About Our Board of Directors
Marcia Barone: Director of National Development and Liaison to the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Lehigh University
Kwasi A. Benneh: Managing Director, Head of US Loan Syndication, Morgan Stanley
Toolsi G. Meisner: Former Assistant District Attorney and AEquitas Attorney Advisor
Nancy E. O'Malley: District Attorney, Alameda County, California
Deborah Robinson: Vice President and Senior Counsel, Anti-Piracy, Viacom
Joan Voltz: Senior Partner, Executive Group Director, Ogilvy & Mather
Marcia Moll Barone
Marcia Moll Barone leads fundraising efforts for Lehigh University throughout the United States. Ms. Barone joined Lehigh University's Development and Alumni Relations team in 2011. She is currently a Major Gift Officer and the Development Liaison to the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity & Innovation. Ms. Barone brings a wealth of experience to building support for new entrepreneurial initiatives through relationships with alumni, parents, corporations, and friends of Lehigh. She has had the privilege of helping individuals and corporations who are eager to invest in the next generation of leaders build impactful relationships with Lehigh University. Through them, Lehigh is able to offer transformative programs, cutting edge facilities, international experiences, provoking faculty, and opportunities to participate in local and worldwide community service. Success is captured in that moment when a philanthropist knows a deep sense of satisfaction that they have made a difference in a student's or possibly many students' lives.
Ms. Barone has served as a Trustee for the Perkiomen School since 1995, and currently chairs the Development Committee. During her tenure, she has co-chaired a $12 million campaign.
Ms. Barone has also been a member of the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley (JLLV) since 1995. JLLV promotes volunteerism, the development of the potential of women, and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. She served as President of the 250-member organization from 2005-2006, when she led the establishment of the first Endowment Fund to support the organization's activities.
Ms. Barone previously served as a Development Liaison to the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University. She has both a B.S. in Finance and Marketing and an M.Ed. from Lehigh University.
Kwasi A. Benneh
Kwasi A. Benneh is a Managing Director in the Securitized Products Group in Fixed Income at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Benneh joined the Firm in 2005 as an Associate in the Commercial Real Estate Lending group based in New York.
He currently runs all private loan distribution in the US CREL platform with previous roles in origination and distribution of private market debt. He was named Vice President in 2008, Executive Director in 2012, and Managing Director in 2016.
Previously, Mr. Benneh worked in the Investment Banking Division of Citigroup as an Analyst. Mr. Benneh earned a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Vassar College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2005.
Toolsi G. Meisner
Toolsi G. Meisner (JD) is a founding member of the Board of Directors of AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. She works with staff to ensure that all programs and services are consistent with the mission and vision of the organization.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Ms. Meisner was previously an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas. In that capacity, she provided training and technical assistance to prosecutors and allied criminal justice professionals on issues related to domestic and sexual violence. Ms. Meisner identified innovative programs, procedures, and strategies employed by prosecutors of violence against women; provided technical assistance, resources, and case consultation to prosecutors and allied criminal justice professionals across the country; and trained prosecutors at local, state, national, and international conferences. Ms. Meisner regularly published articles to improve the identification of and criminal justice response to domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking prosecutions.
Before working with AEquitas, Ms. Meisner was a Staff Attorney for the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse (NCPCA) at the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI), the research and technical assistance division of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). Ms. Meisner served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was specially assigned to the Municipal Court Unit's Domestic Violence Courtroom handling a large caseload of misdemeanor trials and felony preliminary hearings. She also specialized in the prosecution of child sexual and physical abuse and neglect cases.
Ms. Meisner has a deep and longstanding commitment to providing support to victims of gender-based violence. She has collaborated with the Washington Office on Latin America and Amnesty International to make recommendations to the Mexican Government on methods of providing reparations to the families of murdered and disappeared women in Ciudad Juarez. Ms. Meisner received crisis response training and volunteered as a companion to survivors of sexual violence
with the Orange County Rape Crisis Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She also assisted the Center in developing a county-wide multidisciplinary Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
Ms. Meisner obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her spouse and two children.
Nancy O'Malley (JD) has served as the chief law enforcement officer in Alameda County since being appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in September 2009. Subsequently, she was elected unopposed to the position in November 2010.
DA O'Malley is a nationally recognized expert in issues involving violence against women, violence against persons with disabilities, and interpersonal violence including sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, stalking, and human exploitation and trafficking. She serves in an office with a national reputation for excellence dating back to former District Attorney and United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. DA O'Malley carries out this proud legacy as the first woman to serve as Alameda County's elected District Attorney, and as a leader known throughout California and the country for her innovation and vision.
Since joining the office as an attorney in 1984, O'Malley rose through the ranks to become Chief Assistant District Attorney from 1999 until her appointment to District Attorney in 2009. She has a formidable record, having prosecuted hundreds of felony matters ranging from child sexual assault to domestic violence and murder. DA O'Malley is a strong advocate for victims' rights, and is committed to doing all she can to improve the painful experience for victims of crime in Alameda County.
One of DA O'Malley's passion projects has been the creation of the Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) in 2005. Legal, health, housing, psychological and other support services are available for victims under one roof at the ACFJC to further their safety, recovery and wellbeing. Over the past decade of operation, the center has provided thousands of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, elder abuse, and human exploitation and trafficking with a range of services, and has received numerous awards for excellence. The ACFJC was only the second center to open in the United States, and currently serves as a model for communities across the United States and as the Northern California Regional Training Center for the California Family Justice Initiative.
DA O'Malley's professional accomplishments include monumental contributions in the legislative arena with numerous bills written by DA O'Malley being signed into law. She has participated in drafting legislation that has included making courtrooms around the state accessible for victims with physical and intellectual disabilities, ensuring the sexual assault victims have rights in the criminal justice system and expanding the support available to victims of crime in California. In addition to successfully advocating for stronger legislative protections and increased rights for victims of crime, Ms. O'Malley is a steadfast advocate for advancing women in the workplace, for protecting vulnerable individuals who fall prey to criminals, and supporting child and youth empowerment, enhancement and engagement.
Within the Office, she founded the HEAT (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) Unit in 2006 and has led the statewide charge in response to human trafficking. This has involved vigorously prosecuting traffickers (particularly those selling children for sex), targeting the purchasers, as well as changing perceptions about those trafficked - treating them not as criminals, but as victims.
O'Malley is well known for other innovative model responses, and many of these can be seen in the divisions of her Office dedicated to specialized prosecution, many of these being replicated by other district attorneys' offices around the nation. Some of these include identity theft, real estate fraud, truancy, environmental protection, sexual assault and domestic violence.
Her commitment to seeking different solutions, such as utilizing new technologies, embracing new measures and championing lateral thinking, has led to a culture of continued excellence and innovation in her Office. It has also been a way to achieving more with fewer resources to help serve victims and our community, particularly in tight economic times.
For more than 35 years, DA O'Malley has also demonstrated her commitment to public service by helping to enact the changes she wishes to see in the world. One of the ways she has served has been through active involvement on national, state, and local boards. DA O'Malley's involvement in these organizations has been substantive. For her contribution to the community and her profession, DA O'Malley is honored to have received numerous awards.
Deborah Robinson (JD) is Vice President & Senior Counsel, Anti-Piracy, in Viacom's Law Department. She is responsible for the development and implementation of anti-piracy protocols, creation of enforcement strategies, and oversight of content protection operational workflows. She is also responsible for facilitating anti-piracy employee awareness programs and creating and conducting employee training programs.
Prior to joining Viacom, Ms. Robinson was Regional Counsel in the Anti-Piracy Legal Affairs Department for the northeast, central and southern regions of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). She was responsible for monitoring and assisting with state and federal criminal investigations and prosecutions for the illegal duplication and distribution of sound recordings in 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. She also provided music piracy litigation training to prosecutors.
Ms. Robinson completed seven years of service as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a prosecutor, she was responsible for the successful prosecution of hundreds of major felony trials, including several high-profile cases. During her last two years of service, she was the assistant chief of the Municipal Court Unit, where she was responsible for supervising 35 attorneys and the litigation of 65,000 cases each year.
Before becoming a prosecutor, Ms. Robinson was an associate at the law firm of Crawford and Associates in Philadelphia, practicing personal injury, entertainment and corporate law. She also served as legal counsel to the International Association of African American Music.
Ms. Robinson has shared her expertise as a television legal analyst on several networks, including ESPN, CNN Headline News, and Comcast CN8. She has also written articles for ESPN.com.
She received her J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and holds a B.A. degree in economics from Howard University.
Joan Voltz is an advertising and marketing professional with over 20 years of global agency experience. During that time, she's honed her skills on some of the most well-respected brands in the business.
Having joined Ogilvy in April of 2004, Joan is currently a Senior Partner, Executive Group Director on the largest Client in the WPP network: IBM. She leads worldwide advertising for business solutions and brand amplification programs.
Prior to her efforts on IBM, Joan worked with blue-chip brands like American Express, Sprint, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever and The Economist.
A true integrated marketer, Joan's experience spans broad brand platform launches like IBM's Smarter Planet, corporate reputation efforts like Johnson & Johnson's 'Having a Baby Changes Everything' as well as niche-target engagement efforts like The Economist subscription efforts. She's led complex and fully integrated end-to-end programs.
Joan graduated from Lehigh University with a BA in Psychology and Marketing. She lives in upper Manhattan with her husband and two sons.