Meet Our Board

Karin RomansHenry Mascia, Board President

Henry Mascia, JD, is a civil litigator and immigration attorney at Rivkin Radler, LLP. Henry and his wife, April, have supported the Nurse-Family Partnership for many years. They were inspired by the birth of their own children and the empirical data demonstrating the program’s long-term positive effects on families.

Karin RomansEllen Cohen, Vice President

Ellen Cohen has had a career as an individual gifts fundraiser and was recently a longtime board member of Summer Search NYC, a youth mentoring organization for low-income high school students. The organization helps guide teens to college through summer trips and professional mentoring. Ellen sees Friends of NYC NFP as a natural extension of what she has been doing and is thrilled that its support for moms and babies starts in pregnancy.

Karin RomansChristina White, Treasurer

Christina White, CPA, is a partner at PwC with over 14 years of experience providing accounting, audit, and business advisory services to both emerging growth companies as well as multinational companies within the technology, media & entertainment industries. Christina was inspired by the mission statement of Friends of NFP and was drawn to the program following personal life events. She sees the direct impact the organization can have on mothers and babies at a pivotal point in their lives and the hope and confidence the program instills in young mothers.

Karin RomansRebekah Wahba, Secretary

Rebekah Wahba leads the Cloud Governance function at BlackRock. She has spent two decades working at the intersection of financial services and technology. Rebekah brings Friends a wealth of multi-disciplinary operating experience across strategic, planning, and talent domains. She is a proven leader of global high performing teams and has a passion for bringing out the best in people. Rebekah is passionate about Friends’ commitment to improving babies’ lives and empowering moms with the resources they need to be able to achieve their personal goals and support their families.

Karin RomansChristine Wasserstein,

Co-Founder

Chris Wasserstein, now retired as a psychotherapist, has long been concerned about the effects of poverty on the emotional health of mothers and babies. When she read the 2006 article Swamp Nurse in the New Yorker, she understood that evidence-based Nurse-Family Partnership could transform lives. She was invited to join the Community Advisory Board of New York City Nurse-Family Partnership and also the Board of Directors of the national NFP. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens Committee for Children of New York, a research-based advocacy organization.

Karin RomansJulia Cherashore

Julia Cherashore, MBA, PMP, has 20 years experience at top companies in the financial services industry, including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. She is a seasoned Data Professional and brings her data acumen to tackle complex problems and opportunities.  She has been involved in a leadership capacity at corporate affinity networks and non-profit organizations since 2014.  Through her own experience as a parent, she became passionate about supporting youth and family causes.  She’s a believer in education in all its forms. 

Samantha Ekert

Samantha Ekert, MEd spent the past 25 years in leadership roles at various non-profits, primarily focusing on development and volunteer management. Her efforts have been recently directed in the areas of women-centered organizations, healthcare, and education. Samantha is eager to help Friends of NYC NFP advance its mission to improve the lives of women and their babies. Her previous work has paralleled many of Friends’ efforts, and she looks forward to making an impact on and being an advocate for young NYC families. 

Mia Lipsit

Mia Lipsit is a communications professional who has spent her career in the nonprofit and government sectors in New York City, working to advance equity in education, housing, public health and other areas relating to social justice. Having worked with NYC Nurse-Family Partnership’s nurses and clients for nine years as the program’s Communications and Outreach Manager, she brings to the Friends Board a wealth of direct experience and expertise in the program as well as a passionate commitment to improving the lives of NYC’s most vulnerable mothers and their babies.

Colleen McQuillan

Colleen McQuillan is an investment advisor at Goldman Sachs working with families and non-profit institutions on investment management and wealth planning. She has spent over a decade in and around financial services after receiving her M.B.A. in finance and management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and receiving her B.A. magna cum laude in finance from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to business school, Colleen spent five years in a strategy role at the University of Notre Dame Development Office. Before her time in University Relations, Colleen was an investment banker at UBS supporting industrial companies through mergers, acquisitions, and capital raises. Colleen is an Ambassador for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and was previously a member of the Junior Board for the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.  Colleen and her husband have three children and were drawn to Friends as they are firm believers in creating a supportive community around new mothers.  

Stephanie Schwartz 

Stephanie Schwartz, MSA, CPA is a senior manager at PwC, leading public and private companies of varying size and age through complex change and enhanced financial operations within the technology, media & entertainment industries. Stephanie was drawn to, and inspired by Friend’s mission to help improve the lives of mothers and babies, particularly through empowering women to pursue secondary-education and a career path that will provide financial independence and means to support their families.