BOARD

OF DIRECTORS

Adam Freeman
Cohesive Capital
ASNY Board Chair

Adam is a Managing Director at Cohesive Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm, where he is responsible for the evaluation, execution and ongoing monitoring of a portfolio of investments in a variety of industries.  Prior to joining Cohesive, Adam worked at Madison Dearborn Partners in Chicago and began his career at UBS Investment Bank in the Global Industrials Group.  Adam graduated from Bucknell University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in Economics and received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  Adam has been an avid fan and recreational player of soccer since he was young, and he previously served on the Board of Directors of America SCORES Chicago prior to moving back to New York.

Edison Bardowell
The Legacy Corporation
ASNY Board Vice Chair

Edison is Chief Executive Officer at The Legacy Corporation, an education and developmental programs provider to the school districts of NYC and Boston MA. He is responsible for the overall management of Legacy through evaluation, planning and implementation of all academic programs that serve thousands of students yearly. Prior to joining Legacy in 2003, Edison was the Executive of Promotions and Marketing for the Boy Scouts of America of NYC. Edison has an extensive experience in corporate and non profit governance structure having been a board member for organizations like: The Boy Scouts of America, SUNY-Invictus Prep Charter School, Pet Project Alliance, and Gorilla Rep Theater. Edison is a product of New York City schools having attended CUNY Medgar Evers College and Baruch College for degrees in Business Organizational Management and Public Administration MPA. He is a avid fan of traveling, learning languages and Soccer.

Matt is a director at BlackRock, responsible for leading the US equity volatility trading business with an expertise in equity options. After short stints selling insurance for Northwestern mutual and being a mutual fund accountant at State Street Bank, he began his career at BlackRock in 2004 as an analyst on the portfolio analytics team. He then worked in BlackRock’s Boston office in technology, portfolio management, and trading roles before returning to New York in 2014. Matt graduated from Union College with a BA in Managerial Economics. Matt played soccer through college into adulthood and credits the sport with building his confidence, values, and work ethic. He lives in New Jersey and looks forward to many years of coaching and watching his kids play the sport he loves.

Matt Weinstein
BlackRock
ASNY Board Treasurer
Adrienne
Reininga
PS 241
ASNY Board Secretary

Prior to becoming the Assistant Principal at PS 241 in Harlem, Adrienne was a 3rd grade math teacher at PS 325 in West Harlem from 2007 to 2016. After starting there as a Teach For America corps member, she taught grades 1-4 and served as an Instructional Coach for teachers in grades K-2. Adrienne has a Masters in Childhood Special and General Education from Bank Street College of Education, as well as an accelerated Masters in Educational Leadership from Fordham University, earning her School Building Leader license. Adrienne has been involved in America SCORES New York since 2009 as a Board Member, Educational Liaison and soccer coach (Go Grasskickers!!).

Badr Bevaart
BlackRock

Badr is a Vice President at Blackrock Solutions where he is responsible for growing Blackrock’s business of providing an extensive suite of portfolio management solutions to institutional investors across the globe. Previously, Badr spent five years at Barclays Investment Bank after graduating from NYU’s Stern School of Business with a dual degree in Finance and Statistics. Badr has been playing soccer since the age of 7; at a semi-professional level in Austria and for NYU’s men’s team during his studies. He has coaching experience with children of ages 8-15 and continues to be actively involved in a number of soccer leagues across NYC today.

Christa Stephens
Guggenheim Museum

Christa is Associate Manager, Board and Legal at the Guggenheim Museum.  In addition to other roles in the nonprofit sector, Christa worked in broadcast media at CNN, NBC, and WNYC.  Christa received her Master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University and holds a BA in Spanish and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and son, and is a soccer mom who can be found on weekend mornings cheering on her son’s travel team. She is also the founder and owner of a nut-free cookie company, Happy Nut-Free, Inc.

Ronny is a Vice President covering the Multi-Industry sector in Goldman Sachs Research. Ronny joined Goldman in 2013 where he’s also covered the Beverage & Tobacco sector and worked on the Tactical Research team. He graduated from New York University with a degree in Economic Theory. Ronny grew up playing competitive soccer in New Jersey with club teams such as PDA, NJ Olympic Development Program and Don Bosco Prep High School. Ronny ran the NYC Marathon in 2018 and Berlin Marathon in 2019 on behalf of the America SCORES team.

Ronny Scardino
Goldman Sachs
Retta Abraham
RDM Partners

Retta is General Partner and founder of RDM Partners, a private equity firm focused on the acquisition and operation of e-commerce businesses. Prior to RDM Partners, Retta was an investment banker specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions.  Retta’s investment banking career included time at Royal Bank of Canada, Guggenheim Partners, Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers.  Prior to his career in investment banking, Retta studied at Cornell University where he graduated with a degree in Biological Engineering. Retta was actively involved on the soccer field at Cornell playing both on the varsity team as well as holding leadership positions on the club soccer team.  Throughout high school Retta was an avid soccer player, captaining his high school team and actively participating in the New York State Olympic Development Program. Raised in Ithaca, New York, Retta now resides in New York City with his wife and enjoys triathlons and traveling.

Mark Jackson
Lifelines Neuro

Mark is exceptionally driven and strategically focused, having held a variety of frontline commercial leadership and operational roles with Thomson Reuters and is now the Chief Commercial Officer at Lifelines Neuro. Frontline leadership has included leading teams of highly successful specialists (Buy-side, Sell-side, Private Equity) whilst being based in the US, Europe & Middle East and operational roles have included the Global Head of Sales Effectiveness for Thomson Reuters emerging markets group (Global Growth & Operations).  He’s excelled working in both small start-ups and multinational environments where he has applied his strong entrepreneurial skill set.

Adam Hankiss
King & Spalding

Adam is a counsel in our Corporate Finance and Investments practice. Adam regularly represents private equity funds, private and public corporate clients, pension plans, family offices and investment banking firms in U.S. and cross-border M&A, private equity, joint venture, venture capital and other complex corporate transactions. He has significant experience in a variety of sectors, with a focus on the energy, infrastructure and natural resources, and the telecommunications, media and technology sectors.

Dan is a Vice President at Macquarie Capital’s Green Investment Group, where he focuses on principal investments in the renewable energy space in the Americas. Dan has been with Macquarie Capital across both the London and New York offices, and been part of a number of large-scale acquisitions of Macquarie portfolio companies, and sits on the Board managing two of these currently. Prior to relocating to New York in 2015 Dan lived in the UK, where he earned a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Durham; he is a Fulham supporter and is the proud reigning wooden spoon holder of the America SCORES Winter Cup 2019.

Dan Cary
Macquarie
Brian Wieber
Grant Thornton

Brian is a current Senior Advisor at Grant Thornton. Brian was the former Chief Accounting Officer at KKR and has a great ability to advise, coach, and shape strategic agendas, and to rally teams to achieve results materially beyond what would ever be expected. He has a real passion for driving change and an imaginative approach to creating transformative outcomes.

 

 Brian lives in Summit New Jersey with his wife of 30 years and his two sons. He is an avid fan and participant of sports, loves to travel and is committed to fitness.

Elena Lazarou
Capital One

Elena is a Senior Director, Associate General Counsel at Capital One. She leads the commercial bank litigation team providing strategic counsel to internal business units on an array of commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters. She also co-leads Capital One’s Northeast Women’s Network, EmpowHer, and its mission to Empower, Elevate, and Connect over 2000 women in the region. Prior to Capital One, Elena was a Senior Counsel at General Electric Capital Corporation with roles on the global litigation and bankruptcy teams. She started her career at Reed Smith, LLP, where she was a partner in the Financial Industry Group. Elena is a graduate of Boston University with a dual degree in Economics and Political Science and received her J.D. at Brooklyn Law School. Elena lives in NYC with her husband and two boys and enjoys vacationing in Greece every year with her family.  

Julian Daniels
KraneShares

Julian is a Managing Director at KraneShares. He is a member of the Alumni Council at Portledge School, a college preparatory school in New York. Julian attended Northeastern University where he was a member of the Men’s Varsity Soccer team and graduated with a BA in History and Political Science. Although he has played soccer his whole life, he now spends most of his time at the field coaching his children.  Julian lives on Long Island with his wife and three daughters. 

Mike is a Vice President at Bank of America and is responsible for managing client portfolios and evaluating investments across a variety of industries. Prior to joining Bank of America, Mike worked for Tradition Energy as an advisor to  commercial clients on their energy procurement and ESG initiatives. Mike graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a B.A. in finance and currently serves on the School of Business advisory board for St. Bonaventure University. Mike was a member of the varsity soccer team at SBU and continues to play recreationally at the America SCORES tournaments throughout the year.


Mike Lawhead
Bank of America