October 27, 2016

Our Team

We have a multi-generational team with expertise in nonprofit, social media, marketing, engineering, and education sectors. We are grateful every day for our community partners, advisors, supporters, and board members who share our value and commitment to giving back.

Gayle Farman

Motivators: Family, Doing Good, Positivity, Community Need, Lifelong Learning, Inclusion, Creativity, Teamwork, Making a Sustainable Impact on the World.

Happiest When:  My 100 year-old home is filled with the warmth and laughter of my husband, twin 18 year old daughters, the people we love, live music, and great food.

Extras:  I Love Lucy, (Fake) Blond Moments, Girls Week-ends, Broadway, Keith Haring, Double Faults, James Taylor, Speed Bag, The Capes, A Cappella, Happy Tears.



Steve Gonick

Motivators: Trying to leave the world in better shape than I found it, rooting for and helping underdogs, working with people who do not necessarily see talent in themselves, coaching the next generation of leaders, putting my money where my mouth is.

Happiest when: I have a thoughtful conversation with my wonderful wife and daughters, usually at dinner time with a wonderful meal that we prepared.

Extras:  Summers on Long Island, Wine Enthusiast, Ithaca College and Emma Willard School Trustee, NY Yankees and Jets, movies, Gilmore Girls and the Simpsons...but only with my daughters.



Sandra Sgambati

Motivators: Seeing others smiling, a full dinner table with family and friends, making a difference, people who can laugh at themselves, amazing presenters, creativity, doing good and making things easier for others

Happiest when: Doing anything with my 6 sons, boating on Lake George with my boyfriend, camping on the Lake George Islands with family, friends and loved ones, exploring Disney, hearing my sons say “Thanks for making us do this, it was a lot of fun”, enjoying family beach time in Glouchester, MA., walking through the forest and taking in earths beauty, snuggling with my family on the couch watching a good movie, realizing I can do it myself.

Extras:  Everything Star Wars, corny 80s movies/music, campfires and scary stories, Halloween, Led Zeppelin, all live music and peanut butter

Jeff Masline

Motivators: Being an advocate for all children. Peace, love, and understanding.

Happiest When: On Ogunquit beach with all of my girls and Marley.  Entertaining family during the holidays. Walking the Marginal Way at sunrise having coffee with my wife. Hearing children play outside.

Extras: Humbly serve as Board President for the Menands School community. European Soccer fanatic. Everything Dogs. The Beatles. Sunrises over Sunsets. Malbec. The Mets. Struggling Zen Buddhist. 80's movies. Lifelong tortured Bills fan. Dad to Emily and Allison.

John Bleichert

Motivators: Building, learning, creating and playing. I learn something new every day.

Happiest When: Snowed in and huddled around the fireplace with Michele and our quadrupedal family.

Extras: Video and board games, cooking, playing guitar and running.

Russell Clarvoe

Motivators: Family, teamwork, craftsmanship

Happiest when: Getting outdoors with my family, hiking, working or playing

Extras:  Guitar, photography and cooking

Josh Hamilton

Motivators: Learning new skills and using them proficiently to see a positive outcome. My sister-in-law who was an Air Rescue Swimmer in the US Navy.

Happiest When: Riding my bicycle to the office. Spinning multiple plates at the same time. Knowing when to react, preventing them from falling over. Making lasting connections with others to foster relationships for the betterment of organizations and the community.

Extras: 1st time home owner, lifetime home improver. If I’m not in Upstate NY I’m getting lost in the backroads of VT. Apple Music is my jam but podcasts are my life. Favorite Sport is Football but would love to see the Mets win a World Series in my lifetime.

Jenny Marshall

Motivators: Learning New Things, Being Able to Help Others

Happiest When: When I get to spend time together with all my friends & family.

Extras: All movies, binge-worthy TV, live music/concerts, new/unique food.

Chris Scavo

Motivators: Continually learning, striving to be a better person, believer in servant leadership, creativity, teamwork, making my clients lives better.

Happiest When: At home enjoying time with my wife, playing with our very lovey puppies.

Extras: Live music, craft cocktails, traveling, mexican food, dart enthusiast, Harry Potter, Dave Matthews Band, Marvel movies, enjoying life any way I can.

Lisa Rudley

Motivators: Advocating for the greater good. Paying it forward. Empowering others to reach for their dreams.

Happiest When: My three children are spreading their wings and experiencing all that life has to offer.  Cycling on the roads of Westchester, especially during the height of the fall foliage. Spending time with old friends and making great new ones.

Extras: Genesis, Sting, Dave Matthews Band, Brené Brown, Reiki & Rocky Road ice cream.

Takara Wiles

Motivators: Using my talents to give back to the community, my small human, being the best person I can always be

Happiest When: I'm spending time with my small human (he does have a name. It's Kaiden.); I'm curled up on my couch binge-eating Ben & Jerry's Phish food or red velvet cake; knowing the work that I do positively impacts the community

Extras: Aspiring ballerina (in a perfect world), red velvet cake enthusiast, proud Jamaican roots (1st generation American in my family), obsessed with the musical Hamilton (I've seen it 4 times) 

Mary Alice Riley

Motivators: Agape, each new day, family, intimate dinners for 30, people who challenge my thinking, being told I cannot do something, finding compassion in the middle of storms

Happiest When: At the "Lake" with family & friends, having breakfast with my penguin sisters, doing anything with the wee ones in our family, reading political thrillers, strolling at 90 mph around NYC, lazy Sundays reading a weeks worth of newspapers with my husband, sitting in the car listening to the rain

Extras: All things shoes, dancing & singing to ABBA, cannot get enough chocolate in this lifetime, I can trip over a feather, I'm a lefty!

Craig Luckfield

Motivators: Affecting positive change to help make our planet a better place by making a difference in the lives of students, encouraging them to think harder, try new things, and succeed.

Happiest When: Out on the boat with family and friends or snowmobiling in the Adirondacks.

Extras: Married to a Kindergarten teacher, Super proud father of 3 (Calvin, Daphne, Coltin), Lifelong incurable mechanical tinkerer, known to drop movie quotes during conversation, and devout Bruce Springsteen looking forward to the next concert.

Alan Dai

Motivators: Family, Community, Social Justice, Inclusion, Public Good

Happiest When: I wake up on a Saturday morning to the smell of my mom’s cooking.

Extras: Books, Fashion, Basketball