BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Paula Shirk, President & Founder, is an experienced entrepreneur. Paula’s innovation and marketing and leadership skills have been recognized in such publications as the New York Times, New York Magazine, Vogue, Runner’s World, Cosmopolitan, American Health, Working Woman, Elle, the New Yorker, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, Women’s Wear Daily, Crain’s and the Japanese magazine Nikkei Woman, Christian Science Monitor, May 2011, called her a “Change Agent”. She has been awarded the B’nai B’rith Board of Governors’ Distinguished Achievement Award as “a woman of accomplishment and stature as an innovative business leader.” In 2010, in recognition of her work in Cambodia, Paula was chosen as one of Brooklyn’s Extraordinary Women by District Attorney Charles Hynes, who praised Paula’s “exceptional selflessness, dedication and compassion.” Paula is the mother of two sons, Eli and Rudi. Rudi is adopted from Cambodia.
Douglas Eads, Director, worked as a financial specialist at Merrill Lynch for many years, and in his retirement has become an active investor. Douglas has served on the Board of BB2C since its inception and has been actively involved and generous in the growth of our organization.
Candy Orlinsky, Director has previously been involved in start-ups and knows a steady hand is required. She has been a dedicated work colleague of the founder. Candy has provided support for BB2C since its inception. She used her networking skills to help us attain our much needed foundation grant for operating expenses. She has provided unflagging support to us, and in our first year, donated a significant sum of money as a symbol of her dedication and belief in BB2C’s goals. She has also been a benefactor of other worthy organizations.
Donna Anderson, Ph.D., Michigan State University, is a Professor of Economics at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she teaches and does research primarily on the status of women in the economy, sustainability, and the environment. She has served on the Board of Advisors, acting as a liaison between BB2C and universities interested in creating partnerships, writing grants, and consulting on various business issues. Prior to UW-L, she was the Director of Policy Analysis at the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University, and worked in various areas of finance and accounting for General Electric.
Christine Chi, Director, earned Bachelors of Arts degrees, magna cum laude, in Political Science and Arabic and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Christine is Director, Digital Business Development, EMI Music North America.
Mary Ide is a partner at Harch Capital Management, which is based in Boca Raton, Florida. Mary manages the firm’s New York office. Her expertise includes trading, sales, and the development of long-term business strategy. Mary began her career at Shearson (now part of Citigroup) in 1980 and has held a number of sales and trading positions on Wall Street, including stints with Smith Barney and Alex Brown. Mary has contributed her expertise regarding business and fundraising to BB2C. She has been extremely generous with her time and talents. Mary holds a BA in Art History from Smith College is married with two sons and lives in Brooklyn, NY.