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.


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 PhD in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University.

BARBARA DONNChief Financial Officer

Barbara is a retired professor of accounting who taught at St. Thomas Aquinas College for over 20 years. She earned a BS in biology from CCNY 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 was the treasurer of the Dellwood Foundation.

KENNETH DONNBoard Director

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 BS 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 volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, the Dellwood Foundation and other philanthropic charities, including City Harvest.

JERYL PARISBoard Director

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 US and abroad. She was introduced to OHFF though her husband who was 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.


Judith Caesar-Brown has worked in Human Resources and Professional Development for over a decade. She is currently a Senior Manager of Human Resources at Ropes & Gray, a leading global law firm with eleven offices around the world. Prior to working in HR, she practiced law as both an associate at a large global law firm and served as director and in-counsel for the U.S. division of a multinational technology company. She holds a BA in History from Brown University and a JD from Tulane Law School, where she graduated cum laude. Judith has volunteered with NY Cares and has mentored young people through the Urban League’s Tuesday’s Network.


Shirley Salomon is a forward-thinking social worker with over 20 years of service in child welfare programs in New York.   Shirley has worked for, and in partnership with, several agencies serving youth and families.  She is currently the Director of Clinical Services at the Young Women’s Leadership Center, New Windsor campus of St. Christopher’s Inc., a residential treatment facility.

Shirley earned an MSW at Hunter College School of Social Work and began working as a social worker at Good Shepherd Services for youth in foster care. She later created the mentoring program which she coordinated in partnership with corporate volunteers and partners, OHFF included. She has also helped develop a crochet and youth entrepreneurship program through Foster Pride, an organization dedicated to providing arts opportunities to youth in foster care. Shirley co-chaired the New York Mentoring Partnership’s Provider Council for several years starting in 2011 and went on to earn the New York Mentoring Partnership Coordinator of the Year award that same year.


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 BROWNEExecutive 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 oversaw the strategy and execution of public awareness campaigns, large events and materials. 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.

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.