Meet The

Foundation Family

Afya Foundation Staff

Danielle Butin

Danielle Butin

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

  • Innovator
  • Drummer
  • “Where’s My Charger?”
Erica Quiroz

Erica Quiroz

Chief Administrative Officer

  • Intuitive
  • Happy
  • Loves to Laugh
Amy Zimmerman

Amy Zimmerman

Operations Coordinator

  • Self Starter
  • Curious
  • “Where’s My Phone?”
Mary Grace Pagaduan

Mary Grace Pagaduan

Volunteer Manager

  • Collaborative
  • Funny
  • Loud
Millie Gutierrez

Millie Gutierrez

Executive Assistant

  • Organized
  • Kindhearted
  • “You have a meeting now!”
Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson

Biomedical Engineering Consultant

  • Dedicated
  • Wry
  • Subtle
Evans Kyei

Evans Kyei

Warehouse Associate

  • Sincere
  • Friendly
  • Stylish
Jimmy Kuang

Jimmy Kuang

Warehouse Associate

  • Helpful
  • Won’t Give Up
  • I can dance like Shakira!
Joe Olwich

Joe Olwich

Warehouse Associate

  • Committed
  • Exuberant
  • Kind
Frankie Olivia

Frankie Olivia

Driver

  • Motivated
  • Observant
  • Master Barber

Afya Foundation Board of Directors

  • Board of Directors Beth Stevens

    Beth Stevens

    Co-chair

  • Board of Directors Jeffrey Levien

    Jeffrey Levien

    Co-chair

  • Board of Directors Joe Flutie

    Joseph H. Flutie

    Member

  • Jennifer Katritos

    Member

  • Board of Directors Cindy McCollum

    Cynthia McCollum

    Member

  • Robert Meyerson

    Robert Meyerson

    Member

  • Board of Directors Brad Nierenberg

    Brad Nierenberg

    Member

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    James Odell

    Member

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    Heidi Rieger

    Member

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    Morris Sandler

    Member

  • Board of Directors David Schwartz

    David Schwartz

    Member

Board of Directors Beth Stevens

Beth Stevens

Co-chair

Beth Stevens is an independent business development and finance consultant. She specializes in small business development and growth. Previously she worked at Citibank as an institutional asset-backed and mortgage back securities salesperson, and as a private banker serving high net worth individuals and families. Beth served the Rye Country Day School Board of Trustees from 2003-2012 on the Executive Committee, as Development Chair, Co-Chair of the Building on Excellence Capital Campaign, as well in marketing and community outreach capacities. She is also a Trustee on the board of the Serious Fun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman, which operates free summer camp, hospital outreach and numerous recreational activities for children with serious illnesses. She holds a BA with Honors from Brown University and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. Beth lives in Rye with her three children and has been involved with Afya for the past 3 years. She has participated in three working trips to Haiti. In her spare time, she enjoys travel and yoga.

Board of Directors Jeffrey Levien

Jeffrey Levien

Co-chair

Jeffrey Levien is…. well….. just a “guy”. Perhaps he’d be a “chap” in another country or a “dude” on more casual days. But that’s the simplicity of it. Nothing too heady. I guess for a bio, it is necessary to say that Mr. Levien is a “guy” who has done some “stuff”. You had to have done some “stuff” to warrant a bio and be considered for a Board. And here is where we could insert some inspiring statistics about companies worked for (Greystone, among others), deals transacted ($3.5B), and assets owned (700k sf) that would help make Mr. Levien’s bio seem impressive. After all, Mr. Levien has co-invested with, and advised, some of the most prominent firms in the real estate industry in a broad range of asset classes from residential, office, retail, light industrial, and mixed-use.

But frankly, let’s face it, with a professional career of over 25 years (working for himself, mid-size firms, as well as Managing Director at a company of 5,000) and having experienced being an attorney, real estate developer, private equity fund manager, mortgage banker, NYU educator, husband, father, philanthropist and, yes, even performing comedian, Mr. Levien’s greatest asset is the countless hours he has spent in numerous face to face encounters with others. Mr. Levien has been blessed (or cursed) to sit side by side with, or across the table from, some of the most wonderful (and most difficult) and intelligent (and senseless) people in the business. It’s from the ebb and flows, and frequent (and often humorous) misadventures of a meeting that inform the lessons intertwined in Mr. Levien’s sought-after advice, individual professional endeavors, and hired engagements of public speaking and teaching.

In interviews with colleagues, Mr. Levien has been described as someone that is “fair, tough, ethical and knows what a person is thinking before they do”, as well as “a genuine person who displays compassion and without a doubt is a funny person who wants to enjoy life and its daily follies”. Mr. Levien has been published in several trade publications and has been a featured speaker for his involvement in the transformative historic downtown redevelopment of Quincy, MA. He actively lends his time to charitable organizations providing relief to those in need, including Bridges to Community, Homeless Shelter Programs, Sandy Relief, and Animal Rescue.

Mr. Levien received his B.S.M. in Finance from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University (’88), and a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law (’91). Mr. Levien, his wife, son, and their precious English bulldog, Butch, split time between an apartment in Manhattan, NY and a farm in Charlottesville, VA (cows included).

Board of Directors Joe Flutie

Joseph H. Flutie

Member

Joseph H. Flutie, or “Joe” as he would like you to know him, is an experienced healthcare marketer with a uniquely diverse background specializing in strategy. Recruited to leadership positions by healthcare industry leaders such as Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), Bridgewater Associates, and currently, Amgen, Joe has been a team manager and part of product launches at both the national and international level across a variety of therapeutic areas including but not limited to, Virology, Immunology, and Cardiology.

Joe has always had a penchant for global thinking, having had the fortune to travel extensively in his early life, and this “global mindset” only solidified during his MBA program at Thunderbird School of Global Management. He understands the difficulty and importance of international issues specific to healthcare helping the global launch of the first multi-drug resistant tuberculosis drug in 40 years, and having worked in HIV medicine extensively and learning about the intricacies of the disease and the challenges associated with it both as a professional and while travelling to South Africa during business school.

While studying for his B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University, Joe was a member of the Bucknell Brigade, a student-run organization providing healthcare to underserved communities in Nicaragua. As part of the Brigade team, Joe spent a year raising money and medical supplies, the efforts of which culminated in a medical mission trip to build medical facilities and provide doctor and nurse care. This experience especially resonated with him and the mission of Afya. To witness the impact of the Brigade’s yearlong efforts on just one small community, Afya seemed like a natural extension of this experience and his desire to help at both the local and global level.

Joe currently lives in Los Angeles with his fiancée, Allison and their two dogs, Delta and Penny. In his spare time, Joe trains for Ironman triathlons while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Jennifer Katritos

Member

Jennifer W. Katritos, C.P.A. is currently the Vice President of Finance at Curemark LLC, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapies for the treatment of neurological and other disorders.  Jennifer started her career with Deloitte and Touche, L.L.P. in New York City and moved on to develop a financial consulting practice with a focus on non-profit and emerging businesses. During her 25-year career, Jennifer has served in a variety of financial positions with a specific affinity for those in the research focused non-profit space, having held positions as CFO of The American Lung Association of NY and Director of Finance for The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and The Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium.

Jennifer joined the Afya advisory council in 2013 and has been involved in several strategic planning working sessions as well as assisting staff with financial reporting and budget development.

Jennifer graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a degree in Business Economics and Accounting.  She lives in Pound Ridge, New York with her husband and two daughters.

Board of Directors Cindy McCollum

Cynthia McCollum

Member

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – Senior Vice President, Hospital Administration

Ms. McCollum has been at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for over 30 years. Prior to coming to MSKCC, she worked at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and the John A. Hartford Foundation. She has held a variety of administrative positions at Memorial, and is currently administratively responsible for a number of clinical departments (including Radiology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Integrative Medicine, Pharmacy, Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, Social Work, Anesthesia & Critical Care Medicine), as well as Regulatory Affairs, Graduate Medical Education, Chaplaincy Services, Sustainability and Case Management. She has worked extensively with the medical staff over the years on a variety of projects. She serves as the MSKCC representative on the NCCN Best Practices Committee and works closely with the Greater New York Hospital Association on areas of institutional concern. She is a past President of the New York Society for Health Planning, and currently serves on the boards of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention and the Princeton Class of 1978 Foundation. Cynthia holds an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from Yale School of Management.

Robert Meyerson

Robert Meyerson

Member

Bob graduated from Bradley University with a BS in Business and Associate Degree in Wood Technology and went into the furniture business. While at Bradley, he volunteered in the Peoria Rescue Squad and helped start his chapter of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. Shortly after graduating from college, he joined the US Navy and served as base yeoman at Keyport Torpedo Station before going to Viet Nam on the Coral Sea, an aircraft carrier. Upon leaving the US Navy, Mr. Myerson worked as a Sales Manager for Selby Furniture Hardware, General Manager of Bio Pharma Corporation and then SAFAS Corporation as Director of International Sales and Marketing. He also volunteered in White Plains where he lived at the time, and became the President of the Council of Neighborhood Associations.  He participated in the Citizen Advisory Council, an advisory group between the Police and Fire Department in White Plain, included community relations, at the request of the Commissioner of Public Safety. Mr. Myerson was elected to be the Men’s Club president of Westchester Reform Temple and continues to participate in the Temple. After resigning from his position of 17 years in the mortgage business, Mr. Myerson joined Stillman Real Estate where he managed and expanded the organization to six agents for 5 years. He now lives in Harrison, NY,with his wife Penny Goldsmith who is a major gifts officer at UJA. This association introduced Bob to the Afya Foundation.   Currently, Mr. Myerson works for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Westchester Properties as a real estate sales agent but hethorouthly enjoys giving back to a society which gave him a wonderful life. AFYA gives Bob the opportunity to be useful, giving back with heart and valued expertise.

Board of Directors Brad Nierenberg

Brad Nierenberg

Member

Brad Nierenberg is President / CEO and founder of RedPeg Marketing, a nationally respected, fullan -service, integrated agency specializing in highly targeted marketing. RedPeg’s team of passionate experiential marketers serve as counsel for brands looking to create campaigns that drive a relationship with their consumers and produce high impact results.Brad’s list of professional accomplishments matches RedPeg’s. Winning Workplaces named him as a Best Boss, and he serves as a sought-after editorial resource in the marketing trades as well as the national media. Brad’s articles and his views on marketing have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Brandweek, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur, The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Auto Dealer Monthly, and Nightclub & Bar.

In the financial services space, Brad has designed brand-building experiential campaigns for GEICO, Chase, Citi, GE Financial and many others. Brad and the RedPeg team have also created award-winning programs for Bacardi USA, Economic Development of Texas (Texas Tourism), Cadillac, Gaylord Hotels, and Rosetta Stone.

Specialties: experiential marketer, experiential marketing, integrated marketing, consumer promotions, program management, data capture, advertising, marketing strategy, sponsorship strategy, marketing plans, event production, event design, venue strategy, sports marketing, concept writing, copywriting, infographics, creative strategy, social media design, social media marketing, mobile apps, augmented reality, promotional sites, text promotions, sampling, guerrilla marketing, brand ambassador training, market expertise, branding, relationship marketing, customer retention

Experience

CEO

RedPeg Marketing, Inc.

April 1995 – Present (21 years 1 month)

Brad has leveraged 25 years of experience in event and experiential marketing to make RedPeg an award-winning independent agency. Through Brad’s leadership, RedPeg has earned top-25 ranking in Promo Magazine’s Promo 100, top ranking in Inc. Magazine 500, multiple Ex and Promo Awards, and a Best Place to Work honor from Washingtonian Magazine. And he earned a cover feature on Fortune Small Business Magazine as a Best Boss.

RedPeg touches millions of our clients’ customers and prospects every year. We gather insights, trends in the field and deliver them back to our clients and help them make strategic business decisions, which connect their brand to consumers and [in turn] grow their bottom line. With our innovative digital work, we deliver life programming that fosters passion for brands that consumers never previously considered.

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James Odell

Member

Jim brings 30 years of experience in the financial services and investment banking industries. He has advised several of the world’s leading banks and investment banks on many of the industry’s most significant transactions and regulatory matters. Jim has served in a number of inside and outside counsel positions, including as:

  • General Counsel for UBS
  • General Counsel of Investment Banking for Citigroup.

Concentrating his practice in bank and broker-dealer regulation, investment banking, trading and markets, M&A and finance, Jim adds a broad set of skills and depth in the financial services industry which compliments the Firm’s strong capabilities in finance, litigation, white collar defense and investigations and financial services regulation.

Jim served as General Counsel for UBS Investment Bank where he managed UBS’s large and wide-ranging legal and compliance functions in the Americas region. At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, Jim served as the co-General Counsel for UBS worldwide and represented UBS on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Wall Street crisis management team responsible for reviewing alternatives to the Lehman bankruptcy, the sale of Merrill Lynch, the preliminary restructuring steps for AIG and establishing emergency financing facilities for the industry. While at UBS, Jim’s key areas of responsibility include:

  • Bank and broker-dealer regulation
  • Management of regulatory relationships (SEC, FRB, state banking and securities regulators)
  • Key businesses advised: traded products, capital markets, investment banking, M&A
  • Litigation and investigations
  • Employment and compliance.

He regularly advised UBS on material transactions including acquisitions and dispositions of several banking and securities businesses (including the $2.5 billion acquisition and integration of Banco Pactual) and numerous restructurings of the firm’s bank and broker-dealer organizational structure to accommodate regulatory requirements and reorganizations of various businesses (including municipal finance, captive hedge funds, joint ventures in Canada and China and the formation of new banking firms, e.g., Moelis & Co.).  He also supervised close-outs and restructurings involving Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, AIG, Refco, several monoline bond insurers and the Republic of Argentina, debt and equity underwritings (including IPOs of General Motors and Vonage) and numerous leveraged finance transactions.

Jim also supervised several of UBS’s most critical regulatory and litigation matters including:

  • various remediation requirements following the financial crisis,
  • numerous disputes and investigations relating to subprime mortgage products and auction rate securities, and
  • transactional litigation relating to HealthSouth, Gillette/P&G, Lyondell and Finish Line/Genesco.

Prior to UBS, Jim was Global General Counsel of Investment Banking for Citigroup where he was responsible for supervising the provision of legal services to investment banking globally as well as managing all outside counsel engagements and relationships. He was a co-head of Citigroup’s commitment committees (where he was responsible for reviewing and approving Citi’s loan, underwriting and M&A advisory/fairness opinion transactions) and a member of key management and operating committees. His transactional work focused on equity and debt capital markets, leveraged finance and high yield, corporate lending, workouts, and M&A. Some of the notable matters on which Jim advised Citigroup included:

  • Google IPO
  • Equity Research Global Settlement
  • Enron, Adelphia and WorldCom workouts/bankruptcies.

Prior to joining Blank Rome, Jim headed the legal function at the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (“DTCC”), the post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry. At DTCC, he supervised litigation and investigations, served as the senior legal advisor to DTCC’s business leaders on a number of critical strategic transactions and was a primary interface with the firm’s financial regulators (including the SEC, the NY Fed, the Treasury, and the FSOC) in connection with Dodd-Frank implementation and the FSOC’s “systemically important” designation process.

Before entering his GC roles, Jim was a partner at two Am Law 25 law firms, with his most recent role being the co-head of the securities practice group and the head of the high yield finance practice group. In private practice, Jim specialized in underwriter representation, domestic and international high-yield and acquisition finance and represented numerous U.S. and international investment banks, private equity firms and corporations in connection with M&A and financing activities in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia.

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Heidi Rieger

Member

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Morris Sandler

Member

Morris Sandler is a successful entrepreneur, strategist and leader of companies.  He is a professional with 30 years’ experience, primarily in financial services, venture capital, green energy and telecom.
He built an international telecom startup over a six-year period into a publicly traded company with a market capitalization exceeding $2 billion; raised and invested $275 million in equity into 42 start-up companies which provided a total return of over 300% to investors.

For the last 18 years, he has focused his activities on start-ups in green energy, smart grid and renewables. His involvement in these sectors included being Founder of a $320 million Waste to Energy Project, Interim CEO and Advisor for a Geothermal Energy Producer, Interim Chairman of the Board of EnergyGrid Networks, Inc., a startup smart grid services Company that partners with Utility clients to design, build, operate and/or finance Smart Grid Networks, and an Advisor to Millennium Reign Energy, a startup Hydrogen Generation Company.

He has extensive international business building and capital raising experience in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. And has earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a BA from Cornell University.

Board of Directors David Schwartz

David Schwartz

Member

David Schwartz is a senior associate at the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. He represents clients in complex commercial disputes and investigations and advises clients on data privacy, information security, and cybersecurity issues. Prior to attending law school, David worked as a regulatory medical writer at Eli Lilly, a pharmaceutical company. He holds a BA from Grinnell College and a JD from New York University School of Law.

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