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Mr. Ron Lumbra
Russell Reynolds Associates
KaBOOM! Board Chair
Ron Lumbra is a Managing Director and Co-Leader of the Russell Reynolds Associates CEO and Board Services practice in the Americas. He has more than 14 years of experience advising prominent global organizations on board director recruitment, CEO recruitment, and board/CEO succession planning. In addition, Ron has significant expertise advising on building boards in post-bankruptcy and other restructuring scenarios. Ron previously co-led the firm's operations in the Americas and before that ran the New York and Houston offices.
Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates in 1998, Ron was with Amoco Corporation, where he served as Regional Vice President for Latin America in their Power Resources business. Previously, he was Vice President for the Americas at The AES Corporation. Before that, he was a Principal with the Trammell Crow Company. Ron began his career as a sales engineer at Hewlett-Packard.
Ron is the Board Chairman of KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to creating playspaces for children. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Vermont. Ron was formerly a Board Director for the Alumni Association of the University of Vermont, the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York and the Houston Youth Symphony. Ron received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Ron's favorite playground game was tag. He's still hard to catch!
Mr. Bill Novelli
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
KaBOOM! Board Vice Chair
Bill Novelli is a professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. In addition to teaching in the MBA program, he is working to establish a center for social enterprise at the School. From 2001 to 2009, he was CEO of AARP, a membership organization of over 40 million people 50 and older. Prior to joining AARP, Mr. Novelli was President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, whose mandate is to change public policies and the social environment, limit tobacco companies' marketing and sales practices to children and serve as a counterforce to the tobacco industry and its special interests. He now serves as chairman of the board. Mr. Novelli is a recognized leader in social marketing and social change, and has managed programs in cancer control, diet and nutrition, cardiovascular health, reproductive health, infant survival, pay increases for educators, charitable giving and other programs in the U.S. and the developing world. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from Penn's Annenberg School for Communication, and pursued doctoral studies at New York University.
As a kid and aspiring Pittsburgh Pirate, Bill pitched a no-hitter in the Kneepants League in Bridgeville, PA.
Mr. Richard Devaney
KaBOOM! Board Treasurer
Mr. Timothy M. Fesenmyer
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
KaBOOM! Board Secretary
Timothy M. Fesenmyer is a corporate attorney concentrating primarily in mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate law. Mr. Fesenmyer’s mergers and acquisitions experience includes public and private transactions, negotiated acquisitions, joint ventures and other corporate transactions in a wide variety of industries. Mr. Fesenmyer also advises clients in connection with other non-transactional corporate, securities and business-related matters, including SEC reporting obligations and disclosure issues, corporate governance, and stockholder and compliance matters. Since 2008, Mr. Fesenmyer, together with several of his colleagues, has provided pro bono legal services to KaBOOM!. Mr. Fesenmyer has a B.A. from Miami University and an M.P.A. and J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He resides in Manhattan with his wife and their two children.
Tim still imagines that there is a pit full of hungry alligators under the monkey bars.
Mr. Tony Bucci
Chairman & CEO
Tony is chairman and chief executive officer of MARC, one of the nation’s largest independent marketing communications companies with more than 200 associates and full-service offices in Chicago and Pittsburgh plus MARCA Hispanic in Miami. He began his career at MARC as an assistant account executive and moved steadily up the ranks to be named Chairman in 1997. A pioneer in agency management, Tony has been a frequent speaker at business groups all over the world.
Tony is widely recognized for his leadership and philanthropic efforts and has won many honors for his contributions to his profession and to the community, including induction into the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation Hall of Fame, the Junior Achievement Golden Achievement Award, the Pittsburgh Opera Maecenas Award and the Vectors Man of the Year Award in Communications.
Tony is a member of the National Board of Directors of both Girls Inc. and KaBOOM!. Locally he serves on the Boards of the Civic Light Opera and the Pittsburgh Symphony. He is past national Chairman of the Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. He is also an Emeritus Board Member of Pittsburgh Public Theater and Manchester Craftsmans Guild.
Tony keeps a full drum set in his office. He plays with the MARC USA house band, Tony B. & The Lackeys.
Ms. Deborah A. Cowan
CFO & Treasurer
Deborah Cowan is CFO and Treasurer at NPR and oversees financial, planning, accounting, treasury and risk management operations. Prior to joining NPR, she was Senior Vice President at Radio One, Inc., where she was part of the senior management team, and led the Company’s financial and accounting operations. Her early career was spent in progressive CFO roles at IBM and as an auditor for Coopers & Lybrand. A certified public accountant, Ms. Cowan holds a BA in Accounting from Howard University and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia Business School. She currently serves on the board of Consumer Reports, and held prior board positions with the National Education Association Foundation and the Media Financial Management organizations.
One of Debbie's favorite pastimes is cooking, particularly baking, which all started when she got an Easy Bake Oven.
Mr. Robert DeMartini
President & CEO
New Balance Athletic Shoes
Rob DeMartini, President and CEO, joined the New Balance team in April 2007, bringing with him extensive knowledge and experience from a diverse background in consumer products business. Drawn to New Balance for its commitment to brand authenticity and responsible leadership, Mr. DeMartini achieved his first order of business in 2007 by guiding the company’s leadership team in the development of a responsible growth strategic plan. Mr. DeMartini’s strong business-building experience across various industries supports New Balance’s quest to lead the running industry and become a top global athletic brand. Prior to joining New Balance, his career at Procter & Gamble spanned 18 years, beginning in their Food & Beverage Division and including management roles with the Gillette Company, North American Snacks, and Millstone Coffee. Mr. DeMartini was awarded the 2011 Most Playful CEO by Playworks Inc. He received his BS in Finance from San Diego State University.
When Rob is not working he can be found on his bike just like when he was 10 years old!
Mr. Darell Hammond
Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Directors
Darell Hammond is founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, the national non-profit that works to ensure that ALL kids, particularly the 16 million American kids growing up in poverty, get the active play they need to become healthy and successful adults. Play is the essence of childhood, and a healthy balance of all types of play is critical to the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and creative development of kids who are able to thrive in the 21st century. In its 18-year history of giving kids the childhood they deserve, KaBOOM! has built over 2,400 playgrounds in partnership with low-income communities across America and catalyzed over 13,000 additional playgrounds, providing 6.6 million kids a great place to play, enlisting over 1 million volunteers to promote and protect play and mobilizing city leaders to create child-friendly, play-filled communities. An Ashoka Fellow, Hammond is the author of The New York Times Bestseller KaBOOM!: A Movement to Save Play, was the recipient of the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was named to the Forbes Magazine list of the world’s Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs.
Mr. Udaya Patnaik
Founder & Principal
Jump Associates LLC
Udaya Patnaik is a founder and principal of Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation firm. Jump helps companies create new businesses and reinvent existing ones, and helps government, foundations and nonprofits increase their impact. Mr. Patnaik helps clients manage innovation, create and commercialize new businesses, and transform organizations. He uses skills in systems thinking, facilitation and roadmapping to advise executives in technology, healthcare, consumer packaged goods, philanthropy and retail. Over the years, Mr. Patnaik has had the privilege of working with leaders at GE, Target, Harley-Davidson and FedEx to solve long term strategy issues while delivering rapid results. He is a frequent speaker on using innovation to drive growth. Prior to Jump, Mr. Patnaik worked for a non-profit community and economic development firm, providing technical assistance in finance, policy, and systems improvement. He also authored and contributed to guidebooks on project scoping, water system management, economic development and infrastructure financing. Mr. Patnaik continues to speak on infrastructure and environmental issues in economic development at different regional institutes. He has taught at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and holds a degree in Civil Engineering, also from Stanford.
As a kid, Udaya played so much make-believe Star Wars that he owes royalties.
Ms. Stephanie Gaillard White
Vice President of Human Resources
Stephanie Gaillard White is the Vice President of Human Resources for MWV (MeadWestvaco Corporation), a global packaging company with a related Specialty Chemicals business. She has HR leadership responsibilities for the company's beverage business, the Asia-Pacific region and global corporate functions. She also has responsibility for diversity and inclusion.
Stephanie has over 20 years of corporate experience in the areas of human resources and information technology. She is actively engaged in community and non-profit leadership efforts. She received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina with a double major in Management Information Systems and Finance. Stephanie and her husband Mario, along with their two sons, Andrew and Austin, live in Midlothian, VA.
Stephanie still enjoys the memories of football, basketball, and dodge ball with her brothers – and winning at least one game….well, one time!