Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees
Our Trustees bring diverse backgrounds and expertise to the board and all share a desire to create sustainable economic opportunities for the disadvantaged in developing countries throughout the world.

Thomas Iovino
Founder and CEO
Tom Iovino is the Chief Executive Officer of the Judlau Companies which is comprised of Judlau Contracting, Inc., a leader in the heavy construction industry in New York; TC Electric, signal system installation specialists; J-Track, a track and rail work construction company; Midland Tech, a municipal electric construction management company; Welkin Mechanical, a design and construction of mechanical systems company serving government agencies and private clients; and Infrastructure Electric, an electrical contractor specializing in intelligent transportation systems, including street lighting and traffic signal construction and maintenance.

Tom serves on the Board of Trustees of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of the President’s Council at Cooper Union, the Moles, the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the New York Building Congress, WPO, the Construction Industry Roundtable, Chief Executives Organization, and First Vice President of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Contractors Division. Tom’s public service includes 20 years of weekly volunteer work at Huntington Hospital and more than 15 years at the Family Service League. Tom received his BS and Masters degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic.

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Dale Okonow
Board Member
Dale S. Okonow is a Partner in The Watermill Group, a strategy-driven private equity investment firm based in Lexington, Massachusetts. At Watermill, Dale is involved in the day-to-day operations of the firm, including oversight of financial and operational functions, the negotiation and financing of acquisitions, and oversight and divestitures of portfolio companies. Dale serves on the Board of Advisors of several Watermill portfolio companies, as well as the Board of Judlau Contracting, Inc.

Dale is very active in the philanthropic community, serving on the Board of Trustees of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston where he founded the Parkinson’s Family Support Program. He also serves on the Hematology Oncology Visiting Committee of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, where he helped establish the Okonow/Lipton Family Lymphoma Research Fund. Dale is a member of the Development Committee of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, also serving as the Co-Chair for the 2011-2012 Annual Campaign. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Temple Beth Elohim Endowment and the Board of Trustees of The Rashi School, the Boston-area Reform Jewish Day School.

Dale received a B.S. (with distinction) from Cornell University and a J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) and M.B.A. from Cornell University. Dale and his son Ben have been actively involved in the Special Olympics of Massachusetts and together have coached a Special Olympics basketball team in Belmont, MA for the past four years.

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Frank Cara
Board Member
Frank T. Cara is a partner in the Construction Law Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the New York office. Mr. Cara focuses his practice on contract review and drafting, preparing claim submissions to owner agencies, advising on employment, labor and union issues, representing clients in construction/commercial litigation matters as outside counsel, and drafting corporate documents.

Prior to joinng Pepper, Mr. Cara was a partner and co-chair of the Construction Law practice at Connell Foley in New York. Before that, he was executive vice president and general counsel of Judlau Contracting, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of a multinational heavy civil construction firm specializing in public works projects.