WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SCORE, the nation's largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is pleased to announce the appointment of six new members to its board of directors, which helps guide the organization in its mission to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education.

SCORE Board of Directors Vice Chair Mary Landrysaid, "The SCORE Board of Directors welcomes six new members with rich business backgrounds, who contribute diverse expertise to our organization. We are committed to a very high standard of corporate governance that supports and strengthens the vitally-important mission of SCORE." 

"We have continued our practice of merging the business acumen of expert outside directors with the field experience of senior SCORE mentors to create a board of directors with the spectrum of knowledge needed to lead our dedicated staff and robust volunteer workforce," said Chairman of the Board Larry Tucker. "We are proud to represent the thousands of volunteers who help entrepreneurs throughout the country to start and grow their businesses every day."

The new additions to the board of directors consist of:

Mukesh Asarpota
Mukesh Asarpota is a recognized business technology leader known for crafting the requisite strategic vision to achieve business goals, bringing a unique blend of executive acumen, global team-building, and business solutions development credited with strong returns on investment and operational improvement for both domestic and international companies. He is currently a director of information technology (IT) at Salesforce, and has a verifiable record of achievement in managing large and dynamic global IT operations. Asarpota holds a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Massachusetts and is certified in chief information officer leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

Jennifer Elena 
Jennifer Elena is the president and founder of Jelena Group, a Palo Alto (think innovation) and Washington D.C. (think influence) based integrated marketing and public relations agency, which specializes in developing national large-scale consumer education and social impact campaigns serving multicultural audiences. Elena leads the team in strategy and business development. She connects her passions for education and entrepreneurship to her clients' needs to create change and deliver social impact. She has more than 18 years of experience and has worked with Fortune 100 companies, national associations, federal agencies and non-profit organizations.

John A. McCloskey
Since 2012, John A. McCloskey has volunteered with SCORE as a mentor, vice chair, chairman, assistant director and currently the district director of 11 chapters, overseeing 400 mentors. For 18 years, McCloskey was the president and CEO of Schaeffler Aerospace, the world's largest producer of aerospace jet engine bearings, with 66,000 employees worldwide. He was also executive vice president of North American operations at GKN Automotive, the world's largest producer of automotive front wheel drive systems. He has a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from St. Louis University and a Master of Business Administration from Western New England College.

Michael A. Sandman
Michael A. Sandman served as senior vice president of Fuld & Company, and has over 25 years of experience as a senior operations manager with a focus on the use of technology in operations. He has an extensive background in technology transfer to licensees and joint venture partners in the Pacific Rim, Switzerland, England, Mexico and Brazil. He was the CEO of a composites manufacturer and consulted extensively in the U.S. and abroad for a variety of manufacturing operations. Sandman received his Bachelor of Science in economics from Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University.

Pedro Suriel
Pedro Suriel is the managing director of client services at Cook Ross. He is responsible for driving the growth of the company's consulting practice and developing the organization's reputation as an industry thought leader. He also served as managing director and partner of North American diversity and inclusion at Accenture, where he directed and executed diversity and inclusion strategy throughout the 40,000-person organization worldwide. Currently, Suriel is the director of the Advocates of Love Board of Directors. Suriel earned his Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the New York Institute of Technology.

Luke Walling
Luke Walling is an accomplished entrepreneur, angel investor, and former corporate executive with 25 years of success in the technology, cybersecurity, and IT services industries. In his current role as CEO and President of Temprano Techvestors, he has led his startup through three sales-channel acquisitions and subsequent optimizations of those businesses, signed strategic contracts with emerging market software vendors, achieved month-to-month profitability in one year, and annualized revenues approaching $20M in his second year. Previously, Walling held leadership positions with some of the world's largest security software brands, including AVG Technologies and Avast Software.