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A photo of NMIC's board of directors with ED, Maria Lizardo.

Juan A. Arteaga, Esq.

Board Chair

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

Vice Chair

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 had a successful career in all aspects of financial and operations management. After beginning her career in public accounting, She has held roles of increasing responsibility at several financial services companies, culminating as a Senior Managing Director and the Chief Financial and Operations Officer at First Manhattan Co., an investment advisory firm located in Manhattan. In recent years, she joined Golden Seeds, an Angel investment group, as a Managing Director. She is an active Angel investor and has served as a mentor to many early-stage companies. Additionally, she is the Vice Chair and a Board Member of the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation and a board member and treasurer of the board of her cooperative apartment building. Ms. Kallem also volunteers at the ASPCA.

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


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 Cuesta


Eddie Cuesta is the Executive Director of Dominicanos USA a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to the civic, social and economic integration of Dominican–American into all facets of the American life. In his role, Mr. Cuesta provides management and supervision for civic engagement, voter registration, voter mobilization, citizenship, and technology classes for youth, in coding, and video game development.

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


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


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 and National Dance Institute. Her volunteer efforts in the nonprofit sector include the Clive and Valerie Barnes Foundation, 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


Ruth serves as Director of Government and Community Relations at Con Ed, one of the nation’s largest utilities serving all of NYC, parts of Westchester, and NJ. Ruth oversees the teams that handle government and community relations for Con Ed at the Federal, State, and City levels.


Prior to her role at Con Edison, Ruth Fasoldt served as Director, State & Local Government Affairs for Lyft, a top North American rideshare company. She was responsible for government affairs strategies that advance Lyft’s mission and goals with local, regional and state elected officials and government employees across the East Coast, from Maine to Florida.


Ms. Fasoldt has spent the past decade advocating for the importance of stakeholder input and understanding. Previous to Lyft, she served as the Director of External Affairs for Link, the most comprehensive, free public Wi-Fi network in the world. Link serves millions of users super-fast, free Wi-Fi in New York City, Philadelphia and Newark. In addition to managing each city relationship, she oversaw all community outreach and local partnerships to help make Link a welcome part of each community it is in. Ms. Fasoldt also served as the Director of Membership and Special Events for the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), a coalition of over 300 business, labor, non-profit and political leaders focused on making New York City the best place to live, work and visit.

Ruth Fasoldt holds a B.A. in History from Union College, and master’s degrees in Women’s History and Archives Management from Simmons College. She lives in Manhattan with her family.

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


Chelsea Jupin is a digital marketing professional who currently works at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Before that, she served as the Online Communications Manager at Henry Street Settlement.

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


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


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. In her current role she is responsible for managing the organization’s data – collection, storage, and reporting thereof.


A native of California Kayla moved to New York City to attend Columbia University where she earned her bachelor’s degree as well as an MA in Regional Studies of Latin America and the Caribbean. Kayla resides in Washington Heights and is an avid home cook and enjoys spending time with family, reading speculative fiction, going for long walks exploring upper Manhattan and the Bronx.

Morgan Siegel


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. Morgan has experience managing grant funded programs and values the ability to treat clients holistically and provide trauma informed wrap around services to the community.


Morgan received a Master’s Degree in Psychological Counseling and a Certificate in Bilingual Latinx Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. Morgan spent 27 months serving abroad as a youth development Peace Corps Volunteer in host country Perú, where she gained a rich knowledge and appreciation for culture in everyday practice and interactions. Morgan 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.


Morgan has professional interest in community based mental health, workplace wellness, staff retention and development, community violence prevention, and program development. Morgan is a community member in Washington Heights. Morgan has the pleasure of being able to raise her two children in the community.

Seny Taveras, JD


Seny Taveras, JD, serves as the President of the National Supermarket Association. In this role, she manages diverse responsibilities, cultivating growth through internal and external engagement. Her previous roles include overseeing fiscal and programmatic aspects of continuing education and external programs at CUNY in the Heights-Hostos Community College and serving as Chief of Staff to New York City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, where she adeptly managed budgets, legislation, and daily operations.

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


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


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.


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