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.
Ulysses L. Bridgeman Jr. is the owner and chief executive officer of Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company, LLC, a Kansas limited liability company which owns and operates a Coca-Cola production/manufacturing facility in Lenexa, Kansas, and 17 Coca-Cola distribution facilities sprinkled across the USA’s heartland, including Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.
Mr. Bridgeman is also part owner of Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited with Larry Tanenbaum, a prominent Canadian businessman and philanthropist. Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited employs approximately 5,800 associates and operates five production facilities and over 50 sales and distribution centers. Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited conducts business in all 10 Canadian provinces and three territories.
Mr. Bridgeman acquired the Heartland manufacturing and bottling territories from Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, LLC in late February 2017. The Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited acquisition was completed in October 2018, and both transactions made Mr. Bridgeman one of the Coca-Cola system’s newest independent bottlers.
Prior to acquisition of the Heartland and Canadian bottling operations, Mr. Bridgeman was the owner and chief executive officer of various companies operating over 450 restaurants in 20 states, including 263 Wendy’s restaurants and 123 Chili’s restaurants. His companies received several prestigious awards during his tenure including the Diamond Award (most effective neighborhood marketer), the Wendy Award (exemplary performance by a franchisee), the Founder’s Award (recognizing operational excellence by a franchisee), the Jim Near Legacy Award (for employer of choice) and the Hall of Fame Award (for overall achievement) from Wendy’s International, and the Franchisee of the Year Award (2012) and the Chili’s Sales Award (2015) from Brinker International.
Mr. Bridgeman attended the University of Louisville where he graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He was a three-year letter winner and starter on the University’s basketball team, receiving All American honors as a senior
From 1975 to 1983 and from 1986 to 1987, Mr. Bridgeman played professional basketball with the Milwaukee Bucks. During the interim period of 1983 to 1986, he played for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Mr. Bridgeman currently serves on the Board of Directors of Meijer, Inc., Churchill Downs, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the James Graham Brown Foundation, Simmons College, and the West End School. He served as past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville.
Mr. Bridgeman has personally received many awards, including the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame; Volunteers of America Tribute Award for Outstanding Service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky; John Thompson Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award; Coach John Wooden Key to Life Award and the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.
Lisa Chang is senior vice president and chief people officer for Coca-Cola, overseeing the company’s global human resources operations. Chang joined Coca-Cola in 2019.
Previously, Chang served as senior vice president and chief human resources officer for AMB Group LLC in Atlanta. AMB Group is the investment management and shared services arm of The Blank Family of Businesses, including AMB Sports & Entertainment, the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, PGA TOUR Superstores, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, West Creek Ranch and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.
During her four years with AMB Group, Chang led HR strategy for all AMB businesses and was instrumental in the creation and execution of the people and talent strategies that helped successfully launch Atlanta United’s Major League Soccer team and the 2018 opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Prior to joining AMB Group in 2014, Chang served as vice president of human resources for international at Equifax, where she led HR for all of Equifax’s global locations. Before joining Equifax, she was senior vice president of human resources at Turner Broadcasting System Inc., where she led HR strategy for the Technology, Strategy & Operations division and the international division. Prior to Turner, her career included HR roles of increasing responsibility at The Weather Channel Companies, ultimately as executive vice president of human resources.
Chang has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Virginia. She earned an MBA from the Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University.
Josh Dorminy serves as Senior Vice President, Assistant to the Chairman & CEO of Coca-Cola Consolidated. In this role, Josh is responsible for advising the Chairman & CEO regarding various aspects of the business and participating in the management of the Chairman’s office. Josh is deeply involved in the strategic direction and planning of Coca-Cola Consolidated’s Culture & Stewardship, t-factor, Rapid Response and charitable giving programs.
Josh joined Coca-Cola Consolidated in 2016. Prior to joining Coca-Cola Consolidated, he was the Broker and Managing Member of a commercial real estate brokerage firm. Additionally, Josh served for a number of years as the Executive Director of Timothy Barnabas where he led efforts to train and encourage pastors and their spouses around the world.
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.
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.
Angela Harrell joined Voya Financial in 2014 and serves as senior vice president, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer. Angela also leads Voya’s philanthropic work as President of Voya Foundation.
Voya’s corporate responsibility is based on its work across the enterprise in four pillars: Empowering Our Employees, Serving Our Clients, Investing in Communities, and Protecting the Environment. Angela leads these efforts and the Foundation’s mission to help young people achieve financial resilience and to empower educators to attain excellence in the classroom.
Prior to joining Voya Financial, Angela spent 12 years at The Coca-Cola Company, where she led initiatives across a broad range of disciplines including corporate responsibility, financial and sustainability reporting, media relations, internal and executive communications, digital/social media, community affairs and stakeholder engagement. Her final position with Coca-Cola was as global director of operations, Coca-Cola Ambassador. Angela’s experience also includes positions as an English as a Second Language teacher in several countries, business analyst, and executive recruiter.
Angela earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in international affairs from Yale University. She serves on the nonprofit boards of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and Soles4Souls. In addition, she is a director on the advisory board of ClearRock, a Boston-based human capital consulting firm and certified Women Business Enterprise.
Beatriz “Bea” Perez is the SVP and Chief Communications, Public Affairs, Sustainability and Marketing Assets Officer for The Coca-Cola Company. Bea leads an integrated team across public affairs and communications, sustainability and marketing assets to support the company’s new growth model and path to become a total beverage company. In this role, Bea aligns a diverse portfolio of work against critical business objectives to support brands, communities, consumers and partners worldwide. She continues to oversee the company’s sports and entertainment assets, including iconic partnerships with Olympics, Special Olympics and FIFA. Bea will continue to lead strategic and operational efforts for the company’s Retail, Licensing and Attractions portfolio of assets.
Since 2011, Bea served as The Coca-Cola Company’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, where she developed and led progress against comprehensive global sustainability commitments with a focus on water stewardship and women’s economic empowerment. She advanced a global sustainability strategy designed to help grow the business while making a lasting positive difference for consumers, communities and the environment.
Prior to leading the company’s sustainability efforts, Bea served as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Coca-Cola North America, where she built brands by developing some of the company’s most historic relationships, including American Idol and NASCAR. She began her career at The Coca-Cola Company in 1996 and held various roles in brand management and field operations before becoming CMO.
Among Bea’s recognitions are membership in the American Advertising Hall of Achievement and the Sports Business Journal’s Hall of Fame. The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) named Bea to its 2017 50 Most Powerful Latinas ranking. She has been recognized as a “Conservation Trailblazer” by The Trust for the Public Land. She was on Hispanic Executive magazine’s list of Top 10 Leaders, and she was featured as one of the “25 Most Powerful Latinas” on CNN and in People en Español.
Bea is a strong advocate for community service, serving on various boards including The Coca-Cola Foundation, the company’s global philanthropic arm. She also serves on the corporate boards for Primerica and Grainger. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland.
Bea was kind enough to join us on The SIP, the Coke Scholars Ignite Podcast. Listen to her episode, How Educated Risks Led to an Unorthodox Career Path, here.
Pamela Stewart has spent 20 years across the Coca-Cola System in various key senior leadership roles in the areas of global, national and regional sales; operations; finance; revenue growth management; general management; foodservice on premise and B2B retail business segments. She currently is President, West Operations for the North America Operating Unit at The Coca-Cola Company responsible for 81M consumers, 600+ customers, 20+ bottlers, franchise leadership and all routes to market for the West geography. Prior to this, Pam led large global and U.S.-based retail customers as Senior Vice President, National Retail Sales at The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to Coca-Cola, she spent several years in finance across the Telecommunications industry.
She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of GLAAD; Co-Chair of one of Mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms’ Advisory Councils; Board member of The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation; Board member of 3DE by Junior Achievement; and Board member the Global Advisory Board of OUT Leadership. Beyond her undergraduate and graduate business degrees from Georgia State University and Oglethorpe University and her Harvard Business School executive education certification, Pam also is a proud graduate of the GCLS Writing Academy and Leadership Atlanta.
Pam is the recipient of numerous honors, including 2021 Top African American in Business by National Diversity Council; 2020 Visionary by Consumer Goods Technology; 2020 The Global Diversity List – Senior Executives; 2020 Woman of Influence in the Food Industry by Griffin Report; 2018 GO national magazine’s Top 100 Women We Love; 2016 AGLCC Business Woman of the Year; 2016 P.U.R.E. Humanitarian Award; 2016 Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery of the Year; and 2013 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40. She also is featured in the 2019 #1 bestselling Amazon book release, “9 Steps to Build Your Brand, Establish Your Legacy, and Thrive” by Jo Miller.
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 serves on the Board of Directors of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, the Jeanette Rankin Foundation, and GA CASA. She is the past Chair for the Emerge Scholarships in Georgia and the past Treasurer for the National Scholarship Providers’ Association.
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 5 people who challenge me, and over 6,300 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 6,300 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 twins, Finn and Landon.
“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.”
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.”
Alumni Advisory Board
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.
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.
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.
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!
Anita Kishore is a Career & Executive Coach and Consultant. As the Principal & Founder of Access to Opportunity Consulting (A2OC) and a Senior Coach at Management Leadership for Tomorrow, she has worked with nearly one thousand students across the country to help them find their dream jobs.
Prior to coaching, Anita worked in positions of increasing seniority in the healthcare industry. She first followed her passion to increase access to affordable medicines for patients around the world by serving clients in the private and public sectors. Anita worked at Bain & Company, Sandoz (a Division of Novartis), and Pfizer, in strategy and operations in the US and internationally.
In nonprofit access to health, she worked at Doctors Without Borders and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, leading global vaccines supply chain logistics. She recently launched New York City’s first internship program in the Life Sciences.
She holds a BS in chemistry from Yale University, an MSc (with Honors) in chemistry from the University of Melbourne (supported by a Rotary scholarship), PhD in chemistry from the University of Georgia, and an MPA from the Robert Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.
As a self-proclaimed do-gooder, Ben Nicol adores leading the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation, one of the most significant scholarship granting fraternity foundations and an organization that invests in today’s collegians through leadership programming and academic awards. Working alongside donors as they realize their philanthropic passions is his professional mission.
After serving in the roles of Director of Operations and Managing Director, Nicol became CEO in 2012. His approach to non-profit management includes cultivating personal relationships with each donor and increasing face-to-face meetings to develop connections. He has concentrated much of his efforts in strengthening the Foundation’s majoring giving and planned giving initiatives. Today, the Phi Psi Foundation is a leader amongst its fraternal foundation counterparts.
With a strong background in leadership and fundraising, Nicol began his career in collegiate admissions and institutional advancement work before finding his way to the Phi Kappa Psi headquarters team. Nicol enjoys overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation, including Anita Kishlong-range planning, staffing, fundraising and marketing. Nicol is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a designation only 6,100 professionals internationally hold.
Nicol lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his best friend and wife Abby. They are blessed to have two sons, Graham and Grier, and a daughter, Ashton. He enjoys volunteering for various organizations, particularly bringing the FUN back to fundraising, working out, traveling and also spending time with family, friends and the two furry members of the Nicol family, Finley and Essie, two golden doodles.
Granted a second chance at life, Kari Philbeck believes that time is your most precious commodity and where you invest it is your most important decision. As a result, her faith, family, health, career, and service are her priorities. Her proudest accomplishment is being a Mom of 4 and having an incredibly supportive husband.
Kari’s recent promotion with Crane Company, as the National Director of Strategic Accounts ~ West, resulted in the expansion of her team, territory, and portfolio performance. Prior, she worked for The Coca-Cola Company for 19 years, which she is extremely proud of. Her commitment to community is vital to her personal growth, as it grounds her and provides purpose.
Kari sees the opportunity to serve on the Coca-Cola Scholars Alumni Advisory Board is an honor and one that will not be taken lightly. She is eager to invest her time into a program that has had a significant impact on her life by helping to ensure its continued success and creating a positive ripple effect throughout the alumni community.
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.
Omika Suryawanshi was selected by the Coca-Cola Scholars Alumni Advisory Board as the newest Sandy Williams Alumni Legacy Scholarship (SWALS), which 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.
Coca-Cola Scholars from the class of 2018 nominated several of their peers for the award, and Omika was selected because of the way she embodies Sandy William’s model of humility and servant leadership and her commitment to keeping the Scholars community connected.
Her nominator wrote, “I truly believe that she is best suited to represent our class’s voice on the Alumni Advisory Board because of how well she knows everybody and their needs. And on top of all of her accomplishments, she works to give back and provide others with the same opportunities.” Also noted in her nomination was her resolve to continue the lessons she learned through the Leadership Development Institute at the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend through her own initiatives in college.
Omika founded the Admit List, a program that offers mentorship to low-income students through the tricky college admissions process. By assembling a group of highly accomplished college students across the country to serve as mentors, she helps high school students get into college.
Omika is attending the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar. At UVA, Omika has the pleasure of studying Computer Science and American Studies, with a concentration in Southern Studies. Aside from her coursework, she’s a teaching assistant in the CS department, a content creation intern for BackStory: the American History Podcast, a tutor in the Charlottesville Public School system, and has served as a researcher for projects ranging from segregation academies to the meritocracy of Silicon Valley.
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).
Mike Woodward is the Executive Director of College Track New Orleans. He is a first-generation college graduate whose life work is to break the chains of intergenerational poverty within communities. He is the son of two loving parents who did what they could with what they had, but too often what they had was not enough due to the systemic injustices that plague communities of color socially, politically, and economically.
He is a continuous learner, capacity builder, and systems-oriented problem solver whose narrative as a first-generation college graduate is too often the exception and not the expectation. He is a member of society who seeks to have opportunity distributed in the way that talent is: evenly.
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.