Board Members

Pictured left to right, back row: Bruce Vincent, David Knowles, John Cherry, Jay Yadav, Hugh Thompson; pictured middle row: Daniel Averbeck, President George J. Hagerty, Steve Latham; pictured front row: Nancy Judge, Sarah Flanagan, Chair Eileen Marinakis, and Debbie Resnick.

Beacon College Board of Trustees


Dr. Daniel Averbeck, Ph.D.
Dr. Averbeck is President and owner of Applied Assessments, Inc. His firm implements principles of applied psychology and organizational behavior to advance corporate change and individual development. With over thirty years of experience as a licensed psychologist specializing in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Dr. Averbeck employs objective metrics to guide individuals in their career choices and organizations in their personnel selection and strategic planning decisions. His educational background includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati and advanced degrees in psychology from Xavier University and The Ohio State University. He has served on numerous boards and is the current Chairman of the Board at Elder High School, a large, private, all boys school in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mr. Sam Battaglia
Trustee Emeritus, Alumni Parent

Mr. Battaglia has thirty nine years in the energy business and retired from Dominion Virginia Power in 2007. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland. He has served twelve years on the Nutley Board of Education, four years as President and four years as the Commissioner of Public Affairs. He was winner of the Jaycee Award for Health and Education contributions. He has been a Trustee of 1st Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey since 1974 and Beacon College since 1997.

Mr. Jonathan Cherry, C.P.A.
Board Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Cherry is President and CEO of LifeStream Behavioral Center in Leesburg, Florida. He is a highly experienced behavioral healthcare executive with a leadership background in several large community mental health centers in the state of Florida. Mr. Cherry has been successful in building, strengthening, and financing innovative programs with a critical eye toward strict budget management.

Ms. Sarah Flanagan
Sarah Flanagan has headed the government relations staff of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) since 1994. As vice president for government relations, Flanagan directs a comprehensive government relations effort, in coordination with related state associations, that focuses on issues of government regulation, student financial assistance, and tax policy.

During her tenure at NAICU, Flanagan has been instrumental in a number of successful policy efforts, including securing sustained bipartisan political and funding support for the core federal student aid programs; creating new tax incentives for families to save and pay for college; and helping to ensure an appropriate balance between federal support for students and oversight of colleges and universities. Flanagan has an extensive background in higher education policy, education, and the federal government.

Before joining NAICU, she was the professional staff member for higher education on the Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities under Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island and the Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Children, Families, Drugs and Alcoholism under Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut.

Flanagan received her B.A. degree from Providence College and her M.A.T. degree from Rhode Island College. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Mary Baldwin College and is a Trustee Emerita at Providence College.

Ms. Nancy Judge
Alumni Parent

Ms. Judge has served in executive positions on a variety of non-profit and educational boards over the past twenty-five years. Most recently, she served as President of the Board of Directors of the Winnetka Historical Society in Winnetka, Illinois, during which time she oversaw the acquisition and restoration of two historic houses. She was a Vice President, Investment Banking of Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago. Nancy and her husband, Wade, are proud parents of a Beacon alumnus.

Steve Latham
Steve Latham has over 15 years of experience as a technology executive, developing and leading the execution of strategic technology visions for rapid growth solutions within the retail, entertainment, healthcare, and financial services industries. Prior to Banyan Hills Technologies, Steve led the development of the Cloud Solutions software business for NCR, where he was responsible for converting existing on premise based products to SaaS, as well as creating new cloud based software assets for the company. He was the CTO for NCR’s Entertainment division, which introduced and operated over 10,000 DVD rental kiosks in the US. Prior to his role with NCR, he held a technology executive position at Harland Clarke, where he led the business through a series of projects to consolidate their e-commerce platform into a unified product offering for its customers. Steve is recognized by leading technology organizations as an expert in leveraging cloud based technologies to optimize and accelerate the needs of business.

Ms. Eileen V. Marinakis, R.N., M.A., A.P.N.,
Board Chair, Alumni Parent

Eileen Marinakis is an Advanced Practice Nurse, licensed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Mental Health and Psychiatry. She holds an R.N. from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing and both a B.S.N. and an M.A. from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She devoted her early professional career to nursing education in the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene and Richmond College of the City University of New York. She holds multiple certifications by the New Jersey State Department of Education in nursing and substance abuse prevention. Over her many years in clinical practice and education, she has been awarded recognition in several areas of practice, including the New Jersey Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award and the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse: Partner in Prevention Award, as well as having been named their Volunteer of the Year. Mrs. Marinakis was also honored for her professional contributions to the Cape May County Traumatic Loss Coalition. She has served as Nursing Coordinator for Volunteers in Medicine, Cape May County, New Jersey. She was appointed to the Beacon College Board of Trustees in 2007 and was elected Chair in 2011.

Mr. Hugh W. Thompson III
Mr. Thompson has been president of Cutrale Citrus Juices USA, Inc. since 1996. Cutrale Citrus Juices USA, Inc. is the largest orange juice processor in the United States and the parent company, Sucocitrico Cutrale LTDA, a Brazilian company, is one of the world’s largest growers and processors of oranges. Before being named to his current post, Thompson was Senior Vice-President, Finance of Coca-Cola Foods, a division of The Coca-Cola Company. Thompson was responsible for the Controllers’ Group, financial planning, credit, information technology, and all company purchasing and commodities procurement and planning. Thompson spent 27 years with The Coca-Cola Company before joining the Cutrale organization in 1996. Thompson graduated from Texas Christian University in 1968. He has served on various boards and is past President of both the Florida Citrus Processors’ Association and the Southwest Epilepsy Association in Houston, Texas. He currently is also on the Board of the Florida Citrus Research and Development Foundation and serves as Chair of its Finance Committee.

Mr. Bruce Vincent
Mr. Vincent founded the New West Institute LLC (NWI), an organizational consulting firm which specializes in organizational and personal professional performance development. As an executive, coach, and teacher, Mr. Vincent has successfully influenced the careers of hundreds of executives, managers, sales, and service staff. Because his career allowed him to serve and lead both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, he has an appreciation for the dynamics and structure of an independent educational institution with a specialized mission such as Beacon College.

Dr. Richard Williams
Trustee Emeritus, Alumni Parent
Richard O. Williams, Ph.D., M.S. Finance, spent 20 years in academia, teaching and research in European universities and with the World Health Organization in Africa. He has more than 25 years as a recognized investor in and manager of pre-public biotechnology companies, most notably Amgen, Bioveris and Supergen, all quoted on NASDAQ. He is a manager of a private and public equities fund of $20 million. Recently, Dr. Williams was the managing partner of Mara Venture Partners LLC, an early-stage venture capital fund with offices in Brussels and Virginia as well as the managing partner of an equities option trading firm with three seats on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. Currently, Dr. Williams is a Managing Partner of a fixed income hedge fund and a member of the American Society of Microbiology Investment Committee in addition to being on the Board of Directors of several private companies.

Jay S. Yadav, M.D.
Dr. Yadav is the Founder and Chief Executive of CardioMEMS. Dr. Yadav founded CardioMEMS, which combines cutting edge advances in micro-electronics, wireless communication, and information technology to get heart catheterization information on a daily basis from the patient’s home in order to prevent hospitalizations. Dr. Yadav’s research career has spanned over 20 years with a focus on the treatment of complex cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease that was not treatable by current therapies. He has authored over 200 scientific articles and two books, and his work was recognized by the American Heart Association as one of the Top Ten Scientific Advances of 2003. In 2004, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his contributions to medicine. In 2011, he was named one of the 50 best doctors in the history of the Cleveland Clinic and the carotid artery disease treatment he developed became a Class I recommendation of the National Guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Yadav was the founder of Angioguard (acquired by JNJ) and initial investor and director of SMART Therapeutics (acquired by Boston Scientific). Dr. Yadav is a director of several private medical device and technology companies. He is Chairman of the Southeast Medical Device Association (SEMDA), Co-Chair of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Bioscience Leadership Council, Chairman of the Medical Device Committee and a Director of Georgia Bio, The Indus Entrepreneurs and the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI). His entrepreneurial contributions have been recognized by a number of awards including the Southeast Medical Device Association Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2010, Phoenix Award for Medical Devices 2011, Association of Telecom Professionals Award 2011, the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Healthcare (Southeast Region) for 2011 and the Intel Innovation Award for 2012. Dr. Yadav is a graduate of Yale College and the West Virginia University School of Medicine, and he did his post graduate training in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Duke and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.