Team Group


Team Members

Estee Botnick

Executive Senior Grant Writer

Estee is a master grant writer with expertise in program development, budgeting and reporting. At UCN since 2003, Estee Botnick has written and coordinated many successful grant applications, securing millions of dollars in federal, state, city and foundation funding for nonprofits. Her ability to interpret RFPs and regulations is superb, as is her understanding of program design, funding strategies, timetables and budgets.

Debby Smith

Senior Grant Writer | Lead Editor

Debby brings many years of program design and proposal writing experience to UCN. For 33 years she served as the grant writer for the Board of Jewish Education, a major UJA-Federation of New York agency, where she helped secure funding for important education initiatives. A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, Debby has a master’s degree in community organization social work from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, as well as a degree in coaching.

Tova Saks

Office Administrator | Graphic Designer

Tova brings a broad range of organizational, technical and creative skills to her work. Supporting an organization that routinely deals with strict deadlines and high-profile international clients and funders requires a keen understanding of timeliness, discretion and respect for confidentiality, as well as meticulous attention to detail. Tova’s leadership and organizational abilities, combined with her graciousness, are critical components of UCN’s success. Tova has a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a certificate in graphic design.