Board of Directors

Tracey Early
Founder, President

Tracey is an attorney with prior experience incorporating and directing a non-profit organization providing services and programs to children.

When Tracey’s own three year old daughter Lily was diagnosed with Leukemia, Lily’s survival was paramount. Though once Lily began her path of treatment, it also became clear that Lily needed and deserved to continue living and thriving even in the face of unimaginable challenges. Lily’s illness and treatment prevented her from engaging in normal childhood activities with other children. Engaging Lily in her favorite interests and connecting her with grown up “Friends” who provided instruction and guidance in these areas enabled Lily to grow, develop and smile through otherwise difficult days of treatment. Witnessing the extraordinary benefits – both immediate and long term – of Lily’s experiences with her “Friends” motivated Tracey to make such experiences available to other children facing cancer.

Tracey lives in Manhattan with her husband Brian and their two chlidren, Lily and Oliver.

Neda Talebian Funk
Secretary

Neda has held various roles in finance, fashion, luxury goods and start-ups. She began her career as an equity analyst at Bear Stearns covering retail companies and transitioned into the retail and luxury world.  She has worked in various strategic functions for luxury and retail brands, in addition to multiple fitness and retail start ups. In 2011, she co-founded FITiST, the first one-stop membership and bookings platform for boutique fitness. She is currently a partner in FITiST Labs, a consultancy and incubation firm for fitness and retail businesses. Additionally, Neda is currently developing a new concept that will serve as a hub for the entire family, providing dynamic programming for children ages 0 – 12. 

Neda is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post, and was listed as one of Details magazine’s 2012 Social Mavericks. She holds a BA from Georgetown University and MBA from The Wharton School.

Neda lives in Manhattan with her husband, Brian and three sons, Tyler, Cooper, and Griffin.

Blakely Infante
Treasurer

Blakely has worked with children and in schools for over ten years. She most recently worked as a fundraiser in New York City independent schools. Prior to this she held positions in admissions, financial aid, and was a first grade teacher.

Blakely holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Wake Forest University and a Master of Science in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from New York University.

Blakely and her husband, Nick, live in Charlotte, NC and welcomed their first child in November.

Julia Leavitt

Julia has spent the past five years serving as a clinical social worker Sinai Hospital’s Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Department. Julia is a graduate of the University of Denver, where she majored in political science and minored in sociology. She received her Masters of Social Work degree from New York University, where she was named as a “Fellow” in the Zelda Foster Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care.

Working with families and patients to normalize and better understand the hospitalization experience, Julia is passionate about bringing excellent care to her patients, and works with countless organizations to make her patients’ days brighter. At Mount Sinai, Julia has initiated a support program for pediatric residents in an effort to guarantee the best care for her patients by caring for their doctors.

Julia dedicates her time outside of work to organizations that are dedicated to the support of young patients. These include: Camp Hole in the Wall Gang, Ronald McDonald House, and Gilda’s Club, where Julia serves as a Group Facilitator. Julia is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (APOSW).

Prior to receiving her M.S.W., Julia was the program coordinator for Kidsave International, a non-profit organization that matches older orphaned children with adoptive families. Her duties included community recruitment, host family training, and coordination of host family visits. When Julia is not working, you can find her walking her dog, Stella, in Central Park, taking a Flybarre class, or baking amazing chocolate chip cookies!

Lauren Camp

Lauren is a Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and leads the Healthcare Leveraged Finance practice. Ms. Camp joined the firm in 1994. She has led many of the healthcare industry’s largest financings including multi-billion dollar deals for HCA, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Quintiles Transnational Holdings and DaVita HealthCare Partners. Prior to that, Ms. Camp worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation where she focused on High Yield.

Lauren holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude. Lauren is a member of the Board of Trustees at De La Salle Academy, the only private, independent school in New York City for academically talented, economically less advantaged boys and girls in grades six through eight. She serves on the Board of Directors of You Can Thrive, an organization addressing the need for free and low-cost preventative support services and long-term survivorship tools for breast cancer survivors. She also serves on the Board of Directors at RipRap, an organization dedicated to providing therapeutic support for pediatric cancer patients.