Board of Directors


Charles Burgess, Board Chair

Amanda Heron Parsons, MD, MBA , Vice Chair

Steven Edwards, Esq., Secretary

William M. Trust, Jr., Treasurer


Ululy Martinez, Esq.

Henry  J. Leibowitz, Esq.

David O’Hayre

Zenali Tirado, Esq.

Pat Armstrong

Salvatore Gogliormella, Esq.

Janine Van Staden, CPA

Yves Filius

Board Chair

Charles Burgess

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Chuck Burgess has been a member of VIP’s Board of Directors since 2006 and the Chairman since 2012.  A native of Norfolk, VA, Chuck has called New York City home for nearly 25 years.

Chuck is President of The Abernathy MacGregor Group, a financial communications consulting firm.  In this capacity, he advises senior executives and boards of directors of corporations on communications issues related to corporate reputation, media relations, investor relations, mergers & acquisitions, restructurings and crises.  Chuck joined The Abernathy MacGregor Group in 1994 from Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart, where he specialized in media and investor relations for financial services companies.  Previously, he served in the press office of Senator John Warner of Virginia.

Chuck graduated with honors from Georgetown University with a B.A. degree in English and has attended the Executive Education program at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.  He is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute.  Chuck lives in New York City with his wife, Kerstin Michaelsen Burgess.

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Board Members


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