Board of Directors


Nicole Rudd, Chair

Nicole joined Fifth Third Bank as a Vice President and Investment Executive in Feb 2012. Prior to that she was a Vice President, Wealth Advisor with Merrill Lynch for 14 years. She specializes in working with individuals and businesses, helping them to craft appropriate financial planning strategies. Nicole holds a BS degree in Engineering from the State University of New York and Syracuse University, and an MBA from Villanova University where she focused on strategic planning and finance. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, she served in management at Georgia Pacific Corp. In 2009 & 2010, Nicole was recognized as a Five Star, Best Personal Wealth Manager in the Atlanta area by Atlanta magazine. Nicole participated in Women in Technology (WIT), a society of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), and served as a Director for the WIT Foundation. She was the 2005 Chair for Wings, a United Way Organization, focusing on young female professionals.

Jason Bidgood

Jason Bidgood, Vice Chair

Jason Bidgood is a leading Client Solutions Executive for the Corporate Executive Board (NYSE: EXBD)- a best practices advisory firm. Jason develops relationships with and provides solutions-based guidance to Fortune 1000 C-level executives across industries in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Communications, Finance, and Strategy. Jason holds a BS degree in Economics and Marketing from the University of South Florida and an MBA from the University of Georgia with concentrations in Finance, Risk Management, and Consulting.

Steve Robin

Stephen Robin, Secretary

Stephen Robin is based in Northern Virginia. He is an attorney with over 30 years representing major land developers in zoning and related legal matters. Steve has been County Attorney and currently serves as General Counsel to the Industrial Development Authority for Loudoun County, VA. Prior to moving from Washington D.C. to Virginia, he served as a congressional aide, an officer of an international trade association, and as an advisor/speechwriter to the Embassy of Japan. Steve is a graduate of Princeton University and the Harvard Law School.


Beth Penland, Treasurer

Beth Penland is a presentation consultant for m62 Visual Communications, a UK-based consultancy specializing in highly effective sales and corporate presentations. Beth’s experience includes leadership of the global product marketing team at BCD Travel, the world’s third large corporate travel management firm. Her work in the travel, hospitality and health care industries have led to extensive work with non-profit organizations, as well as developing social responsibility initiatives for global corporations including the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and The Coca-Cola Corporation. Beth received her BA in Communications from the University of Tennessee.


Ned Barker

Ned is a hotel industry veteran and principal of Grill Ventures Consulting, a consultancy specializing in Food & Beverage concepts for hotel and restaurant companies. Previously IHG’s Vice President for Franchise F&B, Ned’s programs remain active today in more than two thousand hotels. Ned served seven years on the board of Samaritan House of Atlanta, Inc. – now Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency ( He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.


Derreck Kayongo, Co-Founder

An executive and development expert, Derreck Kayongo has more than 15 years experience developing strategic social campaigns within organizations for cause-related advocacy, public policy, issue management, and community organizing. His work has made a profound contribution in raising awareness aimed at realizing permanent solutions to global poverty. Derreck attained his graduate degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston, MA.

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Maxime Verstraete

A ten-year Hilton veteran, Maxime now oversees sustainability and ADA compliance for the company, based out of the company’s headquarters in McLean, VA. A people person, Maxime’s favorite aspect of this position is that it allows him to work with team members from all departments and brands. A career highlight for Maxime was being responsible for compliance with the ADA Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Maxime speaks English, French and Spanish and can get by in German. His specialties include coordination of all hospitality aspects for large and small conventions, supervising team operations and ensuring successful execution of brand standards and initiatives.


Garth Peterson

Garth is a revenue management expert in the hospitality industry. Holding the designation of Certified Revenue Management Executive, Garth has spent the past eight years working in the field of forecasting, pricing, and optimization. In his current role with IDeaS Revenue Solutions, the premier provider of revenue management software, services and consulting, Garth is a highly recognized resource for hoteliers seeking to expand their knowledge and practices in revenue management. Garth is the Immediate Past President of the Minnesota chapter of Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, which was recognized with three “Best of the Best” awards for 2010 at the Annual HSMAI Leadership Conference.


Robert Quick, MD, MPH

Robert Quick, MD, MPH is a medical epidemiologist in the Waterborne Diseases Prevention Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In his 22 years at the CDC, Dr. Quick has conducted research on the etiology, control, and prevention of enteric diseases in the developing world.  Recently, his work has focused on water treatment technologies, handwashing, and other public health interventions with maternal and child health services, school programs, and HIV care and support services, collaborating with numerous partners from the public and private sectors, Rotary Club, NGOs, UN agencies, and academic institutions.


Dale Herzog

Dale Herzog has over 35 years of experience with United Parcel Service. The majority of his time has been spent in the industrial engineering, product distribution and logistics fields with his last four years specializing in humanitarian logistics and capacity building.  Areas of concentration include warehouse layout & design, operational improvement analysis, information flow analysis, supply chain logistics and warehouse management system analysis. He is currently working in a capacity building role, working through the UPS Foundation, to bring UPS expertise into NGO operations. Dale’s NGO experience has come mainly through working with CARE USA where he serves as a full-time adviser to the Vice President of Logistics for the CARE SCU (Supply Chain Unit).

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Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts is responsible for marketing strategy and execution for Fiserv’s $600M revenue ePayments Division.  His primary focus is driving consumer adoption and usage of Fiserv’s premier payment products – RXP Bill Pay and Popmoney P2P Payments – through a network of 4000 banks and credit unions. 

Mr. Roberts joined Fiserv with the acquisition of CashEdge in late 2011.  He joined CashEdge in early 2008 to build the company’s Wealth Management and Data Aggregation business.  Before joining CashEdge, he served as VP and GM of E*TRADE Financial’s Corporate Services business.  Previously, Mr. Roberts held various positions at DST Systems, Ziff-Davis and Broadview Associates.  Mr. Roberts has an MBA from Columbia University.