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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 CAB.

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 maggie@usbln.org.

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John Wagner, MHAJOHN WAGNER, MHA
Senior Director, Accountable Care Services Business Development and Innovations, Walgreens
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 development.

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 organizations.

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.

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Dan EllermanDAN 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 and Inclusion

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 and Inclusion.

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James (Jim) HammondJIM 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.

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Janice LittleJANICE LITTLE
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.

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Katy Jo MeyerKATY 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.

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Felicia M. NurmsenFELICIA M. NURMSEN
National Project Ability Leader, Manpower

Felicia M. Nurmsen is the National Project Ability Leader for Manpower. Project Ability is Manpower's national disability employment program. Through Project Ability, Manpower works to remove barriers to employment for people with disabilities and create pathways to employment with targeted occupational skills training, industry specific skills assessments and recruitment programs.

As National Project Ability Leader Nurmsen is responsible for the development of the overall disability employment strategy to support Manpower's business clients' hiring objectives and to drive growth and awareness across the entire Manpower organization in the United States. This includes development of strategic partnerships to support national recruitment programs of people with disabilities; partnering with Manpower national sales, marketing, diversity and corporate social responsibility to drive internal and external program exposure, increase demand for talent and ensure collaboration.

Nurmsen has been recognized by numerous government and community organizations for her work in creating job opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities and is active in the community serving on several boards sharing Manpower's thought leadership resources to promote greater employment participation for this untapped talent pool.

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Michael RonanMICHAEL RONAN
Regional Director of Channel Business Development, Latin America/Global Export
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.

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Kim VanderlandKIM VANDERLAND
Founder, Space Matters Consulting

Kim Vanderland is the founder of Space Matters Consulting. She provides consulting services to organizations wanting to develop innovative and flexible workplace strategies to achieve optimal efficiency, profitability and workforce satisfaction. Kim also advises on how to incorporate universal design elements, IT tools, and organizational change within the workplace to enable universal experience and optimal productivity by everyone in the workplace. She recently presented on Workplace Accessibility at the Universal Design Summit in May, 2013.

Kim is a recent appointee to the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities. She is focused on ways to create sustainable self-employment options for young adults transitioning from school to life. She also is the founder of Art for the H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Enable Artists with Rare Talents), which provides opportunities for young artists with disabilities to create and sell art in their communities.

Kim previously held the position of Director of Workplace Innovation and Director of Workplace Strategy for Capital One for over 10 years. While there, she developed the next evolution of an industry recognized and highly innovative workplace. Her corporate experience in workplace design and strategic planning is a great asset to the USBLN® Corporate Advisory Board.

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Robert (Bob) J. VetereROBERT (BOB) J. VETERE
Senior Workplace Accommodation Specialist, Global Corporate Responsibility, Northrop Grumman

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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Michael WagnerMICHAEL WAGNER
Principal, DiversityPM Consulting Services

Michael Wagner is the Principal with DiversityPM Consulting Services. Wagner is a well-respected HR professional with extensive diversity, program management and inclusion expertise and perspective.

As a diversity advocate with over 15 years in corporate human resources, he has dedicated himself to promote change resulting in successful inclusion strategies for business success.

Wagner possesses a proven ability to develop solid relationships with community and international diversity organizations which have benefited both corporations and communities through recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse talent.

Wagner serves as the vice chair of the DC Metro Business Leadership Network, a USBLN® affiliate.

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Alicia M. WallaceALICIA 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 Freedom (Afghanistan).

Wallace holds a MBA from Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Resource Management from Troy State University, Alabama.

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Richard Weitzman, MDRICHARD BRIAN WEITZMAN, M.D.
Medical Director, Drug Safety & Epidemiology, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

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 disabilities.

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.

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