Bookwallah Board of Directors
Seena Jacob Founder & CEOSeena Jacob is the Founder of the Bookwallah Organization. She conceived the idea of Bookwallah Organization in 2009 with her desire to spread the joy of reading to children of orphanages in developing nations across the globe. Seena believes by sharing the gift of imagination with children of orphanages who have endured hardships early in their lives, she will empower, inspire, and give them hope for a better life. A good book is good medicine. Seena’s love of reading, imagination and creating “stories” have largely influenced her ability to crystallize concepts and opportunities for start-up initiatives and to “Bring Abstract Ideas to Life”. Seena’s previous professional experience includes management and management consulting positions for CCC Information Services, Heritage Financial Services, Citigroup, MarchFirst, Alpha Thought Group, and The Build Operate Transfer Group. She holds an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from Loyola University. B.A. in English Literature and Language from Mundelein College of Loyola University and St. Teresa’s College in Kerala, India. Seena is currently a member of the President’s Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the North Shore International Women’s Network. Seena ran her first Chicago Marathon in 2009.
G. Riley MillsG. Riley Mills experience as a children’s book author, communications consultant, and business owner provides a unique all-around perspective to The Bookwallah Organization’s mission. G. Riley Mills is a co-founder of Pinnacle Performance Company and has trained executives from major companies across North America, Asia and Europe. He has worked as a professional actor and writer since 1987. Television & Film credits include episodes of ER, Early Edition, Missing Persons, The Home Coming, the award-winning 35 Miles from Normal, which premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. As a writer, Mills and his frequent collaborator, Ralph Covert, have twice been awarded the Joseph Jefferson Citation (Chicago’s Tony Award) for Best New Work. Mills began writing for the professional theatre at age 17. Since then his work has been produced on stages across the country and as far away as Australia. He has two published books, Sawdust and Spangles and A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas. Mills received a BFA from The Theatre School, DePaul University. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Ranjeet NambiarRanjeet Nambiar’s passion and experience in digital marketing and innovation, presence and knowledge of developing nations is invaluable as the BookWallah Organization moves forward with its mission in countries such as India. Ranjeet Nambiar is a Co-founder and Director at Urja Communications in Mumbai, India. He has over 20 years of experience as an advertising professional and as an Entrepreneur. He is acknowledged by clients and by associates alike as being “a high energy partner who provokes you to think anew”. In his ‘after office hours’ he has taught advertising to MBA students. At Urja, Ranjeet has worked with companies such as Citibank, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Tata, and AIG.
Chetan GhaiChetan Ghai’s expertise in global marketing & sales strategy will prove invaluable as Bookwallah continues to expand its global development and revenue initiatives. Chetan is currently Chief Product Officer at ShopperTrak. Chetan previously served as Sr. Vice President of Global Marketing and Product Strategy for CCC Information Services in Chicago, Illinois U.S.A. He is a 17- year veteran of the financial services, consulting, and software industry and is acknowledged as a visionary, motivational, and strategic leader. Chetan and his wife Karin reside in Chicago, Illinois. Chetan and his wife’s support of Bookwallah during the most critical stage- start-up- has allowed Bookwallah to continue to pursue its programs. They strongly believe in giving back to society and are also active donors and participants in other organizations including ASPCA, Avon Foundation, Planned Parenthood, and the Gift Theater. Chetan has aspirations to start his own company. Chetan earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical and biomedical engineering in 1994 from Duke University and is a member of the Duke Alumni Association.
Bookwallah Board of Advisors
Eric GrossmanEric G. Grossman is a 1988 graduate of The John Marshall Law School. He is a partner at the law firm of Bailey Borlack Nadelhoffer LLC, with a practice focused on commercial real estate and business transactions, including formation, acquisitions and divestitures, shareholder and employee relations, and information technology. From 2003 – 2007 he was General Counsel to Physician Support Systems (a medical billing services company) and OBT Global (which provides SAP enterprise resource planning services). Eric currently serves Board Chair for Access Living, a disability rights advocacy organization.
Dr. Bren Ortega MurphyDr. Bren Ortega Murphy has been a faculty member in Communication Studies at Loyola University Chicago since 1984. Bren’s experience in education , design of storytelling programs, and belief that stories can be used to improve communications between differentcultures are a few reasons why she is serving on Bookwallah Organization’s Board of Advisors. Bren holds a joint appointment in both the School of Communication and the Women’s Studies/Gender Studies program in the College of Arts & Sciences. In 1996 Bren received the Sujack Award for teaching excellence in 1996. She has been the department chair for Communication, an Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, Director of Women’s Studies and interim Graduate director for Women’s Studies/Gender Studies. Dr. Murphy’s research areas include gender representation in popular culture, gender socialization, the glass ceiling phenomena, communication ethics, and service learning. In addition to numerous conference articles and book chapters, she is the co-author of two books, Hegemony in the Unites States [with Lee Artz] and Voices of Strong Democracy [with David Droge]. Dr. Murphy earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
James GarbarinoDr. James Garbarino holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology and was founding Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. Previously he was Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Development and Co-Director of the Family Life Development Center at Cornell University. Dr. Garbarino has served as consultant or advisor to a wide range of organizations, including the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse to the US Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect and the FBI. Books he has authored or edited include:The Positive Psychology of Personal Transformation: Leveraging Resilience for Life Change; Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience; See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About It; Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence; Parents Under Siege: Why You Are the Solution, Not the Problem, in Your Child’s Life plus more. Dr. Garbarino has received countless awards and also serves as a consultant to television, magazine and newspaper reports on children and families. For a more information on Dr. Garbarino’s background, please visit:http://www.apbspeakers.com/speaker/james-garbarino
Dr. Thomas ShirleyDr. Shirley is currently a lecturer in the Lucas Graduate and School of Business and Department of Psychology at San José State University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California at Davis with an emphasis on international psychological testing. He was also awarded a Masters of Business Administration in International Business and a Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Miami in Coral Gables (Miami), Florida. Prior to his role at SJSU, he also held roles as a mergers and acquisitions advisor and executive with McKinsey, KPMG, and General Electric (GE) across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. His personal and professional experiences have led him to his current teaching focus and research projects related to strategic management, international business, global leadership, and the industrial/organizational psychology.
Laura HansonLaura Hanson currently services as the Chief HR Officer for Sphera Solutions,the largest global provider of operational excellence software and information services with a a focus on environmental healthy and safety, operational risk and product stewardship. Laura brings 25 years of Human Resource experience in technology, engineering and professional service firms. Prior to joining Sphera, Lauraserved as Director of Talent Management for Huron, a global firm providing strategy, technology and analytic consulting and technology services. Prior to Huron, Laura held senior HR roles in technology companies such as CCC, Cyborg Systems and Videojet. Laura earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of San Diego and M.A. in HR from Loyola University. She currently lives in Logan Square (Chicago, IL) with her husband Tom and their three children.
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