Elise Bates President, Cofounder
Elise has twelve years of for-profit marketing and strategy consulting experience at Mainspring (now IBM), Digitas, and Monitor Company (now Deloitte). She spent the majority of her time with clients in the Retail Industry (Hallmark, Kraft Foods) and the Pharmaceutical/Medical Devices Industries (Boston Scientific, Merck, Pharmacia). After having her two children, Elise spent eight years on several local non-profit Boards, including President of the Fairfield Women’s Exchange. Further, she led the strategic planning process for Near & Far Aid as well as the Westport Library. Elise earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Greg Bates Board Member
Greg worked for the General Electric Company for sixteen years (1994-2010). During his time at GE, Greg worked in Consumer Finance, Technology and Real Estate. From 2002-2010, he was a Managing Director at GE Real Estate. In 2011, Greg joined Building and Land Technology as their Investment Funds Manager to launch and manage BLT's real estate private equity funds. Greg earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Tom Hall Board Member
Tom is a senior partner at Fabiani Cohen & Hall, LLP, a 35 attorney law firm specializing in construction litigation with offices in New York City and New Haven, CT, where he is actively involved in all aspects of firm management. Tom's practice involves supervising ongoing civil litigation, providing legal counsel and taking significant cases to trial for the firm's clients which include major real estate developers, regional and international contractors, local municipalities, public authorities and both domestic and UK based insurers. Tom earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and is a cum laude graduate of New York Law School.
Andy Goldberg Board Member
Andy has 19 years of marketing and advertising experience. He worked advertising agencies including Margetoes|Fertitta + Partners, BBH and Wieden+Kennedy. Currently Andy is the Chief Creative Officer at GE, responsible for overseeing the strategy, creative content, media and brand. Andy graduated from Leigh University and currently lives in Weston, CT with his wife and two children. Andy has a child with multiple food allergies.
Andrew Grieve Board Member
Andrew Grieve is a Partner in Bain & Company’s Private Equity Group, Industrials Practice, and Customer Strategy and Marketing Practice. He joined Bain's Chicago office in 2001. Andrew spends most of his time helping buyout funds and corporate acquirers achieve demonstrably superior returns by providing customized commercial diligence programs on targets and performance improvement programs for their portfolio assets. In addition to his work with private equity firms and portfolio companies, Andrew has worked extensively with consumer-focused businesses that rely on customer strategy and marketing, and with a broad set of clients in the Industrial sector addressing a variety of strategic and operational opportunities. From 2006 – 2008, Andrew worked for Caesars Entertainment (formerly Harrah’s Entertainment) as Regional Vice President of Marketing for the company’s casino resorts in the Midwest US, a nearly $1 billion region. In this capacity, Andrew had strategic marketing responsibility for the region, and day to day responsibility for Harrah’s St. Louis, leading a team of 125 employees. During this time, the properties Andrew oversaw significantly improved the efficiency and effectiveness of their marketing reinvestment, increasing margins significantly while maintaining or growing market share. Prior to joining Bain, Andrew worked for Baxter International in Chicago and in Vienna, Austria. Andrew holds an MBA from Kellogg, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also passed the standardized Certified Public Accountant exam.
Ellen-Jane Moss Board Member
Ellen-Jane worked in the financial services industry for over 14 years, focusing her time on the credit markets where she originated, structured and syndicated leveraged loans across the U.S and Canada. She most recently worked at Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC and previously at Goldman, Sachs & Co. After her youngest child was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, she became very focused on food allergy management, treatment and ultimately prevention and eradication. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University.
Leslie Noland Director of Marketing
Leslie Noland earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication from The University of Georgia. She worked for Lincoln Financial Advisors in Atlanta from 1993-1999. Leslie retired from her role as Vice President of the Employee Benefits Division to focus her energy on her family and community. She is an avid supporter of many local charities. She serves on the Friends of Pediatrics Board at Bridgeport Hospital and is a tireless supporter of the Bridgeport Rescue Mission , having recently founding the Thanks4Giving Fairfield volunteer team. She also regularly donates her time to the Community Plates organization. She is a Past President of her children’s elementary school PTA. While her sons attended Fairfield Country Day School, Leslie served as Co-President of the Parents Association and was a Chairwoman of their Gala in 2014. She currently is a Trustee on the Board. In November of 2016, Leslie joined the non-profit End Allergies Together to head their marketing efforts.
Kim Hall Cofounder
Kim has fourteen years of sales and marketing experience both locally and globally. She worked for Ogilvy and Mather, Digitas, and Saatchi & Saatchi on leading brands including IBM, Federal Express and Verizon. Kim switched from agency side to managing roles in several internet companies including Mediaplex, Cybuy and Doubleclick. After having her two children, Kim worked as an Agent with Halstead Real Estate for seven years. Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and attended the University of Business and Economics in Bejing China.
Abbe Large Development
Abbe Large is a Senior Vice President of Lenox Advisors, and has been integrating wealth management services for her clients for over 20 years. Abbe specializes in a broad range of financial, estate and retirement as well as asset management planning. With her corporate clients, she helps structure strategic employee benefits as well as executive carve-out programs for key employees and senior management. Prior to joining Lenox, Abbe spent 11 years at Cowan Financial Group. She is also a graduate of Ohio University, where she received a BS in Journalism. Abbe has earned the Certified Long Term Care designation, reflective of the Long Term Care Insurance insights she provides.
Jackie Ourman Director of Partnerships and Outreach
Jackie was a Vice President, Human Resources Generalist in the Investment Banking and Fixed Income Divisions at Bank of America, Citigroup and also at State Farm Insurance for 7 years. After having children with life-threatening food allergies and celiac disease, and finding out she had celiac disease herself, Jackie attended the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC and began a food blog with recipes and resources for those living with similar issues. Upon graduating from the Culinary Management and Arts programs with honors, Jackie worked in the test kitchens at Bon Appétit Magazine and Epicurious. She is an editor at FeedFeed and Huffington Post and has contributed to various publications including Food & Wine. Jackie also continues to be the editor, content and social media manager for her blog, Celiac and Allergy Friendly Epicurean, a valued resource in the food allergy and celiac communities. Jackie is passionate about working towards finding a cure for life-threatening food allergies and has partnered with End Allergies Together nearly from its inception until recently becoming the Director of Partnerships and Outreach.