Board of Advisors

Meet Our Board of Advisors

Michelle Rose Gilman
Michelle Rose Gilman
Michelle Rose Gilman founded Fusion Academy and Learning Center, a private, alternative one-to-one school. Fusion students did not fit into the one-size-fits-all model of traditional education. The school started humbly 30 years ago, within her San Diego garage.

It has grown to over 40 campuses in 11 states across the country.  Fusion is now a leader in the education industry with over $200 million in annual revenues.

Michelle has written 8 books and has been awarded numerous honors for her achievements.  Most recently, she was recognized by the 2017 San Diego Women Who Mean Business Awards, and has placed on Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies 4 years in a row.  Michelle is also a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, and sits on the Board of Advisors for the non-profits The Fusion Scholarship Foundation, The Ambition Program and Rock to Recovery (championed by Wes Geer, former guitarist for the band Korn).

She is a lifelong artist and owns  She’s a jewelry designer and owns  Michelle currently coaches women and men in business through her private practice The Well-Heeled Warrior.  Lately, you can find her working with her husband on the Wanderlust Warrior Project, an empowerment project for young women ages 13-23.

Tom Kearin
Tom Kearin
Tom is an international entrepreneur, consultant, coach, advisor, mentor, teacher and trainer. His business leadership spans a variety of industries, including technology, accounting and audit, management consulting, and international study abroad and educational travel.

Tom has held various leadership roles as an auditor, financial controller, treasurer, chief financial officer, chief operating officer, president, chief executive officer, board member and shareholder.

Tom has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a MBA in Finance. He started his career as an auditor in KPMG Peat Marwick in Boston with Certified Public Accountant certificates in the states of Massachusetts, California, and Nevada. Tom is fluent in Spanish and spent the previous 12 years dividing his time between the United States and Latin America as a partner and the chief operating officer in an international study abroad and educational travel company. He relocated back to the United States full-time in August 2017 to focus on launching his new, “feel good” organization called Be Something Wonderful, founded by Tom in 2016.

Born and raised in the greater Boston area, Tom studied Kenpo karate in his early years, earning his black belt at age 19. He recently returned to snowboarding after a nearly 15-year hiatus.

Bill Morrison
Bill Morrison
Bill Morrison is an entrepreneur, investor and securities analyst who has spent his career in and around early stage venture backed companies. He founded Constellation Behavioral Health in 2010 to pursue his passion for helping others turn their lives around after suffering from addiction and mental health disorders.

Having watched his extended family go through several treatment programs, Bill felt there was big opportunity to “raise the bar” on the standard of care in the addiction treatment industry and founded Constellation with a singular objective and focus to build world class treatment programs and disrupt the status quo within the behavioral health industry.  Today, Constellation is nationally recognized for its quality of care at its treatment programs and its innovative brain based approach to treating addiction and complex co-occuring mental health disorders.

Prior to Constellation, Bill worked for eight years as a Wall Street securities analyst focusing on consumer Internet/media businesses. Most recently, Bill was a partner and senior analyst at ThinkEquity, where he re-launched their Internet and media franchise. Prior to ThinkEquity, Bill was a director and senior Research Analyst at JMP Securities and a senior associate at Salomon Smith Barney.  Before working as a sell side research analyst, Bill worked as a Sr. Associate for a Bowman Capital, a late state venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley.  Prior to Bowman, Bill worked at Marquette Venture Partners as an Associate and he co-founded, a Chicago based SAAS platform for hospital based integrated delivery systems.

Bill holds a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Howard Dell
Howard Dell
Former Olympian Howard Dell approaches every avenue of his life with the same drive, passion and persistence that propelled him, at breakneck speed, down the icy rollercoaster-like slopes of the International Bobsled circuit. Rich in abilities, wide-ranging interests and diverse pursuits…

the multi-talented Dell is an accomplished actor, a musician and composer, and an expert on fitness, health and nutrition. He has crystallized his eclectic interests into his current role as a motivator and positive force for change.

Born and raised in Canada, Dell works around North America while maintaining a home-base in Orange County, California. As a medal-winning athlete, Dell has a deep understanding of what it takes, emotionally and physically, to excel in the elite sports world. He imparts that knowledge through a thriving consulting business, which he juggles with his demanding acting career. Moving easily from on-camera work to projects as a film and television sports advisor, he also trains top North American and European athletes in tennis, track, football and basketball. Dell is currently translating his hard-won, hands-on knowledge about nutrition for health and vitality into a book, Eating Left Because Right Didn’t Work, written for anyone who wants to feel and look better.

Dell consistently makes time to speak out on behalf of various charities. A former national spokesperson for Multiple Sclerosis, he has also donated his talents to the Canadian Cancer Society and the Alberta Lung Association. A passionate advocate for non-violence and anti-drug programs, Dell dreams of one day establishing a basketball camp for kids. He is also currently developing several children’s book ideas.

Early in his performing career he starred in the Canadian stage hit, The Black and Gold Review, where his vocal range, ready wit and transcending charm captivated sold-out audiences and garnered rave reviews. In his spare time, he indulges this life-long passion for music with composing and informal nightclub performances as a pianist and singer in his favorite local hangout.

Dell made his national TV debut on the hit Cosby spin-off TV series A Different World. Other credits include guest and co-starring roles in: Navy NCIS, The Young and The Restless, Malcolm and Eddie, That 70s Show, Psi Factor, Mean Streak, First Wave and Queer as Folk. He also guest starred in Full House, Jack’s Place, The Joe Torre Story and L.A. Heat. Film credits include Totally Blonde, Doomsday Rock and Panic in The Sky.

Dell’s favorite quote is from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Now is the time to make real the promises of your potential.” It is a maxim he lives by.

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Alex Murray, MBA
Alex Murray, MBA
Alex Murray is a Private Banker with J.P. Morgan Private Bank in the Orange County, CA office. In conjunction with his integrated team, he actively works with many of the most successful families in the Southern California region, advising on personal wealth needs including…

core and alternative investment management strategies, generational transfer planning, efficient use of leverage, fiduciary trust services, and day-to-day banking transactions.

Mr. Murray has worked in financial markets and wealth management the past 10 years for both J.P. Morgan Private Bank and PIMCO.  Prior to re-joining J.P. Morgan Private Bank in 2017, Mr. Murray spent five years at PIMCO, servicing Private Banks and Independent Trust companies nationally.  This is his second stint with the Private Bank, having served as a Banker in the Washington D.C. office working with clients in Washington, Virginia, and Maryland.  Prior to joining the financial services industry, Mr. Murray was a Naval Officer serving in San Diego, CA and Naples, Italy.

Mr. Murray was raised in Seattle, WA and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where he was a member of the varsity football team as a Defensive End.  He holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Mr. Murray lives in Newport Beach with his wife Jessica, who is the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Corona del Mar High School, and their three children.