Board of Trustees

Our Board is comprised of dedicated individuals who are deeply committed to Spoons Across America’s mission.

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.

Richard Mandell

Vice President

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.

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 and Trustee Emeritus

New York City College of Technology, Professor of Hospitality Management

Charlotte Castillo

Vice President, International Brand Management at Viacom International Media Networks

Marisa Clemens Colaneri

Senior Marketing Manager, Global Client Group, Costco International at American Express

David Curtis

Owner and Founding Partner, Curtis+Perry Branding Plus

Olga D’Alto

Olga D’Alto is owner of D’Alto Consultants, LLC, a real estate and construction consulting firm.  Having studied Early Childhood Development at Pace University, her love for children and their well-being motivates her involvement with Spoons Across America.

David Finkel

Director – High Rise Project Sales, Ferguson Enterprises

Reuel M. Jordan

Bank Street College of Education, Former Dean of Children’s Programs

Kate Magaram

Kate Magaram is the Director of Direct-to-Consumer Execution and Management at TIAA-CREF. 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-profit 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, explores the outdoors, and stops at every farm stand she can.

Evan Merlis

Senior Aviation Sales Advisor, XOJET

Rachelle G. Parker

Rachelle G. Parker was an elementary school principal in both private and public schools for 25 years, following several years of teaching.  She received her doctorate in curriculum and teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University in 1986. After retiring in July 2012, she decided to focus on her passion: Kids and Nature. This passion is still evolving and now includes healthy eating and nutrition education. She is active in several programs that help children and families learn to love nature in order to save and sustain our Earth. A belief in progressive, child centered education that started when her children attended Bank Street School for Children in the 80’s and 90’s continues to motivate her activities. Rachelle was excited to join Spoons Across America as a Trustee in 2014.

Salvatore Rizzo

Owner, DeGustibus Cooking School


National Spokesperson

Jacques Pépin

Chef/Author/TV Personality