The Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors is composed of leaders in medicine, science, business, fundraising, and entertainment. Their expertise helps the Foundation continue its mission to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection across all populations.
Carolyn R. Aldigé, President and Founder
Scott McIntyre, Chairman
Gary Lytle, Vice Chairman
Joann Piccolo, Vice Chairman
James L. Mulshine, M.D., Vice-Chairman, Scientific Director
Kathryn A. West, Secretary
Brock R. Landry, Treasurer
Katherine Kennedy Allen
Jeremy Hardy FitzGerald
Charles S. Houser
Mia Whang Johnson
Peter Levin, PhD
Jason Van Pelt
Carolyn R. Aldigé, President and Founder
Carolyn R. (“Bo”) Aldigé is president of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a national non-profit organization she founded in 1985 in memory of her father, who died of cancer one year earlier. In the 30 years since its inception, Prevent Cancer has provided more than $142 million in support of its mission, saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection, and has become nationally recognized as a leader in the fight against cancer through prevention. The foundation, a four-star rated charity, was selected by its peers and named a “Top Non-Profit” by Philanthropedia, an affiliate of Guidestar.
Ms. Aldigé has served on boards of directors/advisors of eight National Cancer Institutedesignated Cancer Centers, including the External Advisory Board of the top-ranked MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is a member of the boards of directors of the National Coalition for Cancer Research (having served for eight years as its president), Friends of Cancer Research and the Intercultural Cancer Council; the Council of Scientific Advisors of the American Association for Cancer Research; and the Patient Advocate Advisory Board of Stand Up to Cancer. She is vice-chairman of the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC), a member of the executive committee of the International Digestive Cancer Alliance (IDCA), a member of the Advisory Board of the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program, and a member of the board of directors of the International Society for Cancer Prevention (ISCaP).
For her many contributions to the Washington, DC community, Carolyn Aldigé was named a Washingtonian of the Year 1996. She has been honored by the National Cancer Institute and is the only individual who has received Public Service Awards from the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Preventive Oncology. In October 2015, she received the Platinum Award for Outstanding Contributions to Healthcare from the publication Medical Marketing & Media. She has also been honored by numerous non-profit organizations and cancer centers.
Scott McIntyre, Chairman
Scott McIntyre leads PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) US Public Sector serving the business advisory needs of the U.S. Federal Government, state and local governments, and multilateral development agencies. Scott’s business unit works with leaders throughout the public sector and performs work ranging from foreign direct investment and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan to fraud prevention and controls across federal agencies and crisis donor funds. Scott previously led PwC’s $2.4B global public sector business operating in more than one 100 countries.
Scott has more than twenty years of consulting, financial management and operations improvement experience with government, aerospace & defense and healthcare clients. He has participated or led large acquisitions working with private equity and strategic buyers in addition to working on several of PwC’s own transactions.
Scott is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prevent Cancer Foundation. He holds an MS in Information Systems from The Johns Hopkins University, an MBA from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management and a BA in Business Administration from Washington & Jefferson College.
Gary Lytle, Vice Chairman
Gary Lytle co-founded CGCN Group (formerly Clark & Lytle) in 2008. He is now an Associate of the firm.
From 2001-2008, he was senior vice president of federal relations for Qwest, where he served as head of the Washington, DC office. From 2000-2001 he served as interim president and CEO at the United States Telecom Association.
From 1993-1999, he was vice president of federal relations at Ameritech and from 1980 to 1992 held government relations positions at Michigan Bell.
Lytle holds B.A. and M.B. A. degrees in business administration from Michigan State University, where he played varsity basketball and baseball.
He is a former member of the board of directors of the Washington Performing Arts Society and a current member of the boards of the Prevent Cancer Foundation and the University Club of Washington, DC. A native of Detroit, Lytle resides in Arlington, VA.
Joann Piccolo, Vice Chairman
Joann Piccolo is a principal in Carmody Consulting, LLC. In this capacity she advises clients in the areas of public affairs and global government affairs structures. Most recently, Piccolo opened and led the Office of Global Government Affairs and Corporate Responsibility for TE Connectivity Inc., where she was responsible for overseeing government interface and corporate giving globally with offices in Washington, D.C., Switzerland, Belgium and China. She established the TE Political Action Committee and served as its Chair. Her office was also responsible for overseeing the TE Connectivity Foundation of which she was a board member.
Prior to joining TE, Piccolo worked for Motorola for 23 years and served as the Corporate Vice President of U.S. Government Relations. During her career she also served as Assistant Vice President for Government Relations for the New York Commodity Exchange (COMEX) as well as having worked in the U.S. Senate.
Ms. Piccolo was a founding member and board member of many Washington based organizations and continues to advise many of them but has narrowed her participation on boards and currently serves on the executive committee of the National Science and Technology Education Partnership as well as serving as Vice-Chair of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. With over thirty-five years of experience in the area of public policy she also enjoys serving as a mentor and executive coach to many who are beginning their careers in the area of public affairs.
Piccolo holds degrees in both History and Political Science from Dunbarton College, Washington, D.C.
James L. Mulshine, M.D., Vice-Chairman, Scientific Director
Dr. James L. Mulshine is Vice President and Associate Provost for Research at Rush University Medical Center, responsible for all aspects of the research enterprise. Dr. Mulshine is on the editorial boards of Oncology, Cure, Cancer Today, International Journal of Oncology, Lung Cancer Frontiers, Cancer Prevention International and Clinical Cancer Research. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association of Cancer Research and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Internationally recognized in lung cancer research, he previously served as head of the Intervention Section of the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He is currently the principal investigator on seven studies, has been awarded eight patents and has been honored with numerous academic awards. He has written editorial reviews for the New England Journal of Medicine, Blood, Cancer, Journal of Clinical Oncology and Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Mulshine has also served as the NCI intramural chair of the Institutional Review Board.
Dr. Mulshine received his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross, and his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine.
Kathryn A. West, RN, MSN, OCN, Secretary
Kathryn A. West is the Advocacy Director of Amgen Inc. In her role, Ms. West works closely with Amgen’s Global Government Affairs (GGA) office in Washington D.C. to develop business plans, strategies and relationships with advocacy partners and organizations. Ms. West has been an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) since 1990 and has been recognized as an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) since 1992.
For ten years, she held positions as an oncology nurse and an administrative director of Oncology Services at UCLA Medical Center, where she worked alongside world-renowned cancer researchers and physicians and managed a staff of over 170 health care providers. In collaboration with a dedicated team, Ms. West led the effort to develop and implement the Medical Center’s first Oncology Intermediate Care Unit. Ms. West also partnered with Kaiser Permanente to develop and implement the Urban HealthCare Project which provides healthcare to the underserved and uninsured population of South Central Los Angeles.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Brock R. Landry, Treasurer
Brock Landry is Chairman of Venable LLP’s Government Division that includes over 150 lawyers in the legislative, regulatory, government contracts and local government practice areas. His own practice focuses on trade association law, which includes internal governance, non-profit taxation, antitrust, regulatory issues (environmental, health, and safety), international trade, standards development, litigation, legislative and general corporate matters. Active in community, civic, and charitable efforts, Mr. Landry also serves on the Board of Directors for Volunteers of America Chesapeake and on the Board of Trustees of the Cranbrook Educational Community.
Mr. Landry received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Yale University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.
Katherine Kennedy Allen
Katherine Kennedy Allen is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and television personality with experience in logistical organizing, strategic partnerships, and corporate social responsibility as a means for both bettering community relations and strategic social marketing. Allen is the Founder of KMK PR and Consulting where she advises on fundraising, strategic partnerships and marketing campaigns. She has worked with organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, MS Society, The Canary Foundation and TOMS Shoes.
She was honored as one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers. She was a part of the 2010 White House’s “Next Generation Leaders” program, received an award in 2010 for the Rosewood 30 under 30 in Social Entrepreneurship, was honored as Loyola Marymount University’s Leadership Institute’s Service and Leadership recipient in 2010, received the Apex Society’s 30 under 30 in Media and Philanthropy in 2010, and was celebrated as the 2008 Washington Center’s award recipient for Civic Engagement.
Allen has a Masters Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University, a Masters in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Political Science from Loyola Marymount University.
Jennifer Christie leads the Human Resources organization for the Global Consumer Services Group at American Express. This business unit is responsible for all consumer charge and lending products as well as consumer travel and other related services globally. In this role, she is responsible for developing and executing the talent, organizational, and leadership strategies for the business. Prior to this role, she served as Chief Diversity Officer and head of Global Executive Recruitment for American Express and was responsible for developing the company’s global diversity and inclusion strategy across 130 markets while leading executive level recruitment for all business and staff groups worldwide. Since joining American Express, Jennifer has also served as a Guest Lecturer for Cornell University’s graduate program in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Jennifer joined American Express in 2010 from Heidrick & Struggles, a leading executive search firm. Before Heidrick & Struggles, Jennifer spent two years as special assistant to the President of the United States in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. She was responsible for all presidential appointments for the following departments and agencies: Health and Human Services, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Interior, the Social Security Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, she oversaw recruiting for several other agencies and boards including the National Council on the Humanities, National Council on the Arts, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Institute for Library and Museum Studies, and the President’s Council for Service and Civic Participation.
Before joining the White House, she was an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in their organizational design and change management practice. She joined Booz Allen Hamilton from the Peace Corps where she served as both acting Deputy Chief of Staff and the Director of Emergency Preparedness. She oversaw the construction of Peace Corps’ first Emergency Operations Center, developed and implemented the agency’s continuity of operations program, and evaluated security procedures to improve volunteer safety initiatives.
Prior to the Peace Corps, Jennifer served in the White House Office of USA Freedom Corps, where she oversaw criminal justice-related volunteer programs involving citizens and law enforcement agencies from all over the country. In this capacity, she reported to both the Assistant Attorney General and the Assistant to the President for USA Freedom Corps, and she chaired three interagency working groups comprising the National Security Council, the Office of Justice Programs, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Labor, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
In 2001, Jennifer was appointed to an executive transition team which oversaw the reorganization and grant process improvement at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
Ron Christie is Founder and President of Christie Strategies, an independent media and political strategy firm providing government relations, communications, and diversity consulting for a wide range of companies and organizations. Christie brings years of government relations and media experience as a veteran senior advisor of both the White House and Congress.
Previously, Christie was Executive Vice President and Director of Global Government Affairs at Ruder Finn and Director of Counsel at the DC law firm Patton Boggs, LLP. From 2002 to 2004, he was Acting Director of USA Freedom Corps and special assistant to President George W. Bush. He began service at the White House in 2001 as deputy assistant to Vice President Cheney for domestic policy, advising on policy initiatives including health care, budget and tax. Christie has served as a resident fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College, an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.
Christie received his bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and his Juris Doctor from the George Washington University National Law Center.
Mr. Fazio served for 20 years as a member of Congress, representing California’s 3rd and 4th Districts from 1979 to 1999. During his tenure of distinguished public service, he was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, serving as a subcommittee chairman or ranking member for 18 years. He also served as the vice chair of the Democratic Caucus from 1989 until 1994, and was the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for four years. Mr. Fazio currently works as a Senior Advisor in the Washington office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and sits on the board of Northrop Grumman. He serves as co-chair of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a public policy think tank and also sits on the Council on American Politics. Before running for congress, Mr. Fazio served on the Sacramento County Charter Commission, Sacramento County Planning Commission and as a member of the California State Assembly. He earned a B.A. from Union College in Schenectady, New York served as a CORO Foundation Fellow in California.
Mr. Fazio is involved in community, civic and charitable activities that include serving with numerous organizations: The United States Association of Former Members of Congress, National Parks Conservation Association, the Campaign Finance Institute, Energy Future Coalition, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Center for Strategic Budgetary Assessments, UC Davis Medical School Advisory Board, and Advisory Board Member of the Congressional Management Foundation.
Drew Figdor is a general partner with Tiedemann Investment Group, a privately held investment partnership, and a portfolio manager at Tiedemann Arbitrage Associates Fund. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Connecticut Foundation and has supported the UConn School of Business, the Fund for UConn and the Alumni Association.
He received his master’s degree in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University and his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Connecticut School of Business where he graduated magna cum laude.
She currently serves on the board of directors of the National Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as co-chair of the Development and Communications Committee. She has been involved in various roles in organizations including the Girl Scouts, National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Junior League of Washington and the Capital Speakers Club.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hollins University and has been a member of its board of trustees. She has served in various volunteer roles at the Landon School – as an editor of the Parents Bulletin, Chair of the Mothers Committee and Garden Festival, and current co-chair of the Grandparents Annual Giving program. She is a past trustee of the Gunnery School of Washington, Connecticut.
As CEO of the top-ranked Podesta Group, Kimberley Fritts oversees the operations of a multimillion dollar government relations and global public affairs firm in Washington, DC. Voted best lobbying shop by Legal Times readers and named to PR Week’s list of top US public relations firms, the Podesta Group has enjoyed profound growth under Kimberley’s leadership. In addition to her management duties, Kimberley regularly works with Podesta Group client managers to craft inventive political, legislative and strategic communications strategies that position organizations for success in Washington and around the globe.
Fritts was previously the Southern Political Director for the Republican National Committee. Her extensive campaign experience includes serving as Deputy Campaign Manager for former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) and as Political Director for former US Senator Connie Mack (R-FL). Fritts is a skilled coalition builder responsible for building an industry-wide alliance of the major television broadcast networks and motion picture studios that resulted in the design and implementation of the current television ratings parental guideline system.
Fritts earned her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University.
Joyce H. Gates
Joyce Gates is the Managing Partner of Warehouse Productions, LLC, an event planning business that specializes in large-scale events. Gates is a board member and Development Committee Chair of Dress for Success D.C, a non-profit organization that provides career development counseling to low-income women. Gates also serves on the Steering Committee for the annual fundraising dinner for the Consortium of Catholic Academies in D.C.
Gates has extensive experience in fundraising and government relations on Capitol Hill, having worked for many years as a food industry lobbyist and as Chief of Staff for a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She has been active in many Congressional and Gubernatorial campaigns, and also fundraising efforts to elect women to the U.S. House.
Joyce received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.
Mrs. Hagel worked on the Capitol Hill in the 1980’s as press secretary for Congressman G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery (D-MS), before working as a free-lance writer and editor for trade associations and government agencies, followed by marketing manager for the American Society of Association Executives in Washington, DC.
Mrs. Hagel traveled extensively with her husband, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, throughout Europe and the Middle East. She also served as an election monitor with the International Republican Institute in Kiev, Ukraine, for the parliamentary elections in March 2006.
For the past ten years, she has worked as a volunteer instructor of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in McLean, VA. Prior to that, she was an adjunct English professor at Northern Virginia Community College. She also continues to work weekly as a volunteer tutor/mentor in the DC public schools, most recently at Ferebee Hope Elementary, as well as at the Boys and Girls Club, both located in Southeast DC.
BA and MA, Literature, American University, Washington, DC
Charles S. Houser
Charlie Houser had more than 35 years of experience in the telecommunications industry as an entrepreneur, investor, and senior executive when he helped launch Green Cloud Technologies, a national cloud services company headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina.
He serves as Executive Chairman of the Board. He served as founder and in senior management positions, including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive, and Chairman of three companies that generated over $100 million in annual revenues.
Charlie has also served as either director and/or chairman of several organizations, including the Telecommunications Resellers Association, LDDS, Tel/Man, Corporate Telemanagement Group, Nuvox Communications, Seruus Telecom Fund, L.P., Seruus Ventures, Teleco, Inc., iBasis, Inc., and Summit Financial Corporation. He served as Chairman of the Board of Wilmer Hall, a children’s home founded in 1864 in Mobile, Al. He was the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year award in South Carolina in 1993. He was elected the first mayor of Magnolia Springs, Alabama in 2006 and served 2 terms. He currently resides in Greenville, SC, where he is active in the MIT Venture Mentoring Program, counseling entrepreneurs in early stage development.
He holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi, and completed the Executive Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Outside of business, Charlie is an avid reader, fisherman, hunter, collector, and has been active in various Bible Studies for over 25 years.
Charlie’s wife, Janie, died in 2014, after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer. He recently married Sally Enstad, a life-long friend whose husband died in 2011. He has three children and seven grandchildren.
Joel Jankowsky is a senior partner at Akin Gump with close to four decades of experience at the firm. Mr. Jankowsky represents numerous clients on a variety of public policy matters, with an emphasis on entertainment, telecommunications and technology-related issues.
Practice & Background
Prior to joining Akin Gump in 1977, Mr. Jankowsky was legislative assistant to the Honorable Carl Albert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1972 to 1977. Mr. Jankowsky served as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps from 1968 to 1972.
Mr. Jankowsky has received multiple, national accolades for his work. The National Law Journal named him among the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” in 2013. The publication also named him as one of the “Most Influential Lawyers” in the field of government affairs in 2011.
Mr. Jankowsky’s recent representations include:
• the multi-year representation of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform in support of legislation to reform the patent system. The Coalition has more than 40 members from 18 diverse industry sectors and includes many of the nation’s leading manufacturers and researchers. The coalition’s steering committee includes 3M, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Caterpillar, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly and Procter & Gamble. The effort culminated in the enactment of the America Invents Act. Visit patentsmatter.com for more information.
Mr. Jankowsky is active in civic and community programs including:
• chairing the board of directors of the Close Up Foundation
• serving on the board of advisors of the Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma
• serving as a sustaining director of the Prevent Cancer Foundation
• previously serving as a member of the board of directors of the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
• previously serving as a member of the board of directors of the Bryce Harlow Foundation
• previously serving as a member of the Page Review Commission for the U.S. House of Representatives
• previously serving as a member of the board of trustees of The Potomac School of McLean, Virginia.
Awards & Accolades
• Legal 500 – Government Relations
• Consistently named by The Hill as one of Washington, D.C.’s “Top Lobbyists” (2005-2015)
• Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business — Government Relations
• Best Lawyers in America (2012-2015) — Government Relations
• Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer (2014-2015)
• Named as one of The National Law Journal’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” (March 2013)
• Named as one of The National Law Journal’s “Most Influential Lawyers” in the field of government affairs (June 2011)
• Recipient of the 2010 Bryce Harlow Business-Government Relations Award by the Bryce Harlow Foundation.
Mr. Jankowsky has been a guest lecturer at the:
• Bryce Harlow Foundation
• Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
• School of Public Affairs, American University.
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March 16, 2015
“FCC Releases Open Internet Order”
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“Communications and Technology 2015 Forecast”
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“U.S. Senate Passes Significant Patent Reform Legislation”
November 2, 2009
“Obama and ‘Special Interests'”
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September 4, 2009
“In Defense of Lobbying”
The Wall Street Journal
July 23, 2008
“Strength of Message Over Money”
“Lobbying and Lobby Reform: A Practioner’s Viewpoint”
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Peter Levin, PhD
Peter Levin is an entrepreneur, professor and inventor in areas of technology and public policy. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Amida Technology Solutions, which focuses on data and data security. Dr. Levin was appointed Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009. He has a long and distinguished career in both government and technology. Most recently, Dr. Levin worked as cofounder and Chief Executive of an award-winning semiconductor software firm.
Mr. Levin has sat on the board of directors of several early-stage technology start-ups, most notably NeoLinear Inc. and Astaro AG, and he was a general partner of TVM as well as a venture partner in Ventizz Capital – both early-stage venture capital firms based in Germany. Dr. Levin was a White House Fellow during the Clinton Administration.
After completing his doctoral studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Levin began his academic career at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and later served as research dean in the College of Engineering at Boston University. A National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, he is the author of more than 50 articles on topics ranging from global positioning and cybersecurity to advanced simulations of electromagnetic and ultrasonic systems.
Sheri Peterson McGrath, CEO, directs the daily operations of The McGrath Group, overseeing all administrative and financial aspects of the firm. Sheri began her government career with internships at the Central Intelligence Agency and State Department before accepting a position on Capitol Hill. Leaving the Hill, she started a career in government relations, specializing in health, tax, insurance and financial services. Later Sheri gained development experience working for a visual-arts non-profit.
A native Washingtonian, Sheri has lived in California, Massachusetts and spent 10 years abroad before returning home to Washington. With a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University, a master’s degree from George Washington University, and several years of experience directing multiple organizations, Sheri is a seasoned professional with a dynamic background in lobbying, government, fundraising and the non-profits.
Sheri’s management experience and her attention to detail ensure that the best possible service is provided to TMG clients.
In addition, Sheri recently joined the Development Committee of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and is promoting PCF’s mission and is active in its fundraising efforts.
Sheri is also an active member, and former chair (and founder), of Holy Trinity Church’s St. Jean Baptiste Committee serving a parish and Catholic high school in Haiti. She is also a member of Holy Trinity’s Kennedy Guild of Christ Child Society (CCS), which supports middle school boys at San Miguel School in Washington, D.C, and participates in other projects for the greater CCS D.C. Guild.
Pawan Singh is currently partner and principal at Deloitte, he is the lead client service partner for the military health system account, US consulting life sciences and healthcare technology leader and global healthcare leader for consulting. Previously, Mr. Singh was the managing director, chief technology officer at BearingPoint.
He is a graduate from Punjab Engineering College, received his MBA from Willamette University, MS in computer information systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology and attended Harvard Business School for executive education and program for leadership development.
George Swygert is an executive with Capital One. He also serves as Director of Northern Virginia Technology Council, is a board member of Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, The Fishing School, Junior Achievement of America, Holy Cross Hospital Foundation, The Phillips Collection and the Fairfax Symphony.
He previously served as the Regional President for Greater Washington, D.C. at Wachovia Corporation, and as Retail and Small Business Banking Executive for Southern California at Wachovia. He has led successful retail teams for Wachovia for many years and served as a retail banking executive for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. His prior experience at Wachovia gave him a deep and broad understanding of retail banking, including leading sales teams, managing marketing efforts and leading a branch in his first job at Wachovia as a branch manager.
Swygert holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Alan P. Dye is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Florida Bar, as well as the American Bar Association (member, Exempt Organizations Committee of the Taxation Section, 1977 to present). He is a fellow with the American College of Tax Counsel as well as the American Society of Association Executives.
He was an attorney-advisor to Judge Austin Hoyt, U.S. Tax Court, from 1973-1975. Dye is a founding member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation Board of Directors and served as Chairman from 1994-1996.
Dye received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University, his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida and Latin Legum Magister in Taxation from New York University.
The Honorable Harold M. Keshishian
Mr. Keshishian was born in London, England in 1929 and raised in Washington, D.C. since 1931. He was the president of Mark Keshishian and Sons Oriental Rugs, founded by his father and uncle in 1907. Mr. Keshishian received a presidential appointment by George Bush and then by Bill Clinton to the Cultural Properties Advisory Committee. He served in the army as a communications specialist, stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C., a collector of antiquities, and author of numerous books. He served on various cultural and civic boards including the Textile Museum and was director emeritus of the Prevent Cancer Foundation as well as a member of the Finance Committee.
David S. Alberts, M.D.
Dr. David S. Alberts is a regents professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, Public Health and Nutritional Sciences as well as emeritus director at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Alberts is a member of the AACR, ASPO, and the ASCO. He is presently on the Board of Advisors of the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Alberts was a member of the President’s Cancer Advisory Board . He has served as Chair of the Cancer Prevention and Control Committee and the Gynecologic Oncology Group. Alberts has also served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the National Cancer Advisory Board.
Dr. Alberts received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Catherine P. Bennett
Catherine Bennett is the Senior Vice President of the National Foreign Trade Council, which was founded in 1914 to advocate for trade liberalization and a rules based world economy. She joined the organization, which represents the policy interests of 300 members in October 2007.
Before joining the NFTC, Ms. Bennett was a partner with Venable LLP in Washington, D.C., where she focused on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues. Prior to that, she worked for almost 28 years for Pfizer Inc. where she served as Vice President of Government Relations and had global responsibility for issues relating to international trade, taxation, and intellectual property protection. Ms. Bennett also served on the National Security Council Staff at the White House and as an aide to Representative Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen.
Ms. Bennett has a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is also a graduate of Smith College.
Margaret Bush is an actress and has performed on numerous stages throughout the Washington, D.C. area as well as summer stock in Maine. She also volunteers regularly in her community at Paul Spring’s Retirement Home and Carpenter’s Shelter. She is currently a member of the 1872 Society of Alexandria Hospital.
Bush is a former board member of Very Special Arts Foundation and Capital Children’s Museum. She is a cancer survivor.
Marcia Myers Carlucci
Marcia Myers Carlucci has served in senior governmental relations positions in the U.S. Senate, two government agencies and with the Washington office of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She presently serves on the Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Jamestown Foundation and the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation.
She has served on the boards of Reading is Fundamental, Children’s Television Workshop and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Ms. Carlucci was also Chairman of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service (DACOWITS), and coordinated a worldwide Voting Assistance Project for the Defense Department.
Alexine Clement Jackson
As a 22-year breast cancer survivor, Alexine Clement Jackson has been an advocate and public spokesperson for cancer prevention, early detection and quality healthcare across several national platforms. Jackson is an active volunteer in the Washington community. Her current board memberships include the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Strathmore Hall Arts Center, Intercultural Cancer Council and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
She has also volunteered with the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Washington Concert Opera and the Washington Performing Arts Society.
Jackson is a magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College and has a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Iowa.
Betty C. Alewine
Betty C. Alewine is a director of the New York Life Insurance Company, a vice chairman of the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund, and a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Advisory Council and the Business-Higher Education Forum.
Alewine is the former president and chief executive officer of COMSAT Corporation, a global provider of satellite services and digital networking services and technology. During her service with COMSAT, Alewine concurrently served as the United States’ Representative to the Board of Governors of INTELSAT, the body responsible for INTELSAT’s strategic business, financial and operating decisions. Mrs. Alewine also has served on the INTELSAT Board, the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council, the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy and the Board of Directors of the United States Telecommunications Training Institute.
Michael F. Brewer
Michael F. Brewer is the President of Drug Innovation & Design, Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts, a start-up company focused on new cancer therapies.
Previously, Brewer was Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Affairs and Vice President of Government Affairs with The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. Mr. Brewer has also served as Director of Environment and Public Affairs at Cummins Engine Co. and as Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Affairs at Harvard University. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Symphony Orchestra Association and on an advisory committee at the National Institutes of Health.
Brewer received his law degree from Harvard University.
Gordon (Don) Hutchins, Jr.
Gordon (Don) Hutchins, Jr. is president and chief operating officer of Fusion Telecommunications International, Inc., a global telecommunications service provider. In his position, he manages all day-to-day operations of the company’s business providing Internet-based voice and data telecommunications services to corporations, as well as other service providers, throughout the world. Prior to joining Fusion in late 2005, Mr. Hutchins served as CEO of SwissFone, an international telecommunications carrier based in Washington, D.C., and as CEO of STAR Telecommunications, based in Santa Barbara, California. He has also served for the past 20 years as chairman of GH Associates, Inc., a management strategy consulting firm that he founded. During that time, he has consulted to over 100 telecommunications and technology businesses throughout the world, and has served in interim CEO/COO roles with ten of them. Prior to founding GH Associates, Mr. Hutchins served as CEO of ICC Communications and as CEO of LDX NET, and held positions with MCI, McDonnell Douglas, and AT&T. A committed entrepreneur, Mr. Hutchins also founded and built Telecom One, a long distance company later sold to Broadwing Communications, and TCO Network Services, a local wireless services carrier that was purchased by Winstar. Mr. Hutchins is a founder of the Association of Communications Enterprises (ASCENT) and the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA), a director and executive committee member of the U.S. Internet Industry Association, and an experienced corporate director who has served on the boards of public and private enterprises within the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. He holds a BSEE degree from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from the University of Dallas.
Marcelle Leahy is a registered nurse and the spouse of long-time Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. She is now a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Ms. Leahy is also the Honorary Chair of the Vermont National Guard Family Support Program, which provides care and assistance to the families of military during lengthy deployments.
Previously, Leahy worked as a staff nurse in the Medical-Surgical Unit of Arlington Hospital in northern Virginia.
Jean Perin is an interior designer and philanthropist who works on land conservation and transportation issues in Virginia. She serves on the boards of the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters. She is the Conservation Chairman of the Fauquier Loudoun Garden Club.
Andrea Roane is a morning news anchor for WUSA TV 9. During her career, Ms. Roane has covered a wealth of hard news stories, from politics, the arts, education and sports to women’s health issues. Roane is best known to viewers for her passionate reporting on breast health issues and promoting the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer.
Roane has interviewed newsmakers, entertainers, and politicians including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Hillary Clinton, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, David Rockefeller, Michael J. Fox, Danny Glover and Magic Johnson. Roane co-chairs the Kennedy Center Community and Friends Board and is a board member of the National Museum of Women In The Arts. She is also a member of the Howard University Hospital Cancer Advisory Board and Trustee of the Catholic University of America. She is a lifetime member of both the NAACP and the National Council of Negro Women.
Roane received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University.
Leading lifestyle expert David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, creativity and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. He continuously exceeds expectations with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. At age 19, Tutera opened his own events planning business. Today, David Tutera Inc. is an award winning company built from experience, dedication and his natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. You can see his work on his hit reality television show CELEBrations.
Tutera has designed events for celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Elton John and Barbara Walters. He has been featured on many television shows including Good Morning American and The View as well as in a variety of publications. He has given lectures on the topics of weddings, lifestyle, design and more.
Margaret Vanderhye is an articulate and skilled public servant, community leader and activist on many issues. She serves on the boards of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm and Our Military Kids, a nonprofit that assists the children of deployed military members.
Vanderhye served as a delegate of the 34th district in the Virginia House of Delegates. She served on the House Science and Technology Committee and was appointed to the Joint Study Commission on Bioscience and Biotechnology. Vanderhye was appointed by Governor Mark Warner and re-appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. She was previously appointed by President Bill Clinton to the National Capital Planning Commission. Earlier in her distinguished career, Vanderhye served as assistant to both Dr. Henry Kissinger and the Honorable Brent Scowcroft at the National Security Council in the White House.
Vanderhye earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in economics and international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Virginia A. Weil
Virginia Weil serves as Senior Vice President of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) and is head of the Washington office. BCIU is non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and furthering America’s business leadership in the global marketplace. Weil directs BCIU’s U.S. and foreign government relations division, program development, commercial training functions and membership services. Weil is a member of the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College and serves on boards and advisory councils for a number of institutions focusing on business, women’s and social service issues.
Prior to joining BCIU, Weil was Assistant Vice President for Government Liaison in the Washington office of Edison Mission Energy. Weil was also a senior manager at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International in the firm’s Communications Group, with a focus on international government liaison for the U.S. firm’s industry groups. In addition, Ms. Weil previously served in the Finance Department of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and as a financial analyst at Sears World Trade, Inc.
Weil received her bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and master’s degree from Georgetown University