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Board of Directors

Marc Casale, Chair

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.

Nicole Grogan, Director

Nicole Grogan is the chief people officer at Intellectual Ventures (IV), where she is accountable for the human resources and corporate communications organizations. She is the executive sponsor for IV’s women’s community, mentoring circles, and employee-led activities geared at building community. Through her leadership, the human resources organization actively participates in driving business results while engaging with employees to build a culture that is unique to IV.
Prior to joining IV, Nicole spent nearly a decade at Cisco Systems, most recently as head of human resources for the company’s global engineering organization of more than 25,000 employees. Her previous roles include leading human resources for Cisco in Europe and a variety of assignments at Cisco, Honeywell, AlliedSignal, and Prudential Financial.
Nicole received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the College of William and Mary, and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in finance from Pepperdine University’s George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management.

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.

Lauryn Ogbechie, Director

Lauryn Ogbechie leads Facebook's Education Partnerships team. The team is focused on bringing global learning communities closer together through programs, resources and products, while helping young people obtain skills for lifelong success. She is committed to increasing educational opportunities for all students, while creating equitable and inclusive learning communities everywhere.

Throughout her career, Lauryn has held several roles and led teams focused on education, partnerships and marketing, including supporting small business owners, mobile developers and underrepresented communities.

Education: Harvard Business School, M.B.A. and University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, B.B.A.

Christopher Scarborough, Director

Chris is an Investment Banker with CODE Advisors, a next-generation investment bank focusing on the intersection of media and technology.  Prior to joining CODE Advisors, Chris was a Director at Credit Suisse where he focused on technology-focused merger and acquisitions.  His principal responsibilities included sourcing and qualifying potential new clients and transactions, conducting comprehensive company and industry due diligence, performing valuation analysis and executing transactions. He has supplemental experience in numerous financing transactions including IPOs, follow-on offerings, convertible debt issuances, and bank and high-yield debt financings.  Chris earned his Economics, Finance, Real Estate and System Engineering degrees at the University of Pennsylvania.

Birame Sock, Director

Birame Sock is considered a visionary with a strong technology background having built from the ground up large internet and mobile platforms. She has the ability to develop new ideas from conception to deployment using her various strengths in new technologies, strategic partnerships and consumer driven applications.  Birame was President and Chief Technology Officer of Third Solutions which became a majority owned subsidiary of SPINS, LLC in January 2013. She is the primary developer of MyReceipts©, the leading digital receipts platform currently live which electronically aggregates receipts from participating merchants and presents them to consumers via the company’s website while delivering unprecedented consumer marketing intelligence.  In 2013, Birame also served as the Interim CIO for SPINS to develop the baseline architecture of a new Business Intelligence and Reporting platform.  She currently serves as an Independent Board Director at Viggle, Inc. (VGGL: NASDAQ), a loyalty program for television that gives people rewards for checking in to the television shows they’re watching.

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.

Ashley M. Williams, Director

Ashley M. Williams is the leading Millennial strategist, spokesperson, consultant, and speaker for brands that want to reach Millennials — helping brands to create the right campaigns, craft the right messages, and produce events that bring brands and Millennials together.
She is the founder and CEO of RIZZARR, the Millennial Marketplace.™ Through RIZZARR, brands are able to find and work with Millennial content creators and micro-influencers. She is also the founder of Millennials Change, an event series created to inspire Millennials to make a positive impact on the world.
Before starting her journey into entrepreneurship, Ashley was an award-winning journalist. She worked for NBC News, WBAL Radio, and USA TODAY. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California, earning a B.A. in broadcast and digital journalism as well as minors in international relations and Spanish.