Board Members and Executive Director
Robert Schulman, Chairman and CEO
Robert Schulman’s Wall Street career spans more than 30 years. Mr. Schulman retired in July of 2008 and is currently CEO of Foredestine, LLC. Previously, he was responsible for Smith Barney’s $60 billion Consulting Services Division and Retail New Product Development. As an advisor to venture capital groups, he regularly reviews small companies’ financials, business plans and strategies for their potential. He also takes an active role in public charity work, including having served on the Easter Seals New York Board.
Mr. Schulman’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from New York University and a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the Lubin School of Business.
Barbara Donn, Chief Financial Officer
Barbara is a professor of accounting at St. Thomas Aquinas College , where she has worked for over 20 years. She earned a B.S. in biology from C.C.N.Y. and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University . She is a licensed CPA in New York and has worked as an auditor in the governmental and non-profit areas. Barbara has served as the
president of a local chapter of Business and Professional Woman and is the treasurer of the Dellwood Foundation.
Monica Colvin, Board Director
Ms. Colvin has extensive experience in the financial services industry and non-profit fundraising. During her tenure with Edward Jones, she served as an Investment Representative, a new broker liason and a Customer Retention Marketing department manager.
Her fundraising experience includes being Director of Development for Grand Center, Inc., where she was responsible for raising $1 million each year through donated income sources.
Having lost a close friend to a domestic violence situation, Ms. Colvin originally joined the board with a special interest in the DVI. She strongly believes that the comprehensive support we grant participants in both the DVI and EMP is critical and unique to OHFF.
Nancy Schulman, President and COO
Dr. Schulman is both a New York State licensed psychologist and a New York State licensed social worker who has practiced for more than 30 years. Dr. Schulman was a member of the Disaster Response Network of the New York State Psychological Association and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the American Red Cross for her work with families of the victims of the NY TWA Flight 800 plane crash in July, 1996. In addition to a private practice, she has worked in clinical environments at various facilities, including as Director of Clinical Services at the Jennie Clarkson campus of St. Christopher’s, Inc., a Westchester , N.Y. based residential treatment facility.
Dr. Schulman’s academic credentials include a BA degree in Sociology from Rutgers University , a Masters degree in Social Work from Hunter College, School of Social Work, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University.
Kenneth Donn, Board Member
Ken was a financial consultant with a major financial firm. He has spent over 40 years in the investment services business in various sales and management capacities. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from Queens College and worked for several years in the chemical industry. In addition to his work on this charity’s board, Ken volunteers at Habitat for Humanity, the Dellwood Foundation and other philanthropic charities, including City Harvest.
Jeryl Paris, Board Member
Jeryl is currently a Senior Vice President in Wealth Management at Jefferies LLC in NYC. She has 35 years of experience on Wall Street in various management positions, with the last 16 years in helping individuals and institutions both in the U.S. and abroad. She was introduced to OHFF though her husband who is currently a mentor, and has first-hand knowledge of the difficulties and the joys of helping someone in the Educational Mentoring Program. Jeryl has a BA from SUNY Albany and an MBA from Stern School of Business.
Christine Byrnes, Secretary
Christine Byrnes currently works as a business management consultant for financial service firms. Prior to that she was the Chief Administrative Officer for Tremont Capital Management where she was responsible for the day-to-day oversight of Tremont’s business operations with particular focus on optimizing technology and operations across the organization.
Ms. Byrnes served as Vice President of the Down Syndrome Association of Central New York, Inc. and as a Board member of the A Better Chance program in Manlius, New York and President of New Rochelle Special Education Parent Teacher Association.
Ms. Byrnes was a recipient of an educational grant which afforded her the opportunity to receive her college degree and she is committed to helping OHFF provide the same opportunities for others.
Tanisha Browne, Executive Director
Tanisha has over 15 years of strategic communications experience with both private and public sector organizations. Prior to joining OHFF, she was the Director of Marketing for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services, where she created a marketing team and oversaw the strategy and execution of public awareness campaigns, large events and marketing materials supporting the agency’s Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice and Early Care and Education divisions. Tanisha also served as Brand Specialist at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she was responsible for positioning the Foundation’s brand and developing an audience engagement strategy to support a vision to build a Culture of Health. Her previous experience includes leading teams to develop advertising/marketing strategies for a number of clients such as Capital One, Weight Watchers and Verizon.
Tanisha holds an MPA from Baruch College and a BBA in Marketing from Howard University. She also spent four years as a mentor in OHFF’s Educational Mentoring Program, and has over 15 years of volunteer experience, working with youth in foster care.