Wilson Beebe, Jr.
Executive Consultant, Thanexus, Inc. and New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association
Wilson Beebe is an Executive Consultant to Thanexus, Inc., a cooperative offering human resource management, marketing, communications, and financial services to New Jersey’s independently-owned funeral homes; Mr. Beebe founded Thanexus in 2000 and served as its President from 2000-2015. Mr. Beebe simultaneously serves as an Executive Consultant to the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, having retired as its Chief Executive Officer in 2015 after thirty years in that position; a trustee of the Association Master Trust; and a director of the National Cooperative Bank, N.A. Mr. Beebe also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) from 2002 to 2014, and as the Chairman of the NCBA Board from 2011 to 2013. Mr. Beebe earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Fordham University.
Dana K. Bezerra
Vice President, Capital Markets, The F.B. Heron Foundation
Dana Bezerra joined The F.B. Heron Foundation (Heron) in 2006. She is presently the Senior Vice President of Heron. Ms. Bezerra is or has been a member of the Accelerator Advisory Committee for The Nature Conservancy; Steering Committee of the Mission Investors’ Exchange; a member of the Steering Committee of Markets for Good; and a reviewer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of its Grand Challenge Exploration Program. Ms. Bezerra specialized in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management in the Private Banking & Investment Group of Merrill Lynch from 1999 to 2005. Ms. Bezerra earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business and Public Policy from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Housing Partnership Network
Thomas Bledsoe became the first Chief Executive Officer of the Housing Partnership Network (HPN) in 1998. HPN is an entrepreneurial business cooperative of the nation’s premier nonprofit developers, owners and lenders in the affordable housing and community development community. Under his leadership HPN has launched and incubated a dozen social enterprises to drive innovation and scaled impact for its 100 member organizations. These include a CDFI, an insurance company, a real estate investment trust (REIT), and development companies in New Orleans and Detroit. Mr. Bledsoe was the President of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership from 1990 to 1997; the Deputy Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Communities and Development from 1987 to 1990; and the founding Director of the Office of Neighborhood Services in Boston from 1984 to 1987. Mr. Bledsoe earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University (CT) and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Executive Director, Overseas Cooperative Development Council
Paul Hazen has been the Executive Director of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) since 2012; Mr. Hazen was a member of the Board of Directors of OCDC from 1999 to 2011, and the Chairman of the OCDC Board from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Hazen is Chair of the Community Purchasing Alliance Cooperative Board of Directors. Mr. Hazen served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) from 1999 to 2011, and in other executive level positions at the NCBA from 1989 to 1999. Mr. Hazen was President of DotCooperation LLC from 2000 to 2011. Mr. Hazen was on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Federation of America from 1987 to 2001; the Cooperative Development Foundation from 1999 to 2011; Cooperative Business International from 1999 to 2010; the International Cooperatives Alliance from 2006 to 2014, and he is currently a director of the National Cooperative Bank. Mr. Hazen earned a B.A. in Economics and Finance from the University of Wisconsin.
President & Chief Executive Officer, PRL, Inc.
Janis Herschkowitz has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of PRL, Inc. and its subsidiaries since 1989; the companies provide high specification castings for our nation’s military, nuclear, and industrial applications. Ms. Herschkowitz serves on the Pennsylvania Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Business, including serving as Chairman from to 2009 to 2010. Ms. Herschkowitz is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Consumer Cooperative Bank; Mutual Benefit Group; The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority; and The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. Ms. Herschkowitz served on the Business Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, serving as Chairman in 2001. Ms. Herschkowitz earned an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas and a B.A. in International Relations from Penn State University.
Chief Executive Officer, Level Playing Field Institute
Eli Kennedy has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI), a non-profit organization focused on helping students enter and succeed in STEM majors and careers, since 2016. Mr. Kennedy is also a member of the Board of Directors of Pacific Charter School Development (PCSD). Mr. Kennedy was the Senior Vice President – School Programs at Redbird Advanced Learning from 2014 to 2015; the President and Chief Executive Officer of PCSD from 2010 to 2014; the Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation from 2006 to 2010; and a Regional Director of Platform Learning from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Kennedy earned a B.B.A. in Finance from Howard University and a M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Board Chair | Senior Advisor, CoMetrics
Rosemary Mahoney has been a Senior Advisor to CoMetrics since 2013; Ms. Mahoney was the Chief Executive Officer of CoMetrics from 2008 to 2013. Ms. Mahoney was a founder of MainStreet Cooperative Group, LLC in 2002. Ms. Mahoney was the Director of New Venture Development of Cooperative Solutions, LLC, from 2000 to 2001; and the Executive Director of Cooperative Development Services from 1998 to 2000. Ms. Mahoney was a member of the Board of Directors of CooperationWorks! from 1999 to 2000; a member of the Board of Directors of DotCooperation LLC from 2001 to 2007 and 2009 to 2012; and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Cooperative Business Association from 2000 to 2015. Ms. Mahoney earned a B.S. degree from Illinois State University and a M.S. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Mary Ann Rothman
Executive Director, The Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums
Mary Ann Rothman has been the 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, since 1981. Ms. Rothman is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Cooperative Bank, N.A.; a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board. Ms. Rothman earned a B.A. degree from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. degree from Middlebury College.
Charles E. Snyder
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Cooperative Bank
Charles Snyder has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of National Cooperative Bank, N.A. (NCB) since 1992. Mr. Snyder also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of NCB’s wholly owned subsidiary, NCB, FSB. Mr. Snyder joined NCB in 1983 as Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Snyder earned a B.S. in Accounting from James Madison University and an M.B.A. from the George Washington University School of Business.
Board Vice Chair | Chief Executive Officer at Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
Dan Varner has been the Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, a non-profit organization focused on employment training, education, support and job placement programs for residents of Greater Detroit, since 2016. Mr. Varner served as Chief Executive Officer at Excellent Schools Detroit from 2011 to 2016, and worked as a Program Officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on both the Michigan and Education & Learning teams from 2010 to 2011. Mr. Varner was the cofounder of Think Detroit; he served as the Chief Operating/Finance Officer from 2000 to 2006, and the Chief Executive Officer of Think Detroit PAL, which was the result of a merger with the Detroit Police Athletic League, from 2006 to 2010. Mr. Varner earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.