Dennis Arrouet

Finance, Computers

The College, Engineering and Business School Columbia University, Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Rainbow Broadband Inc. Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer of a number of companies. Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Columbia Business School.

Harris Barer

Board Development, Governance, Corporate Matters, Legal, Real Estate Issues

B.A. Colgate University, LLB Yale Law School

Partner in medium sized law firm, concentrating in real estate and corporate matters.

Active in several nonprofit organizations; officer and Director of Homes for the Homeless, Chair of a National Health foundation, officer and Director of an environmental organization, Mayoral appointee to the Youth Board of the City of New York.

Donald Fischman

Medical, Health Care

Honors in Biology Kenyon College, Cornell University Medical College, Postdoctoral Research at Weill Cornell, Rockefeller University and Cambridge University

Visiting Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UCSF. Senior positions at Cornell University. Most recently, the Harvey Klein Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Chairman of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy and Dean of the Graduate School.

Steve Freidus

Real Estate, Marketing, Fundraising, General Operations Advice

B.A. and M.A. New York University

A Founder and President of a boutique real estate company. Volunteer for community based nonprofit organizations.

Alan Gettner

Finance, Planning, Legal

B.A. Yale University, Ph.D and J.D. Columbia University

Officer and Director of two museums and an arts services organization.

Peter L. Gluck

Building Codes, Architecture, Office Layout

Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture Yale University

Founder and Principal of GLUCK+. Board of Trustees at the East Harlem School. Auburn University Rural Studio Advisory Group. NJASOA OcAD Board of Visitors for New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Alvin Green

Legal and Operational Consulting, Corporate Affairs

University of Michigan AB.,MA., Harvard Law School LLB

CIT Corp. General Counsel, Seatrain Lines, General Counsel, Co-CEO, Director Institute for Child and Family Therapy,  FINRA Arbitrator, Participant with Learning Leaders Reading Program, Private Practice.

Robert Grimes

Management, Finance, Fundraising, Problem Solver

Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

President of R.S.Grimes & Co., a consulting firm in the financial services area. Co-President of City Meals on Wheels and has served on the Board of other charities. A Partner in Cowen & Company, an investment banking firm, as well as a tax and real estate attorney.

Stanley Heckman

Real Estate, Housing, Education

Graduate of the George Washington University and Harvard Law School and attended the London School of Economics as a Know Fellow.

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. Director of Corporate Planning and Development for ITT Levitt and Sons, a large international homebuilder. Has taught classes at the CUNY Graduate School of Design, New York University’s Real Estate Institute and Yale Law School.

Neil Holbert

Marketing, Business Strategy, Education

 AB and MBA from Columbia University and Ph.D. from New York University

Marketing Research for Forbes, Grey Advertising, Chesebrough-Pond’s (Unilever) and Philip Morris (Altria) and teaching Marketing and Management, full-time and adjunct at all levels at Columbia, NYU, Queens, Hunter, Baruch, Pace, Fordham, The College of Westchester, SUNY Buffalo and other universities in Australia, Asia, and Europe.

Rick Kendall


Ph.D. in Psychology from New York University

Past President of the New York American Marketing Association and on the Board of New York AMA Communication Services. Vice President and Brand Manager for Cinemax. Market research at Yankelovich, Skelley and White.

Fern June Khan


B.Sc. in Sociology and M.S.W. from New York University

Prior to retirement from Bank Street College in 2012, was Dean of the Division of Continuing Education for 22 years. Associate Dean for La Guardia Community College’s Division of Adult and Continuing Education. 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.

Mark J. Kronman

Real Estate, Legal, Fundraising, Education

LLB from Columbia Law School and an LLM from New York University Law School

Practiced law for 25 years, concentrating in the corporate and real estate areas. Managing Partner of Austrian, Lance and Stewart. Provided pro bono legal and business advice and extensive fundraising efforts to several community-based organizations. Since retirement, increasingly involved with nonprofits including Legal Outreach and Bushwick Housing Independent Project.

Mack Lena

Literacy, Education, Advertising

Master of Philosophy Degree in Renaissance Studies at Columbia University.

Starting in the mid 90’s, established as a premier promotional writer at many of New York City’s most prestigious Pharmaceutical Ad Agencies. He has been a coach at ElmJack Little League, PTA President at Newtown High, and volunteer “survival ESL” instructor at Lefrak City Library.

Joseph Levie

Legal, Start-up Advice, Education

Columbia College and Columbia Law School

Formerly a banking Partner at Rogers and Wells (now Clifford Chance). Was an active Director at two small ethnic New York City banks for twenty years and active in continuing legal education.

John Miller

Strategic Planning, Business Planning, Project Management, Continuous Improvement Processes

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology. Creating a Culture of Innovation, Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern). Executive Program in Strategy Organization, Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Engineering and Management positions with Pall Corporation from 1968-2005. Since 1992, Strategic Planning for Nonprofit organizations.

Katherine O’Donnell


Undergraduate degree State University College, Buffalo, NY Masters in Education from University of Minnesota. Ed. D. from Teachers College, Columbia University

Member of the faculty at Bank Street College of Education Graduate School. Course instructor, supervisor of interns, program director and project director and department chair. International work has been as co-director of the Bank Street College, Kathmandu University, Rato Bangala School Primary Teacher Preparation Program.

Carolyn Powell

Strategic Planning, Financial and Marketing management, New Business Development, Information Systems and Technology, Human Resource Management

Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Columbia University

Former Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) a national nonprofit organization that supports the development and expansion of affordable permanent housing opportunities for persons at risk of homelessness. Chair of the Board of Directors for Services for the Underserved (SUS), also Chairs the governance committee and serves on the finance and audit committee of Broadway Housing Communities (BHC).

Alden Prouty

Fundraising from planning general appeals to programs for leadership-level giving, Marketing, Volunteer Management and Growth, Event Planning.

BA from Smith College and an MBA from Pace University.

Senior development positions at Barnard College. Professional and community service experience and a lifelong volunteer.

Ed Sermier

Accounting , Financial Management and Financial Planning

B.S. Mathematics, Manhattan College; Masters in Business Administration , Columbia University

Chief Financial Officer (Part-Time), Nation Institute from 2013 to present. Financial consultant to Various Nonprofit Organizations from 2008 to present. Chief Administrative Officer, Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1998 to 2008. Chief Financial Officer of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992 to 1998. Have developed unique models that translate accounting and budgeting information into readily accessible and usable management information for tactical and strategic decision making.

Reina Teeger

Corporate and Marketing Communications, Brand Management, Marketing Data Analytics, Online Training Consulting

B.A. University of California. M.A. New York University

Communications, Marketing, Corporate Affairs and training management for a premium finance subsidiary consecutively owned by insurance company and two regional banks.

Christopher Toy

Audio Visual Systems Consulting and Design, Videography and Video Post-Production

Chief AV Technician for American Museum of Natural History.  Chief Projectionist/Technician for the Whitney Museum’s New American Film & Video Series. More than 43 years working with display and communication technologies in New York.

Cecil Wray

Legal Matters, Environmental

Vanderbilt University and Yale Law School

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. 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.

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