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The 45 Faces of. Professor Jody Armour Lower Merion A Better Chance ‘78. Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California Soros Justice Senior Fellow of The Open Society Institute’s Center on Crime, Communities and Culture Regular legal analyst on KABC News

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The 45 faces of

The 45 Faces of


Professor jody armour lower merion a better chance 78

Professor Jody ArmourLower Merion A Better Chance ‘78

Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California

Soros Justice Senior Fellow of The Open Society Institute’s Center on Crime, Communities and Culture

Regular legal analyst on KABC News

Widely published scholar and author and the recipient of the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award

AB, Harvard University, Sociology and Philosophy; JD with honors, Boalt Hall Law School at UC Berkeley


Bernard beal wooster school 72

Bernard BealWooster School ‘72

Founder and CEO of M.R. Beal & Company, a nationally recognized minority-owned investment banking firm

Firm ranked as one of the top 20 underwriters of municipal securities nationwide

Consistently included on the Black Enterprise 100 List and was named BE’s Finance Company of the Year in June of 2001

Vice Chair of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

Chairman of the New York District of the Securities Industry Association

Former Chair, A Better Chance National Board of Directors

BA, Carlton College; MBA, Stanford University Graduate School of Business


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Nadja Bellan-WhiteKimball Union Academy ‘85

Vice President of Marketing at Publicis Modem and Dialog where she is developing Cause Related Marketing and Integrated Campaigns for Fortune 500 clients

Serves on the Board of Directors for Upliftment Jamaica and Kimball Union Academy

BA, University of Virginia in Foreign Affairs; MBA, NYU Stern School of Business


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Rudy BetheaSt. George's School ‘87

Vice President of Multinational Solutions for Institutional Business at MetLife, Inc.

Named Top 50 under 50 African-American MBA corporate executives by Black MBA Magazine

Former West Coast Regional Chair of the Alumni Advisory Council for A Better Chance

BA, Bowdoin College; MBA, University of Southern California


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Ray Blackwell, MDGlastonbury A Better Chance ‘76

First African American cardiothoracic surgeon in Delaware

A patented inventor of an operating room lighting system

First African American graduate of the Emory Cardiothoracic Training Program

Serves as a mentor to pre-med students of color and a motivational speaker for inner city youth

Has held multiple American and World Records for age group competition in track and has won multiple National Championships and one World Championship

BA, Dartmouth College; MD, Dartmouth Medical School


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Torrence BoonePhillips Academy ‘87

President of Digitas Boston, a leading global digital and direct marketing agency

Recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 business executive in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal

Serves on the boards of the Greater Boston Business Chamber and the Joyce Theater in New York

Former Vice President/General Manager for Avenue A

Former Senior Manager at Bain & Company

BA, Stanford University; MBA, Harvard Business School


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Francisco L. BorgesMilbrook School ‘70

Chairman, CEO, and Managing Partner of Landmark Partners Inc., a full-service alternative investment firm specializing in private equity and real estate secondary market acquisitions

NAACP National Board Officer (Treasurer)

Former Treasurer of the State of Connecticut (6 years)

Former Deputy Mayor of Hartford, CT

BA from Trinity College; JD, University of Connecticut


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Paulina Cardenas, MDBrooks School ‘92

Private anesthesiology practice with her husband in Tucson, AZ

Member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and the Arizona Society of Anesthesiology

Awarded “Outstanding Performance during Airway Management Rotation for Residents” during her residency at Baylor College of Medicine

BA, Harvard-Radcliffe; MD, University of Texas Health Science Center


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Judy ChambersDana Hall School ‘88

Managing Director at Pension Consulting Alliance

Former VP in Investment Banking at Lehman Brothers in the Leveraged Finance Group

President of the Tri-State Kellogg Black Alumni Association

Member of the Duke University Metropolitan Alumni Association of New York, and the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council

Chairperson of the Young Professionals Advisory Group (YPAG) of A Better Chance

BA, Duke University; MBA, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University


The 45 faces of

Tracy ChapmanWooster School ‘82

  • Critically acclaimed musician, singer-songwriter, and recording artist whose career spans nearly 20 years

  • Released 8 albums, selling more than 25 million copies, and has toured nationally and internationally

  • Won a number of awards, including 4 Grammys

  • Has collaborated with musicians like B.B. King, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton

  • Lent her voice to a number of social and humanitarian causes through the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! tour, the Tibetan Freedom concerts, performances for the Special Olympics and Farm Aid

  • BA in Anthropology, Tufts University


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Jill T. ChenPhillips Academy ‘79

Senior Program Advisor with Grameen Foundation

Former Director/Group Vice President in ABN Amro’s Cross Border Structured Finance and Project Finance in Chicago and Hong Kong

Former Investment Officer with the International Finance Corporation’s Asia Department in Washington DC and Beijing

Serves on the Alumni Advisory Council of A Better Chance

BA in Political Science and Comparative Area Studies, Duke University; MBA, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania


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Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Analysis, and Communication at Showtime Networks Inc.

Director at Large on the Board of the New York Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT),

Member of National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC).

Board of Directors of Global Action Project

BA, Brown University; MBA, Harvard Business School

Sara C. ClarkeMiddlesex School ‘85


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Trinh DuChoate Rosemary Hall ‘84

Co-President of the financial market group of Taipei Fubon Bank (Hong Kong)

Former employee of Nabisco Brands, Chemical Bank, Goldman Sachs and ING Bank

BA in Engineering, Cornell University; MBA, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania


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Randall C. DunnMilton Academy ‘83

First African-American to become Head of the Roeper School in Bloomfield Hill, MI

Former Head of the Middle School at the Landon School in Bethesda, MD

Served on several boards including: Association of Independent Schools of New England, The YES Foundation, The National Advisory Board for the Principal Center at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education

BA, Brown University; MA in Education, Harvard University


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Stanley FosterNorthfield Mount Hermon ‘71

Managing Partner, Hollowell, Foster & Gepp, P.C.

Has practiced law for over 29 years in the areas of general corporate and business law

For the past 12 years, has practiced in the areas of public finance law as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel or issuer’s counsel

Honored on three different occasions as a “Super Lawyer”

BA, Brown University; JD, University of Pennsylvania School of Law as Arthur L. Littlejohn Legal Writing Fellow


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Dr. Beth GeterPrinceton Day School ‘82

Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, L.L.C

Former Project Scientist and North American Regulatory Affairs Professional

Recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Academic Scholar Award from American University and an Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

BA, Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D. in Psychology, American University


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Jenny Y. HarrisonThe Lovett School ‘92

Supply Management Director for Coffee and Tea in The Coca-Cola Company’s North America Division

Chairperson of Coca-Cola’s Asian Pacific Forum for the past 3 years

Co-chaired 2007 national convention of the National Association of Asian American Professionals

BS in Foreign Service, Georgetown University; MBA Emory University


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Dr. Gill HickmanWindsor Mountain School ‘64

Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond

Vice President of the International Leadership Association and Seven Hills School

Invited speaker at the China Executive Leadership AcademyPudong (CELAP) and the Leadership in Central Europe Conference at Palacky University

Widely published author and scholar

MPA, UC Los Angeles; PhD in Public Administration, University of Southern California


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Dr. Bonnie JenkinsThe Spence School ‘78

Program Officer for U.S. Foreign and Security policy at the Ford Foundation

Lieutenant Commander in the US Naval Reserves

Served on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (“9-11 Commission”), as counsel

Former legal advisor to U.S. Ambassador while at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Virginia; an LL.M. in international and comparative law from the Georgetown University Law Center; an MPA from SUNY Albany; a J.D. from Albany Law School; and a BA from Amherst College


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Brian K. JohnsonClaremont A Better Chance ‘74

President of Montgomery College

Serves on the Technology Council of Maryland/MdBio Board, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Board, and the Universities at Shady Grove Board of Advisors

Former CEO of the Allegheny Campus of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Former senior VP for Student and Community Services at CCAC

BA, Ottawa University; MA and Ed.D, Northern Arizona University


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Christopher J. Leggett, MDPhillips Academy ‘78

Director of Cardiology at Medical Associates of North Georgia

Practices at Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta

Recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as on of America’s Leading Physicians

Listed as one of America’s Top Cardiologists in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta

Youngest and first African American to receive the 2007 Heart Ball Honoree by the American Heart Association

Appointed by U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to serve on National Practicing Physician Advisory Council

AB, Princeton University; MD, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine


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William M. Lewis, Jr.Phillips Academy ‘74

Managing Director and Co-Chairman of Investment Banking at Lazard Ltd

First African-American Managing Director at Morgan Stanley

Former Co-Head of the Global Banking Department at Morgan Stanley

Co-Chairman of NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Serves on numerous boards including: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, NCAA Leadership Advisory Board and the Cancer Research Institute

Former Chair, A Better Chance National Board of Directors

AB, Harvard University; MBA, Harvard Business School


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Charlise LylesHawken School ‘77

Editor-in-Chief of Catalyst Magazine

Member of the PolicyBridge Advisory Board and board of Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio

1999 recipient of two first and second place awards for Best Religion Coverage from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists for work at the Dayton Daily News.

1 of 6 recipients of the coveted national Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship to do year-long reporting on a national high school program

Published author of her memoir, Do I Dare Disturb the Universe: From Projects to Prep School

BA, Smith College; MFA in Creative Writing, Old Dominion University


Timothy mcchristian phillips academy 73

Timothy McChristianPhillips Academy ‘73

VP of Sales for the Global Business Partner Organization, IBM

Also serves on the Corporate Advisory Board at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and a member of the Executive Leadership Council

Vice-Chairman of A Better Chance National Board of Directors

BS from Yale University in Organizational Behavior and MBA from USC Marshall School of Business


Charles r mcelrath simsbury a better chance 79

Charles R. McElrathSimsbury A Better Chance ‘79

President & CEO, Southern Dallas Development Corporation

Former banker spanning over 20 years with major financial institutions, including Bank of America, Comerica Bank and Merrill Lynch

First in his family to attend college

BA in Economics, Carleton College; MBA, Baldwin Wallace College


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Doris McMillonCushing Academy ‘69

President and CEO of McMillon Communications, Inc.

Honored with the Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Award for Maryland Businesses

Director of Communications for the esteemed Women Business Owners (WBO)

First woman to serve on the Board of Trustees at Carver Bible College in Atlanta

Co-anchored in prime-time news hour slots including tenure at Metromedia/Fox New York flagship station, WNTW-TV

Author of the best-selling book Mixed Blessing

BA in Mass Communications, Radio, TV and Film, Wayne State University; Certificate of Completion, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College


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Pastor Robert MirandaPhillips Academy ‘74

Founded Congregación León de Judá in Boston’s South End, which he has pastored since 1984

Creator of Covenant for New England, a multi-denominational organization that brings together various religious ministries

President and originator of the Fellowship of Latino Pastors of New England (COPAHNI)

AB, Woodrow Wilson Scholar at Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs; PhD in Spanish Literature, Harvard University


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Larry NezNorthfield Mount Hermon ‘73

Legislative Associate with the Navajo Nation

Worked with the Navajo Nation’s department that specializes on the land dispute efforts involving the Navajo and Hopi tribes, and the Paiutes for the past 25 years

Recognized for service to his community in 1993 and 2005 by Northfield Mount Hermon School and the Coalmine Canyon Chapter

Former member of the Tuba City Unified School District school board (1987-1990)

AB, Princeton University


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Millie Osborne, MDGroton School ‘81

Psychiatrist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

More than 20 years experience helping people and their families recover from self-destructive behaviors

Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Geriatric Psychiatry

Published author

BA, Brown University; MD Medical College of Virginia


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Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, GE Industrial

Former President and CEO of G.E. Security, Inc.

Member, A Better Chance National Board of Directors

BA in Political Science, University of Pennsylvania; MBA from Harvard Business School

A. Louis ParkerPhillips Academy ‘73


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Governor Deval PatrickMilton Academy ‘74

First African-American Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Former Executive VP and General Counsel at the Coca-Cola Company

During the Clinton Administration, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights

Recipient of 7 honorary degrees

First in his family to attend college

Former member, A Better Chance National Board of Directors

BA and JD from Harvard College and Harvard Law


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Senator William PerkinsCollegiate School ‘68

Elected to the New York State Senate in November 2006

Former Deputy Majority Leader of the New York City Council

Advocated and allocated funding for computer technology, public libraries and the rehabilitation of school playgrounds

Helped establish early detection programs increasing awareness of cancer

Sponsored landmark legislation to protect the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender communities

Member of A Better Chance Inaugural Class (Class of 1964)

BA in Political Science, Brown University


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Desiree Peterkin BellStrath Haven A Better Chance ‘96

Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, City of Newark

One of the youngest appointed members of the Booker Administration

Former Senior Director of Government Affairs for the New York City Marketing Development Corporation

Founding board member of the Simmons Memorial Foundation, a non-profit that mentors students on the power of education and self-reliance

BA, Swarthmore College; MPA, Baruch’s School of Public Affairs as a National Urban Fellow


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Dr. Rogéair PurnellSt. Paul’s School ‘86

Senior Program Officer for Youth, James Irvine Foundation

Former Research Associate with MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization where she implemented a major initiative to improve employment and health in low-income communities

Previous Senior Evaluator with Philliber Research Associates

BA, Stanford University; PhD in Social Work and Social Psychology, University of Michigan


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Edward Ramos, C.F.A.Simsbury A Better Chance ‘85

Executive Director of Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Lead portfolio manager for the Morgan Stanley Global Advantage Fund and the Van Kampen International Advantage Fund.

Board member of the Robert Toigo Foundation

Current member of The New America Alliance and The Alumni Founders’ Circle of A Better Chance; Inc.

Committee member of the American Cancer Society of NY/NJ

BS, Lehigh University; MBA, Columbia Graduate School of Business as a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow


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Robert ReffkinSan Francisco University High School ‘97

Vice President in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs

Serves on the Board of Directors of USI Holdings Corporation, XLHealth Corporation, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the Summer Search Foundation

Former Associate at Lazard Frères in the Mergers & Acquisitions group

Former White House Fellow as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury

BA and MBA from Columbia University


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Andrea E. Reid MD, M.P.H.Foxcroft School ‘80

Associate Director of the Multicultural Affairs Office at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)

Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Program Director for the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at MGH

Recipient of several awards from Harvard Medical School and MGH for excellence in teaching and mentorship

BA, magna cum laude, Brown University; MD, Harvard Medical School; MPH, Harvard School of Public Health


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Dawn Rivers BakerFoxcroft School ‘77

President and CEO of Wahmpreneur Publishing, Inc.

Editor and publisher of TheMicroEnterprise Journal

Named Small Business Journalist of the Year by the Syracuse New York District of the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2003

Annually featured in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women

Member of the Online New Association and a National Partner of Women Impacting Public Policy

Published author of several books

Graduate of Columbia and Princeton Universities


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Steven RogersRadnor A Better Chance ‘75

Clinical Professor of Management and Finance at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management

Serves on the Advisory Boards of Private Equity firms SB Partners, Smith Whiley and Company, and O’Connor Partners

Prior to joining the Kellogg faculty, he owned and operated two manufacturing firms and one retail operation

Among his many awards, he received the “Bert King Award for Service” from the African American Student Union of Harvard Business School

Member, A Better Chance National Board of Directors

BA, Williams College; MBA, Harvard Business School


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Celia Santana FeinbergNorthfield Mount Hermon ‘86

President & CEO of Personal Risk Management Solutions, a boutique insurance brokerage

Began her career at Chubb & Son, Inc almost 20 years ago, holding a variety of positions in the Personal Insurance Division, most recently as Senior VP of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Active member of Chubb’s Minority Development Council and Women of Color Senior Advisory Board.

BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT


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Kenyetta SmithSt. George’s School ‘89

Creative Director and Founder of Butterfly Kisses Botanicals, a hot new online e-commerce boutique that sells natural bath, body and hair products

Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Fellow

Participated in the Independent Film Project and HBO Montage Screenwriting Programs

Professional blogger

BA in English Literature from Columbia University


Dina strachan md the hotchkiss school 84

Dina Strachan, MDThe Hotchkiss School ‘84

Directs her own private dermatology practice in NYC

Recently named one of the nation’s top doctors by the Consumers’ Research Council of America

Recipient of the Forty Under 40 Achievement Award by the Network Journal

Faculty member at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Lecturer and published author

Launched www.findablackdoctor.com, a site to help patients find black health professionals

BA in Biology, Harvard College; MD, Yale Medical School


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Jesse SpikesDresden A Better Chance ‘68

Senior partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge, a corporate law firm

Director on the board of Atlanta Life Financial Group

Former clerk for the Honorable Damon J. Keith on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Rhodes Scholar

NAACP John Warren Davis Award for Legal Scholarship

BA, magna cum laude, Dartmouth College; MA, Oxford University; J.D., Harvard Law School


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Luis UbiñasCollegiate School ‘81

President of the Ford Foundation

Former Director, McKinsey & Company

Founded McKinsey’s Latino recruiting and mentoring group to introduce and cultivate diverse talent at McKinsey.

Board member of Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) and Bay Area United Way

AB (magna cum laude in Government) at Harvard College where, among other honors, he was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a John Winthrop Scholar; MBA from Harvard Business School, named Baker Scholar


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Yee M. YipFoxcroft School ‘84

Founder and owner of small business, Zen Construction Consulting

Held various positions in architecture and fashion before settling into construction consulting

Barnard College graduate with a B.A. in Architecture


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