Board of Directors
TPFF's Board of Directors governs the work of the Foundation and formally meets three times annually. The Board ensures the mission of the Foundation, which is to inspire young emerging artists, with or without physical challenges, to reach their full potential, is upheld. Oversight of leadership, key policies, and finances to ultimately establish a performing arts center and facilitate a safe space for inner-city youths to study dance, theatre, music, art and writing are responsibilities of the Board.
Chief Artistic Officer/ Program Director Dance
Paige E. Fraser-Hoffman, BFA
Paige Fraser is originally from The Bronx, NYC. She graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. Paige danced professionally with Ailey II, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. In 2016 she was featured in an INTEL commercial “Experience Amazing.” She is a Princess Grace Award recipient (2016) and Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2017). Theatre: West Side Story(Lyric Opera) and The Lion King National Tour.
In addition to being a professional dancer and Scoliosis advocate, Ms. Fraser actively contributes to the community. She has taught workshops all over the world; The U.S., Jamaica, Haiti (Milk Carton on a String) and Europe. She has also collaborated with Cook County Arts Collective to teach dance to incarcerated women in Chicago.
Through (TPFF) Paige has created two programs “Dance is Healing” and the “Spine Series”. These programs offer free classes to the community through dance and spinal wellness. Ms. Fraser is actively learning more about scoliosis and believes in the healing qualities of Schroth Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Floorbarre, and Massage Therapy; all of which help her to maintain consistency in her dancing on stage and live a healthy life. She hopes to guide others to a healthy and pain free life.
Vice President/Community Development
Lawrence Hammond, D.Min
Lawrence Hammond is a Senior Vice President and Mortgage Officer in the Community Preservation Corporation’s (CPC) New York City Originations division where he is responsible for the company’s lending activities throughout New York City and Long Island. In this capacity he facilitates the growth of CPC’s efforts in providing construction and permanent financing opportunities that seek to reflect CPC’s core mission to stabilize and revitalize communities.
Mr. Hammond joined CPC in 2015 after spending over 30 years with various financial institutions inclusive of Popular Community Bank, Bank of New York Mellon, and JP Morgan Chase Bank. Throughout his banking career, he has continued to demonstrate an ability to cultivate established relationships with leaders in the public and private sectors of business and government. Mr. Hammond earned a Doctorate of Ministry and Masters of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science from Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus). He is married to Primrose Hammond and has three sons and two granddaughters.
Senior Director of Community Health for the Ambulatory Care Network, New York- Presbyterian Hospital
TPFF Board Member (2022-present)
Andres Nieto, MA
Andres Nieto has been working for New York-Presbyterian Hospital for over thirty years. Prior to his current position, Mr. Nieto served as Director of Volunteer and Interpreter Services where he started the Volunteer Interpreter Corp, a group of over one hundred volunteers trained as medical interpreters for patients. In his current role as Senior Director of Community Health for the Ambulatory Care Network, he has focused his efforts on disease prevention, health education and creating strong liaisons with community partners. His department provides direct health care, mental health and health education services through the Center for Community Health and Education (CCHE) which operates seven School-Based Health Centers, the Family Planning Practice and the Young Men's Clinic. Some of his most notable accomplishments include launching many community programs including: Reach out and Read, Adolescent Medicine Nutrition Program, Injury Prevention Program, Community Health Workers, a faith-based nursing program and a Healthy Parenting Group. Every year, Mr. Nieto, collaborates with community-based organizations, elected officials, and leads a flu-shot campaign that provides free flu vaccines to senior citizens each year.
Deputy Executive Director, NYC Health + Hospitals | North Central Bronx
TPFF Board Member (2022-present)
Alfredo Jones, MPH
Serving as the Deputy Executive Director of NYC Health + Hospitals | North Central Bronx as of May 2021, Mr. Jones is responsible for day-to-day operations of the hospital, supervising staff, cultivating relations with clinical leaders and the community, overseeing work to enhance patient and staff satisfaction, assuring the hospital’s fiscal soundness, and delivering high-quality clinical services that are responsive to community health needs. This role came after holding various leadership positions at hospitals within NYC Health + Hospitals including Associate Executive Director of Outpatient Services, Patient Access & Growth Director and Associate Director of Ambulatory Care. These opportunities come with the continued commitment of positively impacting the public health of our marginalized communities within NYC. Mr. Jones holds an undergraduate degree from the School of Human Ecology at Cornell University and an MPH in Community Health Education from Hunter College, Graduate School of Urban Public Health. While obtaining his MPH, the first true opportunity to serve his communities was presented within NY Presbyterian’s Ambulatory Care Network Community and Population Health. That program was an impactful one serving marginalized New Yorkers from The Bronx, Washington Heights, Harlem and beyond. Mr. Jones continues to support the need for access to quality public health of the Bronx through this new servant leadership opportunity.
Physician and Scientist
Board Member 2022-present
Jeffrey J. Varghese, MD
Jeffrey J. Varghese, MD is an Orthopaedic Surgery Chief Resident at Seton Hall/St. Joseph’s University Medical Center under the mentorship or Dr. Arash Emami, the founder of the University Spine Center and an internationally renowned spine surgeon. Dr. Varghese graduated from the prestigious BA/MD Coordinated medical program via CUNY Brooklyn College and received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY in 2018.
Dr. Varghese also dedicated two years at the Hospital for Special Surgery as a spine research fellow under the guidance of Dr. Frank Schwab and Dr. Virginie Lafage, who are giants in the scoliosis/spine deformity world and part of the International Spine Study Group. Dr. Varghese has presented original research at the top spine society meetings both domestically and internationally, including the Scoliosis Research Society and the North American Spine Society. He has coauthored multiple publications in the leading spine journals, invited current concept reviews, textbook chapters, and is a peer reviewer for The Spine Journal. Dr. Varghese’s research focused on complex realignment surgery in spine deformity patients and gait/motion analysis in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. He was awarded the SRS New Investigator Grant for his work on motion analysis in the axial plane after realignment surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and the Scoliosis Research Society’s Thomas E. White Cloud Award for Best Clinical Paper for his work on non-opioid alternative medications in spine surgery.
In addition, Dr. Varghese has trained under Dr. Suken Shah, who is part of the Harms Study Group, board member of the Setting Scoliosis Straight nonprofit organization, and division chief of the Nemours Spine and Scoliosis Center at Nemours/Al DuPont Children’s Hospital. They performed numerous pediatric scoliosis correction cases from congenital to adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and conducted original research on the use of vertebral body tethering as a non fusion scoliosis correction technique with follow up results that were recently accepted into the Spine Deformity Journal.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Varghese is dedicated to outreach and philanthropic work. He co-founded Mission India, a charitable organization that introduced US students to Indian social and health issues regarding vulnerable youth through one month work-travels to four medically oriented orphanages. He is actively involved in youth mentoring and volunteering in the community surrounding his home church in the Bronx. He was also a co-founder of the Pi-Phi Chapter of the Kappa Sigma National Fraternity at Brooklyn College where he presided as president, enforced procedural policies, and lead the risk assessment team. He continues to mentor aspiring leaders on developing leadership skills and cultural competencies.
After residency, Dr. Varghese will continue his training as a Spine Fellow at the prestigious and historic John H. Moe Spine Fellowship Program at Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis, a fellowship program that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. He looks forward to helping prevent scoliosis/spine deformity with early identification and treatment, utilizing minimally invasive techniques for surgical correction when appropriate, and extending access to scoliosis treatment to marginalized populations both domestically and abroad through outreach programs.
New York-Presbyterian Hospital Administrator (Retired)
Board Member since 2022
Sonia Rouse-Proctor, BA
Sonia Rouse-Proctor was born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is a wife, a mother of three, and the proud grandmother of eleven, which has led to her affectionately being called Yaya. Her professional life landed her at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for 43 years, from which she is now retired. During her tenure at NYPH, she held various positions; Receptionist, Clerk, Substance Abuse Counselor, Out-Reach Coordinator, and Ambulatory Administrator.
After retirement she has turned her professional energy into being an active member of her community. She serves as Sergeant At-Arms to the 77th Precinct Community Council Board #8 in Brooklyn and is also actively engaged with the 77th Precinct United Clergy Council. Sonia's foundational roots run deep into her faith. Due to her passion, and diligence she is not simply a member at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY, she is also an ordained Deacon of the Diaconate Board, and a member of the Primetime Ministry, in which she joins a prayer line every day at 7:15 am. Her love for life in itself transcends into her love for the expression of life, more specifically the arts. A former dancer to the sounds of Limbo, Afro-Jazz, African percussion, and Gospel, she continues to share her love for the arts by partaking in EBC's ACTs ministry.
When Sonia does wind down her preferred past times are spent doing so either cooking, reading, listening to music, traveling, dancing leisurely, or most specifically with her grandchildren. As a person who continues to push herself and others around her, her latest venture stems from her unbridled ability to intimately provide herbal remedies to help heal the body naturally, and uplift through food. This is something that can be enjoyed a bit more widespread. That venture as of now has locally deemed her Spicy Yaya, a natural remedy specialist. Her products currently range from hot sauces, to seasonings, to juices. One may ask at this point what does she not do...well that's a question that has still yet to be answered.
Independent Arts Consultant, Educator,
Advocate for Arts and Scoliosis
Board Member 2022 to Present
Ronald K. Alexander, MFA
Ronald K. Alexander is a dance educator, administrator, consultant, activist and choreographer. Performed with the following ballet companies: The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto, Ontario,Canada, the Frankfurt and Hamburg Ballets, Germany and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet New York, NY. He has held artistic and administrative positions at the following: Chairman, Dance Department, Harlem School of the Arts, Harlem, NY, Principal, High School of the Contemporary Arts, Bronx, NY, School Administrator, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Harlem, NY, and Director of Education, Youth Arts Academy, Bed-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY. He has taught ballet and choreographed at the following: the Hamburg Ballet, the Ailey School, Harlem School of the Arts, the Marymount and Adelphi University Dance Departments, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Restoration Arts Youth Arts Academy, among others. Mr. Alexander has a MFA in Dance, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He was the subject of Five Teachers, Five Venues, a 2011 article in Dance Magazine. He is currently on faculty at the following: The Ailey School, Stella Adler School of Acting and the Black Arts Institute. He is on the board of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable and a member of the New York Dance and Performance Award, the Bessies.
Director of Nurse Education,
NYC Health + Hospitals | Harlem Hospital
Board Member (2022-Present)
Lovelyamma Varghese, DNP, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
Dedicated and accomplished healthcare leader and Director of Nursing with expertise in nursing practice, laws, and guidelines, Ambulatory Care Nursing and APN practice guidelines, with more than 15 years of ambulatory care nursing experience in #1 hospital in NYC. Additional experience in a large metropolitan health care system including medical–surgical nursing, OR, medical-surgical ICU, Blood bank, and outpatient infusion center.