Board of Directors

Matt Cohen, CPA, Chair

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.

Janice Lathen, Founder, President

Janice Lathen - PhotoJanice 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.

Zach Scott, Secretary

Zach Scott - PhotoZach is a Wealth Management Associate at Clearfront Advisory, an independent, boutique financial advisory firm located in New York City. He supports the firm’s Managing Principal,
focusing on retirement planning and the growth of relationships with new clients. Prior to joining Clearfront Advisory, Zach spent seven years working in nongovernmental and philanthropic positions at the Rockefeller Foundation, Open Society Foundations-New York, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, United Methodist Committee on Relief, and Aga Khan Foundation USA. Through these opportunities, he obtained wide-ranging knowledge of proposal development and gained firsthand experience in the management of grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.

Eric Jacobson, Treasurer

Eric Jacobson has been Chief Financial Officer of Tufenkian Artisan Carpets since he joined in 1999. Prior to this, Eric has served as a financial executive for several technology companies – active noise control, smart card technology and computer leasing. He has expertise in accounting, tax and treasury transactions. Eric has also managed the IT, HR and Legal functions for companies that he has served. Eric is an avid rower and currently serves on the Board of Harlem River Community Rowing. A community based organization whose mission is to bring quality, affordable and accessible rowing to New Yorkers. Eric is a CPA and graduated from the University of Montana.

Milton Finger

Milt Finger - PhotoMilton 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 as well as scholarships. International projects include potable water systems in South India; orphanage support in Nepal with the Gates Foundation; the eradication of polio worldwide; a burn center in Chile and equipping a pediatric ward in Kosovo.

Nile Runge

Nile Runge - PhotoNile was for 30-years a Biology and Physics teacher in Oakland, CA. Nile was known as a creative teacher who centered his programs on activities, experimentation, and students working cooperatively. A native of Minnesota, Nile got his BA from U. of Minnesota. Brought to California by the army, he did post-graduate work at San Francisco State and Cal State-Hayward. He went on a research expedition to Mt. Orizaba, Mexico where he collected amphibian and reptile specimens which are now housed at the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Nile devoted many hours at the PC Clubhouse in Hayward, a volunteer computer group that refurbished donated computers and gave them to schools. Fascinated by the Raspberry Pi computer, he enthusiastically supports Powering Potential.