Board of Directors
From California to Indiana to Massachusetts, every member of the All Points North Foundation (APNF) Board of Directors serves for two years in an all-volunteer capacity for one simple reason: They care. They care about the communities that are making a measurable difference in the fields of public middle school education, teacher training and solar energy. They care about empowering and energizing communities. They care about results-driven efforts. They care about expanding those proven efforts to other communities in need. They care about achieving goals and moving upward.
A firm believer in investing in the future, Theo Beack joined APNF to help set in motion journeys that change lives and make a difference in our communities. By applying his passion for technology, Mr. Beack is helping APNF and their grant partners connect, operate and implement programs that maximize outreach efforts.
Mr. Beack has more than 25 years of experience in enterprise software, architecture and technology strategy and innovation, spanning multiple industries. He serves as senior vice president and chief technology officer for Vertafore, Inc., a technology company providing innovative solutions to the insurance industry.
Mr. Beack earned his honors diploma in computer science from Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa. He resides in Seattle, Wash. with his wife and their chocolate Labrador. Avid travelers, they enjoy scuba diving, photography and taking advantage of the mountains and outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.
With over 30 years of experience in high tech products and markets, Anthony Coker has provided engineered solutions to international clients and brings that same kind of innovative perspective to APNF. Currently a vice president at Hannah Solar, he oversees electric utilities and opening up new markets for the design/build firm. Prior, he helped build Suniva into an international solar company.
A thought leader in the solar PV, cleantech and smart energy industries, Mr. Coker is an author and frequent industry speaker/moderator at national and world industry conferences. He has served on executive committees and chaired boards for the Green Chamber of the South, Georgia Solar Energy Association, and Green House Accelerator, a cleantech incubator that provides start-up mentoring. A founding member of the Technology Association of Georgia’s Smart Energy Society, he was a finalist for the Atlanta E3 Sustainability Leadership Award.
Mr. Coker earned a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech where he frequently lectures. A distinguished alumnus, he serves on the School of Chemical & BioMolecular Engineering Advisory Board. He resides in Atlanta with his wife and two teenage sons, all avid college sports fans. He enjoys tennis, water sports, and snow skiing and also actively volunteers in the local community.
Those words created an “aha” moment for Mark Dudzinski after retiring from a 27-year career with General Electric (GE). His daughter challenged him to take his know how of economics, technologies, regulations, companies and strategies in the global electric industry and transfer it to something he could be passionate about — and that would help others.
As the former chief marketing officer for the $45 billion GE Energy business that included 125 operating businesses, Mr. Dudzinski logged in 2 million miles of domestic and global travel and got to see firsthand the world that lived without electricity. As founder of the nonprofit Light the World, he is intent on changing the electricity delivery model for the 1.2 billion who live by firelight when the sun sets. He is excited about APNF’s goal to expand the use of photovoltaic solar here in the United States.
Mr. Dudzinski holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard University School of Business. He has served as chairman of the International Electric Research Exchange in Japan and has been a frequent speaker on technology changes. Married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy, he is an outdoor and sports enthusiast and indulges in tennis, golf, skiing and hiking.
Grace Llenado Rubino
These words reflect Ms. Llenado Rubino’s firm belief that society is what it is because of known and unsung heroes who have paved the way. Reflected in that conviction is a commitment to honor those who made those sacrifices and leave the world a better place than it was before. It is with that pledge that Ms. Llenado Rubino joins the APNF board.
Ms. Llenado Rubino is a senior compliance professional with 16 years of securities regulatory experience in major financial institutions. She has extensive knowledge of the asset management business and investment products. Most recently, she served as compliance manager at American Capital, Ltd, a publicly traded private equity firm and global asset manager. Ms. Llenado Rubino has also worked in compliance at ProFund Advisors, LLC, E*TRADE Financial, Calvert Group and Mercer Global Advisors.
A resident of Maryland, Ms. Llenado Rubino has a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. Ms. Llenado Rubino is married and has a son. She and her family love to travel the world to enjoy the beauty of nature and humanity, and “savor the world’s cuisine and cultures.”
The quote above used by John Wooden, the former University of California, Los Angeles coach with more NCAA basketball titles than any other college coach in history, is advice that Ronald Nelson has taken to heart.
As director of housing services and operations for the Inter-Cooperative Council Student Housing Cooperative at his alma mater, University of Michigan, being prepared is a rule – not an exception – when you are responsible for collectively managing relationships with more than 600 individuals and overseeing their housing at 18 properties surrounding the main Ann Arbor campus. He also serves as board president of the Student Buyers Association, a purchasing cooperative for the University of Michigan’s estimated 67 fraternities and sororities and cooperatives. Mr. Nelson brings this acute sense of preparedness and anticipating the unexpected to serving on APNF’s board.
Mr. Nelson earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science at the University of Michigan. Outside of work, Mr. Nelson embraces spontaneity in his interests, ranging from politics (both on the national and local advocacy levels), science literature and sports to Star Trek, meteorology, astronomy, Sci-Fi Channel disaster films, drawing and YouTubing. He divides his time between Ann Arbor and Romulus, Mich.
Perhaps the single most important lesson Rebecca Philbrick has learned throughout her education career is how an educator makes a student feel has far more lasting impact than any word or action. As an APNF board member, she is excited about the opportunities to bring resources to schools in need that can spark student academic excitement and engagement.
The diversity of Ms. Philbrick’s education experience and expertise uniquely equips her to better understand and impact school systems and student engagement efforts. For the past two years, Ms. Philbrick has been a Guidance Support Specialist for Maryland’s Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. She has also served as Dean of Student Life of The OPTIONS Program at Brehm Preparatory School, a Social Worker at The Katherine Thomas School, an Individualized Education Program Coordinator at the District of Columbia Public Schools, and a School Climate Specialist at Sheppard Pratt Health System.
Ms. Philbrick graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, holds a Masters of Social Work from Catholic University of America and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from George Washington University. Ms. Philbrick resides in Rockville, MD with her husband and daughter, but her home state of Maine remains her favorite place to visit.
Larry Promisel has taken this time-honored “Dr. Seussism” from the page to practice as a committed member of APNF’s board who views APNF’s dual mission of improving education of youth and advancing sustainable solar energy for future generations as holding “extraordinary meaning.” With more than 17 years of experience in e-commerce and database marketing, Mr. Promisel has developed and led multi-channel and database marketing initiatives for Bluefly.com, Coach and Bloomingdale’s.
He recently served as senior vice president of digital commerce for Vince Camuto, an industry leader or the design, development and distribution of women’s fashion footwear. In this position, he was responsible for all e-commerce and omni-channel strategies, operations and initiatives, managing a division of 22 people.
Prior to joining Vince Camuto, he served as vice president of e-commerce for Barneys New York, managing all aspects of Barneys’ e-commerce division from its inception. Mr. Promisel holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University. He currently lives in the Greater New York region.
As a member of APNF’s board, Keka Sircar shares the conviction that education helps pave the path to ultimate success, independence and community of both the ordinary and extraordinary person. Education, she believes, not only enlightens, but also empowers and fuels the future of the next generation to learn from the great leaders of our past.
As the director of e-commerce strategy and operations for Premier, Inc., a healthcare performance improvement company, Ms. Sircar works for an alliance of approximately 3,000 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other providers whose mission is to improve the health of communities. She helps to oversee strategy, operations, marketing and implementation of Premier’s new e-commerce business that will help drive transformative healthcare quality and cost reduction.
Ms. Sircar earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Michigan, her Juris Doctor from the Indiana University School of Law, and her Master of Business Administration from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. She lives with her husband and 120-pound hound, Blue, in the Chicagoland area, where they love everything about food (from farm to table), the connection between the healthcare and food industries, health and fitness and music.
One day at an event, Kathryn Stewart’s son pointed to the Gretzky quote and said, “That’s what you always tell us, Mom.” Ms. Stewart brings this mantra of never being afraid to try or to fail, and her commitment to helping others embrace this wisdom to serving on APNF’s board.
Founder and Managing Director of Cranbrook Capital, Ms. Stewart believes that the world and its people hold a lot of wonder, and that technology can be used to make it even better. She has spent her career exposed to tech and its ability to effect change, including serving as an angel investor for tech start-ups. Prior to Cranbrook Capital, Ms. Stewart was a partner at Alex. Brown and, post-acquisition, served as a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown in Institutional Equity Sales. She also served as an electrical engineer for Chevron.
Ms. Stewart holds an MBA in finance from Wharton and a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University. One who never gives up, she golfs with little hope of ever birding a hole. Ms. Stewart resides in the greater Washington, DC area where she spends time traveling and skiing with her husband and their three children, and monitoring the family Shih Tzu.
The 1945 children’s novel by E.B. White captures APNF Executive Director Laura Staich’s view as she, on behalf of APNF, journeys north, working to support worthy education and energy projects across the nation. She strongly believes in the power of giving back and continues to work with diverse organizations to create positive change.
Ms. Staich brings more than 18 years of experience to APNF, developing and implementing strategic brand marketing and cause-related campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, foundations, associations, nonprofits and government organizations.
Ms. Staich is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She has served on boards and in leadership positions at the Junior League of Washington, D.C., where she developed their grant cycle process; the Junior League of Boston; Massachusetts General Hospital for Children’s Family Advisory Council; and Friends of the Myrtle Street Playground, a public/private partnership with the City of Boston. Ms. Staich resides in Boston with her husband and two children.
Past Board Members
We are grateful for our past board members who gave unselfishly of their time to help guide APNF during its formative years. They have hailed from the nonprofit and for-profit spaces, with expertise in environmental management, financial services and education. They have provided us with a strong foundation for our passions of middle school education, teacher training and solar energy.
Project Manager, Advanced Energy (2012-2014)
Executive Director, Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority (2011-2015)
Art Teacher, Traverse City West High School (2012-2016)
Board Member, Mothers and More (2011-2014)
Director, Global Treasury Operations (2015-2016)