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Theo Killion

  • Board of Directors
  • Chair

Retired Chief Executive Officer, Zale Corporation

The Hill School, 1970* Theo Killion is the former Zale Corp. Chief Executive Officer who led the…

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Sheila Marmon

  • Board of Directors
  • Vice Chair

Founder & CEO, Mirror Digital

Cate School, 1990* Sheila Marmon has a passion for the launch and operation of new businesses in…

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Rhonda Trotter

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  • Vice Chair

Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, LLP

The Hotchkiss School, 1979* Rhonda R. Trotter is a Partner in the Complex Commercial Litigation Group at…

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Rob Fullerton

  • Board of Directors
  • Vice Chair

Global Head of Leveraged Finance, Jefferies

Rob Fullerton is the Global Head of Leveraged Finance at Jefferies with over 22 years of investment…

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Kurt Van Wagenen

President & CEO, FirstLight Fiber

Kurt Van Wagenen has been the President and CEO of FirstLight Fiber since October 2013 and serves…

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A. Louis Parker

Retired Corporate Vice President, General Electric, Philips Academy, Class of 1973*

Louis Parker combines dynamism and clear vision with a gift for execution. With a record of generating…

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Suzan Morno-Wade

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Xerox

Suzan Morno-Wade was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer of Xerox in November 2018. She is also an…

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Star McDade

Chief Audit Executive, Jones Lang LaSalle

Star McDade is the Chief Audit Executive at Jones Lang Lasalle, a global leader in real estate…

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Allison Lawrence

Chief Of Staff, Stanley Black & Decker

Allison Lawrence of Stanley Black & Decker currently holds the role of VP, Chief of Staff, reporting…

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Tracey Koziol

Senior Vice President, Global Offerings, Xerox

Tracey Koziol was named senior vice president of Global Offerings for Xerox and a member of the…

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Gerald Keefe

Head of Global Banking for the Americas, HSBC

Gerald “Gerry” Keefe will lead HSBC’s investment bank in the Americas beginning January 2021. Prior to the…

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Michelle Gittens

Director of US Transactional Video on Demand, Amazon, Phillips Academy Andover, 1999*

Michelle Gittens currently serves as the Director of US Transactional Video on Demand for Amazon’s Prime Video…

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Roxane Gay

Writer/Associate Professor, Phillips Exeter Academy, 1992*

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018, Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American…

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Tayo Famakinwa

Vice President and Head of Organizational Effectiveness, UPS

Tayo is a Managing Director at Teneo, Inc., a global CEO advisory firm. Tayo has over 14…

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Ekene Ezulike

Global Head of Corporate Services, Morgan Stanley

Ekene Ezulike is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and is the Global Head of Corporate Services….

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Keith Evans

President, The Westminster Schools

Keith Evans was appointed President of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, in July, 2014. Prior to…

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Peter Allan Atkins

Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP

Roger G. Arrieux

New York Managing Director, Deloitte

Roger serves as managing partner for Deloitte’s New York office, overseeing the firm’s largest office, composed of…

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Gennell Jefferson

Partner, Investor Relations, The Vistria Group

Gennell Jefferson is a Partner, Investor Relations, at The Vistria Group, a private investment firm specializing in…

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Francisco Tezén

President & Chief Executive Officer

Francisco Tezén became President and CEO of A Better Chance in February 2020. He joined A Better…

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National Advisory Council

The National Advisory Council is a group of professionals under 40 dedicated to helping A Better Chance carry out its mission to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. Founded in 2009, the goal of the Council is to initiate and boost engagement for A Better Chance through a combination of fundraising and volunteer efforts. Each year the Council hosts The Rising Stars Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of rising professionals of color.

For information on joining the National Advisory Council, please contact events@abetterchance.org or 646-346-1330.

Council Leadership

Nicole Melwood

Director, Commonfund Asset Management

Council Members

Lisa Brice

Ballard Spahr LLP

Lauren Vick Burthey

J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Lawrenceville School, 2005*

David Cox

New Canaan A Better Chance, 2005*

Khary Dennis

State Street Global Advisors
St. Andrew's School, 2013*

Rishi Gopaul

Lapine Associates
Simsbury A Better Chance 1997*

Sadasia McCutchen

Trevor Day School, 2013*

Jarron Smith


Regwood Snipes

PetVet Care Centers
Deerfield Academy, 2005*

Nicole Talerman

Bain & Company