BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meet the Board
Tess Bradford is an accomplished executive who recently retired from a 19-year career at Bank of America. In her role as a Senior Vice President at BofA she led enterprise risk and program management initiatives for key business units and managed cross-functional teams. Her expertise includes developing strategies for digital banking, mobile services, artificial intelligence, and social media platforms and she has held leadership positions in compliance, operational risk management, and online product innovation. Tess is the CEO and Founder of The Bright Insight Group, a management consulting firm that focuses on business strategy and growth optimization. Tess is a community leader and an advocate for STEM education for children. As Co-Founder and President of Her Spark, Tess guides the overall direction of the organization and mobilizes the board, partners, resources and volunteers to execute key initiatives for the organization.
Co-Founder, Vice President
Shannon is Senior Corporate Counsel at Bandwidth, where she provides legal guidance on data privacy. She is a licensed attorney in North Carolina and Washington D.C., a N.C.D.R.C. Certified Superior Court Mediator and a Co-Chair of the International Data Privacy Committee of the N.C. Bar Association Privacy and Data Security Section. Shannon is a 2019 Triangle Business Journal 40 under 40 Leadership Award winner.
Shannon serves as a mentor to young professionals and is actively involved with many community outreach programs addressing local needs in the Raleigh-Durham area. As Co-Founder and Vice President of Her Spark, Inc., Shannon leads curriculum development, implements strategic growth initiatives, oversees technology operations, and manages strategic alliances.
Chris Myers is an 18-year veteran of the IT industry and has held various key leadership positions. He currently leads a global team of engineers supporting communications technology with an emphasis on Video. Chris has a passion for helping others become more than they were yesterday, and his mission is to have an indelible positive impact on anyone that comes within his sphere of influence. Chris is actively involved in the community to include helping military veterans with career transitions. As the Strategy Lead for Her Spark, Inc. he identifies short-term and long-term goals to sustain forward growth of organization.
Donor and Fundraising Lead
Debby Serena has 20 years of experience as a fundraising executive, nonprofit consultant, business development and client services professional. She is co-founder and Vice President of Donor Haven, a digital fundraising platform designed to train functional areas of nonprofits and gain organizational alignment to increase sustainable donations. In addition to various leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, Debby is passionate about youth empowerment. It is through her passion for giving children and young people the very best educational opportunities, and championing those causes, that she hopes to inspire, transform, and impact future generations. As the Donor and Fundraising Lead for Her Spark, Inc. Debby is responsible for developing and executing the strategy for donor relations, sponsorships and fundraising activities.
Events and Program Lead
Ruwani Biggers has been a leader in the Connected Women Employee Resource Organization (ERO) at Cisco for over 4 years. Her focuses have included communications, event facilitation, and strategic leadership of the overall ERO. In her day job, Ruwani manages a group of networking engineers in Cisco’s Customer Experience function. She is a staunch advocate for hiring and promoting female engineering talent at Cisco and is excited to build the next generation of engineers through Her Spark, Inc. As the Events and Program lead, Ruwani directs the development, integration and execution of Her Spark events, camps and in-person collaborations.
Aylin is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. She leads the Global Tax function and the Corporate Shared Services function at RTI International, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that serves out its mission to improve the human condition with more than 3,000 projects in 70+ countries. She has been actively involved with the Tax Executives Institute-Carolinas Chapter for over 10 years and currently serves as the Chapter Representative. She also serves on the Leadership Committee and is the Special Events Committee Chair for an RTI Employee Resource Group focused on Women’s Advancement, Leadership, and Success. As the Treasurer of Her Spark, Inc. she is responsible for all aspects of tax compliance, banking, financial planning, and budgeting.