Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2017

David Blake

David Blake is the Founder and President of the InsMed Insurance Agency, Inc., an independent insurance organization dedicated to identifying, introducing and supporting income protection offerings provided by healthcare institutions and medical schools to their healthcare professionals. David’s philanthropic efforts include creating collaborative initiatives between charities that addresses food insecurities, global hunger, and culinary charities that create a path for refugees, victims of human trafficking and formerly incarcerated people to find meaningful employment. 

Maricela Brea

Maricela Brea is a collaborative leader with extensive experience in the nonprofit sector that includes 15+ years in management and 7 years in higher education. Maricela’s passion is helping and empowering people, especially youth and young adults, has led to a proven track record of continuously improving and successfully implementing quality programs and services. In 2016, she received the Mo Fong Rigley Award from ACCES-VR for her demonstrated insight and creativity in developing a program model for young people with disabilities that would be implemented citywide and eventually state wide. She has extensive experience working with youth transitioning into adulthood, as well as transitioning out of systems, court-involved, disengaged from school and work, and “at-risk” from a strength/asset based approach leading to positive outcomes. She holds a Professional Diploma in Counseling and Personnel Services and a Master of Science in Education for Fordham University, Graduate School of Education.

Matthew DeCicco

Matthew DeCicco is a Fixed Income Trader and Head of US Interest Rates Derivatives trading at BlackRock living and working in New York City. Matt has long had a passion for healthy living and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Green Bronx Machine, helping transform underdeveloped neighborhoods into healthy green communities.

Olivier Delille

Olivier Delille works for Macquarie Bank providing hedging solutions for corporate clients and financial sponsors. Prior to Macquarie, Olivier worked for Santander Bank’s corporate sales team facilitating the structuring and hedging of cross-border acquisitions into Latin America. Olivier Delille started his career working for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) in Washington, DC, focusing on expanding access to property in Mexico and Peru. While at IADB, Olivier led the issuance of IADB’s first poverty reduction bond sold to Japanese impact driven retail investors.

David Hyman

David is the founding head of school at the Academy of Thought and Industry in the East Village of Manhattan, NY. For more than 20 years, David has been an educator in New York City and New England. His work with young people has always focused on empowering them to improve their world and the lives of those around them. David has held a number of interesting and varied jobs over the years. He was a carpenter and contractor in Western Massachusetts where he ran a world renowned artist’s studio. David has worked in blue collar, white collar, and prior to his returning to New York, in a “new collar” role as the President of the Center for Technology and Workforce Solutions – a Washington DC based think tank focused on technology workforce issues. He currently resides in the Lower East Side with his wife, also an accomplished educator.

Susan Jasper

Susan is a 15+ year digital marketing executive, with a passion for building and scaling businesses. She has spent the last 10 years at Google leading a variety of strategy, operations and product commercialization teams for YouTube and Google’s display advertising business. A strong believer in the healing power of a healthy diet, Susan holds a certification in health coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), as well as an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Barnard College / Columbia University.

Lauren Jia

Lauren Jia is currently a Managing Director at Macquarie Bank. Having worked at several bulge bracket investment banks, she brings 10 years of financial expertise to Green Bronx Machine. Lauren is passionate about equal access to education and youth development. She currently also serves on the Corporate Leadership Council of the Young Women Leadership Network, and actively mentors with Big Brother Big Sister. She received both her MA and BA degrees in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Eartha S. Petersen-Farngalo

Eartha S. Petersen-Farngalo is a business leader and passionate ‘doer.’ Her professional experiences include Sales, Corporate Communications, and Training & Development roles at AT&T and at Google (and an internship with President Clinton!). Today, she develops global sales enablement strategies at Google and is the founder of The Career Fairy, a career coaching firm for millennials. She holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from Morgan State University. Committed to being an active part of her community, Eartha has served a Big Sister in Big Brothers, Big Sisters and as an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta – where she spent several years after college – and now of Brooklyn. Eartha was born and raised on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, by a local and New Yorker (Bronx native!), who ventured down on vacation, fell in love, and never left! She recently moved back east from the Silicon Valley (California), settling in Brooklyn with her husband, Zuri.

Outside of work you can find her on her yoga mat, with a good book, whipping up something delicious in the kitchen, or trotting the globe (she’s been to almost 20 countries). She brings to the GBM Board her razor-sharp execution skills and expertise building communication strategies. Perhaps most importantly, she brings her passion for good food, focus on healthful living, and fervor for empowering youth (and communities) through education.

Dr. Charles Pohl

Dr. Charles Pohl, a professor of pediatrics at the Sidney Kimmel Medical of Thomas Jefferson University, is the vice provost of student affairs for the university and a vice dean of the medical college. In his role, he oversees all student life and engagement activities as well as academic, personal, and career counseling for ~8,000 students. He has been instrumental in several initiatives, including the health & humanities initiative, international medical educational exchanges, and the implementation of the Student Personal Counseling Center. His commitment to professionalism and humanism among learners is reflected by his implementation and oversight of the Jefferson chapter of the Gold Humanism Honorary Society (GHHS), his position as past chair of the national GHHS Advisory Council and his development of the Applied Arts Program in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He also brings a perspective to education from his interest and experience in the hidden curriculum and general pediatrics, which has resulted in numerous national presentations, peer-reviewed publications, a book on medical professionalism, and inductions to both The Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. In addition, he is currently serving on the national Group of Student Affairs (GSA) Committee on Student Affairs and, more recently, elected as vice chair of GSA for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Tanya Singer

Tanya Singer is a media marketer with a passion for social justice. She currently serves on the Board of Green Bronx Machine, a non-profit organization with a school-based classroom gardening program for under-served students around the world. Her volunteer efforts include fundraising to improve STEAM offerings in her local schools and serving as vice chair and member of the Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee. Singer runs Ewe Can Knit, a knitting lesson business in Westchester County, NY, and has enjoyed regular visits where she teaches knitting at CS 55, The Green Bronx Machine flagship program.

Singer was general manager of Bloomberg Politics where she led a cross-functional team of sales, marketing, editorial and product development across Bloomberg Media’s television, digital, and events platforms through the 2016 General Election. She was an executive director of Real Simple’s digital business at Time, Inc. where she led a full relaunch of the digital brand. Singer previously worked as a senior director of product management at Yahoo!, where she split her 8-year tenure on the west and east coasts. She holds a BA with honors from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass.

Rachel Sylvan

Rachel is a longtime supporter of Green Bronx Machine and other initiatives to promote sustainable food systems and help urban communities thrive. She is currently a Director of Corporate Responsibility at Sodexo where she is focused on scaling innovation and promoting brand leadership in sustainability, wellness, and inclusion. In this role she has improved quality of life for schools, businesses, hospitals, and cultural destinations. She created and leads Sodexo’s five-year commitment to the Partnership for a Healthier America, positioning Sodexo as PHA’s first Partner of the Year in 2016. She also serves as an advisor to the Better Buying Lab, a multi-stakeholder initiative to drive more sustainable and healthier diets. In previous roles, she managed Summit Fund grants to grassroots organizations restoring the Anacostia River and surrounding neighborhoods, supported an innovative partnership to promote both sustainable agriculture and food security with the Capital Area Community Foodbank, and promoted inner-city economic development in Boston with the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. She lives with her husband and two children in an award-winning green building in the Washington, DC metro area where she enjoys local food adventures and nature walks in Rock Creek National Park.

Ben Tacker

Global Vice President of Branding and Communications at The Juice Plus+ Company. Complete bio pending.