In August, 2011 we launched the SEED Fellows program as a strategy to make SEED more widely accessible. Meet our founding SEED Fellows.
Barry Kibel, email@example.com (SEED Director of Innovation and Research)
Barry guides the development, testing, and enhancement of products and tools, and serves as a senior facilitator at SEED. Over a career that has spanned five decades, Barry has specialized in the invention and implementation of planning and design tools and evaluation instruments to support the transformational work of not-for-profit organizations and governmental institutions. Barry holds a B.S. degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in city and regional planning. He is author of Simulation of the Urban Environment, Success Stories as Hard Data, and numerous professional publications; and has held faculty positions at Howard University, the University of North Carolina, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He resides in Tucson, Arizona.
Melinda Lackey, firstname.lastname@example.org (SEED Executive Director and Co-Founder)
Melinda contributes facilitative leadership and direction to SEED, and designs and delivers client services. She also serves as an executive-life coach to leaders of select promising programs. Formerly a professional ballet dancer, Melinda holds a Masters degree in Social Research and was a Kellogg National Leadership Program fellow. Melinda co-founded two successful non-profits prior to SEED. She helped expand a group of six women living with HIV to a network of 600 women doctors, lawyers, service providers, students and caregivers, and cultivated the fertile ground for collaboration that created Iris House, Inc: the first multi-service support center in the country designed by and for women affected by HIV/AIDS, located in Harlem, New York. She assisted this group, early in the epidemic, to lobby the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and they succeeded to change the CDC definition of AIDS to include the symptoms of women. Melinda also helped establish the Hunter College Welfare Rights Initiative and directed it for ten years. She developed a Community Leadership curriculum at its core that provides college credit for low income students to become effective agents of community empowerment and systemic change. WRI is now staffed primarily by women it was designed to serve.
Lydia Tembo, email@example.com (SEED Executive Assistant)
Lydia joined in 2010 as part time executive assistant, bringing new energy and enthusiasm to the SEED team. She also attends Hunter College CUNY, earning a BA in Sociology and minoring in Spanish. When she is not at work or school she enjoys attending church, and performing her duties as a deacon as well as a Sunday school teacher. Lydia has volunteered her time to organizations such as Queens Special Olympics, AIDS Walk, Autism Speaks, various food drives and soup kitchens. She is honored to be part of a profound organization, unleashing the collaborative power in hundreds of groups that make a difference.
SEED Board and Special Advisors
Daniel Bloomfield, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan is currently Executive Director, Cardiovascular Clinical Research at Merck Research Laboratories and is responsible for the clinical development programs for compounds being developed to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and arrhythmias. After finishing a BA in Chemistry at Haverford College , he studied Social Anthropology at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Upon return to the US , he attended Harvard Medical School and then did his Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at Columbia before joining the faculty. As an Associate Professor of Medicine, Dr. Bloomfield's academic research career was supported by a number of grants from the NIH and from foundations and he was recognized internationally as an expert in syncope (fainting spells) and in identifying patients at risk for sudden cardiac death. After returning from Oxford , Dr. Bloomfield founded the American-South African Scholarship Association which raises funds in the US to provide university scholarships for under-privileged South African students. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Bloomfield visited South Africa frequently and remains the President of ASASA, which has raised nearly 1 million dollars and has supported ~30 students through their university education. Dr. Bloomfield helped create and was the President of the Friends of Mandela-Rhodes Foundation (USA), he served on the Board of Advisors to the Zimbabwean Democracy Trust (an organization dedicated to bringing democracy back to Zimbabwe), and on the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee in the State of New York. He lives in Westfield , New Jersey with his wife, Elizabeth Jane True, and two daughters.
Ruma Bose, email@example.com
Ruma Bose has focused her professional efforts on developing strategies to drive long-term value, working with the boards and senior management of emerging consumer brand/specialty retail businesses as Managing Director of Zuci Capital, Managing Director of Sage Beauty Group and Senior Director at Roseworth Capital. She was also founder and Vice President Business Development at Finish Line Floors, a company providing a high tech alternative to traditional floor treatments. She is a former member of the Young President's Organization, sits on the advisory board of Renaissance 2.0, The Aquaya Institute and Music National Service Initiative. Ruma received her MBA in International Business at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.
Christopher A. Duda, firstname.lastname@example.org (Co-Chair)
Christopher is a Vice President with Goldman, Sachs & Co., working in the Private Wealth Management Group. Christopher received his MBA from the Yale School of Management in 2001. Prior to graduate school, he was employed with ICG Communications as Vice President of Political Affairs. Previously, Christopher served as Finance Director of the New York State Democratic Committee and as a regional Finance Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and the Clinton/Gore 1996 Presidential Campaign. Christopher also worked in the White House Office of Health Care Reform Policy. Christopher graduated from the University of Maryland where he received both a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Government & Politics in 1994. Additionally, Christopher serves as a National judge for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program, and is involved with several non-profits including MicroVest and SEED. Christopher lives in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Hubie Jones, email@example.com
During his fifty years in the Boston area, Hubie has worked to create, nurture, and assist leadership in at least thirty community organizations across Boston. He is well-recognized for his appearances on local television, particularly as a panelist on WCVB’s public affairs discussion show, “Five on Five.” Most recently, in his retirement Hubie founded the Boston Children’s Chorus, which is already performing to great acclaim internationally, with a mission to bridge racial divides. Hubie was a Kellogg National Leadership Program Advisor.
Anat Lechner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anat Lechner is a Clinical Associate Professor of Business Management at the Stern School of Business, New York University.
Professor Lechner's research focuses on structural and managerial requirements for developing companies' innovation capabilities and outcomes. Her work encompasses various areas including leading strategic change, the effective leverage of multidisciplinary teams, and embracing work environments supportive of creativity and innovation.
A former Research Fellow at McKinsey & Co. and the founder of a boutique management consulting firm, Professor Lechner is also involved in Management Consulting and Senior Executive Action Learning. Her client list includes global Fortune 500 firms in the Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals, Energy, Food, High Tech, design and Retail industries.
Professor Lechner holds an MBA and a PhD in Organization Management from Rutgers University, NJ.
Gil Ozir, Gil.Ozir@amrinternational.com
Gil Ozir manages AMR International's US office in New York, where he is responsible for all client project delivery and business development. Typical projects involve commercial due diligence for private equity firms and business strategy for corporate clients across media, industrial and support service sectors.
Gil has over 10 years' experience in strategy, having worked as Executive Vice President for luxury goods player Raymond Weil, where he developed distribution, product development and marketing strategies. Prior to that, he was a project manager at McKinsey & Company, where he was a member of both the dedicated private equity and the consumer goods and services practices.
Gil holds a JD from New York University School of Law (Magna Cum Laude), and has a BA in History from Lafayette College.
Louise Packard, LPackard@trinitychurchboston.org (Co-Chair)
Louise is the Executive Director of the Trinity Boston Foundation, a 501.c.3 subsidiary of Trinity Church that partners with individuals and organizations across the city to offer a variety of programs focused on urban youth and the arts. Louise joined Trinity in September 2001 to direct a $53M capital campaign. Prior to joining the Trinity staff, Louise served in various senior development positions at Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School and the Central Park Conservancy. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She lives in Lexington with her two young children.
Jim Stuart, JStuart902@mac.com
Jim is retired and lives with his wife Dianne in Evanston, Illinois. He is currently writing a book on Jesus and the early church titled Jesus, We Hardly Knew Ye. Jim has a wealth of firsthand experience in executive leadership-having served as Executive Director to create the Tampa Bay Florida Aquarium, President and Chief Executive Officer of Val-Pak, President and Chief Executive Officer of Needlecraft Corporation, and Vice President, Sales and Marketing, the Quaker Oats Company of Canada. Jim holds a BA, from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University. He served as an officer in the US Naval Reserve during the Vietnam War.
Susan Nichols Wagner (Sukey), email@example.com
Sukey is SEED’s board chair. First supporting SEED as a major donor, she now leads the effort to build this Phase II, Growth Board focused heavily on business and fund development to insure SEED’s financial stability over the coming years. Sukey is the widow of Rodney Wagner, former international financier and Vice Chairman of the Board of JP Morgan. She and her husband supported numerous causes related to education and poverty throughout the world. She currently serves on the board of a school in South Africa, Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Robert College in Istanbul, and the Colebrook, Ct. Land Conservancy. She was the founding president of Iris House, and recently stepped down from that board after nearly 20 years of service. Sukey received an MA at American University of Beirut. One of her proudest volunteer achievements was setting up a learning center/library in the Brooklyn House of Detention in the early 70's. She has taught and tutored disadvantaged kids in many extra-school venues, including a settlement house in Brooklyn and extra-public school settings in NYC.
Ellen Zaroff, firstname.lastname@example.org (SEED Media Director)
Ellen Zaroff, MCSIS is SEED's Director for Marketing and Business Development. She has her own computer consulting business and is currently the president and director of the Forix Foundation. She also sits on the board of the Appignani Bioethics Center and acts as a consultant for Sponsor Cheti.
Ellen also has past experience in the service industry, working overseas and travelling extensively. She brings her technical knowledge and insights about interactions between people to the fore, to define, clarify and broaden SEED's message and reach to potential and existing clients and partners.
EARLY CONTRIBUTORS TO SEED
There are many people whose time, talents, creativity and special insights have shaped and made SEED possible, including those who have served on the pre-board and founding boards of SEED, as well as staff, volunteers, and generous donors who got us started. We especially wish to acknowledge two people:
Carlos Monteagudo co-founded SEED and served in a variety of capacities through our pilot phase, most recently serving as SEED's Technical Director. He worked tirelessly without pay throughout most of his tenure at SEED, earning his living as a doctor. His dedication to SEED was part of a lifelong commitment to discovering ways the public sector can be better served. To that end, Carlos left SEED in the Fall of 2008 to foster a political career.
Daniel Martin also served SEED in a variety of ways. He was Chair of our first Board. He also provided intensive one-on-one dialogue training and coaching for the SEED co-founders over a period of several years. Danny has contributed a great deal to the methodology and training services of SEED.
We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with Carlos and Danny, for all they have contributed to our lives and the ways in which they have given life and form to SEED.