Wilson Beebe, Jr.
Executive Consultant, Thanexus, Inc. and New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association
The architect and founder of Thanexus, Inc., a cooperative offering human resource management, marketing, communications, and financial services to New Jersey’s independently-owned funeral homes, Mr. Beebe recently retired after simultaneously serving for thirty years as the Executive Director/CEO of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association. Mr. Beebe currently sits as a trustee of the Association Master Trust, a New Jersey domiciled health benefits trust, and as a director of the National Cooperative Bank, N.A. From 2002 to 2014, Mr. Beebe was a director of the National Cooperative Business Association, serving as board chair from 2011-2013.
Dana K. Bezerra
Vice President, Capital Markets, The F.B. Heron Foundation
Dana K. Bezerra joined The F.B. Heron Foundation in 2006. In this role, she is responsible for deal sourcing, identifying and developing relationships across a spectrum of investors, syndicating capital when possible, and cultivating opportunities to deploy the full range of Heron’s “toolbox” including grants, program related investments and market-rate mission related investments. Prior to joining Heron, Ms. Bezerra was with Merrill Lynch in the Private Banking & Investment Group where she specialized in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management. Ms. Bezerra serves on the steering committees for Mission Investors’ Exchange and Markets for Good and as a reviewer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of its Grand Challenge Exploration Program.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Housing Partnership Network
Tom Bledsoe is the Chief Executive Officer of the Housing Partnership Network and three affiliates—the Housing Partnership Fund, Housing Partnership Ventures and Housing Partnership Insurance. He is Vice Chairman of the Charter School Financing Partnership, a partnership launched by the Network in 2008 in collaboration with five member organizations. Mr. Bledsoe is also Board Chairman of the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, a New Orleans-based nonprofit development company created by the Network in response to the 2005 hurricanes that devastated the region. He became the first full-time President of the Housing Partnership Network in 1998. Under his leadership, the Network has become the leading voice for the high-capacity, partnership-based nonprofits in the affordable housing industry; has launched innovative, high-impact efforts and business enterprises; and has been repeatedly recognized by Fast Company magazine as one of the leading social capitalists in the country.
Executive Director, Overseas Cooperative Development Council
Mr. Hazen is the executive director of the Overseas Cooperative Development Council. Prior to joining OCDC, Hazen was CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based National Cooperative Business Association. During his 25-year tenure with the organization, he held key positions, including chief operating officer, vice president of public policy, vice president of member services and director of consumer cooperatives. Hazen is active in cooperative matters at many levels including helping found dotCoop LLC, the top-level domain for cooperatives around the world; leading IMPACT, an initiative to document the economic and social benefits cooperatives provide in the developing world; and serving on the board of the International Cooperative Alliance. Hazen holds a B.A. in economics and finance from the University of Wisconsin.
President & Chief Executive Officer, PRL, Inc.
Janis Herschowitz is President & Chief Executive Officer of PRL, Inc., a position she has held since 1989. She leads a management team with over 350 years experience in the foundry industry, whose niche is to provide complete turnkey capabilities for high specification work, with over 80 percent of their castings being utilized in the military, nuclear power or petro-chemical industries. With headquarters in Cornwall, Pennsylvania, PRL, Inc. is the holding company for four corporations: PRL Industries, Brenner Machine Company, LTC, Inc. and Regal Cast, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer, Level Playing Field Institute
Eli Kennedy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Level Playing Field Institute, a non-profit focused on helping students from STEM communities enter and succeed in STEM majors and careers. As the CEO of LPFI, Eli will lead a rapid expansion of LPFI’s programs. Since graduating from the Wharton School in 2004, Eli has dedicated his career to improving America’s educational systems. Prior to LPFI, Eli served as the Senior Vice President at Redbird Advanced Learning, an organization grounded in foundational and ongoing research by Stanford University. Prior to joining Redbird, Eli was the President and Chief Executive Officer for Pacific Charter School Development (PCSD), one of the largest developers of charter schools in the country. Eli’s background also includes serving as the Director at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and as a Regional Director for Platform Learning. Eli’s passion for educational development began when he started tutoring students at the age of 10.
Board Chair | Senior Advisor, CoMetrics
Rosemary Mahoney is a senior advisor at CoMetrics. She was a founding partner of MainStreet Cooperative Group, LLC, Director of New Venture Development for Cooperative Solutions, LLC, and Executive Director of Cooperative Development Services. Ms. Mahoney’s domestic experiences in purchasing cooperatives, agricultural marketing cooperatives, consumer cooperatives and shared-service cooperatives have expanded to include international cooperative development in Eastern and Central Europe and Africa. Additionally, she was a founding board member and Chair of CooperationWorks!; a founding board member of dotCoop LLC; and a board member of the National Cooperative Business Association.
Mary Ann Rothman
Executive Director, The Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums
Mary Ann Rothman is Executive Director of the Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums (CNYC Inc.), a membership organization providing information, education and advocacy to and for more than 2,300 housing cooperatives and condominiums in the greater New York area. She has served in this capacity for more than 35 years. Ms. Rothman is a member of the boards of the National Cooperative Bank (NCB), the National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC) and the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB).
Charles E. Snyder
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Cooperative Bank
Charles E. Snyder is the president and chief executive officer of National Cooperative Bank and leads its Executive Council, a team of senior managers representing business development units and functional areas across the company. Mr. Snyder joined NCB in 1983 as corporate vice president and chief financial officer. In 1992, he was named president and chief executive officer.
Mr. Snyder serves on numerous boards, including the Consumer Federation of America, National Cooperative Business Association, a membership association representing every type of cooperative in America. In 2011, Mr. Snyder was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame and in 2007 received the Jerry Voorhis Award, the National Association of Housing Cooperative’s most prestigious honor. Both awards recognize Mr. Snyder for his longstanding work of promoting and preserving cooperatives.
Board Vice Chair | Chief Executive Officer at Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
Dan Varner is the Chief Executive Officer at Goodwill Industries of Great Detroit, an organization focused on employment training, education, support and job placement programs. Prior to joining Goodwill, Dan led Excellent Schools Detroit, worked as a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on both the Michigan and Education & Learning teams. He is also the cofounder and former CEO of a nationally-recognized, award-winning youth development organization called Think Detroit. Dan led Think Detroit through a merger with Detroit PAL and continued to serve as CEO after the merger, which created the largest provider of award-winning youth development sports programs in Detroit, serving over 10,000 participants annually. Dan is an attorney by training, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School.
Thomas W. Walsh
Assurance Partner (Retired), PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Mr. Walsh has over 38 years of auditing and accounting experience. He is presently serving as a Director and Audit Committee Chair for the U.S. subsidiaries of Legal & General Group Plc, and is a senior advisor to the Board of Armed Forces Benefit Association, a nonprofit entity dedicated to service to active duty and retired military service members. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Walsh served as the audit engagement partner on numerous SEC registered and private financial services industry clients including insurance companies; commercial and retail bank holding companies; mortgage lenders; real estate developers and investors; health care insurers; and securities broker/dealers. Mr. Walsh’s experience has also included government-sponsored enterprises, major multinational lending organizations, financial service industry regulators and related entities, as well as commercial enterprises and nonprofit organizations such as hospitals and a major university.