Board Members

Children’s Growth Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to reaching children across the globe.
Our organization’s board has witnessed the dynamic impact positive intervention in the life of a child can have for their growth and future. Our organization’s board is committed to continuing their personal charitable efforts for kids because of their passion for service and support.

NICHOLAS C. BIASE

CHIEF FUNDING OFFICER & CHAIRMAN OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS


For the past 16 years Nicholas C. Biase has been the President of Omabuild Corporation, a Real Estate Investment Company in NY. Before that he worked for 6 years at Refco Inc on a trading & execution desk. He is the Founder & Chief Funding Officer of the Children’s Growth Alliance. Mr. Biase has handled the charitable contributions for the Omabuild Corp for several years. He has always been a strong supporter of children’s funds that facilitate adoption and foster services. He has also been a big supporter and fund raiser for Breast Cancer research and support. He is responsible for making all the final decisions on which children’s programs are funded. He will focus most of his efforts on children’s programs in Italy and the US.

LYNN BIASE

TREASURER OF BOARD


Lynn is the co-founder of the Children’s Growth Alliance. Lynn spent 3 years (1992-1995) as an auditor at Arthur Andersen, focusing on hedge funds. She left in 1995 to join one of her clients (a $1 billion hedge fund advisory firm named Alpha Investment Management) as head of research. She rapidly became a Partner and the Managing Director of Investments until they sold the company to Safra National Bank. She then went to work for Royal Bank of Canada to build their hedge fund advisory business. She was there for 5 years as CEO and CIO of the RBC Alternative Asset Management business. She was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after retiring from RBC. The fact she is a breast cancer survivor as well as the mother of an adopted child has driven her passion to support both important causes. For years she has been a large supporter of Breast Cancer research as well as adoption and orphan programs. She will mainly focus on funding initiatives in Africa.

BIRGE SWIFT WATKINS

Birge Watkins has held leadership and senior level positions in business, government and the non-profit sector for over 35 years, and has extensive international experience.   He is currently Vice Chairman of the Council of American Universities Abroad, where is involved with university feasibility studies and planning in Romania, Albania, Mongolia, and other countries.   He is a partner in Encompass Real Estate Advisors, a member of the Board of Commissioners and former Chairman of the Vint Hill Economic Development Authority, Chairman and Director of the Land Trust of Virginia, and serves on the board of The Lowell Group, a private equity firm.  He also serves on three other private company boards associated with HoldCo Advisors LLC.

Past positions include private sector development and education at USAID; real estate investment and development with various firms, including an affiliate of Trammell Crow Corporation; and Vice President of the Private Client Group at FBR Investment Management Inc.  He was recently a development consultant with the United States Institute for Peace.   He has been a director and officer of numerous non-profit organizations.

Birge served as Staff Assistant to the President in the Office of Economic Affairs at The White House during the Ford Administration.  Later he served as Assistant Director of President Reagan’s Task Force on International Private Enterprise and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.   At the request of the Chairman of the FDIC, he organized and served as Director of the Resolution Trust Corporation’s National Investor Outreach Program.  He was also an elected at-large member of the Warrenton, Virginia town council.

He received a BA from Alma College, a MBA from the London Business School, and a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

WILLIAM MCENROE – MANAGING PARTNER OF FTS

Prior to founding FTS he was a founding Partner of WTAS (a national tax advisory firm / RIA and formerly part of HSBC) and was Head of the Alternative Investment Tax Group in New York. William was also a member of the IAS (Investment Allocation Services) investment committee at WTAS and was a firm wide resource on alternative investments and S corporations.

He has over 25 years of experience in advising clients on business and diverse tax matters, including extensive knowledge of alternative investments, partnership taxation, offshore taxation, and multistate taxation. William focuses on assisting family offices and investment partnerships with entity structuring, tax planning and tax compliance. William’s clients include complex alternative investment funds (private equity and hedge funds) both on-shore and off-shore, and some of the largest family offices in the United States.

Prior to joining WTAS Mr. McEnroe was the Managing Member of Occam Management overseeing tax strategies and private equity investments for multiple family offices, a Director of the Montrose Group where advised single family offices, a consultant with KPMG in their corporate tax group specializing in corporate consolidations, and was a Senior Tax Consultant with Laventhol & Horwath International where he oversaw their largest client worldwide and was a member of the firm’s Real Estate Tax Group.

William has been a tax & business strategy advisor to many alternative investment funds including: Raptor Capital, Salida Capital, SkyBridge Capital, West End Capital (JV with Berkshire Hathaway), Boston Ventures, HSBC private equity, Olympia Capital, Performance Trust, Saturn Ventures, and Flagstone Re. William is also a member of MetCircle (family office association), the Explorers Club, and is a member of the Forbes 400 Advisory Council.

Mr. McEnroe was educated at Wellesley High School, Wellesley, MA; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, received his Masters of Science in Finance (MSF) and his Masters in Science in Taxation (MST) from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, New York, NY.

EMMANUEL VERSTRAETEN

Emmanuel Verstraeten is Founder & CEO of Rouge Tomate Group and SPE Certified.

Born in Belgium Emmanuel started his business career at the European Commission in his early 20’s. Emmanuel then launched and operated several food service companies. In 2001, he opened his first restaurant in Brussels, Rouge Tomate, bringing together under one roof the divergent worlds of nutrition and fine dining. In 2004, Emmanuel co-founded Natural Caffè, a Brussels-based “quality fast food” chain with an emphasis on organic, fresh, homemade fare. In 2008, he opened Rouge Tomate in New York, which was awarded many accolades, notably one Michelin Star. Then in 2011 he created SPE Certified, the certification and consulting arm of the unique culinary philosophy underlying both Rouge Tomate restaurants, with the mission to effect positive change in the food service industry.

When not working, Emmanuel cherishes spending time with his wife Daria and his daughter Anna. In fact, he and Daria have been trying, since 2005, to adopt a baby from China, and look forward, soon, to a happy resolution of this important life journey.

Emmanuel holds a Master in Business and Finance (ICHEC, Brussels), and serves as a member on several boards in both Belgium and the United States.

GENEVIEVE N. WEBER PH.D., LMHC

Dr. Weber is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Hofstra University, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York with a specialization in addictions counseling. At Hofstra, Dr. Weber teaches a variety of graduate courses in the areas of multicultural counseling, group counseling, psychopathology, and psychopharmacology. She was a Mental Health Counselor at the Midtown Center for Treatment and Research, Weill Cornell Medical College, for eight years. In addition to her academic and clinical work, Dr. Weber is a Senior Research Associate with Rankin Consulting and conducts campus climate assessments for historically underrepresented groups at college campuses across the nation.  Such work has enabled Dr. Weber to work closely with the Board of Education, Center for Higher Education, in an advocacy role. She is the author of various journal articles and book chapters in psychology and counseling, and presents her research and advocacy work at the local, state, and national levels.

DANIEL JENNINGS

Daniel Jennings is CEO of the Private Jet Company and aircraft brokerage firm based in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Mr. Jennings is active community member with a board seat on the Loggerhead Marinelife Center as well a donor to numerous charitable organizations. As a Father to 3 young children, Mr. Jennings is passionate to the health and well being of children and will contribute his time and energy to assist the Children’s Growth Alliance on its important mission.