Who’s on Board
Founder and Director
Laura Cusack, MS, RD is the Founder and Managing Director of ARDIETY. She is a former model represented by Images Model Management NYC from 2004 - 2008. Laura studied at the University of Connecticut and has a masters degree in Kinesiology and a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a Registered Dietitian licensed by New York and Connecticut. She graduated with a Masters of Kinesiology, with three first-author scientific communications: an abstract; a scientific review; and an original research paper. Laura Founded ARDIETY in 2012 with the goal of promoting health and wellness as well as preventing disordered eating within the fashion industry and the public.
Board of Directors
Joshua Smith, M.Eng, graduated from both Lafayette College with a Bachelor's in engineering and the University of Maryland with a Masters in engineering. He is now the Director of Development at KDC Solar LLC, where he oversees the development of commercial and utility scale energy projects. Joshua has vast experience in both for profit and non profit business development, project finance, commercial negotiations and long-term planning, which are qualities that are invaluable to the long term success, and continued accomplishment of the ARDIETY's mission.
Karen Lee Grybowski, MS, is the Founder of Karen Lee Group and an international Model Scout and Coach. She has extensive experience scouting for top modeling agencies and was a major influence in the Elite Model look search which launched the careers of Cindy Crawford, Alessandra Ambrosio and Gisele Bundchen. Karen's mission is to empower, strengthen, and educate young women and men in all aspects of their personal and professional lives relating to Health, Beauty and Fashion. Her positive influence and dedication to the overall wellbeing of models makes her uniquely valuable to ARDIETY's Board or Directors.
Michael Luzi is the Owner of the Sherman IGA. He has over 30 years of for profit business development, management and maintenance experience, and is dedicated to promoting health and wellness. He is proud to meet the need of the community through donating nutritious catering, groceries, and other resources, and works with many organizations like the Boy/Girls Scouts of America, Volunteer Fire Departments, local schools, parishes, and the Playhouse. Michael's experience in business maintenance and his dedication to ensuring a healthy community makes him a valuable board member.
Paul LeBeau, graduate of Boston College Carroll School of Business, has over 20 years of experience in development, marketing, and managing non-profit organizations focused in health care and the arts. Paul Co-Founded and was the President of the Board of Directors of The Alliance for Living in New London, Connecticut for over 10 years. He was also the President of the Board of Directors of Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut and helped implement strategies emphasizing long-term support to insure steady growth. Paul now serves on the Board of Directors of the Mystic Art Center, where he is a member of the finance committee and helps strategize to insure long-term financial strength. Paul’s non-profit development experience brings fiscal integrity and security to ARDIETY’s financial team.
Earl Smith, MPA, graduated with a BA and MPA from West Virginia University, and has over 30 years of experience in financial management and policy development in higher education. He was the Manager of Financial Systems Administration, at Johns Hopkins University for 20 years and served as the Director of Financial Systems and Operations at Loyola College for seven years. During these experiences he established records of achievement in financial management, financial reporting, systems applications and administrative service activities. Now as the Senior Vice President at DCS, LLC he has developed, documented and monitored the applications necessary to ensure that the company’s policies and business plans are successfully implemented. Earl is an innovative problem solver dedicated to providing best in class financial service. His extensive experience is an asset to ARDIETY's financial team as he is able to perform activities needed to ensure financial and administrative development and success.
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