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» Our Board

Our Board

 Jonathan M. Cerrito

Partner, Blitman & King, LLP

Jonathan CerritoJonathan M. Cerrito counsels sponsors of multi-employer and single-employer plans, companies, tax-exempt entities and executives on all matters of tax, ERISA, employee benefits, non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements and the employee benefit aspects of mergers. Jonathan was named by the Whitman School of Management of Syracuse University as one of the 2009 “40 Under 40” based on extraordinary achievement in his career and contributions to the community.

Jonathan regularly advises on the design, operation, merger and termination of tax-qualified pension plans and welfare benefit plans. His practice includes advising ERISA fiduciaries on the investment of plan assets, reporting and disclosure, prohibited transaction rules and tax matters. He also advises tax-exempt organizations on employee benefit issues and unrelated business income tax (UBIT).

In addition, Jonathan has significant experience handling ERISA controversies with a focus on investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor concerning fiduciary matters and alleged statutory violations. He has handled over one dozen such investigations and has also been involved in audits conducted by the Internal Revenue Service and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Affiliations

American Bar Association (Tax Section and Labor and Employment Section), New York State Bar Association (Tax Section and Labor and Employment), Connecticut Bar Association, Onondaga County Bar Association (Tax Section and Labor and Employment)

 

Henry Culbreath, Jr.

Founder & CEO, Children, Children and Children, Inc.

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Henry Culbreath, Jr., an alumni of DC Public Schools who was reared in DC Public Housing as the son of two heroin addicts. Despite his tough upbringing, Henry embraced the assistance of multiple mentors and educational advocates and won a myriad of scholarships that culminated in him receiving his Master’s from the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Leveraging his story,Henry has been a local inspiration to hundreds of youth in the city. As a trained evaluator of public sector organizations, Henry returned to DC after a brief career as a Strategy Consultant and noticed a sizable gap between the ambition of youth-based organizations in DC and the actual execution of their program services. Henry found that while most organization’s programs look well on paper, they typically yielded mediocre outcomes due to the poor or unskilled execution of management and staff.  He found this to be particularly the case with youth in the Juvenile Justice System. As such, he founded Children, Children, Children, Inc. (CCC.) as a response to a system that lacked consistency and follow through at multiple levels. Henry sought to position CCC is as a model for best practices in the DC community with a mission to reduce delinquent behaviors, not with a mission statement, but by setting standards for execution, leveraging competent management and staff, and implementing best practices while remaining committed to program innovation. The ultimate goal of the organization is simple: Reduce recidivism and delinquent behaviors through social programming and education.

Jud Gostin

Founder & Former CEO, Sensis Corp

012109GOSTIN Photo By Frank Ordonez Jud Gostin, founder and CEO of Senis Corp.

Gostin founded Sensis in 1985, growing it into a market leader in sensors and information technology for military and civilian aviation used, with equipment deployed in more than 25 countries. Previously, he was a program general manager with the General Electric Corp.’s Radar Systems Department, leading the development of advanced air defense systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Dartmouth College.

Named “Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2003 by Syracuse University School of Management’s Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises Program, Jud is extremely passionate about sharing his entrepreneurial spirit.

Jennifer Holland

Forensic Scientist, Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences

imageAs a resident of the city of Syracuse and a mother of two teenage sons and a young daughter, Jennifer Holland knows all too well the need for community support for our youth.  She has always wanted to work with youth. Initially when she decided to further her education, she took up the criminal justice major with a concentration in juvenile studies. Later, she would move more towards the science side of the law as she realized the need and importance for ethically sound scientists in the justice field. Outside of school and work, Jennifer has always been involved in the lives of the youth in her community.  Although working towards her 3 degrees over the last 8 years has kept her from participating in the capacity she desired, she has finally settled into a position as a forensic scientist for Onondaga County and aspires to become a forward thinking leader making a real difference in the community. With an abundance of research, data collection, report writing and presentation experience, problem solving skills, connection to the community and a commitment to learning new skills to adapt to the needs of the foundation, she hopes to make that aspiration a reality as an essential part of The Good Life Foundation.

Sunny Jimenez

Marketing Representative, Total Care A Today Options

Sunny Bio- picOriginally from New York City (Spanish Harlem & The Bronx), Sunny relocated from the Bronx about 10 years ago to Syracuse New York. Sunny is very connected to the community and gives her heart to help affect change in her new community of Syracuse NY. With more than 9 years of Hospitality experience, Sunny’s personality and spirit is what allows her to connect with people and be the face of a mission to uplift. Currently, Sunny represents Total Care a Today Options as a FE or CAC representative, a position she has held for the past 10 years.

 

 

 

Andrew J. Lamirande, JD, CPA

Tax Senior, Bonadio Group

Photo (1)Andrew, a senior in the tax group at the Syracuse branch of The Bonadio Group, works with and counsels clients in complex tax engagements. Andrew, originally from the Syracuse area, has recently moved back after an extended stint in the Tamp Bay, Florida area. While in Tampa, Andrew worked with high net worth individual owner/operators of a well-known fast food franchise on their day to day operations measurements, tax engagements, and next generation planning. Being born and raised in the Syracuse area, Andrew left Tampa to reconnect his newly formed family with the extended members. Andrew attended Syracuse area Baldwinsville high school and went on to receive his undergraduate degree in accounting and finance from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. He then pursued his law degree at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. Andrew seeks to make a difference using the skills and knowledge he has gained in his education and experience in the accounting field. In his downtime, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, and catching up on movies.

Affiliations: American Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants

RJ Licata

Marketing Manager, Terekeet

RJLicata-headshotRJ Licata is Inbound Marketing Coordinator at Terakeet, an engagement marketing technology company located in Syracuse, NY. Prior to joining Terakeet, he spent ten years working for the Syracuse University Football Program, most recently as Director of New Media and Web Strategy. He has extensive experience in digital marketing, social media marketing and digital video production. Licata earned a Master’s degree in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from SUNY Cortland. He is the author of “Lessons for Joey: 100 Things I Can’t Wait to Teach My Son” and writes on his blog at www.LessonsandLove.com. He and his wife have three children.

 

Winfield Warren Prass, MSW

Senior Case Manager, Children, Children & Children, Inc.

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Winfield Warren Prass holds a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, and has over 10 years of service working with at-risk and disadvantaged youth.  Mr. Prass is currently the Senior Case Manager at Children Children Children Inc., a nationally recognized youth services agency, located in Washington DC.  He works as a staff supervisor, and extensively as a youth mentor and tutor.  He has prior experience as a Career Counselor at the South Bronx Job Corps Academy, in New York City, and as a Counselor at the renowned Wediko Children’s Services, in Hillsboro, New Hampshire.  As an entrepreneur, Mr. Prass is also the co-founder and managing partner of New York Inflatables Inc., a leading children’s entertainment businesses in the New York City metro area.

 

El Java Abdul-Qadir

Executive Director, Whitman’s South Side Innovation Center

El-JavaAbdulKabirwebEl-Java is a small business development and management consultant, working with aspiring entrepreneurs and start ups in a variety of industries including retail, food production, service provision, and social enterprise. He provides technical and business assistance to clients in new idea generation, market analysis and feasibility, operations, business plan development, and new venture creation. He presents talks on entrepreneurship and small business ownership as the key to economic development for local groups including business consultants, social service providers, nonprofit organizations, as well as  educational institutions, and conferences throughout the country. El-Java has a vast knowledge base and experience with challenges and opportunities related to self employment in marginalized populations such as minorities and women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and
survivors of domestic violence. He is fascinated with the immigrant and refugee communities’ propensity towards entrepreneurship and their ability to navigate traditional and nontraditional funding sources, and access to startup capital.

As an adjunct Professor of Practice in the Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises department, El-Java is also the director of the South Side Innovation Center (SSIC), a business incubator and small business service center in the City of Syracuse, which houses 30 resident clients in its’ 60,000 square foot facility and provides consulting services to another 350 unique small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs per year. The SSIC, a project of the Whitman School of Management also houses the New York State Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP), which has helped over 54 businesses to incorporate, obtain funding, and collectively generate more than $35 million in revenue over the past 4 years. In 2012, El-Java was a recipient of the Minority Small Business Champion of the Year Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, given for his commitment to entrepreneurship.

Emad Rahim, PhD

Entrepreneur, Educator, Author

Dr. Emad Rahim is an award-winning author, educator, entrepreneur and TEDx Speaker. He co-authored the best-selling book “Foundations of Social Responsibility and Its Application to Change” and “Leading through Diversity: Transforming Managers into Effective Leaders.” His story was turned into a short documentary and adapted into the Syracuse Stage theater production titled ‘Tales from the Salt City,’ which is an extension of the acclaimed Undesirable Elements series written by celebrated playwright, Ping Chong. He co-founded two startup firms and is an equity partner of IntelligentHQ.com. He has written for Forbes, CEO Magazine, Startup Magazine and Syracuse New Times.

He currently serve as the Kotouc Endowed Chair at Bellevue University and JWMI Fellow at the Jack Welch Management Institute. He completed is postdoctoral studies at Harvard University, Tulane University and University of Maryland University UC, and earned a doctorate in management from Colorado Tech. He lives in Syracuse NY, loves coffee, foodie fanatic and is passionate with this thing called entrepreneurship. He has been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes Magazine, IntelligentHQ, The Humanist and CEO Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @DrEmadRahim

Don Sawyer, PhD

Professor of Sociology, Quinnipiac University

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Don C. Sawyer III, Ph.D., is currently a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.  He comes to QU after serving 12 years as an administrator, doctoral student, and community builder at Syracuse University.  At Quinnipiac University he teaches: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Race, Sociology of Education, and Sociology of Hip-Hop Culture.  His scholarly focus is on race, urban education, qualitative methodology, hip-hop culture/hip-hop education, and youth critical media literacy. Sawyer practices a public sociology and believes in creating partnerships among communities, urban schools, and institutions of higher education. Sawyer is a member of the “DEF” Committee for the Hip-Hop Think Tank which is charged with defining and professionalizing the field of hip-hop education.  The Hip-Hop Think Tank is Sponsored by The Hip-Hop Education Center at New York University.

Hasan Stephens “DJ MAESTRO”

Founder & Executive Director

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A leading youth advocate, mentor, entrepreneur and educator, Hasan A. Stephens is the Executive Director and Founder of The Good Life Philanthropic Youth Foundation in Syracuse, N.Y. During his career and work with young people, Stephens recognized that many of the same people continued to revisit youth detention facilities. In response, he started the Good Life Foundation to help prevent youth recidivism, violence, poverty and incarceration. The Good Life model was designed based on his own personal life experiences as an impoverished youth growing up in the inner city, Bronx, NY. He also fashioned the model after personal mentoring work he did with the first youth of Good Life, Ron Funderberg. After seeing what was successful and worked with Funderberg, Stephens knew it needed to be scaled.

An educator and co-contributor of the book, “Rebel Music: Resistance Through Hip-Hop and Punk,” Stephens currently serves as a professor of Africana studies and hip-hop at The State University of New York College at Cortland, teaching the course, “Evolution of Hip-Hop Culture.” He also is an active member of the County Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Steering Committee, the Central New York State Regional Youth Justice Team, the County Racial and Ethnic Disparities Work Group and the School – Arrest Diversion Workgroup for Onondaga County. In addition, Stephens is a leadership consultant for the Central New York Community Foundation, Inc., and New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Before establishing the Good Life Foundation, Stephens first began engaging youth in New York State through his career as “DJ Maestro,” a radio personality with Clear Channel Communications (Power 106.9 FM and Hot 107.9 FM) and an Emmy Award nominated TV commentator with News Channel 9’s “Coming Together for a Safer Syracuse.” Currently, he is the “New York’s College Team” official DJ for Syracuse University basketball and athletics. Stephens also has worked with MTV and has made national appearances as guest host on BET’s Rap City.

 

 

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