Marie Danieli, President
Marie Danieli is associate director, and previously assistant director, of prospect research at Columbia Business School, joining the school in 2016. Previously, she was manager of research and resource development operations, and prospect researcher, at the United Way of New York City. She began her career in prospect research as an intern at the United Way of New York City in 2012. Ms. Danieli's love for research manifested as an Information Center intern at Catalyst, a nonprofit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women in business. Prior to that, she held roles at the Anti-Defamation League, AdNation News, and the Morstan General Agency. She received a BA in English from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and a Master of Library Science from Queens College. She loves Apra GNY because she has met so many extraordinary people through its amazing events and networking opportunities! Ms. Danieli is a proud mother to Hansel, her Weimaraner puppy, and Sky, the cuddliest lab mix ever.
Heidi Choi, Board Vice President
Heidi Choi is assistant director of fundraising analytics on NYU’s prospect development team, specializing in analytics and data visualization, and previously served as prospect management analyst. Although a born and bred New Yorker (what up, Queens!), she lived in Canada for several years and worked as a development coordinator at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She received her BA in cognitive psychology, specializing in neurolinguistics from Bard College, and is a published author in the Journal of Memory and Language. When she’s not gallivanting about in data sets and numbers, she is usually nose-deep in a hard science fiction novel, or attempting to learn Quenya.
Ellen Zemlin, Board Treasurer
Ellen Zemlin is a prospect researcher and strategist at the Jewish Museum. Previously, she served as manager of prospect research at the New York Philharmonic and as senior research associate at Pace University. She came to prospect research in 2014 after studying history and sociology at Manchester College and Drew University. In addition to her volunteer service with Apra GNY, she is a member of the Apra Connections Editorial Board. When not doing prospect research, she enjoys reading, theater, choral music, history, thinking about public transit infrastructure, and spending time with her partner and cats.
Daniel Feygin, Director of Membership
Daniel Feygin is a senior research analyst at NYU. Prior to joining NYU in 2013, he ran a one-person shop at Polytechnic University (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering). Mr. Feygin holds a BS in professional and technical communications and an MS in management from NYU Tandon. He enjoys developing systems that help streamline operations, increase efficiency, and develop protocols. Although Mr. Feygin has yet to experience the inner workings of a membership-based organization, he is optimistic that his skill set will be a good match for Apra GNY's membership director needs. Mr. Feygin is a musician, and plays the drums and guitar.
Director of Marketing & Social Media: Vacant
Nelson Kuo, Board Secretary
Nelson Kuo is a research associate at Montefiore Medicine. Previously, he served as an advancement associate at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to that role, he was a program manager in the medical marketing field. Mr. Kuo received a BS in applied economics and management from Cornell University. He loves attending Apra GNY's engaging speaker presentations and social events, as they provide a great avenue to connect with others in the research field. Mr. Kuo an avid runner, occasional rock climber, and enjoys traveling.
Sarah Balogh, Director of Programming
Sarah Balogh is senior research analyst, and was previously a research analyst, on NYU's prospect development team. A proud public servant, Ms. Balogh has worked in development for Continuum Health Partners, Blessings for Brazil, and the French American Foundation. She serves as a senior representative for NYU's Administrative Management Council, and mentors with iMentor. Ms. Balogh received a BA in political science from Bridgewater University and an MPA in policy analysis, specializing in higher education policy, from Baruch College. She's excited for a second term as director-at-large with Apra GNY, scouting event space and luring members to events with delicious snacks. In between mining for gold and partaking in political debates, you can find her belting out Broadway classics in NYU's piano room.
Ashley Jayne is a prospect management analyst on NYU’s Prospect Development team. Prior to rejoining NYU, she was a research associate at the New School. She has held development positions at NYU, Cornerstone Family Programs, and The Doe Fund. Ashley holds a BA in communications and women’s studies from Pace University. When she’s not managing pipelines, you can find her embroidering flowers onto fabric. Her favorite movie is Blade.
Hadley Iacone has been a prospect researcher at Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Bronx Zoo headquarters since 2010. Prior to that, she worked in early education. Ms. Iacone received her master’s degree from Drexel University’s College of Information Science and Technology. Her favorite activities include reading, international travel, tennis, designing terrariums, and visiting Kinderhook Farm in Upstate New York.
Deanna Rita manages and conducts prospect research for corporate partnerships, foundations, and major gifts at Girl Scouts of the USA. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past five years in both communications and development capacities. Prior to transitioning to the nonprofit sector, Ms. Rita was a small business owner, a partner in a start-up company, and had many freelance and consulting adventures both in New York, and abroad. She holds an MS in international development from the London School of Economics, a BA in political science and sociology from Hampshire College, and program certifications in Fundraising and Business Project Management/PMP. She loves to connect with other local prospect researchers through Apra GNY, as well as gaining knowledge (and trading resources!) while discussing the day-to-day challenges and rewards of prospect research. Outside of work, you can find her using her research skills for another type of good: to discover new travel destinations, recipes, restaurant and product reviews, as part of her ongoing quest to try something new.