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Bronx Council on the Arts Awards TPFF Two Grants

We are pleased to announce that TPFF was funded for two programs: Dance to Bond and Dance Strong.  Dance to Bond is a series of dance and movement workshops that combine socialization, therapy, and recreation through dance and movements. This program is designed for both parents and children ages 4-12 to engage in joint learning and sharing.  The Dance Strong programs aims to use a dance and movement curriculum designed for individuals with cognitive and certain physical disabilities for ages 5-17. Both programs will be offered to the community and will begin in the Fall.

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We congratulate Michelle N. Johnson, Esq., Executive Vice President/Secretary of The Paige Fraser Foundation (TPFF), on her recent appointment as Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Talent Acquisition at Sak’s Fifth Avenue.  Michele holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Government from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law. She entered the New York State Bar Association in 2002 and has since built a multi-sector law career that spans healthcare, education, and retail.  Michelle is a member of the TPFF Board of Directors and leads Compliance and Regulatory Affairs for the Foundation.


Darryl H. Hoffman, TPFF Program Director, Music, was part of the Princeton University Dance Festival (May 2021).  Darryl’s work with dance companies is well known nationally. In 2017, his music was part of the premiere piece Synapse, by Visceral Dance Company of Chicago. In July, Darryl will be offering a Music Program with TPFF, watch for news and updates. 

Click the icon to access a link of Darryl’s music for listening pleasure:


NYU DAUS Faculty Spotlight: Lesmah J. Fraser

July 9, 2020

This summer, we’re introducing a new interview series to showcase members of our community who help make our division what it is. 

We invite you to get to know one of our adjunct faculty, Lesmah J. Fraser, who teaches Health Administration and Healthcare Management courses in the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies.

To read the full interview please click the icon:


Linda C. Lombardi, TPFF Chief Operating Officer/Treasurer, was recently certified by Planetree International as a Planetree Fellow in Person-Centered Care. The Fellow designation is a professional credential earned by individuals who have demonstrated knowledge, experience and leadership in person-centered care and have a commitment to supporting the development and improvement of others. In late 2020, Lin was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review, a national professional journal, as one of 25 hospital and health system CXOs (Chief Experience Officers) to know for her work in improving patient and staff care and service.


Lawrence Hammond, TPFF Vice President/Community Development Board Member, has been named senior vice president, director of ACCESS and will lead a full-time team dedicated to rolling out and operating ACCESS. The Community Preservation Corp. (CPC), a nonprofit affordable housing and community revitalization company, has created the $20 million CPC Acquiring Capital and Capacity for Economic Stability and Sustainability (ACCESS) initiative that will provide flexible capital to create opportunities for people of color in real estate development and prioritize investment in communities of color. Hammond has decades of experience in finance and multifamily lending, as well as community relations and engagement as an ordained minister who advises local faith-based organizations on using their real estate assets for affordable housing to further serve their communities.

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