WELLNESS IN THE SCHOOLS

creating healthier places in which to learn

Board of Directors


August Cardona is the principal of Epicurean Management which owns restaurants such as Dell'anima, L’Artusi and Anfora Wine Bar. 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.

Richard E. Clark (Treasurer) is founder and Managing Director of Zentropy Ventures, LLC, focusing on investments in distressed assets within “At-Risk” communities. Prior to forming Zentropy Ventures, Mr. Clark held several senior management positions with major corporations. Mr. Clark has also served on several non-profits boards including Big Brothers, Big Sisters, First Choice Group Inc. and Literacy Partners.

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.

Tom Harvey is a Notre Dame graduate (BA, JD) and Vietnam veteran who served as Special Assistant to the Director of the CIA in 1977, Admiral Stansfield Turner, which launched his nearly 20 year career in government including appointments in the Department of Defense, Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, General Counsel and Congressional Liaison of the United States Information Agency, and Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration. After retiring as the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veteran's Affairs for Congressional Relations in 2007, Tom entered the Career Culinary Arts Program at the Institute of Culinary Education and received his degree in Culinary Management.

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.

Mitra Jerald has over 10 years of executive experience in the media and entertainment business, working in both domestic and international markets for Turner Broadcasting System.  She currently holds the position of Senior Director of Business Development/Strategic Planning at Cartoon Network Enterprises. During her tenure with the company, Mitra has worked across a portfolio of brands including CNN, TNT, TBS, TCM and Cartoon Network.

Mike Klein is a Managing Director at McKenna Long Aldridge LLP, where he leads their Government Affairs practice in New York. He also served as Deputy County Executive for Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi, overseeing Parks, Public Works and Partnerships and Deputy Director for the New York-New Jersey office of President Bill Clinton's Office of National Drug Control Policy. As a foundation for his career in government, Mike provided constituent services for New York Congressman Charles B. Rangel and served as legislative director to City Councilman Stanley Michels of Northern Manhattan. He also served as Chief of Recreation for City of New York Parks & Recreation department during the Administration of Mayor Rudolph Guiliani and as a Regional Representative to Governor Mario M. Cuomo, coordinating policy, press and community affairs in the New York City area.Outside of government, Mike has served in various non-profit and advocacy organizations, including New Yorkers for Parks and Wellness in the Schools. He is the proud father of three children in 3 different WITS schools.

Jenifer Lang is an acclaimed food writer and editor. She has authored several popular books, has been named to the Alumni Advisory Board of the Culinary Institute of America, and has also served on the board of the International Association of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs.

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 is the CEO of Chop’t Creative Salad Company, the leader of the premium salad segment with 18 locations 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 five-unit fast casual sandwich chain based in Los Angeles, CA, and serves on the Board of Directors of Boloco Restaurants. Earlier in his career, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Cosi Restaurants. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1990.

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.  

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.

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 is a certified nurse mid-wife and mother. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

 
"[Thanks to WITS] our students have developed a greater understanding of and respect for the food they eat and the importance of eating healthy."
-Principal of a WITS school