Board of Directors
Charles Burgess, Board Chair
Amanda Heron Parsons, MD, MBA , Vice Chair
Steven Edwards, Esq., Secretary
William M. Trust, Jr. PA, Treasurer
William Bifulco, MBA
Salvatore Gogliormella, Esq.
Hank Leibowitz, Esq.
Tina (HsinTing) Liu
Sara Schacter-Erenburg, M.S.Ed, CRC
Zenali Tirado, Esq.
Janine Van Staden, CPA
Charles Burgess | Board Chair
Chuck Burgess has been a member of VIP’s Board of Directors since 2006 and the Chairman since 2012. A native of Norfolk, VA, Chuck has called New York City home for nearly 25 years.
Chuck is President of The Abernathy MacGregor Group, a financial communications consulting firm. In this capacity, he advises senior executives and boards of directors of corporations on communications issues related to corporate reputation, media relations, investor relations, mergers & acquisitions, restructurings and crises. Chuck joined The Abernathy MacGregor Group in 1994 from Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart, where he specialized in media and investor relations for financial services companies. Previously, he served in the press office of Senator John Warner of Virginia.
Chuck graduated with honors from Georgetown University with a B.A. degree in English and has attended the Executive Education program at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute. Chuck lives in New York City with his wife, Kerstin Michaelsen Burgess.
Steve Edwards | Secretary of the Board
Mr. Edwards has been involved with VIP for over six years as a member of the board of directors. He joined in 2010 and has served as Secretary of the Board, a member of the executive, finance and housing committees. He has held the office of Secretary of the Board since June 2015. Mr. Edwards has also served as the Chair of VIP’s Housing Board.
Mr. Edwards is an attorney, licensed to practice law in the states of New York and California. He has a bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, his hometown, and obtained a juris doctor from Columbia University in New York, New York in 2006. Mr. Edwards currently practices law in California with the firm Fayer Gipson LLP and was previously an associate in the New York office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.
William M. Trust Jr. | Treasurer of the Board
Mr. Trust has been involved with VIP for six years, initially as an advisor and the interim CFO. He joined the Board in 2013 and has served as Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive, Governance and Program & Health Services Committee. He has held the office of Treasurer of the Board since June of 2015. Mr. Trust also served, on a pro bono basis, as the Interim CEO from September 2015 to June of 2016.
Bill is Chairman Emeritus and a member of the Board of Trustees of Nyack Hospital, having served as Chair of the Board, Executive, Finance, Governance and Joint Conference Committees during his 16 years of service to the Hospital. He is a member of the Highland Medical, P.C. Oversight Committee and a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of Nyack Hospital’s Home Care Agency. In addition he was a Director of the New York-Presbyterian Health Care System, Inc. Mr. Trust is a member of the Board of Governors of the Heathcare Trustees of New York State. He is very active in community and business organizations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Jawonio Foundation, which supports the operations of a center for the physically and mentally disabled. His previous associations include member, Finance Committee responsible for the investment policy and management of the financial assets of the Community of The Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell; President, New City, NY Jaycees; President and Northeast Area Director, New York City Chapter of the Financial Executives International (FEI); and FEI representative on the AICPA Private Company Task Force on Enhanced Business Reporting and a member of the Financial Executives Research Foundation Research Committee.
Bill is retired having been a Principal of Innovation Management Consulting, which provides consulting services for not-for-profit entities principally focused on drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation as well as homeless, transitional and low income housing. He has held President, CEO and Chief Financial Officer positions in privately held companies and operated a corporate incubator. Mr. Trust has extensive international experience as Executive Director of an international architectural firm and Executive VP of an international transportation holding company. He also has experience as the Controller of a NYSE listed company and the Chief Accounting Officer of an investment banking firm. He has been a Director of Presidential Life Insurance Company; a NASDAQ traded company, and has served as Chair of the Finance and Compensation Committees and as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Trust holds a BBA from the University of The City of New York and an MBA in Management from Baruch College. He is a Certified Public Accountant.