National Executive Board

Fred Markham
Chairman, Learning for Life National Executive Board
Executive Director of Texas Pioneer Foundation

He created the foundation along with the members of the board of directors of Central Texas Higher Education Authority, Inc. The foundation makes grants for educational purposes that include leadership and character development, access and success in post-secondary education, support for public school foundations, history and civics and literacy and life skills.

Mark Wiesenhahn
Vice Chair, Learning for Life National Executive Board

Vice President, Sportsman’s Market, Inc. (Sporty’s)
Aviation Explorer Post 78 Advisor (2000-present)
National Aviation Exploring Committee Member (1995-present)
Silver Beaver recipient (2009)

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Bray Barnes
Vice Chair of Career Development, Learning for Life National Executive Board
Bray Barnes serves as the Director, National Cybersecurity Institute, Washington, DC, and is the Founder and Principal of Security Evaluation and Solutions Group, LLC that provides three unique Homeland Security cornerstones of service employing industry-wide Best Management Practices. Bray Barnes is licensed in New Jersey and Washington, D.C., has more than twenty years experience in the legal profession. Prior to Mr. Barnes’ legal career, he served in law enforcement for eleven years, on active duty with the United States Army and served as a Radio Operator during the Vietnam War. While working full time as a police officer in New Jersey and while he and his wife, Patty, raised a family, Bray attended school at night for 7 ½ years earning an Associates Degree from Brookdale College, a Bachelors Degree summa cum laude and Masters Degree from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice as well as his Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Kevin Ciak
Treasurer, Learning for Life National Executive Board
Kevin is director and national public education leader with more than 20 years of for-profit and not-for-profit financial, operational, strategic and governance experience related to financial operations, information technology, and customer or member engagement. P&L and FP&A responsibility for multi-national manufacturing division of General Electric with $450 million in gross revenues. Governance responsibility for educational, non-profit and governmental entities with gross revenue exceeding $200 million. Solid interpersonal and communication skills related to building key functional teams.

 

Tom Whalen
Secretary, Learning for Life National Executive Board

Bluecross Blueshield of Nebraska, Omaha
Vice President of Human Resource & Organizational Development Direct an HR organization focused on transforming a culture to a high performance, employee engaged, high energy, FUN place to work. Responsible for all facets of HR with specific emphasis on Total Rewards System and Talent Management working principally with the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Directors.

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John Astrab
Florida - Learning for Life Committee Chair
Mr. Astrab President/CEO and Principal, a founding member of Mission Search, Mr. Astrab specializes in new client development as well as staff training and retention. With more than 30 years in the consulting and recruiting industry, John blends knowledge, hard work, energy, and management experience to establish great client relationships. He has a track record of creating successful teams of recruiters throughout the U.S.  John has extensive experience in the recruiting industry building and developing sales forces and growing a business.

Keith Clark
Legal Liaison, Learning for Life National Executive Board
Attorney, Counselor, and Business Coach; Chairman, Shumaker Williams, P.C.; Immediate Past-Chairman, Learning for Life;
Learning for Life Russell C. Hill Award (2011)

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Bill Grogg
Marketing Chair, Learning for Life National Executive Board
Bill is President and CEO of MCA, Inc. in Poughkeepsie, NY. Net pub is an award-winning digital printing company specializing in short-runs, direct mail, warehousing, distribution, and software solutions. He brings much experience in business, community and nonprofits organizations. Bill, an Eagle Scout, has served as President or Chairman of the Board of several organizations including Private Industry Council Dutchess and Putnam Counties, American Heart Association and United Way of Dutchess County.

Larry Lewis

Larry Lewis, PhD
Exploring Committee Chair
Dr. Lewis has had a long and successful career in education. He currently serves as the coordinator or student achievement and Involvement at Frisco Independent School District in Frisco, TX. Most recently he earned the MLK, Jr. President's Cup Education Award and Superintendent of the Year.


Cecilia Retelle
Program Chair, Learning for Life National Executive Board

Cecilia is Vice President of Strategic Partnership Operations for Wiley Education Services. A lawyer and teacher by training, Cecilia was the Senior Director of Education policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce prior to co-founding Ranku. As a co-founder of Ranku, her responsibilities have included all aspects of the business. Currently she leads the Business Development and Client Services team for Ranku. Within this capacity, she is responsible for maintaining strong relationships with current clients, identifying and qualifying prospective university and system partnerships, developing and sustaining a robust pipeline of opportunities, and leading the development and delivery of our proposals to universities.