Eric Epstein, President. Prior to founding Global Impact Productions in 2001, Eric held key marketing and logistics positions with the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day in New York, the Boston-New York AIDS Ride and the Texas AIDS Ride. Before that, he taught science in Brooklyn for eight years. He earned his M.B.A. in Marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University. An avid runner, Eric has completed five New York City marathons. On weekends, this Delaware native can be found with his seat on the bike or his hands in the garden.
Blake Strasser, Coach. Blake joined Global Impact in 2003 to share her passion for cycling – and for supporting great causes. She was previously a staff member on the Northeast AIDS Ride, and has been a rider (and fundraiser) herself in 21 (and counting) AIDS rides and suicide-prevention walks, so she knows a thing or two about getting past the fear of training and raising money. Her previous life in theater means she can also fake it when necessary. Blake’s claim to fame came early: At age 4, she sat on Mae West’s lap and, in her only fit of stage fright, threw up on her. Originally from Colorado, Blake knows a thing or two about the great outdoors, and will proudly share her Ironman tattoo to prove it.
Tyler Timken, Logistics Coordinator. Global Impact's resident Jersey Boy, Tyler has worked in logistics on a variety of non-profit events in the New York City area prior to joining us. He has a major in Entertainment Marketing from Saint Joseph's University and a passion for music.
Tamoya Simpson, Production Team. Tamoya is an experienced event planner with a proven track record of successful events and a background in administrative support. After leaving the corporate world, she pursued her passion for events, producing special events for non-profit organizations. Tamoya is also the founder of Bloodline, Inc., a non-profit organization committed to sickle cell advocacy and awareness initiatives.
Emilie Latainer, Production Team. Emilie has been working with organizations across the country supporting their fundraising and programming efforts for years. Working for nonprofit organizations such as Best Buddies and the Tommie Cares Foundation, Emilie has learned how to educate and motivate event participants to become star fundraisers. She has also successfully built and cultivated sponsorship programs. A music enthusiast, in her spare time Emilie can be found attending Broadway shows, concerts, or simply plugged into her headphones.
Tom Dwyer, Production Team. Tom first took part in a Global Impact event in 2003. This longtime theater and events specialist is a veteran of the events department of Macy's and William Paterson University, among many storied institutions. A former actor, Tom won acclaim off-Broadway in the cast of Nunsense A-men.
Matt Goldweber, Production Team. Matt has been in the non-profit event world since 2014, joining Global Impact's production team in 2016. He has worked with the American Cancer Society managing Relay for Life events, as well as with Citymeals on Wheels in their Event & Partnerships department. In his free time, you can find him out for a run or at a local rock climbing wall.
Sebastian Hound, Office Manager. Hailing from South Carolina, Sebastian keeps our staff in check. Quick on his feet, he deals with door-to-door salesmen efficiently yet with grace. He is gracious and eager to please, keeping visitors entertained as they wait for meetings. Sebastian is also an exceptional chewer.