Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Emily Soell

Emily’s experience in advertising, direct marketing and creative communication spans over 40 years.  From the entry level position of junior copywriter at Rapp Collins, a subsidiary of Omnicom, she rose through the ranks to eventually be named Vice Chair/Chief Creative Officer of the agency.  In 1998 she left Rapp Collins for the same post at Draft, which is owned by Interpublic.

Emily’s career has been punctuated with awards and honors from almost every industry organization.  Among these are:

  • Golden Apple Award from the Direct Marketing Club of New York

  • The Irving Wunderman Lifetime Achievement Award – an honor given for an outstanding body of creative work in direct marketing

  • The Woman of the Year Award from Women’s Direct Marketing International

  • Direct Marketer of the Year from Target Marketing Magazine.

  • In 2000 she was elected to the Direct Marketing Association’s Hall of Fame – one of only 5 women to be so honored.

She is a sought-after speaker on the subjects of Marketing, Direct Marketing, Creative and Branding.  She has taught direct marketing creative at FIT and at NYU where she also contributed to the design of the Direct Marketing Degree Program. Emily has served as President of the Direct Marketing Creative Guild and as well as two terms on the board of the Direct Marketing Association. A native New Yorker, Emily received her BA from Cornell University and an MA from New York University.  She lives in New York City and Sharon Connecticut.

Jody Davies

Jody Messler Davies, Ph.D.:  Editor in Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues:  The International Journal of Relational Perspectives, from 1998-2008; Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; Founding Vice President of the International Association for Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; Founding board member of the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies; Faculty member National Institute for the Psychotherapies, Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

Dr Davies is co-author of Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse:  A Psychoanalytic Perspective.  She has authored over 50 peer reviewed articles on the subjects of trauma, dissociation, multiple self-state organization, negative therapeutic reaction, termination and analytic love.

Lee A. Davies

Lee Davies is Senior Strategic Counselor, Director of Media Strategy at Makovsky, one of the largest independent communications and public relations firms in New York, with recognized expertise in the healthcare and biomedical industries, At Makovsky, Lee oversees several health and wellness account teams, and is responsible for media strategy across the agency as well as executive coaching, presentation training, and crisis and issues management.

Lee previously served as Director of Global Media Relations and Product Communications for Merck.  Known for his careful understanding of science, his focus on national media, professional associations and patient advocacy groups has been instrumental in helping both reporters and advocates understand complex clinical issues. Lee’s 40+ years in health marketing communications encompass leadership positions within the biopharma sector and public relations industry. Lee began his public relations career as an early member of the Burson-Marsteller New York office healthcare practice, and later founded his own well-known medical education and healthcare public relations firm Davies & Murray.

Lee is a sought-after, engaging speaker at professional conferences, including presentations and panel discussions at the Public Relations Society of America Health Academy, and has been an invited lecturer at the New York University Graduate Program in Public Relations and the Columbia University Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health.  Lee also serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Galien Foundation, whose mission is to serve as a vehicle for the open exchange of ideas that drive science and new innovations.

Lee received a BA in biology and English from Columbia College, New York, and an MBA in marketing management and information systems from the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Frank Fitzmaurice

Frank Fitzmaurice has been managing broadcast facilities and producing television and radio programs for more than 35 years.

Most recently he has been Director of Technology Services at the American University School of Communication in Washington, DC. At AU he managed the technical staff and digital production facilities at one of the country’s leading schools of journalism, film studies, and public communication, working closely with the faculty and the administration on digital media issues and practices. He retired from his full-time position at AU in 2010 and continues to serve as a consultant to the School of Communication.

In 2009 he served as the Studio Director at The Teaching Company, an educational media publisher in Virginia. While there he helped to convert the studio operation to full digital HD and to install fully tapeless editing systems.

At WETA-TV from 2000 through 2008 he was General Manager of WETA’s Production Center, the broadcast home of the NewsHour. Washington Week, To The Contrary, and Foreign Exchange for PBS, as well as numerous local WETA productions. In 2007 he helped oversee the conversion of the studio and editing operations for the NewsHour to full digital HD.

From 1997 through 2000 he was Senior Producer and manager of the in-house TV studio facility at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2000 he served as a special consultant to HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo, producing and directing programming for national distribution.

As an independent television producer in Washington from 1983 through 1997, he produced programming for broadcast news organizations, major American and international corporations, the U.S. and foreign governments, and numerous trade associations and non-profit groups. His broadcast credits include senior producer for Hodding Carter’s Capitol Journal (PBS), producer of Hodding Carter’s essays for The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour (PBS), senior producer for The American Debate (PBS), managing producer for The McLaughlin Group (NBC/PBS), and senior Washington producer for The Monitor Channel.  He also served as Capitol Hill and White House producer/correspondent for Post-NeW8week Television Stations, for Tribune Broadcasting’s Independent Network News, and for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

He came to Washington in 1976 to join National Public Radio, where in 1979 he became the first executive producer of NPR’s Morning Edition. While at NPR he received the George Polk Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, and  two  Columbia Dupont Awards.

Before moving to Washington, he spent four years at Boston’s WGBH, where he was the host and producer of several news and talk shows for WGBH Radio. While a student at the University of Pennsylvania he began his public broadcasting career at Philadelphia ‘s WXPN (1966-1970) and WHYY (1966-1972).

Kathryn McFarlane

Kathryn is a producer who began her career with CNN in 1998. Since then she has worked on many programs, including NewsNight with Aaron Brown, Anderson Cooper 360, Paula Zahn Now, and most recently on Fareed Zakaria GPS. Throughout her career, she has traveled extensively covering breaking news and feature stories and has produced many specials and documentaries. Along with her team, she has received two Peabody Awards.In addition to her work in television news, she has also developed and produced documentary and online video projects and has served as a communications consultant to organizations, businesses, and independent media companies. Early in her career, Kathryn worked in film as an assistant to an actor and director at a New York-based production company. Originally from Texas, she remains active in her family’s ranching and energy businesses.

Marietta S. Robinson

Marietta S. Robinson was nominated by President Barack Obama as Commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in January 2013, was confirmed by the Senate in June 2013, and served a five-year term that ended in June 2018.

Ms. Robinson spent the calendar year of 2019 as a Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow. Since her departure from the CPSC, Ms. Robinson has also served as a Distinguished Fellow for Consumer Protection at the American Constitution Society, and is presently a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University School of Law, and a member of the Board of Managerial Trustees for the International Association of Women Judges.

Prior to becoming a CPSC Commissioner, Ms. Robinson practiced as a trial attorney for 35 years, handling a wide variety of complex litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants.  MsRobinson served from 1989 to 1997 as a federally-appointed trustee of the Dalkon Shield Trust, which disbursed more than $2.4 billion to more than 300,000 claimants in over 120 countries. In 2000, she was the Democratic nominee for the Michigan Supreme Court.  In 2011, Ms. Robinson served as independent legal counsel to the Chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission in Liberia.  She has taught as an adjunct professor at several law schools over the years including Wayne State University School of Law and Duke School of Law. In 2015, she was a speaker in the Distinguished Speaker Series of the World Bank Executive Committee. Ms. Robinson is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and served as its first woman president from 2010 to 2011.

In 2009, Ms. Robinson was appointed by Michigan Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow as a member of the Judicial Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of Michigan and, from 1985 to 1989, she was on the Michigan State Building Authority. She has also served on a number of professional and charitable boards, is a Fellow of the American and Michigan Bar Associations and is a Member of the International Women’s Foundation. She has been listed for more than 20 years in Who’s Who in The World, In America, In American Law and of American Women.

Betsy Vorce

Betsy Vorce brings extensive, multi-faceted senior management experience with leading cultural, media, and entertainment institutions in the non-profit and commercial sectors.

As Trinity Wall Street’s Chief Communications Officer, she oversaw strategic internal and external communications, media relations, marketing, and audience engagement initiatives, created and delivered on multiple platforms, for both the iconic 320-year old global institution and its substantial New York City real estate holdings.

Previously, Ms. Vorce served at Lincoln Center as Vice President of Public Relations and Senior Adviser. She oversaw internal and external public relations activities for its annual programs, strategic institutional projects including the multi-year $1.2 billion redevelopment initiative that transformed Lincoln Center’s campus, extensive education and community outreach, and content creation for digital and print publications. She also served as co-leader on digital strategic planning. As an Officer of the organization, she was involved in critical aspects of Lincoln Center’s operations and strategic planning. While Senior Adviser, Ms. Vorce consulted on cross-platform institutional branding, reputation management, and visual arts.

Barbara Zucker-Pinchoff

Barbara Zucker-Pinchoff has a led a life filled with varied careers. She is a physician, and was an anesthesiologist until a life-threatening allergy to latex ended that career. She became an advocate for those suffering from latex allergy, and was instrumental in educating hospitals, and the public, on the dangers it presents.

She has always been a singer, and has sung with The New Amsterdam Singers in New York City for more than 3 decades, serving several stints on the board. Her love of singing also led her to join productions at the Sharon Playhouse which in turn led her to serve on that board, where she is currently active.

Other careers have included running her own jewelry company for 15 years, and 4 years as a Risk Manager at the Mount Sinai Hospital.

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