Marie Danieli, President
Marie Danieli has been an assistant director of prospect and donor relations at Columbia Business School since August 2016. Previously, she was manager of research and resource development operations, and prospect researcher, at the United Way of New York City. She began her career in prospect research as an intern at the United Way of New York City in 2012. Ms. Danieli's love for research manifested as an Information Center intern at Catalyst, a nonprofit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women in business. Prior to that, she held roles at the Anti-Defamation League, AdNation News, and the Morstan General Agency. She received a BA in English from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and a Master of Library Science from Queens College. She loves Apra GNY because she has met so many extraordinary people through its amazing events and networking opportunities! Ms. Danieli is a proud mother to Hansel, her Weimaraner puppy, and Sky, the cuddliest lab mix ever.
Estee Pierce, President Emeritus
Estee Pierce is director of prospect management and development operations at Friends of the High Line. Previously, she was director of prospect research at NYU, and a research analyst in the development department of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Before entering the field of nonprofit prospect development, Ms. Pierce was a financial reporter and news editor for Dow Jones. She holds a BA in English literature and art history from Vassar College, and an MS in fundraising from NYU's George Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. Ms. Pierce feels deeply indebted to Apra GNY, because she landed her dream job (working at NYU) at an Apra GNY holiday party a number of years ago. As an Apra GNY board member, she has had the opportunity to meet and learn from the brilliant members of the greater New York prospect development community. Truly a native New Yorker, Ms. Pierce lives in the same Midtown Manhattan apartment she grew up in.
Jon W. Garrow, Board Vice President
Jon W. Garrow is director of prospect development at Montefiore Einstein. He has been in the prospect development field since 2007, working as a consultant and on staff at higher education, medical research, and other organizations. Mr. Garrow is currently pursuing a master's degree from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, and is also on the board of directors of the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation. He loves Apra GNY because of the personal and professional connections it creates among New York's smartest fundraisers. Mr. Garrow summitted Mount Kilimanjaro in 2015, and speaks restaurant-level Italian and French.
Giuliana Bighi, Board Treasurer
Giuliana Bighi is a research analyst at New York University. Prior to joining NYU in 2014, Ms. Bighi held prospect research positions at the New School and City Harvest. She holds a BA in English literature from New York University, and an MA in English from Boston University. As treasurer, she enjoys looking for new ways to invest board funds in Apra GNY's best asset—its members! When she's not doing prospect research or crunching numbers for Apra GNY, she can usually be found reading, or browsing in one of New York City’s many bookstores.
Daniel Feygin, Director of Membership
Daniel Feygin is a senior research analyst at NYU. Prior to joining NYU in 2013, he ran a one-person shop at Polytechnic University (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering). Mr. Feygin holds a BS in professional and technical communications and an MS in management from NYU Tandon. He enjoys developing systems that help streamline operations, increase efficiency, and develop protocols. Although Mr. Feygin has yet to experience the inner workings of a membership-based organization, he is optimistic that his skill set will be a good match for Apra GNY's membership director needs. Mr. Feygin is a musician, and plays the drums and guitar.
Melanie Meadows, Director of Marketing/Social Media
As the new director of marketing/social media of Apra GNY, Melanie Meadows brings a wide range of experience, including blogging for The Fabulous Report, a fashion and nightlife blog, for which she has been producing content and social media for eight years. She also runs her own blog, Curl Riot. Though operations are temporarily on hiatus, she produces her own content for the blog, including all social media, and works directly with PR companies to review their products and cover beauty events. She also attends events and interviews celebrities and industry insiders. Curl Riot has approximately 20,000 followers across all platforms, most of whom are on Facebook. Recently, she served as social media manager for the campaign of a candidate who ran for City Council in Newark.
Joseph Meese, Board Secretary
Joseph Meese is a prospect research analyst at NYU Langone Medical Center, and has worked in prospect research for the Public Theater and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Prior to his career in prospect research, Mr. Meese worked for smaller organizations in Virginia, including ACTS RVA, Family Lifeline, and the VA League of Conservation Voters. He holds a BA in political science and international studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Meese has a deep appreciation for Apra GNY because of the close community of professionals who care tremendously about the importance of the profession. He resides in Inwood, New York, and enjoys volunteering for animal and environmental causes.
Simona Shuboni, Director of Programming
Simona Shuboni is a research coordinator at NewYork-Presbyterian. She began her career in development at the Michigan Opera Theater in Detroit, MI. After finishing graduate school, Ms. Shuboni worked in education and social work for several years. She holds a MA from Cornell University and a BA from Albion College. Ms. Shuboni first became involved with Apra GNY after relocating to New York City and has tremendously enjoyed all of the outstanding events her membership has allowed her to access. When she is not traveling or exploring the city’s many museums, you can find her volunteering with LiveOnNY and NYC History Day.
Heidi Choi is prospect management analyst on NYU’s Prospect Development team, specializing in analytics and data visualization. Although a born and bred New Yorker (what up, Queens!), she lived in Canada for several years and worked as a development coordinator at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She received her BA in cognitive psychology, specializing in neurolinguistics from Bard College, and is a published author in the Journal of Memory and Language. When she’s not gallivanting about in data sets and numbers, she is usually nose-deep in a hard science fiction novel, or attempting to learn Quenya.
Sarah Balogh is a research analyst for NYU's prospect development team. A proud public servant, Ms. Balogh has worked in development for Continuum Health Partners, Blessings for Brazil, and the French American Foundation. She serves as a senior representative for NYU's Administrative Management Council, and mentors with iMentor. Ms. Balogh received a BA in political science from Bridgewater University and an MPA in policy analysis, specializing in higher education policy, from Baruch College. She's excited for a second term as director-at-large with Apra GNY, scouting event space and luring members to events with delicious snacks. In between mining for gold and partaking in political debates, you can find her belting out Broadway classics in NYU's piano room.
Nelson Kuo is a research associate at Montefiore Medicine. Previously, he served as an advancement associate at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to that role, he was a program manager in the medical marketing field. Mr. Kuo received a BS in applied economics and management from Cornell University. He loves attending Apra GNY's engaging speaker presentations and social events, as they provide a great avenue to connect with others in the research field. Mr. Kuo an avid runner, occasional rock climber, and enjoys travelling.
Deanna Rita manages and conducts prospect research for corporate partnerships, foundations, and major gifts at Girl Scouts of the USA. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past five years in both communications and development capacities. Prior to transitioning to the nonprofit sector, Ms. Rita was a small business owner, a partner in a start-up company, and had many freelance and consulting adventures both in New York, and abroad. She holds an MS in international development from the London School of Economics, a BA in political science and sociology from Hampshire College, and program certifications in Fundraising and Business Project Management/PMP. She loves to connect with other local prospect researchers through Apra GNY, as well as gaining knowledge (and trading resources!) while discussing the day-to-day challenges and rewards of prospect research. Outside of work, you can find her using her research skills for another type of good: to discover new travel destinations, recipes, restaurant and product reviews, as part of her ongoing quest to try something new.
Ellen Zemlin is a senior research associate at Pace University. She came to prospect research in 2014 after studying history and sociology at Manchester College and Drew University. In addition to her volunteer service with Apra GNY, she is a member of the Apra Connections Editorial Board. When not doing prospect research, she enjoys reading, theatre, choral music, history, thinking about public transit infrastructure, and spending time with her partner and cats.