Biographies: 2018 Board of Directors
EDDY AMEEN, PhD, Chair
Dr. Eddy Ameen is the Associate Executive Director of Early Career and Graduate Student Affairs at the American Psychological Association. He began his involvement with StandUp For Kids in Miami, Florida, where he moved from being an outreach volunteer to becoming the Executive Director from 2008 to 2010.
After an internship at the Child Guidance Clinic of D.C. Superior Court led him to Washington. D.C., Ameen became involved with the StandUp For Kids - DC chapter, where he still serves as Director of Training. He has been a National Board Member since 2015.
Ameen earned his B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University, his M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College, and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Miami. Eddy was formally “The Person of The Day” in a Huffington Post article for his involvement with StandUp For Kids.
In addition, Ameen provides pro-bono psychological evaluations to asylum seekers and leads a D.C. based LGBT youth advocacy coalition.
CARLOS APONTE, Member at Large
Carlos Aponte is currently Vice President of Finance for Marchon Eyewear, a division of Vision Service Plan Company.
Aponte has over 25 years professional experience in financial management with different consumer product goods, publishing, and telecommunication companies. He has held various roles in operating units, regional and corporate offices. The majority of this work experience has been working with, and in, international markets on business development, strategic planning, FP&A, systems implementations, governance & controls, and P&L management.
Aponte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting & Finance and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Management both from Northeastern University. He is located in the New York City area where he lives with his wife Joann and their two dogs.
JAMES DOOLEY, Member at Large
Jim Dooley is a senior sales executive who has helped dozens of software and technology companies improve their top and bottom line in the last 30 years of his career. His expertise is in consulting and improving skills with all customer-facing activities, such as sales, services, support, sales management and marketing. He started his career in public accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant.
Dooley keeps busy with his wife and three daughters. He has volunteered with his children as a coach, teacher, mentor and Board Member associated with several of their activities as they grew up. Dooley has also served his community and church in various roles as a Board Member, Big Brother, Fundraiser and in numerous other volunteer activities. Dooley loves children and continues his volunteer efforts to this day with a renewed passion for StandUp For Kids on the Board.
SUSAN DUDAS, Member at Large
Susan Dudas is an Organization Development Consultant with Edge on Performance in Atlanta.
For over 20 years, Dudas has designed and facilitated organization effectiveness initiatives for her domestic and international client organizations. Some of the clients she has served include Rockwell Automation, Key Bank, Amway International, Fresh Express, Mosaica Education, and Ernst and Young.
In addition to consulting, Dudas has been active in the charter school community. She and her husband, David, started two charter schools in Akron, Ohio. The Edge Academy (1999) and Akros Middle School (2010) continue to educate low income students in downtown Akron. Susan served on the Ohio Charter School Association Board in the early 2000’s.
Dudas holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The University of Akron and a Master’s Degree in Career and Organization Development from Kent State University. Susan and David have two daughters, Danielle and Lilia, who were born in Kazakhstan. Dudas loves to run, travel, and help young people who do not have strong family situations.
MARGARET LUCULANO, Member at Large
Margaret is a highly accomplished Senior Executive, C-Suite Officer, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Public Speaker, and Board Member with 30 years of success in business philanthropy, nonprofit, and private sector industries.
In her executive career, Margaret has held leadership positions at Intuitive Marketing / A Fundraising Consulting Company; Americans for Prosperity; Eckerd Connects; Angels for Foster Kids; TechSherpas; and Kforce. Margaret partners withcorporate, venture, and nonprofit clients to guide strategic planning, leadership development, marketing and communications, and overall capital fundraising strategy to deepen financial awareness and sustainability of organizations.
Working with CEOs, boards of directors, executive teams, founders, and other key stakeholders, she develops and executes successful strategies to increase fundraising capacity. Her title have included Founder, CEO, President, Chief Development Officer, Director of Development, and VP Training and Consulting.
JUSTINE PALMORE, Treasurer
Justine Palmore served as the National Interim CEO in January 2013, and currently serves on the National Board of Directors. Palmore is the Executive Director of StandUp For Kids - Orange County since October 2008. She oversees daily operations of the Orange County program including personnel, financial affairs, marketing, fundraising, program management, grant writing and program development. Her goal is to maintain a strong leadership structure, develop key coalitions and build crucial relationships for the organization.
Palmore dedicated over two years to StandUp For Kids as both Director of Marketing and Outreach Supervisor. Under these titles, she juggled brand marketing, volunteer recruitment, development and retention, community and media relations as well as leading a team of outreach volunteers and seeing youth clients. She worked as a program coordinator with Bridge of Hope, a nonprofit organization assisting at-risk youth through life skills workshops and tutoring.
Palmore holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and Associate’s Degree in Family Services, is a CCAR Recovery Coach, and a Christian Counselor. She is married and the mother of three children.
ROBERT PETERS, Member at Large
Robert (Bob) Peters is a managing director in the Chicago office of Duff & Phelps where he leads the Firms indirect state and local tax practice. He has 35 years of experience providing tax and financial services to corporate clients.
Prior to working at Duff & Phelps, Peters worked at KPMG where he served National Partner in Charge of State and Local taxes, as well as Midwest area tax risk advisory partner, and tax partner in charge of the firm’s Stamford office.
He received his M.B.A. in finance from New York University, his Executive M.B.A from Stanford University and his B.S. in accounting, cum laude, from the University of Denver. He is also a certified public accountant in Illinois and New York.
Previously, Peters served as member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Public Schools Career Academy and mentors high school students through the Development School for Youth (DSY) in the Chicago area. He also is an adjunct professor at DePaul University Graduate Business School.
KIM SISSON, Member at Large
Kim Sisson is the Executive Director of StandUp For Kids - Tucson and is the Youth Ministry Coordinator for Our Mother of Sorrows. She began her involvement with StandUp For Kids as a street outreach counselor in 2008 and within a few months moved into the role of Director of Outreach. In 2016 she became the Executive Director and in 2017 accepted an additional position on the StandUp For Kids National Advisory Council.
Kim maintains an active role of advocacy and mentoring for youth and young adults in Tucson. She is a member of the Homeless Youth Committee and is a strong force at homeless events and forums. She loves truth, growing in knowledge and understanding and has a passion for people and doing the right thing. Kim travels to Central America annually to volunteer at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos. She and her husband, Rick have 4 sons.
K. NIKKI WATERS, Secretary
K. Nikki Waters is a seasoned professional specializing in the financial industry and payments. During the last five years, Nikki worked for Fiserv as SVP Consumer Marketing within the Corporate Marketing group. Prior to Fiserv, she worked for Visa, Inc. as Senior Business Leader of Strategy and Planning for Global Consumer Products. In this role, she helped develop product activities contributing to the global growth of debit and credit.
Her expertise in the payments industry began at a fledgling network call STAR. While at STAR, she contributed to the growth of the network from a three state footprint into the leading PIN-secured debit network in the country and eventually became Executive Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Strategic Business Development. Subsequent to the merger with First Data, Nikki became Chief Marketing Officer of the Enterprise Payments Division which encompassed all merchant, debit and alternate payment services.
Nikki holds an MBA from the University of San Diego, a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor degree in Math from the University of California, San Diego and is a Certified Financial Planner. She was included in Strathmore’s Who’s Who Registry of Business Leaders.