Fulbright’s Greater New York Board of Directors and AdvisorS

Board Officers:

KATIE BAKARICH (President)
Fulbright: Germany, 2009
Katie attended Fairfield University in Connecticut, majoring in Accounting and graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2008. During the summer of 2006, Katie had the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy. This experience furthered her desire to spend time abroad after graduating. During high school and in the summers off during college, she studied German and developed an affinity for the culture and language. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, Katie spent her Fulbright year at the University of Frankfurt in Germany. While there, she attended courses and conducted research on German accounting and the EU business environment. When she returned to the U.S., she joined the public accounting firm McGladrey LLP, for whom she had interned during college. Katie served as an external auditor for three years, conducting financial statement audits of companies in a variety of industries and obtained her CPA license for the state of New York. In 2012, she began a full-time PhD program at The City University of New York (Baruch College) in accounting, with the goal of becoming a professor at a business school focusing on international accounting and business.

KRISTA SANDE-KERBACK (Vice President)
Fulbright: German, 2006
Krista Sande-Kerback served as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant at a comprehensive school in Hamburg, Germany from 2005-2006, working with students in a primarily Muslim migrant community. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College (2005) where she studied Geography, Public Policy, and German. Krista completed her MBA at Columbia Business School (2014) and also took courses around immigration, multiculturalism and Turkish for a year at the Universitat Hamburg as part of her Fulbright. Krista is currently a Senior Analyst at IBM and is part of a global team of market research analysts and consultants that conduct projects on topics of importance to IBM business leaders and strategists, accelerating the understanding of new or emerging markets. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristasande

TOM GAFFNEY (Board Secretary)
Fulbright: Macau, 2008
My name is Tom Gaffney, and I’m proud to say that I’m an alum of the Fulbright program, having had the opportunity to live in Macau in 2008 thanks to a research grant. My project was to study the impact of casino liberalization in Macau (both the economic and the political impact). Outside of my research, I was lucky enough to spend a year doing some of my favorite things: namely, meeting lots of interesting people and exploring new places. I am a native New Yorker (well, a native Westchester resident at any rate) who now lives in Manhattan. I just graduated from a master’s degree program at Columbia, where I studied public policy and economics. Before that, my background was in newspaper journalism and I worked for The New York Times for five years. Now I’m looking for the next adventure!  In my spare time, I like playing basketball and chess, running, checking out museums and exhibitions, trying out new restaurants, and kibitzing with friends over drinks or coffee. 

General Board Members:

VIVIENNE AERTS
Fulbright: Dutch Fulbright alumna to U.S., 2012
After getting her Masters in Clinical psychology from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, as well as a degree in Choir Conducting at the Conservatory, Vivienne Aerts worked as a therapist in a private practice and as a choir conductor and singer for a couple years. In 2012, she received a Fulbright to study jazz and vocal performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In December 2014, she graduated and has been residing in New York City where she gave a debut performance at the Blue Note Jazz Club and is currently working on her third album. Since, Vivienne has shared the stage with both national and international Jazz icons such as Lee Konitz, Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, Joe Cohn, and Florian Weber. Besides this, she works with pianist Kenny Werner and the Effortless Mastery Institute at Berklee. Together with her husband who is a Pastry Chef she organizes events and performances under the name Vervool using jazz, haute cuisine and modern art. http://www.vivienneaerts.nl

RONIT LEVIN DELGADO
Fulbright: Israeli Fulbright alumna to U.S., 2011
Ronit Levin Delgado is an Israeli multimedia artist who currently lives and works in New York. She has a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (2008), and during her studies, she was chosen for the exchange students program and studied for a semester at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg. In 2011, Ronit won the MA Fulbright program in Israel and was sent for her MFA in studio arts at Montclair State University. During her studies, she was selected to be the Assistant Set Designer for ZINNIAS: The Life Of Clementine Hunter, by Director Robert Wilson at Alexander Kasser Theater, NJ. After her graduation in 2013, she did the Academic Training program for a year, working with the world-renowned artist Nir Hod as his studio assistant at his Meatpacking Studio. Ronit has exhibited in group exhibitions in in Israel, Europe and the U.S., such as Magnan Metz Gallery and Pratt Manhattan Gallery in NYC, Solo Gallery and Index Gallery in Newark, Cardiff, Wales and Leeds in UK and Ramle Station for Contemporary Art and Hertzelilinblum Museum in Israel. http://www.ronitlevindelgado.com

JONATHAN GOODMAN LEVITT (Advocacy Co-Director)
Fulbright: United Kingdom, 1999
Jonathan’s films as a director and/or producer have been supported by broadcasters and funders including BBC, PBS, NHK-Japan, Ford Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, and Sundance Institute. Personally or through his company Changeworx, he has worked on documentary features that follow people from five continents as their lives unfold over multiple years.  Changeworx’s latest film is Among the Believers, a non-judgmental investigation of the Red Mosque madrassah network made collaboratively over six years by a Pakistani Muslim, Indian Hindu and American Jew (Jonathan). Released theatrically and broadcast on public television in 2016, Among the Believers has won over thirty awards internationally, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, Cinema Eye Honor, and Asia Pacific Screen Award. Jonathan’s recent directing project Follow the Leader was featured on C-Span, CNN and Fox; released by Angelika Film Center, PBS stations and Cinedigm; and was the only documentary to premiere in Tampa & Charlotte during the 2012 Republican and Democratic national conventions. His first feature, Sunny Intervals and Showers (Director, Producer, Editor, Camera, 2003), screened at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Chicago and One World Human Rights Film Festival; aired within the BBC Storyville documentary series; and was nominated for Grierson (British Documentary) and Mental Health Media Awards.  Jonathan studied social psychology, political philosophy, and art at Stanford University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the U.K.’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) in 1999. He has been based in Brooklyn since 2008. https://www.changeworx.com

DAVID HAMBURGER
Fulbright: Kolkata, India, 2016-2017
David was a 2016-2017 Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistant placed at Kailash Vidyamandir, an all-boys, primary, and lower secondary school in Kolkata. David was the first Fulbrighter placed at Kailash and the school’s first full-time English teacher in five years. In addition to helping his students become experts in the foundations of the English language, David did his best to introduce them to American culture— from trick-or-treating, to dancing to Michael Jackson, to explaining the differences between cricket and baseball. David also fundraised $10,000 from 116 donors that helped to build the 167-year-old school its first library, paint murals, and make crucial infrastructure improvements. David is currently living in New York City and is a Work First Foundation fellow, where he helps prepare New Yorkers on government assistance for jobs and researches unemployment issues.  David received his B.A from Columbia University in Political Science.

KARL RAMOS
Fulbright: Turkey, 2012-2013
I earned my M.A. in Media Studies from The New School in New York in 2010, and I am currently the Associate Director in Strategic Enrollment Management for The New School’s Graduate programs. During the 2012-2013 academic year, I was a Fulbright ETA in Zonguldak, Turkey. I taught English courses at Bülent Ecevit Üniversitesi and served as a cultural ambassador between the United States and the Zonguldak community. I also established The Media Club, a project for students exploring video production and storytelling to spotlight community issues such as migration, diversity, and social inclusion. After a fruitful Fulbright year, I next served as a Professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan for one year, then as a Senior Lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA in Shah Alam, Malaysia. I’m currently enjoying living in NYC again, and I enjoy playing hockey and boxing.

SAMUEL RAVETZ
Fulbright: Madrid, Spain, 2016
Upon graduating from Occidental College in May 2016 with a degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs, Sam was lucky enough to teach English as an ETA in Madrid, Spain. Sam helped his students compete in Global Classrooms, similar to Model UN, where the highschoolers practiced researching, presenting, and debating complicated global issues, all in English.  Outside of the classroom, Sam enjoyed spending time with his local basketball team and practicing salsa. After moving back home to New York City, Sam joined Bombas, an apparel company that donates an article of clothing for each article sold, as the Giving Relationship Manager, where he works in tandem with over 2,000 “Giving Partners” across the country to find the best destinations for these donation products.

MELDA YILDIZ
Fulbright: Azerbaijan, 2009 & 2016
Melda has been an Assistant or Associate Professor (tenured) of Education at William Paterson University and the same at Kean University in Global Studies. She received a BA in Teaching English from as a Foreign Language from Bogazici University in Turkey, an MS in Instructional Technology from Southern Connecticut State University, and an Ed.D. from UMass Amherst. She has also served as a co-president of Fulbright's NJ Chapter with Dr. Richard Marranca and president of the NJ chapter since 2013. She recently moved to New York after accepting a department head position at NYIT and served her second Fulbright assignment in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2016. 

Board Advisor:

ANJALI DESHMUKH
Fulbright: India, 2006
Anjali Deshmukh is Vice President of Knowledge & Communications at Mission Investors Exchange, a network of foundations committed to impact investing. Previously, she was Director of Knowledge & Communications at Nonprofit Finance Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the giving and use of money for social impact. Anjali has also worked as a writer at LaPlaca Cohen, a firm specializing in communications services to cultural institutions nationwide, and served as an Americorps Vista volunteer at the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance. Ms. Deshmukh received her BA from Amherst College in 2001 in English and Fine Arts and MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. She has participated in exhibitions at the venues including the Brooklyn Museum, Dumbo Art Festival, Queens Museum of Art, India Habitat Center (Delhi, India), and Higher Bridges Gallery (Ireland). Her work can be viewed at anjalideshmukh.com.

Board Emeritus:

ROSALBA DEL VECCHIO
Fulbright: Italy, 1980
Dr. Rosalba Corrado Del Vecchio is Director of the Master Degree Program in School Building Leadership for aspiring principals and administrators in the non public schools. She also teaches Master and Doctoral level courses and mentors students in the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership (DAIL). A member of the St. Vincent de Paul team for the Catholic Institute, she provides professional development to principals and board members of the new academies in the Diocese of Brooklyn and coordinates The Catholic Principals Academy (TCPA), which prepares future school administrators for the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn. A proponent of global programs, Dr. Del Vecchio taught in the first DAIL Instructional Leadership global initiative, on the Rome campus. She received the Global Certificate Program sponsored by St. John's Office of Global Studies and the Center for Teaching and Learning. An active member of St. John's Chapter of the Ladies of Charity, she served as the former Chair of the Spirituality Committee.
Prior to her work at St. John's, Dr. Del Vecchio served as a high school teacher of Spanish, Italian, French and English, then as a school building and central office administrator in one of the Big Four Districts in New York State. For over ten years, she was Director of Funded Programs responsible for the management of over $ 60 million in categorical and competitive grants in the Yonkers Public School District. A grant proposals reader for the U.S. Department of Education and New York State Education Department, she is also a Board of Directors member of the Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE) Foundation, which seeks to provide career and college opportunities to underserved children.
A former Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Dr. Del Vecchio was Vice President of the Fulbright Association of Greater New York and continues to serve on its Board. She is the founder of the Youth Mentoring Initiative for International Understanding, a partnership program with the Fulbright Association of GNY, Sarah Lawrence College and an urban school district.
A graduate from Fordham University, Dr. Del Vecchio specializes in educational leadership, administration and policy, with a concentration on partnership development and professional development of aspiring school administrators. Recently, she traveled to China, where she presented a paper on the preparation of the next generation of school leaders, at the International Education Leadership Conference sponsored by the Beijing Institute of Education, The Beijing Institute of Educational Sciences, Global Interactions, the National Staff Development Council, and The Council of Chief State School Officers. The Business Review Cambridge just published her article on The Disconnect between workplace and graduate school motivation, written in collaboration with a colleague from Tobin School of Business.

JOSEPHINE DORADO
Fulbrights: Netherlands, 2003; Austria, 2016
Josephine Dorado was previously President of Fulbright Association’s NY Chapter and chaired the Chapter Advisory Board before joining Fulbright Association’s National Board of Directors. She brings to the National Board extensive experience in chapter management as well as initiation of innovative alumni programs that nurture social entrepreneurship and youth mentorship. Josephine is a creative technologist, artist and digital strategist with an entrepreneurial spirit and an innovative approach, whose work focuses on the convergence of physical and digital experiences. Her work has garnered multiple Fulbright awards and a MacArthur Foundation award in Digital Media & Learning. As part of a Fulbright-Museumsquartier artist residency, Josephine worked with refugees in Austria to create virtual reality media narratives of their journeys. She currently teaches at The New School, specializing in immersive learning and media/tech for conflict zones, and leads digital marketing strategy for a business-to-business financial services firm that funds community development programs. In addition, Josephine is a trainer for the State Department’s TechCamps, an initiative to aid civil society organizations in developing countries by building their digital capacities, and has taught workshops in mobile storytelling and games in countries such as Ukraine, Palestine and Tunisia. Previously, Josephine founded Kidz Connect, a virtual cultural exchange program that connected youth internationally through creative collaboration and performance in virtual worlds. Her speaking engagements include Talks @ Google, TEDxFulbright, SXSW, IgniteNYC and SIGGRAPH. For more information, go to her website at www.funksoup.com.