Our Board

  Christine Kovich, Hk Executive Director and Co-Founder   Christine is also Co-Founder of Harlem Biospace, a biotech incubator for early stage life science companies. Christine has spent 14 years in the payments industry, most recently creating partnerships with start-ups that are disrupting the financial services industry. Prior to that, she held positions at M&M Mars and PepsiCo Restaurants in Toronto and Moscow, Russia. Christine has a Bachelor of Education from McGill University and International MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Canada.

Christine Kovich, Hk Executive Director and Co-Founder

Christine is also Co-Founder of Harlem Biospace, a biotech incubator for early stage life science companies. Christine has spent 14 years in the payments industry, most recently creating partnerships with start-ups that are disrupting the financial services industry. Prior to that, she held positions at M&M Mars and PepsiCo Restaurants in Toronto and Moscow, Russia. Christine has a Bachelor of Education from McGill University and International MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Canada.

  Erika Gillette,  Hk Co-Founder   Erika is currently enrolled in the Science Education Ed.D program at Teachers College; her focus is on social justice, and science as a therapy for children with dis/ABILITIES. She is also an adjunct professor at the College of Mt. St. Vincent in Riverdale, New York. Erika has a Bachelors in Psychology, Elementary and Special Education from the College of Mt. St. Vincent. She graduated with a Masters in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, specializing in teaching students with learning differences by focusing on their interest and abilities rather than the disability.

Erika Gillette,  Hk Co-Founder

Erika is currently enrolled in the Science Education Ed.D program at Teachers College; her focus is on social justice, and science as a therapy for children with dis/ABILITIES. She is also an adjunct professor at the College of Mt. St. Vincent in Riverdale, New York. Erika has a Bachelors in Psychology, Elementary and Special Education from the College of Mt. St. Vincent. She graduated with a Masters in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, specializing in teaching students with learning differences by focusing on their interest and abilities rather than the disability.

  David Steinmiller, Board Chair   David is Chief Business Officer and Board Member at HelixBind. He was also the Co-Founder of Knowbility Health, a biotech startup. Up until May 2015, he was Chief Operating Officer of Opko Diagnostics. He co-founded Claros Diagnostics, a point-of-care diagnostics company in 2004, which was acquired by Opko Diagnostics. Prior to that, David served as Director of Engineering at WebOligos and Eos Biotechnology and developed instruments for genomic research. David holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters in Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

David Steinmiller, Board Chair

David is Chief Business Officer and Board Member at HelixBind. He was also the Co-Founder of Knowbility Health, a biotech startup. Up until May 2015, he was Chief Operating Officer of Opko Diagnostics. He co-founded Claros Diagnostics, a point-of-care diagnostics company in 2004, which was acquired by Opko Diagnostics. Prior to that, David served as Director of Engineering at WebOligos and Eos Biotechnology and developed instruments for genomic research. David holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters in Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

 
  Cyndi Stivers   Cyndi is Director of the TED Residency, an incubator for “ideas worth spreading,” housed at TED HQ. She is also a special events curator at TED. She started her career in newspapers while a student at Barnard, working full-time during her junior and senior years at the New York Post. In the 40-odd years since then, she has worked for a range of companies and startups on just about every media platform, often straddling both business and creative sides. From 1995 to 2005, she ran North American operations for Time Out Group Ltd., launching Time Out New York, Time Out Chicago, and Time Out New York Kids. She received her Bachelors degree in English from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.

Cyndi Stivers

Cyndi is Director of the TED Residency, an incubator for “ideas worth spreading,” housed at TED HQ. She is also a special events curator at TED. She started her career in newspapers while a student at Barnard, working full-time during her junior and senior years at the New York Post. In the 40-odd years since then, she has worked for a range of companies and startups on just about every media platform, often straddling both business and creative sides. From 1995 to 2005, she ran North American operations for Time Out Group Ltd., launching Time Out New York, Time Out Chicago, and Time Out New York Kids. She received her Bachelors degree in English from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.

  Flores Forbes   Flores is Associate Vice President of Urban Planning at Columbia University. Flores last served as Chief Strategic Officer for the Abyssinian Development Corporation. Prior to his tenure at Abyssinian, Flores worked for the Office of the Manhattan Borough President, where he served first as Deputy Director of Land Use Housing and Development and then as Director of Borough President Fields’ Northern Manhattan Office. Flores holds an undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University. He received a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and was a Revson Fellow at Columbia.

Flores Forbes

Flores is Associate Vice President of Urban Planning at Columbia University. Flores last served as Chief Strategic Officer for the Abyssinian Development Corporation. Prior to his tenure at Abyssinian, Flores worked for the Office of the Manhattan Borough President, where he served first as Deputy Director of Land Use Housing and Development and then as Director of Borough President Fields’ Northern Manhattan Office. Flores holds an undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University. He received a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and was a Revson Fellow at Columbia.

  Tovah Klein   Tovah is the Director of the Barnard Toddler Center and an Associate Professor of Psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is author of How Toddlers Thrive (Simon & Schuster, 2014). Professor Klein studies children’s social and emotional development, including a study of young children following the WTC disaster.  Professor Klein is a former developmental advisor for Sesame Street, and an advisor for Ubuntu Pathways (S. Africa), Room to Grow, Hunts Point Alliance for Children and Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM). Dr. Klein has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in psychology from Duke University.

Tovah Klein

Tovah is the Director of the Barnard Toddler Center and an Associate Professor of Psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is author of How Toddlers Thrive (Simon & Schuster, 2014). Professor Klein studies children’s social and emotional development, including a study of young children following the WTC disaster.  Professor Klein is a former developmental advisor for Sesame Street, and an advisor for Ubuntu Pathways (S. Africa), Room to Grow, Hunts Point Alliance for Children and Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM). Dr. Klein has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in psychology from Duke University.