November 1, 2022

Discovery Place elects five community leaders to its Board of Trustees and names Bank of America’s Aditya Bhasin as Board Chair

| Media Contact Sarah Wheat

CHARLOTTE – Discovery Place recently elected five new members to its Board of Trustees, all of whom are serving three-year terms that expire in 2025. In addition, the organization has named Aditya Bhasin, Chief Technology & Information Officer at Bank of America as Board Chair serving a 2-year term.

Aditya Bhasin leads Bank of America’s Global Technology team, a global team of more than 60,000 teammates responsible for designing, delivering and managing technology solutions for all eight lines of business, including the global infrastructure and information security programs. His technology team serves 68 million consumer and small business clients with 3,900 retail financial centers, 16,000 ATMs and award-winning digital banking with approximately 56 million verified digital users. The team not only drives responsible growth with high-tech, high-touch solutions that serve clients and employees, but also embodies Bank of America’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. For his exceptional leadership, Aditya has received the 2022 A-list Ascend Award for D&I, which honors impactful leaders for their professional achievements and the advancement of others in their industries or communities and has served on the Board of Trustees of Discovery Place since 2015. He is also an executive sponsor for Bank of America’s Women in Technology & Operations advocacy group, the Hispanic and Latino Leadership Advisory Council and the Black Leadership Advisory Council for Global Technology.

Joining the Discovery Place Board of Trustees are:

Reem Anani, managing director, Deloitte Automotive/Auto Finance and Core Industry Solutions (IT) practices. Reem brings more than 20 years of Auto and Auto Finance experience to her role with Deloitte. Her areas of expertise include strategy, business and information technology (IT) transformation, digital transformation and data and analytics. Throughout her career, Reem has led diverse, geographically dispersed teams that deliver transformational initiatives and exceed expectations. Before joining Deloitte, she held leadership positions at Accenture, Ally Financial, Google, Team Detroit (Ford’s advertising agency) and JELD-WEN.

David Atkinson, senior vice president, HR strategy and transformation, Atrium. In his role, David teams with HR senior leadership on division delivery and partners with operation executives to design, plan and execute talent and healthy organization design. In addition, he serves on several Atrium Health enterprise leadership committees. David joined Atrium from PwC, where he advised customer chief executives about workforce architecture, HR model strategy and culture transformation. He also led PwC’s employer well-being and resilience consulting practice, serving as the firm’s U.S. practice leader and senior global advisor. Earlier in his career, David was a senior executive and board member for The Cooper Clinic and Research Institute in Dallas, TX, where he founded and led the commercial consulting organization Cooper Wellness Strategies, LLC. He also advised ownership and supported the enterprise growth team in expanding operations into Nanjing, China. David holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and an MBS in Organizational Development and Change.

Holly Stubbing, president and CEO, E4E Relief. Holly brings more than 25 years of experience in philanthropy, endowment investing and global disaster relief to her role with E4E Relief, where she sets the vision and strategy for the leadership team. A nationally recognized leader in charitable tax matters, she has served on trade-associated boards and key public policy committees representing nonprofits and philanthropy on Capitol Hill and across the state of North Carolina. Before her current role, Holly worked for E4E Relief’s parent company, Foundation For The Carolinas—leading advancement, investments, legal affairs and, together with her team, grew the organization from $180 million to nearly $4 billion in assets. Additional nonprofit boards on which Holly serves are Wake Forest University Charlotte, Trinity Episcopal School and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library Foundation. She is also the co-chair of the library’s Common Spark Campaign to build a new main library in Uptown Charlotte.

Vinoo Vijay, chief marketing officer, Truist Financial Corporation. Vinoo brings a 25-year innovation and creative marketing history to his role where he oversees all marketing—including brand,, personalization, direct marketing, Client Experience strategy, VOC, social media, sponsorships and regional marketing. Before joining Truist, he was Chief Marketing Officer with H&R Block, overseeing marketing, client experience and corporate communications, where he introduced their industry-first virtual tax preparation service. Previously Vinoo served as CMO of TD Bank and Head of Brand and Product Marketing at Ally Financial, where he led the creation and launch of the Ally brand. He began his career at FedEx as a database and loyalty marketing specialist and later, at Bank of America, where he was instrumental in growing their digital presence. Vinoo grew up in India and Indonesia, first coming to the U.S. for his Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Marketing from Syracuse University, followed by an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jeff Wallace, chief financial officer, USAA. In his role, Jeff provides executive leadership for all aspects of the association’s accounting, investment, finance, financial planning and reporting and transformation efforts. He joined USAA from Bank of America, where he served in various roles, including chief financial officer for the Consumer Banking and Global Wealth & Investment Management lines of business, where he was responsible for end-to-end forecasting processes and systems. Previously, Jeff was Bank of America’s Global Infrastructure chief financial officer, and earlier in his career served as the chief financial officer for Global Technology & Operations. Jeff was a member of Bank of America’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council and served as an Executive Sponsor of the Inter-Generational Employee Network (IGEN). He is also a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA). Jeff is a graduate of the University of Richmond, majoring in accounting.

“Discovery Place is entering an exciting phase as we look toward growing our community presence, and we are pleased to have such an enthusiastic and engaged Board of Trustees leading us,” said Catherine Wilson Horne, president and CEO of Discovery Place. “Each member is an expert in their respective field, and this group is perfectly suited to guide the direction of Discovery Place.”

The Discovery Place Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that adequate financial and other support is available through a wide variety of sources in order to deliver high-quality STEM education to all members of the community and position Discovery Place as the leading hub for science education in the Carolinas. Each Discovery Place trustee serves on at least one standing board committee. Trustees approve organizational policies, review operational goals, advocate for the organization, support organization staff and contribute financially to the Museums’ success.

The Discovery Place Board of Trustees is led by Aditya Bhasin, of Bank of America, as chairman; Frank Chatman of Wells Fargo, and Nazy Weeks, of NJW Financial, as co-vice chairs of Internal Affairs; Bryan Delaney, Civic Leader, and Stephanie Sadowski, of Accenture, as co-vice chairs of External Affairs; and Stefanie Holland, of Albemarle Corporation, as secretary.

For a full list of the Board of Trustees, click here.

About Discovery Place
One of the leading hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place brings science, nature, and design together to create transformative experiences that enable the community to understand, enjoy and apply science to their lives. Discovery Place is a 501c3 nonprofit and leader in STEM education to the Carolinas through four distinct museum experiences—Discovery Place Science, Discovery Place Nature, Discovery Place Kids Huntersville and Discovery Place Kids Rockingham. Discovery Place serves over 750,000 people a year—through Museum visitations, interactive educational programming, professional development training and community outreach initiatives—shaping a future where people embrace science to create opportunities, build hope, solve problems and bring positive change for our world. In 2017, Discovery Place was named as a finalist for the National Medal by the Institute for Museum and Library Science. Discovery Place is supported, in part, by the Infusion Fund and its generous donors.