Corporate Advisory Board (CAB)
The USBLN® Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) was launched by the USBLN®
Board of Directors on January 1, 2009 to draw upon members for their expertise
and wisdom to advance the mission of the USBLN®. The CAB is comprised
of 20 USBLN® member companies that are appointed by the USBLN®
Chairperson in consultation with the Executive Director and the Board of
Directors. Each company is invited to name two company representatives for
The Corporate Advisory Board provides strategic direction to USBLN® programs,
ensuring a focus on relevant and realistic activities and goals. The CAB
contributes an awareness of the business environment, including reports on
competitive activities, strategies, and directions to Board and staff. The
CAB also provides a forum for its members to discuss and define their collective
company needs in the areas of disability employment, disability marketing
and disability supplier diversity, along with identification of emerging
trends in these fields.
CAB appointments are for two years. In addition to periodic telephonic meetings,
the members meet in person at the USBLN® Annual Meeting.
For additional information, please contact Maggie Roffee, Senior Corporate
Relations Manager, at email@example.com.
JOHN WAGNER, MHA
Senior Director, Accountable Care Services Business Development and Innovations,
Corporate Advisory Board Chair, US Business Leadership Network
John Wagner, MHA is the Senior Director of Business Development and Innovations
for the Accountable Care Services team at Walgreens. In this role, John is
accountable for developing this new business segment, ongoing product
improvement, pricing initiatives, growth management metrics and the go-to-market
strategies and plans.
Prior to this role, John was Senior Director of Medicare with Florida Blue
(previously Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc.), with accountability
for Segment Strategy, Product Development and Management, Marketing and
go-to-market activities. John had been with Florida Blue since 1992 in
progressive management roles in product development and management, delivery
systems/provider network management, provider reimbursement and negotiations,
strategy development, sales support, and traditional Medicare, and capability
John's professional and community involvements were highlighted earlier this
year as he received 2 prestigious awards; the first was the National Disability
Matters Awards as the 2013 Disability Champion and then the Florida Diversity
Council's 2013 Multicultural Leadership Award. Not only is John the Immediate
Past President of the First Coast Business Leadership Network and currently
continues on their Board of Directors, but he also volunteers with many community
John is a graduate of the University of North Florida, where he obtained
a Master of Health Administration and a Bachelor of Business Management.
John also served as an adjunct professor for the University with classes
focused in Health Care Administration, Marketing and Planning, and Managed
Health Care/Insurance. John was recognized by the University as a "Fab Grad"
for his work in the community.
Director, Diversity Communications, Comcast Corporation
Cecilia Isaacs-Blundin joined Comcast in 2012 as Director of Diversity
Communications, responsible for communications regarding the company's diversity
and inclusion initiatives spanning governance, workforce, procurement,
programming, and community investment. She works extensively with
Comcast-NBCUniversal's external Joint Diversity Advisory Council. Cecilia
also serves as Co-Lead of OUT@Comcast, an LGBT-focused Employee Resource
Group (ERG), and was previously Co-Lead of Comcast's Abilities Network, an
ERG focused on disability inclusion.
From 2006-2012, Cecilia practiced law as an associate with Ballard Spahr
LLP. She represented clients in a range of industries, focusing on commercial
litigation, regulatory compliance, export control, and data security.
Cecilia is a graduate of Penn State University's Schreyer Honors College,
where she earned a B.S. in Spanish (Business emphasis), B.A. in English,
and International Studies minor. She earned a J.D. from the George Washington
University Law School, and was Articles Editor of the George Washington
University International Law Review.
Cecilia serves on the Board of Directors of Philadelphia's SeniorLAW Center.
She has completed three marathons, is a published poet, and holds an FCC
amateur radio license.
L. JAY BURKS, PhD
Manager of Supplier Diversity, Comcast Corporation
L. Jay Burks, PhD, is the Manager of Supplier Diversity at the Comcast
Corporation where he is responsible for implementing policies and procedures
to increase opportunities for diverse owned businesses in procurement. Prior
to joining Comcast, he served as Executive Director of the State of Delaware's
Office of Supplier Diversity.
Dr. Burks has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses for nearly ten
years as an adjunct professor at Lincoln University. He especially enjoys
sharing with his students his professional work experience that also includes
responsibility for sales and marketing at some of the nation's most recognizable
corporate brands. Dr. Burks has held board positions, authored grant proposals,
and presented at several conferences on multiple entrepreneurial topics,
but his passion remains in higher education.
Dr. Burks received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Morehouse
College, a Master of Business Administration from the WP Carey School of
Business at Arizona State University, and a PhD from the University of Maryland,
The title of his PhD dissertation was Examining the Relationships Between
Entrepreneurial Orientation, Procedural Justice, and Entrepreneurial Leadership
with the Reward and Performance Expectancies of Minority and Women-Owned
Businesses in Government Contracting.
Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Based in Florida, Christopher is a member of Booz Allen Hamilton's People
Services Team. He leads the firm's university, transitioning military and
social recruiting efforts. He is responsible for building strategies and
relationships for leveraging these channels to ensure Booz Allen Hamilton's
position as an employer of choice and to deliver the next generation of talent
to the organization.
Christopher has been with Booz Allen Hamilton for more than 10 years during
which he has held a number of progressing positions. He currently serves
as co-chair for the firm's DiverseABILITIES Forum and is the firm representative
to ODEP's Circle of Champions. Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Christopher
worked in recruiting and consulting roles within the consulting, entertainment,
and non-for-profit industries.
He is active with the National Association of Colleges and Employers serving
on the 2012-2014 NACE Board of Directors, co-chairing committees and has
presented at a variety of conference workshops on both university and diversity
topics. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth
National Diversity and Inclusion, Program Director, Kaiser Permanente
In her role as National Diversity and Inclusion, Program Director for Kaiser
Permanente, Yvette Crespo is responsible for the strategic leadership and
the pipeline development of a diverse and talented workforce. With more than
25 years of human resources experience, she has a successful record of supporting
senior leadership in change management and process design and improvement.
Prior to her current role, Yvette served as Director of Northern California
Recruitment Operations with responsibilities for leading change management
efforts, implementing new systems, and leading a team that served 19 hospitals
and 300 medical offices across the region including regions outside of Northern
Yvette has implemented and supported several internship programs that benefit
the community and prepare young adults for today's workforce. This includes
Project SEARCH, a one-year internship program for students with disabilities.
The program currently is implemented in four California hospitals and a call
center. Interns are individually placed in worksite rotations and integrated
into the workplace. The work rotations focus on teaching essential marketable
skills for the healthcare field. The Project SEARCH team partners with a
Kaiser Permanente business liaison and provides insight and support for the
interns and Project SEARCH team. Since its inception in 2008, the program
has helped 200 interns become more employable by gaining competitive work
Yvette's passion for diversity is reflected in her work with National Diversity's
Disability Resource Group, for which she develops strategic and tactical
approaches to advance the organization's National Diversity and Inclusion
Strategy Plan. In addition to managing Kaiser Permanente's national strategic
partnerships and sponsorships related to workforce diversity, Yvette served
on the implementation team of the Latino Business Strategy (LBS) and is currently
partnering with National HR Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management in
the development of a Veterans and Disability strategy. The workforce strategy
focuses on increasing the representation and skills of the Veterans and
Disability workforce and enhancing the cultural competency of Kaiser Permanente.
She is also a board member of the Mosaic Project and the Silicon Valley Business
Yvette has a certification in Human Resources Management from UC Davis, UCLA
Latino Institute and will be obtaining her MBA in 2015.
JOYCE E. ERICKSEN
Associate Director, Contracts and Supplier Diversity, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Joyce E. Eriksen Eggers, Associate Director, Contracts and Supplier Diversity
for Takeda Pharmaceuticals International is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
She has over 25 years' experience as a Contracts Manager for various industries,
including 11 years in procurement at Takeda.
Her current responsibilities include leading Takeda's Strategic Sourcing
Contracts Group in Cambridge, MA and the Supplier Diversity program for Takeda
in the US. Joyce works closely with the Takeda's Strategic Sourcing Groups
to develop and maintain partnerships with Diverse Suppliers who meet their
requirements for excellence and innovation, and are competitive in their
Joyce represents Takeda as a board member of Diversity Alliance for Science,
GNEMSDC, and most recently joined as member of CAB of USBLN. She is also
a member of the NMSDC Healthcare Industry Group, and 2012-2014 Co-Chair of
the ISM Supplier Diversity Pharmaceutical Forum.
DAN ELLERMAN, MBA, SPHR
Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Northrop Grumman Corporation
As the Director for Diversity and Inclusion with Northrop Grumman Corporation,
Dan's focus is developing and executing programs that support the company's
D&I strategy. Northrop Grumman's strategy is focused on attracting diverse
talent, as well as, increasing workplace inclusion and employee engagement.
This includes aligning D&I with the business; supporting the company's
14 ERG's; designing the company's D&I education strategy; and providing
guidance to HR and business organizations on issues related to diversity
Dan is a certified Senior Human Resource Professional (SPHR) by the HRCI
and holds a Master's of Business Administration degree from the University
of Maryland University College. Dan has more than 12 years of HR experience
and has held various roles in HR, including Learning and Development, Employee
and Labor Relations, EEO/AA Compliance, Talent Acquisition, and Diversity
Director, Disability Policy Engagement
Merrill Friedman leads the Disability Policy Engagement and advocacy efforts
for WellPoint. She works closely with consumers, advocates and stakeholders
to ensure the diverse needs and preferences of people with disabilities and
aging adults are addressed in Medicaid and Medicaid/Medicare managed care
Ms. Friedman oversees the integration of the independent living philosophy,
principles of self-determination and the National Advisory Board's six
foundational principles throughout the programs, interactions and practices.
Currently, Ms. Friedman serves on the board of directors for the American
Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), TASH, Family Voices, the
Long-Term Quality Alliance and also serves on the Virginia Department of
Health and Human Resources Secretary's Blueprint for Livable Communities
Citizen Advisory Group.
Ms. Friedman has held a number of leadership positions in the child and
adolescent services field, including foster care, behavioral health, intellectual
and developmental disabilities and juvenile justice, and has extensive experience
in program development, new business growth, and operations management of
home and community-based services and facilities.
JIM HAMMOND, CPA
Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Jim Hammond, a Director for Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Hammond has over
30 years of experience that includes providing professional services in the
federal government financial services industry. This includes successful
delivery of audit, financial advisory, consulting, and risk management services.
As a seasoned CPA, he brings a well-rounded background in accounting advisory
projects. . He has skilled knowledge of GAAP, GAAS and Federal regulations
and guidelines He currently serves as the Lead Client Delivery Director for
the Office of Historical Trust Accounting (OHTA). He has overall day to day
responsibility for Deloitte's support to OHTA and has been part of the ongoing
delivery team providing professional reconciliation and analyses services
for more than nine years.
Hammond has a BS in Accounting from American University, is a Certified
Government Financial Manager (CGFM), a member of the American Institute of
Certified Public Accountants and a Board Member, D C Appleseed Center,
Washington, DC. Hammond is also Chair of the DC Metro Area BLN.
Senior Oncology Sales Specialist, Novartis
Adrian Hawkins began his twenty four year career at Novartis as a Marketing
Systems intern. Today he is a Senior Oncology Sales Specialist after
transitioning through several Novartis sales divisions. He has demonstrated
ongoing leadership in driving Diversity and Inclusion initiatives at Novartis
and in the community earning multiple CEO Diversity & Inclusion awards.
Mr. Hawkins is Co-Chair of the Novartis' disability ERG, CapABLE, and Chair
of Novartis' Oncology Field Diversity Council. He also is a Board Member
of the NJ Metro Chapter MS Society and the LIONS Club of Summit, New Jersey,
as well as President of the NJ/NY Chapter of the National Sales Network.
Adrian Hawkins has the execution expertise and passion to be involved within
the greater community and strives to "make a difference." He is originally
a native of Newark, NJ, currently resides in Berkeley Heights, NJ, and holds
a B.S. degree in Information Technology from Kean University.
Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion, McKesson
Janice Little joined McKesson in April of 2010. She is the Senior Director
of Diversity and Inclusion. In this position, Janice designs the enterprise
Diversity and Inclusion strategy and with her team, executes initiatives
to build diversity into McKesson's business strategies; attract and develop
diverse talent; and promote an inclusive culture. McKesson continues to lead
the healthcare industry and was identified by Tower Watson as a Global High
Performing company in the area of diversity and inclusion.
Previously, as part of the human resources team at Dell, Janice led diversity
business strategy, recruiting, and analysis. In addition, her operations
team executed the global employee volunteerism and giving programs and corporate
responsibility report. Prior to transitioning into the human resource field,
Janice enjoyed a successful career in finance and accounting at Dell, IBM
and Ernst & Young.
Janice holds both a Masters of Business Administration in Finance/Management
and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University
of Texas at Austin. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. Janice is
married and the proud mother of 15 year old twin boys.
MARJORIE (MARJI) R. MCMILLAN,
People Manager, ADA and Career Transitions Resources Program, Southwest Airlines
Marji joined Southwest Airlines in March, 1989. She worked with the Customer
Support & Services Department for 19 years in several different roles
before moving into the People Department.
She currently manages the ADA and Career Transitions Resources Team. The
Team works with applicants, candidates, and Employees to provide reasonable
The Team also works with Employees who are transitioning their careers, by
helping them prepare for their next step.
They are dedicated to building awareness for inclusion strategies to enhance
the workplace experience and the Culture of Southwest Airlines.
KATY JO MEYER
Senior Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Microsoft
Katy Jo Meyer is a Senior Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Microsoft.
As a part of the Global Diversity & Inclusion team, she partners with
Business and HR Leaders across the company to attract, retain, and develop
diverse talent for Microsoft.
Meyer has been with Microsoft for fourteen years. Prior to working in Global
Diversity & Inclusion, she spent seven years building and launching
Microsoft's integrated worldwide platform for managing and developing people.
Katy Jo spent her first five years at Microsoft within the Staffing organization,
where she developed a Disability Toolkit designed to provide recruiters with
guidance around recruiting candidates with disabilities.
Regional Director of Channel Business Development, Latin America/Global
Starbucks Coffee Company
Michael Ronan is the regional director, Channel Development for Latin American
and Global Export, where he is responsible for the Starbucks' packaged goods
business in grocery, mass, club, drug, convenience and specialty retail channels
in the Latin American region. He is also responsible for managing the global
export of products that are sold in these channels around the world. Alongside
and in collaboration with the Starbucks retail team, his team brings the
Starbucks blueprint for growth to life in this exciting part of the world.
Prior to this role, Michael served as vice president, Business Integration,
where he led a corporate team focused on the integration of acquired companies
and assets into Starbucks or integrated operations with strategic partners.
The acquisitions and strategic projects that Michael and his team worked
on since he has been with the company include the Brazil retail equity buy-back,
integration of the CPG business from Kraft, the launch of Starbucks K-Cups,
the acquisition of Evolution Fresh and the acquisition of La Boulange.
Prior to joining Starbucks in March of 2010, Michael held leadership positions
at Microsoft, Dell, AonHewitt and Mercer Consulting.
Michael is originally from Chicago, IL., but has lived overseas in Argentina,
Paraguay, Venezuela, the UK and Brazil. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in International Business and Management from Penn State University.
He is married with two children has been an active member of the executive
board of directors for Special Olympics Washington since January 2012.
Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement, Boehringer Ingelheim
Betsy Silva serves as the Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement
for Boehringer Ingelheim. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership
for the overall vision and execution of the company's US diversity and inclusion
strategy, for managing external relationships and partnerships and for
strategically aligning business resource groups with associated business
units to ensure value and support from the business.
Betsy has more than 20 years of senior-level operations, human resources
and global diversity leadership experience. Most recently, Betsy served as
Senior Director of Diversity for Sodexo with responsibility for learning,
employee business resource groups, client consulting in North America and
for the Diversity and Inclusion strategy in Central, South and Latin America.
She led the development and implementation of a multi-year strategy that
contributed to Sodexo being ranked as the #1 and #2 Best Company for Diversity
by Diversity, Inc. for the past four consecutive years.
Betsy has also served as the Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. As the company's first Chief Diversity
Officer, Betsy successfully led a business growth study focused on multicultural
marketing and implemented a process to operationalize a company-wide cultural
Her prior experience includes leadership roles with American Express, Freddie
Mac and Sara Lee Hanes Branded Apparel Group. Betsy is a former Board Member
of the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Urban League and a commissioner for
the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Human Relations Commission. She has served
as Chair of the Hispanic League of the Piedmont Triad and is a co-founder
of the Hispanic League.
Betsy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master's degree in Business
Administration from Inter-American University in Puerto Rico. She earned
a Leadership Coaching certification from Georgetown University, is a 2005
National Hispana Leadership Fellow and completed a leadership program at
the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy
School of Government.
Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton
Emily Sylling is a Lead Associate on Booz Allen's Diversity & Inclusion
Team where she manages the LGBT and disability work streams. In this position,
Emily collaborates with LGBT and disability diversity leadership teams and
ERGs to recruit, develop, engage and enable LGBT+ staff and individuals with
disabilities. Emily manages and leverages Booz Allen's LGBT and disability
external partnerships, and collaborates with colleagues across the firm to
design and implement high-visibility events and programs. Her secondary roles
include advising seven additional ERGs, 35+ local employee engagement programs,
and market teams on their D&I activities.
Prior to joining the D&I team, Emily was a member of Booz Allen's internal
talent management team for 2.5 years, working to fill open positions and
identifying new opportunities for available staff. Emily previously spent
10 years supporting Booz Allen's clients. Emily's background includes project
management, talent management, business process reengineering, change management,
strategic communications and strategic planning.
Emily holds a BA from the University of Richmond and lives in the Seattle
area with her spouse, daughter and two Golden Retrievers.
ROBERT (BOB) J. VETERE
Senior Workplace Accommodation Specialist, Global Corporate Responsibility,
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.
Program Manager & Workforce Diversity Leader - Europe Major Markets,
Yves Veulliet started his career in IBM in 1992 and in his current position
as Program Manager & Workforce Diversity Leader - Europe Major Markets,
his responsibilities include global disability and inclusion, identifying
existing inhibitors to a successful work experience, and leading diversity
for BeNeLux (Belgium / The Netherlands /Luxembourg).
One of the key programs he manages is the "Academic Partnership" which
facilitates the professional integration of university students with disabilities
in scientific and IT curricula. Yves is also a published author whose book,
"Les Roues de l'Infortune," explains, through his own experience, what it
means to become disabled after an accident, the psychological consequences
and the impact on the social and professional life. He also explains how
to make other people, including employers, disability confident.
ALICIA M. WALLACE
Corporate Director of Equal Employment Opportunity, WellPoint
Alicia Wallace serves as WellPoint's Corporate Director of Equal Employment
Opportunity (EEO), HR Field Team where she is responsible for managing the
corporate-wide EEO Program. Her team is responsible for corporate oversight
of EEO and Affirmative Action regulations and initiatives. In addition, she
supports WellPoint's Diversity outreach for associates with disabilities
and Veterans. She is the also the Co-Chair of WellPoint's Veterans associate
resource group called VOW.
Prior to joining WellPoint Wallace served 21 years in various federal positions
including, Senior Compliance Officer with the Department of Labor, Office
of Federal Contract Compliance Program and Contracting Officer with the
Department of Defense. Wallace is a veteran of the United States Army where
she served on active duty as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Staff Sergeant
and athlete/coach on the United States All-Army Track & Field Team. Her
husband is a retired Infantry Officer (Ranger) who served in Operation Enduring
Wallace holds a MBA from Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana and a Bachelors
of Science Degree in Resource Management from Troy State University, Alabama.
RICHARD BRIAN WEITZMAN, M.D.
Medical Director, Drug Safety & Epidemiology, Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Dr. Richard Weitzman is a Medical Director in Novartis' Drug Safety and
Epidemiology group working primarily on products in the neuroscience therapeutic
area. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and practiced both as a
community and hospital based physician prior to joining the pharmaceutical
industry in 2001.
Dr. Weitzman offers the unique perspectives of being a physician with a
disability, and is committed to education, opportunity, and equality in the
workplace. He has served as the co-chair of the Novartis ERG for people with
Dr. Weitzman obtained a BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania
and MD from the New York University School of Medicine. He completed residency
training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and is Board
Certified in Internal Medicine. He is an author on published research in
hypertension and kidney disease.
Director, Equal Opportunity Programs, Lockheed Martin
Marina Williams, Director, Lockheed Martin Equal Opportunity Programs, is
responsible for the Corporation's EOP and Affirmative Action Programs mission
and strategy, as well as interpreting, developing and implementing EOP and
affirmative action initiatives. Marina joined Lockheed Martin as Director,
Diversity Programs and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) leading the diversity
and inclusion program as well EEO efforts across the Lockheed Martin IS&GS
business area. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Marina served as the Vice
President and Chief Diversity Officer for Lear Corporation. In this role,
Marina was responsible for implementing and executing the company's diversity
She spent three years as an instructor with Cornell University Diversity
Management Studies Program where she developed and delivered courses on diversity
management. Marina has a Master of Business Administration from Michigan
State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampton University. In addition,
she is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has held certification as an advanced
practitioner in diversity management through Cornell University.
Director of Consumer Insights and Market Intelligence
Boehringer Ingelheim Consumer Health Care (BI CHC)
Adrian C. Bing-Zaremba is the Director of Consumer Insights and Market
Intelligence for Boehringer Ingelheim Consumer Health Care (BI CHC), a wholly
owned subsidiary of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., based in
Ridgefield, Connecticut. BI CHC focuses on the sale and marketing of
over-the-counter remedies such as the stomach remedies, Zantac and Dulcolax.
Adrian has over twenty years of experience with major corporations such as
Boehringer Ingelheim, Johnson & Johnson, and Campbell Soup Company where
the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility is a focus as vital as sales
and profit. Adrian is the BI Chairperson for CABS (Combining Abilities for
Business Success) a Business Resource Group focused on individuals, family,
and friends of those with disabilities. The shared goal of CABS is to make
BI a top employer for persons with disabilities.
Adrian earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the
George Washington University, and has a Master in Marketing Research from
the University of Georgia. Adrian lives in New Fairfield, Connecticut, with
his wife Debbie and two daughters. Throughout his career, Adrian has been
an active sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, NAMI (National
Alliance on Mental Illness), and the National Alzheimer's Association. His
inspiration is to help shape a Corporate America where his children will
never feel the need to hide a disability for fear of impacting their
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