The Superstar Foundation Board of Directors oversees all aspects of the Foundation and is particularly focused on direct management of the Veronica Awards process. Of the 9 Board Members, 7 have served as Direct Service Staff of non-profit organizations at some point in their career.
Steve Butz — Chairman of the Board
Steve Butz was a direct social service worker at the Living Classrooms Foundation charged with developing the life skills of "at risk" youth referred to the program by the Department of Juvenile Justice. Steve applied his knowledge of the field and computers and founded Social Solutions in July 2000. For 10 years, Steve worked with thousands of non-profit organizations in an effort to focus their efforts on managing organizational performance. In July of 2010, Steve stepped away from a direct role with Social Solutions and currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Steve Montgomery — Board Member
Steve Montgomery's work experience includes a total of 23 years working in non-profit organizations (12 years with Nyingma Centers in California, and 11 years with the Living Classroom Foundations in Baltimore, Maryland). Supervisory positions include 3 years as a Project Manager for the building of a retreat center, and 3 years as a Program Director for a youth training program. Direct service experience totals 8 years of case management, focused on workforce development to engage youth from the juvenile justice system, youth from foster care and disadvantaged inner-city adults.
Greg Rapisarda — Board Member
Gregory E. Rapisarda is a litigation attorney with Saul Ewing's Baltimore office. Prior to practicing law, Greg was the Director of the Fresh Start Program, a nationally recognized program for juvenile delinquents at the Living Classrooms Foundation in Baltimore City. In addition to teaching life, academic, and carpentry skills to at-risk populations, he regularly presented the seminar, "Best Practices in Serving At-Risk Youth," to convention audiences throughout the country. Greg earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2005. In addition to his work at Saul Ewing, Greg serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Jeff Mason — Board Member
Jeff is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Alliance for Effective Social Investing. Previously, he served as Vice President of Social Solutions. Jeff has also led marketing and product management at Artifact Software, a company he co-founded. Prior to that, Jeff served as Sequoia Software's (NASDAQ: SQSW) Vice President of Marketing where he played an integral role in developing Sequoia into a market leading, publicly traded organization.
In 2008, Jeff developed and launched an industry leadership group, the Alliance for Effective Social Investing, featuring some of the most influential leaders spanning the nonprofit sector. He recruited thought leaders across the country and abroad for this group, to join forces and improve the distribution of funds to nonprofit organizations.
Jeff serves as the Chair of the Alliance. Jeff has a B.S. degree in marketing from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A from Loyola College.
Adrian Bordone — Board Member
Adrian Bordone co-founded Social Solutions with Steve Butz and Vince Griffith in 2000. Prior to Social Solutions, Adrian taught middle schools students in Baltimore as part of an alternative education, off-site initiative called Ombudsman Educational Services.
He later joined The Learning Bank, in the heart of Baltimore’s economically depressed west side, as an adult education instructor. While at The Learning Bank, he worked with Steve Butz to develop and implement coursework and activities built on increasing students' personal accountability and employment related skills. He rose to the position of Assistant Director, before leaving The Learning Bank in 1999 to become the Director of the Maryland Center for Arts and Technology (MCAT). MCAT was a newly incorporated non-profit dedicated to improving the caliber of training and the marketability of Baltimore's underemployed residents.
MCAT's mission was built on the strategies successfully implemented by its national workforce partners, Pittsburgh's Bidwell/Manchester programs and New York's Wildcat Services Corporation. Adrian rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer before helping to start Social Solutions and joining the day-to-day operations of the Company in January, 2001. Over the last 9 years, Adrian's responsibilities with Social Solutions have run the gamut from operations to ETO Software implementation, consulting and sales.
Dominique Bernardo — Board Member
Dominique Bernardo is the Vice President of Quality Assurance at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, where she oversees the agency's business plan strategy as well as the data and evaluation department which measures the impact of 51 programs that Congreso provides to 15,000 people annually. She began her career as a financial auditor with Coopers and Lybrand, specializing in nonprofit organizations, and has several years direct service experience, working as a community organizer for immigrants at Chelsea Human Services Collaborative in the Boston area, as a social worker for high risk adolescent girls in Latin America through a Shine A Light Foundation Fellowship, and directing more than 15 in-school and after-school youth development and truancy/delinquency prevention programs for at-risk youth and managing a division of $2.5M in contracts at Congreso. Dominique is a Licensed Social Worker and also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in Pennsylvania. She holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Business Administration from Boston College.
Isaac Castillo — Board Member
Isaac Castillo is the Director of Data and Evaluation at the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, Inc. Prior to joining the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, Isaac served as the Director of Learning and Evaluation for the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) where he oversaw all research and evaluations with the intent of improving outcomes and facilitating effective reporting to funding agencies. Isaac also worked with a private research and evaluation firm in Bethesda, MD where he conducted program and cross-site evaluations for a wide spectrum of agencies, including federal and state governments, private foundations, and community-based organizations.
Anisha Chablani-Medley — Board Member
Anisha Chablani is the Chief Knowledge Officer of Roca, a vision and values-lead youth and young adult development multi-cultural organization working with young adults ages 14 and 24 who are most disconnected and disengaged living in the communities of Chelsea, East Boston, and Revere Massachusetts. Anisha began her career at Roca conducting street outreach in 2000, and began running programming in 2002. Anisha has more than 12 years of direct service experience working with very high risk young adults and has more than five years of program and organizational management experience. Anisha is a member of Social Solutions' Performance Management Advocacy Operations Committee.
Andrew Niklaus — Board Member
Andrew Niklaus is the Associate Director at Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY), an award-winning organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence, crime and incarceration of teens. Andrew has several years of experience working with at-risk and disadvantaged youth populations. Prior to his role at FLY, Andrew served as the Chief Operating Officer for First Place for Youth in Oakland, CA, where he oversaw all programming, including program evaluation and performance management initiatives.
Andrew has also worked at Larkin Street Youth Services, a San Francisco based non-profit working with homeless and runaway youth. Prior to his non-profit work, he worked in human resources, and managed business relationships in the private sector. Andrew has a BA in English from the University of California, Davis, and is an active member of the service provision community for transition age youth. He is a member of Social Solutions’ Performance Management Advocacy Operations Committee, and has chaired Honoring Emancipated Youth's Board of Directors, a San Francisco organization that works collaboratively with service providers across the bay area to ensure the rights of foster care youth are protected and augmented.
Dr. David E. K. Hunter — Lifetime Achievement Winner
Informally known in the social sector as the "Performance Whisperer," has worked for more than three decades delivering performance management strategies and systems to improve the quality and effectiveness of social service delivery throughout the sector.
Dr. Hunter began his career on the front lines of service work, later serving as Director of an acute care state psychiatric hospital where he led a major turn-around that resulted in improved hospital safety and lower patient length of stay while attaining measurably improved treatment outcomes. His subsequent work with the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, which included developing ways to help grantees improve their capacity to manage to outcomes, contributed to the Foundation's current standing as one of the foremost social investing funders in the US. Dr. Hunter's transformative Theory of Change and Performance Management Workshops, scholarly works and recently published book, Working Hard & Working Well, have helped numerous organizations develop results-driven strategies, build associated organizational capacity and implement strategic and tactical performance management systems. These organizations in turn have imparted meaningful, measurable change in the lives of the thousands of people they serve.