Board of Directors
CHAIR OF THE BOARD
Matilda Raffa Cuomo
Maria Cuomo Cole, Chairman of HELP USA
Joseph Gallo, Chief Financial Officer, HELP USA
Peter J. Byrnes has been a graphic designer and consultant specializing in international visual branding for over twenty years. He is cofounder and owner of Brooklyn-based design firm Lúgh Studio whose clients range from startups to Fortune 500 companies. In addition, Peter is a partner in three startup businesses: Moolaroos, TrackTOC, and ePubTool™, is co-owner of a bistro in Pennsylvania and is a trained and experienced actor. Peter is also a co-founder of The Hello Herman Project, an anti-bullying initiative designed to use theater to bring awareness to and combat bullying. Additionally, he is the founding Art Director of Indian Country Media Network, LLC, the leading, award-winning Native American media platform. A graduate of Penn State with a dual degree in Foreign Service/ International Politics and Foreign Languages (Germanic, Romance and Slavic), Peter is fluent in Swedish and German and is conversant in Spanish with working knowledge of several other languages. Peter lives with his dog Diego in Brooklyn.
With 20 years of experience in Residential Real Estate, Thomas Di Domenico is ranked among New York’s top producing brokers. Thomas, along with the extended Domenico Team, represent New York’s most exclusive clientele and properties. As a SVP with The Corcoran Group, Di Domenico secures tens of millions of dollars in executed contracts quarterly. Di Domenico is a proud Villanova alumni and resides on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and Bridgehampton, New York.
Donna Goldsmith is currently a consultant for business operations, brand marketing and consumer products. She spent 10 years at World Wrestling Entertainment where she was the Chief Operating Officer as well as EVP of Consumer Products. During her tenure at WWE, Donna was named Second Most Powerful Women in Sports By Forbes. Prior to WWE, Donna was VP of Licensing for the National Basketball Association where she developed and implemented global licensing strategies. Earlier in her career Donna held marketing positions at Swatch Watch and Revlon. She earned her BA in Communication Studies From State University of New York at Oswego.
With over 25 years of experience leading organizations at the international, national and local levels, Holly Koenig serves as a vice president of Kellen Company, providing executive oversight in marketing and business development. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Koenig is a volunteer leader for the New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE). In 2013, she founded and continues to lead NYSAE’s Executive Women in Nonprofits Shared Interest Group. Holly lives on Long Island with her husband, Andrew, and her daughter, Lauren.
Since 2011, Betsy L. Morgan has served as the president of The Blaze, a digital news, information and opinion website. Leading up to her current role, Morgan held a variety of leadership positions in media and entertainment, including chief executive officer of The Huffington Post and senior vice president for CBS Interactive. Morgan earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Political Science and Economics from Colby College, where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees.
During her 13-year tenure with Edelman, the world’s largest public relation’s firm, Trisch Smith has managed stakeholder outreach, strategic positioning, reputation/issues management and public affairs campaigns for a host of non-profits, Fortune 500 corporations and associations, including Toyota, Chevron, and United Way of America. Smith also leads the firm’s award-winning multicultural practice, and serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Black Child Development Institute and ColorComm: Women of Color in Communications. Smith earned an MA in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland, and a BA in communications from Morgan State University.
Suzanne Sobel is the managing director at Indian Country Today Media Network. She has spent her career in media and publishing, working for clients such as The French Culinary Institute, The Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway company, and the Oneida Indian Nation. In her former position as executive vice president of ad sales and marketing for Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Sobel played an integral role in the launch of multiple magazines, television shows and the digital properties.
Rory Verrett is a principal with The Raben Group, a leading public affairs firm in Washington, DC. As a former government relations executive, internet entrepreneur and executive recruiter, Rory brings a rare and dynamic skill set to Raben Group clients. Through thoughtful collaboration and insightful analysis, Rory is able to identify various risk dimensions and multiple impactful opportunities for clients. He operates under the most intensive and pressure-packed scenarios to craft timely, creative and engaging initiatives for corporations and advocacy organizations.
He most recently worked in public affairs and talent management at the National Football League. Prior to that, Rory was an executive recruiter at two global executive search firms where he led searches for public affairs executives for Harvard University, the US Olympic Committee, and the New York Tiimes, among other clients.
He was formerly CEO of Diversiplex, an internet and public affairs consulting firm. Rory began his career as legislative counsel to a Member of Congress and later served as senior counsel for governmental affairs for Entergy Corporation.
Rory is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as class marshal, and Howard University, where he was the undergraduate student member of the Board of Trustees and a Truman Scholar. He is a former elected member of the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee. A native of New Orleans, Rory lives in the Washington DC area with his wife, Tamara, and daughter, Jordan.
Denise Warren is President of Digital, CEO of East Coast Publishing and an Executive Vice President of Tribune Publishing.
Reporting to CEO Jack Griffin, Warren leads the Company’s digital strategy and operations, including product development, audience development, digital subscriptions, digital technology, advertising operations, digital marketing services, business development and more. She also oversees Tribune Publishing’s six East Coast media groups in Orlando, South Florida, Baltimore, Hartford, Newport News and Allentown.
Recognized as an expert for driving transformational change, Warren most recently served as Executive Vice President of Digital Products & Services for The New York Times, where she is widely credited with overseeing the Times’ paid digital subscription model, which ushered in the industry standard for monetizing premium digital content. In her 26 years with The New York Times Company, Warren served in numerous other capacities including Chief Advertising Officer and Senior Vice President of the New York Times Media Group, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, and Director of Marketing, among other roles.
Warren began her career as a financial analyst with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). She is a board member for Electronic Arts, a California-based publisher of game software and services.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Fordham University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (non-current).