Young Executive Board

The Young Executive Board (YEB) provides an opportunity for young professionals in New York City to volunteer their time and expertise to iMentor through outreach, fundraising, and general support for the iMentor program.

Meet Our Current YEB Members

Jay Cofresi

Jay Cofresi has been a mentor since 2008 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2010. He currently works in the Technology Division at Nomura Holding as the CAO of Corporate Technology Services. Prior to Nomura, Jay spent over 12 years at Lehman Brothers and eventually Barclays Capital. He worked in various positions in Finance, spent time in the Miami office supporting the Private Client business and eventually returned to New York to work in the COO group for the Investment Banking Division. Jay has a BBA in Finance from the University of Miami and an MBA from NYU. He has also a mentored with Student Sponsor Partners (SSP) where he was matched with a student from the high school, Mount Saint Michael in the Bronx, that he attended.

Kenny Eng

Kenny is a third year member of the YEB, and has served as a mentor since 2001. He began his mentoring career with the Pittsburgh-area Big Brothers and Big Sisters from 1993 to 1995. Kenny received his degree in Industrial Management and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. Kenny's professional experiences span Risk Management, Derivatives Trading and Project Management. Kenny was born in New York City and currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

Karen Gamarra

Karen Gamarra has been with iMentor since 2010 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2013.  She is currently in her third year of a three year match with a student at Acorn Community High School.  Karen is a consultant at The Gartland and Mellina Group where she drives various client initiatives including; business re-engineering, operational efficiency, systems integration and regulatory change. Currently, she is engaged at a Global Investment Bank working on regulatory projects, including Dodd-Frank OTC Derivatives.  Karen is also a member of her firm’s Marketing team, where she oversees the firm’s vision, brand and website redesign while managing the firm’s volunteer initiatives including New York Cares Day.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. John’s University with a degree in Communications.

Jessica Goodman

Jessica Goodman has been a mentor since 2012 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2013. She is a Financial Advisor with The Dunn Yamin Group at UBS Financial Services and focuses on high net worth individuals and emerging growth companies. Prior to UBS, Jessica was an Investment Banker at HSBC Securities, where she participated on global teams representing market leaders in the consumer, agricultural and energy sectors in capital transactions valued at more than $5 billion. In high school, Jessica lived and studied in Hiroshima, Japan with the American Foreign Service Program and after returning to the States, she continued to study Japanese culture, economy and language. Jessica graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with Honors in East Asian Studies.

Renu Grover

Renu has been a mentor since 2012. Having always been inspired by her own mentors, Renu finds a deep connection with iMentor. She is in the second year of a four year match and her mentee attends Lyons Community in Brooklyn. Currently, Renu manages Global Private Equity Research at Egon Zehnder, an executive recruiting and management consulting firm. Prior to Egon Zehnder, Renu worked at a private research firm, Gerson Lehrman Group, where she managed client relationships within the hedge fund, private equity, and investment banking industries. Renu began her career in finance at Hoplite Capital Management. Outside of work, Renu is an avid runner andLatin ballroom dancer. Renu is training for her first Marathon in Philadelphia and running in support of iMentor. Renu graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Classical Humanities.

Aditi Gupta

Aditi has been a mentor since 2010 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2012. She completed two one-year matches at Brooklyn International High School and is currently in the second year of a three-year match with her mentee, Cindy, at KIPP. Aditi works at Lord Abbett as an Associate Portfolio Manager and previously worked at Morgan Stanley. She received her A.B. in Economics with a certificate in Spanish Language and Culture from Princeton University.

Ashley Gushue

Ashley has been with iMentor since 2010 and recently completed a three-year match with her mentee Yocasta at Civil Leadership Academy. She is a Senior Media Manager at Google and has helped recruit dozens of her fellow employees to volunteer during iMentor's annual Extravaganza over the years. In 2012, Ashley pitched Google's Community Affairs board and won a $15K grant for iMentor. In addition to fundraising and volunteering with iMentor, Ashley has served as Google's NYC Office Lead for GoogleServe (a week-long celebration of volunteering) for the past 2 years and has been actively involved with THON, the world's largest student-run philanthropy, to help raise money for Pediatric Cancer research since 2004. Ashley holds a B.S. in Advertising with minors in International Studies and Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, where she first became passionate about philanthropy and service.

Patrick Hart

Patrick has been a mentor with iMentor since 2009 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2013.  He completed three one-year matches at the International High School at Prospect Heights and is currently in the first year of a multi-year match at KIPP with his mentee Michael.  He currently works at First Republic Investment Management on the fixed income team; prior to First Republic he worked at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital.  Patrick holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a minor in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is a CFA Charterholder.   

Anthony Keizner

Anthony has been an i-Mentor mentor since 2006 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2010. He helps manage the Hedge Fund Practice at Glocap Search, the leading financial recruitment firm. Previously, he managed hedge fund accounts at a research company, Gerson Lehrman Group, and was an emerging markets analyst at Citibank. Anthony first worked with young people as a teacher in a high-school in China, and also volunteers through New York Cares. In NY, he enjoys spending time playing squash, watching English soccer and tied the knot with Elizabeth (also an I-mentor!) in late 2011. He holds a BA in Asian Studies from Oxford University, and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Bernier Lauredan

Bernier has been a mentor since the fall of 2010 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2012, where he serves as Co-Chair since January 2013. He currently works at Willis Group as a Client Manager in the Financial Solutions group, working as a broker with banks and corporates on political risk and trade credit insurance programs. Bernier graduated cum laude from New York University with a B.S. in Media and Communications in 2009 where he was a captain on the Varsity track team. Bernier is also involved with NY PACE, NYU's Young Alumni Leadership Committee (YALC) and the NY Road Runners Club West Side Y. His current mentee attends KIPP Academy in Harlem, NYC.

Doug Leder

Doug has been a mentor with iMentor since 2006 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2011. He currently works at Aéropostale, as their IT Security Manager, responsible for IT Security, Governance, Risk and Compliance.  Prior to joining Aéropostale, Doug was a Manager in the Global Internal Audit group at Avon Products, Inc. for two years where he focused on Information Technology and Supply Chain Management.  Doug started his career at Deloitte within their Risk Management Advisory practice, where he focused on serving clients in the manufacturing and retail industries for over 6 years. Doug holds a B.S. in Business Management, Magna Cum Laude, from Binghamton University with a concentration in Finance & Management Information Systems.

Gordon McKemie

Gordon became a mentor in 2007, joined iMentor's Young Executive Board in 2008, and served as YEB Co-Chair from June 2009 to March 2011.  He is currently an Associate at GSO Capital Partners, the credit-oriented investment arm of The Blackstone Group, where he is involved in the evaluation and monitoring of primary and secondary fixed income investments across multiple industries.  Before joining GSO, Gordon was an Associate in Leveraged Finance at Citigroup and an Assistant Vice President in High Yield Research at Barclays Capital, after beginning his career with Lehman Brothers.  Gordon received a B.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from Emory University's Goizueta Business School, where he played varsity basketball and served as President of the student government.  He is a CFA Charterholder.

Anna Neverova

Anna has been a mentor since 2011 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2013. Anna currently works at Amur Capital focusing on investment activities and portfolio management.  Prior to joining Amur, Anna worked at the Corporate Lending group at UBS for 3 1/2 years.  Before joining UBS, she worked at Global Association of Risk Professionals, McKinsey & Company and Octavian Advisors in various research and investment related roles.  Anna received a B.A. in Economics from Bard College, where she was a Distinguished Scientist Scholar and a Jerome Levy Scholar. In addition to iMentor’s Young Executive Board, Anna is a  member of Bard Board of Governors and a co-chair of the Bard Music Festival’s Junior Committee. Anna’s current mentee Bukky graduated from Bronx Preparatory Charter School and is now attending Binghamton University.

Chad Olin

Chad’s involvement in iMentor began in 2011 when he volunteered to assist in the creation of a detailed operating budget for the organization.  He subsequently became a mentor in 2011 and Young Executive Board member in 2013.  Chad currently works at private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe as an Associate.  Chad graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Finance and Accounting.  Chad also mentors University of Maryland alumni and students pursuing careers in the financial services industry.

Olga Ovodenko

Olga has been a mentor since 2008 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2011.  Olga is a marketer/business developer at Lombard Odier where she markets the firm’s hedge fund strategies to institutional investors. Olga began her career after graduating the New York University Stern School of Business where she majored in Finance, Marketing, and International Business. Olga has mentored students since high school, and also enjoys spending time cooking, travelling, and enjoying the performing arts.

Katie Pugh

Katie has been a mentor since 2009 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2012. She graduated summa cum laude from The Pennsylvania State University, with a B.S. in Finance, and a minor in Economics. She spent 3 years working for Morgan Stanley, first in Risk, and later in Prime Brokerage. While there, she spearheaded many events at the firm to promote corporate involvement with iMentor. Katie recently started a Sales position with Stack Overflow after taking a year off to volunteer in Latin America. During that time, Katie volunteered to teach English in Chile; and then continued her efforts in Nicaragua, where she volunteered as a trekking guide to raise money for local charities that provide educational assistance and vocational guidance for at-risk children.

Layla Ramirez

Layla has been a mentor since 2011. She is currently a Client Associate at Merrill Lynch, where her responsibilities include being the first point of contact for High-Net-Worth individuals. Layla joined Merrill Lynch shortly after receiving her B.A. in Economics from Smith College, in 2009. In her free time she enjoys salsa dancing, dining out and traveling the world. Layla credits a great amount of her success to great mentorship, and is passionate about contributing to the development of our future leaders.

Leah Shisha

Leah has been a mentor since 2011 at Bronx Preparatory Charter School and joined the Young Executive Board in 2012.  She is an Investment Associate at Yeshiva University, where she is part of a small team responsible for managing the University’s endowment.  Prior to joining Yeshiva in 2010, she worked in sales and marketing for the luxury lifestyle division of Forbes Magazine. Leah graduated from Rutgers University in 2007 with a B.S. in Marketing.

Jim Steckart

Jim has been a mentor since 2010 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2012.  He is currently in the midst of a three year match to a student at Williamsburg Preparatory High School in Brooklyn.  Jim is a Vice President of Sales & Marketing at GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).  He holds a B.S. in  Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Amit Sura

Amit Sura completed a dual major in Molecular Cell Biology and Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley.  In 2004, he was accepted to Tufts University School of Medicine's MD/MBA Combined Degree Program.  He finished his internship at NYU School of Medicine and is currently completing his last year of residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Diagnostic Radiology. 

Amit's interest in the education sector stems from his sister's work as a sixth grade school teacher.  His volunteer activities include the Sharewood Free Clinic at Tufts, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship in Boston, and a medical mission with the University of Miami, Project Medishare in Haiti. He has thoroughly enjoyed his time as a mentor with iMentor here in New York and is excited to be part of an amazing team like the YEB.

Carolyn Tallents

Carolyn has been a mentor since 2009 and a member of the YEB since 2012. This spring, she completed a three year match with an alumnus of Bronx Academy of Letters and is continuing to support her mentee in her sophomore year of college. Having spent the past 5 years at Interbrand, a global brand and marketing consulting firm, Carolyn was recently brought on to be the Senior Marketing Manager at YP - formerly known as the Yellow Pages - to help transform the business for our digital era. Originally from the Boston area, she graduated from Boston College in 2008 with a degree in Marketing and continues to volunteer with the BC Fund to support fundraising efforts for the school.

Ben Tannenbaum

Ben has been a mentor since 2012 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2013. He's a mentor to a student at the Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx. In his day job, Ben is a digital anthropologist and media innovator based in New York. He currently works for NBCUniversal, helping to determine what it means to be a media company in the twenty-first century. Prior to NBCUniversal, Ben worked at various mobile marketing technology start-ups. He also serves on the board for The Animation Project, a non-profit that uses digital art technology as a therapeutic medium and a workforce development tool for at-risk youth. Ben graduated with a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Delaware.

Sarah Tomolonius

Sarah has been a mentor since 2010 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2012. She just completed the second year of a two year match, and her mentee is attending college in the fall. Sarah currently focuses on management reporting and analytics at Arlon Group. She received her BA in English from Vassar College and her MPA in International Finance & Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. In addition to iMentor, she serves on the board of directors of and as spokesperson for HeARTs Speak, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the adoptability of animals by connecting artists, animal shelters and rescues, and the greater community. Sarah also mentors with the Columbia Women’s Business Society, SIPA Alumni Mentoring Program and serves on the SIPA Alumni Council.


Kate Vanek

Kate White Vanek is the Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at Nielsen Holdings N.V., a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy. Prior to this, she served as Vice President of Investor & Government Relations for Stanley Black & Decker, a global diversified industrial company. Institutional Investor magazine named Kate to their All-American Executive team as one of the best investor relations professionals, nominated by the buyside, in both 2011 and 2012. Prior to Stanley, Kate was a Vice President at Bear Stearns in the credit products sales team. Before joining Bear Stearns, she spent four years at Thomson Financial and was a Manager in the Capital Markets Intelligence group. Kate has her MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Richmond with majors in Spanish and International Studies with a concentration in Latin America.

Marc Williams

Marc Williams has been a mentor since 2010 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2012. He is currently a Manager at Deloitte in the Advisory practice, focusing on valuation governance, risk management and derivative valuations.  Marc has a B.B.A in Finance and Marketing with a minor in Economics from the University at Albany.  In addition to his 4-year match at iMentor, he volunteers with New York Cares and is an active fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events.

Amy Zhang

Amy has been a mentor since 2011 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2013. She is currently in the midst of a three year match with her mentee, Floralma, at KIPP College Prep, and was previously a mentor at the Civic Leadership Academy. Amy works in customer marketing in the Global Corporate Payments division at American Express, and is passionate about promoting iMentor involvement at her company. She received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to iMentor, Amy leads pro bono consulting projects for PennPAC, a Penn alumni consulting group serving non-profits in New York City.

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