Board of Directors
Senior Chief Petty Officer Blaisdell was directly responsible for the care and upkeep of 16 aircraft valued in total 512 million dollars and managed a team of 365 seamen. A career Navy man, his leadership as Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Chief of an S3-A aircraft carrier based squadron has prepared him for the diverse positions and roles he has held. . He concluded his professional career in 2014 after 59 years of employment at Lockheed Martin where worked as the Lead Engineer for the C-130 Reliability and Maintainability Department.
In her current Global Communications role at The Coca-Cola Company, she manages the communications function specifically supporting McDonald’s, Coca-Cola’s largest and most strategic foodservice customer. Story-telling is an integral part of what she does for both internal and external audiences: extensive writing and development of creative, impactful messaging and communications materials for senior executives, employees, customers and the media. Her other areas of expertise include communications strategy and planning, internal and executive communications, administration of intranet sites, issues management, customer stewardship and managing agency relationships.
Cherie-Ann a native of Jamaica, is a graduate of the University of Miami where she earned her Master of Arts degree in Communications. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.
Chairman of the Board
Ben Cope is an entrepreneur, Web Designer, and Internet Marketing Consultant with a background in multimedia, project management, instructional technology and graphic design.
A graduate of Kennesaw State University with a BA in International Affairs, Ben started his own web design agency, Internet Genius Consulting, in 2003.
Ben is currently responsible for the development and ongoing site maintenance of dozens of different client’s websites around the world. His diverse client base includes non-profit organizations, internet marketing professionals and small business owners.
Throughout his 30-year career in the financial services industry, Gary has honed his expertise in orchestrating seamless operational processes and integrating innovative technologies to streamline operations. He is passionate about leveraging emerging technologies to drive efficiency, productivity, and profitability for organizations, making a meaningful impact on their overall growth and success.
Gary holds an MBA in Banking and Finance from Dowling College and a BS in Accounting with a Computer Science minor from The State University of New York at New Paltz.
In 2002, Maynard was recognized as a “Modern Day” technology leader and received an award of merit from U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine. Maynard is a life and career coach and enjoys working with teens and adults to meet personal and professional goals. Maynard has a BS’ in Sociology from Montclair State University in New Jersey and MS’ in Management of Technology from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Originally from North Carolina, Dianne graduated from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC with a B.S. in Chemistry. She worked in research for an agriculture company for eight years specializing in organic synthesis and analytical techniques. She left the technical field of the laboratory to help build a successful network marketing business. Currently Dianne works as a freelancer serving multiple c-level executives in several industries including both non-profit and for profit organizations. She specializes in overall organization, developing and refining processes, and creating a paperless work environment. She has also helped several authors providing their book endeavors with graphic creation, research, and data analysis.