Category: Board Members

Melanie Grisanti, Treasurer

Melanie is a production executive for kids’ media in NYC. She currently oversees production of Sesame Workshop’s award-winning creative content, including Sesame Street, Esme and Roy, and two new series that will launch on Apple’s streaming service. Prior to joining Sesame, she served as VP of Production for National Geographic Kids Entertainment and produced acclaimed animated series for Cartoon Pizza/Jumbo Pictures, including Stanley (Playhouse Disney) and Doug (original Nickelodeon and Disney).

Cleo Godsey

Cleo is a digital media professional currently at Salesforce, Cleo focuses on digital brand strategy with expertise in e-commerce and mobile commerce product development. She previously worked as head of EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) E-Commerce Strategic Planning for Estée Lauder Companies Europe, based in Munich, Germany. Prior to Estée Lauder, she worked for leading independent New York film distributors in the areas of sales, acquisitions and digital brand development. Cleo is a Yale and NYU graduate.

Sammy Chadwick

Samantha (Sammy) Chadwick

Sammy came to New York after working in the UK Fashion industry, and in Brand Management for Nike, in Asia. Whilst pursuing Photography and Film studies in NYC, she embarked on a misson for philanthropic causes involving children. Sammy is currently the Board Chair at Spence-Chapin Adoption Agency, and on the board of Fabretto Childrens Foundation in Nicaragua. Sammy has produced a couple of films, including “My Beautiful Nicaragua”, in collaboration with Fabretto and BYkids.

Holly Carter

Holly began her career as a writer and editor at The New York Times and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Since then she lived in Korea as a Henry Luce scholar and print and television journalist; produced the award-winning documentary, Margaret Sanger; co-founded North Carolina’s Full Frame Festival; served as a consultant for The After-School Corporation; produced the PBS series Media Matters; and most recently was the Executive Director of The Global Film Initiative.

Ric Burns

In addition to his active role on the Board and his support of BYkids from the beginning, Ric will serve as one of the Film Mentors helping a child in another country make a film. Award-winning documentary filmmaker, best known for his groundbreaking PBS series, New York: A Documentary Film and documentaries on Eugene O’Neill, Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol.

Stacy Boge

Stacy is a commercial and fine art photographer and has shot international campaigns for companies including Estee Lauder, Vera Wang and Echo. She teaches photography around the world and has exhibited in New York and Europe.

Stephanie Apt

Stephanie Apt

Stephanie launched Final Cut edit in the U.S. in 2001 after working in ad agencies as a director of production. Final Cut has grown into a full spectrum post-production company with offices in NY, LA, London and Chicago. Stephanie has been involved with films from “Other People” to “Do you Dream in Color” to “Moonlight”. She is passionate in her belief that film gives voice to issues that we need to confront. Stephanie is a life-long New Yorker, and proud of it!

Hilary Adams

Hilary Adams

Hilary earned a degree in urban planning from NYU and worked in the Manhattan Office of the New York City Planning Commission. She then worked as an advertising copywriter, on Wall Street as a writer/producer of print and video marketing materials and as a manager of corporate philanthropy. Hilary spent a number of years as a producer of corporate/industrial and documentary films at Mediaworks, Inc. (producers of the Academy Award nominated My Architect).

Lucy Price, Chair

Lucy has worked for 15 years as an interior designer. She serves on the Board of the Virginia Parker Foundation, which aims to support cultural institutions in Canada; Ithaka, a non-profit study-abroad program which seeks to educate teenagers in the classics; and the Auberge Saint-Antoine, her family’s hotel business in Quebec City, Canada.