Board of Directors

Long-serving members help make NAC what it is today.  The 40 member Board of Directors helps to drive the agency’s mission, and oversees all aspects of its operation. Members offer a wealth of expertise in social services, health care, law, education, and business management.

David Sorkin, President, has been the General Counsel of KKR since 2007. He is a Member of the Firm and serves on its Management Committee. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Sorkin was a partner in the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP for 14 years, where he served on the Executive Committee and as one of KKR's principal outside counsel. Mr. Sorkin is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School. From 1984 to 1985, he clerked for the Hon. Charles M. Merrill of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and is a frequent speaker at seminars dealing with private equity and mergers and acquisitions.


Vivian Farah, Vice President, is retired from Saks Fifth Avenue where she was the Vice President, DMM. She has served on several boards and fundraising committees including the Rye Country Day School, Harmonie Club, Trinity School (Atlanta, Georgia), and Young Audiences of Atlanta.


Jonathan A. Knee, Vice President, is a Senior Advisor of Evercore Partners, a boutique investment bank, and Director of the Media Program at Columbia Business School. Mr. Knee also serves on the Boards of the National Women's Law Center and the Citizens' Committee for Children of New York.


Adam Epstein, Treasurer, is a Managing Director and Private Wealth Advisor with UBS Financial Services. His team, Epstein Partners, combines investment, tax and estate planning strategies to achieve comprehensive, integrated multi-generational wealth management solutions for ultra-high net worth individuals, families and foundations. Previously, Adam was a Principal at Alliance Bernstein and a Director at Credit Suisse. Adam is a past President of the Mercer County, NJ, Estate Planning Council, VP of the Hun School's Alumni Board and head of the Development Committee. He is a member of the Jewish Community Project's Development Committee. Adam is a graduate of Bucknell University, where he was a Varsity tennis team member and he continues to play competitive tennis. Adam and his wife, Rebecca, live in Tribeca with their three young children - Max, Teddy and Lizze.


Barbara R. Rauch, LCSW, Secretary, is a practicing psychotherapist with prior experience in education and medical social work. She has extensive community service activities, and is a member of the National Society for Clinical Social Work Psychotherapists, NASW and APSP.


Elizabeth S. Pforzheimer, Founding President, is one of the founding Board Members of NAC and served as Board President from 1982-2008. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Blythedale Children's Hospital and former Chair of the Bank Street College of Education. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Wellesley College.


Robert L. Friedman, President Emeritus, is a Senior Advisor of The Blackstone Group LP. He currently serves as a director of Axis Capital Holdings Limited and YRC Worldwide Inc., and is also a member of several not-for-profit boards.



Diane Abbey is a retired high school English teacher. Her work extended outside of the high school walls when she served as an educator for Planned Parenthood. She has served on several boards and fundraising committees including the Brotherhood Synagogue's campaign to renovate and restore the 1859 Friends Meeting House, which now houses the synagogue. At New Alternatives for Children she was instrumental in establishing the volunteer corps. That program expanded into tutoring along with after school and summer programs for the children, and is now 300 volunteers strong. She is the co-founder of the Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families at New York Law School. The Center prepares students for the practice of family law.


Steven Amato is a Senior Partner in Special Acquisition Services Group at Deloitte in New York City, where his responsibility is to provide accounting, M&A structuring and transaction advisory services to both private equity and strategic buyers. His primary focus is on transactions in the sports, media and entertainment industries. In addition to serving as the National M&A leader for the sports, media and entertainment industry practice, Steve is the lead client service partner on many of the firms largest domestic and international based clients.


Terri D. Austin, Esq. is the former Chief Corporate Policy Officer for S&P Global and McGraw Hill Financial. She has practiced law at American International Group, Richards & O'Neil, and the New York City Law Department. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, Columbia University School of Journalism, and serves on several boards, including Riverdale Country School and the Women's Sports Foundation.


Bryan Beller is a Managing Director in the investment bank at J.P. Morgan. He focuses on the media and communications sectors. Bryan began his career at Salomon Brothers in 1996.



Marian Adams Bott, Ed.D. is a lobbyist and education finance expert. She currently serves as the Education Finance Issue Specialist for the League of Women Voters of New York State. Prior to that, Dr. Bott chaired the Education Committee of the Advisory Board of the New York City League of Women Voters. Dr. Bott holds an MBA from Stanford University, and earned her Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia University Teacher’s College.


Lisa Clyde heads the Retail Investment Banking Group for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and previously held the same role at Merrill Lynch from 2006 - January 2009. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2005, Ms. Clyde was a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley's Retail and Consumer Products Group. Ms. Clyde spent eight years at Morgan Stanley and, prior to that, four years in Salomon Brothers' Retail Group.


Pascal Desroches is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Turner, a portfolio of news, entertainment and animation, young adult & kids networks and businesses. Prior to joining Turner, he was the Senior VP and Controller of Time Warner, Inc. Mr. Desroches received an MBA from Columbia and is a New York State Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).


Nancy Felsten is a Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. and advises advertising agencies and corporate clients on advertising, marketing and promotional matters. She also addresses copyright, trademark, privacy, First Amendment and trade secret and trade regulation issues. Nancy frequently represents clients in false advertising challenges before the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, the NARB, television networks, the Federal Trade Commission and State Attorneys General.


Mark FitzPatrick is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Madison Square Garden Entertainment, a world leader in live experiences with a portfolio of iconic venues and entertainment brands. Previously, Mr. FitzPatrick was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer of WeWork, a leading worldwide provider of community-based workspace, and held a variety of senior finance roles at Time Warner Cable, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer of Residential Services. Mr. FitzPatrick graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (with honors) from the University of Notre Dame and received a joint J.D. / M.B.A. (with honors) from Georgetown University. He currently resides in Darien, CT with his wife Elizabeth and their three children.


Jill Sabin Garner, RN was a volunteer with NAC for almost ten years prior to joining the Board. She developed residential real estate in Manhattan, Long Island, and Putnam County before beginning a second career in nursing.



Susan Gevertz is a health care consultant with over 20 years of experience in senior positions in hospital administration. She serves as a director for the Westchester County Health Care Corporation and is a member of the Advisory Board for Citizen's Committee for Children (CCC).


Matthew J. Gilroy is a Partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. He regularly represents clients in complex domestic and cross-border transactions in a broad range of industries. He received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


John Grudzina, Esq. is Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff and Administration, and General Counsel for GREYgroup. He serves on the Grey Group Management Board and the Grey New York Executive Board, providing counsel to all executives in every aspect of Grey's business globally. Mr. Grudzina also serves on the Board of Directors of the NY Metro Better Business Bureau and the Madison Square Park Conservancy.


Joseph R. Ianniello is the former Chairman and CEO of CBS, overseeing all CBS-branded assets, including the CBS Television Network, which encompasses CBS Entertainment, CBS News, and CBS Sports; CBS Television Studios; CBS Interactive, including CBS All Access; CBS Television Distribution, its leading first-run syndication division; and CBS Television Stations. Prior to being named Chief Operating Officer, Ianniello was Chief Financial Officer (2009-2013) and oversaw the Company’s financial operations across all business units, during which time CBS was the #1 performing media stock for three years running. Ianniello was consistently ranked as a top Chief Financial Officer by Institutional Investor’s annual All-America Executive Team survey. He joined CBS in 1997. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at Pace University, where he serves today on its Board of Trustees, and a Master of Business Administration at Columbia University.


Ronald J. Iervolino is the former Managing Director of Guggenheim Capital Markets, LLC. He is Chairman of the H.G.I. Foundation, and the former president of the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, an organization serving the Thalassemia community worldwide.


Mark N. Kaplan is one of the founding Board Members of NAC. He is of counsel to the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Mr. Kaplan is a member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School, Trustee of Bard College and Simon's Rock College, and Trustee of Channel Thirteen/WNET.


Fern June Khan, MSW is the former Dean of the Division of Continuing Education at Bank Street College of Education. She received the Herbert H. Lehman Award in Administration from the New York League for the Hard of Hearing and the La Guardia College Service Award.


Robert D. Marcus is the former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Cable Inc. He serves on the board of directors of several organizations, including Equifax Inc., the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), CableLabs and the Museum of the Moving Image. Rob received a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from Brown University.


Lisa Martin is an educational consultant working with school administrators for children with special needs. She has over 24 years of experience in special education. She is one of the founders and the creator of the New Beginnings School in Fairfield, New Jersey, a school for children and adolescents with Autism. Lisa was a NAC volunteer for several years prior to joining the NAC board.


Adam L. Miller is the Executive Director & Vice President of Corporate Affairs at NBCUniversal and formerly the President of the New York Office of The Abernathy MacGregor Group, Inc. (AMG). He headed the Group's media communications and entertainment practice. Prior to joining AMG in 1994, Mr. Miller worked at Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate communications for a variety of industries. Mr. Miller holds a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Hamilton College and has completed the Leadership in Professional Service firms class at Harvard Business School.


Tom Newman is a media executive focused on the digital space. He is the co-founder of Kelly Newman Ventures, and the former President of Interactive One, the digital division of Radio One. He has also served as AOL's Senior Vice President of Network Development. Mr. Newman graduated from Harvard College and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is involved in several not-for-profit organizations, including serving as a Board Member and Treasurer for Asphalt Green.


Laura Parsons, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist whose area of expertise is children under the age of five with developmental disabilities. She recently retired from New Alternatives for Children, where she was the Associate Director of Psychological Services. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Folk Art Museum and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. Laura also serves on the Advisory Board of the Berman Institute of Bioethics of Johns Hopkins University. Laura received her B.A. in History from the University of Hawaii, her M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from Teachers College, and her Psy.D. in Child School Psychology from NYU.


Allison Penn is a licensed psychoanalyst and psychotherapist with a private practice in New York City. Prior to her work as a therapist, Allison worked for many years as an attorney, serving as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and as an Assistant Solicitor General in the New York State Attorney General's Office. Allison received her license in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy from the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York in 2017. She received her J.D. from N.Y.U. Law School in 1998 and her B.A. from Cornell University in 1991.


Jennifer Perkins is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP where she represents clients in complex domestic and cross-border acquisitions and disposition. Jennifer has extensive experience representing private equity sponsors in a broad range of industries. She also advises clients on structuring, negotiating and executing minority investments in private equity and other asset management firms. Jennifer serves on the board of DOROT, a nonprofit social service organization providing a wide range of services for seniors, and is a Trustee of Larchmont Temple.


Eugene A. Pinover is a former Partner and Chair of the New York Real Estate Practice DLA Piper, LLP. He serves as Director of Trinity School, Steep Rock Land Trust, and Disability Rights Advocates and was recently elected a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.


Eric Rosen is a Managing Partner of Hudson Hill Capital Launch. Before joining Hudson Hill, Mr. Rosen was a Partner of MSD Capital and was responsible for the firm's private equity investments. Prior to joining MSD, he was a Partner and Managing Director of Onex Corporation. Mr. Rosen received a BS degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA degree from Stanford University.


Glenn J. Rufrano is Chief Executive Officer at VEREIT. Formerly CEO of O'Connor Capital Partners, Cushman Wakefield, and Centro Properties, he spent 17 years as a partner at The O'Connor Group, a diversified real estate investment firm. Mr. Rufrano serves on the board of New York University's Real Estate Institute.


Robert B. Schumer is chair of the Corporate Department, a member of the firm's Management Committee and is co-head of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Over the past 15 years, Bob has served as the lead lawyer in the negotiation and structuring of mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts on behalf of a diverse range of clients, including public and private companies, private equity funds, financial institutions and other entities. He regularly provides strategic counsel to corporations and their boards of directors and special committees on corporate governance, fiduciary duty, M&A and other corporate matters. Bob also has significant experience in contested matters, including numerous unsolicited offers and proxy contests.


Meryl Sherman is an active volunteer and fundraiser for NAC. She served as co-chair of NAC's Benefit Committee and has been involved with fundraising efforts for the March of Dimes and the Dalton School.


Taryn Siglain is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where she is the Head of Americas Secured Funding and Collateral Optimization Trading and Execution. She has worked at Morgan Stanley since 2007 in various roles including Investor Relations, Corporate Treasury and Financing Strategy. Taryn holds a BS in Corporate Finance and Accounting from Bentley University and is the President of the NAC Junior Board..


Tom Uger is a Partner at Public Pension Capital, a private equity firm. Prior to joining PPC, Mr. Uger was a Partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.


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