Kathleen Koch, Founder & Executive Director
Kathleen Koch spent most of her career as a journalist, starting as a reporter on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and ending as a Peabody Award-winning network television White House correspondent. She left the news business in 2009 and wrote Rising from Katrina, the prize-winning bestseller about the recovery of her Bay St. Louis, Mississippi hometown from Hurricane Katrina. Koch led a nationwide letter-writing campaign to encourage the survivors of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan before turning her attention to aiding in disasters at home by creating LeadersLink. In her spare time, she serves as chair of the Howard County Maryland Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD).
Myrna P. Daramy, Technology Advisor
Myrna P. Daramy is the Co-Founder of Mezzohead Media Corporation, a web application firm and the CEO of Myrna Daramy, LLC. digital marketing strategy company. She has spent her career deep in the world of digital analytics, strategic branding, technology management, and SEO with over 13 years of experience working with luxury brands in the bridal and lifestyle industries.
Claire DeMatteis, Advisory Board Member
Claire DeMatteis is a temporary special assistant to the governor of Delaware. Prior to that, she was Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Affinity Health Plan, Inc. DeMatteis was also previously Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Privacy Officer at Catalina Marketing and Catalina Health. She served for ten years as senior counsel to then-U.S. Senator Joe Biden.
Ted Ellis, Advisory Board Member
Ted Ellis was elected mayor of Bluffton, Indiana in 1995 after nine years on the Wells County Council. He served as president of the National League of Cities and treasurer of United Cities and Local Governments. Ellis is past president of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, which gave him the Russell Lloyd Award for “outstanding contributions to local government.”
Kiki McLean, Advisory Board Member
Kiki McLean is the director of the Walton Family Political and Communications Office in Washington, D.C. A veteran of six presidential campaigns, including the historic 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign, McLean has more than 25 years of experience leading strategic communications initiatives. She served as senior advisor to the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign in 2008, and has served as spokesperson and led communications for Vice President Al Gore, Senator Joe Lieberman, the Democratic National Committee and others.