KID Museum is privileged to have a diverse and talented group of individuals who have stepped forward to help advance the mission and vision of the organization.
Christopher Carpenito serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at HESS Construction + Engineering Services. Chris manages the sales and marketing, financial, human resources, legal, risk management, and information technology functions. He is a CPA, a member of the Construction Financial Managers Association, and a graduate of Manhattan College. His community service includes memberships on school financial advisory boards, and previous treasurer for a U.S Congressional candidate as well as a current NYS Senator. In addition, Chris has served as the Chairman of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and serves as a member and fundraiser for the Montgomery County Public Safety Awards Committee. Chris also is a Board Member of the HESS Foundation, a philanthropic organization he created on behalf of the HESS family to promote education.
Jill Chessen is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of KID Museum. Jill has over two decades of legal expertise in the field of affordable housing and community development and recently transitioned to a career in residential real estate with Long and Foster. Jill also serves as the Co-Chair of the Northwestern University DC Regional Alumni Board. Jill aspires to focus more on world issues and to inspire children to focus on the less fortunate and to learn about the world they are inheriting.
Charles J. Laduca is the managing partner in the law firm, Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, where he focuses on defective building products and consumer cases. Charles’s most noted achievement there has been to use the legal system to help millions of homeowners obtain compensation to fix their homes after suffering from flawed, leaky roofs, faulty plumbing and defective siding. Charles has recovered over $2 billion dollars for his clients so far. Charles and his family are active in the community, especially in helping to repair, rebuild and raise money for better homes for the poor. Charles’ charitable contributions have included his support for education programs for the needy children in third world countries such as Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.
David Goldberg is a Founding KID Museum Board member. His work has been dedicated to start-up businesses and working for large, public companies virtually all in the area of ecommerce, digital marketing, and new media, with a heavy emphasis on live events and entertainment.
Sue Hendrickson is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, and specializes in intellectual property and technology transactions. Sue has a long-standing interest in public policy initiatives involving tech, the arts, and education and regularly assists nonprofits with their activities in these areas. She has advised LeanIn.org on its campaigns to promote women’s leadership and encourage girls, Digital Promise on its micro-credentialing platform to accelerate innovation in education, the Markle Foundation on its workforce training initiative, the National Women’s Law Center, and the McKinsey Social Initiative. She was also a founding Board member of Women in Bio, an organization promoting careers, leadership and entrepreneurship for women in the life sciences.
Corinna Lathan, Ph.D., is Board Chair and CEO of AnthroTronix, an award-winning engineering research and development company that produces human-centered technology. Her diverse background includes extensive research, teaching, and consulting in the areas of human performance engineering, medical device design, and assistive technology. She is actively involved in STEM educational outreach programs that empower women and minorities in science and technology.
Cara Lesser is Founder and Executive Director of KID Museum. She has 20 years’ experience in the public sector, with a focus on health policy and health reform. At the end of 2011, she shifted gears professionally to pursue a longstanding dream to establish a local museum focused on cultivating children’s creativity, curiosity, and compassion.
Michael Lin, Ph.D., was a biomedical scientist at the National Institutes of Health for 35 years, and recently retired as a Program Director with the responsibilities of nurturing cutting-edge research in cardiovascular field. He has also served actively in several non-profit organizations nationally and locally, including the Organization of Chinese Americans, and co-founded the Asian American Political Alliance.
Jerry Morenoff serves as Senior Advisor to KID Museum, with a focus on financial oversight, strategic planning and outreach to State and County government officials. With degrees in Math, Engineering, and Law, he has a distinguished record of achievement as a senior level-management consultant and corporate executive. He has served as President, Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District Board; President Emeritus and Managing Director of Imagination Stage; and Past President Bethesda Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce.
Alexandre H. Rene is co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s award-winning global anti-corruption and international risks practice and a member of the government enforcement practice group. Alex has extensive experience representing corporate entities and their executives in connection with litigation and investigations arising out of white collar criminal prosecutions, grand jury investigations, criminal antitrust investigations, and corporate compliance matters. A seasoned litigator who has successfully handled numerous cases in federal and state courts, Prior to entering private practice, Alex was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division, Fraud Section. While in the Fraud Section, Alex prosecuted matters involving mail, wire and procurement fraud, money laundering, and violations of the Travel Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), among other offenses.
Sally A. Rosenberg is a partner and Deputy General Counsel in the law firm, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where she focuses on compliance. Previously she concentrated on medical coverage, coding and reimbursement issues and Medicare policy matters. She is a President Emeritus of Imagination Stage and serves on the Board of the Tikun Olam Women’s Foundation and on the Yale Alumni Schools Committee. She also is the author of the children’s novel, Invincible.
Josh Starr, Ed.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of PDK International, a professional association for educators that brings together the top leaders, thinkers, and doers to collaborate and inspire one another. He has worked in public education since 1993, as a teacher, central office leader and Superintendent of Schools. He is a passionate champion for all students, emphasizing equity, academics, creative problem solving and social emotional well being, and has been instrumental in engaging community and family to support all children in the classroom.
Brian Taff currently serves as Chief Operations and Strategy Officer of Streetsense, an integrated real-estate, marketing and placemaking firm located in Bethesda, MD. Previously he served in senior-level executive positions for a variety of organizations and companies, including a domain monetization platform for advertisers, a cutting-edge retail systems internet technology, a restaurant chain, and has been an adviser to numerous online business ventures and venture firms.
Antonio Tijerino is President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), which inspires Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. His innovative, sustainable model for Latino leadership LOFT (Latinos on Fast Track) has been recognized by the White House, Congress, Silicon Valley and Fortune 500 companies for its far reaching impact. He also executive produces the Hispanic Heritage Awards, and serves on several local boards. He has been featured in HBO’s Habla series and the TED talk series, and written articles, blogs, and a white paper about his work with youth.