Board of Directors

 

 

 

James DiNardo is a partner at Pioneer Financial, a Certified Financial Planning firm under Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management. Prior to Pioneer Financial, Jim worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He has a Master’s Degree in Financial Services from American College and a Bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College. Jim has a 29 year old sister with Asperger Syndrome.  He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

Wendy Hensel, J.D. is the associate dean for research and faculty development and professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law. She teaches and writes about disability discrimination in American society and its intersection with education, employment, and tort law. She has written numerous articles on the legal treatment of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and is a frequent invited speaker around the country on related topics. Hensel graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and clerked for Judge Orinda Evans of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She also practiced labor and employment law for several years with the law firm of Alston & Bird, where she litigated disability discrimination cases and counseled Fortune 500 companies on compliance with the ADA. She is an advocate for children with disabilities in the Atlanta metropolitan area and regularly provides pro bono counseling to parents seeking special education services in the public schools.

Lynda Geller, Ph.D. has been in the field of autism spectrum for three decades. She served on the faculties of Georgetown University, Stony Brook University and NYU Medical Schools for 25 years, where she worked on the development of clinical centers providing a wide array of services for children and adults with autism spectrum conditions. Dr. Geller has a clinical practice in New York City and founded Spectrum Services, a multidisciplinary group of independent practitioners dedicated to providing social, psychological, psychiatric, speech and language, vocational training and employment, family support, consulting and coaching services for children and adults with Asperger Syndrome and related conditions. She serves on the advisory boards of Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association (AHA) and the YAI/NIPD Network’s Center for Autism and the editorial board of Autism Spectrum News. Dr. Geller has taught numerous courses on autism spectrum at Georgetown University, Stony Brook University, Pace University, and Bank Street College. She writes scholarly and popular articles, conducts professional training and continuing education, testifies on behalf of children and adults on the spectrum and speaks at regional, national and international conferences. www.aspergercenter.com.

Andy Pinto is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the “Big Four” public accounting firms. Andy is based in New York and has been at PwC since 1991, except for a brief stint from 2002-2004 when he was a division CFO for a large mutual life insurance company. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Villanova University and his MBA from Columbia University. Andy lives in Monmouth County, NJ with his wife and son (7), who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Marcia Scheiner is the founder and President of Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership. Prior to founding ASTEP, Ms. Scheiner spent 25 years in the financial services industry, most recently as CEO of Centrally Managed Businesses for Zurich Financial Services. She has also held management positions at Chase Manhattan Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Ms. Scheiner is a graduate of Wellesley College and has an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. She is the parent of a young adult son with Asperger Syndrome.

Richard Scheiner, CFA is the Managing Partner of Lane Gate Partners, LLC, a long/short equity hedge fund he founded. From 1995 to 2007, he worked at The Buckingham Research Group (“Buckingham”), where he became a shareholder and a top producing institutional equity salesperson. Mr. Scheiner began his Wall Street career at LF Rothschild in 1980. In 1984, he joined Lynch, Jones and Ryan where he worked until he and several partners executed a management buyout of the firm from Citicorp in 1992. From 1993 to 1995, he worked at RL Renck, an institutional research boutique. Mr. Scheiner is a 1980 graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr. Scheiner also earned an M.A. Degree in Psychology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in 1978 and a B.A. in psychology from Vassar College in 1975. Mr. Scheiner’s charitable activities include leadership roles with the Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion, Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York, United Jewish Appeal/Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of Greater New York, and several other charities. Mr. Scheiner lives in New York City with his wife and is the parent of a young adult son with Asperger Syndrome.

Satinder Sethi is Vice President of Data Center and Cloud Solutions at Cisco. He is responsible for Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS) product management and engineering, driving market and segment strategy. Satinder joined Cisco with its acquisition of Nuova Systems in 2008. Prior to Nuova Systems, Sethi was Director of Systems Engineering at Xensource. At Xensource, he led the sales engineering function and was involved in the early design and development of open source Xen Hypervisor. Earlier, Sethi was Director of Systems Engineering at Egenera and was responsible for leading the sales engineering team for their server platform offering. He holds a BS in Electronics and Telecommunications, and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Elena Sukacheva – EVP, Managing Director The Economist Group, President, EuroFinance – Joined the Economist Group in 2011. Currently Elena is a Managing Director of the Global Content Solutions Units and Global Events that develop content campaigns on behalf large global clients that target opinion leaders and business decision makers and run over 60 events around the world. Depending on the goals of the campaigns and research topics, the content is produced under the Economist Intelligent Unit or client brands and is distributed through multiple earned and paid media channels. Elena is also a President of the EuroFinance business that connects corporate treasurers and financial institutions around the world. Prior to this assignment, Elena worked as an SVP of Circulation, Americas and Head of Integrated Marketing, Americas. Elena has a wide variety of strategy and marketing experiences. She came from Kraft Foods where she worked as a Sr. Director of Strategy for the Beverages Unit responsible for key strategic initiatives on such brands as Maxwell House, Capri Sun, Gevalia and Kool Aid.  She also ran the ecommerce coffee business for Kraft.  Prior, Elena worked at McKinsey and Co, most recently as an Associate Partner, serving Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods clients.  Elena worked at Leo Burnett’s Detroit office as a Vice President Brand Strategy on Cadillac and Pontiac accounts and at Publicis United’s Moscow office as an Account Director.  She started her career as a broadcast journalist back in Moscow on a First National channel.Elena has MBA from the University of Chicago, MA in Communications from Wayne State University and Bachelor’s in Journalism from Moscow State University.

Russ Intravartolo is a Vice President with Oracle, with portfolio responsibility for a large telecom client.  He has over 25 years of experience and success in the Telecommunications sector.   Russ brings a wealth of diverse experience garnered from executive positions he has held at world-class firms such as Northrup Grumman (mechanical engineer), Motorola Inc. (Director of Engineering, Manufacturing, Data and Telecom), StarNet Inc. (Founder/CEO 12 years), and Paetec Communications (President). Mr. Intravartolo’s education includes Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Technical Business Management while attending Washburn University (Kansas), the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago), and DePaul University (Chicago).   Mr. Intravartolo is a co-author of the book “The Entrepreneurial Problem Solver: Entrepreneurial Strategies for Identifying Opportunities in the Marketplace” Aspatore Books.  Russ has twice been a finalist (final four) in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001 & 2002.  Additionally, Russ has been a public speaker on VoIP, WiFi, and Network Deployment.  Russ currently co-resides in New York City, and has three children.  Russ’ four year old daughter is afflicted with Cerebral Palsy, and other disabilities.