USA Funds Leadership

​Executive Leadership

William D. Hansen

William D. Hansen
President and Chief Executive Officer

William D. “Bill” Hansen has more than 30 years of experience in education at the kindergarten-12th grade and postsecondary levels. Read more>>



David B. Boodt

David B. Boodt
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

David B. Boodt is responsible for overseeing and directing all legal activities of USA Funds®, providing legal guidance to the company’s officers and trustees, overseeing internal audits, and maintaining effective corporate governance. Read more>>


Carol D’Amico

Carol D’Amico
Executive Vice President, Mission Advancement and Philanthropy

Carol D’Amico is a nationally recognized expert in designing and leading strategies related to higher education, workforce development, and business-led involvement in education reform. Read more>>



Tom Dawson Thomas C. Dawson 
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Thomas C. Dawson serves as USA Funds’ executive vice president and chief operating officer. In this position, he oversees on a day-to-day basis the shared services that support the organization’s operating companies. Read more>>

Stephen C. Ham

Stephen C. Ham
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Stephen C. Ham has more than 30 years of experience in the financing of programs that help families prepare for, pay for and succeed in higher education. Read more>>



Mark L. Pelesh

Mark L. Pelesh
Executive Vice President, Corporate and Business Development

Mark L. Pelesh joined USA Funds in August 2013 and is responsible for exploring new strategic directions and additional opportunities for USA Funds to serve students in higher education. Read more>>



Craig P. Anderson

Craig P. Anderson
Senior Vice President, Business Development

As USA Funds’ senior vice president, business development, Craig P. Anderson leads the company's Student Connections​℠ division. Read more>>



A. Scott Fleming
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development
As USA Funds’ senior vice president, strategy and corporate development, A. Scott Fleming focuses on the organization’s work with private equity firms that invest in education. Read more>>
Alison R. Griffin
Senior Vice President, External and Government Relations
Alison R. Griffin has more than 15 years of experience in higher education policy. As USA Funds’ senior vice president, external and government relations, she manages thought-leadership activities and opportunities for USA Funds. Read more>>
Larry A. Lutz

Larry A. Lutz
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development​
President, Education at Work

Larry A. Lutz is responsible for directing business investment, acquisition and partnering initiatives. He serves as president of USA Funds affiliate Education at Work, leading the organization as it develops and nurtures student talent pipelines with partner universities and employers. Read more>>


Shital Patel
Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Operational Support
Shital Patel is responsible for all aspects of USA Funds’ information technology and services. Read more>>

​Board of Trustees

Reverend E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C. is President Emeritus of the University of Portland after serving as president of that institution for eleven years. He was elected to the USA Funds and USA Group Boards in 1998. Fr. Beauchamp is a member of USA Funds’ Audit and Investment and Finance Committees. He served on the board of Lumina Foundation for Education from 2000-2008. He previously served as Senior Vice President of the University of Portland, and as Executive Vice President of the University of Notre Dame, Assistant Professor of Business and Associate Director of Admissions at Alma College, and has worked as an attorney in private practice and as a financial analyst. Fr. Beauchamp received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Detroit, and his J.D. and M. Div. degrees from the University of Notre Dame.

Fr. Beauchamp serves on numerous boards including the University of Notre Dame, Stonehill College, and Holy Cross Family Ministries. He is also on the Honors Committee for the NCAA. He also serves as a member of the Provincial Council for his religious order, the Congregation of Holy Cross, and is the Order’s Assistant Provincial and Steward. Fr. Beauchamp resides in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Marlene V. Coulis is a Marketing Strategy Consultant with Coulis Consulting, which provides strategic and actionable marketing solutions to drive brand growth within the consumer and retail environment. She brings to the USA Funds board over 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising, marketing research and strategic planning. Previously, Marlene was a marketing executive with Anheuser-Busch, Inc. for 18 years and most recently served as Vice President of Consumer Strategy, Insights and Innovation. In addition, she led the integration of the total marketing approach into the combined Anheuser-Busch InBev global company. She had also served on the corporation’s strategy committee, a group of the most senior executives responsible for setting the company’s strategic course. During her tenure, she helped the company become a leading beverage innovator by expanding its brand portfolio to include a full line of American and craft-style beers, select imports, and premium specialty beverages. She is a graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Ms. Coulis was elected to the USA Funds board in 2011. She is a member of USA Funds’ Compensation and Mission Advancement and Philanthropy Committees. Marlene is also on the board of trustees for Embarc, a Chicago-based three-year program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income High School students to inspire and prepare them for college and career success. Marlene resides with her husband, Theo, in Chicago. 

Blake E. Devitt is a retired CPA and senior audit partner from Ernst & Young (E&Y), an international public accounting and auditing firm. He was elected to the USA Funds Board in 2006. He is a member of the USA Funds Investment and Finance Committee and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. Mr. Devitt was employed with E&Y for 33 years in a variety of roles, including, most recently, National Director of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industry practice for the firm. Earlier in his career, he was named to a term as an Accounting Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board, where he researched and helped resolve emerging financial reporting issues while on leave from E&Y. During the late ’80s and early ’90s, Mr. Devitt served as the partner in charge of E&Y’s annual financial audits of USA Funds and USA Group. Mr. Devitt received his undergraduate degree from Bradley University and his MBA from the University of Wisconsin (Madison).

Mr. Devitt serves on the Board of Directors of Baxalta Incorporated, a global biopharmaceutical company. He resides with his wife, Jan, in Chicago, Illinois, in the summer and Sanibel, Florida, in the winter.

Marshall C. Grigsby is President and Chief Executive Officer of Grigsby & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in educational policy issues and the legislative process. Dr. Grigsby was elected to the USA Funds Board in 2002. He is a member of USA Funds’ Governance Committee and serves as Chair of the Mission Advancement and Philanthropy Committee. Dr. Grigsby has served as the Senior Legislative Associate for Higher Education with the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the United States House of Representatives. Prior to his service on Capitol Hill, Dr. Grigsby served as an associate dean and faculty member at Howard University, executive vice president and provost and chief operating officer at Hampton University and as president of Benedict College of Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Grigsby is also the founder, president and CEO of Educational Research Systems, a nonprofit research organization that focuses on comprehensive socio-economic, educational and policy issues affecting minority students and students of color.

In 2003 Dr. Grigsby was inducted into The History Makers, a national video database of outstanding African Americans. The database is housed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Dr. Grigsby continues to offer consulting and evaluation services to institutions of higher education throughout the United States.

Dr. Grigsby received his undergraduate education at Morehouse College and master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Chicago. Dr. Grigsby resides with his wife, Harriet, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Michael D. King is Vice President and General Manager, Global Education Industry, for IBM, with responsibility for strategy, marketing and sales across schools and higher education. He oversees all facets of IBM’s work with K12 schools and higher education institutions, including the development of industry specific solutions. IBM’s portfolio in Education includes consulting and IT services, analytics tools and other software, as well as cloud and high performance computing.

Mr. King has been with IBM for over 30 years in various executive and management positions, with over 20 years in education and learning. He has held a variety of roles in the education industry, developing programs like ThinkPad University, Insight at School, Learning Village and many others. He has also worked in IBM’s corporate training segment, leading marketing, strategy and partner programs.

Mr. King has served on various client advisory groups, such as the California P16 Council, as well as industry associations, such as the Business Higher Education Forum, where he is a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the board of directors for both the IMS Global Learning Consortium and the Schools Interoperability Frameworks Association (SIFA) standards organizations that foster industry collaboration to build more interoperable technology systems.

Mr. King is a member of USA Funds’ Investment and Finance Committee and the Mission Advancement and Philanthropy Committee. He holds bachelor’s degrees in physics and engineering from Kansas State University and a master’s in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Erik I. Moreno serves as Executive Vice President, Business Development, for Time Inc., where he is responsible for formulating and executing the strategy for leveraging the 90+ Time Inc. brands into new digital businesses and adjacencies. Mr. Moreno was elected to the USA Funds Board in 2011. He currently serves on USA Funds’ Audit Committee and serves as Chair of the Investment and Finance Committee.

In his previous role as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, for Fox Networks Group, Mr. Moreno identified new business and strategic opportunities and worked on the company’s acquisitions and joint ventures. Mr. Moreno also served as co-General Manager of Mobile Content Venture, and he led 21st Century Fox’s efforts ahead of the FCC’s upcoming spectrum auction and other digital initiatives. Previously, Mr. Moreno was Director of Corporate Development for eBay Inc., and Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy for Level 3 Communications, a global wholesale telecommunications company. Mr. Moreno began his career at Gleacher & Co., a boutique investment bank specializing in Mergers & Acquisition. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ilene H. Nagel is the Leader of the Higher Education Practice for Russell Reynolds Associates, focusing on searches for research universities and colleges, for presidents’ provosts, deans and other senior academic administrators. She is also a member of the Not-For-Profit Practice and the Academic Medicine/Health Services Practice, where she focuses on searches for CEOs of hospital systems affiliated with academic medical centers, for Deans of Medicine, and for chairs and chiefs of departments within the nation’s most prestigious medical schools.

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates as a Managing Director, Ilene was the Senior Advisor to the University of California, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and to the Office of the President of the University of California System. Before joining the University of California Office of the President, Dr. Nagel was the Executive Vice Chancellor (chief academic officer) of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and before that, Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Research at the University of Maryland (College Park). She served for two decades as a Full-Time Professor of Law at Indiana University (Bloomington), with visiting appointments as a Guggenheim Fellow at Yale Law School, as a Fellow at Cambridge University, as a Professor of Law at Columbia University School of Law and as a Professor of Law at the George Washington University School of Law. From 1985-1994, Dr. Nagel was a presidential appointee as a Commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission, where she served as a Commissioner on the full-time, independent agency in the federal judiciary.

Dr. Nagel was elected to the USA Funds Board in 2000. Dr. Nagel is a member of USA Funds’ Compensation Committee and Governance Committee.

Dr. Nagel received her Master’s of Legal Studies from Stanford University School of Law and her Ph.D. from New York University. Dr. Nagel is also on the Board of Palmetto, GBA, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina.

Ilene resides with her husband, Aristides Burton Demetrios, in Montecito, California.

​William R. Neale, Esq. is the senior partner with the law firm Krieg DeVault LLP, Indianapolis, Indiana. He was elected to the USA Funds Board in 1997 and served as Chairman of the Board from 2000-2009. He currently serves on USA Funds’ Investment and Finance Committee and Mission Advancement and Philanthropy Committee. He was a Director of USA Group from 1997 to 2000. He received a B.S. and J.D. from Indiana University.

Mr. Neale has numerous community affiliations including: Director of Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and its Executive Committee; Director of the Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation; a member of the Butler University Business Consulting Group Advisory Panel; a member and past Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; emeritus board member and former Chairman of Young Audiences of Indiana; member of Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis; and member of the Indianapolis, Indiana and American Bar Associations. From 2000 to 2007 he served on the board of Lumina Foundation for Education. From 1992-95, he was a Presidential appointee to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the U.S. (a federal agency formed to advise the executive, legislative, and judicial branches concerning administrative law matters). He resides with his wife, Carolyn, in Fishers, Indiana. They have two sons and one daughter. 

Ernest J. Newborn II is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of USI Holdings Corporation, the twelfth largest insurance brokerage firm in the world. Mr. Newborn was elected to the USA Funds Board in 2000 and served as Chairman of the Board from 2009 to 2014. He is a member of USA Funds’ Audit Committee and serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee. He previously served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Acordia, Inc., a formerly Indianapolis-based publicly held insurance brokerage administration company. Mr. Newborn has also previously served as Associate Counsel for Indianapolis, Indiana-based Anthem, Inc. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree from Drake University. Until he assumed his current position with USI, Mr. Newborn resided in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was active in the Indianapolis not-for-profit community. Mr. Newborn has received numerous awards for his civic and professional achievements. He resides with his wife, Josie, and their two sons in Ridgefield, Connecticut. 

Edward R. Schmidt, Esq. is President & CEO of Silver Creek Partners, LLC, based in suburban Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a retired partner of the Indianapolis-based law firm Krieg, DeVault, LLP, a former Executive Vice President of Sallie Mae, Inc., and the former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of USA Group, Inc.

Mr. Schmidt joined USA Group in 1991. He was elected to USA Group’s board in 1993 and USA Funds’ board in 1996, and was a director and trustee until July 31, 2000. Mr. Schmidt was re-elected to the USA Funds Board in 2001. He is a member of USA Funds’ Compensation Committee and serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. He was a member of the Lumina Foundation for Education Board from 2001 to 2009. Mr. Schmidt previously served as President of Commonwealth Title Services of Indiana, Inc., and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Wainwright Financial Corporation. He received a B.S. from Susquehanna University, a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame and is licensed to practice law in the states of Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Mr. Schmidt is a member of the American, Indiana and Indianapolis Bar Associations. He serves on the Board of Directors of Susquehanna University, Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center, and the Board of Chancellors of the Indiana State Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He and his family reside in suburban Indianapolis.