Board of Directors

Helen Shaw, President of the Board of Directors
Chief Operating Officer: Willoughby Capital Holdings, LLC


Helen (nee Resnick) Shaw attended the Waldorf School of Garden City from nursery through twelfth grade. As a member of the class of 1982, Helen played on the girls’ lacrosse and field hockey teams and sang with the Waldorf Singers. After graduating in 1982, she enrolled at Adelphi University where she earned an undergraduate degree in business. During her last two years in college, she began working in the finance department at Radio City Music Hall as the assistant to the controller preparing budgets for events like the Radio City Christmas Show.

In 1988, Helen began working at Solomon Brothers where she gained her first experience in finance. With a passion for financial markets in her heart, she knew that Wall Street would play an important role in her future career. However, at the age of 25, she also desired joining the United States Peace Corps.

The decision wasn’t easy. Helen spoke with her mentors and asked if it would be “career suicide” to take time-off. Luckily, she was encouraged to go forward with her plan. She joined the Peace Corps and lived for two years on a river bank in Botswana working for a small business development project – a far cry from the daily trading excitement on Wall Street.

Upon her return to the United States, Helen joined the investment firm Harvest Capital. While there, Helen learned the intricacies of the burgeoning hedge fund industry and in early 2002, joined SAB Capital as their head trader. During this time, she also served on the School’s Board of Trustees.

In reflecting on her days at the Waldorf School, Helen says, “It is not about what I learned, but how I learned it; it is the process of learning that is important.” Helen recalls that at school she learned by doing. “Starting with a blank page for your Main Lesson book is a lesson that goes beyond the creation of a notebook. It’s about finding creative solutions to complex problems.”

In January 2003, Helen established two named endowments in honor of her parents, Donald and Jeanette Resnick, to recognize their longstanding service and dedication to the Waldorf School. The Jeanette Resnick Music Lesson Endowment Fund and the Donald Resnick Athletic Equipment Endowment Fund provide valuable financial support to these important programs, ensuring they continue to play a vital role in the education of future generations of Waldorf students. Today, Helen is the Chief Operating Officer at Willoughby Capital Holdings, LLC, a single family office. She and her husband, Howard, live in New York with their daughter Samantha.

Dexter Nurse, Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Directors
Brooklyn Bail Fund


Dexter Nurse is a graduate of Mercy College with a B. A. in Behavioral Science and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in social work at Columbia University. Dexter has spent the last decade working as a mentor for Hudson Valleys Youth Assistance Program. Dexter is also a performing musician and composer currently working as a musical advisory board member at Musicambia, Carnegie Hall and Creative Times. Dexter has been entrusted at Musicambia to work with formerly incarcerated individuals composing music and conducting creative workshops in prisons. Dexter’s advocacy includes advocating for ex offenders and providing services to men and women in need. Dexter has dedicated his life to service and considers himself an agent of change. He currently works in Client Services at the Brooklyn Bail Fund.

Derrick Cain, Board Member
Brooklyn Bail Fund 
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Derrick Cain is currently the Director of Client Services at the Brooklyn Bail Fund and a graduate of Bard College and the New York Theological Seminary.  He always strives to link clients to supportive services as a way of restoring people back to the community as assets. His most recent endeavor was working on Rikers Island to connect them with jobs and housing post release. He has spent the last decade providing services and advocacy for men and women involved with the criminal justice system and/or those struggling with mental illness and/or substance abuse. Derrick has dedicated himself to empowering individuals who may face challenges stemming from their contact with the criminal justice system. Derrick stands on the old age motto: “If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.”