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Paul DelPonte


Paul DelPonte's career spans politics, nonprofit organizations, and private consulting.  He is currently Executive Director of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the 3 million member senior organization.  Paul has successfully launched and led three successful private communications and public affairs consulting firms, where he pioneered several innovations in social marketing, earning him numerous awards, including the public relations industry's top honor of PR Campaign of the Year which brought about changes in USDA food labeling rules.  He was instrumental in the founding of the Alliance for Aging Research, where he served as the organization's first director of communications and legislative affairs. He was director of public relations at the Food, Research and Action Center.  Prior to working in the nonprofit field, he was a political strategist, including serving as Assistant Press Secretary for former California Senator Alan Cranston's presidential campaign.




Nicholas Brown




Nicholas W. Brown is currently the President and CEO of Affinity Network Solutions where he is responsible for the day to day management and strategic business development for the emerging technology company.  He holds the degrees of Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) and Bachelor of Science in Information Science, both from the University of Pittsburgh.  He enlisted in the US Army Reserves as a Private in 1982 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps in 1986.  He later received an Honorable Discharge with a rank of Captain.  Mr. Brown is very active in his local community.  He has held board positions with a number of local non-profit organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, the Montgomery County and the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC).  Mr. Brown also founded and chaired the Minority CEO Roundtable Discussion Group. This group brought together minority business owners in the DC Metro area to discuss issues and solutions that are unique to minority business owners.



Paul Sladkus

Paul Sladkus worked at CBS and PBS for over 13 years. His background as Production/Studio Manager, Business Manager, Marketing Director and Producer helped to create Award winning TV Shows, including Carol Burnett, Network News and PBS's Nature and Brain Series to name a few. In 1985 Sladkus founded Milestone Broadcast Corporation (MBC) a multi-cultural and niche markets marketing/advertising/public relations organization. In 1998 Sladkus founded Good News Corporation a 501-C3 Corporation with a mission to find, receive, create and broadcast to the world, life-affirming, thought-provoking news, entertainment and events; content that is non-violent, non-sectarian, non-political. Good News has over 2,700 stories on with everyday people as well as celebrities all doing Good for the world.



Alfred Moyé

Alfred Moyé is a business-higher education consultant. Until September 2000, he was the Director of University Affairs at the Hewlett-Packard Company. He was previously Manager of Engineering Education and Performance Technology at Hewlett-Packard. He was also vice president for academic affairs at Roosevelt University, Chicago; and vice chancellor for student affairs and associate professor of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. During the Carter Administration, Moyé served as deputy assistant secretary for higher and continuing education. In 1999 he received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) Third Millennium Medal for outstanding contributions to his field. He currently serves as a member of NSF’s Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources; and Boards of Trustees at three universities. Moyé received his B.S. degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, both in chemistry. He is also the recipient of five honorary doctorates.



Slava Vero


Slava Vero, a native of Romania arrived in the United States in 1956, and became an American Citizen in 1961.  Slava received a Master of Science degree in Medical Biology from the Long Island University and enjoyed a successful twenty-five year career as a medical biologist.  In 1999 Slava worked with a team of very dedicated seniors and became one of the founders of the first SeniorNet Computer Learning Center on Long Island.  Today, SeniorNet at Family Service League is the recipient of many awards, including the 2007 and 2009 Chairman's Award for Excellence.  She has been recognized by the Huntington Town Board for its excellence and received many Proclamations from elected officials on the Federal, State and County level.  In 2009 the same dedicated volunteers opened an Annex to serve the senior population on the East End of Long Island.  Slava serves as Co-Coordinator (Director) of the Huntington SeniorNet Learning Center in New York.



Jack Deeds


A CPA with 30 years of experience with more than 10 years in financial management, senior management and supervisory responsibilities, Mr. Deeds oversees staff of 40 finance professionals in 28 offices and 18 countries. He has traveled internationally to support field offices and programs, and is responsible for the financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting of the global entity that includes operational and project-related budgeting, monitoring and analytics. He developed the organization’s finance policies and procedures as well as the systems and cost controls to safeguard assets to provide effective accountability. As the Treasurer of SFCG’s Board of Directors, he is responsible for banking relationships, cash management, wire transfers, multi-currency, lines of credit, and investments.  Mr. Deeds is a fellow of the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, and in 2008, was awarded their CFO Innovator of the Year Award.





Leslie M. Smith,
Board Chairman

Leslie recently retired as a Business Development Executive for IBM Corporation after 33 years of service. A rewarding career that allowed him to travel worldwide and experience various cultures, political views, and economic/social differences. His past responsibilities included marketing and sales within the constituent marketplace (American Indian, Asian, Black LGBT, Hispanic and women-owned businesses) to include developing programs that would give seniors and the underserved easy access to computer technology across the United States. His work efforts were rewarded by numerous awards for his innovation, creativity, and accomplishments. Prior to joining IBM he held an executive leadership role in Future Product Development Division at ROLM Corporation. He is a Vietnam Veteran and served as a Washington, D.C. police officer. Smith attended American University, majoring in Sociology. He currently serves on several boards. His passion is helping the underserved nationally and internationally - specifically, those who need help in crossing the technological digital divide. He was recently awarded his 4th Presidential Volunteer Service Award (President Bush & President Obama, respectively). IBM recognized Leslie by placing this story on its homepage.


Josip Markus







Josip Markus is a Global Client Executive with IBM in the financial services sector and has worked throughout his career bridging business and technology.  Born to Croatian immigrants, has explored eighteen countries around the world and spent eight years living in Japan.  His strengths are in research and analysis, and the ability to think through varied and complex challenges.  Josip is multilingual, speaking Croatian, Japanese, and Spanish fluently.  He volunteers as a Big Brother for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America organization and has founded a group focused on developing and promoting environmental sustainability in his local community.  Josip received his MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Manager, and B.S. in Computer Science from John Carroll University.  Josip will work with the Chairman and the Board of Directors -- providing research and analysis on "seniors future use of technology."

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