Who We Are > Board of Advisors

Ripple Effect Images advisors include CEOs and business executives who represent a wide range of knowledge, experience, and interests.

  • Lucy Billingsley

    Lucy Billingsley

    Senior Advisor

    Lucy Billingsley has spent her career in real estate, developing and managing commercial developments. Lucy started Billingsley Company with her husband, Henry, in 1978 to manage their growing real estate portfolio in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The company specializes in developing office buildings, multi-family, retail and industrial properties, and several large master-planned communities.

    Lucy’s non-profit engagement was launched in micro-finance with Grameen Foundation, from which she co-found and launched Chiapas International. She is a member of National Geographic Society’s International Council of Advisors, Council of Foreign Relations, and the UT Dallas Center for Brain Health Advisory Committee.

  • Betty Hudson

    Betty Hudson

    Senior Advisor

    Betty Hudson joined National Geographic Society as SVP of Communications in 2000 and was named EVP in 2006. She is responsible for all communications and public initiatives undertaken by NGS and its subsidiaries, including public relations, brand development, employee communications and related marketing-communications activities. Formerly SVP of Corporate Communications at iVillage, she has a wealth of multimedia experience, including more than 25 years in television. She joined NBC in 1979 as VP of Corporate Projects. She became VP of Corporate Relations and Advertising in 1984, and of Corporate Communications in 1988. She was appointed SVP of Corporate Communications in 1989 and Executive Producer of NBC Productions in 1993.

  • Linda Linsmayer

    Linda Linsmayer


    Linda Linsmayer is a mother of two adult children and a former ad agency strategic planner who helped clients maximize effectiveness of each marketing communications dollar spent. Linda feels deeply connected to mothers and women around the world who she has seen “love their children and communities as much as I love mine” and thus longs to help women in developing countries.

    Linda believes that supporting Ripple is the equivalent of planting seeds that will reap a greater harvest for others.  She offers her expertise in communications to help Ripple create assets that measurably and effectively help grassroots NGO’s efforts multiply and ripple on. When not engaged in humanitarian efforts, Linda can be found shelling and enjoying her community on Sanibel Island, FL.

  • Lily Maley

    Lily Maley


    Lily Maley is pleased to join the advisory team of Ripple Effect Images, having served the organization as Communications Director since 2010. Lily serves as the Creative Director of Bulletin Intelligence, leading a team of graphic and web designers. A graduate of George Mason University, Lily lives in Reston, Virginia with her husband, children, and two dogs, and loves to cook and learn languages.

  • Katie Mortenson

    Katie Mortenson


    Before staying home to raise her three sons, Katie coordinated communications and media relations for the international medical charity, Children’s HeartLink. She also coordinated their international medical missions to Africa, Asia and South America.  Her global interests have been inspired by this work, as well as by several years teaching English as a Second Language to immigrants in the Twin Cities and to university students and professors for one year in Indonesia; trips with humanitarian organizations to Africa and Guatemala; current involvement with the American Refugee Committee and Common Hope; hosting international college students; and much international travel. She is passionate about equity and the needs and voices of the underserved in her community and in the developing world. Understanding that talent is universal but opportunity is not, she embraces Ripple’s work that supports women and girls around the world as they become critical changemakers in their communities.  Katie lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three boys, where she is an active volunteer in the community and serves on the board of the Mortenson Family Foundation. She enjoys travel, biking, cross-country skiing, hiking and most anything that gets her outdoors.

  • Peggy Shughrue Walz

    Peggy Shughrue Walz


    Peggy Shughrue Walz is one of the most versatile event planners in the country. With more than 20 years of experience coordinating events for National Geographic and as the owner of events consulting business Pegmotions, she brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of corporate events, meetings, and conference management. She has run high profile events in Hong Kong, Paris and New York City and unique gatherings at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Hollywood Bowl and Chicago’s Field Museum. She is known for her attention to detail in human resource management, problem solving, fiscal accountability, strategic planning, marketing, research, communications and customer service. When not planning events, she volunteers at local non-profits and high schools.

  • Bina Venkataraman

    Bina Venkataraman

    Science Advisor

    Bina Venkataraman is Senior Advisor on Climate Change Innovation in the Executive Office of the President, where she leads efforts to stimulate innovation to advance preparedness for the impacts of a warming climate. This includes the Climate Data Initiative, a priority announced in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan in June 2013 aimed at leveraging open Federal data for the climate challenge. She is on leave as Lecturer in MIT’s department of Science, Technology & Society and as Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute, where she builds partnerships across sectors to advance the role of science and technology in policy and public life. During the first term of the Obama Administration, she served as policy deputy to Eric Lander in his role as co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Bina is a former journalist for The New York Times and The Boston Globe. She wrote about energy, science, and public health, spanning from skyscraper farms to ancient DNA to chaos theory. Bina is an alumna of Brown University and Harvard’s Kennedy School. She serves on the board of Pleiades, a network advancing women’s leadership in sustainability. She grew up in Ohio and has lived and worked in Vietnam, Guatemala, India, Mexico and Cuba.