Meet Our Board

Visionary Leadership since 1987

enCourage Kids Foundation has been fortunate to have been guided by solid visionary leadership since 1987, whose strategic decision-making and guidance steer the organization. The board of directors includes individuals from key area businesses, organizations, and the community, from such industries as real estate, finance and banking, media and entertainment, international apparel, beauty, and hospitality. Their knowledge and insight combined with their vision for the future are essential to the Foundation’s continued success.


Joan Palermo
Vice Chair

As a Partner in Ernst & Young LLP’s Assurance practice, Ms. Palermo serves as the Americas Health Assurance Leader as well as the Health Market Segment Assurance Leader for the East, leading teams of high-performing professionals and coordinating EY resources to assist clients in the health care industry, including provider care and managed care companies.

John Anastasio

Staten Island University Hospital

Tony Fineman
Board Chair

ACORE Capital, LP
Tony Fineman is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of National Originations for ACORE Capital. Mr. Fineman is responsible for overseeing the originations platform, and for sourcing, originating, structuring, underwriting and closing commercial real estate financing opportunities.

Mary Krayeske

Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
Mary Krayeske has more than 25 years of experience as a State and Federal regulatory attorney with expertise in rate cases and privacy.

Jeff Gural
Chairman Emeritus

GFP Real Estate
Jeffrey Gural is Chairman of GFP Real Estate LLC (formerly Newmark Holdings and Newmark Knight Frank). GFP Real Estate LLC has an ownership interest in more than 50 properties, most of which are located in New York City.



Steve Carbone


Jocelyn Chisholm Carter

Humana Healthy Horizons

Erika Feil-Lincoln

Claudia Hilbert

Special Events Consultant

Diane Rode

Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital

Robert Rosenberg

Wells Fargo Bank

Alan Roth

Signature Bank

Adam Spies


Paul Verdi

TriState Capital Bank

Michael Weinstein

Ark Restaurants Corp.

Joe Wessely

Ark Restaurants Corp.

Meet Our Chairman’s Circle

Lucy Ball

Lone Pine Foundation

Kip Crennan

Hampton Beauty Associates

Buzzy Geduld

Cougar Capital

Jeff Gural

GFP Real Estate

James O’Donnell

Citi Markets

Harvey Sanders