Leadership

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
Chief Executive Officer, McCann Worldgroup
 

Milton R. Berlinski, Vice Chairman
Managing Partner, Reverence Capital Partners, LLC
 

Ruth C. Browne, SD
President & Chief Executive Officer, Ronald McDonald House New York
 

Bruce D. Colley, Vice President
Owner/Operator McDonald's, Colley Group
 

Robert Grubert, Vice President
Co-Head of Global Equities, RBC Capital Markets
 

Richard J. O’Reilly, MD, Vice President 
Chief Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
 

George Simeone, Vice President/Finance Committee Chair
Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
 

Shelly S. Friedman, Esq., Secretary 
Managing Partner, Friedman & Gotbaum, LLP
 

James F. Flanagan, Treasurer 
Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
 

Jan Navatkoski 
Chief Financial Officer, Ronald McDonald House New York
 

Tina Lundgren 
Chairman Emeritus, Ronald McDonald House New York Board of Directors 
 

Stanley B. Shopkorn, Chairman Emeritus
Managing Partner, Hilltop Park Associates LLC
 

David A. Preiser, Director 
Co-President, Houlihan Lokey
 

Steven J. Bensinger, Director 
Senior Advisor, TigerRisk Partners LLC
 

Scott M. Panzer, Director 
Vice Chairman and International Director, Jones Lang LaSalle
 

Vivian Harris (in memoriam)
Past President

Timothy G. Baxter, Chief Executive Officer, Delta Galil, Premium Brands, 7 For All Mankind, Splendid 

Terry Bovin, CEO, Andy Bovin Memorial Fund

E. Randall Clouser, Executive Vice President, Zurich Financial Services North America

Jesse Cole, Global Equities, Odeon Capital Group

Linda H. Dunham, President, Dunham Management Corporation

James E. Fitzgerald, Jr., Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo NA

Gregory J. Fleming, President & CEO, Rockefeller Capital Management

Deborah Freer, Managing Director, Global Head of Business Transformation, Custody & Fund Services, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Sara Furber, Chief Financial Officer, IEX Group, Inc. 

Cindy P. Gavin, Founding Executive Director, Let's Win 

Judy Gilbert, President, Power Play Entertainment

Maria Ginzburg, Partner, Selendy & Gay PLLC

Joseph R. Gromek, Chairman of the Board, The New School 

Ellen R. Harris, Vice President, Investment Associate, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management 

Robert Howe, Managing Director, Marsh LLC

James A. Jacobson, Retired

Jeffrey A. Kantor, Chief Merchandising Officer, Macy's

Gary LaBarbera, President, Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York

Sacha Lainovic, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Opportunites 

Kenneth G. Langone, President and Chief Executive Officer, Invemed Associates Inc. 

Candace Leeds, President, Candace Leeds & Co.

James P. MacGilvray, Chief Executive Officer, JP Mac LLC

Eric Mandelblatt, Managing Partner and CIO, Soroban Capital Partners LP

Beth Ann McQuade, Children's Advocate

Michael Miebach, Chief Product Officer/Global Products & Solutions, Mastercard

Ralph Monte, Principal, Advisory, IT Audit & Assurance, KPMG LLP

Benjamin G. Neel, MD, PHD, Laura & Issac Perlmutter Director & Professor of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center

Frank Pellegrino, Jr., Co-Owner, Rao's Restaurant Group

Lee H. Perlman, President, GNYHA Ventures, Inc. 

Gino Potesta, Vice President/General Manager, McDonald's USA-NY Metro Region

Kathy B. Presto, Vice President of Strategic Sourcing for the Americas, HH Global 

Jason A. Rabin, President, North America, Global Brands Group 

Michael E. Roemer, EVP, Chief Compliance Officer, Wells Fargo NA

Myron "Mike" Shevell, Chairman of the Board, New England Motor Freight

Steven Shiffman, CEO, Calvin Klein, Inc.

Raymond M. Tierney III, President & Chief Executive Officer, iSentium

Richard Wurtzburger, EVP Sales, Dress Furnishings Group at PVH Corp. 

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, Consultant

Eric Anton, Senior Managing Director, HFF LP

Michael Antonacci, CFO, Lakewood Capital Management, LP

Laura Arnold, Manager, Trim Operations and Product Development, Ralph Lauren

Zoe Baris, Marketing Manager of Lancome Makeup, L'Oréal

David Bassiouni, Managing Director, The Bassiouni Group

Leslie Barrett, Director of Integrated Marketing, Serion Coyne

Michael Brill, Vice President, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Jesse Cole, Global Equities, Odeon Capital Group

Danielle DiFerdinando, Founder & Creative Director, Danielle Nicole

Patricia Donaldson, Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Diona

Michael Farrell, Investment Services, FARR Investment Management

Todd Forgione, Director Fixed Income Banking, RBC Capital Markets

Deborah Freer, Managing Director, Global Head of Business Transformation, Custody & Fund Services, J.P. Morgan

Rachel Friedman, Consultant

Lauren Goldberg, Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Special Events and Trade Show, American Furniture Rental

Joe Goss, Junior Trader, SRS Investment Management

Daniel Grattan, Associate Vice President for Legislative Affairs, Mortgage Banks Association

Lauren Hopkinson, Coporate Communications Manager, RBC Capital Markets

Richie Hyden, Co-Founder & COO, IRIS TV 

Joseph Hornstein, President/Founder, Global Custom Source

Emiley Jellie, Vice President Institutional Equity Sales, RBC Capital Markets

Casey Kriedman, Managing Director, UBS 

Rachel Leinwand, Vice President MyMacy's Strategy Northest, Macy's

Musa Lone, Investment Analyst, Suvretta Capital 

Will Martell, Equity Trader, Citadel LLC

Anthony Messina, Vice President: Cash Equities Trader, RBC Capital Markets

Churchill Ndonwie, Business Change Advisor, Anthem, Inc

Daniel O'Regan, Director Institutional Equities Trading, BMO 

Kaitlyn Paredes, Executive Assistant Global Licensing, DKNY/Glll

Erica Reams, Broker, CORE

Jason Reina, Financial Advisor, RBC Capital Markets

Nutan Seecharran, President, Milla di Bella Fashions Inc.

Elena Shulman, Vice President, Goldman, Sachs & Co. 

Christopher Spahr, Macro Sales Trading Analyst, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Graham Uffelman, Broker, Brown Harris Stevens

Liz Wintrich, Equity Sales Trader, RBC Capital Markets  

Christa Zambardino, Vice President, Client Services, Intersection

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

Sharon Lane
Manager of Corporate Affairs
  

Programs Department

Benjamin Winsten
Senior Program Associate & Camp Director

 

Jennifer Ricca
Hospital Outreach Program Associate

 

Jillian McKiernan
Wellness Manager

 

Dominique St. Germain
Family Room Coordinator

 

Jacklyn Sander
Program Coordinator

Feng Jin
Program Associate

 

Nadia Leonard
Program Associate

Finance & IT Department

Stephen Yarri
Controller

Edward Cho
IT Manager

Steve Yarri
Controller

Eileen Hakin
Finance Associate

Nancy Garcia
Finance Assistant

Olajumoke Dogue
Senior Accountant



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

 

Alexa Lansing
Donor Relations Associate

Wilma Alago
Donor Database Coordinator

Kathleen Sepulveda
Development Coordinator

 

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

Joane Masetti
Evening Manager

Darlene Lord
Assistant to Director of Operations

Ashley Green
House Manager

Dianne Dennis
House Manager

Manuel Cespedes
House Manager

Joseph Manfredo
Building Engineer