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.

 

 

Francis Spor

 

Motivators: Family, Building good things, Learning and Teaching, Exploring the World, Helping others learn

Happiest when: A fun day with my playing with family, creating something cool and playing a game or two.

Extras: Videogames, Board Games, STEM Education, Geocaching, Exploring

 

 

  
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

 

  
Lynne Lapham


Motivators:  Being around smart good people, having dinner with my family every evening, having a great husband who continually asks why and two great children who are still not too old to give me a hug.

Happiest when: I am traveling with my family! Love the National Parks; Grand Tetons, Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce. Give me a day on Mt. Rainier, the Eiffel Tower at dusk, a tapas meal in Seville or just a day at the lake and I am happy!

Extras: Marvel Movies, Bruce Springsteen, Cocktails, High School Football and Field Hockey, goofy dogs, the Patriots and yes, the Red Sox

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

Lukas Velikov


Motivators: The feeling of getting something working that people will be able to use in a positive way.

Happiest When: Pressing the right keys makes the screen light up in the way I want it to.

Extras: Hardcore fan of Daft Punk, bad movies, good movies, and oatmeal.

 

Jonathan Choi


Motivators:  Community Need, Inspiring Change, Family and Friends, Cooperation, Doing Good, Sharing, Hands-on Learning, Individuality 

Happiest when: with my friends and family, eating food I’ve never tried before, traveling, learning about something completely new, watching movies at the theater

Extras: The Office, classical music, guava juice, John Mayer, Brian Regan, longboards, pizza, summer!