Board of Directors
August Cardona is the principal of the Epicurean Group which owns Dell'anima, L’Artusi, Anfora, L'Apicio and Epicurean Events. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Business Administration (Concentration in Food Industry Management). While at Cornell he also played Sprint (150s) football.
Billy Doniger is a private investor focusing on financial services and real estate opportunities. From 1998-2010, Mr. Doniger worked at Fortress Investment Group, a $60 billion alternative investment management firm. At Fortress, Bill served in various roles, including head of U.S. private equity acquisitions, head of global stratefy and also was a member of the firm's management committee. Mr. Doniger graduated from Princeton University in 1988, where he was a four-year starter for the Men’s Varsity Soccer team. Mr. Doniger is married with three daughters and currently resides in Greenwich, CT.
Nancy Easton Click here for complete biography.
Susan Fisher Haag is the founder and principal designer at juice DESIGN a creative design studio in NYC’s West Village. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, she earned a Masters Degree of Fine Art in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University, School of Art. Susan & her husband divide their time between NYC & Sag Harbor.
Kate Hillis (Chairwoman) is a multi-award winning media professional who currently works in business operations at Leroy and Clarkson. She is involved in every aspect of strategic business planning, administrative and executive operations, finances/accounting, outside sales and human resources. As an independent producer Kate has created many programs for Sundance Channel, NatGeo, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC, Spike TV, HBO Family and many international networks.
Cathie Levine is a seasoned communications professional with more than 15 years of experience working in media and politics. She’s also a leadership coach helping clients improve their performance and maximize their personal and professional potential. Before opening her own consulting and coaching business, Cathie was the Vice President of Communications for ABC News. There she handled media relations for lead anchors Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson, Peter Jennings and top news division executives. Before her time at ABC News, she worked in politics and government serving as Press Secretary for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign and Communications Director for New York Senator Charles Schumer.
Nick Marsh (Treasurer) is the CEO of Chop’t Creative Salad Company, the leader of the premium salad segment with 28 restaurants in NY, Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. Under his leadership, Chop’t is committed to changing the future of “fast food.” Nick became the lead investor at Chop't in 2005, through his investment fund, GrowthPoint Restaurants. He is also the lead investor and Executive Chairman of Mendocino Farms, a 12-unit fast casual sandwich chain based in Los Angeles, CA. Earlier in his career, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Cosi Restaurants. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1990.
Brian Meyer is General Counsel of Fir Tree Partners, a NYC-based hedge fund, and is responsible for overseeing the firm's legal, compliance, human resources, insurance and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Fir Tree in 2005, Brian was a Managing Director at Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a media-focused private equity firm and investment bank. From 1997 until 2004, Brian worked closely with Fir Tree Partners as General Counsel of The Official Information Company, a Fir Tree investment. Prior to that, he was Senior Corporate Counsel at Revlon, Inc. Brian began his professional career specializing in M&A, corporate, securities and banking law at the law firms of Latham & Watkins and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Brian received a J.D. degree from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall, where he was Executive Editor of the California Law Review, and received a B.A. in History and graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley.
Caitlin McNiff is a third generation NYC public school graduate and a parent of 2 daughters attending PS 87 where she co-founded the Wellness Committee, chairing it for the past 3 years. Prior to having children, Caitlin was a Business Analyst at Instinet of Reuters US, an independent film & television producer and partner in Magnet Productions in LA, and a television news field producer in NYC.
Craig Russell is head of the Americas Institutional business within Goldman Sach Asset Management, with sales and client relationship management responsibility for corporate pension plans, public pension plans, foundations and endowments, and insurers. Craig joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2007 and was named partner in 2010. Craig earned a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering from University of Michigan in 1988 and serves on the Industrial and Operations Engineering department's Advisory Board.
Stuart Scott is President of Health Waters, Inc, the distributor of Mountain Valley Spring Water in the New York City metropolitan area. He is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross receiving a BA in Economics. Stuart enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, bike riding and skiing.
Camilla Marcus Siegel is the Director of Business Development for Union Square Hospitality Group, the family of award winning restaurants and groundbreaking hospitality ventures founded by Danny Meyer. She received a JD/MBA dual degree from New York University with distinction and a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, and she holds an associate's degree in classic culinary arts from the International Culinary Center, formerly the French Culinary Institute. She graduated magna cum laude from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Joshua Siegel is an Associate in the Financial Restructuring Group of the law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP where he represents creditors, lenders, investors, and companies in formal bankruptcy proceedings, out-of-court reorganizations, and the development and execution of distressed investment strategies. Previously, he worked at Epicurean Management in business development and strategy. He graduated magna cum laude with a JD from Fordham University School of Law and magna cum laude with a BA from The University of Pennsylvania.
Jamie Sutherland is a Managing Director in the Institutional Equity Sales business at Goldman Sachs, where she has been employed since 1999. Jamie earned a BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish from the University of Virginia in 1999. She is a member of the New York Athletic Club Running Team and the first-ever Robin Hood 2011 Endurance Team.
Bill Telepan Click here for complete biography.
Patti Trainor-Wrazej (Secretary) is a certified nurse mid-wife and mother. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.