Board of Directors

A voluntary Board of Directors manages the GSBI Foundation.

JoAnn Patrick-Ezzell, Chairman
Andrew Ezzell, President & CEO
Paige Scoggin Rea, Director
Dr. Maria J. Nardone, Director
Jerry Walton, Director

JoAnn Patrick-Ezzell, Chairman

JoAnn Patrick-Ezzell is one of the co-founders of the GSBI Foundation and serves as Chairman of the Board. She is the President and CEO of Synergistic Systems, a global management consulting firm. Ms. Patrick-Ezzell has more than 35 years of broad international management experience, expertise in telecommunications, and a track record of growing global businesses and championing innovation. She has extensive experience in both Fortune 500 and startup settings.

Prior to joining Synergistic Systems in April 2001, she served as Chairman & CEO of iAsiaWorks, a leading pan-Asian internet hosting provider. Before being recruited by iAsiaWorks, she was President & CEO, AT&T Asia/Pacific, responsible for AT&T’s multibillion dollar business throughout the region.

Ms. Patrick-Ezzell graduated from Bucknell University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She served as President of the Association of Bucknell Students. As a Sloan Fellow, she received a master of science in management degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1988. She also completed the International Executive Program at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

She serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Sloan Program. She also serves on the Public Interest Registry, .ORG Advisory Council. She has been a frequent presenter and keynote speaker at international conferences and industry events, including the Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC), and the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) and Internet World. She was a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and of the Asia Society. She was inducted into the Academy of Women Achievers in 1992 by the YWCA of the City of New York.

Andrew Ezzell, President & CEO

Andrew Ezzell is President & CEO of the GSBI Foundation and serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to co-founding GSBI with his wife JoAnn, he resided in Hong Kong for seven years where he served as Regional Director of Organization Effectiveness for Asia/Pacific & China for both AT&T and Lucent Technologies. In these positions, he reported to the President & CEO and was responsible for change management, organization improvement, process/quality management, and executive coaching. He also served as a Director at Watson Wyatt Worldwide Consulting, where he managed the Human Capital Group for Hong Kong and China and was responsible for providing consulting services to clients in the area of change management including merger, acquisition and integrations services.

Prior to moving to Asia, Andy was a Managing Director of the AT&T Bell Laboratories, Organization Effectiveness Center in Whippany, NJ. He served in this position for seven years and was responsible for providing management consulting and organization improvement consulting services to the technical community as well as the Executive VP of Human Resources and the Office of the Chairman.

While living in the Washington, DC area, he served as President & CEO of the non-profit American Center for the Quality of Work Life for sixteen years where he consulted to union and management leaders on work place collaboration and quality/productivity improvement issues. In 1978, he founded Synergistic Systems, a global management consulting firm, and currently serves as its Chairman. For eight years, Andy served as Executive Director of the Legal Services Training Program at Catholic University Law School and as Assistant Director of the Legal Services Corporation where he trained legal aid attorneys and their managers. He began his early career at TransCentury Corporation, where he was a senior management consultant specializing in survey research, program evaluation and training.

Andy is an organization psychologist and has three years of advanced training in Neuro Linguistic Programming and is a certified NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer. He holds a MA degree in Management with a major in Human & Organization Behavior from Central Michigan University. He has a BA degree in Biology with additional majors in Philosophy and Classical Languages from St. Meinrad Seminary & College of Liberal Arts. He has two years of graduate work in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary & University. Finally, he is a professional member of the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Sciences and is an author and/or co-author of several business books and articles.

Paige Scoggin Rea, Director

Paige Rea Spent her career in education, public policy and philanthropy, retiring from AT&T in 2004 as a Vice President of Federal Government Affairs. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in education and taught for several years before joining the staff of a congressman from her home state.

At AT&T in Washington, DC, she represented the corporation on a wide array of public policy issues until 2004. While at AT&T, Paige completed a brief business marketing program at Harvard Business School. During her career, Paige was recruited to work on two assignments in the not-for-profit world; one with the New American Schools Development Corporation, the other with America’s Promise, chaired by General Colin Powell, where she helped create and implement their national outreach effort.

Paige lives in Lexington, KY with her husband, Bill, and is Board Vice President of the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Blue Grass, which provides care and treatment for victims of child sexual abuse in a 17 county area.

Dr. Maria J. Nardone, Director

Maria J. Nardone, Ph.D., President and Founder of M Nardone Company is a licensed Psychologist. Her background is Mathematics and Psychology from Bucknell University. After receiving a Ph.D. in Psychology from Fordham University, she completed post-graduate certification at the William A. White Institute and received the qualification of The Tavistock Institute’s Advanced Organisational Consultation Programme in London. She is the first American woman to receive this distinction.

As a psychologist and psychoanalyst, who has extensive experience in family businesses, healthcare and industry, she brings a multi-dimensional perspective to organizational consulting. Her web site is:

Jerry Walton, Director

Jerry Walton is an educator licensed and experienced in the Virginia public school system. In addition to teaching, he has led successful efforts to build productive relationships with community organizations and businesses to enhance student education. He organized key strategic planning functions, building successful roadmaps for long term school improvements. He has also educated students through engaging activities sponsored by the Virginia Council on Economic Education.

Jerry is a retired Navy Captain. His naval experience included assignments on both coasts of the United States, in Washington, D.C., and around the globe. Among his assignments was a three-year tour of duty as commanding officer of a naval command in Japan, where he engaged in numerous cross-cultural activities with the Japanese and other members of the international community. While stationed in Guam, he taught Business and Communications courses for the Overseas Division of Los Angeles Community College.

Jerry has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Science in Communications Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University. He is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Education Association. He is married to Lindsay Malan Walton of Helensburgh, Scotland, UK.

Advisory Council

A voluntary council advises the GSBI Foundation. The following people have provided valuable input, ideas, and expert advice to the GSBI Foundation.

Francis Au - Hong Kong
Prudence Bushnell - Falls Church, VA
Lena Chung - Hong Kong
Stephanie Gould-Olson - Osprey, FL
Nanci Hamilton-Hoffman - Tallahassee, FL
Curtis Ho - Honolulu, HI
Goos Lier - Netherlands
Gary Lister - Cochran, GA
Dr. Manish Nandy - Fairfax, VA
Frank Patrick - Hillsborough, NJ
Sharon Peters - Montreal, Canada
Bettie Reuter - Bradenton, FL
Greg Wilmot - Melbourne, Australia
Carol Wilner - Bethesda, MD