Gray Matters NYC

Gray Matters - Members

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Arnold Adlin is a Principal and Financial Advisor at Bernstein Private Wealth Management and has been employed there for 23 years. He brings experience in advising clients and recommending financial solutions to their needs. Prior to Bernstein, Arnold was employed at Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. where he was a Partner, Managing Director, and Executive Vice President of its real estate subsidiary, Oppenheimer Properties, Inc. Prior to Oppenheimer, Arnold worked in the Budget Bureau in the John Lindsay Administration in New York City. He received a Bachelor's Degree from Hunter College and then a Master's Degree in City Planning also from Hunter College.


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Dennis Arrouet has been a member of Gray Matters Group since 2002 where he has worked with other members of the Group assisting Broadway Housing Corporation and Educational Video Center. He is Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Rainbow Broadband Inc. Prior to that he was Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer of a number of companies and an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Columbia Business School. He has served as a member of the Board or Board of Advisors of companies and non profit organizations. He is a member of Financial Executives Institute and Rotary International. He graduated from the college, engineering and business school of Columbia University and Harvard business school advanced management program. He served as a Lieutenant jg in the Navy Civil Engineer Corp.


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Harris Barer is a graduate of Colgate University and Yale Law School. He was a partner at the law firm of Fischbein, Badillo, Wagner & Harding for a number of years specializing in real estate and corporate law matters. For some time he has been advisor to and an officer and director of a number of non-profit institutions including; Homes for the Homeless, a national organization focused on providing solutions for homeless families; Chair of NAAF, an international health organization; and the Group for the East End, an environmental advocacy organization. He has also served as a mayoral appointee to the Youth Board of the City of New York. He has been an active investor in commercial real estate and has developed and constructed multi-family housing in New York City.


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Steve Freidus owns, manages and brokers commercial properties. He has brokered over 45,000,000 square feet of factory, loft, distribution, garage, office, and warehouse facilities in Manhattan and the Greater New York Metropolitan Area. Steve specializes in finding new uses for old facilities. He has brokered dozens of buildings that have been recycled. Examples include the conversion of the World Telegram Building to offices, a furniture factory to a mini-storage facility, a warehouse to art galleries and an ice cream plant into an apartment building. The aggregate value of these recycled properties exceeds one billion dollars. Through Gray Matters he counsels Legal Outreach and Uptown Stories. Steve is a graduate of New York University and also has a Masters in Liberal Studies from New York University.


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Alan Gettner. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy and a career in college teaching, Alan switched to law. He pursued a career as a corporate lawyer working mainly with European clients. He retired from the New York law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP, where he had been a partner in the corporate department, at the end of 2006. He has also found time to follow interests in the arts and in ethical issues related to medicine. He is a graduate of Yale University, the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Science and Columbia Law School. He is on the board of the Friends of the Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York (where he is Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee) and Hospital Audiences, Inc., a New York organization devoted to bringing visual and performing arts to underserved audiences.

In addition, he acts as a voluntary mediator at the Federal Courts (Southern and Eastern Districts) and the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court. He also mentors a high school student enrolled in the Legal Outreach program.


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Peter L. Gluck is founder and principal of GLUCK+ in New York. Since 1972, the firm has generated a multi-faceted approach to the design of award-winning buildings, recognized for their inventive, conceptually unique, and comprehensive design solutions. Most work is constructed by the firm through their unique approach to Architect Led Design Build (ALDB). Peter serves on the Board of Trustees at The East Harlem School, an independent middle school for which GLUCK+ designed and built their new school building in 2008; on the Auburn University Rural Studio Advisory Group, a university design-build program in rural Alabama; and on the NJSOA OcAD Board of Visitors for New Jersey Institute of Technology. A frequently invited guest lecturer and keynote speaker on the work of GLUCK+, Peter also has spoken on urban housing design and the responsibility of architects to change the profession. Peter L. Gluck received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. He has taught at Columbia and Yale schools of architecture and curated exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Milan Triennale.


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Alvin Green. After having served as general counsel to two major U.S. corporations and as a senior executive at a major shipping company, he returned to the private practice of law. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Green is a director of the Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy (a post graduate training institute for therapists), an active participant in the Learning Leaders Program of the New York City Public Schools, an Arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers and a member of the American Bureau of Shipping. Mr. Green is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Harvard Law School.


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Stanley Heckman has been a principal of The Richards Group, an international real estate development company specializing in the design, development and construction of residential communities throughout the US and overseas. He previously served as Assistant Director of the National Commission on Urban Problems, a Presidential commission concerned with low-income housing, and as Director of Corporate Planning and Development for ITT Levitt and Sons, a large international homebuilder. He has been a consultant to numerous organizations, including the State of California, the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Task Force on Land Use and Urban Growth, and has taught classes at the CUNY Graduate School of Design, New York University's Real Estate Institute and Yale Law School. He is on the Board of Goddard Riverside Community Center and was its President for six years. He served as Chair of the Board of the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) and has devoted time to his own charitable trust, which has provided college scholarships to needy students in the New York area.

Stanley is a graduate of The George Washington University and Harvard Law School and attended the London School of Economics as a Know Fellow.


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Neil Holbert has had several interlocking careers, most notably in Marketing Research for Forbes, Grey Advertising, Chesebrough-Pond's (Unilever) and Philip Morris (Altria)…and teaching (still teaching) Marketing (and Management), full-time and adjunct at all levels at Columbia, NYU, Queens, Hunter, Baruch, Pace, Fordham, The College of Westchester, and SUNY Buffalo (both in Buffalo and in their Singapore program). He has taught for 19 years in Asia-Pacific: Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore), and ten years in London. He is the author of numerous articles and books. His AB and MBA are from Columbia, and his Ph.D. is from NYU.


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Rick Kendall is a past president of the New York American Marketing Association, and sits on the board of New York AMA Communication Services, the publisher of the market research directory, The GreenBook. Rick also advises a number of small and medium-sized companies on marketing and market research issues. Prior to starting his own practice, Rick was Vice President and Brand Manager for Cinemax, the pay television service owned by Home Box Office. Before joining HBO, Rick worked in market research at Yankelovich, Skelley and White in New York and Abt Associates, Inc. in Cambridge, MA. He has done research in package goods, public opinion and voter polls, newspaper and magazine readership, finance, and social policy issues, as well as media and telecommunications. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from New York University.


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Fern June Khan was, prior to her retirement from Bank Street College in 2012, Dean of the Division of Continuing Education for 22 years. In addition to her administrative duties as Dean at the College, Ms. Khan served in a number of capacities including providing oversight for the Bank Street Head Start program, which she developed in 1995. Before coming to Bank Street College, Ms. Khan was the Associate Dean for La Guardia Community College’s Division of Adult and Continuing Education. There, among other accomplishments, she developed the first training program on a NYC college campus for homeless families, and the first NYC program providing access to college for deaf adults. She currently serves on a number of NYC non-profit boards, including: New Alternatives for Children/NAC, Wave Hill, HEAF, Goddard Riverside Community Center, and the La Guardia and Wagner Archives. She is also currently board president of the Partnership for After School Education/PASE. Ms. Khan received a B.Sc. in Sociology and an M.S.W from NYU.


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Mark J. Kronman graduated from Cornell University and received an LLB from Columbia Law School and an LLM from New York University Law School. He practiced law for 25 years, concentrating in the corporate and real estate areas. Prior to his retiring from the practice of law to engage in other activities, he was the managing partner of Austrian, Lance and Stewart. Thereafter, he fulfilled a long term goal of having a second professional career by becoming a commercial real estate investor and advisor with emphasis on structuring investment partnerships and the financing of acquisition and sale of commercial properties. During his legal career, he provided pro bono legal and business advice, and extensive fundraising efforts to several community-based organizations including Community Resource Exchange, The Catalog for Giving and SHARE. Since his retirement he has become increasingly involved in the nonprofit area, working with Legal Outreach and Bushwick Housing Independent Project.


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When Mack Lena graduated Plainedge High School in 1963 and went to Queens College, he was ready to change himself; when he graduated in 1967 and went to Princeton, he was ready to change the world!

Princeton had other ideas, however, and dismissed him summarily for spending too much time helping to lead Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). But, by 1974, he was back on the academic block and earned his Master of Philosophy Degree in Renaissance Studies at Columbia, while continuing his radical academic and community involvement.

Married in 1975, a father since 1977, and a grandfather since New Year’s morning of 2012, Mack has lived with his wife Nilda in the same rent-stabilized building in Elmhurst, Queens since 1982. He has been a coach at ElmJack Little League, PTA President at Newtown High, and volunteer “survival ESL” instructor at Lefrak City Library.

Starting in the mid-1990s, he established himself as a premier promotional writer at many of New York City’s most prestigious Pharmaceutical Ad Agencies, where he currently works as a freelance copywriter.

His philosophy of life may be described as Chaucerian, after the scholar in the “Prologue” to “Canterbury Tales”:
Gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche

He is a Creative Writing specialist at Legal Outreach.


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Joseph Levie is a retired lawyer. He formerly was a banking partner at Rogers and Wells (now Clifford Chance). He was an active director at two small ethnic New York City banks for twenty years and active in continuing legal education. He was president of a not for profit corporation that unsuccessfully attempted to revive the Help Line of New York. He is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law school and has lived in New York City all his life.


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John Miller is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a retired executive from Pall Corporation where he led the new filtration products development global operations. Since 1992, he has been a consultant with nonprofits specializing in strategic and tactical planning.


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Katherine O'Donnell is a long time member of the faculty at Bank Street College of education Graduate School. She has been a course instructor, supervisor of interns, program director and project director and department chair. She taught Adult Development, Organizational Development and Processes of Supervision and researched stages of professional development among teachers. Her international work has been as co-director of the Bank Street College, Kathmandu University, Rato Bangala School Primary Teacher Preparation Program, a three-institution collaborative that prepares students for progressive elementary school teaching. This has been a wonderful opportunity to cope with the issues of a philosophy of one culture "fitting" in another culture. Currently she's in the Minds at Work program studying a model of coaching focused on addressing immunities to change. Katy received her undergraduate degree at the State University College, Buffalo, NY, a masters in education at the University of Minnesota and her Ed. D. at Teachers College, Columbia University.


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Carolyn Powell is the former chief financial and administrative officer of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) a national non-profit organization that supports the development and expansion of affordable permanent housing opportunities for persons at risk of homelessness. Ms. Powell's background includes comprehensive for-profit and non-profit business expertise in strategic planning, all aspects of financial and marketing management, new business development and product commercialization, information systems and technology, human resource management, and general business administration. She has consulted with numerous companies on a variety of projects, from strategic operation plans to expansion of small businesses. Throughout her career, she has worked and volunteered with various non-profits. Currently chair of the board of directors for services for the Underserved (SUS), she also chairs the governance committee and serves on the finance and audit committee of Broadway Housing Communities (BHC). She is a member of the Blue Hill Troupe LTD and a member of other professional and cultural organizations. Ms. Powell holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Columbia University.


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Alden Prouty joined Gray Matters in 2011 upon retiring as director of leadership giving in the Office of Development at Barnard College. She is a graduate of Smith College with a BA in history and an MBA in marketing from Pace University’s Graduate Management Program for Women.

She began her career in corporate communications at St. Regis Corporation, then as a commercial marketing officer for the New York office of the Government of Quebec. In addition to her professional work, she has served on the boards of community-based organizations in northern Westchester and in New York City.


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Delores D. Riggins comes to Gray Matters with many years of experience in Management and Human Resources Administration. She recently retired from Bank Street College of Education where she was the Director of Human Resources and Administration, providing leadership for the College in all aspects of Human Resources, space allocation, and purchasing coordination for all divisions of the college. Prior to joining Bank Street College, she was an Associate Executive Director for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation at Coler Memorial Hospital, a long-term care facility located on Roosevelt Island, NYC. In addition to her responsibility for Human Resources Administration, she was the facility's Affirmative Action Officer, provided leadership for Public Relations and was a part of the Leadership Team for the facility. Since retiring, Delores has continued to provide consulting services for organizations needing support in implementing or expanding their human resources administration. She serves on the State Board for Medicine representing the public interest as it relates to physicians who are petitioning the Board to for restoration of medical license. She is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Allen Christian School in Jamaica, New York. Her undergraduate studies were completed at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina and her Graduate Degree in Public Administration from Long Island University, C. W. Post Center.


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Ed Sermier served as Director, National Customized Services for the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) from 2009 to 2011. Ed developed a “Financial Toolkit for Nonprofit Executives and Board Members” that he used with various nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.

Prior to that, Ed was Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Program Evaluation at Carnegie Corporation of New York. Ed has also served as Chief Financial Officer of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Deputy Director in the Mayor’s Office of Operations for Mayor David Dinkins; Director of Strategic Planning and Capital Budgeting for the New York City Transit Authority; Director of Special Education for the New York City Board of Education; and Budget Director for the New York City Board of Education.

Ed currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York. He teaches courses in nonprofit finance, management, leadership and strategy. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University where he teaches a course in nonprofit finance.

Ed holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Manhattan College.


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Reina Teeger has a BA from the University of California and an MA in Journalism from New York University. She taught Communications at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa prior to immigrating to the United States. She has managed Corporate and Marketing Communications for the leading North American insurance premium finance company for over 30 years specializing in Marketing, Brand management, Request for Proposal responses, public and media relations, and employee professional development through training.


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Retired in 2013 from his role as Chief Audio Visual Technician at the American Museum of Natural History, Christopher Toy has spent more than 43 years working with display and communication technologies in New York.

From 1971-1985, Toy worked for the Whitney Museum's New American Film and Video Series, building mixed-media art works with new and old technologies.

As a videographer, he documented two African expeditions for the American Museum of Natural History, in the Central African Republic and Mauritania. A certified SCUBA Divemaster, he also shot underwater footage for two museum exhibits.

He is a life-long native Manhattanite.


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Barbara Trelstad graduated from Boston University with a degree in Art History. She spent the early part of her career as a craftsperson and teacher. She then spent 17 years working at a university art museum. Later she shifted gears and worked as both Assistant Finance and Finance Director for a U.S. Congressional campaign where the fund raising was "rapid-fire". She has also had extensive experience fund raising for various community organizations in the Princeton, New Jersey area.


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Cecil Wray is a retired partner of the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where his practice focused on general corporate matters. In the late 1970s, he was the managing partner of the firm's European office in Paris. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Yale Law School, and a member of various professional organizations. For five years after retiring from full-time practice, he was an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School. He is a commissioner of the Adirondack Park Agency, and has previously served on the Boards of environmental organizations. He is active in Episcopal Church affairs, and in 1995 he helped found Episcopal Charities and served as its President for seven years. He is also a Trustee of the Church Pension Fund and the Chairman of the Board of the Church Insurance Company. He is a long-time Board member (and past president) of Search and Care (an organization devoted to helping elderly home-bound people).



In Memoriam

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George Adams (1930 - 2011) was a retired corporate and international partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he was chairman of the corporate department and head of its London office. He also served as a trustee of the American Association for the International Commission of Jurists and the American Trust of the British Library, as a director of New Amsterdam Singers and as a member of the Board of Visitors of CUNY Law School. He in addition, he was an advisor to a number of not-for-profit organizations, including, on the recommendation of Gray Matters, Broadway Housing Communities and CUNY Law School. He was, for many years, a director of United Way of New York City and was the president of the Greater New York Fund (the distributing arm of United Way) and chairman of the board of trustees of Sarah Lawrence College. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School and served as a First Lieutenant, Artillery, during the Korean War.


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Larry Levine (1934 - 2004). As founder and dedicated member of Gray Matters, Lawrence S. Levine (1934-2004) worked closely with three not-for-profit organizations: Broadway Housing, the East River Apprenticeshop, and CUNY Law School. A graduate of Colgate University and the Yale Law School, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District and was a founding partner of Beldock Levine & Hoffman, a law practice with a long-standing commitment to pro bono representation. As co-founder and past chair of the Jewish Fund for Justice, he was a passionate advocate for community-organizing initiatives aimed at addressing poverty and for efforts to sustain this work across the generations. Larry was an ardent supporter of CUNY Law School's mission to provide lawyers for underserved communities and a member of its advisory board.


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Linda Levine (1937 - 2013). Until her passing, Linda served as co-chair of Gray Matters. An elected Fellow of the American Anthropological Association, Linda Levine was dedicated to advancing equity and social justice through education for over thirty years. A former professor of special education and museum education, and associate dean of the Graduate Faculty at Bank Street College, she was co-founder and first director of the Urban Education Semester - a partnership between Bank Street and the Venture Consortium colleges that afford liberal arts students an introduction to challenges and opportunities in urban teaching. In Linda's teaching and research, she highlighted the need for teachers to be culturally competent and able to facilitate dialogues across difference. She was honored as a 'Woman of Valor' by the Jewish Funds for Justice and a 'Distinguished Alumna of Bank Street' and was an ardent supporter of the Educational Video Center. Linda held a B.A. in French literature from Smith College, an M.S. in Special Education from Bank Street, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Anthropology and Education from the University of Pennsylvania.