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.
Karen Olcott works in Corporate Strategy at T-Mobile USA. She drives strategic partnerships that seek to redefine the wireless industry via T-Mobile’s signature Un-Carrier initiatives. Karen likes the “crest of the wave” in new and emerging businesses, and plumb lines strategy for a “mobile-first” world. She helped to launch a new Corporate Responsibility program at T-Mobile, and provides leadership across a variety of profit and nonprofit ventures. Prior to T-Mobile, Karen was in executive roles with NBC News Digital, Microsoft Corporation, Pinnacle Efx, Showtime Networks, NBC Sports and ABC Sports. Karen has won six leadership awards, two Emmy Awards, and over forty awards for design and identity projects. She holds a B.A. from Brown University in International Relations & German, and graduate degrees from the Freie University in Berlin and Harvard School of Architecture.
Ending child exploitation and human trafficking has been a focus for 14 years, as Karen comments “the world spins with technology and speed, and wobbles with hurt and injustice.” She has been on the Board of Love146 since 2009, on the Executive Board of SAFE: Strategic Alliance to Fight Exploitation in Washington since 2015, has served on the Boards of Polaris, Seattle Against Slavery, was a founding member of the gBCAT: Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Karen was Executive Producer on the 2012 documentary “Rape for Profit” which illustrated the issue of local prostitution, and Karen played a pivotal role in creating the 2011-2012 Presidential Initiative for the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), entitled “Pillars of Hope: Attorneys General Unite Against Human Trafficking.” Karen has a passion for emerging trends in technology, and a heart for those who are victims of injustice.
Thirty two years ago Dan Siracusa founded Siracusa Moving & Storage in New Britain, CT as one man with one truck and a mission “To be the best moving company in the industry.” Through hard work, an honest approach, reliability and perseverance, he successfully grew the business and his reputation. In 1992 Siracusa was nationally recognized by becoming an agent for the world’s largest moving company, Allied Van Lines. Dan’s unique approach to business and the moving industry has led him to expand into relocation of autos and boats in 2001 and logistics in 2009.
Dan has always felt that an important part of his responsibility as an employer is to be involved in the community. As his company has grown, he’s tried to give something back to the communities that his employees call home. Additionally, Dan likes to get involved with programs that impact children. In 1993, Dan founded Button Up Connecticut, the largest winter coat drive in the United States. To date, over 400,000 coats have been collected and distributed to those in need.
In addition to Dan’s work with Love146 he has volunteered and supported the Special Olympics, Disaster services for September 11th and Hurricane Katrina, Smile Train, and local agencies such as Foodshare Commission of Greater Hartford, Boy Scouts of America, the Children’s Home of Cromwell, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain, World-Wide Lighthouse Missions, Share Our Strength, Mercy Housing & Shelter, Chariots of Hope, and We Are The Children.
Dan Siracusa continues to build his reputation and fulfill his 32 year-old-mission “to be the best moving company in the industry” by winning industry awards year after year including “Agent of the Year” and “Transportation Man of the Year” from Allied Van Lines.