TEAK Board of Directors
TEAK is able to fulfill its mission as a result of the spirited commitment of the Board of Directors who give generously of their time, expertise, and resources to support our students.
- Robert Kalsow-Ramos (Co-Chair)Partner
Robert is a Partner at Apollo Global Management where he primarily focuses on private equity investments in the services and technology sectors. He serves on the board of directors of TD Synnex (NYSE:SNX), West Technology Group, EmployBridge and Ingenico. Robert previously served on the board of directors of Alorica, Hexion, Momentive Performance Materials, Noranda Aluminum and Tech Data and was also involved in the firm’s investment in Evertec. Prior to joining Apollo in 2010, he was a member of the Investment Banking group at Morgan Stanley. Robert received his B.B.A. from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with high distinction. In addition to co-chairing TEAK’s Board, Robert is a member of the Apollo Opportunity Foundation grants council. Robert lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
- Matthew Stopnik (Co-Chair)Managing Director, Co-Head, U.S. Investment Banking
Matthew is a Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets. He joined RBC in January 2015 as the Co-Head of Financial Sponsors and, previously, spent 20 years at UBS Investment Bank, most recently serving as its U.S. Head of Financial Sponsors. At RBC, Matthew is responsible for U.S. Investment Banking and managing RBC’s relationships with some of the largest and most active private equity firms in the world. Matthew serves on the firm’s Global Capital Markets and U.S. Regional Operating Committees and is a member of the firm’s Commitments Committee. Matthew is a member of the Board of Youth, INC., and is a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Partnership for New York City. He received a B.A from the University of Michigan and lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
- Jared L. Horowitz (Treasurer)Vice Chairman
Jared is a Vice Chairman at Newmark Group specializing in Tenant and Landlord representation. Prior to joining Newmark as an Executive Managing Director in 2013, he held a 12-year tenure with Cushman & Wakefield, where he was annually recognized as a top producer and received the top producing brokerage professional honor at his level in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011. Earlier in his career, he was named a “Rising Star” by Real Estate Weekly. Since joining Newmark nearly 10 years ago, Jared has been consistently ranked in the top 5% of all brokerage professionals nationally. Jared earned a B.S. in Marketing at Lehigh University and lives in New York City with his wife Ally and their two children.
- Christopher Lanning (Secretary)Managing Director & General Counsel
Chris is a Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm. He also serves on the firm’s Operating Committee. He manages General Atlantic’s global legal operations, which includes oversight of investments and dispositions, capital partnering, tax planning, risk management, and compliance. Before joining General Atlantic in 2000, Chris was a corporate lawyer associated with Hunton & Williams and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He holds a B.A. with high distinction in History from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Chris joined the TEAK Board in 2012 and lives in Manhattan with his wife Shelly and their two children.
- Jonathan BilzinCo-CEO
Jonathan is Co-CEO of TowerBrook Capital Partners, Co-Chair of its Portfolio Committee, and a member of the Management Committee. Previously, Jonathan was a Managing Director at Soros Private Equity and a member of the Principal Investment Area and Real Estate Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs in New York. Jonathan earned a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan and received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
- Dr. Denise Brown-AllenExecutive Director
Dr. Denise Brown-Allen brings 25 years of experience to TEAK as she becomes its fourth Executive Director, beginning her tenure in July 2021. Before joining TEAK, Denise served as the Associate Head of School/Head of Upper School at the National Cathedral School. Denise was responsible for the academic and school life programs for students in grades 9 through 12 and academic departments for grades 4-12. She worked closely with her counterpart at St. Alban’s, the adjoining boys’ school, to coordinate programs between the two schools. She was charged with coordinating multiple task forces to implement the school’s strategic plan, overseeing the academic technology programs, and promoting methods of supporting students’ academic, social, and emotional well-being. While she embraced her responsibilities as a school leader from 2016 through the end of the academic year in 2021, Denise cherished the opportunity to work closely with students as a teacher and faculty advisor.
Denise is the proud product of Catholic schools ranging from the Blessed Sacrament School in Newark to Marylawn of the Oranges Academy and Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. Denise has served her Alma Mater, Marylawn, as a member of the Board of Trustees and Co-President of the Marylawn Alumnae Association. While at Seton Hall, Denise pledged Delta Sigma Theta and is a Golden Life Member of the sorority. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Denise began her corporate career as an entry-level programmer with New Jersey Bell. She rose through the management ranks to become Director of Software Development. While employed with Bell, she earned her Master’s in Business Administration in Marketing at Farleigh Dickinson University.
Denise transitioned into her second career, teaching, when she joined the Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) faculty in Montclair, NJ. She began as a math and computer science teacher and ultimately served as Mathematics Department Chair. During her tenure at MKA, she held several administrative positions such as Dean of Student Life, Dean of Students, Associate Director of Admissions, Associate Director of College Counseling, and Assistant Head of the Upper School. However, her most satisfying roles were that of teacher, advisor, and faculty adviser to the Peer Leader Program, Habitat for Humanity, and Shades of Color clubs. Ever seeking excellence in her professional pursuits and new opportunities for learning, Denise returned to Seton Hall to work toward her doctorate in educational leadership and administration, which she completed in five years while working full-time. Her dissertation, “A Quantitative Descriptive Study of the Academic Achievement of Black Students in Nonpublic Secondary Schools,” examined the achievement gap between black and white students in nonpublic schools.
Denise was named an Edward E. Ford Fellow in the National Association of Independent School’s Aspiring Heads Program in 2006. As a Fellow, Denise continued her efforts to develop a comprehensive Service Learning Program at The Montclair Kimberley Academy. Denise spearheaded the creation of the school’s unique partnership with the TEAM Academy charter school in Newark. Through this program, students served as math tutors and provided art classes and music lessons for TEAM Academy students, while faculty served as mentors to eighth-graders who wished to pursue admission to independent schools. During her tenure as the Montclair Kimberley Academy’s Upper School Community Service Project Coordinator, students shared her commitment to community service through volunteer efforts benefiting numerous charities. Denise has led work teams of students and faculty to participate in Habitat for Humanity building projects in Newark, Paterson, Philadelphia, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Mexico. In her honor, Montclair Kimberley established the Dr. Denise Brown-Allen Community Service Award to recognize graduating seniors with exemplary records of service during their high school years.
After nearly 15 years of service to Montclair Kimberley Academy, Denise was ready to seek new administrative challenges. She accepted the position of Upper School Director at the Pingry School in Martinsville, New Jersey, in July 2009. She introduced the Pingry community to service opportunities with nursery and elementary schools in Newark, including the 100 Legacy Academy Charter School. She served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees. She continued her commitment to global service through her leadership of a contingent of faculty to work with African teachers in Cairo, Egypt, during the summer of 2010. Denise and her husband, Douglas, are empty-nesters who reside in Maplewood, NJ. They are proud of their two grown sons, Daniel, a graduate of the University of Virginia, and Dorian, a Dartmouth College graduate who has successfully embarked on their respective careers. Denise enjoys spending time with family, discovering new hiking trails, a good book, and long days on the beach in Martha’s Vineyard.
- Jason L. CaldwellDirector of Admissions
Jason Caldwell has been in the Independent School Admissions field for 15 years, previously serving as the Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn and currently as the Director of Nursery – 12th grade Admissions at his Alma Mater, Horace Mann School which is located in Bronx, New York. Previously, before working with the TEAK Fellowship, Jason served on the Breakthrough New York Board (Formerly Summberbridge) between 2010-2019 and served on the Board of Artworks for Youth (a South African based enrichment program for students) from 2009-2012. He began his career as the Regional Admissions Dean for the Mid-Atlantic at Swarthmore College. In addition to his work in education, Jason is a screenwriter with a handful of television projects in development. Jason lives in the Riverdale section of the Bronx with his wife, Demetra and daughters, Cameron and Alexis.
- Brad CoppensSenior Managing Director
Brad is a Senior Managing Director of InTandem Capital and has been identified, evaluated and executed private equity transactions in the healthcare services sector for more than 15 years. Prior to joining InTandem, he was a Senior Managing Director at One Equity Partners. From 2012 to 2014, Brad lived in São Paulo, Brazil, and led One Equity Partners’ prior investing efforts in the region. Brad has served as a member of the boards of directors of AdaptHealth, AMT/RestorixHealth, Ernest Health, OneLink, ResultsCX, Allied, Cless Cosméticos, Portal de Documentos, Prodigy Health Group, Simplura Health Group, Systagenix Wound Management, Unicoba, Wow! Nutrition and X-Rite. Brad was also deeply involved in One Equity Partners' investments in ArthroCare and Wright Medical. Before joining One Equity, Brad worked in the investment banking division of JPMorgan. Brad served as a Mentor to a fellow in TEAK’s tenth class and joined the Board in 2018. Brad was also named TEAK’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Brad received a B.B.A. from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with high distinction, and lives in Plandome, NY with his wife, Brett and their two children.
- Muhammad U. FaridiPartner
Muhammad is a Partner in Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler’s litigation department. He has represented clients as plaintiffs and defendants in several industries, including commercial real estate, hedge funds, REITs, insurance, manufacturing, software, pharmaceuticals, and not-for-profit organizations. Muhammad was appointed to serve on the New York City Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary in 2022 and, in 2021, he was elected to the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to modernize and improve the law. Prior to joining Patterson Belknap, Muhammad clerked for the Hon. Jack B. Weinstein, Senior U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of New York. He has served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association, as well as the Chair of its Committee on Capital Punishment and Co-Chair of the Committee on the Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers, which focuses on enhancing diversity in the profession. Muhammad was named a “2018 Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal, Benchmark Litigation has listed him as a “Litigation Star” for New York in its 2023 Guide, a “Future Star” in its 2022 Guide, and in its “40 & Under” list for several years. He was also awarded the New York State Bar Association’s 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, The Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award for multiple years, MFY Legal Services, Inc.’s Partner in Justice Award, and the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project’s TD Bank Champion of Justice Award. Muhammad teaches commercial litigation as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law, and he has also written extensively on commercial litigation. Muhammad earned a B.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and completed his J.D. at CUNY School of Law.
- Andrew FerrerManaging Director
Andrew Ferrer is a Managing Director at General Atlantic and focuses on investments in the Consumer sector. He serves on the boards of General Atlantic portfolio companies Authentic Brands Group, Grupo Axo, FORMA Brands, Open Farm and Vegamour. He also serves on the Board of the Center for Supportive Schools, a peer mentoring organization based in Princeton, NJ. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2014, Andrew worked at Sycamore Partners, Warburg Pincus, Berkshire Partners and Goldman Sachs. He holds an AB from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Andrew lives with his wife Sophie and three children in Brooklyn. He joined the TEAK Board in 2021.
- Kenneth FoxFounder & Partner
Ken is the Founder of Stripes, a growth-oriented private equity firm that invests in Internet and Branded Consumer Products businesses. Prior to forming Stripes, Ken was a Co-Founder and Managing Director with Internet Capital Group (NASDAQ: ICGE) and a Director with Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE: SFE) and TL Ventures. Ken is also a co-founder of A10 Capital. While focusing on both software and consumer investments, Ken is actively involved with Stripes portfolio companies Pleo, Monday, ON, Reformation, Udemy, Stella & Chewy’s, GoFundMe, Levain, Kareo, Erewhon, Snyk, Axonius, Fireblocks and Collectors Universe. Ken earned a B.S. in Economics from Penn State and served as a Mentor to a member of TEAK’s sixth class.
- John GreenEducational Leadership Consultant
John is a Search Consultant at RG175, a leadership and governance consulting firm for independent schools all over the country, and international schools around the world. Previously, John served as TEAK’s Executive Director for six years. Under John’s Leadership, TEAK developed and funded a strategic plan to grow the Fellowship by 50% over a ten year period.
Prior to TEAK, John worked for 32 years at independent boarding schools Fessenden School, Western Reserve Academy, St. Paul's School, and Peddie School. At Fessenden, Western Reserve, and St. Paul's, John played nearly every conceivable role in a residential school, including teacher, coach, dormitory supervisor, department head, director of college counseling, director of admissions, and dean of faculty.
In 2001, John was appointed to serve as head of school at Peddie in Hightstown, New Jersey, and retired from Peddie in 2013. During his twelve years of leadership, John conceived and executed two strategic plans that resulted in a new Science Center, History House, and Athletic Center, a 65% increase in the number of applicants as well as a 12% increase in selectivity, innovative programming including the establishment of sister-schools in Shanghai, China and New Delhi, India, and significant advancement of the financial foundation of the institution.
John served as a trustee at Choate-Rosemary Hall School, Cardinal Spellman High School, Trenton Community Charter School, American Boychoir School, Beech Hill Middle School, and New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. John earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his M.Ed. from Harvard University.
- Jared S. HendricksSenior Managing Partner
Jared is a Senior Managing Director at Centerbridge, where he focuses on investments in the Technology, Media & Telecom sector. Prior to joining Centerbridge in 2016, Jared was an Associate at Silver Lake Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in technology and related growth companies operating at scale. Previously, Jared was an Investment Banking Analyst within the Global Industrial and Services Group at Credit Suisse First Boston. Jared graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Jared serves on the Boards of Directors of American Renal Holdings, Inc. (and affiliated entities), IPC Corp. (and affiliated entities), Ligado Networks LLC and the board affiliated with Syncsort Incorporated.
- Amy HongManaging Director
Amy is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and is the head of Market Structure and Strategic Partnerships for the Global Markets Division. She is responsible for cross-asset strategic business development efforts and her areas of focus include market infrastructures, systemic and operational risks and digitization. Amy was named to Fortune magazine’s 40 Under 40 list in Finance in 2020. Before joining Goldman Sachs in 2006, Amy worked in Global Credit Trading. Amy serves on the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Global Markets Advisory Committee and Market Risk Advisory Committee, the boards of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), Long-Term Stock Exchange (LTSE), and ICE Clear Credit, and the risk committees of ICE Clear Credit and ICE Clear Europe on behalf of the firm. Amy earned a B.A. from Bucknell University and M.B.A. from Columbia University, and was awarded the George E. Doty Global Master’s Degree Fellowship.
- Amran HusseinPartner
Amran is a Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, specializing in the organization and operation of private investment funds. Amran represents sponsors of a wide range of private investment funds, including private equity funds, growth equity funds, credit funds, hedge funds, hybrid funds, infrastructure funds and real estate funds. She advises clients on the development, formation, marketing and operation of their funds, as well as on regulatory and compliance matters for funds and their management companies. Her representations have included multi-investor funds, fund-of-ones, separately managed accounts, fund of funds and co-investment funds. Prior to law school, Amran worked at the Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO), an international advocacy organization focused on promoting gender equality in global policy. She earned a B.A. from Smith College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Staff Editor of the Review of Law & Social Change. Amran joined the TEAK board in 2016.
- Kim KoopersmithChairperson
Kim is chairperson of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP. Kim guides the strategic direction of Akin Gump, heads the firm’s management committee, and plays a leading role in ensuring the firm’s continued commitment to the highest levels of client service and in strengthening its dedication to diversity and inclusion, pro bono work, and attorney excellence. Kim has played a key part in the enhancement of the firm’s overall performance and has earned numerous industry recognitions and plaudits for her leadership. Among them, in 2020 she was named by the Financial Times as one of its Innovative Law Firm Leaders. Throughout her career, Kim has been a pioneer in efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion and attract the best talent to the profession. Under Kim’s leadership, in 2020, Akin Gump earned Mansfield 3.0 Certified Plus certification for its success in promoting women, lawyers of color, LGBTQ+ lawyers and lawyers with disabilities into leading roles at the firm. Kim also spearheaded Akin Gump’s efforts to join with other firms in launching the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance. Kim earned her J.D. at Fordham University School of Law and her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude.
- Jacques S. PierreGeneral Counsel
Jacques is the General Counsel at U.S. Retirement & Benefits Partners. Jacques counsels the company’s officers and partners on acquisitions, contracts, employment issues, and other general legal and corporate matters. Prior to joining USRBP in 2020, Jacques served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of New Jersey, where he focused on prosecuting white-collar and public corruption crimes, among other high-profile cases. During his time as a federal prosecutor, Jacques worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Special Prosecutions Division, as well as the Health Care and Government Frauds Unit. Previously, Jacques worked for several years in the New Jersey and New York offices of Lowenstein Sandler LLP and served as a law clerk for the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Prior to his legal career, Jacques served as a Director at two small educational not-for- profit organizations in the New York area. Jacques also worked as a high school history teacher. Jacques remains committed to educating youth and serves on the Board of Trustees for the MESA Charter High School, in addition to TEAK. Jacques earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University, and his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law Newark.
- Christina Seda-AcostaCounsel
Christina is Counsel in the Litigation department at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler and a member of TEAK Class 2. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including breach of contract and fraud disputes, as well as internal investigations. Christine was the Firm’s 2016 Diversity Fellow, and a member of the Diversity and Cybersecurity Committees. Prior to joining PBWT, Christina clerked for Judge Nelson Roman in the Southern District of New York. From 2014 through 2016, she served as a litigation associate at Paul Weiss. Christina completed her B.A. at Trinity College and earned a J.D. from Yale Law School. At YLS, Christina was a Co-Director of the Advocacy for Children & Youth Clinic, and Vice President of the Black Law Student’s Association. Christina currently sits on the New York City Bar Association Education & Law Committee and is involved with Legal Outreach.
- Paul SpiveySearch Consultant
Paul is a search consultant with the executive search firm of Phillips Oppenheim dedicated to strengthening leadership in the nonprofit sector. Paul has advised a broad range of nonprofit clients on recruitment, donor development and board governance. Paul served as President of the Edwin Gould Foundation for Children, supporting education, youth development and financial literacy. Following a year-long internship with the New York City Board of Education, Paul became Executive Director of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, committed to the achievement of low-income students. Paul’s year as a human rights worker for the Black Sash in South Africa in the late 1980s inspired him to support underserved youth both abroad and at home. Immediately following his graduation from college, Paul worked as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs. Paul currently sits on the boards of Exponent Philanthropy and New York City Center. Prior board service includes his duties as Chair of the Association of Black Foundation Executives, Secretary of the Council on Foundations and Vice Chair of Philanthropy New York. Paul also has served on the boards of Connecticut Upward Bound, the Ackerman Institute for the Family and Boricua College’s Advisory Board. As a loyal alumnus, Paul has served on the boards of Eaglebrook School and Wesleyan University while representing St. Paul’s School as an Alumni Regional Representative.
- Ehren StenzlerCo-Founder & Managing Partner
Ehren is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at LionTree, an independent investment and merchant banking firm, with a focus on media, technology, telecommunications and the broader digital economy. Prior to co-founding LionTree in 2012, Ehren served as Co-Head of US Mergers & Acquisitions at UBS, where his role also included overseeing the UBS Fairness Opinion Committee. In his 10 years at UBS, Ehren also served as Deputy Head of US M&A and Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications M&A. Ehren worked at Continuum Group Limited and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette prior to UBS. Ehren is a member of the Board of Directors of Child Mind Institute. He graduated with a BS in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Ehren lives in New York City with his wife and three children.
- Judson TraphagenPartner
Jud is a private investor and partner at Plough Penny Partners. Prior to joining Plough Penny, he worked from 1989 until 1998 at Japonica Partners, an investment firm run by Paul Kazarian. He received a B.A. in History from Denison University in 1989 and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1994. Jud is on the board of trustees at Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School, Eaglebrook School, and The Teak Fellowship.
- Adam WeinsteinPartner
Adam is a Partner at Sidley Austin LP, representing large-cap and middle-market private equity funds and their portfolio companies in leveraged acquisitions, mergers, strategic investments, growth financings and similar transactions. For the last 20-plus years, Adam has served as a trusted adviser to a mega-cap private equity fund and its affiliates and portfolio companies in many of its complex, global leveraged buyout/carve-out transactions and public company acquisitions. Adam is recommended in The Legal 500 U.S. 2017–2018 for M&A: Middle-Market. Adam earned a J.D. at Fordham University School of Law and a B.S. in Economics at Cornell University.
- Marc BeckerChair Emeritus*
Marc Becker is Senior Partner at Apollo Global Management and served as Chair of the TEAK Board of Directors from 2017-2022. Marc is a 25-year veteran of Apollo, Co-lead of Apollo Impact, and has overseen the Firm’s private equity efforts in the business services, transportation and; logistics, financial services, payments, real estate services, homebuilders, and building products industry verticals. Marc also sits on the investment committee for Apollo’s private equity division and chairs the investment committee for Apollo’s US and Asia real estate private equity division. He is a member of the firm's Citizenship steering committee. Marc has served on several boards of directors of companies backed by Apollo-managed funds, including his current position as Chair of the board of ADT Corporation. He has previously served on the board of directors of Sun Country Airlines, Realogy Corporation, Affinion Group Holdings, Inc., CEVA Holdings, LLC, Evertec Group, LLC, National Financial Partners, Novitex Holdings, Inc., Quality Distribution, Inc., Pacer International, Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc., and SourceHOV Holdings Inc.
Marc chaired the board of Park Avenue Synagogue, and is a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s undergraduate financial aid leadership council. Before joining Apollo, Marc worked in the investment banking division of Smith Barney Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, where he is a frequent guest lecturer.
- Robert S. KaplanCo-Founding Board Chair Emeritus
Robert served as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank from 2015-2021. He was previously the Martin Marshall Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration and Harvard Business School Senior Associate Dean for External Resources. A Senior Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co., Rob joined the company’s Corporate Finance Department as an Associate in 1983 and became a Managing Director in 1990. Rob is the Co-Chairman of the Board of Project A.L.S., Co-Chair of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center Council, and a member of the Board of the Harvard Medical School, The Jewish Museum, and The Jewish Theological Seminary. Rob is the author of What To Ask The Person In The Mirror (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011) and is also a graduate of the University of Kansas (1979) and Harvard Business School (1983). He joined the TEAK Board in 1998.
- Justine Stamen ArrillagaFounder & Chair Emeritus
Justine Stamen Arrillaga is the Founder of The TEAK Fellowship. Justine served as Executive Director of The TEAK Fellowship from 1998 until 2006 and then as Board Co-Chair from 2006 until 2013, when she was appointed Chair Emeritus. She is a fourth generation Californian, raised in Los Angeles. In 1992, Justine graduated from Brown University and moved to New York City, where she began her work in nonprofit and was deeply moved by the life-changing potential of academic and personal enrichment programs for low-income youth. After serving as Assistant Director of the Tiger Foundation in Manhattan and Director of Summerbridge at Riverdale, an academic enrichment program in the Bronx, she founded The TEAK Fellowship in 1998. The tragic murders of both her childhood best friend, Teak Dyer, and one of her beloved students from the Bronx, DeWitt White, inspired her to create The TEAK Fellowship in their memory. Justine and her husband John Arrillaga, Jr. live in Northern California and Hawaii with their three sons. Justine is a trustee of StoryCorps and an active supporter of the Cambodian Children’s Fund and The Sean Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford University, where she is a member of the Community Council Advisory. Justine was a weekly volunteer at Fisher House at the Palo Alto VA for ten years and is a lifelong painter, represented by Art Dimensions Gallery in Los Angeles. She enjoys tennis, travel and watching the TEAK Alums’ lives unfold in countless beautiful ways.