Bottomless Closet is governed by a Board of Directors. From its start, Bottomless Closet has relied largely on the dedication of volunteers to accomplish its mission.
Anne became involved with Bottomless Closet when she was introduced to the organization and was encouraged to lead a workshop. In 2009 Anne became a regular weekly volunteer, recognizing the opportunity to call upon her previous professional experience in Human Resources at Time Warner Inc. to coach clients to be better prepared for their interviews. She heads Bottomless Closet’s Program and Evaluation Committee and is a member of the Volunteer Committee, and regularly conducts ongoing training sessions and new volunteer orientation. Anne is a leader of Job Club, a multi-session intensive training and mentoring program for clients.
Anne’s over 20 year career with Time Warner Inc. included human resources management roles at Time Inc., the Warner Music Group and Corporate Global Benefits. She is a graduate of Brooklyn College, attended graduate school at New York University and several Human Resources, Management and Leadership certificate programs.
Anne has been inspired by her clients at Bottomless Closet and is happy to be able to apply her professional experience to work with clients to be better prepared for their interviews and the workplace environment.
Saumil Shukla is currently Vice President of Supply Chain with responsibility for the procurement of materials, equipment and services for Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. and Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc., amounting to approximately $2 billion dollars annually. In addition, Saumil is responsible for the operations and management of the central warehouse distribution facility at fifteen regional facilities as well as a central storeroom.
Prior to her current position, Saumil was the vice president of Steam Operations from 2007 through 2014. In this role, Saumil was responsible for operating the largest district energy steam system in the world, including generation and delivery of energy to many of the most prestigious landmark buildings in Manhattan such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the United Nations, and the Museum of Natural History.
During her 33-year career at Con Edison, Ms. Shukla has held several prominent positions in various operating organizations in Con Edison.
Ms. Shukla leads several initiatives focused on increasing representation of women in non-traditional job within Con Edison. She was recognized in 1999 by NY Crain’s Business as a “40 under 40” business leader and in 2000 was honored by the YWCA-NY Academy of Women Achievers.
Ms. Shukla holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from City College of New York and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Polytechnic University of New York.13
Diane began her association with Bottomless Closet in 2002 initially as an evening volunteer working with clients and conducting Workplace Skills workshops. In 2004, she joined the Board and began working as a daytime volunteer coincident with her “retirement” from the corporate world. In addition she has been Co-Chair of the Program and Evaluation Committee, Vice President, President and Chair and sat on numerous committees.
Diane’s corporate career began in Human Resources beginning with the Consulting firm of Booz Allen, then Gulf & Western/Paramount Communications where she rose to the top Human Resources position. She joined Time Warner’s Warner Music Group as Senior Vice President of Human Resources where she had responsibility for over 12,000 employees in 65 countries and traveled extensively. Subsequently, she was in a similar role at Random House Publishing Group.
Diane also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Professional Children’s School, an educational institution dedicated to students in the performing arts, sports and entertainment.
Diane received her BA from St. John’s University and Masters in Human Resource Management and Development from the New School in New York. In addition she has attended numerous Executive Leadership and Development programs at Harvard and IMD in Lausanne Switzerland.
Judy is the senior analyst covering the Beverage and Tobacco sectors in the Consumer Products and Retail team within Global Investment Research (GIR). She has been ranked in industry surveys such as Institutional Investor, Starmine and The Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street.” She also serves as co-head of the GIR Asian Professionals Network. Judy joined Goldman Sachs in 1998 and was named managing director in 2013.
Prior to joining the firm, Judy worked at an asset management firm as a buy-side analyst.
Judy earned an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BS in Communications from Cornell University. She resides in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
Sheila is a founding member of Bottomless Closet and served as its first, volunteer Executive Director at its opening January 19th, 1999. She has served in numerous leadership positions including President and Chair as well as chair of several committees. A retired corporate executive with extensive experience in human resources and general management, Sheila has applied these skills to her volunteer career.
Sheila was with The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation for twenty years. Her responsibilities as Vice President, Human Resources, included all recruitment, compensation and employee relations. Subsequent to that, Sheila served as Senior Vice President and Publisher at Moody’s Investors Service where she managed production, sales and marketing operations for all of Moody’s published products.
Other current volunteer commitments focus on education, Jewish continuity and education, women’s issues and the economically disadvantaged. Sheila has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Town School, Is former board chair and current executive committee member of Project Kesher, a women’s advocacy group in the Former Soviet Union, former Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College, President of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan. She is also a founder and past Board Chair of Breakthrough, an enrichment program for disadvantaged students to help them gain access to more educationally challenging high schools and is a member of the advisory board for the school of communications of Northwestern University.
Sheila is passionate about the issue of women’s empowerment and believes whole-heartedly that Bottomless Closet makes a real difference in the success of our clients. That belief drives her commitment to the organization as a volunteer and as a leader.
Reva has a lifetime of volunteer involvement. She is experienced in fund-raising, in creating and sustaining effective organizational structures, and in supporting and nurturing staff at all levels. Reva and a small group of women initiated the idea for Bottomless Closet in November 1996 and she became its subsequent President when the organization opened its doors on January 19th 1999.
Previously served on the Board of Lighthouse for the Blind in the 70’s, she was one of the architects of the “Posh Sale”, which now brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. As one of the very early members of the New York Philharmonic’s Volunteer Council, Reva served as its President. She has also served on the Board of the Learning Leaders, formerly known as the New York City School Volunteers. In addition, Reva has sat on the Boards of the Rehearsal Club and The Chelsea Theater Club.
Today, Reva is proud to be the Chair Emerita of the Board of Directors of Bottomless Closet. She believes that one’s life is immeasurably enriched when given the opportunity and the privilege of helping another person – especially one-on-one. Reva is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Christine C. Chang serves as Chief Executive Officer of 6>th Avenue Capital, LLC, an alternative financing company which provides rapid, secure and equitable access to working capital for small to mid-sized businesses. With over 20 years of experience in institutional and family office asset management, Christine oversees all strategic and regulatory aspects of 6th Avenue Capital’s business and investment management.
Previously, at Alternative Investment Management, LLC, an independent, privately-held investment management firm focused on hedge funds and private equity, Christine served as Chief Compliance Officer. At New York Private Bank & Trust, the wealth management division of Emigrant Bank, she served as Chief Operating Officer and built the infrastructure to support ultra-high net worth clients. At MPI Professionals, LLC, a subsidiary of CGI Group, Inc., which provided consulting to financial services firms, she was Business Manager and advised on business development. At Credit Suisse in New York and London, Christine served as: European Product Manager of Fixed Income Emerging Markets; Financial Analyst for the Global Head of Fixed Income; and Compensation Analyst in Human Resources. Christine began her career at Charles River Consultants, Inc. as a Project Manager in financial services technology consulting.
Christine also serves as an advisory board member of Blueprint Capital Advisors, LLC, an alternative investment platform aligning interests of pension and endowments with emerging alternative managers.
Christine has served as Board Chair and in other roles on the Board of Bottomless Closet. In addition, she is a member of High Water Women and the Professional Advisors Committee of SUNY College of Optometry Foundation. Christine is a mentor in Columbia Business School’s Nonprofit Board Leadership Program, as well as a mentor in Cornell’s Alumni-Student Mentoring Program and a member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network. She earned her B.A. from Cornell University.
Katherine spent more than 20 years in the financial services industry globally, where her roles spanned a variety of areas including investment banking, institutional equities sales, and hedge fund marketing, at institutions including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and Eton Park Capital Management. Most recently, Katherine was an executive recruiter with Russell Reynolds Associates, where she focused on the financial services industry. Katherine is also an executive coach.
Katherine is passionate about helping individuals from diverse and underserved backgrounds prepare for the workforce, which is the common theme among her volunteer activities and prior board experience. She currently volunteers at American Corporate Partners, where she mentors veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq as they transition into the civilian world. She also volunteers at the English Speaking Union, where she provides job skills training to non-English speaking adults. In the past, she worked with abused women to develop similar skill sets. Katherine’s prior board experience at Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide also focused on job preparation skills and financial literacy. Katherine held a variety of roles at JA, where she was the Treasurer and served on the Board’s Executive Committee.
Katherine received a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Katherine also holds a B.S. from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. After receiving her MBA, Katherine earned a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Harvard Business School. She also earned a Certificate in Executive Coaching from New York University. Katherine is fluent in German.
Aileen joined the Board in 2017 and is currently chair of the Program Committee. Aileen is a fashion industry consultant with 25 years of experience in merchandising, brand building, strategic planning and talent development. Prior to forming her own consultancy, Aileen held senior executive positions at Lafayette 148 New York, Tommy Hilfiger and Liz Claiborne Inc. Aileen is currently an advisor to Dressometry, a fashion/tech start-up developing better data and search tools for fashion e-commerce. Aileen is also a certified business & personal coach, serving the fashion & creative communities.
Aileen is a volunteer with Puppies Behind Bars, an organization that raises service dogs for wounded veterans. She has been a mentor with Year Up which provides urban youth with the skills and support to place them on a path toward economic self sufficiency. She has also served on the benefit committee of Promise Project which helps underserved children with learning disabilities get the support they need to learn.
Aileen attended Ithaca College. She received her CPC from IPEC coach training institute.
Aileen lives in Manhattan with her husband and their black lab.
Carolyn is a founder of Bottomless Closet and has been a standing member of the Development Committee.
Carolyn concentrated her career in the nonprofit sector, having served as staff member and consultant to a number of human service and education organizations, including The Court Employment Project, the Vera Institute of Justice, Reality House, Girls Inc., The Family and The Cooperative Program for Educational Opportunity. She served as Director of Development for the New York City Mission Society and as a Senior Development Officer at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Fund. She joined Jeanne Sigler & Associates in 1995, and served as Vice President and senior consultant on a variety of projects.
She is a founder, selection committee member and administrator of a college scholarship fund at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College. She also studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and completed graduate coursework in Human Resources Administration at the University of Utah.
Pam is the Chief Marketing Officer and President of Consumer Products for Nickelodeon. Kaufman is a strong global-branding executive who provides the company with high-level vision, strategy and execution across its media platforms, marketing efforts and consumer products businesses.
Kaufman oversees all global consumer marketing efforts across television, digital, events, music, retail and consumer products, advancing Nickelodeon’s standing as the world’s leading kids’ entertainment brand. She also leads Integrated Marketing efforts, working with blue-chip advertisers like General Mills and Toyota, and spearheads all strategic marketing plans for new content. She helmed the launch strategies for the groundbreaking iCarly, the successful return of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; the launches of the Emmy Award-winning Nick App and Nick Radio; and live events like the annual Kids’ Choice Awards.
As President of Consumer Products, Kaufman oversees domestically Nickelodeon’s billion-dollar global consumer products business, which encompasses merchandising and licensing for some of the worlds’ most popular and iconic intellectual properties, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Peter Rabbit. She spearheads Nick’s major licensing programs with industry-leading partners like Mattel, Fisher-Price and Playmates and retail partnerships with Walmart, Target and Toys ‘R’ Us among others.
Kaufman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Communications from American University.
Amanda H. Nussbaum
Amanda H. Nussbaum is a partner at Proskauer in the Tax Department and also is a member of the Private Investment Funds Group. Her practice concentrates on planning for and the structuring of domestic and international private investment funds, including venture capital, buyout, real estate and hedge funds, as well as advising those funds on investment activities and operational issues. She also represents many types of investors, including tax-exempt and non-U.S. investors, with their investments in private investment funds. Amanda has significant experience structuring taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions and stock and debt offerings. She also counsels both sports teams and sports leagues with a broad range of tax issues.
In addition, Amanda advises not-for-profit clients on matters such as applying for and maintaining exemption from federal income tax, minimizing unrelated business taxable income, structuring joint ventures and partnerships with taxable entities and using exempt and for-profit subsidiaries.
Amanda has co-authored with Howard Lefkowitz and Steven Devaney the New York Limited Liability Company Forms and Practice Manual, which is published by Data Trace Publishing Co. A member of Proskauer’s Hiring and Evaluations Committees, she has long played an integral role in the recruitment, mentoring, retention and promotion of women at the firm. She is also involved in the community in a number of capacities, including her work in a wide range of pro bono activities, for which she has received several Empire State Counsel awards and Proskauer’s Golden Gavel Award. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Tax Institute, Yeshiva University’s General Counsel’s Council, Stern College for Women’s Board of Overseers, the Orthodox Union’s Advocacy National Committee, the American Jewish Committee Legal Committee, the Administrative Committee of the Jewish Center and the Board of Directors of Manhattan Day School.
Jane Blair Oberle
Jane Blair Oberle is a fashion merchandising veteran with over ten years of experience in overseeing margins, pricing, inventory management and product investment for several well known brands including JCrew, Oscar de la Renta, and Tory Burch. She was most recently the VP of Merchandising at Elizabeth and James.
Jane began volunteering at Bottomless Closet in 2016, seeking an opportunity where she could work one on one with clients. At Bottomless Closet she saw first hand the value that interview techniques, a strong resume and work appropriate clothing provides to clients. Jane joined the Board of Directors in 2017 after serving as a member of the Luncheon Committee.
Jane received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and her BA in Political Science from Stanford University.
She lives in New York with her husband and their two children.
ROBYN POLANSKY MORRISON
Robyn Polansky Morrison is a Vice President and Private Client Associate with U.S. Trust in New York. Robyn works closely with individuals, families, and institutions to develop customized financial strategies that align with their goals and values. She offers the acumen and knowledge she has gained from extensive experience in capital markets research and portfolio design. As the leader of a client’s U.S. Trust® team, Robyn is a central resource for a range of needs. She collaborates with in‐house specialists to devise and implement integrated initiatives in investment management, including socially innovative investments; trust and estate planning services; philanthropy; and credit and lending through Bank of America, N.A. Robyn grounds her approach in client education, fostering engaged and informed decision‐making.
Prior to joining U.S. Trust in 2014, Robyn spent twelve years with Bessemer Trust in New York, where she held increasing responsibilities in investment manager research, selection, and monitoring. She ultimately served as Vice President and Manager Research Analyst for External Manager Solutions. Robyn began her financial services career in 2000 at Thompson Financial Corporation in Venture Economics.
Robyn earned her B.A. in Economics from Union College, where she was a four‐year member of the varsity crew team.
Robyn serves on the Board of Directors of Bottomless Closet, a nonprofit organization dedicated to workforce preparation for disadvantaged New York City women transitioning from unemployment and public assistance to work, and Strength to Strength, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting worldwide victims of terrorism. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Council of Young Jewish Presidents. Robyn has also led initiatives to help women impacted by the September 11th terrorist attacks and has raised funds for cancer patients by completing the New York City Marathon.
Sara T. Slocum
Sara is a longtime volunteer, who has been involved with all aspects of the organization: from coaching clients to helping lead workshops, and in the planning of many events for Bottomless Closet.
In addition to her work at Bottomless Closet Sara is a Trustee at the Rippowam Cisqua School, a co-educational independent day school, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Katonah Museum of Art, and a member of the Paper Conservation Visiting Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She previously worked in the retail consulting and market research fields.
Sara received an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA from Haverford College.
MEHRNAZ (NAZ) VAHID
Naz Vahid is a Managing Director and Head of the Law Firm Group for Citi Private Bank. In this role she is responsible for the 14 offices in the United States and UK that serve Law Firms, their Partners and Associates. The group’s 200 professionals provide financial advice and services to more than 40,000 attorneys across 650 law firms, as of 2015 year end. Naz serves as the Head of the Citi Private Bank Diversity Program, working with the committee and ICG Diversity to increase awareness across many areas and previously was head of the Private Bank’s Mentorship Program for two years.
Prior to leading the Law Firm Group, she was the Global Market Manager for the East Coast and London responsible for six Law Firm Group offices. Before this, she was a Senior Private Banker for more than 15 years, handling some of the largest client relationships in the Private Bank.
Naz is formally credit trained, and prior to her role as a Private Banker, worked as a Private Bank Credit Officer and also as an analyst. Naz holds a graduate degree in International Relations and Finance from Columbia University School of International Affairs and undergraduate degrees in Economics and Sociology from Hobart and Williams Smith College.
Naz is married and lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and their daughter.
Katherine Elvin Watkin
Katie has been a regular daytime volunteer at Bottomless Closet since 2005, joined the Board of Directors in 2008, and is a member of the Young Leadership Council. She was previously chair of the Program and Volunteer Committees, and part of the development team that created and led a workshop focusing on strategies parents can use to read with their children. Prior to her volunteer work, Katie was a learning specialist at the Country School in Weston, Massachusetts and The Chapin School in New York. Her career as a teacher showed Katie that children best succeed when their parents are strong and confident. Bottomless Closet helps women gain the self-confidence needed to succeed. Katie received her BA with honors from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Education in Special Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Melissa Worth is the President of Perry Ellis at Perry Ellis International, a leading designer, distributor and licensor of men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. Worth became the President of Perry Ellis in 2017, and is responsible for the innovative business strategies behind the heritage brand. Throughout her eleven years at the company, her omni-channel approach has paved a path for the integration of technology and apparel, leading to a new and versatile product offering for the male consumer, and making Perry Ellis a true innovator in the category.
Prior to joining Perry Ellis, Worth held positions at Puma and TJX, which included an executive training program. Melissa discovered her inherent passion for retail when she held positions as Store Manager at Esprit and Filene’s post-college.
Melissa Worth holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Miami and sits on the University’s President’s Council. She is on the board of Bottomless Closet, a non-profit that works to reduce barriers NYC women face in the search for employment, and provides on-going support so they can succeed in their professional life. She is also on the board of ALIMA (Alliance for International Medical Action), a non-profit that provides quality medical care to people in need and carries out cutting-edge research to improve humanitarian medicine. Furthermore, Worth is a sponsor for the New York Fashion Tech Lab, that connects women-led fashion focused technology companies with leading Fashion Retailers and Brands. She is also a mentor for WOMEN Unlimited, INC, as well as a judge for the YMA, Fashion Scholarship Fund.