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

Michelle Yang

Michelle has been a mentor since 2013 and joined the Young Executive Board in 2014. She is in year two of a three-year match at Hyde Leadership Academy in the Bronx. Michelle is a manager at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, focusing on global sales strategy and specifically customer experience. Prior to Starwood, Michelle was a consultant in Deloitte consulting’s strategy & operations group, working primarily in the retail and consumer products space. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a B.A. in economics and political science. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys cooking, swimming, and traveling.

Jay Cofresi

Jay 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 New York University. He has also a mentored with Student Sponsor Partners (SSP), where he was matched with a student from Mount Saint Michael high school in the Bronx, his alma mater.

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 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 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 United 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.

Bart Marchant

Bart has been a mentor since 2013 and has a deep connection with the program. He is in the second year of a four-year match with his mentee, who attends Manhattan Bridges School. Currently, Bart works in institutional business development for WisdomTree Asset Management, a publicly traded investment manager focused on the ETF space. Prior to WisdomTree, Bart began his career with Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he managed client relationships within the Fundamental Equity group. Outside of work, Bart is an avid golfer, sports fan, fitness enthusiast, and reader. He graduated from Dickinson College with a B.A. in international business and management.

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.

Kelechi Okeri

Kelechi works as a regional sales director at the global science, technical, and medical information company Elsevier Inc. He joined iMentor as a volunteer mentor in 2011 and completed his first three-year match in spring 2014. He is the producer and host of the YouTube web series The Palm Print, which promotes readership of African literature and the exploration of issues facing African authors through discussions. He is also an amateur photographer. Kelechi holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in English, with a concentration in creative writing, both from Rutgers University. He is a contributor to One Word: Contemporary Writers on the Words they Love or Loathe, edited by Molly McQuade. Kelechi was born in Nigeria and immigrated to the United States at the age of 12. He lives in New Jersey.

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.

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.

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 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 and government relations for Stanley Black & Decker, a global diversified industrial company. Institutional Investor magazine named Kate one of its best investor relations professionals in both 2011 and 2012. Prior to working at 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 an 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.

Christine Willey

Christine has been a mentor since the fall of 2012 and has been paired with two mentees in Brooklyn. Her current mentee is a high school sophomore at Lyons Community School, while her previous mentee is now attending Kingsborough Community College. Christine recently returned to UBS Securities LLC as a director in international portfolio sales trading. Prior to that she worked at Barclays Capital after spending five years at UBS on international cash and portfolio products. Christine holds a B.S. in mathematics from Villanova University and an MBA from Northeastern University,with specializations in finance and international management. She is an avid runner and has completed four marathons and countless half marathons.

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