Board of Directors

Milton Finger, Director, Board Chair

Milt Finger photo v2 (1)Milton Finger is retired deputy director, Department of Defense Programs Office, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has served on numerous scientific boards including task forces for the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Defense Science Board. Finger has received the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service and the U.S. Army Award for Patriotic Service. In his community service as a member of the Livermore Rotary Club, he has supported local K-8 schools with dictionaries given to each third grader, as well as music and educational scholarships. International projects include potable water systems and education in South India; orphanage support in Nepal jointly with the Gates Foundation; the eradication of polio worldwide; a burn center for children in Chile and equipping a pediatric emergency ward in Kosovo.

Janice Lathen, Founding Director, President

J. Lathen headshotJanice Lathen was inspired to start Powering Potential in 2006 during a school visit in the Karatu District of Tanzania which was part of a safari vacation. After introducing herself in Swahili, she was overwhelmed by the students' expression of appreciation and the heartfelt connection she experienced. Janice has been an entrepreneur throughout her career. Prior to starting Powering Potential, she managed her computer consulting business in New York City, specializing in training. Previously, she worked as an actress and a model after receiving a B.A. degree in Communications and Theater from the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota.

Denis Petrov, Director, Secretary

Denis Petrov - PhotoDenis Petrov brings over 25 years of experience in computer systems, networks, software design and development, Web and Internet technologies. Interested in computers and electronics since childhood, he went on summer internships at a local data center, getting access to a mainframe and a minicomputer. After college he started working as a programmer developing geophysical data processing software, and helped several non-government organizations in Moscow with their technology needs. Since coming to the United States, he continued advancing his information technology career working at Human Rights Watch, Public Interest Law Initiative and NPower New York. He currently serves as a Senior Software Engineer at LearnVest, Inc. In his spare time Denis plays piano and electronic tabla, runs races in Central Park and pursues his lifelong interests in electronics, renewable energy, and analog audio.

Matt Cohen, CPA, Director, Treasurer

Matt Cohen - PhotoMatt Cohen is a partner at Curcio & Cohen, CPA's, P.C. Matthew joined the firm in 1995. He specializes in auditing and financial statement preparation, planning and tax services for corporations, partnerships and individuals, handling traditional attest functions, due diligence examinations for banking institutions and special non-attest engagements. Internally, Matthew heads the firm's peer review committee and internal monitoring program. Matthew is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College.