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.
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.
Andrew A. Davis
Andrew A. Davis is the President of Davis Selected Advisers and also manages the Davis Real Estate Mutual Fund as well as several private accounts with a focus on real estate. He has more than 30 years of experience in investment management and securities analysis.
Prior to joining Davis Selected Advisers in 1993, Mr. Davis was Vice President of PaineWebber Incorporated in charge of the closed-end fund and convertible securities research departments.
In addition to serving on the Gibney board, Mr. Davis also currently serves on the boards of the Central Park Conservancy (NY), the United States Ski and Snowboard Foundation (UT), Friends of Acadia (ME), the Holderness School (NH), the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and the Tastevin Foundation (NY). He also serves on the Special Projects Committee of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (NY).
He is the founder of the Davis New Mexico Scholarship, the largest private scholarship fund in the state of New Mexico, which provides four years of tuition, room and board, books, and travel funds to dedicated students who are the first in their families to attend college.
For seven years commencing in 2003, he was appointed by New Mexico’s Governor to serve as a member of the New Mexico State Investment Council. In addition, he served as the Chair of the Council’s Private Equity Investment Advisory Committee until February 2009 and as a member of the Council’s Subcommittee from its inception.
He has served on the board or investment committees of numerous organizations including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (NM), the Lensic Performing Arts Center (NM), the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, Santa Fe Preparatory School (NM) and Oceana (DC).
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby and served on Colby’s Board of Trustees. In 2015, he received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater.
Movement is Fallon Fleming’s modus operandi; whether channeling Graham, Horton and Balanchine through dance, or trekking through the jungles of the Yucatan peninsula, she is rarely sedentary.
Fallon finds the routine of choreography as inspiring as improvisation which is reflected in her approach to her career in luxury retail management and merchandising. Her passion for driving both revenue and talent growth led to her current position where she leads a team who provides world class service and experiences to ultra-high net worth individuals worldwide. Now as the Regional Sales Manager at Farfetch’s Private Client Division, she has established a bountiful network and following from her experience in various senior management roles at Barneys, Burberry and Urban Zen by Donna Karan. As a devoted retail executive with a keen focus on the arts, Fallon founded Alex Ray Studios in 2012 to provide her community with the technical training that is deeply rooted in story telling through transformative and convicting movement. She has a grounded interested towards non- profit organizations while building strategic partnerships and is now serving as a junior board member of the Lower East Side Girls Club of NYC.
Chanel H. Frazier is the Chief of Staff to the Head of Multi Asset Strategies and Global Fixed Income at BlackRock. She focuses on supporting the global investment businesses by leading cross-functional strategic projects, and driving optimization in business organizations and global communication strategies.
She previously served as Tax Counsel in the Corporate Tax team at BlackRock, advising on the firm’s critical initiatives, including restructuring and acquisitions, as well as driving key talent and engagement efforts. Prior to joining BlackRock, Chanel worked at PwC and at the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.
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 is a firm believer in the arts as a valuable tool for personal and professional development As a result, she enjoys taking acting and improv comedy classes in her spare time.
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.
Erik Gensler is the President of Capacity Interactive, a digital marketing consulting firm for the cultural sector, whose clients include the country’s leading arts institutions including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
In 2010 Erik founded Digital Marketing Boot Camp for the Arts, the only conference 100% focused on digital marketing for arts and cultural organizations. Erik is a frequent speaker at conferences including the Tessitura Conference, National Arts Marketing Conference, and Dance/USA, among others. He frequently guest lectures at arts administration programs across the country including Yale, Columbia and Brooklyn College, among others.
Erik hosts a podcast series about arts administration called CI to Eye. Erik began his career at Marakon Associates, an international management consulting firm, and built his career at NBC Universal, New York City Opera, and The Marketing Group, where he worked with non-profit arts clients.
Erik holds a dual degree in Economics and Communication from Northwestern University. He is most proud of CI placing #25 on Crain’s Best Places to Work in NYC in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
When not at work Erik enjoys cycling, running, cooking, the beach, seeing shows and spending time with his rambunctious dog.
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.
Esther Goldbas is a lifelong dancer and arts aficionado. She holds nearly 30 years experience as an employment law litigator and has worked across several prestigious New York City firms. Today, she remains of counsel to Tanenbaum Associates, LLP in Bayside, NY. Esther earned her JD from Cornell Law School and BA from Cornell University. She has served on the Boards of The Community Synagogue (2001-2019), where she participated as the VP Membership, Education, Special Projects and Co-Chaired the Human Resources Committee, as well as the Harbor Acres Property Owners Association (2003-2005), which she rejoined in 2018. In 2019, she stepped on to Gibney’s Board of Directors, eager to combine her fervent belief in women’s rights and social justice with her love of dance. Esther and her husband Daniel Tanenbaum have four children named Noah, Charlotte, Teddy, and Miranda, and reside on the North Shore of Long Island.
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.
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
Jewel James Simmons
Jewel James Simmons is Head of State and Local Government Relations for JPMorgan Chase & Co. She is responsible for leading the firm’s political activities in states and municipalities and management of regional state and local government relations managers nationwide. Before joining JPMorgan Chase, Jewel started James & Co., a boutique consulting firm which counseled early stage enterprises on strategies for leveraging public/private partnerships to accelerate market access.
From 2011 – 2014, Jewel served U.S. President Barack Obama as Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House. She was later promoted to Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Jewel led the Federal-State Relations Office for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In her capacity as Director of Federal-State Relations, she advised Governor Deval Patrick and his Cabinet on strategies for engaging Congress and the federal government in support of key state initiatives.
Jewel received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Jamal Simmons, and their two children.
Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon has devoted his professional life to help advance a vision of the world that does not yet exist; a
world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single morning inspired, feel safe at work and return home fulfilled at the end of the day.
He is the author of five books: Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, a global bestseller (with over a 1 million books sold in the U.S. alone); Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t , a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller; Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller; Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team; and The Infinite Game, also a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
A trained ethnographer, Simon is fascinated by the people and organizations that make the greatest and longest lasting impact in the world. Over the years, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.
Simon may be best known for popularizing the concept of WHY, which he described in his first TED Talk in 2009. That talk went on to become the second most watched TED Talk of all time, and is still in the top five with nearly 50 million views. His interview on millennials in the workplace broke the internet in 2016. With over 80 million views in its first week, it has now been viewed hundreds of millions times. This led to Simon being YouTube’s fifth most searched term in 2017. His unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention. From the airline industry to the entertainment industry, from finance to fashion, from big business to entrepreneurs to police forces, Simon has been invited to meet with a broad array of leaders and organizations in nearly every industry. He has also had the honor of sharing his ideas with multiple agencies of the US government and with the senior-most leaders of the United States Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Coast Guard. Simon is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world. He is also active in the arts and in the non-for-profit world (though Simon prefers to call it the for-impact world).
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.
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.
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