Leadership and Board
- Foundation Leadership
- Board of Directors
- Board of Advisors
- Medical Board of Advisors
- Emerging Leaders Council
Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation was inspired by Jill and Jon Albert’s real life story. With an M.B.A. and years of executive experience in the corporate world, Jon found himself, his wife, Jill, and their two young children Jake and Jamie facing Jill’s Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. Jill and Jon realized early on in Jill’s fight, the disease was not just attacking her body, but it was affecting their entire family. Jill and Jon decided they needed to treat their family along with the cancer. Jon took his marketing and operations background and combined it with their drive to formulate something positive and tangible out of the unfair and cruel. The Alberts knew that for their kids, Jamie and Jake, strong memories of special times together would be their greatest inheritance. From this notion, the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation was born. Jill died a week before Thanksgiving 2006.
WOW! Experience Director, Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation
Kerry McGavin, WOW! Experience Director
Kerry McGavin joined the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation as our WOW! Experience Director in 2016 after serving as a volunteer for the organization for more than two years. Kerry will be working with all JAJF families, Oncology Coalition Partners and WOW! Partners to create WOWs for our families.
An Atlanta native, Kerry currently lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband and three sons.
Operations Director, Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation
Lindsey King joined the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation in 2008 to lead strategic development and fundraising. She has extensive experience working in various roles in the non-profit. After eight years serving as the Director of Development for JAJF, Lindsey is currently the Operations Director.
In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys traveling, being outdoors, reading and spending time with her two little ones.
An Atlanta native, Lindsey currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, daughter and son.
WOW! Society Director, Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation
Jennifer Kanter recently joined the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation as our WOW! Society Director. She comes to JAJF with an extensive background in sales and marketing roles with such well-known brands as Levi’s, Ray Ban and Donna Karan. Most recently she worked as a Producer at Dreyfuss ICG, a creative services consultancy employing a combination of videos and web projects as well as high profile live events.
When not working, Jennifer can be found in the painting studio. Her work has been shown in several Connecticut galleries and is in private collections in Alabama, California, Massachusetts, and New York.
An Alabama native, Jennifer now lives in Connecticut with her husband and two sons. She is overjoyed to be our new WOW! Society Director, our newest Ambassador, helping us spread the smiles as far and wide as possible.
Gloo Networks plc, Chief Financial Officer
Bill Davis is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Gloo Networks. Prior to joining Gloo, Bill was the Chief Financial Officer at Allscripts Healthcare Solutions where he oversaw revenue growth from $80 million to approximately $1.4 billion in 2011, with profits increasing at a compounded annual growth rate of approximately 25%.
Bill helped lead several strategic transactions including Allscripts $300 million acquisition of A4 Health Systems in 2006, its $90 million acquisition of Extended Care Information Networks in 2007, Allscripts $500 million merger with Misys Healthcare in 2008 and the company’s $1.3 billion merger with Eclipsys Corporation in 2010 involving a $1.0 billion recapitalization of the business to reduce Allscripts majority shareholder ownership interest from approximately 55% to 0%.
Prior to joining Allscripts, Bill was Chief Financial Officer of Lante Corporation, a Chicago-based technology consulting firm, where he helped lead the company’s IPO in February 2000 and subsequent sale in September 2002.
From 1991 through 1999, Bill was with PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP. Two of those years were spent in PwC’s National Technical Group in New York, NY focused on emerging technical issues, including software revenue recognition. In 1999, Bill was selected by PwC as one of its candidate’s for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Professional Accounting Fellowship Program.
Bill earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from The University of Cincinnati and his Masters of Business Administration from Northwestern University. He also is a Certified Public Accountant.
Bill serves on the boards of Systems Excellence Corporation (SXCI) and the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation.
President, Sales & Marketing, National CineMedia
Clifford (“Cliff”) E. Marks, National CineMedia (NCM)’s president of sales and marketing, has been a leading advertising, marketing and sales professional for over 20 years. Marks leads NCM’s marketing, sales and advertising division based in New York City.
Through its FirstLook pre-feature program, Lobby Entertainment Network (LEN), NCM Interactive Network and other promotional products, NCM provides advertisers with bundled offerings of on-screen, lobby and online marketing products that offer multiple ways to interact with theater patrons. NCM operates the largest digital in-theater network in North America, the Digital Content Network (DCN)SM, which allows for the targeted distribution of advertising and content to specified auditoriums and lobby areas within its network of AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc., Regal Entertainment Group and other top network affiliate movie theaters nationwide.
Marks was the architect behind The 2wenty, a first-of-its-kind digitally delivered entertainment and advertising pre-feature program, debuting in 2003. In 2006, NCM launched the current edition of its in-theatre pre-feature program, FirstLook, showcasing content fromA&E Television Networks, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Turner Broadcasting System, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Warner Bros. along with national, regional and local advertising.
Prior to his current position, Marks served as president of sales and marketing with Regal Entertainment Group’s media subsidiary, Regal CineMedia Corporation. In March 2005, Regal Entertainment Group and AMC Entertainment, Inc. combined its individual sales and marketing organizations, Regal CineMedia and National Cinema Network, to form National CineMedia (NCM) LLC. In July 2005, Cinemark USA was the third leading movie exhibitor to take an ownership stake in National CineMedia LLC. National CineMedia, Inc. was listed on the NASDAQ Global Market as “NCMI” in February of 2007.
Before joining Regal CineMedia, Marks was a 14-year veteran of ESPN/ABC Sports, where as senior vice president he oversaw its $2.0 billion sales organization. Working with top national advertisers such as Anheuser Busch, Circuit City, MCI, Toyota, AT&T, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC, Marks was instrumental in developing vertically integrated advertising packages for clients across multiple platforms including ABC Sports programming, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNews, ESPN.com, ESPN magazine, ESPN radio and ESPNZone restaurants.
From 1986 through 1989, Marks was an executive at The Nashville Network. He began his career at prominent New York advertising agencies Young & Rubicam (1985-86) and BBDO (1983-85).
A cinema industry leader and advocate, Marks was named one of The Mediaweek 50 top executives in the advertising industry in 2009 and also served as president and chairman of the Cinema Advertising Council (CAC) during 2007.
Chair, Atlanta Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
David Kurzweil has a great deal of experience in a variety of commercial insolvency situations. He has represented corporations, partnerships and individuals in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, creditors’ committees, trustees, and financial institutions. David has negotiated workouts from both the standpoint of counsel for the creditor and the debtor. He has represented businesses and creditors in a variety of fields, including technology, manufacturing, advertising, retail, cable television, publishing, real estate, transportation and professional corporations. David also has extensive experience in representing financial institutions in asset-based loans and debtor-in-possession financing transactions.
CEO, College Football Hall of Fame
Dennis Adamovich is the CEO for the College Football Hall of Fame. Dennis is the former senior vice president of brand and digital activation/general manager of festivals for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). In his role, Dennis was responsible the digital teams for the three networks, as well as brand initiatives like TBS and Just For Laughs’ annual comedy festival in Chicago, the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, the TCM Classic Cruise and TNT’s Dramatic Difference project. He was also responsible for brand-related commerce initiatives, such as TCM’s extensive online store
Adamovich, previously served as senior vice president/general manager of TBS comedy festivals and came to the company after serving as senior vice president of marketing for Turner Broadcasting’s Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang. In that role, he was responsible for strategically planning and implementing efforts to build viewer preference and loyalty to the animated networks. He also expanded the reach of Cartoon Network and Turner’s other animation networks by combining traditional messaging and partnerships with the cutting-edge use of new media and viral campaigns.
Before joining Cartoon Network in July 2000, Adamovich worked for The Coca-Cola Company as managing director of Marketing Works, a division accountable for brand stewardship in North America. Through his leadership role, Adamovich oversaw the development of more than 300 annual programs within North America.
Prior to that, Adamovich was director of worldwide leisure marketing for Coca-Cola, managing global account teams responsible for Disney, Warner and Legoland theme-park accounts, as well as the cinema channel worldwide. Additional positions at Coca-Cola included group manager for sports activation, where he maximized local and national sports properties, and national account executive, managing the company’s relationships with various companies, including Six Flags and AMC Theatres.
Adamovich previously served as an account executive at McCann Erickson in Atlanta, where he was involved in all phases of production of local and regional broadcast commercials for agency client Coca-Cola. He launched his professional career at Fahlgren Martin Benito Advertising in Tampa, Fla., as a senior account executive, responsible for strategic planning and development for the Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Florida Cadillac Dealers Marketing Associations.
Adamovich graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
President, Atlanta Braves
Derek Schiller is the President of the Atlanta Braves. Prior to his current role, Derek served as the executive vice president of sales and marketing, where he was responsible for the management for all baseball-related revenues such as ticket sales, corporate partnerships, broadcasting, licensing and merchandising, community relations and the overall marketing strategy for the franchise.
Schiller manages the Braves television relationships with FS South, SportSouth and Peachtree TV and the radio relationship with Clear Channel Radio that includes 150 affiliates across the Southeast, the largest affiliate network in all professional sports. Schiller also coordinates all aspects of the Braves marketing outreach with fans, including braves.com and all promotional and advertising campaigns.
Schiller earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Vanderbilt University. He is an executive board member of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Atlanta Sports Council, an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta and serves in a variety of roles for a number of metro Atlanta charities. He recently completed his first marathon and half-ironman triathlon. Schiller and his wife Kristin and their two children, Luke and Carson, reside in Duluth.
Senior Vice President of Sales, Trade Support & Service, UK & APAC, Celebrity Cruises
Dondra Ritzenthaler joined top-rated cruise line Celebrity Cruises – whose iconic ‘X’ is the mark of modern luxury – in September 2003, becoming the line’s first Vice President of Sales dedicated solely to the Celebrity brand. In 2006, she was promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales for the brand. And in 2007, she also played a key role on the executive team that launched what is now Azamara Club Cruises.
Dondra’s 510-member organization today encompasses all of Celebrity’s regional and district sales managers, inside sales representatives, national and corporate account managers in the field, and a support staff at corporate headquarters in Miami, in addition to National Accounts, Trade Support & Service — which includes Reservations, Group Sales and Customer Service as well as the line’s Consumer Outreach division, onboard cruise sales, internal sales support, and the Sales organizations in Canada, the UK and Ireland, and the Asia-Pacific region.
Widely credited for raising awareness of the importance of travel partners, Dondra has led the creation of a number of programs designed to help travel agents build their business, including “The Celebrity Commitment,” and spearheaded innovative policies such as the widely praised “ASAP” (agent support action program), an acclaimed no-rebating stance, a well-received group policy, and distinctive programs designed to better serve travel partners, including the Celebrity Five Star Academy.
A seasoned travel industry executive, Dondra joined Celebrity following nearly two decades in the business, primarily in sales and marketing management with American Airlines. Just prior to joining Celebrity, she was Regional Sales Director of passenger sales for the airline’s midwest region.
Dondra, her husband and their two children reside in Coral Gables, Florida.
Gary J Prager
Cygnus Advisers, LLC
Gary J. Prager has over thirty five years of senior executive experience in corporate finance and is recognized throughout the industry for his achievements in both building and guiding business units of major corporations. For eighteen years he worked with CIT Group and served as Executive Vice President of the Corporate Finance Group where he managed various verticals and was Chief Sales Officer. Most recently he was a Managing Director and key member of the investment management affiliate of Gordon Brothers Group, GB Credit Partners, which was successfully sold in October 2014. Gary brings an extensive track record of experience in problem solving, workout, loan negotiation, restructuring and strategic development.
Gary currently serves on the Board of Accord Financial Corp. TOR CA: ACD, a Canadian based commercial finance company serving both the United States and Canada through factoring, commercial finance and equipment financing. He is a member of their Credit Committee.
Gary was born in Los Angeles and holds a BS in business administration from East Carolina University and an MBA in finance from the University of North Carolina. He has completed the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University as well as post-graduate work at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business in finance. Gary is also a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership.
Gary is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, Commercial Finance Association, Association of Corporate Growth, American Bankruptcy Institute, Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors.
Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Education and Licensing
- University of South Florida-BA Accounting and Finance
- Loyola University- New Orleans
- Jesuit High School- Tampa
- Licenses: Series 6,7,9,10,31,63,65
- 2007 – Present: Morgan Stanley* Resident Manager Senior Vice President Senior Portfolio Manager
- 2000 – 2007: UBS Financial Services Senior Vice President
- 1990 – 2000: Smith Barney Vice President
- 1986 – 1990: Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor
- University of South Florida Athletic Board of Directors
- Joseph Hospital Board of Directors
- Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am Board of Directors
- SunDome, Inc. Vice President
- Academy of Holy Names Dads Club
- Tampa Bay Sports Commission
- Temple Terrace Country Club
- Corpus Christi Catholic Church
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Jack S. Cohen
Managing Director, Private Wealth Management
Robert W. Baird & Co.
With 28 years of experience as a financial advisor, Jack specializes in assisting clients with comprehensive wealth management, including, retirement planning, estate planning and investment management. “I enjoy helping clients formulate a long-term financial plan reflecting their financial goals and risk tolerance. I then recommend a portfolio that is tailored to meet each client’s individual needs,” says Jack.
Jack’s passion and dedication to his clients and the profession have been recognized by the firm, the educational community and the industry. Jack graduated cum laude from East Carolina University. He holds the following professional designations and certifications: CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, Certified Investment Management AnalystSM, Chartered Financial Consultant® and Certified Private Wealth Advisor™. For several years, he has served as an instructor at The University of Georgia and Oglethorpe University in the CFP® program and served on the program’s advisory board. Jack recently served as Chairman of Baird’s Branch Manager Advisory Council. His business approach echoes the cornerstone of the Baird culture: “My mission is identical to Baird’s – to be the best financial partner to my clients.”
He is a member of Baird’s Investment Council, The Financial Planning Association, Investment Management Consultants Association and The Atlanta Estate Planning Council.
In 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Jack was honored by Atlanta Magazine being named a FIVE STAR Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager.
While financial planning and investment management are his passion, Jack also enjoys travel, sports and carpentry. He and his wife, Audrey, have lived in Atlanta for 28 years. They have two children, Jake and Rachel.
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Consideration for inclusion in The FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager Program includes an analysis of consumers’ responses to a client satisfaction survey. Only wealth managers with five years of experience in the financial services industry are considered. Additionally, the wealth managers who have made the list are required to certify that their license(s) has never been suspended or revoked by a regulating
authority (e.g. FINRA or other regulatory agency) and that they have not had more than three customer complaints filed against them with a regulating authority where at least one complaint resulted in a settlement
payment by them.
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Jack Van Berkel
Managing Principal, Christenson Advisors
As Managing Principal, Jack is responsible for CA’s global growth across its multiple service lines. His primary focus is on developing and strengthening relationships across the real estate market.
Jack has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of corporate strategy, executive management, organization development, human capital, compensation and capital markets. His vast knowledge across all facets of an organization is an invaluable resource for the clients he serves. Jack draws on his past experiences of overseeing global operations and human resources functions that included compensation, benefits, training, organization development, staffing and employee relations for various Fortune 500 and publicly traded companies with as many as 21,000 employees in 80 countries.
Prior to joining CA, Jack was President, Real Estate Services and Chief Operating Officer of Grubb & Ellis Company, where he significantly expanded the firm’s service platform through the recruitment of new business leaders and nearly 300 highly productive brokerage sales professionals during a three-year period. He also helped lead the successful integration of Grubb & Ellis and NNN Realty Advisors. Prior to Grubb & Ellis, Jack was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for CB Richard Ellis, where he helped complete the acquisition and integration of more than 10 companies in 30 months. Earlier in his career, he held senior management positions with First Data Corporation, Gateway Corporation and Western Digital.
Jack is active in multiple real estate associations and is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry related events.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from San Diego State University.
SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, AmeriCares
As SVP and Chief Marketing Officer of AmeriCares, Jed is charged with providing both strategic leadership and hands-on tactical execution of the organization’s brand management, marketing and communications efforts. Jed has nearly 20 years of senior marketing and strategy experience, including work with some of the world’s most recognizable brands.
Prior to joining AmeriCares, Jed served as a Vice President at iHeartMedia, a mass media company that specializes in radio broadcasting and producing live events where he oversaw iHeartMedia’s strategic brand partnerships with companies like American Express, AT&T, Coca-Cola, and Johnson & Johnson. Prior to iHeartMedia, Jed spent 10 years at The Coca-Cola Company, starting in brand management before ultimately overseeing Coca-Cola’s entertainment marketing department, including management of key industry relationships and partnerships with properties like American Idol, the Academy Awards, American Music Awards and celebrity relationships with Ryan Seacrest and Heidi Klum, amongst others.
Jed earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Delaware and a M.B.A in marketing from Emory University. He lives in New York City.
Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC
Mr. Few is currently serving as a financial advisor working at Morgan Stanley. He has over 29 years of industry experience and focuses on investment management, asset allocation and diversifications strategies. Prior to joining Smith Barney, Mr. Few worked as an institutional equity sales trader at Raymond James and Associates advising and executing block trades for institutional clients including mutual funds, hedge funds, money managers and pension funds. Prior to his position as a sales trader, Mr. Few was an equity OTC market maker responsible for committing the firm’s capital to provide liquidity for institutional and retail clients in the NASDAQ marketplace. Mr. Few has also been a municipal bond trader in New York for Chemical Bank and was a research analyst in public finance at Merrill Lynch in New York. Mr. Few graduated from Jesuit High School in Tampa and Princeton University in 1984 with an A.B. in History. Mr. Few graduated from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1990 with an MBA in international business. Mr. Few holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 66 registrations and is licensed by the Florida State Board of Insurance.
Mr. Few currently serves as an assistant coach for the 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011 state champion Plant Panther football team and has coached high school football for the past 27 years. In 2011 he was named the National Football Foundation’s Hillsborough County Assistant Coach of the Year. His community involvement includes having served on the boards of the Florida Security Traders Association, St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School, Tampa Bay Little League and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. Mr. Few is currently the President of the Princeton Club of Tampa Bay and is a director of Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club, Train Up First Foundation, the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation and the local chapter of the National Football Foundation. Mr. Few is a certified PADI Divemaster, a licensed OUPV boat captain and is the music director for Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s Cut Throat Chorus. Mr. Few is married with two sons in college.
President, National FoodService and On-Premise, The Coca-Cola Company
Kathleen is President of Coca-Cola’s Refreshments National FoodService and On-Premise division. She has responsibility for all global, national and regional customers operating within the Foodservice and On-Premise channels of business in the United States. Prior to this Kathleen was East Zone Vice President for the FoodService/On-Premise division with responsibility for the 22 east coast states. In this role, Kathleen led a cross functional team to deliver unique solutions that delight guests and grow beverage profits for our FoodService and On-Premise customers.
Kathleen is also one of 12 inaugural members of the Coca-Cola Women’s Leadership Council sponsored by CEO, Muhtar Kent. The Women’s Leadership Council is a sustainable advisory organization designed to help the Company meet the global leadership demands of a rapidly changing marketplace by increasing the focus on the development and movement of women into leadership roles.
In 1985, Kathleen joined The Coca-Cola Company’s North America FoodService unit, serving in various account management roles in New Jersey, Boston, St. Louis and Atlanta. She became director of Leisure Marketing in 1997, group director of Leisure and Strategic Alliances in 2000, and Vice President, Strategic Alliances in 2001. From October 2006 to May 2009 she was Group Vice President of Strategic Partnership Marketing. In that role, she was responsible for the sales and marketing of the Company’s strategic partnerships such as on-site, travel, cinemas, and theme parks.
Kathleen fights hunger as the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s “Atlanta’s Table”, supports the Georgia Restaurant and Foodservice Industries as a member of the Georgia Restaurant Association Board of Directors, is engaged in building strong communities as a member of the YMCA Metro Atlanta Board of Directors and Treats Families; not the cancer as a member of the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation (JAJF) Board of Directors. Kathleen was a 2008 Recipient of “25 WOW Women to Watch” Award (Bloomingdale’s and Uptown Scoop). Kathleen was inducted into the ShowEast Hall of Fame in October, 2011, a tribute given to a select group of individuals who have served the motion picture industry with great distinction. She was also awarded the 2011 GRACE Award, Industry Partner of the Year, for her exemplary contributions to Georgia?s prolific restaurant industry.
A native of Massachusetts, Kathleen has a bachelor?s degree in business administration from Boston College.
Kathleen and her husband, Paul, live in Atlanta with their two children.
Executive Vice President, IMG
Michael Antinoro is the Executive Vice President for IMG. Prior to joining the team at IMG, Mike was EVP of Programming for Dick Clark Productions and served as Six Flags’ Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Marketing and overseeing all aspects of Six Flags marketing, advertising, promotions, entertainment, ticket strategy, group sales and communications. Antinoro has focused on enhancing the Six Flags entertainment experience while developing dynamic new marketing and communications programs to enhance the Six Flags brand, improve customer satisfaction and drive business to the 20 parks in the US, Mexico and Canada. Antinoro is responsible for introducing top entertainment brands such as MTV, Tony Hawk, The Wiggles and Thomas the Tank Engine into the parks and for overseeing the production of innovative and cutting edge communication campaigns. Since Antinoro has lead the marketing and entertainment forge, overall awareness and guest approval ratings have showed dramatic improvements from prior years and are at or above all-time highs. Antinoro is also responsible for overseeing the Coke and Warner Brothers relationships.
In 2008 Antinoro joined the board of directors of Dick Clark Productions. As a board member, Antinoro is actively involved in the creative development of all new projects and shows and innovatively works to merge the two organizations. Under Antinoro’s leadership, Six Flags has introduced live in-park shows such as Rewind, Backtrax and Best of Bloopers that creatively utilize the Dick Clark library to enhance the Six Flags guest experience.
Prior to joining Six Flags, Antinoro was instrumental in ESPN’s foray into non-traditional, sports entertainment programming. Antinoro served as the Executive Producer of ESPN Original Entertainment (EOE) from February 2001 through November 2005. During his tenure at EOE, Antinoro oversaw the development of 6 made for TV movies (A Season On The Brink, The Junction Boys, Hustle, 3, Four Minutes and Codebreakers), 2 ten-episode Dramatic Series (PLAYMAKERS and Tilt), Sports Talk Shows (Pardon The Interruption, Jim Rome Is Burning), Game Shows (2 Minute Drill, Stump The Schwab), Reality Shows (Dream Job, Beg, Borrow and Deal, I’d Do Anything), Award Winning Documentary Series and The World Series Of Poker franchise. During his tenure EOE was nominated for over 100 awards including 30 Sports Emmys and also won the prestigious Peabody Award.
Associate, Alston & Bird LLP
Nadine Sophia Evans, an associate in the firm’s Real Estate Finance & Investment Group, concentrates her practice in the area of public finance. Ms. Evans’ experience includes energy finance for public gas and public power, municipal bond financing, financing for health care facilities and the representation of clients in interest rate and commodity swaps and hedges. Ms. Evans has also served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel and counsel to credit enhancement providers in bond financings. Ms. Evans has experience in financings for colleges, universities and other non-profit entities, and she serves as general counsel to a development authority.
Ms. Evans has significant experience in commercial real estate and has advised clients in transactions involving the sale and acquisition of commercial real estate, financing, development, leasing and the daily management of commercial real property. Ms. Evans has represented a wide array of clients that own or invest in affordable housing, retail properties and timberland.
Senior Vice President of Strategic Brand Marketing, Great Wolf Resorts
Nikki Donofrio is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Brand Marketing for Great Wolf Resorts, North America’s largest family of indoor waterpark resorts and the brand leader in the waterpark resort industry. Extending far beyond waterparks, Great Wolf Lodge branded resorts provide families with quality accommodations, exceptional service and popular proprietary amenities all under one roof – while creating family traditions, one family at a time. Nikki’s expertise in strategic planning, brand extensions and partnership marketing play an important role in managing the expansion and growth of the company’s proprietary brands and amenities. She manages all aspects of marketing, sponsorships, public relations and group sales for the company.
Nikki has extensive sales, marketing and business development experience in the family entertainment industry. Prior to joining Great Wolf Resorts, she was the Vice President of Marketing for Six Flags, Inc. overseeing the company’s marketing plans including advertising, promotions, creative, media and new product launches for 20 parks throughout North America. She was also the Director of Marketing for Six Flags Great Adventure, Wild Safari and Hurricane Harbor Water Park in Jackson, NJ and successfully launched the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster during her tenure. Before Six Flags, she held a variety of marketing and sales positions at the Core States Center (now the Wells Fargo Center) in Philadelphia and Madison Square Garden in NYC.
A native of New Jersey, she received a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Communication and Information Studies from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She also earned her “Ducktorate Degree” from Disney University during her time with the Walt Disney World College Program.
Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP
Sam Weiner is a tax partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins LLP and is chair of the firm?s Transactional Tax Practice Group and co-chair of the Asian Tax Practice Group. His practice focuses on federal and state taxation of corporations and partnerships in a variety of US and international contexts and specifically involves advising clients on tax issues related to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, bankruptcy restructurings and financial products and services. Mr. Weiner represents investment banks and funds, public and private companies, individual investors and non-US corporations on a variety of matters. Mr. Weiner is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and has served as Chairman of the State Bar of California?s Corporate Tax Committee and Secretary/Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Bar Association?s Corporate Taxation Section. He has lectured on various tax aspects of mergers,acquisitions, dispositions and bankruptcy restructurings before numerous professional tax organizations, including the Tax Executives Institute, the University of Southern California Tax Institute (where he is a member of the Executive Committee), the New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, the Practicing Law Institute, the Chicago-Kent College of Law Federal Tax Institute and the UCLA Law Center for the Study of Mergers and Acquisitions. Mr. Weiner has also written articles on these topics for a variety of tax publications, including Major Tax Planning, the New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, the Practicing Law Institute and Turnarounds & Workouts. Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Legal 500 US legal guides have continually recognized Mr. Weiner as a leading tax attorney.
Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, Florida Cancer Specialists
Shelly Glenn leads Florida Cancer Specialists’ marketing and referral base management initiatives. Shelly joined FCS in 2012 bringing more than 20 years of healthcare industry and business-to-consumer experience with her. She is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of sales, marketing, operations, communications, training and customer service. Prior to joining FCS, Shelly was Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Vantage Oncology, a radiation oncology organization based in Atlanta, GA. While at Vantage, she was responsible for developing and implementing strategies to increase patient volume as well as the profile of the company. Shelly was formerly the Chief Administrative Officer for Park ‘N Fly and previously held positions with increasing sales and marketing responsibilities at The Care Group, Roche Professional Service Centers and Sandoz Nutrition. Shelly received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Lehigh University, as well as a Global Leadership designation from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Dedicated to increasing cancer awareness and education, Shelly currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation, and as both Legislative Committee Member and Chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee for the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO). She was 2013 Co-Chair of American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Sarasota/Manatee and was named the 2014 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year. Also, Shelly is an active member of the American Marketing Association, Community Oncology Alliance’s Patient Advocacy Network and Kettering Executive Network. On the personal side, Shelly enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, biking and walking.
Global Marketing Director, Media & Entertainment, Accenture
Steve is the worldwide marketing director for Media & Entertainment at Accenture. He is responsible for planning and executing marketing programs that support the strategic objectives of clients worldwide in broadcasting, entertainment, publishing and portals. He helps Media & Entertainment companies adapt to the realities of the digital evolution and capitalize on new opportunities to improve business performance.
Steve also leads Accenture’s firmwide thought leadership around Convergence and supports bringing to market related products and services through the Communications and High Tech operating group, the largest of Accenture’s five industry groups.
Steve started his career with Accenture in 1998 with the Products group, leading marketing for Food and Consumer Packaged Goods. He then joined the Communications division to establish marketing for the wireless group and supported rapid growth in that sector.
Before joining Accenture, Steve led the global branding efforts for MCI, under the business to business sector – network MCI. Prior to that, Steve led advertising and corporate communications for the Georgia Power Company/Southern Company.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and a MBA in Marketing. He is married and lives with his wife and three children in Atlanta, Georgia.
President, The Giving Plan
Adam has always had longstanding passions for entrepreneurship and travel. After graduating from Cornell University, his first business, Jezebel Magazine, was one of the fastest growing city publications in the country. After the sale of Jezebel, he directed his energies to understanding the luxury travel market. After identifying the upcoming market demand for destination clubs, Adam secured a position as Membership Director of a luxury destination club. His marketing and sales initiatives helped grow the club from under 50 members to over 150 in 12 months. Many prospects talked about their desire to share in the appreciation of the real estate, and in response, Adam decided to co-found Equity Estates to offer an equity stake to members along with their usage.
Chief Executive Officer, Porter Novelli
Brad MacAfee brings a wealth of public relations experience-on both the agency and corporate sides-to Porter Novelli, where he is currently the Chief Executive Officer of North America. He has spent his entire career working with companies selling products and services to the small and medium-sized business (SMB) audience. He has developed strategic marketing and public relations programs for companies such as Sage Software, Level 3 Communications, Aflac, Capital One, BellSouth (now part of AT&T), Navision Software (now part of Microsoft) and Quark. Prior to joining Porter Novelli, Brad held director of public relations and business development positions at Peachtree Software (a division of Sage Software). At Peachtree, Brad established the company’s first successful business development program—forging dozens of strategic partnerships valued at millions of dollars. He managed all aspects of the affiliate program, from lead generation to ongoing partnership management, and managed large corporate partners including Microsoft and IBM.
Brad earned a B.S. in telecommunications from Indiana University.
President and CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Hala Moddelmog currently serves as President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the MACC, Hala served as President of Arby’s Restaurant Group. Before joining Arby’s, Moddelmog spent the last 15 years of her career in president and CEO roles. She is known as a multidimensional leader with areas of strength in strategic planning, marketing, brand and product development, and assembling and managing high performance teams. Her ability to form strategic alliances and public-private partnerships in industry and nonprofit is a powerful complement to her business acumen. Moddelmog was the first woman to lead an international restaurant company when in 1995 she was named President of Church’s Chicken, the world’s third largest chicken brand with 1500+ restaurants in 15 countries and nearly $1B in system sales. In 2006, she was chosen as President and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots network working to eradicate breast cancer through education, awareness, public policy, and science throughout the globe. Since its inception, Komen has contributed over $1.5B in the fight against breast cancer and has outreach in 50 countries.
Moddelmog currently serves as a director on the boards of two public companies— AMN Healthcare (NYSE:AHS) and Amerigroup Corporation (NYSE:AGP) — and is CEO of Catalytic Ventures, LLC, a company she founded to provide strategic and operational consulting in the areas of foodservice, franchising, healthcare, and nonprofit with special emphasis in international multi-unit/multi-channel organizations.
Highlights of her career at Komen include the establishment of a world-renowned Scientific Advisory Board with a record-setting annual grant of $100m to scientific research and the establishment of the Susan G. Komen Advocacy Alliance, a 501c4 designed to advocate for breast cancer patients at the federal and state level. Moddelmog also strengthened the operational and financial stewardship of the organization, and as a result, Komen received its first ever 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator. During Moddelmog’s tenure, Komen’s awareness and the number of corporate sponsors grew significantly (from 123 sponsors in 2006 to 296 in 2009), as did Komen’s reach around the globe. She developed the Komen Global Promise Fund and led mission delegations to Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
While she was President of Church’s, the company experienced record sales and profit growth with eight years of consecutive comparable sales increases, which out-paced the foodservice industry growth rate. Moddelmog also led a logo change and complete reimaging of brand. She was recognized for her strong relationships with franchisees, her marketing savvy, and successful new product development. Moddelmog’s strategic direction for Church’s translated to new heights of restaurant operating profit. She led the brand both under private equity ownership and as a public company under AFC Enterprises (NASDAQ:AFCE), and she was instrumental in the divestiture of Church’s back to private equity ownership.
She serves/has served on multiple boards: public, private, advisory, and nonprofit; and she is a frequent speaker at conferences, universities, corporations, and associations and on TV and radio on topics including her business areas of focus as well as women’s business advancement and public board service. She has had the privilege of working with the National Cancer Institute and many other cancer organizations. She has testified before the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, Pensions) Committee and the Senate Women’s Caucus, and she is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition including an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Georgia Southern University.
Moddelmog earned a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Georgia and a BA in English from Georgia Southern University. She has also attended Executive Education programs at Harvard and Kellogg and has her National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) certification. She resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Steve Moddelmog. They have two adult children.
Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
Jim Grant is the co-leader of Alston & Bird’s 135-member Litigation and Trial Practice Group (LTPG). He is the former leader of the appellate litigation team which is housed within the LTPG. Mr. Grant focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and has extensive experience with appellate matters.
Mr. Grant has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the last two years in the areas of commercial litigation and legal malpractice law and he is listed in Super Lawyers magazine. Jim has litigated matters in more than 15 states across the country. Mr. Grant is a member of the litigation and appellate sections of the Atlanta Bar Association and is a frequent speaker on various topics of commercial litigation.
Jim received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1986 and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1989. While at Vanderbilt, Mr. Grant served as an associate editor on the Vanderbilt University Journal of Transnational Law.
Corporate Engineering Director, United Parcel Service
In his twenty- six years with the world’s largest transportation company, Joe has held a number of senior management positions with United Parcel Service in the areas of Product Development, Process Re-Engineering, Information Technology, Acquisition Integration, Supply Chain Management Consulting and Operations. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida in Management Information Systems. In 1999, Joe and his wife Sharon moved from Orlando, Florida through a corporate relocation. In 2003 they started a family, and their pride and joy keeps them both busy with volunteering at school functions, Cub Scouts, coaching baseball, playing basketball, waterskiing and most recently, golfing as a family.
Joe met Jon Albert a few years ago when they were having their cars serviced at a local dealership in Atlanta. After short personal introductions in the back of a courtesy vehicle, a friendship was formed and a strong desire to help support the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation was incubated. Jon’s desire, passion and motivation to build the foundation resonated deeply with Joe who lost his mother to cancer when he was seventeen and attending his first semester in college. From the first phone call received from his mom in the college dorm, until her last days on Earth, Joe wishes he somehow would have thought of or had the financial means to create his family’s own “WOW” experience so that he could relive those special memories and share with his family.
Now he is part of the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer team as an Advisor and plans to raise awareness and financial support for this very efficient nonprofit foundation.
Agent, Creative Artist Agency
John Huie is co-head of the Nashville office at entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency, which is based in Los Angeles and also has offices in New York, London and Beijing. Huie represents many of America’s most successful musical acts, including Faith Hill, Amy Grant, Sugarland, Zac Brown Band and Shania Twain.
Marc Sonenshine, MD
Associate, Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates
Marc completes his clinical fellowship in the Department of Digestive Diseases at Emory University in June 2012; he will then become an associate with Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates and their Physician Business Development Director for their Center for Advanced GI Therapeutics and Southeastern Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders. Prior, he became board certified in Internal Medicine after finishing his residency training as a member of the Osler Medical Service at Johns Hopkins University. In July 2012, he also graduates with his Master of Business Administration from the Terry College at the University of Georgia. Marc received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia after obtaining his Bachelor of Science in microbiology studies at the University of Georgia. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society. Marc was a member of the 2010-2011 LEAD Atlanta for Young Professionals class, and he currently is a member of the inaugural (2011-2012) Emerging Leaders Project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.
Marc is married to his high school sweetheart, Alana, and they raise their two sons, Devin and Reese, in their hometown of Atlanta.
Vice President, Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Marin Goodman is a Vice President for Wells Fargo Insurance Services and is responsible for setting the strategy, leveraging carrier relationships, and negotiating property and casualty deals for upper middle market and fortune 1000 clients. In addition, Marin is involved with driving new business growth, focusing on real estate, retail and food and beverage companies. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Marin worked as an account manager for a broker based out of Birmingham, AL. In 2004, Marin graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia. She currently volunteers for Atlanta’s JF&CS PAL program and enjoys playing tennis in her free time.
CEO, Managing Member, Equity Estates
Philip’s business acumen is honed from over 20 years of experience in business development, marketing, management and operations. After graduating Cornell University, he worked as a corporate trainer and management consultant for ten years. Philip’s accomplishments include starting a fast growing, new to market retail concept which he built up and sold after four years. The industry respected his novel approach and elected him president of their international association. Afterwards, Philip was hired as Director of Operations for a financial service firm where his work in channel sales garnered him praise, knowledge and experience in marketing specialty finance products. Philip had been a close friend and business confidant to Adam for 10 years and immediately saw value in creating an investment portfolio that allows owners to invest in vacation homes they can use and enjoy. He co-founded Equity Estates and enjoys building a real estate portfolio that is a smart investment and also provides memorable experiences.
President, Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons will continue to rely heavily on the valued experience and expertise of Rich McKay as he enters his sixth season with the Falcons as the team President, handling all business operations of the club including Community Relations, Human Resources, Retail, Marketing, Finance, Ticket Sales, and Football Communications.
Rich remains heavily involved with Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff in running the club’s salary cap and contract negotiation areas. Additionally, Rich will continue to work with Falcons Owner & CEO Arthur M. Blank on the pursuit of a new stadium as the club nears the expiration of its lease term at the Georgia Dome.
Prior to embarking on his new role as team President, McKay served in a dual role as Falcons President & General Manager from 2004-07. One of the many proud moments during his successful tenure in Atlanta includes helping the Falcons lay claim to an NFC South Division title in 2004, only the club’s third Division crown in franchise history, and a NFC Championship Game appearance (2004) for only the second time in team history. He recorded his 100th career regular season victory as an NFL General Manager in 2005 when the Falcons defeated the Detroit Lions 27–7 on Thanksgiving Day before a nationally televised audience at Ford Field. The 2004 Falcons rolled to a 4–0 start en route to an 11-5 record and earned the conference’s second seed in the playoffs, a first-round bye, and a nationally televised home game against the St. Louis Rams and their high-octane offense.
McKay, who also taught a course in sports/entertainment law at Stetson University’s College of Law, earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1981 from Princeton University. He graduated from Stetson’s College of Law in 1984 and clerked for two years for Tampa U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges.
Born March 16, 1959 in Eugene, Oregon, McKay grew up in Los Angeles and Tampa, graduating from Tampa’s Jesuit High School. An avid long distance runner, he has participated in and finished two New York City marathons and one recent Atlanta marathon. McKay and his wife, Terrin, have two sons, Hunter and John.
Richard (Rick) Dean
Managing Director, Waverly Partners
Richard (Rick) Dean is a Managing Director and Principal of Waverly Partners, a retained executive search firm, and heads our Atlanta office. Prior to Waverly Partners, he was a Vice President & Practice Leader with StratfordGroup, a “top 20” executive search firm. He began his executive search career with DHR International in Atlanta and was subsequently appointed Managing Director of DHR’s Charlotte, North Carolina office.
Rick has successfully completed mid-, senior- and CEO/COO-level search assignments across all corporate functions (marketing, sales, finance, operations, human resources, distribution, information technology) in most industries, including manufacturing, consulting, information technology, pharmaceuticals, packaged goods, consumer durables, hospitality, utilities, financial services and trade associations. His clients include Iomega Corporation, Whirlpool Corporation, Michelin-North America, Tire Centers, LLC, The Stanley Works, Maytag Corporation, Applica Consumer Products, Nabisco, McKesson Corporation, Carrier Corporation, Illinois Tool Works, Bosch-Siemens, and Pfizer Corporation. Rick brings a general management perspective to his executive search consulting. His two decades of P&L line assignments in both profitable and turnaround companies enable him to be discriminating when evaluating leadership, general management and technical business skills among candidates.
He has served in a variety of sales, sales management, marketing, public relations, operations, and distribution assignments during his corporate career with such multinationals as Whirlpool Corporation, Swedish AB Electrolux, United Dominion Corporation, and Australian SouthCorp. Rick served at the officer level with both AB Electrolux and SouthCorpUSA.
Rick earned a BS degree from Syracuse University and an MBA degree, cum laude, from Michigan State University.
Robert (Bob) Meier
Retired, President, Northern Trust - Georgia
Bob Meier retired as President of the Atlanta, Northern Trust Bank, FSB office. Formerly, Bob was a Vice President at Northern Trust Bank of Florida. He was responsible for Trust New Business in the Bonita Springs office.
Prior to joining Northern Trust in 1997, Bob was associated with NationsBank from 1991 to 1997, most recently as a Vice President.
He received a B.S. degree in Economics from Wake Forest University.
Bob is a Board Member of the United Way of Lee County and is a former President of the Lee County YMCA. He served in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserves from 1981 to 1997.
Scott Smith has a BSBA in Economics from the University of Florida and a MSM from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Currently residing in McKinney, Texas, Scott is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and attended Westminster High Schools. Scott has a talented 17 year old daughter, Jennifer, who is currently attending Pace Academy as a Junior, and recently completed her Jewish studies at Temple Sinai in Atlanta, Georgia.
Scott has functioned as a serial entrepreneur as well as a proven Executive Leader and IT Professional. He has deliberately invested 24 years of his professional life primarily focused on large scale private equity investment, professional services, and political grassroots activities. Scott has successfully led multiple IT Consulting firms, developed and managed the deployment of complex system infrastructures across a global landscape, and assembled high performing teams with repeatable successes in delivering strategic results.
His strongest industry skills lie in financial services, energy, telecommunications, public sector, and technology services. He has served as Founder/CEO of several IT Consulting firms, executed large scale global ERP integrations, and designed strategic IT global operations leading to measurable corporate economic and financial results. Scott also has substantial experience turning around under-performing groups and delivering high quality technology solutions on-time and on-budget.
Scott has successfully led multiple IT Consulting firms, developed and managed the deployment of complex system infrastructures across the globe. In addition, Scott has built top performing teams servicing users globally.
Theodore (Ted) Blum
JAJF Outside Counsel, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Theodore Blum serves as chair of the Atlanta Corporate and Securities Practice. He leads and advises a team with the strategic business, legal and market experience needed to manage and close complex transactions, as well as to provide counsel on day-to-day operations. Ted concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate and business law, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and corporate finance. He has significant experience representing buyers and sellers in the structuring and negotiation of complex, multi-million dollar mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of public and privately-held companies. These transactions include leveraged buyouts, tax-free reorganizations, stock redemptions, and acquisitions of financially troubled or insolvent companies.
Ted also works closely with growth companies raising equity or debt capital in private placements and other transactions exempt from the registration requirements of the federal and state securities laws. These transactions include the structuring and negotiation of rights, privileges, and preferences of common stock, preferred stock, convertible debt, warrants and other equity or debt arrangements (including preemptive rights, anti-dilution protections, liquidation and dividend preferences, registration rights, rights of first refusal, co-sale rights, puts, calls, voting rights and board representation, capital calls and other rights). Ted represents companies in structuring and negotiating joint-venture, partnership and other strategic arrangements, licensing and development agreements, distribution and supply agreements, shareholder agreements, option and warrant agreements, employment and consulting agreements, and non-competition, nondisclosure and proprietary rights agreements.
President and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company North America
Wendy Clark currently serves as the President and CEO for The Coca-Cola Company North America. Wendy joined The Coca-Cola Company in September 2008 as senior vice president – integrated marketing communications and capabilities. In that role, Clark oversaw global efforts on design, advertising development, media, sponsorships, interactive marketing and the company’s Live Positively sustainability commitment.
Prior to joining The Coca-Coca Company, Clark was senior vice president – advertising for AT&T, the world’s largest telecommunications company, where she oversaw all global advertising efforts and brand management responsibilities for the new AT&T.
From delivering the AT&T “globe” logo into the 21st century to making the “Your World. Delivered” tagline synonymous with AT&T, Clark was at the helm of the largest re-branding and advertising campaigns in the company’s history.
Clark is a board member of the Association of National Advertisers and currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/creative writing from Florida State University.
President and CEO, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
As president of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), William Pate is in charge of maintaining tourism as one of the city’s top economic drivers. The industry brought more than 37 million visitors to metro Atlanta in 2007, generating more than $11.4 billion in visitor spending ($28 million a day) and sustaining more than 230,000 jobs.
Prior to joining ACVB, Pate served as chief marketing officer for BellSouth, one of the world’s largest communications companies. Pate spearheaded the development and marketing of the BellSouth brand both nationally & internationally.
Pate also held positions at MCI, where he supervised domestic and international advertising and public relations and at Knapp Inc., an Atlanta-based marketing services firm specializing in solutions for large corporations. He also spent six years at the Southeast Dairy Association, producing advertising and marketing programs.
He began his career in non-profit, working in public relations positions with Goodwill Industries and the American Red Cross. Pate has received many awards and honors for his work from both Advertising Age and the American Marketing Association. In 2009, Pate was named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 100 Most Influential Atlantans.
Pate is the former chairman of the Atlanta Sports Council, Chick-fil-A Bowl and ACVB. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance Theatre Company, The Association of National Advertisers and The Ad Council. He is also a member of the American Advertising Federation, the Georgia State University Board of Trustees and the Public Relations Society of America.
A native of Atlanta, Pate grew up in Decatur and attended Georgia State University, where he received his undergraduate degree in journalism and his graduate degree in communications. He and his family are members of St. Thomas More Catholic Church.
Allyson Ocean, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Dr. Ocean is a medical oncologist and attending physician in gastrointestinal oncology, Solid Tumor Division, at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University; and medical oncologist at The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health.
Board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology, Dr. Oceanï¿‚ï¾’s primary interest is in the biology and treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies, such as colorectal, pancreatic, stomach, biliary, and liver cancers. She also specializes in head and neck cancers and neuroendocrine tumors. Dr. Ocean’s clinical research focuses on the use of radiolabeled monoclonal antibodies, oncolytic viral therapies, and novel targeted agents. In her clinical practice, Dr. Ocean believes in the provision not only of state-of-the art treatment for her patients and their families, but also in a comprehensive, compassionate, multidisciplinary approach to their care and support.
Dr. Ocean graduated cum laude from Tufts University. She also graduated with honors from the Tufts University School of Medicine and completed residency in internal medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Ocean was chief fellow during her fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Ocean is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts and is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, and American Association for Cancer Research.
Cynthia (Cindy) Tinker, CMSW
Social Worker, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Cindy Tinker’s professional background has been wide and varied. It gives her great satisfaction to be a useful link and team player in helping people get what they need and finding resources that work for them. Ms. Tinker has her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Middle Tennessee State University, and a two-year Associate’s degree in Interpreting for the Hearing Impaired from Chattanooga State Technical Community College. She spent one year on a Rotary International Scholarship at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, Australia studying social work as a Foundation Scholar.
Howard (Skip) A. Burris, III, MD
Executive Director, Drug Development Program, Sarah Cannon Research Institute
Dr. Burris has over 20 years of Phase I clinical trial experience. He received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point in 1981 and medical degree from the University of South Alabama in 1985. He then performed his residency and fellowship in hematology/oncology at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.
Judy Garber, MD
Director of the Cancer Risk and Prevention Program, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Judy E. Garber, M.D., MPH, is Director of the Cancer Risk and Prevention Program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is attending physician at Dana-Farber’s Breast Oncology Center, an associate physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an associate professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Garber’s research is focused on genetic susceptibility to breast, ovarian and other cancers, and the development of novel medical strategies to prevent cancer.
Julie Means-Powell, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Dr. Means-Powell is a medical oncologist who recently joined the faculty of the Division of Hematology/Oncology. During her fellowship training at Vanderbilt, Dr. Means-Powell’s research included studying chemotherapy drug resistance in acute non-lymphocytic leukemia. She has received two honors for academic excellence and is a graduate of the Master of Clinical Investigation Program.
Kate Carlson Wrammert
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Ruth O’Regan, MD
Professor of Hematology & Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Dr. Ruth O’Regan is Professor of Hematology & Medical Oncology and Director of the Translational Breast Cancer Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. She is a Georgia Cancer Coalition (GCC) Distinguished Cancer Scholar and holds the Glenn Family Chair in breast cancer research.
Prior to her work at Winship, she served as assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago, where she worked with leading authority Dr. V. Craig Jordan, studying the mechanisms of selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) resistance, work she has continued at Winship. She has also been involved in clinical research at the World Cancer Institute, and was the principal investigator of Georgia CORE’s (Center for Oncology Research and Education) first trials. She is widely published in peer reviewed scientific journals, and speaks nationally on breast cancer, including the use of hormonal and targeted therapies.
Steven Frank, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Vandana G. Abramson, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology), Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Dr. Abramson is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. After receiving her B.A. in English and Molecular & Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, she went to medical school at the University of Chicago. Dr. Abramson completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA and Hematology/Oncology training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Abramson serves as the Principal Investigator on several breast cancer clinical trials at Vanderbilt. She is an active member in the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Vicki Keedy, MD
Professor of Medicine - Hematology/Oncology, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Dr. Keedy is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. After receiving her B.S. in Microbiology at Indiana University, she went to medical school at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Keedy completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Hematology/Oncology training at VanderbiltUniversity Medical Center. She is a graduate of the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation Program at Vanderbilt.
Dr. Keedy is a member of the Phase I Clinical Trial team at Vanderbilt, and serves as the Principal Investigator on several sarcoma, GIST, and lung cancer clinical trials. She is an active member in the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and serves on the Career Development and Health Services Committees.
Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Inc.
Yvette Tremonti is the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Inc. In this capacity, she oversees Planning, Strategic Alliances, Public Relations & Marketing, Board Relations, the Board of Advisors, Moffitt Diversity and Human Resources. She has worked for Moffitt Cancer Center since 1996. Prior to her current role, she served as Vice President of Human Resources.
Mrs. Tremonti has approximately 18 years of health care finance experience. She spent nine years with Ernst & Young in the audit practice focused on for-profit and not-for-profit health care entities. In addition, she served as campus coordinator, recruiter and program instructor for Ernst & Young.
Mrs. Tremonti holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida and a Masters of Business Administration from Auburn University. She is a member of the American and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Marketing Director, KPMG
Ashley currently works at the Director of Global Marketing for North Highland. Prior to her role at North Highland, Ashley worked in marketing at KPMG LLP, a Big Four accounting firm that provides Advisory, Tax and Audit services. Ashley served as an associate director for the firm’s national Audit practice, leading an integrated portfolio growth strategy and an aligned marketing and communications plan. Previously with KPMG, Ashley served as the Market Development Resource Center hub leader, managing a Southeast-based team of five marketing-focused professionals who managed a range of services designed to support the firm’s growth strategy (proposal support, market research, etc.).
She has served as the Marketing Vice President on the Junior League of Atlanta’s board, in addition to serving as an active member of the League’s early childhood education initiative committee. Ashley is a graduate of LEAD Atlanta’s 2011-2012 class and is a University of Georgia graduate with a B.A. in Journalism.
A member of the ELC for two years, Bryan Carter currently serves at as Senior Counsel at Cox Communications. Prior to joining Cox, Bryan worked as an Associate at Dow Lohnes, PLLC and Alston & Bird.
A graduate from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with a B.S. in Business Administration, Bryan also attended Harvard Law School and received his J.D.
Jason has served on the JAJF ELC for two years. In addition to his role on the ELC, Jason currently serves as a Principal Account Manager for Google. Jason has worked in various roles with Google since 2005.
Katye is a customer asset manager with Metro Brokers Insurance where she utilizes her customer service skills and sales experience to build lasting relationships with customers so they know Metro Brokers to be their first and best choice for the products and services they sell. She has been in insurance sales for seven years since she graduated from Southeastern University with her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Leadership. An Alabama native, she made the move to Atlanta in 2011 for a change of scenery and new experiences.
Manager of Marketing Communications, Silverpop
Lindsay Mahoney brings more than 10 years of marketing and public relations experience to JAJF as the ELC’s Marketing and Communications Chair. In addition to her work with JAJF, Lindsay is also the Director of Integrated Marketing at Internap. Prior to joining Internap, Lindsay worked as the Manager of Marketing Communications at Silverpop and ran marketing for online manufacturing marketplace, MFG.com. In her role she was responsible for the company’s overall global marketing strategy and assisted in the company’s global expansion into Europe and Asia. Before MFG.com, Lindsay worked at global public relations firm, Porter Novelli, and worked on several high-tech accounts including Hewlett-Packard, Infor Global Solutions and Quark.
Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Elon University and an M.B.A. from the University of Georgia.
Lindsay Roberts Young has served on the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation’s ELC for two years. In addition to her role with the JAJF ELC, Lindsay works as the Attorney Recruiting Manager at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP.
Senior Account Executive, Google/YouTube
Rachel is currently the Senior Director of National Partnerships for Cardlytics, Inc. In her previous role, Rachel was a Senior Account Executive at Google/YouTube, where she consulted with Big-Box Retail clients on their digital strategy. Prior to her six years at Google, Rachel held various media planning roles at large advertising agencies. She earned her BBA from The George Washington University in Washington DC where she majored in Marketing.
An Atlanta native, Rachel moved back to her hometown in October of 2009 after a 10-year stint in New York City.
Stacey Berg is the founder of LK Labs, LLC, a consultancy specializing in Innovation, Brand Building and Strategy. She is currently doing work for Anheuser-Busch InBev managing long-term insights and growth initiative special projects. Prior to this, Stacey spent 13 years at Anheuser-Busch, most recently as Director of Innovation / New Products. In that department from 2005- 2012, Stacey was responsible for the development and introduction of many of the company’s new product innovations, including successes Bud Light Platinum, Bud Light Lime, TILT and Select 55. She also spent time working on new packaging initiatives and future concept development.
Stacey began her career with Anheuser-Busch in 1998 in Busch Media Group. She spent the next few years working in Media Planning strategy for Bud Light, Budweiser and the High-End brands.
Outside of work, Stacey volunteers her time with Morningside Elementary School, currently serving as editor of their weekly digital newsletter. Over the past five years, she has had many different roles in a local PTO, including Co-President, Fundraising, and Literacy Chair. She also served with the American Red Cross St. Louis chapter on the Marketing Think Tank and helped ideate a new pilot program for outreach and education.
Stacey received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from University of Missouri – Columbia and Masters in Business from Washington University in St. Louis. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Chris and two daughters.