Amy Larovere, President
Amy Larovere is the President of Amy Larovere Consulting. She has assisted her clients to develop and operate more than 8,400 units of housing in New York City and throughout New York State, for mixed income levels as well as for individuals and families with special needs and/or histories of homelessness. Amy is an expert in the field of tax credits and works closely with her clients to finance and develop much needed supportive, low-income housing projects. She holds a degree from Temple University.
Christapher Benson, Director
Christapher Benson previously worked for Lantern Organization as an associate with the Development team and oversaw the successful financing and early construction of Prospero Hall before his departure in 2010. He then pursued a career in finance with a desire to always stay in touch with his philanthropic roots. Christapher is now a senior derivatives broker for Sunrise Brokers, and not only serves on the Board of Lantern Organization, but also volunteers his time as a member of the Associate Board of Coney Island Prep, a passionate and successful K-12 charter school expanding in Coney Island. A man from humble beginnings, Christapher graduated with a BS in Engineering from Princeton University and is driven to help individuals from similar and less fortunate backgrounds to access schools and opportunities that can drastically improve and change the trajectory of those individuals’ lives.
Mike Doherty, Director
Michael (Mike) Doherty is the President of Building Maintenance Service (BMS), LLC, a subsidiary of Vornado Realty. Mike holds a B.S. Ed. from City College of New York. Lantern Community Services is the first Board he has served on, and Mike is privileged to have been asked to join an organization that makes such an impact in New York City.
Daniel Kent, Director
Daniel (Dan) Kent’s career in nonprofit leadership has focused on developing organizational systems to strengthen program performance and financial sustainability, and building partnerships to advance social initiatives. He currently works as Vice President of Initiatives at Galvan Foundation, leading their grant-making and community real estate development activities. He holds a B.A. and M.P.A. from University of Vermont.
Rafal Markwat, Director
Rafal Markwat has served in a development, construction, and operations capacity over the last decade as the Lantern Organization’s Development Project Manager. His work with Lantern Organization includes serving as a governmental liaison and monitoring the financial plans and progress of each new supportive housing project.
Melinda Mlinac, Director
Melinda Mlinac has dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of people with special needs throughout her career as an attorney. She is currently an attorney with the Mental Hygiene Legal Service which provides legal services, advice, and assistance to persons receiving care or alleged to be in need of care at inpatient and community based facilities for individuals with mental disabilities.
Nathaniel Wice, Director
Nathaniel Wice is a technology and publishing entrepreneur who has wide-ranging experience in governance of start-ups, investment partnerships, and non-profits, including Lantern Community Services’ permanent supportive housing and Tai Chi Chuan Center‘s programs for elder health and community wellness. Nathaniel is an honors graduate of Harvard College and also holds an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.