President and CEO
Bill Tingling’s visionary leadership has been transforming society since his founding of School News Nationwide (SNN) in 1993, a non-profit organization dedicated to youth development. Determined to improve the lives of at-risk children, Bill developed innovative academic and character education programs which engaged and inspired youth.
Bill launched his concept of student-produced newspapers, magazines, and television broadcasts more than a decade before the practice became common. Bill’s success using technology to teach interdisciplinary studies and ethical living principles enabled SNN to field a cadre of teachers who served thousands of students in low-performing schools, throughout New York City.
Driven to provide more impact and inspired by meeting Holocaust survivors, Bill created an additional SNN initiative, “Words of Bonds”, in 2005. Designed to promote understanding and good will between African-American and Jewish youth by teaching the commonality of their historical experience, “Words of Bonds” brought Jewish Holocaust survivors and African-American elders into schools and other public venues, where, using SNN technology, they were interviewed and video taped by students.
This unique project initiated Bill’s abiding relationship with Holocaust survivors across the country and around the world. In keeping with Bill’s philosophy, the primary theme of their presentations was not the horrors of the Holocaust but the need for understanding and tolerance among all peoples, so the Holocaust, slavery and similar acts of inhumanity are never again repeated.
A New York City resident since immigrating from his native Jamaica in 1970 at age seven, Bill’s significant accomplishments have made him the recipient of numerous awards from government agencies and elected officials as well as a highly respected ally of progressive leaders and organizations throughout the U.S., Europe, and Israel.
Bill holds a degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
Lynne Breslin is an architect known for conceptualizing and designing museum installations that utilize space, construction, video, graphics, theater and artifacts to immerse visitors in a provocative new experience. Her work for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in “Assignment Rescue: The Story of Varian Fry”, the New York Historical Society in “Slavery and the Civil War, and the Children’s Book Collection at Princeton University Library, examined difficult subject matter and compelled visitors to engage viscerally and to question the conventions of museums.
Her exhibitions have examined difficult subject matter; the Holocaust, slavery, discrimination and the bombing of Oklahoma City in 1995. She also recently designed the permanent exhibition on the construction of the Empire State Building.
During her productive and diverse career, Lynne has built award-winning residences and institutional buildings. Lynne has taught history, theory and design at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation since 1986. A Luce scholar, Lynne holds an A.B. from Harvard University and an M. Arch and M.A. from Princeton University.
Michael Shulan served as Creative Director for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum from 2006-2014; his responsibilities included overall planning and conceptualization, design direction, and public outreach. This followed his work as Founding Director of “here is new york: A Democracy of Photographs”, a grass roots community-based exhibition and philanthropic project about events of September 11.
The exhibit started in his small building in SOHO and went on to be shown in over three dozen major venues around the world, including MoMA, the New York Historical Society in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington and the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow.
Most recently, Michael has been Special Advisor to the International Center of Photography and Project Manager to its new museum in New York City that recently opened in the Bowery.
Michael has written for many publications and made frequent national TV and media appearances. His is the recipient of notable awards including the Cornell Capa Award from the International Center of Photography/Getty Images for Distinguished Achievement in Photography; and the Brendan Bill Prize from the Municipal Art Society for the best project expressing the spirit of New York City. Michael holds an A.B. from Harvard.
Board Member and Special Advisor
Cliff Sperber has been a non-profit executive for twenty-five years, helping raise and manage more than 100 million dollars for programs that serve youth from low-income communities. During his fifteen-year tenure as the first Executive Director of New York Road Runners Foundation, and the first Vice President of New York Road Runners Youth and Community Services, Cliff grew the organization’s annual youth service population to 200,000 plus students in more than 1,000 schools throughout New York City and nationwide.
Cliff’s success at building the organization and developing award-winning youth running resources, including the acclaimed Mighty Milers program, was recognized in 2010 when he was named “Leader of the Year” by Runner’s World magazine.
Cliff previously worked for Pathways for Youth in the South Bronx. While serving in the dual role of Assistant Executive Director and Director of Development during the 1990’s, Cliff helped grow the agency’s budget tenfold. Cliff holds a BA in Education from Queens College, City University of New York.
Susan Cuttler is a communications and creative development professional with more than twenty years executive experience. She has a strong record in strategy, concept development and managing multiple, complex projects simultaneously. As Vice President of Marketing Communications and Brand Management for New York Road Runners, Susan was a key member of the management team that tripled the organization’s revenue and grew its signature event, the New York City Marathon, into the largest and most famous marathon in the world. She also led promotion for its youth programming, enabling participant growth that reached all fifty states.
Earlier, as Creative Director for Girl Scouts of the USA, Susan directed the development and production of corporate, fundraising and marketing materials, implemented a nationwide brand initiative, and developed identity standards. She also reshaped communications to the 800,000 adult members. In addition, Susan has consulted for many non-profits including the Museum of Modern Art and the American Jewish Congress. Susan attended the University of Wisconsin, holds a BA in Art History from Temple University and a Masters’ Degree in Communication Design from Pratt Institute.
Board of Directors
Bill Tingling, Chairman
Harlan Levine, Esq, Vice Chairman
Ronald Glick, Esq, Secretary and Treasurer
Sally Frishberg, Holocaust Survivor, Educator/Lecturer