Rosa Agosto, Secretary
Rosa’s career has focused on creating programs and services, expanding and enhancing strategies, and leading organizational development efforts leading towards growth, effectiveness and innovation. Embedded in her approaches is a focus on evaluation and assessment to ensure continuous improvement, both organizational and at the individual level.
Rosa is the chief talent and learning officer at Urban Health Plan, a position targeted to developing and promoting opportunities for over 850 associates of this rapidly expanding organization, focusing on program and curriculum development, performance, leadership and workforce development and alignment, education, learning, culture, internal communication, and wellness, with the ultimate goal of excellence by assuring that UHP’s values and vision are embedded in all opportunities and creating a seamless experience for the associates, the patients and the community. Rosa also leads health literacy and education, and the diversity and inclusion work of the organization. Her knowledge of UHP’s operations and associates came from her previous tenure as chief of staff.
She previously served as vice president of programs at Learning Leaders, an organization established to support the academic achievement and success of NYC’s public school students through family engagement practices, education and volunteer development and training, There, in addition to developing systems responsive to school needs, Rosa also developed systems for data analysis, established performance success measures and built teams focused on geographic regions based on community needs. As CEO of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, she piloted program initiatives and enhanced the funding structure, and restructured roles and functions to increase diversity, promote youth development practices and transform the organization into a leadership development organization for girls.
Rosa was also the chief program officer at The Educational Alliance where she led all of the agency’s programs including mental health and substance abuse treatment and residential programs, community centers, early childhood, youth and family programs. Here she expanded the number of youth and children served, introduced evaluation to program design, led community building strategies, and increased support through government grants and private foundations. At the Children’s Aid Society, she was the founding director of the Community Schools Program, where she developed the infrastructures for 10 schools in New York City and launched the National Technical Assistance Center for Community Schools, establishing partnerships across the country and abroad, with government, foundations, and communities.
Earlier in her career, Rosa worked as both a practitioner and then program administrator for programs serving dually diagnosed children and adults with developmental disabilities and psychiatric disorders; and conducted field research and contributed to research designs at Columbia University and the NYS Psychiatric Institute. She has consulted for the Communities In Schools National Office, Columbia University’s Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse, Lutheran Medical Center’s Warren Street Center, Jewish Child Care Association, Beth Rivkah Schools, and Grand Street Settlement, among others.
Rosa has taught, lectured and presented at conferences across the country and abroad, including: National Association of Community Health Centers, Community Health Center Association of New York State, Bank Street College, Center for Social and Emotional Education, University of Maryland Journalism Fellowship, Harvard Graduate School of Education, New York University School of Social Work, National Institute on Care and Welfare, The Netherlands.
Rosa earned her bachelor’s degree from City College of the CUNY, a master’s degree from New York University and a MEd from Columbia University Teachers College where she was a fellow; she is also a graduate of Columbia University Business School in executive not for profit management, is a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) and a certified psychotherapist. She is on the board of Hunts Point Alliance for Children, Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health & Science Charter School (co-founder); on the Business Intelligence Board of Chief Learning Officer Magazine, and on the Executive Research Board of the Human Capital Media. In 2014, Rosa served as a judge for the Diversity Value Index program of Diversity Executive magazine and in 2016, served as evaluator/judge for the LearningElite award granted by Chief Learning Officer.
Ramona Beato has worked in early childhood education for over 13 years. She is currently an assistant teacher at PS 59. Ms. Beato is the mother of three HPAC scholars. Her eldest, Nicole, was a member of the first group of Hunts Point scholars to attend Kenyon Young Writers Workshop. She is a graduate of DePauw University with a Bachelor of Science degree and is working in Chicago. Her daughter Nisha is currently attending Boston College majoring in Political Science, and Angelique is a current HPAC High School Scholar and will graduate from St. Catharine Academy in Bronx in 2017.
Gail Berney is a retired lawyer who attended Columbia University School of Law. Prior to retiring, Gail worked in the New York and London offices of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and at Goldman Sachs. She has also served on the board of New York State CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).
Jeffrey H. Bunzel is Chairman of Deutsche Bank’s Global Equity Capital Markets group and Head of ECM, Americas. He has leadership oversight and responsibility for all DB book run equity transactions in the Americas. Prior to joining DB, he was at Credit Suisse for 18 years as the Head of Equity Capital Markets Americas and Co-Head of the Global Markets Solutions Group. From 1989 to 1992, he served as special assistant to the Under Secretary for International Affairs at the US Treasury Department. Jeff leads many of DB’s major equity transactions and works extensively with the financial sponsor community. He has led hundreds of IPOs across many different industries and countries. Mr. Bunzel received his B.A. from the University at California, Berkeley and his Master’s Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
William F. Gorin is senior counsel at Cleary Gottlieb based in New York. Mr. Gorin’s practice focuses on domestic and international financing and business transactions, including U.S. securities laws and equity and debt offerings and corporate acquisitions. Mr. Gorin has extensive experience in initial public offerings, as well as high-yield and Yankee bond debt financings for companies in the United States, Latin America and Europe. He also provides advice regarding corporate governance matters and fiduciary duties of officers and directors to corporations and their boards of directors. Mr. Gorin is also experienced in advising sovereign governments on debt restructurings, bank loans, securities offerings and privatizations. Mr. Gorin is the Board Chair of Sanctuary for Families and is also a Board member of A Call To Men.
Didier Malaquin, Chair
Until recently Didier Malaquin was counsel in the Corporate Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York City where he practiced law for more than three decades. He earned law degrees from the University of Paris, France and from New York University School of Law.
Caroline Matthews is the Vice President of Operations at Acumen. Prior to joining Acumen, Caroline worked in business operations at Pilotworks, a network of commercial kitchen co-working spaces around the country, where she ushered the company through its early days to garnering Series A venture funding. She started her career at Google where she worked on the company’s SMB sales team and on the global communications and public affairs team for four years. Caroline has an MBA from Stanford Graduation School of Business and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Ann McDonald grew up in New York City and has been a lawyer her entire working life, first at Davis Polk & Wardwell and then becoming a partner at the law firm Robinson McDonald & Canna LLP. Ms. McDonald joined the Board of The Shakespeare Society in 1997 and became its President in 2007. Also in 2007, Ms. McDonald was introduced to Maryann Hedaa, the co-founder of HPAC. Ms. McDonald and Maryann then started a partnership between HPAC and The Shakespeare Society that became known as the Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble. Ms. McDonald is also a member of the Legal Advisory Council for Sanctuary for Families.
Tom has worked in the Commercial/Investment banking industry for nearly 40 years. His banking career was focused on financing the Media/Telecommunications & Technology industries. At the outset of his career, he worked at large global firms, JPMorganChase and Royal Bank of Canada. For the last 15 years, he worked at privately held Investment Banks that provide Merger & Acquisition and capital raising advisory services for firms in the Media/Communications industries. He was a Senior banker at Daniels & Associates, Waller Capital and CEA Capital. In 2017, Tom formed his own financial advisory firm, Avondale Communications to serve small/medium sized businesses in the aforementioned industries.
Tom earned his BBA in 1975 from St. John’s University ( The College of Insurance) and his MBA from The Thunderbird School of Global Management (now part of ASU) in 1980. He was a US Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Kenya, East Africa from 1975-1978. He is married to Lynne Randall, Director of Development for The Manhattan Theatre Club.
Deborah Montaperto is a partner of The Polk Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley in New York, an 18-person team advising on more than $10 billion as of April 2016 for ultra-high net families, their foundations, and businesses. She is responsible for strategic business development on behalf of The Polk Wealth Management Group. In addition, Deborah executes liability management transactions for the team’s clients and has developed the family advisory platform, a holistic approach to dealing with the interface between wealth family dynamics, and the next generation. Within Morgan Stanley, Deborah contributes by serving on the Firm’s Leadership Council, the Banking and Lending Council, and the Morgan Stanley New York Metro Women’s Business Development Council; she is a former member of the inaugural Morgan Stanley PWM Advisory Council. Within the community, Deborah is an active member of the Lincoln Center Women’s Leadership Council and the National Arts Club; she is also a member of the Economics Club of New York and a member of the Board of Directors of Teen Cancer America. Deborah graduated with a BA cum laude from Tufts University and earned an MA degree from Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy.
Claudia Neary is a Marketing and Brand Developer for Dolphin Organics, an all-natural and organic personal care line based in Westchester County, New York. Prior to Dolphin, Claudia was a commercial litigation associate at Bleakley, Platt & Schmidt, LLP in White Plains, New York and was a chair of the Diversity Committee and Board Member for the Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Claudia received her law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 2004 and her B.A. from UCLA in 2000. While at UCLA, she co-founded Mujeres Unidas, a mentoring group for 8th grade girls. Claudia also helped develop the mentoring program for UCLA’s Early Academic Outreach Program, one of California’s most successful pre-collegiate student academic development programs working with over 19,000 middle school and high school students in the lowest performing schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Claudia knows first-hand how valuable a good mentor can be in a child’s life. Growing up in Los Angeles, Claudia had several mentors who helped guide her through difficult times. As a college student, Claudia was mentored as part of UCLA School of Law’s pilot Law Fellows Program, meeting with law students and admissions personnel and attending workshops designed to help socio-economically disadvantaged students gain admission to and succeed in law school.Claudia has a passion for helping others, especially women and children. She was instrumental in starting the mentoring program at the Hunts Point Alliance for Children. Besides serving as a Board Member at the Hunts Point Alliance for Children, Claudia also provides pro bono legal work, and volunteers her time at the Bedford Hills Women’s Correctional Facility, the Wolf Conservation Center, the Bedford Historical Society and at her kids’ school, Rippowam Cisqua. Claudia is married and has five young children.
Michelle Icahn Nevin, Vice Chair
Michelle Icahn Nevin is a documentary series producer with a background in various fields including film, education, non-profit outreach and social media management. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University with a focus on Media Arts and Photography. Since graduating, she has worked on several productions including The Reader, which was nominated for multiple Academy Awards. In addition to storytelling, Michelle is passionate about photography and supports various causes including animal welfare, education, and the environment. She currently lives and works in New York City with her husband.
Jennie Park-Taylor is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Fordham University. She is the Director of Training of the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program and also oversees the coordination of the Master’s Program in Mental Health Counseling and the Master’s Program in School Counseling. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College, her M.A. from Columbia University Teacher’s College and her Ph.D. from Boston College. Her research program focuses on the intersection of individual’s social identities and explores the ways in which contextual factors influence identity development. She has worked closely with HPAC since 2007 on several projects, research studies and grants.
Deborah Stewart, a life-long New Yorker who has dedicated her life to service to public schools, public policy and non-profit organizations. Most recently she served as chair of the Greyston Foundation Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. Since Greyston, located in Yonkers, is a pioneering social enterprise that provides jobs and services to people facing employment barriers, no questions asked. She continues her work with Greyston and is thrilled to extend her circle of care to the Hunts Point Alliance for Children.
Deborah practices Zen Buddhism with the New York Center for Contemplative Care (NYZCCC), in the lineage of Greyston founder Bernie Glassman. She is currently studying chaplaincy with NYZCCC and provides pastoral care at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. She is also the co-steward of the NY Metro Circle of Zen Peacemakers. Deborah received an MA in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Jim Mintz, and always has a home for their children, Hannah and Jack.
Maryann Hedaa, Co-Founder
Maryann has played an active role educating the children and families of Hunts Point for over 15 years. In addition to creating HPAC in 2006, Maryann founded the St. Ignatius School for Girls in 2004. After it was integrated with the boys school, she was named Principal. In 2016, she founded Makers Point, one sentence description.
Prior to her work in the Bronx, Maryann was Senior Director at Hildebrandt International of the Leadership and Strategy Practice Group. From 1985-1997 Maryann was a faculty member at Columbia Business School, including time as Assistant Dean of Executive Education and Director of the Institute for Non Profit Management. While at Columbia, Maryann was a partner and head of the Leadership Development and Performance Practice at the Impact Planning Group, a consulting firm made up of CBS professors. In 1980, Maryann founded Urban Adventures, an adapted college-prep Outward Bound Program for inner city at-risk youth and served as Executive Director for six years.
Maryann earned an M.A. and M.S. from St. Mary’s College in Ethics and Psychology, an M.S. from Columbia Business School, and an S.T.L. in Social Ethics from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. She earned a B.A. in History and English Literature from St. John’s University.
Maryann is a member of the Board of Directors for both the Shakespeare Society and Brilla College Prep Academy, a new charter school located in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx and the Egan Maritime Institute of Nantucket.
Griselle Baret, Co-Founder
Griselle Baret is co-founder of the Hunts Point Alliance for Children, and held progressive leadership positions with the organization from 2006 until 2018. During her time at HPAC, she spearheaded the creation of the direct service programs in the Community to Career Pipeline. She began her work with youth programs since 2003 when she served a Youth Advisor for the Sacred Heart Youth Group, a safe haven for teens of the Sacred Heart Parish in the Highbridge section of the Bronx. She received a Master’s in Educational Leadership and a B.A. from New York University. She received a scholarship through the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) for her B.A. She has co-authored presentations with HPAC’s Fordham University Graduate School of Education partners concerning HPAC’s work with the Career and Education Mentoring Program. Currently, she is serving as an Empire State Fellow in the Office of the NYS Secretary of State.