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Board and Staff

 
 

Board of Directors

Founder and Chairman of the Board
John P. Dugan
Garrison, NY

President & Chief Executive Officer
Michael Thatcher
New York, NY

Board Member and Treasurer
Kenneth Rose
Morse, Zelnick, Rose & Lander
New York, NY

Board Member and Vice-Chair
Thomas Murray, Ph. D.
President Emeritus
The Hastings Center
Garrison, NY

Board Member
Luke Beatty
Head of Product
AOL Inc.
Denver, CO

Board Member
Peter Dugan
Vice President, Business Development
PDS Preclinical Data Systems, Inc.
Mount Arlington, NJ

Board Member
Lisa Bernhard
Anchor-Producer
Thomson Reuters
New York, NY

Board Member
Michael Dix
Founder/ Managing Partner
Intentional Futures
Seattle, WA

Board Member and Secretary
Mark Johnston
Former President
Van Wagner Communications, LLC
New York, NY

Board Member
Matt Giegerich
President & CEO
Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
Parsippany, NJ

Board Member
Richard Nathan
President
Tailored Technologies LLC
New York, NY

Board Member
Jeffrey R. Graubard
Managing Director
Gibbs-rbb Strategic Communications
New York, NY 

Board Member
Dan Weiss
Publisher at Large
St. Martin's Press
New York, NY

Board Member
Marie Wieck
GM, Middleware
IBM Corp.
Somers, NY

Board Member
Cheryl Black
Managing Director
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
New York, NY

Board Member
Paul Guillaro
President
Unicorn Contracting Corporation
Cold Spring, NY

Board Member
Kern Schireson
EVP, Data Strategy & Consumer Intelligence
Viacom Media Networks
New York, NY

 


Staff

Michael ThatcherMichael Thatcher
President and CEO
Michael joined Charity Navigator in August of 2015.  He provides direction and leadership toward the achievement of Charity Navigator’s philosophy and mission while managing all business affairs consistent with the vision and values of the organization.
 
Prior to joining Charity Navigator, Michael spent more than 15 years with Microsoft. Most recently, he was their Public Sector Chief Technology Officer (CTO) responsible for technology policy initiatives and engagements with government and academic leaders in the Middle-East, Africa, and Asia.  Based in Singapore from 2010-15, he led a team of nationally focused CTOs and technical development strategists across greater Asia. 
 
Michael’s experiences also include technically supporting oceanographic research for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, co-founding and directing an international performing arts organization as well as serving on the board of directors of several nonprofits focused on the arts, the environment and information technology standards development.  He holds several patents in enterprise systems management and has a degree in Music from Columbia University in New York.

Tim GamoryTim Gamory
Acting Chief Operating Officer
Tim has been with Charity Navigator since its inception in 2001. He manages all day-to-day operations of the organization including the charity evaluation process, IT operations, web and mobile development, office management, human resources and accounting. Formerly as CIO, he was responsible for the strategic direction, development and daily technology operations. Tim is the architect and creator of Charity Navigator's website and rating application. 

Prior to joining Charity Navigator, Tim was the Vice President for Alumni Affairs for the national educational advocacy organization, Teach For America. There, Tim served on the national management team and developed the organization's alumni association. Prior to that, Tim worked as a public school teacher in Bronx, New York as a Teach For America corps member. Tim is a graduate of Marist College with a degree in communications.

Sandra MiniuttiSandra Miniutti
Vice President, Marketing & CFO
Sandra has been with Charity Navigator since the summer of 2002. Originally a program analyst, she is now responsible for all aspects of Charity Navigator's brand, all partnerships, media relations, communications, outreach, and data sales. She regularly appears on television, radio, and in print, commenting on the non-profit sector. And as CFO, she is also responsible for managing Charity Navigator's finances.

After acquiring her Bachelor's of Science degree in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami, Ms. Miniutti started her career in the for-profit sector with Colgate-Palmolive. While earning a MBA from Rutgers University, Sandra completed internships with the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum and the Morris Museum and then worked with a Rutgers professor to develop a business plan for the creation of a new non-profit called GlassRoots. Based in Newark, an economically depressed city in New Jersey, the mission of the charity is to provide area youth with opportunities to create glass art, and develop entrepreneurial and life skills. She went on to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees for GlasRoots from 2007 - 2014. After completing her MBA in finance and marketing, Sandra entered the non-profit sector as a member of the development staff of the Morris Museum.

Leonie Giles Leonie Giles
Senior Program Analyst
Leonie has been with Charity Navigator since 2002 and reports directly to our Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for managing the Program Analyst Team, and is also responsible for quality control of the charity evaluations posted on the website, and works towards the continuous improvement of the charity evaluation system and process. Leonie manages Charity Navigator’s Results Reporting dimension. She has dual degrees from Boston University, where she is in the Athletic Hall of Fame and still shows up at the top of the Field Hockey records book. These days she still roots for the Terriers, the New York Giants, and any team her kids play on. She enjoys kickboxing, reading, and her family.
Matthew Viola Matthew Viola
Senior Program Analyst
Matt has been with Charity Navigator since 2002 and reports directly to our Chief Operating Officer. He hires, trains and manages the members of the Program Analyst team, ensuring that all team functions are operating properly and efficiently. Matt is also responsible for quality control of the charity evaluations posted on the website, and works towards the continuous improvement of the charity evaluation system and process. Prior to joining Charity Navigator, Matt was employed as an analyst with a Wall Street investment firm. He has a degree in finance from Binghamton University (Go Bear Cats!). An avid sports fan, he roots for the New Jersey Devils, New York Yankees and the New York Giants. When not in the office, he enjoys playing golf, reading and most of all, spending time with his family.
Vince Bogucki Vincent Bogucki
Senior Systems Officer
Vince has been with Charity Navigator since 2007 and reports to our Chief Operating Officer. He maintains our database and desktop programs, and handles custom data requests. Prior to joining Charity Navigator, he spent over 30 years as an Information Technology professional, working primarily in the Banking industry.  Vince enjoys cooking, and is an avid amateur musician, singing with community choirs, and playing piano.
Lindsey Struck
Program Analyst
Lindsey joined the Program Analyst team with a background in cross-cultural communication, fundraising and marketing. She started her nonprofit career working with at-risk political and war refugees in Russia and later returned to the US to obtain her MA in International Development. When Lindsey isn't analyzing charity performance, managing the improvement of CN’s taxonomy of charities, or convening the Donor Advisory Issuance Committee, she's busy crocheting amigurumi animals, tending to her container vegetable garden, or rock climbing. She also channels her inner DIY spirit as CN's official resident card maker. 
Ann Cannella
Program Analyst
Ann graduated Summa cum Laude from Fordham University with a Bachelor's in Political Science.  She has previous experience working with non-profits in the US and in Switzerland.  Most recently, Ann worked at a political science research organization based in Montana.    
Taylor Duffy

Taylor Duffy
Program Analyst
Taylor graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.A. in English and International Studies with a concentration in Diplomacy and a minor in Spanish. She received her certification in Global Health from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Her previous work experience includes Sesame Workshop, charity: water, and Sustainable Jersey.

Marwah Maasarani Marwah Maasarani
Associate Program Analyst
Marwah graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies. She has previous non-profit experience working at the Council for Economic Education, a 501(c)(3) based in New York City. During college, Marwah volunteered at Empowerment through Integration (ETI), a nascent non-profit in Massachusetts working to integrate disabled youth in developing countries into their societies.
Kevin Doyle Kevin Doyle
Associate Program Analyst
Kevin has been with Charity Navigator since July 2014. He is responsible for data collection, research, analysis, and evaluation of the performance of America's largest charities. He also works towards improving the evaluation system and process. Before he joined Charity Navigator, Kevin worked as a community organizer and field manager with Clean Water Action, a national nonprofit dedicated to protecting the environment and public health. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Psychology. Kevin spends his time playing board and computer games, improving his bowling average, and rooting fruitlessly for the New York Mets and Liverpool Football Club.
Katelynn Rusnock

Katelynn Rusnock
Associate Program Analyst
Katie has been with Charity Navigator since August of 2014. As part of Charity Navigator’s analyst team, Katie is responsible for data collection, research, analysis, and evaluation of the performance of America’s largest charities. She also works towards improving the evaluation system and process. Prior to joining Charity Navigator , Katie graduated from Wagner College with a B.A. in International Affairs and a minor in Journalism. During college, she worked as part of the communications and development team at Worldwide Orphans Foundation and as a reporting intern at Gannett's Washington Bureau and the Staten Island Advance.

Nancy Sadek

Nancy Sadek
Office Manager
Nancy has been with Charity Navigator since 2014. As Office Manager, she ensures smooth daily operations of the office and her responsibilities include human resources and financial recordkeeping. Prior to joining Charity Navigator, Nancy worked for an international human rights organization and coordinated humanitarian aid shipments to the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Nancy has a degree in political science from William Paterson University and joins Charity Navigator with a passion in philanthropy, nonprofit management and women’s issues. When not in the office, she enjoys all things food, yoga, and spending time with family. 

Ashley Post

Ashley Post
Development Associate
Ashley graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. After graduating, she completed a term of service with AmeriCorps VISTA at Community Action Team in St. Helens, Oregon, where she worked as a Fund Developer. She comes to Charity Navigator with a background in fundraising and development as well office administration. When she's not at work, Ashley enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, and watching animal videos on the internet.

Matt Dragon Matthew Dragon
Senior Sofware Engineer
Matt has been with Charity Navigator since 2015 and reports directly to our Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Charity Navigator he worked for Johns Hopkins University for 10 years. He works closely with the Chief Data Officer and is responsible for developing Charity Navigator’s website and internal applications.  He also provides input on technology for internal process improvement projects. He has a B.S. from Johns Hopkins University in Computer Science with a  minor in Entrepreneurship and Management. Outside of work he spends time with his wife and daughter and roots for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Brittany Delaney Brittany Delaney
Associate Program Analyst
Brittany joined Charity Navigator in June of 2015. She is responsible for data collection, research, analysis, and evaluation of the performance of America’s largest charities. Prior to joining the CN team, Brittany graduated from Montclair State University with a B.A. in Family and Child Studies, with a concentration in Family Services. While in college, Brittany was a Program Assistant Intern for The Diabetes Foundation Inc., a small, but bustling non-profit agency catering to New Jersey residents who do not have the necessary resources to maintain the terrible disease. She also spent her time volunteering for the 55 Kip Center, a local senior citizen center providing various services to the elder community. In Brittany’s spare time, she greatly enjoys cooking, posting pure deliciousness to her food blog, and spending quality time with her husband and little corgi Zoey. 
Erin White Erin White
Associate Program Analyst
Erin joined Charity Navigator in June 2015. She is responsible for data collection, research, analysis, and evaluation of the performance of America’s largest charities. An alumna of the University of Vermont, Erin holds a B.A. in Anthropology, with minors in Economics and Global Studies. During her time at UVM, she participated in the Integrated Social Sciences Program as a student, program director, and an Anthropology teaching assistant. She also joined the small but vibrant UVM Greek Life community, serving a term as the Finance Vice President of her sorority. Before joining Charity Navigator, Erin interned with Princeton in Africa, primarily engaging in research projects to support the organization and their overseas fellows. Outside the office, she enjoys reading, baking, and taking dance classes in both ballroom and hip hop.
Mariah Ross

Mariah Ross
Associate Program Analyst
Mariah has been with Charity Navigator since the summer of 2015. She is responsible for data collection, research, analysis, and evaluation of the performance of America’s largest charities. Prior to joining the Program Analyst team, Mariah graduated with honors from Seton Hall University with a B.S. in Diplomacy and International Relations and minors in Economics and French. During college, she held an executive internship position with the African Rainforest Conservancy, a nonprofit which works to restore African rainforests through grassroots conservation and community development. She also spent time volunteering as an ESL tutor. When she’s not hard at work, Mariah enjoys reading, yoga, and taking weekend road trips.

 

Bob Penna

Robert M. Penna
Consultant
Robert M. Penna, Ph.D., has been consulting for Charity Navigator since 2009. He has co-authored articles with our staff, assisted with the development of our new Results Reporting methodology and with grant funding from The Trustees' Philanthropy Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, he worked with us to develop and implement an internal performance management system. Currently, Dr. Penna is co-authoring a book, Charity That Counts: The Charity Navigator Guide to Intelligent Giving, scheduled to be published in 2016 by Wiley. 

 

 

   

 

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