Our Board

Chair: Sylvia Tsen
Vice Chair: Angela Aidala
Secretary: Evelyn Furia
Treasurer: Edward Gengler
Angela Aidala Asst. Professor, Columbia University

Dr. Angela Aidala is a faculty member at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Her primary interest is the intersection of economic, social, and cultural influences regarding health and illness among disadvantaged populations in urban settings. Dr. Aidala also directs the Multiple Diagnoses Initiative which works with housing providers to better understand the reciprocal relationship between housing and health care among persons living with HIV/AIDS. Angela A. Aidala received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University.

Lenore Cooney Chairman, Cooney/Waters Group

Lenore Cooney is a Chairman and co-founder of Cooney/Waters Group and has spent more than 35 years in the practice of public relations and public affairs in the areas of health and science at the national, state, and international levels. She has directed crisis management programs around issues including animal research, biotechnology, food product safety, and U.S. vaccine supply. Her product marketing work has encompassed nutrition policy issues and scientific support for food product healthfulness, cancer therapeutics and vaccines, infectious diseases, neurology, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disease, and women’s health.

Karen Frome Principal, Rise Projects

Karen is an architect with over 20 years of experience practicing architecture. Karen holds a Masters in Architectural History and Theory from Princeton University. She has a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. Frome has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Guggenheim Fellow in Venice, and received numerous grants and awards including a Graham Foundation Grant, John Labatut Fellowship and has published articles in a number of cultural publications.

Karen participated in the Learning by Design Program teaching children about space and architecture and has taught industrial design studios at the Rhode Island School of Design and graduate architectural studios at Parsons School of Design and Columbia University. She is on the board of directors of the not-for-profit Bowery Babes and has served on several architectural and planning committees in the town of Saltaire, New York.

Evelyn Furia Brand Director, GSK Consumer Healthcare

Evelyn has 7+ years of experience in Brand Management at GSK Consumer Healthcare working across a wide portfolio of consumer products. Prior to working for GSK, Evelyn spent 9 years in sales & marketing in the non-profit sector. Evelyn was the Senior Manager of Corporate Relations at the National Wildlife Federation. Evelyn also worked at KaBOOM! where she formed partnerships to help communities to build safe places to play. Evelyn’s interest in housing design and the impact on health and community began as an undergraduate studying the built environment in Washington, D.C. Evelyn holds a B.A in American Studies from George Washington University and an M.B.A from Georgetown University.

Edward Gengler VP, Goldman Sachs

Edward is a Vice President on the Public Sector & Infrastructure (PSI) banking team at Goldman Sachs. He covers real estate, certain transportation projects, and municipal clients around the country. Edward joined the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs in 2014, and prior to his time at Goldman Sachs, he worked at Ernst & Young. Edward graduated from the University of Virginia where he earned a BS in Commerce (with a second major in Economics) and an MS in Accounting. Edward lives in New York City with his wife, Katie, and son, Henry.

Palmer Leff VP, Cerberus Capital Management

Palmer is a Vice President at Cerberus Capital Management where he works on real estate acquisitions and financings. Palmer has over 5 years of real estate private equity experience. Prior to beginning his career in real estate acquisitions, Palmer spent 2 years at Morgan Stanley in its investment banking division. He graduated from Columbia University in 2012 where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics-mathematics. Palmer was born and raised in New Jersey and has lived in New York City since 2008. Palmer currently resides in Tribeca with his girlfriend and their two dogs.

Greg Martin Partner, Ernst and Young

Gregory is a Partner in Ernst & Young LLP’s US Professional Practice Group with consultative responsibilities on derivatives and hedging accounting. Gregory has 20+ years of global financial product market experience in the banking, broker/dealer, and insurance industries. Prior to Ernst & Young, Gregory held leadership roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas, and Goldman Sachs. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and holds an MBA in Finance from the Columbia Business School.

Paul Scialla CEO, Delos Living

Paul is the Founder and CEO at Delos Living. He spent 18 years on Wall Street, most recently the last 10 years as a Partner at Goldman Sachs where he ran the U.S. Interest Rates Cash Trading businesses, including Government Bond Trading and Agency Mortgage Trading. Prior to joining Goldman, Paul spent 6 years at Morgan Stanley as the Head of Mortgage Bond trading. In addition to his roles on Wall Street, Paul’s interest in both altruistic capitalism and in sustainability led him to found Delos, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chopra Foundation and also a founding board member of the JUST Capital Foundation. Paul graduated from New York University with a degree in Finance, and he currently resides in New York City.

Avery Seavey Principal, Dalton Management Company

Avery is currently a principal in Dalton Management Company, a real estate management company that manages approximately 2,000 apartments in twelve buildings in the New York City area. He is also a principal in The Seavey Organization, which is the parent of a series of entities that serve as the general partner or managing member of the aforesaid properties as well as The Blue Sea Organization, a New York City-based company that develops affordable housing in the New York City area. Avery attended Yale, LSE (MSc), and NYU School of Law (JD).

Sylvia Tsen Consultant

Sylvia is a senior executive with experience working with associations and organizations on strategic initiatives and projects to improve organization effectiveness. At the International Federation of Accountants, she combined program execution, strategy development, and operational IT to work with IFAC’s 170+ members to build strength for the global accountancy profession. A natural people person and communicator, she has worked with members and stakeholders across the globe to advocate for the importance of education, a strong economy, and the increasing importance of sustainable practices. Early in her CPA career, Sylvia worked with KPMG International (The Netherlands) and in audit, IFRS implementation, and corporate reporting (New Zealand).  Originally from Vancouver, she spends time outdoors when she can but supports NYC’s museums and gardens all times of the year.

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