On the last day of Session three (February 7, 2019), the following panel of judges heard the EXCITE teams' program pitches, evaluated them, and awarded them seed money to kickstart their projects. We thank them for taking the time to help with this project.
Liz Ball, President and Creative Director, TFI Envision, Inc., Norwalk, CT
"Branding, promotion, digital, packaging and corporate communication – for global clients such as Honeywell, Unilever, Energizer, American Express and Xerox, as well as a range of not-for-profit organizations such as Keystone House, Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Inspirica."
Shawn Bay, Founder and CEO, eScholar, New York
Entrepreneur and leader in the field of data science and using it to help companies, schools and students achieve their goals; founded eScholar over 20 years ago to enable students and schools to plan, track and achieve their goals; started his career working with some of the world’s largest companies such as P&G, Unilever and IBM.
Catherine Damiani, Director, Tiverton Public Library
Catherine was recently appointed Director of the Tiverton Public Library and currently serves on the ALA Council representing the Rhode Island Library Association. She earned her MLIS from the University of Rhode island while working at the Cranston and East Providence Public Libraries. She was an ALA Emerging Leader in 2016, the 2017 Recent Alumni of the Year at the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, and is working towards a Master of Public Administration from URI.
Joe Gammal, Managing Director, Synecticsworld, Inc.
Joe’s work and passion are at the center of human potential -- creating breakthrough new value while inspiring and fostering more collaborative, creative, and innovative leaders, teams and organizations. He’s a seasoned facilitator, coach, and trainer working with leaders to create growth and meaningful change. His focus is on creating breakthrough solutions and embedding capabilities for a more innovative culture to take root. Prior to his work with Synecticsworld, Joe held executive and product marketing positions helping to start and grow new businesses, teams, products, and brands (Apple, Hasbro, Livetoy Networks, Arthur D. Little, IBM).
Karen Mellor, Chief of Library Services, Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services
Karen is responsible for library development and interlibrary cooperation in Rhode Island, ensuring that all residents have equal access to a coordinated network of high quality, community focused library services and resources. Her key initiatives include integrating emerging technologies with traditional library services and supporting libraries as learning and opportunity centers for the discovery, utilization and creation of information resources by the individual and the community. She is also actively involved in the development of library strategy and initiatives at the national level.
Jana L. Stevenson, Director, Warwick Public Library received her MLIS from the University of South Carolina while working at the Charleston County Public Library. She manages the day to day operations of the City’s library system. She works with staff to discover creative and innovative approaches to handle daily library operations in an evolving profession. This is an exciting time of change in the library world, and brings her energy and passion to the task of ensuring the library is a thriving force in her community.
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