Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Frances G. Laserson

Ms. Frances G. Laserson is president of The Moody's Foundation, overseeing its charitable giving program and the community affairs and corporate social responsibility programs she designed for Moody's Corporation.

Jeremy Shane

Mr. Jeremy Shane is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of HealthCentral, responsible for day-to-day operations, audience growth, user engagement and revenue. Prior to joining The HealthCentral Network, he was Co-Founder and CEO of Versify Solutions, LLC, an enterprise software developer focusing on the wholesale power industry. Previously, Mr. Shane was a founding member of Power Team, the wholesale power marketing unit of Exelon Corporation.

Christopher Allen

Mr. Christopher Allen is a 21-year veteran of the financial services industry. He has held various rolls in marketing, product development, and management at Pine River, Countrywide, Bank of Manhattan and other Wall Street firms. Mr. Allen holds a M.B.A. from Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a B.A. in History from Cornell University. Mr. Allen was a Captain in the US Army and has a daughter with autism.

Lauren Brumbach

Ms. Lauren Brumbach is a certified Elementary Education and Special Education teacher. She has taught primary through high school grades as well as working with children with special needs for eleven years.

Lauren has two sons, 13 and 7. Her older son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS in 2000. Shortly after his diagnosis in December, Lauren visited a DAN! Doctor, started him on the GF/CF diet and began intensive ABA. Within ten days of being on "the diet" her older son began to speak after having an expressive language of only 5 words!

She has attended several DAN! Conferences and worked closely with physicians and other experts in trying new methodologies related to finding a cure for autism. Lauren has presided on the Board of the Junior League of Reading for 5 years. She also served as President of the Berks Autism society and spearheaded the first Walk for Autism Awareness in Berks County, Pennsylvania. It is now headed into its 10th year for the walk. When Lauren is not busy working, volunteering and spending time with her children she enjoys running, reading and cooking. Lauren lives in Reading, Pennsylvania with her two boys.

Linda B. Gornitsky, Ph.D.

Linda B. Gornitsky, Ph.D., is president and founder of LBG Associates, a consulting firm which specializes in the development of strategic corporate citizenship and community relations programs, benchmarking, community attitude and evaluation studies, image-building/communications campaigns and efficient management practices. Clients include: Altria, Aramark, BMW, Con Edison, FedEx, Moody's, Neutrogena, Nielsen Research Media, Pitney Bowes, State Street Corp, Timberland, Toyota and Verizon.

Prior to establishing LBG Associates in 1993, Dr. Gornitsky directed a variety of corporate communications programs, developed strategic contributions programs, managed contributions, public issues and public affairs departments and identified new management directions. She developed and managed strategic contributions programs for Citibank and Pfizer.

Dr. Gornitsky frequently speaks, conducts training workshops and publishes on various aspects of philanthropy. She has published ten groundbreaking studies. The most recent one (2011) is on developing successful strategic partnerships. Dr. Gornitsky has designed a certificate program for corporate grant makers at New York University and is teaching classes on strategic philanthropy/volunteerism.

Dr. Gornitsky is very involved in her local community. She currently sits on the board of three local nonprofit organizations and holds executive positions at two of them. She was honored in May 2007 for her commitment to the Stamford, CT community.

J. Paul Gorman

Mr. J. Paul Gorman is a portfolio manager at AllianceBernstein L.P.  Prior to joining AllianceBernstein, Paul was a partner at GMG Investment Advisors, an investment manager. He also founded and was chairman of By the Bridge Limited, a UK-based therapeutic foster care organization. During Paul's twenty years in financial services he traded and invested in Government, Corporate and Emerging Market debt at UBS, Lehman Brothers, ABB and Barclay Investments.

He is a former director of a New York state-based ambulance service and a former director of the Foundation for Educating Children with Autism. Mr. Gorman's oldest son is living with autism.

Satya Gade,
Vice President,
Moody's Information Technology

Mr. Satya Gade, is part of Moody's skills-based volunteerism team. Mr. Gade was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Autism360 website. Mr. Gade is a senior level professional with IT and Management experience in developing and launching Software Applications and overseeing diverse software development teams. Mr. Gade is passionate about volunteering, and has tremendous compassion for parents who raise kids with health issues.

Virginia G. Breen

Ms. Virginia G. Breen is a partner of Chelsea Partners. Ginnie has been an investor in emerging growth companies for 25 years. She co-founded Blue Rock Capital in 1995, joined Sienna Ventures as a partner in 2003 and founded Chelsea Partners in 2011. Ginnie is also on the Boards of ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc (Nasdaq: MLNK) and of alternative asset funds managed by Bank of America and UBS. Ginnie worked with the Sprout Group, the venture affiliate of Credit Suisse, from 1988 to 1995. Prior to that, she was with Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette's Investment Banking Group and at Hewlett-Packard.

Ginnie received her MBA with Highest Honors from Columbia University and her undergraduate degree in Computer Science with Electrical Engineering from Harvard College. She studied philosophy in Southeast Asia on a Rotary International Fellowship. Ginnie recently co-authored a book with her daughter Elizabeth entitled I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism who Cannot Speak but Finds her Voice.