Board of Directors
Get to Know our Board of Directors
Get to Know our Board of Directors
Alan Gampel was honored with The Special Award in the Arts from UNICEF at age 8 and with the Presidential Scholars Award, presented by President Ronald Reagan at the White House, at age 16. He graduated from Stanford University at age 19 and in 2016 he completed a PhD at Sorbonne University.
Alan made his pianistic debut playing Beethoven variations at age 7 at the Hollywood Bowl and subsequent auditions for eminent musicians including Sir Georg Solti, Sir Yehudi Menuhin and Daniel Barenboim led to engagements with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Irish National Symphony…
The birth of Alan’s first child inspired him to search for innovative ways to introduce music and the arts to young people. He has performed over 1000 informal school recitals and in 2000, he created the Joy2Learn Foundation, bringing great artists into classrooms across America over the Internet.
Jinny St. Goar has served on the board of Joy2Learn since 2009, having supported the organization’s mission for the decade preceding. As a journalist for more than 30 years, she wrote primarily about finance and economics, with occasional forays into the arts for numerous publications.
Publications include Institutional Investor, The Economist Intelligence Unit, and The Wall Street Journal. More recently, she’s focused her energies on education. A graduate of Harvard College, she’s serves on a community board in New York City, and is the US Project Director for Mali Nyeta, Inc., The Foundation for the Development of Education in Mali, W. Africa.
Roger Duncan graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations; following extensive travels in the Far East, Indo-China, the Near and Middle East, Europe and Russia, he attended the USC Gould School of Law graduating with honors in 1964.
Thereafter he practiced law specializing in general civil and family law. He has authored several books related to law, the family, education and literature and has had various articles published in magazines including the Journal of the California Teachers Association. His subject was segregation in the public schools. He is an acknowledged scholar on the author Jack London and a contributor to the Jack London Society Magazine. He is a founding member of Joy2Learn Foundation. He is now semi-retired and working in real estate.
Carolee Campbell inaugurated Ninja Press in Sherman Oaks, California in 1984. She publishes limited editions of contemporary poetry, in the main, which she designs, handsets in metal type, prints letterpress, binds, and often illustrates.
Her work is heavily influenced both by her extensive experience as a photographer and by her distinguished career as an actor which she left behind in 1976 after she was awarded with an Emmy. From the outset, one of Ninja Press’s primary mandates has been to strive for the highest standards of excellence in craftsmanship and quality while exploring new approaches to the union between word, image, and book structure. Ninja Press books are collected by many of the world’s great libraries, including The Getty Research Institute, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, and The British Library.
Carol Robbins is a C-Suite multi-faceted financial services and marketing executive with broad operational and international experience. She builds differentiated, valued brands and leverages digital to drive business momentum and growth. She combines strategic and commercial acumen with marketing and general management expertise.
Carol drives digital facility across the enterprise and embraces the multi-channel rules of customer engagement. A results-oriented executive, she builds high performance, diverse teams. Successfully transitioning her skills across consumer packaged goods, printing/publishing and financial services, Carol is a versatile, strategic leader who inspires innovation, develops new products, and refocuses, integrates, restructures and transforms businesses. Carol is currently providing branding and marketing consulting services to entrepreneurial companies.
Carol holds a B.A. cum laude from Barnard College and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. She also completed executive education in Strategic Marketing Management at Harvard Business School. Her participation in the Joy2Learn Foundation draws on her passion for the arts, children and education.
Patrick Crosby has worked with not-for-profits organizations as an auditor, accountant and adviser since graduating from Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Patrick is a certified public accountant.
He is senior manager of Crowe Horwarth LLP a not-for-profit and higher education audit practice in the New York Metropolitan area Crowe, which is the eight largest accounting firm in the United States. Patrick serves on the New York State Society of CPA’s not-for-profit advisory committee and teaches continuing professional education classes internally for Crowe Horwath LLP.
Patrick has volunteered each summer for the past fifteen years with the Appalachia Service Group of Guilford, CT helping them with their mission of improving the lives of the residents of Owsley County, KY by building homes, additions and porches in the community. He joined the board of Joy2Learn Foundation in 2014 and is focused on the professional development for teachers interested in Joy2Learn and increasing the use of Joy2Learn’s materials in classrooms.
Michael G. Phillip’s 20+ years of experience have come in private legal practice for major U.S. law firms (Drinker Biddle & Reath, Richards Layton & Finger), as an independent consultant (Verdantus Advisors, LLC), and from being directly employed by diversified financial services companies (Northern Trust, The Hartford) in several capacities, including chief legal officer. Michael also currently serves on the Advisory Board for an infrastructure investment advisory group (Parker Infrastructure Partners).
Michael is a CFA Charterholder and earned a BA (English) from Dartmouth College, a JD (Law) from the College of William & Mary Law School, an LLM (Taxation) from Villanova University, and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and as a Director of a Community Arts Foundation that founded and operated an arts-based Charter School. Michael is a member of the law department’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and recently developed and presented a multi-part training program to foster diversity and inclusion through the lens of art.
Lauren E. Cook is an associate general counsel at Providence Equity Partners, a global private equity firm specialized in the media, communications, education and information industries. Prior to joining Providence in 2014, Lauren was an associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where she advised investment advisers and private equity funds. Previously, Lauren was an associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.
David Kermaani is a native Californian who grew up in Silicon Valley and is currently based out of the New York City area. He graduated with a degree in economics from the University of California at San Diego and has spent his entire professional career in various management roles in consumer electronics including Samsung Electronics and Hewlett-Packard.
David is passionate about technology and education. He is the author of The House of the Future: An Expert’s Guide and donates 10% of proceeds to Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. He is also a member of the Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce, an alumni advisor at his alma mater, and volunteers at food banks across the greater New York City metro areas.
Beyond technology, David enjoys traveling with his wife, fine arts, and reading.
Marilyn Reznick’s career reflects her longstanding interest in education. During her 30 years at AT&T, she served as Vice President of Education and the Executive Director of the AT&TFoundation, directing the company’s philanthropic programs. As Executive Director of Education Leadership, she coordinated education interests and activities across the company. She also held positions in public relations, government affairs, and media and communications.
Prior to joining AT&T, Marilyn served as Director of Admissions and an Instructional Development Specialist at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL.; Director of Alumni Affairs at the University of Hartford in Connecticut; and Development Officer at Kendall College in Evanston, IL.
Now retired, Marilyn serves on the board of directors of Educational Results Partnership, a nonprofit organization that applies data science to help improve student outcomes and career readiness throughout the education system. She is also on the board of the Bay and Paul Foundations, where she is co-director of the Ecosystem Integrity and Civil Society and Human Rights grantmaking programs, and secretary of the Investment Committee. In addition, Marilyn is an adviser to the Feminist Press 50th Anniversary committee.
Kim C. D’Abreu is a seasoned executive and thought leader within the education, healthcare, and non-profit sectors. She spent many years helping organizations unlock the potential of their diverse talent, and she brings this experience and perspective to the consulting and coaching practice she started in 2016. Kim is Principal Consultant for Diversity Dimensions Consulting, LLC, a Washington, DC-based firm that provides effective solutions to individuals and organizations seeking to harness the power of diversity and inclusion.
She has a wealth of experience connecting with non-profit leaders, foundations, and health and education executives to explore new opportunities for addressing social equity issues in our society. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Johns Hopkins University and Master of Public Health Degree from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is a member of the International Coach Federation and obtained her Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.
As a New York transplant living in Washington, DC, Kim spends her spare time experiencing performance arts, and enjoying her daughter and two cats Brook & Lyn.
Jose Rocha is general manager of DIRECTV Sports and vice president of Content Development for DIRECTV Latin America, based in New York. He leads DIRECTV Latin America¹s original content production and manages the company¹s broad sports programming offering in the region.
Rocha has more than 30 years of experience in Television. He holds a journalism degree from Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro, a Master of Business Administration from the joint Vanderbilt University and University of Sao Paulo program, and a specialization in Digital Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Growing up in Brazil, Jose developed his passion for the importance of arts and creativity in learning. Before joining Joy2Learn¹s board, he served as board chair of GetLit, an organization devoted to increasing literacy in California through classic poetry.