Board of Advisors

Geoffrey J. Deutsch, Chairman
Chief Executive Officer, Armed Forces Services Corp.

Deutsch Official Photo Geoff Deutsch has spent nearly 25 years helping transform large systems for delivering healthcare and human services. Geoff began his career as a "turnaround” executive with international hospital systems, managed care companies and health technology firms, where he established a record of rapid, breakthrough performance improvements.  

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Dr. Bob Ackerman

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Since 2007, Dr. Bob Ackerman has conducted research on the transition of veterans from the military to campus. His co-authored article, published in the NASPA Journal in 2008, and his co-edited book Creating Veteran Friendly Campuses: Strategies for Transition and Success, were among the earliest scholarly discussions on this important topic.


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Dr. Akosua Barthwell-Evans
Chief Executive Officer, The Barthwell Group

Barthwell-Evans Official Photo Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Barthwell Group, Inc., a multi-faceted management consulting firm specializing in providing strategic management (developing and implementing planning, diversity, branding, and teambuilding strategies), partnership building, and workshops and training seminars to clients...

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George W. Casey, Jr.
General, Chief of Staff of the United States Army (Ret)

Casey Official Photo General George W. Casey, Jr. is one of the most accomplished soldiers in U.S. history and an authority on strategic leadership. As the 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from April 2007 to 2011, General Casey led what is arguably the world’s largest and most complex organization — 1.1 million people strong, with a $200+ billion annual budget — during one of the most... 

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Jan Donatelli

DonatelliJan Donatelli is a former Navy pilot and Mission Commander in the national Strategic Communications Network, and a former airline pilot. Currently a veterans advocate, she is on the Board of Directors for 4D PAC, a federal PAC that serves to increase the number of veterans in Congress, and on the Veterans Advisory Board for National Louis University.

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John D. Edelman,
Managing Director, Global Engagement and Responsibility

EdelmanJohn Edelman was appointed in 2010 as Managing Director, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility, a new position focused on Edelman’s global citizenship, sustainability, and corporate responsibility. He also serves as President of the DJ Edelman Family Foundation.


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John Fakhoury

FakhouryJohn Fakhoury is the Founder and CEO of Framework Communications, a single-source Managed IT and Telecommunications firm. Admittedly not a technology wiz, John saw a need to make technology more user-friendly and approachable.



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 J. Ford Huffman

J Ford HuffmanJ. Ford Huffman has reviewed – for Military Times publications – nearly 200 books written during the Iraq and Afghanistan era..




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Hendrik "Hank" G. Meijer, Chief Executive Officer, Meijer Superstores, Inc.

Meijer H Official Photo Hank Meijer, 60, is Co-Chairman and CEO of Meijer, Inc. in Grand Rapids.  He joined the family retail business at the age of 11 as a grocery clerk.  After serving as a reporter for a Detroit-area suburban newspaper group, he became editor and later publisher of a weekly newspaper in Plymouth, Mich. He rejoined Meijer in 1979 as assistant advertising director.

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Dr. Robert N. Shelton, President, Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Shelton Official PhotoRobert Shelton was educated at Stanford University (B.S., 1970) and the University of California at San Diego (M.S., 1973; Ph.D., 1975) and began his academic career at UC-San Diego as an assistant research physicist in 1975.  Moving to Iowa State University in 1978, Shelton was promoted to associate professor in 1981 and professor in 1984. 

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Valerie J. Van Meter
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer,
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Van Meter Official Photo Valerie is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the 7th Federal Reserve District. She leads the Central Bank Services division, which includes Discount Window Lending, Payments System Risk, Reserve Accounting, and Statistical and Financial Reporting.  

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