Dr. Judith C. Hochman, Ed.D, Founder and Board Secretary
Dr. Judith C. Hochman is the creator of the Hochman Method and founder of The Writing Revolution. Dr. Hochman served as the Head of Windward School in White Plains, New York, a nationally renowned independent school focused on teaching students with learning disabilities. She is the founder and senior faculty member of the Windward Teacher Training Institute and a former Superintendent of the Greenburgh Graham Union Free School District in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, a day and residential NYS public school district serving students five to twenty-one years of age with behavioral, emotional and learning disabilities. In addition, Dr. Hochman lectures, presents workshops and gives courses for educational organizations, colleges and universities, as well as public and independent schools throughout the United States. Dr. Hochman is the author of numerous books and articles including Teaching Basic Writing Skills and a chapter entitled Composition: Expressive Language and Writing in the publication Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills.
Natalie Wexler, Board Chair
Natalie Wexler is an education writer and a trustee of the Omega Foundation, which supports efforts to improve public education for high-needs students. She has also volunteered as a tutor in both writing and reading at high-poverty DC public schools. She has a BA from Harvard University, an MA in history from the University of Sussex (England), and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a journalist, a historian, a novelist, and a lawyer, and she clerked for Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White during the 1984-85 term.
Shalinee Sharma, Treasurer
Shalinee is the Executive Director of Zearn, a K – 8 digital learning endeavor that aims to create universal access to an excellent education through online, interactive lessons. Before co-founding Zearn, Shalinee was a Principal in Bain & Company’s New York office, working primarily in Consumer Products and Financial Services. At Bain, Shalinee led Bain New York’s pro bono efforts, working on strategies for Teach for America, KIPP NYC and Uncommon Schools. She has taken a few sabbaticals to work in the nonprofit sector at The Bridgespan Group, City Year, and the Atlantic Philanthropies. Shalinee graduated from Brown University with B.A. in History and has a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Kathleen Abrahamson, Board Member
Kathleen Abrahamson has been active in the field of education her entire professional life. After college graduation she taught 5th grade in upstate New York for three years, followed by a teaching position in a middle school in Newark, New Jersey. While raising three children, she was a volunteer tutor in the public schools, helping children learn to read. This experience led her to the field of learning disabilities and special education. After attending graduate school, Kathy worked in a school for emotionally disturbed children. Following four years in that capacity, she joined the staff at The Windward School and has been there for 30 years as a reading specialist and tutor. At present, Kathy tests applicants to Windward. It was during her time at Windward that she met Dr. Judith Hochman and became familiar with her model for teaching expository writing. She saw firsthand the tremendous impact the writing strategies had for both teachers and students, and her passion for this mission and her commitment to disseminating these methods brought her to the board of The Writing Revolution.
Dr. Jane Herzog, Board Member
Prior to her role as Senior Search Consultant in Educational Leadership, Dr. Jane Herzog was a tenured professor at New York University. In that position, she consulted with school districts on educational law, developed curricula for Masters and Doctoral programs and taught course in education. In addition, she advised and mentored Masters and Doctoral students. Dr. Herzog was a Federal Grants Officer for the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. She has served as a 504 Compliance Officer and an Impartial Hearing Officer. Dr. Herzog has published extensively in professional journals and presented at numerous national and international conferences. She consults with and sits on multiple not for profit boards.
Chris Stern Hyman, Esq., Board Member
Chris Stern Hyman is a health care lawyer and a mediator. In 1998 she formed Medical Mediation Group LLC, which provides mediation services to resolve disputes in health care and conducts trainings. She is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Mediators and a Special Master mediating appeals pending before the NY Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department. Chris was principal investigator of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Pilot Project for Mediation of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits, and co-principal investigator of the MeSH Study, which mediated medical malpractice lawsuits filed against private hospitals in New York City. She currently serves as Secretary of Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc., Secretary of the Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc. and is a Vice President of WIN Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness for Women and their Children.
Andrew S. Komaroff, Board Member
Andrew S. Komaroff, Chief Operating Officer of Neuberger Berman Group LLC, joined the firm in 2001. Andy’s responsibilities include oversight of the firm’s client coverage and distribution channels as well as information technology and operations functions. Andy also served as the interim Chief Financial Officer immediately following the firm’s employee-led buyout in 2009. Prior to joining the firm, Andy was a principal at Ripplewood Holdings, a New York and Tokyo-based private equity firm and a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. Andy is a Member of Stanford Associates, selected by the University for top 1% of alumni volunteers. Andy received a BA from Williams College and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Arnold J. Levine, Board Member
Arnold Levine was a member of the Proskauer’s Executive Committee for nine years and a former co-Chair of the Corporate Department. He established and served as Chairman of the Proskauer Institute, which provides a formal program of training for all newly arriving Proskauer attorneys each year. During his 50-year career at Proskauer, his principal areas of practice have included mergers and acquisitions, private equity funds, corporate governance, tax sheltered investments, private placements, partnerships LLCs and joint ventures, early stage investments and financial disclosure and accountants liability. He received his B.A. from Cornell University and his LL.B from Columbia Law School, where he was an Editor of the Columbia Law Review.
Rohan Srinivasan, Board Member
Rohan Srinivasan is a Business Analyst at Alphabet Inc where he is responsible for operations planning and analytics for the Google Fiber project. Prior to joining the Fiber team he was a Financial Analyst on Emerging Products at Google, where he was responsible for building financial models and vetting opportunities in the consumer payments space. Rohan graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a B.S in Finance and Economics.
Kelly Taraborrelli, Board Member
Kelly Taraborrelli is an accounting and finance professional at Macquarie Holdings (USA) Inc., and has worked internationally in Australia and the U.S. Kelly has diverse experience across multiple finance disciplines including accounting, audit, management reporting, tax and treasury. An active volunteer and participant in the non-profit sector, her efforts include fundraising, one-on-one mentoring, and serving as the Treasurer for the Leadership Council of The Children’s Village. She is also involved in workplace diversity initiatives and is an advocate for gender equality in the financial services industry. She has a BA from the University of Technology, Sydney in Australia and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Gauhar Turmuhambetova, Board Member
Gauhar Turmuhambetova, PhD, Director, is a member of Mortgage and Behavioral Modeling Group within BRS Financial Modeling Group. Dr. Turmuhambetova leads agency mortgage modeling and research. Prior to this, she led consumer whole loan and consumer ABS modeling and research.
Before joining BlackRock in 2006, she was a research fellow at the Princeton University Department of Economics. Dr. Turmuhambetova earned a BS degree from Moscow State University (Russia) and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2005.