Leadership

Group Picture of Ronald McDonald House New York Board of Directors

It’s a phrase uttered time and time again throughout the hallways at Ronald McDonald House New York: "Where would we be without you?" Our leadership ensures that Ronald McDonald House New York is a place of refuge and peace for families fighting cancer. We have a small staff of over 40 people who show kind, caring hearts and hands day in and day out. Our leadership also includes a Board of Directors and a Board of Associates made up of some of the finest minds in the financial, medical, and retail communities, and members of the media, legal, apparel, and maritime communities. These diverse, highly respected leaders offer valuable insight into how we can provide the best possible support solutions for our families now and in the future.

Harris Diamond
Chairman of the Board
 

Milton R. Berlinski
Vice Chairman
 

Ruth C. Browne, SD
President & Chief Executive Officer
 

Bruce D. Colley
Vice President
 

Robert Grubert
Vice President
 

Richard J. O’Reilly, MD
Vice President
 

George Simeone
Vice President/Finance Committee Chair
 

Shelly S. Friedman, Esq.
Secretary
 

James F. Flanagan
Treasurer
 

Jan Navatkoski 
Chief Financial Officer
 

Tina Lundgren 
Chairman Emeritus
 

Stanley B. Shopkorn
Chairman Emeritus
 

David A. Preiser
Director
 

Steven J. Bensinger
Director
 

Vivian Harris (in memoriam)
Past President

Timothy G. Baxter

Terry Bovin

E. Randall Clouser

Jesse Cole

Linda H. Dunham

Randel A. Falco

James E. Fitzgerald, Jr.

Gregory J. Fleming

Deborah Freer

Sara Furber

Cindy Price Gavin

Judy Gilbert

Maria Ginzburg

Joseph R. Gromek

Ellen R. Harris

Robert Howe

James A. Jacobson

Gary LaBarbera

Sacha Lainovic

Kenneth G. Langone

Candace Leeds

James P. MacGilvray

Eric Mandelblatt

Beth Ann McQuade

Michael Miebach

Ralph Monte

Benjamin G. Neel, MD, PHD

Scott M. Panzer

Frank Pellegrino, Jr.

Lee H. Perlman

Gino Potesta

Kathy B. Presto

Jason A. Rabin

Michael E. Roemer

Myron "Mike" Shevell

Steve Shiffman

Joan M. Squires CEBS

Raymond M. Tierney III

Richard Wurtzburger

Kathryn Beal, MD

William L. Carroll, MD

Jerry de St. Paer

Alexander Dimitrief

Casey Gard

Michael A. Giunta

Theodore P. Janulis

Thomas M. Joyce

Robert E. LaBlanc

Timothy J. Mahoney, Jr.

Joel Newman

J.E. Reeves, Jr.

Rick Richardson

Clifford A. Sterling

Akash Appachi

Eric Anton

Michael Antonacci

Laura Arnold

Zoe Baris

Leslie Barrett

Michael Brill

Jesse Cole

Danielle DiFerdinando

Patricia Donaldson

Christopher Dorrian

Todd Forgione

Deborah Freer

Rachel Friedman

Lauren Goldberg

Daniel Grattan

Kimberly Honig

Lauren Hopkinson

Joseph Hornstein

Emiley Jellie

Casey Kriedman

Rachel Leinwand

Michael Marrale

Jason Reina

Daniel O'Regan

Christopher Spahr

Thomas Strohmenger

Graham Uffelman

Guy Weltsch

Liz Wintrich

Christa Zambardino

Executive Leadership

Ruth C. Browne, SD
President & Chief Executive Officer
 

Jan Navatkoski
Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Foster
Chief Brand & Communications Officer
 

Richard H. Martin
Director of Development
 

Nelida Barreto
Director of Programs, Hospital Outreach, & Family Rooms
 

Winifred Cudjoe
Director of Operations
  

Programs Department

Feng Jin
Program Associate
 

Jennifer Ricca
Hospital Outreach Program Associate
 

Benjamin Winsten
Senior Program Associate & Camp Director
 



Finance & IT Department

Stephen Yarri
Controller

Edward Cho
IT Manager



Human Resources Department

Dawn Opantiri
Human Resources Generalist

Meredith Lewando
Human Resources Coordinator 

Demetria Montgomery
Human Resources Associate



Development Department

Nicole Battista
Development Officer, Online Strategies 

 

Anthony Cardiello
Development Officer

 

Spiridoula Katechis
Greek Division

 

Jerome Kelton
Senior Development Officer

 

Karen Kirk
Assistant Director of Development and Director of Special Events

 

James Molloy
Development Officer, Community Fundraising

 

 

Volunteer Department

Caitlin Conklin
Volunteer Services and Communications Senior Manager


Mauri Honickman
Volunteer Coordinator

 

Daniele Starfield
Volunteer Coordinator

Marketing Department

Marian Gryzlo
Director of Corporate & Strategic Partnerships

 

Nicole Kelly
Marketing & Communications Associate

 



Operations Department

Rowan Beckford
Evening Manager

Darlene Lord
Assistant to Director of Operations