Sabrina Bertucci graduated from The George Washington University with a BA in Art History. She has worked for a Non-Governmental Organization accredited to the United Nations in the marketing division and is currently working in outreach and networking for an international consulting firm. She also has worked for multiple art magazines dealing with communication and advertising and has experience in event planning.
When 24-year-old Francesco Clark took a nocturnal dive into the shallow end of a pool and felt the full impact of his chin on the bottom, he knew immediately that something was very wrong. Paralyzed from the neck down, doctors announced that he’d never move from his bed or breathe without a ventilator. Defying their predictions, he was breathing unaided within days, marking the start of his recovery process. With unwavering determination and the support of his tight-knit family, he underwent a controversial surgery in China and sought out cutting-edge physical therapy regimens, regaining unexpected mobility over time.
One consequence of Francesco’s critical injury – the development of a painful skin condition resulting from his body’s inability to sweat out toxins – led to a new career. Francesco and his father began mixing soothing lotions with natural ingredients, which were bottled into batches of lotion. What started as a shoestring operation in the Clark family’s kitchen has grown into the award-winning Clark’s Botanicals collection. A darling of the cosmetics industry, Clark’s Botanicals has been featured in W, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and InStyle, and is sold worldwide in luxury stores such as Henri Bendel and Fred Segal. A portion of its proceeds goes toward supporting research for spinal cord injuries.
Ten years after his life-changing accident, Francesco, a Johns Hopkins University graduate and active member of the Second Decade Society for Johns Hopkins, now runs Clark’s Botanicals, and recently published his first book, Walking Papers (Hyperion). He continues to work on his own recovery, while giving back by serving as a national ambassador for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and as a member of NYSCF's Junior Leadership Council, offering hope to others afflicted with spinal-cord injuries.
Maggie earned her BA from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and worked as a Scientific Programs Associate for NYSCF from 2008 - 2009. After leaving NYSCF, Maggie enrolled in New York University's Pre-Health Post Baccalaureate Program, where she studied for three years. She is currently working in the lab of Dr. Eric Kandel, at Columbia University, as a Research Assistant, and will be applying to Graduate and PhD programs in Cognitive Neuroscience next fall.
Carolyna De Laurentiis
Alex Goldberger (Co-Chair)
Daniyal has 4 years of experience in the life sciences industry and currently works at The Huron Consulting Group in their life sciences division. Prior to Huron he was at the Frankel Group, a life science strategy management consulting firm. His client mix includes multinational pharmaceutical companies, biotech and medical device firms as well as healthcare investors. He has provided clients with clinical development, commercial strategy, lifecycle planning, and merger & acquisition advice across a range of therapeutic areas including oncology, pulmonology, infectious diseases, cardiology and hematology. Daniyal is currently pursuing an MPH degree part time at Columbia University and has bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics (honors) from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been involved with different charities across New York, blogs from time to time, and is very interested in the promise that novel stem cell technologies could hold for future research and therapeutics.
Brandon Law is currently a senior at Harvard University, working to complete his BA in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. His fascination with stem cell and tumor biology began in high school as a student researcher in Dr. Walter C. Low's laboratory at the University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute. During that time, Brandon actively pursued projects focused on tumor metabolism and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.
While at Harvard, Brandon decided to continue his passion for research through the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. He currently works at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine where he completed his senior honors thesis under the guidance of Dr. Jayaraj Rajagopal. Brandon’s scientific work has resulted in a number of published abstracts, awards, and peer-reviewed manuscripts, including a cover feature in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. Brandon hopes to continue working on the frontline of stem cell research as a physician-scientist.
Mark McCauley (Co-Chair)
Craig J. Moskowitz, MD
Neil O’Donnell, Esq.
Thomas J. Pacchia
Thomas J. Pacchia is a Senior Associate working within BNP Paribas, a global investment bank. Since joining the Corporate and Investment Banking group he has served as a derivative negotiator, concentrating on a wide variety of financial products with institutional counter parties. Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Thomas was a Consulting Attorney at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.
Thomas earned a B.A. in History from Trinity College before earning his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property from Maastricht University. In the Fall, he will begin a Masters in Global Finance at NYU’s Stern Business School.
Katherine S. Pier, MD
Richard W. Rundle
Richard W. Rundle currently serves as the Director of Sales for The Booking Group; Broadway's largest booking agency. In this role Mr. Rundle oversees the booking of Broadway National Tours in over 150 North American markets. He is an alumnus of Indiana University-Bloomington with a BA in Theatre and Drama and a minor in Business.
Edward Timlin is an Associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP, an international law firm. Since joining Shearman & Sterling's New York Litigation Department in 2010, Edward's practice has focused on litigation stemming from securities and M&A transactions. Edward also represents the plaintiffs in a prisoners' rights class action.
Edward graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD before that, from Cornell University, where he majored in philosophy and history.
Lindsay Timlin is an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, one of the premier U.S. law firms. Lindsay joined Cravath in 2009 and practices commercial litigation, handling cases involving intellectual property, antitrust, insurance, environmental, securities, mergers & acquisitions, employment and contract matters. Lindsay is a member of Cravath's Litigation Support Committee. Lindsay also provides pro bono legal representation for disadvantaged women on a variety of family law matters, including child support and domestic violence cases.
Lindsay graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. During law school, Lindsay interned for Judge John G. Koeltl, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and then Judge Sonia Sotomayor, during Justice Sotomayor's tenure on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Lindsay graduated with a BA with Distinction from the University of Virginia, where she majored in English Literature.