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

Board Member photos provided by John DeMato.

Sylvie di Giusto, CSP

Sylvie di Giusto, CSP

President

The President of NSA serves the Board and the Members of NSA NYC by developing and executing a chapter strategy that ensures a long-term success for the chapter and its members. The President has general supervision of all business affairs and board members, appoints chairs and committees, conducts all board meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order and assists all Board Members with any questions or concerns they might have. The President ensures that all decisions, orders, and resolutions of the Board of Directors are made according to the Bylaws of NSA National and NSA NYC Chapter policies. The President is also the primary spokesperson for the chapter, the liaison for NSA National, and ensures that the chapter offers an active and diversified program of meetings throughout the year for its members and guests.

Jay Townsend

Jay Townsend

President Elect

The President-Elect serves the Board and the Members of NSA NYC as the Incoming President, oversees special projects determined by the President, and works closely with the Immediate Past President on the Board Nomination Committee to ensure a fair and efficient transition to the next leadership team.

Corey Kupfer

Corey Kupfer

Treasurer & Vice President

The Treasurer serves the board and the members of NSA NYC by overseeing all fiscal matters for the chapter and is responsible for the annual budget, monthly reports, IRS documentation, payments, and reimbursements. The Treasurer helps assure the chapter’s financial sustainability and supports the board in making sound business decisions on behalf of the members. The Treasurer is also the primary contact point for Sponsors and Partners of the chapter.

Nancy Lynn

Nancy Lynn

Immediate Past President

The Immediate Past President serves as advisor to the President and works closely with the President-Elect on the Board Nomination Committee to ensure a fair and efficient transition to the next leadership team.

Ralph Peterson

Ralph Peterson

Secretary

The Secretary serves the board and members of NSA NYC by keeping a record of all board activities and initiatives. The Secretary also oversees special projects determined by the President, keeps the chapter‘s policy documents up-to-date and the bylaws in conformance with NSA’s national guidelines.

Michelle Tillis Lederman, CSP

Michelle Tillis Lederman, CSP

Director Membership

The Director of Membership serves the members and anyone interested in becoming a member of NSA NYC by being the first point of contact. The Director of Membership creates, updates, and distributes information to current members as well as prospective members, approves membership applications, hosts First Timer Receptions, and helps new members make valuable connections within the chapter. The Director of Membership ensures all members are part of the Members-Only Facebook Group and listed in the public directory (eSpeakers) for our chapter.

Lou Diamond

Lou Diamond

Director of Member Benefits & Promotion

The Director of Member Benefits & Promotion serves the members of NSA NYC by ensuring that all members benefit from the initiatives planned and executed by the Board of Directors. The Director of Member Benefits & Promotion also helps to promote the member’s services, books, and products via e-mail, social media, website and by creating valuable relationships with meeting planners, partner associations, and corporations within and beyond New York City.

Beth Granger

Beth Granger

Director Marketing & Communications

The Director of Marketing & Communication serves the Members of NSA NYC by planning, developing, and implementing all marketing strategies, marketing communications, and public relations activities, both external and internal. The Director of Marketing oversees the promotion of all events and programs through e-mail, social media, website, or any printed materials necessary prior, during, or after the chapter‘s events. The Director Marketing & Communication is responsible for content and functionality of the chapter’s website and the Members-only area.

Jeanne M. Stafford

Jeanne M. Stafford

Director Chapter Event Programming

The Director Chapter Event Programing serves the Members of NSA NYC by creating a stellar experience for all members, guests and speakers at the monthly chapter meetings. In this role, the Director Chapter Event Programing, is the main contact person for every speaker, the chapter’s location host, any outsourced vendors, partner or sponsors at the event. The Director Chapter Event Programing also serves as the Speaker host and is responsive for post-event reconciliation including feedback evaluation, pictures, videos, vendor invoicing.

Phil M. Jones

Phil M. Jones

Director of Advanced Member Programing

The Director of Advanced Member Programming serves the members of NSA NYC by creating a high-end and exclusive Mastermind program, a combination of education, brainstorming, peer accountability and support to sharpen their business and personal skills.

Andrew Tarvin

Andrew Tarvin

Director of Virtual Programming

The Director of Virtual Programming serves the members of NSA NYC by creating a virtual learning experience that enables members to access—from the comfort of their home—an online curriculum that focuses on business topics and helps Associates to achieve the requirements required by NSA National to become a Professional member.

Jill Schiefelbein

Jill Schiefelbein

Director of Speaker Palooza

The Director of the Speaker Palooza event serves the members of NSA NYC by creating a video showcase event that allows members to present parts of their materials on a professional stage and receive footage from several dynamic camera angles with mastered audio that can be used and edited for their own Speaker Demos and Sizzle Reels.

Lindsey Hayzlett

Lindsey Hayzlett

Director of Master Classes

The Director of Master Classes serves the members of NSA NYC by arranging hands-on workshops hosted by influential speakers with a focus on business topics and the goal to leave each Working Session with practical takeaways.

Robyn Hatcher

Robyn Hatcher

Dean of Speaker University

The Dean of Speaker University serves the members of NSA NYC and all aspiring speakers who join Speaker University by creating a stellar online and offline program for its students. The Dean coordinates the faculty, consisting of the chapter’s CSPs, helps students make valuable connections within the chapter, and mentors them to create a successful speaking career and business.

Jess Todtfeld, CSP

Jess Todtfeld, CSP

Chair Annual Auction

The Chair of the Annual Auction serves the members of NSA NYC by planning, executing, and hosting the chapter’s primary annual fundraising event and offers valuable auction items provided by members and partners of NSA NYC.

Ramon Ray

Ramon Ray

Chair Summer Social

The Chair of the Summer Social serves the members of NSA NYC by planning, executing, and hosting a social event during the summer months that allows guests to learn about the takeaways from NSA’s National Convention and celebrates existing and new CSPs and CPAEs.

Renee Rosenberg

Renee Rosenberg

Spirit of Cavett Chair

The Spirit of Cavett Chair serves the members of NSA NYC by ensuring that the founder’s love, spirit, encouragement, and generosity is embodied within and beyond the chapter.

Board Member photos provided by John DeMato.