Board of Directors

 
 

Neill Coleman, President

Neill McG. Coleman has served on the board of Stonewall Community Foundation since 2014 and as President since 2016. As President he chairs the Board and supports Stonewall’s dynamic staff and grantees to accelerate change.

Neill currently serves as Chief Philanthropy Officer at Trinity Church Wall Street, leading the Grants & Mission Investing team. Trinity is a growing and inclusive Episcopal parish that awards over $10 million a year in grants in New York City and globally. Neill oversees Trinity’s philanthropic initiatives, focusing on affordable housing, racial justice, and building leadership and financial capacity.    

From 2012 to 2017, Neill served as Vice President, Global Communications for The Rockefeller Foundation  where he led a multi-million dollar grantmaking portfolio focused on leveraging the Foundation’s influence to build greater resilience and more inclusive economies.

Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Neill served as Chief External Affairs Officer at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he helped communicate the Obama Administration’s response to the housing crisis. Before assuming the leadership of HUD’s Office of Public Affairs in 2009, Neill served as Assistant Commissioner for Communications at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and as director of communications for the New York League of Conservation Voters. He also managed North American communications for the global architecture firm RMJM.

Neill is a native of Glasgow, Scotland and has an M.A. in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He and his husband, Danny Stephens, live in Hell’s Kitchen.

 

Christian Nwachukwu, Jr., Vice President

Christian Nwachukwu, Jr. works at Bloomberg Philanthropies to advance the foundation's Government Innovation program, a unique effort of sustained, diverse investments to strengthen city halls and improve how local governments work around the world.

Prior to joining Bloomberg Philanthropies, Christian served as Director of Speechwriting at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he was the chief speechwriter for Secretary Julián Castro and Deputy Secretary Nani Coloretti. It was the capstone of a seven-year speechwriting career, during which he served as director of speechwriting at the Corporation for National and Community Service, speechwriter for New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and senior speechwriter at the New York City Housing Authority.

Christian is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of Morehouse College, where he studied biology and edited The Maroon Tiger newspaper. His greatest regret is that he did not take the opportunity to also study ballet at Morehouse's sister, Spelman College.

 

Rosemary E. Coluccio, Treasurer

Rosemary E. Coluccio joined the board of Stonewall Community Foundation in May 2018 and has taken on the role of Treasurer. As Treasurer, she works with Stonewall’s staff to ensure the highest levels of accountability, fiscal responsibility, and stewardship.

Between 2011 and 2018, Rosemary led an in-house financial consulting team at Planned Parenthood Federation of America protecting the brand and footprint by strengthening affiliate operations and financial sustainability in the face of a changing healthcare environment and constant external attacks on women’s health and rights.

Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, Rosemary was the Chief Financial Officer for the other nonprofit organizations: International Women’s Health Coalition, Latino Commission on AIDS, and the Empire State Pride Agenda, where she was proud to have had a role in securing the Sexual Orientation Non Discrimination Act (SONDA), codifying protections for gay, lesbian, bi, and queer New Yorkers. She also worked for 11 years in the private sector for a healthcare management company executing back office services for healthcare providers.

Rosemary is a native New Yorker with a BS in Accounting from New York University and an MS in Taxation from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business. She lives in Manhattan and the Fire Island Pines, where she also serves on the Board of Fire Commissioners.

 

Isaac Jean-François, Secretary

Isaac Jean-François is a current undergraduate student at Columbia University studying Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. He was the Business Manager of WKCR, Columbia University’s radio station. Interested in the intersection of academia and activism, Isaac joined Stonewall in the hopes of engaging the work of leading Queer and Post-Colonial scholars in relation to New York City’s ever-developing LGBTQ community.

Isaac’s mother, Dr. Julia Jean-François, is the Co-Director of the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and has shared with Isaac a deep love for nonprofit community engagement. Isaac’s father, Dr. Joseph Carl Jean-François is a psychiatrist in private practice. During the 1990s, Dr. Jean-François worked with Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in the Special Needs Clinic to address the needs of families affected by HIV/AIDs. 

Isaac frequents the Museum Mile and enjoys endless hours at the Metropolitan Opera.

 

Mary Bognanno

Mary Bognanno currently works at American Express as a Director in the Global Consumer Services Group. In this role, she is responsible for managing a broad range of activities including strategic planning, executive office communications, and employee engagement initiatives, to help drive the achievement of key business objectives. Mary is a member of the New York chapters for American Express’ PRIDE and WIN (Women’s Interest Network) employee networks.

Mary joined American Express in 2011 as a Senior Client Manager in the Global Merchant Services organization. Prior to Amex, Mary spent 7 years at Johnson & Johnson in various sales roles across the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device sectors. Mary holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, and a Master of Business Administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.  

Mary is passionate about giving back to the community and has served on the board of directors for Stonewall Community Foundation since 2013. In addition to her role as Secretary, she is a member of the Outreach and Engagement Committee.

Mary lives in the Financial District with her husband Joe and cat Izzy, and enjoys live music, CrossFit, SoulCycle, and Netflix.

 

Nevin Caple

Nevin Caple joined the Stonewall Board in May 2019. She is a strategic inclusion consultant and national thought leader on inclusion in sport. Her philosophy is centered on trust and respect, taking a holistic and human-centered approach to help sport administrators develop sustainable inclusion strategies.

Nevin is Co-founder and Managing Partner of LGBT SportSafe, founded to create an inclusive infrastructure for athletic leadership to support student-athletes. Since 2011, Nevin has worked with over 200 colleges and universities nationwide. She sits on the Women’s Sports Foundation Advocacy Committee, National Center for Lesbian Rights National Leadership Council, and serves as a member of the faculty for WeCOACH. Nevin was retained as the Diversity & Inclusion Consultant for the CIAA Conference, the nations oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities athletic conference in the country, and regularly partners with the NCAA on inclusion initiatives.

Nevin earned her BS in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2002, where she was also a member of the women’s basketball team. Nevin and her partner, Colleen McCaffrey, reside in Brooklyn.

Trish Chobrda

Trish Chobrda recently joined the team at New Era Cap, the leading headwear brand around the world. She took on the role of Key Account Manager for Lifestyle collections focusing on major national retailers. This is a big change after nearly 10 years at Haddad Brands, the largest Childrenswear Company in the world with the licenses for Nike, Jordan, Converse, Hurley and Levis kids apparel, accessories and hosiery globally. There she held several positions, beginning as a sales assistant, moving into Brand Management and Merchandising and, most recently, the Global VP of Baby and Hosiery.

As an ally of the LGBTQ community, Trish has served on the Board of Directors for Stonewall Community Foundation since 2013 and works with the Recruitment and Governance Committee to help cultivate new board and committee members. Trish is from the great state of New Jersey where she and her sister were adopted by amazing parents who always instilled service and kindness to others. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with a BA in English and a minor in Creative Writing. She moved to NYC to pursue her dream of writing and instead found the world of fashion. She lives on the Upper West Side, is an avid animal lover and self-proclaimed foodie.

 

Cymone Fuller

Cymone Fuller joined the Board of Directors for Stonewall Community Foundation in 2019. She currently serves as a Senior Program Associate for the Vera Institute of Justice, a national criminal justice reform organization dedicated to building justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. With a focus on improving outcomes for youth and families impacted by the juvenile justice system, she provides strategic support to sites across the country looking to implement reform efforts.

Prior to her work at Vera, Cymone worked to dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline in her home state of Minnesota and promoted equitable access to higher education at New York University. In addition to being a fierce advocate for social justice, she also loves traveling, wellness and sports, and spending time outdoors.

Cymone received her BA in Sociology and Social Justice from the University of Minnesota and an MPA in Policy and Nonprofit Management from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Cecilia Gentili

Cecilia Gentili started Transgender Equity Consulting after serving as the Director of Policy at GMHC, the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy from 2016 to 2019. Originally from Argentina, Cecilia found her passion for advocacy and community service when she started working as an intern at the LGBT Community Center in New York City. From 2012 to 2016, she managed the Transgender Health Program at the Apicha Community Health Center. Cecilia is also contributor to Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community, and a board member for Translatina Network, Transcend Legal, Stonewall Community Foundation and the New Empire Pride Agenda.

Throughout her career, Cecilia has trained more than 3,000 individuals on a range of issues that include LGBTQ inclusion, immigration, drug use, sexual health, trans sensitivity, and intersectionality. She has worked with city, state and federal governments, non and for profit organizations to ensure that their employees and customers have a seamless experience, and her knowledge has helped organizations bring about lasting and meaningful change.

For fun, she loves performing at storytelling and stand-up comedy events where she talks about her life experiences as a Latina transgender woman. Cecilia was a guest star at POSE for their first and second season playing Ms. Orlando.

Nick Hodges

Nick joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer and oversees Finance, Investments, IT, Operations and Sponsored Projects and Funds. In this capacity he is responsible for end-to-end client experience across programs managed and supported by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. He leads program work in impact investing and financial inclusion work in Nigeria and Tanzania.

Prior to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Nick was the inaugural COO at Schwab Charitable responsible for launching the first wide-scale investment management solution for donor-advised funds. He has also held senior roles at Tides and the San Francisco Foundation. He has more than 15 years working in philanthropy with donors. Prior to philanthropy, Nick spent 15 years in financial services serving in senior management roles with Charles Schwab & Co. Nick received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco and is a certified trainer with 21/64, working with next gen philanthropists. He has held numerous securities licenses and completed management curriculum at Stanford University.

Nick has held board positions with Horizons Foundation and Community United Against Violence and is delighted to serve as a director at Stonewall Community Foundation as of Spring 2019.

Jayson Jarushewsky

Jayson Jarushewsky first became involved with Stonewall in 1999, joining the Board of Directors shortly thereafter. He served on the Board until 2006 before beginning another tenure in 2012. 

With over 20 years' experience as a restructuring and lending lawyer, Jayson currently works as Associate General Counsel and Director at ACA Financial Guaranty Corporation. Prior to joining ACA, he was the Head of the Wholesale Bank Legal Department at Standard Chartered Bank, where he managed a legal team focused on identifying and managing SCB's legal risks in the Americas.

Jayson began his legal career working as an associate with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy's Financial Restructuring Group, focusing on cross border, partnership and products liability-related bankruptcy proceedings and restructurings. He graduated from Cornell University in 1986 with a B.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations and received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1991.

 

Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy Johnson is a residential real estate broker who has worked in the New York City real estate industry since 2008. As the head of the Jimmy Johnson Team at Compass, he works across a wide range of Manhattan and Brooklyn properties, helping buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants find their place in NYC. Jimmy began his connection to SCF in 2007 as a charter member of Stonewall Quarter Share, where he served on the Leadership Council for five years. During that time, Jimmy organized educational and volunteer events for SQS and helped the program to expand its membership. In 2016, Jimmy joined the Recruitment & Governance Committee for the foundation, working to bring new talent to the Stonewall Board.

Jimmy holds a bachelor of arts degree in Theater Studies from Yale University, where he was a member of the Duke’s Men of Yale and the Whiffenpoofs. In his free time, Jimmy enjoys singing with the Empire City Men’s Chorus, exploring his neighborhood in Brooklyn, and traveling with his closest friends.

 

Rachel Korberg

Rachel Korberg is a Program Officer at The Ford Foundation where she leads a portfolio focused economic justice and opportunity. She was previously an Associate Director at The Rockefeller Foundation and, earlier, Vice President at the venture capital and investment advisory firm Serengeti Capital. Throughout her career, she has worked to be an advocate for the queer community, from leading Rockefeller’s LGBTQI+ employee resource group to helping to develop a federal government agency’s first-ever LGBT inclusion policy.

Rachel holds a MA from Yale University, executive training from the Stanford Graduate School of Business School, and a BA from Tufts University. She has a passion for community engagement and human-centered design and has facilitated over 50 events, ranging from convenings with CEOs to workshops with frontline social service providers.

Rachel is partnered with and married to Alexia Korberg, who was part of Edie Windsor’s legal team, successfully litigating her case through the Supreme Court and leading to federal recognition of same-sex marriage. They are the proud parents of a loving, strong daughter and a slightly deranged but adorable dog.

Chris Mahdik

Chris Mahdik is the Director of Consumer Engagement Marketing for PayPal Credit. He leads customer lifecycle and loyalty marketing for PayPal’s U.S. credit products. Prior to PayPal, Chris held various roles across American Express. He spearheaded new customer acquisition for the Delta, Starwood, and Hilton card products, digital marketing for AmEx’s consumer travel website, and innovation marketing for several new businesses, which earned him the Pinnacle Top Achiever Excellence Award in 2015. Prior to American Express, Chris was in strategy consulting at Bain & Company and held marketing roles at Household Credit Services and Mellon Bank.

Chris brings to the Board a long history of volunteer work within the LGBTQ+ community. He was an HIV/AIDS educator with the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force and Monterey County AIDS Project. He led over 60 volunteers as the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2002 Boston Pride Festival, an event that drew over half a million attendees. He also provided peer phone support with the LGBT National Help Center on topics such as coming out, gender identity, relationship concerns, HIV/AIDS and safer-sex information. Chris joined the Stonewall Board in Spring 2019.

Chris graduated with a B.S. in Finance with highest distinction from Penn State University and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Dante Mastri

Dante Mastri is a strategist and digital marketer in Global Advertising & Brand Management at American Express focused on evolving brand strategy and transforming go-to-market approaches to more effectively build awareness, increase loyalty and drive revenue growth. Among his brand-building initiatives, he developed and expanded a consumer engagement program to better connect with multicultural consumers – work which earned the American Express Chairman’s Award for Innovation and a Multicultural Excellence Award from the Association of National Advertisers. Dante holds two degrees from the University of Michigan, including an MBA from the Ross School of Business. Dante has been with American Express since 2010, and his career has included roles with BMG Entertainment, Time Warner Inc., NYCEDC and Johnson & Johnson.

 

Yvette Miley

Yvette M. Miley, a veteran journalist, is a Senior Vice President for MSNBC & NBC News. She is responsible for talent management and development of people both on and off camera. YVette is the executive in charge of weekend, overnights, and early morning programming. She also works closely with MSNBC President, Phil Griffin, and the editorial teams responsible for dayside programming, breaking news, and coverage of special events. In 2015, Yvette's role and responsibilities were expanded when she was named head of diversity and inclusion for both MSNBC and NBC News. In this role, Miley focuses on retention and recruiting of the best and brightest for the News Group. Yvette also served as executive-in-charge of the digital platform NBCOUT and Executive Editor of thegrio.com.

Yvette has worked at NBC Universal for 26 years. Before joining MSNBC and NBC News, she served as assistant news director for NBC 6/WTVJ. She also served as Vice President and News Director of the then-owned NBC station, WVTM-NBC 13 in Birmingham, Alabama. She was also Vice President and News Director of the Miami/Fort Lauderdale-based NBC-owned and operated television station NBC 6/WTVJ. 

In addition to multiple Emmy Awards, including an Emmy for NBC News and MSNBC’s coverage of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, Yvette has received several Edward R. Murrow, Society of Professional Journalists, Dupont, Peabody, and Associated Press awards. She has also been recognized by the National Press Club, the Urban League of Palm Beach County, and the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce for her community service and commitment to mentoring others in the industry.

 

Gabriel Morales

Gabriel Morales joined the board of Stonewall Community Foundation in May 2019. He is a Senior Vice President at Citi with Global Public Affairs and handles external communications for Citi’s Research group. Most recently, Gabriel worked with Citi’s Corporate Citizenship team, where he executed its stakeholder engagement strategy to help increase internal and external visibility around sustainability, volunteerism, and Citi Foundation programming. He is a member of Citi’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group steering committee and currently supports its communications and marketing efforts.

Prior to joining Citi in 2013, Gabriel was with the NYC Mayor's Office helping with the Young Men's Initiative, a comprehensive multi-agency effort to improve social and economic outcomes for black and Latino young men in the five boroughs. Gabriel has also worked as a general assignment news reporter in Southern California and Texas.

Gabriel graduated with a Master of Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. He also holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations from the University of Southern California.

Javier Morgado

Javier Morgado is the Executive Producer of CNN’s morning show New Day. Since 2014, Javi is responsible for overseeing the editorial production and strategic vision for 15 hours of live programming every week. He was part of CNN’s team recently honored with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for continuing coverage of Hurricane Maria devastating Puerto Rico. Prior to joining CNN, Javi held several management positions at NBC News during his 11-year tenure. Most recently, he served as Supervising Producer of NBC’s TODAY show.

The two-time Daytime Emmy award-winning producer got his start in local news two decades ago in his hometown of Miami. Javi holds a Master of Business Administration in media management from Fordham University and a Master of Science in human resource management from New York University. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he received a Bachelor of Science in communication.

Javi joined the Board of Directors of Stonewall Community Foundation in 2019. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Martha Graham Dance Company; on the Advisory Board for the Provincetown Film Festival; and on the Dean’s Visiting Committee at the University of Miami School of Communication.

Daniel Padnos

Daniel Padnos is a businessman and an advocate for social causes. Growing up in Michigan during the 1960's, he was active in youth protests against the Vietnam War. Moving to Israel shortly before Jimmy Carter's Camp David Accords, he became a leader in the peace movement there, serving as the executive director of an organization called "Partnership". Returning to the United States in the 1990's he began a second career in business, importing and distributing audio and video technology products. Later, he and his husband Dex Phillip founded a cosmetics company, DEX New York, now a global brand. He is also part owner of his family's four-generation metal, paper and plastics recycling firm in Michigan and Indiana.

Daniel's board service includes several decades on the Boards of Padnos Iron and Metal, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland (Michigan), and the Satellite Collective, a multi-disciplinary arts organization based in both Michigan and New York City. Following 10 years of involvement with the Stonewall Foundation, he now serves on its Board and is a member of the Development Committee, where he dreams and schemes of strengthening Stonewall's human and financial resources.

Daniel is a graduate of Haifa University and did post-graduate work in City and Regional Planning at the Technion Institute in Israel. He has two children and six grandchildren. He speaks five languages, and is now learning Chinese.

 

Michael Hamill Remaley

Michael Hamill Remaley is an independent consultant to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations with his firm Hamill Remaley, working with a client roster that includes the New York Community Trust, J.M. Kaplan Fund, Public Agenda, the Support Center for Nonprofits and Inside Philanthropy. Previously, he was Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Communications at Philanthropy New York, the regional association of grantmakers. Prior to joining PNY, Michael led the Hamill Remaley consulting practice with nonprofit and foundation clients such as The Communications Network, Center for Effective Philanthropy, Grantmakers for Education, Public Interest Projects (now NEO Philanthropy), Public Agenda, Freelancers Union, Philanthropy Awareness Initiative, and Northwest Area Foundation.

Before 2009, Michael was the Communications Director for the Russell Sage Foundation and before that was Vice President and Director of Communications for Public Agenda. Earlier, Remaley held leadership positions with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, TCC Group, Temple University’s Center for Social Policy and Community Development, and the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation. Michael has a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University, with the primary focus of his graduate work on planning and evaluation. He has a B.A. (also from Temple University) in Journalism, concentrating in Public Relations. Michael is a member of the board of directors of the Stonewall Community Foundation as well as the Board Treasurer and Lead Consultant to Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation.

 

Chris Villarreal

Chris Villarreal is the Vice President of Integrated Marketing Communications for Marcus by Goldman Sachs, an online platform offering unsecured personal loans to consumers. He is responsible for brand strategy, advertising, public relations and social media.

Previously he held various roles at American Express, most recently as the Director of Branding and Marketing for Plenti, the first national coalition rewards program. In that capacity he was part of the core team that built and launched the brand, resulting in over 28MM members in just four months.  He was also part of a cross-country disruptive innovation team reporting to the President of International Consumer & Small Business.

Prior to American Express he cut his teeth at Equinox leading member marketing and on the agency side working for Ogilvy & Mather and the Ad Council.

Chris received his BBA from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.