Betsy Bernard, Chair

Betsy Bernard is an accomplished CEO and experienced public company Board Director. As president of AT&T, she led more than 50,000 employees in a $27 billion business. For three consecutive years, Bernard was recognized as one of the United States “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune Magazine.

Bernard’s significant board experience spans over 15 years and includes United Technologies, Principal Financial Group, Serco Group plc, URS, Telular, ZimmerBiomet Holdings (ZBH) and Sito Mobile. Bernard chairs the nominating and governance committee at the Principal Financial Group and is a member of their finance committee. Additionally, she chairs the nominating committee of ZimmerBiomet Holdings (ZBH) and serves on its compensation committee. She also serves as the lead director of SITO Mobile. Bernard serves as a member of advisory boards for GroTech, Innovate Partners and The Silverfern Group.

Bernard received a Doctor of Laws (Honorary) from Pepperdine University, a Masters degree in Management from Stanford University’s Sloan Fellows Program, a Masters of Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University.

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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.


Emilio G. Egea
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Emilio G. Egea is President of E.G.E. Associates, LLC, an organization development consulting firm specializing in the areas of leadership development, building effective teams, and managing diversity and inclusion initiatives. Founded in 2013, the company serves clients in several sectors.  Egea is a nationally recognized expert and leader in the field of diversity and inclusion with over twenty years of experience.  An experienced lecturer, he has spoken at colleges and is a frequent speaker at professional association conferences. He has been featured in the New York Times, Advertising Age, Hispanic Business, DiversityInc, HR Executive as well as domestic and global network news. He was formerly a Corporate Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer for Prudential Financial where he was responsible for government compliance, employee opinion surveys, data, work-life initiates as well as the diversity and inclusion function.

Egea earned his BAs in Business and Economics as well as Spanish from Moravian College and Executive Education Certificates from Wharton, Cornell and the University of Michigan. He has served on a U.S. Senate Task Force on Education and Employment, as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC), on the Editorial Board of the Diversity Factor and is a member of the Diversity Collegium.

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Hailee is the Director of Ditto Consulting, a boutique political/non-profit consulting firm focusing on strategic development, fundraising, and event planning. In her role, Hailee
works with Ditto’s client portfolio to create and implement long and short term plans to ensure success.

Prior to joining Ditto Consulting, she worked at Berger Hirschberg Strategies, handling high profile client portfolio’s such as Joe Donnelly’s winning U.S
. Senate campaign in Indiana, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy and non-profit’s such as Maria Cuomo-Cole’s HELP USA, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, No Labels and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund as part of a national fundraising team that planned and executed fundraising trips and events across the country. Hailee started her career on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s successful 2010 campaign where she was a member of the finance team.
She is a graduate of both New York Military Academy and Drew University. In her free time, Hailee enjoys her life long passion for horseback riding, skiing, and hiking with her Dalmatian.

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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.

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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.

mikeMichael J. Weir

Mike is a recognized business advisor and leads the WeirGroup LLC, which focuses on helping senior business leaders leverage the strategic application of innovative technologies to solve business transformation challenges and accelerate growth. Mike has held senior leadership positions in consulting, strategy, sales, operations, and business development during his extensive career. Currently Mike is engaged with IRBM S.p.A. He serves in the role of SVP US Strategy and Business Development. Mike recently served as Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Thrupoint Inc., (now CafeX Communications) the leader in Unified Communications integration platforms and breakthrough technologies such as WebRTC. While at Cisco, Mike led the US Service Provider consulting practice in the Internet Business Solutions Group as the Managing Director. He is a past member of the Technology Advisory Council for the New York City Board of Education and Board representative to the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering for Cisco Systems. Mike has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Saint Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey and as a member of the Education Commission for the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey. Mike holds a B.A. in Journalism and Politics with Distinction from the University of Massachusetts and a M.Ed. in Management from Cambridge College.

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Ms Cara Bradshaw is a fundraiser and communications professional who has worked with international non-profits to address issues of children’s rights and refugee resettlement, as a community reporter covering social justice issues, and in higher education to promote interfaith peace-building and community engagement. She currently manages a fundraising team at a national non-profit that empowers homeless and low-income families to achieve sustainable independence through community-based partnerships. She is serving as a director of development at Family Promise Inc. At Family Promise she handles fundraising at a national non-profit level that provides community-based solutions to poverty and homelessness and also oversee major gifts, corporate partnerships, grants, annual giving, community engagement and events.

richard MarfuggiRichard R. Marfuggi

Dr. Marfuggi is a Board Certified Member of the American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons, Inc. Dr. Marfuggi has served as a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American College of Surgeons, NJ Society of Plastic Surgeons, NY & NJ State Medical Societies, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Medical Association (AMA). He is also a HealthGrades Recognized Doctor listed in their honor roll.

Dr. Richard Marfuggi is the first medical doctor to hold a doctorate in Medical Humanities. He has a strong interest in medical ethics, medical history and medical education. To that end, Dr. Marfuggi serves as: Academic Director of the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine and Health Care, Visiting Professor – Centenary College, Adjunct Professor – Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University, member of the Committee on Biomedical Ethics – Medical Society of NJ and consultant to the NY State Office of Professional Medical Conduct. Dr. Marfuggi also serves the Board of Lighthouse Guild.

Dr. Marfuggi has been practicing plastic surgery in New York City since 1982 and in New Jersey since 1983.He is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.Dr. Marfuggi received an A.B. honors degree from the College of the Holy Cross and then graduated from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine.

Barbara P Peda

Barbara Peda serves as president of the consulting services firm The Wells Group. She built considerable experience and expertise during her 24-year career with AT&T, having held executive positions in strategic pricing, public policy and regulatory initiatives, customer service operations, sales, and strategic planning. Peda also led the launch and successful development of AT&T’s wholesale business as president of service provider markets.

Peda is currently a director of Safe Harbor Technology and a past director of Choice One Communications and CompTel/ASCENT. She is a trustee and board chair of The Independent College Fund of NJ.

Peda holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Montclair State University, has completed graduate studies at Seton Hall University, and has attended the Executive Management Program at Yale University.