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Board of Directors

Marc Casale, Director

Marc is the founder and CEO of Kenetic West. His expertise includes strategy development, data analysis, program design and capacity building. Marc was a Project Leader in the Boston Consulting Group's Seattle office, working on a variety of education-focused projects from school district mergers to charter school expansion plans. Prior to consulting, Marc worked as a 5th grade teacher in the Bronx, earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master's in teaching from Pace University in New York and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University.

 

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.

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, 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.

Erik Verbeek, Director

Erik Verbeek is a senior leader at Autodesk, whose software powers the visions of engineers and designers across industries such as Architecture, Engineering and Construction and Manufacturing. At Autodesk, Erik is accountable for the Global Customer Success team which consists of teams across North America, Europe, Asia and Japan. One key element that has been instrumental to his success has been a focus on "Diversity and Inclusion" within his teams. Erik believes that the best ideas come from the broadest perspectives and having individuals around the globe who can share their unique point of view makes teams and companies better. Prior to Autodesk, Erik has held senior leadership positions in several large technology companies in Silicon Valley such as Adobe Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Symantec and Veritas Software.

Erik holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and lives in Northern California with his wife and young daughter.