentials Committee, Board of Nursing, and Board of Dentistry; Assistant State Attorney; and television news producer. Throughout her twenty-year career, she has advocated on behalf of clients and organizations and made hundreds of presentations.
In her personal life she is the wife of a wonderful and very patient man and mother of two very awesome and spunky girls. Rosanna is an extrovert and is known for making friends everywhere she goes.
Ashley Chang, a 2006 Coca-Cola Scholar, leads product marketing for Google's G Suite, including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Keep. Ashley also served as the Co-Chair of the Asian Google Network, a company-wide resource group created to foster community engagement and professional development.
Previously, Ashley held roles at NBC, ABC, and Coca-Cola (representing the company at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games).
Ashley graduated with degrees in Business Administration and Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California. She is a USC Presidential Scholar, Renaissance Scholar, and Discovery Scholar. Ashley is also certified in Advanced Marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ashley lives in New York City and enjoys perfectly ripe avocados, playing volleyball and throwing "Pinterest-worthy" get-togethers.
Micaela has rejoined the AAB after returning back to the US from Ireland, where she was a Mitchell Scholar completing her MBA. She lives and works in San Francisco for The Kelsey, an organization working to create mixed ability, mixed income housing.
Micaela is a 2004 Scholar. Inspired by Kelsey, she has been working in disability services since she was fifteen. Micaela completed her MPP at Harvard Kennedy School focusing on housing, disability inclusion, and community development. She was a New World Social Enterprise Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard where she worked on designing The Kelsey. In 2017, she received her MBA as a Mitchell Scholar in the Smurfit School at University College Dublin.
She's the founder and former CEO of Unified Theater, an organization that has created fully inclusive theater programs in 100 schools nationally. Micaela is a proud Wahoo from the University of Virginia where she designed her own major in Service, Community, and Social Policy.
Marc Eichenbaum serves as the Special Assistant to the Mayor for Homeless Initiatives. Marc is a licensed attorney who specializes in public policy, strategic communications and governmental affairs.
First appointed by former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, and subsequently by Mayor Sylvester Turner, Marc manages the City's involvement in The Way Home, Houston's nationally recognized homeless housing initiative. Since 2012, The Way Home has housed more than 7,500 homeless individuals, effectively ending veteran homelessness and reducing overall homelessness by nearly 60%.
Previously, Marc oversaw external affairs for the City's Housing and Community Development Department - serving as the Department's spokesperson while overseeing community and legislative relations. In addition to successfully advocating for the passage of over 200 pieces of local legislation, Marc worked on a variety of transformative community revitalization and economic development initiatives.
Marc's prior endeavors include managing a multi-million dollar political campaign and working on a national political convention.
Marc received a dual B.A. in Government and American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Houston College of Law. He serves on the board of the Holocaust Museum Houston and on leadership committees for various organizations, including the Hermann Park Conservancy, the Alley Theatre, and the Jewish Federation of Houston. Marc is a Leadership Houston Fellow, New Leaders Council Fellow, and member of The University of Texas Friars Society.
Brennen Feder is from Tucson, Arizona, and attending the University of Arizona. He is pursuing a dual-degree in Education Leadership, Literacy, and Learning and Business.
Currently, he serves as the Senator for the College of Education, and as a member of The College of Education Dean’s Advisory Board, Student Service Fee Advisory Board, and The University of Arizona Strategic Planning Committee. Additionally, he is the President of Sophos Sophomore Honorary and an Arizona Ambassador tour guide.
He is also the Coca-Cola Campus Ambassador on his campus where he promotes the company’s products and initiatives. Brennen is extremely excited to serve as the SWALS and is eager to work with more Scholar alumni.
A 2009 Scholar and Colorado native, Krystal Kappeler is the Scholarship Programming Fellow at the Boettcher Foundation where she manages alumni engagement, Boettcher’s alumni board, and scholarship programming. Krystal also speaks as a guest lecturer, helping college students generate strategic business plans and improve negotiation tactics.
Prior to this, Krystal worked on financials and operations management at Welch Financial Planning in Boulder, CO, and developed strategic marketing and contracts with Coca-Cola Refreshments in southern California.
Krystal received a B.S. in business administration with a corporate finance concentration, and certificates in leadership and international business from Colorado State University. Having completed all M.A. in economics coursework at CSU, her thesis research examines the impact of philanthropy on the capitalist economy and stems from the direct impact she felt as a Coca-Cola Scholar and Boettcher Scholar.
When she is not sharing a Coke or SCUBA diving, Krystal teaches Hip-Hop Dance and Aqua Zumba to inspire individuals of all ages and abilities to lead an active lifestyle. Krystal serves the Coca-Cola Scholar’s Foundation as a Coach to first year students, and is very much looking forward to further serving her Coca-Cola family through the Alumni Advisory Board!
Dr. Philip McAdoo, a 1989 "original" Coca-Cola Scholar, starred in the Broadway productions of The Lion King and Rent, appeared in readings of The Book of Mormon and Wicked, and worked in television and film.
He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in communications studies, holds an MA in transformative leadership from The California Institute of Integral Studies, and earned a doctorate of education from The University of Pennsylvania in the Graduate School of Education.
As an LGBTQ activist, Dr. McAdoo has worked tirelessly to combat homophobia in his personal and professional life by fiercely advocating for himself, his family and the rights of LGBTQ youth, families, and educators as well. He joined politician and civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis speaking in support of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act to introduce legislation to Congress that would lower some of the barriers faced by same-sex couples who want to adopt children from foster care, like Philip and his partner Sean did. As an openly gay educator, Dr. McAdoo specializes in character development particularly from the perspective of diversity and inclusion, having conducted numerous workshops and professional development on diversity as well as LGBTQ advocacy.
Philip currently serves as the Director of Equity, Justice and Community at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. He is the proud father of Zaden (age 11) and author of "Every Child Deserves" and "Out and Visible: A Study of Openly Gay and Lesbian Teachers.”
Greg Melia, CAE, is an innovator passionate about connecting people through networks and associations. He currently serves as U.S. Vice President of Industry News Program Development for ITN Productions, a leading British news and television company. Previously he held executive roles with the American Society of Association Executives and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Greg holds degrees from The College of William & Mary and London School of Economics, and has completed additional studies in creativity and change leadership at the International Center for Studies in Creativity. He is a 1989 Coca-Cola Scholar, and was named an Association TRENDS "Young & Aspiring Association Professional" in 2009 and an honorary member of Farmhouse Fraternity in 2016. Greg lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife, Amy Bartow-Melia and daughters Francecsa (11) and Marguerite (8).
Dr. Che Miller is a general and vascular surgeon in Duncan, OK, and currently serves as Chief of Staff for Duncan Regional Hospital.
Dr. Miller is a 1994 Coca-Cola Scholar and attended the University of Oklahoma graduating with honors in Chemistry in 1998. In 2002, he graduated medical school at the University of Oklahoma and began Surgery Residency at the same institution. During his formal education, he held a variety of leadership positions ranging from President of his medical school class to Chair of the Oklahoma State Medical Association Student Section. During medical school he was selected as the Most Outstanding Medical Student by his peers.
Dr. Miller has conducted research in geochemistry, Parkinson’s disease, trauma, cardiovascular disease, vascular surgery, meteorology, and disaster management. He has authored ten abstracts, three peer reviewed journals, and has presented his research at dozens of meetings and conferences.
Dr. Miller has dedicated much of his time to philanthropy in the form of education and healthcare to eight nations on four continents. From ministry in a local bible school in Mexico to performing surgery in a mobile operating room in the rural Philippines, he devotes a block of time every year to missions. From this he has gained knowledge of the healthcare system across the world, studied four languages, and been recognized by the leaders of several countries including a Governor in Mindanao, Philippines, and the Minister of Health in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
Dr. Miller married Leah Callicoat in 1995, and they have two children Ava (11) and Ruby (8). Dr. Miller serves on several foundation boards is a founding board member of the Beautiful Day Foundation. Learn more about his work with the Beautiful Day Foundation and how being a Coca-Cola Scholar has impacted his life.
Deborah Stine, a 1991 Coca-Cola Scholar, is Director of Development for Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. She has promoted and facilitated philanthropy for over 20 years in a variety of roles including major gifts, grant writing, events, workplace campaigns, communications and program development. Previously, she served for 10 years as vice president of a national school dropout prevention and intervention organization and managed fundraising, volunteers and communications for the Combined Federal Campaign in Washington, D.C. and United Ways in Houston and Nashville. She has served as a consultant and volunteer to College Bound St. Louis and other nonprofit organizations working to increase positive outcomes for youth. Deborah earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Vanderbilt and a Master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown. She lives in St. Louis with her husband, Greg, and their twins, Aubrey and Aidan.
Joe Semsaris a 2005 Scholar and was appointed Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Economic Affairs at the Department of Commerce in February of 2018. Prior to this role, Joe served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and the Acting Communications Director for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Prior to his federal service, Joe led organization transformation efforts for Deloitte Consulting, LLP. Some of his federal clients included the United States Air Force, the National Finance Center, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Prior to his work with Deloitte, Joe worked as a Teach For America staff member and corps member. As a Teach For America corps member in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Joe earned a Teacher of the Year award, successfully leading his students to some of the most math gains in the Baton Rouge school district.
Joe received his Master of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Clemson University. Joe serves on Clemson University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors, and is a past president of the Clemson University Young Alumni Council. Joe and his wife, Jenna, live in Washington, DC.
Erica Lynn Tuggle is a 2001 Scholar and has spent over ten years developing her marketing acumen across services and consumer packaged goods industries.
She began her career at American Express in product and program management for the Platinum and Centurion cards. She then helped build brands and marketing capabilities at General Mills, where she worked on leading food brands including Yoplait, specifically launching Yoplait Greek.
Erica joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2013 as Brand Manager, Sprite, where she developed consumer passion point and asset strategy, drove incidence growth with the launch of Sprite 6 Mix, and helped return the food service business to growth. Most recently, Erica led the innovation team for the Honest portfolio. In this role, she developed the Honest innovation strategy to grow the TM across multiple still categories. She also led her team to deliver the redesign of Honest Glass and expansion of Honest Sport as the fastest growing sports drink in the Natural Channel.
Erica earned her Master of Business Administration from the Harvard School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Outside of work, you can find her in the kitchen pursuing her passion for cooking and spending time with her husband, Nathan, and two beautiful children, Jordan (3) and Aria (8 months).
Sheel is the Founder & CEO of Amplo, a global venture capital firm that helps build companies that matter. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Andela, most recently named the #1 most innovative company in Africa by Fast Company. He previously was the co-head of the seed practice at NEA, the world's largest venture capital firm. As an angel investor, Sheel has invested in the seed or Series A of Casper, Flutterwave, Mark43, Robinhood, and others.
Sheel graduated from Stanford University in three years, at the age of 19. He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2013. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School. In 2016, upon invitation of the White House, Sheel was part of the U.S. delegation with President Obama on his historic visit to Cuba.
Jolene Loetscher graduated as the top broadcast journalism student from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and received her M.B.A. in Global Executive Leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Starting at age 19, she worked as a television reporter/anchor for KTIV-TV (NBC) in Sioux City, Iowa, and KELO-TV (CBS) in Sioux Falls, receiving regional and national awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Award, for her writing and live reporting. Jolene moved into public relations, working in media relations at Sanford Health. An entrepreneur at heart, Jolene and her husband, Burdine, started DooGooders®, a dog doo removal and dog waste DNA testing business, in 2007. They also run Mud Mile Communications, a marketing and video production company. In 2011, Jolene first spoke publicly about being sexually abused by a family friend. She founded Selfspiration, an organization which holds day camps for children who have been sexually abused. In 2014, the state of South Dakota passed Jolene’s Law, to create a task force to look at child sexual abuse in the state.