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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 a 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 and. In 2011, she also assumed responsibility for information technology. Ms. Kallem was a member of the committee charged with establishing strategic direction, managing all business activities, and overseeing operations and administrative matters. She also served as the firm’s Co-Chief Compliance Officer, where she had significant involvement in compliance and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining First Manhattan Co., Ms. Kallem served as Managing Director and Assistant Controller of Bear, Stearns & Co., with responsibility for both regulatory reporting and the international accounting group. Ms. Kallem previously served as Treasurer, and later, Co-President of the New York City Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


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 joins the NMIC Board with 25+ years of experience in the non-profit and financial service sectors. Ethan’s most recent position was Vice President of Finance at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, where he was a member of the senior leadership team. 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.


Mr. Miller has been involved in organizations that include Temple Israel of New Rochelle, I Have a Dream Foundation in Chicago, and The New York Blood Center. Ethan attended middle and high school in Washington, DC, and has been a resident of the greater New York City area since 1996.

Evelyn De La Rosa


Evelyn De La Rosa is an active community member who has also 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 clients’ websites. 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.

Roshan Ahmad


Roshan Ahmad is an Executive Director in JPMorgan’s Global Sovereign Advisory Group. She brings 13 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.

Edward Cuesta


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.

Ruth Fasoldt


Ruth Fasoldt serves as the Senior Manager, Public Policy for Lyft. Based in New York City Ruth engages with state and city leaders, drivers and riders to support strong public policy for every New Yorker. Ms. Fasoldt has spent the past ten years advocating for the importance of stakeholder input and understanding. Previous to Lyft, Ms. Fasoldt served as the Director of External Affairs for Link, the most comprehensive, free public Wi-Fi network in the world. In addition to managing each city relationship, Ms. Fasoldt 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. 


Ms. Fasoldt holds a B.A. in History from Union College, and Masters degrees in Women’s History and Archives Management from Simmons College.

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. Ms. Harris’s work in the community began 23 years ago as a Constituent Services Liaison for State Senator Franz Leichter, where she developed a keen understanding of the needs of her community. This led to a career change, which resulted in her working at Alianza Dominicana and later becoming Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative. Ms. Harris currently serves as a member of the American Public Health Association, National Association of Social Workers, and the NJ Mental Health Counselor’s Association.


Ms. Harris has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of Human Services-Metropolitan College of New York and a master’s degree in Social Work from the City University of New York-Hunter College.

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. 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 Deputy Director of Data, IT, and Compliance 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. She 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.

Seny Taveras, JD


Seny Taveras is the Executive Director of CUNY in the Heights-Hostos Community College, Department of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. In this role, she oversees a broad range of fiscal and program responsibilities for continuing education and related external programs. Ms. Taveras previously served as Chief of Staff to New York City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, where she managed budgets, legislation, and day-to-day 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 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. Prior to her current role, Ms. Tejada was the Director of Corporate Sponsorship at the Dominican Film Festival in NYC. A successful festival featuring the richness of the film industry in the Dominican Republic and the United States. She also 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. Previously, Ms. Tejada was the Development Coordinator at the City College of New York where she researched potential funding programs, developed strategies for crowdfunding campaigns, and coordinated fundraising events. She began her development career at Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC) where she first held the title of Development Officer and then Grant Writer and Special Event Consultant. Ms. Tejada is currently a member of the Committee for the Future and the Grant Advisory Committee, New York Women’s Foundation, and DWDC’s Gala Benefit Committee.


Ms. Tejada has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Latin American Studies and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York-John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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.  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 1986-1989. 


Ms. Wackstein received her 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.  In 2013 Ms. Wackstein was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater Binghamton University.   


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