Executive Committee

Betty J. Brennan, RN, BSN
Co-Chair

Betty J. Brennan has spent more than forty-years in health care, the last thirty of which focused on the development and management of innovative healthcare services in home care and hospice. She is the former owner and operator of Doctors and Nurses Homecare in Orange County, California and subsequently a San Diego County based home health agency called Back Country Home Care which she sold to Scripps Medical Center in 1994. Betty was founder, president, and CEO of Beacon Hospice, a Boston, Massachusetts-based service company which, over thirteen years, she nurtured from a single site servingfourteen terminally ill homebound patients to twenty-five sites located in five New England states serving an average daily census of 1,400 patients. She merged Beacon with Amedisys Corporation in June 2011.

Betty, a creative service innovator, has contributed to the advancement of the quality of end-of-life care with proprietary services for terminal sufferers of cancer, cardiac disease, and dementia. In 2006 Betty was recipient of the prestigious Ernst & Young award of Entrepreneur of the Year for her creativity, leadership, business development, and management skills in health care services. She was also high-lighted by the NationalHospice and Palliative Care Organization for the development of best practices in the care of dementia patientsat the end of life.

Since leaving Beacon, Betty has continued to be actively engaged in the healthcare field including, in 2014, founding Astrum Care, LLC – a new venture developing and marketing education, consultative services, and specialty products for the delivery of care, comfort, and enhanced quality of life for persons living with dementia. She also served on the board of trustees of the National Hospice Foundation, Washington, DC; was the Board Chair of the Connecticut Alzheimer’s Association and is currently completing her term as a member of the board. Her board role has extended into a position of president of a non-profit joint venture with the Connecticut Assisted Living Association and the Alzheimer’s Association. Betty currently chairs the board of Bristol Hospice, a national provider of hospice and palliative care services to end-of – life patients in 26 locations located in 9 states. Additionally, she serves on the board of Nuclear Care Partners, a national company that provides care to individuals affected by nuclear radiation.

Betty, a registered nurse,holds a nursingdegree from the Eastern Maine School of Nursing and her BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). She resides in Stamford, Connecticut with her husband where she is also involved in community projects.


Jeffrey N. Jones
Co-Chair

Jeffrey N. Jones retired in 2020 as the Chief Accountant of KPMG. From 1997 to 1999 he was a Professional Accounting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the SEC in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. Jeff has served on the Board since 2005.


Sharon Kilmer
Vice Chair and Treasurer

Sharon Kilmer is a Managing Director at Angelo, Gordon & Co, an alternative investment management firm based in New York City where she is a senior member of the Net Lease investment team. Ms Kilmer started with Angelo, Gordon in 2004 as the CIO of Angelo, Gordon Advisors, LLC, a wholly-owned, externally managed fund of funds group. Previously, she was an Executive Vice President at Pacific Investment Management Company, where she was a senior member of the portfolio management and investment strategy groups and prior to that, she was Director of Fixed Income Portfolio Management at Transamerica Investment Services in Los Angeles. Sharon received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and an MBA degree from the University of Southern California. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and currently serves as the Treasurer. Sharon joined the Board in 2014.


Pauline Yeung-Ha
Secretary

Pauline Yeung-Ha is a Partner in the law firm of Grimaldi & Yeung LLP. Ms. Yeung-Ha concentrates in the practice areas of Trusts, Wills and Estates, Elder Law as well as Special Needs Planning. She received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College and her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey.

Ms. Yeung-Ha has the following affiliations:

  • Member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Trustee on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair of the Practice Management Committee of the Trusts & Estate Law Section of NYSBA
  • Member of the Estate Planning Committee of the Trusts & Estates Law Section of NYSBA
  • Chair Emeritus of the Pro Bono Clinic of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) – named Committee of the Year for 2016 and Program of the Year for 2017 and awarded New York State Bar Association’s Bar Leaders Innovation Award for 2020

Ms. Yeung-Ha is active in serving the community as well. Aside from conducting presentations in English, she also gives seminars in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. Ms. Yeung-Ha was key speaker for Assemblywoman Grace Meng’s Senior Law & Financial Planning Workshop.


Directors
Sandra S. Baron
Director

Sandra S. Baron is a Senior Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and the Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression and a Visiting Clinical Lecturerin Law. Prior to this post, she was ExecutiveDirector of the Media Law Resource Center, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to media law research, policy, education and advocacy, and was also involved in the management of the MLRC Institute, its sister organization devoted to public educationon First Amendment issues.

In addition to having a private practice, Ms. Baron has held positions as Senior Managing Attorney at the National Broadcasting Company, Inc., as Associate General Counsel of the Educational Broadcasting Company, WNET/Thirteen, in New York, and counsel for Public Broadcasting’s American Playhouse. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation and is current chair ofthe NYSBA Committee on Media Law.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of Community Access to the Arts, Great Barrington, MA, and The Brigid Alliance, New York, NY, and the Issues and Advocacy Board of Planned Parenthood of New York City (recently disbanded in light of the PPNYC merger and creation of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York 1/20).


Rachel Berk
Director

Rachel Berk is a certified public accountant, certified fraud examiner, certified insolvency and restructuring advisor, and is certified in financial forensics. Rachel Berk is a principal in CRA’s Risk, Investigations & Analytics Practice. She is based in New York and has nearly 20 years of experience providing forensic accounting, financial analysis, and regulatory and consulting services to law firms, boards of directors, and corporate clients.

Rachel leads many investigations and litigation/dispute engagements for large global organizations. She specializes in disputes and investigations involving complex accounting issues and complex financial instruments and has also directed numerous investigations on financial statement fraud, asset misappropriation and corruption.

Rachel is a frequent speaker and has taught numerous seminars on accounting, fraud, internal controls, and SEC topics for corporate clients and law firms.


Betsy Billard
Director

Betsy comes to CaringKind as a result of someone very dear to her being diagnosed with frontal temporal dementia at the early age of 50. Betsy is a Private Wealth Advisor with Ameriprise Financial and is entering her 25th year in practice, serving clients primarily in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Betsy has previously served on the Boards of glaad, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. She served as co-chair of the glaad Board of Directors for two years and also chaired the Development Committee.


Richard S. Helstein
Director

Richard S. Helstein is currently President of Creative Focus, A Marketing and Advertising Consulting Firm; as well as having served as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the Darden Graduate Business School, University of Virginia. Previous to this, Dick served as Vice President, Global Advertising, KraftFoods North America. In addition to his responsibility for Kraft’s Advertising, Mr. Helstein was in charge of Kraft’s efforts in Digital Marketing, including Kraft’s Web Site; Kraft Marketing Trainingand Development efforts,and Kraft Strategic Alliances. Dick was the first recipient of Kraft’s highest award, The President’s Award,established in 1998 to honor an individual for continuous achievements in building the growthof the company.

He served as Campaign Director of the Drunk Driving Prevention campaign for the Ad Council for which he received the Robert V. Goldstein Award in a ceremony at the White House with the President in recognition of outstanding results. He also has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of National Advertisers.

Since leaving Kraft Foods, Dick has served as a Marketing Consultant for a number of companies including Nabisco, Microsoft, Pfizer, Sara Lee, Snyder- Lance and Pinnacle Foods. Dick received a BA from Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Dick was married to his wife Sue for 50 years. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2013and passed away in November of 2019. Dick was her primary caregiver. He is currently serving as the facilitator for his GAP (Giving Alzheimer’s Purpose) Support Group and has been working with the Alzheimer’s Association appearing on various radio and television shows discussing the role of CareGivers today


Diane Herdling
Director

Ms. Herdling has 22 years of successful experience filling assignments in every sector of Investment Banking. Her previous engagement included a spell with Robert Half International, an international search firm specializing in the Financial Sector. At Sterling Resources International, she helped build out the firm’s Wall Street practice. Her specialty areas include Corporate Finance, M&A, Equity and Debt Capital Markets, Leveraged Finance and Private Equity.

Eleonora had her as a client when her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer and was being moved into Inspir.


Jonathan S. Henes, PC
Director

Jon Henes is one of the country’s leading restructuring and corporate governance advisors. Jon has successfully guided numerous publicly traded and privately held companies through transformative restructuring transactions. Jon is a trusted advisor to boards of directors and senior managers regarding fiduciary duties and corporate governance issues in highly complex and “bet the company” situations. Jon has advised companies in a multitude of sectors, including retail, technology, automotive, energy, industrials, printing, media, radio broadcasting, television, healthcare. airlines and publishing. Many of Jon’s representations involve cross-border transactions and international law, including his roles in the Chapter 11 cases of Arcapita (Sharia Law) and Hovers a (a joint venture with PDVSA Venezuela's Oil Company). Notably, Jon led the engagement of Full Beauty, which achieved the first one-day Chapter 11 case in history. Jon followed this achievement with another one-day Chapter 11case in Sungard, which won The Deal, Restructuring of the Year Award in 2020. Based on his experience, Jon wrote an opinion piece proposing an amendment to the Bankruptcy Code to codify current practice and include a provision for One-Day Bankruptcies.


David Z. Hirsh
Director

David Z. Hirsh is a sophisticated real estate investor with more than 30 years of experience across all major real estate product types in most major US markets. Over the course of his career, David has completed in excess of $30 billion in transactions and has developed a broad set of skills the including: portfolio management, leasing, asset sales/dispositions, lending and workouts/restructuring. In addition, David has a proven track record creating value rebranding hotels and strategically repositioning office buildings.

David spent the last sixteen years (2002-2018) in Blackstone’s Real Estate Asset Management Group, retiring in January 2018. During his tenure at Blackstone, his most significant responsibilities included day to day oversite and strategic management of Equity Office Properties (2009-2018), IndCor Industrial Properties (2013-2015), LXR Hotels and Resorts portfolio(2004- 2010) and several investments in the retail and senior housing sectors.

Prior to joining Blackstone, David worked at Citigroup for 15 years including six years in real estate asset management, where he led the hotel group, and five years in corporate finance specializing in corporate real estate and project lending.

David received a BBA in Accounting from Pace University and an MS in Real Estate Development and Investment from New York University. David is a Certified Public Accountant.

In 2018 David, along with two partners, formed BLDG Tech Ventures, an angel investment club focusing on the property tech space.

David’s philanthropic activities include:

  • New York University
  • Vice Chair of the New York University/Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Advisory Board
  • Chair of the NYU School of Professional Studies Alumni Board
  • Adjunct Professor
  • NYU Board of Trustees Real Estate Subcommittee Member
  • Board Chair of the Thyroid Head and Neck Cancer (THANC)Foundation and the Thyroid Care Collaborative (TCC).
  • Board Chair of CaringKind, formally the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Pace University
  • Member of the Lubin School of Business Advisory Board
  • Member of the President’s Council

Sarah Hoit, CEO Connected Living
Director

Sarah Hoit is a career social entrepreneur focusedon companies that impact larger social issues. She is currently, CEO of Connected Living and Co- Founded the company in 2007 to provide families and communities with a private social network to bridge the “digital divide” for the millions of seniors who have been left out of the conversation. Connected Living provides a “high tech and high touch” way for families to connect, goods and services and enhance quality of life all across the nation and soonglobally.

Sarah was previously Founder and CEO of Explore, Inc., an education company that operated programs that met the academic and social needs of every student throughthe integration of experiential learning,homework and skilllessons, physical education, and community services.

Prior to founding Explore,Sarah served as the Directorof Business Planningin the White House Office of National Service, and then Deputy Director of AmeriCorps where she was a senior official in a national service program that has enabled over 1 million youth to serve their country.

Sarah holds a BA with Honors from Dartmouth Collegeand an MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS), where she was awarded a public service fellowship. She has been a guest lecturer at HBS and Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business on social entrepreneurism and is a member of the Dementia FriendlyAmerica Board, the Tenacity Board.


Benjamin Jenkins
Director

Benjamin J. Jenkins is the founder and CEO of Dering Capital, a merchant banking firm based in New York City. Prior to establishing Dering in 2011, Mr. Jenkins was a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone, where he was co- head of the Hong Kong office. In his more than a dozen years at the firm Mr. Jenkins led numerous domestic and international private equity investments. Mr. Jenkins is a graduate  of Stanford University and Harvard Business School. He has been involved with CaringKind since 2003 and along with his wife Meredith chaired the Gala in2007.



Linda LaGorga
Director

Linda LaGorga is the Vice President, Business Analysis & Planning at Honeywell Prior to joining Honeywell Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. Prior to joining Valeant, Linda was in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. for 16 years and most recently was a Managing Director in the Financing Group. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Linda was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. Linda has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Linda joined the Board in 2013.


Elaine Thomas
Director

Elaine Thomas works in the entertainment industry as a writer and producer. Prior to that, she worked in the hedge fund industry as a healthcare analyst and portfolio manager.  She received her B.A. in English from Yale University.  Elaine joined the Board in 2012.



Gurney Williams III
Director

Gurney Williams III is a writer, editor and advocate for dementia caregivers. Most recently, he has partnered with Eleonora Tornatore-Mikesh at Inspīr to develop an evidence-based curriculum for brief training sessions and an accompanying concise manual. Working title: A Gentle Guide for New Caregivers, the power of enduring choices in dementia’s early stage. He continues to create and personally test pilot sessions for general audiences, at Inspīr and his Episcopal church in Rye, New York.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale, ’63, and an M.S. from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, ’67. He began his career as a reporter at Newsday, where he served on a nine-member investigative team that won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the paper in 1970. Over the past 50 years, he has contributed hundreds of articles to national publications. In the mid-’80s, he was the editor of OMNI magazine, focused on science, technology, science fiction and the future. After leaving the editorship, he gave speeches for years to corporate and college audiences based on the magazine’s predictions about the 21st century. Some of them came true.

Williams was the primary caregiver for his wife, Linda Payne Williams, from 2004 until she entered long-term care in 2012. She died of Alzheimer’s in 2016. Since her diagnosis, he has written and given speeches about caregiving, and helped his oldest daughter, actor Kimberly Williams-Paisley, write Where the Light Gets In, about how the family responded to Linda’s disease. The book was a New York Times best seller in 2014.


Mark A. Zurack
Director

Mark A. Zurack teaches at Columbia Business School. Prior to his academic career, Mark worked at Goldman Sachs for 18 years. He joined GS in 1983 and started the equity derivatives research group, later assuming a broader leadership role in equity derivatives, co-managing the product in both N.A. and Asia and leading the effort to cross-market equity derivatives products to high-net-worth individuals. He became a partner in 1994 and a managing director in 1996. In addition to his board service for the NYC Chapter (past board co-chair), Mark is on the Board of the Binghamton University Foundation and Teach For America, Southampton Bath and Tennis and the Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Program.  Mark joined the Board 2002- 2010, and 2011- present.


Emeritus & Ex-Officio
Bill Brachfeld
Director, Emeritus

Bill Brachfeld joined the Board in 1988. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1955.  For two years after he served in the Army. He joined Solomon Brothers in October 1957 and became general partner in 1970.  He left Solomon Brothers in 1978. He joined Diawa Securities America as Senior Executive Vice President and member of the Board in 1985, and retired in 1996. He served as Senior Advisor to Diawa through 2008.


Marilyn Cohen
Director, Emeritus

Marilyn retired from JPMorgan as Managing Director in the Global Funds Group specializing in the Alternative Industry after 36 Years, since 1979, starting at Chemical Bank. She recently joined a NYSE listed Regional Bank called Bank United as a Managing Director to launch a relationship management group dedicated to Alternative clients and Asset Managers. She is a graduate of Smith College and has three Masters degrees to include Education and Psychology.  She has served on the Board since 1989 and has held roles of co-President, Vice President, Chair of various committees.  Her father had Alzheimer’s resulting in her interest and devotion to the Organization.


Susan V. Kayser
Director, Emeritus

Susan V. Kayser is a partner of the law firm Duane Morris LLP and chairs its Post-Acute Care and Senior Services practice group. Her clients are investors in, and developers and operators of, a wide range of healthcare operations that include CCRCs, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, home care agencies and hospices. Much of Ms. Kayser’s practice centers on advising on healthcare regulatory matters in joint ventures, acquisitions, developments, leases and financing transactions in the seniors living industry. She also represents her clients on a variety of legal issues that arise in day-to-day healthcare operations. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Kayser was Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region II. Susan has served on the Board since 1997 and is currently an Emeritus member.


Sunnie Kenowsky Irving
Director, Emeritus

Sunnie Kenowsky Irving is Clinical Instructor in Department of Psychiatry, NYU Lagone Medical Center and Co-Director of the Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher Alzheimer’s disease Education and Resources Program at the New York University School of Medicine. Sunnie joined the Board in 2004.






Lori Oscher Friedman
Director, Emeritus

Lori Oscher Friedman is Design Director at Active Apparel Group. Lori received her B.S. in Textile and Apparel Design from Cornell University. She serves as a Cornell Admissions Ambassador and is a member of the Whitney Museum Education Committee. Lori joined the Board in 2010.