Board of Directors

Prabasi, Sarina

Sarina Prabasi,
President

Author, Co-Founder of Buunni Coffee

Sarina Prabasi is the author of The Coffeehouse Resistance (Green Writers Press, April 2019), Co-Founder of Buunni Coffee and most recently served as the CEO of WaterAid America. She was born in the Netherlands, raised in India, China and Nepal, and spent formative years in the United States and Ethiopia. Following a career leading initiatives in global health, education, water and sanitation, Sarina moved with her husband, Elias, from Addis Ababa to New York City, where they started Buunni Coffee together. Today, Buunni is a thriving business and a hub for community conversation and action. On Twitter she’s @SPrabasi.

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Kevin Thurman,
Vice-President

General Counsel, Lemle & Wolff Companies

Kevin Thurman is a principal at the Lemle & Wolff Companies. Since 2011, Kevin has provided legal assistance related to property management, construction and development, and he serves as General Counsel.

Prior to joining the Lemle & Wolff Companies, Kevin was an associate at the law firms Goldson, Nolan, Connolly, P.C. and Nadel & Associates, P.C. and represented clients in a wide array of matters related to real estate and construction. He also worked at Enterprise Community Partners, where he assisted in project management and loan administration services related to affordable housing projects.

Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Bucknell University, a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law, and a Master of Science in urban planning from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Planning Association.

Hiram Arnold

Hiram Miguel Arnaud,
Treasurer

Financial Advisor, Strategies for Wealth

Hiram Miguel Arnaud is a financial analyst and holistic wealth advisor with Strategies for Wealth. Hiram works with individuals and families, and always considers the entire financial portfolio of his clients within the context of their ultimate goals and desired lifestyles. More importantly, he helps them understand the importance of making strategic and educated choices, by focusing on the power of cash flow, strong savings, planning beyond retirement, and making consistent progress. Completely transparent in his process, Hiram aims to see beyond the financial picture to the desired outcome for the assets he’s managing, embracing the mentality that every financial plan has a purpose. This helps clients reframe and better understand their relationship with their money, and leverage this to help enhance security and accumulate wealth.
Hiram has been a recipient of The lives Leader Aware for three consecutive years, is a recipient of The Client Builder Award, and a consistent Leader’s Club qualifier. He has also been inducted into Who’s who in Latin America for his performance in financial services, as well as into the Continental Who’s Who, as a Pinnacle Professional in the field of finance.

Through his upbringing and experience, Hiram has learned to prioritized the personal relationships he builds with clients above all else, enabling an awareness of his clients’ goals beyond what they represent financially. His unique ability to communicate with clients is reflected through his involvements outside his profession. Hiram balances his experience in wealth management with participation in several outreach programs, including NY Cares and Dominicans on Wall Street (DOWS), where he has held office as President of the Public Relations and Fundraising Committee from 2006 and 2008. Hiram was also a New York City Chapter Inroads Scholar, which is a competitive leadership program for students.

Prior to joining Strategies for Wealth, Hiram was an Associate Director at UBS Americas Inc., where he served as a credit analyst responsible for underwriting various warehouse credit facilities for the Asset Backed Securities (ABS) lending portfolio. He was also a Senior Associate for the Financial Institution Group (FIG) at Moody’s Investors Service, where he researched and analyzed quantitative and qualitative information for issuer credit analysis, covering commercial finance, consumer finance, credit cards, and auto captive sectors. Hiram’s experience in complex transactions has been enhanced by multiple professional training programs throughout his career, including Cash Flow, Debt Capacity and transaction Structuring at Pimley & Pimley Inc.; Structured Finance training at Moody’s; and Securitization and ABS training at Fitch. Additionally, Hiram is Bloomberg Certified by Bloomberg University.

Hiram holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance with a concentration in Economics from Manhattanville College in New York, where he was the recipient of the Manhattanville College Board of Trustees Scholarship from 1996 to 2000.

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Deborah Katznelson,
Secretary

Geriatric Social Work Consultant
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Cindy Caplan

Chief Legal Council, The Jewish Museum
Cindy Caplan is an attorney and Museum professional with over 20 years of experience. She currently serves as Chief Legal Counsel of the Jewish Museum, where she oversees all legal matters related to the Museum and is a member of the Museum’s senior leadership team. Previously, Cindy served as in-house labor and employment counsel for Conde Nast magazines and for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cindy served as a Trustee of her synagogue, Congregation Beth Elohim, for six year, and has done extensive pro bono work for several organizations, including refugee and immigration petitions. Originally from Canada, Cindy now lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters, Noa and Kaya.
Joseph Hache

Joseph Haché

Financial Advisor, JEH Advisors
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Yanuaira (Yani) López-Souza

Student Affairs, Columbia University

Yanuaira (Yani) López-Souza was proudly born and raised in NYC’s Washington Heights. Yani came to learn of the Peoples’ Theatre Project when researching theatre opportunities for her eldest daughter. PTP was the perfect space for her daughter to hone her theatre skills, learn how to be an effective activist, and also allowed her the opportunity to work alongside children of similar racial and cultural backgrounds lacking in her day to day schooling on the Upper West Side. Yani is a proud supporter of the program and hopes to further her involvement in a more intentional and fruitful manner.
Yani is a graduate of Wesleyan University (Sociology and African American Studies major) currently working in the Office of Student Affairs at Columbia University’s SIPA (School of International and Public Affairs) supporting student programming, office operations and event coordination. The highlight of Yani's position is to hire and mentor the Program Assistants that work with the Office of Student Affairs’ staff every semester. She uses this as an avenue to support underrepresented populations at SIPA. Due to the distinct nature of the position, Yani is able to forge strong relationships with students on a daily basis providing academic, professional and personal guidance. This includes everything from helping them with mundane details like where the nearest shoe repair is, to what to wear to Gala (styling being a personal passion), but most importantly connecting students to the appropriate staff, office or resources to support their needs and professional development.

Prior to SIPA, Yani's professional experience began in the non-profit sector supporting underserved populations in NYC public schools ranging from attendance improvement to college and career counseling. Her main focus was college and career development. At Grand Street Settlement (in NYC's Lower East Side), she was Director of their AmeriCorps program and within the City University of New York she worked to further college and career services for students in local public middle and high schools at Lehman College (with the GEAR UP program) and City College (with the Urban Scholars program).

Zahira Perez

Zahira Perez

Consultant, Accenture
Zahira Perez is a Dominican woman and resident of the Bronx whose purpose is to empower her community through financial and creative education. She has been part of the People Theatre’s Project since its founding; she has grown alongside the organization having been part of several of its programs, an assistant teacher, and a part of fundraising efforts. She is a Posse Scholar and MLT fellow who recently graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Babson College where she founded the Women of Color Alliance and led the Latin American Student Organization amongst others. Zahira begins her full-time job as a consultant at Accenture this fall where she will continue to advocate and create opportunities for her community.

We are seeking candidates for our board of directors who reflect the community we serve, are passionate about the work, and are committed to leveraging their resources to support the organization’s development.
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