THE TEAM

WHO WE ARE

Supplies for Success is powered by a group of volunteers who work passionately to ensure that children living in poverty have the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond. Because everyone is so generous with their time, skills and moxie, and our Board underwrites our overhead, we are able to convert 100% of our funding into the supplies that will help change lives, one backpack at a time.

OUR BOARD

These three passionate, professional women work tirelessly to make sure that all children have the backpacks they need. Without them, Supplies for Success would be nothing more than a dream - because of them, more children are equipped with the tools they need to thrive each year.

Mindy Richenstein
Founder and President

Mindy Richenstein has a passion for social justice and engaging volunteers to fight poverty. Following a successful 21-year law career, Mindy retired to engage in philanthropy. A volunteer with UJA-Federation of New York for more than 25 years, she has served in many leadership roles and on boards, including the Board of Directors. Last year, Mindy was elected to serve on the National Board of Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federations of North America.

 

Seven years ago, Mindy launched a social venture to raise money for Supplies for Success --The Better Collection, a curated collection of women’s luxury fashion and accessories where 100% of the profits go to the purchase of backpacks and school supplies. In 2018, The Better Collection funded the purchase of more than 5,000 backpacks and as part of its overhead supported other charities including, the American Cancer Society, UJA, Northwell Health, Einstein Medical School and Met Council.

 

Mindy has been married to Larry for 42 years, and is the mother of entrepreneurs, Eric and Lisa. Lisa and son-in-law, Andrew Silverman blessed Mindy with grandson, Austin aged three.

Jill Bodian
Vice President and Secretary

Jill Bodian has more than 25 years of experience working inside organizations’ branding, marketing and communications departments, identifying and articulating brand value, communicating to internal and external audiences and helping grow customer loyalty and expanding businesses.

 

Having first worked in and then led branding, marketing and communications organizations in multiple industries, including Grey Advertising, TIAA-CREF, Alliance-Bernstein, Lincoln Financial Group, Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Merck Medco, among others, Jill has expertise working with top brands to bring marketing and communication concepts from creation through execution. But nothing happens without the right talent and since graduating from The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, she’s been involved in talent management—acting as an advisor and recruiter to Newhouse students and later, recruiting for her own teams in the organizations she worked. Jill is a vice president of The Better Collection.

 

In her free time, she loves traveling, exploring NYC, and volunteering her time to help not-for-profit organizations achieve their goals. She lives in New York City with her husband and, she’s currently hoping, her college-aged son will come home soon.

Lisa Goldman
Treasurer

Lisa Goldman is a tax partner at Berdon LLP, where she specializes in international taxation. Lisa began her career with Ernst & Young and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and later was a partner in another New York CPA firm, where she led the international tax and personal advisory practices. She also worked in the private sector as the Principal International Tax Analyst for Timken Corporation (NYSE: TKR), a $2 billion manufacturer, for which she traveled to China, Japan, and Mexico on international acquisition and restructuring projects. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the New York State Society of CPAs, and American Institute of CPAs. She has been selected as one of the Notable Women in Accounting and Consulting by Crain’s New York Business and she has given lectures at professional forums and universities. She has also published articles in related publications and co-authored the NYSSCPA’s Guide to International Taxation.

 

Lisa is also involved in leadership roles for various nonprofit organizations - in addition to sitting on the board of Supplies for Success, she also participates on the Wilson Society Advisory Council for the Hospital for Special Surgery.

 

Lisa  lives on Long Island with her husband and three children.

Erica Mirenberg specializes in communications strategy and has a background in events, partnerships, branding, public relations, and account management. She is passionate about social justice and believes that education and access to education can create real, sustainable change. 

Erica Mitchell 
Volunteer Head of Communications

Stacey Spielman is an integrated marketing consultant with nearly 15 years of experience working with globally recognized companies. As a brand builder, she has led and developed full-scale marketing, creative and partnership strategies for clients and employers. After starting in fashion, she held in-house roles at a number of trailblazing companies, including ABC Carpet & Home, Time Warner Inc, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, as well as a boutique marketing agency. Bringing a wealth of experience in consumer goods, fashion, retail, entertainment and lifestyle, Stacey’s expertise spans strategic brand partnerships, influencer programming, media relations, and events.  

 

A passionate philanthropist and UJA supporter, Stacey has served as co-chair of the UJA Young Professional Women’s group and has been an ELP Young Professionals board member.

Stacey Spielman
Volunteer Head of Operations

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

We couldn’t do what we do without the combined talents and commitment of our Leadership Council. These incredible women donate their time and treasure to our cause by chairing our regional committees, fundraising, providing logistical support every step of the way, scouting and coordinating assembly venues, hosting and organizing pop-up boutiques, and so much more. They are the heart and soul of our organization, and we are so grateful for each one of them:

Shari Adler

Tracey Amdur

Judy Baum

Camille Dunst

Jodie Elyachar

Anna Fisch

Tracey Lubin Flynn

Ellen Grossman

Debbie Gross

Morgan Hoine

Mindy Horowitz

Karen Kleinman

Sandy Lenger

Patti Grabel Mayrock

Eileen Melniker

Debbie Paley

Jennifer Peltz

Susan Rand

Olivia Sylvestri

Eve Schenk

Hillary Sherman

Debbie Shalam

Lisa Silverman

Amy Sprung

Rachel Stier

Susan Talles

Rachel Zuckerbrot

FRIENDS OF SUPPLIES FOR SUCCESS 

We are also very grateful to all who volunteer to help us purchase, pack, and deliver backpacks all over!

WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO JOIN OUR TEAM!!! 

info@suppliesforsuccess.org to become a Friend of Supplies for Success or find out how to join our Leadership Council.

Since no one organization can meet the need of the 15 million kids living in poverty in our country, we feel fortunate to work with incredible Community Partners who provide these vulnerable populations with essential resources and support.

In addition to sharing filled backpacks, through the years we have also shared best practices, wholesale resources, and a strong sense of camaraderie with the following nonprofit organizations

Brooke Jackman Foundation

Good+ Foundation

Graham Windham

High Water Women

Island Harvest

JAFCO

Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, North Carolina

Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

National Council of Jewish Women - Lynbrook

Philly's Tools for School

St. Francis Pantries & Shelters Grandparent Program

The Associated - Baltimore, MD

PARTNERS IN CARING

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Erica Mitchell Mirenberg for heading Communications, including social media, since the start of the pandemic.

Our Amazing 2020 Summer Interns headed by Morgan Bari Saloman and her sorority sisters Jackie Peacock and Katie Nakano 

Bridgehampton Community House for hosting our 2019 backpack assembly in the Hamptons.

Design Distributors for trucking and warehousing through the years.

Rachel Hirscheimer for producing our video.

Maskit for a Trunk Show to benefit Supplies for Success.

Miss Chocolate for trucking and warehousing through the years.

Ray Leventhal for Trunk Shows to benefit Supplies for Success.

Dardo Sabarots for developing our website.

Saland Photography for taking amazing photos! https://www.salandphoto.com

Sid Jacobson JCC for hosting our 2019 backpack assembly in Nassau County, in addition to hosting independent assemblies.

Solomon Schechter School, Albertson for hosting our backpack assemblies in Nassau County for so many years.

Theory for Trunk Shows to benefit Supplies for Success.

UJA-Federation of New York for incubating us and providing back office and marketing support through the years, and for the continued partnership as we branch out on our own.