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Staff Member Biographies
June Carlsen is the Operations Manager for Be the Change, Inc., the 501(c)3 organization which managers the Got Your 6, ServiceNation and Opportunity Nation Campaigns. June is responsible for Admin, Finance, IT and Operations for the organization. She holds a BS in Accounting and an MBA and brings over 30 years of business experience to the organization. Previously, June spent several years as an outsourced financial consultant serving as the Interim CFO/Controller for various small to mid-sized non-profit organizations. In addition, June owned her own Payroll and Bookkeeping company for many years and served as the Controller for a manufacturing start up. June lives in Foxboro, MA with her daughter and spends her free time transporting her daughter to and from competitive cheerleading practices and cheering her on at competitions.
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Betty Hill has been the bookkeeper for Be the Change since October 2012. Prior to her joining BTC she spent her days as an administrative assistant in hospital and other non-profit settings. Some of her spare time is also devoted to non-profit activities. Betty has always enjoyed singing and belongs to Snug Harbor Community Chorus and Cranberry Hospice chorus on the South Shore of Massachusetts. Betty has spent her entire life in the Boston area, where she says she was a Red Sox fan even before it became fashionable.
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Deon Jones is Special Projects Assistant to the President at Be The Change, Inc. He is also the Founder and Facilitator of the Manifest Leadership Institute, an academic and leadership development program for formerly incarcerated teenage boys.
Prior to joining Be The Change, Inc., Deon served as National Spokesperson at the Campaign for Youth Justice, where he traveled globally speaking on the organization’s mission to end youth incarceration in the U.S. adult criminal justice system. Previously, he served as a D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing Ward 3 from 2011-2013 making him the youngest elected official in Washington, D.C.'s history. In 2013, the D.C. City Council passed the “Deon T. Jones Recognition Resolution of 2013” honoring his service to the city and commitment to empowering young people.
Deon obtained his B.A. in Political Science from American University and King’s College London. He also was a Public Policy and International Affairs fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. While at American University, Jones held fellowship and internship positions with the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the White House, and Teach for America. He is the first African-American from American University to be appointed a Harry S. Truman Scholar by Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Jones was recently appointed to the National Council of Young Leaders and serves on the board of directors at America’s Promise Alliance and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Alumni Association.
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Monique Rizer is chief of staff for Be The Change, Inc. As chief of staff, Monique reports to the President and CEO to help fundraise, manage the board, lead strategic planning, and communicating with staff and volunteers while overseeing the office operations.
Monique grew up in the Northwest and holds a 2001 BA (With Distinction) from Gonzaga University and a 2003 MS from Syracuse University. Monique is among the first class of Gates Millennium Scholars, a full ride academic scholarship program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She also serves as an Aspen Institute Ascend program ambassador.
Monique began her career as a marketer for a Top 100 accounting and consulting firm. She later ran a freelance writing business where she served as a contributing editor to multiple magazines and guides focused on careers. Following her freelance business she served as the deputy director of marketing for the Military Officers Association of America, which is a non profit organization that supports service members and military families. There she created a program that earned the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) ‘Power of A’ Silver Award. She then joined Child Care Aware® of America as the senior director of communications and marketing, where she led a communications team that helped generate more than 1,000 media citations for the organization in the first six months under her leadership and secured an ASAE Power of A Gold Award for one of the organization’s programs.
Monique is also the recipient of the Commander’s Award for Public Service, a top civilian award given by the U.S. Army for service supporting the military community. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her two sons.
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Varsha Subramanyam is the Special Projects Assistant to the CEO/Founder of Be The Change, where she works on variety of projects and initiatives to support the CEO in scheduling, fundraising, managing the Board of Directors' meetings, strategic vision and planning, launching special initiatives, and communicating with staff and volunteers. She joined Be The Change in February 2014.
Varsha graduated from Boston University in January 2014 with a B.A in International Relations with a minor in Public Health. While at BU, Varsha spent her final semester of college in Geneva, Switzerland, taking classes and interning at the Reproductive Health and Research Department at the World Health Organization. Prior to that, Varsha spent her summer in Panajachel, Guatemala as a Community Health Curriculum Fellow at Mercado Global. During her time at BU, Varsha was actively involved in her university's chapter of Peer Health Exchange; worked as a Program Assistant in the Outreach Program at the African Studies Center; served as a summer fellow with Health Leads; and volunteered as a staff member for the First Year Student Outreach Program at BU's Community Service Center.
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Board Member Biographies
Founder, Ripples of Hope
Kristen Atwood is the Founder of Ripples of Hope, a non-profit organization which brings families, communities and leaders together with the understanding that we are more alike than we are different.
Kristen was a founding staff member of City Year, Inc. She played an instrumental role in the development of the organization. She recruited the corps for the City Year’s summer pilot program in 1988; she also influenced the culture of City Year profoundly by using her fluency in American Sign Language to devise tools and other cultural elements that are still in use today. She continues to serve as a resource for City Year’s strategy for international growth and expansion and has been a champion of City Year South Africa. Kristen is the proud mother of five children and is actively involved in the Nobles School, where two of her children are currently students.
Managing Director, Bain Capital
Josh Bekenstein is a Managing Director of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm based in Boston. Josh helped start Bain Capital in 1984 with a number of colleagues from Bain & Company, the management consulting firm. Since then, Bain Capital has grown to more than 900 people and has made private equity investments and add-ons in more than 350 companies across a variety of industries.
In addition, the firm has expanded into several other asset classes and currently manages several pools of capital including private equity, venture capital, non-investment grade debt, a long/short equity hedge fund and a market neutral macro hedge fund. The firm has approximately $65 billion in assets under management.
Josh serves as a board member of Bob’s Discount Furniture, Bombardier Recreational Products, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Burlington Stores, Canada Goose, Dollarama, Gymboree, Michaels Stores, Toys R Us, and Waters Corporation. In his not-for-profit work, he chairs the Board of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and New Profit Inc., and he serves on the Board of City Year and the Yale Corporation. Josh holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He lives in Wayland, Massachusetts and he and his wife, Anita, have five children between the ages of 18 and 26.
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Sharon K. G. Dunbar
Vice President of Human Resources, General Dynamics Mission Systems
Sharon Dunbar is VP of Human Resources for General Dynamics Mission Systems. A 32-year military veteran, she retired in 2014 as a Major General in the U.S. Air Force. Prior to her current position, Sharon served in a variety of acquisition, legislative affairs, and human resource management positions in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government. She is a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from California State University. She also graduated with distinction from the National War College with a Master's degree in National Security Studies and has completed her doctoral studies in Public Policy at The George Washington University.
A board member with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, Sharon has served as an honorary board member with USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and as an ambassador with Vital Voices' Global Ambassadors Program. In 2014, she was recognized with the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Asian American Government Executives Network and with an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Union Institute and University. Sharon and her husband are the proud parents of two adult children who are serving their communities and country in their own ways.
Sandra M. Edgerley
Chairman of the Board, Boys and Girls Club of Boston
Sandy Edgerley graduated from Harvard University with an AB in Biology in 1984, cum laude general studies. She graduated with distinction with an MBA in 1989, also from Harvard. Ms. Edgerley worked at Bain & Company, a management consulting company, for ten years (1984-87, 1989-96) as an Associate Consultant, Consultant and Manager on the consulting staff, then as Director of Recruiting and Training. She left Bain & Company to raise her children and pursue philanthropic efforts that help children in the Boston community. Ms. Edgerley has been actively involved in the education and social service non-profit arena. She served for 5 years as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, (BCGB) which annually serves over 15,000 youth in the inner city of Boston and Chelsea. She continues to serve as a director of BGCB and spends a significant amount of time focused on this philanthropic effort, where she currently chairs the Strategic Planning Initiative as well as co-chairs the organization’s Comprehensive Campaign. Ms. Edgerley also serves on the National Board of Trustees of City Year, where she serves as a campaign co-chair. She is also a board member of The Boston Foundation where she co-chairs The Civic Leadership Fund, and is a founding member of the Boston Board of Youth Villages. Ms. Edgerley is also a trustee for the Noble and Greenough School, where she was the Co-Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee and serves on the Executive Committee and as Co-Chair of the Comprehensive Campaign. In addition, she is a board member of Be The Change Inc., a trustee at The Meadowbrook School of Weston, a member of the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston, a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital President’s Council, as well as a member of the Senior Advisory Board of Horizons for Homeless Children. Ms. Edgerley has also been involved with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay as a board member from 2000 to 2012, and co-chaired the Alexis de Tocqueville Society from 1998 to 2012, helping to spearhead its growth from under 100 to over 600 members. She formerly served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Ms. Edgerley has also been deeply involved with Harvard, currently serving as co-chair of the Harvard College Fund and, along with her husband Paul, as a co-chair of The Harvard College Fund Campaign and a Harvard University Campaign Executive Committee Member. Ms. Edgerley served as Co-Chair of her 25th Reunion and, along with her co-chairs, received the Richard T. Flood ’27 Award for Reunion Performance in 2009. She has also served on the Harvard Business School Board of the Dean’s Advisors, and co-chaired her 20th HBS Reunion.
In 2012, Ms. Edgerley received The New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Award for Leadership in Nonprofit Governance. Ms. Edgerley, along with Mr. Edgerley received the United Way of America’s National Tocqueville Award in 2011. She received an Honorary Doctorate from Newbury College in 2006. Ms. Edgerley, her husband Paul, and their four children live in Brookline, MA.
Senior Adviser and Social Justice Entrepreneur-in-Residence, City Year, Inc.
Hubie Jones is a vital member of the social justice movement in Boston where he has held numerous positions in academia, served on multiple boards and played a leadership role in the social development of the city and its people. Mr. Jones is Dean Emeritus of the Boston University School of Social Work, where he served as Professor and Dean from 1977 to 1993. He was Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Urban Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston from 1995 to 2003 and for eight months in 1992, he was acting President of Roxbury Community College. From 1972 to 1977, he was Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Professor Jones has played a key role in the formation, rebuilding and leadership of at least thirty community organizations within the black community and across the city. In twenty of these organizations, he served as chairman of the board or executive director. Some of these leadership roles include: executive director of the Roxbury Multi-Service Center, board chairman of the Massachusetts Advocates for Children, board president of Roxbury Youthworks, Roxbury Community College Foundation and the Citywide Educational Coalition. He founded Higher Ground, Inc., modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone. Since 2002, he has been founder and president of the Boston Children’s Chorus. He has served as a trustee at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for 10 years and a trustee of the Foley Hoag Foundation for 25 years. For 20 years, Hubie Jones appeared weekly as a panelist on “Five on Five”, a public affairs program on WCVB-TV.
He earned his B.A. degree from the City College of New York and master’s degree in social work from Boston University School of Social Work. Mr. Jones has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Northeastern University, University of Maryland, Lesley University, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
Deborah (Deb) Jospin
Deborah (Deb) Jospin is partner and co-founder of sagawa/jospin, a consulting group based in Washington, D.C. Since 2001, sagawa/jospin has provided strategic advice and developed new initiatives for public and private sector clients. Along with her business partner Shirley Sagawa, Ms. Jospin is the co-author of The Charismatic Organization: Eight Ways to Grow a Nonprofit that Builds Buzz, Delights Donors and Engages Employees, Jossey-Bass, 2008.
Before starting her consulting career, Ms. Jospin worked as an attorney in private practice. In 1993 she joined the Corporation for National Service, the federal agency that oversees the AmeriCorps program. After working as Associate General Counsel and Chief of Staff of the Corporation, Ms. Jospin was appointed Director of AmeriCorps by President Clinton in 1997. Ms. Jospin continues to actively support AmeriCorps members by serving on the boards of the Center for Music National Service and Be the Change/ServiceNation. She was also a founding member of the Washington, D.C. Local Advisory Council of Playworks and a founding board member of AmeriCorps Alums. From November 2008 until January 2009, Ms. Jospin was a Deputy Team Leader for the Obama Agency Review Transition Team, reviewing the Corporation for National Service.
Ms. Jospin is a 1980 graduate of Tufts University. She earned an MSc in Public Policy from the London School of Economics in 1983 and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1989. When Tufts University created the University College of Citizenship and Public Service (UCCPS) in 1999, Ms. Jospin became a founding member of its Board. Since 2007, Ms. Jospin has served as the Chair of the Board of what is now known as the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. Since 2002, she has also served as a Trustee of Tufts, chairing the Board’s Committee on Trusteeship and its Council of Boards of Advisors, and serving on its Executive Committee. In 2009, Ms. Jospin received the Light on the Hill Award, the highest honor that the undergraduate student body bestows on Tufts alumni.
Managing Partner, Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer, Sankaty Advisors
Jonathan Lavine founded Sankaty Advisors in 1997 having previously joined Bain Capital in 1993. He is a Managing Director, and since its inception, Managing Partner and the Chief Investment Officer of Sankaty Advisors and its related funds. He is chair of the Firm's Credit Committee and Risk & Oversight Committee, with overall responsibility for the Firm’s investment strategy, management and risk. Before the formation of Sankaty, Mr. Lavine worked in Bain Capital’s private equity business. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Lavine was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department.
Jonathan Lavine graduated Columbia College, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and holds an M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard Business School. In 2008, Mr. Lavine was honored with Columbia’s John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement. He currently serves as a Trustee of Columbia University.
Jonathan Lavine and his wife, Jeannie, have continued to remain involved with Harvard through various endeavors. In 2007, they founded the Crimson Lion Foundation which provides financial support to several organizations that include Boston Children’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Cradles to Crayons, Be The Change, Best Buddies, uAspire, LIFT Communities, Horizons for Homeless Children, Stand for Children and Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. They also helped establish the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative (HSI) in 2011, which supports training and education of humanitarian aid workers. In 2012, Jonathan Lavine was awarded the Distinguished Community Service Award by the New England Anti-Defamation League. Mr. Lavine has also been an active contributor to City Year since inception, and in 2013, he was named chair of City Year’s National Board of Trustees.
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Senior Vice President for Corporate Operations, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals.
McClements is Senior Vice President for Corporate Operations at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. Previously, Mr. McClements served as a member of the executive team for Integreon Managed Solutions, Inc., a global research and business services company, from May 2010 to September 2011. Before then, Mr. McClements served as Chief Operating Officer and a partner at Monitor Group, a global strategic advisory firm, from 1987 to May 2010. From September 2009 to March 2010, Mr. McClements also served as Acting President of Be the Change Inc., a non-profit focused on creating national issue-based campaigns. Mr. McClements holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Williams College. In addition, he is a philanthropic role model through his leadership roles at several non-profit organizations, including Monitor Institute, New Profit, Inc., City Year, Inc., and ACCESS.
Michael (Mike) Montelongo
Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Sodexo, Inc.
Mr. Montelongo is an experienced C-level executive and corporate governance leader who has led for-profit, public sector, and non-profit organizations. He brings a unique and broad service industry skill set in areas such as food service and facilities management, outsourced technical services, telecommunications, professional services, and aerospace/defense, including tours in the U.S. Senate and the Pentagon.
Mike was a Bush White House appointee serving as the 19th assistant secretary for financial management and chief financial officer of the U.S. Air Force. He was the first Latino appointed to that position, the most senior-ranking Hispanic American in the Air Force, and concluded his tenure at the Pentagon as acting secretary of the Air Force. At Sodexo, he is the company’s senior military veteran.
Mike is active in civic leadership and corporate governance and serves on several for-profit, public sector, and non-profit boards; chairs audit committees; and volunteers for organizations that expand opportunities for young people, support community health and wellness, assist veterans, and promote national service. A public policy expert, he is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Born and raised in Manhattan’s Lower East side and the first in his extended family to attend college, Mike earned his bachelor’s degree from West Point and a master’s degree from Harvard Business School. He is featured in Hispanic Magazine’s Top 25 Best Latinos in Business, twice-listed in both Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics and in Hispanic Engineer Magazine’s 50 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business, and profiled in Latino Leaders Magazine.
Jennifer Eplett Reilly
Founding Chair, New Schools for Baton Rouge
Jennifer Eplett Reilly serves as founding chair of New Schools for Baton Rouge, a recently launched education reform initiative building on New Orleans' success to create excellent educational opportunities for 12,000 students in the next five years in the core of the capitol city. She has engaged as a service entrepreneur and philanthropist for 25 years as co-founder of City Year Inc., founding executive director of Echoing Green Foundation and co-founder of the Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship; and leader of numerous innovative public-private partnerships in Louisiana. She also served as a strategic advisor to Mitchell Landrieu in his first term as Lieutenant Governor.
In 2005, Ms. Eplett Reilly was an instrumental force in the start up of City Year Louisiana in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and was founding chair of City Year Louisiana's advisory board, and she now serves as Chair of the City Year Baton Rouge Board. Ms. Eplett Reilly has also served as founding chair of the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, chair of the Louisiana Educational Television Authority, and chair of the Shaw Center for the Arts. She served on Teach for America's founding national board and founding Louisiana board.
She serves on the executive committee and is Co-Chair of the international committee of the City Year Inc. Board of Trustees and also serves on the boards of Education’s Next Horizon, Episcopal High School and the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation and the Civic Engagement Committee of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.
Ms. Eplett Reilly received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She is married to Sean Reilly, Lamar Advertising CEO, and they have three children: Anna, Aidan, and Rowan.
Execuive Chairman, America Achieves
Jon Schnur is Executive Chairman of America Achieves. Jon helped to found America Achieves and helps to shape the organization's overall strategy and work. Jon co-founded New Leaders for New Schools – a national non-profit organization ensuring high academic achievement for every student by attracting and preparing outstanding leaders and supporting the performance of the urban public schools they lead at scale – and served as its CEO from 2000 until 2011. He also advises philanthropists seeking to improve education, including Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Jon served as a senior advisor to President Obama’s presidential transition team and to U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan. He has also served as President Clinton’s White House Associate Director for Educational Policy, Senior Policy Advisor on Education to Vice President Gore, and special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley. Jon is currently serving on the Visiting Committee to the Harvard Graduate School of Education and on the Aspen Institute’s jury for their Prize for Community College Excellence. He is a board member of New Leaders as well as Be the Change and its Opportunity Nation initiative to increase economic mobility in America. Jon is also an active member of the Parent-Teacher Association at the Edgemont School in Montclair, New Jersey. Jon and his wife Elisa have three young children.
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
Hal Shapiro is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. He heads the firm’s international trade practice. Mr. Shapiro advises multinational corporations, U.S. trade associations, and foreign governments on international business and policy issues; legislation, regulations and interagency policy formation; international trade agreements; litigation of disputes before the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international dispute-resolution bodies; import and export matters; customs matters; and federal civil litigation.
Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Shapiro served as senior advisor for International Economic Affairs and senior counselor to the director of the National Economic Council at the White House, where he oversaw the development of administration, international trade and economic policy positions with respect to international agreements, international trade disputes, pending legislation, executive orders, summit meetings between the president and foreign heads of state, and meetings of international economic bodies. He was the National Economic Council’s representative on the Trade Policy Staff Committee and the Section 301 Committee, the interagency bodies responsible for U.S. trade policies, disputes and sanctions. He also specialized in U.S.-EU relations and in trade disputes. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Shapiro served as associate general counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he represented the United States in WTO dispute-settlement proceedings; oversaw U.S. litigation involving the trade representative; and was an advisor to the trade representative, the deputy trade representative and other senior administration officials in the formulation and implementation of U.S. trade policy. From 1993 to 1996, he was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he handled trials and appeals involving international trade, government contracts and administrative law issues.
Mr. Shapiro previously served as assistant professor and deputy director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law and as an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the American University Washington College of Law.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Share Our Strength
Bill Shore is the founder and chief executive officer of Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit that is ending childhood hunger in America. Shore founded Share Our Strength in 1984 with his sister Debbie and a $2,000 cash advance on a credit card. Since then, Share Our Strength has raised and invested more than $376 million in the fight against hunger, and has won the support of national leaders in business, government, health and education, sports and entertainment.
Shore is also the chairman of Community Wealth Partners, a Share Our Strength organization that helps change agents solve social problems at the magnitude they exist.
From 1978 through 1987, Shore served on the senatorial and presidential campaign staffs of former U.S. Senator Gary Hart (D-Colorado). From 1988 to 1991, Shore served as chief of staff for former U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey (D-Nebraska).
Shore is the author of four books focused on social change, including "Revolution of the Heart" (Riverhead Press, 1995), "The Cathedral Within" (Random House, 1999), "The Light of Conscience" (Random House, 2004) and most recently, "The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men" (PublicAffairs, 2010).
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Shore earned his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Shore served as a director of The Timberland Company from 2001 through 2011. He was also named one of America's Best Leaders (October 2005) by US News & World Report.
Shore has been an adjunct professor at New York University's Stern School of Business and an advisor for the Reynolds Foundation Fellowship program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.