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The Pataki Center Board of Directors

The Pataki Center Board of Directors

Honorary Chairman

Governor George E. Pataki

President Robert Cole

Finance Chairman Andrew Rosenberg

Kimberly Cappelleri

David Catalfamo

Dr. Joshua Eisen

Ada Samuelsson

Daniel Wiese

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Rob Cole 

Chairman of The Pataki Center 

Robert Cole began his impressive career as an intern for then-Assemblyman George Pataki at the age of 20. His early involvement was pivotal in Pataki’s successful state senate campaign, contributing significantly to a narrow victory. In addition to his political beginnings, Robert was an accomplished athlete, becoming the 1st alternate to the United States Olympic track and field team in 1996. That same year, Robert joined Governor Pataki’s administration as a special assistant. His dedication took him to all 62 counties of New York State more than three times, traveling over 800,000 miles. His extensive travels were recognized in the Times Union, highlighting his commitment to understanding and engaging with communities across the state. Robert also served as the Republican Political Director, playing a key role in the last statewide election victory for the party in New York. He further demonstrated his expertise in campaign strategy as Deputy Campaign Manager for Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign and as an advisor for Senator Scott Brown's notable victory in 2010. Beyond his work in politics, Robert co-founded the Pataki Center, an organization dedicated to raising funds for educational initiatives and humanitarian missions. His efforts have led to raising millions of dollars for schools and conducting over 12 missions to Ukraine, providing essential support and aid. Robert Cole’s career is marked by a strong commitment to public service and community engagement. His continuous support for Governor Pataki and various initiatives reflects his dedication to making a positive impact, both locally and globally. Robert lives in the Capitol Region with his wife Laura and their two children, William and Vera.

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Ada Samuelsson

Co-Chair & Director of Philanthropy

Ada Samuelson has dedicated her life to impactful roles at the United Nations, with her contributions significantly benefiting Latin America, West and East Africa, Australia, and Pacific Island countries. Currently, Ada is not only advancing global peace and development at the Pataki Center but also shaping public discourse as a producer on a TV series on Long Island Television and as a writer. Her deep understanding of international relations and her extensive network have earned her the confidence of Governor Pataki, reflecting their longstanding professional relationship and friendship that began at the United Nations.

Dr. Josh Eisen

Co-Chair of The Pataki Center 

Throughout his life and career, Josh Eisen has earned a reputation for commitment to community and having the drive to get things done. Josh is a father of three, a humanitarian, lifelong New Yorker and successful business owner. Josh’s father survived Auschwitz, slave labor and the Communist Revolution in Hungary before immigrating to the United States. Josh’s experiences as the child of immigrants has inspired his love of community, pride in his heritage and commitment to ensuring that the American Dream isn’t blocked by big government intervention in our lives. He also knows that American freedom is special and cannot be taken for granted. Josh knows firsthand that hard work and discipline are the primary ingredients of success. He has created jobs, empowered his employees, been an educator and a passionate community volunteer. Josh is active in local and community crisis and humanitarian support, including the provision of food and housing. Recently, Josh has proven instrumental on humanitarian missions to Ukraine to help provide food and heat for over one million people as a member of the Governor Pataki Center.

Andrew Rosenberg

Finance Chairman 

Co-chair of the Restructuring Department, Andy primarily practices in the areas of corporate restructuring and bankruptcy with additional focus in representing lenders in providing financing to highly leveraged companies. He has been involved in numerous complex, high-stakes restructurings, including advising creditors in the restructurings of Rite Aid, Digicel Group, Avaya, QualTek Services, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Talen Energy Supply, Oro Negro, California Resources Corporation, Oasis Petroleum, Associated Materials, LSC Communications, PDVSA, Puerto Rico, Windstream, Denbury Resources, Extraction Oil & Gas, Whiting Petroleum Corporation, GNC Holdings, Seadrill, Neiman Marcus, Bellatrix Exploration, General Motors, CIT Group and GMAC, as well as advising companies such as Penson Worldwide, SpectraSite Communications and Top-Flite Golf Company.

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Kimberly Cappelleri

Co-Chair 

Kimberly Cappelleri is a renowned public servant whose career has been marked by dedication, influence, and an unwavering commitment to excellence in state governance. A graduate of Siena College, Kimberly's journey into public service began immediately upon graduation when she was hired by then-Governor George Pataki to manage his scheduling office. Her exceptional organizational skills and keen understanding of state protocols quickly set her apart. Kimberly's influence within the Pataki administration grew rapidly. Recognizing her talent and impact, First Lady Libby Pataki appointed Kimberly to lead her office. In this role, Kimberly traveled extensively across New York State, ensuring that the First Lady's initiatives were effectively implemented and that all official events were conducted with the highest standards of protocol. Her role expanded beyond logistics; she became a key advisor to both Governor George Pataki and First Lady Libby Pataki, contributing strategic insights and a wealth of knowledge that bolstered the Pataki administration's effectiveness. Kimberly's contributions to the Pataki Center have been unparalleled. Her expertise in protocol and her advisory capabilities have been instrumental in shaping the policies and public engagements of the Pataki administration. Her leadership and strategic guidance have left an indelible mark on New York State's governance. Kimberly Cappelleri resides in Westchester, New York, with her husband Frank and their son Jack. Her family life complements her professional achievements, grounding her in a strong foundation of support and love. Kimberly's journey is a testament to her dedication to public service and her significant impact on the state of New York.

David Catalfamo 

Co-Chair

David Catalfamo began working in New York politics as legislative director in the New York State Senate from 1989 to 1994. He has worked in the private sector as a communications consultant with the Dilenschneider Group, Capitol Public Strategies and Park Strategies. Catalfamo was also the communications director to George Pataki's office during his tenure as governor. While there, Catalfamo worked as "a senior advisor to the governor on strategy, public policy, budgetary and political matters, and oversaw the State's crisis communications. Catalfamo also worked for the Empire State Development Corporation with the "I Love New York" campaign. Catalfamo oversaw the campaign after the September 11 terrorist attacks. He later noted that the campaign was instrumental in inspiring tourism after September 11: When it came time to restart tourism and tell the world that New York was safe and to come back – it was 'three simple words' that said it all, ILOVENY.

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Daniel Wiese

Co-Chair

Daniel "Dan" Wiese epitomizes the American Dream, beginning his law enforcement career as a "beat" officer with the New York State Police. This foundational role equipped him with invaluable insights into community dynamics and public safety challenges, setting the stage for his impressive ascent through the ranks. Dan's tenure as the head of racketeering for the New York State Police within the office of District Attorney Robert Morgenthau marked a significant phase in his career. He played a crucial role in dismantling organized crime, notably contributing to the prosecution and conviction of the Gambino crime family. His efforts alongside key figures like former Governor Eliot Spitzer significantly impacted New York's approach to criminal justice. Appointed by Governor George E. Pataki, Dan was a critical player in the State Police and acted as the chief liaison to the governor. He was instrumental during the crisis response to the events of September 11, 2001, helping to streamline and coordinate the State Police's efforts. Dan also revitalized the aviation department of the New York State Police by incorporating cost-effective and strategically chosen aircraft, which enhanced the operational efficiency and economic management of the department. Since his retirement, Dan has been a crucial part of the Pataki Center and remains one of the most trusted advisors to Governor Pataki. In his current role as a volunteer managing director at the Pataki Center, Dan continues to demonstrate his commitment to service. He has led over six missions to Ukraine, furthering humanitarian and developmental projects. His journey from a beat officer to a central figure in state security and now in philanthropic endeavors vividly illustrates his commitment to public service and his embodiment of the American Dream.

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