Laura K. Landy, Trustee, President & CEO
Laura K. Landy was named President and CEO of the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation in 2006 and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 1998. She is also the founder and chair of ReThink Health, an initiative of the Rippel Foundation.
Throughout her career, Ms. Landy has brought sound business and strategic thinking to creating sustainable solutions to pressing social issues. As President of Applied Concepts, a consulting firm she established in 1983, her efforts focused on the changing dynamics in health, higher education, finance, social services and culture. Among her health-related activities have been relationships with Pfizer, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, AT&T and urban health systems.
Ms. Landy’s expertise in entrepreneurship and corporate venturing led her to create and direct the Institute for Nonprofit Entrepreneurship at NYU’s Stern School of Business where she also taught and served as Associate Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. She has also been a member of the adjunct faculty of Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon, the New School, and Fairleigh Dickinson. Ms. Landy received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, she received her MBA from New York University. She is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Chana Fitton, CFO & Vice President, Administration
Chana Fitton joined the Foundation in 2006. In her multi-faceted role, Ms. Fitton leads the design and management of the Foundation’s financial and investment activities. She also directs the Foundation’s human resources function and is a key partner in strategic planning and program decisions.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Fitton spent ten years as a Vice President and Senior Financial Analyst at Applied Concepts, a consulting firm that merged proven business applications with meaningful social values. Her work there included managing projects involving financial analysis and system design, strategic and business planning, and executive development. Earlier in her career, Ms. Fitton worked in the Risk Management Department for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and as an actuarial analyst at Tillinghast/Towers Perrin in Atlanta, GA.
Ms. Fitton received her B.S. in Economics with honors from the University of Illinois.
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Amy Testa, Finance Associate
Amy Testa serves a multipurpose role as the Finance Associate for the Foundation. She assists the CFO & Vice President, Administration, with management of the Foundation’s financial activities, bookkeeping, and contracts management. She is also responsible for grants record-keeping, human resources assistance, and database management. She joined the Foundation in 2013 after serving for five years as the Office and Finance Manager for NY/NJ Baykeeper.
Ms. Testa is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University, where she earned her bachelor’s of science in natural resources, ecology, and environmental policy.
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Patricia MacBain, Office Manager
Patricia MacBain joined the Foundation in 2007. Her diverse responsibilities include meeting planning, financial recordkeeping, and facilities management.
Ms. MacBain began her career as an editor of Tax Publications at Prentice-Hall, Inc. During her twelve years there, Ms. MacBain wrote and edited state and local tax publications, and reported stock mergers and corporate reorganizations. Subsequently, inspired by the educational philosophy of the Waldorf schools, Ms. MacBain completed a master’s degree in Waldorf Education and became a Waldorf teacher. For thirteen years, she carried classes from grades one through eight in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Later Ms. MacBain mentored and evaluated Waldorf teachers to promote teacher development.
Ms. MacBain attended Radcliffe and Barnard Colleges, and received her B.A. in English summa cum laude from Montclair State University. She also holds an M.S.Ed. from Sunbridge College.
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Jordana Benson, Accountant
Jordana Benson is responsible for managing all of the Foundation’s payables, receivables and other financial transactions. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2012, she worked primarily in the banking and finance industry as a Management Accountant for the National Australia Bank and Australian Mutual Provident Society. She is a qualified Certified Public Accountant and currently completing work for her Financial Planning Certification.
Ms. Benson, who is originally from Australia, earned her bachelor’s in commerce from the University of Melbourne and master’s in business administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales.
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Ellen Papazian, Administrative Associate
Ellen Papazian supports the administrative needs of the Foundation, particularly for its ReThink Health initiative. In addition to her part-time role at the Foundation, Ms. Papazian is a freelance editor and teaching artist for Morris Arts, where she leads memoir writing residencies in New Jersey public schools. She holds a master’s degree in English from Rutgers University.
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