Board of Directors


Aaron Blumenthal, MBA, Chair
Kate Bar-Tur, LCSW
Vivian Drohan, Esq.
Lesley Ann Friedland, Esq., Executive Director
Laura McGrath, Treasurer
Andrew Propper, PhD, Secretary
Adam Schaffer, MBA
Elliot Wiener, Esq.

Advisory Council


Sharon Manewitz, Chair
Helene Bernstein
Karen Bigman
Michael Duncanson
Saralee Evans
Kathi Gernat
Elana Katz
Monica Michell
Wendy Naidich
Nancy Nybergh
Tziporah Pronman
Abby Rosmarin
Jennifer Safian
Martha Schneiderman
Wendy Silva
Steven Soll
Maria Volpe
Brian Zimmerman
Ruth Jane Zuckerman

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Aaron Blumenthal is a Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch. A 15-year Wall Street veteran, Aaron serves the financial management needs of affluent clients and institutions through wealth planning, portfolio advice, brokerage and execution services, and alternative investments. Aaron received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Yeshiva University and holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Kate Bar-Tur 125x142pxKate Bar-Tur is a licensed clinical social worker and the director and founder of The NY Center for Divorce and Family Mediation. She is a current board member of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation and a founding member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. Her years of experience as a psychoanalyst, couples therapist, divorce coach and director of the Clinical Center at the Institute of Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) are the foundation for Kate’s practice. She is a member or associate of the Center for Mediation in Law, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, and the Institute of Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Kate earned an MSW degree from Columbia University and graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude.

McGrath 2 125x142pxLaura McGrath has over 33 years of experience in public accounting, primarily providing tax services. She is currently retired, but prior to her retirement, she was a Tax Partner at Ernst & Young, LLP. Her work experiences were varied, including leading and managing various tax practices and four years leading a global expatriate tax practice in Bangalore, India. She has always had a strong commitment to mentoring, counseling and educating others. Laura was a Certified Public Accountant in New York and North Carolina and currently has her licenses in inactive status. She currently serves as Parent Association Treasurer and as a committee chair for a NYC public high school. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hope College, Holland, MI.

Propper 125x142pxAndrew Propper has served in the New York City Police Department’s Medical Division for over 20 years, supervising psychologists and assisting the Director administer the Psychological Evaluation Section. Andrew also maintains a private practice in Manhattan, where he performs child custody evaluations for the Court and provides psychotherapy services. He is a long-time member of the American and New York State Psychological Associations. Andrew graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University.

Drohan 2 125x142pxVivian Rivera-Drohan is a partner and head of the litigation area of Drohan Lee. Her practice encompasses commercial and intellectual property litigation. Her legal experience includes Federal and State trial and appellate litigation, as well as arbitration and mediation before the American Arbitration Association, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, National Futures Association, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Throughout her career, Vivian has represented hedge funds, commodities, securities brokers, and other financial services organizations. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Federal and Commercial Litigation Committee; Women’s Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Federal Practice Committee. Vivian was listed in the New York Super Lawyers 2013, 2014 and 2015 Editions. She graduated from Fordham University, and earned her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School.

Schaffer 125x142pxAdam Schaffer is a human resources professional at Bloomberg LP where he oversees global category relationships and leads external sourcing opportunities inclusive of RFPs, negotiations, and contracting. He is also founder and sole proprietor of ASK Human Capital, a consultancy focused personalized change management, leadership development, and professional coaching. Previously, Adam worked as a HR and Employee Benefits consultant for various companies, such as DailyAccess, Accenture, Mercer, Aon Hewitt, and Maritz. Adam holds a Master of Business Administration in Management and International Business from Saint Louis University, Master of Science (MS) in Strategic Global Human Resources Management from Pace University, and a Post-Masters Certificate in Leadership and Change from The New School.  He received his bachelors degree in Finance, Economics, and Biology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Weiner 125x142pxElliot Wiener is the Chair of Phillips Nizer’s Matrimonial & Family Law Department and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers with over 38 years experience practicing family law. He concentrates his practice in the areas of matrimonial and family law including divorce, custody/visitation, support, and related matters. Elliot was a partner with the law firm of Hall Dickler Kent Goldstein & Wood LLP in White Plains and New York City. Prior to that, he was a partner with the firm of Abbott, Duncan & Wiener in New York City, as well as a staff attorney with the Juvenile Rights Division of the New York City Legal Aid Society. He was a clinical instructor of law at New York University School of Law in the early 1980s. In addition to his extensive trial skills, Elliot is also a trained divorce mediator. He earned his law degree from the Buffalo Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Boston University.

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Paul FirstenbergSpecial Advisor to the Board and Chief Strategic Officer of FamilyKind. Paul has a wide range of strategy and organizational leadership experience in the education sector, among others. He served as chancellor of Tulane University, financial vice president of Princeton University, and executive vice president of children’s television workshop, producer of Sesame Street and other television series. He also served as an officer of the Ford Foundation and in the US Foreign Aid Program. Paul taught management of nonprofit organizations at Baruch College and Yale School of Management and is the author of a series of books on that subject. He was previously executive vice president of Prudential Real Estate. Paul earned an undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, followed by a law degree from Harvard.