Leadership

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

  • Directors of our Bridges sites
  • Executive Team in the Bethesda Office
  • Board of Trustees of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities

Allen Brown
Senior Director, Atlanta & Philadelphia
Ph: 404-523-6335
Fax: 404-523-6905
TTY: 404-523-7108
allen.brown@marriott.com


Anthea Charles
Director, San Francisco & Oakland
Ph: 415-227-4330 x11
Fax: 415-227-4527
TTY: 415-227-4526
anthea.charles@marriott.com


Shelby Hill
Director, Washington, D.C. Metro
Ph: 301-562-9146 x 21
Fax: 301-562-9149
TTY: 301-562-9150
shelby.hill@marriott.com

Rob Mollard
Director, Dallas
Ph: 214-658-9820
Fax: 214-658-9822
robert.mollard@marriott.com


Therese Lyons
Director, Los Angeles
Ph: 213-347-0042 x27
Fax: 213-623-2761
TTY: 213-623-3427
therese.lyons@marriott.com

Ken Upshaw
Senior Director, Chicago
Ph: 312-432-6240
Fax: 312-432-0230
TTY: 312-432-6248
kenneth.upshaw@marriott.com

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.

Linda Bender

Director of Administration and Board Secretary
Linda Bender is a 23-year Marriott veteran and has been serving the Marriott Foundation for the last 12 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 management and corporate standards and policies.

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.

Marriott Foundation Board of Trustees

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

Richard E. Marriott

Chairman
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.

Mark R. Donovan

Vice-Chairman
Mark R. 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. As vice-chairman, he continues to serve 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.

Debbie Marriott Harrison

We are pleased to announce that Debbie Marriott Harrison has been elected to the Board of Trustees effective October 30, 2013. Debbie 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.

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.