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All About Us

Board of Advisors

Christopher Anderson
Executive Director, MaleSurvivor

Mr. Anderson is the Executive Director of MaleSurvivor, dedicated to helping male survivors of sexual abuse. He has presented to National District Attorneys Association, UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence, Department of Defense, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and Penn State University. As a member of Local One, IATSE, Mr. Anderson has worked as a stagehand both on and off Broadway.


Ed Bobrow
Author, Management Consultant, Nature and Landscape Photographer

Mr. Bobrow was President of Bobrow Consulting Group, specializing in new product development, marketing and sales strategies for major industrial companies in the US ad abroad. He was also an Adjunct Professor at New York University and The New York Marketing and Management Institute. He has served on numerous non-profit boards, is the author of 18 books, and a well-respected photographer.


Alan Brown, Esq.
Partner, Graubard Miller

Mr. Brown is a partner in Graubard Miller, a multi-dimensional New York City law firm. He practices corporate law with a concentration in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Brown is a graduate of The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Law.


Gretl Claggett, M.F.A.
Author, Filmmaker, Child Sexual Abuse Advocate

Ms. Claggett is a well-respected writer, speaker and filmmaker. She holds MFAs in Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction and Theater. Her poetry collection Monsoon Solo: Voices Once Submerged won a National Forward Feature Literary Award and was a finalist for an international book award. Happy Hour, the short film she wrote and directed based on her poem, of the same name has been shown at fourteen film festivals across the country and received several awards.


Fabiola Dieudonne Aniton
Sr. Advisor Hewlett Consulting Partners

Ms. Dieudonne Aniton has a diverse background in consulting in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. She has co-authored research on Executive Presence for HCP’s Center for Talent Innovation as well as the CTI publication, Athena Factor 2.0: Accelerating Female Talent in Science, Engineering & Technology. Previous endeavors include serving as Senior Associate Director of Programs at Youth, I.N.C. (Improving Nonprofits for Children) and consulting with nonprofits with respect to fundraising and board development. Ms. Aniton holds a BS from Boston University and a MPA from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.


Robin Goodman, Ph.D.
Director, A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Bereavement Center

Dr. Goodman is a psychologist with a specialty in trauma, illness and grief. As such, she has served as Director of Family Services Voices of Septmber11th and as a consultant to The National Traumatic Stress network and the Department of Defense. A magna cum laude graduate of Smith College, she earned an MA from NYU and her doctorate from Adelphi University where she received the Kalike Research Award. She has authored subject relevant magazine articles and has been a contributor to CBS, MSNBC and other media outlets.


Amanda Hack, M.B.A.
Marketing and Business Consultant

Mrs. Hack is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College who received her MBA from Harvard University. She has held management positions in marketing at several companies including American Express. She also has advised non-profit organizations in strategic plan development, marketing strategy, and corporate partnership campaigns.


Fifi Jacobs
Executive Management and Organizational Coach

Ms. Jacobs is a Certified Executive and Organizations Coach who has advised senior management in the marketing, media, and advertising industries. She is the founding partner of two recruitment firms dedicated to the placement of creative talent in the advertising business. In addition, she currently serves as an advisor to global advertising firms on their creative department staffing. Her nonprofit endeavors include career counseling for young people struggling with work related direction issues. Ms. Jacobs holds a BA from UCLA and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College Columbia University.


Andrea Linskey
Journalism and Mass Media Specialist

Mrs. Linskey held the position of Executive Director of Corporate Communications for Verizon Wireless for several years. She developed the company’s Hopeline project which gives recycled wireless phones to battered woman. She has served on the Board of Jersey Battered Women’s Service, one of the most respected Domestic Violence organizations in the country. She has a personal interest in programs that serve children in crisis and offer education in child safety to parents and caregivers


Craig Mowry
Inventor, Filmmaker, Founder of Creative Freedom

Mr. Mowry is a successful film maker and inventor. He holds numerous patents related to film technology and marketing systems. He was nominated for The Inventor of the Year Award in 2014. His innovative project Creative Freedom was established when he produced and directed Bellport, a film that was written by high school students in Bellport, New York in which the students also performed and played significant roles in production. Bellport premiered at Lincoln Center in New York City. It has been praised for demonstrating the potential of disenfranchised youth for growth when given opportunities for creative collaboration.


Bridget Lavery-Palmieri
Marketing and Product Development Consultant

Mrs. Lavery-Palmeri is the founder and principal of fashion retail marketing consultancy BLP Consulting. An accomplished retail executive with strong team management, merchandising, analytical and negotiating skills, she has spent much of her career managing cross functional teams to achieve results by inspiring and motivating each other to excel. For over 15 years, she held various positions in merchandise strategies, store management, product development, buying, planning, marketing analytics and customer insights at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. She is currently a member of the faculty of Parson’s School of Design in NYC.


Marcia Parness
Public School Parent Volunteer
Social Worker

Mrs. Parness has held various leadership positions as an active Queens NYC public school parent volunteer with a background in social work. As a School Leadership Team member and Executive Board member of PTAs, she has spearheaded the search for and implementation of more effective academic programming as well as chaired fundraising initiatives in order to improve the academic and social outcomes of children and to enrich the entire school community. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Reform Temple of Forest Hills. Mrs. Parness holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.S.W. from Hunter College School of Social Work.


 

Amanda Salzhauer M.S.W.
Social Worker, Active Philanthropist

Mrs. Salzhauer is a social worker and philanthropist. She holds a BA from Dartmouth and a MA in social work form NYU. She worked at the NYU Child Study Center and is in private practice with a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy for children with anxiety disorders. She has worked with many charitable organizations both as a volunteer and board member.


Mel Schneiderman, Ph.D.
Vice President and Director of Mental Health Services, New York Foundling

Dr. Schneiderman is a licensed psychologist and leader in the field of child welfare. He helped found the Fontana Center, the research and training arm of New York Foundling. He has served on several significant boards related to child abuse and mental health. He has presented at over 50 conferences, received several prestigious grants and is widely published in peer reviewed journals.


Alan Schwarz
Pulitzer Prize Nominated Investigative Reporter, the New York Times

Mr. Schwarz is best known for writing more than 100 articles that exposed the seriousness of concussions among football players of all ages. His work in the mental health space continues with a series of articles on the misdiagnosis of attention deficit disorder among many American adults and children. He received a BA in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a well-known public speaker. He was recently honored with the Lifetime Excellence Statistics Reporting Award and is the recipient of numerous other awards for excellence in journalism.


Eyal Shemesh, M.D.
Chief of the Division of Behavioral and Developmental Health, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Shemesh is a pediatrician and child psychiatrist. He conducts research in the interface between psychiatric and medical disorders. He has won several prestigious awards and federal grants for his work. He is the author of peer–reviewed manuscripts, reviews, and book chapters exploring non-adherence to medications and the relationship between life-threatening health problems and PSTD.


Whitney Siavelis
Leadership Coach, Consultant

Ms. Siavelis is a Certified Leadership Coach and Consultant, passionate about helping companies and individuals maximize their success. Whitney has 20 years of leadership experience in companies ranging from Fortune 100 to early-stage startups. She has been trained and certified as a Higher Ground Leadership® Coach by Dr. Lance Secretan and the renowned Secretan Center. She also holds global certifications from two of the foremost accredited professional coaching organizations, the International Coaching Federation and the Center for Coaching Mastery. A devoted philanthropist, she holds mentor and advisory positions with various women’s and children’s organizations including AWARE, Bloomberg Women’s Community, and Cornelia Connelly Center.


Meg Sullivan
Leader of Global Marketing, Paul Hastings, LLP

Ms. Sullivan, Leader of Global Marketing for Paul Hastings, is responsible for an international team charged with supporting the firm’s strategy for growth and innovation in providing legal services. Previously based in Europe for ten years, she was Director of Marketing for Arthur Anderson responsible for Europe, The Middle East, India, and Africa. She serves on the Advisory Council for Women of The Boardroom and is the founder of The Quorum Initiative.