Board of Directors

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Nicholas Ascienzo, Founder

Nick’s 42 year career as an educator in the Red Hook Central School system has been followed over the last two years by his passion in expanding the reach of the Ascienzo Family Foundation (AFF). On a local level, within the Red Hook Community interacting with other advocates, and through the now broad network of over 30 ambassadors in the US, Nick enjoys the challenges of the Foundation’s growth while emphasizing the personal nature of those relationships. His other interests involve travel, reading any book of 20th century history, journal writing, and watching his soon-to-be father of 100 grow up!

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Ali Fraenkel

Exploring effective and creative avenues of philanthropy has been a strong interest of mine throughout my studies, research, and personal civic engagement. My experiences with strategic grantmaking in the Greater Boston Area and internationally during my time at Northeastern University have enabled me to witness the power of grantmaking to enact collaborative social change. Connecting the Red Hook community with larger avenues for impact and generosity is an endeavor I'm extremely grateful to be participating in as a Foundation Director.

Sophie and Ali as emcees of the 2016 Community Social & Fundraiser held December 22nd at the Red Hook Community Center

Sophie and Ali as emcees of the 2016 Community Social & Fundraiser held December 22nd at the Red Hook Community Center

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Brittany Mosher

Brittany is the Ascienzo Family Foundation’s newest board member, and is a second generation Red Hook native. As an ecologist and someone who grew up on a vegetable farm, some of Brittany’s philanthropic passions revolve around ensuring that under served groups have access to nature and fresh food. Brittany served as an inaugural Ascienzo Family Foundation Ambassador, and advocated on behalf of an animal therapy organization. She is excited to further her involvement with the foundation as a Director. Brittany holds a Ph.D. in conservation biology from Colorado State University, and spends her work days thinking creatively about innovative conservation solutions.

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Sophie Laing

At the community level is where so many important decisions, change, and support happens. Sophie grateful to be part of the Foundation and always looks forward to working as part of the AFF to help work to foster stronger bonds of support and connectivity within our communities. Sophie is currently a law student at Yale Law School.

Outgoing Director Corinne Hermans, Barbara; 2017 Ambassadors Brita, Gianna, Karim, Jonni, and Lauren; Directors Ali and Sophie at the 2016 Social

Outgoing Director Corinne Hermans, Barbara; 2017 Ambassadors Brita, Gianna, Karim, Jonni, and Lauren; Directors Ali and Sophie at the 2016 Social