Our Team

Executive Team

Sarah Alter
Sarah Alter
President & CEO
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Sarah Alter

President & CEO

Sarah Alter — named president and CEO of NEW in June 2017 — has wide-ranging experience in the retail, financial services and technology markets. As vice president of Discover Financial Services, Sarah led the product strategy for all credit card features, benefits and services.
As vice president for digital sales and marketing at Quill.com, she helped transform the business, increasing its digital sales. In her last job — chief marketing officer for General Growth Properties — Sarah developed and executed marketing strategies for 200 shopping mall properties and their top retailers. 
Sarah has served on a number of non-profit boards and is an accomplished fundraiser. She is an organizer of Chicago’s annual JDRF Gala, which has raised millions of dollars for Type 1 diabetes. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a Harvard MBA.

Julie Basile
Julie Basile
VP, Regions, Community & Marketing
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Julie Basile

VP, Regions, Community & Marketing

As vice president, regions, community and marketing, Julie Basile is responsible for NEW’s regional growth and support initiatives and advocacy. Julie has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience, including roles at The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo and Kellogg Company. Before joining NEW, she was an active NEW member and volunteer leader for NEW Atlanta, NEW Chicago and NEW Minneapolis. Julie lives in Chicago with her husband and twin boys.

Karianne Gomez
Karianne Gomez
VP, Strategic Value
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Karianne Gomez

VP, Strategic Value

As vice president of strategic value, Karianne Gomez leads the development of NEW’s overarching strategic value platform and core initiatives, including research and insights, learning programs, and solutions for corporate partners, NEW regions and members. Prior to joining NEW, Karianne focused on growth strategy and transformation across a number of companies and industries, including Pampered Chef and HAVI Global Solutions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from University of Buffalo, a master of engineering management degree from Northwestern University and a master of business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Karianne serves on the board of the Chicago chapter of Compass Pro Bono. She, her husband Joe and two daughters live in Chicago.

Laurie Greer
Laurie Greer
VP, Strategic Partnerships & Members
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Laurie Greer

VP, Strategic Partnerships & Members

As the lead for the Partnerships and Memberships Teams of NEW, Laurie is responsible for the corporate partnership, mission engagement, and organizational transformation in the corporations we serve, while supporting NEW members’ personal, professional and business goals.  Laurie comes to NEW with over 20 years of executive experience working with organizations focused on underserved communities, with women’s Equity and Equality organizations being a passion.  Most recently, Laurie worked at S.H.E. Globl. Prior to that, she was instrumental at AnitaB.org, as VP of Partner Engagement and Success, growing partnerships, sponsorships, and developing strategy.  During her tenure, Laurie’s commitment and leadership skills contributed to the exponential growth of both the well-known Grace Hopper Celebration and AnitaB.org. Laurie has served on the board of The Almaden Valley Women’s Club and the San Jose Earthquakes Foundation. Laurie graduated with a BA in Communications from the University of Iowa and is also a Certified Diversity Executive. She and her husband live in San Jose, CA where her three sons also live.

Carol Jones
Carol Jones
VP, Finance & Administration
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Carol Jones

VP, Finance & Administration

Carol Jones leads the finance and administration team, which manages the finances of NEW, facilitating its sustainability and ensuring that the books/records are appropriately managed and reported. Her team also develops the long-range financial plan and directs the annual budget and planning process. They provide contract management oversight and review appropriate levels of control, efficiency and effectiveness. Carol previously was at IRI as the financial lead for the retail organization. She also worked closely with the head of finance, planning and analysis at United Airlines in their capital planning group. She received her MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business and her bachelor of science degree in accounting from DePaul University. Carol enjoys volunteering in the community and traveling with family and friends.

Christen Ng
Christen Ng
VP, Technology & Analytics
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Christen Ng

VP, Technology & Analytics

Christen Ng is responsible for overseeing NEW’s technology infrastructure, digital platforms and analytics strategy. Prior to joining NEW, she specialized in building technology solutions and resources that leveraged data-driven insights to impact nonprofit organizations in healthcare, workforce development and arts education public policy. Christen holds an international MBA from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in information systems from DePaul University. She has served on the board of the United Nations Association of Chicago, as a mentor with MIT’s Solve initiative and on the Business Advisory Council for Bright Endeavors.

Our Board

Executive Committee

Monica Turner
Monica Turner
Chair
President North America Sales, P&G
Abbe Luersman
Abbe Luersman
Vice Chair
Chief Human Resource Officer, Ahold Delhaize
Lisa Walsh
Lisa Walsh
Immediate Past Chair
Operating Advisor, Atlantic Street Capital Advisors, LLC
Dagmar Boggs
Dagmar Boggs
Treasurer
President, South Operations, Coca-Cola North America, The Coca-Cola Company
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Elizabeth “Beth” Marrion
Secretary
Managing Director, Global Retail Consulting Practice, Accenture

Committee Chairs

Christina
Christina Bieniek
Chair, Audit
Chief Commercial Officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Dagmar
Dagmar Boggs
Chair, Finance
President, South Operations, Coca-Cola North America, The Coca-Cola Company
Marla Daudelin
Marla Daudelin
Chair, Regional Advisory
SVP 7-Eleven Global Customer Team, PepsiCo
Nicola Johnson
Nicola Johnson
Chair, Technology
Principal, Consumer & Industrial Products Practice Deloitte Consulting
Abbe
Abbe Luersman
Co-Chair, Strategic Value
Chief Human Resource Officer Ahold Delhaize
Melody Richard
Melody Richard
Strategic Value, Co-Chair
Merchandising VP, Pets, Walmart
Ellen Siebenborn-Forsyth
Ellen Siebenborn-Forsyth
Co-Chair, NEW Gen
Head/Vice President of US Retail Sales, Food and Beverage, The J.M. Smucker Co.
Kim Underhill
Kim Underhill
Chair, Compensation
Group President Kimberly-Clark North America
Lisa Walsh
Lisa Walsh
Governance
Operating Advisor, Atlantic Street Capital Advisors, LLC

Directors-at-large

Chris Baker
Chris Baker
SVP and Head of Retail North America, Visa
Jabbar Valerie
Valerie Jabbar
Group VP Center Store Merchandising, The Kroger Co.
Cassandra Johnson
Cassandra Johnson
EVP of Global Customer Care & Vendor Management Office for Google Devices & Services
Chris Skyers
Chris Skyers
Vice President, Own Brands Wakefern Food Corporation
Mike Theilmann
Mike Theilmann
EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Albertsons Companies
Jennifer "Jen" Wilson
Jennifer "Jen" Wilson
SVP Brand Marketing, Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Director Emeritus

Bobbie O’Hare
Bobbie O’Hare
Director Emeritus
(member emeritus) Vice President, Business Development JOH

Our Staff

Angelina Bice
Angelina Bice
Copywriter & Content Strategy Specialist
NickDemmel
Nick Demmel
Marketing Automation & Analytics Specialist
Desiree Frey
Desiree Frey
Director of Regional Growth & Development
Holly Goodhart
Holly Goodhart
Director, Digital Marketing & Communications
Carol Gustaveson
Carol Gustaveson
Director of Member Engagement and Business Development
Briana Holmes
Briana Holmes
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Karen Jones
Karen Jones
Senior Director, Head of Learning & Development & DEI
Asia Ray
Asia Ray
Membership Engagement Coordinator