Board Information
The Alex House Project

Board of Directors

Jane Platt, Ph.D.,

Board Chair

As a board member for over two years and board chair for one, Jane brings to TAHP her expertise as a licensed New York state psychologist. Jane has experience in psychological research, grant writing, research grant administration, teaching and clinical practice. She first learned about The Alex House Project when she was part of a site visit team for ALLINBKLYN, a women’s grantmaking circle that focuses its giving on non-profits in Brooklyn, NY.

Joseph Albano, CPA Principal,
Schall & Ashenfarb, CPAs, LLC

Board Treasurer

Joseph has extensive experience as an accountant serving non-profit organizations ranging from small organizations (under $500K budgets and one staff person) to larger organizations (over $10M budgets and over 100 staff. He first became aware of TAHP when he volunteered as a pro bono financial advisor at TAHP’s inception. He has served as board treasurer for just under a year.

Mark Kang, INSP

Board Member

Mark Kang is currently the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Distribution at INSP, a family-friendly cable TV network with nearly 80 million subscribers. Prior to this Mark served as Senior VP of Affiliate Relations at Sportsman Channel to lead their content distribution and affiliate marketing efforts. Mark started his career at Court TV as a Sr. Director, then became VP, growing their network from 30 to 87 million subscribers during his tenure. Mark is a returning board member.

Tyra Smith

Board Secretary

Tyra is a results-driven child welfare executive, public servant and a clinician with ten years of experience with children and adults.  As a facilitator and builder of highly efficient and productive teams, she built her teams on mutual respect and accountability.  She is a trusted senior-level manager, fundraiser, networker, and negotiator known for superb organizational, motivational and management skills.

Tyra possesses extensive knowledge of family violence, child sexual abuse assessments and therapeutic interventions.  She is a recipient of the NYC Administration of Children’s Services Commissioner’s Child Advocacy Award and has been a board member for just under a year.

Melanie McKnight, BSN, MPH

Melanie is a nurse at The Packer Collegiate Institute and has a master’s degree in the area of maternal and child health. She has a strong interest in serving her community and since 2015 has been a member of ALLINBKLYN, a grantmaking circle that funds Brooklyn-based non-profits. As an old time and traditional musician who plays the fiddle and guitar she also serves on the board of directors of the Third Street Music School Settlement. Melanie joined the Alex House board in the past year.

Stephen Michael Wilder, NOMA, AIA

Stephen Michael Wilder is an architect from Harlem, New York. Stephen’s ambition is rooted in creativity and the desire to create new things while improving existing ones. Stephen is dedicated to using his status, resources and influence to better his community and communities like it. Stephen has been a part of the board for two years.