Emerging Philanthropic Leaders
Good Shepherd Services’ SpringBoard committee offers emerging philanthropic leaders the opportunity to pool their collective talents to support our success.
VOLUNTEERING at 17th Street (Euphrasian Residence & Marian Hall) Family Thanksgiving. SpringBoard members ran an arts & crafts table and served food.
CHEERS TO CHARITY: 9.21.16
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New York City Football Club Fundraiser
Who We Are
Amanda Walter is originally from Annandale, New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting with a double major in Economics. Amanda is a Certified Public Accountant working at Credit Suisse in the New York City Electronic Trading Office. Amanda is passionate about travelling to new places, staying active, volunteering, and dogs.
Amol Deshpande grew up near Philadelphia and moved to New York over four years ago, having lived in the Midwest and Bay Area along the way. He currently invests in public companies globally on behalf of a family foundation, with prior experience in private equity and investment banking. Amol studied mathematics and economics at Northwestern University. In his free time, Amol enjoys playing tennis, reading, volunteering, and being an unwavering Sixers fan.
Arianna De Felice is a Community Manager for the American Cancer Society (the Society), managing a $3M portfolio for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event of Central Park. The MSABC event of Central Park is the Society’s largest event in terms of both dollars raised & number of participants. Arianna is charged with income development and community relations for the Manhattan market in order to increase funding for research, patient programs and prevention. Prior to managing fundraising for the Society, Arianna also served as the Specialist of State and Local Campaigns for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in Washington, D.C. She managed a portfolio of cancer prevention issues on which she provided policy and campaign guidance to staff and external partners nationwide.
Brian Seslar is an Associate on the Structured Products team within Morgan Stanley, where he has worked for the past 5 years. In that role, he utilizes options and equity derivatives to develop and deploy multi-asset structures tailored to high net worth individuals. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he worked with both the American Red Cross of Wyoming Valley implementing a new marketing campaign and with the Special Olympics as an assistant swim coach. Brian holds a B.S. in Marketing from the McGowan School of Business at King’s College, where he graduated in 2011. His interests outside of work include skiing, surfing and skateboarding.
Casey Horan is originally from South Windsor, Connecticut. Casey majored in Accountancy at the University of Notre Dame and received her Bachelor of Business Administration in 2015. During her time at Notre Dame, she studied International Business at the University College Dublin in Ireland. She works at Deloitte & Touche LLP in the New York City Audit Practice. Throughout her time working at Deloitte, she has served Financial Services clients in the Banking and Securities Industry. She enjoys swimming, volunteering and traveling around the world.
Cathy Chen is a Manager of Marketing Strategy at Hudson’s Bay Company. Prior to joining HBC, she worked in investment banking at Centerview Partners. Cathy received a BA in Economics and Public Policy from Dartmouth College. She grew up in Indiana and is a fan of the Indianapolis Colts. In her free time, Cathy enjoys playing the piano, cooking, traveling and volunteering as a tutor.
Collette A. Parris holds a Juris Doctorate degree from NYU School of Law. She is a seasoned attorney who began her legal career at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in 2008. Collette is currently Senior Counsel, for the Content & Program Enterprises group at Viacom Media Networks, a role which she started in January 2015. Collette is also a graduate of Baruch College (C.U.N.Y.) and previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a consultant prior to law school. Aside from being passionate about giving back to the community, Collette is an avid sports fan, a work-out enthusiast and enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures.
Dayanara Perez is a native New Yorker who was born and raised in the Washington Heights area of New York City, a community where everyone is your family – from your next door neighbor to the grocery store owner around the block. As a 1st generation American, in what used to be one of the toughest neighborhoods in the city, she quickly learned to value the importance of positive role models and being resourceful. She has been involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for the past 7 years, which has been a truly rewarding experience. As a part of Burberry, she have been given the opportunity to continue to interact with a wide age range of youth that may need help and positivity, even for just a moment. Dayanara is a foodie with a huge sweet tooth who loves watching movies, traveling, and the New York Giants!
Gabrielle Rubino has been involved with volunteer programs at Good Shepherd through her company in the past. She has developed a passion for working with the children making sure to provide them with the support and confidence all children need. Gabrielle enjoys ALL arts and crafts projects and is known to take them very seriously! Gabrielle currently lives in New York City and works as a Brand Protection Manager for Burberry. She enjoys the arts, traveling and a good laugh. Gabrielle is also a photographer. Gabrielle is passionate about the value of volunteering and will strive to make the experience on Good Shepherds’ SpringBoard as meaningful and memorable as possible.
Jeff Szot grew up in Branchburg, NJ and is currently an Analyst on the Prime Services Clearing desk at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he also is an active member of the Goldman Sachs Veterans Network and is a mentor in Goldman’s LaunchPAD mentorship program. Prior to starting at Goldman, Jeff earned Finance and Accounting degrees from Villanova University, graduating in 2014. Jeff has previously served on the strategic planning committee for the Cancer Support Community of Central New Jersey. Outside of work, Jeff is an avid golfer, enjoys to travel, and loves Villanova Basketball and the Dallas Cowboys.
Lauren Coyle is a Project Manager at Citi with experience in event planning and real estate and hails from Yonkers, New York. Having volunteered many times for organizations across NYC, Lauren is beyond excited to put her talents towards a good cause. As a member of SpringBoard she hopes to bring a unique vision to fundraising while working for the cause of helping youth and families live to their full potential. Lauren is a life-long dancer and has a secret talent for calligraphy.
Lauren Ramsey is a social responsibility professional who understands and strongly believes in the power of community engagement and volunteerism. In her current role at Burberry, she supports and helps manage all philanthropic efforts and employee volunteering in North and South America. Prior to this role, she managed the Volunteer Services department at Habitat for Humanity Greater Houston Area. She is currently a volunteer dance teacher at Groove With Me, an organization supporting at-risk girls in Harlem and the Bronx, and a Zumba Instructor with the FITBK initiative at Haitian-American Community Coalition in Brooklyn. Her specialties include community outreach, engagement strategy, and program management.
Meghan Greene has worked in fundraising and development since graduating from Boston University in 2007, and is currently the Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at The New School, securing and managing grants in support of various academic programs and innovative projects. Previously, Meghan worked at The Whitney Museum of American Art and spent more than five years working on the grants team at Good Shepherd Services.
Tess Smith is a luxury retail business executive who has spent the last decade in NYC volunteering to help children in underserved neighborhoods throughout the city, partnering with several programs including GSS, iMentor, and POTS, to name a few. While these efforts continue to play a pivotal role in her life, Tess now resides in CT and enjoys cooking, hiking and spending quality time with her husband and 2 year old son.
Vince Silveira is originally from San Francisco, California. He is a Certified Public Accountant working at Deloitte & Touche serving investment management clients in the New York City Financial Services Audit Practice. Outside of the SpringBoard, Vince volunteers his time with the Posse Foundation. Vince graduated from Cabrini University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting with a double major in Finance. In his free time, Vince is an avid fan of Bay Area sports teams, loves live music, and enjoys the outdoors.
Whitney Ash has been living in Manhattan for over three years, but was originally born and raised in the city of Chicago. Currently, Whitney works as a Senior Consultant on the Strategy Consulting & Research team at FTI Consulting. Prior to that, she worked at Edelman Berland as a Market Research and Communications Consultant. Whitney Ash attended the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Health and Societies and minored in Political Science and Sociology. When Whitney is not at work, you can find her eating at one of NYC’s new restaurants, volunteering, exercising at 305 Fitness or exploring/ traveling.