Executive Director

Adam Rabinovitch

Adam Rabinovitch is Executive Director of Giving Open Access to Learning, Inc. (GOAL) - a nonprofit educational program that provides children from under-served communities with the resources to help them get the most out of their education.

Before joining GOAL, he was Deputy Director of Neighbors Link Network, a Tri-State area non-profit committed to strengthening the healthy integration of immigrants in local communities.

Adam recently launched his career in global social enterprise and non-profit management with a background in the private sector and a focus on international business development. He has more than 20 years of progressive management and supervisory experience with non-profit and for-profit organizations, along with a proven track record in business and organizational development, revenue generation and strategic planning, with emphasis on education, poverty reduction and social justice in under-served communities.

Adam is also proud to be a volunteer board member and to serve as Board Chair of Brick By Brick, a NGO and social enterprise dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in East Africa.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. 

Adam lives in Manhattan with his wife and their 6th Grade daughter.

Program Director

Marina Vuksevic

Marina Vuksevic received her Bachelors degree in Childhood Education and in Geography from Hunter College in 2013. Following her college graduation, she began working with GOAL as a volunteer and then as a program aide and coordinator. This is her third year as the Program Director of the GOAL program.

 

Board of Directors

Joan Horton -  J. Horton
Bryan Kievit - Accipiter Capital Management
Larry Litoff - City-as-School
Paul Takats - Deerfield Management
Howard Clyman - Friends of the Children of New York                                                                                                                                                                                                          Paul Paul Gottlieb - Hunter College
Bryan Powell, DMA - Little Kids Rock and Amp Up NYC

Joan Horton
Currently a self-employed events and marketing consultant, Joan was for 12 years Vice President of Corporate Events with Revlon, a leader in the U.S. cosmetics business.  At Revlon, she ran five to seven annual fund-raising events, such as Revlon's Fire & Ice Ball, the Revlon Run/Walk, the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund gala, plus five or six product launch events a year, as well as internal company events.  Joan is an alumna of The School of Visual Arts at Boston University, and sits on the advisory board to the School of Fine and Applied Arts Dean. Having produced the Goal annual fundraiser, Joan is also an advisor to the Goal Board of Directors.

Bryan Kievit
Bryan runs the trading effort for NYC based hedge fund Accipiter Capital Management which specializes in healthcare investing. Mr. Kievit was part of an organization within the University of Maryland that tutored children from underserved communities. He received his MBA from Fordham University in 2008. Bryan and his wife, a speech pathologist, have two children.

Larry Litoff
Larry is retired from the NYC Department of Education. During his time with the school system he was a member of the only in house educational research and development team. The coordinator of innovative projects at a Bronx high school, Larry is a consultant to eight high schools for the development of a high school renewal program. Mr. Litoff is a consultant to the executive director of high school and the Brooklyn high schools Superintendent for implementing that management by Objectives System. Over the last 20 years he has worked as a resource coordinator at City-As-School.

Paul Takats
Paul works with Deerfield Management, a NYC-based investment management fund that specializes in healthcare investments. He has worked in the finance industry for over 20 years, spending a majority of his time at large institutional brokers.  Mr. Takats has a seat on the Deerfield Foundation Executive Committee and represented GOAL as a board member of the Deerfield Foundation from 2010-2012. He also actively participates in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure as well as the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Howard Clyman
Howard Clyman is an attorney who has practiced criminal, family and juvenile law for more than 30 years. Recognizing the necessity of early intervention with children and their families as a means to prevent the devastation that comes with intervention by the legal system, in 2000 he founded and until retiring in 2007 was the executive director of Friends of the Children of New York, a unique program based in Harlem serving highly at risk children from kindergarten through high school with paid, professional mentors called Friends. He has been a delegate to the Public Policy Council of the National Mentoring Partnership and served on its advisory committee for effective practice of mentoring programs.

Paul Gottlieb                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Paul Gottlieb brings a lifetime of experience and community service, previously as an attorney on Wall Street - most recently with Merrill Lynch - currently working as Assistant Counsel at Hunter College. Paul is also a longtime trustee at the Oliver Scholars Program which prepares high-achieving Black and Latino students from underserved NYC communities for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges

Bryan Powell, DMABoard Chair                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Bryan Powell is the Director of Higher Education and Program Effectiveness for Little Kids Rock, and the Interim Director of Amp Up NYC, a partnership between Berklee College of Music and Little Kids Rock to expand Modern Band music education programming. He is an adjunct professor of music at NYU and Bergen Community College, and facilitates online Masters and Doctoral level courses for Boston University.  Dr. Powell has been working with the GOAL program since 2006. Before joining GOAL, Bryan worked as a teacher in the New York City public school system. Bryan has a Masters degree in Education and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University.  He recently received certification in the Developing Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals from the Columbia Business School.  

 

 

GOAL Co-Founders and Ambassadors

Jeffrey Kaplan - Co-Founder/Board Emeritus,  Ambassador
Jeff co-founded GOAL in May, 2003 and is a strategic advisor in all aspects of the organization.  Jeff is a partner at Deerfield Management, a NYC-based investment management firm that specializes in healthcare investments. Before joining Deerfield, Jeff spent 14 years at Merrill Lynch.  Jeff has been active in The Deerfield Foundation, which supports healthcare initiatives for underserved communities and is funded by Deerfield’s profits and employees.  Jeff co-founded and served on the Board of The Water Trust, an NGO focused on clean water, sanitation and hygiene in rural Uganda. He also served on the Board of Nyaya Health, which supports primary healthcare in rural Nepal, and is an Interfaith Minister and Board Member of All Faith’s Seminary International, an interfaith seminary in New York City. As of 2016 Jeff has evolved in his philanthropic efforts through his newly-founded family foundation.

Lisa Kelly - Co-Founder
Lisa co-founded GOAL in May, 2003. Lisa was most recently a Director at BTIG, LLC and has over 15 years of Wall St. experience. She has been involved in many aspects of the organization, with a specific focus on public relations and fund-raising.

Nancy Bacich - Ambassador
Nancy, in addition to her busy career in design, volunteers as an art project director and teacher of GOAL students, while helping GOAL strengthen its network, community exposure and brand. After graduating from Parsons School of Design on the Anne Klein Scholarship she dreamt up designs for Maidenform and Natori and the licensed collections of Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta and European designers Zandra Rhodes and Karl Lagerfeld. In 1992 Nancy started her own luxury handbag business with a signature “bracelet bag” that was an instant success at Henri Bendel. In 1998 she was named Fashion Group International’s Rising Star in accessories. In 2002 she went back to the drawing board and studied “sequential art” at The School of Visual Arts. Here the fashion mannequin that she drew since her student days at Parsons came to life at Nancy’s first art exhibit at Michael Gallagher’s Art & Fashion Gallery. This event was sponsored by MAC cosmetics and the first of several events sponsored by MAC that introduced Eve Kitten products in 2006. The limited edition of dolls, chocolate bars and t shirts were introduced at Patricia Field’s new Bowery boutique to a sellout here and in Japan where Patricia is a fashion consultant for Takashimaya. In 2008 Steven Heller included Eve Kitten in his book, The Design Entrepreneur: Turning Graphic Design into Goods that Sell. The feature is about creating a character into products that create a brand.