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THE BOARD

The Write on Sports organization is governed by an eight-person board of directors, drawing from the ranks of education, business, law and media. They include Steven Beck, Chris Broussard, Dr. Ada Beth Cutler, John D. Goldsmith, Peter King, David W. Lohuis, Robert Ottenhoff and Byron Yake.

Steven Beck, a Managing Director, Relationship Management at Deutsche Bank. Started at Salomon Brothers in 1984 selling and trading bonds and in 1997 went to Nomura Securities to manage its global residential mortgage business. In 2011, he joined Deutsche Bank, where he has had numerous sales and sales management positions. Steve manages client relations for many of Deutsche Bank’s largest clients. He and his wife, Lauren founded a nonprofit, People against Childhood Epilepsy, in 1996.  MA-Finance, Rutgers.

Chris Broussard, ESPN broadcaster. Frequent NBA analyst on ESPN shows such as “Sports Center,’’ “Outside the Lines.” Also, writer for ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com At the forefront of the 2010 Lebron James coverage. New York Times beat writer for the New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks for six years before joining ESPN in 2004. Received Pulliam Fellowship after graduation with BA in English from Oberlin College. Started his career as a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Dr. Ada Beth Cutler, Distinguished Professor of Education, Montclair State University. Served as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services for 12 years. Former teacher in New York City and principal of K-8 School in Rhode Island. Joined Montclair State in 1994 as a professor and also as director of the Network for Educational Renewal, a school-university partnership with 26 nearby school districts. Serves on Executive Committee of the Governing Council of the National Network for Educational Renewal. Chaired the Higher Education Taskforce for the NJ Department of Education. Author of articles and book chapters on teacher learning, school-university partnerships, and education policy. BA, Barnard. Doctorate in Education, Harvard.

Dev Ghandi, International Business Manager/COO for the International Capital Market Groups at Mitsubishi UFG (MUFG). He is also the current vice president of the Yale Club of New York, the largest university-affiliated club in the world.

John D. Goldsmith, Secretary.  Attorney, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Newark, NJ J.D., 1976 Georgetown University Law Center, business editor of the American Criminal Law Review. B.A., magna cum laude, 1973, Georgetown University, history, Phi Beta Kappa. For more than 30 years, he has counseled clients on business structural, corporate, contractual, merger and acquisition, real estate, tax and environmental matters. He assists on all corporate and real estate aspects of acquisitions and mergers. In addition, he represents a number of nonprofit organizations on corporate and tax issues.

PJ Johnson, Managing Partner at RiversideStrategic, a PR firm which specializes in the financial industry. Prior to founding RiversideStrategic, he established and directed corporate communications in the Americas for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc. and Nomura.

Peter King, Editor-in-chief, The MMQB, Sports Illustrated’s pro football web site and Senior Writer for the magazine. Started career as sports writer at Cincinnati Enquirer and Newsday. Joined SI in 1989. Covers the NFL. Frequent contributor on NBC and other radio and TV programs as a pro football analyst. His Twitter feed reaches more than 1.1 million followers.  Programs he was on at HBO won three Emmys.  Author of six books. BA, Ohio University.

David W. Lohuis, Managing Director, Barclay’s Capital, New York, NY.   Global Head of Fixed Income Financing and an Executive Committee member in the Prime Service Division.

Robert Ottenhoff, Treasurer. CEO, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Washington, DC. Formerly President and CEO, GuideStar. Served as manager of public broadcasting and high-tech companies for 25 years, including nine as CEO of PBS. Founder of WBGO-FM, Newark. Former Executive Director/General Manager of the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority. Director of Vision TV; Grameen Foundation USA, and the AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy. MA, Planning, Rutgers University.

Byron Yake, President, Executive Director, Write on Sports, Inc.  Founded WOS in 2005. Journalism career began as editor, officer of Laurel Group weekly newspapers in Western Pennsylvania. Joined the Associated Press in Pittsburgh. Covered sports and news for several years, then headed the bureau. Then named Chief of Bureau for AP in New Jersey followed by 20 years at AP’s New York headquarters in manager and executive roles, including Sports Editor, head of Human Resources and Assistant to the President.  BA, Goshen College.