Panel of Experts

Together Women Rise’s Panel of Experts is a collection of individuals who bring unique skills and expertise, and provide advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors and President.

Our Panel includes the following individuals:


Dr. Angela Eikenberry

Angela M. Eikenberry is David C. Scott Diamond Alumni Professor of Public Affairs in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her research focuses on the social, economic and political roles of philanthropy, voluntary associations, social enterprise, and nonprofit organizations in democratic governance. Her book, Giving Circles: Philanthropy, Voluntary Association, Democracy (Indiana University Press) won CASE’s 2010 John Grenzebach Research Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy. She was awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar to conduct research on giving circles in the UK. More information about her work can be found at:

Cheryl Holland

Cheryl R. Holland, CFP ® is President and Founder of Abacus Planning Group, Inc., a holistic financial advisory firm with over $1,400,000,000 in assets under management. Ms. Holland consistently appears on top advisor lists such as Barron’s Top Advisors, Barron’s 100 Top Women Advisors, Financial Times 300. The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors recognized Ms. Holland as one of the “30 Most Influential People” in its 30-year history.
Ms. Holland is a dedicated volunteer in her profession and community and is currently a member of the Bryn Mawr College Board of Trustees (former Chair, Investment Committee), Clemson University Foundation Board (Chair, Investment Committee) , American Red Cross Tiffany Circle (Chair, SC Midlands), Children’s Trust of South Carolina Board of Trustees, United Way of the Midlands Board, and the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard, Chairman’s Council. Ms. Holland is married to P. Douglas Quackenbush and has one daughter, Hannah J. Quackenbush. Weekends often find Ms. Holland reading a book, trying to count hummingbirds, or weeding her herb garden.

Carol Dillon Kissal

Carol Dillon Kissal has served as the Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance for George Mason University in Fairfax, VA since March 2019. In her role, she leads and manages all aspects of the financial and administrative operations, directing the key functions of finance and accounting, information technology, human resources, facility and construction, business services and procurement, real estate, and strategic planning and budgeting. Carol previously served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Emory University in Atlanta, GA and was Deputy General Manager of Administration and Chief Financial Officer for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro), where she was responsible for developing, managing and implementing a financial operating and capital plan totaling $2.6 billion annually. Prior to accepting the role at Metro, Carol was nominated to serve as the Inspector General of the Small Business Administration by the President of the United States, a senate confirmed position. Although honored by this recognition, she respectfully declined. Carol has also served as the Deputy Director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation. She has directed the accounting and budget activities for the District of Columbia public school system, and was the Director of Corporate Finance, then Corporate Treasurer for Amtrak.'Follow