Advancing Women to the Boardroom

Board of Directors

JoAnn Cavallaro, President  
   
JC-close In addition to serving as The Boston Club‘s Immediate Past President, JoAnn Cavallaro is a founder of DeCava Consulting, a management consulting firm specializing in operational strategy implementation and organizational change. Previously, she was an operating executive in the telecommunications and broadband industry, and has held senior executive positions at eVisioner, Inc., Charter Communications, Century Communications, MediaOne, and SNET/ATT. Cavallaro is a former trustee of the Board of Women in Cable & Telecommunications, and a supporter of Community Servings of Boston. She has served on The Boston Club’s Corporate Board Committee since 2001.
   
Terry A. Barclay, President-Elect
  
Terry Barclay is the president and CEO of Inforum (Michigan), one of the largest women’s business forums in the U.S. Previously, she served as senior VP/chief external affairs officer for Hospice of Michigan, as VP of university relations for Oakland University, and was the founder and president of Operation ABLE of Michigan. Barclay earned a B.A. in Urban Studies from the College of Wooster in Ohio and Master’s from the University of Michigan. Crain’s Detroit Business named Barclay one of the region’s “Most Influential Women” in 2007 and one of metro Detroit’s “40 Under 40” outstanding executives in 1992.
   
Mary Brevard,Treasurer
   
brevard Mary Brevard served as Executive Director of the Inforum BoardAccess™ Initiative at Inforum Center for Leadership; is an angel investor supporting entrepreneurs in high-growth businesses, an executive mentor/coach focused on improving board diversity, and a trustee of the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and its Arts Management Organization. She previously served global automotive supplier BorgWarner Inc. as a C-suite executive heading Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, was a member of its corporate strategy board, and an officer of the BorgWarner Foundation.
   
Lynne Durbin, Secretary
   
Lynne M. Durbin, Esquire, represents the Executive Alliance (Maryland) on the ION Board. She is President of InLine LLC, a business and risk consulting firm. Prior to forming InLine,  Durbin served as Vice President and General Counsel of Adhesives Research Inc, a specialty development and manufacturing company, where she had responsibility for the company’s global legal affairs and for corporate governance.  She has held senior legal roles, as well as leadership roles in EHS and human resources, in public and private chemical manufacturing companies. She is a frequent speaker on legal and risk topics at national conferences.  Durbin has held leadership roles in numerous not-for-profit organizations and is currently board chair for the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and on the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council executive committee.
   
Sarah Ernst, Executive Committee Member-at-Large 
   
Sarah Ernst is a partner at Alston & Bird LLP and a director for OnBoard (Georgia). Ernst concentrates her legal practice on public and private company securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, and joint ventures, with an emphasis in the health care sector. She also regularly advises legal clients on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance, reporting obligations and corporate governance matters.
   
Linda Rutherford, Executive Committee Member-at-Large
   
rutherford As Principal and CEO of Rutherford Ventures and former SVP and General Counsel of Dresser, Inc., Linda Rutherford has a wide range of experience managing global manufacturing companies, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, business strategy, early stage investments and preparing companies for liquidity events. She served on the Board of Directors of Bryan’s House. Rutherford has a passion for literacy, teaches adult ESL classes at VMLC. and established the ESL program at St Vincent De Paul and has lectured on corporate governance at The University of Texas at Dallas and is a member of CXO Collective. She was nominated for Addison Magazine’s Top Female Executive Award in 2011. Linda represents The Board Connection on the ION board.
   
Meghan Shannon, Executive Committee Member-at-Large
   
Shannon Meghan K. Shannon is a shareholder in the Business Law Practice at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. and represents Milwaukee Women inc. on the ION board. She practices in all areas of corporate, business and finance law, including mergers and acquisitions; private equity offerings; supply, distribution and franchise law; contract drafting and review; and general business consultation. Shannon serves a wide range of business clients, from large national manufacturing corporations to middle market private equity groups and smaller manufacturing, service and technology companies. Shannon is also a certified public accountant and prior to law school worked in the commercial audit division of Arthur Andersen in Chicago, Illinois.
   
Julie Graber, Managing Director
   
Throughout her professional career, Julie Graber has focused her energies on improving the lives of women and girls through the use of data. Her research into the status of women includes the development of the Central Ohio Women’s Power Index and the Central Ohio Leadership Census, both of which track the progress of women in leadership roles in business and the community. In addition, she provides regular research updates on the economic status of women in Central Ohio for the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way. Graber is a frequent speaker on topics related to women and girls and issues of equality & leadership, and and has provided keynote presentations for groups as diverse as the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Columbus Business First, the YWCA Great Lakes Association, and the Women’s Bureau of the US Department of Labor Midwest Region. Graber received a MA in women’s studies and a BS in marketing. She has also completed graduate coursework in gender analysis (public policy analysis). In 2007, Graber was honored by the YWCA of Columbus as a “Woman of Achievement” for her lifelong commitment to research and advocacy work for women.
   
Elaine Gilde  
   
Elaine Gilde represents the Financial Women’s Association of New York on the ION Board. She is President of Grove Street Capital, which invests in and advises early stage growth companies with an emphasis on business and marketing services, technology and internet-related areas, and a founding board member of New York Angels, one of the largest and most active technology-focused angel investment organizations on the East Coast. In her career, Gilde has led more than 100 investment and advisory transactions involving in excess of $3.0 billion of capital.
   
Tracy Heard  
   
heard_rsz-100 copy Tracy Heard is the former Minority Leader in the Ohio House of Representatives.  She is presently the President of Millennium Solutions, Inc. and Principal with Main Street Campaigns.  Heard serves as the immediate past National Board Chair of WELD – Women for Economic & Leadership Development – and represents them on the ION board.
   
Katayun Jaffari
   
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Katayun J. Jaffari represents the Forum of Executive Women (Philadelphia region) on the ION Board.  She is a partner in the Business and Finance Department of Ballard Spahr, LLP in Philadelphia.  She has a diversified corporate practice that includes securities, corporate governance, business counseling, and mergers and acquisitions.  Jaffari assists clients in all industries with governance matters and securities transactions, advising public company boards and management as well as private and non-profit boards and management.  She is currently Chair of the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and in addition to the Forum, she is on the boards of the National Scleroderma Foundation and Maternity Care Coalition.  She also serves an adjunct professor at Temple University.  Jaffari has been named as a finalist for SmartCEO’s Centers of Influence Award, one of Philadelphia’s “40 Under Forty”, one of Pennsylvania’s “Super Lawyers” for securities and a “Lawyer on the Fast Track”.

   
Ann-Marie McGaughey
   
Ann-Marie McGaughey represents OnBoard (GA) on the ION Board. McGaughey is a member of Dentons’ US Board and its global Mergers & Acquisitions practice. She focuses on the general corporate representation of both publicly and privately held companies in a wide array of industries. She has particular skill in representing non-US based companies in connection with US transactions and operations, specifically with North American trans-border transactions, as well as deep experience representing family-owned businesses. McGaughey is active in the community and is a current board member and past president of OnBoard, a leading authority on women in the boardroom and executive suites of Georgia public companies, advocating for women, inspiring them to take leadership and connecting them to opportunities. She has been recognized as a Leading Lady by The White House Project and as a top Corporate/M&A lawyer in Georgia by Chambers USA. 
   
CiCi Rojas  
   
In addition to serving as President & CEO of Central Exchange (Missouri), CiCi Rojas is the VP of community engagement for Truman Medical Centers (TMC). Previously, she assisted diverse businesses as an executive for the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce in Dallas, Kansas City and Washington, D.C. An active member of her community, Rojas was named the Minority Corporate Business Advocate of the Year by the Dallas Business Journal in 2009 and has been a recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award presented by the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as the Girl Scouts’ Pearl Award for her professional & community achievements.
   
Maureen Schneider  
   
Schneider  Maureen Schneider represents the Executive Women of New Jersey on the ION board. 
   
Jo Lynne Whiting  
   
 jolynne Jo Lynne Whiting represents the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Foundation on the ION Board. Whiting has executive experience as an officer of a Fortune 100 company with general management profit and loss responsibilities and a marketing expert with a proven track record. She has helped market leaders and competitive upstarts across several continents achieve marked turnarounds in 12 to 18 months, and has  chaired the board of a Home Health company she helped start, grow and successfully sold. Whiting is Past Chairperson of Beyond our Borders, a group-advised fund of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado developing resources that empower disenfranchised women and girls so they can participate fully in society.