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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
    Apollo Management
    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 Avaya. Robert previously served on the board of directors of Alorica, Hexion, Ingenico, 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 summa cum laude. 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 R. Stopnik (Co-Chair)
    Head, Global Investment Banking
    RBC Capital Markets
    Matthew R. Stopnik (Co-Chair)
    Head, Global Investment Banking

    Matthew is Head of Global 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
    Newmark
    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
    General Atlantic
    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. 

  • Caryn Seidman Becker
    Chairman & CEO
    CLEAR
    Caryn Seidman Becker
    Chairman & CEO

    Caryn Seidman Becker is the Chairman and CEO of CLEAR, the secure identity company. Over the past 13 years, she has grown CLEAR into a global, customer-obsessed brand serving 54 airports, over 17 million members and a growing list of B2B partners across the travel, health, sports and financial services industries. As CEO, Caryn has pursued her vision of using identity to create a more frictionless world, with an obsession on delivering an amazing customer experience. With over 4,000 full time employees across the United States, CLEAR is shaping the future of how we work, live and travel. 

     

    Prior to CLEAR, from 2002 to 2009, Caryn started and was the Managing Partner of Arience Capital, an over $1 billion value-oriented asset management firm focused on investing in companies across a broad spectrum of industries including consumer, technology, aerospace and defense and turnarounds. Prior to Arience Capital, she served as Managing Director at Iridian Asset Management, an investment advisor firm, and Assistant Vice President at Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder, an investment bank. 

     

    Caryn has served as a director of The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD), a home improvement retailer, since March 2022. She previously served as a director of Lemonade, Inc. (NYSE: LMND), an insurance company, from 2018 to June 2022, and a director and member of the audit committee of CME Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CME), a public financial market company, from 2009 to 2012. 

     

    In 2004, Caryn created the Happy Elephant Foundation which supports education, child wellness, and the New York City community. Caryn is an active member of the community and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Partnership for New York City and is a Board Member of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and previously The School for Ethics and Global Leadership. 

     

    She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

  • Jonathan Bilzin
    Co-CEO
    TowerBrook Capital Partners
    Jonathan Bilzin
    Co-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-Allen
    Executive Director
    Dr. Denise Brown-Allen
    Executive 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. Caldwell
    Director of Admissions
    Horace Mann School
    Jason L. Caldwell
    Director 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.

  • Michael DeFlorio
    CEO
    Harvest Partners
    Michael DeFlorio
    CEO

    Mike is a member of the Private Equity investment team at Harvest Partners, a private equity firm with over 40 years of experience investing in middle-market companies and partnering with high-quality management teams to acquire and build growing businesses. Mike joined Harvest in 2003. Previously, he was a Partner at J. H. Whitney & Co. where he completed private equity transactions in a number of sectors including general industrial, business services and healthcare. Before Whitney, Mike held positions at American Industrial Partners where he focused on acquiring middle market manufacturing businesses, and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in corporate finance. Mike has a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Andrew Ferrer
    Managing Director
    General Atlantic
    Andrew Ferrer
    Managing 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.

  • John Green
    Partner
    RG175 Search Consultants
    John Green
    Partner

    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. Hendricks
    Senior Managing Partner
    Centerbridge
    Jared S. Hendricks
    Senior 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 Hong
    Managing Director
    Goldman Sachs
    Amy Hong
    Managing 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.

  • Kim Koopersmith
    Chairperson
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
    Kim Koopersmith
    Chairperson

    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.

  • Christina Seda-Acosta
    Counsel
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
    Christina Seda-Acosta
    Counsel

    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. 

  • Alex Sloane
    Managing Partner & Co-Founder
    Garnett Station Partners
    Alex Sloane
    Managing Partner & Co-Founder

    Alex is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Garnett Station Partners, a principal investment firm with over $2 billion of Assets Under Management. Prior to GSP, Alex worked in private equity at Apollo Global Management, where he focused on transactions in the industrials, business services, gaming and real estate sectors. Prior to Apollo, Alex worked at Goldman Sachs in the firm’s Industrials Investment Banking Group. Alex is a Trustee of the Heckscher Foundation for Children and America Needs You. Alex received an M.B.A. with Honors from Harvard Business School and a A.B. with Honors in Government and Economics from Harvard College.

  • Ehren Stenzler
    Co-Founder & Managing Partner
    LionTree
    Ehren Stenzler
    Co-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 Traphagen
    Partner
    Plough Penny Partners
    Judson Traphagen
    Partner

    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 Weinstein
    Partner
    Sidley Austin LLP
    Adam Weinstein
    Partner

    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.

  • Susan Weiss
    Managing Director
    Blackstone
    Susan Weiss
    Managing Director

    Susan is a Managing Director at Blackstone. Previously, she was Director in the Financial Sponsors Group within the Investment Banking Division at Credit Suisse. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2013, Susan was in the Leveraged Finance Group at BMO Capital Markets. Susan started her career at Goldman Sachs in the Financing Group and graduated from Wellesley College in 2006 with a double major in Economics and Chinese Language and Literature. Susan joined TEAK's Next Generation Board in 2018 and served as Co-Chair from 2020 to 2023.

     

  • Marc Becker
    Chair Emeritus*
    *In Memoriam
    Marc Becker
    Chair 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. Kaplan
    Co-Founding Board Chair Emeritus
    Robert S. Kaplan
    Co-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 Arrillaga
    Founder & Chair Emeritus
    The TEAK Fellowship
    Justine Stamen Arrillaga
    Founder & 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.