Meet Our Board
In addition to his duties as CEO of CityLax, John is an adjunct Professor at the Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality and a director at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. John also consults for several hospitality organizations. John has a 30-year career in hospitality. Fifteen of those years were spent as a General Manager of several luxury hotels in New York City that also included running several celebrity chef restaurants and luxury spas. For 12 years John was the Chief Marketing Officer for a boutique hotel company with hotels in several major US markets. John has a B.A. in History from Lafayette College.
John’s mother was a William Smith graduate so lacrosse is in his blood. John played goalie for Madison High School in Madison NJ and was an All-State player in 1977. John went on the play for legendary coach Bill Lawson at Lafayette College where John played goalie and face-off Midfielder.
John has served on several Boards including Friends of Lafayette Lacrosse, Bromley Outing Club where he served as Treasurer, Madison Golf Club where he served as President and Dorset Field Club where he served as Vice President. John also enjoys coaching on the lacrosse field. He was an assistant coach from 2009-2013 for Poly Prep Country Day a team that won the state championship in 2011 with both of his sons on the team as Freshman goalie and Captain Face-off Midfielder. John has also assisted in coaching the Buckley School youth lacrosse team in New York City from 2007-2010 and the NYC Empire Cup Championship teams in 2012 and 2013. John also coaches in Doc’s NYC lacrosse youth program.
John is thrilled to be giving back to the sport that has provided him with so much. “I am honored to be working with Chairman and founder Mat Levine, he is an inspiration.” Working with inner city programs to build the game of lacrosse is a natural for Moser. He can’t think of any better way to help kids and promote the sport he loves.
Mat Levine grew up in Manhasset, LI in the 50’s and 60’s. He began his lacrosse playing career in the newly formed PAL program. At Manhasset High School, Mat was a 3-year starting Goalie, earning All-Long Island honors his senior year (1970). After high school, Mat headed up to Williams College, where he was a 4 year starter, led the nation in saves in 1971, was Co-Captain in 1974, and earned Honorable Mention All-American honors in 1973 and 1974.
Mat began his coaching career after college by starting the Delbarton School (New Jersey) Varsity Lacrosse program. He served as their head coach for 3 seasons, building out the program to JV and Varsity levels, before going off to graduate business school. While in grad school from 1977-9 and after, Mat continued his Club playing career and also found time each summer to work at several lacrosse camps run by major Division I college coaches. After retiring as an active club player, Mat co-founded the first-ever youth lacrosse program in New York City called Doc’s NYC Lacrosse in 1996. The league now has over 700 boys and girls playing at 6 different age groups playing lacrosse at locations in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn.
In 2002, Mat was invited by US Lacrosse to become a founding member of B.R.I.D.G.E., the organization’s initiative to support character-based lacrosse programs in urban and rural areas. This ultimately led to his co-founding CityLax, Inc., a nonprofit that runs clinics, funds, and assists in the startup of teams inside the schools. For this body of work, Mat was named his US Lacrosse Chapter’s “Man of the Year” twice (2005 and 2007); received US Lacrosse’s Program Administrator of the Year” youth lacrosse award (2008); elected to the Manhasset High School Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2008); elected to the Long Island Metro Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2010); and given US Lacrosse's Lifetime Achievement Award (2015).
When asked, Pietramala said: “I am both excited and privileged to join the CityLax program as a member of their board. To often we don’t capitalize on the opportunity to give back. This is a chance for me to be involved with a first class organization that is positively impacting the lives of young people through lacrosse. I look forward to working closely with CityLax as we change lives “One groundball at a time”.
Coach Pietramala brings to CityLax a unique wealth of lacrosse acumen and success starting with his college playing days at Johns Hopkins (3X All-American, 1989 player of the year, and 1989 National Champion). Equally impressive has been his 23 years as a head coach (3 with Cornell and 19 with Johns Hopkins) where his teams made 18 NCAA tournament appearances, played in 7 Final Fours, and won 2 National Championships. This body of work earned him an induction into National Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2004).
Coach Pietramala joins the CityLax board at a crucial time. Now in its 15th year developing lacrosse and educational support programs inside the NYC School system (the nation's largest), CityLax is moving ahead with a capital campaign that will support a major expansion of its programming in the middle school space coupled with growing its "off the field" educational support in the areas of individual college counseling and student-athlete mentoring.
Rob Coughlin is the Chief Investment Officer for Global Rates at Piton Investment Management, an investment manager based in NYC. He spent the majority of his career in senior fixed income trading roles at Merrill Lynch and Bank of America.
Rob grew up in Manhasset and played lacrosse at St. Mary’s High School and Princeton University. After graduation, he spent several years playing for the NYAC Lacrosse Club.
Rob lives In NYC with his wife, Kathleen, and their three children. He was very fortunate to meet Mat Levine and have his kids play within the Doc’s NYC program; Rob coached within Doc’s for several rewarding years. Rob is proud to serve on the Board of CityLax, an organization designed to give back to the great game of lacrosse. In addition to CityLax, Rob serves on the board of the Friends of Princeton Lacrosse, as well as the advisory board of the St. Ignatius School in Manhattan.
Thomas Marino is a Managing Director in the Senior Relationship Management team, at Barclays, based in New York. He is responsible for partnering with all divisions across the firm to deliver the full suite of products and services to Barclays’ largest strategic clients. Thomas is a member of the Corporate and Investment Banking Operating Committee.
He joined Barclays from Lehman Brothers in 2008, where he worked for over 28 years in various roles, including Global Head of Recruiting and Programs; Co-Head of Global Equity Sales; and Co-Head of Equities, Europe. Thomas joined the Equity Capital Group at Lehman Brothers in 1982.
He received a BS degree in Applied Economics from Cornell University in 1978. He serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a member of the Cornell University Council, as well as a member of the Athletic Advisory Council at Cornell.
- Member 1976 NCAA Div 1 Champions -Honorable Mention All-American-midfield
- Member 1977 NCAA Div 1 Champions -2nd Team All-American-attack
- Co-Captain 1978 NCAA Div 1 Runner up -1st Team All-American-attack
- Ivy League Champs 1976, 1977, 1978
- All Ivy- 1977, 1978
Jarett Wait is managing principal of JF Wait Advisors, a consulting firm based in New York City. He is senior advisor and board member at CoVenture. Prior to this, Jarett was a managing director, member of the Executive Committee and global head of the Capital Formation Group at Fortress Investment Group. Jarett spent the vast majority of his career at Lehman Brothers in various senior executive roles.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Advisory Board member to the Center on Law and Security NYU School of Law, President of the Alumni Board for Mu Chapter, Sigma Pi Cornell University, and member of the board of trustees of Workforce Opportunity Services. Jarett is a graduate of Cornell University.
Michael Martell is a partner of Morrison Cohen LLP, a New York City-based law firm, and a member of its Corporate Department. His practice covers all areas of corporate law, including counseling domestic and international clients in transactional matters and acting as their primary outside general counsel. Michael serves on several boards of directors of for profit and not-for profit organizations. He earned a BA degree from Union College and a JD degree from New York University School of Law.
Jennifer Andrews is a Vice President and the Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager at Credit Suisse. She supports the implementation of the Credit Suisse Diversity and Inclusion strategy within the Americas. Jennifer’s primary focus is on engaging, developing and advocating for Credit Suisse’s diverse employees.
Prior to working at Credit Suisse Jennifer took a career break to focus on her family. During Jennifer’s career break, she remained active professionally by working as an independent consultant and taking on various leadership roles as a parent volunteer at her children’s school.
Jennifer’s prior work experience includes marketing and management consulting at IBM; and strategic planning and organizational development at PaineWebber.
Jennifer is married and has 2 children. Her son is a Doc’s Lacrosse alumnus. She credit’s Doc’s for her son’s love of the game and development of the critical fundamental skills that has helped him develop into an athlete on his way to play D1 lacrosse in college.
She has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
From Hewlett, NY (LI). Hewlett High School ’05 grad, County Championship 2005, 2x HS All American and 2005 Nassau County Player of the Year.
Cornell University grad ‘09, 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy, 2009 Diane Geppi-Aikens Scholarship – Outstanding Commitment to Community Service, 2009 Lowe’s Senior Class Award – Classroom, Community, Character, Competition, 2009 Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award – USILA Outstanding Player of the Year, Division I, 2009 Lt. j.g. Donald McLaughlin Jr. Award – USILA Outstanding Midfielder of the Year, Division I, 2009 First Team All-America Selection (4X D1 All-American), 2009 First Team All-Ivy Selection, unanimous (First and only ever 4X 1st Team All Ivy Selection), 2009 Charles H. Moore Award – Cornell University Outstanding Senior Varsity Athlete, 2 X Cornell University Team Captain.
Team USA outdoor 2010, Gold Medalist, All- World Team; Team USA indoor 2011, Bronze Medalist; Team USA outdoor 2014, Silver Medalist.
Multiple time MLL and NLL All Star, MLL All Pro. Current member of Boston Cannons. Former player for Denver Outlaws(MLL) , NY Lizards(MLL) and Philadelphia Wings (NLL).
Founder of Maximum Lacrosse Camps, Co-Founder of Alpha 423 Lacrosse, and Co-Founder of LC New York.
Eamon is currently a studio host on the SNY sport network. Previously he was ESPN's play-by-play broadcaster for NCAA Division I College Lacrosse, playoffs, and National Championships. A New York City native who attended the St. David' School, Eamon learned to play lacrosse at the Hill School and then played at Notre Dame where he was a co-Captain.
Max is currently a Principal at the private equity firm Verlinvest, where he focuses on venture and growth equity investments in the global consumer space. Prior to joining Verlinvest, Max worked for H.J. Heinz, where he was placed into a range of finance and operating roles by 3G Capital, following 3G and Berkshire Hathaway’s $28bn acquisition of the company. Prior to Heinz, he worked for Barclays Capital in the Global Consumer Retail Group focusing primarily on M&A transactions in the food and beverage sectors.
Max holds an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University. A native of New York City, Max grew up playing lacrosse in the Doc's NYC program, at Trinity School, and then went on to play his college lacrosse at Johns Hopkins, where he was a defenseman on the 2007 NCAA Division I National Championship team.
Docs NYC Parent
CityLax Gala C0-Chair 2020
Dana Reed brings a broad range of corporate, non-profit, and community involvement experience to CityLax through her work in impact investing in Africa, structured credit asset management, investment banking, and holding a number of positions serving New York City and the Harlem community where she works and lives with her 13-year old twin boys. She currently is the Founder and CEO of Nyansapo Impact Capital, an investment advisory firm specializing in Africa. Previously, she held the CEO positions in the impact investing space with The Africa Center and Pan African Investment Company, overseeing two $30,000,000 campaigns, plus serving on numerous boards. Prior this Dana has held banking positions with Semper Capital, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan. In her community, she has held positions of Trustee with the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, Oxford University Africa Advisory Counsel, Harlem Tech Fund, Brightpoint Health and the Randall's Island Park Alliance, serves as a director of the Harlem Community Development Corporation, and has been an active member of the Abyssinian Baptist Church. Additionally, she is a LIfetime member of The Council on Foreign Relations. Her boys have grown up playing lacrosse in New York City with the CityLax's sister youth program Doc's NYC program. Long involved with CityLax, Dana has co-Chaired CityLax's annual benefit that drives the funding needed to support the growth of lacrosse in New York City's public schools and underserved communities. She holds a BBA and MBA degrees from Howard University.
Former Docs NYC Parent
CityLax Gala Co-Chair 2012
Ronald Brown is a seasoned transaction attorney whose work and career have spanned the globe. Ron’s transaction experience includes joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions, equity and debt capital funding and other corporate transactions. His experience also includes multi-sector asset and project finance transactions and real estate experience involving property acquisition transactions, real estate development and real estate finance. Ron’s corporate and finance transaction experience spans a variety of sectors, including energy, financial services, manufacturing, and transportation and his experience includes transactions across the globe, including U.S., European, Asian and African transactions.
Having lived and worked in more than ten different African countries during his career, he has gained a reputation as a go-to expert when it comes to financing power projects, aircraft, shipping assets and equipment in the U.S. and Africa, with experience that includes representing business entities, banks, airlines, lessors, project developers and African governments.
Ron’s African business experience includes launching an African based manufacturing company. As a principal in that company, Ron was involved in all aspects of creating a startup business, including formulating a business plan and strategy, raising capital, recruiting management, hiring and training employees, managing staff and designing and implementing manufacturing processes.
Ron began his career at Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts and gained additional experience with Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. In addition to large Wall Street law firm experience, he has a wealth of knowledge gained from his experiences in law and business on the African continent.
Ronald Brown is a graduate of Harvard College (AB), the New York University School of Law (JD) and the New York University Graduate School of Business (MBA).
We welcome Brittany Brown to our Board to provide energy and perspective from her current position working as the only person of color on the Wells Fargo's structured products trading desk in Charlotte, NC and from a highly decorated collegiate Division I lacrosse playing career begun at the University of Virginia and concluded at the University of Pennsylvania. Britt started in goal for the Quakers from 2016-17 where she helped lead them to NCAA appearances both years including the Quarterfinals in 2016. In 2017, she was the only player of color on the roster leading Penn to another NCAA appearance, earning All-Region and All-ivy honors supported by her highly ranked statistical profile in GAA and save percentage (third in the country). As well as being a student-athlete, Brittany took part in the financial aid work-study program. Raised in the Bronx, NY, her lacrosse career began as a youth player in the Doc's NYC Lacrosse program where she was introduced to the position of goalie which continued through her high school years at the Riverdale School in the Bronx and then the Berkshire School in Massachusetts. She is arguably the most celebrated female lacrosse player that has come out of New York City.
Nigel Andrews comes to the CityLax Board with the fresh perspective as a member of the Harvard Class of 2020 where he majored in Government and was a 4-year member of the Men's Lacrosse team. He is regarded as one of the best midfielders ever to come out of New York City. As a 2nd grader, Nigel was introduced to lacrosse by observing a CityLax Clinic for a public high school in Harlem. Inspired by seeing students of color learning the sport, Nigel joined the Doc's NYC Lacrosse Youth program, playing through 8th grade and then earned an opportunity to attend Deerfield Academy for high school where he became a highly recruited student-athlete (ranking 9th for his position by Inside Lacrosse), before landing at Harvard. On the Harvard team he made immediate contributions starting in his Freshman year and was poised to lead his team under new coach Gerry Bryne in the competitive Ivy League until the 2020 season was cancelled in March. Undaunted, Nigel contacted CityLax and asked if he could help the organization create a unique opportunity: an event for College 2020 seniors to play one last game with their teammates that will be staged in early September in New York City called the CityLax Senior Classic. Through Nigel's leadership, it is expected to attract 100 college players in a one day event involving Men's and Women's games coached by former Tewaaraton Award winners and professional players, a youth/high school clinic, a Doc's NYC 25th anniversary celebration, and a critical fundraising effort on the part of the 2020 Seniors to support the CityLax mission. Nigel plans to begin his post-college career in real estate this Fall.
Howard (Howie) Borkan has long been a supporter and advisor to CityLax, serving in many capacities around its annual fundraising campaigns. We welcome him as a Board member who has institutional knowledge of our organization and deep roots throughout the youth, high school, college, club, and international lacrosse communities as a coach, organizer, and legal counsel. As a member of the bar in New York and New Jersey, for over 30 years, Howie has been a partner in several general practice law firms in both states, with an emphasis on commercial and residential real estate. He holds the post of Chairman of the Board of the New York State Honorary Fire Chiefs and is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. In athletics and education, Howie has generously served on numerous other boards including the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation, the Ivy Football Association, Cornell Lacrosse Association, Cornell Football Association and has recently been named to the Cornell University Council. Through his devotion to the State of Israel, Howie was one of the founding fathers of lacrosse in Israel, introducing the sport to Israelis in 2011, where participation in the sport has grown exponentially. In 2018, he led the Israel Lacrosse Association as host to the largest international lacrosse championship ever held as 46 countries descended upon Israel to compete in the quadrennial World Games. Since graduating from Cornell University, Howie has been an organizer and coached lacrosse at every level, from youth to Team USA and has been inducted into the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame. In 2019 he was recognized by the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame with the Bruno Lambert “Good Guy” Award. He also serves as a color analyst on Cornell University men's lacrosse radio and internet broadcasts.
Brian Reilly is a Managing Director in Investment Banking at Barclays where is Global Head of Sustainable & Impact Banking. At Barclays, he is also a member of the Americas Banking Operating Committee, Chairman of the Social Innovation Facility, and Head of the Early Careers Recruiting Committee. Brian has worked in Investment Banking at Barclays and Lehman Brothers since 1998, and most recently was Global Head of Equity Capital Markets. Before joining Lehman Brothers, Brian was a corporate lawyer for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York and he served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Thomas C. Platt, in the Eastern District of New York. Brian serves as Co-President of the Yale Lacrosse Association, he is a member of the Board of Consultors of Villanova University College of Nursing, and he is a board member of Project Nyame Nsa, a non-profit that constructs and operates foster homes for orphans in Africa. Brian is a graduate of Yale University, where he was captain of the lacrosse team his senior year, and he earned his J.D. from Yale Law School.
CityLax welcomes Patrick Coleman to its board. Pat has a broad-based background in finance, technology, and youth lacrosse development. He was a former Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston, JP Morgan, and Bank of America where he managed several different global businesses across their debt and equity platforms. He is now the CEO of GlobalBased Technologies, a developer of trading execution technologies, and Chairman of the Board of REIN Technologies. Over a 20-year period, Pat has served as the President of Greenwich Youth Lacrosse, one of the largest youth programs in the New York Metro area and has been on the executive board of CONNY, a leading youth lacrosse organization and Chapter of US Lacrosse. Pat grew up playing lacrosse in Manhasset, LI and went on to play at Boston College.
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