Meet our Board Members

We are a team of dedicated speaking professionals, ready to do whatever it takes to make our New York City chapter successful

Nancy Lynn

Nancy Lynn

President

As President, Nancy is the senior leader of NSA NYC and serves the Board and the members. She has general supervision of all business affairs and chapter events, and gives direction to the formulation and achievement of the NSA NYC philosophy, mission, strategy, and goals.

Sylvie di Giusto

Sylvie di Giusto

President Elect

As President Elect, Sylvie oversees special projects determined by the President. She also works closely with the Immediate Past President on the board nominating committee to ensure a fair and efficient transition to the next leadership team.

Ben Wolff

Ben Wolff

Immediate Past President

As Immediate Past President, Ben serves as direct support and council to the President. He also works directly with the Incoming President to advise and prepare her to serve as the 2018-2019 President. Additionally, Ben is Chair of the Nominating Committee tasked with identifying the future leaders of the chapter.

John Garrett

John Garrett

Vice President

As Vice President, John’s primary responsibility is to provide high quality speakers at our monthly chapter meetings. This includes helping to identify, invite, and schedule all incoming speakers. John is the main contact for each speaker and handles all the details.

Corey Kupfer

Corey Kupfer

Treasurer

As the Treasurer, Corey oversees fiscal matters for the chapter, helps assure its sustainability and supports the board in making sound business decisions on behalf of the members. He is responsible for the annual budget, monthly reporting to the board, IRS documentation and payments for expenses.

Jay Townsend

Jay Townsend

Secretary

As Secretary, Jay is the master record keeper of Board activities, initiatives, minutes; keeps the chapter’s policy documents up-to-date, and the by-laws in conformance with NSA guidelines.

Tony Chatman

Tony Chatman

Director of Membership

Tony is the first point of contact for those who are interested in becoming active at the NSA NYC chapter. He helps guests and new members make valuable connections, and assists those who wish to apply for national membership.

Dr. Bruce Weinstein

Dr. Bruce Weinstein

Director Marketing & Communications

Bruce ensures that members are apprised of upcoming events through email, social media, and the chapter‘s website. He also creates visibility and buzz about the chapter’s activities for potential members and other NSA chapters. Communications is ultimately about building community, and all of Bruce’s efforts are directed toward promoting, enhancing, and deepening the sense of community that is one of the primary benefits of being a member of NSA NYC.

Marcia Berry

Marcia Berry

Director of Registration

As Director of Registration, Marcia’s role is to give you seamless access to all NSA NYC’s fabulous events designed to help you become a more polished and profitable speaker.

Ralph Peterson

Ralph Peterson

Director of Business Development

As Director of Business Development, Ralph is responsible for acquiring and developing business relationships that enhance and support our association and its members.

Jess Todtfeld

Jess Todtfeld

Director of Digital Content

Create and organize learning content our members can benefit from.

Cathy Dolan Schweitzer

Cathy Dolan Schweitzer

Director of Working Sessions

As the Director of Working Sessions, Cathy will arrange for influential speakers to present an intensive hands-on workshop on specific skills and information to grow our professional members’ businesses to the next level.

Jeanne M. Stafford

Jeanne M. Stafford

Director of the Salon Series

Jeanne oversees the Salon Series, an interactive platform to enhance the speaking skills of NSA NYC members. Jeanne’s responsibility is to provide opportunities for our chapter members to share and support each other, to speak more by making sure we get to hear more. This includes randomly pick five speakers for each event, fast-paced mentoring, scheduling, and audience feedback.

Trevor Perry

Trevor Perry

Dean of Speaker University

As Dean of Speaker University, Trevor and his team, Pauline Kehm and Robyn Hatcher, guide new and emerging speakers to NSA NYC chapter engagement, NSA national membership, and a successful speaking career and business.

Taryn Schademan

Taryn Schademan

Administrative Assistant

Though not a volunteer, Taryn is a key member of our NSA NYC team. In consultation with the Communications Chair, she coordinates and manages our outgoing communications, keeps the website in tip-top shape, and serves as the point person for inquiries about the chapter.