Expert Name: Steven Pressman
Expert’s Title: Visiting Research Fellow, American Institute for Economic Research
Expert’s Interests and Specialties: Philosophy, Tax Policy, Poverty Research
Steven Pressman is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. In addition, he serves as North American Editor of the Review of Political Economy, as Associate Editor and Book Review Editor of the Eastern Economic Journal and as Treasurer of the Eastern Economic Association.
He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the New School, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Alfred University. His main research areas are poverty and income distribution, Post Keynesian macroeconomics, and the history of economic thought.
Over the past three decades, Pressman has published more than 150 articles in refereed journals and as book chapters, and has authored or edited 16 books, including A New Guide to Post Keynesian Economics (Routledge, 2001), Alternative Theories of the State (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006), and 50 Major Economists, 3rd ed. (Routledge, 2013), which has been translated into 5 different languages. He is currently working on a book on the decline of the middle class in the United States.
Pressman is a frequent op-ed contributor to newspapers, such as the Asbury Park Press, Bergen Record, Newark Star Ledger, Trenton Times, Two River Times and popular economics periodicals such as Challenge Magazine and Dollars and Sense.
Pressman has also been the Treasurer of the Eastern Economic Association for the past 20 years.
Expert Name: Rick Kuehn
Entrepreneur / Commander, 452 Airlift Control Flight, USAF Reserve
Rick’s career has taken him all over the world, from Afghanistan and rural Kenya to NYC and the Pentagon. An Air Force Reserve Officer, he currently commands a rapid-response team that responds to humanitarian and other emergencies, setting up and operating airfields on short notice with minimal manpower and equipment. He runs a small firm focused on applying Red Team and Design thinking to small businesses.
Previously, he managed an engineering consulting start-up in Manhattan, led a water supply project in Kipingi Kenya with Engineers Without Borders, and worked as a disaster responder with the American Red Cross in Greater New York. As a military officer and aviator he has commanded missions to 4 continents, led a team of 300 in response to the Haiti Earthquake, and provided advice to senior leaders, including the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Rick has undergraduate degrees in history and computer engineering from Stevens Tech, an MBA from the University of South Carolina, and a Masters in Military Studies from Marine Corps University. He has been on the board of Leadership Initiatives since 2014.
Expert Name: Carmine Carullo
Expert’s Title: Former Planning and Performance Manager, Global Medicine, ExxonMobil
Expert’s Interests and Specialties: Community Health Initiatives, Accounting, Finance
Since graduating from Wagner College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Master of Science degree in Finance, Carmine Carullo has built a nearly 40-year career with ExxonMobil Corporation. It is here that he has combined his business expertise with civic engagement locally and worldwide. Carullo's ExxonMobil career has taken him from New York, where he worked in accounting and finance; to Singapore and Indonesia to Virginia, where he has worked in various controller and finance positions, as coordinator of government reporting, and as assistant secretary for shareholder relations.
Now, as planning manager of medicine and occupational health worldwide, he is charged with the well-being of 80,000 employees in 50 countries. He travels extensively to visit the company's more than 100 medical clinics. He is also involved in community health initiatives such as malaria control, HIV/AIDS prevention, clean water delivery, medical waste disposal, and medical donations. He has also worked on hospital projects in Papua New Guinea and Nigeria.
Carullo is a dedicated supporter of civic organizations in his home community as well, especially Food for Others, of which he was a board member and treasurer, 2003-2010. It is the largest distributor of free food directly to people in need in Northern Virginia. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1989, finance leader for the Emergency Oil Spill Response Team, and treasurer of Felicity Cove Association Inc.
Expert Name: Jo Ann Marie
Expert’s Title: Art Director Leadership Initiatives
Expert’s Interests and Specialties: Graphic Design and Advertising
Marie has been a unique enthusiast of Leadership Initiatives since its beginning. She has earned degrees in Art Education from Eastern and Western Michigan University. Her professional history spotlights a dedication as a visual arts teacher in the South Haven Schools in Michigan, where she has served the community for 37 years. She believes art reaches the great diversity of human beings through works that express and speak to the important qualities that give our lives meaning - family,nature, education, diversity, and creativity. In addition, Jo Ann also enjoys working as a freelance artist and consultant.
Over the past decade Jo Ann has created countless logo, advertising plans, posters and animation plans for businesses around the globe.
Her art and designs have been featured by multiple businesses, nations and at major events for multinational companies such as Siemans, International Nonprofits like GlobalGiving and Leadership Initiatives to embassy events in Nigeria, Namibia and the United States.
Mentor Name: Chip Kunde
Mentor’s Title: Vice President, Sysco Systems
Mentor’s Interests and Specialties: Legislative Relations, Program Management
As the Vice President of Government Relations at Sysco Systems, Chip has led the development and implementation of a comprehensive government relations strategy and organizational structure to promote and protect Sysco's public policy interests at the local, state, federal and international levels. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Sysco Systems is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Their family of products also include equipment and supplies for the food service and hospitality industries. Sysco operates 194 distribution facilities serving approximately 425,000 customers. For FY 2014 that ended June 28, 2014, the company generated sales of more than $46 billion.
Previously, he has served in senior management roles at Darden, the International Dairy Foods Association, and the State Government Affairs Manufacturers Association responsible for setting strategic direction for their legislative and political programs, and managing teams of government relations professionals and consultants.Chip holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Executive and Legislative Management from George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Florida.
Mentor Name: Bill Stefan
Mentor’s Title: Principal Deputy Director, Corporate Applications Office, National Reconnaissance Office COMMS
As a Senior Executive in the federal government, Bill has over 40 years of experience in management, employee training and development, strategic planning, creating global communications and strategic networks, and research & development.
Bill has over 15 years of Senior Executive Service within the US Intelligence Community, including assignments as Associate Director of National Intelligence for Financial Management, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Deputy Enterprise Management, DIA Director of DIA Business Solutions, Director DIA Resource Management Office, Deputy Director of the Military Intelligence Staff, and DIA lead for the Iraq Threat Finance Cell.
Bill was also a former Senior Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a retired US Army Officer with over 22 years of service. Bill graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1976 and obtained a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University in 1981. Bill holds certifications as a CPA, CFE, CGFM, and CDFM.
Kahn Zack Ehrlich Lithwick LLP-AttorneyLeadership Initiatives Board Member
Whitney graduated from the Washington College of Law, American University in Washington, D.C. in 2008, where she focused her JD/MA studies on the effects of trade and foreign investment on development, as well as methods for creating sustainable economic development. She was called to the Bar in California in early 2009, shortly after moving to British Columbia in 2008. Whitney was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2011 after completing her articles with Kahn Zack Ehrlich Lithwick LLP, where she continues to practice civil litigation.
She has traveled extensively throughout the developing world, and has a broad background in business development, intellectual property rights and development methods, and is a firm believer in community-identified, established and funded programs as a method for sustainable development.
Program Manager, YouthActionNet®
Katherine provides leadership to the International Youth Foundation’s YouthActionNet® virtual program, including management of its social media footprint, technical support to a growing network of country partners and associate web portals, and strategic community building. Prior to working at IYF, she worked in both the commercial and non profit sectors, most recently for the Academy for Educational Development where she coordinated Knowledge Management tools and activities.
She has advocated for both youth-led development and the role of technology to support it through conference presentations and individual coaching. Much of her time is spent exploring emerging technology, evaluating online tools, tracking how global youth use technology for social change, and integrating new media resources into IYF programming. Katherine earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Mary Washington, is proficient in French, and can be found @Katbaloo.