Equips subsistence farmers with the skills and tools to develop a cash crop.
Provides unemployed youth with marketable skills and job placement.
Equips disabled individuals with business computing skills.
WHO WE ARE
Gerald R. Kunde II (Chip)
Leadership Initiatives Board Chair
Vice President, Government Relations
Chip Kunde has served as Darden's Vice President of Government Relations since August 2007. Darden is the world's largest full-service restaurant operating company with annual sales of $7.5 billion. The company owns and operates more than 2,000 Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Eddie V's, Yard House and Seasons 52 restaurants in North America, employs approximately 185,000 people, and serves more than 400 million meals annually. In 2011, Darden became the first full-service restaurant company ever to be named to the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" list.
Strong government and community relations are critical to Darden's efforts to grow our existing businesses and build powerful new brands. Based in Washington D.C., Chip leads efforts in identifying, monitoring and shaping public policy that is important to the casual dining industry and Darden in particular. His strong political acumen helps Darden build relationships with key federal office holders, increasing their awareness of the business model and the economic impact on communities and quality of life. He provides a "face" to Darden and its restaurant brands before Washington, D.C. focused media and policy makers, while providing timely and useful updates to Darden leaders on federal policy changes that impact business.
Chip also oversees efforts to build relationships with state and local policy makers on issues critical to the business. In addition, Chip leads the creation and execution of a fundraising strategy for the Darden PAC and coordinates delivery of PAC contributions. Chip joined Darden from the International Dairy Foods Association, where he spent four years as Senior Vice President of Legislative and Economic Affairs. As an integral part of the senior management team, Chip oversaw planning and implementation for federal and state legislative advocacy, including milk pricing policies and economic analysis, and grassroots and political programs for the leading trade association representing the dairy processing industry.
Prior to his position at the International Dairy Foods Association, Chip was Vice President of Government and State Affairs at the Grocery Manufacturers of America. He also served five years as Executive Vice President for the Connecticut Association of Realtors, Inc. and held various positions at the National Association of Realtors and Freddie Mac. Chip holds a master's degree in Public Administration, Executive and Legislative Management from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Florida.
Leadership Inititiatives Board Vice Chair
Marketing and Communications Professional
Blushel brings to Leadership Initiatives her passion for community service and development acquired during her years as a student at the University of Southern California, where she graduated with a degree in International Relations with a special interest in Peace and Conflict Resolution. During her studies and in her profession, Blushel learned the intricacies of various cultures and the universal role of public diplomacy in solving the problems that inhibit global growth. Her involvement in numerous community service programs allows her to better understand the important role of the individual in effecting change in the community.
From 2005 to 2007, Blushel helped Leadership Initiatives establish and manage a program in the Philippines, her native country. Currently, Blushel works for BDO Seidman, LLP, a U.S. professional services firm providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services. She is a Coordinator with the firm's Business Development Services department responsible for various local and regional marketing efforts. Blushel looks forward to combining her passions for community service, development and marketing to help the organization achieve its goals in the areas of fundraising and marketing.
President and CEO of OmniLearn, LLC
Omnilearn is an online learning company featuring a patented online LSS (learner support system). OmniLearn provides high-end LMS/LSS support, intelligent web-sites (including marketplace and communication outreach), training development & delivery, testing (360 etc), and strategic marketing/online outreach for commercial, educational, NGO, and not-for-profit clients. Ms. Hall has been an educator both in the classroom and as a college administrator prior to moving online. She studied educational effectiveness at Harvard (B.A.) and Johns Hopkins (M.S. Ed) and works with the Wharton School of Business. She has held senior leadership positions in corporations and, as a consultant, has specialized in leadership, change management, and technology innovation and sits on the board of several wireless companies. With her passion for learning and education, Ms. Hall is honored to support LI's far-reaching goals.
Vice President for the Campus Leadership Program
Bryan Bernys is currently the Vice President for the Campus Leadership Program at the Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute's mission is to identify, recruit, train and place conservative minded individuals in political, governmental and media positions throughout the country. Before this venture, Bryan served as the New Hampshire Field Director for the McCain 2008 campaign. As one of the first people hired onto the McCain campaign in September of 2006 Bryan worked to re-establish Sen. McCain's presence among New Hampshire voters, hired and trained campaign staff, located and opened a campaign headquarters, and ran the day to day ground operations for the campaign.
In addition to his work with the McCain campaign Bryan also comes to LI with a wealth of campaign experience. He has served as the Field Director for the Tarrant for Senate campaign in Vermont, Campaign Manager for Robinson for Delegate in Virginia, consultant for the Ball for Delegate special election in Virginia, and field staff for the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign in Michigan.
While in college Bryan worked for the Carlyle Gregory Company, a political consulting firm in northern Virginia. Working for the Carlyle Gregory Company, Bryan assisted on several campaigns around the country for all levels of public office. He graduated from American University with a bachelors degree in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government.
Carmine C. Carullo
ExxonMobil Medicine & Occupational Health
Planning & Performance Analysis Manager
Since graduating from Wagner College with a BA in economics and masters in finance, Carmine C. Carullo has built a nearly 40-year career with ExxonMobil Corporation. It is here that he has combined his business expertise with civic engagement locally and worldwide. Carullo's ExxonMobil career has taken him from New York, where he worked in accounting and finance; to Singapore and Indonesia to Virginia, where he has worked in various controller and finance positions, as coordinator of government reporting, and as assistant secretary for shareholder relations.
Now, as planning manager of medicine and occupational health worldwide, he is charged with the well-being of 80,000 employees in 50 countries. He travels extensively to visit the company's more than 100 medical clinics. He is also involved in community health initiatives such as malaria control, HIV/AIDS prevention, clean water delivery, medical waste disposal, and medical donations. He has also worked on hospital projects in Papua New Guinea and Nigeria.
Carullo is a dedicated supporter of civic organizations in his home community as well, especially Food for Others, of which he was a board member and treasurer, 2003-2010. It is the largest distributor of free food directly to people in need in Northern Virginia. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1989, finance leader for the Emergency Oil Spill Response Team, and treasurer of Felicity Cove Association Inc.
Attorney at Kahn Zack Ehrlich Lithwick LLP
Whitney graduated from the Washington College of Law, American University in Washington, D.C. in 2008, and was called to the Bar in California in early 2009. Whitney moved to British Columbia in 2008, and after receiving her Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee of Accreditation began with Kahn Zack Ehrlich Lithwick LLP as an articled student in 2010. Whitney has appeared before the Supreme Court of British Columbia and Provincial Court. Whitney practices corporate / commercial litigation and personal injury.
In her spare time, Whitney is involved in community development, and continues to serve as the Associate Director of Development for an international non-profit. Her Bar memberships include California 2009 and British Columbia 2011. She has professional affiliations with the State Bar of California, Canadian Bar Association, and Law Society of British Columbia. Additinoally, she speaks English and Spanish.
Hans W. Kühnlenz
Managing Director, Lex Global
Hans joined Lex Global, LLC as an Attorney in June 2007. He supports a great team of seasoned professionals engaged in providing federal government procurement and regulatory counsel, as well as resolving complex commercial disputes. In his current role, Hans works with Federal Contractors to help them better understand the value of Lex Global's legal services in the U.S. Federal acquisition process.
Prior to joining Lex Global, Kuhnlenz oversaw Agility Logistics' Middle East Business Development team in Kuwait during 2006/2007 after leaving the U.S. Army where he spent over 4 years prosecuting the U.S. war effort in Iraq as a combat arms officer and staff officer. In his last role in the U.S. Army, Kuhnlenz managed a variety of contracting issues and special commercial projects for 1st Infantry Division in Wuerzburg, Germany.
Under Kuhnlenz's direction, he has led various functions throughout Regulatory & Compliance, International Operations, Corporate Development, and Business Development. He has assisted in driving new lines of business and expanding geographical business scope for both start-up and large global companies alike. He has overseen teams designing new service and product solutions for customer integration.
Kuhnlenz spent almost two years as a seconded Executive to the AbilityOne Program (NISH) central non-profit organization, directing the Commercial Partnerships & Alliances initiative. His leadership helped build one of the most innovative business functions for the AbilityOne Program (NISH).
Kuhnlenz completed two LL.M.s (Post-graduate Legal Specialization Degrees) in Government Procurement Law and Litigation & Dispute Resolution from The George Washington University Law School with Advanced Negotiation course-work from Harvard Law School. He completed his Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University and his M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Director, Government Contracts Practice at Berkeley Research Group LLC
Sajeev Malaveetil is an expert in the field of government contract accounting, administration, and compliance. He has over 17 years of experience providing business consulting, financial advisory, and litigation support services to companies and organizations of all sizes.
Mr. Malaveetil has in-depth experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Executive Agency supplements to the FAR, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars, and other federal government procurement regulations and guidance.
Mr. Malaveetil has provided advisory services to recipients of federal awards in a variety of industries including, but not limited to: aerospace and defense, architecture and design, bio-technology, construction, engineering, environmental, health care, information technology, manufacturing, not-for-profit, professional services, pharmaceutical, security, and telecommunications.
Mr. Malaveetil specializes in assisting organizations in implementing business and process improvements to comply with the myriad of regulatory requirements associated with pricing, administering, accounting, and complying with government award requirements.
Senior Managing Director
As a Senior Executive in federal government, Bill has years of experience in management, employee training, strategic planning, creating global communications and strategic networks, business & employee development and research & development. Bill also serves on the audit committee of Kid Save, as a retired US Army Officer, and a former Senior Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
WHAT WE DO
We create honest, self-reliant leaders equipped to renew their communities from the ground up.
HOW WE DO IT
Our students learn vital leadership skills while designing & implementing locally sustainable development projects.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
We are diverse, independent leaders dedicated to creating lasting change.
WHO WE ARE
We focus exclusively on outcomes that will continue growing and building with or without our continued presence and support.
Leadership Initiatives works: the stories, faces and numbers that prove it.