Board of Trustees: Officers

Michael Ryan

Head of Public Equities, Harvard Management Company
CEO, MDR Capital Management

In September 2014, Michael Ryan joined Harvard Management Company as the Head of Public Equities. Mr. 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.

Vice Chair
Robert C. Ballard

Senior Vice President, Philanthropy, USA Funds

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.

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.

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.

Michael Ryder

Managing Director, Blackstone Group

Michael Ryder joined the Blackstone Group in 2014; previously, he worked with Morgan Stanley’s Private Equity team, focusing 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.

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.

Phyllis McGrath

Chair Pro Tem, Honor Roll Trustees
Principal, Philanthropy Management, LLC

Phyllis McGrath is a consultant in nonprofit strategy, governance and organization. She chairs the Governance Committee at Read to Grow, a Connecticut early-childhood literacy program. Prior to forming Philanthropy Management LLC, as an officer of the GE Foundation, she created a nationwide pre-college education program that earned her a White House award.

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. Redik 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.

Sandy L. Robinson, Ph. D.

Interim Executive Director, Nassau Center; President Elect, Florida State College - Jacksonville North Campus

Dr. Robinson leads Florida State College at Jacksonville's Nassau Center and North Campus, which specializes in health care. Previously, she spent more than two decades as an instructor and high-level administrator at Ohio's Cuyahoga Community College.

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."

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 affiliate.


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)


Ms. Barbara M. Kuzdzol


Mr. Gregory J. Macri, Jr.
GJ Products


Ms. Kay Marquet
Kay Marquet Associates


Ms. Barbara B. McBee
Vice President, Support Services
The MetroHealth System (Retired)


Ms. Phyllis McGrath
Chair Pro Tem
Philanthropy Management


Ms. Patricia B. Mooney
Christopher J. Barrett Realtors


Mr. J. Stephen Putnam
Putnam Dispute Resolution

Ms. Peni Wilson Roberts
Cornerstone Management


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
Private Investments


Mr. Michael A. Vorhaus
Managing Director
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.

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

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, 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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