Global Young Innovators Initiative Experts
Mentor Name: Alexis Nadin
Mentor’s Title: Program Manager at GlobalGiving
Mentor’s Interests and Specialties: Grant Writing, Volunteering
Alexis is an enthusiastic advocate for GlobalGiving's nonprofit partners, for whom she provides training and support. In her role as Program Manager for the organization, Alexis invents new programs like Online Fundraising Academy and the In-the-Field Program, which trains field representatives to visit projects around the world. She has worked with several international nonprofits, including a small grassroots organization in eastern Uganda. Since joining GlobalGiving in 2008, Alexis has visited partners and conducted workshops on four continents.
Her also provides fundraising support to GlobalGiving’s 1,300 nonprofit partners. She also drafts fundraising blog posts and web content for the organization’s donor platform.She has previously worked with the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and Vision Africa to help them conduct research and grant writing.
Alexis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Political Science from American University. She also attended United States International University while studying and volunteering abroad in Nairobi, Kenya.
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: Sarah Stiles
Mentor’s Title: Leadership Director, Georgetown University
Mentor’s Interests and Specialties: Social entrepreneurship, law and society, leadership, ethics
For 25 years she has inspired college students in a variety of disciplines. As Faculty Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship in the Center for Social Justice (CSJ), Professor Stiles incorporates community-based learning (CBL) into her courses providing students with the opportunity to put theory into practice with community partners. Students perform field work with DC residents and contribute to creating systemic and sustainable positive social change in the District of Columbia.
As Faculty Fellow in the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), Professor Stiles integrates “curriculum infusion.” As a Doyle Fellow, Professor Stiles has infused into her Law & Society course issues of diversity and inclusion with powerful results. As an Engelhard Fellow, Professor Stiles has infused her curricula with issues of wellness in keeping with the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis, “care for the whole person.”
Professor Stiles received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College, the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Faculty Award from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, the Commitment to Diversity Award from the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access (CMEA) and the Outstanding Partner Award from the Division of Student Affairs.
Mentor Name: Bill Stefan
Mentor’s Title: Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office
Mentor’s Interests and Specialties: Accounting, Telecommunications
Mr. Stefan has over 40 years of public and private sector experience in positions of increasing financial management, operations, logistics, and leadership responsibility. Bill graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1976. Mr. Stefan also obtained a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), a Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM), and a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
Bill has twelve years of Senior Executive Service within the Intelligence Community, including assignments as the Associate Director of National Intelligence for Financial Management, DIA Deputy Enterprise Manager, 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.
He retired from the U.S. Army in 1998, after 22 years of commissioned service. He served during the Gulf War as Division Operations Officer in the First Cavalry Division. Mr. Stefan's intelligence awards include two National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citations, the Defense Intelligence Agency Director's Award, and the Secretary of Defense Global War on Terrorism Medal. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medal, and two Army Achievement Medals.
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
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