Board and Leadership | Scholarship America

Executive Team

Robert C. (Bob) Ballard
President & CEO

Bob Ballard joined Scholarship America as President & CEO in September 2015. He brings to our organization more than 30 years of higher education finance experience, most recently as Senior Vice President, Philanthropy with USA Funds.

rick-greeneRichard S. (Rick) Greene
Chief Financial Officer

Rick Greene joined Scholarship America in June 2013. He has primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial activities of the organization.

Bonnie Melville
Vice President, Operations

Bonnie Melville joined Scholarship America in April 2017, bringing to the organization significant experience in business-to-business operations leadership. Bonnie has been involved in higher education throughout her career.

jen-menkeJen Menke
Vice President, Human Resources & Student Success Programs

Jen Menke joined Scholarship America in April 2014; she leads the organization’s Human Resources department and our Student Success Programs, including Dollars for Scholars, Dreamkeepers and Collegiate Partners.

Mike Nylund
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Solutions

Mike Nylund joined Scholarship America in July 2013, bringing more than 20 years of professional experience in sales, higher education and financial aid to our social enterprise.

Amy RobinsonAmy Robinson
Vice President, Marketing & Brand Strategy

Amy Robinson joined Scholarship America as Vice President, Marketing & Brand Strategy in May 2017. She leads organizational marketing and communications efforts, and works to build the Scholarship America brand profile around the world.

Andrea Smith, Vice President, DevelopmentAndrea N. Smith
Vice President, Development

Andrea N. Smith joined Scholarship America in August 2017, coming from Piedmont Healthcare Foundation, where she served as Managing Director, Major Gifts. She leads the organization’s nationwide fundraising efforts and initiatives.

Stephanie Stoffel
Vice President, Technology
Data Privacy Officer

Stephanie Stoffel joined Scholarship America in February 2015, bringing significant leadership experience across multiple areas of technology. She leads the organization’s efforts in technology development, planning, delivery and security.

Rhianna Quinn Roddy
Executive Director, Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund

Rhianna Quinn Roddy joined Scholarship America in December 2008 as the organization’s Executive Director of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. Ms. Quinn Roddy has primary responsibility for the organization’s strategic and managerial leadership of the over-$100 million dollar Fund.



Board of Trustees

J. Barry Griswell, Chair of the Board

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.

Tina Lee, Esq., Vice Chair of the Board

Managing Director, World Journal
Executive Vice President, Cooper Investors, Inc.
Tina Lee is the managing director of World Journal, the most influential Chinese-language media company serving overseas Chinese communities. In addition to their daily news coverage, World Journal’s disaster relief funds have raised millions of dollars to aid victims of disasters. Tina is also founder and president of Greater New York Chinese Dollars for Scholars.

Michael Ryan, Immediate Past Chair

CEO, MDR Capital Management
Michael Ryan founded MDR Capital Management and is its CEO. Previously, he 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.

Richard J. Schwab, Treasurer

Richard J. Schwab is an entrepreneur, woodworker, angel investor, builder, organic farmer and community volunteer. His 25-year career in the corporate sector included leadership positions at National Computer Systems (NCS) and Medtronic, Inc. He is a past chair of the Scholarship America Board of Trustees, and founder of the Solon (IA) Dollars for Scholars chapter.

Joseph Palombo, Secretary

Integration & Project Associate, Verisk Analytics
Joseph Palombo is responsible for executing and improving the integration process related to mergers and acquisitions at New Jersey’s Verisk Analytics, and he brings his years of financial experience to the Scholarship America board. The son of a New York City firefighter who lost his life on 9/11, Joe and seven of his siblings attended college in part thanks to Scholarship America’s Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.

Robert C. (Bob) Ballard

Ex Officio Board Member
President & CEO, Scholarship America

Robert C. Ballard has more than 30 years of higher education finance experience. At USA Funds, he directed philanthropic activities that in 2014 provided more than $21.4 million in funding to promote preparation for, access to and success in higher education. A retired U.S. Navy Commander and financial-services professional, he is also the immediate past chair of Indiana Dollars for Scholars.

Michael L. Davis

Principal, Michael L. Davis, LLC
Mike Davis works selectively as a senior human resources advisor, coach, mentor and educator. He retired as Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources at General Mills in 2014, and teaches graduate-level classes in human resources topics at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Lynn M. Graves

Vice President, Corporate Relations, Principal Financial (Former)
During her 32-year career with Principal Financial, Lynn Graves balanced her corporate leadership roles with her dedication to community service. She was a founding member of the United Way of Central Iowa Women’s Leadership Initiative, and continues to serve as a board member and Education Cabinet Chair for the United Way. She is also the co-founder and administrator of Maddie’s Circle, which provides match funding and training to up-and-coming philanthropists.

Charlene Hinton

IT Risk Assurance Consultant, Ernst & Young
Charlene Hinton received an inaugural Dream Award scholarship from Scholarship America in 2014, allowing her to continue her college education in the face of financial struggles. In 2015, she finished in the top 10% of her graduating class at Syracuse University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Management and Technology, Summa Cum Laude.  She now works in IT risk assurance with Ernst & Young, LLP.

Alain Karaoglan

Former Chief Operating Officer, Voya Financial, Inc.
As COO at Voya, Alain Karaoglan was responsible for ongoing business including the Annuities, Employee Benefits, Individual Life, Investment Management and Retirement segments. He was responsible for the profitability and growth of the business, and focused on aligning the five segments to support Voya’s growth strategy and ensure the company operates as a customer-centric organization. He also oversaw Brand and Corporate Communications, Corporate Marketing, Corporate Development, Strategic Relationship Management and the Customer Solutions Group.

Michael Maney

Executive Leader, Internal Communications, Whole Foods Market
Michael Maney is head of internal communications for Whole Foods. He most recently led internal communications for Target. Prior to that, he oversaw communications for Sony Pictures Television across Asia, Australia, Latin America and Canada. He also spent a number of years at Disney, where he was responsible for internal communications for the company’s global TV business.

Kay Marquet

Chair Pro Tem, Honor Roll Trustees
President, Kay Marquet Associates
Kay Marquet is an award-winning CEO, fundraiser and community builder, with more than 30 years’ experience in community foundations, private foundations and community benefit organizations. As President and CEO of Community Foundation Sonoma County (CA) from 1992-2009, she increased assets from $4 million to $140 million and oversaw more than $100 million in grants. She is currently Interim CEO of Canine Companions for Independence.

Douglas J. Mello

President & Founder, DJM Advisory Services
Doug Mello is an accomplished leader in the telecommunications field, having served on the leadership teams of NYNEX and Bell Atlantic corporations. He is active on several nonprofit boards, including the David E. Retik and Christopher D. Mello Foundation, and was also one of Scholarship America’s earliest Dollars for Scholars recipients.

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.

Jeffrey M. Silverman

Founding Partner, The Summit Group of Virginia
As the managing partner of The Summit Group, Jeff Silverman helps businesses and their owners with complex compensation and wealth management goals. He is also a youth sports coach, a mentor for at-risk teenagers and a member of the Board of Directors for Norfolk (VA) Collegiate Schools and Achievable Dream Academy.

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.”

Mark P. Turchan

Strategy and Business Optimization Lead (Retired), Deere Intelligent Solutions Group
Mark Turchan led corporate strategy, product development and mergers & acquisitions throughout Deere & Company and John Deere Financial. His diverse industry background includes experience in technology and manufacturing, financial services, consulting and executive roles in entrepreneurial firms.

William C. Young

Chief Executive Officer, Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
William Young’s leadership of Plastipak Packaging and Absopure Bottled Water earned him Michigan’s 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In addition to his business interests, Young sits on the board of the University of Detroit Mercy and serves as president of the Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars chapter.

Honor Roll Trustees

Ms. Judith Allen
Ms. Patricia B. Mooney
Christopher J. Barrett Realtors
Mr. Stephen B. Smith
Mr. Timothy A. Christensen
Independent Project Manager
Christensen Non-Profit Consulting
Mr. J. Stephen Putnam
Putnam Dispute Resolution
Mr. David Logan Steele, CTFA, AEP
Vice President and Senior Trust Officer
Jonestown Bank & Trust Company (Retired)
Mr. Ken Jacobsen
Senator, State of Washington (Retired)
Ms. Peni Wilson Roberts
President, Cornerstone Management
Mr. Thomas Terry
Private Investments
Ms. Barbara M. Kuzdzol Mr. Michael J. Ryder
Senior Managing Director,
Mr. Michael A. Vorhaus
Managing Director
Frank N. Magid Associates
Mr. Gregory J. Macri, Jr.
President, GJ Products
Ms. Ruth Saxey Mr. Philip J. Webster
President, The Webster Group
Ms. Kay Marquet
Chair Pro Tem
President, Kay Marquet Associates
Ms. Mim Schreck Dr. Susan Weinberger
Founder, Mentor Consulting Group
Ms. Barbara B. McBee
Vice President, Support Services
The MetroHealth System (Retired)
Ms. Seema R. Shah, Esq.
 Ms. Phyllis McGrath
Principal, Philanthropy Management
Mr. David Smith

Honor Roll Trustees: In Memoriam

Dr. Irving A. Fradkin
Founder, Scholarship America

Dr. William C. Bonifield

Mr. Lloyd L. Brandt

Joseph M. Hinchey, Esq.

C.A. (Gus) Johnson, II, Esq.

Mr. E.B. (Burt) Knauft

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

Mr. Ralph “Cy” Seifert

Eugene C. Struckhoff, Esq.

Mr. John A. Wedum