Board of Trustees: Officers

Chair
Michael Ryan

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

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.

Secretary
Timothy A. Christensen

Independent Project Manager,
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.

Treasurer
Michael Ryder

Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

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 Allen

Educational 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. Ballard

Senior 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 Griswell

Chairman 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.

Lauren A. Segal

President & 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 Spillett

President 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.
President
GJ Products

 

Ms. Kay Marquet
President
Kay Marquet Associates

 

Ms. Phyllis McGrath
President
Philanthropy Management

 

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
President
Cornerstone Management

 

Ms. Ruth Saxey

 

Mr. Richard Schwab
Entrepreneur

 

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
Private Investments

 

Mr. Michael A. Vorhaus
Managing Director
Frank N. Magid Associates

 

Mr. Philip J. Webster
President
The Webster Group

 

Dr. Susan Weinberger
Founder
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

Dream Award Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund targeted toward completion. These 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

The Scholarship CoachScholarship 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.

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