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Board of Directors Biographies
Mr. Yusuf Azizullah
Yusuf is CEO of Global Board Advisors Corp (GBAC), an International Board advisory
firm providing customized Signature Boardroom Education courses & bringing insights
from leading International boardrooms. He created a Platinum League of Audit Committee
Chairs providing confidential advice on Strategy & Risk Oversight to Board members.
Yusuf is an active NACD member, conference speaker and credentialed directors “Governance
Fellow.” During his 14-
Ms. Yvonne E. Bates
Yvonne Bates has over 30 years of work experience in the Financial Services Industry. She is currently an Officer at The Glenmede Trust Company where she is the Fund Administrator for the Alternative Investment Products. Prior to working at Glenmede, Yvonne worked as an Investment Analyst for several prestigious companies including Delta Air Lines, Inc., SunAmerica Asset Management, LLC, and Amalgamated Bank. Earlier in her career, she worked at Merrill Lynch and Dreyfus Corporation. She has an M.B.A in Finance from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Boston University.
Mr. Alan Vergel de Dios
Alan is an investment professional at Boathouse Capital, a private equity firm that manages $350 million. At Boathouse, he is responsible for deal structuring and execution and portfolio management. Prior to Boathouse, Alan worked in the investment banking group of Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., providing corporate advisory services around mergers and acquisitions and capital raising to companies across various industries. He graduated from McGill University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Finance with Honors.
Mr. Michael DeMaio,
Michael DeMaio is Director of Pricing at SAP, a global leader in enterprise business software. In this role, Michael provides deal structuring support for large and complex software transactions, while ensuring these transactions are complaint with SAP’s licensing policies. Previously, Michael has held various financial planning and analysis roles at SAP and the Bank of New York Mellon. Michael has an MBA from Villanova University and a BS in Economics from Drexel University. Michael resides in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.
Ms. Lacey Dickinson,
Lacey is an Employer Liaison at District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, a nonprofit organization located in Philadelphia, She is a graduate of Swarthmore College
Ms. Sadija A. Fields
Sadija is Capital Area Asset Builders' (CAAB) Director of Programs. In this role
she is responsible for the operational oversight and success of all of CAAB’s programming
components along with providing direct supervisory responsibilities for all associated
staff. She is 15-
Sadija has a BA from West Virginia State University and MBA from Strayer University. She was born and raised in Philadelphia and currently resides in Maryland.
Mrs. Whitney Harris
(Bio to Follow)
Mr. Brian M. Giillespie
Brian is Vice President, Forecasting and Financial Excellence for Comcast Cable.
In his role, Brian is responsible for staff planning, financial forecasting, reporting
as well as leading various projects within Comcast to drive results. Brian is an
Brian has previously served on the Board of Victory Christian Center in Austin, TX.
With his wife, Brian has provided financial and career planning services, with an
emphasis, to underserved minority populations from low income and first generation
(to attend college) families for over fifteen years. Brian is an author of a marriage
Prior to joining Comcast, Brian held positions with Charter Communications, Destination Excellence (a management consulting company specializing in customer care), Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and AT&T. Brian has a Bachelors in Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He and his wife have three children. Currently, he resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife of 31 years, Kris.
Mrs. Ami J. Shah
Ami is the Director of Communications for Bio-
Ms. Ingrid R. Shepard, Founder (Ex-
Ingrid is the owner of Shepard Consulting LLC, a firm that provides advisory services
to the Federal government, banks and financial institutions on matters related to
Mr. Thomas A. Spratt, Jr.
Thomas is Corporate Counsel at Hewlett-
Mrs. Tosha Shepard-
Tosha currently serves as the Marketing Project and Programs Manager for AAA Colorado,
where she is responsible for the day-
Mrs. Patricia Thorell
Patty Thorell had an extensive experience financial operations at Comcast Cable Communications. In her role as Vice President of Cable Cash Management, she led the development, support and operations of more than 23,000,000 payment transactions per month. During her 29 year career at Comcast, Patty was responsible for transition and integration of payment technologies and products. Patty had broad experience on cross functional projects, working closely with internal customer service and technology disciplines. She also maintained a broad network of financial services partners and providers. Patty initiated the Comcast NBC Universal Payment Council with the objective of bringing together the diverse the Comcast Corporation divisions to internally benchmark, share best practices, and have a concentrated forum for payment industry education.
Patty has been an active member of Women in Cable Television (WICT), serving as a mentor and was a fellow of the WICT Betsey Magness Leadership Institute. Since retiring in 2016, Patty remains connected to the payment industry through continued participation in the Association of Financial Professional (AFP), and is on the Board of Advisors of Transactis, a financial technology provider. Additionally, Patty serves on the board of St. Joseph the Protector School.
Patty is a Philadelphia native, graduating from LaSalle University with a degree in Accounting. She and her husband remain in the area, enjoying the richness of the Philadelphia, traveling in the United States and exploring Europe. They also frequently visit their adult son in Manhattan.
Mr. Daniel Wachtel
Daniel is a Financial Advisor/Portfolio Manager at Merrill Lynch,
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