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.
JAMES E. CARTER (JAY)
Division Quality Manager, 3M Company
Jay Carter is a Quality Manager in 3M's supply chain organization in St.
Paul, Minnesota. During his 15 year career with 3M, he has held various positions
in logistics including managing various areas in distribution centers and
serving as a Lean manager. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Coach and also
holds the Certified Manager of Quality and Operational Excellence (CMQ/OE)
For the past several years, he has served as the chair of 3M's Disability
Advisory Committee. In addition to being on the Corporate Advisory Board
of the USBLN, Jay serves as Board Chair of the Minnesota Business Leadership
Network Affiliate. Jay is an outspoken advocate for people with disabilities
in the workplace. He has a particular passion for cognitive disabilities
such as ADHD and for workplace accommodations.
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
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 Corporate Advisory Board of the US Business Leadership
Network and is a Past-President of the University of Washington Alumni
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 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.
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.
FELICIA 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.
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.
RITA TAYLOR-NASH, SPHR
Vice President - Corporate Diversity, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)
Rita Taylor-Nash is the Vice President - Corporate Diversity for Health Care
Service Corporation (HCSC), which includes Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, and Dearborn National. She is
responsible for strategy implementation and operations for the Enterprise
Diversity and Inclusion Services (EDIS) division.
She has held a variety of leadership positions in diversity and inclusion,
equal opportunity, affirmative action and talent acquisition. She is a founding
member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's Diversity Alliance. She
also initiated and heads HCSC's Disability Taskforce which focuses on integration
of considerations of persons with disabilities in policies, practices and
Rita currently serves on the boards of the South-Southwest Suburban United
Way, Governors State University Advisory Board, the Muntu Dance Theatre of
Chicago, the SHRM Diversity Taskforce, and the Corporate Advisory Board of
the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®).
She received a BA in sociology from the University of Chicago and holds a
MA in sociology from the University of Michigan.
R. (RONNETTE) VIRGINIA SMITH
Developmental Club Manager-North Division, Market 20 Upstate New York, Sam's
Ronnette is a new Developmental Club Manager at Sam's Club where she manages
facility club operations, human resources, associate development and management
of the P&L. Prior to this career move, she was Senior Manager of Issue
Management and Strategic Outreach for the Walmart Corporate Affairs team.
Ronnette helped build Walmart relationships with third parties, outside
coalitions, and is involved in the communication of grassroots messaging
to both internal and external audiences. She has direct responsibility for
the 50+ & Disability Outreach.
In that capacity, she influenced Walmart Foundation grants totaling $3 million
to the AARP to fund a workforce development training program for women over
40. She also actively worked to set strategy for the company's diversity
outreach and social investments in the Native American markets.
Ronnette brought 13 years leadership experience from AT&T where she managed
sales and service diverse operations serving Asian, French, Russian, and
Spanish customers and directed outsourcing of customer care centers in United
States, Canada, and Philippines.
Ronnette is a board member of the American Society on Aging, and the business
advisory board member with the National Hispanic Council on Aging. She will
serve as 2014 USBLN Conference Supply Chain Track Chair.
She has a Master's of Science in Leadership Ethics degree from John Brown
University, and Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from
Clark Atlanta University.
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,
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.
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.
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
Wagner serves as the vice chair of the DC Metro Business Leadership Network,
a USBLN® affiliate.
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.
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