Board of Directors
ANDREW HURWITZ is a partner in the Entertainment Group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. He has represented award-winning entertainment talent and leading media companies for almost 20 years, and is widely considered one of the nation’s top film and television industry lawyers. Mr. Hurwitz has taught the entertainment law seminar at New York Law School as well as motion picture business classes at Yale University and the Czech film school FAMU in Prague. He is a frequent panelist at industry and continuing legal education events.
Mr. Hurwitz is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (JD, cum laude, 1988) and is admitted to practice in New York. Mr. Hurwitz was appointed to the SUS, Inc. Board of Directors in January 2011 and to the position of Chair of the Board in January 2013. He also serves on the Fund Development Committee.
GARETH OLD is a partner in the New York office of Clifford Chance, concentrating on derivatives and structured finance. He is admitted to practice as an attorney in both New York and England & Wales. Mr. Old joined Clifford Chance in London in 1997, and prior to moving to New York in 2004, also worked in Hong Kong and Frankfurt. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Old taught English at high schools in Kawasaki, Japan and worked for an auto-parts manufacturer in Stuttgart, Germany. Mr. Old was appointed to the SUS, Inc. Board in June 2010 and to the position of Vice Chair in January 2013. He also serves on the SUS Developmental Disabilities Services, Inc. Board and the Governance Committee.
James M. Donna
JAMES M. DONNA. In June 2006, Mr. Donna retired from his position as Senior Vice President for Global Business at the Associated Press, where he was responsible for the marketing and sale of AP text and commercial photo products internationally. Previous to this position, he was head of AP’s Human Resources Department from 1994 to 2005, responsible for overseeing AP hiring, training, labor relations, affirmative action, employee benefits and other personnel matters.
Mr. Donna joined the AP in Philadelphia in 1973. He worked on the General Desk, spent two years as Enterprise Editor and was appointed New York City Chief of Bureau in 1979. He left the AP for one year in 1982 to work for Gamma Liaison photo agency as Managing Editor. From 1983 to 1988, Mr. Donna was Director of AP Wide World Photos, before being named Assistant to the President. In 1992 he was named Vice President and Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors. Mr. Donna was appointed to the SUS, Inc. Board in January 2008, and serves on the Board of SUS Developmental Disabilities Services, Inc. and chairs the Governance Committee. Mr. Donna holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Penn State.
John A. McKesson
JOHN A. McKESSON, Vice President, Credit Risk Management, JP Morgan, has been part of the banking industry for over 20 years. Mr. McKesson is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, with a degree in International Economics. Mr. McKesson joined the SUS, Inc. Board in January 1992. He is a past Board Chair, currently serves as Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance Committee, and sits on the Boards of SUS Home Attendant Program, Inc. and SUS Home Care Services, Inc.
Michelle S. Ballan
MICHELLE S. BALLAN, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Columbia University and a Faculty Associate for the Columbia University Center for Bioethics. She is a researcher, a published author and an expert in the field of developmental disabilities. Dr. Ballan focuses on sexual health prevention and treatment interventions for children and adolescents. She is the recipient of several awards, is a mentor for the international human rights disability advocates affiliated with the Institute of Human Rights, and is the international lead consultant for a project with Viet-nam Assistance for the Handicapped, and also serves on the Editorial Board of Social Work.
Dr. Ballan received her PhD from the University of Texas. She has worked as a practitioner and educator in various community settings with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including the New Jersey Brain Injury Association, Women Helping Women, Safeplace, and schools. She was appointed to the SUS Developmental Disabilities Services, Inc. Board in April 2011 and also serves on the Board’s ad hoc Managed Care Committee.
Amelia Wright Brewer
AMELIA WRIGHT BREWER is a management professional with over 15 years of experience in marketing, sales, strategy, operations and product management. Ms. Brewer’s most recent experience was as the Director of Marketing in the Global Merchant Services and Global Commercial Card Groups at American Express. Prior to American Express, Ms. Brewer worked at PRTM (PWC) as a Manager within their Product Strategy and Development Group and at Texas Instruments in Marketing, Sales & Product Management within the Semiconductor Group. She was appointed to the SUS Mental Health Services, Inc. Board in December 2009 and serves on the SUS AIDS Services, Inc. Board and on the Fund Development Committee. Ms. Brewer received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Howard University and her MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Earl D. Brown
EARL D. BROWN is the Executive Director of Partnership for a Healthier New York City. Prior to joining the Partnership, Mr. Brown served as the Deputy Borough President of the Bronx, and before that as Associate Vice President for Government and Community Relations at the New York Botanical Garden. Mr. Brown is a graduate of the City University of New York with a Master’s in Public Administration. He has dedicated his entire professional career to the improvement of New York City communities, working with the Manhattan and Brooklyn Borough Presidents’ Offices, the City Council President and the New York City School Construction Authority. Mr. Brown has also served as a mentor to teenagers through the New York Youth at Risk Program. Mr. Brown joined the SUS, Inc. Board in March 1998 and serves on the Boards of each program affiliate and on the Fund Development Committee.
SCOTT DREVNIG is an experienced marketing, fundraising and communications professional with comprehensive business development, partner management and branding experience. Mr. Drevnig is the Director of Development for the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, CT. As a part of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Drevnig works to spread the word about one of the world’s most celebrated works of Modernism. In this role, Mr. Drevnig manages all development and fundraising events nationwide for this renowned site, while building and growing strategic support networks and partnerships. Prior to his current position, he worked as a Director of Art & Event Marketing and Senior Account Manager within the nonprofit, media and marketing arms of global leading organizations and companies such as the BBC and AOL. Mr. Drevnig was appointed to the SUS AIDS Services, Inc. Board in September 2010 and also serves on the SUS Mental Health Services, Inc. Board and on the Fund Development Committee. Mr. Drevnig is passionate about making a difference in New York City and volunteers his time with various other nonprofits in the New York area. Mr. Drevnig holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Stern School of Business of New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The University of Western Ontario, and graduated magna cum laude with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Communications from The State University of New York.
SHERRIE DULWORTH is the Senior Vice President of Medical Integration and Member Engagement at Health Republic Insurance of New York (HRINY), the nation’s largest member-owned and member-led healthcare Consumer Oriented-and-Operated-Plan (CO-OP). Ms. Dulworth is also a national consultant with executive expertise in health care best practices, focusing on efficiency and quality improvement. Her clients have included insurers, employers, hospitals and integrated delivery systems, and external quality agencies. She is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She also has a graduate degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has published in the areas of clinical best practices, evidence-based medicine, international healthcare, healthcare quality, risk management, and managed care. She has been a frequent guest lecturer. Ms. Dulworth was appointed to the SUS-Mental Health Services, Inc. board in September 2010 and to the SUS, Inc. board in January 2013. She currently serves as Chair of the board’s ad hoc Managed Care Committee, and on the SUS-AIDS Services, Inc. board and the Fund Development Committee.
PETER FRIEDLAND is a Managing Partner at Audax Holdings, a commercial real estate investment and development fund headquartered in New York City. For the past several years, Mr. Friedland has targeted, acquired, developed and managed a conservative portfolio of value investments in blue-chip university towns across America. Prior to joining Audax Holdings, Mr. Friedland was a classical theater actor. He trained with Ron Van Lieu, the current Chair of Acting at the Yale School of Drama, and with Slava Dolgachev, former Head of the Moscow Art Theatre.
Mr. Friedland graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in English and American Literature. He is on the Endowment Committee at MoMA and has served for years on the Board of The Civilians, a New York theater company. Mr. Friedland joined the SUS, Inc. Board in June 2009 and co-chairs the Fund Development Committee.
ANNETTE HALL is Vice President and Relationship Manager for Key Private Bank in the Hudson Valley/Metro New York district. Ms. Hall has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been with Key for 23 years. Ms. Hall is responsible for developing a full range of financial services, including investment management and estate & trust planning for high-net-worth families, individuals and corporate executives. She is a Certified Wealth Strategist, holds the Fiduciary Administration Certificate, and holds insurance licenses for New York and New Jersey. Ms. Hall also holds a certificate in Foundations of Financial Planning and is a Registered Financial Paraplanner from the College for Financial Planning. Ms. Hall is a graduate of the University of Utah, with a Bachelor of Science degree.
A member of the Greater New York YMCA Camp Board of Managers, Ms. Hall is Chair of the SUS Media Communications Committee and also sits on the Board Development and Finance Committees. She actively participates with the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club, a New York City nonprofit that provides low-cost accommodations for active-duty military personnel.
Ms. Hall was appointed to the SUS, Inc. Board in January 2013.
JACQUIE HOLMES, President, Kiwi Partners Inc., launched the firm in 1998 to provide outsourced accounting services to the nonprofit community. Ms. Holmes began her career at Coopers & Lybrand as an Auditor. She then served as a consultant to the Boston Federal Reserve Bank in the aftermath of the savings and loans crisis. Prior to incorporating Kiwi Partners, Ms. Holmes held the post of Chief Financial Officer of the American Horse Shows Association, a nonprofit with 80,000 members.
Ms. Holmes is passionate about the work of her clients within the nonprofit community and contributes both her time and resources to their unique missions. Ms. Holmes was appointed to the SUS, Inc. Board in September 2006 and currently serves on the Finance Committee. Ms. Holmes also serves on the Board of the Port Washington Library Foundation and Mixed Breeds in Need, is a member of the Women Presidents Organization and speaks regularly at nonprofit seminars and workshops, assisting Board members with their treasurer responsibilities.
Ms. Holmes completed her undergraduate studies in New Zealand and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Stern Graduate School of Business of New York University. She is also a Harvard Business School alumnus, having completed the Harvard Business School’s OPM Executive Program. Ms. Holmes is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.
EDWARD (“Ed”) HUBBARD has a broad background in the banking and financial guarantee insurance sectors, with experience at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Marine Midland Bank (acquired by HSBC), Capital Markets Assurance Corporation, MBIA, and XL Capital Assurance/Syncora. At Syncora, Mr. Hubbard was a senior member of the team that founded the company, and later, was a key participant in the company’s initial public offering.
At SUS, he has held a variety of executive positions, including Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, and President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Hubbard is a lecturer on management and finance at the Rutgers Business School in New Jersey and consults with investors and organizations on financial strategy. Mr. Hubbard was appointed to the SUS Mental Health Services, Inc. Board in April 2010 and to the SUS, Inc. Board in January 2013. He also serves on the SUS AIDS Services, Inc. Board, on the Finance/Audit Committee of the Board and on the Board’s ad hoc Managed Care Committee. In addition, he is Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Board of the Equality Charter School in the Bronx, where he currently leads the Board’s efforts in the physical expansion of the school.
Mr. Hubbard is a graduate of Brown University (BA Mathematical Economics) and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (MBA).
ADAM KNELLER, Vice President in BlackRock’s Financial Institutions Group, is a member of the NYU Young Alumni Leadership Circle, the Stern Haskins Partners Giving Society and the Stern Alumni Reunion Committee and is a Stern Torchbearer. Mr. Kneller is also a member of the UJA Federation of NY and is involved in several of its programs. Through his involvement with the Observership Program, he serves as Program Chair and member of the National & International Task Force, has served as Program Vice Chair and as a visiting board member and fundraiser with the Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA). Mr. Kneller is a member of the Executive Council of UJA’s Young Wall Street Division and is on UJA’s Campaign Steering Committee. Mr. Kneller, who was appointed to the SUS Mental Health Program, Inc. Board in April 2013, earned BS degrees in Finance and International Business at NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he graduated cum laude.
Daniel William Lawrence
DANIEL WILLIAM LAWRENCE is a Founding Member and Managing Director of Talara Capital Management, LLC. Prior to Talara, Mr. Lawrence was a Senior Analyst at Citadel Investment Group, where he conducted fundamental research and analyzed a range of value, high yield, distressed and equity investments in cyclical sectors (2005-2009). Previously, Mr. Lawrence was an Investment Banking Analyst at Merrill Lynch in New York in the Global Multi-Industry Group, where he advised industrial corporations on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions, and also worked as an Analyst in the Equity Derivatives Group (2002-2005). Mr. Lawrence is also the Founder and Principal Owner of Elmrox Media LLC.
Mr. Lawrence earned a BS in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia (2002). He was appointed to the Board of SUS, Inc. in January 2009 and serves on the SUS Mental Health Services, Inc. and AIDS Services, Inc. Boards and on the Fund Development Committee.
TONY LEMMA, Home Depot’s Regional Vice President, New York Metro Region, Northern Division, was appointed to the SUS board of directors in January 2014. At the Home Depot Mr. Lemma is responsible for the operations of over 70 stores in New York City, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. Prior to joining The Home Depot Mr. Lemma served in the United States Navy for 9 years.
Joshua D. Liston
JOSHUA D. LISTON is a litigation partner, representing clients in civil litigation, regulatory matters, and arbitration. He has defended clients in cases involving a wide range of allegations of securities fraud, breach of contract, antitrust violations, breach of fiduciary duties and professional malpractice. He also has conducted internal investigations and represented public and private companies, banks, pharmaceutical companies, accounting firms, law firms, real estate developers and individuals in complex civil litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings before the SEC, FINRA, and other agencies.
Mr. Liston received a BA from Harvard College, and received his JD, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review. After serving as law clerk to the Hon. Dennis Jacobs of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Mr. Liston practiced for eight years in the litigation department of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.
Mr. Liston is admitted to practice in New York and before the US Courts of Appeals for the Second and Fourth Circuits, and the US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He is a member of the Litigation Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Council. He has been appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Pro Bono Panel.
In his pro bono practice, Mr. Liston has successfully represented asylum seekers in contested hearings, and criminal defendants in post-conviction proceedings. Mr. Liston was appointed to the SUS, Inc. Board in August 2011.
MARCUS MAYO is a co-founder of IncubateNYC. IncubateNYC fosters the development of amazing companies by providing entrepreneurs at the earliest stage of development with the structure and support to turn their ideas into sustainable enterprises. Prior to launching IncubateNYC, Marcus was the co-founder of InHouse Group, an early-stage investment and advisory company based in New York City.
Mr. Mayo was appointed to the SUS Developmental Disabilities Services, Inc. board in early 2009 and to the SUS, Inc. Board in June 2011. He currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Board’s Fund Development Committee and Chair of the SUS Developmental Disabilities Services, Inc. Board.
Mr. Mayo is a former private equity investor with ICV Partners, a New York-based middle market private equity fund, and consultant for McKinsey & Company. Mr. Mayo has also worked as a lead member of the business development and strategy team for Weight Watchers International. In this role, Mr. Mayo was responsible for sourcing and structuring new partnerships with startup companies within the healthcare space. Mr. Mayo graduated cum laude from Morehouse College in 2006 with a BA in Business Management.
Carolyn P. Powell
CAROLYN P. POWELL, Former Chief Financial & Administrative Officer, Corporation for Supportive Housing, joined the SUS, Inc. Board in December 1991. Ms. Powell is the former Chair of the SUS, Inc. Board, and serves on the affiliate board of SUS Developmental Disabilities Services, Inc., and on the Finance Committee. Active in community affairs, Ms. Powell also serves on the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of Broadway Housing Communities. She is also a member of Gray Matters NYC Pro Bono Services, Centric Real Estate Advisors (Nonprofit Practice), the Blue Hill Troupe Ltd., and other professional and cultural organizations. Ms. Powell brings to SUS over 20 years of financial and marketing management experience in major for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations. She holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University.
JENNIFER “JENN” PRESS began her career at Adrienne Vittadini and Vogue. While raising her children, Ms. Press immersed herself in her local community by chairing annual benefits, auctions and fundraising events. Ms. Press was co-host and producer of A Fashionable Life, a weekly hour radio show on WGCH/Greenwich. She was a TV fashion/lifestyle reporter for ABC News Now, where she covered fashion and red carpet events as well as the first Obama inauguration. She now works as a freelance writer.
Ms. Press was appointed to the board of Services for the Underserved, Inc. in January 2014. She serves on the SUS Fund Development Committee and has co-chaired SUS’ signature event, A Dinner for a Better New York, for the last 2 years. Ms. Press has also co-founded a new affiliate group, Women for SUS, which works to unite established and emerging business leaders across generations of women motivated by the values of an inclusive society, supportive networks and philanthropic impact.
BEVERLY REID, Esq., formerly Director of Policy and Communications for LISC NYC, was the key contact for LISC NYC’s partners and staff on a myriad of local, state and federal policy issues: coordinating the publishing of LISC NYC newsletters and issue papers, managing media outreach and response, organizing special events and supervising aspects of the NYC program’s development efforts.
Ms. Reid also served as Counsel to the Economic Development Committee of the City Council of New York. She assisted the Council in the establishment of strategies critical to the economic vitality of NYC, as well as collaborating with all levels of government to secure funding streams and to advance legislative actions in support of affordable housing, healthcare and workforce development. She also brings extensive experience in real estate finance with over nine years as General Counsel at the Corporation for Supportive Housing, where she utilized public and private sources to assist housing providers in the creation of more than 9,000 units of housing linked to services. Prior to this, Ms. Reid spent several years in private practice with a firm specializing in public finance, healthcare, and complex litigation. She has a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University and a JD from NYU School of Law. She was appointed to the SUS, Inc. Board in June 2006 and serves on the SUS Developmental Disabilities Services, Inc. Board and on the Governance Committee.
Ms. Reid has returned to private practice where she represents small businesses, not-for-profit companies and emerging artists, and engages in general practice matters.
BRYAN RODRIGUEZ has been involved with SUS since late 2007, as one of three founding members of SUS’ Young Leaders Council (YLC). Mr. Rodriguez has served on the Annual Benefit Committee for SUS, has helped to coordinate volunteer activities with SUS and his employer, and currently serves as President of the YLC. Mr. Rodriguez was appointed as a member of the SUS Developmental Disabilities Services, Inc. Board in January 2012. Mr. Rodriguez works in the fashion industry as an Associate Manager for Product Development and Global Sourcing at Gap Inc.-Banana Republic. Mr. Rodriguez graduated from Oregon State University with degrees in Accounting, Russian and Political Science.
JOANN SACKS, PhD is a psychologist who has spent the last 25 years working in the public and private nonprofit mental health and substance abuse service sectors. Her work in program development includes housing, outpatient services and innovative interventions for a variety of special populations including recovering women reuniting with their children and people with co-occurring disorders. She has been principal investigator for a number of federally funded research and expanded-capacity grants studying best practices in preventing relapse and recidivism among women and men in the criminal justice system who have co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders. She is Executive Director of National Development & Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI), a private not-for-profit research agency. Dr. Sacks was appointed to the SUS, Inc. Board in June 2006. She chairs the Boards of SUS Mental Health Services, Inc. and SUS AIDS Services, Inc., serves on the Board’s Governance Committee and on the ad hoc Managed Care Committee.
ANDREW ZIMMERN, television personality, chef and food writer, was appointed to the Board of Directors of SUS, Inc. in May 2012. Mr. Zimmern is a James Beard Award-winner who is widely regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the culinary world. The creator, Executive Producer and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World and the new Bizarre Foods America, Mr. Zimmern explores cultures in more than 63 countries as he shines the spotlight on impactful ways to think about, create and live with food. As a freelance journalist, his work has also appeared in numerous national and international publications including Food and Wine and Saveur.