Alison is an educator, entrepreneur and autism expert with over 19 years of experience in the field of special education.
Molly’s vision of a reimagined future for the autism community materialized when her daughter Ava was eight. Molly realized that despite Ava’s task-oriented work ethic, her lack of spoken language would likely be an obstacle to future employment. To support Ava’s skill development, Molly created a micro enterprise, “Ava K’s Super Smart Strawberry and Chocolate Jam.” Ava learned to cut and prepare the berries and sell the jam at street fairs. Seeing Ava’s progress, Molly recognized that this model could support a broader community and the idea of product-based vocational training was born. Leveraging her 20-year television development and production executive career, Molly brought her idea to life with Invictus Bakery.
Director of Finance
Lisa is an autistic person, mother of disabled children, advocate, and a current Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities trainee at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Lisa holds a Florida CPA license and an Illinois CPA certificate. She earned her Master of Accounting Degree from Florida Atlantic University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Her professional experience includes working with non-profit organizations, privately held companies, and publicly traded multinationals.
Parent and Community Liaison
Dana is a mother of teen twins, one with ASD. She wants to use her knowledge to guide other parents through the process of applying for services to benefit their child.
Director of Strategic Development
Amanda is a former Vice President at Morgan Stanley and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the pastry arts program at the International Culinary Center. She left the world of finance after 11 years to pursue her passions for baking and social impact. She is excited to combine her skills to both support Invictus’ growth and teach classes and work with the amazing bakers.
P/T Program Director
Brigitte is a licensed Occupational Therapist with over 13 years of experience. She most recently was OT Department Chair at Cooke School and Institute where she helped develop their Adaptive Skills program. Brigitte has a Masters of Science in OT from Columbia University, and is a member of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She has a passion for both working with individuals with disabilities and for being in the kitchen, and is thrilled to join Invictus and use her experience while combining the two.
Irene, our Head Pastry Chef, has worked as a baker, pastry chef, cake decorator, line cook and prep cook in restaurants, bakeries, community kitchens and coffee shops both in Montreal and across New York City for the past ten years. Irene has published recipes and articles in various food publications including Eater, VegNews, Edible Queens, and Kitchen Table Magazine. She is also a recipe developer, having created original recipes for cakes, cookies, brownies and more to be baked and sold by our talented team of bakers. Irene runs the Saturday Cake School class where bakers learn the ins and outs of mixing and baking cakes and mastering the fine art of cake decorating. Irene is a certified food handler by the New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Carmine runs Invictus’ Bakery Lab class, where Bakers learn the fundamentals of baking and apply them by using what they’ve learned to build toward increasingly complex recipes. Carmine is a NYS Certified School Counselor who has worked extensively with neurodiverse populations of students. His passion for food and culture sparked his independent study of the culinary arts and has led him to cook professionally and to teach cooking classes. The Bakery Lab is filled with joy. What better way to learn?
Miriam managed Food Network Kitchen for 20 years through profound changes in the culinary and media worlds. She led culinary teams on Bobby’s BBQ Addiction and Brunch at Bobby’s, appeared on 9 seasons of ThrowDown! with Bobby Flay, and wrote for FN.Com. In 2014 she launched Food Network’s first sustainability initiatives and worked with its facilities team to implement a 0-Waste program. Miriam is a certified TRUE 0-Waste Advisor and serves on the board of People in Need, a not-for-profit serving Kensington, Brooklyn. She is thrilled that her culinary path led to the bakers and staff at Invictus.
Dara is a chef, educator, recipe developer and culinary consultant in New York City. After graduating with a business degree from The George Washington University she found that her calling was in the kitchen. Her culinary career started 20 years ago at Gramercy Tavern. Since then she has worked in some of New York’s most well known restaurants, consulted in major restaurant openings and educated elementary school students in the art of cooking.
Thanks to a generous donation from Microsoft, our workspace is outfitted with the latest technology. Our touch screen enabled laptops allow Bakers of all profiles to follow our process and create our high-quality goods. Microsoft Technology is the bridge that allows us to enable productivity in our overlooked and untapped workforce.