Chief of Operations
Arjun Buxi is an Executive Coach, Speaker and Consultant in Silicon Valley working with Fortune 200 and Public Company Executives, Startups, Nonprofits and Small Businesses. He specializes in Executive Presence, Presentation Skills, Influence, Strategic Communication and Leadership.
With over a decade of teaching Communication and Leadership, working with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, also teaching currently at San Jose State’s MBA & Communication Departments, Buxi has worked with MBA students, at-risk students and individuals from over 50 ethnic backgrounds, appeared on podcasts and public radio as well as authoring Communication Means Talking Together.
An immigrant from India, is an award-winning Public Speaker and Debater with two decades of experience, twice selected ‘Best Speech Coach in the Bay Area’ has a Master’s in Communication and degrees in Business and Organizational Communication.
MEDIA AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS DIRECTOR
A graduate of Pace University in New York City, Maria Costen has expertise in marketing. advertising and sales. She brings to our organization expertise in media strategy both traditional and digital with an emphasis in multi-cultural and multi-generational marketing. Her extensive marketing and media career includes leadership positions at such stellar companies such as Disney, Inner City Broadcasting, CBS, Comcast, Carol H. Williams Advertising, Grey Advertising, Young & Rubicam, and J. Walter Thompson. Ms. Costen also teaches business owners e-marketing and e-commerce strategies to increase their business capacity.
CHANDA NICOLE HOLSEY
Dr. Chanda Nicole Holsey is the founder of HALO for Families, LLC, established in 2010. HALO collaborates with agencies to improve the lives of families and children by promoting high-quality, research-based resources. Dr. Holsey, a contributing faculty member at Nova Southeastern University, holds a Doctor of Public Health and is a certified asthma educator. She volunteers on professional boards and has extensive experience planning, implementing, and evaluating programs nationally. She has authored children’s books for military families and has a unique perspective on long-term family separations as an enlisted sailor’s wife and mother of two. Dr. Holsey’s motto is “walk with wisdom.” She enjoys Zumba, supporting her children’s endeavors, mentoring young professionals, and nature.
New Jersey native who got my first job in sales at 15 and never looked back as I touched every facet of marketing on my way to becoming a passionate Brand Growth and Demand Generation leader.
I thrive when leading people, solving complex problems with creative solutions, and in an environment that values process driven results.
Passions: Growth Marketing, Demand Generation, Events/Experiential, Sponsorships/Partnerships, Brand Building.
Marketing & Strategy Consultant
Debbie is a marketing consultant and nonprofit and startup advisor with over a decade of product, brand, and digital marketing in consumer tech across a myriad of industries.
She has worked in several capacities for Visa, Facebook, and Glassdoor.
Retired former Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs at the FDA, George has brought over three decades of healthcare expertise to the role. As ABC NEWS’ chief medical correspondent for 16 years, he pioneered science and health reporting on network television. He bridged the gap between medical jargon and public understanding, emphasizing the importance of accurate science communication. After leaving ABC in 1999, he co-founded a pediatric and parenting media company focused on setting standards for web-based health information. His efforts contributed to the creation of the Health on the Net Code (HON code). He also chaired the board of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and played a crucial role in HIV/AIDS prevention in South Africa through the Love Life program. George Strait is a co-founder of the National Association of Black Journalists and has received major industry awards.
Jennifer Young, a University of North Florida (UNF) graduate with a Business degree in Marketing and Communications, is a seasoned digital and social media marketer. She holds prestigious accreditations as a Certified Digital Marketing Professional (CDMP) and a Professional Certified Marketer (PCM). With her strong educational background and professional certifications, Jennifer has demonstrated her expertise in the field. Her career is marked by a wealth of experience in crafting and executing effective digital marketing strategies, utilizing her extensive knowledge to drive businesses toward success in the digital realm.