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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

Sheila Marmon has a passion for the launch and operation of new businesses in the digital media…

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Rhonda Trotter

  • Board of Directors
  • Vice Chair

Arnold & Porter LLP

Rhonda R. Trotter is a Partner in the Complex Commercial Litigation Group at Arnold & Porter LLP….

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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 24 years of investment…

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Francisco Tezén

  • Board Members At Large
  • Board of Directors

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