Biographies Destination Imagination NY: Fun, creativity, teamwork and problem solving for kids! Yearly tournaments in theater, science, engineering, improv, and public service. https://www.nydi.org/about-us/contact-us/board-of-trustees/biographies 2019-12-10T08:25:35-05:00 NYDI Site Scripts (Joomla) site-scripts@nydi.org Joomla! - Open Source Content Management Bio: Dawn DiCicco 2016-06-27T17:49:00-04:00 2016-06-27T17:49:00-04:00 https://www.nydi.org/about-us/contact-us/board-of-trustees/biographies/492-bio-dawn-dicicco Joshua Diamond site-scripts@nydi.org <p><img src="https://www.nydi.org/images/headshots/Dawn_DiCicco.png" /></p><p>Dawn joined her first Destination Imagination team in 2000 and spent nine years participating in Massachusetts DI. Since becoming an alumna of the program, Dawn has served in a variety of volunteer positions including Team Manager, School Coordinator, Appraiser and Challenge Master for both Massachusetts and New York DI. In addition to being a member of our Board of Trustees, Dawn is also a member of Destination Imagination's Alumni Ambassador Council where she works with DI headquarters on international alumni engagement and retention.</p> <p>Outside of DI, Dawn puts her Instant Challenge skills to work every day as a television professional in New York City. Dawn received a B.A. in Studio Television Production from Emerson College in 2013 and works in daytime talk.</p> <p><img src="https://www.nydi.org/images/headshots/Dawn_DiCicco.png" /></p><p>Dawn joined her first Destination Imagination team in 2000 and spent nine years participating in Massachusetts DI. Since becoming an alumna of the program, Dawn has served in a variety of volunteer positions including Team Manager, School Coordinator, Appraiser and Challenge Master for both Massachusetts and New York DI. In addition to being a member of our Board of Trustees, Dawn is also a member of Destination Imagination's Alumni Ambassador Council where she works with DI headquarters on international alumni engagement and retention.</p> <p>Outside of DI, Dawn puts her Instant Challenge skills to work every day as a television professional in New York City. Dawn received a B.A. in Studio Television Production from Emerson College in 2013 and works in daytime talk.</p> Bio: Abby Goldman 2014-07-01T17:49:24-04:00 2014-07-01T17:49:24-04:00 https://www.nydi.org/about-us/contact-us/board-of-trustees/biographies/429-bio-abby-goldman Joshua Diamond site-scripts@nydi.org <p><img src="https://www.nydi.org/images/headshots/Abby_Goldman.jpg" /></p><p>Abby Goldman joined her first Destination Imagination team in 6th grade, and has been hooked on DI ever since! She competed in Maryland DI all throughout middle and high school, usually opting for the scientific or engineering themed challenges. Her team competed at Global finals all four years of high school, and she and several teammates joined forces with other university students to compete in DI eXtreme for two years during college.</p> <p>While studying physics at Mount Holyoke College in Western MA, Abby wanted to continue her involvement in DI. She co-team managed an elementary school team for one year, served as a regional challenge master and appraiser another year, taught a three week January term course in creative problem solving for other Mount Holyoke students, and served on the national DI Alumni Association board for one year.</p> <p>Now a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University, Abby is very excited to be a part of NY DI! She hopes to continue supporting the growing Central Region of NY DI by helping many more children grow as creative learners while having fun doing DI.</p> <p><img src="https://www.nydi.org/images/headshots/Abby_Goldman.jpg" /></p><p>Abby Goldman joined her first Destination Imagination team in 6th grade, and has been hooked on DI ever since! She competed in Maryland DI all throughout middle and high school, usually opting for the scientific or engineering themed challenges. Her team competed at Global finals all four years of high school, and she and several teammates joined forces with other university students to compete in DI eXtreme for two years during college.</p> <p>While studying physics at Mount Holyoke College in Western MA, Abby wanted to continue her involvement in DI. She co-team managed an elementary school team for one year, served as a regional challenge master and appraiser another year, taught a three week January term course in creative problem solving for other Mount Holyoke students, and served on the national DI Alumni Association board for one year.</p> <p>Now a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University, Abby is very excited to be a part of NY DI! She hopes to continue supporting the growing Central Region of NY DI by helping many more children grow as creative learners while having fun doing DI.</p> Bio: Jon Brennan 2014-08-31T08:37:01-04:00 2014-08-31T08:37:01-04:00 https://www.nydi.org/about-us/contact-us/board-of-trustees/biographies/402-bio-jon-brennan Joshua Diamond site-scripts@nydi.org <p>Jon Brennan was first exposed to Destination Imagination when his 3rd grade daughter asked him to attend a meeting about DI. He was so impressed with the potential of the program, he became a Team Manager for her team and had his other two daughters get involved. That was in 2006. Since then he’s managed teams at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels, appraised at State Competition and attended Global Finals with three of his teams. He has served as President of the Clarence DI Boosters organization since 2009, and in addition to being a NYDI trustee, is now assisting us on technology matters.</p> <p>Outside of DI, Jon is a board member of the Amherst Bel Canto Children's Choir, board member of the nationally recognized Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, member of the Buffalo City Mission Corporate Roundtable and serves as 2nd Vice President of the Clarence Lions.</p> <p>Jon Brennan was first exposed to Destination Imagination when his 3rd grade daughter asked him to attend a meeting about DI. He was so impressed with the potential of the program, he became a Team Manager for her team and had his other two daughters get involved. That was in 2006. Since then he’s managed teams at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels, appraised at State Competition and attended Global Finals with three of his teams. He has served as President of the Clarence DI Boosters organization since 2009, and in addition to being a NYDI trustee, is now assisting us on technology matters.</p> <p>Outside of DI, Jon is a board member of the Amherst Bel Canto Children's Choir, board member of the nationally recognized Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, member of the Buffalo City Mission Corporate Roundtable and serves as 2nd Vice President of the Clarence Lions.</p> Bio: Sue Brailey 2014-07-01T18:02:19-04:00 2014-07-01T18:02:19-04:00 https://www.nydi.org/about-us/contact-us/board-of-trustees/biographies/28-bio-sue-brailey Joshua Diamond site-scripts@nydi.org <p><img src="https://www.nydi.org/images/headshots/Sue_Brailey.jpg" /></p><p>Sue Brailey was drawn in the vortex that is DI when her daughter Abby joined a team in 2000 when she was in 4th grade, starting as a team mom helping team managers and assisting with fundraising. As an attorney, she was drawn to Rules of the Road and became quite well versed in the nuances of the competition. Abby competed for six years, going to the state tournament each year and Global Finals three times. Feeling strongly about "paying it forward" she became an appraiser when Abby's team disbanded. Abby became a runner as she was too young to appraise. As soon as she was eligible Abby became an appraiser as well, and is now our Regional Challenge Master for instant challenge. Sue has been an appraiser at all regional and state tournaments since 2006, and has been an appraiser at Global Finals for 4 years. Most recently Sue has been appointed Affiliate Director for NYDI.</p> <p>Sue views herself as a DI support person: Doing fundraising for her local Somers teams, helping Dee and Cheryl (prior AD's) with any task possible, and providing support for the Eastern Region. Sue has served on the NYDI pin committee, and aided NYDI marketing efforts. Through participation in the 2013 DI Leadership Conference, appraising at Global Finals and working on 3M Challenge, she has established a good relationship with a number of the folks at DI HQ.</p> <p>Outside of DI, Sue is an attorney. She was a prosecutor in Westchester County for 31 years and spent the last half of her career conducting environmental criminal investigations and prosecutions. She is currently practicing law in Somers.</p> <p>Sue tells us that DI changed her daughter's view of the world and that is has blessed both of them with lifelong friends and a commitment to do whatever they can to make DI available to as many kids throughout the state as possible.</p> <p><img src="https://www.nydi.org/images/headshots/Sue_Brailey.jpg" /></p><p>Sue Brailey was drawn in the vortex that is DI when her daughter Abby joined a team in 2000 when she was in 4th grade, starting as a team mom helping team managers and assisting with fundraising. As an attorney, she was drawn to Rules of the Road and became quite well versed in the nuances of the competition. Abby competed for six years, going to the state tournament each year and Global Finals three times. Feeling strongly about "paying it forward" she became an appraiser when Abby's team disbanded. Abby became a runner as she was too young to appraise. As soon as she was eligible Abby became an appraiser as well, and is now our Regional Challenge Master for instant challenge. Sue has been an appraiser at all regional and state tournaments since 2006, and has been an appraiser at Global Finals for 4 years. Most recently Sue has been appointed Affiliate Director for NYDI.</p> <p>Sue views herself as a DI support person: Doing fundraising for her local Somers teams, helping Dee and Cheryl (prior AD's) with any task possible, and providing support for the Eastern Region. Sue has served on the NYDI pin committee, and aided NYDI marketing efforts. Through participation in the 2013 DI Leadership Conference, appraising at Global Finals and working on 3M Challenge, she has established a good relationship with a number of the folks at DI HQ.</p> <p>Outside of DI, Sue is an attorney. She was a prosecutor in Westchester County for 31 years and spent the last half of her career conducting environmental criminal investigations and prosecutions. She is currently practicing law in Somers.</p> <p>Sue tells us that DI changed her daughter's view of the world and that is has blessed both of them with lifelong friends and a commitment to do whatever they can to make DI available to as many kids throughout the state as possible.</p> Bio: Drew Coburn 2014-07-01T17:50:27-04:00 2014-07-01T17:50:27-04:00 https://www.nydi.org/about-us/contact-us/board-of-trustees/biographies/27-bio-drew-coburn Joshua Diamond site-scripts@nydi.org <p><img src="https://www.nydi.org/images/headshots/Drew_Coburn.jpg" /></p><p>Drew and his wife, Julie, who reside in Dobbs Ferry, became smitten with DI through years of traipsing after their kids to DI tournaments. “Like many ‘newbies’, I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what drew me to these spectacles, at first. But eventually I saw, it’s not the extraordinary power DI kids develop to create and innovate, it’s who they become as human beings en route to becoming problem-solvers.”</p> <p>Drew regularly uses DI ‘Instant Challenges’ in his volunteer work with middle and high schools to engage students in deeper conversation about the dynamics of teamwork, college preparation and career. It works like a charm to engage the gifted, children with special needs and every other child in between. Separately, Drew’s used his professional marketing skills in recent years to help both the state and national DI organizations and looks forward to doing so in his new position as chair of the the NYDI Board.</p> <p><img src="https://www.nydi.org/images/headshots/Drew_Coburn.jpg" /></p><p>Drew and his wife, Julie, who reside in Dobbs Ferry, became smitten with DI through years of traipsing after their kids to DI tournaments. “Like many ‘newbies’, I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what drew me to these spectacles, at first. But eventually I saw, it’s not the extraordinary power DI kids develop to create and innovate, it’s who they become as human beings en route to becoming problem-solvers.”</p> <p>Drew regularly uses DI ‘Instant Challenges’ in his volunteer work with middle and high schools to engage students in deeper conversation about the dynamics of teamwork, college preparation and career. It works like a charm to engage the gifted, children with special needs and every other child in between. Separately, Drew’s used his professional marketing skills in recent years to help both the state and national DI organizations and looks forward to doing so in his new position as chair of the the NYDI Board.</p> Bio: Julia Kumpf 2014-07-01T17:49:24-04:00 2014-07-01T17:49:24-04:00 https://www.nydi.org/about-us/contact-us/board-of-trustees/biographies/26-bio-julia-kumpf Joshua Diamond site-scripts@nydi.org <p><img src="https://www.nydi.org/images/headshots/Julia_Kumpf.jpg" /></p><p>Julia Kumpf has been in love with Destination Imagination, Science, and Engineering since joining her first Challenge A team in middle school. She was lucky enough to compete at Global Finals during her senior year in high school, and then promptly entered college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a degree in chemistry and physics. She found she couldn't live on science alone and became an appraiser for DI, and shortly thereafter a challenge master.</p> <p>After graduating, Julia spent two years teaching high school chemistry and physics, where she designed two workshop-style curricula using many of DI’s best-practices.</p> <p>While studying biophysics at Cornell University, Julia became an important part of NYDI, taking on the role of Regional Director for the Central Region, and co-Chair of our Board of Trustees.</p> <p>Now a teacher in Massachusetts, Julia remains our co-Chair, and is taking an active role in marketing the NYDI program in new areas within New York state.</p> <p><img src="https://www.nydi.org/images/headshots/Julia_Kumpf.jpg" /></p><p>Julia Kumpf has been in love with Destination Imagination, Science, and Engineering since joining her first Challenge A team in middle school. She was lucky enough to compete at Global Finals during her senior year in high school, and then promptly entered college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a degree in chemistry and physics. She found she couldn't live on science alone and became an appraiser for DI, and shortly thereafter a challenge master.</p> <p>After graduating, Julia spent two years teaching high school chemistry and physics, where she designed two workshop-style curricula using many of DI’s best-practices.</p> <p>While studying biophysics at Cornell University, Julia became an important part of NYDI, taking on the role of Regional Director for the Central Region, and co-Chair of our Board of Trustees.</p> <p>Now a teacher in Massachusetts, Julia remains our co-Chair, and is taking an active role in marketing the NYDI program in new areas within New York state.</p> Bio: Michael Huvane 2014-07-01T17:46:22-04:00 2014-07-01T17:46:22-04:00 https://www.nydi.org/about-us/contact-us/board-of-trustees/biographies/25-bio-michael-huvane Joshua Diamond site-scripts@nydi.org <p>Michael Huvane is Vice President of Marketing at the New York Power Authority (NYPA).</p> <p>In his position, Michael is responsible for the Business and Municipal markets as well as the statewide economic development activities of NYPA. Michael has over 30 years of experience in the utility industry in various positions with a strong focus on the customer.</p> <p>Michael is a Member of the Board of Trustees of New York Destination Imagination, a competitive international program for school aged children that promotes and encourages divergent thinking and creative problem solving. Over his many years of volunteering with DI, Michael has been a Parent/Team Manager/Coach, regional appraiser and Challenge Master at both the regional and state levels. In addition, Michael is a Director of the New York State Economic Development Council and Vice Chairman of Town of Cortlandt, Parks, Recreation and Conservation Advisory Board.</p> <p>Michael Huvane is Vice President of Marketing at the New York Power Authority (NYPA).</p> <p>In his position, Michael is responsible for the Business and Municipal markets as well as the statewide economic development activities of NYPA. Michael has over 30 years of experience in the utility industry in various positions with a strong focus on the customer.</p> <p>Michael is a Member of the Board of Trustees of New York Destination Imagination, a competitive international program for school aged children that promotes and encourages divergent thinking and creative problem solving. Over his many years of volunteering with DI, Michael has been a Parent/Team Manager/Coach, regional appraiser and Challenge Master at both the regional and state levels. In addition, Michael is a Director of the New York State Economic Development Council and Vice Chairman of Town of Cortlandt, Parks, Recreation and Conservation Advisory Board.</p> Bio: Seth A. Davis 2014-07-01T17:43:49-04:00 2014-07-01T17:43:49-04:00 https://www.nydi.org/about-us/contact-us/board-of-trustees/biographies/24-bio-seth-davis Joshua Diamond site-scripts@nydi.org <p>Seth Davis began working with DI when his son was in middle school, and has served as appraiser, team manager, challenge master and appraiser at Global Finals. He served as the <a href="https://www.nydi.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=11:eastern-region&amp;catid=10:region-specific&amp;Itemid=126">Eastern Regional Director</a> for 10 years, from 2004 to 2014.</p> <p>Outside of NYDI, Seth is one of the nation's most highly-regarded environmental attorneys, having practiced in that area for over 30 years. He is currently the vice-chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Law; previously he was the Section's Publications Officer, supervising editing and production of a wide variety of books and periodicals. He teaches as an Adjunct Professor in Pace Law School's highly ranked environmental law program, and is chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, where he resides. When time permits, he can often be found at the Metropolitan Opera, Yankee Stadium, and Saratoga Race Course.</p> <p>Seth Davis began working with DI when his son was in middle school, and has served as appraiser, team manager, challenge master and appraiser at Global Finals. He served as the <a href="https://www.nydi.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=11:eastern-region&amp;catid=10:region-specific&amp;Itemid=126">Eastern Regional Director</a> for 10 years, from 2004 to 2014.</p> <p>Outside of NYDI, Seth is one of the nation's most highly-regarded environmental attorneys, having practiced in that area for over 30 years. He is currently the vice-chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Law; previously he was the Section's Publications Officer, supervising editing and production of a wide variety of books and periodicals. He teaches as an Adjunct Professor in Pace Law School's highly ranked environmental law program, and is chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, where he resides. When time permits, he can often be found at the Metropolitan Opera, Yankee Stadium, and Saratoga Race Course.</p> Bio: Molly Gawura 2014-07-01T17:42:23-04:00 2014-07-01T17:42:23-04:00 https://www.nydi.org/about-us/contact-us/board-of-trustees/biographies/23-bio-molly-gawura Joshua Diamond site-scripts@nydi.org <p>Molly was exposed to creative problem solving competitions at the tender age of 8 when her school held a showcase of teams for 3rd graders in 1990. By 1991, I had joined a team and started what would be a life-long love affair with creative problem solving programs. During my 20+ years of participation I managed to rope my entire family into participating - with both sisters competing on their own teams, often with one or both of my parents managing the teams. Destination Imagination fostered my love of science, technology and problem solving, which steered me to a degree in Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University and subsequently a career in design engineering with Moog and Honeywell. My continued involvement in New York State Destination Imagination is due to the debt of gratitude I owe the program for all of the wonderful memories as well as directing me to a rewarding career in the STEM field. I want this program to be available to children so that it can change their lives the way it changed mine!</p> <p>Molly was exposed to creative problem solving competitions at the tender age of 8 when her school held a showcase of teams for 3rd graders in 1990. By 1991, I had joined a team and started what would be a life-long love affair with creative problem solving programs. During my 20+ years of participation I managed to rope my entire family into participating - with both sisters competing on their own teams, often with one or both of my parents managing the teams. Destination Imagination fostered my love of science, technology and problem solving, which steered me to a degree in Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University and subsequently a career in design engineering with Moog and Honeywell. My continued involvement in New York State Destination Imagination is due to the debt of gratitude I owe the program for all of the wonderful memories as well as directing me to a rewarding career in the STEM field. I want this program to be available to children so that it can change their lives the way it changed mine!</p> Bio: Noel Allen 2014-07-01T17:39:21-04:00 2014-07-01T17:39:21-04:00 https://www.nydi.org/about-us/contact-us/board-of-trustees/biographies/22-bio-noel-allen Joshua Diamond site-scripts@nydi.org <p>When Noel’s son was in fourth grade in 1994, she started managing a team and has been involved ever since. She has served as coach, team manager, school coordinator, appraiser, challenge master, state board member and Global Finals appraiser. Noel says that most of her best friends today are people who are involved with DI. They're her kind of people!</p> <p>When Noel’s son was in fourth grade in 1994, she started managing a team and has been involved ever since. She has served as coach, team manager, school coordinator, appraiser, challenge master, state board member and Global Finals appraiser. Noel says that most of her best friends today are people who are involved with DI. They're her kind of people!</p>