February 22, 2021 – A Virtual Mentoring Event
(6pm – 8pm)

Like most things in the past year – Mentoring Monday 2021 will look a little different. The speed networking event that Central New York women have grown to love is going virtual.

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Meet some of the most influential women in Central New York

A virtual one-on-one coaching sessions in a speed-networking setting on Monday, February 22, 2021. Mentors include women from all areas of life and business – executives, entrepreneurs, marketers, health professionals, risk takers, and more.

Throw out any preconceived notions of a boring video conference call – Mentoring Monday virtual event will be a cutting edge, one on one virtual networking experience.  Hosted in the Remo platform, attendees and mentors will navigate an interactive floor plan that looks and feels very much like our in-person event.

Attendees will have multiple opportunities for one-on-one coaching conversations with mentors.

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Gain new insights,  participate in breakout sessions, meet new friends, have some fun.

First Timer?  What to Expect from Mentoring Monday.

  • Select mentors and meet for 1:1 coaching sessions
  • 7 rounds of personalized coaching
  • Group breakout sessions to explore select industries
  • Make connections with other female professionals

Mentees can expect to network with the same high caliber, female leaders from a broad spectrum of companies and industries.  See below for this years’ roster of inspirational mentors and check back as more mentors are added.

Our 2021 Agenda

5:45 to 6 p.m.: Registration/Log On

6 to 6:15 p.m.: Official welcome, tips on getting the most of your Mentoring Monday conversations and a quick tutorial on how to use the networking platform.

6:15 to 7:50 p.m.: Speed coaching mentoring

7:50 to 8 p.m.: Wrap-up session

Participating mentors this year!

Molly Mulvilhill
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.

Sheena Solomon
Executive Director

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.

Carol Eaton
Senior Vice President

Visit Syracuse

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.

Cheryl Abrams
Director of  Communications and Digital Media

Crouse Health

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.

Marnie Eisenstadt 
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

Nikita Jankowski
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.

Fanny Villarreal
Executive Director

YWCA

 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.

Lynn Hy
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.

Amy Collins
General Manager

Sinclair Broadcasting

Amy Colling is an Associate Group Manager at Sinclair Broadcast & Vice President/General Manager of Syracuse stations – WSTM NBC3, WSTM3.2 CW6 and Granite owned WTVH CBS5. Amy has spent the last 21 years in Broadcast Television, previously holding the title of Vice President of Sales (March 2009 – June 2014) overseeing TV and Digital Sales. Prior to 2009, she held roles as Local Sales Manager, National Sales Manager, Business Development Manager and Account Executive at WTVH.

Andrea Marino
Director of Corporate Partnerships

Syracuse Crunch

Andrea Marino joined the Syracuse Crunch in 2014 and serves as the team’s Director of Corporate Partnerships. Marino oversees the management, contract fulfillment and overall relationship of more than one hundred corporate partners, while coordinating with other departments to develop and implement sponsor and marketing programs.   Marino previously worked for Simon PR in Philadelphia. She earned a M.S. in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Amina Mecca
NE Regional Sales Manager

ZeroSum

Amina Mecca is a Regional Sales Manager for ZeroSum the Automotive subsidiary of Advance Local focused on leveraging real-time data and artificial intelligence to grow automotive market share. She has worked for the company for almost eight years and worked her way from Junior Account Executive in Syracuse, to now overseeing five states in the Northeast.   A Philadelphia native, Amina earned a bachelors degree in Broadcast Communications from Temple University.

Cassandra Gehrig
VP Marketing

Pathfinder Bank

The Vice President of Marketing for Pathfinder Bank, a community centric Bank that has been serving Central New York since 1859. In this role, I direct the efforts of all day-to-day marketing functions of the bank (B2B and B2C), including managing and coordinating our talented team of marketing and creative staff, leading market research efforts to uncover the viability of current and existing products/services, and coordinating at the strategic and tactical levels.

Diane Centeno
VP, Enterprise Marketing & Sales

Turning Stone Resort & Casino

Diane Centeno is a marketing professional with demonstrated success in growing brand awareness, increasing visitation, and delivering financial performance.  In her current role, she leads a team of marketers for Oneida Nation Enterprises to include Turning Stone, restaurants, golf, spas, entertainment and retail outlets.  Prior to that, she enjoyed a long career with SeaWorld Entertainment.  She earned her Masters Degree from West Virginia University and currently resides in Fayetteville.

Della Smith
Event Host, Facilitator

Smith Party of Two Events

Della J. Smith has a youthful and wise spirit that has been graced to put love into action both personally and professionally through compassion, advocacy, creativity, and vision.    Della has a Bachelors in Community and Human Services from SUNY Empire State College. She is an experienced and shining example in her role as a Community Health Worker, (UHC, Inc.) where she was nominated for her exceptional care management skills and stellar quality of service.

Jennifer Albanese
Director of Marketing

Syracuse Athletics

Jennifer Albanese was promoted to Director of Marketing in August of 2019 after previously serving as Syracuse’s marketing and sponsorship coordinator since she joined the athletics department in July 2007.  Jen serves as the lead on creation of comprehensive athletics marketing, promotions and tickets sales plan for all sports of the department.   Jen works with each sport and coaching staffs directly to create and implement marketing plans to increase revenue, attendance and awareness.

Kate Houck
Executive Director

David’s Refuge

Kate Houck is the Executive Director of Davids Refuge, a CNY-based organization providing respite, resources and support to parents and guardians of children with special needs or those with life threatening illness.  Kate joined the Davids Refuge team in January 2015 after working ten years and serving in various roles at the Central NY chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.   Throughout her career, Kate has enjoyed the responsibility of leading creative and hard working teams.

Lynnore Fetyko
Chief Executive Officer  

Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors

Lynnore Fetyko is the chief executive officer of the 1,700-member Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors. In her 25th year with the association, she has created innovative programs resulting in membership and non-dues revenue growth. She also serves as the chief executive officers of the Central New York Information Service, which is the multiple listing service serving several counties throughout the region. Prior to joining GSAR, she began her career in the real estate association industry.

Lauren Kochian
Executive Director  

The MOST

Lauren Kochian serves as President of the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) and has held the position since August 2018. Prior to her appointment as President, Kochian championed the MOST Foundation and museum operations efforts as Executive Vice President beginning in May 2016. She has more than 18 years of fund development, marketing, and public relations experience.    Her previous roles include marketing and development for Arc of Onondaga and Syracuse Stage.

Melissa Oliver 
Director of Sales and Marketing 

Marriott Syracuse Downtown

A native New Yorker, I bring to my role a decade of leadership experience in the hospitality industry covering all departments from revenue management, marketing, operations to food and beverage design and implementation. No stranger to objective-driven sales and marketing strategies, Melissa has an impressively successful track record in the industry, said Todd Plouffe, general manager of Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

Pam Brunet
Executive Director 

Leadership Greater Syracuse

Pam Brunet is an enthusiastic community advocate who has a proven ability to build collaboration among a variety of stakeholders.  She has worked in the Syracuse area for more than 25 years and is currently the executive director of Leadership Greater Syracuse, known as LGS. The mission of LGS is to inspire current and future leaders to make a difference in the community. Pam is responsible for the overall operation and success of the non-profit organization.

Rae H. Butler
Principal 

Building Energy Solutions

Rae H. Butler, P.E., is the owner of Building Energy Solutions, a mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering firm, founded in 2002.  Rae is a Professional Engineer, Certified Commissioning Authority and Certified Energy Manager.  The business focuses on designing energy efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting systems in educational, commercial and institutional buildings, and HVAC upgrades in existing buildings.

Shanelle Benson-Reid
President & CEO

ACCESS Global Group LLC.

Dr. Shanelle R. Benson Reid, President and CEO of Global SAGE Wellness, ACCESS Global Group and ACCESS Global Enterprises is a Consultant, Coach, Author and Professional Speaker. Her expertise is in areas of Education, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Cultural Competency, Social Awareness, Equity and Community / Individual Empowerment.  Dr. Benson Reid formed Global SAGE Wellness to serve as the parent company of her health and wellness Enterprise.

Melanie Littlejohn
Vice President of Customer & Community Management

National Grid

Melanie Littlejohn is National Grid’s Vice President of Customer & Community Management.  Melanie is responsible for leading the external affairs, customer and stakeholder engagement for the Company’s New York jurisdiction. She is focused on the delivery of energy to the region’s 4 million customers and 800+ communities.

Melanie builds and maintains strong relationships that drive superior customer satisfaction to promote safety and reliability of the network, emergency management, economic development initiatives, energy efficiency programs, renewable energy solutions and to deliver distributed energy resource projects to support customer and regional priorities.

A thought-leader and visionary, Melanie is an active member of chambers of commerce, boards and community organizations where she presents emerging industry trends and energy policy to ‘bring energy to life’ for customers.

Judi Dixon
President & CEO Strategic Event Management

Event Prep

Judi Dixon officially became a business owner as the CEO of Strategic Business Management and became a full-time entrepreneur. Previously at  Dot Foods, worked in sales and customer service for 18 years; Top Sales Performer and Winner of Circle Recipient; Sales Growth in Protein (new category for the company)   Leadership Characteristics:  Go-Getter “ I am persistent and do not give up easy  Innovator “ I always find a way to succeed in life.”

Margaret O’Connell
Director

Allyn Foundation

Margaret M. Connell is Executive Director of the Allyn Family Foundation, a private family Foundation committed to building strong families and vibrant neighborhoods in CNY. In her role with the Allyn Family Foundation, Meg is spearheading the development of a new building in downtown Syracuse known as the Salt City Market. In leadership roles, Meg serves as Chair of the Early Childhood Alliance, Work Train, ABC Cayuga Play Space, Syracuse Urban Partnership, and as Treasurer of Blueprint 15.

Michele Sardinia
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

Trish LaMonte
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.

Kim Infanti
Executive Director, Digital Engagement and Communications

Syracuse University

Kim Infanti oversees communications to ~150,000 Syracuse University alumni on behalf of Syracuse University’s Office of Alumni Engagement. It’s a role she’s held since 2015, after working for several years in career services and, prior to that, as a reporter and anchor for NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV.

Digital engagement is Kim’s passion, and the pandemic has spotlighted her ability to identify ways to connect virtually when in-person events are not an option. Named one of the top young professionals in advancement, Kim leads the social media strategy for Syracuse University’s “Boost the ’Cuse” giving day, oversaw the first-ever comprehensive all-alumni survey for Syracuse University, and helped build SU’s alumni engagement scorecard, among other accomplishments.

She is a Syracuse University alumna with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and political science and a master’s degree in public administration. Kim and her husband Steve live in Manlius and are both huge proponents of calling Central New York home.

Nova Cadamatre
Winemaker, Writer, Blogger

Trestle Thirty One & Robert Mondavi Winery

Nova Cadamatre is a winemaker, writer, and blogger. As one of the first graduates of Cornell’s Viticulture and Enology program in 2006, Nova relocated to California to assume a number of winemaking roles. She has worked for numerous iconic wineries in CA including Robert Mondavi Winery, Souverain, Beringer, and Chateau St. Jean.  She was also involved as a contestant in the Ningxia Winemaker Challenge making wine in Ningxia, China with Lansai Chateau from 2015-2017.  In 2017, she became the first female winemaker to become an MW in the US and in 2014, Cadamatre was named to Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 under 40 list. She has numerous 90+ scoring wines to her credit, and writes her blog at www.novacadamatre.com .

Originally from Greer, South Carolina, Cadamatre began her career in wine after moving to New York to pursue horticulture. She splits her time between the Finger Lakes where she and her family have their wine, Trestle Thirty One, and Napa, CA where she is Director of Winemaking for Robert Mondavi Winery.

Lisa Germain
First Vice President

Merril Lynch

“Understanding the life priorities is an important part of how I work with the clients I serve.  It’s not just about markets and returns, it’s about what matters most to you.”

Lisa is a First Vice President at Merrill Lynch and a Senior Portfolio Manager with over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Lisa helps clients pursue objectives by managing custom investment strategies tailored to each individual client’s needs.   Lisa has a BA from Alfred University. Also, Lisa is highly credentialed and has completed advanced industry training sponsored by the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.  Additionally, she holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) designation from the College of Financial Planning.

My successful business relationships vary widely, and include active and retired individuals, business owners, professors, government officials, professional athletes and corporate executives.

My team and I have a heartfelt desire to guide people in this challenging financial environment.

Andrea Kimball
Vice President of Wealth Management

UBS

Andrea received her Bachelor of Arts from Biola University in 1999 and began her career with Salomon Smith Barney and The Seneca Group that same year. She began as an assistant and transitioned into Consulting Group Analyst with the team for a decade. Following the financial crisis, she continued to work with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as a financial advisor. In 2013, The Seneca Group relocated to UBS Financial Services where they have been able to concentrate with their high net worth clients on wealth building and wealth transfer strategies.

She was voted 2004 Smith Barney Consulting Group Financial Consultant Analyst of the Year and in 2009 she received her Accredited Investment Fiduciary Designation. In 2018 she received her Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation from the Exit Planning Institute to assist business owners as they transition into the next chapter of their life. She is Series 7,63 and 65 as well as New York State Insurance Licensed.

She is the mother of two sets of teenaged twins and lives in Chittenango with her children and small menagerie of animals. She serves on the board of the Crouse Hospital Auxiliary as Treasurer and was the past president and treasurer of the Bolivar Road Elementary PTA. She is a member of the American Wine Society and with what spare time she has available enjoys gardening and baking.

Stephanie Hook, DPM
Podiatrist

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists

Stephanie Hook, DPM

Dr. Stephanie Hook is a podiatrist practicing at Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists.  She serves as Podiatry Division Chief at Upstate- Community Campus.  Dr. Hook is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, which she also serves as Crisis Communication and Audit Chair.  She sits on the Board of Trustees for the New York State Podiatric Medical Association, also chairing the Public Education and Information Committee.  She also serves on the Insurance and Legislative Action Committees.  She is the Secretary of the American Association for Women Podiatrists.  She is also a regular columnist for Podiatry Today Magazine.

Janet Billington 
VP, Business Process Optimization 

Nascentia Health

Janet Billington is the Vice President of Business Process Optimization at Nascentia Health, formally VNA Homecare, and has been with the company for over 20 years. She began her career in home health care IT as a Network Administrator. Since that time, Janet has developed her knowledge and expertise in operations of both certified and licensed home care organizations as well as Managed Long Term Care. Ms. Billington’s leadership role as Vice President of Business Process Optimization at Nascentia Health allows her to provide the organization with the tools necessary for success. Ms. Billington uses her analytical skills and knowledge of health care systems operations to improve business processes and increase efficiency in the delivery of home care services and administration of managed care insurance plans. She has extensive experience in program development, implementation and evaluation. From analyzing data to configuring the organization’s information systems, Ms. Billington’s proven ability as a goal-oriented professional has made her instrumental in the growth and diversification of Nascentia Health’s $250 million home and community-based health care delivery system.

 

Ms. Billington earned a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Utica College and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University.  She is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and has a Green Belt Six Sigma certification. Janet continues to advance her knowledge and capabilities through formal education and training.

Margaret Daly 
Lead Systems Engineer 

SRC

Margaret has over 14 years of experience in system and signals modeling, simulation, analysis, and research for radar and telecommunications engineering. As lead systems engineer at SRC, Inc., Margaret provides subject matter expertise and technical guidance within project teams, and contributes at all stages of system development to include requirements gathering, multi-disciplinary design, implementation, integration, and testing. She specializes in development and application of simulation and modeling tools and algorithms including machine learning to drive innovative system and signal design for quality data gathering and solutions. Margaret holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in cognitive and neural systems from Boston University.

Rebecca Milczarski
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.

Bonnie Woods
Managing Director

Bank of America Private Bank

Bonnie Woods is a Central NY native with over 29 years of experience in the financial services industry, joining Bank of America in 1991.

Woods began her career in Bank Operations, subsequently holding various roles in the Consumer Loan Underwriting and Internal Audit groups before joining Bank of America’s Private Bank in 1999.  In her current role, she leads a team of Trust, Investment and Banking professionals responsible for assisting clients and their families with all aspects of their financial well-being.

Bonnie holds a bachelor’s degree from Hartwick College in Oneonta NY.  She is also a graduate of American Banker Association’s National Graduate Trust School, and holds the designation of Certified Trust & Financial Advisor (CTFA). Woods is very active in the local community, currently serving as Trustee and Board Chair for the Mohawk Valley Health System, Trustee with The Community Foundation of Oneida and Herkimer Counties and Upstate Caring Partners.  She is also involved as a volunteer with the House of the Good Shepherd, the Boilermaker Road Race and several other local volunteer organizations throughout Central NY.

Shauna Teelin
Associate RE Broker

Howard Hannah

Shauna Teelin Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Manager of the Manlius and Cazenovia offices for Howard Hanna. Shauna is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors, a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse, previous board member of The New York Family Business Center and a Rotarian. Shauna is RYT 200 yoga instructor, 200 hr Mediation Teacher and certified Mindfulness Work trainer.

Nicole Anzalone
Audiologist

Syracuse Hearing Solutions

Dr. Nicole Anzalone received her Doctorate in Audiology in 2007 and holds a Master of Science Degree in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Syracuse University. She is licensed to practice audiology and dispense hearing aids in New York State. Dr. Anzalone opened a private practice in Audiology in 2009 in Camillus, NY and continues to service patients of all ages with hearing problems, tinnitus, hearing aids, and balance problems.   Hobbies include playing drums.

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Mentors from our previous event

Carol Eaton
Senior Vice President

Visit Syracuse

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.

Elenore Arquette
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.

Cheryl Abrams
Director of  Communications and Digital Media

Crouse Health

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.

Marnie Eisenstadt 
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

Lisa D. Mondello
Director, Corporate Communications

SRC, Inc.

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.

Jennifer Neuner
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.

Molly Mulvilhill
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.

Nikita Jankowski
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

Loretto

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
Executive Director

YWCA

 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.

Stephanie Crockett 
Executive Vice President, Managing Director

Mower

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.

Evelyn Ingram
Director, Community Engagement

Wegmans

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.

Laura Serway
Proprietress

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.

Kristen Collins
Senior Project Architect

C&S Companies

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.

Rhonda Hawes
Program/Portfolio Manager
Cisco Systems

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

VIP Structures

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.

Lynn Hy
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.

Brittany Berry
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.

Shaquana Petteway
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.

Summer Merrick
Director

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.

Helen Hudson
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
Partner

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.

Jessica Sloma
Founding Member

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.

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