WHO WE ARE
Derek Matina graduated from Le Moyne College in 2018. He began Sustainability for Scholarships at Le Moyne College in 2015, however his vision for this organization began much before college. When Derek was in High School, when the idea of Sustainability for Scholarships came to him. Derek's motivation stemmed from the service of his grandfathers, Frank Fantanza and Donald Matina, in WWII, who continued their service to our country through their assistance for disabled veterans long after their deployment. Derek wanted to continue his grandfathers' legacy by also helping veterans, but in a slightly different way. He decided he could assist them by paying for their education. During his freshman year at Le Moyne College, Derek took his business idea to Dr. Magdoleen Ierlan, the Marketing Program Director in the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne. She much liked the idea and has been a part of the Sustainability for Scholarships Board ever since. Since it's beginning, Sustainability for Scholarships has awarded scholarships to eight veterans and veteran dependents.
Michael D. Sgro is a business owner, a certified professional coach, an advocate, a performance expert and empathic leader. He coaches professionals around the country to improve their overall effectiveness, leadership skills, career readiness, digital savvy and so much more. Sgro, a Syracuse native, ascended the ranks in higher education at several institutions in New York state, earning a stellar reputation for his work with constituent programming, relationship building, professional networking and digital media. He spent 20-years on college campuses in New York City and Central New York before coming home to Syracuse to start his own coaching business.
Adam Marinelli is a Career Counselor, Entrepreneur, and outspoken Talent Development leader. He operates a global, full-service Career Solutions business out of Syracuse, NY that caters to modern professionals. His company's core offerings focus on professional resume writing, Linkedin optimization, job search assistance, career counseling, and executive personal branding. Marinelli, a Syracuse native has a very eclectic career history, with roots in hospitality management, higher ed student services, client management, and eventually HR talent management before launching his own business. Adam is a graduate of SUNY Oswego, having earned a BA in Public Relations, BS in Wellness Management, and MS in Counseling Services.
Katherine S Hyatt is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Yoga teacher, business owner and Entrepreneur located in Cicero, NY. Katherine attended SUNY Oswego for her Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling. She completed her 200 hr Yoga teacher certification in 2016. Katherine has been active with the Veteran community since 2012, when she began working at National Veteran’s Crisis Line in Canandaigua, NY. Katherine has been volunteering with Connected Warriors, a program that provides free trauma-conscious yoga to Veterans, Service Members and their family members, at the Syracuse VAMC teaching chair yoga and both mat and chair yoga in the behavioral health inpatient unit, since 2016. Katherine owns Branches of Growth Mental Health Counseling and Yoga Studio, that houses 6 clinicians and many weekly yoga classes all surrounding mental wellness. She is married to Tom, an OIF Army Veteran and mom to 2 fur babies.
Joe is a Financial Planner with HighPoint Advisors, LLC. His career began in the financial services industry in 2010, starting as an intern at AXA Equitable during his senior year of college. Before joining the HighPoint Advisors team in 2018, Joe worked as a financial planner for several other local independent firms. Joe holds a Life & Health Insurance license, as well as Series 66 and Series 7 registrations held through LPL Financial.
Born and raised in Central New York, Joe is a product of Cicero-North Syracuse High School and Le Moyne College, where he excelled in both academics and as a student athlete. As an integral member of the men’s soccer teams, Joe was a Section III champion at CNS and a member of three NCAA tournament teams at Le Moyne, culminating in an NCAA Final Four run in 2009. Joe still enjoys all types of athletics; including golf, soccer and softball; among others.
Joe likes to stay active within the Central New York Community and serves on the Community Impact Committee Board for the United Way of CNY; this committee helps make decisions related to funding of other local non-profit and charitable organizations. Joe is also a Finance Committee member for ALS Association’s Upstate New York Chapter, where his skills are put to use for bettering the lives of those struggling with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He also stays involved with his college Alma Mater through volunteering his time to students as a mentor within the Madden School of Business, and through various projects associated with Le Moyne College.
His philosophy on savings/investment is to start young, and while there will always be fluctuations in the market, be patient and stay focused on the long term goal! Joe is here to help you identify and work towards your financial goals through careful planning that takes into account all the varying factors in your life.
Matt Read is a teacher, student of life and creative marketer. Matt is a Professor of Practice of advertising, public relations and creative advertising at Le Moyne College, and is a dyed-in-the-wool ad and pr executive. He began his career at Ogilvy & Mather in New York City, built relationships at Mower and was the COO of the Digital Hyve. Matt also operates as a contributing writer and as a marketing communications consultant to advertising/PR agencies, media outlets and other organizations, his work includes Ben Walsh's Mayoral Campaign, Strategic Financial, Galaxy Communications and other businesses. He has worked with a wide range of brands across a variety of B2B and B2C industries, including the American Dairy Association, Unilever, Aveda and Nationwide Insurance. He is also the co-founder of the online cooking show Spatchcock Funk.
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