Board of Trustees: Officers
CEO, MDR Capital Management
Michael Ryan is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of MDR Capital Management. He also served as head of Global Securities at Credit Suisse, and held senior positions with Goldman Sachs in New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and London. He is the co-founder of Staten Island ACHIEVE Dollars for Scholars.
Immediate Past Chair
Mim Schreck served as chair of the Scholarship America board from 2008-2012, and served as the organization's interim president in 2009 and 2010. Previously, she served as President of Easy Spirit Footwear, retiring in 2003. In addition to her work with Scholarship America, she also serves on the executive committee of the Connecticut Women's Golf Association.
Independent Project Manager,
Timothy A. Christensen
Christensen Nonprofit Consulting
Tim Christensen is is a certified Project Management Professional with specialties in higher education, arts, culture and
community engagement; he consults on college
access and success for traditionally underserved students.
Michael Ryder has been with Morgan Stanley since 2000, where his work on the firm’s Private Equity team focuses on middle-market private equity transactions across all industry sectors. He has worked, lived and traveled throughout Europe, Asia and Australia and the U.S.
Board of Trustees: Members at Large
Judith AllenEducational Consultant
Judith Allen served as the National Programs Consultant for The Education Resources Institute (TERI) in Boston. She is the former Executive Director of the New England Office of the College Board, and worked in administration at Williams College and Regis College.
Robert C. BallardSenior Vice President, Access and Outreach, USA Funds
Robert C. Ballard directs USA Funds’ national engagement and philanthropy programs and organizational grant making; these programs provided more than $10.8 million in funding in 2013. A retired U.S. Navy Commander and financial-services professional, he is also the immediate past chair of Indiana Dollars for Scholars..
J. Barry GriswellChairman and CEO (Retired), Principal Financial Group
Barry Griswell is the recently retired CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines; he joined the foundation after a distinguished career with the Principal Financial Group, where he served as chairman, president and CEO. He is the author of The Adversity Paradox: An Unconventional Guide to Achieving Uncommon Business Success.
Barbara M. Kuzdzol(Chair Pro Tem, Honor Roll Trustees)
Barbara Kuzdzol began her association with Scholarship America as a volunteer for her local Dollars for Scholars affiliate while in high school, and has served our organization in numerous capacities since. A retired marketing, sales and education professional, she is also an accomplished clarinet player.
Jay Morris, Ph. D., J.D.Vice President, Education and Executive Director, Institute for Excellence, Yale New Haven Health System
At Yale New Haven Health System, Jay Morris is responsible for leadership development, succession planning, organization development, e-learning and simulation. He has worked extensively in organization and talent management with companies such as Ernst & Young and Merck.
Mark D. QuickVice Chairman, Fossil, Inc. (Retired)
Mark Quick is former Vice Chairman and current member of the Board of Directors of Fossil, Inc., a global consumer fashion company. Quick retired in November 2012 after serving 17 years with the company. Since retiring; he and his wife have committed their time to charity and community service.
Lauren A. SegalPresident & CEO, Scholarship America; Ex Officio Member of the Board
Scholarship America welcomed Lauren Segal as its President & CEO in April 2010. She came to Scholarship America with 30 years of nonprofit sector experience, most notably as president and chief executive officer of Greater Twin Cities (MN) United Way, the second largest organization of its kind in the country.
Seema R. Shah, Esq.Director, Innovation & Technology, External Partner Development, General Mills
Seema Shah supports General Mills' global innovation strategy by directing the development of strategic relationships. An attorney, she also served as the first Executive Director and President of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, a member association of major Twin Cities law firms and corporations
Roxanne SpillettPresident Emeritus, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
In her 16-year tenure as President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), Roxanne Spillett led the most
successful transformation of what is today one of the top 10 nonprofit organizations in America. In recognition of her achievements, Newsweek cited Spillett as one of “15 People Who Make America Great."
Scholarship America Honor Roll Trustees
Dr. Irving A. Fradkin
Founder, Scholarship America
Dr. William C. Bonifield
Vice President for Education
Lilly Endowment (Retired)
Mr. Ken Jacobsen
Senator, State of Washington (Retired)
Mr. E.B. (Burt) Knauft
Executive Vice President
Independent Sector (Retired)
Ms. Barbara M. Kuzdzol
Mr. Gregory J. Macri, Jr.
Ms. Kay Marquet
Kay Marquet Associates
Ms. Phyllis McGrath
Ms. Barbara B. McBee
Vice President, Support Services
The MetroHealth System (Retired)
Ms. Patricia B. Mooney
Christopher J. Barrett Realtors
Mr. J. Stephen Putnam
Putnam Dispute Resolution
Ms. Peni Wilson Roberts
Ms. Ruth Saxey
Mr. Richard Schwab
Mr. Ralph H. Seifert
Mr. David Smith
Mr. Stephen B. Smith
Mr. David Logan Steele, CTFA, AEP
Vice President and Senior Trust Officer
Jonestown Bank & Trust Company (Retired)
Mr. Thomas Terry
Mr. Michael A. Vorhaus
Frank N. Magid Associates
Mr. Philip J. Webster
The Webster Group
Dr. Susan Weinberger
Mentor Consulting Group
Honor Roll Trustees (In Memoriam)
Mr. Lloyd L. Brandt
Joseph M. Hinchey, Esq.
C.A. (Gus) Johnson, II, Esq.
Edward M. Lee, Esq.
Ms. Marquita S. McLean
Mr. Howard Moreen
Mr. Frank E. Morin
William (Brad) B. Norris, Esq.
Mr. Joseph F. Phelan
Mr. Harry A. Rosenberg
Eugene C. Struckhoff, Esq.
Mr. John A. Wedum
The Dream Award
Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a new multi-year, performance-based scholarship fund targeted toward completion. These renewable, annually-increasing awards will be given to students selected from across the nation who are entering their second year of education beyond high school.
The Scholarship Coach
Scholarship America's blog, The Scholarship Coach, appears weekly at USNews.com, featuring expert advice on all kinds of scholarship issues. Here on the site, we feature a new highlight from the blog every week, and you can also download a free Scholarship Coach e-book!
Focus On The Finish Line
Scholarship America is dedicated to helping students get their degrees. Our 2013 Annual Report, Focus on the Finish Line, features statistics, stories, and student accounts of the importance of college completion.
Visit the online report to learn more and hear from our President, Lauren Segal.