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
Julie M. Hamilton is the Global Chief Customer and Commercial Leadership Officer and Senior Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company. In this role, she works closely with and supports the Company’s global customer partners while building commercial strategies and customer capabilities across the global system.
Julie brings a deep appreciation and understanding of the Company’s global customers and the strategies that must be executed in the market every day to ensure that the Company’s customers, bottling partners and the Company itself all thrive and grow.
Prior to this role, she was Chief of Staff to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. Previously, she was President Global Wal-Mart Group and was responsible for leading Coca-Cola’s relationship with Wal-Mart, the Company's largest customer representing $4.0 Billion in revenues and 850 million unit cases.
Julie joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1996 and has held a variety of sales, marketing, and operational positions including Group Vice President North America Walmart Team, Vice President Global Customer Development, Group Director for Global On-Premise Customers, Director of Marketing in the North America Retail Division, Group Manager for the Worldwide Marketing Partnership with Blockbuster and Brand Development Manager of Still Beverages.
Before joining Coca-Cola, Julie worked for Anheuser-Busch where she held positions in marketing and domestic/international beverage sales.
Julie grew up in Genoa, Italy, Seattle, and St. Louis. She attended high school in LeMans, France, studied at Vanderbilt University and London’s Imperial College of Science & Economics and graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism.
Currently, Julie serves on the boards of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Network of Executive Women in Retail, and Enactus. As a champion of women in business, she served as President of the Coca-Cola Women’s Forum from 2005-2007 and continues to mentors fellow associates and youth in the community.
She and her husband John reside in Atlanta, Georgia and have a son, Shawn.
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.
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.
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.
Mark Davis has been a part of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation since 1987, helping Scholars by supporting their dreams of higher education. As President, he provides guidance throughout the selection process and manages Foundation resources.
When he’s not in the office, Mark enjoys backpacking, books, movies and history. See his proud posts about Coca-Cola Scholars on Twitter at @scholarola.
“The most fulfilling thing about my job is seeing the amazing and far-reaching accomplishments of Coca-Cola Scholars. I am privileged to work with an incredibly talented team that is committed to our mission and I’m proud to be the only person who has met every Coca-Cola Scholar.”
You can reach Mark at 404-733-5432.
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 8 people who challenge me, and over 5,850 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.”
You can reach Ericia at 404-733-5422.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Akbar Khan, a 2014 Coca-Cola Scholar, is the founder of Bags to Riches, a nonprofit organization that has collected 30,000 conference bags and redistributed them to schoolchildren in the developing world. Akbar took a gap year to work for the ONE Campaign, a political advocacy group aimed at fighting preventable disease and ending extreme poverty. He’s currently a student at UC Berkeley where he consults for Berkeley Consulting. Through BC, he’s worked on creating solutions for companies in a variety of industries, from educational technology to autonomous vehicles. Originally from Salt Lake City, Akbar enjoys hiking up mountains in the summer and skiing down them in the winter.
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).
Alice Park created Alice Park Photography, which was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for being one of the top grossing studios in the city. In 2009, she co-founded the National Association of Professional Child Photographers with her husband, Kyu, which is represented in over 60 countries and has become the most recognized photography association within the industry. As the Co-Founder and Creative Director, Alice continues to grow their educational platform and strengthens their global membership community. Alice is highly involved in her community, serving on the board of Haiti Babi, a nonprofit social enterprise whose mission is to bring families together and end the cycle of poverty in Haiti. She also serves on both school boards of her son Lyon’s pre-schools, spending many volunteer hours creatively helping with school events and photography-related projects, while spearheading fundraising efforts. Alice graduated from Georgia Tech.
Daron K. Roberts is the Founding Director of the Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation at the University of Texas. He is also CEO and Founder of 4th and 1, Inc., a nonprofit that provides free SAT/ACT prep, football training and life skills development to at-risk youth in Texas, Michigan and Florida. To date, 4th and 1 has transformed nearly 400 student-athletes into independent thinkers and self-sufficient young men. Daron has spent the past seven years as a football coach with the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns. He earned his B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government from The University of Texas in 2001. He holds an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School (2004) and J.D. from Harvard Law School (2007).
Jacqueline Roman is a 2015 Coca-Cola Scholar and the 2016 Sandy Williams Alumni Legacy Scholar. She is a current Morrill Scholar of Distinction at the Ohio State University, where she studies computer science and design and serves on the MSP Communications Board.
Throughout her life, Jacqueline has advocated for increased social diversity and social justice, founding the first diversity club in her hometown in Appalachia Ohio.
Jacqueline just finished up a semester abroad in Seoul South Korea and will begin her spring semester at the University of Auckland in New Zealand before returning to Ohio State.
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.
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.
Nola Weinstein is Head of Executive Engagement at Twitter where she focuses on brand storytelling and amplifying corporate influencers. In her role, Nola works with business leaders from around the world to help them better understand the power of the platform and optimize their personal Twitter presence to drive meaningful messaging and impact. Prior to joining Twitter, Nola was Editor-in-Chief/VP of Content at Mode Media (formerly Glam Media) where she oversaw content creation and curation strategies across multiple sites and platforms for the top 10 comScore property. Nola was previously Associate Fashion News Editor at IMG’s The Daily and her work has also appeared in Women’s Wear Daily, The Huffington Post and Seventeen. Nola, an expert in digital content strategy, content marketing and scaled influencer activations, also advises a variety of brands and startups. She is a graduate of Emory University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
TJ Abrams is the Global Brand Director for Holiday Inn, IHG. Previously he worked for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia, having various roles at the company including Global Senior Brand Manager on Sprite & Adults, Brand Manager on Coca-Cola, Coke Zero and Vault brand. He joined Coca-Cola with previous experience working in marketing at Lowe's Home Improvement. In 2013, TJ was named to Forbes' 30 under 30 list for Marketing and Advertising. He currently serves as a co-chair on the Alumni Advisory Board for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. He earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2005 and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing from Duke in 2009. TJ lives in Atlanta with his wife Bianca and their two children.