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The Board

 Members of the 2015/2016 board of governors
From left to right, Sheila Mullan, Katy Burne, Sharon Gamsin, Michael Shari, Maryellen Tighe, Cezary Podkul;
Front row: Carolyn Crapo, Debra Turner, Claudia Deutsch, Bill Egbert


President: Maryellen Tighe, Debtwire Municipals

Vice President: Carolyn Crapo, Freelance

Treas.: Cezary Podkul, ProPublica

Secy-Asst Treas: Matt Nelko, ABC World News Tonight


Board of Governors:

Claudia Deutsch, Freelance

Bill Egbert, Downtown Express

Lisa Kaplan, Freelance

Gillian Kemmerer, Asset TV

Rachael Levy, Business Insider

Hajime Matsuura, The Sankei Shimbun

Lananh Nguyen, Bloomberg

Debra Turner, Freelance

Ian Williams, Freelance


Associate Representatives:

Jim Binder,DTCC 

Melinda Crump, Sageworks

Carolyn Sargent, Rubenstein Associates


Board Member Bios.:

President: Maryellen Tighe is reporter at Debtwire Municipals, covering utility debt, tax allocation bonds, Detroit's bankruptcy and Puerto Rico. She previously covered the oil and gas sectors and insurance. She joined the NYFWA in 2013 after being peer pressured at the hacks v. flacks softball game two years in a row.

Vice President: Carolyn Crapo currently works at Dubick & Associates, where she writes primarily about financial services with a concentration on the options markets. A graduate of Wellesley College, she worked for a Thomson-owned company in Boston covering pharmaceutical industry M&As as well as MFS Investment Services before moving back to her native New York. She joined the NYFWA in 2006 while she was at Thomson covering Canadian equities, among other topics. As a freelancer, Carolyn has worked for Market News and many other outlets. She has been a cast member in the Follies since 2007 and is living in hope that her singing and dancing skills will someday match her level of enthusiasm.

Treasurer: Cezary Podkul is a reporter at ProPublica, where he specializes in telling data-driven news stories focusing on finance. His latest series looked at the mountain of debt state and local governments created by borrowing against the 1998 legal settlement with cigarette manufacturers. Previously, he wrote for Reuters and interned on the business desk at The Washington Post. He holds a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and worked briefly on Wall Street before turning to financial journalism in 2008. He is a 2009 recipient of the NYFWA scholarship, which helped him pay for Columbia Journalism School, where he earned his M.S. in journalism in 2011. Cezary lives in New York and can be found on Twitter @Cezary.

Secretary-Assistant Treasurer: Matt Nelko has been covering the financial markets for both radio and television since the Wall Street crash of 1987. His industry tenure spans six radio networks (CBS, NBC/Mutual, CNN, AP, Air America, and Sirius XM) and two television networks (CBS and ABC). Most recently he’s written and head written for ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, and is currently writing and head writing for ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, ABC World News Tonight Weekend, ABC World News Now, and Good Morning America, for which he recently won a Daytime Emmy Award.

Associate Representative: Jim Binder is the director of executive communications and content development at DTCC, the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry. He writes and edits a variety of communications, including speeches, Op-Eds, white papers and talking points for key executives. He spent 10 years with The Options Clearing Corporation and The Options Industry Council as head of public relations. He joined NYFWA in 2000 and was managing editor of Securities Week covering market structure. He has a BA in Political Science/International Relations from Northern Illinois University, and holds a certificate from the SIFMA Securities Industry Institute at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.

Associate Representative: Melinda Crump is ...

Governor: Claudia Deutsch, a former president of the New York Financial Writers' Association and an award-winning journalist, returned to the board as a governor in 2014. Now officially retired but freelancing sporadically, Claudia spent the bulk of her career at the New York Times, initially as an editor and writer on Sunday business, then as a commercial property columnist on Sunday real estate and ultimately as a reporter for Business Day. Prior to the New York Times, her career included stints at Chemical Week Magazine, Business Week and Stores Magazine, among others.

Governor: Bill Egbert is editor of the Downtown Express and chairs the book committee for the NYFWA's annual Financial Follies. As a reporter, he has covered asset-backed securities and financial regulation for financial newsletters, and economic development and land use for the NY Daily News.

Governor: Lisa Kaplan is a freelance journalist who most recently worked as an editorial producer for Arise News, where she was a segment producer and booker for Arise Xchange, a live daily world business show, until the organization until it went off the air. Lisa has extensive experience covering finance, business, politics and international relations. Prior to Arise, she did some work as a freelance output producer for Al Jazeera America; she worked as a freelance writer for Lou Dobbs Financial Reports and worked as an adjunct professor in Queens College’s department of journalism. Before moving into freelancework, Lisa spent several years as a producer for Bloomberg Radio and TV and as a segment coordinator for CNBC Television.

Governor: Gillian Kemmerer is a financial journalist covering U.S. hedge funds for Absolute Return, a division of Institutional Investor. Prior to joining II, Gillian helped to launch the business development team at GlideSlope, a management advisory firm focused on global sport, and she freelances in the topics of sports finance and sports business. Gillian holds a master's in international management from the London School of Economics, a bachelor's in economics from Columbia University and a certificate in broadcast journalism from the New York Film Academy. She recently launched the Absolute Return unhedged video series, highlighting managers' hobbies and endeavors outside of the hedge fund universe.

Governor: Rachael Levy is a senior finance reporter at Business Insider, where she covers asset management with a focus on hedge funds. Previously, she covered hedge funds for the Financial Times' FundFire and Absolute Return. Before moving into financial journalism, she was a Google Journalism Fellow at the Committee to Protect Journalists and interned at the Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News. An investigation she wrote about a Tennessee law that targeted drug-using pregnant women was honored by Investigative Reporters & Editors. She holds a master's degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Governor: Hajime Matsuura is Advisor to the Board of Directors/Senior Columnist of The Sankei Shimbun, news and publication arm of Japan's largest media conglomerate FujiSankei Group. Hajime started his career as an investigative journalist at The Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) where he won numerous prizes for uprooting the causes of Japanese economy's two decade long malady. Hajime's weekend hobbies, data mining and reading financial statements, made him a coauthor of two books on financial disclosure fraud, "Olympus Syndrome" and "Seibu Railways." Although he originated in the land of Karaoke, Hajime cannot sing nor dance, which explains why he became an avid spectator, not a performer, of the Follies.

Governor: Lananh Nguyen is a foreign exchange reporter at Bloomberg in New York who covers market trends, economic fundamentals and monetary policy. Lananh previously reported on energy markets for Bloomberg and Dow Jones Newswires in London. She interviewed CEOs and oil ministers during crude's rally to record highs in 2008 and its subsequent collapse in 2014. She holds a BA in Political Science from Tufts University and also studied at the London School of Economics.

Associate Representative: Carolyn Sargent is an executive vice president at Rubenstein. She provides media and public relations advice to global financial firms ranging from entrepreneurial investors to publicly traded institutions. With more than 20 years' experience on Wall Street as an equity analyst, journalist and media strategist, she manages and messages complex, highly sensitive situations for multiple audiences. Reputation management forms the core of her practice, which includes CEO positioning, brand building and management, transactions, leadership transitions and crisis management in an ever-complex and changing digital media environment. She joined the NYFWA in 2000 when she was a senior editor at Institutional Investor magazine. She has a BA from Smith College and an MS-Journalism and MBA-Finance from Columbia University.

Governor: Debra Turner is a freelance writer and blogger. She contributes articles to The New York Post's city and business sections and other publications that have a financial verses quality of life emphasis. She writes a lifestyle blog called THE SAVVY SHOPPER. With a focus on value, budget and smart decision-making, it covers Health, Beauty, Fashion, Food, Home and Entertainment. For over a decade, she worked in the editorial departments of Time, Fortune, Money, People and Real Simple, the Time, Inc. consumer magazines, plus did a stint on the Warner side of Time-Warner, at Warner Bros Inc, in the film publicity department, as well as, at the record labels: Warner Bros Records, Atlantic Records and Electra Records. She graduated summa cum laude from Bellarimine University with a B.A. in history and was a Congressional intern in Washington, D.C. for Senator Wendell Ford of Kentucky.

Governor: Iam Williams has reported from over sixty countries, ranging from Kazakhstan to Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and the Caribbean. He has been a columnist for Investor Relations magazine since 1995 and also writes for Corporate Secretary Magazine.  He contributes to the Financial Times and many other international media. He has had seven books published and lately seems to write more about the liquor industry. He is a frequent pundit on the air, and has dueled with Scarborough, O'Reilly, Velshi, Cavuto and many others.