Junior Leadership Council Executive Board

Sabrina Bertucci

Sabrina Bertucci graduated from The George Washington University with a BA in Art History. She has worked for a Non-Governmental Organization accredited to the United Nations in the marketing division and is currently working in outreach and networking for an international consulting firm.  She also has worked for multiple art magazines dealing with communication and advertising and has experience in event planning. 

Daniel Brancusi

Daniel Brancusi is currently the Region Director of ASM Brands, a boutique spirits company that he helped launch in 2014.  He received his BS from Lehigh University and MS from Cornell University.

Francesco Clark

When 24-year-old Francesco Clark took a nocturnal dive into the shallow end of a pool and felt the full impact of his chin on the bottom, he knew immediately that something was very wrong. Paralyzed from the neck down, doctors announced that he’d never move from his bed or breathe without a ventilator. Defying their predictions, he was breathing unaided within days, marking the start of his recovery process. With unwavering determination and the support of his tight-knit family, he underwent a controversial surgery in China and sought out cutting-edge physical therapy regimens, regaining unexpected mobility over time. 

One consequence of Francesco’s critical injury – the development of a painful skin condition resulting from his body’s inability to sweat out toxins – led to a new career. Francesco and his father began mixing soothing lotions with natural ingredients, which were bottled into batches of lotion. What started as a shoestring operation in the Clark family’s kitchen has grown into the award-winning Clark’s Botanicals collection. A darling of the cosmetics industry, Clark’s Botanicals has been featured in W, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and InStyle, and is sold worldwide in luxury stores such as Henri Bendel and Fred Segal. A portion of its proceeds goes toward supporting research for spinal cord injuries.

Ten years after his life-changing accident, Francesco, a Johns Hopkins University graduate and active member of the Second Decade Society for Johns Hopkins, now runs Clark’s Botanicals, and recently published his first book, Walking Papers (Hyperion). He continues to work on his own recovery, while giving back by serving as a national ambassador for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and as a member of NYSCF's Junior Leadership Council, offering hope to others afflicted with spinal-cord injuries. 

Maggie Close

Maggie earned her BA from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and worked as a Scientific Programs Associate for NYSCF from 2008 - 2009.  After leaving NYSCF, Maggie enrolled in New York University's Pre-Health Post Baccalaureate Program, where she studied for three years. She is currently working in the lab of Dr. Eric Kandel, at Columbia University, as a Research Assistant, and will be applying to Graduate and PhD programs in Cognitive Neuroscience next fall.

Carolyna De Laurentiis

Carolyna De Laurentiis is a second year MBA Candidate at NYU Stern School of business. Carolyna most recently worked as a Product Manager within American Express’ Enterprise Growth division, where she will return upon graduation. Previously, Carolyna was the Director of Marketing and Product at FarmersWeb, an e-commerce platform that connects wholesale buyers with farmers in the New York region. Prior to FarmersWeb, she worked as Marketing Supervisor for B.R. Guest Hospitality, a national restaurant chain with over 20 restaurant and bar locations.
Carolyna earned her BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated Cum Laude.
Carolyna is President of InSITE Fellows, a 501c3 that supports exceptional graduate students in their pursuit of careers in venture capital, technology and entreneurship.

Greg Geronemus

Greg Geronemus is an executive officer of smarTours, a provider of affordable travel packages to exotic destinations around the world. Greg is also a co-founder of Footbridge Partners, a private investment firm in New York. 
Greg graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Economics. He later attended Harvard Business School and received his MBA.
During business school, Greg became involved in the Thyroid Cancer Care Collaborative, a web-based disease management platform tailored specifically for the treatment of thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules. He now serves on the Board of Directors.
Greg is committed to helping advance NYSCF's mission and eager to help engage other young adults in the cause.

Alex Goldberger (Co-Chair)

Alex Goldberger is a first-year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School studying finance and media. He most recently worked as a corporate development summer associate at Tribeca Enterprises, the media company that operates the Tribeca Film Festival. Prior to Tribeca, Alex served as a writer and producer for NBC Sports, winning three Sports Emmy Awards for his work covering the Olympics.
He received a BA in American Studies from Yale, graduating with distinction. In addition to his role with NYSCF, Alex serves as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City.

Daniyal Hussain

Daniyal has 4 years of experience in the life sciences industry and currently works at The Huron Consulting Group in their life sciences division. Prior to Huron he was at the Frankel Group, a life science strategy management consulting firm. His client mix includes multinational pharmaceutical companies, biotech and medical device firms as well as healthcare investors. He has provided clients with clinical development, commercial strategy, lifecycle planning, and merger & acquisition advice across a range of therapeutic areas including oncology, pulmonology, infectious diseases, cardiology and hematology. Daniyal is currently pursuing an MPH degree part time at Columbia University and has bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics (honors) from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been involved with different charities across New York, blogs from time to time, and is very interested in the promise that novel stem cell technologies could hold for future research and therapeutics.

Brandon Law

Brandon Law is currently a senior at Harvard University, working to complete his BA in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. His fascination with stem cell and tumor biology began in high school as a student researcher in Dr. Walter C. Low's laboratory at the University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute. During that time, Brandon actively pursued projects focused on tumor metabolism and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.

While at Harvard, Brandon decided to continue his passion for research through the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. He currently works at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine where he completed his senior honors thesis under the guidance of Dr. Jayaraj Rajagopal. Brandon’s scientific work has resulted in a number of published abstracts, awards, and peer-reviewed manuscripts, including a cover feature in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. Brandon hopes to continue working on the frontline of stem cell research as a physician-scientist. 

Mark McCauley (Co-Chair)

Mark McCauley is a founding member and Principal at Parquet Capital Management, a Boston based alternative asset manager. Prior to Parquet Capital, Mark was a founding member and Vice President at Melody Capital Partners. Previously, he was a Director at UBS Investment Bank in the Special Situations Group.
Mark attended Lehigh University where he earned an M.S degree in Analytical Finance and two B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Bioengineering. While at Lehigh he also competed for the wrestling team.

Charlotte Meringoff

Charlotte Meringoff graduated from Lafayette College in May 2014 with both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology & Sociology. She is currently finishing her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at New York University with the aim of specializing in pediatrics. Charlotte also serves as a board member for the Meringoff Family Foundation.
Charlotte’s previous work experience has mostly been with children with special needs. She helped run a Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) program primarily for children with Cerebral Palsy at Rusk Rehabilitation, Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Craig J. Moskowitz, MD

Neil O’Donnell, Esq.

Max Mullen

Thomas J. Pacchia

Thomas J. Pacchia is a Senior Associate working within BNP Paribas, a global investment bank.  Since joining the Corporate and Investment Banking group he has served as a derivative negotiator, concentrating on a wide variety of financial products with institutional counter parties.  Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Thomas was a Consulting Attorney at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

Thomas earned a B.A. in History from Trinity College before earning his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property from Maastricht University.  In the Fall, he will begin a Masters in Global Finance at NYU’s Stern Business School.

Katherine S. Pier, MD

Katherine S. Pier, MD is a Psychiatry Resident at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She additionally serves on the Board of Directors of the MINDS Foundation, a grassroots organization committed to eliminating the stigma of mental illness in rural India. Through the identification of high risk individuals and the education of patients, families, and communities, the MINDS foundation facilitates access to psychiatric services for extremely neglected populations. 
Katherine graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 where she received her B.A. in Psychology. She later attended the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and graduated with a Medical Degree in 2013. 
She lived for over a year in Argentina where she provided early psychological interventions to children transitioning from orphanages to foster care. She also helped treat patients in a pediatric oncology division of a local hospital. 
Dr. Pier’s research has focused on novel approaches to the treatment of depression. She has conducted research on the use and mechanism of Ketamine as an antidepressant and explored idiosyncratic presentations of depression in the elderly population. She  is also involved in research on the prevalence of Body Dysmorphic Disorder in cosmetic dermatology practice. 
During residency, Katherine will gain experience in geriatric, forensic, child and women’s mental health, and be trained to diagnose, research and treat psychiatric, neurological and medical illnesses. 
Her commitment to the New York Stem Cell Foundation represents an opportunity for Katherine to integrate her passions for philanthropy, research and medicine in an effort to advance the Foundation’s mission to accelerate cures for the major diseases of our time.

Melissa Rothberg

Richard W. Rundle

Richard W. Rundle currently serves as the Director of Sales for The Booking Group; Broadway's largest booking agency. In this role Mr. Rundle oversees the booking of Broadway National Tours in over 150 North American markets.  He is an alumnus of Indiana University-Bloomington with a BA in Theatre and Drama and a minor in Business.

Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman is a Senior Associate at General Atlantic, a global growth equity investment firm, where he focuses on investments in the retail and consumer sector.  Previously he worked in technology private equity at Silver Lake, and as an investment banking analyst at Greenhill & Co.
Ben graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Economics and a Secondary in Neurobiology.
Ben is also actively involved with the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, the National Kidney Foundation, and the Harvard Club of New York City.

Edward Timlin

Edward Timlin is an Associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP, an international law firm.  Since joining Shearman & Sterling's New York Litigation Department in 2010, Edward's practice has focused on litigation stemming from securities and M&A transactions.  Edward also represents the plaintiffs in a prisoners' rights class action.

Edward graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD before that, from Cornell University, where he majored in philosophy and history.

Lindsay Timlin

Lindsay Timlin is an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, one of the premier U.S. law firms.  Lindsay joined Cravath in 2009 and practices commercial litigation, handling cases involving intellectual property, antitrust, insurance, environmental, securities, mergers & acquisitions, employment and contract matters.  Lindsay is a member of Cravath's Litigation Support Committee.  Lindsay also provides pro bono legal representation for disadvantaged women on a variety of family law matters, including child support and domestic violence cases.

Lindsay graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  During law school, Lindsay interned for Judge John G. Koeltl, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and then Judge Sonia Sotomayor, during Justice Sotomayor's tenure on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  Lindsay graduated with a BA with Distinction from the University of Virginia, where she majored in English Literature.

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