Chris Dell'Amore, 2012 Mentor Coach
Societe Generale, Analyst
Colgate University, BA, 2011
As a first-generation American and the first person in my family to graduate from college, I immediately identified with NYNY. I was fortunate enough to come across individuals who motivated me to succeed throughout my life. Through NYNY I intend on assisting the extremely bright and motivated Fellows in attaining their personal and professional goals.
William Demas, 2011 Mentor Coach
Macquarie Capital, Senior Associate in the Power, Utility and Renewables Group
Harvard University, BA, 2005
I have always appreciated the value of others who have helped guide me to the place where I am now and cannot imagine this journey without their sound input. I feel an obligation to offer myself in the same capacity to others going through similar experiences and I found the NYNY program a great platform for doing so. I have consistently faced new situations that have pushed me to expand my thought process and approach. I hope this perspective can help our Fellows succeed as well.
Elena Demireva, 2012 Mentor Coach
New York State Psychiatric Institute, Research Scientist
University of Toronto, HBSc, 2001; Columbia University, MA, 2004; Columbia University, PhD, 2009
Postgraduate National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Fellowship
What drew me to the NYNY organization was my personal experience with mentoring and my ability to relate to first-generation college students. I believe that Fellows that get accepted to the NYNY program are especially talented and the right mentorship can accelerate their professional development and help them realize their full potential. I have worked with many students interested in graduate or medical school, and I’m excited to assist an NYNY Fellow with forging her or his career path.
Natasha Desai, 2011 Mentor Coach
The Mount Sinai Hospital, Resident Physician
University of California, Los Angeles, BS, 2005; George Washington University, MD, 2010
I think it’s important to pay forward all the advice and lessons I learned in my struggle to achieve my career goals. Participating as a Mentor Coach for NYNY allows for just that and more. It is very fulfilling to help guide these very driven and motivated first generation college students. It pushes me to be at my best as I want to be the ideal role model for my Fellow.
Jackie Do, 2012 Mentor Coach
Stanford University, BA, 2010
I became a Mentor Coach to remind all Fellows that this world is full of opportunity. I am here to connect people, support my Fellow through prosperous and difficult times, and help plan a path to reach his/her big dream. Throughout this two-year process, I'm excited to see my relationship with my Fellow grow in ways we could never expect.
Avi Dorfman, 2012 Mentor Coach
Bridgewater Associates, Management
McGill University, BA, 2008; Columbia University, MPA, 2012
I am currently an internet entrepreneur, having previously had full-time and internship experience in management consulting, investment banking, and private equity. My education (undergrad and graduate) includes public policy, international relations, finance, and management. I became a Mentor Coach because I love helping others who have faced similar circumstances as me to see the wide range of opportunities available to them and take the steps necessary to pursue them.
Christin Drake, 2011 Mentor Coach
Christin Drake, M.D., Psychiatrist
New York University, BA, 2002; Columbia University, MD, 2006; Cornell University, Psychiatry Residency/Chief Residency, 2011
Being a Mentor Coach with NYNY has been a wonderful experience thus far! I leave every workshop inspired by the Fellows' ambition and heartened by their progress. As a psychiatrist and a mentor, I tend to believe in the particular importance of a personally supportive and confidence-building environment. NYNY has certainly succeeded in providing this for both Fellows and Mentor Coaches.
Michael Duignan, 2011 Mentor Coach
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Associate
University of California, Berkeley, BA, 2003; Columbia University, JD, 2012
Research Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies
Mentorship was at the core of my early development. I benefited greatly from compelling persons in my life whose advice and friendship helped me make the most of each new opportunity that came my way. I am grateful for their involvement and recognize the value of passing on similar guidance to those who seek it. At New York Needs You, my Fellow and I share visions of what a bright, professional future looks like. I look forward to standing alongside him as he works to make that vision a reality.
Jose Duverge, 2012 Mentor Coach
New York Yankees, Premium Sales and Service Consultant
Dowling College, BA, 2007; Ohio University, MSA, 2011
As a first-generation Bachelors and Masters grad, I was captivated by NYNY and its mission as soon as I learned about it. Simply put, my story is very similar to that of the average Fellow. The opportunity to play a role in the development of a young professional is very exciting, and can be rewarding when done properly. My goal is to add value by using my experience in the business world of professional sports, along with my experience in developing young minority professional athletes.
Brooke Epstein, 2012 Mentor Coach
Emory University, BBA, 2010
I graduated from Emory University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Immediately after graduation I moved to New York and began as an Analyst in the Leveraged Finance group at Barclays where I have worked for the last 2 years. I have always been involved in recruitment and am excited to use skills to act as a Mentor Coach.
Larry Erwin, 2011 Mentor Coach
Proclivity Systems, Product Manager
University of Texas at Austin, BBA, 2005
Being a NYNY Mentor Coach is an entirely gratifying experience. Each interaction I share with my Mentor Coach colleagues and Fellow provides an amazing opportunity for both learning and personal growth. Whether it is working one-on-one with my Fellow on essays or sharing insightful lessons learned from teachable moments to the entire organization, I am proud to work with a committed community of diverse and passionate people who exercise a bias towards action and making a difference.
Sarah Falck, 2012 Mentor Coach
Google, Inc, Account Executive
Stanford University, BA, 2007; New York University, MBA, 2015
I can't wait to join the ranks of Mentor Coaches and start contributing to NYNY's mission of collegiate, career, and workplace mentoring. I have been the fortunate recipient of several mentoring relationships through college and my career-to-date, and I'm excited to be able to "pay it forward" and build rewarding, successful relationships with the NYNY Fellows.
Elliot Feldman, 2011 Mentor Coach
Barclays Capital, Equity Research Associate
Lehigh University, BS, 2009
Becoming an NYNY Mentor Coach has afforded me the opportunity to work with some of the most passionate and driven young college students in New York City. Though professionally I reside in the financial services industry, working as a healthcare industry analyst, along with my deep personal connections in the medical and research fields, will allow me to leverage these networks to guide my Fellow on his career path of scientific research.
Benjamin Felt, 2011 Mentor Coach
The Invus Group LLC, Associate
Yale University, BA, 2007
Throughout my academic and professional journeys, I have been fortunate to benefit from outstanding and generous mentors who have guided me through the tough choices and obstacles on the way to my career today in private equity investing at The Invus Group. I hope that through New York Needs You, I can provide the same valuable guidance to my Fellow as he looks to forge a fulfilling career in the business world.
Charlie Feng, 2012 Mentor Coach
Cornell University, BS, 2011
Like many of the other Mentor Coaches, I have been fortunate to have had great mentors throughout my life. When I found NYNY, it seemed to be the perfect opportunity to give back in a highly impactful way. I'm excited to be working alongside my class of Mentor Coaches and with a group of incredibly talented Fellows.
Robyn Finker, 2011 Mentor Coach
MSL New York, Vice President
American University, BA, 2008
I was not a first generation college student; however, I am the first person in my family to truly join the ranks of corporate America. As I needed to learn the ropes on my own, I joined NYNY to help the future of America follow the same path I did, but with some help.
Caitlin Finnegan, 2012 Mentor Coach
PR Newswire, Account Manager
Georgetown University, BA, 2005
I am a PR practitioner and currently work as an Account Manager for PR Newswire. In the past I have held account management positions at agencies such as Edelman and Hill & Knowlton. I am a 2005 Georgetown University graduate and an active member of the Hoya alumni network. I enjoy mentoring students of all ages and backgrounds through my role as a Georgetown University Alumni Interviewer and am also an active participant in the Alumni Career Services network.
Lisa Fishelberg, 2011 Mentor Coach
Greater New York Hospital Association, Assistant Vice President
Binghamton University, BS, 1998; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MHA, 2000
After meeting with a number of NYNY Fellows who came to our offices to learn more about my organization, I realized I wanted to become a Mentor Coach. I was so impressed by the Fellows' interest and dedication to enhancing their future career opportunities. My experiences in healthcare have provided me the opportunity to work in a number of different areas and to work with various professionals. This will allow me to assist a Fellow to navigate the compex world of healthcare.
Caitlyn Fox, 2011 Mentor Coach
The Rockefeller Foundation, Strategy Associate
Brown University, BA, 2007
Serving on NYNY's Young Leadership Board, I've had an amazing experience getting to know our Fellows and am excited to take on the new role of Mentor Coach! I can leverage my experience at Rockefeller to advise Fellows interested in the non-profit sector and international development. Prior to Rockefeller, I worked in management consulting, so I hope to be helpful to those interested in consulting as well.
Jackie Francois, 2012 Mentor Coach
MetroPlus Health Plan, Assistant Director
Stony Brook University, BA, 2000
I decided to be a Mentor Coach because I understand, firsthand, the challenges of being a first-generation college graduate. I have observed New York Needs You to be an excellent venue for first-generation college students to learn great tips on suceeding during and after college. In hindsight, had I had a Mentor Coach I could relate to, I would have better handled a lot of obstacles and challenges during my undergraduate years.
Adrienne Gaffney, 2011 Mentor Coach
Wall Street Journal, Associate Editor of WSJ Magazine
Trinity College, BA, 2007
Becoming a Mentor Coach is by the far the best decision I've made in the past year. Getting to know my Fellow has been wonderful. At each workshop, I am constantly impressed by how bright, insightful and motivated she is at such a young age. I can't wait to see all the things she will achieve and I am excited to impart whatever knowledge I may have.
Alana Gardner, 2011 Mentor Coach
New York County Criminal Court, Court Attorney - Trial Part
Johns Hopkins University, BA, 2000; Loyola University of Chicago, JD, 2004
I became a Mentor Coach because I truly believe in what NYNY aspires to achieve. I am thankful for the family and friends who supported me and wish I had an organization like NYNY when I was choosing my career path. Being a Mentor Coach has renewed my passion to create my own path to success and not just follow the one set out for me. I may be an attorney by profession, but I have a wide array of experience that allows me to give well balanced advice and support.
Ashley Gee, 2010 Mentor Coach, 2012 Mentor Coach
SL Green Realty Corp., Vice President, Leasing
University of Virginia, BA, 2002
I’ve served as a mentor with other organizations in the past, but my experience as an inaugural NYNY Mentor Coach has profoundly impacted my world view and my life in an unexpected way. I’ve learned lessons and been inspired by my Fellow which will allow me to be a better person and more effective mentor in the future.
Jasmine Georges, 2011 Mentor Coach
New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, Assistant Corporation Counsel
Duke University, BA, 2004; Fordham University, JD, 2007
I became a Mentor Coach because I know the value of having guidance in setting and achieving goals, and I felt it was my turn to give back what I have received. As a Mentor Coach, I have learned from the insights of the Fellows and it is enriching to know that I am helping to guide someone towards achieving her career goals. I encourage other professionals to become Mentor Coaches because you will learn things about yourself in the process and grow in your own career as well.
Sunita Ghia, 2011 Mentor Coach
Saviva Research LLC, Renewables Research
New York University, BA, 2009
After my first experience volunteering with New York Needs You, I knew I wanted to become a Mentor Coach. I have been inspired by the collective dedication of the Fellows, and watching their growth and development with each workshop has been tremendously rewarding. I am looking forward to cultivating a close relationship with my Fellow, and I hope that by drawing on my personal experiences, I can help guide her toward her academic and career ambitions.