Current Trustees

Current Trustees

Kevin Carrington


Leesburg, Virginia
IDEA Fund Chair
University of Virginia, BA, 1983

Kevin is the Vice President, Senior Consultant, and Federal Practice Leader in Segal Consulting’s Washington, DC office with over 30 years of leadership, business development, operations, and consulting experience. Kevin is also currently the Managing Director of Br&U Partners, LLP, where he developed a process for emerging leaders to create and manage their personal brand, “Brand You – Making Who You Are Make A Difference.”

Prior to joining Segal, Kevin served as a Principal at Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt), where he was also a member of the firm’s Hewitt Leadership Group (HLG). Kevin was the Vice President and Senior Director of Business Development at Carrington & Carrington, Ltd. Executive Search, where he managed new and existing client relationships with several Fortune 500 clients. He has also held several national and global leadership and business operations positions over 17 years with the Xerox Corporation, including General Manager and Midwest Regional Director for Public Sector Outsourcing.

Kevin graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Economics. He is the Chairman, Senior Advisory Council for the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), and is the Past President of the NAAAHR Washington DC and Chicago Chapters. He is also a Life Member and Life Member Emeritus of NAAAHR. Kevin is on the Advisory Board of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, and is a member of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Piedmont, Virginia regional selection committee.

Kevin and his wife live in Leesburg, Virginia with their three children.


Stephanie Johnson

Hartford, Connecticut
IDEA Fund Vice-Chair
University of Virginia, CLAS, BA, 1993
Howard University School of Law, JD, 1997

Stephanie is Senior Counsel in the Reinsurance, Claims, and Group Benefits Law Group  c. At The Hartford, Stephanie is the co-chair of the Attraction & Retention Committee of the Black Insurance Professional Network (BIPN), as well as a member of the Group Benefits Diversity and Inclusion Council, the Professional Women’s Network, and the Law & Communications Department Diversity Committee.

Prior to joining The Hartford, she worked in Washington, DC as a law clerk for the Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, at Arnold & Porter, LLP, and at Howard University in Washington, DC. Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Howard University School of Law.

Stephanie is also active in the community as a member of the Board of Directors of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association of Connecticut, a member of the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project Advisory Board (Systems & Process and Training Working Groups), serving as a teacher for the Junior Achievement Business Ethics Program, and a volunteer for Hartford Stage and TheaterWorks.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys cooking and being involved in the arts community in Connecticut.


Chet Hurwitz


Atlanta, Georgia
IDEA Fund Treasurer
Brandeis University, BA, 1975
University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 1978

Chet Hurwitz has over 35 years of experience as an attorney and business advisor to many large global companies.  He served as a Vice President in IBM Global Services, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as a practicing attorney in the areas of tax, labor, and employee benefits.  Chet is a graduate of Brandeis University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Chet began his professional career in the private practice of law advising large companies on matters of traditional labor law (collective bargaining issues) and equal employment opportunity issues.  He developed an expertise in the pension and employee benefits area working with clients on issues arising under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.

After serving a three-year stint as a lawyer in the Solicitor’s Office of the United States Department of Labor addressing a variety of pension investment and employee benefits issues, Chet joined the tax and consulting practice at Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers or PwC). Upon the acquisition by IBM of the PwC consulting business, Chet became a Vice President in IBM Global Services.  In that capacity, he worked with several large clients on matters of strategy, technology and business process.

After retiring from these professional positions, Chet has dedicated more of his time to the nonprofit sector.  He has served for the last five years on the Board of the Georgia Conservancy–the leading statewide land and water conservation organization.  He also provided Board service and business development leadership for a Chicago-based organization that trains and employs adults on the autism spectrum to perform software testing and quality assurance.  Chet recently left the Board of the Chicago organization in order to create an Atlanta-based organization (Ventures ATL) that will provide an even broader range of employment opportunities to adults on the autism spectrum.  Ventures ATL is expected to be operational in the first part of 2017.

Chet and his wife, Sara, live in Atlanta and have two adult children


Meryem Karad 

Richmond, VA
IDEA Fund Secretary

Meryem Karad is the Confidential Assistant to the Secretary of Natural Resources. Meryem previously served under Governor Terry McAuliffe in this role. Prior to her appointment, Meryem worked for ExxonMobil and the American Thyroid Association. Meryem received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law from the University of Virginia. Born in Rabat, Morocco, Meryem immigrated to northern Virginia with her family at the age of seven.  She grew up in Arlington and Springfield, Virginia before heading off to Charlottesville for college. Meryem currently lives in Richmond with her husband Cameron. In between visiting with family and friends across the Commonwealth and in Morocco, she enjoys exploring Virginia’s beautiful trials and running.


Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

Houston, TX
University of Virginia, BSC, 1993
University of Michigan, MBA

Shannon Bryan is the General Manager, Customer Strategy, Planning, and Performance in Shell’s Downstream Retail Marketing Center of Excellence. In this capacity, he leads a global team that includes Shell’s retail market research department, data strategy and analytics team, global “Voice of the Customer” program implementation team, and the annual marketing planning process for 33 countries.

Shannon joined Shell in August 2010 in an executive marketing role where he led the development and management of technology and innovation for North America. Prior to joining Shell, Shannon was the Director of Brand Marketing for Pizza Hut, where he managed the nation’s largest pizza business and launched several new products. Shannon’s extensive consumer brand management and marketing experience includes roles at Frito Lay managing Cracker Jack and Fritos brands, and leading the Frito Lay marketing team for WalMart, Costco, Target, and Kroger. He began his career at Procter & Gamble managing the household brands Mr. Clean, Swiffer, and Tide.

Shannon serves on the Board of Directors of Project GRAD Houston and chairs the communications and marketing committee. He has been a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated since 1991.

Shannon holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Shannon Bryan is married to Shanee and has two children, Renee and Caleb. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family, playing golf, socializing with friends, and traveling to new places


Professor Elgin Clerkly 

Charlottesville, VA

Elgin Cleckley, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Design Thinking at the University of Virginia, School of Architecture. Elgin teaches Design Thinking studios and foundation courses at the School of Architecture, with appointment in the Curry School of Education and the School of Nursing. Elgin previously was the 3D Group Leader and Design Coordinator at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for 16 years, producing architecture, art pieces, and exhibitions for Canada and the world. Elgin holds a B.S. Arch from the University of Virginia (93’), and an M. Arch from Princeton University (95’). Elgin has taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois, Chicago, working in architectural firms in Toronto, Seattle, Chicago, and New York City.


Greg Dyson

Washington, DC

Gregory J. Dyson is chief operating officer of ICMA-RC, where he provides strategic direction and oversight of marketing, product management and development, public relations, and communications, and directs research. Mr. Dyson leads the development and management of ICMA-RC’s strategic alliances to expand distribution opportunities and increase market awareness. He also develops and maintains partnerships with various public sector and retirement industry organizations, including ICMA, National League of Cities, Government Finance Officers Association, and National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators.

At ICMA-RC, Mr. Dyson has successfully led the multi-year corporate re-branding campaign, and introduced new products and services that foster plan and participant retention. To support ICMA-RC product development activities, the research function has been expanded under his leadership to encompass more client-targeted and product specific surveys and focus groups.

Mr. Dyson is a member of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators Corporate Advisory Council and the ICMA Corporate Partner Council. He is the immediate past chair of the National League of Cities Corporate Partnership Advisory Council. He is an ICMA member and serves on the ICMA Strategic Planning Committee.

Before joining ICMA-RC in 2002, Mr. Dyson held marketing management positions with other national financial services organizations. He is a speaker on financial planning and retirement topics, and has authored articles for local government and public sector pension publications. He has served as chair of the Prince George’s County, MD, Industrial Development Authority and Prince George’s County Minority Business Opportunities Commission.

Mr. Dyson holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and government from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s in business administration from Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia.


Tierney Fairchild


Charlottesville, Virginia
University of Pennsylvania, BA, 1989
University of Virginia, Commerce, 1994
University of Virginia, Education/GSAS, Ph.D., 1996

As the first chair of the IDEA Fund, Tierney led the development of our first “Big Idea” – recognizing the University’s historical relationship to slavery. Tierney now serves on the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University (PCSU) as the IDEA Fund’s representative and chairs the External Partners working group.

Tierney holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania (Class of ’89), an MBA from the UVa Darden School of Business, and a Ph.D. from the UVa Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Curry School of Education. Professionally, Tierney has worked in the education reform arena for 20 years, focusing on leadership development and school turnarounds. She worked for 10 years at United Technologies in community relations and training and development, and in 2003 became the founding executive director of the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education at UVa. Tierney consults and speaks nationally and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post and Education Week. In 2011, she co-authored The Turnaround Mindset. Tierney and her husband Greg (Darden ’92) recently co-founded Resilience Education, a nonprofit organization that brings university quality educational programs to under-served populations. With Darden MBA students, alumni and community volunteers, they currently deliver a suite of entrepreneurship and financial literacy courses in two Charlottesville area prisons.

At UVa, Tierney led the Business Women’s Forum at Darden (now GWIB) and received the Hyde Award while completing a dual MBA and Ph.D. in Education. She is a member of the Raven Society. Tierney, Greg, and their three children Naia, Cole, and Jude live in Charlottesville.


Tina Shah Paikeday

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San Francisco, California
University of Virginia, Commerce, BS, 1994
Stanford Graduate School of Business, MBA, 1998

Tina Shah Paikeday is the Managing Director of Talent Advisory Board, Inc., a boutique diversity research and consulting firm, which focuses on serving leaders who have made a commitment to workforce diversity. Tina works closely with clients to develop diversity strategies, while also assisting them with employee research and related programs. She has authored numerous research papers on diversity issues such as sponsorship, accountability, retention, work-life, and ROI. She has spoken at a variety of industry forums.

Tina founded Talent Advisory Board with the social mission of fostering a greater level of understanding between people of diverse backgrounds. She began her career at McKinsey & Company and served as a Senior Director at the Corporate Executive Board prior to founding Talent Advisory Board. She has advised human resource executives and business leaders on strategic human resource issues at dozens of large corporations and professional service firms and has lectured at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.

Tina earned a BS in Commerce with Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. At UVa, Tina served on the Honor Committee, founded the Cultural Resource Center, and was recognized for her leadership as a Lawn Resident. She was the Founding Board Chair of the Network of Indian Professionals and Indus Women Leaders as well as an active member of the Indus Entrepreneurs.


Jennie Savage

San Francisco, California
University of Virginia, CLAS, BA, 1988

Jennie is the Director of Speech and Debate at Palo Alto High School, the co-founder and Board Chair Emeritus of the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League, and was on the founding board of the Bay Area Urban Debate League.  She has been awarded two diamonds from the National Speech and Debate Association and leads a team of 9 assistant coaches and eighty students.  Her team reached the semifinals of the 2018 National Speech and Debate Association Championship and has won the California State Speech and Debate Championships.

Prior to her career in speech and debate, Jennie served as worldwide sales trainer at Adobe Inc., public affairs manager at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, senior legislative aide in the US House of Representatives, and researcher and writer at the Children’s Defense Fund.  She was a founding board member of Progressive Women Silicon Valley and is a member of Silicon Valley Social Ventures and Legacy Venture. Her membership in Delta Gamma Fraternity helped spark a lifetime devotion to encouraging and training women to run for public office and she’s a supporter of Ignite National, Emerge America, Emerge Alabama, and Emerge Vermont, and EMILY’s List.  Hailing from Alabama, her passion for social justice and equal opportunity has led to her longtime involvement with the Equal Justice Initiative.


Daria Torres

Mount Laurel, NJ
University of Virginia, SEAS, 1996
University of Pennsylvania, MSE/MBA, 2000

Daria Torres, a former McKinsey & Company engagement manager, is the founder and Managing Partner of Walls Torres Group, LLC. She is an experienced strategic business advisor who has personally counseled and coached chief executives and senior leaders. Her clients span a range of industry sectors and have included Fortune 500 companies, small to mid-market businesses, major academic institutions, and some of the world’s foremost philanthropic organizations. Her consulting activities over the past decade have included strategic planning, large-scale project management, process redesign, joint venture negotiations, sales and marketing strategy, technology solution implementation, organizational governance, and executive leadership development.

In addition to leading Walls Torres Group, Torres has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Rutgers University School of Business at Camden (2004-2014), and for the Leadership and Communication programs at the Wharton School of Business since 2007. For both schools Torres has designed and instructed core MBA, executive MBA, and undergraduate courses, including Management Science, Operations Management, Managerial Skills, Leadership and Communication in Groups, Advanced Persuasion, and Crisis Management.

Torres earned her Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia with a double major in Economics, a Master’s in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania with a specialization in Telecommunications, and an MBA in Operations and Information Management from the Wharton School. Both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies were fully funded by merit scholarships, and she is a member of Mensa International.

Torres has served on numerous boards, for organizations including the University of Virginia Holland Scholars Program and the Camden Dream Center. Her spirit of social responsibility was spawned during her youth, while participating actively as a long-term member of the Girl Scouts; and her commitment to service and leadership was reinforced by her selection as a Coca-Cola Scholar and as a Regional Finalist for the White House Fellows Program. When not consulting, lecturing, or volunteering, she enjoys investing time in her family.

Trustee Emeritus


Russell Logan

Arlington, Virginia
University of Virginia, SEAS, BS, 1985
University of Virginia, MBA, 1989

Russell has 20 years of experience in the communications industry, recently including emerging mobile services and cloud infrastructure networking and applications. Specific areas of expertise include strategy formulation/implementation, mergers and acquisition, and marketing strategy. He has delivered strong revenue, profit, market share, and corporate/shareholder value for private equity backed start-ups, rapid-growth and transitional enterprises, as well as Fortune 500 corporations in communications, media, and high tech industries.

Russell owns and manages a small/mid-market business brokerage firm in Arlington, Virginia where he is versed in all aspects of mergers and acquisition work. He has worked on both sell-side and buy-side projects advising on strategy, acquisition target search, valuation, and deal structuring. He is on long-term retainer to a $20 billion management consulting/technology firm to provide M&A advisory services in the Machine-to-Machine mobile space as well as Mobile Healthcare and Consumer Telematics.

Russell and his wife, fellow IDEA Fund Trustee Cheryl Logan, live in Arlington with their two children.


John Muleta

Arlington, Virginia
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Trustee
University of Virginia, SEAS, BS, 1986
University of Virginia, JD/MBA, 1993

John is a member of Sprout IP LLC, a technology transfer firm that has exclusive license for a set of issued and pending patents relating to critical Internet media and advertising infrastructure.

Prior to joining Sprout he was the founder, CEO, and board member of M2Z Networks, Inc., a privately held venture backed company based in Menlo Park, California which he founded in 2005 with his business partner, Milo Medin.

Immediately prior to founding M2Z Networks, John was partner and co-chair of the Communications Practice at Venable LLP. From 2003-2005 he was the head of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Between 1994 and 1998, he worked at the FCC in the Common Carrier Bureau in several capacities.

John also has a distinguished private sector record as a global entrepreneur with PSINet, Inc., Navisite, Inc., and Tellus Technology.

John serves on the Board of Directors of HRsmart, Inc. He has previously served on the Boards of FiberTower, Inc., Good Technology, Inc., PacketHop, Inc., and Cognio, Inc.


Carol Williams

Mechanicsville, Virginia
University of Virginia, BA, 1987
Howard University School of Medicine, MD

Carol has been the owner and pediatrician of Hanover Pediatrics, Inc. since 2001. Prior to that, from 1996-2001, she worked as a pediatric primary care physician at Bon Secours – Theresa Thomas Medical Center in Ashland, VA where she served as a preceptor for first year medical students and residents of Medical College of Virginia. She was recognized for a Project Drive toward education eliminating teen smoking. From 1994-1996 she worked as a pediatric primary care physician in the practice of Dr. Cynthia Charity.

Former Trustees

Elizabeth Birdsall

BirdsallCharlottesville, Virginia
Bard College, BA, 1993
University of Virginia, MA, GSAS 2002

The daughter, granddaughter, great niece, and great-great-granddaughter of University of Virginia alumnae, Elizabeth was raised to identify both with “Mr. Jefferson’s University” and its traditions, particularly its affiliation with the concept of Honor. As an IDEA Fund Trustee, she seeks to serve the University by helping to evolve the University’s concept of honor whereby the values of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access are as entrenched in this concept as being truthful is.

Elizabeth has been engaged academically, professionally, and personally with issues of diversity and inclusion for much of her adult life. Since moving to Charlottesville in 1997, she has served social justice and arts non-profits as an advisor, board member, committee member, volunteer, and general advocate. In addition to her role as an IDEA Fund Trustee, she currently serves on the Legal Aid Justice Center Advisory Board, the LOOK3 Advisory Board, and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s Philanthropy Day Host Committee. Past Board positions include the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA) and the Jefferson Area Children’s Health Improvement Program (JA CHiP). Elizabeth resides in Albemarle County with her husband and two young sons.


Cheryl Logan

Arlington, Virginia
University of Pennsylvania, BSE, 1987
University of Virginia, MBA, 1992

Cheryl Logan is an account leader for Booz Allen Hamilton in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) market. She provides IT Program Management and IT Strategy services and leads Business Development at DHS. She is the wife of current IDEA Fund Chair Russell Logan. They live in Arlington, Virginia with their two children, Kendall and Cameron. Cheryl enjoys watching sports, reading, and staying fit through running, soccer, and exercise boot camp.


Marcus Lewis Martin II


Charleston, South Carolina
University of Virginia, CLAS, BA, 2002

Mr. Martin has been active in the international capital markets as a producer and manager for over 13 years. Mr. Martin brings a wealth of global management experience across multiple products and regions. Mr. Martin has spent the majority of his career locally in Moscow and London, along with periodic residencies in Turkey, Dubai, and North Africa. Mr. Martin’s roles have fortified the depth of his substantial global client relationships. With informed access to both portfolio managers and trading desks, Mr. Martin provides cohesive vertical solutions. Under this coverage model, Mr. Martin delivers his clients an unparalleled partnership, based on advisory and execution. Most recently, Mr. Martin was Managing Director, Head of International Markets at JonesTrading where he led the development of an international platform operating in over 50 countries alongside new businesses within the capital markets division, including at the market block transactions, alternative financing, and M&A advisory. Of note in 2013, Mr. Martin placed one of the largest equity blocks in Chilean market history. Prior to this role, Mr. Martin was Head of Sales and Trading at Troika Dialog Investment Bank, where he expanded research product and execution access, enabling payment globally for Troika’s top-ranked region specific product. In prior roles, Mr. Martin served as SVP, Head of EMEA Cash and Derivative Sales Trading at Lehman Brothers in London. At Lehman, Mr. Martin orchestrated, at the time, the largest non-ECM block trade, a U$675mm notional cross in Norilsk Nickel with zero market impact. Mr. Martin also worked at Merrill Lynch where he was Head of EMEA Hedge Fund Sales Trading. Strategically, Mr. Martin constructed and executed a U$5bn custodial asset transfer involving more than two dozen Middle East and North African institutional investors within a two year period. Mr. Martin started his career in the NYSE floor trading program at UBS before migrating to the Eastern European JV, Brunswick UBS.

Mr. Martin earned a BA in Economics, with a focus in Finance, from the University of Virginia where he was also a varsity football and basketball player. He holds FINRA Series 24, 7 & 63 licenses, as well as European FCA Cash/Derivative licenses. In addition to the IDEA Fund Board of Trustees, Mr. Martin is on the Board of Trustees for Athletic Resource Foundation and the Charleston County Public School Advisory Board. He currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife and four children.


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John Wright

Charlottesville, Virginia
University of Virginia, CLAS, BA, 1961
University of Virginia, MBA, 1963

Born and raised in Charlottesville, John spent many hours of his youth with his grandmother on Preston Place next door to the Phi Delta Theta house, where UVa students taught him important life skills like yoyo tricks and hand wrestling.

John’s professional life was in the construction business as a homebuilder and commercial real estate developer in Columbia, SC. He has enjoyed serving in leadership positions with Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Rotary Club, Homebuilders Association, UVa Alumni Association, and two years as Country Director of the US Peace Corps in Jamaica.

John resides in Charlottesville with his wife Trula Leventis Wright. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

John is impressed with and grateful for the progress that has been made by those who champion diversity, especially the recent success to diversify our University.