Marissa Smith joined Johnson & Johnson in July of 2017 as a medical device marketer in the Marketing Leadership Development Program (MLDP). In this two-year program, Marissa rotates across three different marketing teams and operating companies.
Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Marissa graduated with an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, with a concentration in healthcare management. She attended Ross as a fellow through the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management and the National Black MBA Association and served as the president of the Black Business Students Association. Before Ross, she worked as an internal consultant for UnitedHealth Group in Minneapolis, MN, where she supported a variety of internal and external clients to help them enhance their operations.
Marissa earned a BS in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis as a recipient of the Ervin Scholarship, where she majored in Healthcare Management and Marketing and minored in French and Spanish.
Marissa is a native of Atlanta, GA and enjoys fitness, travel, community service, reading, and wine tasting. She is passionate about helping communities embrace healthy lifestyles and is excited to be involved with a World Fit for Kids.
A Stanford All-American, 5 time NFL All-Pro, and premier front line competitor, Brian Holloway was the 6’7″ powerhouse and team leader at the core of the 1985 New England Patriots Super Bowl team In 1986, Brian was elected by his peers to forge the new direction in NFL policy, becoming the youngest Vice-President of the NFL Player’s Association at age 23. He retired from the NFL in 1992 after eight seasons with the Patriots and two with the Los Angeles Raiders.
Today, Holloway is an international motivational speaker and renowned corporate trainer, mobilizing companies and organizations in search of peak productivity, helping them achieve new levels of excellence. He understands how to transform thinking within organizations and challenge the competitive spirit of diverse work teams.
He has traveled over 10,000,000 miles and been hired by over 279 Fortune 500 Companies, and now entering his 15th year working with Apple. Other clients include; HP, Exxon, Harvard Business School, Wal-Mart, Nike, ESPN, Verizon, Bank of America, Ford, Sprint, Cisco Systems, Honeywell, State Farm, AIG, Reebok, Daimler Chrysler, Best Buy, Wachovia Bank, and more.
Suneel Garg is a founding partner of Stella Oak Financial and Insurance Services which is a financial planning firm housed within Northwestern Mutual. He specializes in income tax mitigation strategies as well as asset management in conjunction with goal planning. Prior to Stella Oak, Mr. Garg was the COO/CFO of ChemTrans, a Los Angeles-based chemical trucking company where he was in charge of all the business and finance operations and he worked with Ernst & Young for several years before that.
He has a B.S. from the University of Southern California and his M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. Suneel is married to Sharmila, who herself is an entrepreneur with a business focused on flowers and décor for special events. They have 2 children, Kamran and Alia, as well as a lovable sheep dog, Madison, in their family.
Ama has worked in the field of evaluation for over 10 years, with focuses on public health, nutrition, health care systems, and early childhood education. She holds a Master’s of Science in Community Nutrition from Iowa State University and a Master’s in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University. Ama has worked as an internal evaluator, both at a state and local level. For the past 6 years, she has provided support to many non-profit and public-sector organizations as an evaluation and organizational development consultant.
Ama believes in taking a participatory and user-focused approach to evaluation. Those doing the work should be involved in telling the story. She also believes that the components of organizational development, research, and evaluation each play a pivotal role in the evaluation process. The role of evaluators varies widely, often dependent on factors such as the nature of the project, the evaluator’s own skillsets, etc. Ama sees an important role of an evaluator as that of a “facilitator of organizational inquiry”, helping organizations to infuse evaluative thinking into their everyday operations and think critically about data results and use them to inform program improvement.
Ben has over 30 years of global investment and management experience and has held many high-level executive positions – including significant international experience. Prior to being a financial advisor, Ben worked at Mass Mutual Financial Group as well as holding senior positions at Mattel, Inc., Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, Philip Morris International and Andersen Consulting.
Ben has both a global and domestic perspective on the markets having lived and worked in
Asia for over 26 years and in the United States for over 25 years. Ben is fluent in Tagalog,
Ilocano as well as English.
Ben’s hobbies include martial arts (Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do), Scuba Diving (PADI certified),
avid motorcycling enthusiast, and competitive firearms marksmanship (NCAA Gold Medalist
in rifle competition). Ben and Maura have been married for 24 years, and live with their
Golden Doodle dog in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.
- FINRA Series 6 – Investment Company Products / Variable Contracts
- FINRA Series 7 – General Securities Representative License
- FINRA Series 63 – State Securities License
- FINRA Series 66 – State Securities License and Investment Adviser License
- California Life, Health-Disability and Variable Annuity License (0C28838)
- NMLS (1629361)
- MA, International and Development Economics, Yale University
- MBA, Management and International Business, New York University, Stern School of Business
- BA, Economics, University of the Philippines
Alyssa joined the WFIT board in 2014 and is excited to serve as our board chair this year! She is passionate about our cause and hopes to leverage the skills and experience she has obtained in the for-profit sector to better the lives of the students in our programs.
Currently, Alyssa is pursuing her MBA at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and concentrating her studies in healthcare and general management. Upon graduating, she will join the Strategic Leadership Development Program at Edwards Lifesciences, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring.
Prior to Kellogg, Alyssa was a consultant in the Deals Advisory practice at PwC, where she advised clients on accounting and financial reporting issues associated with IPOs, divestitures, and acquisitions. During her time at PwC, she was also very involved in the firm’s Corporate Responsibility efforts, completing a rotation in the firm’s Corporate Responsibility practice (focused in employee and client engagement) and serving as the LA liaison between PwC and Junior Achievement. Additionally, Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of San Diego, where she graduated summa cum laude.