As Chief Information Officer for the National Association of Corporate Directors, Rona Bunn facilitates digital orchestration, leading information technology and data strategy and operations. She is responsible for cybersecurity, strategic planning, effectiveness of digital capabilities and allocation of I&T resources to drive increased value to members, employees, and partners.
Before joining NACD, she served as Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration.
Ms. Bunn is a two-time Technology All-star award recipient from Women of Color in STEM, recognized for advocacy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and her career achievements. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from State University of New York at Old Westbury, a M.S. in Computer Science from Bowie State University and an M.B.A. from New York University, Stern School of Business. Ms. Bunn serves on the Board of Directors of IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF). She also held Executive Board positions at the National Society of Black Engineers – DC chapter.
Tracy D. Gee is the Chief People Officer at NACD. She is responsible for developing and executing all aspects of NACD's people strategies and human resources activities, including talent acquisition, talent management, diversity, equity and inclusion, organizational effectiveness, succession planning, and compensation and benefits. She joined NACD from Raytheon Company, where she was responsible for leading all human resources and global security operations for the company's Global Business Development function.
In 2019, Savoy Magazine named Gee as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Women in Corporate America." Over her 25+ year career, Gee has held human resources positions in a variety of industries: Aerospace and Defense, Investment Management, Insurance, and Commercial Banking. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College. She also has an advanced certificate in organization development and HR management from Columbia University.
Peter Gleason has been the CEO of NACD since 2017. He has served in a variety of roles during his tenure at NACD, including President, CFO, COO, Managing Director, and VP of Research and Development. Gleason is a recognized expert on board leadership and corporate governance. He serves as a member of NACD’s national faculty, is regularly quoted in the media, and is a frequent presenter on the subjects of corporate governance, executive and director compensation, risk, strategic planning, and board/shareowner relations. Gleason has served as a commissioner on every NACD Blue Ribbon Commission report since joining NACD in 2000 and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
He currently serves on the NACD board, and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), based in London. He is the immediate past chair of the Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI) and the former chair of the Framework Oversight Council of the Institute of Internal Auditors. He has served on a number of other private and non-profit boards.
Before joining NACD, Gleason was a management consultant with both Ernst & Young and Pritchett & Associates. He also served as vice president and director of US Research for Institutional Shareholder Services.
Gleason is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MBA, with concentrations in both Finance and Marketing, from Virginia Tech.
Lisa Hirtzinger is NACD's vice president of education. She is responsible for the development and execution of NACD's education strategy including curriculum and programming spanning all delivery and experience models across in person, virtual, hybrid and on-demand self-study. Hirtzinger has over 15 years of association experience encompassing education, professional knowledge, and credentialing. Her prior career experience leveraged governance, risk and control via Ernst & Young (EY), Wells Fargo, and The Institute of Internal Auditors. Hirtzinger holds a BA in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas, an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, and an MA in Human Resource Development with a certificate in Adult Education, also from the University of Minnesota.
Beth Merin is NACD's vice president of marketing and member communications. She is responsible for the development and execution of NACD's marketing & branding strategy around membership, education, thought leadership, and credentials. Merin has over 20 years of experience in building brand value for a spectrum of organizations, including the International Franchise Association, AARP, and Discovery Communications, Inc. Merin holds a BBA in Marketing from Marshall University and an MLIS from Drexel University. She also holds a Specialization in Design Thinking and Innovation from the University of Virginia.
Alex Obuchowski is the chief financial officer for NACD. His duties include overseeing all financial aspects of the organization, including budgeting and financial statements. Obuchowski previously worked for the Renewable Fuels Association, Veris Consulting Inc., and Johnson Lambert LLP. He graduated from the College of William & Mary with a bachelor of science degree in accounting and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
Susan Paley is NACD's vice president of chapter network. She and her team partner with NACD chapter boards to deliver world-class programs to directors in more than 35 cities. She also serves as executive sponsor of NACD Board Search by accelhrate. Before joining NACD, Susan was a television producer and scriptwriter, working for the BBC, Discovery Networks Europe, C-SPAN, and the World Bank. Susan holds a B.A. from Tufts University in international relations and communications. Susan is also certified as a leadership coach.
As Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Kimberly Simpson is responsible for ensuring that NACD's operations meet its strategic objectives. She has specific oversight responsibility for director programs, education, and research, NACD Directorship Certification, the NACD Chapter Network in 35 cities, NACD Board Search by accelhrate, the legal and information technology functions, and the support for two boards of directors (NACD and the NACD Corporate Directors Institute). Kimberly frequently speaks and writes on governance matters.
Prior to joining NACD, Kimberly held a number of executive leadership roles. She served as executive vice president at Sanford Health, the largest rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in nine states and in countries such as Ghana, Africa. She also was the inaugural president of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds to advance breast cancer research and treatment.
Formerly the chief operating officer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Kimberly led the network of more than 120 Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates across the United States and had responsibility for the organization's legal, human resources, information technology, and internal communications functions. Additionally, she was the secretary to the board of directors and was a board member of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance, Komen's Washington, D.C.-based policy organization. Prior to joining Komen, Kimberly was vice president and general counsel at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the top pediatric orthopedic hospital in the country.
Kimberly received her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, and is admitted to practice law in California, Virginia (as in-house counsel), and Texas (inactive). She has a Master of Arts in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish summa cum laude from The University of Alabama. Kimberly was a U.S. Marshall Memorial Fellow to Europe in 2005.
Friso van der Oord is senior vice president of content at NACD, and is responsible for overseeing all NACD content development. He is an experienced governance advisor and business line manager, who has worked over the last 15 years with Fortune 500 and global executives on major risk, compliance, and integrity challenges, including serving in leadership roles at CEB and LRN. He holds an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University's SAIS Program.
Elisa Kahn is NACD's Director of Certification. She is responsible for ensuring the NACD Directorship Certification® meets the highest standards of integrity, relevance, and performance. She leads the exam development and maintenance process, ensuring validity, reliability and "fairness in testing". Elisa has over 20 years of experience building and maintaining licensure, voluntary certification, and K-12 assessment programs. She is a member of multiple assessment-industry associations and routinely gives back to the community by holding volunteer positions within these associations and presenting at various professional conferences.
Marcel Bucsescu is the senior director of credentialing and strategic engagement for NACD, leading the NACD Directorship Certification program, NACD Fellowship, NACD's Fortune 500 Advisory Councils, and providing strategic oversight of select content offerings for NACD members. Before joining NACD, Bucsescu served as co-program director of The Conference Board's Chief Legal Officers Council for 12 years. He has also served as executive director of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School. For the last decade, his work has addressed environmental, social, and governance issues; risk management; cybersecurity; shareholder activism; and corporate governance with boards and members of the C-suite.
Ted Davis is the Director of Digital Experience and Strategy responsible for bringing modern digital experiences to our members, assuring that they can easily access the broad value NACD has to offer them. Ted brings over 20 years of experience connecting people to products and brands across digital and traditional channels. His experience is grounded in ad agency, brand and public sector work and includes many recognizable brands such as Scholastic, Macy's, Estée Lauder and Coca-Cola. Ted is a graduate of Vassar College and holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. In addition to his role at NACD he also is an adjunct instructor at NYU, teaching digital marketing and campaign strategy at the graduate level.
Greg Griffith has been in the non-profit industry for 20 years primarily focused on creating value added partnerships. Greg was the Executive Director of the Georgia State Soccer Association, played college soccer at James Madison University and is excited to lead partnerships at NACD.
Darrin Hartzler is the Senior Director for Content and Thought Leadership. His team includes the Content Development group of corporate governance thought leaders who provide guidance to corporate directors on a range of issues through our publications and events. The Business Advisory team provides services to boards of directors including board evaluations and in-board programming. Finally, the Research team conducts surveys of NACD membership both to learn about the educational needs of our members, but also to explore the current state of corporate governance practices. Prior to joining the NACD, Darrin left the International Finance Corporation (the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group), after a 20-year career, as Global Manager for Corporate Governance. His team of CG experts conducted CG appraisals of investment targets, developed CG improvement plans, did awareness raising and CG development in emerging markets and provided guidance on corporate governance issues for a global audience. He was one of the authors of the IFC CG Methodology, a proven approach to CG appraisal of potential investment clients. Darrin was also responsible for the development of policies around nominee directorships for the IFC's equity investment clients, including training. He is one of the founders of the Corporate Governance Development Framework and he worked with other development finance institutions to take a common approach to corporate governance due diligence based on IFC's approach.
Brandy Lanham-Fennell is NACD's Director of Information Technology. She is responsible for managing and enhancing NACD's technical operations. Her team manages the implementation and maintenance of software applications and the development of NACD digital properties. Prior to NACD, she worked at Euclid Technology, National Apartment Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and Association of Government Accountants in membership management, technical support, and training.
Wanda Parker-Smith is NACD's director of human resources. She has primary responsibility for leading and managing the human resources programs. Parker-Smith has more than 20 years of experience in the human resources industry. Before NACD, she worked at the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). Parker-Smith holds a master's degree in human resources from John Hopkins University. She has also attained the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and the SHRM Professional (SHRM-CP) certifications.
Julie Pitts is NACD's senior regional director of chapter network. She provides strategic support to the NACD regional directors and NACD's 21 chapters to enhance member value through world-class chapter-led programs and peer-to-peer engagement. Julie currently serves the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star Regional Board, and Houston Tutorial Association, and is a former board member of the Mission of Yahweh Homeless Shelter. She holds a BBA in International Business and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma.
Tricia Robert is the director of the member engagement team, linking directors to NACD's corporate governance thought leadership, education offerings and experiences. Tricia works with her team to transform boards, collaborating with a multi-stakeholder group to provide opportunities for directors seeking innovative solutions to enable and accelerate change and growth in their boardrooms. Having begun her career as a relationship manager, she previously held roles at RH and Ralph Lauren. She holds a bachelor of science degree from John Carroll University and a master's degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University.
Tim Vandish is NACD's director of analytics and data operations. Tim has primary responsibility for leading the data management, data governance, and analytics teams. He has over 25 years of experience in database analytics and database management and has led analytics teams at Spectrum, Time Warner Cable, and Sprint. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany and a French Studies diploma from the University of Grenoble CUEF. He spends his free time volunteering for a variety of nonprofit organizations.