board of directors
Jennifer is a consultant with more than 20 years' experience as a fundraiser and an executive working with various organizations. She has a proven track record in raising funds, providing leadership and managing numerous companies. She has multi-disciplinary experience across various industries, including real estate, and has extensive industry contacts. She received an MBA in Finance from Fordham University, a Certificate in Management from New York University and a B.S. from the State University of New York.
Benet is IHI Therapy Center's Executive Director and Director of Graduate Training, as well as a senior staff therapist at New York Behavioral Health. He is trained and experienced in Multicultural Counseling, LGBTQ issues, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Educated in London, with a BA Honors in History, Benet worked for 15 years in London, Paris, and New York and was formerly the president of an international fine art company based in London and New York, and a member of the Institute of Directors. Benet earned a Certificate in Counseling from City College, London, and a Postgraduate Certificate of Counseling and Communication from the Australian College of Applied Psychology. He returned to the U.S., graduating from Columbia University with a Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling (M.A.) and a Master of Education in Psychology (Ed.M.). Benet is a Member of the American Psychological Association and the British Association of Counseling Professionals.
Will grew up in Greenwich, CT and attended The George Washington University graduating in 2002 with a degree in International Business. After college Will worked in the fine art world for James Mackinnon Fine Art, whilst also continuing to pursue his interest in travel. In 2006 Will became an independent luxury travel consultant. Will is currently an associate at Valerie Wilson Travel and is the recent recipient of the prestigious Virtuoso Rising Star Award 2012 for agents that have made the most important contribution to the industry. Will travels extensively, and divides his time between his homes in New York and Los Angeles.
Tara is the Associate Director and Staff Therapist at IHI Therapy Center. Her practice at IHI includes working from a Psychodynamic and Existential perspective with adults within the LGBTQ community. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and was the recipient of the Department of Psychology's Rasha Shamoon Memorial Scholarship. Ms. Lombardo also received an M.A. from New York University's Gallatin School for Individualized Study in 2006 and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. She ran a quarterly panel discussion on issues related to the lesbian community in New York City from 2008 to 2010.
Kyle works in Digital Sales at Sony Music Entertainment. He has a master's degree from New York University in Music & Entertainment Business, as well as a bachelor's degree from Temple University. His previous volunteer experience includes working with the Future Factory in Cape Town, South Africa, working in schools and weekend and after-school programs.
Mark O’Connell, L.C.S.W., MFA, is a New York City-based psychotherapist in private practice. His book Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Twenty-First Century Weddings will be published by Skyhorse in 2014. He writes the Psychology Today column, Quite Queerly, regularly contributes to The Huffington Post, and has been published in Out Magazine and Dot 429 Magazine. His scholarly writing will appear in The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association in 2014 and has appeared in The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. Mark is also co-founder of Lynx Ensemble Theater, creating performances that promote empathy and expand concepts of identity.
Dr. Charles Silverstein
Charles is the recipient of the 2011 Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in The Practice of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation and the Distinguished Book Award from Division 44 of the American Psychological Association, 2009 Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology from the American Psychological Association, 2006 Distinguished Professional Contribution Award from Division 44 of the American Psychological Association, and the 2002 Outstanding Contribution by the Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists of New York. Dr. Silverstein is best known for his presentation before the American Psychiatric Association that led to the deletion of homosexuality as a mental disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. He is currently a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a member of the New York State Psychological Association, and a member of the Committee on Ethical Practice of the New York State Psychological Association. He was the founding director of New York City's Identity House, as well as the founding editor of the Journal of Homosexuality. As author of eight published books and many professional papers, he spends a good deal of time writing, particularly in the area of human sexuality. His most recent books are The Initial Psychotherapy Interview: A Gay Man Seeks Treatment and For the Ferryman. Dr. Charles Silverstein is also a licensed psychologist in private practice.
Tina Sernick Weinstein
Tina is an AVP at Montefiore and is its Claims and Risk Counsel. She is responsible for the oversight of Montefiore’s Risk Management and Insurance program. She has worked in the hospital environment since 2004 developing expertise in patient safety, risk management and quality infrastructure and programs. Prior to 2004 Tina worked for one of the big three international accounting/consulting firms where she focused on regulatory health care consulting. Prior to that, she was a litigation attorney representing clients in the health care arena since 1989. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation and is the past Chair of the United Hospital Fund’s New Leadership Group and currently serves on the Distributing Committee of The United Hospital Fund. She is a member of the New York Chapter of the Association of Health Care Risk Managers, New York City Bar Association, American Health Lawyers and the Association of Health Care Executives. Before practicing law, Ms. Sernick was a Registered Nurse at New England Medical Center. She is a 1982 graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh (Nursing) and a 1988 graduate of Brooklyn Law School.
Tina lectures on patient safety, healthcare regulatory and medical malpractice issues and has lectured on HIPAA privacy for multiple HIPAA Summits throughout the United States. She has also taught courses in Healthcare Risk Management, as a guest lecturer at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies and taught a legal nurse consulting course for Pace University. She co-authored, “An Integrated and Forward-looking Approach to Risk Management in Healthcare”, Risk Management Quarterly, Sernick, T. and Knight, A., Spring 2010 and“A Risk Manager’s Practical Guide To Bringing a Forward-Looking Approach to a Hospital Risk Management Program”, Sernick-Weinstein, Risk Management Quarterly, Winter 2011.
Tina enjoys spending time with her husband and two stepsons. She is an avid runner and loves skiing, golf, hiking and tennis.
Amelia is an experienced Online Marketing strategist living and working in NYC. Having transplanted herself from her native Australia in 2008, Amelia quickly secured the role as Executive Director of Global Online for M.A.C Cosmetics - part of Estee Lauder Companies - focused on driving the brand's multi-million dollar e/m-commerce business around the globe. Previously, Amelia managed the online team at meccacosmetica.com.au & kitcosmetics.com.au. She also did a stint in London at Warners Bros, developing online experiences to promote their film and TV properties.
In addition to her passion for the beauty industry, Amelia loves cooking and entertaining at home, spin classes, movies and is an avid traveler. Recent trips cover five continents; not to mention visiting over 25 US states, with the aim to see every state before ever moving back to Australia! Having found volunteering for the M.A.C Aids Fund via work very rewarding, Amelia is excited about joining the ihi Board to support the LGBTQ community and raise the profile of its critical work.
Matthew attended the University of Kansas and received his BA in African Studies. He moved to New York in 2007 and started working in Marketing & Events for the Absolut & MillerCoors portfolio focusing on the LGBTQ community. He managed multiple Nation-wide events & fundraisers ranging from the GLAAD awards to Trevor Project.
He has since moved into the Fashion Industry producing shoots and shows for high-end brands. He is currently a producer at art + commerce.