2015 Speaker Bios
Charlie Clark D’11
Charlie Clark lives in his hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee with his wife Sarah Clark D’11. After graduating from Dartmouth with a degree in Classics, he earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee. He now works in his family’s fourth-generation recycling business. Charlie is a former editor-in-chief of The Dartmouth Apologia, a founding editor of Fare Forward, and chairman of Fare Forward’s board of directors.
Jonathan Crane D’71
Former Executive VP, MCI, Inc.
Jonathan Crane is a 42-year veteran of the communications and computing industry, specializing in turnaround efforts and launching leading edge technologies. He has led a series of technology companies, the most recent being IPsoft, as the Chief Commercial Officer of this IT automation company and his role as Chairman of the Board and President of Savvis, Inc., now Centurylink. Previously, he was EVP and the Chief Strategy Officer during the restoration of MCI from the infamous Worldcom scandal. Mr. Crane has also been the Chairman and CEO of Adero, Inc, a global Internet-based content distribution firm; Marcam Solutions, a software company focused on ERP management applications; Lightstream, a high speed networking technology company; and the COO of Geotek, an Israeli-backed wireless service. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Mr. Crane spent nine years leading MCI’s Multi-National account organization; he had previously fulfilled a similar role at ROLM Corporation. He began his management career in 1973 at Bell of Pennsylvania following two years of public school teaching. Mr. Crane graduated from Dartmouth College in 1971; his wife, Susan, was one of the first female attendees of Dartmouth. He resides in Hanover, NH and New York City.
Gregg Fairbrothers D’76
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Yale School of Management
Gregg Fairbrothers sits on a number of for-profit and non-profit boards as a chair, director or trustee, and currently teaches entrepreneurship at Yale University’s School of Management and in the LEaD program at the Geneva School of Diplomacy, Geneva, Switzerland. He is a founder and chair of currently active technology companies in solid state semi-conductors, biotechnology, medical information technology. Previously, for fourteen years, Gregg was the founding director of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network at Dartmouth College, an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration in entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and founding director of the Dartmouth Regional Technology Center. Prior to returning to the Upper Valley in 1999, he was President and founder of a mid-sized international oil and gas producer, Samson International, Ltd., president of Samson Resources, Inc., and a director of the companies’ parent holding company, Samson Investment Company. He has more than 22 years experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, including exploration, exploitation, production, marketing, acquisitions and divestment, joint ventures, and corporate finance. He graduated Dartmouth magna cum laude with a BA in Earth Sciences. He also earned an MS from Rutgers University in Geology and MBA from the University of Tulsa.
Catalina Gorla D’09
Founding COO, Informulary, Inc.
Catalina is the Founding COO of Informulary, Inc. Informulary is committed to improving health by providing doctors and patients with the information they need to make wise decisions about prescription drugs. Prior to joining Informulary she was the Program Manager of innovations in translation and new initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for Healthcare Delivery Science. In this role, Catalina worked with researchers and business professionals to create self-sustaining entities that address needs in the health care delivery system. Prior to Dartmouth, she worked as an economist for a large investment management firm, focusing on international financial markets. In this role, she developed new tools and analytical reports on investible foreign markets. Prior to her work in economic research, Catalina completed a financial leadership rotation program in the insurance industry, and held positions at an investment bank and law firm.
She received her AB from Dartmouth in 2009 where she studied Art History and Italian Language and Literature. She also went on the Italian LSA and Art History FSP as a sophomore, and received a grant to research provincial Trajanic war monuments in Romania and Italy while a freshman. As a senior Catalina discovered Professor
Gregg Fairbrothers’ Introduction to Entrepreneurship course which she audited. Conversations that ensued cultivated an interest in building her own entrepreneurial skill set, which she has pursued by working on several entrepreneurial ventures, including founding the DEN Ohio chapter in Columbus, serving as Vice President for the Dartmouth Club of Central Ohio, founding “Our Books,” a manager-led discussion forum, and co-founding a venture in healthcare IT.
Hans Helmerich D’81
Chairman, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.
Hans Helmerich is the Chairman and Director of Helmerich & Payne, Inc. of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP, NYSE) is the largest provider of land drilling services in the U. S. with a market cap of over $6 billion. Helmerich is a board member of two additional NYSE companies, Atwood Oceanics, Inc. and Cimarex Energy Co., and a Trustee of Northwestern Mutual Life. He also serves on the board of Gilcrease Museum National Board, Indian Nations Council, Boy Scouts of America, Oklahoma Business Education Coalition, Tulsa Community Foundation and the Tulsa Metro Chamber. Helmerich graduated from Dartmouth College and completed Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development. He is married to Lea, and they have five children.
Beth Johnston Stephenson D’82
Board of Directors, Opportunity International
Beth Johnston Stephenson is a private equity investor, a wife and mother, and a volunteer. Beth was a founder of Chicago-based private equity firm Willis Stein & Partners. She began her career at the Boston Consulting Group. She also worked at the Hewlett-Packard Company and Continental Illinois Venture Corporation. Currently Ms. Stephenson is a director of Opportunity International and Opportunity Global, is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Opportunity Transformation Investments, Inc., is a trustee of Central Presbyterian Church, and serves on the Dartmouth Athletics Advisory Board. Beth received an AB from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University. She loves to be outdoors, to entertain, and to be with family. She and her husband Scott delight in their three children, daughter-in-law, and grandchild.
PhD Student in Classics, Ohio State University
Laura Marshall is completing her PhD in Classics at The Ohio State University. She is writing her dissertation on the connections between ancient philosophy and Apollonius Rhodius’ Greek epic, the Argonautica. She has also published on issues of translation and is currently working on an article on Plato’s Apology of Socrates. She first became interested in Classics while reading Plato’s Republic as a college freshman when she realized that it impacted her understanding of Christianity, education, and art. She loves helping her students at OSU understand how Classics applies to their analysis of their personal lives and contemporary ethical and political issues.
Drew Matter TH’14
Vice President of Manufacturing, FreshAir Sensor Corp.
Drew Matter manages product development for the FreshAir Sensor Corporation, a Dartmouth-based startup whose mission is to “improve lives through novel sensor technology.” Prior to FreshAir, Drew worked in hardware design for NASA and automation engineering for US manufacturing centers. He also worked with an NGO in Sarajevo, Bosnia promoting community among ethnic Bosnians, Serbians, and Croatians, and helped plant City Church Philadelphia, an urban community integrating faith and vocation. Drew earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Engineering Management degree from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. Drew lives in Hanover with his wife, Susie, and three children.
In a decidedly eclectic career, Eric Metaxas has written for VeggieTales, Chuck Colson, and the New York Times, three things not ordinarily found in the same sentence. He is a best-selling author whose biographies, children’s books, and works of popular apologetics have been translated into German, Albanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Turkish, Galician, French, Simple Chinese, Complex Chinese, Dutch, Danish, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Macedonian, Slovak, and Greek. Mr. Metaxas is an author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Named “book of the Year” by the ECPA, Bonhoeffer also won the 2011 John C. Pollock Award for Biography awarded by Beeson Divinity School and a 2011 Christopher Award in the Non-fiction category. Called a “biography of uncommon power,” Bonhoeffer appeared on numerous 2010 “Best of the Year” lists and was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The New Republic, Harper’s, Kirkus (starred review), NPR, FoxNews, C-SPAN’s Book TV, Christianity Today, The Weekly Standard, and First Things. Bonhoeffer has sold more than 700,000 copies and has been translated into 17 languages. It was recently ranked #21 on the Amazon.com listing of Most Highlighted Books of all time. Along with his colleague John Stonestreet, Metaxas is the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary that is broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of eight million. Metaxas is a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Large for the King’s College in New York City.
Metaxas’ most recent book (November 2014) Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life hit #12 on the New York Times Best seller list and is being translated into German, Polish, Greek, Portuguese, Hungarian, Estonian, Croatian, and Hungarian.
Head of Investments, The University of Connecticut Foundation
Tim Nguyen is the director of The University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc., an organization that provides solicitation, investment and administration of gifts and financial resources from private sources for the benefit of all campuses and programs of the University of Connecticut. Mr. Nguyen has been serving in his position for the past eight years and has garnered a reputation as a well-respected leader who excels in vertical integration, and education administration. As the director of the foundation, he is responsible for managing the university endowment, pension assets and fundraising efforts, and assisting senior management with building and creating strategies. Mr. Nguyen attributes his success to the values and philosophy instilled in him by his family. Looking toward the future, he aims to attain a position as chief financial officer or chief investment officer.
President, Turbocam International
Marian Noronha is President of Turbocam International, an aerospace manufacturer based in Barrington NH. He arrived as an immigrant in Norwich VT in 1979, working as an engineer at a wind energy company. Listening to The Morning Star Show, a radio broadcast on WFRD/WDCR, and meeting the Christians behind it, he became a follower of Jesus Christ. He met Suzie (D 80) at the Dartmouth Area Christian Fellowship, and they married in 1981. While at DACF, they saw the need for job and wealth creation to meet needs in the Kingdom of God. The Noronhas moved to Durham NH with a church plant of 20 from DACF and later started Turbocam International, now a company of about 700 people in 9 countries. They have five sons.
Marian started to redeem slaves in Nepal from bondage in 1999; with the subsequent ending of slavery in 2000 he and Suzie serve churches in Nepal that minister to thousands of former slaves, and run schools with over 1000 children.
Marian serves on the board of the Fellowship of Companies for Christ International (FCCI) and seeks to equip Christian business leaders to run their companies for Christ.
Executive Director, The Maclellan Foundation
Charlie Phillips currently serves as an Executive Director of two of the trusts at the Maclellan Foundation in Chattanooga, Tennessee, one of the largest grant-makers to evangelical causes in the world. Dr. Phillips is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and holds a Ph. D. in History from the University of Stirling, Scotland. His particular field of academic interest is nineteenth-century American evangelical theology, particularly in New England. Dr. Phillips joined the Maclellan Foundation in 2001 and advises ministries and organizations on behalf of the Foundation in order to build mission-focused capacity through board and executive development, strategic planning, managed organizational change, execution of fundraising plans and feasibility studies, and strategic repositioning in key markets. He is married to the former Deborah Stewart; they have five children and reside on Lookout Mountain in Georgia.
Andrew Schuman D’10
Joint MAR/MBA Student at Yale
Andrew Schuman is a joint MAR/MBA student at the Divinity School and School of Management at Yale University. He comes to Yale from Dartmouth College where he completed his undergraduate degree in engineering sciences and philosophy and served as the founding director of several initiatives that integrated of faith, reason, and vocation in the academic setting. During the summer of 2013 he joined the staff of YCFC as a manager for the Life Worth Living Project.
A.T. Tshibaka D’70, T’71
Board Member: Ecobank Transnational Inc., Citibank Kazakhstan, EWS
Until his retirement in December 2007, Kadita ‘AT’ Tshibaka was Divisional Risk Management Director for the Wholesale & International Banking Division of Lloyds TSB Group plc. AT joined Lloyds TSB at the beginning of 2005, prior to which he had spent 33 years in Citibank undertaking a variety of roles in different geographies, functions, and business responsibilities – including country, regional and global executive positions. From July 2002 to December 2004, he held the role of Head of Corporate Credit Risk for Emerging Markets at Citigroup (77 countries).
Effective July 1, 2014, A.T. joined the Board of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, a pan-African financial institution with operations in some 36 African countries. He continues to be a member of the Boards of Citibank Kazakhstan, The Tucker Foundation, and Eleazar Wheelock Society (the latter two organizations at Dartmouth College).
Tshibaka was interim President and CEO of Opportunity International U.S. (04/09-03/10) and, until December 2013, served on the Boards of Opportunity International US and Opportunity International Network, where he chaired their Risk and Audit Committees. He continues as a member of the Board of Governors of Opportunity International, believing in (and passionately supporting) the organization’s mission to help poor people in developing countries lift themselves out of poverty through microfinance products and services.
He obtained his BE from Dartmouth College and received his MBA from Tuck School. A.T. is married to Priscilla Madlyn Johnson Tshibaka, he is a father of two, and grateful grandfather of five.
Professor of Linguistics, Dartmouth College
Lindsay Whaley received a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Buffalo and joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1993 with a joint appointment in Classics and Linguistics. He specializes in language typology, which involves determining why some features of language are found commonly around the world while others are rare. Professor Whaley is also recognized as one of the foremost experts in the world on language death and language revitalization. One of his on-going projects examines how traditional subsistence activities in the Arctic may prove to be crucial social domains for the continued use of far northern languages. Within the realm of Classics, he primarily focuses on discourse features of Hellenistic Greek. Professor Whaley serves as the faculty representative on the board of the Eleazar Wheelock Society.
Luanne Zurlo D’87
Clinical Professor of Finance, Catholic University
Luanne is an entrepreneurial executive with demonstrated success in leadership/management, investment banking, non-profit start-up/scaling and university teaching.
Ranked by Institutional Investor as one of the top Latin American telecommunications analysts in the late 1990’s, Luanne was the lead analyst on multiple equity and debt issuances for U.S., Argentine, Brazilian, and Mexican companies during her nine year career on Wall Street. At Goldman Sachs, she managed an eight member U.S. research staff covering 35 companies and coordinated global telecom equity research efforts.
Luanne left Wall Street in 2002 to found Worldfund, a non-profit dedicated to improving education quality in Latin America. Headquartered in NYC, with subsidiaries in Mexico City and São Paulo, Worldfund is dedicated to raising the quality of education in Latin America. As Worldfund President, Luanne structured partnerships with Harvard University, Dartmouth College, local corporations and government education officials to launch innovative teacher/principal training, literacy/arts and science/math programs in Mexican and Brazilian public schools, currently impacting over half a million students annually. Luanne led the effort to build a committed Board of Directors with over 30 senior executives from the U.S. and Latin America.
Luanne currently is a Clinical Professor of Finance at Catholic University in Washington, DC, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia Business School, an MA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, and a BA in History from Dartmouth College. Luanne Co-Chairs the Worldfund Board, sits on the Eleazar Wheelock Society (EWS) Board, the Léman Manhattan Preparatory School Advisory Board, and is the 2011 Latin Trade Humanitarian of the Year Award recipient. She recently published Fifteen Feet from the Pope, about her experiences on sabbatical in Rome, Italy.