Queens Botanical Garden Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members
Flushing, NY— February 2021 — Queens Botanical Garden’s (QBG) Board of Trustees is thrilled to welcome new members Lee-Lee Chang, Attorney at Law, Anthony Lui, Vice President Branch Manager at Flushing Bank, Rebecca Schmutter, Counsel at Farrell Fritz PC, and Jenny Zeng, President of East Grandview Inc. They will be part of a team of fifteen talented Board Members who will apply their expertise, leadership, and strong ties to their communities to support the Garden’s mission of bringing people, plants, and cultures together.
“I am so proud to welcome our new board members and be associated with Queens Botanical Garden,” said Raymond Jasen, newly elected QBG Board Chair. “The dedicated QBG team has done an amazing job to ensure that the Flushing community has a family-friendly oasis of beauty and calm to renew their spirits during these challenging times. At QBG, social distancing isn’t represented by the number of feet that separate us, but by the number of flowers that bloom between us.”
“As we look ahead in 2021, we recognize that the Garden is more important than ever in providing our community with a place for peace, rejuvenation, and inspiration,” said Susan Lacerte, QBG Executive Director. “We are absolutely delighted to have Lee-Lee, Anthony, Rebecca, and Jenny come on board and help guide our exciting initiatives.”
“QBG is a hidden treasure for people to enjoy its architectural landscaping, the natural garden, and access to refreshing air,” said Lee-Lee Chang. “Over the years, QBG has played an important role in conserving our community’s environment, as well as providing various educational activities to make connections with the community. I am thrilled and delighted to be part of the great QBG team which is comprised of many talented people striving to enhance the human environment.”
Lee-Lee Chang is an attorney specializing in commercial and residential real estate transactions, serving the metropolitan New York area and the Chinese immigrant community. Prior to her own law practice, Lee-Lee was an Associate Attorney at the Law Firm of Wise, Lerman and Katz, P.C. specializing in business law and litigation. Lee-Lee attended Taiwan National Chung Hsing University and CUNY Law School in New York.
Lee-Lee served as one of the Executive Board members at the Garden of Hope New York—a nonprofit dedicated to serving, caring for, and rebuilding the lives of the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, particularly Chinese/Asian new immigrants—from 2004 to 2019, and as Board Chair from 2014 to 2019. She is a Board Member of the Boon Christian Broadcasting Center in New York and an active member of the Long Island Grace Christian Church in Garden City. Lee-Lee is also a painter whose work has been selected for juried exhibition at various shows.
“I am both proud and honored to serve on the Board of Trustees for QBG and passionate to work with other members in fulfilling the mission of QBG,” said Anthony Lui.
Anthony Lui started his career as a Marine in the Marine Corps after high school. He served three years overseas in Okinawa, Japan, and spent his fourth year training reserve Marines at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. After his Honorable Discharge, he went back to college and graduated from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business.
Anthony joined Bank of America in 2005 and transferred to Flushing Bank in 2010. Anthony has managed five different branches within the 10 years he has been with Flushing Bank. He is currently the Vice President Branch Manager of the Broadway Station Branch with $300M in deposit. Throughout his career with Flushing Bank, Anthony has been very active in the various communities in Queens and Brooklyn surrounding his branches. His active involvement has helped him build strong relationships with many local organizations and professionals. Anthony is fluent in English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin).
“I’m very excited to be joining the board,” said Rebecca Schmutter. “I grew up in Queens and know how important the Garden is to the community. I’m looking forward to getting involved and supporting this great organization.”
Rebecca Schmutter is Counsel at Farrell Fritz PC. Rebecca counsels corporate entities, family-owned businesses and individuals on a wide range of domestic and international tax matters. She helps her clients maneuver complex tax issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships, personal and business investments and financings, among others. Rebecca also advises individual U.S. taxpayers with respect to federal voluntary disclosure programs and procedures relating to foreign financial assets. Prior to joining Farrell Fritz, Rebecca was counsel at Pryor Cashman LLP and an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. She attended Columbia College and Columbia Law School.
Rebecca was born and raised in Queens and currently lives in West Hempstead with her husband and their two children.
“I have been living in Queens for 30 years, and since studying landscape-architecture at Tongji University in Shanghai, China, I have pursued my dream of making our environment beautiful,” said Jenny Zeng. “I will enjoy contributing my knowledge, interest, time, and energy to Queens Botanical Garden and making the Garden feel like spring all year round.”
Jenny Zeng is President of East Grandview Inc. in Flushing. Jenny graduated with a degree in Landscape Architecture from Tongji University in 1986 in China. She worked in comprehensive planning and designing for multiple national parks after graduation. After coming to the United States in 1993, Jenny worked as a textile designer and contracted with many high-profile fashion companies, including Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.
In 2008, Jenny started her own business to introduce traditional Chinese silk embroidery art to the United States. She also has worked as a manager in the medical field. Over the years, Jenny has kept a close relationship with the local community. She enjoys gardening, painting, and singing. She and her husband reside in Forest Hills.
Board Members taking up new officer roles and continuing as officers are:
Raymond Jasen, (new) QBG Board Chair and Partner-in-Charge of KPMG’s New York Financial Services (tax) business unit
Nancy Shannon, (new) QBG Vice Chair and Vice President of Human Relations, Consolidated Edison Company of New York
Edward R. Potter, QBG Treasurer and Senior Property Manager, Stillman Management, Inc. (Retired)
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:
Neil Fleischman, former QBG Board Chair and Regional Director, Payday Payroll
Michelle Stoddart, former QBG Vice Chair and Director of Public Relations and Community Development, Resorts World Casino New York City
Judy Ng, former QBG Board Member and Senior Vice President, Director of the Asian Segment, Flushing Bank
Larry Oskowsky, former Board Member and Retail Market Manager/Vice President/NYC Senior Market Environmental Green Leader, TD Bank
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.