Board of



President & Founder

Jamie Marks

Prior to her involvement in the non-profit world, Jaime began her career in the Pharmaceutical industry. She spent the better part of 10 years with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Sepracor Biotechnology as a sales representative. Despite her success, Jaime believed that there were alternative and complementary solutions to the challenges she was addressing. In the aftermath of her mother's death, she entered Acupuncture school; her true passion. Jaime believes that there are synergies between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine. As she states, "there is no right way to be healed, just what works." Currently, she is an acupuncturist at NYC Points Acupuncture.


Vice President

Richard Marks

Prior to helping his daughter Jaime establish HMESF, Richard has been a boardmember
of several non-profit organizations.  Currently, he is Executive Managing Director of
Richard Marks Consulting, a company that advises professionals that serve the media 
and entertainment industries. Richard has been a Senior Executive for several media
and content companies with a reputation for improving poorly performing companies,
increasing revenue and creating strategic plans that deliver rapid growth and sustainable


Board Member

Elizabeth Ballantyne

Elizabeth began her work as an educator in 2002. Since then she has worked with a variety of age groups and within a variety of settings. Elizabeth received her Master of Education from Teachers College and is a New York State Certified Teacher in Early Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities (aged birth - 2nd grade). She brings with her extensive experience working with children and the developmental knowledge of children in the 0-3 age range.

Elizabeth spent 5 years working at a preschool on the Upper East Side of Manhattan where she worked with 3 and 4 year olds. She is now a Learning Specialist at The Hewitt School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan working with girls in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades.

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Board Member

Carrie Pais

Carrie became a member of the Helene Marks Early Start Foundation in March 2014, through her volunteer work on the Events & Fundraising Committee. She advised and executed the foundation's marketing initiatives and drove HMESF's 2014 spring fundraising event. In April 2015, Carrie was elected to the Board of Directors, and provides marketing and communications counsel to HMESF. In addition to her Board duties, Carrie continues to support the foundation through her fundraising efforts, and as an active member of the Events & Fundraising Committee.

Carrie has over 15 years of experience in developing and executing effective marketing strategies, and works as a director for a strategic communications firm. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Pennsylvania State University.


Board Member

Natalie Schock

Natalie is a Teach For America corps member teaching third-grade in the South Bronx. Previously, Natalie has worked as a teaching assistant at Perkins School for the Blind in Boston, a writer and producer of preschool content at Sockeye Media in NYC, and a mentor/coordinator through an AmeriCorps gang prevention program in San Diego.

Natalie has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Italian from the University of Kansas and is earning a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. Previous journalism roles include copy editing at The North County Times (San Diego) and The Indianapolis Star.

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Bradley Walbridge

Bradley Walbridge serves as the Treasurer of HMESF. Previously he held a junior board position with Partnership with Children beginning in August 2010, for approximately 3 years, including being elected the Treasurer on the executive committee. Brad became a member of HMESF junior board in September 2013 and was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2015.

Brad currently is the Chief Financial Officer at Holocene Advisors, LP, a beta-neutral long/short equity investment manager. Prior to Holocene, Brad was a Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Partner at Tyrian Investments, LP.  Before Tyrian, he was a manager in the Alternative Asset Management division at The Blackstone Group, where he helped to manage the operations team. He is a graduate of Boston College, where he double majored in Finance and Accounting and he also currently holds a CPA license. He resides in Westchester County with his wife & 4 children.