IDEA Fund Chair
University of Virginia, BA, 1983
Kevin is the Vice President, Senior Consultant, Federal Practice Leader and Market Director, Southeast Higher Education Market with Segal in their Washington, DC office. Kevin has over 30 years of leadership, business development, operations, and HR and Management consulting experience. Kevin is also a member of the D&I Steering Committee at Segal. In addition to Segal, Kevin is 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 a member of the firm’s Executive Leadership Group. Kevin was also 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, and a Life Member of the UVA Alumni Association. Kevin is on the Advisory Board of the Ron Brown Scholars Program, and is a member of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Piedmont, Virginia regional selection committee.
Kevin and his wife live in Leesburg, Virginia and have three children one graduated UVA CLAS 2018, and two currently attending UVA Batten 2021, and CLAS 2023.
IDEA Fund Treasurer
University of Virginia, CLAS, B.A. ‘94
Karima is the Assistant Director of the Philadelphia University Honors Institute at Jefferson (the merger of the former Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University). She has twenty years of experience in higher education, having served in several administrative roles (and as adjunct faculty) at various institutions in the Greater Philadelphia (PA) area, including Community College of Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr College, Montgomery County Community College, Villanova University, Delaware Valley University, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she served as an Assistant Dean in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. Additionally, she has engaged her interests in non-profit leadership and community development through work for the Belmont Mansion & Underground Railroad Historic Site, the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, and West Mt. Airy Neighbors. Karima is also a former board member of The Ivy Legacy Foundation, The Johnson House Underground Railroad Historic Site, and UVA’s Madison House Alumni Board.
As a proud member of The Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Association of Black Women in Higher Education, the Board of Managers for the Associated Alumni of Central High School of Philadelphia, and the United Nations Association of the United States, Karima invests her time in “giving back” to those communities that have given so much to her. A native Philadelphian, Karima was born and raised in southwest Germantown and is a proud graduate of Central High School of Philadelphia. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English (with a minor in African-American Studies) at the University of Virginia, and a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature at Georgetown University. Karima is also a 2014-2015 Education Design Studio, Inc. Fellow, having advanced to the semi-finals of the University of Pennsylvania’s Milken/Graduate School of Education’s Educational Entrepreneurship competition. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. When she is not working, studying, or volunteering, Karima enjoys spending time with her family, podcasting, and participating in the arts.
IDEA Fund Secretary
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.
Sophie Dougadir is a professional school counselor at the Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Prince George’s County, Maryland where she provides services to help students reach their full academic, social, and creative potential regardless of economic or personal barriers. Sophie holds a B.A. in Psychology (2011) and an M.Ed in Counselor Education (2017) from the University of Virginia. Sophie’s most cherished memories during her time at UVA are jogging around her hometown of Charlottesville and singing with the Virginia Sil’hooettes acapella group. As a graduate student at the Curry School of Education, Sophie completed the IDEA Fund Early ID Program Assessment report, which the Fund commissioned in 2016. The report was a catalog and assessment of University-led and/or affiliated initiatives and programs created to increase the yield and poll of high-quality diversity and low-income applications to the University. When she’s not serving her students or school community, Sophie enjoys visiting friends and family across the globe and looking for her next physical challenge.
Gregory Dyson is the Chief Operating Officer of the ANA Enterprise, the family of organizations that is composed of the American Nurses Association (ANA), a membership organization representing the interests of the nation’s 4 million registered nurses; the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which promotes excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs; and the American Nurses Foundation, ANA’s charitable arm.
Gregory is an accomplished senior executive who brings more than 20 years of progressively higher leadership and management responsibility. Prior to ANA, he served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of ICMA Retirement Corporation, Washington, DC. ICMA Retirement Corporation (ICMA-RC) is a $53 billion plan administrator and retirement services provider to state and municipal employers throughout the U.S. As COO of ICMA-RC, he was responsible for strategic plan development and leadership, and oversight of corporate operations. Among his many accomplishments, he championed a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment to upgrade ICMA-RC’s technology infrastructure and implemented an Enterprise Risk Management function.
Earlier in his career, he held marketing management positions with Cushman & Wakefield and the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust.
Mr. Dyson earned a bachelor’s degree at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, and an MBA from The Darden School, University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Additionally, he most recently served as chair of the Georgetown Preparatory School Board of Trustees and is currently a trustee of the University of Virginia’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Fund and a founding director for the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. In 2015, he received the National Leadership Award from the National Forum of Black Public Administrators and is the 2017 recipient of the Insignis Medal from Georgetown Preparatory School.
Jennifer Gibert Mencarini
After graduating from Emory University School of Law, Jennifer Gibert Mencarini relocated to Dallas, Texas and built a successful law practice primarily representing health care providers who had been sued for malpractice. She is licensed to practice (inactive status) in both Texas and Washington, D.C.
Jennifer returned to graduate school in 2008 and obtained a Master’s degree focused on human rights and social justice, and then worked to support the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at Southern Methodist University. In addition to furthering her deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Jennifer’s work with students and staff at SMU prompted her to pursue further work in higher education.
As the Director of Career Development at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, NC, Jennifer blends her legal and higher education experience, and focuses on providing professional development and support services to law students and graduates. In addition to providing 1:1 career coaching and supporting Elon Law’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, Jennifer co-teaches the Lawyering, Leadership & Professionalism Program, serves as an adjunct faculty member supervising student externs and residents-in-practice, and coaches graduates studying for the bar examination.
Since joining the Greensboro community in 2015, Jennifer has pursued multiple community service opportunities and serves as an active member of local organizations including the United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Education and Economic Impact Council, the Piedmont Business Capital Loan Committee, and Leadership Greensboro. Jennifer serves on two North Carolina Bar Association Committees (Vice-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee and member of the Minorities in the Profession Committee) and co-chairs NALP’s Public Service Section Pro Bono Workgroup.
Meryem Karad is the Policy and Communications to the Secretary of Natural Resources in Governor Ralph S. Northam’s Administration. Meryem previously served as Governor Northam’s liaison to the Virginia Asian Advisory Board, as well as under Governor Terry McAuliffe in the same roles. During her career in government, Meryem’s policy portfolio has included conservation, environmental justice, environment and energy, wildlife and marine resource management, and the Chesapeake Bay. Prior to her gubernatorial appointments, 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 in 2011. Since graduation, she has volunteered in several capacities including serving as a member of the planning committee for Black Alumni Weekends 2017 and 2019. Meryem also served as an alumni representative on the Community Task Force to the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University (PCSU), and as a community engagement ambassador for the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at 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, VA before heading off to Charlottesville for college. Meryem currently lives in Richmond, and often makes the quick hour trip to Charlottesville several times a year. In between visiting with family and friends across the country and in Morocco, she enjoys exploring the Commonwealth’s beautiful trials, running, and VA’s state parks.
University of Virginia, CLAS, BA, 1994
Western New England University School of Law, JD, 1998
Cicely is Managing Partner and Principal Consultant of PetersonMangum, LLC, which provides strategic consulting and leadership support to non-profit organizations. Having held positions in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, Cicely brings over 20 years of experience in community and economic development, strategic planning, education, law, and organizational development to consulting engagements.
Before launching her consulting practice, Cicely served as Executive Director of Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, a community-based resource center in the Mantua neighborhood adjacent to the campus that brings students and faculty together to share university resources with local residents. She functioned as a primary liaison between Drexel’s academic programs, its West Philadelphia neighbors, and philanthropic partners to advance community-inspired programs and data-driven initiatives on issues of shared importance. Prior to joining Drexel University, Cicely served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Imhotep Institute Charter High School, where she successfully led the school’s charter renewal efforts.
Cicely holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Western New England University School of Law. At UVA, Cicely served as vice-chair of the Black Student Alliance, co-founded the Mahogany Dance Troupe, was inducted into the IMP Society, and served on the Honor Committee. Cicely serves on the board of trustees of the Seybert Foundation and she lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband Derren, who is also a UVA graduate, and four sons.
Mount Laurel, NJ
University of Virginia, SEAS, 1996
University of Pennsylvania, MSE/MBA, 2000
Daria Torres is a proven strategist and executive-level advisor, with analytical acumen honed in former roles as a McKinsey & Company engagement manager and Lockheed Martin systems engineer. Over the past two decades, as the founder and Managing Partner of Walls Torres Group, Daria has been a guiding force working with leadership teams and boards to grapple with complex strategic questions, build clarity and consensus, and establish commitment to new directional paths. From the C-suite to the board room, Daria brings a global perspective and a wealth of cross-disciplinary knowledge and she has also advised scores of fast-track leaders, entrepreneurs and start-ups through accelerator and cohort-based programs.
Within the academic community, Daria is an award-winning and top-rated faculty member. During her tenure at Rutgers University School of Business at Camden (2004-2014), she was twice recognized with a Teaching Excellence commendation, and since 2007 at The Wharton School of Business she has consistently garnered impeccable reviews while lecturing in progressively more advanced levels of the program.
Daria is also a vital contributor and thought leader within her local and larger communities. In addition to her service to the UVA IDEA Fund, she is the Board Chair of Giving Cycle, an innovative experiential youth philanthropy program, and the Inaugural Executive in Residence with the Greater Philadelphia Philanthropy Network. Daria is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA, University of Virginia Alumni Association, Mensa International, National Black MBA Association and the National Society of Black Engineers, and has mentored countless budding professionals through these and other affiliations.
Daria 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 where she was a fully-funded I.W. Burnham Fellow and earned Director’s List distinction.
When not advising, lecturing or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, including underwater exploration adventures as a PADI-certified diver.
IDEA Fund Intern
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.
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 is a Co-Founder and Board Chair of Ventures ATL-an Atlanta based organization that provides a wide range of employment opportunities to adults with autism and other developmental differences. He served for several 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 and his wife, Sara, live in Atlanta and have two adult children.
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.
Managing Advisor, Sugaer Business Advisors
Chair Emeritus, University of Virginia IDEA Fund
Management Consultant and Corporate Executive
Center for Strategic Business Integrity – Certified Board Advisor™
Mr. Logan is Managing Advisor, Arlington, Va-based Sugaer Business Advisors. He advises on both sell-side and buy-side transactions including commercial due diligence, valuation, deal structuring support, and negotiation. He often advises clients on growth strategies as a means to increase enterprise value prior to sale.
Previously as Chair, UVA IDEA Fund, he led the organization & strategy of this 10-yr old Alumni fund which augments the University’s investments in programs and resources to create a more inclusive and vibrant community. He was primarily responsible for working with University administration in identifying and prioritizing initiatives for investment from the fund. He was also responsible for overseeing fund development, determining strategies to raise funds from University alums through direct giving as well as through corporate fundraising.
His management consulting and corporate experience includes MarketBridge, Accenture, Coopers & Lybrand; industry roles with GTE, CSX Fiber Networks, and Espire Communications. Functional experience in marketing, product management, and growth strategy.
Mr. Logan has earned a coveted certification as a Certified Board Advisor™ recognizing his excellence in professional managerial talents, executive leadership, and Board directorship and advisory. The CBA designation is a capstone certification clearly denoting that the holder is a proven leader with a commitment to taking personal responsibility for competent corporate governance and strategic decision making.
Mr. Logan was awarded a MBA from University of Virginia Darden School and BS, Systems Engineering from UVA.