MHA-NYC Officers and Directors
Kevin J. Danehy joined Brookfield Global Relocation Services in January 2013 after a lengthy career at CBRE, the global leader in the commercial real estate services industry. He led the development and management of long-term service partnerships based upon delivering outsourced, integrated services for Facilities Management, Project Management, Strategic Consulting and Transaction Management Services. During his tenure, Mr. Danehy led some of CBRE’s largest service partnerships with clients including AIG, the City of New York, Iron Mountain, the NYSE, and the USPS. In his final role at CBRE, Kevin served as Executive Vice President of Transaction Services in the Americas. He is a graduate of Colgate University and obtained his MBA from New York University Stern School. Mr. Danehy has been an MHA-NYC board member since 1996.
Jennifer Ashley, Ph.D., is the Global Director of Human Resources for CBRE where she oversees their worldwide human resources operations encompassing more than 70,000 employees. Her areas of responsibility include employee relations, staffing and recruitment, training and professional development, diversity, compensation and benefits. She is also a member of the Global Operating Committee. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ms. Ashley holds advanced degrees from Emory University and Hunter College. She joined the MHA-NYC board in 2013.
Michael Nissan, Esq., is a senior partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, one of the world’s leading law firms. He has a wide-ranging practice in private equity focusing primarily on executive compensation and related matters, including representation of private equity firms and their portfolio companies. He also represents investment professionals in connection with their joining or separating from private investment firms. Mr. Nissan is also a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School where he has taught Private Investment Funds for over 15 years. He also serves as pro bono counsel to Baby Buggy Inc. and as a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Nissan is a graduate of Syracuse University and the New York University School of Law. He joined the MHA-NYC board in 2007.
Joseph F. Peyronnin, III, is a veteran broadcast news executive and Emmy Award-winning journalist and has held leadership positions at several prominent news organizations. He was the President of Fox News, Vice President and Assistant to the President at CBS News and founded Telemundo Network News in 1999. Mr. Peyronnin is an associate journalism professor at Hofstra University as well as an adjunct professor at New York University. He has an MBA from the Walter Heller School of Business at Roosevelt University and Columbia College Chicago. Mr. Peyronnin has been an MHA-NYC board member since 1996.
Lynn D. Sherman is Chief Financial Officer at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC) where she is responsible for financial operations, human resources, facilities, construction projects, management information systems, and administrative staff. With more than 20 years of healthcare management experience, Ms. Sherman has focused on advancing health care quality, health information technology, and access to care. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s Graduate School of Management, Sloan Program in Health Care Administration and SUNY Binghamton. Ms. Sherman joined the MHA-NYC board in 2014.
Robert P. Borsody, Esq., is co-founder and co-owner of Premier Senior Living LLC, which owns and operates assisted-living and memory care facilities in several states. Mr. Borsody is actively involved in acquiring and developing additional properties for his company. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Engineering and University of Virginia School of Law. Mr. Borsody joined the MHA-NYC board in 1984.
Chris Balestra joined Taconic Investment Partners in 2005 and is head of its acquisition group responsible for sourcing, financing and executing real estate investments in New York City. Since joining Taconic, he has spearheaded or been directly involved in nearly $2 billion of acquisitions for Taconic. Mr. Balestra was previously a banking officer in the commercial real estate finance group at M&T Bank where he was responsible for sourcing and underwriting prospective lending opportunities. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Colgate University and joined the MHA-NYC board in 2015.
Phil Binaso was Senior Vice President of Operations for a major transportation company most recently. Phil had responsibility for global process improvements and technological innovations relating to annual audit and freight payment transactions valued at $1 Billion annually. Prior to that, Phil was the Chief Operating Officer for a international manufacture where he directed the sales and marketing strategy and implemented e-business concepts and solutions. Throughout his career, Phil has held various positions in finance, distribution, logistics, manufacturing and information services. He has provided best-practice solutions to Fortune 500 companies for business applications such as financial systems order management, sales and marketing, supply chain, and manufacturing. He began his career at GAF Corporation. Phil holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Philosophy from William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ and has a love for both Opera and the Broadway theater as well as his non profit work. Phil was a board member of Link2Health Solutions for 11 years.
Lawrence Calcano is one of the Managing Partners of iCapital Network where he is responsible for the Company’s Investor Network and business development. Mr. Calcano previously was a partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he spent 17 years, most recently serving as the co-head of the Global Technology Banking Group of the Investment Banking Division. Prior to Goldman, he was a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Calcano is a graduate of Holy Cross College and the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University. He has been a member of the MHA-NYC board since 2012.
Robert Chang is an active technology entrepreneur and investor, a Managing Partner at Mogility Capital, and an independent film producer. He is also an advisor in strategy, operations and business development for several high-growth companies. Mr. Chang has been an executive and operational leader at Fortune 50 and venture-backed firms with additional experience at The Rockefeller Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has produced award-winning feature films including Advantageous, which won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2015, and a documentary short in Morgan Spurlock’s acclaimed “We the Economy” series in 2014. Mr. Chang joined the MHA-NYC board in 2009.
Cynthia Eckes is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where she has been on staff in the commercial real estate lending group since 1997. Ms. Eckes is responsible for the oversight, management and development of the contract finance group for Morgan Stanley’s national fixed and floating rate loan origination program. A member of the CRE Finance Council and the New York State Bar Association, she is a graduate of the University of Rochester and the Brooklyn Law School. She joined the MHA-NYC board in 2014.
Charles P. Fitzgerald is the Founder and Senior Managing Partner of V3 Capital Management, L.P., a New York City-based asset management firm investing in publicly-traded real estate and real estate related securities. Before founding V3 in 2011, Mr. Fitzgerald was Managing Partner, Co-Portfolio Manager, and Director of Research for High Rise Capital Management, L.P. Before High Rise, he served in various roles at JP Morgan Fleming Asset Management, Prudential Real Estate Securities Investors, Prudential Real Estate Investors and Gabelli Asset Management. Mr. Fitzgerald holds a BA in Economics and Finance from Northern State University and is a CFA charterholder. A native of Minneapolis, he lives in New York City with his wife, Katie.
Monica Fraczek, CPA is an audit partner at Loeb & Troper LLP, an audit and consulting firm specializing in not-for-profit, health care and special needs agencies. With over twenty years at Loeb & Troper, Ms. Fraczek works with some of the largest and most complicated agencies in the Greater New York area. In addition to her client portfolio, she is a member of the firm’s Business Review Committee, Business Development Committee and plays a leading role in its CPE/Mentoring/Staff Development efforts. Ms. Fraczek is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Brooklyn College. Ms. Fraczek joined the MHA-NYC board in 2015.
Diana Gaines is a Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield. With 26 years of experience as a commercial real estate broker, she represents both owners and corporate tenants in both leasing and sales strategies and transactions. A graduate of New York University, Ms. Gaines has undergraduate degrees in psychology and psychobiology as well as master’s degrees in psychology and real estate finance. She is currently pursuing a Masters and clinical doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ms. Gaines has been a member of the MHA-NYC board since 2006.
Tom Laidlaw has been a leading agent for both National Hockey League and Europe-based players for two decades. Laid law Sports Management offers players a full service program, including contract negotiation, likeness marketing, career counseling and tax service referrals. In 2008, Mr. Laidlaw launched Post Game Strategies which specializes in raising private capital and providing customized financial advisory services for a knowledgeable and demanding clientele. Before entering the business world, Mr. Laidlaw was a widely admired NHL defenseman for 10 seasons with the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings from 1980-81 to 1989-90. He attended Northern Michigan University and joined the MHA-NYC board in 2015.
Steven L. Marcus, CPA, has been the Managing Partner & CEO of Gettry Marcus CPA, P.C. since 1987. He has been instrumental in the firm’s diversification and growth, expanding Gettry Marcus’ presence in the New York-Metro Area and Top 200 firm status nationally through the establishment of highly credentialed practice groups which include Real Estate, Healthcare and Business Valuation & Litigation Support Services. Mr. Marcus is a graduate of Syracuse University and currently serves on the board of TGS Global, a network of international accounting firms. He joined the MHA-MYC board in 2015.
Alaina Melichar is a Vice President at Citibank on the Foreign Exchange and Emerging Market Institutional Sales desk. Before joining Citi in 2016, she was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley. Ms. Melichar holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance from the University of Richmond. She has been a member of the MHA-NYC board since 2015.
Meyer Mintz, CPA, JD, LL.M., is a tax partner at Berdon LLP, and has been with the firm for more than 15 years. He has particular expertise in the tax aspects of partnership agreements, limited liability companies, and other business organizations and has also worked with attorneys in litigation matters. Mr. Mintz is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Bar Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Touro College, a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School, and a Master of Laws in taxation at New York University School of Law. Mr. Mintz joined the MHA-NYC board in 2011.
Robert S. Nash, Esq., is a partner at the New York law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel where he focuses his practice on commercial leasing (on behalf of both landlords and tenants); real estate development, sales and acquisitions; real estate brokerage; and property management. Mr. Nash has extensive experience negotiating commercial leases on behalf of private investment funds and other companies. A member of the New York State Bar Association, he is a graduate of Bucknell University and St. John’s University School of Law. Mr. Nash joined the MHA-NYC board in 2007.
Tuhina De O’Connor is the Director of Donor Services at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. A 16-year veteran in the non-profit sector, she most recently worked at the Robin Hood Foundation, a large public charity in New York City whose mission is to fight poverty in the five boroughs. Prior to that, Ms. O’Connor was the CEO of a non-profit organization, the New York Asian Women’s Center, a direct service provider of domestic violence services and shelter for Asian women and children. She has been a member of the MHA-NYC board since 2012.
Corbett A. Price serves as Chairman and CEO of Quantix Health Capital, LLC, a healthcare financial advisory firm. Mr. Price also serves as CEO of Kurron Capital, LLC, a healthcare private equity firm, and is the Founder and Chairman of Kurron & Company, Inc., a management-consulting firm that manages healthcare companies in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to the formation of Kurron, Mr. Price served in a senior capacity at HCA healthcare company, most recently as Vice President and head of their Mid-Atlantic division. He is a graduate of Ohio State University and joined the MHA-NYC board in 2009.
John D. Robinson worked in the Fixed Income Division at Morgan Stanley for 30 years and has been a board member of MHA-NYC since 2004. Mr. Robinson graduated from the University of Richmond in 1983. He joined the MHA-NYC board in 2004.
Bruce J. Schwartz, M.D., is currently the Deputy Chairman, Clinical Director and a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Schwartz’s responsibilities include oversight of all teaching, clinical, departmental practice and research activities in the Department at the Weiler, Moses, Wakefield and Behavioral Health Clinics at Westchester Square and Turnbull Divisions as well as the Division of Substance Abuse. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate School of Medicine and has been a member of the MHA-NYC board since 1995.
Judith Weissman, PhD, JD is the Research Manager for the Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation at the New York University Medical Center. She is responsible for mentoring, promotions and research in the Division. Her research areas of expertise include psychiatry and mental health services. Dr. Weissman completed her post-doctoral training at Weill Cornell Medical College in Geriatric Psychiatry and was a Senior Service Research Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has several first-authored publications in mental health published in peer reviewed medical journals. Dr. Weissman joined the MHA-NYC board in 2015.
Cynthia Zirinsky has been a member of the MHA-NYC board since 1972. She has focused her community service and philanthropy on the mental health movement for many decades. Ms. Zirinsky served as President of the Queens County Mental Health Society, instituted the foundation for an aftercare and rehabilitation center to serve the mental health needs of Queens County, which was named Cynthia Zirinsky Rehabilitation Center, and was a legislative committee chairwomen in New York State, serving as mental health advisor and advocate. Ms. Zirinsky is also a co-founder and member of the Advisory Board of the Richard Zirinsky Mood Disorder Clinic. She has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Gracie Square Hospital, and continues to serve as a member of the board.
Board Advisory Council
Frank Branchini is the Chair of the Board of Directors of EmblemHealth. Previously he served EmblemHealth and its predecessor GHI, as President/CEO for 30 years. Mr. Branchini has received numerous awards and honors, including the United Hospital Fund’s Distinguished Trustee Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Arthritis Foundation’s John E. Lawe Award. He has also served on Governor Andrew Cohen’s Medicaid Redesign Team.
Richard (Ric) Clark is a Senior Managing Partner and global head of real estate at Brookfield, CEO of Brookfield Property Partners, chairman of Rouse Properties and a member of the board of director of General Growth Properties and other Brookfield affiliates. He has over 30 years of real estate experience. Ric has been employed by the company and its predecessors since 1984 in various senior roles including President and CEO of Brookfield Office Properties. Ric holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Scott R. Cutler is President and CEO of StubHub, which provides services for buyers and sellers of tickets for sports, concerts, theater and other live entertainment events. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Head of Global Listings at NYSE where he was responsible for managing the Exchange’s relationship with over 2,100 companies listed at the NYSE from Canada, Latin America, United States and Asia. Mr. Cutler is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of California Hastings College of Law. He joined the MHA-NYC board in 2009.
Lee Woodruff, the co-author of the New York Times best-seller “In an Instant,” garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Appearing on national television and as keynote speakers since the February 2007 publication of their book, the couple has helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans, as well as the millions of Americans who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction. They have founded the Bob Woodruff Family Foundation for Traumatic Brain Injury (BWFF) to assist injured service members and their families heal from the wounds of war. Ms. Woodruff is a contributing reporter for “CBS This Morning.” Her first novel “Those We Love Most,” which became a New York Times Best-Seller and won the Washington Irving Book Award for fiction, followed her best-selling book “Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress.”
Bob Woodruff joined ABC News in 1996 and has covered major stories throughout the country and around the world for the network. On January 29, 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, Mr. Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq.Mr. Woodruff returned to ABC News with his first on-air report, “To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports” and continues to cover traumatic brain injuries for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms. He was honored with a Peabody Award in 2008 for his reporting on the subject. Mr. Woodruff and his wife Lee co-wrote a best selling memoir “In an Instant,” chronicling his injuries in Iraq and how their family persevered through a time of intense trauma and uncertainty. The Woodruff family also established the Bob Woodruff Family Foundation for Traumatic Brain Injury (BWFF) to raise money to assist members of the military with cognitive rehabilitation and care following a traumatic brain injury suffered in service to their country.
Wayne Burton, M.D. has been Global Corporate Medical Director for American Express Corporation since 2009. Burton has over 30 years experience in healthcare and corporate occupational medicine services including healthcare data integration, wellness and disease management programs, integrated disability management and planning for critical incidents. Previously, he was Corporate Medical Director for JPMorgan Chase for over 25 years where he managed a staff of over 80 healthcare professionals for over 225,000 employees worldwide. In 1992, he was a co-founder and President of Northwestern Internists, a primary care practice based at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Burton has received many awards in recognition of his work, namely the 1998 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Health Achievement Award, the 2002 Jonas Salk Health Leadership Award from the March of Dimes, the 2006 National Mental Health Association Innovation Award, the 2008 National Business Group on Health Innovation in Health and Productivity Award and, in 2009, he was the first recipient of the Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the National Business Group on Health.
Professional Advisory Committee
Bruce J. Schwartz, M.D.
Amy Dorin, L.C.S.W.
Leonard M. Polisar, Esq.
Tova Friedler Usdan, PhD
Hon. George L. Jurow
Irving Ladimer, S.J.D.
Harriet Parness, R.N.
Hon. Rose L. Rubin
Marcel Biberfeld, D.S.W.
Jeffery Borenstein, M.D.
Carmen Collado, L.C.S.W.-R
Ernesto Ferran, Jr., M.D.
Rosa M. Gil, D.S.W.
Mary Hanrahan, L.C.S.W.
Jennifer F. Havens, M.D.
Lorraine Henricks, M.D.
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.
Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D.
Helen G. Muhlbauer, M.D.
Jorge Petit, M.D.
Martha A. Sullivan, D.S.W.
Manuel Trujillo, M.D.
Henrik Zakari, M.D.
Kim Williams, LMSW
Chief Clinical Officer, MHA-NYC and Project Director, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
John Draper, PhD
Vice President of Contact Center Services
Anitha Iyer, PhD
Chief Information Officer
Director of Finance
Alan Meltzer, CPA, MBA
Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development
Kathryn Salisbury, PhD