A DC-native, Bammy’s co-owner and co-executive chef, Gerald Addison, is passionate about creating a more diverse dining culture in DC and is proud to be a part of the city’s culinary growth. Prior to Bammy’s, Gerald served as co-owner and co-executive chef of DC’s award-winning sister restaurants Compass Rose and Maydan, where he worked alongside Chris Morgan. Collaborating as co-executive chefs for the first time, Gerald and Chris opened Maydan in November, 2017. Over the course of the next three years with them at the helm, Maydan was awarded a Michelin Star, named a James Beard Semifinalist, and received critical acclaim from local, regional, and national press including being named “No. 2 Best New Restaurant in America” by Bon Appetit, a “Top 10 Best New Restaurant” by Food & Wine, a “Best New Restaurant in America” by G.Q., one of Eater’s “18 Best New Restaurants in America”, etc. Gerald loves to travel and explore new cultures and foodways. His main goal is to use hospitality to teach people about a region they might not be familiar with and to tell the story of its people through the food and experiences they create in the restaurant.
An ornithologist and author, Tom Baptist is one of Connecticut's leading conservationists, having piloted many open space and wetland protection initiatives over his forty-year career. He was a vice-president of National Audubon Society, its Senior Scientist, and the Founding Executive Director of Audubon Connecticut.
Bruce Beehler, Ph.D.
Bruce Beehler is an ornithologist, conservationist, and naturalist. He is currently a Research Associate in the Division of Birds at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and is focused on research and writing about nature and natural history. He has spent much of his scientific career studying and working to conserve birds and their forest habitats. After conducting doctoral fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Beehler worked for ten years at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, followed by stints at the Wildlife Conservation Society, U.S. Department of State, Counterpart International, Conservation International, and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.
Martha Bernstein is Chair of the Naugatuck Valley Community College Board and a member of the Board of the Mattatuck Museum, The Susan B Anthony Project and the Connecticut Junior Republic. Martha was Vice-President, Development and Communications at Graham-Windham Services and Director of Development for the American Red Cross in Greater New York.
Anthony is Managing Partner of the investor group which owns Troutbeck, Amenia, NY, the historic estate turned hotel which he acquired in 2016, renovated and reopened in 2018 to wide acclaim. He is partner to Douglas R. Horne, founder of D.R. Horne & Company on real estate matters pertaining to asset management, preservation, and conservation. Anthony has served as an owners representative and sponsor to real estate investors in the United States, Europe, and Asia since 2009. As a consultant to YTL Hotels, Singapore, Anthony carries the title of Vice President of Development. Recently completed work with YTL includes the development of The Gainsborough Hotel, Bath, UK, a Grade II listed property in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage City. Monkey Island Estate, a Grade I listed hotel in Bray, England and, the acquisition and redevelopment of Niseko Village, Hokkaido, Japan.
Anthony has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from Bishop’s University, an Accelerated Certificate in Hotel Operations and Accounting Principles from New York University, and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation.
A clinical/developmental psychologist, Elizabeth retired five years ago after a career in higher education. Most recently, she served as the president of Bank Street College of Education, and previously was a professor, dean, and provost at The New School in New York City. She holds a B.A. in art history from Lake Forest College, a masters and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; she also completed a post doctoral fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Her aspirations as an organic gardener have been tempered by the years, but she keeps trying.
Anthea is a principal in the Women’s Enterprise Initiative, a nonprofit in NW CT which helps women entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Before that she was Executive Vice President for Content at News Corporation, one of the world’s largest media companies. In this position she guided the Company’s global initiatives in content development and distribution. She was a member of News Corporation’s worldwide Executive Management Committee. Until the sale of the company in May 2008, Ms. Disney also acted as Chairman of Gemstar-TV Guide International, a technology and guidance company in which News Corporation was the largest shareholder.
Prior to this position, Anthea was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TV Guide, Inc., before its merger with Gemstar, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of News America Publishing Group, a division of News Corporation. Prior to these appointments, Ms. Disney was President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers. Ms. Disney joined News Corporation in 1990 and held a number of senior management positions including Editor-in-Chief of TV Guide; Editor-in-Chief of News Corporation’s online development. Before joining News Corporation, Ms. Disney was Deputy Managing Editor of The New York Daily News, and Editor-in-Chief of Self magazines. She began her career in the United Kingdom as a newspaper reporter and a foreign correspondent. She was educated in England.
Steve Gaines, Ph.D.
Steven Gaines's research focuses on marine ecology and conservation, sustainable fisheries, the design of marine reserves, and the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems. He has served as director of the UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute, and as UCSB Acting Dean of Science and Acting Vice Chancellor for Research. Professor Gaines currently serves as a principal investigator for the Sustainable Fisheries Group, which seeks scalable solutions for the world’s fisheries through partnerships among UCSB researchers, industry leaders, NGOs, and governments.
Peter Grubstein is the founder and Managing Member of NGEN, a growth equity investment firm investing in Innovative companies in healthy living and CFO of Better World Acquisition Corporation. Both companies invest in sustainable businesses utilizing or generating cleaner resources and shifting health and wellness from treatment to prevention. Peter has participated on the boards of numerous private corporations.
Thomas Nissley is a retired pastor, educator, and clinical psychotherapist who currently works as a preservationist of antique and classic homes and as a realtor. Tom is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland. Tom also studied at the Western Institute for Gestalt and Family Therapy and is clinically certified in Transactional Analysis. Currently a director of the USA Transactional Analysis Association, a trustee of the CT Association for Historic Preservation, co-curator for the Gores Pavilion, and a member of the New Canaan Historical Society, Tom has a deep passion for community service and involvement.
Founder and Principal of Osius & Associates, Meg advises corporate and banking clients, structuring international green-field infrastructure, and public-private partnerships, as well as facility upgrades in energy, telecommunications and other sectors. Prior to establishing her own firm, Meg was with the Global Banking Division of J.P. Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank where she originated project finance transactions and assisted clients with risk management. Meg has been a Director of Waterloo Holdings Ltd., British Caribbean Bank (BCB), as well as the Public Private Infrastructure Advancement Fund (PPIAF) and International Executive Service Corp. (IESC). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Brian Silver is the CFO of Freeline Therapeutics, a gene therapy company focused on curing rare diseases, including hemophilia and inborn errors of metabolism. Prior to Freeline Therapeutics, Brian was partner at Perella Weinberg Partners, New York Office responsible for equity and debt capital markets. He also served as a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley’s Healthcare Investment Banking Group where he advised a broad range of biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical services clients on mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, the equity and capital markets, and royalty financing. Brian graduated from Harvard and the University of Chicago Law School