Board of Directors

Mark A. Hemenetz, Co-Chairman

Thomas Regan, Co-Chairman

Michael Lubowitz, Secretary
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Robert S. Brown, Treasurer

Debjani Bagchi, CFA
Deutsche Bank Wealth Management

Adam Baxter
Macquarie Capital (USA)

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D.
Consultant in Higher Education &
, I CAN Finish College

Eric J. Farina
Morgan Stanley

Samuel A. Gradess
New York Livery Leasing

Esther Judelson
Google Inc.

Kenny Moore
Moet & Chandon USA/LVMH

Mark H. Moore
Reavis Page Jump LLP

Peter O. Nkongho
JP Morgan Chase

Patrick Ramsey
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Richard H. Robinson
Morgan Stanley

Peter Stein
Stein Seafoods

Jason Teeters
Siebert, Cisneros, Shank & Co.


Directors Emeriti

Vincent Alfieri
Bryan Cave LLP

Alain Lebec*
Brock Capital Group LLC

Alfred C. Sikes*

*Founding Board Members

Advisory Council

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Consultant in Higher Education &
, I CAN Finish College

Betsy McKenna, Co-Chair
Exponential Returns, LLC

Sonia Bhuta Sisodia
South Asian Youth Action

Abelardo Fernández
Children’s Aid

Kim Flores, Ph.D.

Paul Forbes
Expanded Success Initiative, NYC DOE

Ileana Infante
Hunter College School of Education

Doug Knecht
Bank Street Education Center at Bank Street College

Katy Knight
Siegel Family Endowment

Susan Neuman
Steinhardt School of Education, NYU

Pat Priolet
Robin Hood Foundation

Fretta Reitzes
Consultant in Early Childhood Education & Author, Teaching Kindergarten: Learner Centered Classrooms in the 21st

Amanda Rosenblum
Student Leadership Network

Ian Rosenblum
Education Trust – NY

Donald M. Ruff, Jr.
Eagle Academy

Rosemarie Truglio, Ph.D.
Sesame Workshop

Sheena Wright
United Way of NYC

Associate Board

Bill Chism, Chair

Arielle Altman
Nonprofit Consultant

Francesca Carson
Fireborn Institute

Thom Christensen

George Davis
Open Society Foundations

David Foster
National Basketball Players Association

Carly Lynch
Marymount Manhattan College

Sofia Mussa
NYC Department of Small Business Services

We are currently seeking members for the Associate Board.

Senior Staff

Danielle Guindo
Executive Director

Ms. Guindo brings almost twenty years of senior non‐profit experience to her role as Executive Director. Danielle has a diverse and effective background in managing education-based initiatives for children from infancy through college and has successfully leveraged private and public support to elevate the quality and efficacy of programs. Before joining Read Alliance, Danielle served as Chief Program Officer at the YWCA Brooklyn, where she oversaw and led the expansion of programs serving women and girls through college access and leadership development, economic empowerment for low-income women survivors of domestic violence, and social justice advocacy and organizing. Prior to working at YWCA Brooklyn, Ms. Guindo served as Vice President for Programs and Policy at The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. where she was responsible for expanding and implementing youth programs and education initiatives across the five boroughs. Ms. Guindo has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master in Social Work Research from Fordham University.

Yvette Russell
Chief Program Officer

Prior to joining Read Alliance in 2015, Yvette worked in Special Projects and Alumni Relations at Harlem Children's Zone where she also served as Director of the Truce Media Literacy and Arts Program until 2012. In addition to having over 10 years of non-profit management and program experience, Yvette has worked in publishing. Yvette received the "Coming Up Taller" Award from The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2005 and participated as a panelist in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum National Conference, "Thinking Like an Artist: Creativity and Problem Solving in the Classroom," in 2010. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and African American History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Amy Sokal
Director of

Amy joined the Read Alliance team in 2018 and brings with her more than 15 years of nonprofit senior leadership experience. Previously Amy served as Executive Director at ArtWorks, the Naomi Cohain Foundation and Development Director at Reach Out and Read of Greater New York and Urban Dove. She has also worked in the development offices of the American Jewish Historical Society and Planned Parenthood of New York City. Ms. Sokal has a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Purchase and is presently completing her Masters of Public Health at CUNY SPH.


Digant BaHl
Acting Finance Director •

Digant Bahl, CPA, has over twenty years of experience in not for profit Accounting and Finance. Prior to joining Read Alliance in 2010, Digant was CFO at Opportunity Charter School. Digant also worked as a Senior Auditor for McGladrey & Pullen LLP and Director of Finance for Synergos Institute Inc. Digant holds an MBA in Finance from New York Institute of Technology. Digant is a licensed CPA in the State of New York and is an active member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA). Digant has served as President of the Board of Directors for the Manhattan Bronx Chapter of NYSSCPA and also serves as a community member on Citizen's Advisory Committee of Syosset Central School District.