Janice Hamilton President
Janice founded CarrotNewYork (originally JMH Education) with the goal of “doing well by doing good.” More than three decades and countless awards and distinctions later, it’s clear she has done very well. Part of her success is attributed to the fact that she constantly seeks to mentor others – whether it’s the people who work for her, other women-in-business professionals, or inner city students. How has Janice done “good” (aside from building a company that creates programs for clients who want to make a difference in people’s lives)? By serving on the board of Center for Women’s Business Research, the foundation board of St. Mary’s Children Hospital, the advisory board of Be a Student’s Friend for the Inner City Scholarship Fund, and the advisory board of Manhattan Hunter Science School. Janice is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Pace University, Kansas State University and Marymount College. An educator herself, and a former director of consumer marketing, Janice clearly has a passion for learning. In her spare time, she travels the world, having been to six continents and more countries than she can count. Her heart, however, lies in New York City. She moved from “the Little Apple” (Manhattan, KS) to Manhattan, NY and loves everything about it – the arts, the High Line park, the food, the energy.
Jane Meyer Sr. VP, Client Development
Jane has more than 30 years of experience in the creation and placement of public education campaigns. Starting out as an instructor herself, then a director of education, she has built a career developing and managing relationships with government agencies, nonprofits and corporations. Jane has brought her wealth of knowledge and expertise to the national stage, presenting at high-level conferences and facilitating discussions on health and wellness and environmental initiatives. A member of the Small Business Government Communicators Network, the National Association of Government Communications, and Women Impacting Public Policy, Jane was awarded the 1997 NYC Businesswoman of the Year by the Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Amazingly, she still has time to volunteer with her church on behalf of a food bank, as well Make Way Partners, an organization that supports victims of human trafficking and modern day slavery. When Jane does make time to relax, she spends two weeks in St. Maarten doing nothing but enjoying the beauty of the ocean.
Ann Brill VP, Controller
Ann has spent her entire career working with numbers and spread sheets. But she does more than keep our books in order. As CarrotNewYork’s human resources department, she keeps everyone happy and working at his or her peak. Ann helps both the agency and its employees not only set measurable goals, but also find ways to achieve them. What does Ann love even more than balancing accounts? Sail fishing on Islamorada in the Florida Keys, growing fabulous flowers and veggies in her garden, and keeping her Welsh Corgi puppy out of the Koi pond.
Julie Livingston Sr. Director, Client Development
A seasoned sales and marketing communications professional, Julie is a natural rainmaker and well-poised to increase the agency’s corporate client roster. With a decade in the youth market, Julie has established strategic alliances (Wildlife Conservation Society, the NPD Group) and initiatives that raise brand visibility and drive word-of-mom. At Child’s Play Communications, she brought in blue chips like Nickelodeon, Pottery Barn Kids and Toyota. At the Toy Industry Association, Julie managed industry crises and served as an industry spokesperson and youth entertainment expert. Partnering with leading nonprofits (Reading is Fundamental, Save the Children, Volunteers of America) while at Scholastic, Julie promoted valuable social responsibility initiatives. She received her M.S. in Communications Management from Syracuse University/Newhouse School and serves on the board of directors of New York Women in Communications. When she’s not networking, or at home with her husband and two teenage sons, you’ll likely find Julie riding her bike along the Hudson River bike path, at the theatre, or in Project Eden, the NYC community garden where she volunteers her time.
Amber Krause VP, Client Services
Amber is a runner – she’s run the training and marketing programs at popular franchises and now runs our Client Services department, shouldering day-to-day responsibility for staffing and managing a key component of our award winning service. When Amber’s not ensuring that every facet of her clients’ projects are running smoothly and on time, she runs half marathons. She applies that same combination of hard work, determination, and goal setting to her projects and relationships with her staff and clients. In a recent review, a major government client stated that Amber “demonstrated excellent communication skills and customer service during the course of the contract.” Amber grew up outside of Philadelphia and is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she studied marketing and studio arts. She is highly organized, efficient, and equally passionate about cooking and Bruce Springsteen.
Filiz Soyak Director of Education
Filiz has developed curriculum in nutrition, gardening, financial literacy, digital citizenship, art, design and technology to students of all ages – from elementary to university levels, even educators themselves – and with a diverse range of abilities including those with visual impairment, autism and other special needs. She has taught and inspired learners all over the world – from Jordan to Barbados, Japan to Boston. Filiz earned her Master’s in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and earned a BA in Studio Art with minors in Business and Japanese. Filiz is a mixed media artist who is interested in exploring how art can help foster understanding across cultures, languages and abilities; she has put her talents and passions towards the service of others. Filiz has called five countries home, enjoys using her passport, and dreams one day of living in a tree house.
Deb Levy Creative Director
Deb began her career in the NYC ad agency world where she won awards creating campaigns for nearly every industry – financial to pharmaceutical, non-profit to packaged goods – and oversaw all creative development for a $75 million beauty brand. It was when she stepped out of the halls of the big agencies, and into her own freelance business, that Deb gained an even deeper insight into the mind of the consumer. Not only did she continue to create marketing materials for a wide range of clients, she created a blog that would be optioned by a Hollywood production company, developed a series of articles educating parents and caregivers about special needs, and wrote a full-length book about the Holocaust. Deb is the mother of three who served a two-year term as PTA president. It is this understanding of kids, parents and families – along with her professional experience – that she brings to bear at CarrotNewYork. Deb would rather read a book than watch TV, and is happiest when hiking or doing hip-hop dance.
Kelly Lynch Creative Director
Kelly may live and work in Gettysburg, PA, but her creative touch is ever present in the halls of CarrotNewYork. Especially the hall that displays the numerous awards she’s won over the years developing impactful client programs. With a background in magazine publishing and trade show management, and brand-building acumen she’s gained at marketing agencies, Kelly brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. Her zeal for volunteerism keeps her busy outside of work when she serves on several committees for Gettysburg College, as well as the Melanoma Research Foundation. It’s hard to believe that Kelly still has free time to read, garden, entertain, and stay abreast of emerging app and online technologies.
Karen Smith Art Director
Karen is an art director who is equally skilled at graphic design and organizing her workload to meet deadlines. Some may think that’s unusual for a creative person, but it has served her well. For over 20 years, Karen has won awards crafting curriculum, collateral, signage, websites, logos and ads for nearly all of CarrotNewYork’s clients. As if it wasn’t enough raising her own child, she mentors young people in high school and college, and learns as much from them as they do from her. She also utilizes her design talents in volunteering for organizations that promote literacy and senior services. Highly attuned to the visual world, Karen surrounds herself with Monet prints and collects kaleidoscopes.
Huma Mody Senior Account Manager
Throughout her career, Huma has managed events, branding, strategy, timelines, budgets, projects, teams, campaigns, contracts, productions, photo shoots, and grant and proposal writing – to name a few. She has even managed to find time for classes in acting, filmmaking, sailing and floral design. Huma has worked on behalf of several foundations, including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Shirkatgah Women’s Resource Center in Pakistan where she conducted research for a UNICEF Violence Against Women project. Now, she finds that managing the development of campaigns for government clients at CarrotNewYork is the perfect blend of her interest in branding and design with her passion for education and social justice. Huma attended college in Texas, but is a native of Karachi, where she was once a video jockey for Pakistani Pop Music television.
Keri Smyth Digital Marketing and Account Manager
Keri comes to us from the Women Presidents’ Organization, a non-profit dedicated to women business leaders where she managed all online communications. It should come as no surprise, then, that she graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with honors in Sociology, and a certificate in Women’s Studies. Keri’s commitment to health and wellness is evidenced by the fact that she raised money for cancer research while running the NYC Marathon. At CarrotNewYork, Keri manages several client accounts, as well as the CNY website, online communications, and social media.
Don Larrabure Production Manager
Don earned his BA in graphic design from the New York Institute of Technology because he was drawn to computer graphics. After working for a bit in this capacity, he realized he preferred making the projects happen – from start to finish – more than designing them. With extensive production and project management experience in marketing and advertising agencies, Don is quite proud of the fact that he has never missed a deadline. He credits his success to remaining calm under pressure and doing what it takes to get the job done. Don’s sense of wanderlust has led him on many an adventure around the world, but he considers parenthood to be his greatest adventure yet.
Patty Dwyer Graphic Designer
Patty’s art direction career includes stints at Sesame Street and Mad Magazine, the perfect background for someone who believes in the importance of having a sense of humor about all things. Her creativity and graphic eye has won her several awards, including the Warner Bros. Carrot Award for Achievement and Quality Performance, and a spot on the New York Times #1 Bestseller list for a book she designed. Patty’s not afraid of new challenges, and will learn anything necessary to get the job done. Out of the office, Patty enjoys bike riding, entertaining, the New York Times crossword puzzle, and playing with her two children. And the occasional thrill ride … like skydiving.
Renny Ambrose Office and IT Manager
Renny has worked as a bookkeeper, banker, supervisor and nanny. At the same time, she has studied electrical engineering, accounting and early childhood education. Clearly, her brain capacity exceeds that of most normal people. Luckily for everyone at CarrotNewYork, Renny draws upon her wide array of skills and experience in order to keep the office not only humming, but running like the efficient machine that she is herself. A native of Queens, Renny is currently, in her off hours, learning how to surf.