Rotary Club Foundation Officers
Dan has over 30 years of financial industry experience where he raised over $20 billion in capital for several public and private asset management firms where he held positions in distribution, sales and management. In addition Dan serves as a trustee for a charitable foundation supporting educational, environmental and community organizations and is the Chairman of the Great Falls Rotary Foundation.
He graduated from Macalester College with a BA in economics and business and later obtained the Certified Investment Management Analyst, CIMA®, designation while attending an executive education program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He grew up in Minnesota, spent time in California and currently lives in Great Falls, VA where he and his wife, Amy, have raised their four children.
Debra founded the US Resilience Project LLC after more than a decade at the Council on Competitiveness where, as Senior Vice President, she was in charge of assuring cutting-edge quality and synergy among the Council’s research programs. Van Opstal also led the Council's work on Resilience, co-chaired by Chad Holliday, then CEO of DuPont and Jerry Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon, which identified resilience as a key strategic priority for both America’s competitiveness and security. Her Council publications on resilience include: the 2007 report, Transform. The Resilient Economy; a 2008 report entitled, Prepare: Findings from the Workshop on Risk Intelligence and Resilience, and “The Resilience Imperative” in Innovations, special edition to the World Economic Forum in 2009.
Van Opstal joined the Council as a Vice President in April 1996 to manage its ongoing work in innovation policy and national competitiveness. She launched the Council’s first innovation Index and authored or co-authored some seminal reports including Thrive: The Skills Imperative (2008); Innovate America, the 2004 report of the National Innovation Initiative; the 2001 Competitiveness Index with Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter; and the companion volumes Going Global: The New Shape of American innovation and The New Challenge to American Prosperity: Findings from the Innovation Index (1998/1999).
Van Opstal currently serves on the judging panel for the Gerald R. Ford Journalism award for excellence in national security reporting. She served on the Steering Committees of the Community and Regional Resilience Initiative, the Resilience Policy Forum, the Global Business Policy Forum and was a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council study on Electric Power Resilience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pitzer College and a Master of Arts from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Roz Drayer - Trustee
Born and bred in Britain, where she was a successful commercial real estate agent, Roz, now an American citizen, lives in Great Falls, Virginia. Before becoming an American citizen and living in the US, Roz moved to Germany and started a thriving business. While there, she met her husband and moved to Yugoslavia to join him at his diplomatic posting to the US Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. There again, she succeeded in creating another successful business. During her travels she also studied to become an Interior Designer to degree level.
Chris Massey - Trustee
Chris is a Managing Principal with the Brennan Financial Group. He is a dynamic real estate investment deal-maker with extensive background evaluating, acquiring and managing properties across diverse investment sectors in multiple markets. Extensive knowledge of real estate sourcing & underwriting, acquisitions, and financing, with proven talent for identifying, creatively structuring, and closing complex transactions. Focused on originating value-add and opportunistic real estate investments as well as asset repositioning and dispositions. Managed both internal and external teams of deal makers and third parties.
Mr Massey has deep experience with management of diverse performing, non-performing, workout and REO assets across all property classes. Sharp negotiating skills with expertise in strategic business plan development and corporate and financial process improvements. Innovative problem solver with the demonstrated ability to resolve corporate and financial issues, improve productivity, and deliver profitability.
John Burke - Trustee
John has been a founder of two of the most successful early stage funds in the US. In both cases, on many occasions we did not participate in our pro rata of the most promising companies for a variety of reasons. In the most extreme examples, when it was clear we had a tiger by the tail, we could just not write big enough checks. In other circumstances, we decided our marginal dollar was best invested across earlier stage bets – after all we were early stage investors and always looking to maximize risk as well as return for our LP’s. When the idea of PROOF came up, it was clear to me this was a way to help the entire early stage ecosystem.
Dayna Hutchings - Treasurer
Dayna is a retired federal employee with more than 30 years of experience working in various international economics and national security roles at the U.S Export-Import Bank, the Department of State, and Department of Defense. She holds undergraduate and masters degrees in economics from Duke University.
Since retiring, she has volunteered for a number of political advocacy groups, organizations providing support to homeless teens and resettlement assistance for refugees.