The LSA Junior Board is a group of young dynamic NYC professionals who participate in projects and activities that help LSA to serve and empower East Harlem families. They collaborate with LSA’s staff to host fundraising and social networking events, as well as direct service activities with children and families in LSA programs.
The group is open to young professionals interested in bringing their skills and experience to the group’s activities, as well as leveraging their networks to help grow LSA’s support base and raise awareness of the needs of families living in poverty in East Harlem.
To learn how to get involved, contact Elizabeth Knipp, LSA’s Junior Board liaison.
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Junior Board Members
Kurt Beyer is an Associate Brand Group Director at Horizon Media. There he develops and executes multi-channel advertising campaigns across a number of business verticals, working on accounts such as LG Electronics and Burger King. He is currently settled in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Kurt joined the Junior Board in 2018, after a number of years attending the excellent and rewarding events put on by the LSA organization.
Ashna Bhatia is currently a revenue management analyst at PepsiCo focused on eCommerce pricing and digital promotions. She graduated from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Finance and Operations & Decisions Management and minored in Gender & Women’s Studies. Prior to working at PepsiCo, Ashna has worked with the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood, WGirls, and several other non-profits. She also was very involved in college in organizations that focused on women of color, gender equity, and diversity.
Ashna was introduced to LSA through holiday volunteering events with children during her first winter in NYC. As an immigrant herself, LSA’s deep connection to the East Harlem community attracted her to get more involved. Ashna is excited for LSA’s future in the community and being able to connect with other like-minded young professionals.
John Gelini is the East Coast Sales Director at Gawker Media Group, a digital publisher covering politics, tech, sports, auto, video games, personal productivity and pop culture. After graduating from The University of Vermont in 2006, John followed in his father’s footsteps and began a career in advertising sales. John landed his first role in the industry with NBC Universal that same year. In 2010, John moved on to join Bloomberg LP, climbing the ranks to Senior Account Executive in the company’s Media division by late 2015. In 2016, John took a Director position at the Gawker Media Group, a publisher that he enjoyed for years as a fan.
John has been volunteering time to LSA since 2011, when he started as a member of the Host Committee and moved on to be a proud member of LSA’s Junior Board. John had every advantage growing up in suburban Connecticut and was looking for a way to give back to the community as an adult. He joined LSA on the advice of his close friend Peter Stonbely and has been helping LSA kids carve Jack ‘O Lanterns on Halloween ever since.
Olivia Grinker is an Executive Director at CCS Fundraising, a strategic fundraising consulting and management firm. Olivia holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Development Management and a BA from Yale University. Olivia joined the Junior Board in 2019 after serving on two Host Committees, and is thrilled to be further involved with LSA and to work with the incredible Junior Board members.
Zia serves as a Senior Strategy & Finance Consultant at Launch Collective, where she partners with founders, investors, and senior management of early-stage consumer ventures to maximize financial returns and mitigate operational risks. In her role at Launch Collective, Ms. Heller works in close partnership with founding teams to assess market opportunities, develop growth and marketing plans, and forecast capital needs. Prior to working at Launch Collective, Zia worked in Capital Markets with Houlihan Lokey and on the Global Portfolio Management team at Citigroup as an Analyst covering investments in Technology, Media, Telecommunications, and Consumer companies. Zia graduated with honors from Boston University and is a passionate capoeirista and former ballerina.
Zia was first introduced to LSA Family Health Service through the after-school tutoring program in 2012. She was quickly impressed by the holistic service model at LSA, the professionalism of the LSA staff, and the determination and drive of the students she worked with in the tutoring program. After one semester of tutoring, she decided to make a long-term commitment to the agency through service on the LSA Junior Board.
Kelina Jones works at Levin Capital Strategies, an SEC registered investment advisor based in New York. Kelina graduated from Syracuse University with an MFA in poetry in 2009, while attending she taught writing and literature courses and organized the graduate reading series. Before joining Levin Capital Kelina worked as a community liaison and outreach director at Citizens Campaign for the Environment where she assisted in campaigns addressing public health, water protection, and climate change. After moving to East Harlem, Kelina was anxious to find a social nonprofit that benefited the community she lived in and was thrilled to find LSA. She finds it incredibly rewarding to support a nonprofit that serves families in her own neighborhood and enjoys occasionally passing LSA fieldtrips on her walk home.
Madeleine Livingston serves as the Co-Chair of the LSA Junior Board and is chiefly responsible for fundraising and the Junior Board’s finances. Madeleine is currently an Assistant Vice President at Citi where she covers a portfolio of insurance and asset management clients and their global banking needs. She is passionate about extending private sector expertise and resources to the non-profit sphere, and has partnered with organizations such as Cari Club at Citi to increase access to board leadership opportunities for Citi’s early talent pool. Additionally, Madeleine serves as a Yunus & Youth business mentor to early stage social ventures around the world, and was recently conferred as a One Young World Ambassador after representing Citi at the 2018 One Young World Conference at the Hague. Her interests include financial literacy, corporate social responsibility, and public-private partnerships on the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Madeleine first became involved with LSA in 2015, and felt drawn to the holistic model of care with which they serve the East Harlem community. She is thrilled to be working with the passionate and driven members of the LSA Junior Board.
Jon is a Financial Advisor and Senior Portfolio Advisor at Merrill Lynch advising private clients across the country. He is a graduate of Brandeis University with a B.A. and M.A. in International Economics and Finance. Jon has been a proud volunteer at LSA since 2015. He currently serves the Finance Committee for LSA’s Board and the Membership Committee for the Junior Board. Jon is dedicated to supporting LSA’s mission and sharing the impact the agency has made in the community and among NYC’s most vulnerable families.
Michael McMenamin is a marketing coordinator at Sotheby’s, the international auction house. He supports a variety of specialist departments to unify collectors through upcoming auctions and events. In addition to his love of art, he is a passionate outdoorsman and currently serves as the Race Director of Cycling for Sotheby’s sports team. Michael grew up in Chicago and Singapore before moving to New York City to attend Fordham University. He first became involved with LSA in 2018 through fundraising events, and he looks forward to supporting and empowering East Harlem families while serving on the Junior Board.
Jen Moye is a 1st year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to CBS, she was a Sales Specialist at IBM in their Systems and Technology Group. She helped firms across a variety of industries understand how to leverage technology to solve data-driven issues and gain competitive advantages through big data, analytics, and AI capabilities. Prior to IBM, she worked as an analyst for a regenerative tissue firm, LifeCell (now an Allergan subsidiary). Jen was awarded IBM’s highest honor, “Best of IBM” in 2018. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.
Jen became involved with LSA in early 2017 as an after school Homework Helper, and was instantly drawn to the close-knit, energetic community. She loves being able to make a positive impact early on in children’s education.
Amanda Smith is an associate at J.K. Rowling’s foundation – the Lumos Foundation – working on US fundraising and special projects. Amanda graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in Human Services, Non-Profit Management. She is a four-time scholarship recipient of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and remains actively involved at the organization. Prior to working at Lumos, Amanda worked in fundraising at SEO and the USO of Metropolitan New York. She also serves on the board of Through Our Lens, a photography mentoring non-profit, and volunteers with WomensTrust, which empowers women and girls in Ghana through education, access to healthcare and economic development.
Amanda became involved in LSA through friends on the Junior Board in 2016. She was immediately drawn to the board’s passion and dedication to LSA’s incredible mission and families. She now proudly serves on the Junior Board and the Board of Director’s Development Committee.
Rebecca is an Executive Director at CCS Fundraising, a strategic fundraising and management consulting firm. Rebecca is also an Associate Instructor at Columbia University School of Professional Studies in Fundraising & Philanthropy. Rebecca holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University, an M.S.W. from NYU, and a B.A. from SFSU. Prior to her career in nonprofit development, Rebecca worked as a therapist with the severely and persistently mentally ill population and is a Licensed Master Social Worker.
Rebecca joined the Junior Board in 2015 and is a Co-Chair of the Junior Board, leads the Board Recruitment Committee, and is a member of the Governance Committee for the Board of Directors. Rebecca is passionate about supporting LSA through growing awareness among young professionals and raising funds to support the incredible services LSA provides.
Peter is a founder of Spectacular Ventures, a New York based Media and Attractions company, which develops city-themed immersive experiences for visitors about it’s thrilling past and present. He is a 2010 graduate of Muhlenberg College, majoring in Theater and Political Science. He can track his awareness of LSA Family Health Service back to his childhood, when his father served on the board. Peter became personally involved with LSA after volunteering with Ray Lopez in the environmental health service program during college. The experience was transformative and led Peter to relaunch the New Friends Committee in 2010, and and subsequently chair LSA’s Junior Board throughout its evolution.
Peter currently serves as the the Secretary of the Board of LSA as well as the liaison between the Junior and Governing Board. He is immensely proud of the work that LSA’s staff and volunteers do to address the holistic health of the vulnerable families of East Harlem. He’s also proud of the pipeline of leadership that he’s seen grow from the Junior Board, ensuring the next generation of leaders to guide LSA into the future.
Bianca Wilson Tamagnini
Bianca is part of the sustainability team at Pearson, a global education company. She works to embed social and environmental issues into business strategy and operations to drive long-term corporate growth and ensure the company has a positive impact on the world. Before joining Pearson, Bianca spent nearly seven years at the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, where she held roles focusing on strategic communications, thought leadership, and organizational strategy. Previously, she worked with UNICEF and other NGOs advocating for the rights of women and children, and while in graduate school, she advised PepsiCo’s South American Foods division. Bianca holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University.
Bianca first became involved with LSA in 2014 and has enjoyed countless volunteer and social events since then. Her favorite part about being on the Junior Board is getting to work with LSA’s amazing families.
Chelsea works as a mergers and acquisitions consultant within the KPMG deal advisory practice, where she specializes in the financial services industry with a particular focus on financial technology, insurance brokerage, and specialty lending businesses. Chelsea works with asset backed investors and fortune 1000 corporations on their acquisitive transactions to provide operational, strategic and financial insights. Prior to relocating to New York City from Canada, Chelsea worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Toronto in the audit and assurance group, specializing in consumer & industrial products and services and real estate clients.
Chelsea was first introduced to LSA East Harlem through volunteering at direct service events with neighborhood children and quickly realized that the organization is making a huge difference in the lives of many families through its various channels of service. Chelsea is more than excited to join the Junior Board and work alongside all the other amazing members.