BOARD MEMBERS &EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

TANISHA BROWNEExecutive Director and President

Tanisha assumed the role of President and Executive Director at Of Home, Family and Future in 2018. Under her leadership, OHFF has doubled its revenue, forged new agency partnerships and both grown and diversified the Board of Directors. Tanisha’s primary focus is to secure new resources and increase OHFF’s capacity to serve college-bound youth in foster care and mothers who have survived domestic violence.

Before joining OHFF’s staff, Tanisha spent four years volunteering as a mentor in the Educational Mentoring Program, where she grew enamored with the organization’s program models and related success stories. Tanisha also has over 20 years of work experience in both private and public sector organizations, including stints in city government and philanthropy at NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, respectively.

Tanisha holds an MPA from Baruch College and a BBA in Marketing from Howard University. She also has over 15 years of volunteer experience, working with youth in foster care.

ROBERT SCHULMANFounder and Chairman of the Board

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.

NANCY SCHULMANFounder and Board Director

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.

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-BROWNBoard Director

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 SALOMONBoard Director

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.

Montieth IllingworthBoard Director

Montieth is CEO of Montieth & Company, a specialist PR firm with offices in New York, London, and Hong Kong. He began his career as a journalist, first in Canada and then the U.S. He became a PR professional in 1995 representing governments worldwide in economic development marketing communications. He went on to work in leadership positions at a variety of global agencies and advised clients on a wide range of corporate initiatives and special situations. He has a specific expertise in counseling organizations, including non-profits, and management leadership teams on corporate and financial communications, media relations, issues management and crisis communications, leadership transitions, M&A and an array of special situations.

Angelique SalizanBoard Director

Angelique is skilled in the analysis of legislative policy, advocacy campaigns, constituent services, public affairs, event planning, project management, and capacity building. As a professional, Angelique seeks to hone her skills in policy and advocacy to push forward fair and equitable policies that transform communities.

Angelique’s career includes positions with Senator Ron Wyden, Debbie Stabenow, and Sherrod Brown where she worked on notable national child welfare policy. She draws from both her professional training and lived experiences to inform her work. Angelique has earned an Associates in Arts and Humanities from Sullivan County Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Binghamton University while in her hometown of New York. She also earned a Project Management Certificate from the Kent State Center for Corporate & Professional Development in Ohio. Angelique graduated in 2020 obtaining a Masters in Policy Management from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

Brooke Van RoekelBoard Director

Brooke Van Roekel is a brand leader, insights geek, and quiet fighter of ‘isms’. She honed her brand chops from 17 years at Nike and the Nike Foundation in both the U.S. and Europe. Wanting to use her skills for good, she joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropy in the U.S. that is focused on improving the health of everyone in the country – regardless of their race, zip code, or how much money they make. As the Director, Brand for RWJF, she is working to strengthen RWJF’s brand in order to have greater impact in the country.

She earned her BA from Wellesley College and MBA from Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now merged with Presidio Graduate School). When she isn’t baking, you can find her walking miles to work off said baked goods and listening to a variety of podcasts and audiobooks.

Barbara WinklerBoard Director

Barbara Winkler currently works in the Tech and Media division of a leading global financial institution. Blending her skills of establishing and maintaining business relationships, and her passion for making an impact in our communities, she incites priceless engagement from professional organizations and individuals. She established the Economic Empowerment Program series of curated fire-side chats for Sanctuary for Families, where powerhouse women in finance share their unique and inspirational journeys.

Barbara brings leadership, adaptability, and determination to all aspects of her life. As a former competitive beach-volleyball athlete in Honduras, teamwork is second nature.

Barbara studied Business Management in Unitec, Laurette University in Honduras, and Public Relations at The New School in New York.

Mirza DolmoBoard Director

Mirza is a New York State licensed social worker and a Certified Dual Language practitioner with over six years of experience working with diverse populations across New York City, including children and families with a history of trauma. Mirza is currently a full time bilingual social worker for the New York City Department of Education, in addition to her role as psychotherapist at a private group practice. Through her work, Mirza is a strong advocate for the education and awareness of mental health among people of color and vulnerable populations. Mirza’s personal mission is to help individuals from all walks of life overcome obstacles and tap into intrinsic and extrinsic resources that optimize their overall functioning. It was this mission that brought Mirza to OHFF. Mirza has a BA from SUNY College at Old Westbury and a MSW from CUNY Lehman College.

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.

CHRISTINE BYRNESSecretary

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.