Board of Directors
Sasha Lipton, Founder - Custom Solutions Manager, Everyday Health
Sherry Marin Altman - Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
Stephanie Azzarone - Founder/President, Childs Play Communications
Nicolas Gordon - Manager, Office of Sustainability at New York University
Jamie Lynn Harris - Customer Manager at Accedo.tv
Jason Jacobs - Technical Account Manager, Mobile Solutions, Confirmit
Leslie Leventman - President, Leventman Associates
Shelly Lipton - Partner, GrownUpMarketing
Tom Morton - Senior Vice President, The DVS Group
Craig Scott - Founder/Chief Executive Officer, CHS Ventures
John Shasanmi - Senior Counsel, Dupont
Drew Trautman - Franchise Partner, 1-800-Got-Junk?
Chris Walker - Sustainability and Cleantech Services, Ernst & Young
Sasha Lipton is no stranger to community service work and helping others. At a young age she spent time with her father delivering food to homebound seniors for Meals On Wheels. Over the years she has worked at numerous soup kitchens and also sponsored a child from the Dominican Republic through Children International. In the summer of 2006, Sasha volunteered as a counselor at Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. It was during the same summer that she got the idea for Second Chance Toys.
Driving with her mom through neighboring towns, Sasha saw many toys being disposed of at the curb, and most of them were as good as new. It got her thinking about how discarding toys was wasteful and terrible for the environment, and that many children would love to have them. As a result of her vision and efforts, Second Chance Toys is now a 501(c)3 nonprofit and tens of thousands of toys have been and continue to be donated to organizations throughout the United States and internationally.
Because of the uniqueness and dual nature of the program, Sasha's efforts have been featured in numerous newspapers and on television and radio shows, including local ABC and NBC TV news stations, WOR News Talk Radio, NPR, Fox News, and two cover stories in the New Jersey Star Ledger. In addition, Sasha has been a featured speaker at the Good and Green Marketing Conference in Chicago regarding the impact of Second Chance Toys on the environment and children.
Sasha's efforts have been recognized with a President's Volunteer Service Award on behalf of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. She was a Distinguished Finalist and recipient of the bronze medallion from the 2008 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for outstanding volunteer work, and she was recognized with a Resolution from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders for her work in the community.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Sasha is now honing her business and digital marketing skills in New York City. Her vision is to build Second Chance Toys into a thriving national charitable organization with community involvement and impact coast to coast and far beyond.
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Sherry Marin Altman is an experienced professional in the areas of business strategy and environmental management. She is an MBA, an environmental engineer, and a career consultant — with over 15 years’ experience in management consulting, engineering consulting, and environmental consulting.
Sherry joined Booz Allen Hamilton in 2001, and is now part of the top 3% leadership of this 22,000 person, $5B strategy and technology consulting firm. As a Principal/Director, Sherry leads Booz Allen’s Commercial Strategy practice and Pivotal Growth service offering. She works with for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations, advising senior leadership on some of their most critical and strategic issues. Her projects include market analysis, market entry strategy, competitive intelligence, business planning, investment advisory, and organizational transformation. She has led alternative energy investment strategies for multiple clients, covering wind, solar PV and solar thermal. She also recently completed a diversification growth strategy for a client with an innovative technology for energy recovery from industrial processes.
Prior to Booz Allen, Sherry was an Energy and Environmental consultant with Sentech, where she managed DOE and EPA projects, including support to the ENERGY STAR program. Sherry was also previously a Transportation Planner with Urbitran Associates, where she supported State transportation agencies, including MTA Metro North Railroad and Connecticut DOT.
On the volunteer front, in addition to SCT, Sherry is an inaugural member of the Mentor Capital Network, where she reviews business plans and advises early-stage social and eco-entrepreneurs on their multi-bottom-line companies.
Sherry holds an MBA and a Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University, and a bachelors in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University.
Why SCT: "I loved the premise of SCT from the moment I read about it. I am a mother of 3 young children and an environmental professional. With each child’s birthday, and with each holiday season, I watch as my children unwrap far too many toys -- and while I appreciate the generosity of our friends and family, I also cringe at the piles of plastic parts accumulating in my home; toys thrown astray after their fun has worn off. I know these toys have a longer life to live, and Second Chance Toys is an opportunity to take action; where I can reduce environmental impacts while also bringing the joy of toys to children in need."
Stephanie is founder and president of Child’s Play Communications, an agency specializing in connecting companies with moms. A former journalist and later an executive for top-10 PR agencies, Stephanie launched the company when she was pregnant with her son and realized that no other agencies were focusing specifically on the very influential mom market. Child’s Play brings corporations and mothers together through public relations, social media, word-of-mouth communications and online marketing. Clients have included major brands in toy, children’s entertainment, food, technology, publishing, education and other industries targeting moms, including Disney, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Hasbro, Heinz, Hewlett Packard, TIME Inc., Sylvan Learning Center and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Stephanie is delighted to be celebrating her company’s 25th anniversary in 2013.
Creator of the Team Mom™ blogger network and the voice behind the blog Mom Market Trends, Stephanie is the winner of the Bulldog Reporter Social Media Innovator of the Year Award as well as a 2012 Enterprising Women of the Year honoree. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of Women in Toys as well as a winner of the Wonder Women in Toys award.
Stephanie is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, such as the Marketing to Moms Conference, as well as at social media conferences such as BlogHer. She has been quoted on the subject of marketing to moms in dozens of media, from PR Week through The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. She currently writes a monthly article for the industry blog Engage:Moms.
Prior to launching Child’s Play, Stephanie was vice president and manager of editorial services at the Rowland Company (now Rowland Worldwide) and vice president and assistant director of the marketing communications department at Hill + Knowlton. In addition, she was a freelance reporter for publications such as The New York Times and New York magazine.
An avid biker, kayaker and student of Mandarin, and most importantly Evan’s mom, Stephanie lives in New York City.
Why SCT: "SCT is a brilliant concept. As a mother, I've seen firsthand how perfectly good toys wind up in the trash when they could be given to children in need. I also believe that most families would be happy to donate toys if they had an easy way to do so – and SCT provides it. My husband and I also happen to be avid recyclers of just about everything, so SCT resonates personally for this reason as well. I’m hoping that my relationships in the toy industry and with my company's network of moms will help raise awareness of the role SCT can play in both providing kids with toys and benefitting the environment."
Nicolas Gordon is a sustainability manager at New York University (NYU) where he is responsible for managing diverse energy and sustainability projects, overseeing the Green Grants and Bike Share programs, among other responsibilities to achieve NYU’s sustainability goals and objectives.
Prior to joining NYU, Nicolas was Director of Engineering and Environment for Explora Hotels in Chile, where he developed a sustainability policy for the company, led major building renovations and systems retrofits, established an integrated waste management plan for all operations and conducted the company’s first carbon footprint report (GHG Protocol). He was also member of the Sustainability Board of the Chilean Federation of Tourism Enterprises.
His passion for sustainability is well rooted in his love for the outdoors and sports. After graduating from college, Nicolas was a trekking and horseback riding guide in Patagonia for two years. He has completed numerous triathlons around the globe, several marathons and two ultra-marathons in the Atacama Desert in Chile and the Annapurna region in Nepal. He has raised awareness on health, social and environmental issues, and funds by partnering with selected charities in multiple sporting events.
Nicolas holds a Master’s of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Católica de Chile. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, trained on GRI G4 guidelines and was a 2013 Climate Corps fellow with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). His other areas of expertise include optimization through decision models and life cycle assessment (LCA).
Why SCT: "It has become extremely rare to find a business (or initiative) in which unlimited growth has no major negative impacts, when I came across SCT and its model, I immediately knew it was something special. A true win-win situation for disadvantaged children and the environment, I am extremely motivated with the idea of finding ways to move the needle towards a waste-less society. Furthermore, SCT has the potential to change the way manufacturers design and build toys, while also creating awareness among consumers about toys’ environmental attributes and their end-of-life stage, ultimately driving a positive behavior change".
Jamie Lynn Harris joins Second Chance Toys with a background in new media development. She currently works in account and product management at Accedo, the global leading developer of Smart TV and IPTV application solutions. At Accedo, she’s worked on accounts such as Consolidated Communications Inc., Hickory Tech Corp. and NBC Universal Inc.
Jamie is no stranger to service. She currently volunteers at The Doe Fund, preparing trainees for acquiring their New York City Food Handler’s License. In 2010, she led a service trip to the Chajul region of Guatemala, where her group built sustainable vegetable gardens and cleaned up computer hard drives in the community library. In the past, she has also lent her time at Habitat for Humanity in Providence, Rhode Island and traveled to New Orleans to help with the rebuilding effort after Katrina.
She graduated from Brown University with a B.A in Semiotics. At Brown, Jamie worked on several initiatives as a research assistant at The Watson Institute of International Studies.
Why SCT: "There’s a toddler who plays outside in my neighborhood. She likes to greet me on my way home from work. Sometimes she’s outside until very late at night, being supervised by a group of young adults. She is rarely ever playing with a toy and has no one but herself to socialize with. She was on my mind as the opportunity to serve on the board of Second Chance Toys revealed itself."
Jason Jacobs is an experienced digital marketer in areas including web, email, mobile, search and social media. He is currently a Technical Account Manager of Mobile Solutions at Confirmit in New York, NY. He received a Bachelor of Science from Yeshiva University majoring in Information Technology and has since worked on numerous digital campaigns for some of the leading Fortune 500 companies.
In addition to his professional work, Jason is involved in several charitable organizations and has helped build Torah Letzion, an organization providing scholarships for students which has assisted dozens of applicants further their education. He also contributes to causes focusing on poverty alleviation, health and to his local community. Jason enjoys photography and has studied at the New York institute of Photography and enjoys capturing great memories. He also enjoys exercise and fitness and is now training for his third Tough Mudder marathon. Jason lives with his wife in Queens, NY.
Why SCT: "There are certain causes in the world in which every individual can relate. The feeling that resonates through a person when seeing a smile on the face of a young child or the sense of pride knowing that you’re doing something to benefit the environment are emotions that can be shared by all. Second Chance Toys takes these two feelings and provides a way to bring happiness to children who are lacking in many of the areas where we have been blessed, and combines this with a helpful way to better the environment. My excitement for SCT comes from my desire to make an impact in these areas and my goal is to help the organization grow and continue the great work that is being done. "
Leslie Leventman is a founding member of MTV Networks (MTVN) and a 30-year veteran of the media and entertainment industry. She has served as executive vice president of creative services, special events, and convention planning for MTVN (a unit of Viacom), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Since joining the company in 1979, Leslie’s creative leadership has led to an impressive body of work. As a branding expert, she has developed integrated creative strategies that delivered MTVN’s business messaging and promoted the company as an industry leader. Leslie’s unique style of branding led to an impressive body of work that has bridged MTVN’s properties and helped shape its voice. Her efforts have resulted in countless acclaimed campaigns, events, and presentations to key business constituents and consumers.
Leslie played a leading role in the creation and expansion of many of MTVN’s domestic and international assets, including Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central. Additionally, Leslie is a strong believer that uniting diverse perspectives enhances creativity. This is a driving theme of her career, as she has championed projects like MTVN’s first global internal magazine and intranet site, and led a companywide initiative encouraging employees’ creative visions.
Leslie has been recognized for leading outstanding teams, whose works have influenced pop culture and been displayed in the Smithsonian. She has received hundreds of industry awards, and was honored by HOW magazine as directing one of America’s top in-house creative design studios. Additionally, she has guest-lectured about motivating creative teams in a business environment at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Leslie serves on the board of directors of Rock and Wrap It Up!, which delivers extra food from events to shelters. She founded Project We Share, the group’s corporate donation arm, in 1993, and received the Lena and Joseph Mandelbaum Humanitarian Award in 2001, alongside former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. She supported the creation of the federal Food Donation Act, the core of which came from a Rock and Wrap It Up! position paper on fighting poverty in America. The act was signed into law June 19, 2008.
Leslie is also on the boards of Women’s Expressive Theater, a nonprofit arts organization that addresses women’s stereotypes in media, and Women’s Venture Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps women of diverse backgrounds establish thriving businesses in urban communities, by offering training, small business loans, and a network of business advisers to help women reach their business goals. Additionally, she serves on the board of Theatre Within, a not-for-profit performing arts organization dedicated to producing benefit shows for important causes. She has also worked to support such organizations as the T. J. Martell Foundation, New York Urban League, Rock the Vote, Children of Chernobyl, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and many more.
Why SCT: "While I have served on several boards, the prospect of serving on this one intrigued me as the mission of Second Chance Toys is a completely unique one. It is wonderful to know that our efforts help both children and the environment."
Shelly brings considerable experience in direct and digital marketing, business development, and social media to strategic business engagements. His mastery of the entire spectrum of 'commercial persuasion' gives him a particular vantage point that enables him to conceive and manage business concepts that integrate the ideal mix of marketing touch points.
Shelly honed his integrated marketing skills early on when as a vice president at Young & Rubicam (Y&R) his responsibilities included strategic planning, involving integrated advertising, direct marketing, and public relations activities. As part of an internal marketing task force on the AT&T business, Shelly spent time with sister agencies including Wunderman, Y&R’s direct- marketing arm.
After nearly a decade in the corporate world, Shelly took to the entrepreneurial side and founded LCG to develop integrated direct and digital marketing initiatives targeting the U.S. Hispanic market. LCG attracted marquee clients, including Pfizer, Columbia House, Time-Life, and Johnson & Johnson, among others. Following years of double-digit growth, Publicis Groupe acquired LCG, and the newly formed Bienestar LCG Communications subsequently merged with a sister agency creating a top-ten multicultural marketing agency.
With a continued thirst for the start-up world, Shelly founded Community Direct, a direct marketing company where he developed a mobile-based customer acquisition platform resulting in successful programs for MetLife, Together Rx Access, and PeoplePC Online.
After four years building Community Direct, Shelly exited to become part of the executive leadership team at Grandparents.com. As chief marketing officer, he was responsible for directing growth strategies and the consumer and trade marketing for the premier online community. Under his leadership the company grew its subscriber base and monthly traffic tenfold. Following three years at Grandparents.com, Shelly formed GrownUpMarketing, a trade-marketing consultancy that includes top digital and social media companies as clients.
Why SCT: “As Second Chance Toys became a family affair, I quickly assumed the role as webmaster. After launching our website, it was exciting to witness firsthand the power of the Internet and watch Second Chance Toys grow exponentially as a result. It is a pleasure to devote time to growing an organization that is rooted in helping children and the environment. The evolution of Second Chance Toys is a confirmation that we all can make a difference if we put in the time and the effort.”
Tom brings a diversified financial and business background to the SCT Board.
He began his career with General Foods (now Kraft/Mondelez) and rose to senior financial roles in both Consumer and Foodservice segments of the business, including the US coffee business (Maxwell House). He also played a major role in the transformation of the business supply chain for the entire domestic portfolio of the Company.
He currently is a Senior Vice President with The DVS Group, a lower middle market mergers and acquisitions firm and services both buyers and sellers of businesses.
Tom holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and completed his Master's in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at Iona College.
Tom has been actively involved in the financial community as Chairman of the CFO Leadership Group in the New York Metro area and a member of Financial Executives International (FEI) and in his local communities as volunteer for Junior Achievement and the Big Brothers program at Pleasantville NY Cottage School.
Why SCT: “I jumped at the opportunity to join the Board at SCT. They have such a powerful and simple vision which everyone can understand: provide a cherished toy to a needy child while helping improve the environment at the same time. I also like the fact that SCT can be an organized effort at a local community level or it can just be an individual anywhere doing their part to help. I look forward to the opportunity to help SCT continue to expand the depth and geography of its efforts.”
Craig possesses a broad range of pharmaceuticals marketing, sales, and general management experience on both the client and service sides, and in both Fortune 100 and entrepreneurial start-up organizations.
As CEO of TargetRx from 2008-2011, Craig restored business growth and guided the eventual strategic sale of the company. Prior to joining TargetRx, he was president of the Catalina Health Resource division of Catalina Marketing Corporation from 2004 until the leveraged buyout of the company in November 2007. During his tenure, he dramatically increased revenues and profits and led the transformation of Catalina Health Resource into the leading provider of direct-to-patient communication services in pharmacies nationwide.
Craig joined Catalina after nine years with Nelson Communications, where he established several new healthcare-marketing ventures, leading them from concept to implementation and commercial success.
Prior to his work at Nelson Communications, Scott spent 13 years with Johnson & Johnson, where he held a variety of marketing and management positions. Most notably at J&J, Craig served as vice president of marketing as well as a management board member for Vistakon, the J&J affiliate that launched ACUVUE®, the first disposable and best-selling contact lens in the world.
Craig received a B.A. in semiotics from Brown University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Why SCT: “It has been a real pleasure working to build Second Chance Toys during the past few years and being a member of our board of directors. By now, Second Chance Toys is a labor of love for our whole family. The benefits of what we do as a charitable organization are so pure. We help the environment and we help deserving kids. What could be more rewarding than that? Working so hard with so many devoted people to recycle thousands of gently used plastic toys and get them into the hands of appreciative children and their families gives all of us at Second Chance Toys a warm, satisfied feeling of knowing we are doing what is right. And there is so much more to do! We have only scratched the surface of what is possible! Helping is what it is all about!”
John Shasanmi is an experienced corporate lawyer with substantial background working with both for profit and non-profit companies. He currently serves as senior counsel for DuPont with its industrial biosciences business. John handles both commercial and pre-commercial matters for the two businesses, including regulatory, contracting and other business matters.
Prior to joining DuPont, he was a corporate and securities associate at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia, where he focused on venture capital and private equity, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions and securities law compliance. Prior to Pepper Hamilton, John was an M&A associate in the New York office of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.
John graduated from Stanford University with BAs in Drama and Psychology and received his JD and MBA from Howard University.
Drew Trautman is the owner of one of the most successful franchises in the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? system. Opening the franchise in 2007, he has been recognized as a leader in the organization and has won multiple Top Performer Awards including Franchise of the Year in 2008. Drew currently sits on the six-person Franchise Advisory Council of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, an elected, internal board which helps guide the strategic direction of the business and acts as a voice for Franchise Partners.
Taking the same hyper-focused approach to the customer experience and leveraging his past success growing businesses, Drew launched a new franchised moving company, You Move Me, in May 2013. He has quickly grown his business to be a leader in the system.
Drew is passionate about giving back to the community. Through his businesses, he actively partners with local organizations such as Susan G. Komen, Soles4Souls, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, NYC Aids Walk, NYC Botanical Gardens, Community Food Bank of NJ, and of course, Second Chance Toys.
Prior to Drew’s current ventures, he worked for the corporate headquarters of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? for three years. He coached and worked on-site with Franchise Partners consulting on all aspects of their business to include strategic planning, marketing, operations, finances, employee training, HR systems, culture, community involvement and customer experience. During this time, Drew was part of a team that was responsible for taking 1-800-GOT-JUNK? from 40 locations to over 200 locations.
Previous to 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Drew worked for the Entrepreneurs Organization as a Chapter Development Manager growing chapter membership by 82%. He holds the distinct honor of being the first employee to return as a full member of the prestigious organization.
After earning a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, Drew worked and traveled around the world. Most notably, in 1998 he held a contract job with the United States Antarctic Program and was stationed at McMurdo Station, Antarctica for six months. He is an accomplished athlete having completed over 20 triathlons including three Ironman and five half-Ironman distance races. In addition, he’s run over 10 marathons. Drew currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, Kristin.
Why SCT: “Being in the waste/junk business, I’ve seen first-hand the amount of plastic toys that are discarded and ultimately could (and sometimes do) end up in landfills. In 2007, shortly after launching my business, I ran across a story about Second Chance Toys and reached out to see if we could help their cause. It’s been an absolute pleasure partnering with SCT to help children and the environment. It’s a natural fit for my business and my personal beliefs and I can’t be more excited to assist in helping shape the future of SCT!”
Chris Walker has more than 20 years of experience working with leading companies on environmental issues with a concentration over the last 15 years on climate change and sustainability. Chris has a diversity of exposure and executive experience in the climate and sustainability space including carbon markets and policy, risk mitigation, clean-tech, governance and socially-responsible investing.
Chris is presently leading EY's Climate Change and Sustainability Services offerings and market development focused on Financial Service and Insurance clients in North America as well as the Global Sports Industry. He has extensive experience in identification and execution of business value propositions for climate and sustainability.
Chris serves as a liaison with leading NGO's, advocacy groups and sustainability business coalitions, focused on determining partnership and market positioning opportunities with thought leaders and standard setting organizations.
Chris started his sustainability career as the head of Swiss Re’s Sustainability business initiatives for 8 years where he was based in Zurich and New York. In this role, he led Swiss Re’s efforts to address climate change and sustainability risk to its underwriting and investment portfolios as well as to develop business and market positioning opportunities. Prior to joining EY, he served as the Executive Officer of the Carbon Trust, LLC, (the US affiliate of the UK’s Carbon Trust), and prior to that Executive Director of The Climate Group (North America), a leadership coalition of S&P 500 companies and subnational cities and states. The mission of both organizations was the mitigation of climate change.
He has served as a member of The National Academies, Congressionally mandated report “America’s Climate Choices”. Chris has a BA and JD from St. John's University and Post-Graduate, the Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown. He is an Adjunct Professor at NY Law School – “Climate Change Issues in Real Estate and Business Transactions”
Why SCT: “Sustainability has been my passion and livelihood for almost 20 years. Participating on the board of Second Chance Toys allows me to share my knowledge, network and enthusiasm for sustainability with an organization that mirrors my commitment. In addition, as a father of young son, I have an appreciation of the opportunity to recycle and reuse Toys for both those who give and those who receive them.”