Nicky was born with tuberous sclerosis complex or TSC.
At 3 months, Nicky began having infantile spasms, which became full-blown seizures that would occur up to 100 times a day. After two session of surgical therapy, the seizures stopped, but there was irreparable damage to his brain. While the beauty in his existence and resilience is beyond measure, the differences between the level of independence between a healthy child and child with a disability are high.
As an adult, Nicky is bigger, stronger, and much more aggressive than when he was a child. His physical care & medical needs are greater, and he requires more intensive levels of intervention. Typical group home settings are not adequate to insure he is treated with the care and attention needed to provide dignity and a quality of life. and further illuminates the vast need for the creation, development and long term vision and planning going into every aspect of a program such as NGOH. Parents like Adriana, want to rest assured that their "Nicky’s" live happy, fulfilling, and healthy lives, in a place of peace, that is run with compassion and care.
Founder and CEO, born in Czechoslovakia and a mother of three, Adriana has been a COO and a President for fast paced NYC brokerage firms. Turning her attention to her 20 years old IDD son Nicky, she left Wall Street in 2018 to leveraged her experience and contacts to launch a new generation of services for IDD adults… Nicky’s Gardens of Hope.
Chief Operating Officer, working at the world’s largest Investment Banks, Legal, and Insurance companies, Chris has managed service delivery, created new departments, re-engineered and improved how corporations work. At NGOH Chris works with other team members to develop disruptive innovations, providing residents and their families with higher standards of living.
Chief Sustainability Officer, Tom assesses and directs environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities related to Nicky’s Gardens of Hope and its complementary businesses. He designs and directs business plans and processes that provide sustainability for Nicky’s Gardens of Hope. He leverages his professional experiences for strategy, planning, and execution in Enterprise Software, AI & High-Performance Computing, and Aeronautics projects. He is a USMC veteran, a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, and former Bureau Chief, Capitol New Service.
Corporate Development Officer, Sandy’s career began in the US Air Force (USAF), leading the deployment & operations of aeromedical evacuation teams during Operation Enduring Freedom (‘01 – ‘02), retiring after 26 years as the Deputy Commander of the 146th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. As a reservist she leveraged her medical background working 28 years at Abbott Laboratories, in leadership positions at corporate headquarters. Sandy is committed to using her health care experience to improve the lives of the less fortunate, consulting in care design & business development with Nicky’s Gardens of Hope.
CFO-Interim, Apurva recently held financial leadership roles at Verizon (Corporate FP&A and Investor Relations). Over two-decades of corporate finance & equity research experience, Apurva started with trading at Lehman Brothers, transitioning to research, eventually covering US equity research for the U.S. Semiconductor sector for Goldman Sachs. Apurva holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a bachelor's degree in Finance from Rutgers University, and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).
Legal, George provides contract, governance, and general business legal representation to a diverse portfolio of clients including, corporations, LLCs, LLPs, private equity, venture capital, educational, banking, NGOs, not-for-profit and individual clients. He is a seasoned stategic business attorney with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, international corporate law, contract preparation and law, corporate governance, fund formation, board advisory services, business development, litigation management and executive compensation negotiations. He is a member of the Advisory Committees of multiple private investment organizations and serves as the General Counsel to the United States Professional Tennis Association, Inc. George is graduate of Tulane Law School.
Chairman, Founder and CEO, Adriana was born in Czechoslovakia and a mother of three, Adriana has been a COO and a President for fast paced NYC brokerage firms. Turning her attention to her 20 years old IDD son Nicky, she left Wall Street in 2018 to leveraged her experience and contacts to launch a new generation of services for IDD adults… Nicky’s Gardens of Hope."My Child With Special Needs Is Now A Young Adult, And This Is My Biggest Fear"https://www.spreaker.com/episode/15862407
As Head of Capital Markets of B. Riley, Jon develops financial solutions for public & private clients. With over 25 years of I-Bank experience, Jon brings to NGOH a deep understanding of healthcare, technology, & consumer sectors, and his extensive institutional and personal networks. Jon served on numerous private & public company boards. He is a frequent guest or contributor on: Bloomberg TV, CNBC’s “Fast Money”, The Wall Street Journal, and Barron’s, and contributes to numerous charities and non-profits.
Managing Director of the Ellavoz Shared Values Opportunity Fund and President & CEO of Ellavoz Impact Capital. The company sponsor and manages the Ellavoz Shared Values Opportunity Fund and the Ellavoz Impact Angel Network. He is a retired Partner of Withum, Smith & Brown, a 1,300 employee, regional CPA firm. Prior to combining his accounting practice with WSB, he was managing partner of Hutchins, Farrell, Meyer & Allison, and he began his career at Price Waterhouse.
Mr. Hutchins was cofounder and executive chairman of Biofortis, Inc. (www.biofortis.com), which was sold (NYSE) in 2018. As an entrepreneur, he has been an angel investor as well as executive leader in real estate, hospitality, digital healthcare, and life science companies. Mr. Hutchins has been, for over 20 years, the managing director of Helensburgh Capital and related entities. He is advisor to SFO Management LLC which is a private Single-Family Office.
In his community, Mr. Hutchins is a founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ocean Housing Alliance, Inc., a non-profit organization operating a 48-bed residential health care facility and low-income housing for mentally disabled individuals in Ocean County, New Jersey. Mr. Hutchins is also a cofounder and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of Joan Dancy & P.A.L.S., an ALS Support Group Charity in Monmouth County. He is past Chairman of the American Cancer Society - Ocean County Mental Health Advisory Board and The Foodbank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties (now Fulfill). He has served on the board of directors of both public and private companies. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the Natiobal Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. He is a graduate of St. Peter's College.
Formerly the Chief Financial Officer for Guggenheim Partners brokerage business, and the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Bear Stearns’ Investment Bank, George has also served as the Chief Financial Officer of New York City’s Department of Education, where he managed their $20 billion budget. In addition to George’s extensive background in driving profitability and identifying operational and financial risk, George is also the father of five children, including a son with autism, and is active in Catholic Charities.
President and CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital (ERH) since September 2003. He has a diverse background in the computer, research, and healthcare industries. Under Mr. Kelley’s leadership, ERH has been recognized with 4 national awards from HRSA for patient safety and medication safety, has been recognized by the National Rural Health Association as one of the top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the country for Quality, and has been a leader in New York State in the areas of quality measurement and rural health. Many other significant awards have followed.
Sandra Ditore is Regional Director of Membership for the East Region at Family Office Exchange (FOX). In her role, Ms. Ditore is responsible for identifying prospective family and advisor members, assessing their needs and priorities, and ensuring they have a deep understanding of the benefits of FOX membership. In addition to new member acquisitions, Sandra is responsible for identifying and securing sponsorship for FOX forums and educational workshops.
Sandra has more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing. Before joining FOX in 2002, Sandra was a Senior Account Manager for a Chicago-based healthcare communications firm, where she developed marketing strategies for global pharmaceutical brands. Prior to this, she held research and marketing positions at several Wall Street investment banking firms, including Drexel Burnham Lambert, Dean Witter Reynolds, and Dillon Read & Co.
Mr. O'Brien has over 50 years of experience in international travel and hospitality management, across North & South America, the Caribbean, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Pt is the Lead Independent Director of Cinedigm Corporation (CIDM:NASDAQ), an independent distributor of streaming content. Member of the Board of Trust of ICPW Nevada Liquidation, an d currently a private investor. Previously Chairman of the Board and CEO of Livevol, Inc., a leader in equity and index options technology. Mr. O'Brien also formed Granville Wolcott Advisors, serving as its Managing Director & Principal consulting on due diligence, and asset management.