Our Board & Partners
Juan A. Arteaga, Esq.
Juan A. Arteaga is an attorney and partner at Crowell & Moring, specializing in antitrust litigation. In this role, he advises companies, boards of directors, and executives on a broad range of civil and criminal antitrust matters, including litigation, merger reviews, and government and internal investigations. He also represents clients in a wide range of high-stakes, complex commercial litigation matters.
Previously, Mr. Arteaga served as a senior official in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama administration. While at the Antitrust Division, he served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement, where he was responsible for overseeing and working on some of the most important antitrust investigations and litigation in the past 50 years. He also served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division.
Mr. Arteaga has a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, where he served as a managing director of the Law Review and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee. He serves on the Criminal Justice Act panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Cheryl Kallem is currently a Managing Director of Golden Seeds, a network of angel investors. She was a Senior Managing Director at First Manhattan Co. and served as the firm’s Chief Financial & Operations Officer from 2004 – 2017. In her roles, she directed all financial and operational activities. In 2011, she also assumed responsibility for information technology.
Ms. Kallem has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colgate University and a master’s degree in Accounting from Rutgers University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Ethan Miller joined the NMIC Board in 2019 and has 35 years of experience in the non-profit and financial service sectors. Ethan’s last position was Director of Operations at the Mozilla Foundation where he oversaw the global organization’s financial, accounting, operational and grants management activities. Before Mozilla, he was Vice President of Finance at the Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF).
At NCF, he was responsible for the finance and accounting functions as well as having operating, information technology and investment management responsibilities. Before NCF, Ethan was a Managing Director at GE Antares Capital, the sponsor finance group of GE Capital. There, he managed private equity relationships and led middle-market transactions. Before GE, he worked at several other financial institutions, including IBJ Whitehall Financial Group, a subsidiary of the Industrial Bank of Japan, BHF-Bank, Heller Financial, and the First National Bank of Chicago. Ethan has an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from Hobart College. While at GE, Ethan also passed his Series 7 and 63 securities examinations.
Over the years, Ethan has been actively involved in a variety of non-profit organizations including the Washington Office on Latin America, where he was a Board member for six years and Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. Ethan attended middle and high school in Washington, DC, and has been a resident of the greater New York City area since 1996.
Edward “Eddie” Cuesta is the National Executive Director at Dominicanos USA. In his role, Mr. Cuesta provides management and supervision of an on-the-ground, civic engagement operation situated in Hostos Community College.
Prior to joining Dominicanos USA, Mr. Cuesta served as Recruitment Strategist at the City University of New York-Murphy Institute School of Professional Studies, where he was responsible for the development of successful recruitment for certificate and academic degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Earlier in his career, Mr. Cuesta worked in the money remittance industry in roles ranging from General Manager at Envios Abreu y Collado, Ltd. to Corporate Account and Area Development Manager for the Northeast Region at Sigue Corporation.
Mr. Cuesta has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the City University of New York-City College and a master’s degree in Urban Studies from the City University of New York-Murphy Institute School of Professional Studies.
Roshan Ahmad is a Managing Director in JPMorgan’s Global Sovereign Advisory Group. She brings 14 years of experience in advising governments globally on sovereign rating management, credit positioning, targeted strategy building, fiscal policy optimization, and ESG.
Prior to the establishment of the group in 2014, Roshan was the Head of Country Risk and Rating Advisory for Middle East & North Africa for JPMorgan in London. She currently serves on the firm’s Women on the Move sub-committee on internal engagement focusing on successful integration of new senior women joining the firm. A strong proponent of diversity, She is also responsible for a number of accountability initiatives under the Investment Banking Diversity & Inclusiveness Council’s stewardship in Europe. Roshan is currently a Non-Executive Board member for J.P. Morgan Pakistan Pvt Ltd and has previously served on the Board of Governors for St Mary’s and St Pancras Primary School in London, UK (2016-2019).
Roshan graduated Magna Cum Laude in Economics from Mount Holyoke College, and holds a Master’s of Studies in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. She is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs- Chatham House in the UK and the International Institute of Finance’s committee on Sovereign Risk Management.
Pia Catton is a fundraising professional focused on the nonprofit performing arts. She is currently Director of Membership & Operations at American Ballet Theatre and has previously served at Battery Dance Company and National Dance Institute. Her volunteer efforts in the nonprofit sector include the Clive Barnes Awards (Selection Committee), the Washington Heights Jazz Festival, and the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation.
Prior to fundraising, Pia wrote about the performing arts and a variety of subjects during her 20-year career as a journalist. As a Wall Street Journal reporter from 2010 to 2016, she created the “Let’s Talk Arts” podcast and a data-driven project to analyze Broadway ticket sales. In 2017, she became Editor-In-Chief of the start-up Dance.com, bringing dance in all forms to a digital audience. She was Culture Editor of the New York Sun newspaper, as well as a dance critic and reporter. She has written for the New York Times, the New York Post, ArtNews and more. She is a graduate of Kenyon College and the Mercersburg Academy.
Evelyn De La Rosa
Evelyn De La Rosa is an active community member who has also serves as the Area Vice President at Arthur J. Gallagher.
Before her position at Arthur J. Gallagher, Ms. De La Rosa served as Account Manager at AT&T Interactive, where she was responsible for technology-related customer service issues and delivered expertise in redesigning and updating. Before her position at AT&T Interactive, Ms. De La Rosa served as a Workforce Management Analyst/Project Manager at Washington Post, Kaplan Higher Education. There, she administered change order processes and implemented systematic plans in restructuring IT to work more efficiently. Prior to her work at Kaplan Higher Education, she was a Marketing Manager, Team Leader, and Senior Loan Officer at Newbridge Mortgage Corporation, where she provided training for new loan officers. Ms. De La Rosa has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information System and Business Administration from Manhattan College and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership/Management from Mercy College.
Ruth Fasoldt serves as Director of Government and Community Affairs at Con Edison.
Sandra Harris, LMSW, MS
Sandra Harris is the Assistant Vice President of Government & Community Affairs at Columbia University Medical Center. In her role, she is responsible for maintaining community and institutional relations, developing partnerships, and promoting university and community programs that impact the health and well-being of the northern Manhattan community.
Sandra Harris has spent her career expanding access to quality health care and education for the most vulnerable community members in Northern Manhattan. Sandra has extensive experience in the human services, government, non-profit, health and mental health services field. Early in her career, she provided housing advocacy services, directed a community mental health program for immigrant populations and lead a national healthcare collaborative to advance health care access for the underserved. As a bicultural Latina, she frequently shares her knowledge on diverse issues faced by multi-ethnic communities. During her travels around the world as a member of the Kellogg Foundation’s delegation visiting developing countries, Sandra gained insight that furthered her expertise while learning how communities developed new solutions to deal with barriers encountered on a daily basis. This experience has shaped her professional work as she affirms that relationships are the primary ingredient in our work with others; it is most often what brings parties to the table and keeps them there when differences of opinions and conflicts arise.
Presently, Sandra is the Associate Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In her role, she promotes and advocates for the medical center’s academic research, education and service mission with external community, local and state government stakeholders. She is the university liaison on community development initiatives and is responsible for establishing and maintaining community-academic relations, facilitating the creation of campus-community partnerships that yield improved community health outcomes while advancing academic health research and discoveries. Sandra has a keen understanding of collaborative processes and is well known for her ability to bring partners to the table to work on mutually beneficial projects and initiatives.
Sandra holds a Master’s in Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University and a Master’s in Social Work from Hunter College City University of New York. She is a member of the National Association of Social Worker, American Public Health Association, Encuentros, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation and president of the Washington Heights Inwood Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, co-chair of Northern Manhattan Agenda and founder and president of Harrisolution, a consulting company dedicated to supporting individuals, families and organizations identify and overcome the challenges hindering their growth and success
Robin M. Honig
Robin M. Honig is a seasoned finance executive with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare, non-profit, and university industries. Robin’s last position position was the CFO of ColumbiaDoctors and Chief Business Development Officer, responsible for financial oversight, strategic planning, process reengineering, contract management and revenue cycle for the clinical component of the Columbia Physician and Surgeon’s.
Robin previously served in the newly created role of Chief Financial Officer, Senior Business Officer, and Associate Vice Dean at Vagelos School of Physician and Surgeons. In this role, she was responsible for the financial management of Departments, Centers, and Institutes, school-based administrative units, and ColumbiaDoctors.
Previous to Columbia, Robin served as the Associate Dean of Finance and Administration in the Biological Science Division at the University of Chicago, which includes the university’s medical school and practice plan from 2006-2017. She also served as interim Vice Dean of Finance and Administration for Chicago Medicine, which includes the University of Chicago Medical Center. Before moving into healthcare and higher education financial administration, Robin worked at Trans National Group as Vice President of Finance and at PricewaterhouseCoopers, formerly known as Coopers & Lybrand, in audit and consulting roles.
Robin received a degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the Boston University School of Management and is a certified public accountant. In addition to serving on NMIC’s board, Robin volunteers at West Side Fight Against Hunger.
Chelsea Jupin is a freelance digital marketing and communications consultant for nonprofits and arts organizations. She most recently served as Online Communications Manager at Henry Street Settlement, a nonprofit settlement house in New York City’s Lower East Side.
Her career in digital marketing began at Patron Technology where she served as Client Services Manager, and additional previous work experience includes Manhattan School of Music, Women’s Project, and Neuberger Museum of Art. Chelsea is also a volunteer for and member of P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization. She is a graduate of Purchase College, State University of New York, and currently lives in Inwood with her husband Andrew and their dog Marty.
William Lee is a finance professional at Incentrum Group, a global merchant bank. Prior to joining Incentrum, he was as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan and Dyal Co. In his roles, he advises companies, boards of directors, and executives on a broad range of financial, structuring, and other strategic matters.
Previously, Mr. Lee served as a U.S. Navy submarine officer.Mr. Lee has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, MS in engineering from Columbia University, and MBA from INSEAD.
John Lyons is the Associate Director of Institutional Research and Assessment at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. In his role, he organizes and oversees accreditation and programmatic reporting 16 nationally accredited programs. Through his work, he designs and implements protocols and instrumentation for ongoing program evaluation and improvement.
John Lyons is the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He leads the Institutional Research team within NYU Steinhardt’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Prior to Mr. Lyons’ work at NYU, he was part of the NMIC staff from 2002 through 2009, first as an English Language Instructor, and later promoted to Director of the Adult Education Program. In his English Language Instructor position, Mr. Lyons developed numerous courses and workshops as part of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) curriculum. As the Adult Education Program Director, he managed the program’s funding and assisted with agency-wide strategy. Mr. Lyons’ English Instructor path began at BKC International House in Moscow, Russia, where he taught grammar and communicative English at all levels, from children to adult professionals.
Mr. Lyons holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, a master’s degree in Language & Literacy from the City University of New York- City College.
He is completing his doctoral degree in Teaching & Learning at New York University.
Kayla M. McPherson
Kayla M. McPherson is the Director of Data & Reporting at East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP). Kayla has been with EHTP since 2012, supporting the organization’s operations in various capacities. In her current role she is responsible for ensuring that the organization’s practices of data collection, storage, and reporting position EHTP to be able to successfully report to stakeholders, comply with programmatic mandates, receive grants, and guide internal practices and accountability.
Kayla also manages IT planning, security, and purchasing. Before EHTP, Kayla worked at Legal Action Center on a consumer education and engagement initiative on the use of electronic health records in New York State.
Kayla attended Columbia University where she earned her BA in Hispanic Studies & Lusophone Studies and her MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Keenly interested in issues of race, equity, and education, her graduate thesis focused on affirmative action policies — specifically the use of racial quotas in Brazilian public university admissions. Kayla resides in Washington Heights and is an avid home cook and enjoys reading speculative fiction and going for long walks exploring upper Manhattan and the Bronx.
Morgan Siegel is a licensed bilingual therapist currently serving as a Director for mental health services in a non-profit mental health clinic.
Morgan valued her time at NMIC and was able to contribute to the creation of wellness programming in the agency. She has experience managing grant funded programs and values the ability to treat clients holistically and provide trauma informed wrap around services to the community. Her professional interests are in community based mental health, workplace wellness, staff retention and development, community violence prevention, and program development. Morgan spent 27 months serving abroad as a youth development Peace Corps Volunteer in the host country Perú, where she gained rich knowledge and appreciation for culture in everyday practice and interactions. During which, she created a “Pasos Adelante” program for high school students aimed to create health promoters in the community, taught English, and focused on reproductive health education that led to a reduction in teen pregnancies in a rural community in Peru. Later, she received a master’s degree in Psychological Counseling and a Certificate in Bilingual Latinx Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. Morgan is also a community member in Washington Heights and has the pleasure of being able to raise her two children in the community.
Seny Taveras, JD
Before obtaining her position with the Councilmember, Ms. Taveras worked in the private sector serving as Chief of Staff for DAP Strategies, LLC, where she was responsible for strategic planning for a segment of the company’s international portfolio. Prior to her experience in the private sector, she worked as Special Assistant to New York State Deputy Secretary for Public Safety and Homeland Security, Denise O’Donnell. In her role, she influenced policies and operations for the state’s homeland security, emergency preparedness, and criminal justice agencies. Before rising to the special assistant position, she also served as Senior Policy Advisor to Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson.
Ms. Taveras has a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from City University of New York-John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law.
Nathalie Tejada is the President and Founder of Generating Results, LLC.
Nathalie Tejada previously served as an Associate Director of Development, Corporate & Foundation Relations at Albert Einstein College of Medicine & Montefiore Health System, and the Founder and Principal at Generating Results, LLC. In her roles, she is responsible for securing financial support from corporations and the government as well as increasing levels of involvement and support among donors and prospects.Nathalie Tejada is a dynamic, innovative, and solution-oriented leader committed to generating results. She has more than a decade of experience working in development with various organizations across nonprofit sectors such as healthcare, higher education, and social service institutions.
Currently, Nathalie is the Corporate Relations Director at the National Kidney Foundation. In this capacity, she works with corporate membership, disrupters, tech companies, CME programs, foundations and coalition.
In 2018, Nathalie founded Generating Results, LLC. In this capacity, she has the mission to build the next philanthropic model so that the less privileged communities can have the opportunity to succeed. At an early age, Nathalie understood the power of serving others intentionally through observing her grandmother, Genoveva Mejia, supporting others less fortunate back in her country. This inspired Nathalie to dedicate her life to raise funds for noble causes and to help her community to build sustainability. Also, she is the founder of NYC Celebrates Women. A platform to amplify the voice of women of color entrepreneurs to break the generational wealth gap.
Prior to that, she was an Associate Director of Development, Corporate & Foundation Relations at Albert Einstein College of Medicine & Montefiore Health System. In her role, she was responsible for securing financial support from corporations and the government and increasing levels of involvement and support among donors and prospects. In addition, Nathalie served as Director of Development, Public, and Government Relations at Astor Services for Children & Families, where she developed and executed an annual fundraising plan, led events and managed the Bronx Committee of the Board and the Young Professionals Board. She also worked for the Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC) as Development Officer and then Grant Writer and Special Event Consultant.
She was also Development Coordinator at the City College of New York, Director of Corporate Sponsorship at the Dominican Film Festival in NYC, Development Consultant at the Dominican Heritage and Culture Society.
Nancy Wackstein started as Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service in February 2016 following a long career in the New York City nonprofit sector. Ms. Wackstein served from 2002 to 2015 as Executive Director of United Neighborhood Houses of New York, the federation of New York City’s 38 settlement houses and community centers.
Nancy Wackstein is a veteran human services leader in New York City in both the governmental and nonprofit sectors. Ms. Wackstein most recently served as Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, from which she retired in 2021. She continues at Fordham as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor for MSW students.
Ms. Wackstein served from 2002 to 2015 as Executive Director of United Neighborhood Houses of New York, the federation of New York City’s 38 settlement houses and community centers. Prior to UNH, she was the Executive Director of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a Manhattan settlement house, for 11 years. Ms. Wackstein served as Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office on Homelessness and SRO Housing from l990-91 under Mayor David N. Dinkins and was Senior Policy Advisor for Human Services in Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins’ Office from l986-l989. Over the course of her career, Ms. Wackstein has served on many nonprofit Boards and NYC government task forces and commissions, and continues to do so.
She received a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University, SUNY, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW). In 2009 Ms. Wackstein was inducted into the CUSSW Hall of Fame. In 2013 Ms. Wackstein was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater Binghamton University.