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.
Robert J. Chervenak, CPA, Director (Treasurer)
Robert (Bob) Chervenak has practiced as a Certified Public Accountant for over 40 years. He has an undergraduate degree form Saint Peters College in business administration with majors in both Accounting and Marketing. Bob has worked on more than 50 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Projects during his career in both the planning stages and finalization of the tax credits, including submissions of cost certifications and applicable IRS Forms, and subsequent certified financial statement audits of the subject properties. Bob also has extensive experience in the nonprofit area in both the financial and tax exempt reporting area. He has structured many low income tax credit transactions with Richman Group and NEF, and has serviced clients in the construction field Flintlock Construction and various nonprofits including Jericho Project, Broadway Housing, and Odyssey House.
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.
Jonathan Maddison, Director
Jonathan Maddison holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a B.Sc. in Community and International Development from the University of Vermont. Currently, Jonathan is a software engineer at OTTO Health, where he is leading a team of engineers to build a telehealth platform that helps people get better access to healthcare providers. His work in nonprofits focuses on building community partnerships to improve long-term outcomes for problems such as disaster preparedness, transportation equity, and transportation sustainability. He was a founding board member of Bike Walk Tompkins, a community led transportation advocacy organization. He is excited to join the LCS Board and work to reduce homelessness.
Rafal Markwat, Director (Secretary)
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.
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.