Native to South Central Los Angeles, Marquis Taylor studied at Stonehill College on a full basketball scholarship and at Smith College, where he received a Masters in Teaching in 2011. While at Smith, he recognized the need to engage students who were disenfranchised at school, and to teach them job readiness skills. Combining his professional and basketball experience, he founded Coaching For Change.
Marquis Taylor was recognized in 2012 by Echoing Green and the Open Society Foundation as one of the country's leading social entrepreneurs for new and innovative organizations. As an Echoing Green Fellow, Marquis has been invited to the White House multiple times and has met with some of the most influential leaders in the field of education, such as Geoffrey Canada, Earl Phalen, Richard Murphy, and Jim Shelton.
Taylor is a part of the steering committee of the New Frontier Network at the John F. Kennedy Library, and is the recipient of a top 40 Under 40 award for Young Civic Minded Emerging Leaders. He has also been selected by the Jewish Community Relations Council to be a part of the Boston-Haifa Leadership Exchange, which brings social justice leaders together from America and Israel.
Pete is an aspiring business leader and basketball coach, with a passion for community and youth development. After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the George Washington University in 2009, he began his career in the sports industry by directing a basketball camp in gang-riddled areas on the south side of Chicago, IL. Berman was then brought on as an intern with the Events Team at the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) to help plan the U.S. Soccer team's involvement with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and the 2010 Development Academy Playoffs and Finals tournaments. In 2011, Berman opened a satellite office for USSF in New York City as a member of the Professional Referee Department, to spearhead an effort in conjunction with Major League Soccer (MLS) aiming to manage and develop officiating at a level more comparable to the British Premiere League, NFL, NHL, and other professional sports leagues around the world.
After the completion of the 2011 MLS season, Pete left USSF to create BMS2, LLC as the Co-Founder, President, and Chief Operating Officer, to develop personalized sporting goods products to be used at all levels of competition. Berman changed direction when he found his passion was working with youth and using sports to improve surrounding communities. As a result, he coached boy's basketball at Algonquin Regional High School, and volunteered with The3PointFoundation.
Austin graduated from Stonehill College in 2016 with a degree in Marketing. Born and raised in the City of Brockton, Massachusetts, Austin was excited to join C4C as an intern in 2013. In 2014, a time where Brockton middle school sports were abolished, he served as the Site Coordinator, where he ran a C4C flag football league at South Middle School. Austin moved to Los Angeles in 2015, where he was the marketing and PR intern at Steiger Dynamics, a high end computer company. He returned to Massachusetts and continued working with Coaching4Change through graduation. During his time at Stonehill, Austin also worked for the Athletics department as a home events and Sports Complex supervisor.
Blending the experience as a coach/mentor, educator, entrepreneurship through youth sports, Marquis Taylor is responsible for the sports direction of Coaching For Change, Inc. program development, administration, and fundraising. Marquis Taylor has used basketball as his outlet for over 20 years. Raised by a single mother in South Central Los Angeles, Marquis focused his attention on basketball in order to avoid the pressures many young, Black men face in the inner city. He became a disciplined student both on the court and in the classroom by demonstrating leadership, motivation, and success. This structure and dedication led to a full scholarship to college, further opening more doors to opportunity. Marquis Taylor graduated from Stonehill College in 2006 with a degree in Communications. Upon graduating, he worked for four years in real estate finance in capital markets and low income housing tax credit sector. In 2011, Marquis completed his Masters of Arts in Teaching from Smith College, and started a non-profit called Coaching For Change, Inc. It is Marquis' belief that sports can be used to teach kids valuable leadership skills through coaching. His goal is to provide pathways through sport to help at-risk teenagers reach their full potential, graduate from high school, develop important entrepreneurial skills, and empower them to make a change in their own lives and their community.
Kenneth Michel has over 34 years of direct experience in the affordable housing industry with an emphasis on federal and state housing finance programs. He began his career in 1977 at Greater Boston Development, Inc. (now Boston Capital Partners), in their Syndication Department specializing in the structuring, monitoring, and equity financing of Rural Development (RD) Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Program (formerly FmHA Section 515) low-income properties. In 1981, he joined The Langelier Company, Inc., where he was head of the Acquisitions Department, focusing on the acquisition of affordable housing properties featuring HUD or state agency financing and HUD Section 8 rental subsidies. In 1986, he founded Michel Associates, Ltd., which has successfully sponsored a series of tax credit investment partnerships for high net-worth individuals, financial institutions, and corporations. Mr. Michel currently holds an ownership interest as a limited or general partner in over 10,000 affordable housing apartment units in various locations throughout the United States. Mr. Michel served as a past Director of the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), a national advocacy group based in Washington, DC representing the interest of developers, owners and managers of rural housing. He also served as Chairman of the Stonehill College Annual Fund, is the former Chairman of the Stonehill College Board of Fellows, and a former Corporator of Danversbank.
Chris Civale is the Managing Director of Civale & Associates, an Ameriprise Financial Private Wealth Advisory Practice. Chris was inducted into the Ameriprise Financial Hall of Fame in 2012. He was also inducted into the LaSalle Academy of New York City Hall of Fame in 2012. Chris also serves on the Development Committee of the St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, Rhode Island. Chris was the past Chairman of the Board of the Taunton YMCA, Chairman of the Board of the Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce, the former volunteer Director of the Raynham Park & Rec Youth Basketball program, past member of the Crescent Credit Union Board of Directors, and past President of the Stonehill College Court Club. Chris was a recipient of the Sam Walton Business Leader Award for his commitment to strive for excellence in the Taunton-Raynham business community. He also was a recipient of the JC Penney Golden Rule Award for his commitment to the community. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Stonehill College and his Master’s Degree from Bridgewater State University.
Kerri Ansello is a member of the Corporate Practice Group of Sun Life Financial's U.S. Law Department. She is a primary legal advisor with respect to corporate governance and insurance regulatory matters for Sun Life Financial's U.S. subsidiaries. In addition to these responsibilities, Kerri provides advice and counseling on transactional, ERISA, and contract matters and serves as corporate secretary for the organization's U.S. subsidiaries. Kerri joined Sun Life Financial in 2005. She received her B.A. in Foreign Languages from Stonehill College in 1996 and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1999. After law school and prior to joining Sun Life Financial, Kerri worked as an Investigator at the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
Carmen Scarpa is a founding partner of Spring Lake Equity Partners. Prior to founding Spring Lake, Carmen served as a Partner in Tudor Investment Corporation's private equity group, the predecessor to Spring Lake, since 1996. Carmen has focused on growth companies in the software, internet/digital media, business services and financial technologies sectors. He currently sits on the boards of NetBase Solutions, Inc., Educate Online, Inc., RBM Technologies, Inc., and Batanga, Inc. Prior investments where Carmen served as a director or was actively involved include Art Technology Group, Chordiant Software, GAIN Capital, TractManager, Velocity, Vurv, and Wimba. Carmen worked previously as an associate at Triumph Capital Group, Inc., a private equity firm in Boston. Prior to that, he was an assistant to the founder and CEO of Boston Concessions Group and was a corporate finance analyst for Drexel Burnham Lambert, Inc. Carmen earned a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Economics from Harvard University.
Jeremy is a Managing Director at UBS Financial Services, and joined UBS in 2015 after 10 years at Credit Suisse Private Bank, where he also served on Credit Suisse's Advisory Council a 14-person leadership team in the Private Bank. As a senior member of the team, he is responsible for idea generation as well as overseeing asset allocation models, 10B5-1 plans, concentrated stock management strategies, performance measurement, trust and estate planning, insurance, mortgages, and risk management. Because of this holistic approach, clients entrust their family's financial well-being for generations. Jeremy also has a specialized expertise in structuring complex lending solutions for hedge fund and private equity general partners in need of liquidity management solutions.
Jeremy graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management with a focus in Financial Management. In 2003, he founded the MIT CFO Summit (www.mitcfo.com), the premier form for corporate finance executives, and continues to serve as chairperson. He is frequently contacted by members of the media for insights into business and strategic issues facing the CFO, and has been quoted by Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Business Journal. Jeremy currently serves on advisory boards for WGBH, Coaching4 Change, and MIT Sloan. His wife, son, and daughter live in Wellesley, MA and enjoy skiing as often as possible at Loon Mountain in NH.
Jason Kropp is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group at WilmerHale, a major international law firm. He practices corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on public offerings and public company representation, and representation of venture-backed companies and venture capital investors. Mr. Kropp has successfully represented clients in a variety of complex transactions and has built a substantial practice working with local, national and international clients, advising start-ups and venture-backed companies, venture capital funds, underwriters, mature public companies and buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Kropp worked as a legislative and press aide in the office of United States Representative William Delahunt, and as a legislative intern in the office of United States Representative Gerry Studds.
Debbie is a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts. She is responsible for the academic administration of Stonehill's business department, which employs 19 full time faculty and 12 adjunct faculty and serves 675 undergraduate students. She teaches tax and accounting courses and serves as the internship faculty advisor for the business department. Debbie is the recipient of Stonehill's and the Massachusetts Society of CPAs Teaching Excellence Award.
She is also employed as a tax consultant and serves as an expert witness in financial matters.
Michael Rand is co-founder and Managing Director of WindSail Capital Group. Michael brings to WindSail over 19 years of experience in private equity investing, structured finance and corporate finance. Prior to founding WindSail, Michael spent 11 years as a private equity professional, most recently as a Managing Director of GB Merchant Partners, a division of Gordon Brothers Group. Previously, Michael served as a Principal at Palladin Capital Group, a New York based middle market private equity firm. Prior to joining Palladin, Michael was a member of the Leveraged Finance/Merchant Banking Division of CIBC World Markets.Michael received a B.S. from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. He currently lives in Wellesley, MA with his wife and three children.
Karen McOwen Ryan is Senior Legal Counsel for CVS Health. She has held this role since July 2013. In this role, McOwen Ryan has responsibility for all aspects of labor and employment legal counsel for the company's PBM business, supporting the company's human resources efforts to build a world-class infrastructure designed to address the changing needs of its PBM clients and their members. She also supports the retail business in one of its highest growth markets and is the company's subject matter expert in immigration and restrictive covenant law. Over the course of her twenty-year career in law, McOwen Ryan has amassed an extensive background in commercial real estate and commercial and government contracts in addition to employment and labor law. Prior to joining the company in 2013, McOwen Ryan worked at Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc., Hollister Inc. and several well respected boutique law firms. McOwen Ryan has served on the Board or Advisory Board of Holiday Helping Hands, Horizons for Homeless Children, and Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Foundation, Inc. McOwen Ryan received her JD from Suffolk University Law School.
Through his vision for excellence for Bridgewater State University and its students, Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria, the university's 11th president (2002-2015) and a lifelong resident of Cape Cod, led a period of unprecedented growth. Bridgewater experienced significant increases in the number of degrees conferred, freshman-sophomore retention rate, number fulltime faculty, and the doubling of the university's resident population. More than $400 million in capital expansion and improvements were made on campus while establishing permanent satellite sites in New Bedford, Attleboro and Cape Cod.