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 U.S. Director 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.
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.
Desirea Stott-Rodgers co-founded Love146, an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation. She worked as the Creative Director and in the communications department for 10 years. Desirea has worked in over 20 countries. She is an award winning, published documentary photographer who specializes in day sessions for families and humanitarian organizations.
Photographing since 2002 with clients in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, Desirea is most known for her images that capture the authentic, beautiful and slightly weird moments of the everyday. She has spent half her life in the Northeast U.S. and the other half in the Northwest. When she is not traveling for photography she is located on a small art farm with her husband and two daughters in rural OR.
Alysia Nicole Harris
Alysia Nicole Harris is a linguist and award-winning poet. She received her MFA in creative writing from NYU and this year completed her PhD in linguistics from Yale. For the last 9 years Alysia has toured nationally and internationally, performing across five continents and for universities and institutions like the UN and the US Embassy. Her YouTube performances have garnered over 5 million views. Alysia’s poems and workshops focus on vulnerability as practice, racial reconciliation, sustainable activism, spiritual exploration, and social healing. Her work as been widely published and anthologized; her first chapbook won the 2015 New Women’s Voices Contest.
Since 2009, Alysia has maintained an active commitment to mentoring young people. She has experience working with a wide variety of students from incarcerated pre-trial youth to elite preparatory students. From 2013-2017 Alysia mentored college and high school students helping young people give voice to experiences of trauma, systematic racism, and gender-based violence through written and performance poetry.
In 2018, Alysia designed and launched an 8-week intensive peace building program for Muslim and Christian youth from conservative backgrounds in New Haven, CT through the nonprofit Pathways For Mutual Respect. Modeling the curriculum on best practices put forth by various NGO in the human rights sector and building in intersectional and trauma-informed perspectives, Alysia developed the program to activate urban young people’s potential to influence social cohesion and address community-identified needs. She and Pathways are now working together to adapt the curriculum for application in refugee contexts in Lebanon and Jordan.
Alysia currently lives in Atlanta were she serves as a managing editor for the regional nonprofit media organization Scalawag, which highlights the stories of Black, brown, queer and rural Southerners. Her pronouns are she, her, hers.
Ben Elmore is the CEO and Managing Partner of Intevity, a digitally-focused management consultancy. His team of passionate ‘thinkers and doers’ partner with all types of organizations to address the broad spectrum of challenges organization face during their digital transformation journey. The company’s “Human First” approach incorporates problem exploration through design thinking, deep technical expertise, and an agile mindset to create solutions that exceed demands and expectations. Clients include: Under Armor, Department of Labor, L’Oreal, Nike, Victoria Secret, Fidelity, LogMeIn, Adobe, Amazon and many more.
Creativity, innovation, and technology have always been a core part of Ben’s DNA. He has led multiple start-ups and mature organizations through challenges and growth phases where he was able to coach and develop many amazing people. During this time he gained an in-depth perspective on how design and technology can be combined in new ways to impact the lives and success of others positively.
Ben is a published author, proud father & husband, community leader, conference speaker and passionate philanthropist supporting the essential causes of anti-trafficking alongside Love146 and young adults on the autism spectrum alongside Transitions. He and his wife Mary have five amazing children and reside near Albany, NY.
Kathy Maskell is the pastor of discipleship at Blue Route Vineyard Community Church, and she also leads the Vineyard Justice Network and serves on the Executive Board for Vineyard USA. Raised by Buddhist parents in San Diego, Kathy began her eastbound journey by first studying literature and poetry at the University of Chicago. Kathy then pursued a teaching career, spanning from elementary to high school. Kathy earned an A.B. in English from the University of Chicago and an M.S. Ed from City College, CUNY.
While in New Haven, CT, Kathy worked for six years as the U.S. Advocacy Director of Love146, and co-planted Elm City Vineyard Church. Kathy’s M. Div. in systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary (NYC) focused on studying abolitionist movements and developing Biblical resources on justice, poverty, and exploitation. She and her family live in Media, PA.
Brian McGown, a graduate of Texas A&M, has spent the last seventeen 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 Superintendent of Schools for the district, and their two great kids.