Brian McGown, a graduate of Texas A&M, has spent the last fifteen years in the world of financial management. He is currently a residential land developer at Harrigan Development Partners where he acts as a partner/owner managing the financing and acquisition of development deals. Right out of college Brian had a short two-year stint trading electronic commodities before giving into his entrepreneurial passion. Brian spent five years as a partner/owner in a business valuation services and management consulting firm with a primary focus on the brokerage of dental and medical practices. In 2008, he sold his portion of that business to become the Executive Pastor at Faithbridge Church, where he served for eight years and is currently an elder. Brian also serves on the Board of Directors for Breakaway Ministries, a ministry to the college students on the Campus of Texas A&M and Bridging for Tomorrow, a community development nonprofit serving local Title 1 schools.
Brian lives in Spring, TX with his wonderful wife Jenny, who serves the children and families of Klein ISD as the Chief Learning Officer for the district, and their two great kids Joshua (9) and Mary Claire (6).
Peggy Crane is a partner at the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, and was formerly Senior Counsel at Perkins Coie LLP. She specializes in environmental law, with a focus on brownfields redevelopment and cleanup of contaminated properties, as well as general air and hazardous waste permitting. Peggy has been in practice since she graduated in 2001 from the Tulane University School of Law. She also served on the advisory board and as acting general counsel for The Core Companies, a safety training and consulting business run by her husband, Tim, until its sale to Caterpillar, Inc.
Peggy and her family recently moved from Portland, Oregon, to Peoria, Illinois. She has two beautiful boys, and spends her free time chauffeuring, chasing, and entertaining. She also rides horses when she gets the chance.
David Sullivan is an Investment Analyst on the US Small Cap Growth Equity team within UBS Global Asset Management. In that role, he is responsible for research on publicly traded equities across all sectors. Prior to joining the US Small Cap Growth Equity team in 2012, David served as the Head of Business for the Growth Equities group within UBS Global AM. In that role, he was responsible for the day-to-day business management of the group including coordination with sales, product development, strategic and financial planning, trading, operations, legal and compliance. He has worked for UBS Global AM since graduating from Baylor University with his Bachelor in Business Administration and his Masters in Accountancy in 2002.
David lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY with his wife, Shawna, as well as his four kids: Kate (7), Wes (4), Kinzie (3) and Nathaniel (4 weeks). Prior to moving to Briarcliff Manor in the summer of 2014, David and his family lived in Manhattan where he and his wife helped to plant Apostles Church. He and his family enjoy time outdoors, playing games, making each other laugh and reading.
Belinda Bauman, speaker, writer, teacher and advocate, is founder and lead catalyst of One Million Thumbprints, a campaign to empower peacemakers in the world’s worst conflicts, and Executive Director of Together International, a nonprofit building capacity in the majority world. Belinda’s passion is to bring hope into the dark corners of the world by inspiring others to listen to the call of justice.
Belinda has written for Newsweek’s The Dailey Beast, Huffington Post and Today’s Christian Woman, and is a contributing author to Mastering the Middle Grades curriculum, published by Johns Hopkins University in 2010. She has lived and taught globally for over two decades. Belinda holds a Bachelor in Education from the University of Wisconsin and a Master in Education from Covenant College. She is an ordained minister, is married to Stephan, president and CEO of World Relief, and lives near Washington, DC with their two sons, Joshua and Caleb.
Ellie Dyk has cross-disciplinary marketing and media experience ranging from working in television as a technical director for Viacom and for MSNBC, to working in graphic design and publishing, and in interactive marketing as a project manager, working with Google, Yahoo, and MSN. She holds a Master’s Degree in Writing from Manhattanville College.
Leticia Hashem is a graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Economics, and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. Working both in management consulting and corporate enterprise, her business background is in strategic planning and organizational leadership. She also has an extensive background in church ministry, serving for 14 years as a licensed minister and associate pastor, running several departments for a large, nondenominational church in New England. She is a teacher and public speaker, with more than 20 years of experience in both sacred and secular arena. After leaving church ministry, Leticia entered the non-profit sector, and she currently serves as Director of Development and Higher Education for Danita’s Children Hope for Haiti, an NGO that provides orphan care, education, medical services and feeding services to the extremely impoverished communities of Northern Haiti. She has a passion for responding to the needs of the oppressed and the vulnerable – particularly children — as evidenced by her current work and previous volunteer work, serving as a guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children and as a Board of Education member for her city. Leticia has served on a number of organizational boards, including non-profit, public sector, and church eldership boards. She currently serves on the board of Harvard Business School Community partners of Connecticut, and provides pro bono consulting services to non-profit organizations in Connecticut. Leticia lives in Orange, CT, has been married for 20 years to Jim Hashem, and has a daughter who is in college.