Ellwood (Woody) Kerkeslager, Advisory Board Chairmagart0107_p30_pic1

Woody helps businesses, governments, universities and communities to understand the impact of information technology on their short-term and long-term futures and to plan and implement positive futures.

Woody is CEO of Information Futures, LLC. He formerly served as Chief Executive of AT&T’s nationwide data business with over 15,000 employees and $4 billion of revenue to lead a turnaround of a struggling business. In a wide range of functions at Bell Labs and at AT&T, Woody developed extensive experience in personnel management and team building. He also served as Financial Officer of $12 billion computer and communications operations, and has twenty years experience in developing and negotiating public policy issues at the state, national and international level.

Woody often speaks on topics related to “technology and society” (e.g. the effective use of technology in education and employment), appearing in recent years at MIT Sloan, Penn State, Carnegie Mellon and Brookings Institution. He has provided testimony before U.S. Congress committees on subjects including the future of computer and communications technology, privacy and security, and the applications of IT in health care. Through Woody’s work with the RoseNet project in Madison and Coders4Africa as well as other organizations, he is directly involved in the development of community networks to serve all citizens.

Woody received an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MSEE from NYU, and BSEE from Penn State, a BS from Elizabethtown College and Executive Education Certificates from Stanford University and INSEAD (The European School of Business). Around Drew, Woody is best known for his service as mayor of Madison, NJ.

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Yasin is a Vice President of Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley, where he focuses on executive financial services and serves on the firm’s client advocate committee. He was recently crowned the winner of Morgan Stanley’s annual global public speaking competition for 2013.

Yasin has been involved with the Center since graduating from Drew, and he stays active in the alumni association, serving as his class agent.  Yasin works with the American Heart Association and chairs the annual Red Ball held in New York City.  He is also a sponsoring associate of the Foreign Policy Association.

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Josh is a Masters student at Drew University, studying Peace and Conflict Resolution. He has spent extensive time in Israel, studying Arabic and Hebrew and doing research for his thesis on “peacebuilding  through business.” Josh interned with several non-profit organizations over the last few years related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has lectured on the topic. He works in venture capital at an investment bank in New York and serves on several other advisory boards.

Barer recieved his BA from Rutgers University in 2011.

Betsy J. BernardBetsy-17469-5499-0002

Betsy Bernard is an accomplished CEO, experienced public company Board Director and popular speaker. As President of AT&T, she led more than 50,000 employees in a $27 billion business that served the needs of four million global business customers. For three consecutive years, Bernard appeared on Fortune Magazine’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.”

Bernard’s significant board experience spans more than a decade and includes United Technologies, Principal Financial Group, Serco Group plc, URS, and Zimmer Holdings. She currently chairs the board of Telular Corporation and is a member of their compensation committee. She chairs the Nominating and Governance Committees at Principal Financial Group and is a member of their compensation committee, and she serves on the compensation and nominating committees of Zimmer Holdings. Bernard also serves on the Advisory Boards of GroTech Ventures and Innovate partners.

Bernard received a BA from St. Lawrence University, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, an MS degree in management from Stanford University’s Sloan Fellowship Program, and a Doctor of Laws (Honorary) from Pepperdine University.

Moniza Khokar


Moniza is the founder and publisher of the online magazine, Elan: The Voices we love. The Stories we live. She is also president of Wahid Media Ventures, an international media consulting company.  Moniza has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Drew University and a graduate degree in Islamic Studies from Columbia University.

Philip Scibilia

Phil, DMH is the Director of the Medical Humanities Program in the Caspersen School of Drew University. He received his Doctorate of Medical Humanities in 2004, his Master of Letters degree in 1995 and has taught in the program since 2004. Dr. Scibilia spent over 35 years in the healthcare industry, including senior executive positions in medical information, education, and publishing. He has been a Partner in Strategic Healthcom, a health policy and pharmacoeconomic consulting group. He was President and CEO of Macmillan Publishing’s Healthcare Group and served as President of Simon & Schuster/Appleton and Lange and also had international operating responsibility for the Healthcare Group of Reed/Elsevier.

Phil also served as Chairman of the Hospital Satellite Network, a national healthcare broadcasting network. Working with the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, Dr. Scibilia produced several national and international television broadcasts, including: Substance Abuse in the Workplace, Alzheimer’s Disease and Transplants: Who Lives Who Dies. He spent a year in the U.S.S.R during Perestroika, working with the Soviet Ministry of Health. Dr. Scibilia negotiated the first Soviet-USA healthcare Joint Venture, Soyuz-Medinvest, and arranged the first joint USA/USSR Conference on Genome Mapping.