Board of Directors2019-06-07T12:24:02-04:00

Board of Directors

From coast to coast, 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.

Anthony Coker

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
– Albert Einstein

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.

Mark Dudzinski

“If you have an idea that would help people, and you have some ability to implement it, don’t you then have an obligation to try?”
– Katie Dudzinski

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 two 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.

Ronald Nelson

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
– John Donne

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.

Rebecca Philbrick

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

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 Mrs. Philbrick’s education experience and expertise uniquely equips her to better understand and impact school systems and student engagement efforts. Currently the director of the Saint Mary’s Resource Program of The Academy of the Holy Cross, Mrs. Philbrick had previously been a school counselor 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.

Mrs. 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. Mrs. Philbrick resides in Rockville, MD with her husband, daughter and son but her home state of Maine remains her favorite place to visit.

Larry Promisel

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
– Dr. Seuss

With 20 years of experience, Larry Promisel is a strategic, innovative Ecommerce, Retail, and Omnichannel Marketing business leader who drives industry leading performance and builds high performing organizations and culture. He is currently a Digital/Ecommerce Consultant and Advisor, providing brands, retailers and startups with global e-commerce strategy, digital marketing, mobile and omni-channel advisory services.

Previously Mr. Promisel was Senior Vice President, Digital Commerce for Vince Camuto where he was responsible for all e-commerce and omni-channel strategies, operations, and initiatives. Prior to Vince Camuto, he was Vice President, E-Commerce for Barneys New York, managing all aspects of Barney’s e-commerce division from its inception. He has developed and led multi-channel and database marketing strategies with positions at Bluefly.com, Coach and Bloomingdale’s.

A resident of the greater New York area, Mr. Promisel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Pace University. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and serves as a mentor and/or advisor for several start-up businesses.

Keka Sircar

“A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back — but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.”
– Marian Wright Edelman

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 eCommerce Strategy and Operations for Premier, Inc., a healthcare performance improvement company, Ms. Sircar works for an alliance of more than 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 eCommerce 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 daughter 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.

Neil Snowdon

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
– Nelson Mandela

A firm believer in creating strong leaders for the future through innovative education programs, Neil Snowdon joined APNF to help explore where online technology will help leapfrog current teaching methods. Leveraging his family’s background in education and his passion for technology, Mr. Snowdon is helping APNF and its grant partners connect, operate and implement programs that maximize outreach efforts.

Mr. Snowdon has 35 plus years of experience in enterprise software, architecture and technology strategy and innovation, spanning multiple industries and continents. He serves as Vice President and Site Leader for Atlanta at Vertafore, Inc., a technology company providing innovative solutions to the insurance industry.

Mr. Snowdon earned his joint Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics & Physics from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. He resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife, a former teacher. Two of their daughters are also educators, working in both the UK and U.S. Dedicated marathon runners, Mr. Snowdon and his wife do their most creative thinking literally “on the run” and will use this time to help develop new techniques and approaches that will benefit many others in the future.

Gül Yanmaz-Karsligil

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
– Napoleon Hill

The daughter of middle school teachers, Gül Yanmaz-Karsligil was drawn to APNF by its education mission and especially as a way to honor the memory of her late mother, a public middle school math teacher for 33 years. With over a 20-year track record in alternatives investing, Ms. Yanmaz-Karsligil is as passionate about finance as she is about education and its power to change the lives of individuals, and the lot of societies.

Ms. Yanmaz-Karsligil is currently Head of Alternatives at Collaboration Capital, a social impact focused investment firm. Previously, she held dual roles as Co-head of Private Equity and Opportunistic Investments groups at Liberty Mutual Investments, where she worked for almost 19 years, managing a portfolio of more than $6 billion globally. Earlier in her career, she worked at MDT Advisers and RogersCasey.

Ms. Yanmaz-Karsligil teaches finance and investment courses as an adjunct professor at Boston College, and volunteers on financial literacy with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of Boston. She has in the past served on several corporate, fund advisory, and non-profit boards, and currently serves on the boards of The Midas Collaborative and the Bridge to Turkiye Fund. She earned a B.A. from Bogazici University in Turkey, and an M.B.A. from Cornell University. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Boston. She resides in the Boston area with her husband and two daughters, where she still has not gotten used to the winters, and in her spare time co-captains a women’s catchball team.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Laura Staich

“There’s something about north,” he said, “Something that sets it apart from all other directions. A person who is heading north is not making any mistake, in my opinion…”
– E.B. White’s Stuart Little

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.

Theo Beack (2012-2017)
Chief Technology Officer, Vertafore

Stefan Buck (2012-2014)
Project Manager, Advanced Energy

Andrea Gullo (2011-2015)
Executive Director, Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority

Julie Keck (2012-2016)
Art Teacher, Traverse City West High School

Jessica Mooraj (2011-2014)
Board Member, Mothers and More

Grace Llenado Rubino (2015-2017)
Senior Compliance Officer, Guggenheim Partners

Kathryn Stewart (2016-2017)
Managing Director, Cranbrook Capital

Rena Whitney (2015-2016)
Director, Global Treasury Operations

Board of Directors

From coast to coast, 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.

Anthony Coker

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
– Albert Einstein

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.

Mark Dudzinski

“If you have an idea that would help people, and you have some ability to implement it, don’t you then have an obligation to try?”
– Katie Dudzinski

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 two 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.

Ronald Nelson

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
– John Donne

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.

Rebecca Philbrick

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

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 Mrs. Philbrick’s education experience and expertise uniquely equips her to better understand and impact school systems and student engagement efforts. Currently the director of the Saint Mary’s Resource Program of The Academy of the Holy Cross, Mrs. Philbrick had previously been a school counselor 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.

Mrs. 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. Mrs. Philbrick resides in Rockville, MD with her husband, daughter and son but her home state of Maine remains her favorite place to visit.

Larry Promisel

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
– Dr. Seuss

With 20 years of experience, Larry Promisel is a strategic, innovative Ecommerce, Retail, and Omnichannel Marketing business leader who drives industry leading performance and builds high performing organizations and culture. He is currently a Digital/Ecommerce Consultant and Advisor, providing brands, retailers and startups with global e-commerce strategy, digital marketing, mobile and omni-channel advisory services.

Previously Mr. Promisel was Senior Vice President, Digital Commerce for Vince Camuto where he was responsible for all e-commerce and omni-channel strategies, operations, and initiatives. Prior to Vince Camuto, he was Vice President, E-Commerce for Barneys New York, managing all aspects of Barney’s e-commerce division from its inception. He has developed and led multi-channel and database marketing strategies with positions at Bluefly.com, Coach and Bloomingdale’s.

A resident of the greater New York area, Mr. Promisel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Pace University. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and serves as a mentor and/or advisor for several start-up businesses.

Keka Sircar

“A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back — but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.”
– Marian Wright Edelman

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 eCommerce Strategy and Operations for Premier, Inc., a healthcare performance improvement company, Ms. Sircar works for an alliance of more than 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 eCommerce 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 daughter 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.

Neil Snowdon

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
– Nelson Mandela

A firm believer in creating strong leaders for the future through innovative education programs, Neil Snowdon joined APNF to help explore where online technology will help leapfrog current teaching methods. Leveraging his family’s background in education and his passion for technology, Mr. Snowdon is helping APNF and its grant partners connect, operate and implement programs that maximize outreach efforts.

Mr. Snowdon has 35 plus years of experience in enterprise software, architecture and technology strategy and innovation, spanning multiple industries and continents. He serves as Vice President and Site Leader for Atlanta at Vertafore, Inc., a technology company providing innovative solutions to the insurance industry.

Mr. Snowdon earned his joint Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics & Physics from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. He resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife, a former teacher. Two of their daughters are also educators, working in both the UK and U.S. Dedicated marathon runners, Mr. Snowdon and his wife do their most creative thinking literally “on the run” and will use this time to help develop new techniques and approaches that will benefit many others in the future.

Gül Yanmaz-Karsligil

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
– Napoleon Hill

The daughter of middle school teachers, Gül Yanmaz-Karsligil was drawn to APNF by its education mission and especially as a way to honor the memory of her late mother, a public middle school math teacher for 33 years. With over a 20-year track record in alternatives investing, Ms. Yanmaz-Karsligil is as passionate about finance as she is about education and its power to change the lives of individuals, and the lot of societies.

Ms. Yanmaz-Karsligil is currently Head of Alternatives at Collaboration Capital, a social impact focused investment firm. Previously, she held dual roles as Co-head of Private Equity and Opportunistic Investments groups at Liberty Mutual Investments, where she worked for almost 19 years, managing a portfolio of more than $6 billion globally. Earlier in her career, she worked at MDT Advisers and RogersCasey.

Ms. Yanmaz-Karsligil teaches finance and investment courses as an adjunct professor at Boston College, and volunteers on financial literacy with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of Boston. She has in the past served on several corporate, fund advisory, and non-profit boards, and currently serves on the boards of The Midas Collaborative and the Bridge to Turkiye Fund. She earned a B.A. from Bogazici University in Turkey, and an M.B.A. from Cornell University. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Boston. She resides in the Boston area with her husband and two daughters, where she still has not gotten used to the winters, and in her spare time co-captains a women’s catchball team.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Laura Staich

“There’s something about north,” he said, “Something that sets it apart from all other directions. A person who is heading north is not making any mistake, in my opinion…”
– E.B. White’s Stuart Little

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.

Theo Beack (2012-2017)
Chief Technology Officer, Vertafore

Stefan Buck (2012-2014)
Project Manager, Advanced Energy

Andrea Gullo (2011-2015)
Executive Director, Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority

Julie Keck (2012-2016)
Art Teacher, Traverse City West High School

Jessica Mooraj (2011-2014)
Board Member, Mothers and More

Grace Llenado Rubino (2015-2017)
Senior Compliance Officer, Guggenheim Partners

Kathryn Stewart (2016-2017)
Managing Director, Cranbrook Capital

Rena Whitney (2015-2016)
Director, Global Treasury Operations