Officers

  • William P. Lauder Chairman of the Board
  • John N. Irwin III Vice Chairman
  • Wendy R. Flanagan President
  • LizabethAnn Rogovoy Eisen Vice President
  • Winthrop Rutherfurd, Jr. Secretary
  • Derrick D. Cephas Treasurer

Board of Directors

  • June Ambrose
  • Tiki Barber
  • Mariah Carey
  • Mats G. Carlston
  • Ahmed Deria
  • Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
  • Donald L. Hawks III
  • Ruth W. Houghton
  • Craig S. Ivey
  • Howard B. Johnson
  • Dan Kaplan
  • Isabelle B. Krusen
  • Gregory D. Lee
  • Alexis F. Maged
  • Joseph J. Magliocco
  • Katherine M. Morris
  • David S. Perpich
  • Caroline Cummings Rafferty
  • Brandon Reid
  • Betsy Shiverick
  • Jacqueline Albert Simon
  • Kimberly E. Steward
  • Richard D. Thomas
  • Bradley A. Whitman
  • Steven M. Wolf

Executive Director

I am energized by the inspiring stories that our children, alumni and their families share with us. They highlight the magic in our work of introducing children to new environments, new people, and new experiences. What we do is simple, yet transformative.

Fatima Shama, Executive Director

Prior to joining the Fund, Ms. Shama served in Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration as the commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs from 2009 through 2013. From 2007 through 2009, she served as Mayor’s senior education policy advisor, and in 2006 when Ms. Shama joined Mayor Bloomberg’s office she worked on a special initiative on the intersection between health care, language access and literacy. Immediately after the administration and prior to joining The Fund, Ms. Shama served on the senior team at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York overseeing their External Affairs department and special projects.

Ms. Shama serves as a Trustee on the New York Foundation board, on the Board of Coro Leadership New York and the New York Immigration Coalition.

Ms. Shama earned a BA from Binghamton University and a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs Executive Program.

My favorite memory of summer was finishing the school year and looking forward to just having a break and having some fun!  I continue to enjoy summer for the same feeling — taking a deep exhale and smiling, sunshine and fun. Now, I’m able to experience summer while serving thousands of children who can have that same feeling of joy!

Senior Management

Alicia Skovera

Director of Camping & Year-Round Programs

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Alicia Skovera, Director of Camping & Year-Round Programs

Alicia joined The Fresh Air Fund in 2007 and has overseen an expansion in both programs and facilities during her tenure. Most notably, she has led her team in the creation of the College Connections Program and Teen Leadership Programs, including the national award winning Young Women’s Giving Circle. She was recently recognized for her leadership by the American Camp Association as the recipient of the Thelma Hurwitz Leadership Award.

Alicia received her master’s degree from Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City and has spent over 25 years working with at-risk, underserved youth from low-income communities. She currently serves as treasurer on the Boards of the American Camp Association (New York & New Jersey Section) and the New York State Camp Directors Association. Prior to joining The Fund, Ms. Skovera worked with people living with HIV/AIDS, and was a director at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in New York City, where she provided counseling and consulting services.

Anne-Klazien Morrison

Director of Research and Evaluation

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Anne-Klazien Morrison, Director of Research and Evaluation

As Director of Research and Evaluation, Anna develops and implements data-driven methods for evaluating and improving The Fresh Air Fund’s high-impact programs for NYC families and youth. In her previous lives, Anna was Director of Strategy for Civic Engagement for the University of Chicago, Director in the Workforce Development division of New York City’s Department of Small Business Services, a management consultant for A.T. Kearney, and an adjunct faculty member at CUNY, where she taught a graduate-level course on research methods. Anna received a BA from Cornell University and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago. She is fluent in Spanish and Dutch, and she loves the great outdoors.

Most of Anna’s childhood summers were spent playing, working and roaming around her grandparents’ potato farm. Those warm, unstructured summer days are some of her fondest childhood memories.

Elizabeth Portland

Director of Development

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Elizabeth Portland, Director of Development

Prior to joining The Fresh Air Fund, Liz served as a leader and senior fundraiser for some of New York City’s top health and human services organizations, including NYU Medical Center, the American Red Cross in Greater New York, and the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

Liz brings extensive generalist experience and knowledge of all aspects of fundraising. She particularly enjoys the team aspect of development, not only working with donors, but building close partnerships with program staff to create opportunities to draw donors into the mission. She derives professional satisfaction from mentoring development staff and creating a culture of success, compassion and teamwork within large, complex organizations.

Liz received her B.A. in English from Dartmouth College. She lives with her husband on the Upper West Side.

Jean E. Jeremie

Chief Financial Officer

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Jean E. Jeremie, Chief Financial Officer

Jean has served as the Chief Financial Officer of The Fresh Air Fund since joining the organization in June 2001 and oversees the Finance, Human Resources, IT, and Risk Management functions.

Jean began his professional career over 30 years ago at a New York City-based public accounting firm with a practice specializing in service to non-profits and healthcare providers. After public accounting, Jean joined the American Museum of Natural History where he was primarily responsible for managing the financial records of the Hayden Planetarium and the Museum’s endowment fund. His tenure at the Museum was followed by senior management positions at the Fortune Society, New York City Mission Society, and the Fund for the City of New York.

Born in Haiti and having lived most of his life in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, Jean graduated CUNY-Brooklyn College with a BS in Accounting and MA in Political Science, with a concentration in Public Policy and Administration and is a certified public accountant.

In addition to being a trustee of The Cultural Institutions Retirement System (CIRS), a Taft-Hartley pension plan with a membership of over 21,000 workers, Jean serves as a board member of the Fortune Society, a prison reform organization; and the Day Care Council of New York City, which is a federation of 200 child care sponsoring boards that operate more than 320 publicly-funded child care centers and family child care programs in New York City.

Julie Silverman

Director of Communications

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Julie Silverman, Director of Communications

A native New Yorker, Julie has worked for The Fund for almost 20 years. Julie was a summer intern in 1999, and after interning for several summers, she joined The Fresh Air Fund’s full-time staff in 2002 as the NYC Volunteer Coordinator. In that role, Julie forged corporate partnerships and expanded The Fund’s Tutoring, Mentoring, and Job-Shadowing programs. Subsequently, Julie served as The Fund’s Director of Volunteer Programs and as the Associate Director of Development. In that role, Julie focused on donor communications and engagement. In 2016, Julie transitioned to the role of Director of Communications, where she enjoys promoting “all things Fresh Air” across social media platforms, promotional materials, and press.

Julie graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in International Studies and Minor in Cultural Anthropology. Julie holds a M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management and Public Policy from NYU Wagner’s School of Public Service, and participated in the Coro Leadership New York Program, a nine-month leadership program which brings together professionals from diverse backgrounds to explore public policy issues affecting New York City.

Julie has special memories of attending sleepaway camp as a child. She enjoys spending time during the summer outdoors at the beach or Prospect Park, and is a firm believer that ice cream tastes better during the summer.

Michael Clarke

Director of Sharpe Reservation

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Michael Clarke, Director of Sharpe Reservation

Prior to joining the Fund, Michael was a Social Studies Teacher in Northern NJ. He is a graduate of Kean University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication and Secondary Education (History), and holds a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy from Long Island University. Michael joined The Fresh Air Fund full time in 1999 as a member of the Community Outreach Department where he was responsible for recruiting and registering children for The Fund’s summer programs. He became the Coordinator of the Secondary Schools Connections Program in 2000. In the summers of 2002, and 2003, he served as Assistant Director of Camp Hayden-Marks Memorial and Camp Mariah, respectively. From 2004-2014 he was the Director of the Career Awareness Program (Camp Mariah). He is currently the Director of the Fund’s Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill, NY.

Michael has past board affiliation with Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families where he served as Vice-President of the Board, and Chair of the Program Committee. He currently sits on the board of Hudson Highlands Land Trust.

Michael’s fond memories of summer are connected to BBQs and being in the water. Swimming, boating, or just chillin on the beach. He has always believed the summer weather is a recipe for good times devoted to fun in the sun with friends and family.

Sheryl Cardozo

Director of Friendly Towns

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Sheryl Cardozo, Director of Friendly Towns

As Director of Friendly Towns, Sheryl oversees all aspects of the Friendly Towns Host Family program, including crafting the policies and procedures that keep our NYC children safe, supporting and training our dedicated volunteers in 14 states and southern Canada in best practices, and ensuring that NYC children are matched to the best host family for them.

Sheryl’s career has spanned five states and two hemispheres, during which she has worked in program development with young people ages 3-25. Some professional highlights include bringing visual and performance art opportunities to young Coloradans from underserved areas and working with Indigenous Australian youth and recently arrived refugees in camping and after-school contexts. She has created diverse summer and after-school programming, including leading trips for young people overseas.

Sheryl holds a Master of Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, with a focus on adolescent girls’ psychology and a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne, with a focus on adolescent mental health and well-being. Her favorite summer activity is camping, and she hopes that her wanderlust and sense of adventure rubs off on her daughter.

Tara N. Gardner

Director of Community Outreach, Partnerships & Support Services

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Tara N. Gardner, Director of Community Outreach, Partnerships & Support Services

Tara is an executive leader with hands-on expertise in all facets of nonprofit management, operations, programming, and fundraising. She has impacted the lives of thousands of NYC children and families through her previous work at the New York City Mission Society and the Abyssinian Development Corporation, and in her current role at The Fresh Air Fund. Her dedication to communities of longstanding need extends beyond the workplace. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ice Hockey In Harlem and the Friends of St. Charles Borromeo School. Her previous board memberships included Unique People Services, Inc. and Open Door Child Care Center.

Tara received a Bachelor of Science in Management from Boston College, and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from The New School for Public Engagement’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy. Tara is a lifelong Harlem resident, where she currently resides with her son, Travis, a collegiate ice hockey player.

Tara loves everything about the summer – the sun, the heat, the energy! As far as she’s concerned, it could be summer all year round!

NYC Staff

Executive

Finance & Administration

Development

Camping

Friendly Towns

Communications

Research & Evaluation

Community Outreach

Sharpe Staff

  • Mike Silverman

    Outdoor Adventure Program Coordinator
    Mike Silverman Outdoor Adventure Program Coordinator msilverman@freshair.org
  • Katie Toole

    Program Coordinator & Director of Hayden Marks
    Katie Toole Program Coordinator & Director of Hayden Marks ktoole@freshair.org
  • Len Hart

    Facilities Manager
    Len Hart Facilities Manager lhart@freshair.org
  • Steven Gilman

    Maintenance Technician
    Steven Gilman Maintenance Technician
  • Eric Holmgren

    Maintenance Technician
    Eric Holmgren Maintenance Technician
  • Igor Kharchenko

    Maintenance Technician
    Igor Kharchenko Maintenance Technician
  • Patrick Norman

    Maintenance Technician
    Patrick Norman Maintenance Technician
  • Robert Weeks

    Maintenance Technician
    Robert Weeks Maintenance Technician

Council

The Fresh Air Fund Council is a dynamic group of young professionals who are passionate about our mission and are an integral part of The Fund’s volunteer and internal leadership network.