Board of Directors

Mark A. Hemenetz, Co-Chairman
Chief Operating Officer
Schroder Investment Management North America, Inc.

Thomas Regan, Co-Chairman

Michael Lubowitz, Secretary
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Robert S. Brown, Treasurer

Debjani Bagchi, CFA
Discretionary Portfolio Management
Deutsche Bank Wealth Management

Adam Baxter
Senior Vice President
Macquarie Capital (USA)

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

Samuel A. Gradess
New York Livery Leasing

Mark A. Hemenetz
Chief Operating Officer
Schroder Investment Management North America, Inc.

Esther Judelson
Global Agency Strategy and Development Manager
Google Inc.

Betsy McKenna
Educational Consultant/Coach
Exponential Returns LLC

Kenny Moore
Brand Director
Moet & Chandon USA/LVMH

Mark H. Moore
Reavis Page Jump LLP

Peter O. Nkongho
Business Development Executive
JP Morgan Chase

Patrick Ramsey
Co-Head of Global Mergers & Acquisitions
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Richard H. Robinson
Managing Director, Investment Banking Division
Morgan Stanley

Peter Stein
Stein Seafoods

Jason Teeters
Senior Managing Director, Corporate Finance & Capital Markets
Siebert, Cisneros, Shank & Co.


Directors Emeriti

Vincent Alfieri
New York Partner
Bryan Cave LLP

Alain Lebec*
Senior Managing Director
Brock Capital Group LLC

Alfred C. Sikes*

*Founding Board Members

Senior Staff


Kelley Perkins
Executive Director •

Prior to joining Read Alliance in 2004, Kelley was a Project Manager for the Early Head Start Research Project in East Lansing, Michigan. In addition, she has experience as a tutor, classroom teacher, and child studies researcher. Kelley holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from University of North Carolina and a Master’s degree in Child Development from Michigan State University. During her time at Read Alliance, Kelley has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility. As Vice President of Operations, Kelley standardized our practices, created metrics to demonstrate our progress and trained students and teachers in New York as well as other venues using our proven reading methodology.  

Yvette Russell
Director of Programs

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

Prior to joining Read Alliance in 2018, 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.