Ann Bordelon, Treasurer
Ann is the Chief Financial Officer of Mitchell Communications Group, a member of the Dentsu-Aegis Network. Ann retired from Walmart in 2015 after serving the company for nearly 13 years as CFO of Walmart’s Sam’s Club division, CFO of Walmart’s Asia Region, Chief Audit Executive. She is the chair of the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board for the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and a member of the Washington Regional Medical Center Foundation. Ann holds a bachelor of science in business administration degree from the University of Arkansas. She and her husband, Gene, live in Fayetteville and have two children.
Alberto Luis Dominguez leads the Kimberly Clark Customer Development team calling on Walmart, Inc., and oversees sales strategy and execution supporting Walmart US; Sam’s Club and Walmart International. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, he spent more than a decade at Walmart in senior merchandising roles.
An accomplished executive and attorney, Al began his career as an Assistant State Attorney in Tallahassee, Florida, prosecuting criminal cases. He then went on to hold several positions within Governor Jeb Bush’s administration, including Director of Policy and Budget for the Office of the Governor, Director of Government and Media Affairs for the Florida Department of Corrections, and General Counsel of the Florida Department of Management Services.
Al received his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and his Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Al lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with his wife and three children.
Tom is Senior Vice President of Global Strategic Accounts at First Data Corporation. A FinTech professional for nearly 20 years, he also serves on First Data’s Senior Leader Advisory Council. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Butler University. He and his wife, Mandi, live in Rogers with their children, Joe and Camille. Joe is a member of the inaugural class of 2021 at Thaden.
John Furner serves as president and CEO of Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart Inc. John began his career with Walmart as an hourly associate, and has spent his entire career with the company – holding important roles with Walmart U.S., Sam’s Club and as an expatriate in China. John graduated from the University of Arkansas and resides in NWA with his wife Brandy and four children.
Ben is a technologist who has held senior leadership roles in human resources and information systems for companies such as Walmart, Dell Inc. and ENSERCH Corporation, an oil & gas company based in Dallas. He joined Walmart in 2008, and previously served as Senior Vice President – Strategic Services, Walmart Technology, before being named Senior Vice President and Chief Global Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Officer in July 2015. Ben serves on the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Board of Directors, Ron Clark Academy (Atlanta) Board of Trustees, and the Walmart Foundation Board. He earned his master's in business administration from Amber University in Dallas and a bachelor’s in business administration with a computer science concentration from Temple University. Ben and his wife, Lesa, reside in Bentonville.
Kerry Kotouc, Secretary
Kerry is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Sam’s Club. In this role, she oversees the Sam’s Club Legal Department, the Asset Protection team, and the transformation strategy team for the members-only warehouse club division of Walmart, Inc. Prior to her role at Sam’s Club, Kerry was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of legal administration for Walmart. In that position, she was responsible for leading strategic department initiatives and overseeing the teams that support Walmart’s corporate functions. She joined the legal department in 2004 in the litigation section managing tort litigation.
Prior to Walmart, Kerry practiced law in Bentonville as a county prosecutor. She handled major narcotics cases, assisted the local drug task force and tried numerous criminal cases, including capital murder trials.
Kerry earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri at Kansas City's School of Law. Kerry’s son is a member of Thaden’s Class of 2023.
Clayton Marsh, Ex-Officio
Clayton Marsh became Founding Head of School in January 2016 and is leading all aspects of its development.
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Marsh previously served as Deputy Dean of the College at Princeton University, where he held major responsibilities related to the development of academic programs for undergraduate students and led University-wide initiatives to promote innovation in teaching and curriculum design. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Marsh also taught in Princeton’s Department of English and its American Studies Program. He began his career as an educator at The Lawrenceville School, where he taught English and coached football and wrestling for seven years.
A graduate of Princeton with a bachelor’s degree in English with high honors, Dr. Marsh earned a master's degree in English from Stanford University, a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia University, and a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School.
Catherine Roche was born in Memphis, Tennessee to Arkansas natives, but spent her formative years in Seattle, Washington where she attended Lakeside School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with distinction from the University of Virginia, a Master of Arts from Harvard University in East Asian Studies, and a Master of Arts from the University of Washington in Art History. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Art History.
From 2008-2012, Catherine served as the Interim Assistant Curator for Japanese and Korean Art at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). In 2013, after curating several exhibitions, Catherine transitioned to the Board of Trustees at SAM, where she served on the Executive and Collections committees and chaired the Board Governance Committee. Catherine is a past trustee of the Henry Art Gallery, a contemporary art museum at the University of Washington, and continues to serve on the Henry Advisory Board.
Catherine and her husband Stephan moved to Bentonville in the winter of 2018. Their children, triplets Alexander, Courtenay and Cecile, graduated from Lakeside School in 2016 and attend college at The University of Chicago, Middlebury College, and Bowdoin College.
David Slone, President