GCSEN Board of Directors and Officers

Professor Michael J. Caslin

Professor Michael J. Caslin, III- GCSEN Foundation Board Chair, President & CEO

Professor Caslin, Founder of GCSEN Foundation, brings a passion for the transformative power of entrepreneurship along with 3 decades of proven success in helping found, lead and serve social enterprise and business venture development ranging from youth and adult entrepreneurship education to sustainable community development. He has a broad range of experiences from his work with over 40 firms across 12 industry sectors as both an outside strategic consultant and inside operational leader. Professor Caslin is recognized as a respected entrepreneur practitioner, faculty member and Social Entrepreneurship thought leader through his work as co-founder and CEO of NFTE and his education and leadership roles with with Babson College, Babson Global, Investor’s Circle, Rising Tide Capital, SJF Institute, STRIVE, and CUNY-Baruch College-Zicklin Business School.


Jack Mariotti

Jack Mariotti, CPA GCSEN Foundation Treasurer

Jack Mariotti brings extensive experience in business management, scale and corporate finance. He presently services as Finance Director for the Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders, an independent nonprofit clinical research institute, and as Chief Financial Officer for Molecular NeuroImaging, LLC. Mr. Mariotti was Chief Financial Officer of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) from 1995-2000, where he played a critical role in NFTE’s growth from under $1 million in revenue in 1990 to over $7 million in 2000. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in business.


J.C. Boggs

J.C. Boggs, Esq. – GCSEN Foundation Secretary

J.C. Boggs, a partner with the law firm of King & Spalding with over 25 years of experience in law and public policy. In January 2009, President George W. Bush appointed Mr. Boggs to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, an agency of the World Bank and leading international arbitration institution devoted to investor-State dispute settlement. Previously, Mr. Boggs served as counsel to U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr. (R-DE) on the Senate Banking Committee and has advised clients on every major financial services bill in the past 20 years, including Gramm-Leach-Bliley, Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank. He also served as legislative and investigative counsel to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. Mr. Boggs holds an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Catholic University of America.


Irene Lavado-Caslin

Dr. Irene Lavado-Caslin

Irene is an experienced business executive who has held a variety of leadership roles in the financial services and technology sectors. She is presently Senior Vice President at JP Morgan Chase & Company, where she works in global project management and Volcker Rule compliance. Her previous professional experience includes employment and consulting engagements with Paladyne Systems, Morgan Stanley, UBS, SEI, Capco, Advent Software and Golden Source. She holds a Ph.D. from the Moscow Physics Engineering Institute.


Edward Rogoff

Dr. Edward Rogoff

Dr. Edward Rogoff is Dean of the Long Island University Brooklyn School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Lawrence N. Field Professor of Entrepreneurship and Chair of the Department of Management at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. Dr. Rogoff founded the CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship and was instrumental in developing nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate Entrepreneurship programs. Dr. Rogoff was named the 2010 Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year by The United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). Rogoff is an active researcher and writer in the field of entrepreneurship. His work has been published in The Journal of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship Research Journal, The New York Times, andForbes, among others. He is the author of two books, The Entrepreneurial Conversation and Bankable Business Plans, and the co-author (with David Carroll) of a third, The Second Chance Revolution: Becoming Your Own Boss After 50. Dr. Rogoff was an entrepreneur in the broadcasting industry for 15 years. He earned a B.A., M.B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.


Bill Towell

Bill Towell

Bill Towell is an innovative and experienced entrepreneur and business executive. He is presently Founder and CEO of Bad Donkey Social Media, LLC, a startup focused on social media technology and mobile platform management. His previous ventures include Lake Wind & Associates, LLC, a property development and management firm, and Roadhouse Marketing & Promotion, Inc., a consumer goods marketing agency. Mr. Towell holds M.B.A. and B.B.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin.