Board of Trustees  

Co-Chairman of the Board

Marc Hyman

 

Marc Hyman has been a member of the Trail Blazers Board of Trustees since 2001, serving as Co-Chair from 2006 until 2020.  He learned of Trail Blazers while participating in the New York City Junior League’s Not-For-Profit Board Governance training program.  Having been a camper himself, the unique benefits of Trail Blazers’ mission of guiding youth development through experiential outdoor education and adventure resonated with him immediately.  His Board service to Trail Blazers has continued ever since.  Mr. Hyman is an attorney in the defense litigation firm of Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach LLP in New York.  He joined the firm in 1989 and became a Partner in 1996.  He is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law and Tufts University.

Co-Chairman of the Board

Hugh Babowal

Hugh Babowal began serving as Trail Blazer’s Co-Chairman of our Board of Trustees in January 2015 and has been a Trail Blazers Trustee since August 2011. Mr. Babowal heads Wells Fargo Securities’ Healthcare M&A practice and serves on Wells Fargo Securities’ Investment Banking Opinion Committee. He received an MBA from the Western Business School at the University of Western Ontario and a BA in Economics from the University of Alberta.

Esq, Secretary of the Board

Grace Kurdian

COMMITTEE: Governance (Chair), Executive.

Grace Kurdian began serving as a Trail Blazers Trustee in May of 2013 and has served as Secretary of the Board as of 2017. Grace is the Deputy General Counsel of Kindle Energy LLC, a portfolio company of the Blackstone Group. An attorney for over 20 years, Grace’s prior experience included service as a Deputy Attorney General in New Jersey as well as private practice as an associate and then partner at two law firms in New York.

Treasurer of the Board

Louis Milea

COMMITTEE: Governance, Alumni Engagement Committee

Louis is a CPA who also holds the AICPA’s Certified Information Technology Professional credential (CITP). Since 1994, as president of DeGraw Tompkins Solutions and informed by his background in public accounting and private industry, Louis has been advising clients and helping to implement custom ERP solutions.

A life long Trailblazer, Louis was a camper at for three years and an active alumnus since.  He joined the Board in 1998, has served on various committees and is currently Treasurer.

A Brooklyn native, Louis has lived in Bergen County New Jersey since 1984.

Evaluation (Chair), Benefit

Alex Kim

Alex Kim is Head of Program Management and Analytics for Global Wealth Management Americas business at UBS. Alex has worked internationally prior to settling in New York, spending significant time in both Hong Kong and Singapore. His experience expands beyond finance and technology companies working on enterprise-wide strategic initiatives to help shape the future of the businesses and their operations.
Alex holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and also a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST). Alex has also completed post-graduate studies at Stanford University in Financial Engineering.

Alex has been a benefactor for youth development and also enjoys spending his time staying active and venturing outside the city for recreational activities.

Alumni

Anna Krassy

Retired. Anna’s involvement with Trail Blazers spans six decades, starting with her time as a camper. Wanting to give other children the same opportunities she had as a camper, she became an active alumna, working as a Group Leader and then serving as a Board Member as well as volunteering in the office

Benefit, Finance

Chris Macios

Chris is a member of Houlihan Lokey’s Financial Sponsors Group. He is responsible for managing relationships with private equity firms ranging in fund size from $200 million to more than $15 billion. Specific areas of focus include sellside advisory, debt, and equity capital markets across a variety of sectors. Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Macios worked for eight years at Wells Fargo Securities in its Financial Sponsors Group, where he executed numerous transactions across leveraged finance, equity capital markets, and advisory. He began his career at NewStar Financial as an Associate. Chris holds a B.A. in Economics from Boston College.

Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Macios worked for eight years at Wells Fargo Securities in its Financial Sponsors Group, where he executed numerous transactions across leveraged finance, equity capital markets, and advisory.

He began his career at NewStar Financial as an Associate

Mr. Macios holds a B.A. in Economics from Boston College.

Benefit, Ops/Systems

Colleen Sebra

Colleen is a Partner at Ernst and Young LLP (EY). She focuses on Tax Technology and Transformation, leveraging her cross-industry experience to identify and implement operational process improvements, data analytics, visualization, and automation. She specializes in automating State income tax reporting processes and is passionate about saving people time so they can focus their energy on value-driving functions and personal priorities. Colleen graduated from the University of Georgia with a Masters in Accountancy and from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a double degree in International Business and Accounting. Colleen lives in Chatham, New Jersey with her husband, Mike, their two children, and dog, Bailey.

Compensation and Succession (Chair)

Christopher Sheaffer

Chris is a Partner in the New York City office of Reed Smith LLP, an international law firm with offices around the world. Chris is a member of the firm’s Global Corporate Group concentrating his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, securities law compliance, corporate governance issues, and general corporate law. Chris was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2013-2017 and is an active member of the Association for Corporate Growth where he serves on the membership committee. Chris is engaged in numerous charitable endeavors and, in addition to his work with Trail Blazers, serves on the Legal Committee of Global Potential, a New York based non-profit focused on empowering youth through international travel and social awareness. In his free time, Chris enjoys traveling as much as possible, running, and other outdoor activities.

DEI (Co-Chair)

Dana Muldrow

Dana Fields Muldrow

Vice President, Communications, Digital Marketing and Publishing

ICSC

At ICSC, the preeminent association for the retail and real estate industry, Dana is responsible for developing the marketing and communications strategies to promote events, thought leadership and content to 60,000 members globally.  She also oversees the organization’s efforts to drive nire diversity, equity and inclusion across the industry.

Prior to joining ICSC, Dana was the global director of inclusion and diversity communications at Ernst & Young, where she led external corporate brand positioning and internal employee engagement programming.  Dana held a similar role at Deloitte as well as provide communications support to the Office of the Chairman for number of years.

Finance

David Tcholakian

Customer Sat. (Chair)

Eamonn Johnston

Eamonn is a digital transformation and IT strategy leader. His areas of focus are digital strategy delivery and customer experience excellence, organizational transformation and optimization, and program and portfolio management. Eamonn lives in New York City with his wife, Alyson, daughter, Hannah, and Simon the Cockapoo. In his spare time Eamonn enjoys running and cycling and anything that involves adventures outdoors

Strategy and Evaluation

Erez Levin

Erez has spent over a decade working in the online advertising industry in various sales & business development positions. In his current role at Google, he is focused on the advertising technology space and helping Fortune 500 advertisers & national web/TV publishers leverage data, technology, and partnerships to grow their businesses. He holds a B.S. in Marketing from Rutgers University and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Arielle. In his free time, Erez loves to travel to far-flung parts of the world (backpacker-style), listen to audiobooks while running (two birds, one stone!), and play tennis (preferably alongside and not against his wife).

Strategy and Fund

Eric J. Smith

Eric J. Smith is Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel of PineBridge Investments. Prior to joining the PineBridge, Mr. Smith served as General Counsel to IREO Management, an India-focused real estate private equity fund manager. Between graduation from university and beginning law school, Mr. Smith spent two years teaching English at the junior high level in Ichikawa, Japan as a member of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Mr. Smith received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Property (Chair), Governance

Frank Nolan

Frank is an attorney in the New York City office of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP, where he is a member of the firm’s global litigation group. Frank defends class action lawsuits and complex business litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the country and advises financial services and insurance clients on issues affecting their core business practices. Frank also serves on the Board of the non-profit organization City Cottage, which facilitates educational programs between high school students in the United States and Malawi. In his free time, Frank enjoys outdoor activities, especially fishing and hunting. He lives in New York City with his wife, Lizzie, and their dog, Marbles.

DEI (Co-Chair)

Helen Horsham-Bertels

Helen is Principal at Bago Consulting, a Customer Service consulting firm located in New York and specializing in customer service program diagnostics, training and communications. Prior to founding Bago, she spent 16 years in the hospitality industry with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Her career spans several industries including Consumer Packaged Good, Direct Sales, and Publishing. Throughout her career, she has focused on understanding the customer, delivering exceptional service through fully empowered employees, and optimizing customer feedback to drive continuous improvement and process change. She has served as a Director and Chair of SOCAP, a dynamic and collaborative community of Customer Care professionals. Her desire to make a difference in the lives of young people led her to Trail Blazers, where she hopes to leverage her background and passion to understand the needs of clients and support the goals of the organization.

Benefit (Chair) and Governance

Janell Wise

Janell Wise is an assistant general counsel for ViacomCBS Inc., where she focuses on contracts and rights and pre-publication and pre-broadcast clearance for the CBS Television Network, including CBS News and CBS Sports, and CBS owned and operated television stations in the Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver Detroit, Minneapolis markets. Before joining CBS, she worked was an associate in the Technology and Intellectual Transactions practice at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP, an international law firm. She holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Janell lives in Brooklyn, NY. In her free time, she loves to travel the world, surf and sail.

Strategy and Evaluation

Jim Torpey

Jim is a professional with many years of experience in the electric industry as an executive with utility companies and solar energy firms. He founded a solar industry consultancy and has worked on the East Coast and in Australia for SunPower Corporation. He has served on numerous boards, both for-profit and non-profit. Before his business career, he taught students and adults from kindergarten to college. Jim is also an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast!

Governance and DEI

John Howie

John is currently a member of the investment team at Willett Advisors, Mayor Bloomberg’s family office. His previous experience includes investment management (JPMorgan, Carbon Capital), strategy consulting (Monitor, Palladium), and Private Equity (Treacy & Company). He also serves on the Advisory Board of RocketStar, developer of a reusable aerospike rocket engine for commercial space operations.

Finance

Nathaniel Drake

Nathaniel Drake is a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group at Macquarie Capital.  He provides strategic, M&A and capital advisory services to the specialty finance sector with a focus on transportation leasing and consumer finance.  He enjoys spending his free time hiking, mountain biking, cycling and skiing.   He received a BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University.

 

Nate currently works for the Macquarie Group. Nate loves the outdoors so, of course, Trail Blazers is a great fit.

Alumni

Ronald Rasdall Jr.

Strategy

Ryan Goodman

Ryan Goodman is the CEO of Scale Microgrid Solutions, a new microgrid and distributed energy company that is revolutionizing the energy infrastructure in the US. Ryan has over a decade of experience in the energy industry, with prior stints at GE Energy, the Boston Consulting Group, and ENER-G Rudox, a company he helped grow and sell in 2016. Today, Ryan lives in northern NJ with his wife, Anne, and three daughters. Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family and friends, travel, NY Giants football, and any activities that gets him outside. He has always valued outdoor education, dating back to his days in the Boy Scouts, and is a true supporter of Trail Blazer’s mission and vision.

DEI

Tom Nakashian

Strategy and Compensation

Vasilis Varsakopoulos

Advisory Board  

Advisory Board Member

Jonathan Peris

Jon is a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management. He has 22 years of Capital Markets and Wealth Management Experience. Jon graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Today, he lives in Mountainside, New Jersey with his wife, Sari, their three children and a new pup. Jon has proudly served for years as a mentor and on the Board of Trail Blazers.He is also on the board of the Animal Cancer Foundation. An advocate of protecting people’s health and wealth, Jon encourages people to leave time for personal fitness and fulfillment. Away from work, Jon enjoys spending time with family and friends, fitness, music, travel, getting outside in nature, and the personal rewards of supporting various philanthropies. 

Advisory Board Member

Lee Simonson

Lee Simonson is the President of Simonson Associates, an advisory firm in New York that assists media companies and their executives in strategic planning. Lee spent 30 years of his career in the radio broadcasting industry culminating in positions as Vice President and General Manager of KISS-FM and WOR-AM in New York City and ownership of over 50-plus radio stations across the U.S. Lee earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a Certified Business Mentor for SCORE, a non-profit partner of the SBA, a Walking Guide in Central Park for the Central Park Conservancy, and a volunteer for Big Apple Greeters. He has been married to Nancy for 44 years with 2 adult children, Michael and Laura, and a grandson, Jonah.

Advisory Board Member

Nihad Rahman

Nihad Rahman is the head of Planning & Analysis for the Corporate Sector, leading the team responsible for the forecasting and financial analytics of the $10B of NIE in J.P.Morgan’s Corporate Sector. He joined the firm in May 2015 after 11 years at GE, where he, most recently, led financial planning and analysis for the Commercial Lending & Leasing business within GE Capital. Nihad has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Haverford College and an MBA from Columbia University. He lives in New York City with his wife and children.

Emeritus Board  

EMERITUS Trustee

Arthur Fishelman

EMERITUS Trustee

George M. Kunath

EMERITUS Trustee

William D. Bouw

Honorary Trustee

Catherine Smorto
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