Herbert Fixler, Board Chair
Herbert Fixler, a trusts and estates attorney in Cozen O’Connor’s Private Client Services Group, is resident in the firm’s midtown New York office. He concentrates his practice in the fields of estate planning and administration, providing services to a wide range of clients including family business owners. Mr. Fixler designs and implements plans for the inter-generational transfer of family wealth—including family business interests—the reduction of gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes, estate liquidity needs, and charitable gifts and bequests. He also supervises the administration of estates including charitable and other trusts.
In the family business arena, Mr. Fixler advises owners of businesses and commercial real estate on ownership structures, owners’ agreements, compensation arrangements and business succession. He is a board member of Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises, a non-profit organization comprised of attorneys throughout the United States.
Mr. Fixler received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Villanova University and his J.D. from the Washington College of Law of the American University where he served as Director of the Legal Aid Society. Upon graduation from law school, he served as a VISTA volunteer ad then entered private practice in New York.
Mr. Fixler is also a semi-professional fine art photographer whose work is frequently exhibited and is included in numerous private and corporate collections. He is also a board member of Photography and Imaging, an organization of individuals dedicated to the photographic arts.
Maureen Singer is a Director at Alinda Capital Partners, one of the world’s largest and most experienced infrastructure investment firms. As a Director with the firm, Maureen specializes in portfolio management and energy infrastructure investing, working to ensure that clients receive top-tier service and long-term capital gains. Prior to her work with Alinda Capital Partners, Maureen worked as an investment manager with GE Capital, as well as a consultant with PwC.
Maureen is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Additionally, she has a Masters in Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. In addition to her success in the classroom, Maureen has a history of excellence in athletics; as an undergraduate student, Maureen was a five-time All-American Diver on the Bowdoin College Women’s Swimming and Diving Team.
Finally, Maureen has a long history of supporting children’s education in the United States and abroad. Earlier in her career, Maureen spent a summer with Global Vision International teaching English to children in an orphanage in Nepal. She also served on the Brooklyn Charter School Board of Trustees, and the Hyde Leadership Charter School Associate Board, prior to joining the Hyde Leadership Charter School Board of Trustees in 2015.
Deborah Dumont, is an educational consultant with a focus on progressive education, educational reform and advocacy, with a special interest in children at risk. Ms. Dumont’s 35-year career has led to leadership positions in a broad range of educational organizations, including Head of School, Co-founder of Hawkins Centers of Learning, an educational think-tank, and Videatives, a teacher education company. She held executive positions at Educate and Aramark Work/Life Partnerships, both multi-national education companies. Ms. Dumont currently leads a research and consulting practice focused on early education, school reform, and systems thinking.
Ms. Dumont has published in education journals on topics ranging from professional development models and attachment theory in adolescent education to how school building design impacts learning. In October 2009, she was elected as a trustee of the Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx.
Richard Romanoff is the founder of Nebraskaland and Omni Food Sales, industry-leading businesses located in Hunts Point. His family has been in the meat industry for four generations. Over time, Nebraskaland has grown to become the largest meat distributor based in New York, and Omni Food Sales, a food brokerage organization, represents over $300 million in sales each year.
Richard is a dedicated philanthropist, and his organizations proudly sponsor many charitable organizations, including the Bronx Overall Development Corporation and City Harvest. Richard has experience serving on the Advisory Boards of New York Presbyterian’s Allen Hospital and as a Board Member and Vice President of the Tri-State Law Enforcement Foundation’s Honorary Deputy Commissioners. As a Hyde Board Trustee, Richard is eager to further support the Hunts Point community and local youth. Richard graduated from the University of Miami in Florida with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting.
Dennis D. Mehiel is the former Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Corrugated, Inc. and the current CEO of U.S. Display Group, an award winning Point-of-Purchase Display Company.
Mr. Mehiel has been in the packaging industry since 1991 and served in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility within U.S. Corrugated, Inc. and its predecessors, including General Manager of facilities in Jacksonville, FL and Newark, NJ. From 1999 through 2010, he was the President of Mannkraft Corporation. In addition to his experience in the corrugated packaging industry, Mr. Mehiel also served as President of the Fonda Division of The Sweetheart Cup Company from 2000 until the company’s sale to The Solo Cup Company in 2004.
Mr. Mehiel serves on the Board of Directors of the Fibre Box Association, and is a former Director of The Clearview School in Briarcliff Manor, NY, a private school specializing in the needs of mentally and emotionally challenged children. Mr. Mehiel also serves on the Board of Directors of Electronic Tenant Handbook, a web-based applications provider servicing the commercial real estate market. He holds a B.S. Degree in Management Science from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.