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 who founded The Lower Eastside Girls Club in 1996.

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.

Jen Gatien

Jen Gatien

Board Vice Chair

Jen Gatien is a producer and writer of narrative and documentary features.

Ian Blumenstein, Esq.

Ian Blumenstein, Esq.

Board Treasurer

Ian Blumenstein is an attorney with extensive experience representing financing sources and companies in securities offerings, capital market transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and more.

De’Ara Balenger

De’Ara Balenger

Board of Directors

De’Ara Balenger is a lawyer, creative strategist and co-founder of Canopy: a social impact group dedicated to delivering cultural connections and civic action on behalf of brands, movements and organizations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Angie Klein

Angie Klein

Board of Directors

Angie Klein is Vice President of Consumer Sales Strategy & Distribution at Verizon

Natalie Kates

Natalie Kates

Board of Directors

Natalie Kates is a curator, art advisor and event producer who has raised over a million dollars for various charities.

Lisa Laukitis, Esq.

Lisa Laukitis, Esq.

Board of Directors

Lisa Laukitis is a Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Co-Chair of The Lower Eastside Girls Club’s Women’s Network.

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 NYC and Executive Director of The Middle Project, Inc.

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.

Susan McPherson

Susan McPherson

Board of Directors

Susan McPherson is a serial connector, cause marketer, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert.

Steve Perricone

Steve Perricone

Board of Directors

Steve Perricone is a founder and Managing Partner at Pilot Mountain Ventures, a seed stage investment fund.

Amy Rosi

Amy Rosi

Director

With a 30-year career in strategic brand marketing and communications, Amy Rosi founded her own firm, Aros Communications, in 1999.