Board of Trustees and Advisory Board
Board of Trustees
Jeffrey Bank, President
Jeff Bank is an attorney with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he specializes in antitrust and commercial litigation while also acting as Pro Bono Coordinator for his office. A graduate of NYC public schools (PS 26, MS 216), he also earned a BS and JD from Cornell University. In his free time, Jeff enjoys organizing dinners for family and friends and traveling extensively, often planning his trips around food or music.
Jeffry Haber, Treasurer
Jeffry Haber is Professor of Accounting at Iona College. He is also Controller of The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation engaged in healthcare policy research. He is an author (Accounting Demystified and What If Everything We Knew About Investing Was Wrong?) and frequent speaker at international and national conferences. He holds a PhD degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MS and BS degrees from Syracuse University and is a CPA (NY) and licensed Community Association Manager (FL). He consults with a number of companies in a variety of industries and has done stand-up comedy.
Lynda Dias, Secretary
Lynda Dias is a professor of Hospitality Management at New York City College of Technology, CUNY and a hospitality consultant to several internationally recognized luxury lodging brands. She earned her master’s degree in Labor and Policy Studies from Empire State College SUNY. In her free time, she is the Faculty Adviser for the Spoons Across America Club at City Tech and enjoys traveling and discovering new culinary delights with her foodie friends.
Julia V. Jordan, Founder
New York City College of Technology, Professor of Hospitality Management
Teresa DeLuca, MD, MBA
Teresa is the former Chief Medical Officer/Pharmacy for Magellan Health Solutions. In this executive level role Teresa was responsible for conjoining the Magellan Medicaid Administration and I-Core Specialty Pharmacy units into one clinical organization. Before that she Vice President & Segment Leader for Humana’s Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) group. Teresa holds a NYS medical license (MD) and obtained an Executive MBA at Drexel University. She completed her medical residency at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where she served as Chief Psychiatry Resident. She is a board certified psychopharmacologist having had a private practice for many years. She is also an active Medical Reserve Corp member with the US Department of Health & Human Services (FEMA). With almost 20 years as a physician and over 10 years in increasingly senior executive positions, Teresa has a true passion for improving the delivery and efficacy of health care in America and looks forward to continued improvements in all aspects of healthcare.
Reuel M. Jordan
Bank Street College of Education, Former Dean of Children’s Programs
Kate Magaram is a strategy consultant at Marakon, advising companies across industries. She previously practiced corporate law, where she specialized in investment management, and represented a health-related non-profit on a pro bono basis. Kate has a passion for corporate governance – she has advised both for- and non-profit boards, and is published on the subject of corporate governance best practices. Kate earned a BA from Brown University and JD from Yale. In her free time, Kate cooks vegetarian food and is up for any outdoor activity.
Richard Mandell is a retired investment banker having worked at Prudential Securities, Inc. for over 25 years as a Managing Director of the firm’s Retail Trade group. Mr. Mandell has served on numerous corporate boards, including a number of companies in the restaurant industry such as Sbarro’s Inc, and Smith and Wollensky Restaurant Group, Ltd. Mr. Mandell was Chairman of the Board of two public companies, Encore Capital Group, Inc. and Hampshire Group, Ltd. Mr. Mandell was also a Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburger franchisee and operated five Wendy’s restaurants.
Gerard McCauley is a Managing Director and Controller at Brown Brothers Harriman.
Lesley Nagy believes that good food brings people together. As a child, Lesley learned her way around the kitchen, perfecting her grandmother’s recipes, setting a big family dinner table; and her favorite tradition was pasta Sundays. In her career, Lesley is an award-winning television personality and producer. For over a decade, Lesley has been covering the red carpet and interviewing celebrities, including many celebrity chefs like Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, Jacques Torres, Guy Fieri and more. She holds a BA in broadcast journalism from Michigan State University. Lesley is excited to bring her enthusiasm to Spoons Across America so that kids can dream big and eat well!
National Advisory Board
Special Events Coordinator
Breslow Partners, President
Diane Harris Brown
James Beard Foundation, Director of Educational and Community Programming
Events and Marketing Specialist
FHI 360 National Institute for Work and Learning, Vice President and Director
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Editor-in-Chief
Lehrman + Chin Public Relations, Co-owner
Office of the Mayor, New York City, Executive Chef
Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (CCAP), President and Founder
French Culinary Institute at the International Culinary Center, Founder and CEO
FarmFRESH Markets, Co-Director
Lehrman + Chin Public Relations, Co-owner
Porter House New York, Executive Chef
Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Chef/Owner
Senior Director Special Projects, The Culinary Institute of America, CEO/Founder, HIGH HEAT pizza burgers & tap
Marion Nestle, Ph.D.
New York University, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition
Christopher Papagni, Ph.D.
Department of Hospitality Management, New York City College of Technology CUNY, Professor & Department Chair
The Institute of Culinary Education, President
The Calhoun School, Executive Chef