OUR TEAM

KIS BOARD MEMBER PROFILES

 


BENNY DORO, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Doro began his Wall Street career more than two decades ago taking his first company public in 1998. Mr. Doro has also worked on numerous venture capital projects, early stage financing, and entertainment media management and since 2002, has served as a Partner for a private investment banking firm.

Mr. Doro was also President and Co-Founder of Universal Vision Group, a leading e-commerce software provider of multi-currency prepaid cards in the U.S. and Eastern Europe.

Mr. Doro currently serves on the Board of Directors at Pyramid Media, Inc. (Pyramid Records), an entertainment company with multiple artists that provides major distribution through INgrooves Fontana and Universal Music Group Distribution, the largest distributor of music in the world.

In 1995, Benny founded NextLevel Productions Inc., a multi-media marketing and advertising company. As CEO of the company, he worked with famous clients and corporations negotiating content deals and built the websites for Van Halen, U2, KISS, Madonna, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, and Sony Fanfire. In 2001, NextLevel merged with Wiremix Media Inc., to become the largest digital advertising company in the online gaming industry with over 65 corporate clients. In 2002, Mr. Doro negotiated the sale of NextLevel to a publicly traded company.

Mr. Doro’s career also included lead guitar in Unchained, a Rock and Roll band, that was managed by Paul Stanley from KISS. The band toured for more than a decade performing to audiences worldwide. Benny resides in Vancouver, BC and is Managing Partner of SEVENTEEN88 Restaurant in Vancouver’s Historic China district.

 

ANN LADEMANN, Executive Director

Volunteering has always been a huge part of Ann Lademann’s life. Prior to joining Kids In Seats, Ann worked with “Mothers of Supertwins” where her role as Outreach Coordinator for “Adopt a Family Holiday,” provided joyous and memorable holidays for families in need for almost a decade. In addition, Ann worked with “Interfaith Nutrition Network” as Outreach Coordinator from 1995-1998.

Ann’s extensive volunteer work with at-risk children led to her appointment as Founder and Executive Director of MVK (Most Valuable Kids) in 2013, where she was responsible for distributing more than 12,500 tickets for sporting and cultural events to at-risk children associated with 15 community-based agencies and schools in the Charlotte, NC area.

Ann lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, Roger, and their five children. Ann’s early career was with a maritime law firm where she spent 15 years as a legal secretary.

Ann’s desire and passion to reach more at-risk children led her to form Kids In Seats in March 2017. Kids In Seats provides an opportunity for Ann and her team to embrace their love of sports and theater while providing underserved children with truly life-changing experiences.

 

 

Elizabeth Alvarez, Managing Director at Wells Fargo Securities

Elizabeth Alvarez is a Managing Director on the Equity Capital Markets Desk at Wells Fargo Securities based in New York.

Elizabeth joined Wells Fargo in 2005 as a Director in Equity Syndicate. She is the Administrator/Secretary for the Equity, Convertible, and Closed-End Fund Commitment Committees and the COO for the Equity Capital Markets group. Elizabeth is also responsible for the recruiting, training, staffing, and overall development of the analysts and associates in the group.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Elizabeth was a Director at Credit Suisse on the Equity Syndicate desk for five years, and prior to that, she was with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette for 15 years on the Equity Capital Markets desk.

Elizabeth earned a B.A. in business management from Pace University.

 

 

Dawn Farrell, Director at B.Riley FBR

Ms. Farrell joined B.Riley FBR in 2005 and is currently a Director in Capital Markets. She is responsible for execution and logistics and works on the overall development of the firm. Dawn has been twice awarded FBR’s Pegasus Playmaker Award for contributing to the firm’s success by demonstrating consistent performance, acting with integrity, demonstrating initiative, and customer satisfaction. Dawn earned a B.A. in Administration from Strayer University in 2011.

Dawn currently serves on the Board of the Women’s Syndicate Association and BORROMEO Housing, Inc. Other volunteer activities include Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Ms. Farrell works and resides in Arlington, VA.

 

 

Dr Scott Silverman, Board Member

Dr.Scott Silverman is an experienced educator and therapist. He received his Doctorate Degree in Education from Boston University with a focus on adolescent development and family issues.

Currently, Dr. Silverman is an Assistant Principal, as well as a private therapist. He uses both traditional therapy and eastern relaxation techniques to treat stressed out teens and adults, as well as amateur and professional athletes.

Specializations include relaxation skills, anxiety reduction, treating depression, anger management, family conflicts, school related issues, relationship issues, grieving, sport psychology and anything else that effects the mental well being of the adult and adolescent. Dr. Silverman consistently been involved with organizations that generously donate tickets and experiences to students that benefit socially and emotionally.

 

 

Kathleen Wilson, Board Member

Kathleen’s career spanned over 3 decades on Wall Street where she served as a Managing Director in Equity Capital Markets at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., and most recently, as a Senior Managing Director, Head of Corporate Finance at Legend Securities, Inc. Ms. Wilson joined VP Medical Billing Services, LLC in April of 2017 as a Business Coach and Executive Planner for the firm. She brings a vast diversity of experience and business sense to VP, including strategic planning, marketing and advertising, infrastructure planning, and systems and procedures.

Kathy served as a board member for Susan G. Komen Greater New York; President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Advisory Board member of the Women’s Syndicate Association; Board of Governors and Secretary of the Bond Club of New York. Ms. Wilson earned a B.S. In Economics and A.A.S in Business from CUNY and holds applicable professional licenses in Securities.