Advisory Board

Marlene Biseda
Marlene brings a world of knowledge to VB Consulting.

Marlene earned her spot in information technology due to her 25-year career at the tech giant IBM. While there she provided training to strategically managed global operations and consulting services for the company. The experience made her aware that even professionals with long-term, insider knowledge of an industry have much more to learn.

Marlene currently serves as a member of the Faculty of Strategy at Peppperdine University's Graziadio’s School of Business and Management. Her experience extends to her time as an adjunct business instructor at California State Polytechnic University and the University of La Verne.

Marlene sought her education at Claremont Graduate University, where she received her doctorate in executive management in January 2010. As both a teacher and student she understands Academic Advisement from a realistic perspective.

Vince Guthrie
An iconic figure in the GA environmental waste collection industry for two decades, he is a strategist, a motivator and an entrepreneur.

Vince has served as the CEO of the Spartan Waste Systems, Apollo Waste Industries, Superior Waste Service and later as a consultant. His tenacity and know-how has afforded him quick advances in the industry. The exponential progress in his career serves as a model for positive business development. His skill at fund-raising has attracted investors to his own company.

Vince was educated at the University of Georgia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and was also a UGA Football team member.

Manuel “Buddy” Ramos
An accomplished sales executive in Higher Education software consulting, Buddy, is a producer, an innovator, and a mentor.

His professional experience at Ciber INC, Peoplesoft/ Oracle, IBM and Johnston Community College, charged him with the responsibility of fostering relationships with new and existing clients, developing and implementing million dollar sales strategies, training, testing and problem resolution.

His expertise and reputation in Higher Ed precedes him in this arena. His roster includes the likes of Princeton, Loyola University and DePaul and as a result of his personality and know-how, he has become the University system’s “go-to” guy.

Buddy was educated at the University of Kansas where he was awarded a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education and at Central Missouri State University, where he earned both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees. He was the recipient of the 2008 CIBER President’s Club Pinnacle Peak Award and has been inducted into the 2009 Presidents Club “Winners Club.”

Brenda Bridges-Ward
A brilliant leader in Education, Brenda is a Trail Blazer, an Educator and an impassioned voice for positive change.

Together with her experience as the Director of Regional Implementation Support Services at Voyager Expanded Learning, Brenda had also served, for many years, as the Executive K-12 Director and the Director of Pluralistic Curriculum for the Fulton Co. School System. Additionally, she was employed as the school principal at Woodland Middle School in Atlanta, GA.

Brenda has redefined school policy. Her supervisory roles have caused her to influence necessary change in teacher training and student development. Her responsibility in curriculum management, curriculum advisory and budget allocation have facilitated the advancement of all students both gifted and at-risk.

Brenda earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Clark Atlanta University, a Master of Education at Georgia State University and an ED.S Educational Administration conferral at Troy State University. She has been honored with the Implementation Director Award for Voyage Expanded Learning. She was also recognized at the Governor’s Leadership Academy and voted Outstanding Educator. Administrator and Mentor for Metro Atlanta, for Title One Programs and for Fulton County Schools. In addition to her many accomplishments, Brenda has published “What every student should know about reading,” “A Guide for Pluralistic Curriculum Development,” “A Summer Activities and Reading Guide for Parents and Students,” and “A Training Guide for Teaching Assistants.”