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Our work simply wouldn't be possible without the above-and-beyond efforts of our incredibly hard-working volunteer Board and our small but mighty team of employees. 



Theo Killion

Retired Chief Executive Officer, Zale Corporation
The Hill School, 1970*

Vice Chairs

Gennell Jefferson

Managing Director, State Street Global Advisors

Sheila Marmon

Founder & CEO, Mirror Digital
Cate School, 1990*

Rhonda Trotter

Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, LLP
The Hotchkiss School, 1979*


Roger G. Arrieux

New York Managing Director, Deloitte

Keith Evans

President, The Westminster Schools

Ekene Ezulike

Global Head of Corporate Services, Morgan Stanley

Tayo Famakinwa

Vice President and Head of Organizational Effectiveness, UPS

Rob Fullerton

Global Head of Leveraged Finance, Jefferies

Roxane Gay

Writer/Associate Professor
Phillips Exeter Academy, 1992*

Michelle Gittens

Director of US Transactional Video on Demand, Amazon
Phillips Academy Andover, 1999*

Gerald Keefe

Head of Global Banking for the Americas, HSBC

Tracey Koziol

Senior Vice President, Global Offerings, Xerox

Allison Lawrence

Chief Of Staff, Stanley Black & Decker

Star McDade

Chief Audit Executive, Jones Lang LaSalle

Nicole Melwood

Director, Commonfund Asset Management
Northfield Mount Hermon School, 2001*

Suzan Morno-Wade

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Xerox

A. Louis Parker

Retired Corporate Vice President, General Electric
Philips Academy, Class of 1973*

Francisco Tezén

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kurt Van Wagenen

President & CEO, FirstLight Fiber


Peter Allan Atkins

Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP
* Denotes A Better Chance Alumni


The National Advisory Council is a group of professionals under 40 dedicated to helping A Better Chance carry out its mission to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. Founded in 2009, the goal of the Council is to initiate and boost engagement for A Better Chance through a combination of fundraising and volunteer efforts. Each year the Council hosts The Rising Stars Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of rising professionals of color.

For information on joining the National Advisory Council, please contact events@abetterchance.org or 646-346-1330.

Council Leadership

Nicole Melwood

Director, Commonfund Asset Management
Northfield Mount Hermon School, 2001*

Council Members

Lisa Brice

Ballard Spahr LLP

Lauren Vick Burthey

J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Lawrenceville School, 2005*

David Cox

New Canaan A Better Chance, 2005*

Khary Dennis

State Street Global Advisors
St. Andrew's School, 2013*

Rishi Gopaul

Lapine Associates
Simsbury A Better Chance 1997*

Sadasia McCutchen

Trevor Day School, 2013*

Jarron Smith


Regwood Snipes

PetVet Care Centers
Deerfield Academy, 2005*

Nicole Talerman

Bain & Company
* Denotes A Better Chance Alumni


Small but Mighty

Our staff, which works from our headquarters in New York and often the road, is listed below by category.

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