Each NLI Board Member represents a powerful combination of proven
national business experience plus intense nonprofit board service.
Chairman & Founder, National Leadership Institute
CEO, Deltennium Group
Gerry Czarnecki is the principal stockholder of The Deltennium Group, Inc., which has interests in a wide range of investments and offers a broad consulting practice that helps organizations achieve peak performance through effective leadership, focused strategy, effective organization and sound financial management. The company also provides corporate boards of directors with consulting and facilitating assistance in the execution of their governance responsibilities. In addition to his own consulting practice, Gerry is a faculty member of the NACD, specializing in Strategy, Risk Management, Audit Committee operations and Cybersecurity.
Gerry is a long standing passionate supporter of nonprofit organizations, and is the Founder and Chairman of the National Leadership Institute, a 501 (c)(3) dedicated to helping nonprofits operate like a strategic business, so they can better meet their missions.
He has been a board member of more than 50 nonprofit organizations, ranging from the international to local levels, including the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Opera, Junior Achievement of South Florida, the Nature Conservancy, Inroads, Inc., and many more. He is committed to giving back within the communities where he has lived.
Gerry currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National University System. He is a member of the Board of Governors of Junior Achievement Worldwide and has Chaired its Operations Committee, Compensation Committees and was recently the CEO Search Committee Chair. He served JA Worldwide for ten months as its Interim President and CEO. He is Founder & Chairman of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Florida Chapter.
Gerry has held a number of executive positions in the banking and financial services industry which included Chairman & CEO of Bank of America – Hawaii, Chairman & CEO of Honfed Bank, President & CEO of Altus Bank, and Executive Vice President of Republic Bank Corporation. In addition, he was President of UNC, The Aviation Company and IBM Senior Vice President-Human Resources & Administration. Subsequently, he has managed investments in, and consulted with, a variety of industries including retail services, communications, information technology, insurance, manufacturing, national television show production and real estate development.
Gerry holds a B.S. in Economics from Temple University, an M.A. in Economics from Michigan State University, a Doctor of Humane Letters from National University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
In 2015, he retired after 16 years as a member of the board of directors of State Farm Insurance where he was Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Corporate Executive Committee. He also served as a member of the board of State Farm Bank, where he was Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the ALCO and Loan Committees. He is currently Chairman of the board of directors of MAM Software Group, Inc.; a member of the Board of Directors of Jack Cooper Holdings Corp., and Chairman of its Audit Committee and is Chairman of ECO Building Products, Inc. a member of the Advisory boards of Private Capital, Inc, and NuraHealth, Inc.
He currently lives in Boca Raton, FL with his wife Lois.
President & CEO, National Leadership Institute
Raelyn Barlow is the President & CEO of the National Leadership Institute (NLI) based in Boca Raton, FL. She joined the nonprofit in 2014 as VP-Development, and assumed the role of President in 2015.
Prior to joining NLI, Raelyn spent more than 25 years in the Communications, Broadcast Media and Marketing industry as an award-winning Producer and Writer. Specializing in the creation of original programming for television and web, she has written, produced and managed dozens of national television and video projects, most often from concept to completion. Her work includes a long list of Fortune 500 plus large and small nonprofit clients.
Raelyn was EVP of Production & the Supervising Producer of “The SUZANNE Show,” a one-hour health and entertainment branded talk show hosted by Suzanne Somers on Lifetime Television. The show received a Daytime EMMY nomination and 20 Telly Awards. Prior to that, she was the Supervising Producer/Producer for “The Balancing Act,” Lifetime Television’s award-winning, one-hour, weekday morning show.
As Co-Creator & Executive Producer of “The Lemonade Stand,” a half-hour nationally syndicated children’s educational program which aired in more than 20 top markets, Raelyn assisted in fundraising a multimillion dollar budget and managed the production from conception, through budgeting, producing, filming, syndicating and marketing nationally.
To compliment that program’s educational mission, Raelyn co-founded and managed “The Financial Fundamentals Foundation,” a nonprofit designed to advance the educational messages of the television show via complimentary curriculum available to elementary schools.
Raelyn has helped launched multiple companies including Razz Media Productions, which specializes in a wide range of multi-platform video, television and marketing projects. Her portfolio ranges from diverse corporate video projects to charitable fundraising & nonprofit awareness videos to live national sports and musical events, and more. She was a Founding Partner in 3 Media Mavens, which offered Video Marketing, Branding, PR and Media strategies for businesses and nonprofits.
Her career began with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Organizational Communications from Murray State University in Kentucky. She has more than 12 years’ experience as a TV news Reporter, Anchor and Producer and worked in several of the top TV markets in the country.
Raelyn has worked in various capacities with numerous nonprofits of all sizes, such as the National Diabetes Association, the Aids Healthcare Foundation, the Shelter for Abused Women and Children, The Campus of Care, the Florida Rugby Union, and many more.
Paula Cholmondeley is a member of the Board of Directors of Terex Corporation (NYSE) and DENTSPLY International (NASDAQ). Across her board career she has served on the audit, governance, strategy, corporate social responsibility and compensation committees. She has also chaired 5 audit committees, a nominating and governance committee and a strategy and corporate social responsibility committee. She currently chairs the Nationwide Mutual Funds audit committee. She is member of the faculty of the National Association of Corporate Directors In-Board Room and Board Advisory Services where she teaches and conducts board evaluations. She is also a NACD Board Leadership Fellow. In 2015 she was elected to NACD Directorship 100. Her previous public company boards include Ultralife Inc.; Armco Steel Inc.; Albany International and Minerals Technologies. During her executive career, Ms. Cholmondeley has had profit and loss responsivity for global divisions with revenues up to $750M, served as CFO of companies with revenues up to $2B, brought new technologies to market, served at the head of strategy for two large corporations and held seats on numerous non-profit Boards.
Trusted Advisor to Boards and CEOs in Director, CFO, and Consulting roles
SEC Financial Expert
Eileen Kamerick is known among top corporations – from privately-held companies to global public conglomerates – as a strategic and collaborative executive who drives growth and profitability while significantly enhancing stakeholder value. She has been CFO of leading corporations including Leo Burnett, Heidrick and Struggles International, Inc., Houlihan Lokey, and BP Amoco Americas. Most recently, she was EVP and CFO of ConnectWise, a leading international business management software company where she transformed the private company finance function from cash accounting to fully audited GAAP financials with best in class processes, internal controls, and financial reporting.
Eileen is a recognized expert on corporate governance and a frequently requested speaker on the topic by leading legal and governance organizations including law schools, the American Corporate Counsel Association, NACD, and the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals. She advises clients from starts-ups to public companies through the consulting firm she co-founded – The Governance Partners, LLC.
She currently serves on three public company boards: Associated Banc-Corp., Legg Mason Closed End Mutual Funds, and Westell Technologies, Inc. She also serves on one private equity portfolio company board. Previously, Eileen served on the Board of Directors for ServiceMaster, a Fortune 100 service company, and Information Resources, Inc. before the successful sale of both companies.
Eileen is an adjunct Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis College of Law and University of Iowa College of Law where she teaches corporate finance, corporate governance, and compliance. Eileen serves as Vice Chairman of Eckerd Kids, a national child welfare charity, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago; Christ the King, a Cristo Rey high school; and Cristo Rey Tampa. Eileen is profiled in The Board Game: How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors.
Eileen received her MBA with honors in Finance and International Business and her JD from The University of Chicago and completed additional graduate work at Exeter College, Oxford University. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was Valedictorian of her undergraduate class at Boston College.
Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry
Lorraine Lavet is a Senior Client Partner in the Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia offices of Korn Ferry. For the past 11 years, she led the firm’s National Association Practice, specializing in the recruitment of CEOs for associations, professional membership organizations, and nonprofits. Among her CEO searches are JA Worldwide, the American Chemistry Council, the American Chemical Society, the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, the Semiconductor Industry Association, American National Standards Institute, the Information Technology Association of America, the American Hospital Association, the American College of Cardiology, the Association of Corporate Counsel, among others.
Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Lorraine spent over 20 years in association leadership positions, most recently as the Executive Vice President and COO of the American Electronics Association (AeA), the nation’s largest high tech trade organization. Members include software, hardware, telecommunications and medical device companies. Managing 17 offices nationwide, she oversaw all operational functions of the organization during her tenure, including membership development and field relations, business services and non-dues revenue, grassroots development, government contracting, and internal operations. Lorraine was President of AeA’s Education Foundation and Preferred Business Services for-profit subsidiary. Her staff was also responsible for AeA’s well-known financial classic for public technology companies.
Prior to AeA, Lorraine was President and CEO of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, one of the nation’s largest metropolitan Chambers. As chief spokesperson for the Chamber, she led numerous state and local public policy and economic development initiatives for the Northern Virginia business community.
Lorraine also served in a number of key roles at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business lobby, including Director, Domestic Policy and Director, Procurement Policy. She also led the development of the Chamber’s strategic plan.
For the previous seven years, Lorraine was a strategic planning consultant for Harbridge House, Inc. and a government contracts consultant for Coopers & Lybrand.
Lorraine served on more than a dozen boards for both the private and nonprofit sectors, including the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Barringer Technologies (NASDAQ), Northern Virginia Technology Council, Northern Virginia Roundtable, and Chairman of Technology Works for Good.
Lorraine received a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance and Investments and an MBA focused in Procurement and Contracting from George Washington University.
Consultant, Gagen MacDonald
Judith Mulhberg is experienced in dealing with ambiguity and the situations that cause it: major strategy shifts, crises, mergers & acquisitions, leadership transitions, competitive disruption, and culture change and transformation.
As a consultant for strategy execution firm, Gagen MacDonald since 2004, Judith has worked with Fortune 500 companies including United Airlines, BASF, Estee Lauder, Mars, Novartis, Financial Services Roundtable, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Deloitte, Pfizer, Southern California Gas Company, and ConAgra.
Judith joined the Board of Directors of ECO Building Products in 2015 and serves as the Chair of Compensation and a member of the Audit and Nominating & Governance committees. She has also served on the Legal Issues, Risk Management, and Corporate Governance and Nominating committees of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. In 2005, she was the SVP of Communications for Sprint Nextel, overseeing the merger communications of these two companies and leading a team of some 200 communicators.
Judith has a broad and deep background in two major industries: aerospace and automotive. She was SVP of Communications and member of the Executive Council at Boeing. Judith led a 250-strong team and directed the strategic global transformation of Boeing from commercial airplane manufacturer to an aerospace company with 150,000 employees. This included the merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing, in which Judith played a pivotal role in an extensive culture change effort driven by enhanced leadership communications.
Prior to Boeing, Judith worked in communications, government affairs, contributions, and public affairs at Ford Motor Company for 22 years, rising to the number two position in public affairs and serving on the senior leadership team. She led all communications strategies and messaging for the automotive business and its 345,000 employees worldwide.
Judith began her career in The White House during the Ford Administration, serving as an aide to two chiefs of staff (Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney) and, later, as assistant to Dave Gergen, the director of the White House communications office.
Judith is also an adjunct professor in the Georgetown University master’s degree program for Public Relations and Corporate Communications, teaching Global Strategic Communications, Corporate Crisis Communications, and Leadership in Communications. In 2014, she co-authored the textbook Leadership Communication: How Leaders Communicate and How Communicators Lead in Today’s Global Enterprise.
Judith is a Member of the Arthur W. Page Society. In May 2012, Judith was named A&S Outstanding Alumna by the University of Wyoming. She attended Michigan State University for her, J.D.; University of Wyoming for her B.S. in Communications, and studied International Economics at the University of Stockholm.
Judith currently resides in McLean, VA with her husband, Peeter. They have two daughters, Erika and Madeline.
Current Nonprofit Boards/Organizations:
- National Leadership Institute Board of Governors (2015)
- Member, Arthur W. Page Society (2000-Present)
- Member, Women Corporate Directors (2004-Present)
Past Nonprofit Boards:
- Director, Arthur W. Page Society (2000-2007)
- Director, Chicago Public Library Foundation (2001-2003)
- Director, San Francisco Academy (2000-2004)
- Director, The Cradle, Chicago (2003-2008)
- Director, Foundation for American Communications (2001-2003)
- Director, Institute for Public Relations (2000-2003)
- Director, Ravinia Festival (2001-2003)
- Director, Seattle Opera (1999-2001)
- Director, University of Washington Medical Center (1999-2001)
- Director, Founder’s Junior Council, Detroit Institute of the Arts (1981-1989)
- Director, Automotive Press Association (1990s)
Founder & Chairman, Corporate Creations International, Inc.
Frank A. Rodriguez is Founder, Chairman and Chief Legal Officer of Corporate Creations International Inc. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of several private companies including Corporate Creations Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization that provides financial support to improve educational opportunities for children and to improve their physical and emotional health. He is a member of Florida Council of 100, YPO and Tiger 21, which are prestigious networks of business leaders and high net worth investors. He is a contributing author and editor of the first edition of Florida Law of Corporations and Business Organizations published by Prentice Hall.
Prior to founding Corporate Creations, he worked as a corporate attorney at the predecessor to Squire Patton Boggs in West Palm Beach, Florida. He served on the board of directors of United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He received his J.D. degree in 1989 from Harvard Law School, and he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Miami where he received his B.A. degree in Economics.
He is married to his college sweetheart. They have two children. Frank and his family reside in Jupiter, Florida.
President Emeritus, Junior Achievement Worldwide
Sean C. Rush is a CEO, Board Director, and leader in the design, development, and delivery of global education programs in both the for-profit and nonprofit organizations He leads one of the largest NGOs dedicated to leveraging education as the enabler for young people on six continents to transform their future and capture economic success. Earlier, he built a sustained performance record of value creation for a Fortune 20 market leader driving their global education industry group to double digit growth. For more than three decades he has authored numerous titles, served on multiple boards and contributed to a variety of global forums.
As President & CEO of JA Worldwide Inc., Sean had responsibility for a $310 million global operation and lead 3,000 talent resources supported by 430,000 volunteers in the delivery of programs to 10.4 million students in 123 countries. He directed an organization of six Regional Operating Centers representing Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle-East & Northern Africa, and the U.S. He was handpicked in 2007 to build the financial and governance structural foundations vital to propel this almost 100 year old NGO innovator into the next century of performance.
With IBM Corporation from 1994 to 2006 Sean advanced to General Manager, Global Education Industry (1997-2006) and in eight years … doubled IBM’s global education business to $2 Billion serving universities, schools, and NGOs He was responsible for strategy, marketing, sales, industry solution development, business partner relationships, and communications. He was a member of the Chairman’s senior leadership team comprised of the top 250 executives worldwide for 8 years.. Earlier assignments with IBM included GM, Higher Education, Americas (1995-1997) and Vice President, Higher Education Consulting, North America (1994-1995). Additionally, Sean served as senior State executive for IBM’s 5,000+ Massachusetts-based employees; partnership executive to the University of Hong Kong, Monterrey Tech (Mexico), and Los Angeles Unified School District; a member of IBM’s university relations/shared university research review board. While with IBM, Sean co-edited: The Learning Revolution and The Future Compatible Campus.
Before joining IBM, Sean had a nearly 14-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (from 1981 to 1994) as a consultant, partner, and chairman of the firm’s education and nonprofit practice. From 1981 to 1991 he progressed from Associate to Partner-in-Charge, Education Consulting Practice and in 1993 he was appointed Chairman, National Education/Not-for-Profit Practice. He and his team grew the education client base 100% … to $100M in the decade ending 1994.
Sean’s academic credentials include: an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, 2007; an MBA from Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management, 1981; an M.S. from Boston University’s College of Communications, 1977; and an A.B. from Boston College, 1973.
Selected board, civic and professional activities: World Economic Forum, Constituent, 2008-present, Chairman, Harvard Kennedy School Fund, 2010-2013; Co-Chair, HKS Fund Executive Council, 2014 to present;The Commercial Club of Boston, 2012 to present; and member, Massachusetts Public Health Council 1983-1996.
Selected Awards/Recognition include: Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, Boston College Carroll Graduate School of Management 2004; Year 2000 Honoree Boston College Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (The NHS of management students); Honorary Doctorate in Education Dowling College, NY, 2000; Excellence Award, Boston College Irish Institute, Dublin, Ireland, 1998. Additionally, he has addressed the Rhodes Scholars at the University of Oxford; invited speaker at the Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna, Austria; and also performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra.