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

John Hayato Branderhorst
Co-President
Presidio Sports Management / VP of Business Development

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

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Nyomi Cassan
Co-President
LevelCredit / Vice President of Strategy & Business Intelligence

Nyomi Cassan is the Vice President of Strategy & Business Intelligence at LevelCredit.  Her role encompasses strategic partnerships, change management, analytics, organizational development and software optimization.

Prior to joining LevelCredit, Nyomi served as Vice President of Strategy & Implementation at Houlihan Lokey...

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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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Arjun Kapur
Treasurer
Centric Brands / Manager Finance & Strategy

Arjun Kapur is a Manager in the Finance & Strategy team at Centric Brands (NASDAQ: CTRC) in New York, where he is responsible for driving e-commerce and operational initiatives across North America. Previously, he served as a Manager in the Mergers and Acquisitions division, where he focused on top-line growth through acquisitions of brands...

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Elliott I. Portnoy
Immediate Past 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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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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Lori Holland
Holland Law LLP / Partner

Lori is a licensed patent attorney who focuses on complex intellectual property litigation, including the representation of companies in patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and trade secret litigation.  She also counsels clients on various transactional matters, including software/technology licensing and transfer agreements,...

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William Johnson
Morgan Stanley/Vice President

A student of Finance and Accounting, William (Bill) 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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Carolyn Johnstone
AECOM

Carolyn Johnstone has served on the KEEN LA Board of Directors since 2010. She first joined the organization after volunteering for “Bowl with Keen LA” through Turner/Cartoon Network Studios. KEEN is near and dear to Carolyn’s heart because her nephew, Findlay, had Cerebral Palsy and was severely disabled. Carolyn saw firsthand the benefits of...

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Colleen M. Kennedy
President, KEEN Greater DC

Department of Justice, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia,
1980-2018
Senior Counsel for Mental Health Litigation
2008-2018
Prosecuted over 200 cases in the District of Columbia local and Federal Courts. Twenty cases appealed and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Drafted D.C. and federal legislation...

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Daniel C. Murphy
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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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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Eileen Quan
Trilogy Education Services / Director of Analytics

Eileen holds a BS in Electronic Journalism from University of Oregon. She works as Director of Analytics at Trilogy Education Services. She also worked at various startups in the edtech, publishing and travel activity sectors building data strategy and business operations. Eileen previously volunteered at youth organizations including St. Mary’...

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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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Gerald Sherman
Dentons / Real Estate Attorney

Jerry knows a thing or two about commitment.  A founding KEEN Chicago Board member, Jerry continues to be one of the organization’s greatest supporters.  Jerry has also been an attorney at Dentons for more than 50 years.  His dedication makes him an invaluable resource for KEEN Chicago and KEEN USA.
Jerry and his wife, Geri, another true...

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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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David Spierer
Wellness Roundtable / Founder

Dr. Spierer has been involved in exercise physiology and academics for over 15 years. At the start of his career, Dr. Spierer worked as a clinician in a circulatory physiology laboratory and in sub-acute care settings taking care of patients with cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, and patients in need of a heart transplant. In 2008 Dr....

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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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