Board of Advisors

Board of Advisors

Liana Abbott, MBA & M.Ed

Liana Abbott is a Finance Manager at Microsoft. Prior to her role at Microsoft, she was a Business Intelligence Analyst and Project Manager specializing in data management and data engineering. She holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business and a Masters of Education from the School of Education and Human Development both at the University of Virginia. While at UVA, she continued to strengthen on her project management skills and design thinking skills, while building a deeper understanding of financial planning and analysis, curriculum building, and educational innovation. Liana splits her time between Seattle, Washington and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Kofi Frempong, MA

Mr. Frempong is the Director of the Leadership Training Institute (LTI), the signature program at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, MD. His role includes disseminating program information to stakeholders, organizing service opportunities, planning academic course load and community outreach projects for high school students, as well as establishing and maintaining partnerships with local organizations and businesses. Kofi earned his B.A. in English Education from the University of Maryland, his M.A. from Trinity University, and Administrator I certification from Hood College. He lives with his wife/fellow- educator and two children in Maryland.

Timur Pakay, MA

Timur Pakay is the Associate Director of Executive Education at Columbia University, New York. Formally, Timur was the Assistant Director of the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University where he was responsible for all outreach and recognition programs such as Veterans Launching Ventures, the CEO Innovation Lecture and other innovation programs, and the Female Entrepreneur Lecture series. Mr. Pakay attained his graduate degree from the Institute from the Paris-based International School of Management. Pakay received his BA in French from Boston College and his MA in Government and Politics from St. John’s University. Timur resides in New York with his wife and children.

Elsie Joseph, PhD

Dr. Joseph taught English and English literature to college and high school students for over 50 years. She began her teaching career at Bishops School for Girls in her native land of Trinidad, West Indies. After acquiring her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (cum laude) from Howard University in Washington DC, she continued to teach as a college professor at Howard University’s English Department for an additional ten years. Finally, Joseph transitioned from teaching college students to teaching college-bound high school students at the highly ranked public high schools in Montgomery County, Maryland. There, she taught at Richard Montgomery, Northwood and Sherwood high schools. During that time, Dr. Joseph also crafted curriculum for the English Literature high school modules. She resides in Maryland.

MaryKate Selgrath, B. Arch & B.C.E.

MaryKate Selgrath earned her dual-degree in Civil Engineering and Architecture at The Catholic University of America(CUA). While at CUA, MaryKate facilitated one of SGAP Leaders’ Sustainability Challenges hosted at the University. Post-grad, she works as a Project Engineer for DAVIS Construction. Throughout her career, she experienced working on complex mixed-use projects throughout Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. In this fast-paced field, she quickly learned about building construction, scheduling, and the importance of meeting tight deadlines and budgets. She is well versed in project management, public speaking, time management, and design-based thinking. MaryKate resides in the Philadelphia area.

Elizabeth Williams, MS Ed., MS Phil. Ed.

Ms. Williams is a mental and behavioral health clinician at Visions & Pathways. Prior to her current role, she was a counselor and lead teacher for pre-k through adolescence. During her tenure as Acting Director and Head Teacher at the Peer Place Child Care Center and Morristown Neighborhood House, respectively; she successfully incorporated cultural-based service learning initiatives. Ms. Williams earned her Masters in Professional Counseling & Applied Psychology as well as her Masters in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Pennsylvania.

Stephanie Stinson, M.M.A.

Stephanie's work is centered around fostering a better understanding of the environment while serving vulnerable communities at home and abroad. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Washington in Marine and Environmental Affairs and International Development Policy, and has seven years of experience in project management, community engagement, and educational delivery throughout South America. She currently resides in South Florida.

Austin Joseph, BA

Austin Joseph is a marketing manager II at Microsoft. He participated as a member of SGAP Leaders from middle school through college, and was selected to represent SGAP Leaders at the GEM Global Solutions Lab* upon graduation from high school. He then interned with SGAP Leaders the summer after high school graduation. He is a graduate from Morehouse College, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

*Participating teams in the Global Solutions Lab develop comprehensive strategies for solving some of the world’s most critical problems, and then present their solutions to experts located at the United Nations.

Joe Tucker, CPA

Joseph B. Tucker is the Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO of Adventist Healthcare (retired). Prior to his current position, Mr. Tucker was the Vice President and CFO of Nexus Healthcare, Controller for the Baltimore Health System and Director of Budget & Reimbursement at Sinai Hospital. He earned his BSc. in accounting from Virginia State University. He resides in Greater Baltimore County, Maryland with his wife and daughter.

Daniel Sadowsky, B.A.

With over ten years in the classroom, Dan created unique tools and extracurricular programs for students to achieve incredible success in school, college, career, and life. He then made the unusual jump as a nonprofit leader with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. In addition to producing over ten complex curriculum design projects over five years as the Assistant Director of Education, he developed the training, strategic planning, collaboration, social media marketing, communication, and management skills to lead at three more education organizations in recent years. He resides in New Jersey with his lovely family.

Jung Hae-Chae, MFA

Jung Hae Chae is a nonprofit development professional with a background in arts administration as well as teaching and administration in higher education. Her experiences include grant- writing, fundraising and resource development, and program development in regional NY/ NJ area museums, community arts organizations and higher education institutions including The Jewish Museum, The Newark Museum, Jersey City Museum, GlassRoots, Seton Hall University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. At present, she teaches writing at several universities in Northern New Jersey including Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. She holds a B.S. in Management from Rutgers University, M.A. in Arts Administration from New York University, and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. She resides with her family in New Jersey.

Jordan Culpepper, B.A.

Jordan Culpepper is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, MA. Prior to Fletcher, he worked as a Social Media Manager in the Multicultural Beauty Division at L’Oréal where he focused on digital strategy and brand development . As a graduate of Howard University, Jordan prides himself on speaking up about equity within corporate America. He is an active advocate for the intersectionality of business and social impact, believing that the two aren’t mutually exclusive. When he isn’t working (or studying), he’s journaling, running, traveling, or creating content. Jordan resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Susan Marquardt, MBA - Thought Leader

Director, Organizational Change Management and Communications, Marriott International
Susan Marquardt understands the importance of balancing the priorities and needs of internal and external stakeholders to manage the business changes, impacts and outcomes. Her approach is to ensure new program benefits are obtained by establishing the right metrics to measure behavior change, and defining monitoring processes for key performance indicators. Experience includes designing, assessing and measuring the customer experience end-to-end to understand the interrelationships of the customer experience at every touch point. Susan resides in Maryland with her husband and two daughters.

Sydney Bullock, B.A.

Sydney is one of our first graduates from our program. She started with SGAP Leaders at the age 12, and has interned with us over the years. She is recent graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park where she majored in journalism with a specialization in multimedia journalism. She was the Membership Outreach Chair of the Maryland Association of Black Journalists, and the staff writer for the campus publication, the Black Explosion. She is originally from Montville, New Jersey.

Eric Hawkins, Esq. - Hawkins Law Office

After earning his bachelor’s degree in Government & Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, Eric taught and tutored upper-level high school math and sciences. He later expanded his teaching horizons by moving to Kassel, Germany where he taught English at Kassel University and at an international business headquartered in Kassel. Upon his return to the United States, Eric earned his law degree from George Mason University School of Law and provides services for small businesses and investors. He resides in Maryland.

Christopher Painter

Chris joins the Board of Advisors with varied skills in sales and education. He was first introduced to SGAP Leaders as a Board Fellow with Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. Previously, he developed his effective teaching methods, and materials and presentation skills while he managed 6th, 7th, and 10th grade classrooms independently at a private school in Istanbul, Turkey. We are delighted that he has joined the team! Chris resides in the great state of Arizona.