• Tim Rogers

    Chair
    Tim Rogers

    Tim is the mayor of New Paltz, NY, where he live with his family. He has been an active supporter of Writopia Lab since its inception in 2007, advising on everything from short-term problem solving to general business development. He is a self-employed entrepreneur working on various start-ups. From 2002 through 2011 Tim was Vice President at Eagle Advisors where he made allocation decisions for the family office of the founder of a publicly-traded software company, managing over $1 billion of private equity investments. Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts from Siena Colege and an MBA from NYU Stern.

  • Kim Hartman

    Events Committee Chair
    Kim Hartman

    Kimberly Hartman is founder of KH Designs, an interior design firm in New York City. Prior to design, Ms. Hartman was Vice President of Human Resources and Facilities for Trust Company of the West. She also serves on the Board for the Bronx Charter School for Excellence, Temple Emanu El 's Mitzvah Board and UJA Manhattan Women's Philanthropy Board. Ms. Hartman earned a BA at Tufts University and an MBA in Finance from the Leonard Stern School of Business at NYU.

  • Lanie McNulty

    Board Member
    Lanie McNulty

    Lanie McNulty is a fine artist with a unique background in business and education and a passion for educating and mentoring children from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

    As an artist, Lanie is best known as a documentary photographer. Her work includes From the Ashes of Rwanda, which documents life in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, and the award-winning series Lifted Up in New York City, which portrays worship throughout the diverse communities of New York City. In her more recent work, Lanie has developed a process called “photo improv” to create staged, narrative images of American family life. In 2009, Lanie was awarded the Bronx Borough President’s Cit ation for Outstanding Contribution by an Artist. Lanie is committed to using her art for community outreach and to support educational causes, including a collaboration with Citigroup to launch the capital campaign for a new vocational and academic high school in Kayonza, Rwanda.

    When not behind her camera, Lanie has held leadership roles in marketing and business development for The New York Times Company, Time Warner , Inc., and Bertelsmann USA and as a producer and creative director of educational softwa re games at Music Pen, Inc. Lanie is also actively involved in several programs in education. As a member of the Board of Visitors of the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College, she was the catalyst for a leadership program for undergraduates and another program to recruit and develop junior faculty in Public Policy. She also was selected to serve on the Public Purpose Task Force of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, an independent school in New York City, and continues to serve on the Council of Advisors at the Association to Benefit Children, an early childhood program serving children and families in East Harlem, and on the Committee for New Books at the International Center of Photography.

    Lanie holds an AB from Dartmouth College , magna cum laude with High Honors in Government and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MS in Education from Bank Street College of Education. Lanie lives in New York City with her husband Paul and their three teenagers.

  • Candice Braun

    Scholarship Committee Chair
    CandiceBraun

    Candice Braun is originally from Virginia, where she graduated from James Madison University ('92) with a B.S. in Finance. After moving to New York in 1997, she decided to find a career where she could combine her finance background and her life-long passion for raising money for non-profits. Until September 2001, she worked at UJA-Federation, focusing on event-planning and major gifts development. Before moving to New York City, Candice lived and worked in London at Lloyd's of London. Candice has served on the board of directors of JCP: The Jewish Community Project Downtown and as the President of the Rodeph Sholom School Parents Association. Candice is married to Ben Braun and is the mom of Jack, Annie, and Mateo. Her hobbies include reading, walking, traveling, vegan baking/cooking and advocating and fundraising for causes and organizations dear to her heart, including food allergy awareness, suicide prevention, rare cancers, homelessness, Writopia Lab, and For His Children orphanage in Ecuador.

  • David Sherman

    Chair of the Finance Committee
    DavidSherman

    David founded Cohanzick Management in 1996 and has served as Managing Principal since then. Prior to this, Mr. Sherman worked at Leucadia National Corporation for 10 years. In 1992, Mr. Sherman became a Vice President actively involved in corporate investments and acquisitions. In addition, Mr. Sherman was Treasurer of Leucadia’s insurance operations with $3 billion of assets. During Mr. Sherman’s tenure, he played an active role in the insurance companies’ investment portfolio and asset/liability management. Further, his parent company investment duties ranged from general investment analysis to opportunistic distress positions including serving on steering and creditor committees to active roles of private and public securities transactions. Mr. Sherman began his 25+ year investment career in high yield and distressed securities at Leucadia in 1987, following internships at Drexel Burnham Lambert’s High Yield and Convertible Bond department based in Los Angeles. In 1987, Mr. Sherman graduated from Washington University with a B.S. in business administration. Mr. Sherman is a member of the advisory board of Washington University’s Olin Business School Center for Finance and Accounting Research. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Open Door Medical Centers. Mr. Sherman has lectured at Washington University, Pepperdine University, and investment industry conferences.

  • Rebecca Wallace-Segall

    Executive Director
    Founder
    Rebecca Wallace-Segall

    Rebecca founded Writopia Lab in April 2007, currently directs the national organization, teaches writing workshops and college essay writing and runs in-school teacher trainings in New York City and throughout the country. She has grown the organization in NYC, and established and oversees Writopia in the DC region, Westchester, Los Angeles, and New Jersey. She trains every Writopia instructor across the nation, as well as classroom teachers and volunteers in the Writopia method.


    Rebecca has won multiple teaching awards including the Scholastic Awards' 2012 Ovation Inspired Teacher Award for submitting the most outstanding senior portfolios on the national level and for "developing a method of working with students that inspires them to create original work that embodies their unique, personal voice.... Because of [her] tutelage... these students are now empowered to bring that voice into the broader world..." She has also won the 2008, 2009, and 2011 National Gold Apple Teacher Award for "submitting the most outstanding group of submissions on the national level" to the Scholastic Art & Writing event. She lectures at schools, events, and parents' organizations on a variety of topics including "How to Inspire the Writer Within Your Child," "Writing for High School and College Admittance," and on "Identifying and Participating in Positive Competitions." Previously, Rebecca established the creative writing program at the Abraham Joshua Heschel Middle School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan as a consultant. While she was there, the program outperformed every other school in the city (including every elite public and private institution) in Scholastic's prestigious Art & Writing Awards competition. She has been awarded recognition from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as an "outstanding educator" every year since 2006. (Writopia won Scholastic's official endorsement in 2007.) Rebecca was also nominated by students and selected to be entered into the 11th Edition of Who's Who Among American Teachers.

    Rebecca has taught at SUNY Albany, New York University, and at Gotham Writer's Workshop. In 2009, Rebecca was invited to join The Op-Ed Project Mentor Editor Program and has since helped several brilliant women break into some of the nation's most widely read national opinion pages. In 2002, she had the pleasure of working with young writers in New York City public schools for the first time as a resident writer with the Teachers & Writers Collaborative. By 2003, she was working at the Heschel School, planting the seeds for a unique and successful creative writing program there. She also participated in the judging of the Scholastic competition in 2006 and currently serves as a judge of several national youth writing competitions (in which her students are not involved).

    Rebecca also serves on Writopia Lab’s Board of Directors and is thrilled to have a team of accomplished board members from various social and business sectors, help shape the future of Writopia's youth literary community.

    Writings

    Rebecca began writing for publications in 1997. She has contributed opeds about education and writing to the The Atlantic Monthly and The Wall Street Journal, and thought pieces to The Huffington Post and The Nation, along with five cover stories (and other pieces) to the Village Voice. She has contributed the foreword to Bryant Park's Poem in Your Day Chapbook 2012 and to The Scholastic Award's 2012 Best Teen Writing. She also served as Senior Editor at Psychology Today Magazine, and won Salon's "Best People Story of the Year Award" for "Love Labor's Flossed." In 1999, she became a Journalism Fellow at Brandeis University. In 2003, she entered the world of comedy writing, and began writing and performing sketch comedy around NYC. She won a "Best Sketch" competition at the Upright Citizens Brigade in 2006.

  • Jeremy Wallace-Segall

    Chief Operating Officer
    Jeremy Wallace-Segall

    Jeremy Wallace-Segall is the Chief Operating Officer for Writopia Lab. Jeremy oversees technology and back-office functions, contributes to the organizational literature, recruits new students and new schools, and does light housekeeping.

    Jeremy has built and implemented databases and websites for 15 years. He ran a consulting business, ABCDataworks, for six years, that brought database, website, and communications strategy to non-profits and socially minded corporate ventures. Jeremy spent a few years in the corporate world, but most of his work experience has been focused on making the world a better place by helping non-profit organizations manage their data collection and dissemination. Jeremy has written corporate policy documents, software documentation, branding copy for websites, tutorials, and recently published a featured article of the month on Idealware.org.

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