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Meet our Executive Director
Arlene Goldsmith, LCSW, PhD
Dedication and passion are two words that describe NAC's Executive Director Arlene Goldsmith. Her leadership, combined with an exceptionally qualified and committed Board of Directors, has garnered awards and enabled NAC to grow into...
Arlene Goldsmith, LCSW, PhD
Dedication and passion are two words that describe NAC’s Executive Director Arlene Goldsmith. Her leadership, combined with an exceptionally qualified and committed Board of Directors, has garnered awards and enabled NAC to grow into an agency that succeeds in areas where others have not. Dr. Goldsmith has led NAC since its inception in 1982, from an initial staff of 5 employees to over 400 today. Her expertise and passion set the tone for the agency, which now attracts and retains an exceptional and professional staff.
Before joining NAC, Dr. Goldsmith held numerous diversified social work positions, having spent 25 years as a practitioner in the field of human services. She has served as Educational Program Specialist at the Council on Social Work Education, evaluating accreditation for professional social work programs throughout the U.S., and as Educational Coordinator at the Metropolitan Placement Unit of the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, working on the deinstitutionalization of children with developmental disabilities. She has also worked in child welfare agencies as both a practitioner and supervisor, and has served as a faculty member of Hunter/Lehman College, teaching and counseling students and teachers at their educational clinic.
Dr. Goldsmith holds a Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and a PhD in Social Work from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, with a specialization in Child Welfare. Dr. Goldsmith is recognized as an expert in child welfare policy, and is the author of “Those Children”, a case study and evaluation that offers human service professionals guidance in working with inner-city children.
Dr. Goldsmith is a friend and a mentor to almost every child who walks through NAC’s doors. Her compassion and uncompromising leadership have enabled thousands of medically complex children and their siblings to live with a family of their own – either birth or adoptive – and lead a better quality of life. Many of the first children NAC helped to leave the hospital are now attending and graduating college, working in the community and succeeding in areas never thought possible. Dr. Goldsmith believes that every child, regardless of their physical ability, deserve the same opportunities as all children.
As a result of her work at NAC, and “in recognition of her pioneering efforts to give hospital-bound, chronically ill children a chance to live in a loving family,” Dr. Arlene Goldsmith was named a Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader in 1994. Dr. Goldsmith was one of ten leaders around the country to receive this $100,000 award for NAC, which recognizes “leaders who are overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to provide care to the millions slipping through the cracks.” In January 1998, Arlene Goldsmith received a prestigious Lewis Hine Award from the National Child Labor Committee, presented in honor of outstanding service on behalf of children and youth. The Robin Hood Foundation named Dr. Goldsmith as the recipient of their Hero’s Award in December 1998 and presented NAC with the accompanying $25,000 check. Most recently in 2009, Dr. Goldsmith was one of three respected members of the social work profession inducted into the Columbia University School of Social Work Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors distinguished Columbia University School of Social Work alumni/ae who have made outstanding contributions to the theory and/or practice of social work and who, by their example, have added distinction to the social work profession. In 2010, Dr. Goldsmith was presented with the Foster Care Leadership Award by the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan and the Annie E. Casey Foundation for her steadfast commitment to children placed in foster care. She was also made a Fellow at the Academy of Medicine. In 2020, she was honored with a Clara Lemlich Award for Social Activism, and in 2021, Dr. Goldsmith was named as a leader in the 2021 Responsible 100, the New Yorkers who are making the world a better place, by City and State.
David Sorkin has been the General Counsel of KKR since 2007 and is a Partner of the Firm. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Sorkin was a partner in the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he served as one of KKR’s principal outside counsel. Mr. Sorkin is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School. From 1984 to 1985, he clerked for the Hon. Charles M. Merrill of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. He is a frequent speaker at seminars dealing with private equity.
Vivian Farah is retired from Saks Fifth Avenue where she was the Vice President, DMM. She has served on several boards and fundraising committees including the Rye Country Day School, Harmonie Club, Trinity School (Atlanta, Georgia), and Young Audiences of Atlanta.
Jonathan A. Knee
Jonathan A. Knee is the Michael T. Fries Professor of Professional Practice in Media and Technology at Columbia Business School, where he also serves as co-Director of the Media and Technology Program. Mr. Knee has been an investment banker for over 25 years, at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Evercore, where he remains a senior advisor.
Adam Epstein, Treasurer, is a Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor, and Family Office Consultant with UBS Private Wealth Management. As the leader and founder of Epstein Partners, Adam and his team help ultra-high net worth families, family offices, and foundations achieve their most important goals by providing sophisticated and highly custom wealth management solutions. Prior to joining UBS, Adam was a Director at Credit Suisse and a Principal at Alliance Bernstein. Over the years, Adam has received numerous industry awards, including Barron’s Top Financial Advisors, Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisers, and Forbes Top 250 Financial Advisors.
In addition to his role at NAC, Adam currently serves on the Hun School’s Investment Committee and Alumni Board and on the Jewish Community Project’s Development Committee. Previously, Adam served as President of the Mercer County, NJ, Estate Planning Council.
Adam holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst®(CIMA®) designation and is a graduate of Bucknell University, where he was a Varsity tennis team member. Still an active tennis player, Adam is currently President of the Aspatuck Tennis Club and sits on the Israeli Tennis Federation Board of Directors.
Elizabeth S. Pforzheimer
Elizabeth S. Pforzheimer is one of the founding Board Members of NAC and served as Board President from 1982-2008. She is a member of the board of Bank Street College of Education and a trustee emerita of Wellesley College and Blythedale Children’s Hospital.
Robert L. Friedman
Robert L. Friedman is a Senior Advisor of The Blackstone Group L.P. He is board chairman of Harrington Reinsurance Company Ltd. and is also a member of several not-for-profit boards.
Steven Amato is a Senior Partner in Special Acquisition Services Group at Deloitte in New York City, where his responsibility is to provide accounting, M&A structuring and transaction advisory services to both private equity and strategic buyers. His primary focus is on transactions in the sports, media and entertainment industries. In addition to serving as the National M&A leader for the sports, media and entertainment industry practice, Steve is the lead client service partner on many of the firms largest domestic and international clients.
Terri D. Austin, Esq.
Terri D. Austin is an attorney and legal analyst who has appeared on a number of networks including ABC News, CBS News, Inside Edition, Fox 11, Court TV, and Law and Crime. She previously served as an Adjunct Professor at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. Prior to that, she served in numerous roles including Chief Corporate Policy Officer for S&P Global, Chief Diversity Officer for AIG, Litigation Associate at Richards & O’Neil, and Assistant Counsel at the New York City Law Department. Ms. Austin holds a BA in political science from Grinnell College, a JD from Columbia University School of Law, and a MS degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association, and has served on a number of non-profit boards including Riverdale Country School.
Bryan Beller is a Managing Director in the investment bank at J.P. Morgan. He focuses on the media and communications sectors. Bryan began his career at Salomon Brothers in 1996.
Marian Adams Bott, Ed.D
Marian Adams Bott is a lobbyist and education finance expert. She currently serves as the Education Finance Issue Specialist for the League of Women Voters of New York State. Prior to that, Dr. Bott chaired the Education Committee of the Advisory Board of the New York City League of Women Voters. Dr. Bott holds an MBA from Stanford University, and earned her Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia University Teacher’s College.
Lisa Clyde is the head of Global Corporate Banking and Global Leasing at BofA Securities, the institutional broker dealer business of Bank of America. In this role, she leads a team of approximately 1,000 professionals across 45 cities in 30 countries—representing one of the most global businesses within Bank of America. Global Corporate Banking delivers credit, financing, cash management, payments and risk management solutions to more than 2,000 of the world’s largest companies. Separately, Global Leasing is the largest U.S. bank-owned equipment financing company providing solutions to over 64,000 clients in 10 countries. A seasoned banker with extensive expertise and relationships in the consumer and retail space, Clyde previously served as Bank of America’s global head of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking from 2013 to 2020. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Clyde was a managing director in Morgan Stanley’s Consumer and Retail Investment Banking division. She spent eight years at Morgan Stanley following a four-year tenure with Salomon Brothers’ Retail Group. Clyde has served on Bank of America’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and chaired the Diversity Council for Global Corporate and Investment Banking. Additionally, she has served and chaired the firm’s Managing Director Promotion Committee for more than five years. Clyde has been recognized with a number of industry honors including “Most Notable Women on Wall Street” by Crain’s New York Business, “Top 25 People Shaping Retail’s Future” by the National Retail Federation and “Top 40 under 40 Dealmakers on Wall Street” by Dealmaker magazine. Clyde received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a board member of New Alternatives for Children and a member of C200, an invitation-only global senior women’s business network. Clyde is based in New York City.
Ashley Davis is the Educational Director of the Park Slope Schoolhouse, a non-profit early childhood program, and she is an Adjunct Professor at Queens College Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Ashley holds a BS in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University, a Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education from New York University, and a Masters in Administration/Supervision from Hunter College. Her passion for working with children and families began as a young adult when she coached the Special Olympics Swim Team and took them to the World Games.
Pascal Desroches is the Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at AT&T Inc. He is responsible for AT&T’s finance shared services, financial planning, corporate development, accounting, tax, auditing, treasury, investor relations and corporate real estate.
Pascal previously served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of WarnerMedia and the Administrative Officer of Turner Broadcasting System Inc., with responsibility for all of WarnerMedia’s financial operations as well as Turner’s global communications, facilities, human resources, legal, strategy and research, security and technology organizations. Prior to his role with WarnerMedia, Pascal served as Turner’s Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President and Global Controller of Time Warner (now WarnerMedia).
Pascal is an honors graduate of St. John’s University where he received a BS in accounting. He received an MBA, with a concentration in corporate finance and management of organization, from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Nancy Felsten is a Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. and advises advertising agencies and corporate clients on advertising, marketing and promotional matters. She also addresses copyright, trademark, privacy, First Amendment and trade secret and trade regulation issues. Nancy frequently represents clients in false advertising challenges before the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, the NARB, television networks, the Federal Trade Commission and State Attorneys General.
Mark FitzPatrick was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Madison Square Garden Entertainment, a world leader in live experiences with a portfolio of iconic venues and entertainment brands. Previously, Mr. FitzPatrick was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer of WeWork, a leading worldwide provider of community-based workspace, and held a variety of senior finance roles at Time Warner Cable, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer of Residential Services. Mr. FitzPatrick graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (with honors) from the University of Notre Dame and received a joint J.D. / M.B.A. (with honors) from Georgetown University. He currently resides in Darien, CT with his wife Elizabeth and their three children.
Jill Sabin Garner, RN
Jill Sabin Garner is a consultant with Halza, an Asia-based health and medical social media platform. She is the Chairperson-elect of the New York State division of the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists and is the current Continuing Education Chair. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Village Center for the Arts in New Milford, CT. Ms. Garner received a B.S. in Nursing (summa cum laude) from New York University, a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.S. from Columbia University. Prior to beginning a career in nursing, Ms. Garner developed residential real estate in Manhattan and Long Island.
Susan Gevertz is a health care consultant with over 25 years of experience in senior positions in hospital administration. Susan also provides strategic consulting services through The Acceleration Project (TAP). She serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Westchester County Health Care Corporation and a number of its subsidiary organizations and serves as Chair of the Committee on Quality Care. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for Citizen’s Committee for Children (CCC) and provides counsel to numerous community-based organizations.
Joseph R. Ianniello
Joseph R. Ianniello, is a proven leader in the media industry with a successful track record of leading, evolving, growing and transforming businesses throughout his career. Ianniello founded and currently serves as Chairman and CEO of INLO Ventures, an investment and advisory firm in the telecom, media and technology sector.
Previously, Ianniello was the President and acting CEO of CBS Corporation prior to its merger with Viacom, Inc. in December of 2019, and most recently, served as the Chairman and CEO of CBS Entertainment Group until February 2020. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing all CBS-branded assets, including the CBS Television Network. Prior to his role as CEO, he served as Chief Operating Officer of CBS since 2013; Chief Financial Officer, CBS (2009-2013); and Chief Development Officer (2000-2005). He began at CBS in 1997. During his tenure in these senior executive roles, Ianniello was instrumental in positioning CBS as a global multiplatform premium content company. He acted on this vision through a number of key operational steps including the monetization of retransmission consent fees and reverse compensation from local television station affiliates, as well as the licensing of the CBS Corporation content around the world for digital streaming and broadband services. He also oversaw the launch of CBS All Access, CBS’ digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, as well as Showtime’s “over-the-top” streaming service, which together became one of the company’s fastest growing initiatives. He also led all company acquisitions and divestitures for more than 10 years. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at Pace University, where he serves today on its Board of Trustees, and a Master of Business Administration at Columbia University.
Ronald J. Iervolino
Ronald J. Iervolino. Ron is retired from Guggenheim Partners where he was a Sr. Managing Director within the Investment Bank. He is currently Co-Chairman of Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company, a $ 1.5 Billion sustainable infrastructure fund. Ron also serves as Co-Chairman and President of Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Mark N. Kaplan, Esq.
Mark N. Kaplan is one of the founding Board Members of NAC. He is of counsel to the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Mr. Kaplan is a member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School, Trustee of Bard College and Simon’s Rock College, and Trustee of Channel Thirteen/WNET.
Fern June Khan, MSW
Fern June Khan, MSW, is Dean Emerita of Bank Street College Division of Continuing Education. Previously, she was an Associate Dean at LaGuardia Community College where she developed programs for underserved populations from 1971-1989. Ms. Khan received her B.Sc and MSW from NYU during the ‘60s. She currently serves on several nonprofit boards.
Robert D. Marcus
Robert D. Marcus, is the former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Cable Inc. Rob currently serves as an Executive Partner of XN LP, a New York-based hedge fund. He is a member of the boards of directors of Equifax Inc. (EFX), Ocean Outdoor Ltd (OOUT), and Newhouse Broadcasting Corporation. He also serves on the boards of several other non-profit organizations, including Uncommon Schools, Newark Academy, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Rob received a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from Brown University.
Lisa Martin is an educational consultant working with school administrators for children with special needs. She has over 24 years of experience in special education. She is one of the founders and the creator of the New Beginnings School in Fairfield, New Jersey, a school for children and adolescents with Autism. Lisa was a NAC volunteer for several years prior to joining the NAC board.
Adam L. Miller
Adam L. Miller is the Executive Director & Vice President of Corporate Affairs at NBCUniversal and formerly the President of the New York Office of The Abernathy MacGregor Group, Inc. (AMG). He headed the Group’s media communications and entertainment practice. Prior to joining AMG in 1994, Mr. Miller worked at Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate communications for a variety of industries. Mr. Miller holds a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Hamilton College and has completed the Leadership in Professional Service firms class at Harvard Business School
Tom Newman is a media executive focused on the digital space. He is the co-founder of Kelly Newman Ventures, and the former President of Interactive One, the digital division of Radio One. He has also served as AOL’s Senior Vice President of Network Development. Mr. Newman graduated from Harvard College and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is involved in several not-for-profit organizations, including serving as a Board Member and Treasurer for Asphalt Green.
Laura Parsons, Psy.D
Laura Parsons is a licensed psychologist whose area of expertise is children under the age of five with developmental disabilities. She recently retired from New Alternatives for Children, where she was the Associate Director of Psychological Services. She is on the Board of Trustees of the American Folk Art Museum and the Board of Trustees of the Block Island Medical Center and is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. Laura also serves on the Advisory Board of the Berman Institute of Bioethics of Johns Hopkins University. Laura received her B.A. in History from the University of Hawaii, her M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from Teachers College, and her Psy.D. in Child School Psychology from NYU.
Allison Penn is a licensed psychoanalyst and psychotherapist with a private practice in New York City. Prior to her work as a therapist, Allison worked for many years as an attorney, serving as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and as an Assistant Solicitor General in the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Allison received her license in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy from the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York in 2017. She received her J.D. from N.Y.U. Law School in 1998 and her B.A. from Cornell University in 1991.
Jennifer Perkins is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP where she represents clients in complex domestic and cross-border acquisitions and disposition. Jennifer has extensive experience representing private equity sponsors in a broad range of industries. She also advises clients on structuring, negotiating and executing minority investments in private equity and other asset management firms. Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors of DOROT, a nonprofit social service organization providing a wide range of services for seniors, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Larchmont Temple.
Eugene A. Pinover
Eugene A. Pinover is a former Partner and Chair of the New York Real Estate Practice DLA Piper, LLP. He is a member of the Board of Directors of VEREIT Corporation and the Supervisory Board of the Yale School of Music.
Glenn J. Rufrano
Glenn J. Rufrano is the Chief Executive Officer of VEREIT. Since assuming the role of CEO on April 1, 2015, he has reconstituted the Board of Directors, formalized a new management team and implemented a business plan to guide the Company’s strategy. Prior to VEREIT, he was CEO of O’Connor Capital Partners, a real estate investment firm he co-founded in 1983. From 2010 to 2013 he was Global President and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., and previously, held executive leadership roles at Centro Properties Group and New Plan Excel Realty Trust, Inc., as well as previously serving on the Boards of General Growth Properties, Trizec Properties, Inc., Columbia Property Trust, Inc. and Ventas, Inc.
Robert B. Schumer
Robert B. Schumer is chair of the Corporate Department, a member of the Management Committee and is co-head of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison LLP. Over the past 15 years, Bob has served as the lead lawyer in the negotiation and structuring of mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts on behalf of a diverse range of clients, including public and private companies, private equity funds, financial institutions and other entities. He regularly provides strategic counsel to corporations and their boards of directors and special committees on corporate governance, fiduciary duty, M&A and other corporate matters. Bob also has significant experience in contested matters, including numerous unsolicited offers and proxy contests.
Meryl Sherman is an active volunteer and fundraiser for NAC. She served as co-chair of NAC’s Benefit Committee and has been involved with fundraising efforts for the March of Dimes and the Dalton School.
Taryn Siglain is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where she is the Head of Americas Secured Funding and Collateral Optimization Trading and Execution. She has worked at Morgan Stanley since 2007 in various roles including Investor Relations, Corporate Treasury and Financing Strategy. Taryn holds a BS in Corporate Finance and Accounting from Bentley University. She is a founding member and the former President of the NAC Junior Board.
Tom Uger is a Partner at Public Pension Capital, a private equity firm. Prior to joining PPC, Mr. Uger was a Partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College. He lives in New York City with his wife and three sons.
Nicole Washington is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she is a key member of the Firm’s Investment Funds Group.
Nicole is ranked as a leading investment funds lawyer by numerous publications. Most recently in 2022, Nicole was named to Crain’s New York list of Notable Woman in Law and Savoy 2022 Most Influential Black Lawyers. In 2021 she was profiled as one of Law360’s Fund Formation MVPs, one of the most coveted awards that recognizes leading lawyers for their involvement in record-breaking deals and complex global matters. In 2021 she was also recognized as a ‘Rising Star’ by New York Law Journal as part of the 2021 New York Legal Awards and recognized as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ by The Legal 500 US. In 2020, Nicole was named by Law360 to the Fund Formation “Rising Stars” list, an annual ranking that recognizes outstanding legal talent under 40 years old. Nicole was also recognized for her commitment to advancing the empowerment of women in law in Corporate Counsel where she was named as an honoree in the “Collaborative Leadership” category as part of the Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards 2020.
Nicole was recognized by The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) as one of the 2021 “Catalysts in Law.” Honorees were recognized for achieving extraordinary professional success while making significant and impactful contributions to their community through volunteerism, philanthropy, board service, and mentorship. Nicole serves as co-chair of Kirkland’s Transactional Associate Review Committee and the New York Recruiting Committee and is a member of the Committees on Billings and Collections, Diversity and Inclusion and Firmwide Recruiting. She serves as a board member of PeacePlayers International and Just the Beginning and is on the advisory board of Asian University for Women.