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.

Sreeja Reddy, BA - Thought Leader

Ms. Sreeja Reddy has volunteered with Compass for the last two years as a project leader focusing on Board Development and Digital Strategy Transformation. Sreeja is a Cyber Security Manager and specializes on privacy implementation efforts to assess product development needs and drive business solutions. By leveraging her consulting background, Sreeja aims to bridge the gap between business, legal and technical solutions from a regulatory risk and privacy perspective. In her downtime, she is an avid tennis player and photography enthusiast.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cynthia Brain, LLM

Cynthia Brain recently completed the LLM in Human Rights program at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to completing her LLM, Cynthia had five years’ experience with the UN system, peace and conflict resolution, and human rights advocacy work through positions at various NGOs in the United States, Scotland, France, and most recently in Ethiopia, where Cynthia has been based since 2018.

Currently, Cynthia is an intern with Global Partnerships for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). She works on various research projects and assignments related to conflict prevention, peace building, and sustaining peace on projects in Eastern and Southern Africa. Cynthia hopes to develop her project development and management skills further and receive first-hand experience working in international peace and conflict program errors pertaining to non-dominant groups.

Joe Tucker, CPA

Joseph B. Tucker retired as the Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO of Adventist Healthcare. 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.

Annalie Buscarino, BA

Annalie comes to SGAP Leaders with a passion for elevating the voices of her peers through education. She graduated from Washington College with a BA in English and Sociology. Throughout her undergraduate years, Annalie served as a writing and presentation tutor in her school's Writing Center, studied abroad in Italy, interned for a nonprofit in Tanzania, and took classes in Baylor Women's Correctional Institute alongside incarcerated women. 

Annalie currently works as an Editorial Assistant for Triada U.S. Literary Agency, an organization that represents diverse voices in literature throughout the publication process. She is extremely grateful to be a part the SGAP Leaders' family and looks forward to supporting student voices through education. She resides with her family in New York.

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, MBA

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.