Maximizing potential through targeted career and education supports
President and Founder
Ken Weiner, PhD
Montgomery College - Consultant, Assessment and Outcomes Measurement
Alexander Sempero is a communications major student at Montgomery College. His favorite hobbies are playing tennis with friends and going to the gym. He participated in the Future Link's Career Development and Self-Advocacy Skills Seminar in Fall of 2016. Since then, he has taken advantage of every opportunity offered by Future Link to include workshops, scholarships, and an internship at the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office. He has advocated with incoming Future Link students to encourage them to similarly take advantage of all opportunities. Alex's goals include an Associates degree from Montgomery College and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland - Shady Grove. His final goal is a career as a professional translator and interpreter.
George Quinn has more than 28 years of experience in public accounting and has been a Partnerat Ernst & Young for 17 years. He leads EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) practice for the Northeast region. In this role, he manages over 200 professionals providing accounting, reporting and other advisory services to some of the firm’s largest clients. George is also the firm’s U.S. Assurance leader for Aerospace & Defense. George is on the board of governors of the Aerospace Industries Association and recently completed a four year term on the board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, including a two year term as Treasurer. George also served nine years on the Board of Trustees of The National Center for Children & Families, including five years as Treasurer.
Jim joined Future Link in January of 2016. His career began as an educator and coach in the midwest. He was then recruited by the IBM Corporation, initially for a sales position , which turned into a 30 year plus career that moved him around the US. Those moves included stints in IBM finance, product development, marketing and business practices. The last decade of Jim's career was focused on the state and local government business segment. He was part of the original " IBM Smarter Cities" campaign which is still in place today, not just in the US, but internationally. Jim's hobbies include cycling and tennis. He has worked for other non-profits, most recently, the Washington West Film Festival in Reston, VA where he did event planning and fundraising. Jim currently mentors a young professional who graduated from Future Link in 2015.
Yamu Cham is an alumnus and current board member of Future Link. She joined Future Link in 2008 as a student in the program’s first twelve week seminar. Post seminar, with support from Future Link, she enrolled in Montgomery College as a Business Major. In 2011, Ms. Cham graduated and transferred to University of Maryland’s R.H. Smith School of Business and thereafter, graduated in 2013. Today, Ms. Cham is employed at Freddie Mac as a Project Management Associate and recently earned an MBA from George Mason University.
Dr. Brown has served as a Future Link board member since 2010. She serves as the senior vice president for student affairs at Montgomery College. She is a seasoned student affairs practitioner with over 26 years of experience in higher education at both four-year and two-year institutions. Dr. Brown began her career in higher education at Georgetown University. In 2001, while working at Georgetown University, she began serving as a part-time advisor at Prince George’s Community College. She became so enamored with the community college mission and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students that she made the transition to the community college environment in a full-time capacity. Dr. Brown began her career at Montgomery College in January 2003 as the campus and community coordinator. Since then, she has served in several leadership roles, including collegewide dean of student success and associate senior vice president for student services. She was appointed senior vice president for student affairs in June 2015. Dr. Brown earned her Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration, with a concentration in Community College Leadership, from Morgan State University, a Master of Arts in Counseling, with a concentration in Student Development, from Trinity College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.
Ja’Bette Luisa Lozupone is a Montgomery County native. As an educator and mentor, she has leveraged her skillset to build successful programs for Montgomery College and the Ana G. Mendez University System. With the goal of creating opportunities for underserved populations, she has dedicated her energy to advocating for and enhancing the lives of county residents, students and disadvantaged youth—particularly young women aspiring to achieve success in their personal and professional lives—through work with groups such as the Latin American Advisory Group to the County Executive, the American Association of University Women, and the Germantown Alliance. She has served as a mentor with Future Link since 2014 and was elected to the board in 2016. In her current role as director of Achieving the Promise Initiatives at Montgomery College she leads the Achieving the Promise Academy in preparing underserved and underrepresented students for success in college through academic coaching, tutoring, and cohort communities with the goal of closing the achievement gap. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and her M.B.A from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.
Meet our Board members who are committed to our mission and give their time and expertise to ensure the success of Future Link.
Dr. Weiner is a founding board member of Future Link and has served as President of its Board of Directors since 2011. He is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, who retired in 2008 after 37 years as a faculty member at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus and holds a Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from the University of Maryland. During his tenure at Montgomery College, Dr. Weiner served as Department Chair, maintained a continuing role as a faculty research associate in the Office of Planning and Institutional Research, and developed and implemented a college-wide outcomes assessment plan for the College’s academic programs. He was also co-Founder and co-Director of the College’s highly successful Biomedical Scholars Program. Since 2001, Dr. Weiner has provided training and individual consultation to over 200 non-profit organizations in Montgomery County on how to measure the impact of their services. In 2003, he was presented with a National Role Model Mentor Award by Minority Access, Inc.
With nearly 20 years of experience in association management, Allison has as a proven ability to develop and launch new programs, cultivate and motivate qualified volunteers, educate teams on project management and train staff on volunteer engagement techniques. In collaboration with executive staff, committees, and subject matter experts, Allison has led dozens of committees from inception to developing and executing highly-regarded and impactful programs. Her in-the-trenches understanding of volunteer engagement underlies her practical approach to training association staff. Allison’s understanding of project management allows her to train staff efficiently and with a focus on their goals and desired outcomes. Allison founded Advanced Interactions LLC in 2014 with a mission to connect associations and their communities. Prior to establishing Advanced Interactions LLC, Allison served as Director, Corporate Relations for The Optical Society. In addition to serving on the Future Link Board and as a mentor, Allison regularly volunteers at Candlewood Elementary School in Derwood, MD and, since 2013, has held the position of Girl Scout Troop Leader.
Myra Turoff has been a member of the Future Link board since 2006 and has served on both the Executive and Governance committees. Ms. Turoff retired in 2007 as a managing director of Chestnut Hill Partners, an investment advisory boutique in New York City. Prior to joining Chestnut Hill, she spent four years as Chief of Staff and Manager of Investor Relations at Belco Oil & Gas Corp., a publicly held independent exploration and production company. Ms.Turoff began her career at The Chase Manhattan Bank where she served as Vice President in the Real Estate Finance Department. In addition to her work at Future Link, Ms. Turoff serves as “unpaid staff” at the Music Center at Strathmore where she is Director of the Con Brio Society, Strathmore’s legacy program as well as a member of the development team. Ms. Turoff feels very fortunate to be able to give back to her community.
Leigh Henry is a founding member of Future Link, Inc. She is an attorney and the managing member of HIP Projects, LLC, an apartment management and hospitality firm. She is Chief Inspiration Office for Barking Mad Café, which is located at 239 Spectrum Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD. Since 1999, she has worked with her husband Peter J. Henry and a team of talented professionals to entitle and develop Watkins Mill Town Center, a multi-modal, smart-growth mixed-use development in the heart of Montgomery County, MD.
Mr. Rosen has served on the Future Link Board of Directors since 2012. He is a Director and Practice Leader of Grant Thornton LLP’s Mid-Atlantic State and Local Tax Practice (SALT), based in McLean, Virginia. He specializes in complex corporate restructuring engagements and assisting clients with multi-state tax consulting and has 35 years of experience providing value-added tax services to global companies. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Mr. Rosen retired from a “Big 4” accounting firm, where he held several leadership roles, including Partner in Charge of the SALT practices in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southwest regions. Mr. Rosen also worked for 12 years with a Fortune 200 media conglomerate. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in Taxation from Florida International University. Mr. Rosen is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a CPA licensed in Florida and New York.
Julia Rader joined the board of Future Link in 2014. She is a senior level higher education professional with over 20 years’ experience in student affairs, strategic development, career and experiential learning, external relations, and collaborative partnerships. Julia has held numerous roles within the University System of Maryland including Coordinator of the Federal Work-Study Community Service Program, Education Finance Coordinator, and most recently as Director of Career & Internship Services at the Universities at Shady Grove. A former Co-Chair of Montgomery County Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Organization and Scholarship Committee, Julia was previously honored with their “Young Careerist” Award. Over the past decade, Julia has been passionate about supporting a wide variety of causes and is particularly interested in the causes of student advocacy, building community partnerships, and growing volunteerism. Julia graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland and completed a Master’s of Science in Management with a specialization in Nonprofit Administration from University of Maryland University College. Julia is also a graduate of Montgomery County’s Leadership Montgomery CORE program, Class of 2014.