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March 26, 2019

58th Annual Charter Award Dinner to Honor Three Accomplished Women Professionals

Peggi Einhorn (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Lorraine M. Lynch (National Grid)
Stephanie Whittier (Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management)
Emcee – Cindy Hsu (CBS 2 News)

58th Annual Charter Award Dinner

Pier 60, Chelsea Piers
23rd Street and West Side Highway

Wednesday, April 3
6:00 p.m. - Cocktails
7:00 p.m. - Dinner

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As a testament to the contributions of women to its history and to building its future, St. Francis College (SFC) will honor three distinguished women professionals at the 58th Annual Charter Award Dinner, the institution's signature annual fundraising event on April 3rd.

The honorees represent three critical constituencies of the college: alumni, parents and friends. They are:

  • Peggi Einhorn, the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Peggi's son, Andrew Lasky, graduated SFC in 2011.
  • Lorraine M. Lynch, Senior Vice President at National Grid responsible for Finance Business Partnering in the U.S. She is a member of SFC's class of 1991.
  • Stephanie Whittier, the Executive Director Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. Stephanie is a longtime ally of the college, and currently serves on its Development Committee.

Cindy Hsu, the Emmy Award winning anchor and reporter who has been at CBS 2 News in New York City since 1993, will serve as the evening's emcee.

Bidding is now open for the Charter Award Dinner's online auction of dozens of experiences, collectibles and works of art, including signed sports memorabilia, VIP Broadway show tickets, exquisite cuisine, travel and vintage celebrity photographs here. Anyone can submit bids until the evening of April 3rd. Winners will be announced at the dinner.

The money raised at the Charter Award Dinner ensures St. Francis College continues to provide quality, private college education at an affordable price. Funds help underwrite St. Francis' generous need- and merit-based scholarships, support novel initiatives – like the college's new SFC Innovate & IKOVE programs in Brooklyn's Industry City -- that prepare students for 21st century careers, ensure classrooms are helmed by the city's best educators and are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and that the college fuels the entrepreneurial spirit.

Last year, St. Francis College's Charter Award Dinner raised more than $740,000 while honoring Lester J. Owens (Global Head of Wholesale Banking Operations and Corporate & Investment Bank Client Onboarding at JPMorgan Chase & CO) and Joseph Giordano '79 (President of Global Trust and Custody Services at U.S. Bank).

The Charter Award Dinner began in 1962 by the St. Francis Board of Trustees to commemorate New York State granting the College a charter and the right to confer diplomas, honors and degrees. For more than five decades, the Charter Award Dinner has been the College's premier fundraising event and has raised millions of dollars to support scholarship programs and further the educational mission at St. Francis.

For more information please contact Vice President for Advancement, Thomas F. Flood at 718.489.5443 or [email protected].

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About the Honorees

Peggi Einhorn is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), an $11 billion philanthropy dedicated to everyone in America having a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. Since assuming this role in 2004, Peggi has been responsible for ensuring that RWJF fulfills its financial obligations as a private, tax-exempt foundation and remains a good steward of the private resources entrusted to it in the public's interest. More specifically, Peggi is in charge of a 30 person team that conducts a broad range of financial activities including accounting, financial reporting, resource allocation and internal controls as well as on-going planning for the Foundation's $500 million annual payout obligation.

Before joining the Foundation, Peggi was a senior vice president of J.P. Morgan Chase in New York City. During her 24 years at the Bank, Peggi held 16 different positions, many of which were strategic planning and finance positions in the corporate and retail banks.

Peggi is also the longest serving current member of the Board of the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the first children's museum in the world, founded in 1899. She served as the Chair of the Board of Directors during the Museum's Centennial Celebration in 1999.

Peggi received an MBA from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business and a BA degree from William Smith College. Peggi resides in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn with her husband and has two adult children. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and exploring other cultures, biking, swimming, and figure drawing.

Lorraine M. Lynch '91 is a Senior Vice President at National Grid responsible for Finance Business Partnering in the US. Having joined National Grid's predecessor companies in 1991, Lorraine has held various leadership roles within the company and prior to her current role she was the Chief Financial Officer for National Grid Ventures, a diverse portfolio of energy businesses separate from National Grid's core regulated businesses, and active in competitive markets across the US and UK.

Lorraine was appointed Head of Audit at National Grid in 2014. In that role she was responsible for providing independent assurance to the Audit and Safety Environment and Health Committees of the Board and the Executive Committee at National Grid.

From 2007 to 2013 she was the US Treasurer with responsibilities that included pension and 401k investment management, commodity and credit risk management, cash management, and financing for the US businesses.

Lorraine is a certified treasury professional and serves on the board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the United Way of New York City, and the National Grid Foundation. Lorraine holds a BS in Business Management from St. Francis College and a MBA in Finance from Pace University. She resides in New York with her husband Arthur and two children John (10) and Keira (5).

Stephanie Whittier is the Executive Director of Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley.

Stephanie joined Morgan Stanley in 1975 after graduating from Boston College Carroll School of Management with a B.S. in Accounting. Since then, she has held positions in Morgan Stanley Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley Real Estate, Morgan Stanley Institutional Equity and Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. She has authored articles on issues relating to family office management, and has expertise in business and product development, business administration, risk management, finance and personal wealth management.

Stephanie serves on the boards of Grace Outreach, Hand in Hand and National Executive Services Corps, and is a former board member of Good Shepherd Services. She is actively involved with Student Sponsor Partners and Christo Rey Schools, which recruits at-risk students who are motivated to take advantage of the opportunity for a quality high school education.

About the Emcee

Cindy Hsu is an Emmy Award winning anchor and reporter who has been at CBS 2 News in New York City since 1993.

Hsu's work at CBS 2 has been recognized with numerous awards. Recently, Hsu was
awarded "Reporter of the Year" from the NY &NJ Asian-American Law Enforcement Organization. Her personal adoption story, "Bringing Rosie Home," was nominated for an Emmy Award and won the New York AP Broadcasters Award for Best Feature. She received Emmy Awards for Outstanding Single Hard News Story for "Smuggled from China," which exposed the horrific plights of Chinese refugees from the Golden Venture ship, and for her live coverage of the snowstorm of 1994. American Women in Radio and Television honored her with the Golden Apple Award, and she also received the Friends of Adoption Award from the Adoptive Parents Committee.

Prior to joining WCBS-TV, Hsu worked as a reporter and anchor at WFRV-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin and for WTOV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio. She began her broadcasting career as an associate producer for WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia.

Hsu spends much of her off-duty time performing community work and is strongly involved with the Asian-American community. She is a Big Sister and has served on the Advisory Board of APEX, a group that pairs Asian professionals with recent immigrants and young people who need guidance. She's served on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Chinese in the Americas and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as well as the Newswatch Advisory Council which monitors fairness in journalism. Hsu has been the co-chair of Cooks for Kids, an annual event that raises money for children living with AIDS and HIV, and she is actively involved with The Children's Miracle Network. Hsu is also a former President of the New York Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. Hsu is also a world-class dragon boater, competing with her team Women in Canoe. They represented the United States in the 2001 World Championship.

Hsu was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to a Coast Guard family that moved every two to four years. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in communication studies and lives in New York City with her daughter.

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