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Photo of Pieter Boelhouwer
Wethersfield, CT
Pieter Boelhouwer, 31, is a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Stamford, CT. He received a BA in history, Phi Beta Kappa, from Trinity College and a JD from Yale Law School. Boelhouwer has also served as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, where he developed and wrote legislation creating the National Civilian Community Corps, a residential service program passed as part of President Clinton's AmeriCorps bill. While at McKinsey, Boelhouwer designed an innovative approach to connecting schools to home via the Internet to improve children's education, and also originated and led a pro bono project to help The Presidents' Summit for America's Future design its plan to reach the nation's communities. He also created and wrote a guidebook, which was published by America's Promise, to help neighborhoods and communities around the country develop their own local action plans.
Photo of Jean Callahan
Wildwood, NJ
Jean Callahan, 34, is an attorney with the Legal Aid Society's Brooklyn Office for the Aging. She received a BA from New York University, an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work, and a JD from Rutgers Law School. Callahan was the lead counsel in a 1997 Federal class action lawsuit to ensure the right of elderly and incapacitated Medicaid recipients to adequate home care. Upon graduation from Rutgers, where she founded the Pro Bono Program, she won a prestigious Skadden Law Fellowship. Callahan has served as an international monitor for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in South Africa and was a volunteer at the Haitian Refugee Center in Miami. She developed treatment plans and counseled 50 weekly clients at the Greenwich House East Methadone Maintenance Center in lower Manhattan and served as liaison to the Rikers Island KEEP program, designed to keep recently released prisoners from returning to drug abuse.
Photo of Leela de Souza
Chicago, IL
Leela de Souza, 32, is a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. in San Francisco. A native of Chicago, de Souza has an AB in biopsychology, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She became a professional ballerina at age 18, and by age 23 she was the prima ballerina for the Hubbard Street Dance Company, one of America's preeminent contemporary dance troupes. After college, de Souza moved to Spain, where she was a volunteer teacher at the American School of Madrid. While at Stanford, she served on the Academic Committee and was executive director and co-producer of the annual business school musical. At McKinsey, de Souza has worked with clients in the packaged goods, energy, and health care industries and has done extensive pro bono work with two national symphonies. She is a mentor and tutor in the I Have a Dream Program in East Palo Alto, CA, and serves on the Business Arts Council of San Francisco.
Photo of Carlos del Toro
New York, NY
Carlos Del Toro, 36, is a Commander in the U.S. Navy and Director of Training for all Aegis cruisers and destroyers. A native of Cuba, Del Toro was raised in New York City. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received an MA in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, an MA in legislative affairs from George Washington University, and an MS in electrical/ space systems engineering from the Naval Post-graduate School. Del Toro, the Navy's first Hispanic officer chosen to commission an Arleigh Burke Destroyer, will be the Commissioning Commanding Officer of the USS BULKELEY. He was second in command aboard Guided Missile Cruiser VINCENNES stationed in Japan, and was a Tactical Action Officer during Operation Desert Storm. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Board Member of the Washington, DC, chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and founded a program to tutor and provide scholarships for inner-city children.
Photo of Stephen England
St. Paul, MN
Stephen England, 37, is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Gillette Children's Specialty Health Care and the Shriners' Hospital in St. Paul, where he focuses on children with special health care needs. He also is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Minnesota. He received a BA in biology from the University of Minnesota, an MD from Cornell University Medical College and a master's in public health from Johns Hopkins University. He has lectured nationally and internationally on pediatric and adolescent health topics and serves on numerous state commissions addressing the health issues of children with disabilities. He was part of a medical mission in Ecuador operating on children with cerebral palsy, and founded the Children's Health Enrichment Program in St. Paul, which teaches African-American teenagers about health topics and provides mentoring and academic guidance.
Photo of Alex Friedman
New York, NY
Alex Friedman, 27, co-founded Adventa.com, an Internet firm that provides business-to-business marketing information. He also was founder and president of Accelerated Clinical, a biotechnology services company dedicated to accelerating the clinical trial process for biotechnology firms. Friedman, who was raised in New York and Washington, DC, received a BA in politics from Princeton University and a JD-MBA from Columbia University. Friedman is the founder of the 21st Century Roundtable, his generation's first civic venture-capital non-profit group. It pairs young leaders of non-profits with young professionals who can provide advice, services and financing. He also founded Climb for the Cure, a national student effort to raise $1 million for AIDS research through a climb of Alaska's Mt. McKinley, and has served as a small-claims court and family mediator in Harlem and the South Bronx.
Photo of Jeff Glueck
Cambridge, MA
Jeff Glueck, 29, is a management consultant with Monitor Co. in Cambridge. A native of Newport Beach, CA, he has a BA in social studies, summa cum laude, from Harvard University and a master's degree in international relations from Oxford University, where he and a partner won the annual Oxford Debating Championship. Glueck has advised the Peruvian and Bolivian governments on economic competitiveness and since 1995 has directed the national competitiveness project for the Venezuelan government staff. He was a pro bono advisor to the Center for Middle East Competitive Strategy, an economic development and regional cooperation project for the signatory governments of the Middle East peace process. Glueck tutored at a housing project in Boston, was a founding participant in the Harvard Communication Project, an inter-ethnic discussion group, and started a recycling program in Oxford student dorms.
Photo of Selma Gomez,
Miami, FL
Selma Gomez, 35, is the president and founder of Applied Consulting Services Corp. in Miami. The daughter of Cuban refugees, she received an AB in applied mathematics, cum laude, from Harvard-Radcliffe College, and a Ph.D in decision sciences, an MBA, and a master's in engineering sciences from Harvard University. Gomez founded her company to provide operations improvement advice and strategic planning for private and non-profit clients. Before starting her own firm, Gomez was a senior manager at KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, in Miami, where she developed a specialty in international market entry strategies. She teaches in the engineering department at the University of Miami, is a member of the Dade County Performance Commission, serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Retarded Citizens of South Florida, and is a teacher in NETWORKS, a program to provide inner-city students with enrichment classes on Saturdays.
Photo of Henry Hicks
Charlotte, NC
Henry Hicks, 30, is an investment banker with NationsBank Corp. in Charlotte. He was raised in Washington, DC, where his father is the pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church. Hicks received a BA in marketing from Morehouse College and an MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flager Business School. As a vice president at Nations-Bank, he provides mergers and acquisitions advice to middle-market companies. While serving as assistant to the chairman of NationsBank, Hicks led the formation of the bank's vendor development program and proposed a $30 million equity-investment company focusing on urban communities. He also helped start The Investment Group of Charlotte, which invests in local firms and real estate projects and provides technical aid to entrepreneurs. Hicks is a member of the Board of Directors of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Development Corporation and works with students at Johnson C. Smith University.
Photo of Bruce McNamer
Billings, MT
Bruce McNamer, 35, is a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. in San Francisco. A native of Billings, MT, he has an AB in history, cum laude, from Harvard University and an MBA and JD from Stanford University. McNamer was an investment banker before joining McKinsey, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small Paraguayan village where he helped build the community's first high school, which now bears his name. After graduation from Stanford, he joined Morgan Stanley & Co. as a corporate finance analyst in the New York office. He also was a technology banker in the San Francisco office and helped open the firm's Hong Kong office. While at Stanford, McNamer co-founded MBAID, a non-profit group that sends MBA students to developing countries to work with local entrepreneurs and small community organizations. He also helped launch “Start Up,” a community-based microlending organization in East Palo Alto. At McKinsey, he has led the San Francisco office's community outreach efforts.
Photo of Kate Mehr
Brookline, MA
Kate Mehr, 35, is the executive director of the Massachusetts Service Alliance in Boston, a statewide non-profit group whose mission is to strengthen the state's communities through service and volunteerism. A native of Amherst, MA, Mehr received a BA in political science from Amherst and an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. During her tenure, the Alliance has increased state support for service by 750%. She was appointed by the Governor as coordinator of “The Massachusetts Summit: The Promise of Our Youth,” which was attended by 1,600 citizens. Mehr has taught government and history and coached basketball and golf at the high school level. She was a victim-witness advocate in Massachusetts, worked as an aide to a Massachusetts state senator, and was a founding staff member of the Massachusetts Legislative Children's Caucus. She has also tutored a young Cambodian immigrant, and was a volunteer basketball coach at a local YMCA.
Photo of Mark Montgomery
Coronado, CA
Mark Montgomery, 33, is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy and Executive Officer on the USS ELLIOT. Montgomery, who grew up overseas and in Washington, DC, received a BA in history, cum laude, and an MS in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's in history from Oxford University. He was one of a handful of liberal arts majors to complete the naval nuclear power program. Montgomery has completed two overseas deployments on the USS BAINBRIDGE, including one in support of Operation Desert Storm. He led a team of 30 BAINBRIDGE sailors that provided disaster relief to the island of St. Croix after Hurricane Hugo. He later was assigned to the reactor department on a NIMITZ-class aircraft carrier, where he deployed to Bosnia during air strikes. Montgomery is the first in his year group to be selected for command of a destroyer. When not at sea, Montgomery has served as a Big Brother.
Photo of Jim O’Connor
Evanston, IL
Jim O'Connor, 31, is a management consultant at A.T. Kearney in Chicago. He received a BA in government and English and a JD from Georgetown University and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. At Northwestern, he founded the Kellogg Corps, which places teams of MBA students in developing communities around the world. He served as the first American volunteer teacher at a rural Catholic school in Lebowa, South Africa, and founded the Field Associates, a group of young adults who promote the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, and the Associates Board of the Big Shoulders Fund, which involves young adults in advisory and fundraising roles with needy Catholic schools in Chicago's inner city. O'Connor is a member of the Guild Board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and of the Chicago Community trust Young Leaders' Fund. He is also a member of the Museum of Science and Industry's Kinetic Council and serves on Georgetown University's Governing Board.
Photo of Michelle Peluso
New York, NY
Michelle Peluso, 26, is a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in New York. A native of Middletown, NY, Peluso received a BS in economics, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and has an MA in philosophy, politics and economics from Pembroke College at the University of Oxford. At B.C.G. she completed a one-year project to define the next frontier in health care and then traveled worldwide to present her ideas to members of the firm's global Health Care Practice Area. Peluso founded A New Generation for Peace, a non-profit group that brought together 350 youths from 50 countries for seminars on global issues. As an undergraduate at Penn, she led volunteer programs in West Philadelphia, including an atrisk mentoring program, a campus community service group and a volunteer initiative at the Ronald McDonald House. Peluso is a member of the Board of Directors of Christa House, which builds homes and provides care for end-stage AIDS patients.
Photo of Clara Shin
Orange, CA
Clara Shin, 27, is a former AmeriCorps program officer. She received a BA in government from Smith College and a JD from Stanford Law School. She joined AmeriCorps as the youngest program officer and was put in charge of developing the first national grant applications for local programs seeking funding. She then managed a $25 million grant portfolio for the program and coordinated a service network spanning the Southwest. Shin also co-designed the $100 million community service component of a Housing and Urban Development initiative to revitalize severely distressed public housing developments. While in law school, Shin worked as a U.S. Agency for International Development Legal Intern to the Regional Legal Advisor for Southern Africa. She founded KOSO-MOSE Women's Journal, a magazine for Asian American women, and helped start the Tahoe-Baikal Institute, a bi-national environmental institute in California and Siberia that trains environmentalists in land and water issues.
Photo of John Tien
Long Beach, CA
John Tien, 34, is a Major in the U.S. Army and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. A native of New Haven, CT, he received a BS in civil engineering from West Point, where he was the top-ranked military cadet in his class. He later attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Tien was among the first U.S. soldiers to cross the Saudi Arabia– Iraq border during Operation Desert Storm. He has commanded an M1A1 main battle tank company and a headquarters company, and served as the chief logistics officer for a thousand-soldier brigade. Tien has tutored inner-city high school youth in Killeen, TX, and is the co-organizer of the New York Orange County Special Olympics. He is a voluntary elementary school tutor, and a youth league soccer and baseball coach.
Photo of Felicia Wong
Berkeley, CA
Felicia Wong, 31, is a high school teacher at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, CA. A recipient of a three-year National Science Foundation graduate fellowship, Wong is also a Ph.D candidate in political science at the University of California at Berkeley, where she is writing her dissertation on the politics of race and urban education reform. A native of Sunnyvale, CA, she received a BA in English/creative writing and political science from Stanford University and an MA in political science from Berkeley. At the College Preparatory School she is a faculty advisor to a student group on diversity and launched an ethics program for the school's senior class. Wong is the co-director and teacher in the high school's Partners' Program, an academic summer school that serves low-income public students. She also has worked on non-proliferation issues in Washington at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and at the Arms Control Association.