Staff | Junior Achievement of New York

JA of New York Team


Joseph Peri
President and CEO
Kelly Melvin
Executive Assistant to the President


Jessica O'Brien
Vice President, Programs
Natasha Arocha
Associate, Programs
Jeffery Chamer
Associate, Programs
Christopher Coury
Data Associate
Jordan Cressy-Garcie
Associate, Programs
Diana Lee
Senior Director, Programs
Cara Minnix
Associate, Programs
Emma Ross
Associate, Programs
Carol Sharrouf
Associate Director, Programs
Aruem Shin
Associate, Programs
Rosio Alfonsina Frías Vargas
Senior Manager, Programs
Bridgette White
Senior Manager, Programs
Sandra Wilson
Manager, Programs


Christopher Malin
Vice President, Finance and Administration
Cecilia Ho
Accounting/HR Manager (P/T)


Renee Colombo
Vice President, Resource Development and Communications
Nicole Schnell
Manager, Special Events
Steven Sherrick
Director, Institutional Giving
Shahna Sherwood
Director, Special Events
Alexandra Wyatt
Manager, Special Events
Stephanie Zlotnick
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications

Long Island Team


Kristen Clark
Director, Long Island Operations


Tina Fiorentine
Associate Director, Long Island Operations
Linda Furey
Manager, Long Island Programs
Dawn Chiuchiolo
Senior Manager, Long Island Programs (P/T)
Lorraine Englander
Programs Associate, Long Island (P/T)

Lower Hudson Valley Team


Catherine Danyko-Sage
Director, Lower Hudson Valley Operations


Caroline Tzelios
Manager, Programs/Development
  • "JA activities support our college and career readiness expectations as they bridge connections to real world experiences and professions" – Hazel Cruz, PS 83

    -Junior Achievement Teacher
  • "I learned that running a business includes a lot of work! You have to know how to run it, how much to pay your employees and much more." – PS 83

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Guess what? A volunteer from Junior Achievement came to my class! I learned that cities are places to live, eat, work and play." – Justin, PS 83

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement has given me my blueprint for success in college and beyond. JA has allowed me to grow as a student, entrepreneur, and as a future college student." – Kaiyell Pettie

    -Junior Achievement Alumnus
  • "JA volunteers give children tangible examples of the unlimited opportunities available to them."

    -Junior Achievement Volunteer

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