LAURA SAMFORD ARMITAGE Laura and her husband Richard have two biological children and six adopted children, and have had over fifty foster children. Laura has been a preschool teacher and director, a special needs adoption and foster parent trainer, and a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children. She was a founder of the successful Options Program in Fairfax, Virginia, which serves students with developmental disabilities. Laura’s greatest passions are her five grandchildren and the children of the Rift Valley Children’s Village in Tanzania.



An actor for many years, Jeremy Gilley decided to start making films. Jeremy launched the film project Peace One Day to document his journey to establish a Peace Day. As a result, two years later the member states of the UN unanimously adopted September 21st as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence. The documentary has been seen worldwide via cinema, television and film festivals and a sequel is presently being filmed, again in association with the BBC. To find out how you can see the first film and get involved in Peace One Day, visit . Jeremy lives in London, England.



Bernadette Longford, Manager of New York Community Relations for Disney Worldwide Outreach, migrated to the Walt Disney Company from Time Warner and the National Education Association. Bernadette is currently responsible for developing and maintaining key relationships with the non-profit community, on behalf of Disney’s various business units. In addition, these programs and relationships foster a number of opportunities for the Disney VoluntEARS. A native of Antigua, Bernadette immigrated to the United States upon completion of her degree at Cambridge University and later furthered her business and theater studies at The New School.



Dr. Karyn Purvis earned her doctorate from TCU in developmental psychology, specializing in serving at-risk children. She developed and directed the Hope Connection, a research and intervention summer day camp for adopted children. Dr. Purvis’ work with this population has been featured in NBC Dateline, Newsweek, Parents Magazine, and other popular parent magazines. She co-authored the best seller The Connected Child: Bringing Hope and Healing to your Adoptive Family and has received many awards for this publication.



David Bryan, keyboardist and Founding Member of Bon Jovi, has been an active Honorary Only Make Believe Board Member since 2004. In 2005 he co-wrote “Rockin’ All Over the World,” with Only Make Believe founder Dena Hammerstein. Besides his charitable work with Only Make Believe, David works with the Music for All Foundation, and is a spokesperson for VH1’s Save the Music Program. David has also established the IFH Eddie Rashbaum Trumpet Fund in memory of his father. David has also worked with Joe DiPietro on two musicals, Memphis and Toxic Avenger.


Dr. Alex Karp is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Palantir Technologies. Prior to Palantir, Dr. Karp founded the Caedmon Group. He earned his law degree from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Frankfurt, Germany. A U.S. citizen, Dr. Karp is bilingual in English and German, and also speaks French.



Gary Lynch is the Global Chief of Legal, Compliance and Regulatory Relations for Bank of America. Gary joined Bank of America in 2005 from Morgan Stanley, where he was Vice Chairman and Chief Legal Officer of the firm based in London. He has also previously served in senior leadership positions at Credit Suisse First Boston and served as the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission’s chief of the enforcement division from 1985 to 1989. He received his J.D. from Duke University Law School and his A.B. from Syracuse University. Gary currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has been a long-time supporter of Duke University and Only Make Believe.



Eric F. Grossman is Morgan Stanley’s Chief Legal Officer and a member of the Firm’s Operating and Management Committees. Mr. Grossman graduated from Hamilton College in 1988 and in 1993 received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the law review. Mr. Grossman clerked for the Honorable Richard J. Cardamone, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, from 1993 to 1994. Mr. Grossman is the President of the Board of Directors of Advocates for Children of New York. He serves on the Dean’s Planning Council at Fordham Law School and as a board member of the Fordham Law Alumni Association. Mr. Grossman also served on the New York City Bar Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession.



Guy Chiarello was named the President of First Data in July 2013. He was previously the Chief Information Officer for JPMorgan Chase, and has also served as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer for Morgan Stanley. Mr. Chiarello is a distinguished graduate of The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in business. He serves as the Vice Chair on the Board of NPower, a technology advisor to PENCIL and an Executive Board leader of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Central New Jersey.



Gregory Lee brings experience from various disciplines and cultural perspectives to his role as President and CEO of Samsung Electronics North America, which includes Samsung Electronics America and Samsung Electronics Canada. Gregory leads Samsung’s consumer and enterprise business strategy and is responsible for establishing new strategic alliances, partner relationships and overseeing development of new technology



Cecelia is the Founder of The McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics, a diagnostic and treatment center dedicated to childhood development disorders, and The McCarton School, serving children with autism spectrum disorders. She has taught pediatrics for over 30 years, after completing her residency at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, and is currently Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.



John joined Apollo Global Management in 2006, where he is Chief Legal Officer. Previously, John was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he served as head of Mergers and Acquisitions and co-head of the Corporate Department. Earlier in his career, John was Chairman of O’Sullivan, LLP, which specialized in representing private equity investors. John serves on the boards of The Legal Action Center, New York University School of Law, Environmental Solutions Worldwide, and the American Investment Council. He is a member of the Medicine Advisory Board of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and a trustee for the St. Agnes Cathedral Church in Rockville Centre, NY. He received his J.D. from New York University and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in History from the State University of New York at Albany. John and his wife, Mary, have five children: Kaitlyn, Jenna, Luke, Rebecca, and Quinn ’20.