Queens Botanical Garden’s Board of Trustees welcomed four new members to its team who will apply their expertise, leadership, and strong ties to their communities to support the Garden’s mission of bringing people, plants, and cultures together.
The new members — Lee-Lee Chang, Anthony Lui, Rebecca Schmutter, and Jenny Zeng — will join the Garden’s team of 15 talented board members.
“I am so proud to welcome our new board members and be associated with Queens Botanical Garden,” said Raymond Jasen, newly elected QBG board chair. “The dedicated QBG team has done an amazing job to ensure that the Flushing community has a family-friendly oasis of beauty and calm to renew their spirits during these challenging times. At QBG, social distancing isn’t represented by the number of feet that separate us, but by the number of flowers that bloom between us.”
Susan Lacerte, QBG executive director, said they’re “absolutely delighted” to have Chang, Lui, Schmutter and Zheng on board to help guide the Garden’s exciting initiatives.
“As we look ahead in 2021, we recognize that the garden is more important than ever in providing our community with a place for peace, rejuvenation, and inspiration,” Lacerte said.
Schmutter, who is counsel at Farrell Fritz PC, was born and raised in Queens and currently lives in West Hempstead with her husband and their two children. She counsels corporate entities, family-owned businesses and individuals on a wide range of domestic and international tax matters. She helps her clients maneuver complex tax issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships, personal and business investments and financings, among others.
Schmutter also advises individual U.S. taxpayers with respect to federal voluntary disclosure programs and procedures relating to foreign financial assets. Prior to joining Farrell Fritz, Schmutter was counsel at Pryor Cashman LLP and an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. She attended Columbia College and Columbia Law School.
“I’m very excited to be joining the board,” Schmutter said. “I grew up in Queens and know how important the Garden is to the community. I’m looking forward to getting involved and supporting this great organization.”
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