Meet the Team

Comprised of young professionals under the age of 30, The $100 Solution prides itself in being managed by an entirely volunteer Board of Directors whose members exude a common passion for changing the world. With an Advisory Board and Associate Board as strong pillars of support, the Executive Board seeks to build the program to support learning and development worldwide.

Board of Directors

Dr. Strenecky
Founder & Chief Advisor

Dr. Bernard J. Strenecky presently serves as the Scholar in Residence at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. His responsibilities in the Office of International Programs are the development of innovative curriculum and program design and the establishment of faculty development programs. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Scranton and a doctoral degree in Education and Curriculum Design from the University of Rochester. Dr. Strenecky has taught or consulted in over 50 countries. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to international education development and service-learning. The highest of these honors is the Gold Crown of Merit which was awarded by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for outstanding contributions to the development of the country of Barbados. Dr. Strenecky serves in the Diplomatic Corp of Barbados and holds the title of Honorary Consul from Barbados to Kentucky. In concert with The Prospect-Goshen Rotary Club of Kentucky, Semester at Sea, and Western Kentucky University, he developed the global community development project known as The $100 Solution.

Zubin Davar
Founding Member

Zubin Davar was a founding member of The $100 Solution on the Fall 2007 Semester at Sea voyage, during which he worked with a team to implement an HIV/AIDS awareness project in India. Enthralled by the transformative experience THDS offered, Davar seized the opportunity to get further involved and was elected to its Board of Directors in 2008. He has since traveled to over thirty countries, studied international economics at East Shanghai Normal University in China, and worked internationally in the Political Section of the United States Embassy in Madrid, Spain. In January 2011, Davar relocated to New York City to manage the regional marketing program for Red Bull North America. His career took him to Canada next, where he served as a National Marketing Manager for Red Bull. Davar holds a B.A. from UCLA in International Development Studies and is currently working toward his MBA as part of UCLA Anderson’s Class of 2015. He received a Riordan MBA Fellowship in 2012 and also received an honorable mention for the Charles E. Young Humanitarian Award in 2008. Zubin served as President & Board Chairman from 2008-2014.

Eric Griswold Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board

Eric Griswold became involved with The $100 Solution while on the Fall 2009 voyage of Semester at Sea. Through his participation in an Interantional Service-Learning course, Eric led erfforts to provide English language education to a seniopr citizen community in Hong Kong. In 2010, he was elected to the Associate Board serving as Director of Alternative Programs. In 2011, he was elected to the Executive Board as Vice President of Finance where he drove the organization's financial and international growth. In 2013, Eric began his term as Executive Vice President and Director of Finance. In this role, Eric oversaw the daily operations of the organization while being responsible for financial growth and collaborating with the President to implement all strategic initiatives. In August 2014, Eric was elected as CEO and Chairman of the Board. Eric holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Stevenson University. Eric is also a Lean Six Sigma - Green Belt, which allowed him to drive efficiencies at companies he’s worked for and The $100 Solution. Currently, Eric is working towards his MBA at the University of Rochester.

Jessica Canada Wellman
Chief Organizational Development Officer

Jessica Canada graduated with her undergraduate degree and Master of Arts degree in Applied Economics from Western Kentucky University. In 2017, she received a U.S. Student Fulbright Research grant to study economic development in Johannesburg, South Africa. Following her Fulbright, Jessica will be attending the University of Virginia in fall 2018 to pursue her PhD in Economics. She first learned about The $100 Solution in Dr. Strenecky’s Community Development Through Service-Learning class where she led her team in creating the guidelines for the first $100 Solution House.

Associate Board Members

Elaine Flynn
Chief Operating Officer

Elaine Flynn was introduced to The $100 Solution as a Semester at Sea voyager in May 2011. Her desire to learn more about the organization led to her involvement in a project through Western Kentucky University which aimed to enhance recycling initiatives at a local high school, as well as the implementation of two Semester at Sea Reunion Voyage projects near Ensenada, Mexico.  Elaine obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at WKU in Geology and Chemistry and is currently attending Washington University in St. Louis to complete her Ph.D. in Geology. She is driven by her desire to serve others in her community and around the world and has found her passion fueled by The $100 Solution service-learning model which she hopes to incorporate into her future education and career opportunities.

Maggie Mercer
Chief Academic Officer

Maggie first learned about The $100 Solution through a course at Western Kentucky University, in which we completed a project in conjunction with the African American Museum of Bowling Green. After participating in another project with a local farm that helps adults with special needs, Maggie became passionate about service-learning and the five pillars of The $100 Solution. Maggie became a The $100 Solution Fellow in 2017 and completed rotations in the Academic Development and Marketing departments before becoming a Senior Fellow. Maggie graduated from WKU with degrees in International Affairs and Diversity & Community Studies, and has now relocated to Washington DC where she is working towards a masters degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University. Maggie was elected to the Executive Board as Chief Academic Officer in 2018, and she hopes to grow this organization and use what she learns for future international nonprofit work.