Board of Directors
The Paige Fraser Foundation’s Board of Directors governs the work of the Foundation and formally meets three times annually. The Board ensures the mission of the Foundation, which is to inspire young emerging artists, with or without physical challenges, to reach their full potential, is upheld. Oversight of leadership, key policies, and finances to ultimately establish a performing arts center and facilitate a safe space for inner-city youths to study dance, theatre, music, art and writing are responsibilities of the Board.
Lesmah J. Fraser, MPS,
LFACHE, NYAM Fellow
Lesmah J. Fraser is the Founder and President/CEO of The Paige Fraser Foundation (TPFF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to inspiring young emerging artists, with or without physical and mental health challenges, to reach their full potential. One of TPFF’s goals is to establish a Performing Arts and Wellness Center in the Northeast Bronx that will create a safe space for young people to study and perform Dance, Theater, Music, Visual Arts and practice Wellness and Physical Arts such as Yoga, TaiChi, Meditation, and Qigong. Ms. Fraser is an avid patron of the arts and has supported and contributed to numerous organizations such as Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, and Visceral Dance, Chicago.
Ms. Fraser, a seasoned healthcare professional and innovative educator with over 30 years’ experience in executive leadership roles, has worked in large NYC public and private healthcare systems as well as with an NYC private university. She is a results-oriented leader and teacher, with proven record of accomplishments, in both healthcare and educational institutions. She is an Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management at New York University School of Professional Studies (SPS) in the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies (DAUS) and a former Director of the Ambulatory Care Network at New York Presbyterian/Columbia.
In 1996, she was the recipient of an NYU Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2008, she received a NewYork- Presbyterian President’s Circle Leadership Award. Ms. Fraser holds a Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) from the New School for Social Research and is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (LFACHE) as well as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). She is the COO/Treasurer of The Leslin Healthcare Leadership Foundation (LESLIN), a nonprofit whose mission is to discover and activate the leadership potential that resides in us all, and is a Board Member of the Bellevue Literary Review: A journal of humanity and human experience.
Paige E. Fraser, BFA
Co-Founder/Chief Artistic Officer/ Program Director Dance
Paige Fraser is originally from The Bronx, NYC. She graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. Paige danced professionally with Ailey II, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. In 2016 she was featured in an INTEL commercial “Experience Amazing.” She is a Princess Grace Award recipient (2016) and Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2017). Theatre: West Side Story(Lyric Opera) and The Lion King National Tour.
In addition to being a professional dancer and Scoliosis advocate, Ms. Fraser actively contributes to the community. She has taught workshops all over the world; The U.S., Jamaica, Haiti (Milk Carton on a String) and Europe. She has also collaborated with Cook County Arts Collective to teach dance to incarcerated women in Chicago.
Through (TPFF) Paige has created two programs “Dance is Healing” and the “Spine Series”. These programs offer free classes to the community through dance and spinal wellness. Ms. Fraser is actively learning more about scoliosis and believes in the healing qualities of Schroth Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Floorbarre, and Massage Therapy; all of which help her to maintain consistency in her dancing on stage and live a healthy life. She hopes to guide others to a healthy and pain free life.
Linda C. Lombardi, Ph. D
Chief Operating Officer/ Treasurer
(2020 to Present)
Linda (Lin) C. Lombardi Ph.D. is the Founder/President for The Leslin Healthcare Leadership Foundation (TLHLF), supporting the mission and vision of the organization through strategic business alliances and development.
Lin has over 35 years of experience in public health leadership, in education and training and organizational development. She has held C-Suite and executive level positions and has overseen a broad range of clinical and administrative services. Her work focuses on strategic management and improving the patient and staff experience through building coalitions for change across disciplines, with labor and management, with educational institutions and with community-based organizations.
Her lifelong commitment to continual learning drives change and transformation. Certified in Lean Management, Extended DISC Behavioral Assessment, Lin is an Associate Member of the American Psychology Association, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and holds advanced credentials in Leadership Coaching; she a Master Trainer in TeamStepps as well as holding a vast array of other credentials that enable her to support individual and professional goal attainment.
Committed to developing leaders, Lin is a Board Member of the Explorers, a program for high schoolers considering healthcare as a profession. As a member of the Board of Health Careers Connection, a national program offering opportunities to college students from diverse backgrounds, she has offered internship opportunities for career development. She has acted as mentor and coach, preceptor and liaison for numerous school programs, for national, international students and visitors.
Lin is a respected voice in decision-making and has a keen understanding and ability to forge relationships to reach shared goals. Mostly recently, she was selected by Becker’s, a national healthcare industry publication, as 30 CXOs (Chief Experience Officers) to Know in 2018. She has presented at international conferences such as the Institute for Patient and Family Care (IPFCC) and offered webinars for America’s Essentials Hospitals. With extensive experience in strategic and business management as well as market development, Lin offers insights and sees opportunities in the healthcare field for both entry-level and experienced workers.
She has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels for over twenty-five years, is the recipient of the Teaching Excellence from NYU SCPS and holds the rank Adjunct Professor at New York University. Lin is a Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and holds a B.A. degree from Herbert H. Lehman College, an M.A from Columbia University, an M.A. from the New School for Social Research, an M. Phil. and Ph.D. from The City University of New York Graduate School and University Center.
Michelle N. Johnson, Esq.
Executive Vice President/Secretary
Michelle N. Johnson, Esq. serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for the Foundation. Since 2014, Ms. Johnson has served as the Chief Diversity Officer/Director, Employment Equity and Diversity/Title IX Coordinator at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Prior to William Paterson, Ms. Johnson spent nearly 8 years as Senior Counsel with the New York City Department of Education. Ms. Johnson is a New York licensed attorney with over 17 years of experience in education/labor and employment law. After serving as a law clerk with the Superior Court of New Jersey, she was an associate attorney with a New Jersey civil defense law firm. She has worked in the public education sector (NY/NJ) for the past years specializing in labor/employment law, Title IX, employee/student discipline, collective bargaining/union procedures, compliance, investigations, and relevant training. Ms. Johnson earned her B.A. in American Government from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from Widener University School of Law-Wilmington, DE.
Lawrence Hammond, D.Min
Vice President/Community Development
Lawrence Hammond is a Senior Vice President and Mortgage Officer in the Community Preservation Corporation’s (CPC) New York City Originations division where he is responsible for the company’s lending activities throughout New York City and Long Island. In this capacity he facilitates the growth of CPC’s efforts in providing construction and permanent financing opportunities that seek to reflect CPC’s core mission to stabilize and revitalize communities.
Mr. Hammond joined CPC in 2015 after spending over 30 years with various financial institutions inclusive of Popular Community Bank, Bank of New York Mellon, and JP Morgan Chase Bank. Throughout his banking career, he has continued to demonstrate an ability to cultivate established relationships with leaders in the public and private sectors of business and government. Mr. Hammond earned a Doctorate of Ministry and Masters of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science from Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus). He is married to Primrose Hammond and has three sons and two grandaughters.
Alexia E. Fraser, P.A.
Vice-President/Public Relations & Marketing (2017-present)
Alexia E. Fraser serves as Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing, responsible for collaborating with leadership, employees, stakeholders and community partners, to communicate and ensure understanding of the mission, vision and value of the Foundation are known. Prior to her current role, Ms. Fraser has extensive experience in the arts, as a model, actress and producer. Her ability to engage audiences in pursuit of art fueled her drive to publish a memoir, Memories of Mom, the heartfelt journey of a daughter facing her mother’s mortality. Her work in organizing and managing offices and establishing strong relationships supported her life-long commitment and support of the arts as an expressive force for change, a message she has leveraged to raised awareness about the arts and the positive effect they have on reaching goals and overcoming life’s challenges. Ms. Fraser brings to her current position extensive work history in public-facing positions in sales, management and community-based organizations.
Alex EIingorn, DC
President, Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Alex Eingorn serves as Vice-President and Chief Clinical Officer and oversees the clinical programs for the Paige Fraser Foundation. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree in 1986 from New York Chiropractic College and has been in private practice since 1987. He developed a multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare in one of the first integrative healthcare facilities in New York City. Dr. Eingorn is certified in Manipulation under anaesthesia by National College of Chiropractic/Cornerstone Professional Education Seminars, Inc, NC. He is board certified in Scoliosis recognition, classification, treatment, and prevention by International Scoliosis Research Center/Parker College of Chiropractic, Texas.
Dr. Eingorn’s professional memberships and affiliations include: American Chiropractic Association; American Council of Chiropractic Radiology; American Academy of Pain Management; American Association of Spine Physicians; American Academy of Disability Analysts; International Association of Counselors and Therapists. His selected research, publications and professional projects include: New York University Medical Center, New York (1994) - Participated in a Multi-disciplinary Forum - " Low Back Pain - Multi-disciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment"; Better Health Chiropractic, PC, New York (1994-Present) - Short and long term effects of SMT on ANS using Power Spectral Analysis of Heart Rate Variability; New York Chiropractic College , New York (1996 - Present) - Research Associate, Rationale for Assessing the Effects of Manipulative Therapy on Autonomic Tone by Analysis of Heart Rate Variability. Eingorn, A, Muhs, G. JMPT 1999;22 (3):161-165; Time Life Medical, New York (1995) - Member of Editorial Review Panel on "Low Back Pain". Was Interviewed and Videotaped; Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York (1996-1998) - Complimentary Care Center - Volunteer.
Dr. Eingorn is fluent in Russian and Hebrew and has practiced Martial Arts since 1973: Karate, Kung-Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Wu-Chu, Chi-Gung