International Business Alliance Program Mentors
Jacob Arndt Ph.D.
Director of Educational Development/Grant Writing
Jake has lead Leadership Initiatives business creation programs in the Philippines in addition to creating and designing curriculum and mentoring business owners across the globe. He had a hand in creating the International Business Alliance Program and finding new ways to foster leadership, and opportunities for education in all walks of life. Jake helped facilitate new ways of creating leadership programs that engage the diverse perspectives of those participating while working towards a common goal.
Marshall Bailly II
Leadership Initiatives Executive Director and Founder
Marshall created Leadership Initiatives to empower men, women and children around the world to determine their own future. Marshall has previously headed several organizations including American University's Freshman Service Experience that maintains more than 1,000 members and employees and for which he coordinated over 15,000 hours of community service.
Marshall has extensive development experience working in the South African Parliament and has independently created several community development programs on the continent of Africa. Marshall attended American University for his bachelor degrees in International Relations and Political Science from the honors department and a degree in Leadership. He also earned his Masters Degree in Public Administration with a focus on Non-Profit Management from American University.
Marshall created Leadership Initiatives and the International Business Alliance Program in particular to give young leaders the opportunity to change the world at any age. He is excited to mentor young men and women who wish to give back to the world as they move forward.
The Highlander Companies-Vice President of Acquisitions
Matt Bailly has nearly a decade of experience in real estate acquisitions and development, and is responsible for the sourcing, structuring, and execution of hotel acquisitions and development opportunities. Prior to joining the Highlander Companies he was the vice president of operations at Jameson and Company, a hotel real estate brokerage firm.
Since beginning his career Bailly has been involved in transactions totaling more than $800 million. He has worked on both single asset transactions and large portfolios with Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, InterContinental, and Starwood among the brands. Bailly graduated Cum Laude from American University – Kogod School of Business in Washington, DC with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Matt has always wanted to be a school counselor and help young men and women achieve their dreams. He hopes this is just one of many opportunities for him to do so.
Leadership Institute-Vice President for the Campus Leadership Program
Bryan Bernys is currently the Vice President for the Campus Leadership Program at the Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute's mission is to identify, recruit, train and place conservative minded individuals in political, governmental and media positions throughout the country. Before this venture, Bryan served as the New Hampshire Field Director for the McCain 2008 campaign. As one of the first people hired onto the McCain campaign in September of 2006 Bryan worked to re-establish Sen. McCain's presence among New Hampshire voters, hired and trained campaign staff, located and opened a campaign headquarters, and ran the day to day ground operations for the campaign.
In addition to his work with the McCain campaign Bryan also comes to LI with a wealth of campaign experience. He has served as the Field Director for the Tarrant for Senate campaign in Vermont, Campaign Manager for Robinson for Delegate in Virginia, consultant for the Ball for Delegate special election in Virginia, and field staff for the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign in Michigan.
While in college Bryan worked for the Carlyle Gregory Company, a political consulting firm in northern Virginia. Working for the Carlyle Gregory Company, Bryan assisted on several campaigns around the country for all levels of public office. He graduated from American University with a bachelors degree in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government.
Roth Associates Managing Partner, Director West Coast Operations
Consultant providing fact-based insight based on data and experience for advertisers seeking counsel on all aspects of their advertising and communications agency relationships.
Specialties:Advertising and communications agency search and selections, compensation and relationship management. Advertising agency business development.
Casey has been a supporter of Leadership Initiatives since its inception and is excited to mentor students with a chance to change the world.
Carmine C. Carullo
ExxonMobil Medicine & Occupational Health-Planning & Performance Analysis ManagerLeadership Initiatives Board Member
Since graduating from Wagner College with a BA in economics and masters in finance, Carmine C. 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.
Strategist, Executive Communications Coach, Messaging, Speechwriting, Presentations for 3D Communications
Penny Daniels is a strategic communications consultant and coach for pharmaceutical and device companies, academic institutions, government, and non-profits, empowering top executives and scientists to communicate effectively in urgent, high-pressure environments. An accomplished writer, Penny is recognized for her ability to quickly distill essential messages from complex data, assisting individuals and teams in developing presentations, speeches, webcasts and other content. Penny excels in helping communicators optimize their own individual styles to meet audience needs and achieve business and organizational goals.
A former national broadcast journalist, Penny uses her experience to make even the most senior executives comfortable with the coaching process and draw the best performances from the most reluctant presenters. Penny helps communicators succeed at challenging FDA advisory committee meetings and scientific conferences, present to critical internal audiences and develop and deliver important messages to an increasingly skeptical press.
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.
Janssen-Manager of Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and JohnsonAdvisory Board Chair/Co-Founder
Antoine has been working with Leadership Initiatives since May 2004. Having studied and worked with Executive Director Marshall J. Bailly at American University, he believed in Marshall's vision and was willing to work alongside his colleague and friend to establish a credible, efficient, and successful organization. With his experience researching and working with grassroots initiatives at the South African Catholic Bishops Conference - CPLO and the Surplus Peoplei's Project, organizations based in Cape Town, South Africa, and volunteering at DC Kitchen and My Sister's Place in the District of Columbia, Antoine has been able to shape and improve Leadership Initiativesi' program in Nigeria through enhancing the project capacity and strengthening organizational partnerships within the community.
Citi Bank Vice President-Compliance OfficerLeadership Initiatives Advisory Board Member
Wike has over nine years of experience in the AML, OFAC, fraud, and due diligence compliance fields with various international financial institutions, public corporations, and federal government agencies. Extensive forensic accounting, bankruptcy, and litigation consulting work for a number of international financial institutions and major corporations. Client relationship and marketing experience with domestic and international corporations, law firms, and federal agencies.
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.
Entrepreneur / Commander, 452 Airlift Control Flight, USAF ReserveLeadership Initiatives Board Member
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.
Gerald R. Kunde II (Chip)
Vice President, Sysco SystemsLeadership Initiatives Board Chair
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.
Hans W. Kühnlenz
Rubin and Rudman LLP-PartnerLeadership Initiatives Advisory Board Member
Hans W. Kühnlenz is a partner at Rubin and Rudman, a full-service law firm, providing international regulatory counsel to the defense contracting community. Equipped with multiple advanced law degrees from some of the best specialty programs in the world, Hans is particularly skilled in the preparation of comprehensive industrial participation (defense-industry global offsets) plans that minimize the offset program obligation while creating maximum business value and fulfilling the client’s objectives. He helps simplify the complex, technical regulatory aspects of international defense and security-related business deals for his clients.
Hans serves as a trusted advisor to business executives throughout the defense contracting community, as well as to foreign governments seeking anti-corruption counsel related to the design and future of their industrial participation programs. His representations include U.S. and foreign defense contractors seeking entry to and compliance with the U.S. federal acquisition regulation (FAR), as well as entry into international government’s acquisition and procurement systems. He also advises clients on matters concerning the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the Economic Espionage Act (EEA).
Hans represents clients before the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) concerning export regulatory controversies that may arise in connection with international defense and security transactions regulated under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP).
Federal Law Enforcement- Senior Analyst
Rob has worked in federal law enforcement for over 13 years dealing with domestic and international concerns. He has worked with local, state, federal and foreign law enforcement. He has experience dealing with the U.S. intelligence community and U.S. Military.
Rob has a Master's degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a Master's in International Policy and Practice from the George Washington University.
Global Giving Director of Programs
As Director of Programs, Britt oversees relationships with over 2,000 nonprofits, including managing all of GlobalGiving's impact measurement, capacity building work, and disaster relief grantmaking. In addition to her six years at GlobalGiving, Britt has worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and with a variety of non-profits in Sierra Leone, South Africa, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Britt holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, a Master's in International Relations from the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and a Master's in Public Affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.
Britt is excited to be partnered with the students at Chadwick School High School in Palos Verdes Estates, CA working to create a better Salon Business for Fatima Suleiman.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation Programs at State Department
Simon Limage is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation Programs in the State Department’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. As such, he supervises the State Department’s nonproliferation programs and advances the Department’s efforts to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
Previously, he served as Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher’s Chief of Staff. In that capacity he oversaw operations of three State Department bureaus under her purview (AVC, ISN, and PM). He was the Under Secretary’s key advisor and directed implementation of her goals throughout the Executive Branch.
Prior to his service in the State Department, Mr. Limage was then Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher’s Chief of Staff. He also served as her Legislative Director and Military Legislative Assistant. He handled her Armed Services Committee duties and managed her legislative team.
APCO Worldwide-Director and Co-Head, North America Business DevelopmentLeadership Initiatives Board Member
Nick Maschari is director of global business development with APCO Worldwide, and based in the company's corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C.
His responsibilities include developing and executing APCO’s global growth strategy, coordinating with APCO’s global network of offices, strategic partners and affiliates and working closely with global practice groups on client opportunities. While with APCO he has spent considerable time working in the Middle East and Arabian Gulf region, with country-level experience in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman.
Prior to joining APCO, Nick led business development and corporate marketing for Publicis Groupe’s flagship PR agency MSLGROUP, in Washington, D.C., and spent three years with DFS Group Limited, a holding of global luxury retail conglomerate LVMH. While with DFS Group, Nick was based in Hong Kong and responsible for developing and implementing market-entry and corporate development strategies for Mainland China, India, Southeast Asia, Oceania, Japan and the Middle East. He started his career in Cleveland, Ohio with Smart Business Network, a regionally-focused monthly business magazine, where he authored articles on executive management and entrepreneurship.
Ahmed Suleiman Mohammed
Director of Talent Acquisition, Dartmouth College – Hanover, NHLeadership Initiatives Board Member
Ahmed has been in the human resources and management field for over 13 years. His professional experiences extend over for profit and non-profit organizations within the United States. He has managed human resource activities in a Fortune 50 company with sales of up to $50 billion a year and has also successfully lead and transformed recruitment, management functions and talent acquisition activities at two Ivy League institutions, Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Ahmed’s academic accomplishments include a Diploma in Computer Studies from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi State Nigeria, an Associate Degree in Computer Applications Management from Bay State College, Boston Massachusetts, a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Northeastern University, Boston Massachusetts, and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is also an Administrative Fellows Program graduate at Harvard University in Boston, MA.
A native of Bauchi State in Nigeria, Ahmed has lived and visited various countries around the world including Europe, Asia, The Middle East, North and South America, and Africa, earning him the title, “global citizen” among his friends and colleagues. He now resides in Boston, MA and travels to Nigeria following his passion for social change in Africa and the world. Balancing everyday life is a process according to Ahmed. “One step leads to the next in an ever-changing cycle. There are no silver bullet solutions. The key is to always be analyzing your personal and professional situation, and making decisions that will have a cumulative effect towards your personal definition of success.”
Alexis provides online fundraising support and training to GlobalGiving's 1,500 partners in 144 countries around the world. She manages the Online Fundraising Academy, a two-month online course designed to help organizations create a comprehensive online fundraising strategy. She also leads GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Program, providing training and logistical support to volunteers and staff visiting partners in the field. Since joining GlobalGiving in 2008, Alexis has spent time visiting partners and conducting workshops in East and West Africa.
Leadership Inititiatives Board Vice Chair-Booz Allen Hamilton
Blushel has been involved with Leadership Initiatives since 2005 when she established and managed LI's programs in the Philippines. Following the conclusion of her contract in 2007, Blushel became an active volunteer and supporter of the organization, eventually joining the advisory board in 2009 and serving as its chair in 2012. Blushel joined the LI Board in 2013 and has been serving as its vice chair since. Blushel brings to Leadership Initiatives her passion for community service and development. Her involvement in numerous community service programs over the years has allowed her to better understand the important role of the individual in effecting change.
Blushel is an alumna of the University of Southern California. She has more than 12 years of professional experience serving the needs of public, private, and civic organizations in the areas of strategic communications, change management, marketing, branding, portfolio management, program management, project management, stakeholder management, proposal management, and business analysis / business process improvement. Blushel is currently employed by Booz Allen Hamilton where she has been since 2011.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Senior Managing DirectorLeadership Initiatives Board Member
As a Senior Executive in federal government, Bill has years of experience in management, employee training, strategic planning, creating global communications and strategic networks, business & employee development and research & development. Bill also serves on the audit committee of Kid Save, as a retired US Army Officer, and a former Senior Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Bill is excited to be transforming lives with the International Business Alliance Program and is dedicated to helping the student he is mentoring get into the best universities possible and to become great leaders someday.
Georgetown University-Professor of LeadershipLeadership Initiatives Advisory Board Member
Professor Stiles currently teaches "Social Entrepreneurship: Leading Social Change" in the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University. She is Executive Director of the CORAL Network, a consortium of local universities in equal partnership with the nonprofits and the city government to direct the wealth of resources of the universities into our community. Stiles also directs DC Youth & Government, a program of the YMCA where college students go into participating high schools, teach civics, and lead a weekend youth simulation of DC government.
Sarah Stiles is a native Washingtonian, studied Spanish at Southern Methodist University, did a master's degree in Spanish literature at New York University in Madrid, completed a master's and PhD in political science at Boston University, and received a law degree from Northeastern University. Before teaching at Georgetown, Stiles was Director of the Leadership Program in the School of Public Affairs at American University.
Dr. Brian Wenny
Sigma Space Corp Senior Scientist-Contractor For NASA
Brian has worked on several NASA Earth Observing Satellite missions for over 14 years. First as a post-doc at NASA-Langley on the SAGE 3 project (Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment 3), participating in the SOLVE 2 field campaign to study ozone loss during the Arctic winter. Currently he is the task lead for the MODIS Characterization Support Team at NASA-Goddard responsible for the operation and calibration of the two MODIS instruments (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) on-board the Terra and Aqua satellite platforms. He also worked as a calibration scientist during the pre-launch phase of the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) currently in-orbit and operating on the Landsat 8 satellite.
Brian earned his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from North Carolina State University in 2000 where his research focused on the interaction of UV radiation and tropospheric aerosols in a study funded by the EPA and supported by NOAA.
Portfolio Manager at PNC
Portfolio Manager PNC
October 2012 – Present (2 years)Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area
-Develop, execute, and refine portfolio management strategies to optimize value of high-risk Non-Strategic and Consumer Retail assets in conjunction with functional partners.
-P&L ownership of broker-originated Home Equity portfolio.
Pricing Manager PNC
March 2011 – October 2012 (1 year 8 months)Greater Pittsburgh Area
-Develop, recommend, and execute pricing strategy for the Consumer Retail product portfolio (Home Equity Loans/Lines of Credit, Auto, Personal Loans/Lines of Credit, etc), including account acquisition and account management programs with joint accountability with key partners.
-Create optimized, risk-based pricing to exceed financial goals while maintaining a moderate risk profile
-Incorporate risk, behavioral, and price elasticity assumptions into price setting strategy in collaboration with functional partners
PNCSenior Pricing/Financial Analyst
Senior Pricing/Financial Analyst PNC
February 2010 – March 2011 (1 year 2 months)Greater Pittsburgh Area
-Design, deploy, and administer system to allow management of over 200000 price points across Consumer Lending products
-Create automated reporting processes to analyze and distribute competitive information, estimated monthly financial forecasts, application trends, and weekly rate exceptions
-Execute ad-hoc analysis using data from a variety of sources to support Pricing Managers
Oracle America, Inc.- Senior Corporate Counsel
Since graduating from The Ohio State University with a joint JD/Masters in Public Policy Administration in 2009, Liz has worked as a corporate attorney focusing on public sector contract negotiation, ethics and compliance, privacy and security law, intellectual property, licensing, and government regulation. She spent over five years in the IBM Legal Department and is currently in her second year at Oracle. She is also a Member of the City of Alexandria Public Health Advisory Commission, working to advise and support the City on public health policy matters.
While pursuing her undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science at Ohio State, Liz also studied abroad at the University of Damascus in Syria in 2005 as part of her Arabic minor. While in law school, she worked as the Editor-in-Chief of the Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal. Having travelled extensively in the Middle East and studied development from an economic, political, and legal perspective, she is inspired by the Leadership Initiatives mission of empowering community leaders to drive local development through entrepreneurship.
Khalifa M. Lawan
After graduating from the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) in 2005 with a degree in Comparative law and participating in both of Leadership Initiatives' previous programs there, Khalifa went on to study federal law and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar. He subsequently became LI's first Director of Nigerian Affairs. Khalifa gained experience managing development projects in many capacities; for example, he has served as Project Coordinator for LI's Real Change project as well as legal practitioner and negotiator/mediator, and has attended several training and workshops including Cisco Academy, Fundraising Professionals, Peace, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Dispute Resolution, Languages, and HIV education and has also researched ways to eradicate illiteracy and elevate the standard of living among the youth of the densely populated Hausari Ward of Maiduguri.
As the Leadership Initiatives Country Director For Nigeria, Khalifa has pioneered new business creation and business expansion programs for community leaders, transforming thousands of lives. He has also lead the creation of Leadership Initiatives Orphan Skills and Independence program and help design the International Business Alliance Program.
Because of his work he has been honored by USAID, GlobalGiving the International Youth Foundation and Georgetown University for his work in job creation and poverty reduction.
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