Board of Directors


Michael Vasinkevich,

Michael Vasinkevich is the Chairman and Senior Managing Director of H.C. Wainwright & Co., a leading investment bank. Prior to H.C. Wainwright & Co., Mr. Vasinkevich served as Senior Managing Director, Vice Chairman and Founding Partner of Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group, Inc. Mr. Vasinkevich has also served as Senior Managing Director of Enthrust Financial Services, Inc. since July 2002. From August 1999 to May 2002, Mr. Vasinkevich served as a Managing Director of Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc. In 1998, he founded Tandem Venture Partners Ltd. and served as its Managing Director. Piror to that, Mr. Vasinkevich served as Managing Director for the structured finance group of New York City-based Jesup & Lamont Securities Corp

Eric Wise,

J. Eric Wise is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of Gibson Dunn’s Global Finance and Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Groups.

Mr. Wise advises agent banks in complex leveraged financings, including cross-border and multicurrency transactions, real estate financings, asset-based financings, leveraged acquisition financings and bank and bond/bridge and other financings, and represents lender and bondholder groups, financial institutions, hedge funds, private equity funds and corporate debtors in complex restructuring and reorganization transactions. Mr. Wise is a member of the bar of New York and is admitted to practice in the federal courts in the Southern District of New York. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Wise practiced with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.


Leena Bhutta,

Ms. Bhutta has spent over a decade climbing the ladder at Joho Capital, a privately-owned hedge fund sponsor that does private equity investments. She has been their director of alternative investments since March 2011, working closely with their Chief Investment Officer to carry out the strategic goals of the company. Before taking on this role, she spent nearly five years as a senior research analyst with Joho after being promoted from her junior analyst role. Bhutta also spent nearly two years working as an investment banking analyst for Goldman Sachs.

Bhutta earned her B.A. degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Gary Mayerson,
Board Member

Gary Mayerson is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. In early 2000, Gary founded Mayerson & Associates as the very first civil rights law firm in the nation dedicated to representing individuals with autism and related developmental disorders. Gary speaks regularly at national conferences and major universities and has testified before Congress on the subject of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (“IDEIA”). At the invitation of the United Nations, Gary spoke on the subject of facilitating inclusive education. Gary is well published in the field and is the author of How To Compromise With Your School District Without Compromising Your Child (DRL Books 2005), the “ABA Litigation” chapter appearing in Dr. Ivar Lovaas’ book, Teaching Individuals With Developmental Delays, the “Legal Considerations” chapter appearing in the Second Edition of Dr. Donna Geffner’s book, Auditory Processing Disorders (2013), and the “Autism in the Courtroom” chapter appearing in the Fourth Edition of Dr. Fred R. Volkmar’s seminal treatise, Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (2014).

In 2016, after being peer-nominated and vetted across 12 factors by an attorney led research team, Gary was again named by Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the top attorneys in the New York metropolitan area. Gary is responsible for more than sixty reported federal court decisions, including Deal v. Hamilton County, the very first autism case to ever reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jonathan Izak,
Board Member

Mr. Izak, who has a younger brother on the autism spectrum, co-launched SpecialNeedsWare in 2011. Utilizing his training as a computer science engineer, the company creates technology that enables special needs educators, clinicians and families to provide personalized learning experiences for their students and loved ones. What started out as a single project for his brother has gone on to become a leading provider of unified educational platforms for some of the largest public school systems in the country.

In 2011, Izak’s efforts enabled SpecialNeedsWare to launch AutisMate, a therapy and learning tool that allows children and adolescents with autism to become more independent by focusing on both behavior and communication. They went on to launch TeachMate in 2014, a unified special education platform to create, manage and deliver modified instructional content while tracking student performance. The company established a partnership that same year with Harvard Boston Children’s Hospital.

Izak graduated in 2010 from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science. He spent a year afterwards working there as a research assistant.

Elyse Kroll,
Board Member

Ms. Kroll founded ENK International in 1982 and quickly established it as the most exclusive trade show producer in the United States. Their series of 16 annual trade exhibitions include nearly 10,000 design companies, attract 250,000 domestic and international buyers and press outlets each year, and produce sales of over $1 billion.

She has also developed a reputation as a highly respected advocate for numerous children’s organizations. In addition to the McCarton Foundation, Kroll is actively involved with the Parkside School for Learning Difficulty, Kids In Distressed Situations and Fashion Delivers.

Kroll graduated from Cornell University with a degree in design and environmental analysis.

Sigurd Ackerman, M.D.,
Board Member

Dr. Ackerman has been president and medical director of Silver Hill Hospital since 2003. Prior this, he was the CEO and president of St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, and also spent time as chairman as the hospital’s Department of Psychiatry. Prior to this, he led a clinical research unit for affective disorders and was the associate director for Clinical Affairs and Research at the Eating Disorders Institute of New York Hospital, Cornell University Medical Center, Westchester Division.

He is a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons, in addition to holding academic titles in psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Ackerman is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a number of other scientific societies. His work on research topics including psychopharmacology, depression and eating disorders have been published in both national and international professional journals.

Ackerman is an honors graduate of Harvard College. He received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and trained for 10 years in psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

John Rollins
Board Member

John E. Rollins is a Director in the Dispute Consulting group and leads the firm’s Forensic Services practice in New York. He has over 17 years of experience serving as either an expert witness or consultant in an array of matters, including complex commercial litigation, fraud and financial investigations, bankruptcy matters, shareholder litigation, business and partnership disputes, post-acquisition disputes, and responses to regulatory enforcement actions or inquiries.

He has testified in federal court and consulted at alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings. John's practice focuses on helping clients work through highly complex and unstructured business challenges. He advises clients on a wide range of forensic accounting matters with a focus on global disputes and investigations involving real estate assets/developments, financial instruments, private equity funds, broker/dealers, and fintech.
John has led numerous high-stakes international investigations into allegations of financial crimes and has presented findings before company boards of directors, special committees, and representatives from U.S. government enforcement agencies.

Prior to joining Stout, John served as the Northeast region leader of the Litigation Consulting & Dispute Advisory practice at RSM US LLP. Prior to that, he was a Managing Consultant with LECG LLC, a global expert services and consulting firm, and previously worked in private industry as a financial analyst. John currently serves as an officer on the board of directors of the New York Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers.

John Mizzi
Board Member

John Mizzi worked closely with the founders of CBXmarket to manage the launch and on-going roll out the company. Prior to CBXmarket, John was an Associate at GCM Grosvenor, an alternative asset manager. Following graduation, John joined the Strategy & Business Development Team in the
Global Wealth & Investment Management organization at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

John attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. While in Ann Arbor, he co-founded InSilico, an education technology start-up focused on development of software solution for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the Navara
Foundation for International Development, a student-led non-profit focused on consulting NGOs abroad on development topics

David Robbin
Board Member

 Mr. Robbins is an advisor and co-founder of Trevi Health Capital. After beginning his career  as a corporate lawyer at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, he served as a strategic advisor to Elan Corporation,plc and as an advisor to the board of directors of Barr Pharmaceuticals in connection with the formation of Commerce Health Ventures, a healthcare investment fund in which he later served as a partner.

Mr. Robbins serves as a Board Member of Trevi portfolio companies Paradigm Spine, Optovue and Home Skinovations, as well as Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE Arca: BYI), a diversified gaming and technology company, and previously Medisys plc; and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the McCarton Foundation and School (addressing autism and developmental disabilities) and a member of the steering committee for the NYU Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. He previously served as a Board Member for Columbia University Medical School’s Science and Technology Council and Connecticut Innovations life sciences seeder fund.

Mr. Robbins has served as an assistant adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School, where he has taught courses in corporate finance. Mr. Robbins is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, and New York University School of Law.

Matthew Diaz
Board Member

Matthew Diaz is an associate in the Finance and Alternative Lender and Private Credit practices and is based in the firm’s New York office. His practice focuses on the representation of alternative lenders and investors in a wide array of financing matters. Mr. Diaz received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 2016, where he served as deputy managing editor of the Harvard Business Law Review and was an active member of the Community Enterprise Project. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Southern California in 2009. Mr. Diaz is admitted to practice law in New York.

John Hu
Junior Board

John Hu has worked passionately as a mentor for children with disabilities over the past decade through the Boy Scout program, the YMCA, and his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi. He most recently served as his fraternity’s philanthropy chair, through which he planned a joy prom for over 300 guests with disabilities. He currently works as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. He graduated with a double major in Computer Science and Finance from the University of North Carolina’s Honors college.

Julie Seidel
Junior Board

Julie Seidel is currently an Analyst at Stern Investor Relations, which she joined in June 2015. She works with both public and private biotechnology companies, assisting with IR programs through tactical investor outreach and targeting, as well as broader strategic activity plans. Prior to joining Stern, Julie graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Psychology. She focused her studies on child development, which led her to find the McCarton School. As part of her senior fieldwork course, Julie worked at the Upper School, assisting across classrooms. Julie also worked in the Barnard Toddler Center as a student teacher. Outside of Barnard, Julie has held various internship positions focused on oncology dietetics, internal hospital health and medical projects, and nutrition public relations at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, The Hospital for Special Surgery, and Pollock Communications, respectively.

Elias Exum
Junior Board

Elias Exum is an Associate at Lindsay Goldberg a private equity firm founded in New York City in 2001. Prior to joining Lindsay Goldberg, Elias worked at Barclays as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Consumer Retail Group. Elias graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he earned a B.A. in Economics. He is actively involved with Stelco.

Rick Li
Junior Board

Rick Li is an Associate focused on mezzanine debt opportunities in the energy and power sectors in the U.S. and Canada. He is based in New York. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Li was an Analyst in Goldman Sachs’ Global Natural Resources Group. Mr. Li received his M.P.A. and a B.B.A. in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.

Anastasia Moryakova
Junior Board

Anastasia Moryakova is an experienced Senior Account Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry, selling into the C-Suite and managing key accounts. Skilled in Sales, Account Management and Strategy, Client Relations, Team Building and Market Research. Trilingual, graduated from NYU Gallatin & NYU Paris.

Megan Mulligan
Junior Board

Megan Mulligan is the Director of Strategy and Business Development, Ambulatory Services at Northwell Health. She provides leadership guidance and assistance in planning and evaluating business development investments in the ambulatory network, including retail health care, centers of excellence, and hospital/medical group acquisition.Mulligan conducts analyses regarding optimization of the existing physician network, including composition and geographic footprint. Lead best practices research regarding ambulatory network strategy. Received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Health/Health Care Administration/Management from Georgetown University.

Hannah Reed
Junior Board

 Dr. Reed is a Whitaker Developmental Neuropsychiatry Scholar at Columbia University, specializing in the assessment and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder. She is also involved in multiple research projects on early biomarkers for ASD. Dr. Reed has a longstanding interesting in helping children with developmental disorders.

She attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she first began working with kids with autism as an ABA therapist. She also started a program to provide respite care to affected families. Dr. Reed graduated with honors and received the Hyman Meltzer Memorial Award. She completed her
pre-medical studies at Johns Hopkins University and medical school at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Dr. Reed then completed a combined residency and fellowship program in adult and child psychiatry at Yale University, where she served as co-chief resident during her fifth year. Dr. Reed also has a faculty practice at CUCARD Manhattan, where she sees both children and adults with a wide range of concerns. She has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of autism spectrum disorder as well as anxiety disorders and mood disorders.

She has particular expertise in young child evaluations, including gold-standard assessments such as ADOS. Following a thorough diagnostic work up, treatment plans are made in conjunction with the goals and needs of the family. Dr. Reed supports patients through individual and family therapy, referrals to sub-specialty providers, identification of local support services, and medication management when appropriate.

Dionne Crick
Junior Board

Dionne Crick Dionne is a marketing professional with ten years’ experience at global financial services, telecoms and tech giants and a certified digital marketer. She is a member of the American Marketing Association, Arts Marketing Association, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has a qualified Chartered Institute of Bankers certificate.