Libby Sartain, (AARP Foundation Board Chair) MBA is an independent advisor, working with companies on human resource issues. With more than 40 years of experience in human resources, she is also an author and frequent public speaker, using her HR leadership and management experience at companies in technology, transportation and manufacturing. She led human resources at Yahoo! and at Southwest Airlines during transformative periods. Both companies were among Fortune magazine’s “Best Places to Work” during her tenure. She is Chair of the Board of SHRM Foundation, the former board chair of the Society for Human Resource Management and is on the board of ManpowerGroup. She resides in Texas.
David Adame of Phoenix, Arizona, is President and CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., (CPLC) the largest community development corporation (CDC) in Arizona and the third largest Hispanic CDC in the country.
A third generation Arizonian, David attended ASU on a music scholarship where he studied Finance. Upon graduating in 1985, David began his first tour at CPLC where he eventually became the Director of Economic Development. After two years, David accepted a position at JP Morgan Chase where he served as a Corporate Banking Associate and was then promoted to Assistant Vice President in the Retail Business Loan Center.
Following seven years at JP Morgan Chase, David left to become the Program Officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) where he designed programs that assisted CDCs to develop single-family housing to support neighborhood revitalization efforts.
David left LISC in 1997 to become the Senior Deputy Director for Fannie Mae in their Arizona Partnership Office. In this role, David worked with the Director of Fannie Mae to form a comprehensive housing investment strategy to provide $15 billion in affordable mortgage financing. During this time at Fannie Mae, David earned his MBA from ASU.
After six years with Fannie Mae, David left to become Vice President of Arizona Operations for McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. In this capacity, David oversaw the Matthew Henson HOPE VI project, which transformed the City of Phoenix’s public housing buildings into mixed-income, mixed-finance, and mixed-use community.
David returned to CPLC in 2008 serving as Chief Economic Development Officer. Since returning to CPLC, David has raised more than $250 million in resources from government agencies, corporations, and foundations all during one of the most severe recessions in US history. In addition, David has completed 12 real-estate development projects across Arizona valued at more than $60 million and has significantly expanded the number of CPLC owned and operated for-profit business ventures which contribute towards CPLC’s unique goal of becoming self-sufficient. David is greatly admired as a man of faith, his commitment to family, and his dedication as a strongly principled business and community leader.
Judge Patricia Banks (Retired, Chicago, IL) is a 1972 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Judge Banks engaged in the practice of law for over 20 years, before her 1994 election to a judgeship for the Circuit Court of Cook County. She served as a trial judge in the Domestic Relations and Law Divisions prior to her appointment as the founding Presiding Judge of the Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies (ELMR) Division in 2010. The ELMR Division is the only division of its kind in the United States, and was established to improve access to justice for the elderly.
During the course of her legal career she served as a member of the Chicago Bar Association Board of Managers and Vice-President of the Cook County Bar Association, chairing its Judicial Evaluation Committee. Judge Banks chaired the Illinois Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinating Committee and The Judicial Council Division of the National Bar Association (NBA). She is a former board member for the Center for Conflict Resolution and is a certified mediator with advanced certification in Eldercare Mediation. Additionally, she has served as a consultant on elder abuse for the National Center for State Courts. Judge Banks is a former faculty member of the Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Conference, where she lectured on elder abuse and aging. She has given testimony before the Elder Justice Coordinating Council, and most recently participated in a panel discussion at a congressional briefing on the intergenerational, interdisciplinary issue of advance care planning.
Judge Banks Chaired the 15- member American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law & Aging, the Elder Law Committee of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) and the Elder Abuse Committee of the American Judges Association (AJA). Judge Banks also serves on the Advisory Board of Concordia University-Chicago Center for Gerontology. She continues to facilitate workshops and publish articles on elder law and elder care issues. Among her publications are Legal Access for Elders: A Workable Court Model in Cook County, Illinois, ABA Bifocal, 2016, A New Age and a New Court for Older Litigants, ABA Experience Magazine, 2012, and Elder Protection Courts: Judicial Perspective, Holistic Approach ABA Experience Magazine, 2014, Elder Protection Courts: Responding to the Now , Anticipating the Future, Volume 53, Issue 2, Court Review- Journal of the American Judges Association, Summer 2017.
Robert “Bob” Blancato is President of Matz, Blancato and Associates, a public and government relations firm. He spent 17 years on the staff of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging and has participated in four White House Conferences on Aging, including as the Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. With over 30 years of deep experience in the field of aging and public service, he is executive director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs and the National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition.
As a volunteer, Bob serves on the Board of the National Hispanic Council on Aging. From 2016 to 2018, he chaired the American Society on Aging (ASA). He is a former volunteer State President of AARP Virginia and served six years on the Board of the National Council on Aging. He is a former president of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.
In 2019, he was appointed by HHS Secretary Alex Azar to the National Advisory Council on Rural Health and Human Services. Bob was named to the ASA Hall of Fame in 2020. He was knighted by the Republic of Italy in 2011.
Bob resides in Virginia.
Margot James Copeland’s experience spans board and operational leadership. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Clinic as Vice Chair of Government & Community Relations, The Cleveland Orchestra, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Say Yes to Education, and recently concluded nine years at Kent State University as Board Secretary, Chair of Nominating and Governance, and Chair of Academic Excellence and Student Success. Margot recently retired as Chair & CEO of the nationally recognized KeyBank Foundation. Previously she was the Chief Diversity Officer of KeyBank garnering many national and regional awards. Prior to KeyBank, she served Northeast Ohio as Executive Leader of The Greater Cleveland Roundtable and Leadership Cleveland. She has also served as National President of The Links, an organization of African American women devoted to strengthening African American communities through education, advocacy, and volunteering.
Ann G. Daw of Crompond, New York, was recently president of the not-for-profit Specialty Food Association having held that position since 2006. During her tenure, membership grew by more than 30%, retention exceeded not-for-profit membership norms, and attendance at the two SFA trade shows – in NY and San Francisco - grew exponentially. She established the organization’s first foundation supporting continuing education, research, fighting hunger and food waste, innovation, and outreach, and increased the net assets five-fold. She established strong governance and oversight guidelines while building a culture of accountability and collaboration.
Prior to leading the Specialty Food Association, Ann was Senior Vice President of Business and Marketing Development in the International Division, and VP of Global Marketing Resources and Initiatives of Kraft Foods. Earlier, she headed Strategic Planning for Phillip Morris International, and led Marketing and Sales for the Asia Pacific Division of the company out of Hong Kong.
She currently sits on a number of boards including the World Education Services as head of its Governance Committee, and advises and mentors start-ups and turnarounds. Her husband and she have established a foundation in their son's name, giving cross country camp scholarships to students. Ann is also Chairwoman of her Parish Council, and on the steering committee for the building of a new hall for the children of her parish.
Diane D. Miller of Sacramento, California, is President and CEO of Wilcox Miller & Nelson, a human capital consulting firm located in Sacramento, California. She is also involved in a technology start-up related to the new variable workforce. Prior to joining her firm, Ms. Miller served as Vice President of Portfolio Management for a national real estate investment company, which at that time was the second largest in the nation.
Ms. Miller is a certified public company director through the Director Certification Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business, and holds a current Certificate of Director Professionalism, Board Governance Fellow, and Master designations from the National Association of Corporate Directors. Since 2007, she has been facilitating public, private and nonprofit company board evaluation and governance education programs.
Ms. Miller is a current Board, Audit Committee, PAC and Executive Committee member of the California Chamber of Commerce, the second largest state chamber in the United States. She is a Board member and Chair Emeritus of the California Host Committee, which annually gathers the top 1,000 California industry and government leaders. As well, she is one of the founders and Chair Emeritus of the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Ms. Miller served as a Regent for the University of the Pacific from 2007-2016, where she chaired the Audit Committee and served on the Executive Committee. During her tenure, she also served on the University’s Technology, Compensation, Presidential Search, Branding, and Strategy Committees. A director of Umpqua Holdings (a NASDAQ-traded financial services company in Oregon, California, Nevada and Washington) from 2004 to 2013, Ms. Miller served on the Compensation, Audit, and Loan and Investment Committees as the company grew from $1 billion to $12 billion in assets.
A frequent guest speaker on governance, Ms. Miller has been a presenter for such organizations as National Association of Corporate Directors Annual Conference, USC Governance Conference, Compensationstandards.com, Society of Corporate Secretaries, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Young Presidents Organization, the Western Independent Bankers Directors Conference, and PBS’s NewsHour.
Ms. Miller holds an M.B.A. with an emphasis in marketing from Golden Gate University and a B.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of the Pacific.
Susan Werth of Miami, FL, is an accomplished corporate General Counsel and hospitality thought leader with a reputation as a strategic partner able to steer consensus and resolution to complex business issues. She spent over twenty years at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. in a variety of legal and executive roles, most recently as Senior Vice President & General Counsel for The Americas, Starwood’s largest hotel division, with responsibility for more than 650 owned, managed and franchised hotels in 23 countries.
Earlier in her career, she served as SVP & General Counsel for Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc. and its predecessor Vistana, Inc., a publicly-traded vacation ownership developer and operator which Starwood acquired in 1999. Before joining Vistana, Susan was in private practice as a real estate partner at the Miami office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP specializing in complex real estate, corporate, and securitization transactions.
Susan is a member of the Florida Bar and a former President of the Florida Bar Foundation. In the late 1970’s, she served as counsel to the Miami Design Preservation League in its successful bid to list South Beach’s Art Deco District on the National Register of Historic Places. She is currently an active member of the Circle of Friends of Human Rights Watch in Miami, the International Women’s Forum and Miami Angels, an investing group providing start-up capital to technology companies based in South Florida. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Barnard College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Susan and her husband Bernard Silver live in Miami and have two grown daughters and one delightful granddaughter.