CONEY ISLAND, N.Y., March 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- You Gotta Believe – the only organization in the NYC Metro area that focuses exclusively on finding permanent families for young adults, teens, and preteens in the foster care system - has announced a major expansion of its Board of Directors that will bring a wealth of experience to its team as its mission grows.
YGB has named Gretchen Beidl, a cable industry veteran, as Board President, and Daniel Taitz, COO of Penthera Partners, as Board Treasurer. They join Board VP, Joan Siegel, Senior Division Director at Good Shepherd Services, and Board Secretary, Sabrina Glaser, Counsel at Ropes & Gray, LLP, on the Executive Committee.
Other recent additions to the Board include Bob Benson, Jr., Manager at Deloitte, and Victor Verazain, VP at GE Capital.
Ms. Beidl spent much of her career helping to launch new businesses and has served as CEO and founder of a small business, The Wallypop Factory, which made healthy snacks for kids. Gretchen also worked as EVP, Affiliate Sales & Marketing at Sundance Channel; SVP, Affiliate Sales at Oxygen Media, Account Manager, Affiliate Sales at Comedy Central and at American Movie Classics where she helped launch the sister network, WE: Women's Entertainment.
Gretchen and her husband became parents to two teenaged daughters through YGB. "You Gotta Believe changed our lives," she said. "Their support is what enabled us to be parents to our two remarkable young women. I have seen lives changed as teens are connected to parents through the efforts of You Gotta Believe and I am honored to be a part of the mission."
Prior to his role at Panthera Partners, Dan spent 15 years in the media industry and before that was a partner at a New York law firm. Dan is known for transformative work with some of the biggest media brands, including serving as interim CEO for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, SVP of Business Affairs at Univision Communications, and General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer at Oxygen Media where he negotiated its $1 billion sale to NBC Universal and led the company's transition team.
"Raising four children has taught me that the value of family does not end when a child turns 18 or 21," he said. "I am so grateful for the opportunity to support the YGB mission and its team that seeks to give every child in foster care the chance to be part of a family."
YGB, founded in 1995, is strengthening its Board at a time when its services are needed more than ever to help the large numbers of older youth in the foster care system. Each year nearly 25,000 youth age out of care in the United States, including more than 1,000 in the NYC Metro area.
Contact: Amber Williams, 718.372.3003
SOURCE You Gotta Believe