Leadership Council

Comprised of local professionals who seek to raise funds, awareness, and resources for The Family Center, our Leadership Council offers New Yorkers an opportunity to serve the community while developing their professional skills.

This dynamic group develops initiatives that empower our clients. Each year the Leadership Council also organizes and hosts several major fundraising events. Members and participants serve as Family Center advocates to their corporate employers, who may be interested in supporting our programming. Leadership Council members also have the opportunity to participate in various volunteer outings with our families such as a picnic in the park, bowling, and holiday events.

John Rothmeier, Co-Chair
American Red Cross
LC Member since 2012

John was introduced to The Family Center through the Buddy Program in 2009 and has been mentoring his little brother, Eddie, ever since. He joined the Leadership Council in 2012 and joins Simon as co-chair in 2015. Originally from Long Island, John has called New York City home for the past 12 years and feels privileged to be involved in one of its most impactful organizations. John has also contributed numerous posts, like 6 Incredible Years, to The Family Center blog.



Simon Shewmaker, Co-Chair
Tishman Speyer
LC Member since 2011

Simon moved to New York from Florida in 2010. He has been involved with The Leadership Council since 2011. In 2014, Simon was the vice chair of The Leadership Council; and in 2015 co-chaired BLOOM. Additionally, Simon mentored a young man for four years through the Buddy Program. Simon is a Director in Development at Tishman Speyer. Previously, he was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs.


Photo courtesy of Susan Rosenberg Jones

Photo courtesy of Susan Rosenberg Jones

Ansley Galjour, Vice Chair
Pariveda Solutions
LC Member since 2014

Ansley has been living in New York City for the past 3 years, and got involved with The Family Center as a volunteer back in 2013. She is currently a Senior Manager at Pariveda Solutions, a management and technology consulting firm. Originally hailing from Texas, she has been at Pariveda for 8 years where giving back to the local community is part of employee expectations. She has seen firsthand the benefits that The Family Center provides to the families and children in the New York area and is excited to be part of the Leadership Council.



Zeynep Imre- Fundraising Chair
S&P Capital IQ
LC Member since 2013

Zeynep Imre works in the financial technology industry and was introduced to TFC in 2010 at the fundraising event, Bloom. Drawn to the community feel and organization’s passion to serve NYC families, Zeynep signed up for the Buddy mentorship program in 2011 and joined the Leadership Council in 2012. She currently serves as the Fundraising Chair and is passionately involved with the Financial Literacy Program that empowers our families.


Lane Roney- Membership Chair
Cantor Fitzgerald
LC Member since 2016

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Nicole Jala
Google Inc.
LC Member since 2008

Nicole has been involved with The Leadership Council since 2008, serving as Secretary of the Leadership Council from 2010-2011 and then as Co-Chair from 2011-2012. Nicole is a Senior Contracts Manager at Google Inc. and spends her free time chasing her toddler around.



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Photo courtesy of Wilhelm Scholz


Rita Kennedy
Morgan Stanley
LC Member since 2013

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Elizabeth McCarthy
Ross Stores, Inc.
LC Member since 2013

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Bonnie O’Callaghan
The Berman Group
LC Member since 2014

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Lindsey Pratt
Psychotherapist
LC Member since 2015

Lindsey got involved with the Family Center in 2015. As a recent transplant to NYC, she came across the Leadership Council at the start of her journey with the mental health community in the city. She now works as a psychotherapist in private practice and deeply values the relationships she has formed through The Leadership Council, as well as her ability to assist with The Family Center’s mission of improving the mental health and lives of families in the area in whatever ways she can.




Christopher Taggart
Stuart Thompson Productions
LC Member since 2008

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