Leadership

National Staff

Bottom Line relies on a dedicated group of individuals to lead the effort to support students and improve college graduation rates. Our National office was developed after we launched our New York site in 2011 and expects several additions in the coming years to support additional growth.

Virgil J. Jones, Jr., Chief Executive Officer
Greg Johnson, Chief Operations Officer
Dave Borgal, Founder and Chief Program Officer
Denella J. Clark, Chief Development Officer
Jed Smith, Director of Special Projects

 

Maneth (Lilee) Dethchan, Director of Finance
Sarah Place, National Access Program Director
Justin Strasburger, National Success Program Director 
Katrina Magdol, Director of HR & Operations                              Helen Waters, Executive Assistant

 

 

 

 

National Board of Directors

Our National Board of Directors brings overall strategic leadership and expertise to Bottom Line's mission and includes a representative from each of our Regional Advisory Boards.

Jeb Bachman, PwC
Bob Ballard, Scholarship America
Kevin Connolly, State Street
Virgil J. Jones, Jr., Bottom Line
Kay Marquet, Marquet Associates
Patti Saris, US Sentencing Commission & US District Court

Robert Shepler, Legg Mason*
Marc Smith (Chair), Stop & Shop
Dave Terry, Archway Health Advisors
Barbara Thomas
Mike Volo, Cammack Retirement Group*
Harold R. Wilde, North Central College*

 

 

 

 

National Staff

Virgil J. Jones, Jr., Chief Executive Officer

Virgil is an experienced executive with a record of fundraising growth, business turnaround management and proven expertise in providing access to higher education and in leading not-for-profit operations at all levels. He operates effectively in fast-paced environments, building and managing exceptional teams that focus on meeting organizational growth and performance targets.

Prior to joining the team at Bottom Line, Virgil was President of LINK Unlimited Scholars, an educational not-for-profit organization. For fourteen years he oversaw operations on a day-to-day basis, coordinated fund-raising, developed and implemented new programs, provided fiscal, strategic and board development, mentor recruitment, finance, program execution and strategic direction. Under Virgil's leadership, the organization graduated over 1,000 students and increased revenue from $1.2 million to $3.5 million. Virgil led a $6 million capital campaign to fund new headquarters and establish and manage a $3.5 million endowment.

Virgil is a member of the Governing board for the University of Chicago Charter School and a board director at Beverly Bank & Trust Company, a Wintrust Community Bank. He is also a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, a 30-year-old not-for-profit organization that cultivates Chicago's business, public and civic leaders through a deeper understanding of the issues facing the community and each other, helping them to build a better Chicago.

Virgil earned an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, an M.A. in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union, and a B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University. Virgil resides in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago with his wife, three sons and daughter. Virgil can be reached by calling 857-415-4813.

Greg Johnson, Chief Operations Officer

Greg transitioned to COO in 2015 after serving as the CEO of Bottom Line since the fall of 2003. A graduate of Brown University, he previously led the marketing and outreach efforts in Boston for The Princeton Review. Since joining Bottom Line, the organization has tripled the size of its staff and students in Boston, replicated its programs to Worcester, MA, and New York City, and been recognized as a national leader in the field of community-based college retention. In 2008, Greg completed Harvard Business School's Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management, and has spoken to a variety of audiences on topics including Managing Non-Profit Growth, Using Data to Improve Performance and Bottom Line's DEAL Model for College Success. When not at Bottom Line, he enjoys coaching his daughters' youth soccer team and has completed the Boston Marathon.

Dave Borgal, Founder and National Program Director

Dave was born in Reading, MA, and currently lives in Saugus, MA. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in 1993 and his Masters Degree in Education from Salem State College in 1994. Dave started Bottom Line in July 1997, and recruited the first class of 25 students in late August 1997. 21 of the 25 kids from the first class earned a college degree. He worked out of a small office in New Mission High School in Roxbury for the first three years before moving Bottom Line's operations to Jamaica Plain in September 2000. After stepping down from the Executive Director role in 2003, Dave rejoined Bottom Line in July 2004 to focus his efforts on program development.

Jed Smith, Director of Special Projects

Jed joined Bottom Line in the summer of 2013. He spent the last 20 years working at The Princeton Review where he developed a passion for educational access. Over the years he has managed teams in NY and MA, developed products & services and trained Executive Directors across the country. In 2009 he transitioned into a Higher Education Readiness role focusing on Partnership Development with the goal of bringing TPR's expertise and training to schools, districts, and organizations that have traditionally struggled to graduate students who went on to succeed in college. During that time, he established partnerships with industry leading organizations and he worked with some of the most challenged districts and schools in the Northeast. Jed earned his Bachelor's Degree in Art History and English Literature from Fairfield University in 1993. Jed is a devoted husband and father of 3. In his spare time he enjoys cultivating his gardens, hiking with his family and dog, and reading. During the summer on most Saturday mornings, Jed can be found volunteering at a community-based farmer's market where he's a founding board member.

Maneth (Lilee) Dethchan, Director of Finance

Lilee is a seasoned finance and operations professional with experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  Lilee began her career in the US army, where she streamlined operations and developed standard procedures that are used military-wide.  After completing her military service, Lilee worked in the legal and financial services fields, most recently at State Street.  At the same time, Lilee served as a finance and strategy consultant for several Boston-area nonprofits.  Lilee holds a BA and MBA in Finance from Simmons College.

Sarah Place, National Access Program Director

Sarah grew up in Oakland, CA, and moved to New Hampshire in 1995. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2004 with a BA in English. Upon graduating, she worked on the Democratic National Convention and the Kerry Campaign. She then went on to join the community relations department at Citizens Bank. While working at Citizens, she read a proposal for funding from Bottom Line and was so inspired by the mission that she decided to apply for a job. She has been a part of Bottom Line's staff since August 2006 and served as the Curriculum and Training Director since December 2011.


Katrina Magdol, Director of HR & Operations

Katrina grew up in West Hartford, CT, and moved to Philadelphia to attend Bryn Mawr College, where she studied Psychology and Education. After graduating in 2004, she worked as a Research Assistant in developmental psychology before deciding to pursue her passion for urban education. Katrina received her Masters in Education and teaching certification from the University of Pennsylvania, and then taught in the School District of Philadelphia for two years. While teaching, she discovered a drive for helping low-income and first-generation students gain access to college. Katrina moved back to New England in August 2010, and joined the Bottom Line team in April 2011.

Justin Strasburger, National Success Program Director

Justin grew up in Princeton, NJ, but spent all his summers in Maine, which led him to attend Bowdoin College, where he studied Government and Teaching. During college, Justin worked for Princeton-In-Africa, a small non-profit that arranges fellowships at non-governmental organizations in Africa for recent Princeton University graduates. Working as a camp counselor during his summer breaks from college, Justin discovered his love for working with kids. After graduating from Bowdoin in 2007, Justin served as the College Coordinator for the Harlem Children's Zone, where he helped high school students who were often in the first generation of their families to attend college navigate the college application and financial aid processes. Justin joined Bottom Line as a College Counselor in July 2009 and was promoted to Transition Coordinator in 2010. He was promoted to Worcester Site Coordinator in 2011 and Success Program Director - Massachusetts in 2013 and National Success Program Director in 2014.

*These members also Chair their respective Bottom Line Regional Boards

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