Board of Directors

Shamoun Afram, Chair
Shamoun Afram brings over 22 years of work experience in the Financial Services industry to The Family Center’s Board of Directors. He is currently a Director at the Finance Change division at Credit Suisse New York, where he is responsible for leading and delivering complex global projects. Prior to his work at Credit Suisse, he served as a Senior Manager in the Finance and Performance Management service line at Accenture. Shamoun has an undergraduate degree in engineering from California State University, Fullerton, and a Masters of Business Administration from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Shamoun’s career has given him the opportunity to work out of Jordan, Dubai, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.



Joel M. Field III, Vice Chair
Joel Field, CFP®, CLU®, LUTCF, the Founder of Field Financial Strategies,  is also a financial advisor offering comprehensive financial planning and wealth management solutions through Eagle Strategies LLC specifically tailored for professionals with advanced degrees, business owners and executives around the country. He brings over 9 years of professional financial industry experience to The Family Center’s Board.  Joel joined the Board in 2014 and since that time, has secured numerous corporate and foundation grants for The Family Center.  Most recently, Joel applied for and successfully received a second Community Impact Grant for The Family Center –this time to support grandparent caregivers raising their grandchildren on their own.  Joel was raised in Dublin, OH, and earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Louisville and a Master of Divinity degree from Seminary at Cincinnati Christian University. Field Financial Strategies is not owned or operated by Eagle Strategies or its affiliates.




Barbara Blakney
One of our most outspoken advocates, Barbara uses her experience as a former client to raise our profile in her community, church, and throughout New York. In addition to her role on the Board of Directors, Barbara is a member of our Consumer Advisory Committee, and her children were some of the first to receive mentoring services through the Buddy Program. Barbara’s children also completed The Family Center’s adolescent health education program, which she asserts “gave them a strong sense of self-confidence, leading them to obtain their dreams and goals in life.” photo by Ehsanul Haque




Cory DeForrest, Treasurer
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Antonio Gonzalez
Antonio brings over 15 years of senior level experience in the securities clearing industry to his role as Director of Relationship Management for Apex Clearing Corporation. He has innate expertise with business functions, with a particular emphasis on client relations and technology. This experience allows Antonio to streamline organizational functions so that they are consistently delivering highly efficient solutions. Prior to the formation of Apex Clearing Corporation, Antonio worked at several of the industry’s top securities clearing firms, where he oversaw client services, relationship management, and client focused technology implementations. His understanding of technology, business operations, and client relations gives him the ability to transform core business functions to value-added processes. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Finance from the City University of New York. Before joining The Family Center Board of Directors, Antonio served on our Leadership Council for a number of years and in a number of capacities. He was Co-Chair and then sole Chair of the Leadership Council, in addition to co-chairing TFC Turns 20!, our wildly successful 20th Anniversary Gala.




Kristopher Hopkins
Kristopher Hopkins is a Senior Vice President and Head of Transportation & Logistics at Houlihan Lokey. In this role, he works with corporate executives and private equity firms advising on M&A and financing transactions. His clients span a number of sub-sectors, including logistics, asset-based trucking, rail, marine, aviation, transportation equipment leasing, and others. Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Kristopher worked at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. (formerly a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., now part of Lockheed Martin), managing corporate strategy, M&A, and special projects. Prior to that, he served as a Senior Vice President at M.M. Dillon & Co. and Vice President at Jefferies & Co., focusing on M&A advisory and capital raising transactions for industrial, automotive, and transportation and logistics companies. Earlier, Kristopher was a Private Equity Analyst at Penske Capital Partners, responsible for sourcing fund investment opportunities and deal execution. He began his investment banking career at Bank of America, focused on the retail and consumer sectors. Kristopher holds a B.A. in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College.





Richard Osterweil
Renowned artist Richard Osterweil’s work has been featured around the world and written about in such publications as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times. He was the subject of a full-length documentary, Painting the Town, in 1992; it was shown in theaters around the country and on TV numerous times. A lifelong New Yorker, Richard feels a strong commitment to our community and the families who reside in it. This dedication is manifest in a decade long relationship with The Family Center, including mentoring a child in our Buddy Program.


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Emily Parapanov
Emily Parapanov currently works as an Associate at Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, where she helps evaluate investment opportunities, conduct investment due diligence and monitor portfolio companies. Previously, she worked at Wells Fargo Securities in its Investment Banking division assisting corporate clients and financial sponsors with M&A transactions and debt and equity offerings in the Consumer & Retail and Life Sciences sectors. Emily graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Public & International Affairs. She is a dedicated volunteer with Row New York, where she teaches rowing to children and adults with disabilities. Emily also volunteers with the Junior League. She came to The Family Center through the New York Junior League’s Nonprofit Board Clearinghouse.


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Marika Pritchett-Casey
Marika is a Managing Director and head of the Strategic Initiatives Group for Morgan Stanley Investment Management based in New York. She joined Morgan Stanley’s Consulting Services Group as a Senior Associate in 2002 and held various roles in both Wealth Management and the Private Bank before joining Investment Management in 2012. Previously, Marika worked for KPMG Consulting, Chase Manhattan Bank, and Exponential Business Development Company. Marika received a B.A. in Communication from the University at Albany. She resides in Hoboken, New Jersey with her husband, Paul.



Nyala Spellman
Nyala Spellman is currently a Marketing Director at American Express and brings to The Family Center Board almost 15 years of financial services marketing experience. Nyala has demonstrated expertise in developing strategic marketing initiatives to maximize revenue and profitability. She has an undergraduate degree in Statistics from Harvard University and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University. Having lost a parent at a young age, she is passionate about The Family Center mission, and also remains a mentor to many individuals she has worked with throughout her career.