Board of Directors
Character.org's Board of Directors sets strategic direction for the organization, to include vision, mission and strategic goals; oversees and evaluates the executive director’s leadership and management; ensures compliance with all financial and legal requirements; and supports fundraising activities and other broad policy matters relating to the organization’s purpose. They are a diverse and dedicated group of leaders with great passion for Character.org's fundamental mission.

Officers

Linda McKay_webBoard Chair
Linda McKay, National Advocate Character Education in America’s Schools
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Linda McKay advocates for federal and state policies that support social, emotional and character development in schools. She has been a leader in the character education field for over 20 years, working with schools, parents, students, businesses, and foundations across the country. She was a Presidential-appointee in the US Department of Education, where she served as senior advisor for character education. Prior to her federal service, Linda directed CHARACTERplus in St. Louis, Missouri. She has also served as a member of several national boards and commissions dedicated to promoting civic participation, service learning, ethics, and moral education. She was a founding member of Character.org and has co-authored numerous publications about character education and ethical decision-making.
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Dr. Arthur SchwartzVice Chair
Dr. Arthur J. Schwartz,  Founding Executive Director of the Oskin Leadership Institute, Widener University
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In addition to serving as the Oskin Leadership Institute’s Founding Executive Director, Dr. Schwartz is also a professor of education at the university. He previously served as the Senior Scholar for Character and Leadership Development at the United States Air Force Academy. Dr. Schwartz served fourteen years as a senior executive with the John Templeton Foundation. He is widely-known for collaborating with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania in catalyzing the field of positive psychology and he has worked closely with Dr. William Damon at Stanford University on a landmark research project aimed at understanding how young people develop “noble purpose.” He also helped to conceive the idea for the National Schools of Character program, administered by the Character Education Partnership. Dr. Schwartz received his doctorate in moral education from Harvard University. He is married with two children, enjoys musical theatre, and is an avid reader of abolition history.
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Patrick NiemannTreasurer
Patrick J. Niemann, Office Managing Partner – Greater Los Angeles, Ernst & Young
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Patrick Niemann is Ernst & Young’s Office Managing Partner for Greater Los Angeles. Pat also is a client serving partner, working with companies in the consumer product, manufacturing, technology, and aerospace sectors. He has worked with public and private companies of various sizes, from start-up businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Pat also sits on Ernst & Young’s Americas Advisory Council, which advises the Firm’s Chairman and other senior management in strategy, policy, and governance matters. Pat is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He currently is a member of the Board of Advisors for USC Marshall School’s Leventhal School of Accounting, and is the Past President of the USC Accounting Circle Board. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award presented by the USC Leventhal School of Accounting. Pat and his wife, Rebecca, have two young sons, and reside in Palos Verdes Estates.
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Members

Richard Bagin Rich Bagin, Executive Director, National School Public Relations Association
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Rich Bagin, APR, executive director of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) since April 1992, has more than 35 years of experience in school and corporate public relations and communications. He has spent his entire educational career devoted to building better understanding and public support for public education. Bagin is the author of 5 books in school communication and is currently working on the remake of Making and Marketing Your School as a School of Choice to be published later in the 2016-2017 school year. It will give keen insight on how to be competitive in todays
education marketplace. His blog, Always Something, offers PR counsel on key issues facing school leaders throughout the United States and Canada. He is the primary author and driving force behind NSPRA’s Communication Matters for Leading Superintendents, offering guidance and practical solutions for busy superintendents.In school public relations, Bagin served for eight years as the communications director and assistant superintendent for a suburban Philadelphia school system. In that capacity, he was responsible for internal and external public relations programs and dealt with crisis situations ranging from employee strikes to federal indictments of school district architects and legal counsel. Prior to that, Bagin was a secondary school English teacher, coach and yearbook advisor in Pennsylvania. He has also served as Director of Communications and Development for the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington, D. C.When Bagin assumed the helm at NSPRA in the early 1990’s , it was a bankrupt, non-profit association. He is credited with saving the organization and building it up to become a viable resource for school leaders and communication specialists throughout North America. One of NSPRA’s attributes is that it works with all levels of educators—teachers, principals, superintendents, board members and support staff to help them to become better advocates for children and public education. In other words, he is a catalyst to build more friends of public education.Bagin has conducted numerous communication audits for school districts and corporate clients. He was instrumental in initiating the NSPRA communication audit process in the mid-1980s and has authored articles on the auditing process that have appeared in various educational and communication periodicals. In addition, Bagin serves as a workshop leader for major education associations and school districts throughout the United States and Canada.In the corporate sector, Bagin was senior vice president for two national and international public relations firms. He has counseled Corporate 500 firms on strategy and implemented bottom-line oriented public relations and marketing communications programs in the private sector.Bagin is accredited by the Universal Accreditation Board of the North American Public Relations Council. He serves as a board member and is a past chair of the Learning First Alliance. In 2002, Bagin received NSPRA’s prestigious Presidents Award, the highest award given to a professional in school public relations, for a lifetime of achievement in school public relations. In 2017, Bagin was awarded the Horace Mann League’s Outstanding Friend of Public Education Award.Bagin holds a degree in education from of West Chester University in Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts degree in school information services from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.
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Dr. Michele BorbaMichele Borba, Educational Psychologist and Author
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Michele Borba is an educator and award-winning author who has worked with over one million parents, educators, and children over the span of her career. She has become nationally and internationally renowned for her practical, research-based strategies to help develop healthy children and families. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has presented workshops and keynote addresses throughout the US and world. Michele is a regular guest/expert adviser on The Today Show, and she has authored 23 books. She earned her Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco.
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Dr. Nora K. CarrDr. Nora K. Carr, Chief of Staff, Guilford County Schools
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Nora Carr is chief of staff and co-interim superintendent for Guilford County Schools (GCS) in Greensboro, North Carolina. Serving more than 73,000 students PreK-12 in 127 schools, GCS is the third largest school district in North Carolina and encompasses urban, rural and suburban areas. GCS has approximately 10,000 employees and an annual operating budget in excess of $630 million. GCS’ globally diverse students speak more than 104 world languages and dialects. GCS’ mission is to graduate responsible citizens prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice. The district has earned national recognition as a leader in the middle and early college movement, its work in character education, civics and service-learning, and its commitment to increasing high school graduation and college access rates for students of color and students living in poverty.Accredited in school public relations (APR), Carr was inducted in 2008 into the Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows, an honor given at that time to fewer than 500 of the association’s 22,000+ members. In 2010, Carr received the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA)’s Presidents Award, the group’s highest honor. Carr has won more than 150 state and national awards, including six Gold Medallions from NSPRA for effective, large-scale PR and marketing campaigns. In 2013, she was elected president of the association.A sought-after speaker on communications, marketing, media relations, crisis management and related topics, Carr served for more than a decade as a contributing editor on communications for the National School Boards Association’s American School Board Journal and as a columnist on community and stakeholder relations for eSchool News. A prolific writer and researcher, Carr’s work has been published, quoted or cited in peer-reviewed journals, white papers, trade association publications and various book chapters, including The Politics of Authentic Engagement: Perspectives, Strategies and Tools for Student Success (Leslie, 2015).Carr earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Saint Louis University, a Master of Arts degree in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a Specialist in Education degree and a Doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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Joan Cole DuffellJoan Cole Duffell,  Executive Director, Committee for Children
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Following her years teaching in a therapeutic program for abused children, she led Committee for Children’s US marketing and outreach efforts from 1983 to 2002. During this time she developed partnerships with organizations across Europe, Asia, and Latin America, in order to bring culturally adapted editions of the Second Step program to children and families across the globe. She also advised numerous Catholic dioceses and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in their efforts to implement research-based sexual abuse prevention programs in order to establish safe environments for children in their care. She accepted the position of Executive Director in 2007. In this role she has led the organization to place an emphasis on integrating program offerings, collaboration among colleagues, and higher-level issue advocacy in order to advance commonly shared goals. She serves on the board of directors of several nonprofits focused on education, early learning, and child well-being, and was co-chair of the Collaborative for Academic, Social & Emotional Learning’s (CASEL) Program Provider Council.
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Michael DuttonMichael Dutton, Senior Communications Manager,
The Executive Leadership Council

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Michael Dutton provides communications support for The Executive Leadership Council, an organization of current and former black CEOs, board members and senior executives at Fortune 1,000 companies. He is a Washington, D.C.-based public relations counselor with more than 30 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing and broadcast production. Prior to joining the staff of The Executive Leadership Council he was vice president of the Corporate Communications Practice at the Walker Marchant Group, a minority woman-owned public relations agency in Washington, D.C.Michael spent most of his career at IBM, where he produced corporate television and product advertising, organized recognition events and served as corporate media spokesman on wide a range of issues. He also directed international employee communications and served as worldwide ombudsman for Otis Elevator Company, directed public relations efforts for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods Resort Casino, and directed northeast regional media relations and public affairs for Fannie Mae. Earlier in his career he worked in television and radio production in New York and Virginia.Michael has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Arts from Hampton University in Virginia, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in the City of New York. He is a director on the board of Character.org, an advocacy organization promoting integrity, honesty, respect, and other core ethical values in global school systems.
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Gov. Frank KeatingFrank Keating, President and CEO, American Bankers Association
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Born in St. Louis in 1944, Keating grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. His 30-year career in law enforcement and public service included stints as an FBI agent; U.S. attorney and state prosecutor; and member of the Oklahoma House and Senate.In 1993, Keating returned to Oklahoma to run for governor, winning a three-way race by a landslide. He was easily re-elected in 1998, becoming only the second governor in Oklahoma history to serve two consecutive terms.

Governor Keating won national acclaim in 1995 for his compassionate and professional handling of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City. In the aftermath of the tragedy, he raised more than $6 million to fund scholarships for the nearly 200 children who lost parents. His accomplishments as governor include winning a public vote on right-to-work, tort reform, tax cuts, major road building, and education reform.

Governor Keating is the author of three award-winning children’s books — biographies of Will Rogers, Theodore Roosevelt, and Standing Bear, the Ponca Indian chief who argued Native Americans deserve the same rights as white Americans. He is the recipient of five honorary degrees.

He and his wife, Cathy, live in McLean, Virginia. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

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Clay Hamlin webClay W. Hamlin, III CEO, LBCW Investments
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Clay is a founder, former CEO and member of the Board of Trustees and of Corporate Office Properties Trust, Inc., a public real estate investment trust (NYSE: OFC).  A resident of Philadelphia for over 40 years, Clay has over 30 years of experience as an owner and developer of commercial real estate.  He is currently founder and Managing Partner of Alliance Partners, a private owner-operator of commercial real estate.  He is also founder and President of LBCW Holdings, a privately held family investment company investing primarily in private equity, structured debt, and special opportunities. In the late 1960’s, Clay served as a Lieutenant J.G. in the U.S. Navy on the aircraft carrier the USS WASP. Clay received his undergraduate degree and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  A former All-Ivy League tennis player, Clay received the Class of 1915 Award for the Ideal Scholar/Athlete in his Penn Undergraduate Class of 1967.  He is a Certified Public Accountant, a graduate of Temple University of Law School and practiced law for 10 years in Philadelphia. The Hamlin Family Foundation co-founded CITRS, Inc. (citrs.org), a non-profit, non-sectarian education company which works with public and private schools and youth education organizations to develop comprehensive character, education and leadership programs.
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bio-Charles-HaynesCharles C. Haynes, Director, Religious Freedom Education Project, Newseum
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Charles Haynes chairs the Character.org Board of Directors. He is a scholar, widely recognized for his leadership and work regarding First Amendment issues in public education. Over the past decade, he has been the principal organizer and drafter of a series of consensus guidelines on the First Amendment in public schools that have been endorsed by a broad range of national organizations. Dr. Haynes is also the author or co-author of seven books, including Finding Common Ground: A Guide to Religious Liberty in Public Schools, and First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights in America. He serves on the Public Education Advisory Committee of the American Bar Association and the Steering Committee of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. Charles holds a master’s degree in religion and education from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate in theological studies from Emory University.
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Dr. Jack P. LondonDr. Jack P. London, Executive Chairman & Chairman of the Board, CACI International, Inc.
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Dr. London is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (1959) and the Naval Postgraduate School (1967), where he earned, respectively, a bachelor of science in naval engineering and a master of science in operations research. He holds a doctorate in business administration conferred “with distinction” from The George Washington University (1971).During his 12 years of active duty as a regular officer (1959-1971) during the Cold War, Dr. London initially served as a naval aviator and carrier pilot, serving with U.S. Navy “hunter-killer” task forces arrayed against the Soviet Union’s strategic nuclear submarine threat. He saw service in the Cuban Missile Crisis (the “thirteen days” of October and November of 1962), and his numerous at-sea deployments included the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean. He was with the airborne recovery team for Col. John Glenn’s Mercury Program space flight in Friendship 7 in the Caribbean, on February 20, 1962, on the U.S.S. Randolph (CVS-15). Later, at the height of the Vietnam War, he served as Aide and Administrative Assistant to the Vice Chief of the Naval Material Command, Department of the Navy (1969-70). Dr. London left active duty in 1971 and joined the U.S. Navy Reserve, retiring as a captain in 1983, having served as commanding officer of aeronautical engineering units with the Naval Air Systems Command, Washington, D.C.Dr. London serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, the Naval Historical Foundation, Friends of the National WWII Memorial, the Senior Advisory Board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and CAUSE (Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services), the “wounded warriors” support organization. He has served as a director of the U.S. Naval Institute and as a director and member of the Executive Committee of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. He has served on numerous other boards and foundations. Dr. London is also a member of the National Military Intelligence Association, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the Navy League, the U.S. Naval Institute, the Naval Order of the U.S.A., the American Legion, the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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bio-Susan-SclafaniDr. Susan Sclafani, Education Consultant
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Prior to joining Pearson Foundation, Susan Sclafani held several key staff and leadership posts during a long and distinguished career in education. Susan is the former Coordinator/Principal of a magnet school in Houston; former Executive Director of Curriculum Development, Associate Superintendent and Chief of Staff for Houston’s Independent School District; former counselor to the US Secretary of Education; former Assistant Secretary of Education for Vocational and Adult Education; and former Director of State Services at the National Center on Education and the Economy. With each position held, she worked tirelessly to improve K-12 education systems at the local, state and national levels. Susan holds an AB in German and Mathematics from Vassar College, an MA in German and Mathematics from the University of Chicago, and M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Scott SillersScott Sillers,  Former Partner, Levensohn Venture Partners
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Currently, Scott Sillers is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Health Professions Education Foundation in Sacramento, CA.  The Foundation provides scholarships and loan repayments to aspiring and practicing health professionals who agree to practice in a medically underserved area. Previously, Scott was a General Partner at Levensohn Venture Partners in San Francisco, CA.  He has also worked for the Rev. Jesse Jackson at Rainbow/PUSH and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, which focused on economic development in Harlem.  Scott began his career at IBM where he worked in marketing and sales.
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bio-Glenn-WilkeGlenn Wilke, Executive Director, Midtown Education Foundation
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Glenn Wilke began his tenure with MEF in 1976 as a volunteer. He continued to volunteer at Midtown during his twenty-year career with ConAgra Foods, where he served in management in the business and marketing divisions. In 2001, Glenn was appointed Director of External Affairs and Annual Giving at the Midtown Education Foundation. In 2004, he accepted the position of Executive Director, where he oversees two separate centers to support Chicago’s youth. Their after-school and summer programs focus on academic achievement in schools and virtuous living.