Our Team

 

KEEN is a volunteer-run, nonprofit -- 501(c)(3) --organization headquartered in the Washington, DC area. A Board of Directors comprised of parents, volunteers, and members of the community directs KEEN’s operations. The Board of Directors for KEEN USA works to see that the affiliates are achieving KEEN’s mission and standards.

KEEN USA’s Board is chaired by KEEN founder Elliott Portnoy, and has at least one representative from each affiliate.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Elliott I. Portnoy
President
Dentons / Global Chief Executive Officer

Elliott Portnoy is the Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dentons, the largest law firm in the world.

As Global CEO, Elliott is responsible for management of the global Firm and its unwavering commitment to integrated client service across 158 offices in 66 countries. Under Elliott’s leadership, Dentons is experiencing a period of...

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Alison Kutler
Vice President
PWC / Strategic Policy Advisers Leader

Alison Kutler serves as the leader of the Strategic Policy Advisers practice at PwC. Alison has more than 20 years experience in government and the private sector developing and leading business, regulatory and policy strategies at the U.S. and global level.

Prior to joining PwC, Alison served as Chief of the Consumer and Governmental...

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Sheila Sankaran, M.A.
Secretary
KNG Health Consulting, LLC / Chief Executive Officer

Sheila Sankaran provides day-to-day oversight of operations, strategic planning, marketing and communications, and business development at KNG Health while also contributing significantly to client reports and proposals.  Her recent KNG Health work includes analyses supporting the development of Medicare disproportionate share payment policy....

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Daniel C. Murphy
Treasurer
The Bozzuto Group / Chief Financial Officer

In his role as chief financial officer, Dan Murphy is responsible for directing the finance and accounting operations for all six Bozzuto companies, in addition to personally managing all debt and equity relationships. Dan joined The Bozzuto Group in 2003 as senior vice president and chief accounting officer and in 2006 was named operating...

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Ray Bennett
Marriott International / Chief Lodging Services Officer The Americas

Raymond "Ray" Bennett is Chief Lodging Services Officer, The Americas for Marriott International, Inc.  Mr. Bennett participates in the development and leads the execution of corporate product and service strategies at more than 3,200 hotels in North, Central, and South America.  He is also responsible for driving brand differentiation in Food...

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John Hayato Branderhorst
btrax, Inc.

John joined the Board of Directors in February of 2013.  He first learned about KEEN SF while serving as President of the Golden Gate Triathlon Club in 2011. Over the past 2 years, he's had the opportunity to interact with athletes at KEEN Aquatics while also helping raise money & awareness through fundraisers. He's honored to be on such a...

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Burt Braverman
Davis Wright & Tremaine / Partner

Burt Braverman advises clients in all segments of the Communications and Media industries. He has argued and tried cases in the Supreme Court and in federal and state courts across the country, as well as numerous federal, state and local administrative agencies; arbitrated and mediated cases; and served as an arbitrator. Cases handled by Burt...

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Nyomi Cassan
Houlihan Lokey / Vice President, Strategy & Implementation

Nyomi Cassan is the Vice President of Strategy & Implementation at Houlihan Lokey.  Her role encompasses change management, analytics, organizational development and software optimization.

Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Nyomi served as assistant vice president at Nuveen Investments overseeing the institutional marketing and...

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Jonathan Chiquito
AECOM

Jonathan Chiquito is passionate about doing his part to help repair the world. He was President of Circle K International (a community service organization) in college and came across KEEN LA during one of his community service engagements. He loves KEEN LA and everything that it embodies. He has been Treasurer of KEEN LA since 2015.

He...

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William Johnson
Morgan Stanley/Vice President

A student of Finance and Accounting, William (Billy) Johnson received his BS from Providence College and his MBA from Fordham Gabelli School of Business. Billy came to KEEN New York as a volunteer, and assumed the co-presidency of KEEN New York in 2013. A year-long posting to London with Morgan Stanley delayed his full assumption of the role,...

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Arjun Kapur
Global Brands Group / Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions

Arjun Kapur is a Manager in the Mergers & Acquisitions division at Global Brands Group in New York, where he focuses on driving top-line growth across North America through acquisitions of brands within the evolving retail sector. Prior to Global Brands, he spent three years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an investment banking analyst...

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Robert (Martiniello) Rizzolo
Michael Kors / VP of Global Merchandising

Robert has over 15 years of management and corporate merchandising
experience with domestic and international retail brands. He currently works at Michael Kors, a US based luxury fashion brand, as the Vice President of Global Merchandising for the company’s largest division, women's handbags and accessories. Previously, he was the Senior...

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Kate Merton
Johnson & Johnson Innovation / Head, JLABS @ NYC

Kate Merton is Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS @ NYC. Kate has over 15 years of experience working across the Healthcare industry starting in R&D before moving onto roles in in Marketing, Business Development, External Alliances, Medical Affairs, Health Outcomes and most recently Disruptive Innovation. During her career Kate...

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Greg Murphy
United Pacific/Loss Prevention

Greg Murphy has been in leadership roles with several major U.S. based retailers for the past 20 plus years. He currently works for United Pacific based in the Greater Los Angeles area. Prior to transitioning into Human Resources, Greg was a Regional Human Resources Director for CarMax. Greg is a Certified Forensic Interviewer, which he...

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Putri Pascualy
Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company / Managing Director & Partner

Putri Pascualy, CFA, CQF is a Managing Director and Partner at PAAMCO, a global alternative asset manager. Putri is the Portfolio Manager for several bespoke portfolios for large institutional investors. Prior to joining PAAMCO, Putri was an economist with Cornerstone Research, where she built economic models to simulate market impact and...

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Estee R. Portnoy
JUMP DC / Senior Vice-President

Estee Portnoy oversees the day-to-day business & marketing activities for NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan.  In this capacity, she has worked extensively with Jordan and his advisors for over 19 years to manage and grow Jordan’s brand.  She has overseen Jordan’s business endeavors with companies such as Nike, Gatorade, Upper Deck, Oakley,...

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Alan Skoultchi, MD
St. Louis Pediatric Associates

Dr. Alan Skoultchi joined the KEEN St. Louis Board of Directors as President in July, 2016.  He serves not only as our chairman of the board, but also as our medical advisor and KEEN parent advocate.  
He is a general pediatric practitioner at St. Louis Pediatric Associates, Inc in Chesterfield, MO since 2002. Dr. Skoultchi and his wife...

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Scott Tinkoff
MeritDirect/Vice President

Scott is a Vice President at MeritDirect. He first came to KEEN as a volunteer, and fell in love with the program, making his father and mother take on the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus at the KEEN holiday party. Scott became President of KEEN Chicago, bringing his then fiance, Mary Jo Lupino, with him into KEEN, where she chaired the...

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ADVISORY BOARD

Donald L. Rosenstein, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Rosenstein is Director of the University of North Carolina's Comprehensive Cancer Support Program with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine. He also serves as Vice-Chair for the Division of Hospital Psychiatry and is the Training Director for the UNC Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine. The Comprehensive Cancer...

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STAFF

Kate Hurson
Executive Director

Kate came to KEEN in 1994 as a parent of a six year old son with autism. An active parent, she was soon asked to join KEEN's Board of Directors, where she became chair of the communications committee. She was deeply involved...

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Joanna Winsborough
National Development Director

Joanna joined KEEN in November 2014.  Joanna has over 10 years’ experience in Fundraising, Development and nonprofit management.  Joanna has led programs with organizations such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, UK and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,...

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