An independent 501(c)3 charitable organization serving the Horace Mann community

Hilltop Cares Board of Directors 

Ed Bowen, HM '74 Treasurer
Ed Bowen attended the Horace Mann School from 1970 to 1974. His mother, Joan Bowen, taught Mathematics at the school for many years and served in a variety of administrative posts. Ed’s siblings Chris, Ken, Andy and Kathy also attended Horace Mann. Ed is a survivor of sexual abuse by Johannes Somary which occurred in the fall of 1973.  A lifelong resident of NY, Ed received a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in May 1978.  He first worked as Bookkeeper at Teacher’s College, then as a Fiduciary Accountant at Columbia University and Assistant Controller of Union Theological Seminary. Ed joined the City of New York Department of Social Services in 1988, worked as Director of Operations of the Budget Office of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and subsequently appointed Director of the Division of Accounts Receivable and Billing. Ed is proud to serve as Treasurer of Hilltop Cares and believes that the help being provided is changing survivors’ lives in a profound and powerful way.


Geoffrey Genth, HM '82

Geoff Genth, a 1982 HM alumnus, is a principal of the Baltimore law firm Kramon & Graham, P.A., where he has practiced since 1992.  In addition to his diverse commercial litigation practice, Geoff regularly advises and advocates for independent schools.  He is peer-recognized in Best Lawyers in America.  Geoff has served in board leadership positions for non-profits including HopeWell Cancer Support.  His mother, Jane Genth, formerly taught in the middle school at Horace Mann.  Geoff is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Michigan Law School.


Marjorie (Greenspan) Kaufman, HM '78  P '18, '19,  Chair

Marjorie (Greenspan) Kaufman entered Horace Mann in the fall of 1975 when the school embraced coeducation. While at Horace Mann she was active in the Theatre Company, Glee Club and Chamber Chorus.  An experienced financial executive, she was recently appointed to Board of Directors of Undercover Colors, Inc. Previously she was a Partner with activist firm Barington Capital and  headed marketing for Guggenheim Global Trading. From 2003 through 2010, Marjorie was Managing Director and Head of Marketing and Investor Relations at Kingdon Capital Management where she raised over $5 billion in assets for the firm's global equity and credit strategies.  Marjorie began her career in investment banking with Bankers Trust and Prudential Securities.  She holds a BA magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago. In 1996 she was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and in 2010 was named one of the 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds by the Hedge Fund Journal. In addition to her work with Hilltop Cares, Marjorie is a board member of the Westchester Land trust. She is a longtime Angel supporter of 100 Women in Hedge Funds and a former director for High Water Women. Marjorie lives in Mamaroneck, NY with her husband Dr. David Kaufman and their two sons Grant and Matthew, both of whom currently attend Horace Mann. Her photography appears online at


Claudia Knafo, HM '82
Grammy Award-nominated pianist pianist Claudia Knafo has captivated audiences here and abroad with her distinctive programming and her passionate artistry. A winner of the 1993–1994 Artists International Competition, she was presented in her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 1995. She has received critical acclaim for her “fiery and passionate approach to the piano” and “for her luscious sonority and definitive execution of technical complexities.” Claudia is a 1982 graduate of Horace Mann and the inspiration behind Hilltop Cares two alumni concerts held at the school in 2015 and 2016. She was awarded a Masters of Music from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate from Boston University, where she held a Director’s Award Scholarship. She has studied and coached with Anthony di Bonaventura, Patricia Zander, and Gary Steigerwalt. Currently, Ms. Knafo is on the faculties of Hunter College and Manhattan School of Music Precollege. She is also Piano Department Chair of the Diller-Quaile School of Music. She was former department chair of the Diller-Quaile school of Music and also has taught at Manhattanville College and at the Hoff-Barthelson School of Music. Ms. Knafo has appeared on concert series at the Caramoor Music Festival, the Goethe Institut, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Wave Hill, Steinway Hall, University of Campinas (Brazil), Carnegie Mellon University, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and Manhattanville and Assumption Colleges, among others. In 1998 she was Artist-in-Residence at Northwestern State University in Louisiana, where she performed, lectured and presented master classes on South American Music.

Gregg Luchs, HM '78

Gregg Luchs was graduated from Horace Mann in 1978. While at HM, he was a prominent member of the Glee Club and Theatre Company, in addition to serving as a writer and editor for The Manuscript. He  holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from YeshivaUniversity, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was awarded the Jacob Burns Medal and named to the Order of Barristers. Gregg has served as Senior Staff Attorney for the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in Queens County, as well as Senior Corporate Counsel for Prime Vision Health in Raleigh, North Carolina and General Counsel for Aris Vision in Los Angeles. After fifteen years of law practice, he set his sights on loftier goals and decided to embark on a career in the cantorate. Gregg was an officer and Board member at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks, California for several years, and has held cantorial positions at numerous congregations in California, including Congregation Havurim in Temecula, The Eretz Alliance in Reseda and Reform Temple of Laguna Woods. He currently serves as Cantor for Temple Kol Ami in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Daniel Miller, HM '82  P '17 

Daniel Miller is Founder and Executive Producer of U Direct, a full service film and digital media production company specializing in TV commercials and branded web content. Previously Daniel was a Producer with Scali McCabe Sloves and an Assistant Producer with Korey Kay & Partners. He began his career as an Art Advisory Coordinator with The Museum of Modern Art.  He is currently on the boards of the Greenwich Village Little League, Pier 40 Champions, Community Board 2 Manhattan and the Hudson River Park Advisory Council.  Daniel holds a BA from Middlebury College. 

Joe Rose, HM '77, Vice Chair

Joe Rose is a partner in The Georgetown Company, a privately held real estate development firm.  Prior to joining Georgetown, Joe served for eight years as Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission and Director of the Department of City Planning in the administration of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. Rose was the principal public official responsible for the redevelopment of Columbus Circle, including the construction of the Time Warner Center, the establishment of the performance complex for Jazz at Lincoln Center and the reconfiguration and redesign of the circle itself. Among the other major projects in which Joe had a principal role are the establishment of the new Hudson River Park, the construction of the new Museum of Modern Art, the planning and construction of minor league baseball stadiums in Coney Island and Staten Island, the rescuing and rehabilitation of the Biltmore Theater, and the creation of a permanent home for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Before his tenure at City Planning, Joe was Executive Director of the Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council and Special Assistant for Urban Affairs to United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Joe pursued graduate studies in Political Science from Harvard and earned a BA from Yale.

Elyse D. Weiner, MD HM '82  Chair, Grants Committee
Elyse D. Weiner, MD, FAPM is board certified in both adult psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. She is a fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.  Dr. Weiner co-edited the first and second editions of On Call: Psychiatry and co-authored numerous other scholarly publications in the field of psychiatry. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She was a resident and chief resident at the New York University School of Medicine and completed her Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship at the Bellevue Hospital Center. Currently, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine and the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Weiner maintains a private practice in general adult psychiatry, psychopharmacology and psychotherapy with offices in Greenwich Village and Brooklyn Heights.



Emeritus Directors

We acknowledge with deep gratitude the service and contributions of the following Horace Mann alumni in furthering our mission:

Joseph Cumming, HM '77

Lucy Golub, HM '15

Betsy Spanbock, HM '78


Hilltop Cares is independent of the Horace Mann School and welcomes the support
of all who wish to help in our mission.