Meet the advisory board and staff that are inspiring New York City's young people to find their paths to success!

NFTE New York Metro Advisory Board

Ms. Shannah Albert
Senior Director, Market Strategy
SAP America

Ms. Jill Cress
Senior Vice President, Global Consumer Segments
MasterCard Worldwide

Mr. Mark Danchak, Chair
Invester, Consultant, Entrepreneur

Dr. Emma Felipe
Corporate Director Global CSR Program

Mr. Rod Feuer
Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Nia Gandy
Commercial Manager
GP Investments

Ms. Cheryl Gentry
CEO & Founder
Glow Media

Ms. Jennifer Gilbert
Founder & Chief Visionary Officer
Save the Date

Mr. Dave Gilboa
Co-CEO & Co-Founder
Warby Parker

Mr. David W. May
Corporate Chief Marketing Officer

Mr. Karim Moolani
Silver Point Capital

Mr. Naeem Nelson
Assistant Vice President, Quality Assurance
State Street

Mr. T.R. Newcomb
Head of Business Development

Mr. Michael Portegello
Ernst & Young, LLP

Mr. Larry Quinlan
Global Chief Information Officer

Mr. Antuan Santana
Operations & Community Engagement

Mr. Benjamin Sarly
Director, Investor Relations
Lone Star Funds

Mr. Greg Sauter

Mr. Mike Sepso
President and Co-Founder

Mr. Ryan Sobeck
Private Wealth Advisor
Goldman Sachs

Mr. Fred Voccola
General Manager of Brand Networks

Ms. Holly Wallace
First Vice President, Global Private Client Group
Merrill Lynch


Ted Myerson
CEO & Founder
FTEN, Inc.

Larry Quinlan
Global Chief Information Officer
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

Jerry Speigel
Partner & Chair, Tecnhology, eCommerce and Privacy Group
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC


Eric Batscha
Director of Business Development

Evan Eichhorn, Co-Chair
Senior Associate
Ernst & Young, LLP

Tyler Flint
Manager, Business Development
Hearst Digital

Antoine Grant
Director of Strategic Initiatives

Heather Liu
Marketing Manager
Weber Shandwick

Reena Nazir, Co-Chair
Assistant Vice President

Polia Petkova
Senior Associate
Ernst & Young, LLP

Keith Petri
Senior Vice President, Business Development

Lyon Porter
Director of Sales & Leasing
Town Residential

Evan Rose
Founder & CEO

Melinda Seli
Marketing Manager
Oliver Wyman

Ryan Sobeck
Private Wealth Advisor
Goldman Sachs & Co.

Katie Thiele
Town Residential

NFTE New York Metro Staff

Terry Bowman, Executive Director
Terry joins us from the New York City Department of Education where he has held several posts across the last seven years.  Most recently, he oversaw the development and implementation of policies impacting teacher effectiveness, teacher and principal compensation and various other critical labor and human capital issues.  In this capacity Terry partnered with the DOE Office of Accountability to use data in establishing a framework to evaluate and reward teachers and principals based upon student academic progress. Prior to that Terry oversaw Chancellor Joel Klein’s Strategic Response Group, which served on the front lines of communications efforts between the chancellor’s office and students, parents, district staff and public officials, and which reported on key trends to the DOE leadership team.  In this role, he worked closely with the Office of Community and Public Affairs and created the Translation and Interpretation Unit that leads district outreach to the 40% of city school parents whose first language is not English.

A product of North Carolina, Terry earned his BA in English and Political Science from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and his Master of Divinity at Harvard University.

Serene Gallegos, Development and Partnerships Manager bio

Jaimie Li, Program Manager bio

Carlos Mendoza, Program Manager bio

Melissa Metz, Program Manager bio

Lindsay Plavchak, Program Manager bio