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"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
-Henry David Thoreau

About Us was started by seven entrepreneurs, inventors and technologists with extensive building sustainable and profitable business ventures. With superb academic credentials from MIT, MIT Sloan, BU, Penn State, and Harvard Business School, the team also represents multiple backgrounds: management consulting, mathematics, social work, security, entrepreneurship, non-profits, IT consulting, philanthropy, investment banking, search engine marketing, and internet advertising. Our world-class Board of Advisors includes renowned university professors, business leaders, well-known entrepreneurs, and leaders at nonprofits and NGOs. is currently managed by a small staff of mobile executives. Since the positions are mostly unpaid, the passion, dedication, and generosity these individuals exhibit allows our service to exist.

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Dennis Behrman Product Marketing Exec
Jeffrey Brewer Logistics & Operations Exec
James Chen MIT Nerd & Chief Technologist
Shelley Lau Chief Innovation Officer
Ben Lichtenwalner Servant Leadership & Non-Profit Exec
Eric Melin Social Entrepreneur & SEO Guy
Ali Yeyinmen Startup Guy & Emerging Markets Analyst


Maria Perez Bucheli Volunteer Manager
Mary Cross Marketing Manager
Lin Liu Events Manager
Evelyn Mortenson Development Manager
Katherine Salerno Social Media Manager


Bob Babikian E-Commerce Advisor
David Becker Human Resources Advisor
Thomasin Bentley Planned Giving Advisor
Al Chase, PhD. Startup Advisor
Douglas Emond Banking Advisor
Andrew Mack Social Responsibility Advisor
Kirstin Myers Social Investing Advisor
Kyle Robertson Intellectual Property Advisor
William R. Rodgers Legal Advisor
Jonathan Rosen, PhD. Venture Capital Advisor
Henrik Sandell, PhD. Strategy Advisor (Chair)
David Silver Product Marketing Advisor
Abhinav Soni Internet Advertising Advisor
Trent Stamp Non-Profit Advisor
Wesley Yin, PhD. Economics Advisor

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Founder Bios

Dennis Behrman has extensive experience in the financial services industry and currently leads the Product Marketing at venture-backed ID Analytics serving Fortune 500 companies. Formerly, Behrman was a Senior Analyst with IDCs Financial Insights, and worked at UBS. Behrman holds a BS in Business Administration from Boston University. Contact: dennis @

Jeffrey Brewer has eight years of project management, logistics, and operational experience in the US Coast Guard where he received multiple military awards for leadership. Jeff led the entire Corps of Cadets (900+) as senior ranking cadet at the CG Academy. He has been involved in various non-profit organizations including Reach Out and Read, Social Capital Inc., Volunteer Match, Global Giving, and the United Way. Jeff is currently a candidate for MBA at Harvard Business School. Contact: jeff @

James Chen was the Founder of CampusCraze, Inc. a successful collegiate web portal he sold after MIT where he competed in two 50k events. Currently, serves as the CTO of the acquiring firm and has managed budgets in excess of $10 million. James has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Microsoft, Merrill Lynch and the Media Lab at MIT. James holds a BS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT. Contact: james @

Shelley Lau is an experienced intrapreneur, and has led several multi-million dollar project initiatives into profitable products at IBM for Fortune 500 companies. Shelley is active in various charity events and community programs. Shelley is the author and co-author of 4 filed invention patents and received her MSc in Management and Engineering at MIT. Contact: shelley @

Ben Lichtenwalner has a diverse background in IT, crossing support, development, engineering and management in Fortune 500 companies. Currently, Ben works fulltime for non-profit organizations. Ben holds a BS in Management Science and Information Systems from the Pennsylvania State University and a MBA with concentration in Corporate Entrepreneurship from Lehigh University. Contact: ben @

Eric Melin is an entrepreneur and was president of SpiderSplat Consulting, Inc. a Search Engine Marketing Consultancy based in downtown Boston. He founded the SEO/SEM venture in 1997 and self-funded and bootstrapped the business into a successful professional services firm which serviced dozens of clients including Fortune 500 brands. He also served on the management team as VP, Traffic Generation for an $8M Series A Venture-Backed Startup in the SaaS space building a B2B buyers web portal. He previously was the Founder & CEO of The Corporate Awareness Group, Inc. a startup which developed wireless and technology tools for Socially Responsible Investors. He also serves on the Board of Advisors to several high-tech startups and non-profit organizations. Eric began his career in Management Consulting and he attained his BS from Boston College and Boston University's School of Management. Contact: eric @

Ali Yeyinmen has diverse academic background ranges from Bio-informatics to Nanotechnology. He is a strategy consultant interested in socially responsible investing & philanthropy. He helps start-ups with market analysis and business modeling in the areas of information technology and life sciences. Ali competed in the MIT $50K in 2004 with team Ligeia, a drug discovery company out of the Harvard Medical School. He holds a BS degree from the University of Vermont and a MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Contact: ali @

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David Becker is a the Chef/Owner of Sweet Basil Restaurant in downtown Needham, Massachusetts. Dave grew up in Newburyport, Mass where his relationship with food began at the tender age of 11. Together with Photographer Nina Gallant, he is also the Author of "Thrown Out Of An Italian Kitchen" a quirky narrative cookbook about a restaurant that brings joy to the lives of many people. Dave honed his cooking chops at a variety of motley restaurants and encourages chefs to take risks and make their own culinary discoveries. He is always expanding his restaurant and is working towards another cookbook. David manages a large staff and skillfully creates a vibe that keeps employees excited about coming to work.

Thomasin Bentley has ten years of Asset Management experience. She most recently was a Relationship Manager, High Net Worth Investment Team at Credit Suisse Asset Management in New York, NY. She works with proprietary equity, fixed income and alternative products to foundations and large high net worth clients. Thomasin brought in $1 BN in new business in 2004 and $900 MM in 2005 for her firm where she managed a staff of five. She previously worked in International Equity Management at John Hancock Funds, Inc. and CSAM Structured Core Fixed Income Group. Thomasin holds a B.A. in Economics and History from Fordham University, with Additional coursework completed at Swarthmore College and Harvard University. She is Series 7 and 63 Licensed and a CFA Level I Candidate. She won Fordham University's Angelo Rodriguez Prize for writing and the Mateo Ricci Fellowship which funded travel to Brazil for research in Economics. She was Principal Member of CSAM Diversity Committee, mandated with building a culture of inclusion at the firm. Procured high profile guest speakers to Diversity events including the CEO of Genentech, the UN Liaison to Doctors Without Borders.

Dr. Al Chase is the Founder of White Rhino Partners and previously Senior Executive Recruiter at Sales Consultants of Wellesley, Senior Recruiter at Oxford Global Resources and Senior Recruiter at Professional Staffing Group. Al specializes in placing senior executives who are "Renaissance Men and Women," - entrepreneurial leaders - many of whom have had a distinguished military career and/or are service academy graduates and hold MBA's from a top-tier business school. As a recruiter, he has access to outstanding pools of candidates in a wide range of nations, including senior military leaders, Rhodes Scholars, former White House Fellows, and thought leaders in a variety of wide industries. Al works closely with a variety of companies, as well as with Private Equity and VC firms in finding C-level strategic leaders for their portfolio companies. Industry focus includes Homeland Security, Finance, Professional Services, Software Development, IT, Telecom, Bio-tech, Medical Devices, Nanotechnology, Aerospace, Manufacturing, e-Commerce, as well as the Food & Beverage, Entertainment and Theme Park industries. The scope of Al's practice is nationwide in the U.S. and includes working with companies doing business in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Al graduated from Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

Douglas Emond most recently was the Vice President of Multi Dimensional Profitability for Fidelity investments. Doug lead Fidelity's profitability models that create client, product and business stage profitability views for the firm. Prior to Fidelity, Doug was the Chief Technology Officer at Eastern Bank. Prior to joining Eastern, Emond spent 10 years with FleetBoston Financial and BankBoston. At FleetBoston, he served as director of the eCatalyst Initiative for credit infrastructure. At BankBoston, he was Chief Operating Officer for the Corporate Wholesale Bank. Emond earned his MBA (Finance) and Bachelor's (BA) degree at Manhattan College.

Andrew Mack is Principal of AMGlobal Consulting, a specialized Washington, DC-based consulting firm that helps companies do more and better business in Emerging Markets. A former World Bank Task Team Leader and finance professional with experience in more than 80 countries, Mack is internationally-recognized for his work on Public-Private Partnerships, Corporate Social Responsibility and economic development issues. Mr. Mack founded AMGlobal in 2005 with the goal of helping bring together diverse parties - governments, the private sector, donors, NGOs, and foundations - interested in solving today's toughest development problems in a sustainable, business-oriented way. A frequent speaker and writer on issues around CSR, tech policy, partnerships and economic growth, Mack has presented at major international meetings like the Corporate Council on Africa Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit, the AGOA forum, appeared on Voice of America and other press outlets in Africa and Latin America, and is the author of columns for East Africa Business Week and among others. Mr. Mack holds a Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College and a Masters in International Relations/International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. The recipient of Fellowships from Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities, Mack was twice nominated as a "Global Leader for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum in Davos. He speaks and works in Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Kirstin Elaine Myers is the Founder and Chief Expansion Officer, Globond International, Inc. Kirstin began her career as a civil servant in the Prefecture Government of Yamanashi Japan, where she had been invited by the Japanese Foreign Ministry in their first year of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. After two years in the public sector, Kirstin moved to Tokyo to work for Sumitomo Life in the International Department so that she could have a deeper understanding of the Japanese business world. Kirstin returned to the states with her Brazilian husband whom she'd met in Japan and they started a family. While the children were still babies, her new family moved to Mexico for two years, where she did consulting between the Japanese and Mexican business communities and her husband supervised a large construction project for Nissan. In 1995 they moved to Boston and Kirstin entered the world of start-ups and high tech. She soon developed a successful track record in opening up new foreign markets and developing profitable international sales and marketing operations all over the world . She worked for companies such as Watermark Software; Brainstorm Technologies, and Forrester Research before she was hired by Internet Securities to open their sales and marketing operations in Brazil. It was there that. In 1997 Kirstin took her children with her to Brazil for 2 years, to open up the sales and marketing operations for the Brazilian branch of Internet Securities; it was there that she formed the origins of what later was to become Globond.

In April of 2002 Kirstin was settled in Gloucester, Massachusetts and in charge of Business Development, Japan for Giga Information Group. She decided to leave the corporate life to parlay her extensive global network and global expertise into a company...Globond International, Inc...Globond supports a hand-picked group of globe-trotting, influential, well-connected, interesting, ethical and humble people and organizations as they live and work around the world. Globond was awarded the "Rising Star" Award at the Cape Ann (Massachusetts) Entrepreneur of the Year Award Ceremony in April, 2003 and was featured the next month in the New York Times. Seven years later, Globond has clients in every sector and region of the world. When not "globonding" Kirstin helps early stage companies in Boston and is the host of a local TV program "Woman Fishing for Success". She is also active in various community and philanthropic activities, including the Gloucester Stage Company, Cape Ann Time Banks, Society for the Encouragement of the Arts Adventure Restoration Project, and Vida Jovem (The Brazilian version of Boys’ Hope/Girls’ Hope. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Highest Distinction, as a Kansas Honor and University Scholar and with Departmental Honors in Political Science, from the University of Kansas. Later, Kirstin received her MBA from the Simmons School of Management. Finally, Kirstin is fluent in addition to her native English, Kirstin is fluent in Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and French and is learning Korean and Italian.

William R. Rodgers, Attorney, Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers. Bill is a founding member of Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers and manages the firm's corporate department. His firm of over 20 attorneys in Boston's Prudential building is a multi-dimensional practice offering experienced counsel in litigation, environmental law, business law, contracts, corporate finance, real estate law, domestic relations, estate and business planning, intellectual property, software licensing, health care, secured lending, securities law and taxation. He routinely serves as general counsel for a wide range of the firm's clients in addition to more traditional engagements. As such, his practice is focused in the areas of mergers and acquisitions; debt and equity financings; management led buyouts; strategic alliances and joint ventures; corporate operations, computer law; contracts; and commercial real estate. Bill has counseled several start-ups and entrepreneurial enterprises and has served as lead council through dozens of transactions, mergers, acquisitions, venture capital financings and private placements. Bill earned his Bachelor of Arts from Boston College, cum laude, in 1976 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Northeastern University School of Law in 1982. Bill is admitted to the bar in the states of Massachusetts and New York, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He is a member of the Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations. In 2004 and 2005, Bill was named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.

Kyle Robertson is an associate in the Intellectual Property Department at WilmerHale in Boston. He joined the law firm in 2008 and is Admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts. Robertson’s practice focuses on obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights, with an emphasis on Internet technologies, software systems, virus and malware prevention systems, video games and electronic media, electronics, communications, and computer industries. He has participated in litigations relating to communication systems, computer software, wireless communications, mobile devices and Internet access systems. Mr. Robertson has provided pro bono services through the Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless.

Mr. Robertson was previously employed as Vice President of Engineering at Quest Research and Development Corporation. Mr. Robertson also served as Lead Artificial Intelligence Engineer for A Few Screws Loose Games. Prior to beginning his legal studies, Mr. Robertson was a software engineer and network designer at National Instruments and Digi International, respectively. Mr. Robertson is in the process of obtaining a patent based on his work at Quest Research and Development Corporation. He is a member of both the Boston Patent Law Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Represented a Fortune 100 company in a multi-patent dispute regarding cryptographic technologies used in secure online banking. Represented a Fortune 100 company in a patent dispute regarding pre-paid internet access technology. Represented a Fortune 500 company in a multi-patent dispute regarding efficient data transmission to handheld devices. Represented Teradyne in a patent dispute regarding hard disk drive testing technology. Assisted Fortune 100 company with analysis of competitor’s patents. Kyle holds a JD, Boston College Law School, 2008, where he was Managing Editor, Boston College International and Comparative Law Review. He also holds BS, Computer Engineering and Economics, magna cum laude, Iowa State University, 2004, Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi.

Dr. Jonathan Rosen developed advanced medical technologies for cardiovascular, neurosurgical, and spinal surgery prior to becoming the executive director of ITEC at Boston University. He served as Chief Technology Officer for the Codman & Surtleff Surgical Division of Johnson & Johnson. His entrepreneurial experience includes the founding of medical technology companies in the US and internationally. He served as director of the CIMIT Office of Technology Implementation, where he helped establish collaborative research teams and support translational research programs in biomaterials, tissue engineering, optical diagnostics, orthopedics, trauma and critical care. He continues to serve as senior advisor to CIMIT, is the principal investigator for the CIMIT global health program, and is a founding board member of the Institute for Pediatric Innovation. Jonathan received his PhD in Biomaterials and Bioengineering from Case Western Reserve University and his MBA in Strategic Planning from Columbia University.

Henrick Sandell, PhD. is an entrepreneur, turnaround agent and leader with broad executive experience. History of gaining competitive advantage over larger and better capitalized competitors, enhancing performance through partnerships and outsourcing, re-design of processes and policies, and smart use of existing and new technologies. Success in building new marketing ventures and repositioning existing brands. Currently Henrick is SVP, Marketing Operations at Liberty Medical/Medco Health Solutions. He formerly was Consulting Partner at The Boston Associates, Managing Associate at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting, a Chief Operating Officer at Acadient, Inc. Founding Executive and VP of Technology at Fidelity Investments:, and Principal Architect at Fidelity Investments: Fidelity Interactive. He was also Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Context Media. Interests include international politics and history, travel, digital media, high-end audio, music, scuba diving, skiing, geo-thermal energy, and christianity. Henrick received a Fulbright grant for graduate studies and holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Kungliga Tekniska hogskolan (Sweden) and a Ph.D., Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

David Silver has a breadth of experience in marketing/brand management, technology, and finance. He currently works with Sunny Delight Beverages (formerly under P&G) as an Assistant Brand Manager. Dave was a senior client manager overseeing engagements for P&G, Blue-Cross Blue-Shield, and others to develop consumer feedback and reporting tools for an online data mining and consumer analytics company called Intelliseek. Prior to that he worked as an analyst at Cooper & Lybrand, moving into the consulting practice under PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a senior consultant where he worked on a team to develop web-based order management and CRM systems at P&G. Dave is a certified SAP consultant and holds an MBA from Indiana University with a Marketing major / Finance minor and a BS in Business Administration from Boston University with a dual major in Marketing and Finance.

Abhinav Soni is currently CEO of an Internet Marketing firm based out of New Delhi, India and before this had been a consultant with various outsourcing firms advising them on Technology Infrastructure, Human Resources and Business Process Management (BPO). He has vast experience in business development, line management, strategic alliance management, channel management, and channel marketing gained while holding business development and sales leadership roles with companies such as Oracle, Orange Business and American Power conversion. Abhinav had successfully handled million dollar alliances with large enterprise customers such as IBM, DELL, General Electric, Reliance, EMC, Cisco and APC and has a successful track record of growing them to a higher base. He has experience managing a large set of System Integrators, Channel Partners, and Distributors across India. Abhinav holds a Bachelor's in Engineering, majoring in Computer Science from Kurukshetra University.

Trent Stamp was President and Executive Director of Charity Navigator since its inception in April of 2001 to 2008. Prior to Charity Navigator, Trent worked as a legislative aide for U.S. Representative Robert Matsui, as a public school teacher in rural North Carolina, as an analyst and manager for the Social Security Administration, and as vice-president and director of communications for Teach For America. Trent received his Master's in Public Policy from Duke University and his B.A. in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Upon leaving Duke, Trent was selected into the highly-prestigious Presidential Management Fellow program, where he served for two years.

Trent appears as a regular expert analyst for both The Factor with Bill O'Reilly and all CNN shows. He has provided opinion and commentary for each of the network morning shows--NBC's The Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, and CBS's The Early Show. He also has appeared on FOX News, CNBC, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and Comedy Central's The Daily Show, among others, and served as a regular contributor to National Public Radio programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has been profiled in Fast Company magazine, Philanthropy Roundtable, and The Washington Post, and quoted in nearly every major American newspaper or weekly magazine. He has published editorials and articles on charity issues, the role of government regulation in the charitable sector, fund-raising ethics, and non-profit leadership in over 50 newspapers, journals, and magazines, including The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and The Los Angeles Times.

Trent is a presenter and speaker at many national conferences and seminars on issues affecting the non-profit sector, including the future of American philanthropy, the role of watchdogs, the rights of donors, board leadership, accountability, transparency, the correlation between efficiency and efficacy, the need for national professional standards for charities, ethical fundraising, and the role of government in charity regulation. Trent is also the author of "Trent Stamp's Take", a highly popular and nationally-recognized blog about the non-profit sector. In 2004, he was selected by New Jersey Business Magazine as one of "40 Business Leaders Under 40" in the state. He recently served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the ePhilanthropy Foundation, a national non-profit organization devoted to fostering secure and ethical online philanthropy, and now acts as a member of the Editorial Board of Advisors for FundRaising Success Magazine.

Wesley Yin, an assistant professor, Harris School, University of Chicago. Yin received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University before coming to the University of Chicago. His research focuses on a broad range of economic topics in the areas of health, health care, microfinance, and economic development. In ongoing work, Yin is studying the impact of medical technology on health behaviors; the role of information and competitive forces on the insurance markets and the delivery of health care; and the relationship between health and labor market productivity. Yin's interest in economic development has also led to ongoing research on microfinance and insurance and their impact on asset accumulation and savings. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Institutes of Health, the Social Science Research Council, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and has been published in outlets such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, and the Journal of Development Economics. Yin teaches statistics in the advanced econometrics sequence for policy students and a course on the economics of innovation. Yin is also a faculty affiliate of the Population Research Center and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy (Harvard University) in 2006 and 2008.

Workerteer Bios

Jonathan Frazier is political science major with an economics minor at MIT. Jonathan has a strong interest in international development and microfinance. Jonathan has web programming experience and is currently working on the the SaaS platform (i.e. the website application). Contact: jonathan @

Ernst Oddsund has more than 20 years experience in the software/Internet industry. He has led the product management function in three start-up companies. Under his leadership, the teams delivered numerous products, services and solutions to market. As a co-founder of Digibug, a Software as a Service (SaaS) provider and an application service provider (ASP) of e-commerce technologies for the online photo market, Ernst led the organization through growth and contraction, culminating in the sale of the assets of the company. Before joining the start-up world, he held marketing, sales and consulting positions at Lotus/IBM, mainly in the collaboration and knowledge management areas. Ernst was raised and educated in Norway and holds a Masters degree in Business and Economics from Norwegian School of Management. Contact: eoddsund @

Mark van der Velden joined in May 2010 to help build partnerships with NGOs and MFIs. Mark settled in the US after a childhood spent in Indonesia, Finland, the Netherlands, Zambia and South Africa. After getting both his BS in Finance and MBA at Northeastern University he worked at Brown Brothers Harriman for 4 years. He was responsible for operational risk analysis of emerging capital markets as well as expansion into new markets. He then led the market research and pricing function of a Thomson Reuters / DTCC joint venture for 7 years. He is skilled at strategic and market analysis, research and segmentation, pricing management, international business development and relationship management. He enjoys learning about new countries and cultures and in his lifetime has travelled to more than 30 different countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He competes in marathons and ironman triathlons in his free time and is the father of 2 boys.

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