As a volunteer, he has served on the boards of small charities, such as The O’Gorman Garden and an after school program in an impoverished section of Nagarote, Nicaragua. As an O’Gorman Garden Trustee, he looks forward to helping the organization raise funds and strengthen its operations and programming.
In 2014, Rachel joined the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB), an affordable housing nonprofit, as its Director of Communication & Fundraising. She designs and implements UHAB’s outreach, cultivation, and stewardship strategies for ongoing and prospective individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government programs. Along with crafting grant proposals, she writes, edits, and oversees the design, production, and distribution of the organization’s varied online and hard copy communication materials. A Wesleyan University graduate, she previously served as Senior Writer at the Rockefeller Foundation and Columbia University’s Deputy Director of Development Communications for alumni relations
Susan Manuel, Board Secretary, spent 20 years in communications on international peacekeeping for the United Nations, serving in 10 countries around the world, as well as in UN headquarters in New York. A former journalist, she works as a consultant now on international communications and joined The O’Gorman Garden Board shortly after the death of Ned O’Gorman, a distant cousin and friend, whose devotion to the children of Harlem she greatly admired.
Alice Buchanan, our Head of School and Head Teacher, is originally from London. There, she trained at St. Nicholas Montessori College. After moving to New York in 1988, she studied Art History at New York University.
In her professional career, she has worked in education departments and preschools for over 30 years in the United Kingdom and United States, including the education department of the Museum of Modern Art. Alice has been teaching at The O’Gorman Garden since 2009, and became Head of School in the spring of 2014.
Annette O’Gorman Kamal
Patricia O’Gorman Schonfeld