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Board of Directors

Steve Pemberton Walgreens STEVE PEMBERTON
Vice-President, Diversity & Inclusion,
Global Chief Diversity Officer

Steve Pemberton is a Child Advocate, Motivational Speaker & Author of A Chance In The World (Thomas Nelson, 2012). He currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer and Divisional Vice-President for Walgreens, living a very different life than the one initially envisioned for him. He has become recognized as one of the nation's leaders on matters of diversity and inclusion and its importance to the growth of the American industrial complex. In 2006, Fortune named Steve Pemberton one of the Top 20 Chief Diversity Officers in corporate America. In 2007, Steve was called to Capitol Hill to provide expert testimony on best practices in diversity recruiting and in 2008 he was named by Savoy as one of The Top 100 most influential African-Americans in corporate America.

A ward of the state for much of his childhood, Steve has made opportunity, access and equality pillars of his personal and professional life. He is recognized as one of America's most inspiring executives. His unconventional journey to corporate America has had a profound influence on the lives of others, inspiring young people and teaching professionals and care givers what is possible when you overcome tragedy and become more than your circumstance. A Chance In The World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home (Thomas Nelson), is Steve's riveting autobiography that chronicles his difficult path through foster care and determined search for his family. It is an inspirational story that crosses generations and cultures, but specifically speaks to those who have had the odds stacked against them. His relentless journey to overcome, find his biological family, and right the wrongs of his parents' past, is a model for all children to follow. His powerful story has been featured by People Magazine, The Boston Banner, The Boston Herald, Crain's Chicago Business, Chronicle News Magazine, and multiple news networks across the country.

Steve currently serves on several boards including The Home for Little Wanderers and UCAN to provide guidance and inspiration to children in need. The Pemberton Fund For The Future has been established in his name at The Home For Little Wanderers to assist children aging out of the foster care system.

Steve is a graduate of Boston College. He is married and has three children.

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Preety KumarDeque PREETY KUMAR, CEO,
Deque Systems, Inc. (Deque)
Vice Chair, US Business Leadership Network

Preety Kumar, CEO of Deque Systems, Inc. (Deque), co-founded Deque in 1999 to pave the way for digital equality both from both user and the technology perspectives. Under Preety's vision and leadership, Deque has developed a uniquely robust suite of software tools that include WorldSpace Sync - our enterprise level testing and remediation tool, FireEyes - a free testing plugin, and Amaze - a game-changing new software tool for accessibility triage and remediation.

Deque has been a market leader, and a thought leader, in digital accessibility software and services for over a decade; and since the commercial launch of Amaze in 2012, Deque has experienced rapid growth and secured its place as the top accessibility software and services provider. In June 2013, Deque was awarded the Computerworld 21st Century Achievement Award for Innovation for the Amaze technology, and the company has been recognized four times in the Inc. 5000 List of America's Fastest Growing Companies.

Preety's central tenet is to help her customers achieve their digital accessibility goals and to educate and empower them to work towards a self-sustaining accessibility model. Preety herself is a recognized accessibility thought-leader and frequent industry spokesperson. She was recognized for her contributions to the field of accessibility by being offered the position of vice-chair of the GSA-sponsored Accessibility Forum.

She serves on the board of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals and the Yes I Can Foundation, is an active member of the World Wide Web Consortium, and is a member of Women in Engineering, Women in Technology, Northern Virginia Technology Council, IEEE, and the Association of Computing Machinery. Preety is also a contributing author to a book published by the United Nations G3ICT to promote information accessibility to countries around the world.

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Lori GoldenErnst & YoungLORI GOLDEN
Abilities Strategy Leader, Americas People Team, Ernst & Young, LLP
Secretary/Treasurer, US Business Leadership Network

Lori Golden is Ernst & Young's Abilities Strategy Leader, driving efforts to build an enabling and inclusive work environment for people of all abilities. She consults on work adjustments (aka accommodations) and career development issues for EY people working with differing abilities, and advises the firm's AccessAbilities professional resource network, which includes several hundred people from across the organization's geographies, ranks and functional groups, the Abilities Champions network of leaders who advocate for abilities inclusiveness within their respective geographies and functional groups, and the firm's veteran's network. Lori leads initiatives to enhance ergonomics and accessibility in Ernst & Young offices, communications, meetings, training and technology and to educate Ernst & Young people on abilities-related issues.

She is a member of the US Department of Labor's Circle of Champions, and TransCen, a non-profit helping young people with disabilities transition from school to competitive employment. She's been with Ernst & Young 15 years and is a graduate of Harvard University.

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Procter & GambleAnn AndreosatosANN ANDREOSATOS, Vice President
Human Resources, New Chapter (Procter & Gamble)

Ann is VP of Human Resources for New Chapter, a subsidiary of Procter and Gamble that sells organic vitamin and food supplements. Previous to this role; Ann was part of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Practice at Procter & Gamble. Her roles included D&I Culture and Capability leader for North America, manager for global flexibility strategy, consultation with P&G business units on a variety of Diversity & Inclusion tools and methodologies, and HR leader for People with Disabilities initiatives.

Ann joined P&G in 2004 as Gillette's Director of Workforce Diversity & Inclusion and works a location free role in Boston, MA. Prior to Gillette, Ann led the development of work/life effectiveness programs at Fidelity Investments for 16 years, including work/life programs, work climate surveys and relocation, and employee relations.

Ann serves on the national board of directors for the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®), is past president the Boston-based Human Resources Council, supports the annual Linkage Summit on Leading Diversity as a learning team facilitator, and is a past team mentor with Women Unlimited.

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CVS HealthDavid L. CaseyDAVID L. CASEY, Vice President
Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health

David Casey serves as Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer for CVS Health. Casey joined the company in 2010 and is responsible for developing and driving diversity and engagement strategies across the company. He is also focused on ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embedded in CVS Health's recruitment, talent development, performance management and succession planning efforts.

In prior roles, Casey was Chief Diversity Officer at WellPoint, where he led the development and execution of enterprise-wide strategies to leverage diversity management for the workforce, workplace and marketplace. Casey was also a Regional Director of Business Development for Bernard Hodes Group, where he consulted with regional, national and international clients. Casey is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in Operation Desert Storm.

Casey has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Regina Edwards Wells Fargo & Company REGINA EDWARDS, Senior Vice President
Corporate Supplier Diversity, Wells Fargo & Company

Regina Edwards is Senior Vice President and head of Corporate Supplier Diversity for Wells Fargo. With more than 14 years of global supply chain and supplier diversity strategy experience, she leads a team that is responsible for developing and engaging certified minority, women, disadvantaged and small business enterprises (MWDSBEs) to integrate them into the company's sourcing and procurement processes. Ms. Edwards joined Wells Fargo in 2014.

Edwards has developed high impact supplier diversity programs and led strategic supply chain initiatives globally in regions including Asia, Latin America and Europe. Prior to her current role, she served as the director of enterprise supplier management for Capital One. Prior to that role, she served as the director of global supply chain compliance at MeadWestvaco, where she implemented a supplier diversity program and was responsible for global supplier risk management.

Edwards is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and earned her J.D. from North Carolina Central School of Law. She serves as a national board member for the Women Presidents' Educational Organization, as well as an Advisory Board Member for the Clark Atlanta University School of Supply Chain Management. She is also member of the Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) Conference Board and, from 2010 to 2013, was Chair of ISM's Diversity Committee, where she implemented a diversity undergraduate student-mentoring program. Edwards has been featured twice by DiversityPlus magazine as one of the "Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity," and has received numerous other awards for her leadership in supplier diversity, including honors from Minority Business News and Diversity Inc. Magazine.

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Jenny Lay-Flurrie MicrosoftJENNY LAY-FLURRIE, Senior Director
Trusted Experience Team (TExT), Microsoft

Jenny Lay-Flurrie is Senior Director of Trusted Experience Team (TExT), leading a team focused on three important areas of Accessibility, Online Safety and Privacy. Company wide mission to drive customer experience for customers with disabilities, creating initiatives such as the Disability Answer Desk which provides support to customers with disabilities. Also Chair of the 'DisAbility' group at Microsoft, an employee resource group (affinity) focused on 'enabling people to be successful regardless of ability or disability'.

Previously, Jenny spent 2 years building the new division in Microsoft focused on the Customer Experience for Accessibility and 5 years leading the Advertising Support and Services (AdSS) organization responsible for service and support of Microsoft Search Online Advertising Products (Bing / AdCenter). Originally hired by Microsoft in London where she led the EMEA consumer support team for Customer Service and Support (CSS).

Jenny was born in Birmingham, UK and spent much of childhood playing music, going onto gain a degree in Music/Clarinet. Spent post college years in technology service and support sector, working for companies including The Mirror Group, Energis (now Cable and Wireless) and T-Mobile. She lives in Mercer Island, WA with her 6 year old daughter, partner Tom and cat 'Marmite'.

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Apoorva N. Gandhi Marriott International APOORVA N. GANDHI,
Vice President, Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International, Inc.

As Vice President, Multicultural Affairs for Marriott International, Apoorva Gandhi is responsible for creating and executing an externally-focused global strategy that builds preference and loyalty from diverse customer segments for the Marriott portfolio of brands. He helps ensure the company's marketing, sales and operations consider and reflect multi-cultural markets and alliances as Marriott continues its aggressive growth throughout the world.

Mr. Gandhi has nearly 20 years of proven strategy, business process, program management and organizational change skills, leadership and delivery expertise. He also has extensive management and delivery experience working with diverse business clients and a solid track record delivering measurable success to clients across various business disciplines.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Gandhi was senior director for organizational capability where he led the company's global reorganization program in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He has held other positions with Marriott, beginning as a front desk associate when he first completed college. He also worked as vice president for global lodging services where he helped deliver critical brand initiatives.

Before joining Marriott, Mr. Gandhi was a senior consulting manager in Accenture's Communications and High Tech practice for more than a decade, where he managed merger and integration programs as well as process reengineering efforts for large telecom clients. He also led diversity programs at Accenture.

Mr. Gandhi is an honors graduate of the University of Maryland, School of Business and Management. He is a member of the J.W. Marriott, Jr., Diversity Award committee, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society.

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MerckDavid L. GonzalesDAVID L. GONZALES
Global Chief Diversity Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.

David L. Gonzales is currently the Global Chief Diversity Officer for Merck & Co., Inc. and plays a central role in advancing Merck's vision and linking the organization's business performance to the global diversity and inclusion leadership agenda - specifically the workforce, workplace, and marketplace.

Under his leadership, Merck is focused on the development of the 21st century workforce that is gender balanced, inclusive of the world's top, diverse talent, and driven by the desire to address critical issues of health and well-being utilizing Merck's legacy of scientific excellence. In so doing, the business impact is to reduce healthcare disparities among patients worldwide and customer groups and together, reinforce Merck's vision of being the #1 trusted and valued healthcare partner to patients worldwide.

Before joining Merck in March of 2013 as Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, David was founder and CEO of a global consulting firm with core practice areas in diversity and inclusion, workforce development, cultural competency, leadership development, employee engagement and strategic supply chain management. Previously, David was an executive at PepsiCo in roles of increasing responsibility since 1991. Most recently, as Vice President of Global Citizenship, David worked across PepsiCo to help the company become "The Premier Global Corporate Citizen," leading PepsiCo's citizenship agenda in the areas of diversity and inclusion, national workforce development, environmental sustainability, economic development, global disaster response, health and wellness and employee engagement. This work is featured in the seminal corporate citizenship book, "Forces for Good."

David previously served as PepsiCo's Vice President of Community Affairs and the Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion and Organizational Partnerships, roles in which he focused on reputation management and external shareholder engagement. David drove the PepsiCo global diversity and inclusion initiative and established the supporting business case, metrics, integration process and recognition programs -- work that transformed the culture and reputation of PepsiCo.

Prior to moving to PepsiCo's corporate offices in 2001, David was Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supplier Development, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo's largest operating division. He developed and implemented global sourcing strategies, supplier development and productivity cost savings across all raw material purchases, using the expertise gained as Frito-Lay's Vice President of International Purchasing, Director of Packaging and Energy Purchasing for North America and Group Manager of Ingredients Purchasing for Lays, Doritos, Tostitos, Fritos and other brands.

Until he joined PepsiCo in 1991, David worked in a variety of roles and companies in energy. As founder and President of PetroMark Enterprises, he raised venture capital in both New York and Texas, was a partner with the worldwide energy consulting firm of Purvin & Gertz and began his career in this industry with ExxonMobil.

David is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University. He earned his master's degree in business, with a concentration in finance and international business, and his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering.

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AT&TSusan Palmer MazruiSUSAN PALMER MAZRUI, Director
Global Public Policy, AT&T Services Inc.

Susan Palmer Mazrui began work at Pacific Bell in 1994 where she gained experience in marketing, external and regulatory affairs. In 1998, she moved to the wireless field where she developed strategies for addressing Hearing Aid Compatibility and other state and federal compliance-related activities. Ms Mazrui also assisted in the development of Section 255 and 508 product development strategies in SBC and Cingular Wireless. From 1996-2007, she facilitated the Wireless Access Task Force, composed of national consumer advocates and currently works on a range of disability and consumer related initiatives at AT&T. Over the last fifteen years, Ms. Mazrui presented at numerous conferences including Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc. and the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators and wrote articles in consumer publications including Critical Issues in Aging and AccessWorld®.

Ms. Mazrui received her Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education with an emphasis on computer education at San Francisco State University, magna cum laude. Prior to work in telecommunications, Ms. Mazrui taught graduate and undergraduate courses in computing and assistive technology at San Francisco State University and Special Education in San Jose, California. Ms. Mazrui served on two terms of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee, as well as terms on the national advisory committees of the Telecommunications Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center and the Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC) and as an alternate on the Access Board’s Telecommunications Access Advisory Committee (TAAC) and the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Access Committee (TEITAC). She currently serves on the Program Committee for the American Foundation for the Blind, the Business Advisory Committee for the National Spinal Cord Injury Association and the Board of Directors of the World Institute on Disability. Ms. Mazrui was the 2002 Summit on Leading Diversity Corporate Fellow and inducted into the Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Gloria Pualani Northrop Grumman GLORIA PUALANI, Corporate Director,
Global Supplier Diversity/Government Relations
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Gloria Pualani is the Corporate Director, Global Supplier Diversity/Government Relations for Northrop Grumman Corporation. In this position, she is responsible for the direction, management and implementation of all socio-economic business programs from a corporate perspective. She has been employed by Northrop Grumman in various assignments for over 30 years. She has used her expertise to advance the course of small, women and minority-owned businesses in the aerospace industry. She is a strong advocate for increasing business development opportunities and inclusion of Ability One organizations, veteran and service-disabled veteran owned and small business firms.

Ms. Pualani has developed several programs in support of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI). Under her direction she has successfully incorporated the HBCU/MI's as a part of the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. Ms. Pualani represents the corporation on the USBLN Board of Directors and serves as a representative at various small business outreach events, federal procurement conferences and symposia. Ms. Pualani has received several awards and recognition for her dedication, active engagement and support to the small business community.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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Colleen Fukui-Sketchley NordstromCOLLEEN FUKUI-SKETCHLEY
Corporate Center Diversity Affairs Director, Nordstrom, Inc.

As the Corporate Center Diversity Affairs Director for Nordstrom, Inc., Colleen Fukui-Sketchley focuses on developing and executing diversity initiatives that support the entire company. Her work enhances the company's efforts to recruit, hire, retain and improve customer service by weaving diversity into people, product and service initiatives at Nordstrom. Colleen has been with the company since she graduated with a degree in Speech Communication from the University of Washington in 1994.

Colleen currently serves as a Board member for the Center for Asian Pacific American Women and the Washington State Business Leadership Network. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the US Business Leadership Network, is a member of the Governor's Taskforce for Disability Employment serving at the pleasure of the Governor of the State of Washington and is a Past-President of the University of Washington Alumni Association.

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OhioHealth Christine Moranda, LSW, CDMS CHRISTINE MORANDA, LSW, CDMS
Manager, Disability Services, OhioHealth
Ex Officio Affiliates Representative, US Business Leadership Network Board of Directors

Chris Moranda is the manager of disability services for OhioHealth, one of the largest employers and healthcare systems in central Ohio. Her team supports associates needing leave of absence and return to work services. Chris remains committed to developing vocational programs and services to assist OhioHealth associates with disabilities as well as create pathways for employment for people with disabilities from the community, through numerous internship opportunities. Through her efforts, OhioHealth has received numerous disability employment awards and recognition including being a Certified Disability Friendly Business.

In her 10th year with OhioHealth, Chris has over 25 years of experience in the field of vocational rehabilitation including: 11 years as Director of Case Management with Parman Group - a private case management consulting firm; field case manager, vocational evaluator and work adjustment specialist for Vision and Vocational Services.

Chris is honored to serve as President of the Ohio Business Leadership Network and as the 2014 Affiliate Board Representative to the USBLN. She also serves on the Certified Disability Management Commission as past chair.

A graduate from Western College, Oxford, Ohio, she later received a Masters of Arts from Goucher College, Towson, MD in Dance/Movement Therapy. Chris is a Licensed Social Worker, and Certified Disability Management Specialist.

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Robert (Bob) J. Vetere Northrop Grumman ROBERT (BOB) J. VETERE
Senior Workplace Accommodation Specialist, Global Corporate Responsibility, Northrop Grumman
Corporate Advisory Board Chair, US Business Leadership Network

Bob Vetere previously served as an EEO/Diversity specialist at Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems Sector. He is currently Senior Workplace Accommodation Specialist for Northrop Grumman's Global Corporate Responsibility organization. In this role, Vetere assists in providing a harmonized approach to the reasonable accommodation process across the Enterprise.

Vetere recently celebrated his 35th anniversary with Northrop Grumman. During his career he has held a variety of roles. He created the Victory Over Impairment & Challenge Enterprise Employee Resource Group at Northrop and has a passion for serving both his community and corporation. He has served on the USBLN®'s Corporate Advisory Board since 2011 and was an invited speaker at the Maryland & Virginia Governor's forums on employing people with disabilities. Vetere attended York College of Pennsylvania where he pursued an accounting degree.

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Chair, Student Advisory Council
Ex Officio Member, US Business Leadership Network Board of Directors

Matthew Shapiro is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He is creating his own degree through the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program. He is integrating Sociology, Public Policy, and Special Education classes to create an Advocacy for Social Justice Degree. Upon graduating in December, 2013 he will also have earned another major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. He hopes to use this background to become a disability advocate in the future.

Matthew has interned twice in the Washington DC area. In the summer of 2011 he worked at the Disability Resource Center in the United States Department of Transportation. During the fall of 2012 he took a semester off from school to intern at the White House Office of Public Engagement working with both the Disability and the Critical Engagement Programs directors. During the summer of 2012 he worked at the Partnership for People with Disabilities setting up outreach programs for the disabled in the Richmond area.

Annually Matthew attends numerous youth related events where he mentors middle school and high school students to become more self-determined. He sits on the national boards for the Division on Career Development and Transition which is part of the Council for Exceptional Children. Additionally, he is on the board of the Virginia Business Leadership Network. He has recently joined the advisory board for the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center. At VCU he started and annually oversees Disability History and Awareness Week where speakers and outside vendors are brought to the school to educate the students about disability.

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