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Board of Directors

Maria Kaval, Director

Maria Kaval is a Vice President of Engineering at Oracle Corporation with over 20 years experience. She started her career as a software engineer at Siebel Systems, and after Siebel Systems was acquired by Oracle in 2005, she has held various positions in Software Development at Oracle, recently focusing on UI Development for the Cloud. At Oracle, Kaval is also a Community Leader for the Oracle Women's Leadership initiative and helps lead up Oracle's participation in the American Heart Association Heart Walk. Kaval holds 4 patents in the area of Software Engineering.

In her spare time, Kaval is a Girl Scout leader, leading a troop of 14 girls for the past 9 years. As a troop leader, Kaval is focused on empowering girls, via camping trips, STEM projects, and community service to help them grow up to be compassionate, courageous and confident. She plans to take her Girl Scout troop to London in the summer of 2017.

Born in Sweden, and raised in Newark, California, Kaval earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University. She is a long-time resident of Menlo Park, CA and lives there with her husband and two daughters.

Rhonda Morris, Secretary

Rhonda Morris is Corporate Vice President of Human Resources for Chevron. Rhonda joined Chevron’s Human Resources Development Program in 1991 and went on to hold various positions of increasing responsibility. In 2007, she moved from Human Resources to become general manager of Europe Marketing in London.

In addition to Techbridge, Rhonda serves on the board of directors for the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management and the East Bay Agency for Children. She also serves on the advisory board for several Chevron employee networks.

Rhonda earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University.

Marc Casale, Director

Marc Casale is a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group and has been working at the intersection of education and business for nearly 15 years. At BCG, Marc has helped education, business, and nonprofit leaders solve their most challenging problems including work with the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, The Washington Business Roundtable, and Washington STEM. In 2014, Marc co-authored Opportunity for All: Investing in Washington State’s STEM Education Pipeline to make the case for greater investment in Washington’s STEM pipeline. Marc began his career as a 5th grade ESL teacher in Bronx, New York. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a MA in Teaching from Pace University, and a BA from Duke University.

Marc is blessed to have strong women in his life, including a wife and mother who work in STEM, and a sister who works in education.

Erik Verbeek, Director

Erik is a senior leader at Adobe holding various customer and partner facing roles for nearly 10 years. He brings a deep understanding of the needs of digital agencies and systems integrators; and he works with leading global partners to support digital practice development, accelerate technology innovation, and enable leading-edge digital experience strategies. Erik’s extensive experience across technical services, partner development, and global customer success is core to Adobe’s go-to-market strategies. He leads a global organization of senior technology consultants, partner managers, and global account management professionals responsible for the long-term success of many of Adobe’s largest partners and customers.

Erik’s diverse background includes experience across customer solution visioning, technical enablement, mission critical enterprise support, sustaining engineering, operational readiness, and alliance management practices that advocate for purposeful customer experience design. Prior to Adobe, Erik held senior leadership positions at both Symantec and HP focused on Customer Success. His strong operational discipline led to the achievement of industry-leading employee and customer retention levels.

Erik holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and has earned a Certificate of Special Studies from Harvard University's Extension school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Denise Russell Fleming, Director

Denise Russell Fleming is the Vice President of IT for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). In this role she is responsible delivering business value through the creation and execution of IT strategy and roadmaps, customer advocacy, business strategy alignment and technology leadership. She also has responsibility for supporting the growth of Boeing’s business by partnering with the BDS team on IT-related revenue generating programs. Her team also focuses on delivering efficiencies for BDS programs leveraging data analytics and other technology enablers. Denise serves as member of the leadership teams of the CIO of The Boeing Company and also the President & CEO of BDS.

Before joining Boeing, Denise was the Vice President of Application Solutions at BAE Systems, Inc. In her role, she had responsibility for full lifecycle management of all IT applications supporting 30,000 employees. She was accountable for portfolio management, roadmap development, project management, implementation and maintenance of all corporate business systems. During the balance of her six year tenure at BAE Systems, Denise served as Vice President of Business Technology & Transformation where she was responsible for developing transformation strategies to align technology investment with business goals. She was focused on introducing enterprise-wide technology, governance and centralization of IT resources to deliver efficiency and cost savings. Fleming’s team was accountable for Strategy, Enterprise Architecture, Portfolio Management, business relationship managers and internal marketing of new IT capabilities to the business.

Previously, Fleming held several executive positions during her thirteen year career at Sprint Nextel. Her last role was Vice President of Network Service Management where she had global responsibility for operational performance and service quality of the wireline and wireless networks. Previous roles include executive positions in marketing strategy, customer care, sales engineering and program management for Sprint’s federal government business, P&L and operations for wireless service and repair in retail stores nationwide, strategic alliances and Chief of Staff for the Chairman & CEO. She also held an officer role with responsibility for managing the profitability for the company’s $6B wireline platform.

Ms. Fleming earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Virginia and an MBA from Duke University. She also completed an Advanced General Managers Program at the Insead Business School in Fontainebleau, France.

Fleming currently serves as the chair of the advisory board for Women in Engineering at the University of Maryland, is an active member of the Executive Leadership Council, serves an Executive Champion for Boeing Women In Leadership in the Potomac Region, was awarded the 2012 Women of Color Technology Award for Career Achievement in Industry and is a 2014 inductee into the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Hall of Fame.