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Bob Bartell, CFA is a Managing Director and Global Head of Corporate Finance at Duff & Phelps Corp., a global valuation and corporate finance advisory firm. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Bob was a commercial banking officer at BMO Harris Bank. From 2008 through 2010, Bob worked in the London, UK office of Duff & Phelps where he assisted in building up D&P’s European M&A and restructuring practices. Bob has degrees from The University of Chicago (MBA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Bachelor of Science). Bob is a member of The CFA Institute, The Chicago Club, The Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Commonwealth Club. Bob and his wife, Heather, live in the Chicago area and have three children. Bob is honored to serve Camp Kesem as a Board Member given his desire to improve the lives of children who have been impacted by a parent’s cancer.

John K. Bradburn Jr., Treasurer
John received his undergraduate and MBA degrees from Indiana University, where he was involved with Camp Kesem as a coordinator and counselor for four years. John is a Vice President at Sandbox Industries, a venture capital firm in Chicago, where he works with the team that manages the BlueCross BlueShield Venture Funds, approximately $300 million from over 20 Blue Cross Blue Shield plans focused on healthcare technology and innovation. Prior to Sandbox, John worked in investment banking with GCA Savvian and in M&A consulting with KPMG.

Emily M. Brakebill, Chairwoman is Managing Director, Chief of Operations and member of the Investment Committee at HMI Capital, where she has been since the inception of the firm in December 2008. HMI Capital is a private investment firm pursuing a long-term, concentrated, value-oriented, global strategy. Prior to joining HMI, Emily spent four years as a Vice President and Investment Manager at Columbus Nova Partners, a private investment management firm with over $1.5 billion under management. Prior to Columbus Nova, Emily served as Vice President and Investment Manager at Sirrom Capital, where she made investments in the software, service, retail and manufacturing sectors. Emily previously spent two years in Strategic Development and as an Assistant to the Founder / CEO of a publicly traded restaurant chain. She also spent significant time in operating roles at two internet service businesses. Emily started her career as a Financial Analyst in Corporate Finance at Montgomery Securities. Emily received an A.B. from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Ken, and their three children.

Thom Brown is retired from Great Northern Corporation in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he held several positions in The Specialty Group, Laminations. Before joining Great Northern Corporation, Thom spent over 20 years in the Aerospace Industry, with both Continental Airlines and Midwest Airlines. He has been active in clean drinking water projects in Guatemala through Rotary International, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Thom has a BS from the University of Maine, a MBA from Marquette University, and received certification in Sales Management from The University of Wisconsin’s Fluno Center for Executive Education. Thom has been a member of the Camp Kesem-University of Wisconsin Board of Advisors, and has a daughter who is a Camp Kesem camper, “Bear”.

Ben Cornwell is a partner and co-founder at Paperclip Ltd., the Los Angeles based boutique development firm focused on projects in film, television, and the digital space. Prior to founding Paperclip Ltd. he was the COO of Marchez Vous, a luxury women’s footwear brand, which was originally launched as part of the brand development division at ROAR, the Beverly Hills based talent management company, where Ben was a manager from 2008 through 2012. Before joining ROAR, he was Managing Director at JS Apparel, a multi-national clothing manufacturer, with factories in Indonesia, Guatemala, and Los Angeles. He also currently sits on the board of directors for ECH Industries, a third party logistics provider. Ben received a BA in History from Franklin and Marshall College, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lisa, and their two children.

David Cronin is currently Senior Vice President and General Manager, Payments Division for Transaction Network Services, Inc. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has worked in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, and is now based in Reston, Virginia. He holds a Masters of Management from Northwestern University, and specializes in Transformational Growth and building high performance teams.

Becky Crowe is a Partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit education consulting firm working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She has spent more than 15 years leading education reform efforts as a social entrepreneur and education policy and philanthropy advisor. Prior to joining Bellwether, Becky served as Executive Director of Partners in School Innovation in San Francisco. During her tenure, Partners doubled in size and became the key school improvement partner in several of the Bay Area’s largest urban districts. Becky has degrees in English and Education from Stanford University, and was a Sloan Fellow in the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Deeply appreciating the need for stronger supports for families who are impacted by cancer and the unique leadership development opportunity that Camp Kesem provides for college students, Becky is honored to serve Camp Kesem as a Board Member.

Keith Dierkx currently leads IBM’s Global Rail business and is Director of the Global Rail Innovation Center in Beijing China where he leads a team of researchers, software developers and consultants. He is also a member of the IBM Industry Academy, a cross-IBM fellowship of the top IBM Industry leaders across all disciplines. Keith was previously Senior Vice President of Operations and CIO for Embarcadero Systems, and Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Savi Technology, a venture funded start-up that was sold to Lockheed-Martin. He received his BA in the History of Science from the University of California, Berkeley and his MBA from Duke University. Keith currently lives in Piedmont, California with his wife and has two daughters.

Jeff Dinkin is the Managing and Founding Partner of Regent Properties, a real estate investment and development company. Since its formation in 1989, Regent has acquired, developed and financed more than 3 million square feet of retail, commercial, residential and mixed-use projects and 10,000 acres of master planned communities. Jeff, who has more than twenty-five years of experience in real estate development and investment, is engaged in directing all phases of the real estate development process and long-range strategic planning for Regent. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and has a JD degree from UCLA. Jeff has been actively involved with many non-profit organizations. Currently, in addition to the Camp Kesem Board, Jeff serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board to the Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Affordable Living for the Aging, and as Board Chairman Emeritus at PS #1, a private elementary school based in Santa Monica, California. Jeff lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife, Marci, and four children.

Frank Gaspari, born and raised in Chicago, is a 28-year veteran of the Document Output Industry. Frank co-founded his first company, Column Office Equipment, in 1990. After years of significant year over year growth and expansion, Column was recognized by Inc. Magazine in 1996 as one of the nation’s 500 fastest growing privately held companies. In late 2005, after analyzing the document output space and recognizing the need for a National Provider for Managed Document Output, Frank founded FlexPrint, Inc. Today, FlexPrint supports national clients in every state, with direct offices in Arizona, California, and Illinois. FlexPrint was named to the Inc. 500/5000 list as one of the nation’s 500 fastest growing privately held companies the last four consecutive years. Frank lives in Paradise Valley Arizona with his wife and two daughters. He is an active board member for LaFrontera Behavior Health, Empact Suicide Prevention and is on the board of trustees for Xavier College Preparatory. Frank is a lifelong Chicago sports fan and a Phoenix Suns Fan!

Ron Glickman is Vice President of Information Technology at Trader Joe’s in Monrovia, California, and served as the Camp Kesem Board Chair from 2004 to 2014. He joined Camp Kesem to help founder, Iris Rave-Wedeking, realize her vision to make Camp Kesem available to families across the country that are coping with the horrific and unjust impacts of cancer on the entire family, not just the adult patient. Ron was moved by Iris’ vision and drawn to the opportunities to change lives; children’s lives that are turned upside down when the joys of childhood are replaced with fears of losing a parent to cancer and the lives of college students who want to make a difference now, while developing leadership know-how for tomorrow. Camp Kesem has changed Ron’s life and he is honored to serve this extraordinary organization.

Jerry Katz is of counsel in Glaser Weil’s Real Estate and Corporate departments. During nearly three decades of practice, Jerry has represented a wide variety of clients, including publicly traded and privately held companies, institutional investors, developers, lenders, borrowers, joint venture partners, pension funds, REITs, retailers, management companies, private equity firms, media ventures, internet companies, entertainment companies, studio owners, technology companies and sports franchises. Jerry earned a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, Undergraduate School of Business.

Darren Macioce is senior vice president of diversified business development at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. He has over 25 years industry experience and has held senior management positions in operations, IT, business and health services research. Mr. Macioce holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from West Virginia University and serves on the board of a number of organizations and national committees and currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mark Luck Olson is EVP Global Services at Decision Resources Group with twenty five years serving in the Healthcare industry. A noted speaker and  market-oriented innovator, Mark enjoys partnering with company leaders committed to unleashing the real growth potential of their organizations. Mark co-founded ChapterHouse, LLC (CH). With his partners, CH became the leading boutique consulting firm serving the U.S. health services sector on matters of company strategy, market growth and medical cost/quality. CH was sold to Oliver Wyman (OW) in 2008, at which point Mark became a Partner in OW’s Health and Life Sciences practice for the duration of his post-acquisition “stay” period. Prior to CH, Mark spent eight years at Baxter Healthcare, a leading global medical device and technology company, first working on national strategy assignments for Baxter in Europe and the Far East, later as CIO for Baxter’s $2 billion global biotechnology business. In 2012, Mark retired from institutional consulting roles and now operates in Freelance and Board roles. Mark is an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received both his undergraduate degree and MBA from MIT.

Robert Plotkowski has been a commercial real estate lawyer for 27 years, and has been involved in large and sophisticated real estate projects in Southern California and throughout the United States. He represents real estate investors, developers, lenders and developers, entertainment media companies for whom he has negotiated high profile facility and venue agreements, and major corporations relocating their headquarters or developing new facilities from the ground up. Rob has a law degree from the University of California Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from UCLA. He is the managing partner of Advisors, LLP, a corporate and real estate transactional law firm which he cofounded in 2000 and was previously a partner at the law firm of Hill Wynne Troop & Meisinger. Rob lives in Brentwood, California with his wife, Megan, and their two children.

Carlyn Solomon is Chief Operating Officer of Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry. Prior to joining Hill-Rom, Carlyn worked at Edwards Lifesciences where he most recently served as Corporate Vice President (President) of Edwards’ Critical Care and Vascular businesses. Before that, Carlyn was the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and General Manager of Edwards’ Cardiac Surgery Systems business. Before joining Edwards, Carlyn spent 18 years at Baxter International, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, including interim President of Baxter’s $2.6 billion BioScience division, Vice President of Global Operations for that same division and, before that, Director of Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Baxter’s Medication Delivery/IV Systems division. During his tenure at Baxter, Carlyn lived in Europe for over two years. Carlyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University.

Jay Stilwell, Secretary is Director of Marketing at The Clorox Company in Oakland, California. Since joining in 2001, he has created marketing campaigns and managed brand strategy and planning for several brands, including Clorox, Glad, Fresh Step and Brita. Jay currently manages new product innovation teams in the salad dressing, water filtration and cat litter categories. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Jay holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson College and MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jay lives in San Francisco with his daughter, a current camper at Camp Kesem UC Berkeley.

Sudarsan Thattai is currently the Chief Information Officer of Lineage Logistics. Previously, he served as SVP of IT Services at UTi Worldwide Inc. Sudarsan has overseen several multiple technology transformation projects and worked on several business transformation initiatives. He has more than 20 years of experience leading technology operations across large-scale organizations and in the process living and working in Asia, Europe and North America. Sudarsan lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and a 12 year old son.

Iris Rave Wedeking, Founder developed the vision for the first Camp Kesem Chapter at Stanford University in 2000 and pursued national expansion of the program in 2002 after recognizing a nationwide need for Camp Kesem. She holds a degree in Child Development from Tufts University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Iris has over 13 years of residential camping experience in staff and management positions. She is currently a Global Insights Manager at The Clorox Company in Oakland, California.