Waterford Institute Advisory Board

Bruce Bower

Founder and CEO of WyshMe

For more than 20 years, Bruce has been contributing to innovative technology enterprises. His management experience spans the payments, e-commerce, retail, media and education markets, with a particular emphasis on driving innovation through new product, business and international markets development. Bruce currently is the founder and CEO of WyshMe, and previously has held a number of senior executive position including as CEO of Plastic Jungle, SVP International and Business Development of Blackhawk Network, and CEO of Soliloquy Learning. Bruce began his career practicing law at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. He remains an active venture investor and sits on the advisory boards of several innovative companies in the e-commerce and payments world. Bruce earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, and holds a law degree from the University of Virginia.

Susan DeVenny

State Director at South Carolina First Steps

Susan is the Executive Director of South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness, South Carolina’s early childhood agency. Susan also serves as the director of the SC Early Childhood Advisory Council, whose members serve jointly as state trustees of First Steps. Susan was elected in 2009 as Secretary for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, representing 90,000 early childhood professionals worldwide. She has served on the board of the United Way Association of South Carolina since 2004. Her professional background includes more than 25 years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Susan received her undergraduate degree from Furman University and her graduate degree from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Jacqueline Jones

Policymaker, Researcher, Educator

During the first term of the Obama administration, Jacqueline served as the Senior Advisor on Early Learning to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning in the U.S. Department of Education. During that period, she led the design of the department’s strategic plan for early learning, the initial $500M Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge competition, and the formation of the first Office of Early Learning. Prior to federal service, Jacqueline was the Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Early Childhood Education in the New Jersey State Department of Education and a Senior Research Scientist at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ. Jacqueline received her MA and PhD degrees from Northwestern University.

James Latchford

Managing Director at AArete

Jim is a Managing Director at AArete, an international management consulting firm based in New York. He has extensive global operations management experience, and is a recognized leader in achieving successful change management in the legal services industry and global banking/capital markets. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of White & Case L.L.P and the Senior Vice President of Chemical Bank, a predecessor to J.P. Morgan Chase. Jim holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance from Loyola University Maryland. Jim also earned a post MBA Certificate in International Finance from New York University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Allison Gushee Molkenthin

Managing Director at Bentley Associates

Allison is a Managing Director at Bentley Associates, an investment banking firm. She began her career at Bankers Trust working in their New York, London, Milan and Paris offices. She later joined UI USA, the US subsidiary of Union d’Etudes et d’Investissements, the merchant banking arm of Credit Agricôle, and later became its President and COO. Allison earned two A.B. degrees from Brown University, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for the subsequent year, and earned her M.B.A. from INSEAD in France.

Eric Pakurar

Executive Director and Head of Strategy at G2 USA

Eric is the Executive Director and Head of Strategy at G2 USA, a marketing communications agency based in New York City. Eric was recently honored as one of “40 under 40” industry leaders by Direct Marketing News. He has worked as Head of Strategy at Naked Communications and as Brand Planning director at DDB New York. Eric has created communications and strategies plans for large corporations such as NBC, Coca-Cola, and Samsung Electronics and considers real objectivity his specialty. Eric holds a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College.

Suzanne Rheault

Founder and CEO of the Aristotle Circle

Suzanne is the CEO and Founder of the Aristotle Circle, an educational advisory service in New York City. A nationally renowned expert on admissions, Suzanne has been featured on Dr. Phil, in The New York Times and in The Wall Street Journal. Prior to founding the Aristotle Circle, Suzanne was a Vice President at the Capital Guardian Trust Company and claims the title of “Wall Street Veteran.” She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science from MIT.

Matt Robison

Democratic Policy Director, New Hampshire State Senate

Matt is the Democratic Policy Director at the New Hampshire State Senate. Described as “one of the brightest Democratic operatives in the country,” Matt came to the position after managing the campaign for U.S. Rep. John Tierney (D-MA), where Matt was responsible for pulling off a major political upset in the 2012 election. Matt has worked in multiple political and government relations roles over the past fifteen years. He is the co-founder and principal at Northern Connection LLC, a government relations consulting practice, and has worked in the U.S. House as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for two representatives and on the House Committee on Appropriations. Matt holds a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Andy Ross

Vice President of Global Division at Florida Virtual School

Andy is the Vice President of Global Division at Florida Virtual School. Andy is responsible for broadening the presence of FLVS in the national and international educational marketplace and he plans and executes strategies that identify potential clientele and their needs, as well as mutually beneficial business partnerships. Andy spent more than 20 years with IBM becoming a specialist in finding technology solutions for schools. After leaving IBM, he held several leadership positions at national technology firms and then became executive director at the Fulton Education Foundation in Atlanta. Andy is a graduate of the University of Colorado.