WILLIAM E. ROSS
Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (562) 697-4002
Fax: (714) 494-7487
Bio: In September 2004, Bill joined the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation as Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the overall operation and strategic direction of the Foundation.
Bill comes to the Foundation after a 31-year career with the Walt Disney Company, having worked in the Parks and Resorts division with assignments in Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Resort in Paris. He was a member of the executive team that managed the $2 billion expansion of the Disneyland Resort in Southern California. Bill has a broad background in marketing, communications, planning and development and external relations. He is a chairman emeritus of the Orange County Business Council.
He has served on numerous nonprofit boards throughout California such as the California Golden State Museum, Children’s Hospital Orange County and Cypress College Foundation. He is a strong advocate of education and completed his undergraduate and graduate degree at California State University Fullerton. In 1989 he was recognized as a distinguished alumnus. Prior to his business career he lectured at California State University, Fullerton for five years.
Executive Director, Northeast Division
Phone: (917) 544-0895
Fax: (917) 591-7252
Bio: Elizabeth (Betsy) Myatt has been the Executive Director of the Northeast Division of IICF since 2008. Under her leadership, the Division expanded from the New York tri-state to New England with a Boston Chapter and into the Delaware Valley with a Philadelphia Chapter. Betsy has also had primary responsibility for the successful IICF Women in Insurance Conference Series.
Prior to joining IICF, Betsy had been a C-level executive in both for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations. Betsy’s non-profit background includes her role as CEO of the World Lung Foundation in New York. She previously served, simultaneously, as Vice-President of Patient and Professional Services and Chief Technology Officer at the national headquarters of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).
Her for-profit background includes Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer roles in financial services, manufacturing, and software companies, as well as management consulting in the insurance industry. Betsy has a strong background in operations/project management, communications/marketing, fundraising and board development.
After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Betsy started her professional life as an English teacher in an underserved community and has been a lifelong advocate for education. She has consistently served as a volunteer in the communities where she has lived. Currently, she lives in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey where she serves on the board of a local non-profit and is a trustee of the endowment of her church.
Executive Director, Western Division
Phone/Fax: (714) 870-1084
Bio: Melissa-Anne serves as the Executive Director of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s Western Division. As Executive Director, her responsibilities include strategic planning, board development, fundraising, and division operations. Having joined IICF in 2010, Melissa-Anne previously held the positions of Vice President of Development and Vice President of Communications.
Since receiving her Master of the Arts Degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Melissa has focused her career in the realm of non-profit organizations. With a background in project management, event operations and volunteer coordination, Melissa has worked with various non-profits ranging from start-up philanthropic business ventures to established organizations, such as AIDS Walk, Los Angeles.
Bio: The Southeast Division of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation welcomed Sarah Conway as Executive Director in July of 2014. Born and raised in Dallas, Sarah is extremely passionate about giving back to her community. Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Texas-Dallas and began her career working with one of the largest not-for-profit pediatric healthcare systems in the country. She has had significant success in fundraising, relationship development & leadership, proposal writing, and event planning. Sarah is committed to increasing opportunities and development for children, specifically with regards to education. She is also a member of the Junior League of Dallas and the Association for Fundraising Professionals.
Sarah worked with and served as a board member for an exclusive business networking organization. Throughout her career, Sarah has become passionate about networking, building relationships, and the importance of philanthropy. This compelled Sarah to form her own 501(c)3 organization that in the last four years has raised significant funds and awareness for programs that support children's health and at-risk children in her community.
Bio: Kelly Hartweg was named Executive Director of the Midwest Division in July 2017, coming to the Foundation with a distinguished 25-year professional career at both corporate and nonprofit organizations. Kelly has supported the IICF Midwest Division as a contract employee since 2013 involved in all aspects of the organization, primarily in marketing, sponsorship sales and event planning, including serving as interim Executive Director in 2015.
As the Midwest Division Executive Director, she is responsible for all operations of the Division and will continue the focus on expansion and growth of the Division and its Missouri and Ohio chapters.
Prior to joining IICF full-time and in addition to working with the Midwest Division, Kelly consulted for Ronald McDonald House Charities, as well as other companies including McDonald’s Corporation, Westfield and Bank of America. Prior to starting her consulting practice, Kelly held leadership roles in membership, development, sales and event management at organizations such as Navy Pier and the Word of Mouth Marketing Association.
Kelly holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Western Illinois University, and is a frequent volunteer for causes that address hunger, senior care and youth mentoring and education.
Bio: Wendy Wilder joined the IICF team as the UK Division Executive Director in June 2015. She brings 20 years of experience helping international companies and non-profits develop business strategies, improve performance and strengthen responsible business practices.
Before joining IICF, Wendy delivered business, corporate responsibility and community engagement strategies as Director of her own business, TTLG Consulting, and as a Corporate Advisor at Charities Aid Foundation. To transition to the field of Corporate Responsibility, Wendy advised small charities in England and spent six months working at the CSR Center in Dhaka to strengthen responsible business practices of large corporates in Bangladesh.
As Head of Corporate Strategy at AIG UK prior to this, Wendy managed the annual strategic planning process, advised executives on new business opportunities and led projects to achieve commercial goals. In previous consulting roles in London and New York, Wendy delivered product strategies and change management programmes for multi-national firms.
Wendy holds an MBA from Stern School of Business at New York University and is a Trustee of Peace Child International.
Bio: Lauren joined the IICF team in August of 2016 to serve as the Associate Director in the Northeast Region alongside Betsy Myatt. As a social worker in New York, Lauren has worked directly on the front lines with vulnerable individuals like those served by the community organizations supported by IICF. She graduated with both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in social work and is passionate about supporting and advocating for opportunities that promote the wellbeing of others.
Prior to working with IICF, Lauren lived and volunteered abroad to promote human rights with grassroots organizations and worked in nonprofit organizations throughout Brooklyn, New York. Lauren continues her volunteer work in NYC by assisting with the communications of a nonprofit organization that advocates for survivors of human trafficking and sexual assault.
Bio: Anna Panoian joined the IICF team as Director of Finance in September 2018. She brings 15 years of experience in finance and accounting for nonprofit organizations.
Before joining IICF, Anna served as Director of Finance at the Pasadena Playhouse State Theatre of California (PPST), a non for profit, for nearly five years. She utilized her deep technical knowledge and experience to help PPST strengthen its internal controls, procedures and financial reporting. After departing the Playhouse, she was offered to join KCET, Channel 28, as an Interim Controller while the organization was going through a merger with PBS Southern California.
Bio: The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation welcomed Alisa Breese as Director of Marketing and Communications in October 2016. In this newly created role Alisa will direct and manage the Foundation's comprehensive global communications strategy, while supporting initiatives at both international and national levels along with division and chapter needs. Alisa has more than fifteen years of experience in leadership positions in the insurance industry, developing marketing and communications strategy and tactical implementation for domestic and international specialty lines of insurance. Alisa began her career with CIGNA International, traveling and supporting offices in the European, Asian, and Latin American regions. Prior to joining the IICF, Alisa most recently served as Director of Marketing and Communications for ACE Recreational Marine Insurance, where she managed divisional corporate and consumer communications and advertising as well as media and public relations, brand compliance, and cooperative marketing, relationships, and events for an extensive base of specialty agents.
Alisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Communications from Drexel University in Philadelphia. A native of the Northeast, Alisa now resides in Southern California where she has served on non-profit boards and is an active volunteer in her local community.