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James Norton is an Executive with the Fortune 100 Corporation General Dynamics. As Vice President for General Dynamics C4 Systems, Norton leads the Washington DC Operation for the Defense, Homeland Security and Cyber Community groups which formulate and implement business and communication strategies on behalf of the Corporation.





Secretary and General Counsel

Mark J. Robertson is a founding member of the law firm of Robertson & Anderson, PLLC based in Washington, DC. He represents clients in an array of government regulatory, enforcement and public policy matters and counsels clients with transactions involving homeland security technology. 



Lawrence Young  Lawrence Young


Lawrence Young is a political and fundraising consultant based in Washington, DC.  Lawrence began working in Washington, DC, with Political Development Group (PDG) in 2005, fundraising on Congressional races all around the country.   As Senior Vice President, Lawrence oversaw the merger of PDG and the Angerholzer Team, creating DC’s largest Democratic fundraising firm, Angerholzer Broz Consulting, in 2013.  Lawrence has consulted on over 20 Congressional campaigns, lobbying firms and trade associations.



Hubbell KnappHubbell Knapp 

Executive Director

Hubbell Knapp works for Cisco Systems specializing in security and technology. He has experience in the Legislative and Executive branches of government and the private sector.  Originally from Florida, he now lives in Washington with his wife and daughter.


AT-Large Board Members



Fred Van Magness is an attorney who has spent his career providing trusted advice and consultation to clients in both the private and public sectors. Currently, Fred is co-founding Partner at Lyric Consulting, a private consulting firm in Andover, Massachusetts which provides public relations, communications and marketing services to budding entrepreneurs and aspiring political candidates across New England. He is also a licensed attorney-broker affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Andover, Massachusetts. He also serves as an occasional guest contributor to The Morning Show on the New England Cable News channel, and has been quoted in several other publications.





Public Relations Chair

Currently, Meredith is co-founding Partner at Lyric Consulting, a private consulting firm in Andover, Massachusetts which provides public relations, communications and marketing services to budding entrepreneurs and aspiring political candidates across New England. Meredith is also a licensed real estate salesperson affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Andover, Massachusetts. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus.





Education Chair

Jacqueline Sims is a doctoral candidate in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College who brings a survivor’s passion and an educator’s experience to her position on the Shade National Board. In 2003, after being diagnosed with melanoma at just 15 years old, Jacqueline connected with the Shade Foundation with the aim of educating other young people about melanoma. In cooperation with the Foundation since then, she has made it her goal to ensure that no child or family need hear the words “You have melanoma” without being properly equipped with the knowledge to prevent it. Together with the foundation since that time, Jacqueline has promoted sun safety education and melanoma prevention through popular media outlets such as PARADE Magazine, YM Magazine, and The Arizona Republic and through numerous personal appearances and interviews across the country. In 2005, she testified before the Arizona state legislature in support of legislation requiring Arizona elementary schools to integrate the SunWise curriculum into their classrooms.





Medical Chair

Dr. Jennifer Tan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, is board-certified by The American Board of Dermatology and has sub-certification in Pediatric Dermatology. Dr. Tan received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and earned her medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed her residency through the Harvard Combined Residency in Dermatology, where she served as Chief Resident prior to completing a fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology at Boston Children’s Hospital. Currently, she is an instructor in Dermatology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and practices Dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. She also directs a clinic at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless. Her clinical interests include pediatric dermatology, inpatient pediatric dermatology, medical dermatology and community outreach.




Public Relations Subcommittee Board Members



Brian DeAngelisBryan DeAngelis  

Bryan DeAngelis is a public affairs specialist and a veteran of Capitol Hill, presidential, gubernatorial and congressional campaigns. Bryan is a Director in the Washington, DC office of ASGK Public Strategies, a nationally recognized strategic communications firm. Bryan’s expertise lies in crisis communications, risk and issue management, earned and social media, coalition building and stakeholder persuasion.




Thomas HoareThomas Hoare 

Thomas Hoare is a partner at Command Consulting Group and has daily responsibility for firm-wide internal management, administration, and human resources activities, overseeing a diverse portfolio that includes legal compliance, marketing efforts, and key aspects of company finances. Tom has served in positions of responsibility at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the White House. Most recently, Tom served as Deputy Chief of Staff of U.S. Customs & Border Protection, the component of DHS with overall responsibility for the security of our Nation’s borders and the largest law enforcement agency in the United States.





Marianne HorinkoMarianne Horinko 

Marianne L. Horinko is the President of The Horinko Group (THG). Marianne’s expertise is in watershed-based approaches to cleanup and revitalization, corporate sustainability, and collaborative solutions to environmental progress through unique public-private partnerships. Prior to joining THG, she served as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2004, and Acting EPA Administrator in 2003 between Administrators Christine Todd Whitman and Michael O. Leavitt.





Patrick Mulrenin is a sports digital media professional with more than a decade in the industry and experience working directly for five professional leagues. In 2007, he moved to the Interactive Services department at the National Basketball Association, working directly with all 30 NBA teams to deliver best digital business practices and serve team needs in the areas of content, distribution, social media strategy, operational support, sponsorship and ticketing. In his current role, Mulrenin continues to work directly with NBA teams, but has added responsibility for WNBA, NBA D-League and NBA international partner and licensee digital strategy.




Russell Newell RusselL Newell  

Russell Newell is a communications and public relations professional with extensive experience in media relations, speechwriting, marketing, government policy, congressional relations, political campaigns, and promotional materials.  He has written hundreds of speeches, editorials, letters, and statements covering media, health care, education, trade, economic development, energy, national security, and budgets.   Newell currently serves as the Director of Executive Communications for Disney | ABC Televison Group.  He is responsible for crafting all speeches and messaging for the President of Disney | ABC Television Group, Anne Sweeney, and her senior leadership team. 



Kevin Schmidt Kevin Schmidt  

Kevin Schmidt is an executive with Smiths Group PLC. As the Vice President of Government Relations for Smiths Group, Kevin is responsible for outreach efforts with the legislative and executive branch. Smiths Group is a world leader in the practical application of advanced technologies. Prior to the private sector, Kevin was the Director of Intelligence and Operations in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. He supported the Intelligence and Operations components daily for both the Chief Intelligence Officer and Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis, and Director of the Operations Directorate. 





Our Founder

In February of 2001, at the age of 33, Shonda was diagnosed with stage 2 malignant melanoma. A total of 5 surgeries left 25 scars crisscrossing her back, arms, legs and chest. Shonda and her family were living in Arizona at the time and they immediately adopted responsible sun habits into their daily routines. Shonda’s personal experience with melanoma and the overwhelming responses she received from others afflicted by skin cancer lead to the establishment of Shade Foundation of America in 2002. Shonda continues to be involved in Shade and spread her passion for skin cancer awareness and sun safety. She completed the 2009 Chicago Marathon for team Shade and continues to appear at Shade functions and events.