Our Team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pam Koner, Founder/Board President

pamkoner-headshot-e1435851341507Pam Koner is the founder and executive director of Family-to-Family, as well as Chairman of its Board of Directors, and she manages Family-to-Family full time. In December 2015 she launched and now manages The Marvin Koner Archive, a collection of photographs taken by her late father, renowned photojournalist Marvin Koner. A former entrepreneur in Hastings on Hudson, New York, Pam developed and ran The Homework Club Programs, a group of creative arts based childcare programs (click here for a New York Times article on The Homework Club). Pam was formerly a fashion stylist and producer, and is the mother of two grown daughters, Olivia and Chloe.

Natalie Barry, Vice President & Treasurer

Natalie Barry is a marketing consultant, specializing in competitive analysis and the assessment of new business opportunities.  Previously, she spent 18 years working on strategic planning and business development for a major telecommunications company. She is the Co-President of the Hastings Historical Society, which is dedicated to preserving the history of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.  She has a BA in English from Georgetown University and an MBA in Marketing from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Nicole Hazard, Vice President

Nicole Hazard, of Rye, New York, has over 20 years experience in the non-profit field. She is currently the Head of HR Strategy, Analytics and Innovation at AXA US, and was formerly the Executive Director of the Red Ribbon Foundation, an organization that funds domestic and international HIV/AIDS programs. As a program manager, planner, and policy analyst, Nicole has worked in diverse non-profit and government settings in her career, ranging from the community-based child welfare/mental health arena, to the legal services and legislative advocacy field. Nicole has two daughters and is active in several community and professional groups. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds her JD and MSW from the University of Connecticut.

Jim O’Shea, Secretary

Jim O’Shea was born in Ireland and has lived in New York since 1977. He works for Skanska USA Inc., a construction company, in Queens, N.Y., where he is the Chief Ethics, Compliance and Administrative Officer. Previously he has worked in HR for over 20 years, with companies such as Olympus America Inc., Cunard Line and the Walt Disney Company. Jim is married and has two adult children, Janna and Justin, and one grandson, Desmond. His wife, Julie, is a Doctor of Audiology at a private practice in White Plains, N.Y. Jim has collaborated with Pam on Family-to-Family since September 2003, when he launched the Rye Neck, New York chapter of F-to-F, which supported families in Pembroke, Illinois.

Inara de Leon

Inara has worked in television news for more than 30 years as a writer and producer at the network, local and syndicated levels.  She is currently on staff at Consumer Reports TV where she focuses on stories concerning money, health and safety issues. She also works as a media trainer for corporate and non-profit clients. In her free time, she is on the board of the Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program, helps in fundraising for the Tarrytown YMCA Dance program and volunteers with AFS-USA, a student exchange organization. She and her husband Todd Norbitz live in Chappaqua and have two grown children, Chiara and Ben. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. One of her proudest and longest standing connections is with Pam Koner, the founder of this program. They have been friends since they were fifth graders at PS 69 in Manhattan.

MANAGEMENT

Nancy Hennessee, Program Director

Nancy Hennessee oversees the day-to-day operations of Family-to-Family, supervises staff, coordinates the family sponsorship program and writes and edits the Family-to-Family website.  In her spare time, she works as a freelance editor.  Nancy was formerly a writer and television news producer for CBS News, reporting on economics and general news events. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, and lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York with her children and two cats.

Sharon Wunderlich, Director of Development

Sharon Wunderlich works with Family-To-Family on a range of marketing and fund-raising projects, helping to identify appropriate strategies for outreach to potential corporate donors and foundations, as well as supporting PR and media opportunities to build the organization’s profile. Prior to her involvement with Family-to-Family, she worked as a marketing executive for a global professional services consultancy for 30 years, overseeing research initiatives, client outreach programs and external communication and brand development. She also spent a decade in the publishing business in New York, editing popular fiction and nonfiction books.  Sharon has a BA in English from SUNY Stony Book and lives with her husband in New York City.

ASSOCIATES

Joy Grenci, Administrative Assistant

Joy joined Family-to-Family in 2010 to provide much needed administrative support to the program, and she currently keeps track of everything from sponsors to on-line payments. She worked for 21 years for Kraft Foods, where her last job was as a buyer in the procurement department. More recently Joy was the Program Coordinator for a not-for-profit music and art therapy program which served children with special needs. In Joy’s “spare time” she enjoys caring several days a week for her two young grandchildren.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Dr. Ed Beglane, Principal, Thomas Cornell Academy
John Fountain, Prof. of Journalism, Roosevelt Univ. and Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times
Ruth Graham Conaghan, President, Creative Benefits, Inc.
Paul Feiner, Town Supervisor, Greenburgh, NY
Kevin Hartnett, Managing Dir., Brynwood Partners
Joanne Hogan, Sr. Marketing Director, PepsiCo
Doug Montgomery, Managing Dir. of New Partnerships, Feeding America
Kathy Sommerich, Dir. of Health Services, Good Shepherd Foster Services
Peter Swiderski, Mayor of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Josh Witz

ASSOCIATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Elizabeth Adinolfi, Partner, Phillips Nizer LLP
Jennifer Holiday, Marketing Director, 744 Creative
Susan Kangas, Media Director at Red Fish Media
Sarah Nix, Director, Global Data Governance, Viacom Media Networks