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Chair Emeritus – New York, NY
Claudia Caine is the recently retired President and Chief Operating Officer of NYU Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. NYU Lutheran is a 450-bed hospital – one of New York State’s largest Level 1 Trauma Centers, a designated stroke center and one of the state’s preeminent safety-net hospitals serving the culturally diverse and indigent patients of Brooklyn.
Ms. Caine has a stellar reputation for leadership expertise, inspiring and motivating staff and has been instrumental in redefining what a community hospital is in the 21st century by bringing some of New York’s best physicians and specialty services to NYU Lutheran Medical Center.
She spent most of her early career, 16 years, at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan where she held positions of increasing responsibility from department administrator to the assistant dean of academic affiliations for Mount Sinai’s School of Medicine.
Ms. Caine received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a master’s degree in public administration from New York University.
In her spare time, she is a student mentor for NYU’s Wagner health policy and management program and has been a Point mentor. In 2008, the Nursing Department at NYU Lutheran Medical Center honored Ms. Caine with The Friend of Nursing Award for her dedication and ongoing commitment to quality patient care and nurse development. She was presented the Through the Glass Ceiling Award by Women in Health Management for outstanding achievement as a leader and role model as well as 2015 Top Women in Brooklyn Business award.
Louis A. Gary is an Independent Financial Advisor through Dempsey Lord Smith, LLC. Obtaining his B.B.A. in business management and accounting from Mississippi State University in 1982, the same year met his life partner of now 35+ year. Together they relocated to Atlanta to seek greater acceptance and opportunity in 1990.
With a career initially founded in property & casualty accounting operations, Louis has worked for Allstate and Safeco Insurance Companies. In 1996, he and a group of entrepreneurial investors and business developers created one of the first financial services internet portals, bringing discounted auto/home insurance and other voluntary benefits to employees of large corporations; where most first had access to internet technology at their work.
Louis was recognized by the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in 2009 as member of the year for his support in coordinating and hosting a network of LGBTQ Business Builder Luncheons around the Atlanta Metro. He has served on the founding board of the Out & Equal Atlanta affiliate, a workplace advocacy organization, the board of the Atlanta Prime Timers, an elder gay men’s social group, and is an advocate and volunteer for Atlanta’s Lost & Found Youth program for homeless LGBTQ youth.
Louis has always dreamed of funding an LGBTQ scholarship program at his alma mater. Having discovered Point Foundation, his mission is to increase Cornerstone memberships and Point Scholars from the Southeast.
Ann started as a member of Point Foundation’s National Board of Regents in June 2005, joined the Board of Directors as Secretary in April 2007, and served as the Board of Regents Co-President until her final term ended April 2013.
An entrepreneur, nurse, attorney and community activist, Ann Adams has blazed a pioneer’s trail throughout a long and diverse career. Beginning as an Emergency Room nurse in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Ann has held senior medical staff positions at some of the nation’s finest hospitals, including Head Nurse at Denver General Hospital, where she created and developed the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit.
Seeking to explore the nexus between healthcare and the law, Ann earned her J.D. from the University of Denver. In 1987, Ann co-founded Independence Plus, a home health agency that specializes in caring for patients with brain and spinal-cord injuries. After serving as Principal of the business and building it into a preeminent healthcare company in the greater Chicago area, Ann sold her interest in 2004.
PETER EPSTEIN, ESQ.
Peter Epstein was a Point Foundation Board Member from January 2005 to January 2012. He has been an application reader and key member of the Boston Cornerstone Society Fundraising Committee since the event’s inception in 2007 and served as formal mentor to Ben Harvey and Travis Wright. Peter was a member of Point’s first Mentoring Committee (with Joe McCormack and Craig Daniel), and assumed full chairmanship of the Mentoring Subcommittee when a formal board infrastructure was implemented in 2007.
He is also on the Board of Directors of GLAD: Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders in Boston. He has been on the GLAD Board since 2004. He previously served on the Development Committee and is currently the Clerk of the Board. He is also spearheading GLAD’s Legacy Society.
He is also on the Board of Visitors of Fenway Community Health Center in Boston. He is the former long-time Chairman of the Brookline Public Library Board Cancelof Trustees. As such, he led the Trustees’ successful effort to renovate the historic main library building in Brookline Village.
Peter is an attorney in private practice in Boston specializing in telecommunications law, primarily representing municipalities. He is a graduate of George Washington University and Suffolk University Law School.
New York, NY
Jennifer Barbetta is a Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Starwood Capital Group, where she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management and operations of the firm, its operating companies and its global offices. In this role, she partners with Starwood’s senior leaders to evaluate and pursue corporate development opportunities, oversee the firm’s financial functions and guide many of Starwood’s non-investment functions. She is a member of Starwood’s Executive Committee.
Prior to joining Starwood, Jennifer was a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. She spent more than 23 years at Goldman Sachs in various roles within Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Most recently, she helped lead the firm’s Global Portfolio Solutions Group, providing multi-asset class products and solutions to institutional and individual investors with a focus on customized asset allocation, tactical implementation, risk management and portfolio construction. She previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Global Head of Strategic Client Service of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and prior to that, spent 15 years in their Alternative Investments business.
Jennifer earned a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University. She serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Villanova School of Business, the Board of Trustees of the Montclair Kimberley Academy and the Emeritus Board of the Point Foundation. She and her wife, Victoria, have three children and reside in Montclair, New Jersey.
SHELLEY FISCHEL, ESQ.
Shelley Fischel retired as executive vice president, human resources and administration, for Home Box Office. In her role, she was responsible for overseeing the development, management and administration of human resources programs and policies affecting HBO employees. These included such functions as employment, employee relations, affirmative action, compensation and benefits, training, and internal communications. She was also HBO’s labor counsel.
She was also responsible for the management and administration of HBO’s nationwide facilities, which includes overseeing the company’s purchasing, distribution, food services, maintenance, real estate leases, facility design and construction, travel, medical, fitness, office services and security areas.
Fischel joined HBO in December 1979 as labor counsel. She was promoted to chief counsel, labor and special litigation in June 1982 and was named vice president and chief counsel, labor and litigation, in October 1983. She became vice president, human resources in August 1984 and was promoted to senior vice president, human resources in November 1986. She was named senior vice president, human resources and administration in August 1990.
Before joining HBO, Fischel worked for two years as an associate in litigation for the New York law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell.
Fischel is currently an adjunct at New York University College of Arts and Sciences, and serves on the Advisory Council of Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York. She has a B.A. degree from Wellesley College, a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, and an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law.
Fischel and her husband Robert live in Westchester, New York. They have two children.
HERB HAMSHER, Ph.D.
West Hollywood, CA
Herb Hamsher has had several careers over the years. After getting his Ph. D. in clinical psychology he became a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Rochester. Three years later he moved to Temple University where he was an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Services until 1980. At the time, professors were becoming unionized and the notion of potentially going on strike for a pay raise convinced him that it was time to leave the ivory tower.
During his tenure as a professor, Herb had an active private psychotherapy practice, conducted personal growth seminars, and consulted with business leaders and multinational corporations. It was also at this time that he worked with John Denver on his philanthropic activities, particularly assisting with John’s service on The President’s Commission on World Hunger as well as building The Windstar Foundation, his vehicle for impacting on national and world issues. It was through this relationship that Herb moved to Aspen, Colorado which became his home base for 33 years. Currently he is based in Los Angeles and Carpinteria, California.
For the last thirty-five years, Herb has also worked with the actress and AIDS/ Human Rights activist, Judith Light. With his partner, Jonathan, he has for a long time managed not only her career but also that of her husband, actor and writer, Robert Desiderio. The four of them have a production company, Tetrahedron Productions, which is the home of Herb’s current activities as a producer. His producing credits include CBS television movies, “Too Close to Home,” “A Husband, A Wife, and A Lover,” and “Murder At My Door.” He also created and was a producer on Judith Light’s short-lived CBS series, “The Simple Life.” He also produced the independent film, “Save Me,” which premiered at Sundance and starred Judith Light, written by her husband, Robert Desiderio.
Since AIDS began to decimate the gay community, Herb has committed more of himself and his passion to fighting the pandemic, to confronting the realities uncovered by our experience with the disease, and with working to add to the strength, unity, and spiritual base of the gay and lesbian community.
Herb was a Point Foundation Board Member from November 2004 through June 2012.
Joanne began as a member of the National Board of Regents in September 2005, then joined the Board of Directors in July 2008 and accepted the position of Board Treasurer. As Treasurer, she helped guide Point through the economic downturn until her final term ended in June 2013. Joanne served on the Finance and Pre-Selections Committees.
Joanne retired in 2010 as Financial Controller for Boston-based grant-maker New England Foundation for the Arts, where she was responsible for NEFA’s accounting, financial reporting, benefits administration, and information technology. She was previously Director of Finance for what is now the French Cultural Center of Boston.
Before to coming to the nonprofit world in 1996, Joanne worked as an information technology project manager and consultant for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Johnson & Johnson.
Before joining the corporate world in 1989, Joanne had been a Certified Public Accountant working with emerging businesses, first as an auditor for what is now PriceWaterhouseCoopers and subsequently as an independent part-time CFO.
Joanne holds a BA in government and economics from Dartmouth College and an MS/MBA from Northeastern University. She is the author of the book “Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not.” She lives in the Boston area with her wife, Theresa (Terry) Fallon, is fluent in French, and is an avid bowler.
Palm Springs, CA
Joe McCormack was a Point Foundation Board Member from June 2003 to May 2009. He first served as an advisor to the founders as Point Foundation was forming.
His Board experience with other non-profits, his expertise as an LGBTQ-oriented headhunter, and his wide range of national contacts led in part to his bringing many LGBTQ leaders onboard. After resigning from the Board of GLSEN, he joined Point and became an original member of Point’s first Board of Directors. He also served for two years as President of the Board of Trustees.
In the remainder of his extensive commitment to Point, McCormack was active in various positions within the Program Committee, as well as helping the Selections, Mentoring, Leadership Conferences and Internships committees and program areas.
As a career educator, Kelli knows firsthand the importance of education and mentorship. Kelli has served students both in the classroom and as an administrator over her 20 year career both in California and in New York. Kelli was the Director for Admissions for Mt. Sinai Medical School in New York City where she managed a staff that was responsible for the restructuring of the medical admissions process and review of over 6,000 applications annually. Additionally Kelli was responsible for managing over 700 interviews annually with prospective medical students and assuring incoming students were oriented appropriately to the school. She also supported the medical student’s LGBTQ group through her group involvement and “out” status as a senior staff member of the institution.
This expertise allowed her to be instrumental in helping Point during its growth at the beginning 2007. Kelli joined Point as Program Director and helped design Point’s application process and assisted with the start-up of Point’s Alumni Program. Kelli has also served as a Point Mentor and Trustee.
She is currently a full-time mother and resides with her children and partner on the west coast.
DAVID H. STEWARD
New York, NY
David H. Steward is a leader in brand-building and turnaround across multiple platforms, including e-commerce, digital, direct marketing, magazines, television and books. He has built several online companies, led a dramatic turnaround of a $200M direct marketer, and was also instrumental in building/ redeveloping three of America’s top media brands: People Magazine, Martha Stewart Living and TV Guide. His leadership, analytical, financial and creative skills propelled these brands into profitable new directions.
Currently President / COO of 20×200 | Jen Bekman Projects, Inc. which encompasses a variety of interrelated businesses, all of which are organized around the concept of “art for everyone.” including 20×200.com, the innovative and critically acclaimed website, which offers limited edition prints at ridiculously affordable prices. Founding President of InMarkit which powers personalized, authentic word of mouth marketing for retailers and brands. InMarkit technology combines the viral distribution benefits of a share utility with greater consumer influence power than anonymous reviews, and it works online and with any mobile device.
Previously CEO of F+W Media, a $200M private-equity backed niche consumer media company. Partnered with ABRY Partners on the acquisition, grew eMedia revenues, integrated a set of disparate existing businesses and built a platform for future growth.
Steward also served as CEO of International Masters Publishers (IMP) Inc., a large direct marketing and continuity publishing company where he lead a dramatic turnaround in the company’s fortunes. He also served as President of TV Guide, where he led the magazine during its transition from a digest-size magazine to a brand that is the source for television guidance.
Before joining TV Guide, Steward was COO and President of Publishing at Martha Stewart Omnimedia (MSO) where he was responsible for nearly all of the company’s revenues. He co-authored the business plan and during his 8 year tenure MSO grew from $0 to $125M in revenues through launching a new business every year including magazines, television properties, a website, paint, books, catalog, etc. He was also a key player in the February 1997 transition of the company from Time Warner to its current status as an independent corporation.
Steward was also Business Development and Strategic Planning Director for People magazine, where he managed and directed all franchise development for People, including the development of special issues.
He was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement for “Outstanding Career Achievement with Measurable Results”. Selected by Advertising Age as one of their “Marketing 100”, which is their annual list of 100 executive “superstars” behind successful and innovative marketing campaigns. Named one of 30 Distinguished Classmates Cornell University – Class of 1979.
David has long been active in the LGBTQ community including serving as co-chair of the GLAAD Board of Directors for several years and was also active in the New York chapter of PFLAG. His service to the community was acknowledged with the honor of the PFLAG NYC Stay Close Individual Leadership award.
Steward holds an M.B.A. in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s from Cornell University. David Steward was a Point Foundation Board Member from 2005 to 2012 serving as the BOD Chair and Co-Chair from 2008 to 2011.
David and his partner Pierre live in East Hampton and New York City with their Doberman – Austin.
New York, NY
Richard Ziegelasch is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson who has had a passion and knowledge of New York buildings, neighborhoods, architecture, and trends in the real estate market for more than 30 years.
At Brown Harris Stevens, Richard works with top broker John Burger after working over 20 years as a senior private banker for both Credit Suisse and UBS. Taking this knowledge, his keen ability to truly understand a client’s needs, a marketing background, and his extensive global network, he brings with him not only the experience of working with clients on complex financial issues, but also the history of helping advise them on their real estate decisions. In the private banking world, personal service, and most importantly, earning a client’s trust are paramount. These are the same qualities he brings to his clients and customers at Brown Harris Stevens.
Richard is involved in many noted arts, cultural, and charitable organizations around the world. For 16 years, he served on the board of directors of Best Buddies International, a charity founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver that focuses on one-to-one friendships with the mentally and learning disabled. He recently joined the board of East Side House in NYC which supports educational programs in the Bronx and Northern Manhattan. Richard is Chairman Emeritus of the board of directors for the Point Foundation an organization which provides scholarships, mentoring and leadership training to LGBT students of merit. He is also on the board of directors of Artadia which supports visual artists with unrestricted awards. Richard is very involved with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation founded by Evelyn Lauder. His cultural activities involve the Whitney, MOMA, Guggenheim, and Metropolitan Museums, the National Arts Club, Soho House, the American Friends of the Louvre, and Art Basel in Switzerland and Miami.
Richard earned his BBA in Business Marketing from the University of Georgia.
Los Angeles, CA
Chris Baker is Senior Director of Information Technology Business Consulting with Alvarez & Marsal, and has held senior executive technology roles at Comcast NBCUniversal, General Electric, M&M Mars and Nestle USA, specializing in the implementation of enterprise-wide corporate systems as well as the governance, planning, and delivery of $100M+ technology development and operations portfolios.
Mr. Baker, who is the former CIO and former chair of Point’s Technology Committee, graduated from the University of Southern California and is an active member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He also served as CTO at the Trevor Project and was the Board of Directors Technology Chair since that organization’s founding.
A 4th generation Los Angeles native and legally married in California since 2008, Mr. Baker and his husband of 20 years, Tim Smith, reside in Valley Village, California
San Francisco, CA
Kyle serves as the Senior Vice President, Chief Audit Executive for Leidos – a national security, health and engineering solutions company headquartered in Reston, Virginia. The company’s 19,000 employees support vital missions for the U.S. government and the commercial sector, develop innovative solutions to drive better outcomes, and defend our nation’s digital and physical infrastructure from ‘new world’ threats. In this role Kyle leads the internal audit function and is responsible for planning and executing financial and operational audits to evaluate the company’s internal controls, its adherence to company policies and procedures, and its compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Kyle also serves as the Executive Sponsor for the Leidos LGBTQ employee resource group which was established in 2015.
Prior to joining Leidos, Kyle enjoyed a 26 year career with Motorola Inc., serving in various finance roles, including nine years of international assignments primarily in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. His final six years with the company he served in Corporate Finance roles, leading Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) and then the Internal Audit function for Motorola Mobility, which was spun off in 2010 and acquired by Google in 2012. Kyle was the first “out” executive at Motorola and was the Executive Sponsor for the LGBTQ employee resource group for seven years.
In addition to Point Foundation, Kyle has also served on the Board of Directors of Out & Equal™ Workplace Advocates, a national non-profit organization which champions safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and Equality Illinois, a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to secure, protect and defend equal rights for LGBTQ people in Illinois.
Kyle lives in Washington, D.C. with his partner Eric Siemers.
John currently serves as EVP/Group Creative Director at MullenLowe, an interdisciplinary marketing agency headquartered in Boston. In his role, John manages a team of writers, art directors, designers, and content specialists who produce work ranging from broadcast to web sites to social media campaigns.
Prior to Mullen, John was Regional Creative Director for Zentropy Partners (now McCann Relationship Marketing) and VP/Creative Director at Hill, Holliday. A copywriter by trade, John’s career has included award-winning work for clients such as British Airways, Coca- Cola, Adventures by Disney, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, General Motors, Google, MassMutual Financial, S.C. Johnson, and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Originally from Mobile, Alabama, John moved to Boston to pursue his M.A. in communication studies from Emerson College. He also holds a B.A. in journalism from Spring Hill College. In addition to Point Foundation, John currently serves on the Board of Directors of ArtsBoston and Fenway Health. He and his husband live in Boston’s South End.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Shelley Freeman was executive vice president and head of Wells Fargo’s Consumer Credit Solutions, a group focused on providing consumers the financing they need to achieve their financial goals and dreams.
A longtime veteran of the financial services industry, Shelley has had a lifelong commitment to helping customers succeed financially and to building high-performing teams. Before taking the helm of Consumer Credit Solutions, Shelley served as the Community Bank’s Affluent Segment and Customer Experience Executive, overseeing all aspects of customer service in Wells Fargo’s banking stores and launching the company-wide effort to drive the partnership between the Community Bank and Wealth, Brokerage and Retirement.
Shelley, who started her career in the brokerage business and joined Wells Fargo in 1996, also has served as lead region president for Wells Fargo’s Florida Community Bank, regional president of Wells Fargo’s Los Angeles Metro Community Bank and head of Wells Fargo’s Investment Internet Services.
Shelley served on the board of directors and executive committee for the Point Foundation. She is a past board member for a number of organizations, including the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, the Center Theatre Group, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. She also served as a commissioner for the L.A. Police Commission, appointed by then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Shelley has been honored with the Point Passion Award (2011), the Jewish Vocational Service Leadership Award (2009), the L.A. Community Development Corporation Community Responsibility Award (2009) and the Deborah Award from the Anti-Defamation League (2006). A graduate of Wilkes University, she holds Series 7, 24 and 66 licenses.
New York, NY
Ron Rudolph was drawn to Point nearly ten years ago after reading a small article on Point in The Advocate. Shortly thereafter he contacted Point to see how he and his employer, Citi, could get involved with this inspiring and important cause. Since then, Ron was instrumental in getting Citi’s charitable foundation and Community Development Department to become the first corporate sponsor of Point. Since 2004, Citi has provided Point with an annual grant. Citi was honored with the Point Inspiration Award at the 2010 NY Point Event.
Ron is a Managing Director in Citi’s Global Structured Solutions Group on the fixed income trading floor. A tax attorney by training, he developed and currently heads a tax residual liability trading business and develops structured product solutions. Ron continues to create and implement unique structures and businesses tailored to either client needs or for Citi’s principal book. Beyond his day job, Ron is an entrepreneur whom owns and operates business and development projects. Ron is an openly out gay employee of Citi, whom serves on Citi’s diversity committee and has spoken on many business panels to mentor and recruit talented gay individuals. Ron has been instrumental in Citi having a significant presence in NYC’s Pride Parade and helps sponsor the float since 2013. Ron is a graduate of Rutgers University and the New York Law School and is a licensed attorney in New York and New Jersey.
Ron helped to found and fund a non-profit pre-school program in Montclair, NJ and he supervised the management and operation of the school for eight years. Ron and his family have participated in two of the Rosie O’Donnell-sponsored R Family cruises for gay families and support various organizations like the AVP, The Center, Trevor Project, HRC, SAGE, Garden State Equality and Lambda Families.
Ron lives in NYC and New Jersey with his children Matthew, Spencer and their giant schnauzer, Vulcan.
Chris Boyle is the Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean at North Shore Country Day School, a Junior Kindergarten – 12th grade independent school in Winnetka, Illinois. In his role, Chris oversees faculty hiring, professional development and evaluation as well as the school’s academic program and a number of the school’s strategic initiatives. Prior to his current role, Chris served as the school’s Director of College Counseling and before that worked in the field of college admissions.
Chris served on Point’s Board of Directors from 2011-2017. During that time, he chaired and co-chaired the Scholar Selections Subcommittee, planned Regional Leadership Forum programs, and helped organize several Point Cornerstone Events in Chicago.
Chris lives in Chicago with his husband Cole Moir.
San Francisco, CA
Clay Petre is the VP of Strategy for Ross Stores. Previously, Clay was VP of Planning & Revenue Growth Management at Bacardi, USA. Before joining Bacardi, Clay has served as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company where he led all GLBT recruiting activities and sat on the Leadership Group of McKinsey’s global GLBT organization. He has also worked at Goldman Sachs in Private Wealth Management. Clay holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA from Harvard College. Clay was raised in the mountains of Colorado, but now lives in both Miami and New York where he has been affiliated with the Point Foundation as a donor, a mentor, a strategy consultant, and now (very happily) a Director.