Lyn Pentecost, PhD

Lyn Pentecost, PhD

Executive Director

Lyn Pentecost is a community leader dedicated to improving the lives of low-income youth and their families. Dr. Pentecost co-founded The Lower Eastside Girls Club in 1996 to fill a dearth of options available to the girls in our community…

Gael Towey

Gael Towey

Board Chair

Gael Towey spent 22 years at the creative helm of Martha Stewart Living and is currently a Producer and Director of “Portraits in Creativity,” a series of short-form documentary videos that captures the Creative process and the bravery of artists…

Jen Gatien

Jen Gatien

Board Vice Chair

Jen Gatien is a producer and writer of narrative and documentary features. Raised in New York, she is committed to working alongside The Lower Eastside Girls Club in providing opportunities for girls to pursue their dreams. She lives in NoHo…

Ian Blumenstein, Esq.

Ian Blumenstein, Esq.

Board Treasurer

Ian Blumenstein is an attorney with extensive experience representing financing sources and companies in a wide variety of industries in securities offerings, other capital market transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate matters. He is a graduate of the University…

Julia Cheiffetz

Julia Cheiffetz

Board of Directors

Julia Cheiffetz is an Executive Editor at HarperCollins Publishers and a Co-Chair of The Lower Eastside Girls Club Women’s Network.

Anil Dash

Anil Dash

Board of Directors

Anil Dash is an activist and entrepreneur focused on making technology and the tech industry more humane and ethical. His writing and advocacy primarily focuses on ensuring tech’s effects on the world help those who most need support, though he…

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson

Board of Directors

Rosario Dawson is an actress, activist, and advocate from Coney Island with deep roots in the Lower East Side. She co-founded Voto Latino in 2004, received the President's Volunteer Award in 2011 and is a co-founder and designer of Ghana…

Tricia Donegan

Tricia Donegan

Board of Directors

Tricia Donegan, Founder and President of Bikram Yoga Lower East Side, is a private yoga and wellness coach who inspires people to work harder than they ever have through the supportive, compassionate inspirational - and hot! - environment she has…

Carter Emmart

Carter Emmart

Board of Directors

Carter Emmart is the Director of Astrovisualization at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City where he directs space show productions based on immersive data visualization for the Hayden…

Kimberly Hatchett

Kimberly Hatchett

Board of Directors

Kimberley Hatchett is an Executive Director within Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management Division where she manages more than $2 billion in assets. Her tenacity and dedication has earned her accolades such as, Barron’s “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors” and “Top…

Judith Helfand

Judith Helfand

Board of Directors

Judith Helfand is a Filmmaker and the Co-Founder of Chicken & Egg Pictures, a non-profit film fund dedicated to supporting women documentary filmmakers with strategic grants matched by timely creative “hands-with” mentorship.

Angie Klein

Angie Klein

Board of Directors

Angie Klein is Vice President of Consumer Sales Strategy & Distribution at Verizon, where she leads digital search, retail & MDU operations and 3rd party agent sales for the Fios division of the telecom giant. Klein has been honored as a Nebraska Alumni Master and in 2015 was presented with the This Woman Means Business award at the annual M2W Conference. Angie is also co-chair of The Lower Eastside Girls Club Women’s Network.

Lisa Laukitis, Esq.

Lisa Laukitis, Esq.

Board of Directors

Lisa Laukitis is a Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and focuses her practice on the representation of corporations in out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 bankruptcies. Lisa is also a Co-Chair of The Lower Eastside Girls Club’s…

Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis

Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis

Board of Directors

Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis is the Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of New York City and the Executive Director of The Middle Project, Inc. an institute that prepares ethical leaders for a more just society.…

Kevin McHugh

Kevin McHugh

Board of Directors

Kevin McHugh managed the careers of influential DJs and music producers for 20 years and recently embarked on his own artistic journey. His sculptures of endangered marine life have found homes in collections around the world and his conservation efforts…

Susan McPherson

Susan McPherson

Board of Directors

Susan McPherson is a serial connector, cause marketer, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social good, providing storytelling, partnership creation and…

Steve Perricone

Steve Perricone

Board of Directors

Steve Perricone is a founder and Managing Partner at Pilot Mountain Ventures, a seed stage investment fund. Prior experience includes roles as a technology consultant at Accenture, a Managing Director within the equity derivatives division of Deutsche Bank, and a…