Meet our Board




Dawn Hines, C'83, WG'91 - President

Managing Partner, Aventura Investment Partners LLC
CEO, Hines Industries, Inc.

Dawn is Managing Partner of Aventura Investment Partners, an impact investment manager of agricultural value chain companies in West Africa.  She is also CEO of Hines Industries, a family-owned engineering and manufacturing firm.

Prior to taking on her current responsibilities, Dawn worked in venture capital and business development in Europe.  With Fortis Group and Vanenburg Ventures she invested in early stage tech companies, and she later managed a venture consulting practice providing fund-raising and turnaround assistance to early-stage companies in Europe, USA and Africa. She began her career in investment banking with PaineWebber/UBS in New York.

Dawn holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in Economics and Mathematics from University of Pennsylvania. She speaks French, Spanish, Dutch and German.







Lori Rosenthal, W'80 - VP Global Programming

Strategic Human Resources Partner, Lori A. Rosenthal & Associates

Lori has always believed in meeting the needs of others.  While at Wharton, she majored in Marketing and founded the Undergraduate Marketing Club.  Believing you get what you put in, Lori was also very active with Wharton Women, Wharton Activities Council, Intramural Sports and was a Work-Study Student.  After undergraduate studies at Wharton, an MBA was earned at Lehigh University, where she was a Teaching Assistant in Marketing, then an MA in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University. Additionally, she also holds Senior Professional in Human Resources, SPHR, Lifetime Certification and Society for Human Resources Management – Senior Certified Professional, SHRM-SCP, certification. Although having left the Philadelphia area for stints in California, Texas and North Jersey, she never lost her commitment to share Wharton and Penn with everyone by continuing to be part of the Alumni Interviewing Process, VP Career & Leadership for the Wharton Club of Philadelphia, and as Deputy Team Leader for the PennPAC partnership with Horizons National (summer school program for underserved students in the Greater Philadelphia Area).  WASIC provides the opportunity for Lori to share with fellow Wharton/Penn Alumni, the ability to combine our strong academic foundation, track record of professional experience, and our commitment to make a difference in the global community.  Please feel free to submit ideas and presenters for future programming. 



Gail Ball, W'79 - Treasurer

Managing Partner of Chestnut Street Ventures

Gail serves as the Managing Partner of Chestnut Street Ventures (AVG fund for Penn alums), and heads the Investment Committees of AVG’s Women’s Fund and Social Impact Fund. During Gail’s long career at global financial services firms, she has served in decision-making posts as a banking executive, regulator, service provider, and board member. Her areas of expertise include financial services, portfolio development, financial analysis, and information tech. Gail served as a C-suite member of The Bancorp Bank, the innovative banking solution provider for the most recognizable names in digital banking. She also filled other executive roles at PNC Bank, Chase and Capital One, and NCO Financial Systems. In addition, she headed the Payments Studies Group at the Richmond Fed. Gail has a BS Economics, Finance and Statistics from Wharton (‘79).






Jeanne Dalton Justice, PhD, G'89 - Secretary

Managing Director, Applied Business Research, LLC

My professional history includes a broad mix of business experience and scholarship, combining a 30+ year background in business development, management, and consulting with advanced degrees in business and psychology. A serial entrepreneur, personal business projects have included the founding and management of a regional US behavioral health care organization; small resort property development and management in the eastern Caribbean, and development of a hydroponic agriculture business in the British Virgin Islands. My consultant work has concentrated on the areas of strategic planning, risk analysis/management, and organization change initiatives. Recent research and operations interest is focused on knowledge transfer in isolated, culturally diverse communities.

As a late ‘80’s student in the Penn graduate program in Organization Dynamics, I added the concepts learning organizations and stakeholders to a prior grounding in interdependent social systems. And was encouraged to risk that an organization doing the right thing was also the smart thing - and could thrive. I’m excited to join in this opportunity to search out and highlight global businesses that are implementing these practices.