The DoughMain Financial Literacy Foundation Board of Trustees

ken damato doughmain education foundationKen Damato

Board Chairperson

Ken Damato is the CEO of Midawi Holdings Inc. (MHI) dba DoughMain, which he founded in 2009 to help families get organized and learn about money and money management. Prior to founding MHI, Mr. Damato was a Managing Director for Intrepid Capital Partners, where he set and drove the strategic direction of several portfolio companies and pursued investment opportunities alongside the board of directors. He has also held executive positions with the Tyden Group (a holding company of the Crimson Investment Team), American Standard, and GE Lighting. Mr. Damato graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and Business Administration.

Tom Rogerson doughmain education foundationTom Rogerson

Advisor

Mr. Rogerson is a managing director with BNY Mellon Wealth Management. He has spent more than 25 years teaching clients about family issues concerning wealth and financial planning. Tom has worked with top U.S. law, accounting, insurance, and investment firms educating, motivating, and training their employees, prospects, and clients on family issues around wealth and how to integrate it into their financial planning. He has been invited to speak at numerous family meetings of some of the wealthiest families in the country.

Mary Sliwa doughmain education foundationMary Sliwa

Mary Sliwa is an Assistant Vice President in the Wealth and Investment Management division of Barclay’s.

Mary draws on over 25 years of experience as a leading executive in the corporate media arena and as the COO of the Guardian Angels to guide the team on the complex issues surrounding philanthropy and endowment that affect high net worth clients. In addition, Mary coordinates strategic relationships through her vast personal and business networks of executives, philanthropists, politicians and media figures.

Mary joined Barclay’s in 2012 from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney where she worked with Ed Moldaver. Prior to joining Ed’s team, Mary led the Guardian Angels in her role as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director responsible for developing the board, all marketing, public relations, fundraising, sales development and political outreach. For over 13 years, Mary led the organization’s evolution form a respected New York City community safety patrol group into an internationally well-recognized service organization with chapters worldwide.

Mary earned a Psi Chi Certificate of Recognition in psychology from Fordham University, a graduate certificate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a graduate certificate in media and public relations from the Sterling Institute and her BA degree in Special Education for Multiply Handicapped Children from William Paterson University.

Ed Moldaver doughmain education foundationEd Moldaver

Ed Moldaver is a Managing Director at Barclays, where he helps ultra high net worth individuals, families, and institutions manage their wealth. Before joining Barclays, Mr. Moldaver was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Smith Barneys. In 2012, Mr. Moldaver was ranked the #1 financial advisor in New Jersey in Barron Magazine’s “Top 1000 Advisors: State by State”. Mr. Moldaver is also involved in his local community, where he serves as treasurer and trustee member of the Guardian Angels, a Partner in Education with the NYC Mentoring Program of the NYC public school system, and a youth football coach. Mr. Moldaver earned his bachelor’s degree at Widener University and has completed his Certified Portfolio Manager (CPM®) certification sponsored by the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers (ACPM®) and Columbia University. He lives in Colts Neck, NJ with his wife Eve and their children.

Rob Church DoughMain Education FoundationRobert M. Church

Executive Director

Rob holds an Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from Rider University,  a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from Dominican College and an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business Administration from Rockland Community College. He has more than 10 years of grassroots non-profit experience working with both national and local organizations. His dedication to community building and education  is also found through his experiences in law enforcement while serving diverse communities, and as an  educational leader, teacher and mentor at the elementary school and collegiate levels.

Rob has served as a local area leader, managing all aspects of a volunteer charitable organization, as well as the state vice president and state chairperson for an  organization whose primary mission it is to provide assistance to veterans, children with disabilities, educational scholarships and support for youth service and anti-drug and alcohol programs.

As a New York City Police Officer, Rob received commendations for excellent and meritorious service while working within some of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the world. He was recognized by the New York Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police numerous times for excellence and meritorious service and was inducted into the Legion of Honor of the American Police Hall of Fame.

Rob has lived in New Jersey for over 17 years and enjoys spending time with his three children, daughters Katherine and Elizabeth and son William.

Katherine Girgenti

Sr. Graphic Designer

"Kerry" is a graduate of Rider University with a BA in graphic design. There she learned about how graphics are used as a form of communication. Kerry is highly skilled in Adobe Suite Programs (Indesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop), as well as Dreamweaver and Final Cut Pro.

Kerry has been able to test and increase her skill set through freelance work and her work with DoughMain Financial Literacy Foundation. She is capable of tackling a variety of design challenges from creating marketing materials, social media designs for multiple platforms and working on comprehensive projects such as the FitKit 2,000+ page curriculum layout as well as packaging and game design. These opportunities have allowed her to see projects through from the early planning stages to packaging and distribution. In her spare time, Kerry is always trying to bolster and build on her skill set, learning new programs and illustrating.

Kerry felt immediately drawn to DoughMain Financial Literacy Foundation's purpose, as finance classes as a whole were scarce throughout her own education. Since joining the foundation in the summer of 2017, Kerry has grown to become an outstanding graphic designer, leader, and mentor. She has continuously felt rewarded in being a part of our work to help people become financially literate."

 

Hemali Vyas doughmain education foundationHemali Vyas

Executive and Operations Coordinator

Hemali is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Economics with a concentration in Marketing and Finance.

Hemali began working with the foundation as a grant writing and research intern during the spring of 2017 where she emerged as the lead development intern. She went on to recruit other interns to expand her team at the foundation. Due to Hemali’s attention to detail, work ethic, organizational skills and ability to handle complex issues, she was offered and accepted the opportunity to join the foundation team as the Executive and Operations Coordinator.

Hemali strongly believes in the efforts of DoughMain Financial Literacy Foundation because she did not have the privilege to learn about making financial decisions in high school. It is her time at Rutgers and her coursework that helps her appreciate DoughMain Financial Literacy Foundation’s message to today’s youth. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family. 

director marketing communications doughmain education foundationJohn Croce

Director of Digital Marketing

John is an experienced proactive management professional with a unique blend of business and creative vision strengthened by a consistent record of achievement in navigating projects through to successful completion. He has an extensive background in marketing and communications for a variety of industries which include healthcare, technology, and financial. John has successfully managed his own marketing firm for several years and has previously worked with Siemens, Fasthosts, Bowne, Price Waterhouse, Booz•Allen, Pfizer, Revlon, and NBC to name a few.

As the head of marketing, John has a proven track record of successfully working with international businesses to build & ensure a strong brand through enhanced image and communications. His expertise in traditional and online marketing & communications includes print advertising & collateral, direct mail, broadcast media, social media marketing, email marketing, SEO & website development, multi-media projects, and trade show marketing.

As a professional and creative lead, John is a marketing asset who has successfully managed internal and external resources through large-scale, complex marketing initiatives with budgets ranging from $100K to over $1 million dollars.

John was born and raised in New York City where he attended school. He graduated from the High School of Art Design where he completed a six-month internship with NBC News. John also graduated from the prestigious Parsons School of Design and continues his education through seminars and constant reading & learning.

David A Paterson doughmain education foundationGovernor David A. Paterson

David A. Paterson became the 55th Governor of New York State, serving from 2008-2010. He immediately raised eyebrows when he warned of an impending fiscal crisis in his inaugural address. Despite the greatest economic crisis that New York State has ever faced, Governor Paterson enacted sweeping reforms on a wide range of issues facing New Yorkers, and largely reduced New York’s deficit by nearly 40 billion dollars, twice the amount in any comparable period. He also became the first Governor to sign legislation which criminally penalized predatory-lending during America’s worst foreclosure crisis, among many other legislative initiatives. Since stepping down as Governor, he has hosted a drive time talk-radio show in New York City, appeared as a guest commentator on various political news programs, and remained a highly sought-after speaker by many diverse organizations. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor of Government at New York University, and has been appointed a distinguished professor of health care and public policy at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2014, Governor Paterson was appointed New York State Democratic Party Chairman by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Governor Paterson earned a degree in law from Hofstra University, School of Law and a B.A. in History from Columbia University.

bio sam kaufmanSam Kaufman

Advisor

Sam Kaufman began his career in the life insurance industry in 1968 and in 1973 founded Agent Support Group (ASG), a life insurance brokerage agency. For over 42 years Sam has worked to build ASG into one of the first true multi-company agencies in New York. His focus is on providing value-added services as well as insisting that ASG become a leader in technology allowed the company to grow, becoming a powerhouse and one of the largest independent life operations in the Northeast.   

Now, the man who gave brokers their first computerized sales illustrations (Sam was one of the first in New York to even own a computer) pioneered the ASG Mobile App, allowing life agents the ability to do business anywhere and access the latest information in the palm of their hand. Sam has played an important role in product development and marketing and has lectured before the New York Chapter of NAIFA and the Society of Financial Service Professionals. He is a member of NAILBA and has won numerous industry and carrier awards including a lifetime achievement recognition.

Sam graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Business Administration and Management. He is an established cabaret singer, having performed over the years at such venues as the Copacabana, Birdland and others. He and his band have been featured in two full-length CD’s and performed for charitable benefits on numerous live television and radio telethon broadcasts.

Kathy Hurley doughmain education foundationKathy Hurley

Advisor

Kathy Hurley is a 40+ year veteran of the education industry and advocate supporting the vision of global education for all. She possesses a wealth of knowledge and expertise in publishing, technology, education policy, sales, marketing and business development, all of which have propelled her through her career with top businesses and foundations. Kathy has held a number of prestigious positions, most recently Executive Vice President Education Alliances, for the Pearson Foundation. Previously she served in executive positions in both publishing and technology companies, including Pearson and IBM. In addition to her widespread involvement, Kathy currently serves on numerous key industry and education advisory boards, while holding leadership roles in many. Kathy is a highly decorated and sought after speaker, offering new and innovative approaches to education while targeting both national and international audiences, thus maintaining her global commitment to education. She holds a number of noteworthy accolades and in 2013, Kathy was selected as a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University for 2014. She plans to continue her work by co-founding a non-profit organization entitled Girls Thinking Global. Kathy holds a B.A. degree in Special Education from the University of Dayton and a Master’s degree in Education from Jersey City State College. Kathy is married and resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Steven Felgran doughmain education foundationSteven D. Felgran, PhD

Advisor

Dr. Steven Felgran is an economist and Co-Director of the North American Transfer Pricing Practice of AlixPartners LLP in New York, NY. Previously, Steve was a partner with the Economic and Valuation Services practice of KPMG LLP. Steve has extensive experience in economic analysis and controversy support. Steve has been an expert witness in court and has provided expert analysis before IRS Appeals Panels and Competent Authorities in numerous cases. Prior to KPMG, Steve taught at Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration in Boston, and was an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He is a member of several professional and academic organizations such as the American Economic Association, the National Association for Business Economics, the American Bar Association, and the International Fiscal Association. Steve earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Steve resides in Westchester, NY with his wife, Hilary, and their two children.

steve bergida doughmain education foundationSteven Bergida

Board Treasurer

Steven Bergida currently serves as the Director of Trading for CFT Securities, LLC. Prior to joining CFT, he worked as a Managing Director and Head Trader for Quellos Brokerage Services, LLC. Mr. Bergida has 28 years of experience trading global equities, fixed income, currencies, futures, listed options, and structured derivatives. He has served as a Managing Director at ING Furman Selz Asset Management, where he has also acted as the Head Trader for the Asset Management Group. He started his career as a Proprietary Trader on the Arbitrage desk at Furman Selz. Mr. Bergida graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor Degree in Finance. He resides in Montgomery Township, NJ with his wife Elaine and their two children.

bio matt allanMatthew Allan

Trustee

Matthew Allan is a real estate broker, developer, and founder of the Moves With a Purpose, a Savannah, Georgia real estate team which seeks to build its local community by contributing 10% of its commissions to Savannah-area non-profits. Focusing on historic downtown Savannah for nearly a decade, Matthew specializes in historically appropriate infill construction, as well as large-scale renovation projects.

Matthew holds a B.S. in Communications from Boston University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He lives in downtown Savannah with his wife, two children, and three rescued dogs.

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