Meet our board members, a dedicated group of individuals who are committed to advancing the mission of our organization. Comprised of community leaders and experts in their respective fields, our board members bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion to the table. We are grateful for their tireless service and invaluable contributions.
Laura Duty - Chairwoman
With an 18+ year career in the philanthropic world, I am using experiences gained from leadership roles within community foundations and private foundations to work one-on-one with organizations and funders that are looking to move beyond the tried and true.
My passion is building the capacity of nonprofit organizations and the field itself through reimagining services and incorporating ideas with knowledge learned locally and beyond. Accomplishing this work requires conversation and collaboration.
I believe in the power of collaboration and in the power of change.
Laura has taught Essential Skills and Strategies for New Grantmakers and is a 21/64 Certified Advisor trained on working with multi-generational families.
Matthew A. Thompson - Vice Chair
In 1997, I got my first introduction to the stock market through an internship position with Smith Barney in their Pasadena, California office. A short while later, I was offered a full-time position as Client Service Associate and my career in Financial Services was born.
While still working for Smith Barney in 1999, I took on the role of liaison between Smith Barney and the California Medical Association. I worked with a group of select Financial Advisors who were the endorsed retirement plan providers for the association’s physicians.
I decided to further my career, and in May of 2000 I became a Financial Advisor at Smith Barney in the Sherman Oaks, California office. It was then that I got interested in Non Profits Organizations as both a volunteer building houses in South Central Los Angeles for Habitat for Humanity and as an advisor working on endowments for several organizations in the Los Angeles area.
April of 2008, I joined Morgan Stanley and continued to build the three pillars of the practice; Corporate Services, Investor Services, and Philanthropic Services. As the interplay between the three pillars expanded over the years, I developed a robust practice to include Private Corporations, Non-Profit Organizations, and Individual Families. My philanthropic involvement has expended as well, as I now serve on the Board of Directors for the Bayside Business Association, the Board of Directors for Career Day Inc., and the Advisory Board for Transitional Services of New York, Inc., as well as work with other charities on an as needed basis.
Marybeth - Secretary
Marybeth Affleck-Nacey brings more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, strategic fundraising, strategic planning and operations, board development and impact marketing. She has held two Executive Director/CEO roles in San Jose, CA - The Role Model Program, a college access/youth mentoring program for elementary and middle school youth and the Franklin McKinley Children’s Initiative, a replication of the Harlem Children’s Zone in the Santee neighborhood of San Jose. Ms. Nacey’s leadership resulted in substantial growth at both organizations in fundraising, program impact, and board
Ms. Nacey now owns her own consulting firm – A & N Consulting Group and works with a variety of clients in organizational impact, strategic planning, integrated fundraising, volunteer recruitment and management, board development, program development and client outcomes management.
Ms. Affleck-Nacey earned an MBA/MSW in Business and Social Work from Boston College and a BS in Child Development from the University of Rhode Island. She and her husband Scott, son Michael and cat Leo live in Willow Glen, San Jose, CA.
William Skody - Treasurer
William Skody was born and raised in New York City, and graduated with a BA in accounting from Pace University within 2 ½ years and is Certified to practice in New York. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked for several well known public accounting firms including CBIZ-MHM Mahoney Cohen and BDO Seidman. William also learned first hand about business and the rewards of working hard from his father who was an entrepreneur for over 25 years. He believes in giving back to the community and donates a great deal of his time to many worthwhile causes and organizations.
For over 30 years William has been servicing not-for-profit organizations and is highly respected and well-known throughout the New York metropolitan area for his expertise with Public Charities, Business Improvement Districts and Economic Development Organizations. He currently represents 750 non-profit clients with annual revenues from $5,000 to $70 million per year, throughout the U.S.
Anthony provides sound and consistent advice to clients in both the boardroom and in the courtroom. Anthony typically represents entrepreneurs, family businesses and privately-owned companies. Deeply committed to the Long Island manufacturing, aerospace, and defense communities, Anthony is General Counsel to, and a member of the Board of Directors of, the Manufacturing Consortium of Long Island, an organization dedicated to the advancement of Long Island’s proud manufacturing tradition. Not surprisingly, Anthony is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
The businesses and the charities that Anthony supports rely on Anthony’s guidance on mergers, acquisitions, and sales, board advisory and corporate governance issues, risk management, business succession planning, joint ventures, executive compensation, strategic relationships, licensing, business restructuring and recovery, and almost every other aspect of a business client’s needs.
During the last 34 years, his practice has steadily expanded to include a wide variety of businesses and business owners across every market sector. Anthony has represented and advised business clients in virtually every type of commercial transaction and dispute. He has enabled clients to realize results that other attorneys have deemed to be unattainable.<br>Anthony is not simply the attorney to whom clients turn when they need representation – he is their primary resource when making critical business and personal decisions.
Mary Barneby has spent the past nearly 5 decades in leadership roles in the financial industry and non-profit world. She recently retired as CEO for the American Red Cross Greater New York Region, one of the largest Red Cross jurisdictions in the US. Prior to her most recent role, she served for 8 years as the CEO for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, where she led staff and volunteers in the service of building courage, confidence and character for more than 36,000 girls.
Mary began her career in 1974 at Merrill Lynch and was one of the first women executives to be named to the Vice President level in the late 1970’s. As her career and experience grew, she held increasingly more challenging roles at several mutual fund companies where she was tapped to create and lead their efforts in the retirement benefits space. She later joined UBS Wealth Management and served ultimately as the Head of the Ultra High Net Worth business in Stamford, CT.
All throughout her career in the private sector, Mary was involved in leadership volunteer roles at a number of non-profit organizations, among them, the American Heart Association of Greater New York where she served
on the board and as Board Chair, the YWCA of Stamford, the Board of Governors of the University of New Haven, the Financial Women’s Association of New York (Board and President), as well as DOMUS, the Investment Management Consultant’s Association and the Securities Industry Association Institute. While at UBS, she served as the national chair of the women’s resource group.
Mary is a graduate of New York University and later earned her MBA in Finance at Fordham University. She has held multiple securities-related licenses while working in the financial sector. Mary is married to Kirk Barneby and they are both enjoying retirement in their Delaware home.
Dr. Marian Conway
Dr. Marian Conway is the executive director for the NY Community Bank Foundation. Her doctorate is in Public Policy and Administration, with a specialty in Nonprofit Management.
Marian is an adjunct professor at SUNY, Empire State College, a volunteer newswire writer for Nonprofit Quarterly, and a member of several nonprofit boards of directors, including Community Development Corp. of L.I., the American Red Cross of Long Island, Cleary Foundation for the Deaf, L.I. Arts Alliance, the Advisory Board of Energeia, and Empire State College Foundation where she is the Chair. Marian is also on the
Lindenhurst Economic Development Committee.
Marian has been with the NY Community Bank Foundation for over 20 years. NYCB Foundation is a regional private foundation located on Long Island that supports a wide variety of nonprofits in our communities, including arts, education, health and the environment, and community service, providing more than $32 million dollars in grants since its inception in 1977.
Steven G. Jacobson
Steve Jacobson is the CEO of Jacobson Consulting Applications, Inc. (JCA), a firm that he founded in 1988 to provide information management services to nonprofit organizations. Headquartered in New York City, the firm provides ongoing CRM, ticketing/admissions/visitor services, fundraising, and membership systems consulting to over 200 nonprofit organizations nationally.
Steve has provided CRM strategy, system selection and/or best practices consulting for such clients as The American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, Carnegie Hall, Theatre Development Fund, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Bushnell.
Steve is a past Adjunct Instructor at New York University, where he taught courses in Technology for NYU’s Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. He is the president of the New York City chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and an active member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Museum Computer Network (MCN) and the International Ticketing Association (INTIX).
Steve holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Psychology from Stanford University.
Chris is a certified executive coach and licensed therapist who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the world of leadership and learning and development. As a licensed therapist, he worked with adolescents with complex and developmental trauma. As a leadership development professional, he has created multiple leadership and career development initiatives which led to increased retention and leadership effectiveness.
Currently working independently as an executive coach and advisor, he works with human service nonprofit executives to increase employee engagement and turn their strategic plans into strategic action. This includes helping leaders navigate difficult conversations, creating high performing cultures, enhancing productivity/engagement, expanding influence without formal authority, and cultivating high performing senior leadership teams.
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