Amy Allen CAGS
Amy Allen became Principal of Parker-Varney Elementary (Manchester, NH) in January of 2013. Her focus was on raising achievement for all students, closing the achievement gap, preparing graduates for college and career, and supporting educator effectiveness in innovative and transformative ways. In May of 2015, Parker-Varney won the NH School of Excellence Award. In 2016, Parker- Varney won the National School Innovation and Change Award. In November of 2017, Amy became the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary and Innovation for the Manchester School District. Her work has been focused on equity and scaling high-quality project-based learning. She teaches Special Education Law with the University of New Hampshire system. She also is a faculty member with SNHU’s Innovative Competency-Based Leadership System. July 1, 2023, Amy will be the Superintendent of the Lebanon, NH, School District.
Zenagui Brahim is recently retired, having for years served as president/CEO of New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP), an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards & Technology under the US Dept. of Commerce. He is a founding member of Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resources Association and has served as Vice President of the Association of Manufacturing Excellence – Northeast Region. He is also a founder of the Algerian-American Association of New England and former Chairman of Algerian-American Foundation for Science and Technology. Zenagui is currently Vice President of the Southern NH APICS Chapter and is a frequent speaker on continuous improvement, quality management, lean manufacturing, and supply chain management. He is engaged in a number of workforce development initiatives to prepare the next generation of skilled workforce in advanced manufacturing.
Fred, a former 8th grade Science teacher, left teaching to put a full-time effort into his fledgling music business. With his life savings of $600, Fred founded Daddy’s Junky Music (1972) and grew it from the smallest of over 11,000 music dealers to the 15th largest in America. He is a former candidate for governor and the past Chairman of the New Hampshire State Board of Education. Appointed by both Republican and Democratic governors, Fred served on the State Board of Education longer than anyone in the state’s history. In 2003, Fred led New Hampshire’s first full-scale effort to redesign public education since 1919. Fred’s work, chronicled in his book Off the Clock: Moving Education from Time to Competency (Bramante & Colby, Corwin Press. 2011), has received rave reviews in education circles around the nation.
Today, Fred is the Founder and President of the National Center for Competency-Based Learning (NCCBL) whose vision is “the world as the classroom.”
Bola Delano is a qualified Urban Planner and Public Policy specialist. She currently works in the Illinois Office of the Comptroller as a Deputy Director and manages the Bank On Illinois Commission which is one of the few coalitions nationally that was set up by legislation in 2019. She is an award winning high performing management executive specializing in public administration, policy, and economic development. Her high motivation , aligned with results driven proven leadership talent has enabled her to lead numerous policy related initiatives in transportation/land use planning and local government finance. Bola’s self-confidence, authority, and enthusiasm inspires colleagues, and her visionary management has enabled her to develop an extensive scope of experience which involves initiating and managing new projects, developing innovative ideas as well as working in local, state and community organizations to promote financial empowerment. She recognizes financial empowerment is a cradle to grave issue as it affects all and has a great impact on equity and intergenerational wealth and is committed to establish pathways to help all people live better lives financially through education, application, and accessibility.
Mamadou Dembele, he/him, is the Vice President and Regional Market Manager for New Hampshire at Bangor Savings Bank.
In his current role, Dembele is responsible for the growth and development of The Bank’s eight New Hampshire Branches as well as overseeing The Bank’s Corporate Giving for the New Hampshire region.
Mamadou has over 17 years of banking experience including Investment, Business, and Retail Banking, as well as and financial Wellness. He is a graduate of Furman University’s Consumer Banking Associate Executive Banking School and holds degrees in Education and Psychology from the University Aix-en-Provence in Marseille, France.
Mamadou is a board member for Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, a non-profit organization providing music and visual arts opportunities for all in Seacoast New Hampshire. He is an advocate for New Americans; partnering with multiple New Hampshire based nonprofits to provide financial wellness to their clients. Mamadou is also fluent in French and 6 African languages.
Patrick Eber Eichholtz
Patrick joined FPP Coalition in May of 2021 in the role of Director of Bank On Florida, a statewide Bank On coalition that seeks to provide the unbanked and underbanked of Florida access to safe and affordable bank and credit union accounts. Prior to his current role, Patrick completed a thirty-one-year career in banking. During that time, Patrick concentrated on affordable homeownership both as a community mortgage originator and financial educator and gained valuable experience serving the economic needs of low-and-moderate income communities. Patrick spent the last decade of his banking career in community engagement, building partnerships with community resource providers and supporting their work building strong and resilient communities. This role delivered a unique experience understanding the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) responsibilities of financial institutions as well as an appreciation for the financial needs and challenges of those the CRA was enacted to impact. Patrick is grateful for the opportunity to continue his work, in a non-profit role, helping others build financial capability.
Dr. Gerry Hanley
Gerry Hanley Ph.D. is the Executive Director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, www.merlot.org) and SkillsCommons (www.skillscommons.org) which are free and open digital libraries of academic and workforce development teaching, learning, and training resources administered at California State University Long Beach. At CSULB, Gerry is also the Director of the Center for Usability in Design and Accessibility and Professor Emeritus of Psychology; he teaches Human Factors, conducts research, and leads projects for industry, education, and government agencies. In 2020, Gerry was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association’s Hall of Fame and in 2015, he was awarded the Frank Mayadas Leadership Award in Online Education.
Dr. Robbie Melton
Dr. Robbie Melton, Associate Vice President for the SMART Global Technology Innovation Center and Graduate Dean and tenured professor at Tennessee State University, serves as a global researcher and international consultant for Emerging IOE (“The Internet of Everything”) Smart Mobile Technology of mobile devices, smart phone-tablets, wearables, smart gadgets and tools, and mixed reality of VR and AR. She formerly served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Emerging Technologies for the Tennessee Board of Regents and the primary developer and chief administrator for the system wide Regents Online Degree Programs. She known as an ‘Apologist’, for her extensive research of best practices with mobile devices (smart phone, tablets, wearable, and the creation of a Mobile App Resource Center. Currently serving as the UNICEF Teacher Education Technology Trainers for the Country of Malawi (Africa) in the use of mobile devices with limited internet and power.
Venus R. Lockett
Venus R. Lockett is a pathfinder, connector, and convener in Greater Atlanta, Georgia, and beyond, advocating for knowledge and asset-based strategies that foster economic success. She is currently with the City of Atlanta and working in the Mayor’s Office of Innovation and Performance as the City’s Bank On Atlanta Program Manager, where she manages a cross-sector coalition of members. In addition, Lockett volunteers as the lead adviser for launching a Bank On program for the State of Georgia.
Lockett focuses on banking access, financial education, digital equity, and workforce development in her work. She co-chairs the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Youth Connections Collaborative, and serves as the state director for the Money Smart Georgia Campaign (formerly Money Smart Week Georgia), a financial education campaign she initiated for the state in 2012. Additionally, Lockett serves on the Georgia Technology Authority’s Digital Connectivity Advisory Council, LiftFund Georgia, and On The Rise Financial Center Advisory Boards.
Roger Rosen is currently Chairman of the Board of the Rosen Publishing Group after having served as President and CEO for 42 years. Rosen Publishing is a leader in creating curriculum-correlated titles and ancillaries for grades PreK-12 in the areas of social studies, health and guidance, science, art, fiction, Spanish and bilingual, biography, civics, mathematics, computer science, and social and emotional learning. Rosen Digital is the company’s Edtech division which creates databases, interactive ebooks, and the foundational literacy platform, LevelUp. Together with its affiliated companies, Gareth Stevens, Greenhaven, Lucent, Kidhaven, Enslow, Cavendish Square and Jackdaw, Rosen publishes more than 1,000 titles each year as well as hundreds of learning objects and digital resources.