Board of Directors

Joel M. Field III, 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.


Joel M. Field III

Nyala Spellman, Vice Chair
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.



Nyala Spellman

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



Barbara Blakney

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.



Antonio Gonzalez

Maggie Jiang
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Rosie Hill
Rosie moved to New York in 2018 from her hometown of Perth, Western Australia. She joined Macquarie in October 2018, as in-house counsel and Vice President in the Corporate and Asset Finance (Principal Finance) team.  Previously, Rosie worked for the State Solicitor’s Office in Perth, and served as a Junior Councilor of the Law Society of Western Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Distinction) and Bachelor of Arts (Distinction) from the University of Western Australia in 2011. Rosie lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn and is passionate about ensuring that families and individuals have proper access to justice and quality support services.



Kristopher Hopkins
Kristopher Hopkins is Director 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.



Kristopher Hopkins

Adam Mintz
Adam Mintz is a Litigation Associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. He brings to The Family Center Board years of securities and complex commercial litigation experience and reinforces our commitment to providing free civil legal services to vulnerable New Yorkers facing illness, crisis or loss. Having experienced the challenges of growing up with a brother with a physical disability, Adam cares deeply about The Family Center mission. Adam earned his B.A. magna cum laude in political science from Duke University and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar all three years. Adam is also a recipient of the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award and was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star.



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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Brian Pasalich
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Marika Pritchett-Casey, Secretary
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.


Marika Pritchett-Casey

Ashley Sarokhan
Ashley Sarokhan is a Senior Vice President and senior relationship executive with Capital One Bank. In her role within Capital One’s commercial bank, Ashley partners with middle market companies across industries, corporate profiles, and capital structures to advise on financing transactions, including loan facilities, foreign exchange and interest rate hedging, and merchant and cash management services. She brings over 13 years of experience in financial services with extensive business development expertise as well as portfolio management and credit proficiency. Ashley holds a B.S. magna cum laude in Finance and International Business from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.




Vikram Shankar
Vikram brings over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry to The Family Center’s Board of Directors.  He currently is a Managing Director at Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP, a global institutional investment management firm, which he joined in 2010.  Prior to that, he was an associate at Morgan Stanley.  Vikram is a CFA charterholder and holds a B.S. in International Economics from Georgetown University.



Helen Wanamaker
Helen Wanamaker is a Global Marketing Executive, who brings deep subject matter expertise in all facets of marketing to the Family Center. She has spent her career building integrated marketing programs and high-performance teams that deliver top-line revenue growth and build strong, enduring brands. Her accomplishments span a myriad of industries including technology, financial services, healthcare, and nonprofit. She has transformed the marketing efforts of blue-chip brands while holding leadership roles in top-tier brand and direct marketing agencies and Fortune 500 organizations including TE Connectivity, Equifax, Ogilvy, DDB, and Grey. Helen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and resides in New York City.