Board Information
The Alex House Project

Board of Directors

Jane Platt, Ph.D.,

Board Chair

Jane is a professional Licensed New York State Psychologist. Jane brings with her expertise in grant writing, research grant administration, communications, teaching, and psychological research. Ms. Platt has served as Board Chair for one year but has been a board member for more than two years at the Alex House Project.

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

Board Treasurer

Board Treasurer, Joseph demonstrated commitment to firm and effectiveness in work, resulting in working way up from intern/staff accountant to current title of Principal. Served exclusively Nonprofit
Organizations, ranging from small organizations (under $500K budgets and one staff person) to larger organizations (over $10M budgets and over 100 staff). Joseph has been a board treasure for under one

Richard T.R. Harper, J.D.

Board Secretary

Richard is an Assistant General Counsel at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Previously, he was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.  He holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Georgetown University Law Center.  Richard is deeply committed to engaging and supporting his local community in Brooklyn, and also serves on the board of directors of Make Music New York.

Benita Miller

Board Member

Benita served as the President and CEO of Children’s Aid and Family Services in New Jersey as well as the Executive Director of Brooklyn Kindergarten Society. Miller was the founding Director of the NYC Children’s Cabinet in the Office of the Mayor and formerly served as Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Family Permanency Services in the Administration for Children’s Services. Before joining ACS, Miller served as Director of Scholarships at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where among other responsibilities she implemented
programs for undergraduate and law student scholars.

Melanie McKnight, BSN, MPH

Board Member

Melanie is a Nurse at Packer Collegiate Institute. Since 2015, she has been with AllInBKLYN (a women’s grant making circle that funds Brooklyn based non-profits). Melanie is passionate about serving her
community as she continues to serve on the board of directors Third Street Music School Settlement. Melanie has been part of the Alex House board for under one year.

Stephen Michael Wilder, NOMA, AIA

Board Member

Stephen Michael Wilder is an Architect & Entrepreneur from Harlem, New York. Stephen is an ambitious person who is rooted in creativity and the desire to do new things and improve upon existing
things. Stephen is dedicated to using his status, resources, and influence to better his community and other similar communities. Stephen has been a board member for two years at Alex House.