The leadership of the Bridges from School to Work program is comprised of:

  • Leaders of our Bridges programs across the country
  • Executive Team in the Bethesda Office
  • Board of Trustees of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities

Anthea Charles
Director, San Francisco & Oakland
Ph: 415-227-4330
Fax: 415-227-4527

Shelby Hill
Director, Washington Metro & Baltimore
Ph: 202-609-9842

Rob Mollard
Director, Dallas/Fort Worth
Ph: 972-408-9223
Fax: 214-658-9822

Kelly Pavich
Interim Director, New York City
Ph: 708-655-8412

Booda Sanchez
Director, Philadelphia
Ph: 215-772-1290
Fax: 215-772-1296

Andrew Selby
Team Lead, Boston
Ph: 617-848-0505

Tony Singleton
Team Lead, Atlanta
Ph: 404-523-6335
Fax: 404-523-6905

Ken Upshaw
Director, Chicago
Ph: 312-432-6240
Fax: 312-432-0230

Executive Leadership at Bethesda HQ

Tad Asbury

Vice President & Executive Director
Tad Asbury joined the Foundation in 2003. In this role, Mr. Asbury oversees and directs Foundation operations, ensuring adherence to the Foundation’s mission and underlying principles, achievement of established goals and objectives, and meeting long term organizational stability and growth. Mr. Asbury has a B.A. from Albion College and an M.A. from Georgetown University. tad.asbury@marriott.com

Linda Bender

Director of Administration and Board Secretary
Linda Bender is a 30-year Marriott veteran and has been serving the Marriott Foundation for the last 19 years. Ms. Bender provides administrative leadership, direction and guidance at the Foundation headquarters and to local Bridges offices across the country. She also manages all aspects of the annual employer recognition events and oversees administrative activities in local markets, including human resources, technology and social media management and corporate standards and policies. linda.bender@marriott.com

Allen Brown

Grant Writer
Allen researches, develops, organizes, and curates content for grants and other Foundation communication. He writes and submits unsolicited and solicited proposals to public and private funders. Allen holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an M.S. from Mercer University. allen.brown@marriott.com

Mark Donovan

Mark Donovan was instrumental in the creation of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities and Bridges from School to Work, and served as the organization’s executive director from its launch in 1989 through 2000. He currently serves the foundation in an advisory role, participates in a number of related boards around the country and is a recognized advocate for issues and opportunities surrounding the employment of people with disabilities. Mr. Donovan is a 1972 graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.

Mark Hearn

Director of Finance
Mark Hearn manages the Foundation’s day-to-day financial operations, overseeing budgeting, accounting, fiscal tracking, reporting and contract invoicing. Mr. Hearn supervises the Foundation’s annual audit, and governmental agency audits conducted at Bridges sites. He regulates grant compliance and state non-profit registration requirements. Mr. Hearn is a graduate of Auburn University, holds a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is a CPA in the state of Virginia. mark.hearn@marriott.com

Board of Trustees

Richard E. Marriott

Chairman Richard E. Marriott is also the chairman of the board of directors of Host Hotels and Resorts. A leader in the creation of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities and Bridges from School to Work, Mr. Marriott remains closely involved. He visits each of the local offices annually, hosts events in each Bridges’ city as well as the Foundation’s annual gala in Washington. Mr. Marriott, the younger of the two sons of company founders J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott, is a graduate of the University of Utah and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Debbie Harrison

Debbie Harrison is the Global Officer, Marriott Culture and Business Councils, with Marriott International. In this role, which builds on the tremendous legacy of Stephen Marriott, Debbie champions, promotes and fosters the core values and cultural pillars of the company, with the overall goal of increasing Marriott's business results. She also collaborates with the Continent leadership teams through Marriott's Business Councils in more than 70 markets (including over 25 international locations in Europe, Middle East/Africa, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean and Latin America region). Marriott's Business Councils are a key conduit to promoting the company's culture through associate recognition, customer relationships, and community engagement. Debbie joined Marriott International as part of the Government Affairs team in 2006, and was named Senior Vice President in 2007. Sharing Marriott's commitment to a unique culture, she has lobbied on behalf of the company and fostered strong collaboration with members of Congress, the Administration, and local governments through her advocacy on public affairs issues of importance to the hotel and travel industry.

Dr. I. King Jordan

Past President, Gallaudet University
I. King Jordan made history in 1988 when he became the first deaf president of Gallaudet University, the world's only university with all programs and services designed specifically for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. An inaugural member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Jordan serves as an international spokesperson for deaf and hard of hearing people, as well as an advocate for all persons with disabilities. Much sought after as a public speaker, Dr. Jordan continues to challenge the American public to examine their attitudes toward people with disabilities. Dr. Jordan earned his doctorate in psychology from Gallaudet, he holds many honorary degrees and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Citizen's Medal.

Ellen Ryan Mardiks

Vice Chair, Golin
Golin is an integrated agency with PR and digital at its core. In addition to her vice chairmanship, Ellen Ryan Mardiks leads Golin’s global consumer marketing practice, the agency’s largest and its historic strength. Over the years she has created and led communications campaigns for iconic yet game-changing brands including Walmart, Nestlé, Unilever, Crayola, Purina and Mattel. She’s known for her ability to find and articulate the “aha” insight that is the foundation of successful marketing campaigns. Ellen is a sponsor and catalyst for the development of strategies and tools to advance the practice of marketing public relations. She also leads the agency’s client management efforts. Ellen graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and also studied at the University of London.

Ellen is the parent of a former Bridges participant: “I believe in the mission of Bridges--to make a difference in the lives of challenged young people who want more than anything else what most of us take for granted: a job. My own son, Matthew, has an intellectual disability and was impacted so positively by his Bridges experience in Chicago. The people (Employer Representatives) there believed in him as we did—and, importantly, they didn’t fill his head with pipedreams. Instead, they helped him appreciate his value in the work place, reinforced that a good job is a great thing, and steered him toward some opportunities that he enjoyed and succeeded at.”

Jimmie Walton Paschall

Executive Vice President, Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion, Wells Fargo
Jimmie Walton Paschall is responsible for developing strategies, initiating action and driving organizational change in support of the company’s diversity and inclusion priorities. This includes providing transformational thought leadership and guidance to help the company develop and maintain a diverse and inclusive culture, leading the company’s Enterprise Diversity Council and Team Member Network program, and advising executive management on direction and progress. Paschall joined Wells Fargo in January 2012 from Marriott International where she served as the company’s global diversity officer and senior vice president of external affairs. In this capacity, she spearheaded the company's domestic and global diversity outreach, broadening the footprint of Marriott's award-winning diversity initiatives among the company's workforce, owners and franchisees, suppliers and customers. Paschall also played a primary role in the company's Board of Directors' "Committee for Excellence," which was established in 2003 to set significant diversity objectives and monitor progress.

A graduate of Howard University, Ms. Paschall serves on the Consortium of Chief Diversity Officers at Georgetown University and Patton Boggs' Diversity Advisory Board, is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and the Conference Board's Council of Global Diversity and Inclusion Executives and is a graduate of Leadership Washington. She was also selected as one of Black Enterprise’s Top Executives in Diversity and Uptown Professionals’ Top 100 Executives in America.

Julie Sweet

Chief Executive Officer, Accenture

Julie Sweet is chief executive officer of Accenture and serves on the company’s board of directors. Prior to becoming CEO in September 2019, Julie served as chief executive officer of Accenture’s business in North America, the company’s largest geographic market. Previously, she was Accenture’s general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer for five years. Prior to joining Accenture in 2010, Julie was a partner for 10 years in the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

Outside of Accenture, Ms. Sweet is a leader on topics including innovation, technology’s impact on business, and inclusion and diversity. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's International Business Council, the Business Roundtable and the TechNet Executive Council. Ms. Sweet also serves on the board of directors for Catalyst and the board of trustees for the Center for Strategic & International Studies. In 2019, she was named to FORTUNE’s list of “Most Powerful Women” for the fourth consecutive year.

Ms. Sweet holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Stephen Garff Marriott, whose 23 years of unwavering service as a member of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities' Board of Trustees were an important part of our success. That service, and the admirable way he lived his life, leave a lasting legacy of perseverance and courage which inspires our work to create opportunity for youth with disabilities for generations to come.

Stephen G. Marriott
April 15, 1959-June 23, 2013

Floretta D. McKenzie, a former Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities board member, died March 23, 2015 at the age of 79. Ms. McKenzie, whose teaching career began in 1957, was a deputy superintendent of Montgomery County schools and a deputy assistant secretary in the federal Education Department before she was named D.C. schools superintendent in 1981. When she resigned in 1988, she started an education-consulting business that focused on inner-city schools. We greatly appreciate her many years of valued service as a trustee and will miss her expertise and passion.

Floretta Dukes McKenzie