MEET THE BOARD
Founder & Chair
Susan Foster, raised in East Hampton, Long Island, is a celebrated fine jewelry designer with over two decades in the fashion world. Foster’s designs reside in prestigious stores across the globe from London to Los Angeles, New York to Moscow, as well as select online luxury retailers. Her jewelry has been on the covers of Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, InStyle and countless others, and has been featured in Vogue, Town and Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Tatler and Vanity Fair.
Being a fine jewelry designer has led Foster to appreciate what creativity can do for the mind and spirit, especially children. Foster, who can relate to the child of a broken home, recognizes that a tumultuous family environment can crush the dreamer in all of us. She has long imagined creating a safe haven where children can escape these settings in order to freely play, create, invent, and be a kid. Overall, she seeks to provide a nurturing, creative outlet assisting children who would otherwise not have access to the arts due to domestic trauma.
This safe haven is realized by A Place To Be(ad) Me, which provides a much-needed outlet for children who have suffered from a traumatic dysfunctional home life, irrespective of socio-economic or cultural background. As Foster states, “the goal is to help children feel unencumbered and a sense of freedom, improved autonomy, increased esteem, and clear recognition of worth – all through creative outlets.”
Jake currently serves as Executive Director of Playing for Change, an international nonprofit building music and arts schools in the areas of the world most in need. Having worked over fifteen years in the arts and arts education field, he has had the distinct pleasure of working with major artists and personal heroes to help kids around the world through the arts.
Prior to working for Playing for Change, Jake served as Executive Director of Josh Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation, helping to dramatically expand their reach and impact across North America.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Tara Maria Famiglietti was acclaimed as a jewelry designer to watch by New York Magazine at the age of twenty, when she developed a contemporary fine jewelry line using diamonds and 18k gold. Thereafter, Tara, who received a degree in jewelry design from FIT, has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. Her designs have been sold in exclusive boutiques and department stores around the world and have been shown in countless magazines.
Tara refined her visual language growing up as the only daughter of two sought after fashion designers. Her inspiration in design has always come from a strong world view, sense of exploration outside one's own boundaries, and largely the awe-inspiring nature of the Sea. Her fascination with water for design began during the years she lived on a sailboat, traveling through the French Riviera, the Amalfi Coast, the Balearic Islands, the African Coast and the Caribbean. Tara has a philanthropic passion for children, animals, and the arts, and resides in New York City with her musician husband and daughter.
Elizabeth Flores Flake
Ambassador, Elizabeth Flores Flake, is a writer, and has a Law Degree from the National Autonomous University of Honduras and is a member of the Honduran Bar Association.
She is the daughter of Carlos and Mary Flores. Her father, Carlos Roberto Flores, was President of Honduras from 1998-2002.
Ms. Flores Flake was chosen as the first woman Ambassador of Honduras to the United Nations representing the Government of Unity and Reconciliation. After being instrumental and returning Honduras to full participation in all regional groups and forums, in 2012 she was endorsed by the Latin America and the Caribbean Group (GRULAC) and was elected Vice-President of the United Nations General Assembly's 67th Session.
In January 2014, Ambassador Flores Flake was re-appointed by the government of President Juan Orlando Hernandez as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Honduras to the United Nations.
In addition to her ambassadorial responsibilities, Ms. Flores Flake holds the position of Liaison between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Honduran Government since 2014, working on Honduras Sustainable Development National Plan and Agenda.
From May 2016 to June 2018, Ambassador Flores Flake served as the President of the Executive Board of the International Association of Permanent Representatives (IAPR) to the United Nations in New York.
Ms. Flake divides her time between New York and Honduras.
For more than 25 years, Trevor has been helping companies use the power of story to drive exponential growth. Prior to joining Breakwater Studios as an Executive Producer, Trevor founded an entertainment company that produced premium short documentaries to help family foundations expand the effectiveness of their philanthropy.
Previously, Trevor was the President & CEO of Creative Visions Foundation, where he helped its founders grow the organization into a global force in the use of media and arts for positive change. He also provided production and distribution advice to over 150 documentary films, and helped to co-produce the long-awaited feature film, JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION, which is now available on Netflix.
His government work included a role with the City of Chicago where he helped build a public/private partnership between the City and companies such as Boeing, United, and Motorola to promote Chicago’s international profile. As part of that work he also led a collaboration between National Geographic, Chicago Public Schools, and Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project to help middle school students explore the stories of their ancestral roots.
Trevor’s approach to his work is founded in a Masters of Education from Harvard University. After receiving his degree, he was awarded a three-year fellowship to serve as a Head Teaching Fellow for Dr. Robert Coles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor. Trevor was a recipient of the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching in each of his three years.
Joan began her career as a professional fundraiser for Harvard University and Columbia Business School before spending 19 years on Wall Street. In 2003, Joan again changed course combining her love of jewelry and design, business skills and experience with non-profit organizations and created a philanthropically-driven company, Joan Hornig Jewelry - Philanthropy Is Beautiful®.
Joan has been honored by non-profits, educational institutions and the media for both her designs and social enterprise business model. She allows customers to designate any charity of their choice to receive 100% of her profit on each piece sold. Joan's designs have been shown by The National Jewelry Institute in New York and Paris. In 2012, the New York Stock Exchange invited Joan to ring the closing bell. In 2014, Joan was honored by the Fashion Institute of Technology and received the NECO Ellis Island Medal of Honor. She was also honored, in 2015, by United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. In 2016, Joan received awards from the Museum of Arts and Design and the Women's Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Award at the United Nations.
All selected by customers, Joan's donations have exceeded $1 million and are spread among more than 900 nonprofits worldwide. She has designed limited edition pieces for UNICEF, HELP USA, ASPCA, The Girl Scouts of America and other nonprofits. Her jewelry designs are worn by stars, business leaders and government officials including First Ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama and Former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Joan's work continues to be a favorite gift from the US State Department to visiting dignitaries.
Joan serves on the Boards of the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Museum of Arts and Design and in 2018, joined as a council member for the New York State Council on the Arts. Joan holds a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Fine Arts from Harvard College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Joan and her husband George live in New York City.
Jackie Shafiroff was born in New York City. She went to Tufts University for her undergraduate education and then got her Masters in Social Work at NYU. Jackie has worked with young men on probation at the Harlem Justice Community Program and with young children with developmental and emotional disabilities at the Helen Owen Carey Child Development Center. She is involved with numerous charitable organizations such as The Woodstock Animal Sanctuary, The Southampton Animal Shelter and The New York City Mission Society. Jackie is particularly passionate about caring for animals and children in need, and has two rescue dogs of her own, Charlie and Henry.