Board of Advisors

Peter Abeles

Peter Abeles is President of Abeles Advisory LLC, a Charleston, SC based consulting firm with a strategic focus on the Financial Institutions industry. Peter has spent over 30 years specializing in the credit, banking and business development areas, most recently as head of U.S. Banks, Broker/Dealer and Specialty Finance entities, within the investment banking arm of Societe Generale (“SGCIB”) in New York.

Peter is also considered a leader and expert in the Asset-Backed Securities industry having helped start-up Standard & Poor’s ABS Group in the late 1980s. He then joined ContiFinancial Services Corp., (“CFS”) a NY-based Merchant Bank in 1989 to develop and manage their non-mortgage ABS effort.

For ten years at CFS, Peter managed (from both NYC and Santa Monica, CA) an experienced team of Bankers that specialized in assisting growth oriented financial service firms to raise debt/equity and build ABS financing capabilities. Peter also served on the Board of Directors for Triad Financial and ContiLeasing Corp., two portfolio companies that he had helped to acquire for CFS.

In April 2010 Peter resigned his position with SGCIB and with his wife, Tracy, and twin daughters moved to Charleston, SC. a warm and comfortable Southern city. He launched Abeles Advisory in July of that year to meet the needs of former clients (and new contacts) who requested assistance in developing their businesses.

Abeles Advisory provides clients with consulting and advisory services with a core focus on growth initiatives, long-term operating partnerships and capital formation strategies (debt, equity and asset sales).

Bruce D. Charash M.D.

Dr. Bruce Charash is a graduate of  Cornell University (1977 A.B. Chemistry, Phi Beta Kappa), Cornell Medical School (1981, M.D. Alpha Omega Alpha), and is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at NYU Medical School, and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.  Formerly the Chief of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Charash currently is in private practice.  Dr. Charash was appointed as a Consultant to the National Academy of Medicine in 2012 and has received an Award for Excellence from the American Board of Cardiology.

Dr. Charash is the author of the book Heart Myths, Viking 1991, which explained many of the common misunderstandings of heart disease to the public.  Over the past 20 years Dr. Charash has appeared on dozens of television and radio interviews discussing heart disease related topics in the news.  He also has delivered in that same period of time over 200 lectures on issues concerning heart health to the general public, and over 800 scientific lectures to his medical peers. 

Dr. Charash is the founder and Chairman of the Board of “Doc to Dock”, which is a non-government organization (NGO) that collects surplus medical supplies from the American medical community (doctors, hospitals, and industry) and ships them to health care providers in developing nations.  Dr. Charash is also the President of the James R. Jordan Foundation International. 

Dr. Charash received the “Outstanding Physician of the Year Award” for New York State in 2008 from the Greater New York Hospital Association, an organization representing over 300 hospitals in the N.Y. Tri-State region.  He has also received the “Friend of Africa” award from the AfriMetro Foundation in New York in 2010 and the “Most Caring Person of the Year” award for the United States in 2012 from the National Caring Institute based in Washington D.C.

Chris DiAngelo

Chris DiAngelo is a finance lawyer in New York City as well as a lay minister in the United Methodist Church of Crestwood, New York.

He is the co-head of law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s structured finance practice and the Managing Partner of Katten’s New York office.

Chris is active in the structured finance industry’s trade association, the Structured Finance Industry Group, and is a member of its Board of Directors.

Married for 29 years to Lindsay Baker, a hospital administrator, Chris is the father with Lindsay of three children, Katherine, Laura and James.

Chris is a recognized authority on U.S. housing and mortgage finance policies and practices, and is a frequent speaker and writer on those topics.

Darlene Daggett

Darlene Daggett is a 30 year participant in the multi‐channel retail marketspace. She successfully launched an entrepreneurial career at 29 and subsequently during her 18 year tenure at QVC Inc, pioneered the exponential growth of one of the world’s largest e‐commerce retailers, growing the business 20 fold to sales of $5 billion. Most recently as President, QVC U.S. Commerce, she was responsible for its strategic development, new business initiatives and critical customer insight.

Throughout her career, Darlene has been recognized by her peers for integrated social initiatives including the launch and cultivation of QVC’s philanthropic program that involved both large fundraising efforts and on the ground field work. Darlene continues her strong voice in social business ventures as a delegate at both the Clinton Global Initiative and the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurs. In addition, she is an active member of the Advisory Board for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the Board of Overseers at the Peabody‐Essex Museum, in Salem, Massachusetts.

In April 2007, Darlene transitioned into her official second career as a Social Entrepreneur. As the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are adopted, she frequently thought about what the future would have looked like for her daughters if they segued out of social system without an integrated support system. Given her passion for entrepreneurship, and a belief that employment provides an opportunity for an independent, and dignified future, she founded Ikatu, an operating foundation, to focus on the opportunities surrounding youth employability.

Combining her diverse business acumen and social sensibilities, Darlene hopes to initiate and lead change on transparency, accountability, partnerships, and hybrid business models.

Darlene Daggett is a 30 year participant in the multi‐channel retail marketspace. She successfully launched an entrepreneurial career at 29 and subsequently during her 18 year tenure at QVC Inc, pioneered the exponential growth of one of the world’s largest e‐commerce retailers, growing the business 20 fold to sales of $5 billion. Most recently as President, QVC U.S. Commerce, she was responsible for its strategic development, new business initiatives and critical customer insight.
Throughout her career, Darlene has been recognized by her peers for integrated social initiatives including the launch and cultivation of QVC’s philathropic program that involved both large fundraising efforts and on the ground field work. Darlene continues her strong voice in social business ventures as a delegate at both the Clinton Global Initiative and the Skll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurs. In addition, she is an active member of the Advisory Board for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the Board of Overseers at the Peabody‐Essex Museum, in Salem, Massachusetts.
In April 2007, Darlene transitioned into her official second career as a Social Entrepreneur. As the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are adopted, she frequently thought about what the future would have looked like for her daughters if they segued out of social system withut an integrated support system. Given her passion for entrepreneurship, and a belief that employment provides an opportunity for an independent, and dignified future, she founded Ikatu, an operating foundation, to focus on the opportunities surrounding youth employability.
Combining her diverse business acumen and social sensibilities, Darlene hopes to initiate and lead change on transparency, accountability, partnerships, and hybrid business models.
Catherine Dumait-Harper

Catherine Dumait-Harper is a consultant in international humanitarian affairs. She has been involved in this field since she joined the independent emergency humanitarian medical organization, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders in September of 1993. Catherine is also a frequent guest speaker in academic circles, on issues related to international humanitarian laws (IHL), including the Responsibility to Protect Civilians in conflict situations.

As Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s Delegate to the United Nations in New York from 1993 to 2005, Catherine represented the international relief organization at the United Nations. As MSF’s main representative, Ms. Dumait-Harper’s role was to facilitate and coordinate all MSF advocacy efforts with UN officials, UN Member States and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). For this purpose, she defined the best strategy to advocate, and closely followed conflict situations in the North Caucasus, East and West Africa, East Timor, ex-Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In addition to representing MSF to the UN, Ms. Dumait-Harper also served as Vice-Chairperson of the NGO Working Group on the Security Council, which meets regularly with Ambassadors of Member States of the UN Security Council.

Ms. Dumait-Harper has been on several missions in Cambodia, Thailand, Sierra Leone, Liberia, the Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Palestinian Territories.

During the Fall Semester of 2004, Ms. Dumait-Harper was an Expert Program Fellow at Tufts University with the Feinstein International Famine Center, where she researched the humanitarian assistance in U.N. peace-keeping missions and the relations between military and humanitarian action. During her stay at Tufts University, she gave seminars to Harvard/MIT/Fletcher School’s graduate students on international humanitarian assistance.

In June 1999, Ms. Dumait-Harper was a Fellow in the United Nations/International Peace Academy’s Program in Peacemaking and Preventive Diplomacy.

Prior to MSF, she worked with the Scientific Mission of the French Embassy in Washington, and later with the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in New York.

Ms. Dumait-Harper is currently a Member of the Advisory Boards of Action Against Hunger, the Sanam Vaziri Quraishi Foundation and the French Heritage Language Program of New York. She previously served on the Boards of the U.N. “Lessons Learned Unit” of the Department of the Peace-Keeping Forces and the “Global Policy Forum”.

Ms. Dumait-Harper is married, has one son, and lives in New York City.

Father Alexander Karloutsos

Father Alexander Karloutsos is the Assistant to Archbishop Demetrios of America, Spiritual Advisor to the Order of Saint Andrew Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America and to Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy & Hellenism.  He serves as Special Assistant to the Archbishop working as liaison with heads of churches, the White House, the Congress, state and local officials, Greek American organizations, political action, religious freedom and human rights groups.  He is also the pastor of Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons and serves as the Orthodox Chaplain for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He was previously Executive Director of Leadership 100, serving from 1986 to 1992 and 1999 to 2004, and was appointed by Archbishop Iakovos as the first Vicar of Public Affairs of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in 1985, holding that position simultaneously until 1992 when he was appointed Special Assistant to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Father Alexander was graduated magna cum laude from HellenicCollege in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1966. He received a Master of Theology degree, also magna cum laude, from the Holy Cross School of Theology there in 1969. He also received a Certificate in Ecumenical Theology from the University of Geneva in 1970. He was ordained a deacon and a priest in September of 1970; respectively by Archbishop Eugenios of Crete and Archbishop Iakovos of America and was elevated by Archbishop Iakovos to Protopresbyter in February of 1984. His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew named Father Alexander Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 1994, the highest honor a married clergyman can receive in the Orthodox Christian Church.

Father Alexander first served as an assistant priest at SS. Constantine and Helen in Chicago in 1970 where he was active in youth ministries. He was appointed Archdiocesan Director of Youth Ministry in 1974, moving to the Archdiocesan headquarters in New York.  In 1978, he was appointed Archdiocesan Director of the Office of Church and Society where he served until 1980 when he assumed the directorship of the newly established Department of Communications.

Father Alexander is married to Xanthi Karavellas Karloutsos.  They have three children, happily married, and nine grandchildren, Alexander, Konstantine, Xanthi, Luca, Konstantina, Demetrios, Steven, Leo and Michael.

Jennifer Sinclair Schiff

Jennifer Sinclair is an Interior Designer and President of J Sinclair Interior Designs. Prior to that she worked at Deutsche Bank and ING Barings in Latin American Sales and Research in both London and Brazil. Ms. Sinclair received a Bachelor of Economics degree from the London School of Economics.

Ike Suri

Ike Suri is currently the Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Pelican Point Capital Partners Merchant Bank in Newport Beach, California. Prior to Pelican Point Capital, Ike has served as a CEO, Chairman, Board member and advisor to private and public companies and continues to advise companies as an Advisor or a Principal. Ike is a “serial entrepreneur” and charter member of the IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE- South Coast). He served as a board member of Trilennia Group, a mid-market merchant banking firm and a member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA).  Ike is a Co Founder and was Co President and CFO for Options Group, a leading wall street based Executive Search and Consulting firm with offices in 11 countries. Ike served as CEO, Chairman of Paradise Multimedia,Inc., a spin off acquired from Phillips Corp of NA.

Ike is Managing Director of Azemuth, Inc., a Suri family office making principal investments since the mid-1990′s.  Ike has successfully negotiated the acquisition of tens of companies on behalf of public companies engaged in consolidating particular sectors of the technology industry. His primary focus has centered on Mergers & Acquisitions. He has a long history of financial consultancy work, where he has actively worked with leading organizations across various industry sectors, includingFinancial Services, Information Technology, Med -tech, Health Care, Food and Beverage and Social Media.

Ike attended Delhi University’s Sri Ram College of Commerce and further completed Undergraduate and Graduate course work in Finance and Marketing at Rutgers University.

Jody Zellman

Jody Zellman is a graduate of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He has worked and traveled in 36 countries and his relationship with SVQF began in 2009 when he produced a short film about the organization’s work in Kenya for the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting. Today, Jody lives in NYC and is the marketing, communications and creative voice behind ZogSports, the nation’s largest co-ed social sports organization. Jody also serves as SVQF’s Marketing and Communications Manager.