CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Lynn M. Croneberger, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
Lynn M. Croneberger, CFRE, is Chief Executive Officer of SOS Children's Villages-USA, the world’s largest organization providing loving, stable homes for orphaned and abandoned children in 133 countries around the world. Lynn has extensive experience in fund-raising, nonprofit leadership and advocating for the world’s most vulnerable children and families. Since joining SOS Children’s Villages in 2012, she has built a solid fundraising team, overhauled the sponsorship program and streamlined integrated marketing initiatives. Under her leadership, SOS Children’s Villages' revenue through US-based funding has nearly doubled. Previously, she was Vice President of Development for The Wilderness Society and Reading is Fundamental in Washington, D.C. She was also Executive Director for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation and Memorial Foundation, Executive Director of the American Heart Association of South Florida as well as Vice President for United Way of Broward County, Florida. Lynn is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) and was the 2011 President of the Washington, D.C. Metro Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
Lynn also uses social media to share news about SOS Children’s Villages and its work around the world. Find her on Twitter at @LynnCroneberger.
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Robert Baird, Jr. - Chairman
Chief Executive Officer, A.T. Cross Company
Robert Baird is the Chief Executive Officer of A.T. Cross Company, a portfolio company of Clarion Capital Partners.
Most recently Bob was the CEO and President of the Sports portfolio of Dorel Industries, a $1.1 billion in revenue global business which included such major brands as Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Caloi, and the Sugoi apparel brand. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Baird was Chairman of the International Retail Board from 2006 to 2008; and President and CEO, Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care from 2002 - 2006.
Mr. Baird was also a consultant in the New York office of Egon Zehnder International with practice specialties in the consumer products industry and marketing management.
Preceding his tenure as a consultant, Mr. Baird was the Vice President & General Manager at Samsonite, where he was responsible for their largest business and setting their global strategy. Prior to Samsonite, Mr. Baird worked in various consumer goods companies in positions of increasing responsibility, including General Motors, Scott Paper, Bristol Myers, and Procter & Gamble. His career began at General Electric in Finance and Mr. Baird is a graduate of their Financial Management Program.
Mr. Baird holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School at Northwestern University, with concentrations in Marketing, Management, and Finance. He holds a B.A. in Economics from St. Lawrence University.
Michel Lagarde - Vice Chairman & Treasurer
New York, NY
Michel Lagarde joined the SOS Children’s Villages - USA Board of Directors in 2011. He is currently the President of Patheon, the leading global provider of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing services. Previously, he was Principal of JLL from 2008-May 2016, a middle market private equity firm, with $4 billion under management, focused on investments in financial services, health care and basic industries.
Prior to JLL, Mr. Lagarde served as Controller for Philips Consumer Electronics in Hong Kong from 1999 to 2001, CFO for Philips Group Indonesia from 2001 to 2004, and CFO and, later, CEO of Philips Domestic Appliances North America from 2004 to 2008.
Mr. Lagarde received an Executive Master of Finance and Control in 2002 from a combined program of the University of Maastricht, University of Amsterdam, and the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He received a B.B.A. and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1995 from European University, Antwerp, Belgium.
David Mitchell - Governance Chair
David Mitchell has been a passionate friend and supporter of SOS Children’s Villages since 2005 when he first encountered SOS Emergency Relief teams in Indonesia after the Tsunami. A United States Air Force Captain, honorably discharged in 1980, he has personally flown to visit SOS Villages, Relief Programs, and Family Strengthening Programs in Bosnia, Nicaragua, and Haiti on multiple occasions. In January 2010, Mr. Mitchell visited the SOS Village - Santo, outside of Port-Au-Prince, to aid in relief efforts within two days of the earthquake.
From 1973 to 1980, Mr. Mitchell flew missions with the Air Force in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, and the Arctic Circle. He worked with the oil and gas industry from 1980 to 1990, large scale commercial/corporate agriculture from 1989 to 1998, and now runs a general contractor commercial industrial construction business.
In addition to his service to SOS Children’s Villages, Mr. Mitchell also worked to help children at risk as Board Chairman for the Tyler, Texas/Smith County Child Welfare Board and continues to work with youth in his community of Southlake, Texas.
Mr. Mitchell received a BBA with a major in Management and a secondary in marketing from Southern Methodist University.
Thomas Bauer is the SOS Kinderdorf International nominee on our board. A German national based in Innsbruck, Austria, Mr. Bauer is the International representative for Australia, Canada, UK & Netherlands in the office of Promoting and Supporting associations (PSA relations) for Western Europe, North America & Australia. He has held this position since March 2014. Prior to this, he was the Director of Programmes for Western European, North American and Australian operations in the International office. Prior to joining SOS Children's Villages, Mr. Bauer held a number of management positions in the social services sector in Ireland and Germany. Previous organizations worked for include Barnardos Ireland and MistyCroft Ltd. In addition to holding a German Diploma in Social Work, Mr. Bauer holds a Master's Degree in Not for Profit Management from a university in Berlin.
Senior Portfolio Manager and Financial Advisor of UBS Financial Services
Nick Catania was first introduced to SOS Children’s Villages – Florida by a friend in 2010. Impressed with the organization and eager to get more involved, he quickly volunteered to join the Board of Directors. He has served as Board Chair for 2013 and 2014. In his time with SOS, Catania has provided deft leadership through transition, established a successful annual Back to School fundraising drive, and personally gives his time at SOS volunteer events with his wife, Karla, and two daughters, Nicole and Rachel.
Catania joined UBS Financial Services in 2007 as a Senior Portfolio Manager and Financial Advisor, after 12 years with Morgan Stanley. He currently leads a team specializing in asset management of high net worth families throughout the USA.
He attended Barry University, where he studied Economics and Finance.
David L. Hoffman
Former Regional Manager/ Executive Vice President of an International Construction Management firm
For over 25 years, David L. Hoffman has been a Board Member of SOS Children's Villages Illinois.
Hoffman served for six years as Executive Vice President, Western Region Manager of Morse Diesel International, a construction management and contracting firm. In this role, Hoffman was responsible for offices in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Las Vegas and San Francisco. In 2000, Hoffman retired after spending his entire 29 year career at Morse Diesel, starting as an Assistant Superintendent on the Sears Tower and progressing through the positions of Project Manager, Project Executive, Operations Manager, Territory Manager and Regional Manager.
Hoffman is a graduate of Bradley University with a BA in Construction Management.
President of The Midas Exchange
New Canaan, CT
Kathy Kladopoulos is the President of The Midas Exchange, a WPP company that delivers “the new gold standard” in corporate trade. At Midas, Kladopoulos leads a world class team of liquidation and media experts, and provides her expertise on strategic 360° integrated media trade platforms. Previously, Kladopoulos launched Carat Trade, Aegis' global corporate trade solution which she ran for 10 years and helped expand globally into the United Kingdom, Canada and APAC regions. Prior to Carat Trade, Kladopoulos helped launch IPG’s trade initiative, originally named Western International Trade. Kladopoulos has also served as EVP of Marketing for Byrne Enterprises, a syndication company, where she led advertising sales for various media syndication groups including Hearst and Saban Entertainment properties.
Brian Reinken joined the SOS Children’s Villages – USA Board of Directors in 2015. Mr. Reinken is a Partner with Egon Zehnder, one of the world’s largest global search firms, and has been with the firm since 1999. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in the firm, including serving as Managing Partner for the U.S. Practice for many years. Mr. Reinken also founded and built the Texas offices for the firm. He is a core member of the firm’s CEO and Board Practice and has deep expertise in CEO, C-Suite and Board of Director executive search. He is a core member of the firm’s Global Consumer Practice, with a focus on consumer technology, retail, media and e-commerce. Mr. Reinken has extensive global client experience, successfully serving Fortune 500 clients and leading global brands across a broad spectrum of companies.
Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Mr. Reinken was a Director with Compaq Computer (now HP) in Houston, where he led the development and growth of Compaq.com. Earlier, he was general manager of Compaq’s printer division and led strategic planning and business development. Previously, Brian was a Senior Consultant with Gemini Consulting. He began his career in a variety of finance and marketing roles at Amoco Oil Company (now BP) in Chicago.
Mr. Reinken earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
General Manager of PayPal Canada
Los Gatos, CA
Cameron Schmidt is the General Manager of PayPal Canada, and is responsible for driving the growth of one of the company’s largest markets. At PayPal Canada, Schmidt drives payment innovation, accelerates the growth of commerce, and manages relationships with the company’s key stakeholders and financial network partners. In this role, Schmidt also provides strategic direction to improve the shopping experience for PayPal Canada’s more than 5.5 million active users. Prior to PayPal, he spent six years at Intuit Inc. and held various positions from business unit vice president and head of small business group government relations, to product marketing, business development, and key customer management roles. Prior, he held leadership positions at companies including Warner Lambert (now Pfizer), and has been a board advisor to technology companies.
Schmidt holds a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Former Chairman of the Board, Oslo Stock Exchange
Halvor Stenstadvold has had a distinguished career that spans the private and public sector. Mr. Stenstadvold was Chairman of the Board of the Oslo Stock Exchange and is a consultant and business advisor. For over two decades Mr. Stenstadvold held senior executive positions with the Orkla Group, the leading supplier of branded consumer good to the Nordic grocery market. Previous to this time he was Senior Vice President of the Christiania Bank, Oslo and Mayor of Baerum Municipality. He now serves on a number of Corporate Boards, including Storebrand ASA, Statkraft SF and Statskraft AS, and serves as chairman of the Norwegian Microfinance Initiative, a public/private partnership raising capital for investing in third world microfinance institutions and microfinance investment vehicles. He was also Board Chairman of Borregaard Forest Companies. Since 2001 he has been a Board Director of SOS Children’s Villages, Norway, one of the largest SOS offices of Europe and also serves as a member of SOS Children's Villages - International Senate and Executive Committee. He holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of Oslo and is a Rotary Scholar, Columbia University in New York.
In his position as Deputy Secretary General he continues being responsible for the coordination of the SOS associations in Western Europe and Northern America (19 countries). Peter has a business management degree from Innsbruck University. In addition, he has passed the management consultant exam. In 1990 he was awarded a doctorate in Social and Business Science. He is married and has three daughters.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Craig S. Sarsony, MBA
Craig brings over twenty years of nonprofit financial and operational management experience to SOS-USA. Most recently, Craig was the Sr. Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation – an innovative organization working primarily in Africa with the mission to eradicate HIV/AIDS in children. He has held the roles of CFO/Vice President for Finance at the Grameen Foundation and the Eurasia Foundation. His extensive experience also includes working overseas with Save the Children in their Dominican Republic field office and as a Financial Officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
He received Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health degrees from Columbia University. Craig enjoys using his strategic, management, and financial experience to strengthen the operational platforms of nonprofit organizations so that they are better positioned to achieve their missions.
Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships
Meron Mathias is experienced in the design, delivery and messaging of measurable corporate-cause partnerships that generate awareness and action to fuel efforts uplifting vulnerable children, families and communities. She has structured powerfully branded cause marketing campaigns, developed social impact programs and launched integrated outreach initiatives mobilizing consumers, workforces and influencers. Prior to joining SOS USA, Ms. Mathias worked as an account manager to socially responsible Fortune 500s and multinationals and in-house at leading national and international non-profit organizations focused on economic empowerment, education, preventive healthcare and humanitarian aid. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University, both in Virginia.
Alison Oliveira Wheeler
Senior Director, Marketing & Communications
Alison is a strategic marketing and communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience with nonprofits and for-profits. Prior to joining SOS USA, Alison provided strategic marketing and development consulting for international development organizations and nonprofit clients as a Principal at Impact Consulting. Previous to consulting, Alison led Women for Women International’s marketing and communications department, an award winning international non-profit providing women survivors of war with the tools and resources to rebuild their lives. Her experience in the private sector included brand management and new product development at AOL, senior leadership positions at a publishing company in the Czech Republic and Poland and account management at Edelman Public Relations.
She received a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and a Master of Business Administration from UC Berkeley. She has also studied at Universitá di Padova in Italy and Charles University in the Czech Republic.
Senior Director, Administrative Services
Kelly Wise is the Director, Administrative Services at SOS Children’s Villages –USA, Inc. Ms. Wise brings a diverse and extensive background in office management, human resources and administration for nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining SOS Children’s Villages, she served on senior teams at both the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce and Prince George’s County YMCA where she gained a large part of her skills. Her passion and commitment working with children has always been her desire. Ms. Wise attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County and resides in the Metropolitan Washington area with her husband and children.