Babette holds a BA in English with a minor in African/American Studies from Colgate University, and has completed coursework in the Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation Program at Syracuse University. She graduated from the Leadership Greater Bellevue/Redmond program, was a Fellow in the National United Way Program on Nonprofit Leadership, and has earned certificates in Community Leadership and Economic Development from NeighborWorks. Ms. Baker has written a community engagement and a parent engagement manual.
Lisa received her MBA with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in economics from Duke University.
Ted founded the nonprofit capacity-building organization Cause Effective in 1981 and led it through 1995 providing consultation and training to more than 2,000 nonprofits, publishing three books on nonprofit special events, and producing more than 500 special events, including seven annual New York Folk Festivals.
In 1995, Geier, founded CineMuse, a social venture that distributes video content from BBC, Discovery and others to museums, science centers.
In 2004, Ted founded LOVE, HALLIE Foundation to promote youth philanthropy, helping young people improve their communities and the world. LOVE, HALLIE has, through initiatives with Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela Foundation, and others, reached more than 60 million people worldwide.
As a veteran Board Member, Keith currently holds seats on the Board of Directors for University Hospital-Newark, Programs for Parents, Inc, and Boys to Leaders Foundation. He has served as a Member on dozens of community organizations, schools, and nonprofits. He holds a Bachelor of Science – HRM from the Union Institute & University and completed the Executive Leadership Program at UCLA as well as the Advanced Leadership Program with United Way Worldwide.
His professional credentials include over 26 years of senior management experience in the nonprofit arena, with nearly 20 years as an Executive Director. His consulting experience covers a broad range of organizational work in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, including executive leadership transition, organizational assessment, executive search, strategic planning, and leadership development.
In addition to his consulting work, Gilles facilitates several leadership training programs including the New York Power Authority’s MBA program and the New York Foundation for the Arts’ year-long leadership program, funded through the American Express Leadership Institute.
Laurel Molloy began teaching public workshops at the Support Center | Partnership in Philanthropy back in 2001. Since then, she has expanded her involvement to include a wide variety of customized on-site trainings and ongoing consulting engagements. Over the years, Laurel’s work with the Support Center has involved both nonprofits and foundations. Select clients include the Brooklyn Museum, CASES, Fortune Society, Horizon Foundation, New York City Department of Small Business Services, Open Society Foundations, PSE&G Foundation, Noel Pointer Foundation, The Partnership for a Healthier New York City, and Westchester County Youth Bureau.
Sharmila Rao Thakkar
Previously, Sharmila was appointed the first non-family executive director of the Siragusa Family Foundation in Chicago, directing operational, programmatic and administrative functions of the organization and advising on the same for their nonprofit grantees. She has held leadership roles on several boards and committees involving issues of women and children, immigrant communities, education and public health, and building philanthropic leadership and the capacity of the nonprofit sector.
A native New Yorker, Sharmila recently relocated back to Staten Island, NY after spending the past 17 years in Chicago. She holds an MPH from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, an MPA from the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs, and a BA in International Relations from Brown University.
Anne holds an MBA in Strategic Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dart also served in positions with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and the South Bronx Open Space Task Force. As part of the Support Center’s team, Dart is collaborating on the development of the Trajectory Leadership Project and is part of a multi-disciplinary team developing a new corporate structure for a national nonprofit. Mr. Westphal holds an M.A. in Anthropology from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and is bilingual in English/Spanish.
Previously, Robin spent 26 years at IBM, where she managed acquisitions and divestitures, negotiated outsourcing agreements, and helped launch new businesses and brands at the company.
She currently serves on the board of the Berkshire Kripalu Community, and has previously served on the boards of Denver Partners and Colorado Women’s Employment and Education. Robin received her BS from Vanderbilt University, an Executive MBA from the University of Colorado, and a Certificate in Arts Administration from NYU.