Board of Directors

The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation Board of Directors is a body of elected members who jointly and voluntarily oversee the activities of the Foundation.

The Board’s activities are determined by the powers, duties, and responsibilities delegated to it by the organization’s bylaws, and agreed to by the Board of Directors during the annual Board meeting.

2020 Foundation Leadership:

Jeni Stepanek, PhD – CEO & Chief Peace Officer, Permanent Director

Laura J. Bauer, MPA – Executive Director

Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN – President

2020 Foundation Executive Team:

Jeni Stepanek, PhD – CEO & Chief Peace Officer, Permanent Director

Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN – President

Karen L. Marshall, JD – Vice President

Barry J. McConatha, MA – Treasurer

Marc David Birnbach, MA – Secretary

2020 Foundation Directors:

Dino Black

Maxwell Jones, BA

Joseph Palermino, Jr. BSEE

Former Directors:

  • Robert Balkam (Founder & Vice President 2005-2010)
  • W. Thomas Curtis, EA, CFP (Founder & Treasurer 2005-2011)
  • Omékongo Dibinga (Director 2011-2013)
  • Christopher Dobbins (VP 2010-2013, Treasurer 2015-2018)
  • Cynthia Dobbins (VP 2018-2020, Director 2014-2018)
  • Heather Dobbins, PhD (Interim Treasurer 2011-2012)
  • Andrew Gordon (Director 2009; President 2010-2011)
  • Rich Gottfried (Treasurer 2012-2015)
  • Annie Kennedy (Director 2013-2016)
  • Marie Lê (Director 2011-2012)
  • Sandra Newcomb, PhD (Founder & Secretary 2005-2008)
  • Ann Y. Schmidt (President 2011-2014)
  • J. Stanley Schmidt (Executive Director 2006-2009)
  • Bridget Hart Shea, JD (Director 2010-2012)
  • Terrance Sheehan, MD (Founder & President 2005-2010)
  • Gail Sherman (Director 2011-2012)
  • Wendy Thompson (Director 2011-2014)
  • Janis Tripodakis (Director 2013-2014)
  • Jackie Zamora (Director 2017-2019)
  • Micah the Peace Puppy (Honorary Director 2005-2013)