Our Team

Fullbridge Coaches

Part mentor and part manager, Fullbridge Coaches ensure that participants leave the program with the real-world experience they need to land, and excel in, their dream job. We’ve assembled a top-flight team of successful business practitioners with degrees from top business schools and deep experience in professions such as management consulting, investment banking, general equity, and entrepreneurship.

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Valerie Griffin, Coach

Valerie is an experienced career consultant, coach, and program development professional. She specializes in career strategies, leadership development, and “fit” management. Valerie has significant experienced working with millennials and outplaced, experienced professionals.

She was formerly a Private Wealth Manager with Goldman Sachs, where she managed funds for investment managers, insurance companies, nonprofit institutions, and private wealth investors. She also worked in new business development and relationship management with GE. Valerie is MBTI certified and she also volunteers as college preparatory writing coach and grief buddy. She holds a BS from Roosevelt University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

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Caroline Kim Oh, Coach

Caroline is a former management consultant with extensive experience working with top Fortune 100 companies across professional services, healthcare, consumer products, and retail sectors. Her expertise is in business development and turnaround initiatives supported by strategic branding, marketing, and innovation investment.

Caroline’s recent experience includes serving in an advisory role to early-stage startup companies across multiple sectors. She is also a career coach, mentor, and MBA counselor for professionals in transition. Caroline holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Nabil Laoudji, Coach

Nabil is the founder of The Mantle Project, a social venture aimed at sparking deeper dialogue in communities. Prior to founding The Mantle Project, he was a consultant with TechnoServe, a nonprofit focused on business solutions to poverty, and Booz Allen Hamilton, where he advised a range of government clients. Nabil is particularly interested in systems thinking, ethnography, and storytelling. He holds a BBA from The College of William & Mary and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Kirstin Doyle Cooney, Coach

As a former analyst at International Finance Corporation, the private equity arm of the World Bank, Kirstin Doyle focused on infrastructure project finance in Africa and Latin America. She also worked in IFC’s Global Equity division, where she developed and structured equity investments in education and agribusiness. Prior to her work at IFC, Kirstin served as the Executive Director of PAIR, a non-profit serving young refugees resettled in the Houston area. Kirstin began her career as an analyst in the Oil & Gas investment banking group of Goldman Sachs.

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Scott Hilton-Clarke, Coach

Scott is the Founder and Managing Partner of Inspiration Labs, a firm focused on helping early and late-stage companies expand internationally into emerging markets. Scott has spent much of his 25-year career working with and mentoring senior executives and entrepreneurs to achieve superior organizational performance and personal leadership effectiveness. His professional interests include entrepreneurship, human capital development, leadership mentoring, post-secondary education and international business development.

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Monica Schulze-Hodges, Coach

Monica’s 25-year career includes roles as CEO for an Internet startup, General Manager for a large division of a public company, Senior Marketing Executive for several high-growth businesses and Consultant / CEO-right-hand for a wide variety of small companies. Her career focus as an executive and as a consultant is in developing products and marketing strategies that employ data and the Internet to drive profitable growth for B2B businesses and their clients.

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Spencer Irvine, Coach

Spencer is a technology entrepreneur with a background in aerospace engineering. He has experience in product management, technology strategy, and entrepreneurship. His company, AirVentions, uses proprietary technology to improve airport safety and ground operations. Early in his career, Spencer worked on F-35 and C-130 aircraft at Lockheed Martin.

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Paul Kirkitelos, Coach

Paul was previously a consultant at McKinsey & Company specializing in optimizing performance for technology and Internet companies, with a focus on corporate finance. He has also been founder or an early team member of companies in a wide variety of fields, including medical devices, hedge fund and asset management, nutritional supplements, oil and gas, and Internet video. Paul has also served in an advisory capacity for a number of early-stage companies around the globe, and his extensive travel experience has helped feed his interest in understanding the differences and similarities between cultures throughout the world. Paul is also a former Research Fellow with NASA’s Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics.

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Jo-Ann Robotti, Coach

Jo-Ann has a wide range of marketing, new business, and general management experience that spans consumer products brand management, non-profit organizations, high-level consulting for the Fortune 500, and entrepreneurial endeavors. She is a founding partner of DFDesigns, a web-based apparel company. Previously, Jo-Ann was senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Reminders-On-Line/MediMOM, an Internet-based health and wellness reminder service, and a co-founder of its overseas successor, Mobile Health Diary. She was the founding principal of The Next Group, and director of projects at BrainReserve, the futurist marketing consultancy started by Faith Popcorn, where she was a popular speaker on the company’s trend-identification process and widely-quoted in the press. Jo-Ann currently serves on the board of trustees of her alma matter, Simmons College.

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Nedra Fears, Coach

Nedra is an economic development expert who specializes in strategic planning, financial modeling, community development financing, and program management. She provides project management services to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and government. Nedra recently developed a $17 million nine-block redevelopment plan for an Atlanta community development corporation. As a former Investment Officer with Fannie Mae, Nedra marketed and underwrote $108 million in multifamily and equity products and $88 million in single-family lending products. As an Assistant Commissioner with the City of Chicago Department of Housing, she managed a retail lending division that provided $850 million of community lending products. She is a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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Ingrid Toppelberg, Coach

Ingrid began her career in private equity and then moved into management consulting with McKinsey & Company. Her consulting experience spans eight countries in Latin America, the US, and Europe across a broad range of industries and functions, from retail to oil and gas, strategy to operations, and multinational corporations to Silicon Valley start-ups. Ingrid is especially interested in leadership development and innovative methods of complex problem solving, which were her areas of focus in her MBA program.

Advisors & Thought Leaders

The Fullbridge Program works with a world-class roster of advisors, investors and thought leaders who are committed to helping us become the leading career accelerator addressing the global job skills gap.

 

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Tim Butler, Contributor

Harvard Business School

Tim Butler is a Senior Fellow and the Director of Career Development Programs at Harvard Business School and has taught executive education programs and lectured at business schools throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Tim has consulted to senior managers at organizations ranging from small technology start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations.

Tim is also the co-founder of CareerLeader, a career assessment and development program used by over 300 business schools and corporations around the world. He has worked extensively with students on their career discovery and professional growth and has authored several books on this topic, including Discovering Your Career in Business, The Twelve Bad Habits That Hold Good People Back, and Getting Unstuck: How Dead Ends Become New Paths.

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Barry Calpino, Contributor

Kraft Innovation

Barry Calpino is Vice President of Breakthrough Innovation at Kraft Foods Group. He has 20 years of consumer packaged goods marketing experience, with 14 of those years spent mostly or entirely focused on leading Innovation. Other leading companies he has worked for include SC Johnson, Kellogg’s and Wrigley, where he led Gum and Candy innovation for North America. Barry has an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Marquette and an MBA from Kellogg-Northwestern.

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David Wong,

David H. Wong is Partner of DHW Capital, LLC. Mr. Wong is Founder of DHW Capital and serves as its President. In his investment career, he has led over 100 acquisitions spanning a diverse array of industries. Wong holds a B.A. in economics from Harvard University, and an MBA from the Stanford University.

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Clay Christensen,

Innovation Entrepreneur

Professor, author and entrepreneur Clayton Christensen is considered the world’s foremost authority on disruptive innovation. Named the World’s Most Influential Management Thinker (2011), he is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, as well as a best-selling author of nine books and more than a hundred articles. He has been awarded the Abernathy, Newcomen, James Madison and Circle Prizes, and is a five-time recipient of the McKinsey Award. He is the founder of several successful companies including CPS Technologies, Innosight, and Rose Park Advisors. A former White House Fellow, Clayton holds a B.A. in economics from Brigham Young University, an M.Phil. in applied econometrics from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Cliff Atkinson, Contributor

Beyond Bullet Points

Cliff Atkinson is a renowned expert in visual presentation and the author of Beyond Bullet Points, a best-selling guide to the influential three-step communication method he’s taught at Fortune 500 companies including Sony, Toyota, Facebook, and Microsoft. A popular keynote speaker, and independent consultant to top attorneys, Cliff’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Fox News.

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Diane Hessan, Contributor

Communispace Corporation

Diane Hessan is President and CEO of Communispace Corporation, a leading provider of web-based software and services that help companies leverage the power of the way that employees and customers communicate online. She is co-author of the best-selling book Customer-Centered Growth: Five Strategies for Building Competitive Advantage, and has received many awards and citations for her leadership and workplace innovation, including Ernst & Young’s Regional Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year. Diane also sits on the boards of numerous organizations including Tufts University, Panera Bread, and The Boston Philharmonic. She is summa cum laude graduate of Tufts University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Jose Santos, Contributor

INSEAD

Jose Santos is a Professor of Global Management at INSEAD in Fountainbleau, France. His research and teaching focus on the management of the multinational enterprise, particularly on the management of global integration and global innovation. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and “Professor Catedratico Convidado” at UCP, Portugal. In 2001, Harvard Business School published the book From Global to Metanational: How Companies Win in the Knowledge Economy, which Jose co-authored with colleagues Yves Doz and Peter Williamson. Prior to his time in education, Jose served as CEO of Segafredo Zanetti, a multinational espresso company based in Italy.

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Ed Mathias, Director/Advisor

The Carlyle Group

Ed Mathias is Managing Director of The Carlyle Group and a member of the firm’s board of directors. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Mathias was a member of the Management Committee and Board of Directors of T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Ed serves as a member of the Investment Committees for Carlyle Growth, Asia Growth, European Technology, Middle East Northern Africa, Mexico Growth, and The Riverstone Funds. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he currently serves as a Trustee Emeritus.

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Michael Moe, Director/Advisor

GSV Capital

Michael Moe is co-founder of Global Silicon Valley Asset Management and the GSV family of companies. Since founding GSV in 2010, he has been its Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. Michael is also the co-founder and CEO of The Next Companies and had been advising emerging growth companies for over 20 years.

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David Moss, Contributor

Harvard Business School

David A. Moss is the John G. McLean Professor at Harvard Business School, where he chairs the Business, Government, and the International Economy unit. He has published three books and numerous articles on the subject of economic policy and government risk, and is the founder of the Tobin Project, a nonprofit research organization. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University, and an M.A. in economics and Ph.D. in history from Yale University.

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Randy Komisar, Contributor

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Veteran entrepreneur and venture capitalist Randy Komisar is a lecturer on entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and co-author of Getting to Plan B, a best selling book on innovation. Co-founder of Claris Corporation, and former CEO for LucasArts Entertainment, he has also held CEO posts at WebTV and Global Giving. He is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers where he focuses on digital and greentech practices. Prior to joining the firm, he served as CFO of GO Corp, and senior counsel for Apple. Randy holds a B.A. in economics from Brown University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Larry Summers, Director/Advisor

United States Secretary of the Treasury

Larry Summers served as United States Secretary of the Treasury from 1999 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. He was Director of the White House United States National Economic Council for President Barack Obama from January 2009 until November 2010. He was also a professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 1993, he received the John Bates Clark Medal for his work in several fields of economics. Summers also served as the President of Harvard University from 2001 to 2006.

Fullbridge Team

Meet our team! The Fullbridge Program has brought together innovative business leaders and top educators to create career acceleration programs designed to deliver essential business skills through transformational mentoring, professional connections and an active global alumni community.

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Peter Olson, Co-CEO & Founder

Peter Olson is Co-CEO and founder of the Fullbridge Program. He is a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School. Peter is the former CEO at publisher Random House, and served on the Executive Board of Bertelsman AG. He is an attorney and investment banker in Japan and Germany. He holds a BA from Harvard University, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Candice Carpenter Olson, Co-CEO & Founder

The Fullbridge Program

Candice Carpenter Olson is Co-CEO and founder of the Fullbridge Program. As Founder and CEO of iVillage.com, she became one of the first women to lead an IPO in the U.S. She’s held executive positions at American Express and Time Warner, and been an advisor at AOL. She is an Emmy Award winner and a recipient of the MIT Award for Entrepreneurship. She holds a BA from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Stephen Melvin, Chief Financial Officer

Stephen began his career as a CPA for Deloitte Haskins & Sells and Assistant Controller for Paramount Picture Corporation. He has been the CFO of several companies, including a real estate investment company, a computer training company and The Princeton Review, a public for-profit education company. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from New York University.

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Rick O'Donnell, Senior Vice President for New Markets

Rick founded and served as CEO of College Portfolio, which was later acquired by Fullbridge. He is a three-time cabinet appointee in Colorado, including serving as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. Passionate about education reform and entrepreneurship, he was the Founding President of The Fund for Colorado’s Future and President of the Acton Foundation of Entrepreneurial Excellence.  Rick currently serves on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity.

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Kelly Skinner, Vice President, Program and Platform Development

Kelly Skinner oversees all program and curriculum development at Fullbridge. Before Fullbridge, Kelly spent five years in strategy consulting where she led consulting engagements to Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, health care and retail industries. Prior to that, Kelly was General Manager of a US operating subsidiary of Van Houtte, Inc. Kelly holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Stefan Evers, Senior Vice President, Sales and Service

Stefan Evers is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Service at the Fullbridge Program. With over 20 years of sales and sales management experience, Stefan has a track record of building and leading teams to success. Most recently, Stefan was the National Sales Director at Forrester Research.  Prior to Forrester Research, Stefan held several senior sales leadership positions including Vice President of Sales at BigBad Interactive and Managing Director of Enterprise Sales and Service at Salary.com.  Stefan holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from DePaul University and a Bachelors Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Vilmos Csizmadia, Chief Technology Officer

Vilmos Csizmadia is the Chief Technology Officer at The Fullbridge Program. He previously spent 7 years at Wellesley Information Services (WIS), where he was responsible for architecting and developing the core set of web applications for managing and delivering content for the company’s event, publication and book businesses. His focus on usability, simplicity and performance has been a driving force in the development of The Fullbridge Platform as well as other technological initiatives. Vilmos holds both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

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Cara Ferragamo Murray, Vice President Marketing

Cara is a senior marketing and sales strategist with expertise in brand management and customer relationship marketing. Previously, she led digital strategy as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Teenlife Media, and as Director of Integrated Marketing at Harvard Magazine. Her experience in the publishing world also includes leadership positions at the Ivy League Magazine Network, Boston Magazine, and Condé Nast. Cara studied at La Sorbonne, and holds a BA from Boston College.

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Simon Colley, Vice President, Education

Simon Colley’s background includes twenty years of leadership and innovation in the education sector. Prior to joining Fullbridge, Simon served as the Director of Marine Operations for the national tall ship of Bermuda and as Captain of several tall ships delivering leadership programs on trans-oceanic voyages. His experience also includes over a decade with Outward Bound as a curriculum developer, staff trainer, and program manager, with groups ranging from corporate executives to youth offenders. Simon previously taught high school science in Australia and was instrumental in the early stage curriculum development of the U.S.-based Shackleton School. He holds a BS from James Cook University, a BEd from the University of Western Sydney, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Jessie Harris, Director of Strategic Projects & Operations

Building on her experience and success in developing large-scale entrepreneurship programs, Jessie collaborated with Stanford’s Amin Saberi (Founder / CEO of NovoEd1), and Eric Frank (Co-founder of Flat World Education and Co-Founder / CEO of Acrobatiq2) to craft Babson Global’s eLearning strategy and launch an eLearning pilot. Her expertise led her to develop strategic partnerships and co-branded program deals with iCarnegie Global Learning, US Department of State and Shorelight Education.

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Caroline Young, Director of Platform and Product Development

Caroline Young is the Director of Platform and Product Development at Fullbridge. She previously led the development of KIXEYE’s massive multiplayer online platform and several video games for Facebook and mobile platforms and was the lead producer of the game, Market Street, which secured Playdom’s acquisition by Disney in 2010 for $763 million. She also facilitates and coaches transformational leadership programs. Caroline holds a BS in Engineering Product Design from Stanford University. In her down time, she can be found on stage doing standup comedy, out sailing, or hanging from a rockclimbing wall.

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Jim Kalambokis, Creative Director

Jim is a seasoned creative with over 15 years of extensive experience in concept, art direction, design and development. Prior to Fullbridge, he was a senior creative at Arnold Worldwide, and has many years of freelance work under his belt.  Jim received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and is also a fine artist whose work has been shown at various New England galleries and shows. In a prior life, Jim was a hair stylist and salon owner but currently only cuts his 4 year old’s hair.

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Rya Conrad-Bradshaw, Executive Director, College and University Programs

Rya Conrad-Bradshaw leads development of new programs with college partners and clients. A former consultant with McKinsey & Company, Rya is particularly interested in education innovation, organizational learning, and how to create transformational impact for students. Rya also has experience in non-profit strategy and innovation, including art programming, and educational, consumer, and health technology. Rya has been a Fullbridge coach and also an instructor and lecturer for a number of business and art related events. She completed her MBA at MIT Sloan, MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a BA at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Becky Fisher, Managing Director, Fullbridge West Coast

Becky Fisher is the managing director of Fullbridge West Coast. Previously, Becky was the founder of San Francisco-based career accelerator, Beyond Business, which provided college students and recent graduates with an immersion course in business and the Silicon Valley tech industry. As a former educator and consultant, Becky has designed innovative, tech-integrated curriculum for her own classroom, as well as worked with education companies including EdSurge, Edutopia, Kidaptive, Drawp, and Launchpad Toys. Becky holds a Masters Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelors Degree from Northwestern University.

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Jim Pautz, Program Operations & Talent

Jim Pautz leads coach recruiting, hiring, and staffing for Fullbridge. A former senior admissions officer for Harvard College, Jim’s professional interests include human capital management, post-secondary education, and social enterprise. In addition to his coaching experience with Fullbridge participants, Jim serves as a resident tutor focusing on career advice at Currier House, one of Harvard College’s twelve upperclass residential communities. He holds an AB from Harvard College, EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Kim Olds, Managing Director, Sales & Client Service

Kim Olds is a seasoned project manager and enrollment management leader with a notable skill set in organizing, motivating and managing teams. Kim has worked in the education space for most of her career. Most recently, Kim was with Bay State College for seven years where she was on the Leadership Team as the Director of Admissions. Prior to Bay State College, Kim’s work spanned across K-12 institutions where she spent time in enrollment and teaching, as well as consulting to environmentally focused companies. Kim holds a Bachelors Degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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Ehab Al-Bakri, MENA Regional General Manager

Ehab Al-Bakri is the primary point of contact for clients in MENA. He works closely with Fullbridge’s Cambridge, USA office to ensure alignment of deliverables with client requirements for quality, cultural sensitivity, and timelines. He has more than 12 years of experience in the banking industry; his latest role in banking was Cash Management & Trade Group General Manager where he succeeded in positioning the bank as the top service provider for Cash Management and Trade. In addition Ehab served as a senior coach and mentor for the new employees. Ehab holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering and Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is a citizen of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is fluent in Arabic and English.

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, Managing Director, Saudi Arabia

Abeer graduated from Jubail College with a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and Education, and is expecting her Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Oxford Said Business School in 2015. She started her career as a trainer, helping many women advance in their respected fields.  She also worked for Atos Origin ME (acquired by HP) and was part of the team who built Saudi Arabia’s Bill Payment System (SADAD). Prior to joining Fullbridge, she was Head of the Transformation and Change Department in Saudi Hollandi Bank.

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Anne Kauth, Chief of Staff

Anne Kauth directs operations for the CEO and manages talent acquisition and development. With prior experience in project management and communications, Anne is passionate about education reform, organizational behavior, and moving the needle on student achievement. Anne has worked for The Women in Public Service Project, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, The White House National Economic Council, The U.S. Mission to the EU, Harvard University, several state and national political campaigns, and has spent time working in Brussels and Beijing. A native Minnesotan and Fulbright grantee, Anne studied at l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris (SciencesPo) and holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.

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Chris Compean, Director of City Programs

Chris Compean leads the direct recruitment of college students into the city programs. He has previous data-analysis experience in startups in the education and Internet advertising space. A Bill Gates Millennium Scholar, Chris is interested in helping students gain the most from their education. He received his BA in finance from MIT while minoring in mathematics and concentrating in economics.

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Elmer Bartek, Managing Director, Law Programs

Elmer Bartek has over 30 years of experience in educational research and technology sales across multiple industries. He is focused on ensuring Fullbridge’s legal industry clients have the necessary skills and resources available to maximize their own client service initiatives. Prior to joining Fullbridge, Elmer managed major accounts for Forrester Research, developing an impressive record in building relationships and helped global organizations achieve their strategic sales and business development goals. Elmer holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement & Evaluation from Boston College.

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Cori Allen, Product Manager

Cori Allen is a Kansas transplant in Boston. After graduating from Babson College, she got hooked on Ruby on Rails and joined Fullbridge as a Web Developer with a passion for business education. She combined her entrepreneurial background and love for programming to step into the role of Product Manager for the Fullbridge Tech Team. Cori participates in and helps organize Boston Ruby Women, RailsBridge Boston, and the Boston chapter of Queer Women Who Tech. In her time away from work, Cori most enjoys spending time with family traveling, visiting the beach, tasting good wine, and stock-piling sheep in Settlers of Catan.

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Elena Butler, Corporate Development Manager

Elena Butler is a former Bain consultant in San Francisco, she is particularly interested in education and global development. While at Bain, Elena spent six months in rural Ghana working for Global Agri-Development Company (GADCO), where she trained local managers to use operational data for planning and reporting. She is a former Fulbright Scholar to Malaysia, and has taught at San Francisco University High School and The Breakthrough Collaborative. Elena received an AB in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College.

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Ben Cassidy, Production Assistant

Ben Cassidy is a Production Assistant on the Program Development team. He assists with a variety of editorial and production tasks, such as proofreading content for Fullbridge’s online platforms and in-class materials. Before he joined Fullbridge, Ben spent a year as a freelance writer and editor, creating and reviewing content for several publishing and marketing firms. Ben earned a BA from the University of Michigan, majoring in English and Communication Studies.

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Mike Dennis, Sr. Video Producer

Mike is the Senior Video Producer at The Fullbridge Program. Prior to joining Fullbridge in the Fall of 2010, he worked for a small media company, producing web video content for a major K-12 publisher. He has also pursued numerous freelance and creative projects in photography, music, and film production. Mike received a BA in Communication as well as a Film Studies Certificate at UMass Amherst, and he co-created and hosted a weekly campus affairs and news show, “UMass Yak Back!” Mike likes cats but, regretfully, does not currently own one.

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Michael Zaccardo, Director of Instrustructual Technology

Michael Zaccardo is the Director of Instrustructual Technology at Fullbridge. Mike provides technical support for Fullbridge employees as well as Fullbridge Program coaches and participants. Mike originally studied audio/music production and sound engineering at the New England Institute of Art Boston. He started his career working for the Massachusetts Department of Youth services where he spent four years as a supervisor overseeing all staff, youthful offender residents and unit operations. His interests in technology and computing began at a young age and he has been teaching himself ever since. Michael is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), with a wide range of technological and application understanding and knowhow.

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Li Liang, Program Development Director

Li Liang is a Program Development Director at Fullbridge. Prior to Fullbridge, Li has spent years working in strategy, management, finance, and incubating innovative businesses for Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and international companies in Asia. She has also done work with entrepreneurs in Africa to improve performance of small and medium-sized companies and economic development. Having taught in the earlier part of her career, Li now actively volunteers with youth empowerment nonprofit organizations in the Boston area. Li has a BA from Wellesley College and an MA in International Relations and Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

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Chelsie Dias, Marketing Manager

Chelsie Dias is a member of the Program Development team at Fullbridge. Before joining Fullbridge she studied art history at Smith College where she co-founded the Fund for Innovative Artists. Chelsie served as a Senior Art Conservation Apprentice for three years and co-curated multiple exhibitions, volunteered at the South African National Gallery, and collaborated on numerous art collectives that explore technology in the museum space. A proud graduate of the Fullbridge Program, Chelsie followed her interest in communications to make the switch from the art world to the world of education.

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Kerry Donohue, Graphic Designer

Kerry started her career working at Pearson Education as a designer after attending Massachusetts College of Art & Design. She has spent time designing motion graphics, infographics, writing copy, and video editing. When she isn’t in the office she can be found in a museum or on a body of water(frozen or non).

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Kevin Ferrone, Director of Higher Education Partnerships

Kevin Ferrone is Director of Higher Education Partnerships at the Fullbridge Program. An educator and entrepreneur, Kevin has built several international education programs in the US and abroad. He spent five years in China where he co-founded a study abroad organization, before managing program development for China at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). He’s built and managed higher education partnerships in the US and abroad, and is passionate about transforming lives through experiential education. Kevin holds a BA in business economics from Brown University, and EdM in Global studies in education from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign. He speaks English and Chinese.

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Rachel Gibson, Manager of Corporate Partnerships

Rachel Gibson supports the partnership development of the Corporate Development team. Prior to Fullbridge, Rachel worked at Harvard Law School and Harvard Medical School. She holds a BA from Wellesley College.

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Angela Helfrich, Director of College and University Partnerships

Angela Helfrich has significant experience in higher education, most recently at Xerox, and previously at Blackboard and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Angela is completing her MBA at Columbia Business School and holds a BA in Communications at North Carolina State University.

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Ben Orrell, Associate Director of Infrastructure

Ben Orrell attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and graduated with a bachelors in communication in 2008. After graduation, he began an administrative role for a healthcare company in Boston but was brought into the IT department after becoming proficient with the company’s software. Three years later,  he landed a great IT support job at a major advertising agency in Boulder, Colorado. While there, he led a team of twelve IT support engineers and became a certified Apple technician which developed his great love for all things Apple. After 2 years , he moved back to Boston and is now supporting the day-to-day technical needs of The Fullbridge Program.

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Katie Majeski, Director of Program Management

Katie is the Director of Program Management at Fullbridge. Previously, she led Product development of Millennial Media’s Cross-Screen Advertising and Rich Media offerings. She also held Project Management, Operations, Training, and Account Management positions at Jumptap (acquired by Millennial Media), iProspect and Monster.com. Outside of Fullbridge, you’re likely to find Katie pounding the pavement as she ran her first Boston Marathon in 2014, with no plans to stop. She also plays in and serves as the Commissioner of the Boston Women’s Flag Football League. She holds a BS from Boston University’s College of Communication, where she was a Blue Chip award recipient.

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Dan Pozzie, Senior Web Developer

Dan Pozzie is a Senior Web Developer at The Fullbridge Program. Before he joined, he previously worked as a developer and technical leader at CNN, Sports Illustrated, NCAA.com, the New York State Senate and Nuance Communications. He’s passionate about turning great ideas into code, scaling applications, and creating holistic solutions to solve tough technical challenges. Dan is self-taught and uses that chip on his shoulder to constantly live on the cutting edge of technology.

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Mark Roberto, Account Development Manager

Mark Roberto is an Account Development Manager for the Sales and Delivery Team. Working as an outdoor orientation leader, Mark developed a passion for education through experiential learning and team building. He received his BA in History from Connecticut College and completed the Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Mark is interested in backpacking, dancing, and has been vegetarian for 1,345 days.

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Krystyna Sadowski, Chief of Staff

Krystyna Sadowski works closely with the CEOs as the Chief of Staff. She serves a wide variety of functions and is the main support system for Candice and Peter Olson. She graduated from Bryant University in 2009 with a BS in Marketing and Communications and has previously worked for MetLife and Harvard Business Publishing. When not busy planning our company off-sites and being the CEOs right hand, Krystyna enjoys spinning, traveling, and all things New York.

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Keith Schepis, Senior Accountant

Keith Schepis is a Senior Accountant managing reconciliations, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and benefits administration. He’s worked at Fullbridge for two years and considers himself the resident expert in Microsoft Excel. Before Fullbridge, he studied computer engineering and economics at University of Massachusets, Amherst. On the side he plays ice-hockey and is the treasurer for the International Dendological Research institute.

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Arif Shaikh, Director of Program Development

Arif Shaikh, Director of Program Development, Business and Financial Analysis, at Fullbridge, has an extensive background in Business and Financial Analysis. Before joining Fullbridge, Mr. Shaikh was Director of Business Development at a technology startup. Mr. Shaikh has over a decade of experience at asset management firms analyzing corporate securities across the capital structure, specializing in distressed debt and special-situations. Mr. Shaikh holds an undergraduate degree in Applied Math and Economics from Brown University.

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Adesola Oje, Account Development Manager

Adesola Oje was born and raised in Nigeria, and moved to the US to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering at Mississippi State University. Here, she developed a passion in creating and sustaining professional relationships. Outside of her professional life, Adesola loves to sing and is an avid fan of The Big Bang Theory.

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Avani Sharma,

Avani Sharma, born and raised in New Delhi, India, attended the Mahindra United World College where she learnt the value of an international education and accepted that a career in singing was not for her. She made her way to Skidmore College where she studied Psychology and studio art. Back in India, Avani has the privilege of being part of a family of 4 dogs and an annoying peacock. She is an avid horse rider and made her mark as a 2 time national gold medal winner.

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Jonathan Tablada, Account Development Manager

Jonathan Tablada provides business development and client management on the College and University Programs team. Prior to Fullbridge, he advised clients to meet their financial goals at Bank of America for over six years. Jonathan attends Lesley University with a major in Business Management. Also, he is VP of the MIT chapter of Toastmasters, an international public speaking organization, where he has won multiple public speaking competitions.

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Biz Jacobs, Social Media & Marketing Manager

Biz is the Social Media and Marketing Manager at the Fullbridge Program. Prior to joining, Biz worked as the social media manager at a digital marketing agency just outside of Boston, producing and implementing strategy for over 200 clients. Biz’s other passion is blogging about hockey. She covered the Boston Bruins for four years, including in 2011 when they won the Stanley Cup. She earned her B.A. in English/Journalism from the University of New Hampshire in 2009.

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Rick Croteau, Client Services Manager

Rick Croteau specializes in Client Management and Program Delivery. A former member of AmeriCorps, Rick developed a passion for education during his time at Hobart & William Smith Colleges where he received a dual-B.A. degree in Architecture and English Studies. Prior to joining Fullbridge, he served as a Project Manager in the supply-chain industry where he managed client relationships and logistics for Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies. A native New Englander, Rick has a passion for the outdoors, volunteering, and old men’s league sports.