Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors consists of the two founding members (Francis Kuzler and Jennifer Larkin Kuzler) each of whom has extensive experience in programming as well as the not-for-profit sector.
We are also pleased to include Jan Rosenveld and Sue Torres on our board. Jan Rosenveld is Managing Director of the Ace Hotel New York and has a rich background in the international hospitality industry and the arts, as well as the charitable world of New York City. Sue Torres, renown chef of Tierra in Westport, CT. Sue also has a rich background in charitable event organization and the New York City philanthropic world.
For bios of Francis Kuzler and Jennifer Larkin Kuzler.
Jan Rozenveld — Managing Director, ACE Hotel, NYC
Jan Rozenveld serves as Managing Director at the popular Ace Hotel NY, a friendly hotel that opened in May of 2009, where he was involved with the construction, development and all operational and financial aspects of the hotel, as well as setting up all of its PR, sales and marketing strategies. In recognition of his work, Rozenveld was recently named New York GM of the Year for 2010 by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).
He has achieved distinguished veteran status in the luxury, boutique and friendly hotel industry, having opened, repositioned, renovated and managed properties including The Greenwich Hotel, Royalton, Paramount and St. Regis Hotels (all in New York), The Tides South Beach in Miami Beach, the Windjammer Landing Beach Resort in St. Lucia, the Westin Casaurina Resort in Grand Cayman, the Amanpulo Resort in the Philippines, The Chateau De Bagnols in France, the Stafford Hotel in London and others. Rozenveld also serves on the board of directors of The Brooke Jackman Foundation for children in need, and in 2006 won the Brookster Award for his dedication to the cause.
Patrick Sullivan — Producer/Cinematographer
Patrick brings 25 years of experience in advertising and communications. Running studios in some of the most prominent advertising agencies in New York City and implementing cutting edge equipment and programs to most effectively promote various goods and services. With his own production package Patrick has executive produced many short films and two feature length movies including My Brother’s War, A Rogue in Londinium which premiered last year at the Lucerne International Film Festival in Switzerland. He co-produced Mr. Smith with Forrest Murray and Ian McCrudden. Virgil Bliss and Milk & Honey with PKino films. Short films include: Circle, …go I, Sweet Mary Jane, The Bellwatcher and The Delivery, UNION (the Short), Jeremy and TuLips.
As a DP his films include: A Rogue in Londinium, My Brother's War, UNION (short), Circle, ...go I, One Lies, the other Swears and Jeremy.
Sue Torres — Head Chef, Tierra, Westport, CT
Born from a Puerto Rican father and an Italian mother on Long Island, Chef/Owner Sue Torres proclaims, “my heart is Mexican.” Driven by this passion, Torres has been showcasing the rich depth of Mexico’s culinary heritage through a menu of progressive Mexican cuisine since opening her restaurant Sueños in 2003, and long before that at Arizona 206, Rocking Horse Café and Hell’s Kitchen.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Torres’ career combines working at New York’s finest restaurants – The 21 Club, La Grenouille, Isabella’s, Lola’s, Arizona 206, Rocking Horse Café and Hell’s Kitchen – with considerable time spent studying alongside Mexican cooking authority Diana Kennedy, touring the markets of Oaxaca with Susana Trilling, and an apprenticeship under Richardo Muñoz Zurita in Mexico City. In addition to learning from luminaries in the field of Mexican food, Torres has traveled to the homes and families of her kitchen staff to learn the craft as it has been handed down through generations from mothers and grandmothers.
Torres has made frequent appearances on national cooking shows, including guest judge appearances on the Food Network’s Chopped as well as being a competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. She has also been alongside Alexa Ray Joel and Blythe Danner in celebrity makeup artist Bobbi Brown’s book, Pretty Powerful (Chronicle Books, 2012). She receives regular accolades from food media and industry peers alike – including having her Shredded Beef Mini Tacos named by Time Out New York as some of New York’s best tacos. Her recipes can be found in Food & Wine, Fine Cooking, New York Magazine’s In Season Cookbook, and The Hot Latin Diet by Dr. Manny Alvarez.
When designing a menu, Torres uses local ingredients whenever possible. “Supporting local farmers and fisherman in your community gives you the upper hand in creating fresh seasonal dishes.” Torres loves using traditional techniques that go back to the roots of Mexico, grinding ingredients on stone or a molcajete stays true to the earth. “The ingredients come from the earth and preparing them on natural stone means you're putting more love and harder work into it.”