Board of Directors

Dr. Jane Aronson - CEO & President

Board member since 1997

Dr. Aronson is a board certified general pediatrician and infectious diseases specialist.  She has been a practicing adoption medicine specialist for over 25 years. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of Columbia University, and also the Director of International Pediatric Health Services (IPH), which she opened in 2000. Since founding WWO in 1997, Dr. Aronson has visited orphanages in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Latin America. Dr. Aronson lives with her sons, Desalegn (adopted from Ethiopia) and Ben (adopted from Vietnam). See full bio.

 

 

 

Martin Storm - Board Co-ChairMartin Storm

Board member since Nov 2012
Board Co-Chair since Apr 2013

Martin Storm is Chairman, President & CEO of BMM International, one of the world’s leading gambling product certification labs for regulated and legal gambling markets. Through its family holdings, the Storm family is the major shareholder of the BMM group of companies worldwide. Before joining BMM in 2002, Mr. Storm co-founded and listed Channel E Ltd on the Australian Stock Exchange and was a member of the Board of Directors. He also provided business risk management services for TAB Limited, and general management and business development roles for technology companies ICL/Fujitsu, Oracle and Informix. Mr Storm is married to Sandra and has three children Jacob, Skala and Juliet. He travels extensively from his base in Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

Nicholas Brophy - Board Co-Chair

Board member since Jan 2011
Board Co-Chair since Sept 2014 

Nicholas Brophy is a Wall Street veteran with almost 20yrs of fixed income trading experience.  His last role was as a Managing Director, running the North American Rates Trading business at Citigroup.  In this role, Nick was responsible for managing up to 60 people and one of the largest revenue generating groups in the U.S. fixed income department.  Nick joined Citigroup in June 2009 from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Prior to his brief stint at the New York Fed, Nick spent most of his career at Merrill Lynch.  Over the course of his tenure at Merrill his responsibilities evolved from interest rate derivatives trading to management.  He was named head of options trading in 2002 and became a Managing Director in 2003 at the age of 31.  In early 2006 Nick was named head of derivatives trading and later in 2006 he was promoted to be co-head of rates trading. Nick received his B.A. in Economics from Princeton University in 1994, where he played on the varsity football team.  He is currently on sabbatical from finance and lives with his wife and five children in the West Village of New York City.  Nick is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of The Worldwide Orphans Foundation and is also member of the Board of Directors of the Gladney Fund, which manages the endowment for the Gladney Center for Adoption.  In his free time, Nick enjoys the Jersey Shore, CrossFit, traveling, and riding his Harley Davidson.

    

James Alsup

Board member since Dec 2014

James is a dedicated philanthropist, entrepreneur and consultant with a history of dedication to the rights, and welfare of individuals without means or access.  Jim is the President and founder of PASS Architectural Design, a company founded in 2001 that provides consultative expertise on residential design and building technology. He focuses on the use of new materials and technologies in creating energy efficient and environmentally sound homes. Prior to founding PASS, he was the Principal of the Princeton Management Development Institute, specializing in organizational and strategic development for the biotech, banking, communications and pharmaceutical industries.  Jim holds a MPH from Yale University School of Medicine and has served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and PA Program Lecturer at Yale University.

 

 

Matthew Blesso

Board member since Jun 2009

Matthew A. Blesso is Founder & CEO of Blesso Properties Corp., a New York City-based progressive real estate development company he established in 1999. Prior to the start of the company, Matthew worked in banking for BHF Capital Corp and Societe Generale. Since its founding, Blesso Properties developments have garnered numerous design awards and broken multiple pricing records. Matthew earned a BA in Economics from the University of Rochester (cum laude) and obtained his Master of Science in Real Estate Development from New York University, where he occasionally lectures. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Housing and Planning Council, Dixon Place, the Fourth Arts Block and the Institute for Urban Design.

 

 

 

 

Samantha Cleland

Board member since 2012

Samantha currently works as a director for her family’s foundation, the Orokawa Foundation. Previously, Samantha worked as an institutional currency sales trader at HSBC Bank in New York for 8 years.  Samantha grew up in Baltimore, MD, where she attended the Bryn Mawr School for Girls.  She subsequently graduated from Goucher College with her BA in International Relations. Currently residing in California, Samantha serves on the Board of Directors for two non-profit organizations.  Samantha and her family are also very much involved with fundraising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  

 

 

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Meg Bode D'Ariano

Board member since Nov 2005

Meg Bode D'Ariano is President of Bode & Associates, a public relations boutique that caters to the financial services industry. Meg focuses on  public relations, direct marketing, Web site development, advertising and event planning. For the last 18 years, she has been involved nearly exclusively in the hedge fund industry, mainly through work with Managed Funds Association. At home, in Manhasset, NY, Meg lives with her two daughters, Lily and Grace, both of whom were born in China and adopted as babies.

 

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Marcia E. C. Favale

Board member since April 2011

Marcia Favale has nearly two decades of finance experience and her own consulting company, M. Favale-Tarter, LLC, and most recently advises on the Kazakh bank

restructurings, among other deals. Ms. Favale is also a Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, responsible for matters related to the financial sector and debt restructuring. Before her independent advisory roles, Marcia was a portfolio manager and senior member of the Advent Capital investment team and a senior portfolio manager at Brevan Howard. At UBS, Marcia was a Managing Director, Head of CEEMEA and LATAM corporate bond research in UBS’s global credit fixed-income research group. She was also a member of UBS's Credit Committee and Emerging Market Steering Committee. In 2006 she was ranked #1- Emerging Markets Corporate Bond/Credit Analyst by Institutional Investor Magazine. ‚Ä®Before joining UBS, Marcia was at Merrill Lynch and started her finance career at Banker’s Trust in Japan M&A. Marcia is a member of the Advisory Board for Environmental Technology Solutions, LLC (ETS), which is an engineering, research, and services company that develops and commercializes innovative technologies to benefit society and the environment. Marcia is a graduate of New York University and has a Post Graduate Degree in Financial Strategy from University of Oxford and is currently a member of St. Cross College (Oxford).  Ms Favale has an Excecutive-MBA from the University of Oxford.  She is in a committed relationship and has a daughter from Kazakhstan.

 

 

 

 

Gautam S. Gujral

Board member since July 2015

Gautam S. Gujral is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Prime Services department within the Investment Banking division, based in New York. As the Prime Services’ Head of Risk Management for Legal and Regulatory Matters, Mr. Gujral works with the most sophisticated clients on the best framework for clients to address key regulatory issues. Previously, Mr. Gujral led the Financing Solutions and Capital Solutions global effort, advising clients and structuring their financings of non-standard assets including non-listed securities. He served as a member on the Credit Suisse Managing Director Evaluation Committee (MDEC) during 2013 and 2014. Prior to joining Credit Suisse First Boston in 1997, Mr. Gujral worked for the United States' Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") where he received the prestigious SEC Capital Market Award. Mr. Gujral has had extensive structuring experience in the alternative investment field. Other areas of professional involvement include hedge funds, securities lending, prime brokerage, research and cross border transactions.His best times, however, are spent in his backyard in Maplewood, NJ where he lives with his wife Sheila, and their children Vinesh and Maya. The yard affords the family many opportunities to experiment with various dishes and listen to an extensive music collection. Mr. Gujral holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from the Colorado College.

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Sharon McDonnell Hubregsen

Sharon McDonnell Hubregsen spent many years as a recruiting specialist in the financial and public relations industries, working as a senior recruiter at Ketchum Public Relations, a recruiting consultant at ESPN Magazine and Vice President of Teeman, Perley, Inc. In 2011 Sharon received a Master’s of Science in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work, with a concentration in Advanced Clinical Practice: Health, Mental Health and Disabilities and is a licensed Master of Social Work in the State of New York. She holds a BA in Economics from St. Michael's College. She lives in New York City with her husband Andy and daughters Portia and Lulu, where she is an active volunteer in her children's school. 

 

Mary Knobler

Board member since Nov 2005

Mary Knobler serves as the head US high yield and distressed bond trader and assists in Oaktree’s other trading activities. Prior to joining Oaktree in 1995, she worked at Lehman Brothers, where she was a high yield bond salesperson. Her previous experience includes four years at Kidder Peabody in high yield bond sales, and four years at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. in the syndicate and private placement groups. Ms. Knobler is a graduate of California State University at Northridge, with a BS degree in Psychology. And she is also an adoptive mother of an Ethiopian child.

 

 

 

Susan Neisloss

Board member since Feb 2014

Susan’s expertise spans the media, corporate and public relations arenas, including: reporter, producer and anchor in major television markets for more than a decade; 
senior executive at Golin/Harris and Fleishman Hillard, two of the world’s leading global public relations firms; international spokesperson, media manager, and video producer at pharmaceutical giant, Syntex, now Roche. She also was communications director for the CBS network station in Los Angeles where she served as media spokesperson. Susan has produced award-winning videos for a variety of clients, conducted media and presentation training seminars for more than 400 executives, and is a highly respected crisis communications expert.  Susan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Stanford University and graduated from Columbia Journalism School's Sulzberger Leadership Leadership Program. 

 

 

  

Misha Rubin

Board member since Dec 2014

Misha Rubin is a partner at Ernst & Young. He is one of the leaders in the Risk Management Technology Advisory practice in Financial Services. Misha has a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics from New York University. Misha  released an album (ARE WE READY) of his original songs under artist name Misha Lyuve. Misha and his husband, whose name is also Misha, live in Manhattan with their adopted twin daughters.

 

 

Ali Wing

Board member since Dec 2014

Ali Winghas been Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Digital Commerce at Maurices Incorporated since September 9, 2014. Ms. Wing founded giggle, Inc. in 2003 and served as its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding giggle, Ali served in a variety of senior roles at Nike. She serves as executive director of the Tecumseh Foundation and is on several boards, including the Children's Advocacy Center, Kids Today and Baby Buggy. She also serves on the Director’s Council for the Children's Museum of the Arts.  Ali is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College, holds an MBA from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business and a JD from Northwestern School of Law.  Ali was born in Northern California and raised in Montana, where she was one of nine children, five of whom were adopted from different cultures. She continues to track new courses both personally and publicly, as an innovative businesswoman, an outdoorswoman, a wife, and a mother.

 

   

 Christopher Yanney

Board member since Dec 2010
Board Co-Chair since Apr 2013

Christopher Yanney is the founder and portfolio manager of CKC Capital in New York City. He has worked in the financial industry since 1997, including serving as Managing Director and High Yield Trading at Citigroup, Head of High Yield Trading at Morgan Stanley, Head of High Yield Trading at Barclays, a Portfolio Manager in Emerging Markets at Delaware Investments, and a Senior High Yield Trader at Goldman Sachs. He received his degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in Management Science and a minor in Political Science. He is married to Elsie Yanney, and they reside in Philadelphia, PA, with their three children, Vance, Christopher Jr., and Xavier. 

 

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