NextGen Directors Faculty


Dr. Homa Bahrami – Dr. Bahrami is a senior lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, a faculty director at the Haas Center for Executive Education, and has served on the board of the Haas Center for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Bahrami has served on the board of directors of three public technology companies, including Fabrinet, where she is the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair. She is active in executive education and executive development in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Marc Baranski – Mr. Baranski is a managing director at Semler Brossy, a leading independent executive compensation consulting firm.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Baranski was a principal at Mercer and the investment management segment leader for their human capital business.  He previously was at Sibson where he was the leader of the financial services industry practice and managed their London and Princeton offices.

Sandra Beach Lin – Ms. Lin served as chief executive officer of Calisolar, Inc., a solar silicon company, until her retirement in 2011. Previously, she held senior leadership roles at Celanese Corporation, Avery Dennison and Alcoa. Ms. Lin currently serves on the boards of American Electric Power (AEP), Interface Biologics, PolyOne Corporation, Trinseo, and WESCO, is the co-chair of Paradigm for Parity and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Nominating and Governance Committee Chair Advisory Council.

Theresa Boyce – Ms. Boyce is Founder, Chair and CEO of the CEO Trust, a national association for CEOs and Board Directors based in NYC. Prior to CEO Trust, Ms. Boyce managed start-ups and business unit ramp-ups in a spectrum of companies from entrepreneurial ventures to multi-billion dollar businesses. She started her career as a CPA at KPMG and obtained her initial marketing and sales training with P&G. In addition to leading the CEO Trust, Ms. Boyce is active in various for-profit and non-profit boards, including CH Briggs and Sealink International.

Dr. Jennifer Cohen – Ms. Cohen is associate director for biosciences diversity programs at Stanford University School of Medicine and a lecturer on equitable and inclusive leadership at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, she is a cellular and molecular biologist. She was previously the director of the SMASH Program at University of California, Berkeley, as well as a STEM education advisor at Arizona State.

Patricia Diaz Dennis – Ms. Diaz Dennis joined SBC Communications in 1995 as a senior vice president and assistant general counsel and she served in a variety of positions for the company, which later became AT&T. Prior to SBC/AT&T, Ms. Diaz Dennis served as assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs in 1992-1993. She was also appointed to the National Labor Relations Board in 1983, and as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission three years later. Ms. Diaz Dennis is currently a director of Amalgamated Bank, Entravision Communications and U.S. Steel.

Daniel Goelzer – Mr. Goelzer is a retired Baker McKenzie partner and has extensive experience in the areas of corporate governance, compliance with SEC disclosure and financial reporting requirements and financial institution regulatory issues.  He became partner in 1990 after seven years as General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The SEC appointed Mr. Goelzer as a founding member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).  The PCAOB is responsible for oversight and regulation of the auditors of U.S. public companies and securities broker-dealers.  He was acting chairman from August 2009 through January 2011 and then left the PCAOB at the end of his term in 2012 and returned to Baker McKenzie.  He is currently a board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).

Ty Heath – Ms. Heath is the global lead at LinkedIn’s B2B Institute and is based in their New York office.  Previously, Ms. Heath worked at IBM developing social media strategies for key company executives and at Google as a program manager in their learning and development organization.  She is also the founder of Spectacled Marketer an inbound marketing education consulting firm.

Christine Heckart – Ms. Heckart is the CEO of Scalyr, a leading log management and observability platform. Previously, she was senior vice president and marketing leader at Cisco and chief marketing officer of Brocade. Prior to joining Brocade, Ms. Heckart served as executive vice president of strategy, marketing, people, and IT at ServiceSource, a provider of cloud applications and services for managing recurring revenue. She was also chief marketing officer at NetApp and Juniper Networks. Ms. Heckart was general manager of Microsoft’s TV, video, and music business and president of TeleChoice. She is currently a member of board of directors at Lam Research and 6sense.

Penny Herscher – Ms. Herscher serves on the boards of Delphix, Faurecia, PROS, Lumentum and Verint. She was previously on the boards of Rambus and FirstRain where she was the Executive Chair and CEO. Ms. Herscher was the CEO of Simplex Solutions prior to the sale of the company to Cadence Design Systems. She was also a senior executive team member at Synopsys prior to its IPO.

Wayne Hewett – Mr. Hewett is chairman of DiversiTech Corporation and Cambrex Corporation, and the former chief executive officer of Klockner Pentaplast Group. He previously was chief executive officer of Arysta LifeScience Corporation prior to the sale of the company to Platform Specialty Products Corporation. Mr. Hewett’s early career included over 20 years with General Electric where he was chief executive officer of GE Advance Materials; president of GE Plastics Pacific and Vice President, Supply Chain and Operations and a member of the company’s Corporate Executive Council. Mr. Hewett currently serves on the boards of DiversiTech, Cambrex, Home Depot and Wells Fargo. He previously was a director at Ingredion and Element Solutions.

Beatriz Infante – Ms. Infante is the chief executive officer of BusinessExcelleration a strategic consulting firm focused on corporate transformation and renewal. She is a director on the boards of Liquidity Services, Ribbon Communications, and PriceSmart, and is also on the advisory boards of Guardian Analytics, Infrascale, Private Machines, and Rulai. Ms. Infante was previously chief executive officer of ENXSuite (acquired by Infor) VoiceObjects (acquired by Voxeo) and Aspect Communications, where she was also executive Chair. Ms. Infante’s prior board service includes Ultratech, Emulex, Sonus Networks, 1010Data, RNA Networks, Netli and Sychron (including interim CEO role). Ms. Infante is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow, was named to the NACD’s Directorship 100 honoring top governance directors, and was named by Financial Times to its Top 50 Digital Directors list.

Rajive Johri – Mr. Johri is the former president of First National Bank of Omaha and executive vice president, marketing, Chase Cardmember Services at JPMorgan Chase.  He began his career with IBM in India and joined Citibank in 1985 as the Eastern India Area Director charged with launching their local consumer banking business. Mr. Johri later started Citi’s credit card business in Asia Pacific and then led the company’s regional card products organization.  Today Mr. Johri is a member of the Conagra Brands board and previously a member of the boards of Charter Communications and First National of Nebraska, Inc.  He is the former chair of the board of Semantifi Inc. and chair emeritus of Boys Town USA.

Eric Kelly – Mr. Kelly is the chairman and CEO of Overland Tandberg. Prior to the merger with Overland Storage, he served in the same capacity at Sphere3D, and previously led Overland Storage and Silicon Valley Management Partners. He also served in leadership roles at Adaptec, Snap Appliance, Maxtor, Dell, IBM, and Diamond Multimedia. He currently serves on the board at Overland and previously was on the board at Sphere3D.

Steve Klemash – Mr. Klemash is the Americas leader for EY’s Center for Board Matters where he regularly engages with board and committee members to understand their views, exchange ideas and discuss best practices. Prior to his current role, he served as the Managing Partner-Accounts for the Central Region of EY where he managed a $2.4 billion revenue steam that integrated the firm’s Assurance, Tax, Transaction Advisory Services and Advisory service lines. Mr. Klemash serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Robert Morris University and was a past board member of the United Way of Allegheny County, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

Derek Liu – Mr. Liu is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s San Francisco office. He handles mergers and acquisitions, complex corporate transactions, and has worked on transactions with an aggregate transaction value of more than $100 billion. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Mr. Liu practiced law at two top-tier firms in San Francisco and New York.

Mark Mandel – Mr. Mandel is a partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice of Baker McKenzie’s New York office. Mr. Mandel advises public and private companies with investments, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, unsolicited and friendly tender offers, joint ventures, public offerings and private placements, and restructurings. He also advises boards of directors on corporate governance and fiduciary duties.

Jonathan Mariner – Mr. Mariner served as chief financial officer of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 2002 to 2014 when he was named chief investment officer of the $1.5 billion pension plan and the league’s strategic investment fund. Mr. Mariner retired from the MLB in 2016 and launched a new app, TaxDay, that tracks the time you spend working or living in different states to facilitate accurate residency reporting when individuals file their tax forms. Prior to his tenure at MLB, he was the chief financial officer of the Florida Marlins and the chief operating officer of Charter Schools USA. Mr. Mariner currently serves on the boards of McGraw-Hill Education, IEX Group and Tyson Foods.

Robert McCormick – Mr. McCormick is a partner with CamberView Partners and previously served as chief policy officer of Glass Lewis where for over a decade he oversaw the analysis, voting recommendations and report writing on management and shareholder proposals on over 20,000 shareholder meetings of public companies in more than 100 countries.  He also led the firm’s engagement efforts and was responsible for developing Glass Lewis’ proxy voting guidelines.  Prior, to Glass Lewis, Mr. McCormick was director of Investment Policy Research at Fidelity Investments where he managed the proxy voting of 700 mutual funds and accounts holding 5,000 securities worth $1 trillion.

Dr. Kellie McElhaney – Dr. McElhaney is currently a distinguished teaching fellow and the founding director of the Center for Equity, Gender and Inclusion at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also the founder of the Center for Responsible Business. Prior to moving to academia, she worked in retail banking specifically in commercial lending, acquisitions, and corporate leadership development.

Glen Messina – Mr. Messina is the CEO and president of Ocwen Financial and the former CEO of PHH Corporation. His previous leadership roles included serving as CFO of GE’s equipment services business; CEO of GE’s mortgage services business and CEO of GE Chemical and Monitoring Solutions. Mr. Messina also served as CFO of GE Capital Mortgage and had prior financial leadership roles at Bell Atlantic.

Keith Meyer – Mr. Meyer is the co-founder and president of the Directors Academy, and also the global head of the CEO & Board Practice and co-leader of the Leadership Practice at Allegis Partners. Mr. Meyer was founder and managing partner of Park Avenue Advisors and previously was vice chairman and managing partner of the Global Board Consulting Practice and co-leader of the North America CEO & Board Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. Mr. Meyer held a variety of operations, corporate development and finance leadership roles with Exxon and PepsiCo. He was also a member of McKinsey’s global Energy Practice. He has previously been named to the D100 list of the most influential people in corporate governance. Mr. Meyer is a founding board member of the Directors Academy.

Mike Millegan – Mr. Millegan served as president of Verizon Global Wholesale group, a business unit of Verizon Communications, where he focused on global carrier, wireless and cable company network requirements from 2007 until his retirement in 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Millegan was senior vice president/market president for Verizon’s Midwest Operations and senior vice president Enterprise/Wholesale business unit. Mr. Millegan also led the Logistics/Supply Chain business unit as the senior vice president from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Millegan served on the advisory board of FINSPHERE, a leader in mobile identity authentication. In addition, he is an advisor/investor in WINDPACT, an innovative sports technology company. Mr. Millegan is a member of the Portland General Electric and Wireless Telecom board of directors, and is a NextGen Directors program alum.

Matt Quarles – Matt Quarles is a partner with Pay Governance with nearly 20 years of executive compensation consulting experience. Prior to joining Pay Governance in 2016, Matt was a principal with Compensia, a consulting firm he joined in 2009. Prior to Compensia, Matt’s experience includes approximately 10 years with Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson) in Los Angeles, California and Boston, Massachusetts.

Heather Redman – Ms. Redman is the co-founder and managing partner of Flying Fish Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early stage software and mixed hardware and software companies, concentrated in artificial intelligence. She is also a member of the boards of Coldstream Holdings, Yesler, Beneficial State Bank and Washington State University. She was most recently vice president, operations at Indix and previously served as a senior executive at Summit Power, co-COO at Atom Entertainment, and general counsel at Getty Images and Photodisc.

Merline Saintil – Ms. Saintil is the former chief operating officer at Change Healthcare. She was previously the head of operations for product and technology at Intuit, and has managed global teams in a variety of positions at Yahoo, Sun Microsystems, Adobe, PayPal, and Joyent. She serves on the board of ShotSpotter, Banner Corporation, and NAV Technologies, and is also on the alumni board at Carnegie Mellon University.

Innocent Shumba – Mr. Shumba is an assurance partner in EY’s Technology Practice and has 15 years of experience serving private and publicly held technology companies ranging from pre-IPO entities to large multi-nationals. Mr. Shumba grew up in Zimbabwe and received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Accounting from BYU.

Dr. Robert Strand – Dr. Strand is the executive director of the Center for Responsible Business and a lecturer at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Norway from 2005-2006, and prior to joining academia was an industrial engineer for Boston Scientific and also IBM.

Lynn Tetrault – Ms. Tetrault is the former executive vice president of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at AstraZeneca plc. Previously, she served as vice president of Corporate Affairs and vice president of Human Resources and Global Drug Development for AstraZeneca U.S., a subsidiary of AstraZeneca plc. Ms. Tetrault joined Astra USA as associate general counsel and was previously in private law practice specializing in general corporate and health care law. She currently serves on the boards of NeoGenomics Laboratories and Women’s Way. She is active in the development of the Paradigm for Parity initiative focused on achieving corporate leadership gender parity by 2030 and is the founder of Anahata Leadership.

Dr. Steve Weber – Dr. Weber is a professor at the School of Information and Political Science Department at University of California, Berkeley where he works at the intersection of technology markets, intellectual property regimes, and international politics. Previously he served as special consultant to the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He is a frequent contributor to scholarly and public debates on international relations and U.S. foreign policy and has advised multinational companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations on risk analysis, strategy, and business forecasting.

James D. White – Mr. White was chairman, president and chief executive officer of Jamba Inc. from 2008 until his retirement in 2016. Before Jamba, he held senior executive roles at Safeway, Gillette and Ralston Purina. Mr. White currently serves on the boards of Adtalem Global Education, Medallia, Panera Bread, Schnuck Markets and Simply Good Foods. He is Executive Chairman of Air Protein and was previously chairman of Daymon Worldwide and a director of Ocean Spray Cranberries, CallidusCloud, and Hillshire Brands. He also currently chairs the Fair Trade USA board. Mr. White is a co-founder of the Directors Academy and is chairman of the board.

Paul Williams – Mr. Williams is the retired co-leader of the North America Board Practice of Allegis Partners. He is a member of the board of directors for Compass Minerals where he is the Compensation Committee chairman and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Williams also serves on the boards of Public Storage and Romeo Power and is the president o the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Previously, Mr. Williams was the Nominating and Governance Committee chairman for Essendant. He has served as the lead independent director of State Auto Financial Corporation, as well as the Compensation Committee chairman and CEO Search Committee chairman for Bob Evans Restaurants. Prior to his executive search career, Mr. Williams served as executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary of Cardinal Health, a Fortune 20 company. His career began as a corporate and securities associate with the law firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease. Mr. Williams is a Directors Academy board member.

Billie Williamson – Ms. Williamson has over three decades of experience auditing public companies as a partner of EY.  In addition, she served as senior vice president, finance and corporate controller of Marriott International and chief financial officer of AMX Corporation.  While at EY, Ms. Williamson served as the Americas Inclusiveness Officer, a member of its Americas Executive Board and head of the Center for Strategic Transactions in the southwest region.  Ms. Williamson has served on numerous public and private company boards, including Annie’s, Beneficient Company Group LP, CSRA, Cushman & Wakefield, Energy Future Holdings, ITT Exelis, Janus Capital Group, Kraton, Pentair plc and XL Group Ltd.  Ms. Williamson is a Directors Academy board member.

Kirsten Wolberg – Ms. Wolberg is currently the chief technology and operations officer at DocuSign.  Prior to joining the company, she previously served as vice president of technology at PayPal, and has also worked in product and operations roles at Salesforce, Charles Schwab, InnoVentry, and CSC Index. Ms. Wolberg currently serves on the board of Sallie Mae and previously served on the board of Silicon Graphics.

Heather Wolf – Ms. Wolf is a managing director in the CEO & Board Practice at Allegis Partners and the former program director for the Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX), a Financial Times (FT) conference series for public company directors.  She also ran the Outstanding Directors awards program, which has recognized exemplary independent board members annually since 1998.  Prior to joining the FT in 2004, Ms. Wolf spent 15 years in management consulting, including eight as a principal at Capgemini. She began her career at Aon Hewitt.  Ms. Wolf is a Directors Academy board member.

Dennis Zeleny – Mr. Zeleny is executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Ocwen Financial and the founder of Zeleny Consultants LLC where he worked closely with senior C-suite leaders including CEOs, boards, chief human resources officers and their teams. Previously, Mr. Zeleny was senior vice president, administration and chief human resources officer for Sunoco and concurrently served as senior vice president human resources for Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. Mr. Zeleny served as a member of the board of directors of Sunoco Logistics and of SunCoke Energy during its IPO. Mr. Zeleny also held several human resources leadership positions at PepsiCo and later global head of human resources  roles at Honeywell, DuPont, and Caremark Rx.

Rob Zivnuska – Mr. Zivnuska is a managing director at PJT Partners in San Francisco. He advises public companies on shareholder engagement, activism, contested situations and other complex governance matters. Mr. Zivnuska previously served as head of the Americas Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment at BlackRock where he managed all aspects of the corporate governance function for the firm’s equity investment in over 5,000 companies based in North America and South America. Prior to BlackRock, he a corporate attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP.

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