SBIG Board of Trustees

Abdel Banda – Director of Edison Chouest Offshore Ghana, part of the Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) group of companies. ECO and its member companies are in the business of owning and operating offshore service vessels and providing terminal and logistics services in support of the offshore oil and gas industry. Abdel currently serves as the Director of ECO Ghana, and assists with ECO’s International business development efforts, primarily in Africa. Prior to joining Edison Chouest Offshore, Abdel Banda worked as an analyst at Sandler O’Neill + Partners L.P in New York. Founded in 1988, Sandler O’Neill is recognized throughout the United States (and increasingly overseas) as a leader in providing the full suite of investment banking, advisory, balance sheet management, brokerage and research services to financial institutions and their investors. Abdel was born and raised in Accra Ghana until moving to the United States at the age of 11. While in Ghana he was a student at Ghana International School. He is a graduate of the Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ and a graduate of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, Mr. Banda played linebacker on the ND Football team. He played a pivotal role in the formation of SBIG, assisted with organizing the SBIG Advisory Council in Ghana and  frequently visits the SBIG schools. Abdel has participated in all SBIG group visits to Ghana since inception.

Matthew L. Killian – Current MBA Candidate at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Since joining SBIG, Matthew has managed the organization of book drives at The Delbarton School and other schools and libraries in NJ, and recruited his classmates on multiple trips to SBIG’s five schools in Ghana. He is involved in SBIG’s fundraising efforts, and in the fall of 2014, organized a 16-mile run as a member of the Amherst Lacrosse team to raise almost $30,000 for SBIG.  Before graduate school, Matthew worked on the High Yield Capital Markets and Leveraged Finance desks at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Stifel Financial Corp in New York City. He is a graduate of Amherst College in Massachusetts and The Delbarton School in New Jersey.

Richard Killian – Chief of Party for the ACQUIRE  Tanzania Project (ATP) based in Dar es Salaam.  ATP is the flagship family planning partner for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission in Tanzania.  Mr. Killian was previously the Project Director/Chief of party for 5 years for EngenderHealth’s Quality Health Partners project (QHP) in Ghana.  While in Ghana, he served on the Board of the Trustees for the Ghana International School that has been very supportive of SBIG’s efforts in Ghana.   Mr. Killian is a seasoned international health professional with almost 30 years of experience in the U.S. and Africa.  He has a BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master of Health Care Administration degree from George Washington University.  Mr. Killian has been involved with SBIG since its formation and participated in most of the group visits to Ghana.  .

Tom Killian – Partner at Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. Tom Killian’s 36-year career in commercial and investment banking includes seven years of commercial banking experience with NationsBank, structuring and arranging leveraged finance transactions; two years with Salomon Brothers, transacting capital markets and advisory assignments for a variety of major corporations; five years with J.P. Morgan, managing financial advisory and capital raising activities for banks and thrifts in the Western region of the United States; and 22 years with Sandler O’Neill, advising banks, thrifts, and insurance companies, a variety of capital markets, strategic advisory and M&A assignments. At Sandler O’Neill, Tom has managed the successful execution of over $8.2 billion of capital raising transactions. He has co-managed the Sandler O’Neill team responsible for successfully completing 17 pooled trust preferred transactions, raising over $7 billion for approximately 650 financial institutions. He functions as a primary resource in structuring and implementing complex capital markets transactions for financial institutions. Tom attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a John Motley Morehead Merit Scholarship and is a graduate of both UNC-Chapel Hill (1979) and Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management (1985). He has been a speaker at industry and regulatory conferences (including the Federal Reserve Bank, FDIC, Western Independent Bankers, UNC Banking Institute, and the China Banking Regulatory Commission) on issues impacting financial institutions and capital markets. His articles have appeared in the journal for Bank Accounting & Finance, U.S. Banker and Modern Bankers, a publication of the Peoples Bank of China. He is a founding member of SBIG and currently acts as President of the Board of Trustees.

Thomas Killian, Jr. –   Vice President at Basin Holdings, an energy and industrial company based out of New York City. Previously served as an analyst and associate in the Investment Banking Group at JPMorgan. Mr. Killian has managed the organization of book drives from Delbarton and other schools and libraries in NJ and helped develop the original website in conjunction with advisors. He has been involved with SBIG since its formation and recruited and organized Delbarton School students to participate in multiple SBIG trips to Ghana. Thomas graduated with a B.A. from Amherst College in June of 2014. 

Joe Nyamekye – CEO of three NJ based small businesses Joe Nyamekye was born and raised in Ghana and has now established himself as a successful small businss owner with three registered companies in the state of NJ. Joe’s son Kenny attended Delbarton School with Thomas and Matthew Killian and has been an active supported of SBIG efforts for many years. He has been helpful in organizing the shipment of donated books, clothing and other gifts to children at the SBIG schools in Ghana. Joe is also actively involved with the Ghanaian Society of New Jersey 

Advisory Board

Maurice Crum, Jr. – Director of Football Operations at Kansas University.  Mr. Crum was a professional football player with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League since he graduated from the University of Notre Dame where he was a starting linebacker and two year Captain of the football team.  He has been active with SBIG since its formation and participated in SBIG’s first mission to BASCO in 2008.  He has remained active with SBIG and serves as an important ambassador to the Notre Dame and professional football communities who have supported SBIG’s efforts.

Jim Hislop – Managing Director of Transportation Resource Partners and President and Chief Executive Officer of Penske Capital Partners. Jim and his team provide advice and counsel on technology matters and have assisted SBIG in developing a donor relationship with Microsoft. Jim was formerly a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division at Merrill Lynch. Outside of TRP, Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors of Penske Corporation, is President of the New York Chapter of Lumen Institute and is a Trustee of Kent Place School. Mr. Hislop has Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University and an MBA from New York University.

David A. Lewis – Attorney specializing in estate planning, income tax, small business and real estate law.  Mr. Lewis is a s sole law practitioner since 1993 and is both a certified financial planner and a certified public accountant.  He graduated from Delbarton School and the University of Notre Dame and has been active in both of those communities since his graduation.  His sons, David and Kevin, participated in the 2011 SBIG trip to Ghana.

Mike Moran –  CEO and principal owner of DDI Leasing, Inc. The firm is a leading independent lessor of technology related equipment marketed directly to end-user clients and through a network of loyal vendors. Mike has over twenty-five years of business development, P&L/operations management, equipment leasing and information technology consulting experience. His business operation and entrepreneurial activities have included transforming his firm from a computer brokerage and distribution entity into a leading, independent financing firm to major organizations throughout the east coast. Mike began his professional career in 1980 with International business Machines, Inc. (IBM-NYSE) and has held positions of increasing responsibility with Wang Laboratories, XL/Datacomp and Storage Technology before completing a buyout of DDI Leasing in 1994. Mike earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He is active with many charities and has served on several non-profit associations including The Institute for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the Delbarton School of Saint Mary’s Abbey. He and his son, Mickey, participated in the SBIG trip to Ghana in 2009.

Dr. John J. Specchio –Professor, Montclair State University. Dr. Specchio  has worked in the field of food science and technology for over 35 years with his primary responsibilities being teaching and research at Montclair State University (MSU). Dr. Specchio has been an appointed Senior Science Advisor to FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs since 2000. Presently he is Chair of the FDA Science Advisor program and analytical methods development committee for the FDA Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) a division of Homeland Security. He is also President of the Emily C. Specchio Foundation in honor of his late daughter Emily. The Foundation provides scholarships and humanitarian support for projects worldwide. The Foundation awarded SBIG a grant in 2011.

Mark Van Fossan – Entrepreneur in the out-of-home (OOH) advertising industry for the last fourteen (14) years. During that time period, he has funded and overseen the start-up and development of over a dozen OOH media companies in the U.S. and abroad including: i) Pacific Media, the largest OOH company in Japan; ii) Amherst Media, a regional operator in the bus shelter and wall mural advertising businesses; and iii) Metro Lights, the leading street level (non bus shelter franchise), 4’ X 6’ panel operator in the U.S. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Mr. Van Fossan had been the President and Chief Operating Officer of Patrick Media Group, the largest OOH company in the U.S. at the time, and the predecessor to Clear Channel Outdoor. Mr. Van Fossan had been promoted to COO after having served as Executive Vice President of Real Estate, overseeing approximately 45,000 billboard leases and properties for the company. Prior to Patrick Media, he had been in the investment banking business in New York City, specializing in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions for companies in the media communications industries. During his career, Mr. Van Fossan has served on the Boards of the Traffic Audit Bureau (TAB), the Outdoor Advertising Association of American (OAAA) and the Shelter Advertising Association (SAA). Mr. Van Fossan has been active with Delbarton School for many years serving as an events co- chairperson for Fathers and Friends key fund raising events. He has a son, Grant, who currently attends Delbarton School and has been active in supporting SBIG events.

SBIG Local Advisory Counsel

  • Caroline Agyrey-Fynn – Executive Director, Association of Childrens Homes and Orphanages – Ghana
  • Abdel Banda – Edison Chouest Offshore Ghana
  • Kafui Prebbie – President – TechAide
  • Pastor Victor Ofori-Amoah – Headmaster, Baptist School and Orphanage
  • Bishop Kwaku Addei – Headmaster, Good Shepherd Orphanage
  • Derrick Gaisie – Headmaster, New Life International Childrens Home
  • Frank Amenyo – Headmaster, In My Fathers House

Ghana Volunteers

  • Johnny Afetorghbor – Information Technology Specialist
  • Ernest Boateng –  Managing Director – Global Media Alliance based in Accra, Ghana
  • Bismarck Diawuo –   Manager for Edison Offshore Ghana.