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Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors


Wynne Kelly, Esq.


Wynne Kelly

Wynne is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Wynne was an Associate in the Miami office of Hunton & Williams LLP. Wynne joined Hunton after clerking for Judge K. Michael Moore, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida. Wynne graduated from Fordham Law in 2005. At Fordham, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Fordham International Law Journal and Associate Editor of the Fordham Moot Court Board. Wynne was also a Highbridge Fellow and worked with Legal Services of New York in the South Bronx representing low income clients in various administrative proceedings.

Prior to attending law school, Wynne was a certified teacher at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Georgia where he taught English and coached football and baseball. Wynne received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

Wynne met Dave Nee on the first day of law school and shared countless conversations with Dave on important topics like international law, foreign policy, and the National League East Division.


Alexandra Nee

Vice President

Alexandra Nee

Alexandra joined the Board in 2007, and was elected Vice President of the Board of Directors in 2013. Within the Foundation, she also leads the Strategic Development sub-committee.

Currently, Ms. Nee is a consultant with McKinsey & Co., where she has worked primarily in the areas of strategy development and risk for social and public sector clients. Prior to McKinsey, Ms. Nee worked in the tech and non-profit fields. She is the first Washington, D.C. Site Director for StreetWise Partners, a non-profit organization with a mission to build mentoring relationships between low-income individuals and volunteer business professionals to develop workplace skills and employment networks as the bridge to a successful career. In this role, Ms. Nee led the nonprofit’s corporate relations, fundraising, and program operations and expansion in the region. In addition, Alexandra developed the nonprofit’s outcomes surveys and reporting for both the New York and Washington DC offices. Ms. Nee also currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Newark Mentoring Movement, and the Young Professionals Advisory Board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for New York City, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro). She comes to the Dave Nee Foundation with an A.B., magna cum laude, in Religion from Princeton University, an M.B.A. in General Management from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and professional experience starting successful non-profit ventures.

Dave Nee was Ms. Nee’s wonderful older brother, and her commitment to the Foundation is motivated both by indelible impact of his life on hers, and the mission of the organization to eradicate the stigma of depression and create a world where no one struggles alone in silence.


Anne-Marie Peterson


Anne-Marie Peterson

Anne-Marie Peterson

Anne-Marie Peterson is a Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance Group of KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., the corporate and investment banking arm of Cleveland-based KeyCorp. Anne-Marie is based in New York City office.

Prior to joining KeyBanc, Anne-Marie was at Credit Suisse Securities in the Financial Sponsors Group within the investment banking division. Anne-Marie also worked in the investment banking divisions of Lehman Brothers Inc. and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. At both companies, she was in the Leveraged Finance Group.

Anne-Marie attended Trinity College for undergraduate and Columbia University for graduate school. She holds both Series 7 & 63 License Designations.

Anne-Marie has been a volunteer in the fundraising division of the New York Junior League since 2004 and received her certification in Nonprofit Board Membership from the Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse (a division of the NYJL) in the fall of 2009.  Anne-Marie was a member of the Student Sponsor Partners Leadership Committee from 2006 through 2014; she was co-head of the committee from 2009 through 2014. She was co-chair of the inaugural Back-to-School Benefit in 2008 and was also co-chair of the 2009, 2010 and 2013 Back-to-School Benefits.

 Anne-Marie and her husband, Cullen, live in Scarsdale, NY with their daughters Katherine and Julia.


Annie Farrenkopf


Annie Farrenkopf

Annie holds her Masters of Professional Studies in Education at Manhattanville College in January 2012. She received dual certification in General and Special Education, grades 1 to 6.

She graduated from Iona College in 2007 with a Bachelors in Social Work and continued her social work education receiving a Masters in Social Work at Fordham University in 2008.

Community service and volunteering have always been important to Annie. She started Iona College’s AFSP chapter and led the college’s first efforts to address student depression and suicide. She organized fundraisers both at Iona and in Westchester to fund AFSP’s education programs. She has also volunteered for two summers at Camp Viva, an organization that provides respite to HIV/AIDS patients and their children.

Annie is a lifelong friend of the Nee family. Some of her first memories are of playing board games with Dave’s sister, Alex, while Dave supervised and dispensed his legendary advice on strategy.

Annie is a Head Teacher at Christ’s Church Nursery School in Rye, New York, where she teaches the school’s 5 year old class. She is also a co-teacher in the school’s KinderBlocks Literacy enrichment program for the kindergarten children of Rye. Annie can often be found walking her Shih Tzu, Teddy, on the streets of Greenwich, CT, where they live.


Kara Friedman, Esq.

Kara Friedman

Kara Friedman


Ms. Friedman received her J.D. from Fordham University’s School of Law, where she was a member of the Urban Law Journal, an associate editor of the Moot Court Board and Legal Writing Teaching Assistant and Student Program Coordinator; she received her B.A. from the University of Florida. Ms. Friedman practiced corporate litigation at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and is currently an associate real estate broker at Warburg Realty. Ms. Friedman also currently serves as the co-chair for the Families Division of UJA-Federation of New York.

Kara had the honor and pleasure of working with Dave on Fordham’s Moot Court Board, where she learned of Dave’s natural charisma, charm and fierce intellect.


Kacey LeGeyt, Esq.


Kacey LeGeyt

Kacey LeGeyt

Kacey joined the Board in 2014 and has been an active volunteer with the Foundation since its inception. She was a driving force behind the Foundation’s expansion to the DC area, working with fellow DC Board members on the planning and implementation of fundraising events in the District since 2011.

Kacey is a 2005 graduate of Fordham Law School where she was fortunate to have developed her friendship with Dave through her position on the Moot Court Board.  She was immediately drawn to Dave’s warm smile, brilliant mind and free spirit, all of which were enough to forgive his poor choice in New York baseball teams. After law school, Kacey practiced Corporate and Real Estate law as an associate at Herrick, Feinstein in New York and Arent Fox in Washington, DC before transitioning to a career in legal recruiting in 2010.  Kacey first coordinated summer associate recruiting for Howrey’s DC office and then moved to WilmerHale, where she specialized in national lateral attorney recruiting until the birth of her daughter in the Fall of 2012.  During her time at WilmerHale, she was a board member of the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association where she held the position of Secretary. Prior to law school, Kacey attended The Johns Hopkins University, graduating in 2002 with a degree in Political Science. Kacey and her husband live in Northern Virginia with their daughter, their son and their pug.



S. Starling Marshall, Esq.


S. Starling Marshall

S. Starling Marshall is a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, Court of Federal Claims Section, and also serves as a detailee to the Department’s Office of Legal Policy where she assists in pre-nomination vetting of candidates for nomination to the United States District Courts. Before joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Marshall practiced civil litigation in the New York office of Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett. Ms. Marshall also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Victor Marrero on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ms. Marshall received her J.D. from Fordham University’s School of Law, where she served on the editorial board of the Law Review and was an associate editor of the Moot Court Board; she received her B.A. from Emory University. Ms. Marshall is also an adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, serves as President of the Fordham Law Alumni Association’s DC Chapter, and is the Chair of JLW’s Bright Beginnings Committee, which serves homeless children and their families in DC.

Starling had the honor and pleasure of working with Dave on Fordham’s Moot Court Board, which gave her a front row seat to witness Dave’s equally piercing wit and intelligence.


Charles Ricciardelli, Esq.


Charles is a Political Law associate in the Washington, DC office of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Prior to joining the Political Law group, he worked as a corporate associate in Skadden’s New York office, representing investment advisers in the formation and operation of private equity and hedge funds.

As a student at Georgetown University Law Center, Charles taught a first-year class in Legal Research & Writing and served as a member of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. Charles received his B.S. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs from Georgetown University in 2000.

Charles was elected to the Board in 2013 and aims to further develop the Foundation’s outreach efforts within the legal community in and around the Washington, DC area.


Brian Schmidt, Esq.


Brian Schmidt

Brian Schmidt

Brian is the director of operations and general counsel for Trello, a tech startup based in New York, and has been a supporter of the Dave Nee foundation since its inception.  Previously, Brian was a senior associate at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in their Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement group.  Before that, Brian was an associate with Katten Muchin Rosenman.  His practice included a broad range of litigation matters, including high profile securities, complex commercial, and copyright cases.  Brian also has extensive experience with internal investigations and regulatory matters.


Dean Vetsikas


Dean Vetsikas

Dean is a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional and Financial Planning Specialist at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Philadelphia. His practice serves foundations, endowments, corporate executives, retirees, entrepreneurs, attorneys and closely held business owners.

Dean holds dual bachelor’s in Mathematics and Physics from Colorado College, where he was named a Trustee Scholar. He completed his MS in Physics from the University of Washington in Seattle. The National Science Foundation funded much of Dean’s geophysical research at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, Stony Brook’s Center for High Pressure Research, Brookhaven National Laboratories, and the Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source.

Dean is also the Co-Founder of the Crescendo Club at the Curtis Institute of Music and serves as a strategic liaison to the Leopold Stokowski Society Committee. He had the good fortune of meeting and knowing Dave during Dave’s studies at Fordham Law. Dean and his wife Julia live in Center City Philadelphia with their bulldog, Rosie.




David Stoner, Esq.

Former Director

July 15, 1978 – December 4, 2010

David Stoner

David Stoner

The Board of Directors of the Dave Nee Foundation wish to express our profound sadness at the loss of our Vice President, Board Member, founder, and friend David Stoner, who passed away suddenly while out with friends on Saturday, December 4, 2010. David valued family and friendship above all else, and his devotion to those he loved exemplified many of the Dave Nee Foundation’s most fundamental beliefs: that no one needs to feel alone, that we must care for one another, and that through true friendship and stewardship we can overcome anything, even the disease of depression.

The Dave Nee Foundation was started by close friends, including David, who came together hoping to fill a void in our community. Thus, our Board Members are not strangers who converse only at Board meetings; most of us see and talk to each other many times a week on issues wholly unrelated to this organization. David was not just the Foundation’s Vice-President, but also our head chef, master party planner, leading authority on everything from sports trivia to how to tie a bow tie, and — most importantly — our dear friend.

The Dave Nee Foundation has named an award in David Stoner’s memory. The David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award is given to a member of the legal profession who exhibits extraordinary compassion and concern for his co-workers, family, friends, and community. The Award is named in memory of David S. Stoner, a founding Director and Vice President of the Dave Nee Foundation from 2006 to 2010. David Stoner, a close friend of Dave Nee, valued family and friendship above all else, and his devotion to those he loved was unparalleled. David’s respect and compassion for others was unmatched and his life was a shining example of many of the Foundation’s most fundamental beliefs: that no one needs to feel alone, that we must care for one another, and that through true friendship and stewardship we can overcome anything, even the disease of depression.

A separate website has been set up to collect photos and memories of David Stoner. Please visit by clicking here.

Below is an unedited interview of David Stoner taped in the Summer of 2009 for the Dave Nee Foundation Tribute Video. We thank him for his many years of dedicated service to the Dave Nee Foundation and we will never forget our dear friend, “Stoner.”




Rachael Barrett

Executive Director

Rachael Barrett head shot

Rachael Barrett

Rachael Barrett, Executive Director of the Dave Nee Foundation, has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working in domestic and international organizations, in the areas of health and mental health, community development, legal services, criminal justice, and advocacy. Throughout her career, she has been committed to working with entrepreneurial organizations focused on systemic change through education and advocacy.

Before joining the Dave Nee Foundation in January 2014, Rachael was a fundraising consultant, working with a number of nonprofits in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, helping organizations raise funds from individuals, foundations, and government. Rachael has also worked at nonprofits in New York City as fundraising staff, including senior-level positions with the International Rescue Committee’s Women’s Refugee Commission and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.

Rachael is a member of the American Association of Grant Professionals, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women in Development, American Prospect Research Association, and the American Evaluation Association. She serves as a board member on two New York City nonprofits, Good Shepherd Volunteers and Radio Diaries. Rachael has a BS in Mass Communications from Emerson College and an MBA from the University of New Haven. Rachael is honored to be working with the Dave Nee Foundation, its board, staff, and supporters to advance the Foundation’s mission and vision.


Katherine Bender, Ph.D., NCC

Programming Director

Katherine Bender

Katherine Bender

Upon graduating from Georgetown University as an English and Theology major, Katherine Bender began teaching at an independent Catholic secondary school for girls in Philadelphia. During this time, she became increasingly interested in the social concerns of young women and decided to pursue a degree in community counseling with a focus on women’s issues at the University of Scranton. After completing an internship providing individual counseling to undergraduate students at a residential college, as part of her Masters degree in counseling, she began working as a full time mental health counselor for college students in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Recognizing that advocating for students with mental health issues in higher education would likely require a Ph.D., Kate began her doctoral work at Old Dominion University in January of 2011, focused her dissertation on research regarding college student suicide prevention, and in the summer of 2013, successfully completed her doctoral program. She now has a P.H.D in Counseling, Counselor Education & Supervision.

She joined the team at the Dave Nee Foundation as Programming Consultant in September of 2012 and became Programming Director in September 2013. In this role, she leads the Uncommon Counsel program and LawLifeline. She sees her role with the Dave Nee Foundation as an excellent way to continue to provide outreach services and to raise awareness about depression, anxiety, and suicide prevention for higher education students.



Thank You to Our Past Board Members for Their Service

The Dave Nee Foundation deeply appreciates the service of its former board members. We will never be able to thank you enough for the countless hours, the immeasurable energy, and passion you gave toward strengthening this organization. We would not be able to make the difference in people’s lives that we do without your vision and generosity. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for the Foundation.

Amy Marisa Balducci, friend of Dave Nee and fellow Princeton Alumnus

Pierre Bastien, friend of Dave Nee and fellow Princeton Alumnus

Anne Buckman Calder, friend of Dave Nee and fellow Fordham Law School Alumnus

James Hyre, friend of Dave Nee and fellow Fordham Law School Alumnus

Matthew Kaufman, friend of Dave Nee and fellow Fordham Law School Alumnus

Kathryn Beaumont Murphy, friend of Dave Nee and fellow Princeton Alumnus

Claire Nee Nelson, sister of Dave Nee and fellow Princeton Alumnus

Andrew Sparkler, friend of Dave Nee and fellow Fordham Law School Alumnus

Erica Sparkler, friend of Dave Nee and fellow Fordham Law School Alumnus

Michael Stanitski, friend of Dave Nee and fellow Fordham Law School Alumnus

David Stoner, friend of Dave Nee and fellow Fordham Law School Alumnus