Board of Trustees

Kristin McDonough is President of Butterflies USA. She recently retired after  47 years as a library administrator at two of New York City’s great public institutions, The New York Public Library and the City University of New York where she built library programs and services that enhanced access for all to library and information resources.  During her 20 years as director of NYPL’s Science, Industry and Business Library, SIBL launched the New York Small Business Resource Center, the New York StartUP Business Plan Competition. Job Search Central, and Financial Literacy Central, all with pro bono advisors and coaches.  At CUNY she opened the William and Anita Newman Library at Baruch College where in 2003 she founded the Financial Women’s Association (FWA) college mentoring program on campus before assuming the FWA president. Working with Butterflies integrates her personal passions and professional experience.  A grandmother of three, Kristin and her husband live in New York City where she loves connecting people to Big Apple experiences and opportunities.
George Gerardi is Vice President of Butterflies USA.  An attorney, George joined the Board of Butterflies USA in 2008.  Currently he is doing pro bono immigration work for a US non-profit agency, La Fuerza Unida Inc.  He holds an LLM in International Law from New York University and has served in numerous capacities with several non-governmental organizations including Hermandad, Technoserve, and CODEL Inc. (Coordination in Development). Locally, George has been an adjunct professor, a school board member, prosecuting attorney for a village and a member of the Justice and Peace Committee of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York.

Harbani Rana is Treasurer of Butterflies USA.  Harbani visited the Butterflies office in New Delhi a decade ago and has watched the organization grow to support more children with every subsequent year. She is an Associate in Investor Services on the Banks and Broker Dealers Sales desk at J.P. Morgan. After graduating summa cum laude from Baruch College, she rotated through various desks in Prime Brokerage at Bear Stearns before joining the Prime Brokerage Client Service desk at J.P. Morgan. She then worked at Neuberger Berman on their Fund of Hedge Funds Investment Team before rejoining J.P. Morgan in 2013. Harbani holds the Series 3, 7, and 66 licenses. She is a member of the Financial Women’s Association and is actively involved in undergraduate recruiting for Investor Services as well as Baruch College.

Kyra Buchko is Secretary of Butterflies USA.  She joined the board in 2014 as Executive Director and is working to expand Butterflies’ donor base by strengthening relationships with institutional and private foundation funding sources.  Currently based in Washington, DC, she is a conflict resolution expert and lawyer with nearly two decades’ experience in the international justice sector.  Kyra has lived in South Asia and Eastern Europe, where she served as Senior Advisor with the United Nations Development Programme, Caritas and several non-governmental organizations on human rights, conflict resolution, and youth advocacy programs.  She worked previously with the American Bar Association, where she directed rule of law reform programs in the former Soviet Union. Kyra earned a BS and a JD from Georgetown University.

Kapil Bawa is Professor of Marketing at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.  He obtained his MBA at the Indian Institute of Management Calcultta and his PhD at Columbia University.  Prior to joining Baruch, he held faculty appointments at McGill University, New York University and Columbia University, and worked in the field of advertising.  Kapil is a member of the Advisory Board of Baruch College Survey Research, and teaches Marketing Research and Marketing Management at the undergraduate, graduate and Executive levels. Kapil also taught in the Zicklin School’s International Executive Programs in Singapore and Taiwan and at the People’s University in Beijing, conducted development programs for senior executives in Indian corporations, and consulted on marketing research projects in India and the US.

Myrna Chase Wortman is a former Provost, Dean of Liberal Arts and Professor Emerita of History at Baruch College, City University of New York, she is one of the founding members of Butterflies USA. An historian of ideas, Myrna has been involved in India for more than 25 years and with Butterflies of India since 2007, and wholeheartedly supports its work assisting and empowering street children.
Carla Latty has been an attorney for 30 years, practicing civil law before federal courts, state courts and administrative law bodies in the state of New York. Carla’s areas of expertise include transactional, contracts, consumer, real estate, matrimonial and family law. Presently, Carla is a Supervising Attorney at DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services. She has assisted union members at DC 37 for over 26 years with a wide variety of legal matters. Carla earned her undergraduate degree at Fairfield University, her law degree from Howard University School of Law. Carla has served on the Board of Butterflies since 2005.
Jessica Leitner has extensive experience and a strong background in fundraising and development and campaigns. Currently the Executive Director of Campaign and Leadership Giving at Baruch College of the City University of New York, she successfully manage the largest campaign in the college’s history. Before joining Baruch, Jessica was Director of Development for the East Harlem School at Exodus House,where she managed all aspects of fundraising, including a successful capital campaign for a new school building. She spent several years at New York Presbytarian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center working in most every facet of their joint fundraising office. Jessica earned her BS from University of Maryland cum laude and an MS in counseling education from NYU. She joined the Butterflies Board in 2009 and also serves on the Board of the Manhattan Charter School.
Annie Marx, a native New Yorker, graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2006 and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2011. She currently works in the Luxe division of L’Oreal as a Finance Manager for Viktor & Rolf fragrance house. Annie has always been fascinated by South Asia and has spent time in India and Bangladesh learning about microfinance at The Grameen Bank. She is a longtime supporter of Butterflies, formally joining the Board in 2013.
Dave Gallagher brings 25 years’ experience managing fundraising campaigns that have raised nearly $10 billion for colleges, universities, hospitals, museums, and other non-profit organizations throughout the Northeast.  Currently President of the Harvest Fund Raising Counsel, Dave has worked with the entire SUNY and CUNY systems, Einstein Healthcare Network, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Columbia University, The United Nations Foundation, Seeds of Peace, and the National Center for Disability Services, among others.  Previously, Dave served as VP for College Advancement at Baruch College and VP at Community Counseling Service Company (CCS), the nation’s largest fund raising consulting firm. He was also Director of Alumni Relations at his alma mater, St. John’s University, where he earned both his BA and MA in History.  In addition to Butterflies, he serves on the boards of the Delaware River Foundation, and Calvary Chapel St. Bernard, Louisiana.

Crescentia Coutinho is currently the Director of the Conference Centers at Baruch College of the City University of New York. After obtaining a degree in Chemistry and Microbiology from Bombay University, Cres came to the United States in 1984 and worked as a textile chemist. In 1986, Cres started her career at CUNY Central at the Office of University and Community Relations. Cres’s strong tie to Butterflies in Delhi stem from her admiration and belief in the Butterflies mission, and from her long friendship with the founders, Gerry Pinto and Rita Panicker.

Loren Bassett is a NYC-based Power Yoga Instructor and founder of Bassett’s Boot Camp, incorporating hot power yoga, high-intensity cardio intervals, strength training and core work. For the past several years, Loren Basset has led a powerful yoga flow class to benefit Butterflies. Loren’s “Flow for a Cause” has become a semi-annual event attended by friends of all ages and abilities. Loren started these events once she visited Butterflies in India personally and saw some of the children practicing yoga and being taught about good health, wellness and the integration of mind, body and spirit. Loren completed Level 1 teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste, a 200-hour teacher training certification from New York Yoga and coursework in musculo-skeletal anatomy and kinesiology. She received a BA in International Studies from Pepperdine University.  Loren is a member of the Junior League of NY, and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, ASPCA, NY Foundling Hospital, and the Mott Haven Academy.

Riley Gallagher is a junior member of the Board. She is a student at Council Rock High School in Newtown, PA and has visited and worked with Butterflies in India. Riley oversees our outreach with schools and children in the US. She is interested in a career in international relations.
Alice Z. Berninghausen is a retired health care professional specializing in underserved children, adults, and the elderly in both rural and urban settings.  She had previously worked in a staff support capacity for the administration at Middlebury College.  A frequent visitor to East and South Asia, Alice has lived and worked in the People’s Republic of China for three sabbaticals.  She is also ESL certified.  Since retirement, Alice has volunteered at The Open Door Clinic in Middlebury, Vermont, which provides health and dental care for Vermonters who are uninsured and underinsured including Hispanic farm workers.  She is involved with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Project.  Alice has served on the board of a hospice, assisted living facility for the elderly, a teen center, and as secretary of Patient Choices Vermont which was responsible for passage in May 2013 of Vermont’s Death With Dignity legislation.  An amateur cellist, she also sings in the female a cappella group, “Maiden Vermont”, and enjoys gardening and hiking.
Joe Gerardi is a freelance video producer and animator from Oakland CA. An NYU Film grad, Joe’s career has serviced a wide array of non-profit as well as private-sector clients. His Bay Area company Supposium focuses on promotional content creation for businesses, aimed at expanding visibility and market competitiveness in today’s digital economy. With a long-time interest in children’s rights and development, Joe and his wife Bethany Richardson volunteer as CASA workers (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in Alameda County, getting to know kids in group home facilities, and writing court reports regarding their development. Joe is a musician and a traveller who shares with his wife a special love for the culture and history of India.
Rahul Prasad is a senior physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. After receiving his PhD in engineering and applied science at Yale, he served on Yale’s research faculty, worked as a research scientist at Physics International and later Science Research Lab. In 1994 he co-founded Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation. In his volunteer capacity at Yale, Prasad served as chair of the Graduate School Alumni Association. While a member of the AYA Board of Governors, he spearheaded two career workshops to bring alumni back to campus to provide students with career and life-skills advice. He co-founded the AYA’s Careers Life and Yale (CLY) program in 2015 while an executive officer of the AYA Board of Governors. A long-standing member of the Yale Club of San Francisco board of directors, Prasad currently serves as its president. In July 2016, he was named chair of the Association of Yale Alumni Board of Governors. When not working or volunteering, he enjoys photography and has garnered several awards for his work.
Madhumita Chakrabartti is Director of Finance at Parker Life, a leading provider of aging services committed to challenging, changing and expanding the idea of what it means to grow older in America. Madhumita brings 28 years of corporate finance experience to this transition from the corporate to not-for-profit arena. Her corporate experience includes executive finance positions with Covance, Covidien, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Danone, and Entex. Madhumita expresses her passion and commitment to supporting non-profit endeavors by contributing her skills and expertise to a wide variety of organizations. These include the Financial Women’s Association, Tribes Hill Artists Co-Operative, Hillside Village Homeowners, McCarter Theater, Seeds of Peace, Amnesty International, Clearwater Sloop Inc., Walkabout Clearwater Sloop Inc., Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. She holds an MS in Public Accounting and MBA in Finance from Pace University, and a BA in English Literature from Calcutta University.