Queens Botanical Garden Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members

Queens Botanical Garden Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members
February 20, 2020 Anne Tan-Detchkov

Queens Botanical Garden Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members

Flushing, NY— February 2020 — Queens Botanical Garden’s (QBG) Board of Trustees is thrilled to welcome new members Edward M. Ip, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of POS.com, Raymond D. Jasen, Partner-in-Charge of Tax of KPMG’s New York Financial Services business unit, Ari I. Jonisch, MD, President of Main Street Radiology and CEO of Radiology Associates of Main Street, PC, and Li Li, Branch Manager at Dime Community Bank. They will join a team of fifteen talented Board Members who will support the Garden’s mission by using their expertise in steering initiatives and bringing the organization’s goals to fruition.

”I’m thrilled to welcome all our new board members—an outstanding group of individuals excited about helping the Garden grow,” said Neil Fleischman, QBG Board Chair. “We are a big family at the Garden and we do some wonderful things together!”

“As we look ahead in 2020, ‘more’ is the theme that drives us forward—more flowers, trees, visitors, members—just more,” said Susan Lacerte, QBG Executive Director. “To do all that, we need passionate people helping to lead the Garden, so we’re very lucky to have Ed, Raymond, Ari, and Li come on board.”

Edward M. Ip

“I am excited and honored to join the board of trustees at Queens Botanical Garden, whose roots go back to the times when Queens hosted the historical World’s Fair,” said Edward M. Ip. “Over the years, the organization hosted millions of visitors and continues to charm and surprise them with its inspiring gardens, cultural events, and innovative community-oriented educational programs that celebrate people, plants, and cultures.”

Mr. Ip is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of POS.com, a financial technology startup that presents solutions for the retail, healthcare, and hospitality industries with offices in New York and Florida. A proud New Yorker and Long Island City resident, he is an entrepreneur with a passion for solving complex business operations and strategic challenges. He is an active member of Mensa and EO (Entrepreneur Organization of NY) and serves as advisory board member to several private companies and nonprofit organizations. Some of the current and past nonprofits include the American Cancer Society, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York Lions Club, and Taste of Tribeca.

Raymond D. Jasen

“Fueled by the blending of cultures, and the sights, sounds, and smells of the world, Flushing seems to be running at full throttle 24-hours a day,” reflected Raymond D. Jasen. “In the midst of all of this energy, Queens Botanical Garden provides the people of Flushing with a serene and beautiful haven for peaceful contemplation and a place to recharge and become reacquainted with the wonders of nature. I am excited to support the incredible work that Susan and her team does every day to ensure that the critical role the Garden plays in the life of Queens today carries on for many generations to come.”

Mr. Jasen is Partner-in-Charge of Tax of KPMG’s New York Financial Services business unit, covering multiple offices and approximately 500 tax professionals. Over 27 years in the financial services industry, he has led in-house teams of 15 to over 250 tax professionals and staff in the areas of tax planning, financial reporting, income tax compliance, tax controversy and litigation, regulatory relations, tax transformation, tax technology, and operational risk management. Mr. Jasen is a graduate of Harvard Law School and he currently serves as a Board Member at Flushing Town Hall. A Great Neck resident, Raymond goes to the Garden almost every Sunday to read and relax on the bench he adopted in honor of his grandparents.

Ari I. Jonisch, MD

“I’m very excited to be serving on the board of an organization that has been stimulating the Queens community for many years” said Dr. Ari Jonisch, MD. “Having this botanical experience in the heart of Queens is a tremendous asset for the borough and the city. Hopefully I can contribute in some small way.”

Dr. Jonisch is President of Main Street Radiology and CEO of Radiology Associates of Main Street, PC. He is Chairman of the Department of Radiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and Chief of the Musculoskeletal Section of Main Street Radiology. Dr. Jonisch also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in Radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. He received his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse after completing his BS in Biology at Binghamton University. He completed his residency at Yale New Haven Hospital Radiology Residency. He has four children and currently resides in Harrison, NY.

Li Li

“I am thrilled to join the lovely QBG family!” said Li Li. “I have been living and working in Queens over 12 years and attending numerous events hosted by QBG. The Garden is a true hidden gem in our community. Let’s make it shine!”

Ms. Li is Branch Manager at Dime Community Bank on Main Street in Flushing. She has over 19 years of experience in retail and commercial banking, having worked previously at HSBC, Sovereign Bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank, among others. Ms. Li is a graduate of Binghamton University with Bachelor of Science degree in Management. She is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Fujianese, and English. Li Li has two children and lives in College Point.

Board Members taking up new officer roles are:

Neil Fleischman, QBG Board Chair and Regional Director, Tricore
Michelle Stoddart, QBG Vice Chair and Director of P.R. & Community Development, Resorts World Casino New York City
Edward R. Potter, QBG Treasurer and Senior Property Manager, Stillman Management, Inc.
Ming-der Chang, Ph.D., QBG Secretary and Administrative Director, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens

In addition to welcoming new Board Members, QBG thanks former board members who have completed their terms of service, namely the following individuals who will continue to support the Garden by joining QBG’s Advisory Council:

Pauline Huang, former QBG Board Chair and President & Marketing Director at United Custom Service, Inc.
Suzanne Brienza, former QBG Vice Chair and Head of Human Resources at Piermont Bank
Michael Bronstein, former QBG Secretary and Certified Public Accountant
Bianca Ng, former QBG Board Member and CEO & Managing Director of COTS Travel

To view a complete list of Queens Botanical Garden’s Board Members, visit queensbotanical.org/staff-board.

About Queens Botanical Garden
Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants, and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and real-world applications of environmental stewardship. QBG is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Queens Borough President, the New York City Council, State elected officials, the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, along with corporate, foundation, and individual supporters. For more information, visit www.queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800.

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Photographed above: Susan Lacerte, Edward M. Ip, Ari  I. Jonisch, MD, Li Li, Raymond D. Jasen, Neil Fleischman

Photo: Anne Tan-Detchkov