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Green Dot Public Schools National - Board of Directors



Marlene Canter - bio
Board Chairman
Former LAUSD Board President

Jess Womack - bio
Board Vice Chairman
Attorney, former Inspector General to LAUSD

Brad Rosenberg - bio
Board Secretary
Chairman, Imagine L.A.




Roy Romer - bio
Former Governor of Colorado and Superintendent of LAUSD

Paul Miller - bio
Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Timothy Wahl - bio
Faculty Member, Cal State Northridge

Dr. Shane Martin bio
LMU Dean of Graduate Programs

Marie Washington bio

Green Dot Public Schools California - Board of Directors



Kevin S. Reed - bio
Board Chairman 
Vice Chancellor of Legal Affairs at UCLA 

Jon Goodman - bio
Board Secretary
Former President, Town Hall Los Angeles



Peter Scranton - bio
Venture Entrepreneur

Louis Gomez - bio
Department Chair of Education, UCLA

Gilbert Vasquezbio
Managing Partner, Vasquez & Company, LLP

Larry Wasserman

Larry Wasserman - bio
Chief Financial Officer, Skydance Productions 

Dennis Miller - bio

Salina Joiner - bio
President, Asociacion de Maestros Unidos (AMU)

Green Dot Public Schools Washington - Board of Directors




Andrew Buhayar - bio
Board Co-Chairman
Head of User Research & Analytics, Nordstrom


Marguerite Kondracke - bio
Board Co-Chairman
Former President & CEO, America’s Promise Alliance

Patrick Pugh bio
Board Treasurer




Melanie Denise Cunningham - bio


Victoria Woodards - bio

Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee - Board of Directors




James R. 'Jim' Boyd - bio
Board Chairman
Executive Director, Pyramid Peak Foundation


Terence Patterson - bio
Board Vice Chairman 
Program Director for Education, Hyde Family Foundation


Tom Marino - bio
Board Secretary
Executive Director, Poplar Foundation

Matt Thiry - bio
Special Assistant to the President, Memphis Grizzlies


Wilfred Busby - bio


Blanche Deaderick bio

Green Dot Public Schools National - Board of Directors Biographies

Marlene Canter – GDPSN Board Chairman

Marlene Canter has spent the majority of her career in education: first as a classroom teacher, then co-founding and helping to run a teacher training company for 25 years, and, finally, serving eight years on the LAUSD School Board as a policy maker.  She retired in 2009. She is currently the Board Chair for Green Dot Public Schools National and serves on the Board at City Year Los Angeles.  Marlene divides her time between her chaplaincy studies, her leadership roles in education reform, and being with family and friends. 

Marlene began her career as a special education teacher.  She taught children on the autism spectrum as well as children with learning disabilities. She went on to co-found and serve as the co-CEO of Canter and Associates, now Laureate Education, Inc. The company became one of the world’s leading teacher-training organizations and trained more than one million K-12 teachers worldwide. It developed an extensive catalogue of professional development programs, distance learning graduate courseware and resource materials for teacher, administrators, and parents.

Drawing on her 30-year career in education, Marlene ran for the LAUSD School Board in 2001 and was overwhelming elected twice.  She served two terms as a board member and during that time she was elected President by her peers for two years.  During her tenure on the Board, Ms. Canter made teacher quality and children’s health and well-being her top priorities.  She authored resolutions to ban the sale of soft drinks and junk food in LAUSD schools - which passed in 2002 and 2003 respectively - making LAUSD the first large urban school district in the nation to approve such bans.

Ms. Canter was willing to take on controversial issues and authored successful resolutions calling for increased scrutiny in teacher evaluations, the granting of tenure and changes to the state Education Code governing the certificated employee dismissal process.  During her tenure on the Board, she supported the approval of 180 charter schools.

Ms. Canter is now in school at the Academy for Jewish Religion where she is pursuing an MA in Jewish Studies and a Chaplaincy degree. She was motivated to take this path as a result of watching the challenges that people faced in their day to day life and was interested in becoming more skillful at helping people to find meaning in their lives.

Ms. Canter has two married children and two beautiful granddaughters.  She resides in Los Angeles. 

Jess Womack - GDPSN Board Vice Chairman

Jess Womack, an attorney, most recently served as Inspector General of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest public school district in the United States. Previously, Mr. Womack assisted the LAUSD’s General Counsel in handling substantive matters for the office and assumed the duties of the General Counsel in his absence. He also served as an Associate General Counsel II and team leader for the LAUSD’s Facilities Program, where he managed the legal team in the Office of the General Counsel that supports the LAUSD’s $18 billion school construction and modernization program.

Prior to joining LAUSD in 2002, Mr. Womack enjoyed a 30-year legal career with the Ford Motor Company and the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), where he managed the Environmental Law Department. Womack retired from ARCO in 2000. He has an extensive background in litigation, environmental law, labor law, administrative law and school construction law. Mr. Womack has also served as General Counsel for the Los Angeles Community Development Bank.

Mr. Womack is active in a number of organizations. He is Vice President of the Los Angeles Conservancy, on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute, a member of the Board of Trustees of Albion College, a member of the Advisory Board of the California Lawyer legal journal and past President of the American Corporate Counsel Association.

Mr. Womack received his B.A. from Albion College in Albion, Michigan, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition, he served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and served in the United States Army as a Platoon Sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.

Brad Rosenberg - GDPSN Board Secretary

Brad Rosenberg is a successful businessman who has always worked to give back to the community. Over the past 40 years, Mr. Rosenberg has created and managed a variety of businesses - ranging from manufacturing, real estate development, management and commercial services. Since 1990, he has been president of SBR Investments, Inc., a real estate and investment company. He has used this business expertise to aid several philanthropic and non-profit organizations become more effective in their missions.

From 2008 - 2012, Mr. Rosenberg served as Chairman of the Board Imagine LA, developing a framework for a business model that achieves the non-profits’ mission and goals to help homeless families into long-term housing and self-sufficiency. Under Mr. Rosenberg’s leadership, the number of families served by Imagine LA increased dramatically.

Mr. Rosenberg currently sits on the Board of Directors of Green Dot Public Schools National, serving in several capacities including Co-Chairman of the Development Committee and Secretary of the National Board of Directors. Since 1967, he has served as a member of the board of Trustees for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles/Camp Max Straus where he had also served as Interim Executive Director and Chairman. He was founding Chairman of Save-Our-Mountains and Glendale/ La Crescenta V.O.I.C.E., both groups organized to protect local wilderness recreational areas.

Mr. Rosenberg holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing from Michigan State University and a MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California.

Roy Romer

Roy Romer was the 39th Governor of Colorado, serving from 1986 to 1998. From 2001 to 2006 he served as Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. A veteran business and political leader and a national leader in education policy, Gov. Romer also served as Colorado State Treasurer from 1977–87 and a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. He served in the Colorado House from 1958–62 and the Colorado Senate from 1962–66. He has also served a general chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1997 to 1999.

Governor Romer received a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Colorado State University in 1950, and a law degree from the University of Colorado in 1952. He also studied ethics at Yale University. A member of the U.S. Air Force, he was a military prosecutor in Germany.

Paul Miller 

Paul Miller is a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously he was a Program and Policy Development Specialist in the Human Resources Department of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Paul Miller joined LAUSD after serving as Chair of the transition team for Superintendent John Deasy. Prior to joining LAUSD Paul Miller served Teach For America as Executive Director of the Los Angeles region from 2009-2011. Under his leadership Teach For America- Los Angeles teachers achieved the highest teacher effectiveness results in Teach For America- Los Angeles' 20 year history. Paul Miller came to Teach For America after spending the previous two years leading economic development efforts in Camden, New Jersey, first as President of the Cooper Grant Neighborhood Association, and subsequently, as President of the Board of Directors and Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Camden Empowerment Zone Corporation.

Paul has worked and studied in the UK, earning a Master of Science at the London School of Economics and pursuing a Ph.D. in International Studies at Cambridge University. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California where he earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Psychology and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Paul is also a recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, a Truman Scholarship and a Galbraith Scholarship. Paul currently serves as a member of the Green Dot Public Schools Board of Directors and a member of the Loyola Marymount University School of Education Board of Visitors.  

Tim Wahl 

Timothy Wahl has more than 40 years’ experience as an attorney specializing in banking and finance, business law and compliance issues in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Wahl currently serves as a faculty member at California State University at Northridge teaching an advanced course in business law.

Prior to this, he was a consultant to a private equity firm and earlier, served Fidelity Capital Market Services as Vice President for Capital Markets compliance. Previously, Mr. Wahl was General Counsel for Citigroup Capital Strategies and earlier served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for First Nationwide Bank and General Counsel for Citigroup’s consumer bank.

His background includes the position of senior attorney at several U.S. government agencies, including the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, the Justice Department and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Mr. Wahl also serves on the Board of Directors for Green Dot Public Schools. Mr. Wahl earned a B.A. from Villanova University, an M.B.A. from Rutgers University and a law degree from California Western School of Law.

Shane Martin

Shane P. Martin, an educational anthropologist by training and expert in the areas of intercultural education, cultural diversity, Catholic schools, and charter schools, was appointed dean of the Loyola Marymount University School of Education in 2005 and dean of Graduate Studies in 2012. Dean Martin was a past chair of the Green Dot Public Schools Board and currently serves on Green Dot’s National Board of Directors. He was formerly a member of the Loyola High School of Los Angeles Board of Regents, and Teach For America Los Angeles Board. He is currently chair of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Catholic Education.

Dean Martin earned his Ph.D. in International and Intercultural Education at the University of Southern California, a Master of Theology degree at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (JSTB) with a specialization in Hispanic Ministry, and his Master of Divinity degree also from JSTB. An LMU alumnus, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1980 and holds his California State Clear Secondary Teaching Credential. Before returning to LMU as a faculty member, Martin’s classroom teaching experience included six years in middle and secondary school settings and work in 17 Latin American countries.

Marie Washington

Over her 30-year professional career, Marie Washington has held senior financial leadership positions within the corporate and non-profit sectors in New York City and San Francisco. Following extended tenures at JP Morgan and Pacific Telesis, Ms. Washington held CFO positions at the KIPP Foundation and the Stuart Foundation.  While residing in San Francisco, Ms. Washington was a dedicated Board Member of the San Francisco Day School, the Breakthrough Collaborative, Gateway High School, and Aspire Public Schools, all organizations working to improve educational attainment and college and career readiness within under-resourced urban communities.

At present, Ms. Washington serves on the boards of Engender Health, an NGO working to improve reproductive and maternal health in some of the poorest countries in the world, and The California Community Foundation, which is committed to transformative change across Los Angeles and around the world.  Ms. Washington is also engaged in initiatives to advance strategic philanthropy in the African American community in Los Angeles and beyond. Ms. Washington completed her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College and earned an MBA from Stanford University.  She recently relocated to Los Angeles from San Francisco with her husband.  They are the very proud parents of three young adults.

Green Dot Public Schools California - Board of Directors Biographies

Kevin Reed – GDPSC Board Chairman

As Vice Chancellor of Legal Affairs, Kevin Reed oversees UCLA's provision of campus-wide legal services, counseling, advice, assistance and litigation. He also supervises the provision of ombuds services, the prevention of sexual harassment and compliance with Title IX. A civil rights lawyer by training, Reed joined UCLA in March 2008, after serving as general counsel of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the nation's second largest school district. In nearly five years there, he directed LAUSD legal affairs, conducted litigation for the district and oversaw the work of 40 outside law firms and 40 in-house attorneys. Prior to joining LAUSD, Reed spent nearly eight years in a boutique litigation firm, which followed six years as the managing attorney for the western regional office of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in Los Angeles.

Reed's career has engaged him in a broad range of legal issues — from authoring billions of dollars in voter-approved school bond measures, to defending the use of a probabilistic seismic hazard model to estimate earthquake losses, to election law, to employment, labor and government law. He led collective bargaining at LAUSD and was a principal architect of a pathbreaking "pilot school" agreement with the LAUSD teacher's union. His career has focused on constitutional issues and civil rights, from his days litigating police abuse and housing discrimination cases to his work with the school district's historic efforts to relieve overcrowding at schools in low-income neighborhoods, to his current work advising the UCLA senior leadership in their efforts to foster diversity and create opportunities for underrepresented minorities in one of the nation's premier public universities. Reed remains committed to public education, serving on the Board of Directors of ExED, an organization dedicated to helping launch and professionally manage public charter schools and the Local Advisory Board of Education Pioneers, a national group focused on fostering professional talent for public education management. He also serves as one of UCLA's representatives on the governing council of the UCLA Community School, a parent- and teacher-led LAUSD pilot school in the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools Complex.

Reed received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his B.A. with distinction, from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the California, New York and Massachusetts state bars. 

Jon Goodman - GDPSC Board Secretary

Jon Goodman, past President of Town Hall Los Angeles, has occupied several leadership positions in projects designed to strengthen the Los Angeles region, as well as in academia and business outside of California. Under her leadership, Town Hall Los Angeles became the venue of choice for world leaders in business, politics and culture.

Prior to Town Hall, as Director of the EC2 Incubator at University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center, Goodman built and led the nation’s first new media incubator. Before founding EC2, she was the Director of the Entrepreneur Program at USC where she led it to the top-five national rankings. In that position, she developed the first entrepreneurial programs in South Los Angeles High Schools including Rosemead High School, Downey High School and Manual Arts High School. Goodman created the first direct business assistance program in South Los Angeles—The University Community Outreach Program/Business Expansion Network. She was a Founding Director of the Digital Coast Roundtable, has served as the Chair of the Los Angeles Venture Forum, and is currently on the Boards of Green Dot Public Schools California, Town Hall Los Angeles, and several emerging technology companies.

Before relocation to Los Angeles, Goodman served as research professor and founder/Director of the University of Houston/Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center at the Bauer College of Business Administration. She received her PhD in Strategy and Microeconomics from the University of Georgia, and her MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Throughout her career, she has been consistently recognized as an innovative, creative and committed leader. She was selected by Wired magazine as one of the 20 people in the nation who will help form the future of the entertainment industry and by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 10 most influential people on the region’s technology business.

Peter Scranton 

Peter Scranton has been developing early stage venture companies including an entrepreneurial venture partnership in retail marketing and a business service company dedicated to building employee engagement and productivity. Prior to developing venture opportunities, Mr. Scranton worked on client strategy, capital development, community assessment and feasibility and development planning for healthcare and science projects focusing on university and research institutions for Jensen + Partners, a project and construction management firm specializing in large scale institutional facilities in the healthcare, science and technology sectors.

Mr. Scranton was a principal in the Atlantic Advisory Group concentrating on strategic alliances, process management and raising capital for high tech and internet companies. He has been involved with digital content, online financial services and wireless initiatives. Previously, Mr. Scranton developed a company that provided policy analysis via the Web and advised edutainment companies, based on more than a decade of experience in the entertainment industry.

Mr. Scranton has been instrumental in program development in the non-profit field from conferences for the Council on Foundations to programming for several non-profit organizations.

As chairman of a private foundation and an international non-profit organization, Mr. Scranton initiated and developed strategic planning, organizational systems, capital planning and capital development. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Development Committee and on the Board of Directors for Green Dot Public Schools California. He earned an M.A.O.M from Antioch University and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.

Louis Gomez 

Louis Gomez is Department Chair of Education at UCLA. He is also Professor of Urban Schooling and Information Studies, and holds the MacArthur Chair in Digital Media and Learning, in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Gomez is also a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. His research interests encompass Improvement Science in Education, the application of computing and networking technology to teaching and learning, applied cognitive science and human–computer interaction. Gomez holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the SUNY-Stony Brook and the doctorate in cognitive psychology from UC Berkeley.

Gil Vasquez 

Mr. Gilbert R. Vasquez is the Managing Partner of the certified public accounting firm of Vasquez & Company LLP.  Since 1967, he has managed and directed a successful practice in public accounting, auditing, taxation, and financial consulting.  Mr. Vasquez was a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee in the Central District of California, handling in excess of 3,000 bankruptcy cases annually.  He has also served as a Chapter 11 Trustee, a Bankruptcy Examiner and a Receiver.

Mr. Vasquez is recognized as a prominent Certified Public Accountant, community leader and entrepreneur.  He is a member in good standing with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs.  He is a past president of the California Board of Accountancy, the organization that licenses and regulates CPAs in California.  He was the founder and past president of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) – the most successful professional Latino association in the United States of America.  He currently sits on its Corporate Advisory Board. Mr. Vasquez was an executive board member of the 1984 Olympic Organizing Committee and currently serves as a board member on its successor organization, the LA84 Foundation.

Mr. Vasquez also continues to serve as a board member of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, Manufacturers Bank, Promerica Bank, and Entravision Communications Corporation.  He is also the Vice Chairman and one of the founding board members of the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles.  He has been a member of various Boards of Directors including the California State University Los Angeles Foundation, United Way of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Metropolitan YMCA, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and the National Council of La Raza.  Other past corporate board appointments include Verizon (formerly) GTE of California, Glendale Federal Bank and Blue Cross of California.

Mr. Vasquez has received many honors including: the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund Achievement Award, the Coca Cola Golden Hammer Award, and the Citizen of the Year by the Northeast Chapter of the American Red Cross. He also received recognition from the California State University of Los Angeles as one of the 40 outstanding luminaries for his exemplary service to the University on their 40th Anniversary and the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles’ Golden Book of Distinguished Service  Award – the highest honor the YMCA bestows. Mr. Vasquez received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Accounting from the California State University, Los Angeles.

Larry Wasserman 

Larry Wasserman is the Chief Financial Officer for Skydance Productions, a role he has held since 2014.  As CFO Wasserman is responsible for all of Skydance's financial, accounting, and administrative operations. Additionally, he supports the analysis and execution of new initiatives across the company.

Prior to joining Skydance, Wasserman spent 10 years at DreamWorks Studios, six as the company's Chief Financial Officer. Wasserman oversaw all financial activities and several divisions of the independent film studio, playing a key role in re-launching the company in 2008.  He was instrumental in securing over $1 billion of financing, working closely with Reliance Entertainment and an 11-bank syndicate led by JPMorgan Chase.

Before joining DreamWorks, Larry spent several years in the Business Development and Strategic Planning group at Universal Pictures, where he managed the deal analysis process and evaluated strategic expansion opportunities, such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and partnerships in both traditional and digital media.  Larry began his career at Greenwich Associates, a market research and consulting firm focused on the financial services industry.

Wasserman holds an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.  He is a native of Brookline, Massachusetts.

Dennis Miller 

Dennis Miller has spent the last 25 years operating at the intersection of media and tech. Most recently, he advised Lionsgate on their digital strategy and their investment in TVGN, a fully distributed cable network through it’s sale to CBS. From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Miller was a General Partner at Spark Capital. Spark Capital has invested in such notable companies as Twitter (TWTR), Oculus Rift (sold to Facebook), Tumblr (sold to Yahoo), OMGPOP (sold to Zynga), , Square, 5min( sold to AOL), Next New Networks (sold to Google) CNET (sold to CBS), AdMeld (sold to Google), and AdapTV (sold to AOL).

From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Miller was Managing Director for Constellation Ventures, the venture arm of Bear Stearns. There he led investments in TVONE (sold to Comcast), College Sports Network (sold to CBS), Widevine (sold to Google) , K12 (taken public: LRN) and Capital IQ (sold to McGraw-Hill).

From 1998 until 2000, Mr. Miller served as Executive Vice President of Lionsgate Entertainment, the leading independent film and television company in the United States. From 1995 until 1998, Mr. Miller was the Executive Vice President of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America and a global motion picture, television and entertainment production and distribution company with operations in 140 countries, where he oversaw the network, cable, syndication and online businesses of the company, domestically and globally. From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Miller was Executive Vice President of Turner Network Television. Mr. Miller began his career in the entertainment and tax department of the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney. Mr. Miller also serves on the Board of Directors of Radio One Inc (ROIA), Nexstar (NXST) and Canaccord.

Salina Joiner 

Salina is currently the president of AMU, the teacher’s and counselor’s union that contracts with Green Dot Public Schools, where she serves as a mediator between members and administrators to resolve site issues.

Salina joined Green Dot in 2007 as a Special Education teacher at Animo Jackie Robinson High School. Before coming to Green Dot, she was a Research Assistant at Families Against Mandatory Minimums and an Assistant Director at College Summit. She still works as a Youth Facilitator for College Summit, facilitating workshops for first generation college students, teaching them how to write personal statements, complete financial aid applications, build leadership skills and select colleges that best fit their personal profile.

Salina earned her Masters of Special Education with a Cross-cultural Emphasis from Loyola Marymount University in 2007 and her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 2005

Green Dot Public Schools Washington - Board of Directors Biographies

Andrew Buhayar - GDPSWS Board Co-Chaiman

Andrew Buhayar is a strategic planner with a multidisciplinary background in design and analysis. He’s currently the head of user research and analytics for Nordstrom’s People Lab, an internally focused group enhancing Nordstrom’s workplace and empowering employees to reach their potential. His work involves surveying the employee population, designing leadership and training programs, and measuring effectiveness of internally focused resources.

Prior to Nordstrom, Andrew worked at global design firm NBBJ as a strategic consultant. At NBBJ he assisted in the planning, development and occupancy of client’s future facilities. His work involved providing decision support to clients weighing significant facility investments with long range business planning. Andrew primarily supported hospitals and health system clients throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Before NBBJ, Andrew worked as a Senior Analyst with management consulting firm Sg2. He completed his Masters in Business and Masters in Design through the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Marguerite Kondracke – GDPSWS Board Co-Chaiman

During her forty-year career, Marguerite Kondracke has been both an entrepreneur and a public servant. She has held leadership positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

In 2012, Kondracke retired as President and CEO of America's Promise Alliance, founded by Gen. Colin Powell to make our children more of a national priority. She built the alliance to more than 400 national partner organizations and led a ten-year campaign, Grad Nation, to end the high-school dropout crisis.

Before joining America's Promise, Kondracke served as Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and as Staff Director of the Senate Subcommittee for Children and Families. Previously, she co-founded and was CEO of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, today a $3 billion public company, the nation's largest provider of workplace child care and one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For." Earlier, Kondracke served in the cabinet of then Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander as Commissioner of Human Services.

Reflecting her multi-sector leadership, Marguerite Kondracke was named one of the "Top 50 People of Power and Influence" by the Non-Profit Times. She was named by President Obama to the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. While CEO, Bright Horizons was named to the Inc.500 list of fastest-growing companies. She was Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and also was the first woman to be named chair of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Education Innovators Summit.

Today, Kondracke serves as an advisor to other entrepreneurial organizations seeking to make a difference for children and families. She is on the boards of three public and four private companies and is a past trustee of Duke University. She and her husband, award-winning journalist Morton Kondracke, live on Bainbridge Island, Washington. They share a passion for education reform and  enjoy golf, travel, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Patrick Pugh - GDPSWS Board Treasurer

Patrick W. Pugh is a Partner and Advisory Services Leader at PwC. Presently, his focus is on assisting PwC clients adapt to the changing software, service, content and distribution environment. Patrick has led a full range of strategy, enterprise architecture and transformation, deals (integration, divestitures and joint ventures), sales and contact effectiveness, operations and finance effectiveness and risk management engagements. He has nearly 18 years of experience working with Fortune 500 technology, communications, online, and entertainment and media clients.

Patrick has presented at multiple conferences and moderated several business panels. He has extensive experience helping clients manage the people, process and technology-related complexities and challenges associated with acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. He has served as advisor to a variety of global clients, helping to revamp market strategies, re-architect operating environments, shift to shared services/outsourcing environments, and transform finance, customer service and field operations.

Prior to working at PwC, Patrick worked in the Change Management Competency Group at Andersen Consulting/Accenture and as a Strategy Consultant at Adventis, a leading management consulting firm to the telecommunications and networked industry. Patrick currently serves as the Global Advisory Point Partner to a global software client and is the firm's US Advisory Software and Internet Leader.

Patrick currently serves on the Green Dot Public Schools Washington State Board of Directors. He holds dual degrees from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX: a BBA in Organizational Behavior/Business Policy and Marketing and a BA in Anthropology. He earned his MBA from Babson College, Wellesley, MA, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was named Valedictorian.

Melannie Denise Cunningham

Melannie Denise Cunningham is Director of Multicultural Recruitment for Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Her major responsibility is to create and execute strategy that helps the university increase student of color enrollment.  Cunningham is also President and CEO of the Cunningham Network, Inc. a consulting agency she founded that provides public relations, media production and business development services to clients.  She is well known in Washington State as a motivational speaker, advocate for youth and champion for education as it relates to issues of access and equity.

Cunningham is a former advisory board member for Kids at Hope and the Fund for Women and Girls.  She currently serves on the Green Dot Public Schools Washington State Board of Directors, on the advisory boards of iHeart Media - formerly ClearChannel Seattle, Women of Vision, NGO and was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.  She heads up the International Involvement and Awareness Committee for the Tacoma Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a sisterhood of over 200,000 college-educated Black Women in bond for service. Cunningham holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies from Washington State University, a Masters in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University and a certification in Broadcast Production Technologies from Bates Technical College.

Victoria Woodards

Victoria Woodards has been proud to call the "City of Destiny" her home for most of her life. A proud graduate of Lincoln High School, Victoria went on to join the US Army. After basic training on the East Coast she was stationed at Fort Lewis. For over two decades, Victoria has delivered on the promise of achievement and leadership as exemplified by her extensive service to our community. Victoria served as President of the Tacoma Metro Parks Board before being elected to the City Council, as chairwoman of the Joint Municipal Action Committee, and trustee of the Washington State History Museum. Woodards is the former chairwoman of the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs, and has been the main producer of Tacoma's Ethnic Fest celebration for more than a decade. Currently, Victoria is the Executive Director of the Tacoma Urban League and serves on the Green Dot Public Schools Washington State Board of Directors.

Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee - Board of Directors Biographies

Jim Boyd GDPST Board Chairman

From his work as a church leader to non-profit president to running a charitable foundation, Jim Boyd‘s career has been marked by his spirit of service. Since October 2011, he’s been Executive Director of The Pyramid Peak Foundation in Memphis which supports initiatives and organizations that effectively and efficiently strengthen the education, economic and social structures of Greater Memphis.  Jim studied political science at Vanderbilt University, attended Episcopal seminary in Washington, DC and was ordained in 1977. Prior to his work at The Pyramid Peak Foundation, Jim established urban ministries in Memphis, led churches in Fayetteville, NC and Salem, OR; and served over 15 years as president of BRIDGES, a Memphis youth leadership organization.

Terence Patterson – GDPST Board Vice Chairman 

Terence Patterson is a native Memphian and product of the K-12 public education system. He is an accomplished attorney and leader with broad experience in Education Policy, Corporate Finance and Not-For-Profit Board Governance.

Since 2011, he has worked as The Hyde Family Foundations' Program Director for Education.  In the role, he manages and leads the Foundations’ K-12 Education Portfolio which includes over 20 charter schools, Teach for America, New Leaders, The New Teacher Project and Stand for Children. Prior to joining the Foundation, Terence served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. In addition to his responsibilities as Deputy Chief of Staff, he also managed over 100 charter and contract school campuses in the district as the Interim Officer for The Office of New Schools.

Patterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Harvard University, where he was two-time All-Ivy League football player and graduated as the school’s All-Time Reception Leader. He matriculated through Northwestern University’s three-year JD-MBA degree program. He holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law, where he has served as Adjunct Professor of Law. He is also a member of the State Bar of Illinois.

Patterson is Board Chairman for KIPP Memphis and Vice Chairman for The First Tee of Memphis.  He also serves as Treasurer for Center City Development Corporation (an affiliate board of the Downtown Memphis Commission) and Chairman for the Shelby County Schools’ Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Advisory Board. Patterson serves as Advisory Board Member to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. He is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Tom Marino – GDPST Board Secretary

Tom Marino is the Executive Director at The Poplar Foundation, a private foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.  The mission of Poplar is to increase the quality of education offered to low income students in Memphis. To accomplish this goal, Tom and the foundation partner with charter schools, private schools, education reform organizations such as Teach For America and the Memphis Teacher Residency, and advocacy groups. He currently serves on the boards of The Soulsville Charter School, The Collegiate School of Memphis, Memphis Teacher Residency, and Capstone Education Group. Before coming to Poplar, Tom was on the staff of Christ United Methodist Church, working with youth and local and international missions. Tom is a graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary and Mississippi State University. He and his wife Jana of 32 years have three sons.

Matt Thiry 

Matt Thiry currently serves as the Special Assistant to the President for Strategy and Analytics at the Memphis Grizzlies.  His primary responsibilities at the team include providing strategic guidance on key corporate initiatives and overseeing the organization’s analytics staff.  Since joining the Grizzlies Matt has also been involved in the team’s community outreach efforts, particularly in education.  He has provided guidance on performance measurement strategies for the Grizzlies’ TeamUp Mentorship Program, and currently serves as a mentor to nine middle school students at Grizzlies Prep Charter School. 

Prior to joining the Grizzlies, Matt was a Senior Manager of Analytics in the NBA League Office’s Team Marketing and Business Operations department.  At the NBA he advised teams on strategic projects, particularly data-driven efforts in ticketing, premium sales, and customer surveying.  Before joining the NBA, Matt supported a wide range of clients as a consultant at Bain & Company in Los Angeles.  One of those clients was Green Dot, where he supported the development of leadership programs in schools. 

Matt is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Stanford University, where he studied Political Science and Economics.  

Wilfred Busby

Mr. Busby has more than 25 years of leadership experience at Fortune 500 firms, including FedEx, Service Master, APL Logistics, and He currently serves as Vice President of the Enterprise Contact Center for ALSAC, which supports fundraising and awareness efforts for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

As Vice President, Mr. Busby provides leadership, strategy and execution for ALSAC’s Enterprise Contact Center, which staffs more than 200 employees.  He has been instrumental in developing the strategic vision, marketing and performance of key ALSAC support functions and quality initiatives for the volunteer and donor fundraising operations.   

Mr. Busby refined his leadership qualities and management skills during his 21 years at FedEx, where he served the last four years as Senior Manager, Preceptor Leadership Institute.  During his tenure at FedEx, Mr. Busby provided leadership for the Customer Service Center, Tell-A-Services Center, and Billing Service/Customer Invoicing. 

He served as Director of Enterprise Support Center/Desktop Support at ServiceMaster. While there, he established an enterprise-wide support center that consolidated functions and information to create a single source for users to access all IT Services. 

Mr. Busby holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Crichton College, and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified.  As a native Memphian, he is actively involved in the community, leading multiple fundraising initiatives throughout the year, and is a Board Trustee and Treasurer for Greater Pleasant Hill MB Church.   He has previously served as an Advisor with the Memphis Institute for Leadership Education (MILE) program at the University of Memphis and leads several mentoring programs in the community. 

He is married to Lillian (Kay) for 30 years and lives in Cordova, Tennessee.

Blanche Deaderick

Blanche Deaderick is Associate Director of the Tennessee Governor’s School for International Studies. A 39 year Memphis and Shelby County teacher, she has received teaching awards from

Germantown High School, Shelby County Schools, the Germantown Community, Walmart, and the Tennessee Council for Social Studies.

In 2007 she was named to the Tennessee Teacher Hall of Fame. Her community service has included membership on several boards, including Bridge Builders, the Memphis Junior League, Planned Parenthood, the Facing History and Ourselves National Teacher Leadership Team, and the Gather at the River Conference. A trained mediator for civil and commercial disputes, facilitator for Goals for Memphis, graduate of Leadership Memphis, and a Tennessee/Shelby County Foster Care Review Board member, she is currently an elder at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, a member of the Tennessee Women’s Forum, and a board member of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company and Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee. She holds a B.A. from Rhodes College and an M.A. in History from The University of Memphis.  

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