The Destination Imagination (DI) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of six new members to the Board: Jayne Lerman, Chloe Kontos, Urooj Seemeen, Craig Richardson, Dinah Olanoff, and Lisa Hauser.
We are pleased that these particular leaders have joined DI’s Board of Trustees. Each of them brings a wealth of experience to strengthen our organization in finance, technology, strategic change, policy, and international expansion. Their unique background and expertise will make them a great asset to DI’s Board and the organization in furthering the mission.
Jayne Lerman is a technology leader with extensive experience across financial institutions. She served as Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs and as Executive Vice President at Mastercard. We are excited to have Jayne on the team because she is known for transforming global functions across company platforms and helping to modernize the digital environments for constituents. She also devotes her time to providing advisory services at the Equal Learning Fund.
Chloe Kontos is an experienced operations executive able to translate strategy into business value and drive complex initiatives end-to-end. As a proven leader, guiding organizational change and global teams, she enables staff to deliver customer-centric solutions in fast-paced, high-pressure environments. A natural visionary, she develops data-driven strategies that bring together diverse partners. She is committed to building trust, respect, and a results-oriented culture with customers and stakeholders.
Kontos currently serves as the Global Head of Product Safety and Quality for External Affairs at Amazon. She previously served as Executive Director of the National Science and Technology Council in the White House Office of Science and Technology, as well as the Director of the Office of the CTO at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Engineer by profession and an educationalist by passion, Urooj Seemeen serves on the Board of Trustees as the Outside-US Affiliate Representative. She has a degree in computer engineering and is a certified six sigma black belt. Seemeen has been working in EduTech for more than 13 years. Her focus is on child-led education using project-based, game & STREAM-based learning. Seemeen is a STREAM advisor and consultant and provides consultations to schools for improving their quality of education by applying Six Sigma Techniques.
Seemeen’s mission is to give students a chance to get connected with experts and professionals from around the world so that they can receive real-time learning. She has worked with underserved children in Pakistan and has redefined and rekindled the concept of learning in Pakistan.
Craig Richardson is the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Innovation and Creativity Connection (NHICC) and also serves as the Vice President of the Destination Imagination Affiliate Director organization (DIAD). NHICC is a non-profit organization that operates several programs that are designed to help students become leaders and innovators, including New Hampshire Destination Imagination and Camp Gottalikachallenge, their summer camp. Richardson received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a software engineer with many years of experience in database management, data mining, and network security, and has led software development projects at Symantec, Digital Equipment, and Wang Laboratories.
As a senior leader, Dinah Olanoff collaborates to solve strategic and operational challenges for highly visible organizations, with a current focus on healthcare. Over the course of her career, she has supported nonprofit organizations in improving outcomes through market differentiation, capacity building, and improved branding.
Olanoff received her BBA from The Isenberg School of Business, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her MBA from The Gies School of Business at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the parent of a DI alum and is a former Team Manager.
Lisa Hauser brings more than 30 years of experience to the Audit Committees. Most recently, she served as senior managing director in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Risk Assurance practice and was a member of the firm’s Internal Audit and Governance Risk and Compliance teams. Hauser has extensive experience working with for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including foundations. She currently serves as a director on several nonprofit organizations.