Bottom Line relies on a dedicated group of individuals to lead the effort to support students and improve college graduation rates. Our National Board of Directors and Regional/Advisory Boards bring leadership and expertise to Bottom Line's mission.
National StaffBottom Line relies on a dedicated group of individuals to lead the effort to support students and improve college graduation rates. Our National office was developed after we launched our New York site in 2011 and expects several additions in the coming years to support additional growth.
Our National Board of Directors brings overall strategic leadership and expertise to Bottom Line's mission and includes a representative from each of our Regional Advisory Boards.
National Board of Directors
Greg Johnson, Chief Executive Officer
Greg Johnson became CEO of Bottom Line in the fall of 2003. A graduate of Brown University, he previously led the marketing and outreach efforts in Boston for The Princeton Review. Since joining Bottom Line, the organization has tripled the size of its staff and students in Boston, replicated its programs to Worcester, MA, and New York City, and been recognized as a national leader in the field of community-based college retention. In 2008, Greg completed Harvard Business School's Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management, and has spoken to a variety of audiences on topics including Managing Non-Profit Growth, Using Data to Improve Performance and Bottom Line's DEAL Model for College Success. When not at Bottom Line, he enjoys coaching his daughters' youth soccer team and has completed the Boston Marathon.
Dave Borgal, Founder and National Program Director
Dave was born in Reading, MA, and currently lives in Saugus, MA. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in 1993 and his Masters Degree in Education from Salem State College in 1994. Dave started Bottom Line in July 1997, and recruited the first class of 25 students in late August 1997. 21 of the 25 kids from the first class earned a college degree. He worked out of a small office in New Mission High School in Roxbury for the first three years before moving Bottom Line's operations to Jamaica Plain in September 2000. After stepping down from the Executive Director role in 2003, Dave rejoined Bottom Line in July 2004 to focus his efforts on program development.
Sarah Place, Director of Curriculum and Training
Sarah grew up in Oakland, CA, and moved to New Hampshire in 1995. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2004 with a BA in English. Upon graduating, she worked on the Democratic National Convention and the Kerry Campaign. She then went on to join the community relations department at Citizens Bank. While working at Citizens, she read a proposal for funding from Bottom Line and was so inspired by the mission that she decided to apply for a job. She has been a part of Bottom Line's staff since August 2006 and served as the Curriculum and Training Director since December 2011.
Katrina Magdol, Operations & HR Manager
Katrina grew up in West Hartford, CT, and moved to Philadelphia to attend Bryn Mawr College, where she studied Psychology and Education. After graduating in 2004, she worked as a Research Assistant in developmental psychology before deciding to pursue her passion for urban education. Katrina received her Masters in Education and teaching certification from the University of Pennsylvania, and then taught in the School District of Philadelphia for two years. While teaching, she discovered a drive for helping low-income and first-generation students gain access to college. Katrina moved back to New England in August 2010, and joined the Bottom Line team in April 2011.
Bob Ballard, USA Funds
Bob Ballard is Senior Vice President of Access and Outreach at USA Funds, Inc, a nonprofit corporation that works nationally to enhance postsecondary education preparedness, access, and success. He directs USA Funds®' postsecondary education access and outreach programs as well as the corporation's philanthropic activities. Bob has more than 29 years of financial services and higher education finance experience. Prior to joining USA Funds in 2008, he worked extensively within the financial service and education lending communities, including as SVP of Servicing at Sallie Mae, SVP of Servicing Operations at USA Group, EVP and COO at EDULINX Canada Corporation, President and CEO at Tricura Canada Corporation, and SVP of Servicing Operations at Citibank Student Loans. Bob holds a bachelor's degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Rochester. Bob also serves on the boards of several community and charitable organizations. He previously chaired Indiana Dollars for Scholars, a community scholarship foundation, and Riverview Hospital Foundation in Noblesville, Indiana. He currently serves on the boards of the United Way of Central Indiana and the Scholarship America Development Committee, in addition to Bottom Line's. Bob is a retired United States Navy Commander. He and his wife, Mary Ellen, live in Noblesville Indiana. They have two grown children, a son who currently serves as a Naval Flight Officer and a daughter who is completing a master's degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management.
George Chu, Citizen Schools
George joined Citizen Schools in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer, and has since taken on the role of Chief Operations Officer. Prior to Citizen Schools, George worked as a consultant for the Bridgespan Group, a non-profit consulting firm, centering on youth and education organizations such as Year Up, City Year, New Sector Alliance and the College Board. He was a management consultant at Arthur D. Little and a manufacturing engineer for Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates. George also serves on the board of ESAC, a community-based agency that strives to improve the quality of life for residents of eastern Massachusetts. He attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Kay Marquet joined the Bottom Line Board in spring 2013. Kay is the former President and CEO of the Community Foundation Sonoma County, CA where she increased the assets from $4 million to more than $140 million between 1992 and 2009. Prior to moving to Sonoma County, she was the first Executive Director of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, MA, raising the asset base to more than $30 million in 13 years. She has been dedicated to education and community service, throughout her life and was an appointee to the New England Board of Higher Education and the Massachusetts Community Service Commission and was the recipient of the Sonoma County Gold Award for Community Service. She is formerly a director of Scholarship America, and co-chaired the Families of Freedom Task Force, serving the dependents of those killed on 9/11. Kay currently lives in the Sonoma County Wine Country and is a member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, a consultant for Wells Fargo Center for the Arts and also serves on the boards for the Center for the Greater Good headquartered in Idaho and Sunny Hills Services in Marin County.
Viola Morse, Brandeis University
Viola Morse joined the board in October 2005 as a result of her strong interest in educational opportunities for underserved populations. She came to this country as a child, having lived in several other countries before settling in New York City. English was her fifth language. As a young adult, Viola moved to Boston and started her career working in health care management. Her career expanded to Marketing, Communications, and Program Management in the non-profit sector, mostly in educational and health care institutions. She is currently at Brandeis University's International Business School, where she advises MBA students from all over the world. Viola received a BS from New York University and an MBA from Suffolk University. She lives in Wellesley with her husband Richard and two children. Both children were adopted from Ecuador and Viola has continued her strong connection to Ecuador by supporting an orphanage there, running semi-annual Mission Trips to Quito, and creating a child sponsorship program through a local church.
Patti Saris, US District Court and US Sentencing Commission
Judge Patti B. Saris was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and has resided in the Boston area for most of her life. She is a graduate of the Girls' Latin School, Radcliffe College, and Harvard Law School. After graduating from law school, she clerked for the Supreme Judicial Court and then went into private practice. When Senator Edward M. Kennedy became chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she moved to Washington D.C. and worked as staff counsel. She later became an Assistant United States Attorney, and eventually chief of the Civil Division. In 1986, Judge Saris became a United States Magistrate Judge, and in 1989, she was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. In 1994, she was appointed to the United States District Court by President Clinton. Judge Saris is active on various judicial committees and was on the Harvard Board of Overseers. She is also chair of the US Sentencing Commission. A mother of four children, Judge Saris is married to Arthur Segel who teaches at Harvard Business School.
Robert Shepler, Legg Mason
Bob is Managing Director for Corporate Development for Legg Mason in New York City. He first joined Legg Mason in 2005 as Head of Global Funds Administration. Prior to joining Legg Mason, Bob spent 30 years managing a variety of operations at CitiGroup, Bankers Trust, Goldman Sachs, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He earned his BA from Williams College and his MBA from Harvard University.
Marc Smith (Chair)
Marc has been in the retail food business for the past thirty years. He spent eighteen years with Stop and Shop in several roles, leading up to a six-year assignment as CEO. A graduate of SUNY Albany, he has been involved with Bottom Line since 2006 and believes passionately in the organization's mission. Marc and his wife Mary Ellen live in Duxbury, Massachusetts. They have two children, Ben and Alexandra.
Dave Terry, Remedy Partners
Throughout his 20 year career in the healthcare provider business Dave has held senior leadership positions within several provider organizations; and he has been a trusted strategic advisor to larger health systems and academic medical centers across the US. As an operator Dave has led risk contracting and risk management initiatives on behalf of acute care hospitals, physician organizations, and post-acute providers. He has also acquired and run several business units within successful private equity backed healthcare organizations. As a senior industry consultant Dave has advised many leading health systems on their strategic options and opportunities within the emerging value-based healthcare environment. Most recently Dave was a Partner with The Chartis Group, a leading strategic consultancy in the healthcare provider sector. While at Chartis his work focused on accountable care initiatives and the increasing convergence between the provider and payer sectors. Before his experience with Chartis Dave was the Founder and President of Salvectus Healthcare, a consulting firm focused on strategy, business development & operations projects for health systems and private equity sponsored healthcare services companies. Prior to founding Salvectus Dave was the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Harborside Healthcare, a $700 million private equity backed long term health care company, where he led the start-up process for the company's Ancillary Services Division, resulting in the acquisition of a home care company and the creation of a hospice business. He also worked for Partners Community Healthcare Incorporated (PCHI), the for profit physician network arm of the Partners Healthcare system in Boston. In this role he worked with multiple groups in the physician network to improve risk management performance through the use of new technology tools and care management techniques. Mr. Terry holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Columbia University.
*These members also sit on Bottom Line Regional Boards