February 24 @ Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel
(5pm – 7:30pm)
Tickets are $20 each, includes one drink ticket, appetizers and parking
*Tickets are available at the door with payment via credit card ONLY*
Meet some of the most influential women in Central New York
One-on-one coaching sessions in a speed-networking setting on Monday, February 24, at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel. Mentors include women from all areas of life and business – executives, entrepreneurs, marketers, health professionals, risk takers, and more.
Attendees will have multiple opportunities for one-on-one coaching conversations with mentors.
The agenda: Networking, refreshments (one drink ticket per participant), gain new insights, meet new friends, have some fun.
Our 2020 Agenda
5 to 5:30 p.m.: Registration
5:30 to 5:45 p.m.: Networking and refreshments
5:45 p.m.: Official welcome, tips on getting the most of your Mentoring Monday conversations
6 to 7 p.m.: Speed coaching mentoring
7 to 7:30 p.m.: Wrap-up session
Tickets are $20 each, include parking and refreshments
Our 2020 Mentors
Senior Vice President
Carol Eaton has served in progressive roles with Visit Syracuse, most recently as Senior Vice President, leading a team of marketing professionals responsible for identifying market opportunities and developing short and long-term strategies with the objective of attracting overnight business to the Greater Syracuse area. Together with her team, Eaton manages and directs tourism partnership programs on local, regional and statewide levels, working to instill a sense of collective energy within the tourism industry, while building a spirit of ambassadorship not only from local tourism professionals, but from community residents as well. A graduate of LeMoyne College, Eaton holds a BA in English Communications. She previously chaired, and continues to serve on the board of directors of the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council, and was named Tourism Executive of the Year by the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association.
Real Estate Broker/Owner
Century21 Arquette Properties
Along with my husband and partner, John Arquette, founded and launched John Arquette Properties in 2009, we later affiliated with Century21 in 2017. Our Company is a full service residential real estate firm with 2 offices in Syracuse and over 50 agents.
Prior to forming our own company, I had extensive real estate sales experience with Nothnagle Realtors in Rochester, NY, in the sale of new construction and existing homes from 1986 through 2008. I was consistently a top producing agent beginning with Rookie of the Year in 1987 to achieving Top 25 agent status beginning in 1991 in a company of over 500 agents.
Prior to real estate sales, I obtained a BS in Psychology at the University of Rochester in 1977 and an MSW at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA., in 1979. In my previous work “life”, I held management analyst and administrative positions in the Washington State Legislature House of Representatives, the Dept of Social and Health Services in Olympia, WA and Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.
I published a journal article about the transformation of women’s work roles in the Journal of the American College Health Association in 1977, “Women’s Work in a Time of Transition.” A second publication, an analysis of clinical social workers moving to administrative roles, appeared in the Journal of the National Association of Social Work in 1979, entitled “”From Direct Service to Administration.”
Since 2013, I have been an active member of the Board of Directors for Toomey Residential and Community Services, a non-profit agency in Syracuse providing direct service and residential treatment for children through adulthood. Toomey’s goal is to help clients achieve their highest level of ability.
I also serve on the Parish Council of All Saints Catholic Church since 2016.
I am married to John Arquette, we live in Syracuse with our 2 rescue dogs, Lucy and Buddy Boy. We have one son, Rudy, daughter-in-law Angela, and 4 grandchildren, Aliyah, Steven, Caleb and Claire.
Director of Communications and Digital Media
She earned a Master of Science in Communications Management from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, where, in August 2015, she presented her capstone research project, Building Trust and Reputation in Health Care’s Digital Age. Her professional interests include interpersonal and organizational trust; leadership; brand loyalty and reputation management; and brand journalism.
A graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse, Cheryl earned a bachelor’s degree in English/Communications from Le Moyne College, where she was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society. She also completed a graduate certificate through The Academy of Healthcare Leadership Advancement at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Cheryl joined Crouse in 2006, and is focused on expanding the organization’s digital footprint via the Crouse Health website and social media platforms; leading brand storytelling endeavors; serving as editor of the hospital’s community publication; and serving as a member of the creative team for Crouse service line marketing and branding campaigns. She also develops and executes internal and external communications for various hospital departments and programs.
Prior to joining Crouse, Cheryl served as Director of Public Relations at the Everson Museum of Art and for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, where she led a major public and community relations initiative for the orchestra’s return to Carnegie Hall in 2003. She has also served as an adjunct professor in the public relations department at the Newhouse School since 2014.
The recipient of local and national writing awards, Cheryl is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and serves on the Executive Committee of PRSA’s Health Academy. She also serves on the board of directors of the Healthcare Management Association of CNY (a chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives) and on the marketing committee of United Way of CNY.
She is a member of the Syracuse Press Club, which presented her with the Bernard and Dorothy Newer Service Award for Member Contributions, and the American Hospital Association’s communications arm, the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.
Public Affairs Reporter
Syracuse.com | The Post-standard
Marnie Eisenstadt is a public affairs reporter for Syracuse.com and The Post-Standard. She’s on the The Post-Standard team for 15 years and a reporter for 22 years. Eisenstadt has received numerous statewide awards, including the 2018 New York State Associated Press Journalist of the Year; 2018, 2017 and 2016 Best Feature Writing for the New York State Publishers’ Association; and 2016 Best Feature Writing for New York State Associated Press.Her stories are about the people at the heart of our community who are often forgotten or overlooked.From a teen who died while being allowed to work, illegally, on a farm, to a homeless, mentally ill man who had water dumped on him as he slept in a Dunkin’ Donuts store, her stories tell us something about humanity in the world around us.While her written words are what draw people in, the stories are built through thoughtful listening and dogged questioning. Eisenstadt lives in Onondaga County with her husband and two school-aged children
Nancy Kern Eaton
United Way of Central New York
Nancy Kern Eaton is the president of the United Way of Central New York. She has spent her entire career working in non-profit organizations. Just prior to coming to United Way, Nancy was the Chief Development Officer and Director of Inclusive Recreation at ARISE.She has served as director of development at the Syracuse Salvation Army, director of the Syracuse Weed & Seed Community Partnership, community services manager at Home Head Quarters, and vice president of Housing Visions Unlimited.Nancy began her non-profit career working as a client advocate for the Erie County Mental Health Association. Nancy has served on numerous local and national boards and initiatives and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse. She received the Outstanding Fundraiser award from the Association for Fundraising Professionals in 2017, NYS Senate Women of Distinction award in 2013, and has received awards from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse, Syracuse Northeast Community Center, and Syracuse Police Department
Lisa D. Mondello
Director, Corporate Communications
Lisa Mondello is a corporate communications and public relations executive for SRC, an independent,not-for-profit research and development organization that specializes in defense, environment and intelligence. Mondello oversees corporate marketing initiatives, manages SRC’s internal and external communications, assists with recruiting and employee relations, directs community relations activities,provides counsel for executive messaging, coordinates corporate-wide project groups, and helps develop initiatives to improve the overall company culture. Mondello has been with SRC since 1998 and believes that coaching and mentoring others is one of the most important aspects of a leader’s role in any company. Her background includes teaching and she worked in marketing for various companies in CNY. She also gained valuable knowledge working in a family business while growing up.She holds an MBA from Columbia College and a BFA from Alfred University. Mondello is a Leadership Greater Syracuse program alum and has been given several awards for her civic involvement that include: Girl Scouts Women of Distinction, Partners for Education and Business “Business Leader of the Year” and for the development of the “STEM Program of the Year.” Mondello is very active in the community. Her personal focus is on educating our youth and facilitating collaboration between various organizations to enhance services for those in need. She is a member of the United Way Marketing Committee, the SCSD Partnership Council, The Early Childhood Alliance,Hillside Work Scholarship Advisory Board, the PTSA, and the chair of the Partners in Education and Business CNY Technology Sector. Mondello resides in Camillus with her husband and three children. She enjoys traveling,volunteering in the community, attending cultural events, and participating in outdoor activities.
Director of Events and Communications
Manlius Pebble Hill School
Jennifer Neuner serves as the Director of Events and Communications at Manlius Pebble Hill, where she has worked for 16 years. Jenn oversees all strategic branding, marketing, and communications initiatives, as well as the day-to day management of the School’s website and social media platforms. She also coordinates the School’s fundraising and community events. Prior to MPH, Jenn worked as the Auction Manager at WCNY, managing the annual TelAuc and Travel Auction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Potsdam.
In addition to her work at MPH, Jenn is a Travel Consultant at Vagabond Tour and Travel, is an avid runner, and is the mother of teenage triplet daughters.
Senior Vice President, Syracuse/Utica Local Market Manager
Bank of America
Molly Mulvihill is Senior Vice President, Syracuse and Utica Local Market Manager at Bank of America.She is part of the Market President and Local Market Delivery team that focuses on Delivering One Company, building Corporate Reputation, upholding ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) and providing influential leadership in the Syracuse/Utica markets.A graduate of the University of Michigan, she started with the firm in January 2006 as a Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor, and has held roles as Wealth Management Banker and Business Banking Relationship Manager. Prior to her experience in Financial Services, Molly worked with Sears as a Store Manager,District Manager and in the buying offices in Chicago. Molly was recognized for her community leadership as a Syracuse Honoree 40 Under 40 Award, is on the Board of Trustees of Syracuse Stage and is a Steering Committee member at Onondaga County Community Development. She and her husband live in Syracuse with their sons Danny and Teddy.
Director of Marketing
Destiny Usa | Pyramid Management Group
Nikita Jankowski is the Director of Marketing for Destiny USA, the largest shopping, dining and entertainment venue in New York State (6th largest in the country). She oversees all marketing efforts to promote Destiny USA as a family-friendly shopping and tourist destination. Nikita and her team are responsible for Destiny USA’s social media sites, website management, signage, promotional material, graphic design, community partnerships, external/internal advertising, media relations, photography/video and events. She also oversees the Guest Services department and the antique Carousel.
Prior to joining Destiny USA, Nikita was the Communications Director for Onondaga County’s leading tourism organization, Visit Syracuse. She led the organization’s public relations and communications initiatives, developed the seasonal visitors guide, was responsible for the company’s international outreach initiatives and presence at travel shows. Her role also involved hosting and generating content for travel trade professionals and media representatives to encourage travel to the Syracuse area; contributing to $850,000,000 of annual direct visitor spending.
Before moving to Syracuse, Nikita worked as a tourism PR professional in New York’s Finger Lakes region, owned a small marketing firm and worked in the corporate communications department of the Fortune 500 company, Corning Incorporated.
Nikita started her professional career as a television news reporter; delivering “live”, daily news coverage on ABC, FOX and CBS affiliates throughout New York State and Maine. Nikita is a graduate of the historic Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Concentration: English/Communications).
Nikita serves as President on the Board of Directors for the Public Relations Society of America of Central New York (PRSA-CNY) and she recently joined the Board of Directors for the Syracuse YWCA.
Julie L. Sheedy
Chief Marketing & Engagement Officer
Julie L. Sheedy is now the Chief Marketing & Engagement Officer, for Loretto, a 19-facility health system providing a breadth of Elder Care services in Central New York; responsible for strategic marketing, public relations, employee communications and the Loretto Foundation.
During her tenure at Loretto, she’s introduced a new corporate brand and messaging, grown the Foundation and launched a $5 Million capital campaign for memory care, increased positive exposure by more than 70% through PR and outreach, and made significant improvements in employee communications and recruitment marketing. She is now leading the development of an “employee experience” as part of Loretto’s new strategic plan.
Previously, she spent more than 14 at Welch Allyn, a global medical products manufacturing company based in Skaneateles, New York. Years, in various roles supporting digital and international marketing and most recently as the director of Customer Experience & Corporate Communications.
She is an accomplished, diversified, visionary communications leader with a progressive career supporting successful business growth by developing winning programs incorporating digital technologies, integrated communications strategies and focus on formal customer listening to build customer loyalty and generate measurable revenue. She specializes in the telecommunications and healthcare fields, served as the leader of the first eBusiness team for Sprint Corporation; and began her career in hospital marketing/public relations.
Fanny Villarreal was born and raised in Peru, where she earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in law studies. She worked as a judge in Peru until 1991, when she moved to Syracuse and immediately began working in the community. Her first position was as a cashier at Nojaim’s Brothers Supermarkets. While pursuing her education and mastering her English-literacy skills, she became increasingly aware of and concerned about the state of the Latino people of Syracuse and Onondaga County. And so, typical for her, she got involved instead of standing around to watch from the sidelines and she created Nosotros Radio Inc., “Your Latino Voice”. Nosotros was created in 1993 and is an educational bilingual program that provides information, positive messages, hope and values along with Latin music based in Syracuse, NY but listening all around the world through social media and Tunein radio. She also Co-founded the Latino Festival; the Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc. and the Latino Scholarship in CNY Community Foundation. In addition, she was a volunteer for the Syracuse Newspapers from 1991 to 1993 where she was able to provide news, music and education in Spanish via “phone line”.
Fanny’s passion and love for her community has led her to run for public office, served as Executive Director of La Liga/Spanish Action League, and served as a Family and Community Development Director for P.E.A.C.E. Inc. Furthermore, she has been active member on several boards including, The Syracuse Neighborhood Initiative (SNI), Onondaga Citizens League (OCL), Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today (TNT), Fair Housing of CNY, Elmcrest Children’s Center, HomeHead Quarters Inc. and the American Heart Association to name a few. In addition, she was appointed as the first Latina board member in the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency (OCIDA) and Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield Company.
Fanny has received numerous awards including The Lifetime Achievement of Successful
Business Women; the NY State Red Cross Good Neighbor Award; “40 Under 40”; Latina Leadership Award (representing NY State) from the National Foundation of Women Legislators in Washington DC; NY State Woman of Distinction; Syracuse University Commitment to Education, Notable Women in Human Services Hall of Fame Award along with several NY State Citations from Assemblyman William Magnarelli and Senator John DeFrancisco as well as recognitions from Congressman John Katko’s office.
Fanny became the new Executive Director for the YWCA in January 2013. The YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County Inc. is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA team, staff and board members, strives to develop intentional mission-based programs and services that meet the needs of women and girls in the community. Fanny loves her job and believe she has the best team ever working along with her.
Fanny’s personal goal is to assist all individuals to ignite self-discovery. She believes that education is the key to success and has encourage several members of the community to further their education, and that is her pride as she continues taking classes at Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She loves to teach people how to create their goals and follow their dreams. She hopes that her experiences, accomplishments and challenges will help others to succeed. Her immensurable love to God has helped her out of the darkness experiences she has encountered. Fanny lives in Syracuse with her two sons: Brian, who attends Rochester Institute of Technology and Carlos, who is in 8th grade.
Executive Vice President, Managing Director
As Managing Director of Mower’s largest office, Stephanie is responsible for growth, culture and elevating client service. She leads client engagement for many of Mower’s key accounts including National Grid and Turning Stone Resort Casino. With more than 20 years of experience in marketing communications, she uses research-based insights to drive sound brand positioning and smart communications tactics that achieve results and truly impact business objectives. Stephanie’s areas of expertise include energy & sustainability, healthcare and tourism.
Stephanie is very active in the community, serving as Vice-Chair of the United Way of CNY Board of Directors and is a Board Member for both CenterState CEO and Visit Syracuse. Stephanie also served as the Spokesperson and Communications Director for the Ben Walsh for Mayor campaign.
Director, Community Engagement
Evelyn has been with Wegmans Food Markets for 12 years and is currently the Director of Community Engagements. Evelyn is an established corporate communications professional with expertise in public relations, advertising, marketing communications and television production. She has additional expertise as a human resources generalist with experience in performance management, organizational training, labor relations, employee development, compensation, benefits and staffing.
Laci’s Tapas Bar
Laura Serway is a serial entrepreneurial executive with more than 35 years of experience managing and training consultative sales, marketing, communication and business development at the local, regional and corporate level for media companies. Serway has lent her motivational management style to dozens of local non-profits including, but not limited to, Access CNY, Salvation Army, Vera House, WISE Women‚ Business Center, American Heart Association, Women United and Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation. Laci’s Tapas Bar has also given away over $125,000 to nine different non-profits in Onondaga County.
Most recently she has been chosen as the 2020 prestigious Crystal Ball winner that is awarded annually by CNYSME to a local businessperson or group of business people in recognition of their contributions to our community.
Senior Project Architect
Kristen is a senior project architect and interior designer for C&S companies. Over the past 20 years she has worked on the design and construction of residential and commercial buildings of all types. Kristen’s current work focus is design and renovation in the higher education market. Kristen also enjoys volunteering design services for religious and non-profit groups. She is a mom to 3 active boys and resides with them and her husband Leroy in Fulton.
The Gifford Foundation
Sheena has been at the Gifford Foundation since 2007, and was named Executive Director in January 2019. Her prior work at the foundation had been primarily focused on expanding its community impact initiatives, as well as working with the grants management team.
Sheena has partnered and advised with the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York on neighborhood issues and served on the advisory committee of The Leadership Classroom, a project of the Central New York Community Foundation. She has been instrumental in the design and planning of Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders a leadership development training that focuses on increasing the diversity and inclusiveness of nonprofit boards.
Sheena is a 2012 graduate of the PLACES (Professionals Learning About Community Equity and Smart Growth) program, a yearlong professional development program designed to explore critical issues that affect grantmaking decisions that are responsive to the needs and assets of low-income neighborhoods and people of color. She now serves on the Advisory Board for the program. Sheena also dedicates her time by serving on local and national boards such as You Can’t Fail Inc, the Syracuse Economic Development Corporation, and The Near Westside Initiative.
In her role as Executive Director she remains fully committed and engaged in racial justice and equity work.
Before joining the Foundation, Sheena spent several years working at local non-profit organizations where she developed an understanding and joy for working with people in the community. Sheena was essential in the creation and implementation of Gifford’s city-wide initiative, the “What If…” Mini-Grants, which provides a resource in fostering growth in neighborhoods and strengthening the capacity of residents who are focused on making positive changes in their communities.
Sheena is passionate about fostering growth in others. She understands the need to have patience and understanding in addressing the needs of the community. She truly believes the “teaching people how to fish” concept and celebrating diversity is the best way to build and sustain strong, vibrant and inclusive communities. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and treasuring every moment because tomorrow is promised to no one. She looks forward to continuing her journey of being a confident, calm and courageous leader.
Rhonda is a Program Manager with Cisco Systems. She is currently program managing the Learning@Cisco Offer & Strategy Team. She has previously worked as a Sr. Project Manager at Verizon and in the Training Division at the World Bank. Rhonda has been PMP-certified for 18 years and is also a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner. She has earned an MBA from Hood College, a Training Specialist Masters Certification from Georgetown University and a BA in French and Management from SUNY Cortland. She has designed and delivered training focused on managing remote teams – “PMing in Your PJs,” as well as designing and facilitating teambuilding workshops based on the MBTI. Rhonda has held leadership positions in the Syracuse PMI Chapter, Syracuse Fusion Soccer Club and Eastwood Youth Soccer. Rhonda’s passion is coaching and mentoring individuals to help them realize their strengths and connecting those strengths to their work, resulting in a feeling of empowerment and confidence. “The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.” – Leo Buscaglia
Mary M. Thompson
Chief Executive Officer
Home Builders & Remodelers of Central New York
Mary M. Thompson is currently the CEO of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central NY. Mary made the move to Association management, after spending more then 10 years as the Director of Event Administration with the award winning Oncenter Complex in Syracuse, NY. Although, a native of upstate New York, she started her career in Denver, CO where she worked as the Marketing Director for a cabaret theatre. Then, wanting to be a part of the revitalization of downtown, Thompson went to work for the Downtown Denver Partnership. Missing the quality of life and variety of seasons that Upstate New York has to offer, she returned and moved to Central New York in 1993.
Mary is a Certified Meeting Professional & has been the recipient of numerous awards, including; two awards from the Empire State Society for Association Executives, Syracuse Women in Business Award, the CNY Nonprofit Award for Board Leadership; and the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s ‘Champion for Civil Justice’ Award.
Always interested in continuing her education beyond her BA, Thompson is a graduate of the IAAM Public Assembly Faculty Management School, Leadership Greater Syracuse and the Empire State Society of Association Executives – Association Leadership Academy & Masters program.
Mary is proud to serve, on the Board of Directors for many great community organizations, such as: Syracuse 20/20; FOCUS Greater Syracuse; Center State CEO’s PAC Board and Government Relations Committees; and Syracuse Habitat for Humanities. She also serves nationally on the National Association of Home Builder’s Executive Officer Council and their Land Use Policy Subcommittee; is a member of the National Association for Female Executives, and the American Society of Association Executives.
Mary resides in DeWitt, NY. She has one son, Daniel, who attends Clarkson University.
Christianne R. Radziewicz
Director of Marketing
Christianne’s savvy business acumen and strong background in marketing, has enabled her to develop high performing teams to pursue and execute corporate strategies and tactical plans to advance corporate goals.
As Director of Marketing, Christianne has introduced an omni-channel marketing strategy that has aligned and increased market penetration, while strengthening VIP’s presence in print and social media outlets. Christianne’s leadership has fostered a creative and collaborative work environment, which has empowered her team to take an active role in shaping VIP’s continued growth.
Prior to joining the VIP team, Christianne operated her own marketing and branding company and was an Asset Manager for a local real estate entrepreneur, overseeing day-to-day operations of 2 million square feet of commercial properties throughout New York State.
A graduate of Monmouth University, Christianne has served on a number of boards and has volunteered her time at the Rescue Mission and Samaritan Center. Christianne is also a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse, 2017.
Lindsey Quay Voorhees
Resident Costume Designer
Le Moyne College
Lindsey Quay Voorhees is a professor in the theatre department at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY and serves as the resident costume designer. She received her MFA in Costume Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Recent costume designs include A Chorus Line for Syracuse University Department of Drama, Possessing Harriet at Franklin Stage Company, Syracuse Stage’s children’s tour Miss Electricity, and CNY Arts’ annual Dasher’s Magical Gift. Favorite designs for Le Moyne include The Black Rider, 9 To 5: The Musical, She Kills Monsters, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Heathers: The Musical.
At Le Moyne, Lindsey teaches classes in costume design, costume construction, fashion illustration, theatre history, and 19th Century women’s history. She also leads students in the build and implementation of each design produced in the costume shop.
Before moving to Syracuse, Lindsey was an instructor and costume designer at the University of Mississippi. As a costumer and team lead, Lindsey spent several seasons at the Texas Shakespeare Festival and Bard College’s Summerscape. Her portfolio can be viewed at lindseyquay.weebly.com.
Lindsey Quay Voorhees received her MFA in Costume Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She is a professor in the theatre department at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY and serves as the resident costume designer. Recent designs include A Chorus Line for Syracuse University Department of Drama, Possessing Harriet at Franklin Stage Company, Syracuse Stage’s children’s tour Miss Electricity, SUNY Cortland’s 9 to 5, CNY Arts’ Christmas ballet Dasher’s Magical Gift and for Gifford Family Theatre’s Elephant and Piggie’s: We are In a Play!. Designs for Le Moyne include The Black Rider, 9 To 5: The Musical, She Kills Monsters, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Heathers: The Musical, The Liar, Pericles: Prince of Tyre, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Master and Margarita, and Dead Man’s Cell Phone.
Before moving to Syracuse, Lindsey was an instructor and costume designer at the University of Mississippi. Other credits include Ohio’s premier of Hairspray at Weathervane Playhouse, and the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a draper, Lindsey spent several seasons at the Texas Shakespeare Festival and Bard College’s Summerscape.
Chief Development Officer
Food Bank of Central New York
Lynn Hy is Chief Development Officer at Food Bank of Central New York, leading the organization’s fundraising efforts, events, volunteers, grants, communications, and media relations. She has been with the agency for nine years. Lynn was on the board of the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals from 2011 – 2018, ultimately serving as the board president in 2017 and 2018. In 2015, she was recognized with a 40 Under 40 award. She was a member of Leadership Greater Syracuse’s class of 2016 and received their Alumni Achievement Award in 2018.
Prior to the Food Bank, she worked at The Salvation Army, Syracuse Area Services, and the Buffalo Sabres. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with a B.S. in Sports Management. Lynn resides in Westvale with her husband and 6-year-old son, Ryan.
Madelyn H. Hornstein
Chief Executive Officer
Dermody, Burke & Brown
Madelyn has been with Dermody, Burke & Brown since 1983 and serves as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer. She focuses on setting the company’s future course through strategic growth, ensuring continued client success, and maintaining the personal relationships so vital to a successful firm. In addition to servicing a number of small businesses and high net worth individuals with their accounting and tax needs, Madelyn also heads Dermody, Burke & Brown’s Employee Benefits division. She and her team provide design, set-up and on-going administration of retirement plans. Madelyn ensures that the plans are compliant and also consults on a variety of employee benefit issues and individual retirement planning.
Madelyn is a graduate of SUNY Cortland and holds an MBA from Syracuse University. She is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Women Presidents’ Organization, and is on the Firm Management and Nominating Committees for Allinial Global. Madelyn serves as a board member for Dryden Mutual Insurance Company, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield’s CNY Regional Advisory Board, CenterState CEO and the WISE Women’s Business Center. She is also involved with the Professional Advisor Council at Syracuse University. She is a past Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Central New York Community Foundation and continues to serve on their Professional Advisor Council.
COO / CMO
Anything But Beer
Brittany Berry is one of the founders and owners of Anything But Beer, a grain free brewery started in Syracuse, NY in 2017. The brewery produces fruit ales and ciders that meet the dietary and preference needs of niche consumer markets, such as those eating gluten free or vegan diets and those who dislike the taste of traditional beers. Anything But Beer brews can be found at bars, restaurants, and bottle shops within a 2 hour radius of Syracuse and the Anything But Beer taproom and restaurant opens February 2020 in downtown Syracuse. This new leg of the business provides an opportunity to share their craft alcohol products with more people and extends the companies value proposition to the culinary realm, providing dining, catering, and delivery of grain/gluten free meals as well.
Brittany wears many hats within the growing company, as both the COO and CMO. She strategizes and oversees operations and development across all departments and directly manages the marketing department as well. Her education and prior work experience gave her the tools necessary to be a successful entrepreneur and to run day to day operations in a company focused on manufacturing, marketing, and consumer experience. Brittany has an AAS in Interior Design and a BID in Industrial and Interaction Design, with focuses in user research and experiential design. She has managed within multiple small businesses and larger corporations and has kept her design skills sharp as a freelancer in architecture, branding development, interface design, and business strategy consultation. Brittany uses her knowledge and passion to help Anything But Beer continue to grow and create products and experiences that meet the needs of the community, so that a greater variety of people can feel safe and included in the craft food and beverage scene.
Vice President of Content
Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard
As vice president of content, Trish leads the editorial team for Syracuse.com, The Post-Standard and NYup.com. She previously worked as director of digital operations, overseeing website management, community engagement, social media, SEO and analytics, as well as the newsroom’s visuals (video-photo-audio) team. Trish has been on Advance Media New York’s leadership team since 2013, and has worked for the company for almost 15 years.
Trish is a veteran journalist with degrees from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School in public relations and broadcast journalism (master’s). She started her career in television news, reporting and managing the website for Syracuse’s CBS affiliate.
Director of Nursing Recruitment and Retention
Upstate Medical University
Rebecca joined Upstate in 2017 as the Director of Nursing Recruitment and Retention. She previously was the Administrator of CNY Dialysis in Syracuse, NY, and the Clinical Director of Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network. Her professional career includes both regional and national presentations on topics including organ donation initiatives and various health care topics. She has been a director in several organizations across Upstate New York, and her collaborative/mentoring leadership style has helped develop leaders in a variety of health care settings. She is passionate about helping the new generation of leadership to find a voice in health care, and assisting new-to-practice nurses in finding their professional passion.
Re- entry Case Manager / Youth Coordinator
P.E.A.C.E INC / Onondaga Earth Corps
I am from southside Jamaica Queens. I spent most of my childhood in and out of juvenile facilities and group homes. Right after high school I began a career working with youth as a preschool teacher assistant and after school teacher. Shortly after I graduated college with a degree in culinary arts, I became a chef. Soon after that, I switched professions and became a Youth Coordinator at Onondaga Earth Corps. There, we employ at-risk youth and young adults to help get them on the right track to be successful.
I now am a re-entry Case manager at Peace full-time, I am but also still working with Earth Corps part-time. My job consists of helping formerly incarcerated individuals get back on their feet and become self-sufficient. I do this while attending Syracuse University on a path to obtain my second degree which will be in Human Development and family science.
I chose to work in fields that impacted me the most growing up. My goal is to prevent youth from going down the path that I did, and to be the support for other individuals that I didn’t have.
Vice President Digital Solutions
Advance Media New York
Experienced Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing, advertising, media and digital industry. More than 22 years experience in Digital Strategy coupled with experience in Marketing Strategy, Customer Service, Advertising, Business Development, Content Marketing, Creative Campaign Development, Public Speaking, Data Insights, Community Service, Culture Creation and Measuring ROI. Above average positivity bias, high emotional intelligence and strong sense of purpose. One of the most extroverted introverts you’re likely to meet. Strong dislike for feeling stagnant and unproductive. Enjoy making a difference and touching people’s lives. Favorite job in life …raising and nurturing an incredibly witty, loving, smart, talented, beautiful and faithful teenage daughter. Life Motto: be humble, be kind and spread as much sunshine as you can every day while focusing on making a difference in all we do professionally and personally: #CarpeDiem #Believe #HaveFaith
Help Me Grow
Summer Merrick is the director of Help Me Grow, which is a new program in Onondaga County for parents, caregivers, and childcare workers to learn about developmental milestones for children birth to age 5 and also to be connected to community resources. Prior to working at Help Me Grow, Summer worked at CCSI for Family Support for Student Success engaging with parents and schools to eliminate barriers that can impact a child’s progress in school. Before CCSI, Summer worked as an Early Head Start home visitor for PEACE Inc and Cayuga-Seneca Community Action Agency. Summer received her bachelors and master’s degree from Le Moyne College in 2009 and 2012. She currently resides in Baldwinsville, NY with her two sons Darian and Greyson.
Jody L. Agostinelli
Administrative Law Judge
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
I have worked for New York State since 2014, first as a liaison for the child welfare court improvement project and then as an Administrative Law Judge for the Office of Children and Family Services. As an ALJ, I conduct fair hearings for individuals who have requested that their indicated child welfare reports be amended and removed from the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.
I was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2010 and I am a 2009 graduate of the City of New York School of Law at Queens College. I was drawn to CUNY Law because of its public service focus and mission: law in the interest of human need. I moved from New York City to Syracuse when I was offered employment at the Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society in 2010. I worked at HLAS for over four years, representing parents below the poverty line in Family Court proceedings.
I am involved in the local theater community and have a background in film & video as well as artist representation and producing. I live in Syracuse with my husband and son.
AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison
United Way of Central New York
Helen Hudson was born in Mississippi, but has lived in Syracuse, NY since the age of two. She graduated from Nottingham High School. Worked at New Process Gear for over 10 years. Where she is currently working for AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison for the United Way of Central New York.
Helen has been a catalyst in our community for equality and justice. She is a co-founder of the organization “Mothers Against Gun Violence.” Helen serves on the City of Syracuse Trauma Response Team. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Lawyer Project, the Onondaga Historical Association, and for Women Transcending Boundaries. She is also a co-chair of the HOPE Initiative (Healing Opportunity for Prosperity and Empowerment) a task force dedicated to addressing poverty in Syracuse.
Helen severed on the Syracuse Common Council as Councilor-at Large for six years. In the 2017 general election she was voted in as Syracuse First Women African American Common Council President.
President Helen Hudson has a deep passion for serving the people of Syracuse and stands strong on fair treatment and equal opportunity; which she showed it in the 2017 General Election by putting her own credibility on the line by supporting Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh.
Her pledge to work hard to serve the people of the City of Syracuse, is not lip service, it is who she is. She is not just another politician, but someone who truly loves others; she is encourager and an advocate for all people, especially those that who are suffering and/or has faltered along the way.
Helen has received many awards and a number of terrific career opportunities. However, she charged will always be a continual fight against the struggles of “her babies”, our youth, the innocent, those without a voice, or those who has faltered along the way. But, if anyone is up for the job of “getting us to see our similarities rather than being defined by our differences” is our very own Syracuse Common Council President, the Honorable Helen Hudson.
Kaitlyn M. Head
The Indigo Solutions
Kaitlyn began her career in marketing immediately after graduating from SUNY Cortland. In four quick years, Kaitlyn worked her way from Marketing Apprentice to Marketing Manager then was promoted to Director of Resort Marketing at Greek Peak Mountain Resort and Toggenburg Mountain.
Kaitlyn directs multiple marketing projects and campaigns from conception to implementation and tracking ROI. Kaitlyn has a passion for design and a strength in listening to client’s input to deliver performing campaign results. Kaitlyn serves on the marketing committee for the FLTA – Finger Lakes Tourism Association and the SANY-Ski Areas of New York Association marketing committee.
Today, Kaitlyn has taken the leap into entrepreneurship. Kaitlyn is a partner at The Indigo Solutions where she assists clients in achieving their goals in the areas of brand reputation, executive management, sales and marketing. Since opening Indigo Solutions in September 2019, Kaitlyn launched a second ad agency called JKD Medical Marketing Group, focusing on the wellness industry.
Kaitlyn resides with her husband Danny, Indigo daughter, and furbaby Bradey in Cortland, NY. Kaitlyn and her family love to ski in the winter and can be found on the St. Lawrence River or Otisco Lake in the summer.
The Indigo Solutions
Jessica began her career in advertising, working her way from Administrative Assistant to Account Manager to Partner at an Advertising Agency. Through Jessica’s journey in the world of advertising, she found her passion, not only in sales and marketing, but in entrepreneurship. In her early thirties, Jessica invested in her first business venture. Jessica went on to consult independently for small to mid-size companies by building meaningful and successful sales and marketing campaigns. Having the opportunity to launch her first start up business, Jessica started a charter transportation company in 2013. Jessica reached her goal of $1,000,000 in sales in the first year, then sold the company within three years.
Jessica went on to serve as Vice President of two resorts where she planned, directed and controlled sales and marketing, including all aspects of Greek Peak & Toggenburg Mountain Ski Area Management, Hope Lake Lodge and Conference Center, The Outdoor Adventure Center, Waterfalls Spa, Cascades Indoor Waterpark as well as multiple dining venues and resort events. Jessica and her team have a proven track record of increasing groups sales from $400,000 to $900,000 in 2014, to $3,000,000 in 2019; increased wedding business from 13 weddings in 2013 to 65 weddings in 2018. Jessica also directed all advertising and marketing initiatives resort wide, servicing as an in-house advertising agency.
Today, Jessica has returned to her entrepreneurial passion in assisting select clients in achieving their goals in the areas of brand reputation, executive management, sales and marketing – along with her tribe of the industry best – Indigo Solutions. Since opening Indigo Solutions in September 2019, Jessica launched a second ad agency called JKD Medical Marketing Group, focusing on the wellness industry.
Jessica resides with her husband Ken and their two sons in Syracuse, NY. The absolute support she receives from her family, allows Jessica to continue to reach her goals and evolve both professionally and personally.