Dani Effron Kline
Dani Effron Kline is a 20 year veteran of the entertainment industry, primarily as Senior VP Direct-to-Home at Showtime, where she was responsible for driving distribution revenue. In 2002, she transitioned to the non-profit sector and focused her energy on the Roslyn School District, serving as a Trustee of the Board of Education for nine years, including three years as President. The strategic planning, management and financial skills she developed in the private sector enabled her to safeguard financing and set curriculum direction for the district.
Immediate Past Chair
Thomas Scott is an Independent Management Consultant in the Financial Services industry, currently working at Charles Schwab. Previously, he was the Global Chief Administrative Officer for the Technology and Data division at Morgan Stanley where he had worked for twenty years. Prior to his time at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Scott was employed by Ernst & Young and Goldman Sachs. He holds a BS from the School of Management at Boston College with concentrations in finance and quantitative analysis. In addition to serving on the Gibney Board of Directors, Mr. Scott is also the Treasurer and a Trustee of the East Bay Waldorf School. Mr. Scott lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and two children.
Alair Townsend was Publisher of Crain’s New York Business for 18 years, and continued as Columnist for the paper until mid-2015. Her tenure at Crain’s follows a public service career in New York and Washington, D.C. Under Mayor Ed Koch, Ms. Townsend served as New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Finance and Economic Development from February 1985 to January 1989. Before becoming Deputy Mayor, she served three-and-a-half years as New York City’s Budget Director, responsible for managing the City’s expense and capital budgets, and was the first woman to hold that post. Before coming to New York City, she served in Washington, D.C. Among her posts were: Associate Director of the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives; Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Policy of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. Ms. Townsend is a native of Elmira, New York, a phi beta kappa graduate of Elmira College, and holds a masters degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Anna F. Connolly is an attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Her practice focuses on international and domestic commercial litigation. She maintains a robust pro bono practice and has won numerous awards for her pro bono service on behalf of victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond J. Lohier, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to the Honorable Cathy Seibel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received a J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a James Kent Scholar and an editor of the Columbia Law Review. She received an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.
As Founder & Executive Director of The Ready Foundation LLC www.thereadyfoundation.com, Bethany is a hands on philanthropist working with at-risk and under-served groups across New York City’s five boroughs.
Serving in board governance and strategic advisory roles with NYC non-profit organizations including The Door, StreetWise Partners and Gibney Dance, Bethany’s focus supports workforce development, economic development and education programs. In addition to her board roles, Bethany serves as a mentor and coach for young adults and alumni of Year Up and The Posse Foundation.
Bethany’s experience is drawn from more than 20 years of work in the for-profit sector with consulting firms, “Fortune 500” corporations, and venture capital backed start-ups. She served in executive sales, marketing and business development leadership roles at Deloitte, Gartner and two venture backed start- ups after more than a decade at The Thomson Corporation.
Bethany earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1987, from the Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Marketing; graduating with honors.
Hsing Hsing Li
Hsing Hsing Li is a Financial Management and CFO Advisory director at KPMG and a business leader in the areas of investment management, business transformation, and technology. Financial management solutions she has overseen include cost management change plans, insight from the strategic use of capital, controls on filings and board governance materials, and strategy for an advanced modeling digital ecosystem.
Hsing Hsing has been dedicated to finance and technology for many years having studied corporate finance and engineering and beginning her career in trading and venture capital. Her executive experience includes advanced technology program management, pricing and product strategy, and innovation roadmaps. She holds a BS from Columbia University and an MBA from NYU Stern.
Katherine Wickham has spent the majority of her career in finance and development. She worked at Dean Witter InterCapital, an adviser to the Morgan Stanley family of proprietary mutual funds for individual investors. Ms. Wickham then transitioned to the nonprofit sector and worked at Phoenix House Foundation as Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving and later as Deputy Director of Development. She was the Senior Vice President in Development at Safe Horizon, a NYC-based organization dedicated to “moving victims of violence from crisis to confidence.” Since 2011, Katherine has worked as a fundraising and operations consultant to nonprofit organizations.
Officer at Large
Carol J. Bryce-Buchanan is a social science researcher, development professional and dance devotee who resides in Harlem. She retired from Families and Work Institute in 2014 after serving as Director of Development for 15 years, overseeing their Corporate Leadership Circle, Board of Directors and all grants, contracts and contributions. Earlier Ms. Bryce-Buchanan worked in development in arts and educational institutions and held prominent research and senior administrative positions at Yale University Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, New York Medical College and The Montreal General Hospital. She served on the Board of Dance Theatre Workshop (DTW) for over 20 years, co-chaired the Advisory Council of New York Live Arts until this year and proudly serves on Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group’s Board. In 2007 she was awarded DTW’s MOVE Award for her pivotal role in building the organization. Ms. Bryce-Buchanan holds a BSc from McGill and an MA from Concordia University (Canada). She raised her family on the Upper West Side and has long been active in community affairs.
Gina Gibney is a choreographer, director, teacher and entrepreneur. She founded Gibney Dance in 1991 as a performing and social action dance company, and today the organization has rapidly emerged as a cultural leader that operates through three fields of action: Company, Community and Center.
Arri Burrows is a Vice President at Jefferies LLC in New York, NY. Mr. Burrows joined Jefferies’ Not-for Profit Infrastructure Banking division in 2011 and provides syndication, investment banking and advisory services to issuers of municipal bonds across the United States. Since 2011, Mr. Burrows has participated in over $20 billion of lead or co-managed capital market transactions. These financings served as the backbone for some of the largest infrastructure projects in recent history, including the New NY Bridge, the construction of the Second Avenue Subway line in New York, and providing clean drinking water through financings for the Office of the Mayor of New York City. Mr. Burrows also works on corporate infrastructure initiatives and recently led over $400 million of stadium financings for the New York Jets.
Prior to joining Jefferies’ infrastructure team, Mr. Burrows gained exposure to Corporate America as an Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, in the Industrial Products Assurance Practice, providing audit, operational, due diligence and transactional support services to Fortune 500 companies across the United States.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Mr. Burrows is actively involved in the New York City civic community. Mr. Burrows is also an active supporter of the performing arts is a board member for Gibney Dance Company, where he serves as a member of the Finance and Strategic Marketing Committees.
Mr. Burrows serves as Vice President of the New York City chapter of the Elmira College Alumni Association, is a Member of the Municipal Forum of New York, volunteers through the Urban Leadership Fellows Program, and is on the Board of the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center and the Bahamas Artists Movement. Mr. Burrows is also extremely proud to serve as a Founding Board Member for Stratford Preparatory Charter School For Boys, where he will be involved in a variety of career development and leadership training initiatives for young men in the Bronx, NY.
Originally from Nassau, Bahamas, Mr. Burrows is the inaugural winner of the Elmira College-Sunshine Insurance Bahamian Essay Scholarship Competition and was also awarded the E.C. Presidential Scholarship and the Senior Leadership Prize. Mr. Burrows has passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination, is FINRA Series 7 and 63 licensed and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Economics, Accounting & International Business Management from Elmira College.
Sara Ciarelli Walsh
Sara Ciarelli Walsh is Senior Competition Counsel at the New York office of Google Inc. Prior to joining Google in 2010, she practiced antitrust and general litigation at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C. and at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Sara received an AB from Brown University and her JD from Northwestern University School of Law.
Ralph A. DeCesare
Ralph DeCesare is Vice-President and Director and head of research for TD Asset Management USA, headquartered in New York. Ralph earned an MBA in finance from Fordham University, and a B.S. in finance from the University of Arizona. Ralph is the President of the Fixed Income Analyst Society, Inc., a 250+ member non-profit professional organization that furthers the education and careers of its members, and is the sponsor of the FIASI Hall of Fame. Ralph is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. He is a CFA charterholder and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.
Lauren DiPaolo is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, serving as a Wealth and Investment Management Technology Risk Officer. She is also a representative on the Philanthropy Committee, the Communications Advisory Board, and has been a leader in the mentoring program since 2010. Previously, Ms. DiPaolo was a Vice President of Technology Regulatory Messaging at J.P. Morgan and a Chief Service Delivery Manager. Ms. DiPaolo has served as a member of the New York Junior League as chair of the Spotlight on Performance Committee and as Development Committee Vice Chair for the Playground Improvement Project. Ms. DiPaolo holds a BA in economics and French from Connecticut College.
Chanel H. Frazier currently serves as Tax Counsel and Director of Corporate Tax at BlackRock. She advises on the company’s critical tax initiatives including, restructurings and acquisitions, income tax audits and provides tax technical support for the company’s income tax filing positions. Chanel is also a key advisor in the company’s federal and state tax credits and incentives efforts.
Chanel is also deeply committed to philanthropy and for six years served as a member of the National Board of Directors of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation. She was the first alum in the organization’s 35+ year history to serve on its National Board of Directors.
As a result of her ongoing community involvement, Chanel provided two Keynote Conversations at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Chanel spoke during the 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development and during the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
Chanel earned her A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College, her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from New York University School of Law.
New York-native Joan Hutton-Mills is a Mentor Liaison for Sanctuary for Families where she empowers survivors of domestic abuse and lends support to women. She was first introduced to Gibney Dance through her involvement in Community Action; as a survivor of domestic violence, Ms. Hutton-Mills ties her recovery to the movement and creativity expressed in the program. Ms. Hutton-Mills is a spoken word artist who regularly performs and advocates against intimate partner violence. A frequent spokesperson at Gibney Dance and Sanctuary for Families events, she has also presented her work at the Safe Horizon Conference, Nontraditional Employment for Women, I promise, and various other outreach events.
Lynn Gitlitz has held senior marketing management positions with leading companies in the beauty, consumer packaged goods, and retail industries. Ms. Gitlitz combines creativity with analytical and managerial discipline – balancing entrepreneurial spirit and pragmatic, ROI-driven judgment. Ms. Gitlitz was the principle architect of Avon’s worldwide change initiative to become “the company that best understands and meets the needs of women.” A longtime Gibney Dance board member, Ms. Gitlitz also serves on the board of the Institute for Women’s Policy research. She holds an MBA in marketing from New York University and a BA in economics from Case Western Reserve University.
With more than 25 years of real estate experience, including providing placement and strategic consulting services both as principal and agent, Ms. Lashine brings senior-level attention to every client assignment. As a strategic consultant within the real estate industry, Ms. Lashine has advised leading institutional real estate investment advisors and managers on product development and expansion, the implementation of institutional marketing initiatives, and the organization of professional teams. She has also been directly involved in the formation of investment products across the equity and debt markets and along the risk-return spectrum from core funds to opportunity funds.
Ms. Lashine earned a BFA in Dance Theatre from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, where she graduated with majors in finance and marketing. She is a member of ULI and WX (Executive Women in Real Estate) and is a past board member of Pension Real Estate Association.
Kim Manocherian has been involved in the arts for over 30 years as both an adviser and collector of contemporary works. She is a partner at Pan Am Equities and New York Health & Racquet Club, where she also served as CEO.
An avid philanthropist, Kim has dedicated her talents to supporting various organizations within the humanitarian, healthcare, animal, environmental, and artistic fields, and has served on the board of several non-profits including The National Road Safety Foundation, The American Heart Association, and Hope Shines.
Jessica A. Marshall
Melissa Zelen Neier
Melissa Zelen Neier is an attorney who recently retired from the active practice of law following a career of over 30 years as a litigator and corporate bankruptcy lawyer in New York and Connecticut. Melissa was a member of Ivey Barnum & O’Mara LLC in Greenwich Connecticut from 2003 to 2016 and led the firm’s restructuring and creditors rights practice. Prior to her tenure at Ivey Barnum Melissa was a senior associate at Sidley Austin LLP and before that at Winston & Strawn LLP, both in New York City. Melissa holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Melissa credits her children’s formative experiences with outstanding performing arts programs in public schools for inspiring her to join the non profit arts community.
Rachel Pivnick is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Open Space Institute. Prior, she served as Chief Financial Officer of The Public Theater (2013-2016) and Chief Financial Officer at American Ballet Theatre (2004-2013). With twenty plus years in senior finance positions, she also worked with Dance Theatre Workshop during their transition from garage to new facility; Kiwi Associates providing interim CFO services; and SBS International, an aviation technology firm. Pivnick holds an M.B.A. in Marketing from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany. She is currently a trustee of Gelsey Kirkland Ballet and Gibney.
Marcia L. Worthing
Marcia Worthing currently serves on three not-for-profit boards: The Institute for Women’s Policy Research, The Institute for Global Ethics, and Gibney Dance. After spending most of her career at Avon Products and in executive coaching, Marcia changed direction in 2007 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. Marcia was Executive Vice President of Mullin Associates/Lincolnshire International from 1999 to 2007. Prior to joining Mullin, she spent twenty-seven years at Avon in Human Resources. Ms. Worthing co-authored the book, Escape the Mid-Career Doldrums: What to Do Next When You’re Bored, Burned Out, Retired, or Fired.
DISTINGUISHED BY EXTRAORDINARY AND SUSTAINED COMMITMENT TO GIBNEY DANCE.
Thomas K. Duane, Former State Senator
Jane Grenier, Chairman Emeritus
Stephen Jacoby, Chairman Emeritus
Rachel & Larry Norton
Frederika Rosinski, in Memoriam
Pamela van Zandt, Founding Chair