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, 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, 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.
Nelson Kuo, Board Secretary
Nelson Kuo is a prospect development analyst at Montefiore Medicine. Previously, he served as a research 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 is senior research analyst on NYU's prospect development team. A proud public servant, Sarah 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. Sarah received an MPA in policy analysis, specializing in higher education policy, from Baruch College and a BA in political science from Bridgewater University. She's excited to bring bold ideas and bold snacks to the member of Apra GNY, with a focus on content for those one-stop-shop wonders in the smallest (and sometimes biggest!) organizations. In between mining for gold and partaking in political debates, you can find her belting out Broadway classics in NYU's piano rooms.
Director of Communications: Vacant
Steve is the Director of Development Analytics and Strategy at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He oversees all reporting and analysis needs for senior leadership to help drive decision making around fundraising activities. This role is coupled with ensuring new systems and business practices are implemented on par with leading industry standards to enable JALC’s fundraising goals to be efficiently and effectively met. Previously, he was the Prospect Research Analyst at the ACLU working with the Principal Gifts team in the national office. Steve began his development career in 2006 as a prospect researcher at St. John’s University. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY at Old Westbury, a master’s degree in sociology from St. John’s University, a 2nd master’s degree in media studies from CUNY at Brooklyn College, and completed doctoral courses at Rutgers University before deciding to focus solely on his development career.
George Hartman joined Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) in May 2019 as a prospect manager within the prospect management team. Mr. Hartman has extensive experience in prospect research, development, and management. Prior to joining MSK, he served as the prospect researcher at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business. Additionally, Mr. Hartman serves as the volunteer co-chair of the Research and Prospect Development Track at the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Fundraising Day in New York. He was a past president of Apra Greater New York.
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.
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. Ms. Jayne earned 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.
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.