Sallie Abelow / Acting Executive Director
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. St. Goar started her professional life with a brief stint as a speech-writer for a politician, wrote about arts, local politics and business in Seattle, and spent most of her career writing for the business press: Forbes, The Economist Intelligence Unit, Institutional Investor, and other national publications.
A graduate of Harvard College, she’s been a member of the boards of other not-for-profits. She served on a community board in New York City, and started (and closed) an economic development non-profit that built and ran a school in rural Mali, W. Africa. Thanks to increased income from a micro-finance program, that community now supports and operates the school.
More recently she’s become a farmer, launching a commercial apple orchard in the Hudson Valley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laura Del Greco is CEO & Founder of Aedificavi –a company that helps businesses unlock new revenue streams via disruption at the intersection of content, commerce, consumer & tech.
A passionate digital entrepreneur and intrapreneur Laura was most recently Head of Content Commerce at NBC Universal where she developed and built a new digital business for NBCU. The new business leverages existing NBCU assets/IP and was developed in response to NBCU’s need to solve for declining TV ratings and Ad Revenue (business launches Q1 2019).
Prior to NBCU Laura was an advisor to tech startups, re-engineered a Brazilian translations agency and held senior roles at Turner Broadcasting and Warner Music Group.
Laura lives in NYC and spends her free time immersed in, and being inspired by the arts.
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 America’s original content production and manages the company’s 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 Joy2Learn’s board, he served as board chair of GetLit, an organization devoted to increasing literacy in California through classic poetry.