Jennifer is a certified teacher in grades K-6 and has a Masters in the Art of Teaching. She is passionately dedicated to making a difference in the community and collaboratively fostering future leaders. Along with her daughter, she founded Kids Helping Kids in June 2009 where she is currently the director.
She has worked in both private and public elementary school in the Fairfield County area. She has worked as a pre-school teacher and center manager for 12 years where she planned curriculum, trained assistants and taught three differentiated programs. She lived in Asia for 5 years where she was an ESL teacher. In her early career, she worked for 12 years at C2Media, an international presentation company, as a general manager.
She and her husband, Jack, and 16 year old daughter, Lexi reside in Stamford, Ct.
Charles Evangelakos is a wealth manager who specializes in working with the unique complexities of highly affluent families and business owners. Many of Charles’ clients are top executives of publicly traded companies, owners of closely held corporations and affluent retirees who are motivated to preserve their wealth. He has worked with many top executives up to the CEO level, with notable companies which include Dow Chemical, Praxair Corp., Albemarle Corp. and the former Union Carbide Corp.
He is a board member of the Resource Group, an alliance of top tier top 2% professionals within the Sagemark Consulting/Lincoln Financial Advisors organization who interact frequently and share intellectual capital. He is named a prestige planner of the Private Wealth Services Group at Sagemark, a select group comprised of twenty planners nationwide.
Prior to joining Sagemark, Charles was Vice President and Director of estate planning for the Northeast Region for Prudential Securities, Inc. At Prudential, he supported over 1,000 financial advisors with nearly 10 billion dollars under management. He was also one of the founding members of the program.
Charles is a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council, Family Firm Institute, an instructor of continued education for Massachusetts Life insurance agents and a speaker at various trade and business association forums. He is a Certified Options Advisor which recognizes technical financial expertise to advise clients with equity based compensation.
Charles serves on the Board of Directors for Mercantile bank, a Boston area commercial bank. He serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Benefits and Compensation Committee.
Charles lives with his wife and 3 children in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Grade A Shoprite began as a small struggling cooperative with eight members. Wakefern Food Corporation, the merchandising and distribution arm for Shoprite, has since grown into the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States and the largest employer in New Jersey. The Cingari family also prides themselves on their community service, giving back is a family tradition. For over thirty years they have been dedicated to fight against hunger by supporting the food bank of lower Fairfield County. Chip Cingari has served as a member of the CT Food Assoc since 1983 and has been on the board of the Italian Center since 2004.
Chip lives in Stamford with his wife.
Bob Hagan is head of new business development at Stamford First Bank as Vice President and is responsible for expanding the bank’s customer base and strengthening the bank’s relationship with it’s existing customers. Bob has extensive sales and management experience in the healthcare, information technology and financial services business, with special expertise in lending and new business development and brings a wealth of community knowledge to our team. He is a lifelong resident of Stamford, where he resides with his wife and three children. He is a Stamford football, soccer and Little League coach, former Executive Board Member of the Stamford Exchange Club, and was Chairman of the Fundraising Committee and a key member of the Executive Committee for the 2009 Stamford Mayoral election.
Donna Volpitta, Ed.D., is an educator, author, and parenting expert who is passionate about the field of resilience. Through her Nametags Education Program, Pathways to Empower Curriculum, parenting book and teacher and parent workshops, she offers practical strategies to build resilience in children.
Dr. Volpitta is on the Board of Directors for One Revolution (www.One-Revolution.com) a non-profit foundation founded by Chris Waddell. Along with Mr. Waddell, she designed Nametags, One-Revolution’s education program, which teaches students that “It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you.” Dr. Volpitta is an education advisor for both Little Noodles, a children’s educational television production company and Kids Helping Kids She writes an education blog forwww.modernmom.com and has authored several articles, received a grant from the Department of Education, and has given presentations at numerous professional conferences.
Dr. Volpitta is a former classroom teacher with experience in both general and special education. She holds a doctoral degree in Learning Dis/Abilities from Teachers College, Columbia University. She lives in Pound Ridge, New York with her husband and four children.
Jennifer Jagielo is Founder and President of Computer Company, an information technology and consulting firm founded in Royal Oak, Michigan. She has owned and operated Computer Company for over 16 years and has a very diverse client base throughout the Metropolitan Detroit, New York City and Palm Beach Florida markets. She has extensive knowledge of information technology consulting, design, and implementation, business development, and technology based training. Prior to founding Computer Company, Jennifer was a faculty member of the Wayne State University Business IT Department teaching students and faculty software applications.
Jennifer has significant experience in technology based consulting; including hardware and software architecture, project management and solution execution. Over the course of her tenure running Computer Company, that today services over 300 active clients, she has continued to expand her industry knowledge and technology offerings to best serve the needs of her clients as reflected in the rapidly evolving field of information technology.
She is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she received her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and today practices continuing education in the areas of emerging information technology and business development. Jennifer volunteers for the National Humane Society, Birmingham Rotary, and Planned Parenthood and maintains the organizational component of Kids Helping Kids. Her personal interests include: exercising, yoga, hiking, golf, skiing, and traveling.
Richard D. Vogt, CPA, CVA is an advisor to Kids Helping Kids, Inc. He is owner of Vogt & Company, P.C., a CPA and consulting ﬁrm. He is a Certiﬁed Valuation Analyst (CVA) with the National Association of Certiﬁed Valuation Analysts. Mr. Vogt has over eleven years of professional accounting experience and over nine years of professional valuation experience. He is member of the South Carolina Association of Certiﬁed Public Accounts and the American Institute of Certiﬁed Public Accountants (AICPA).
In addition to providing tax and advisory services for small business clients, Mr. Vogt has provided valuation advisory services for a wide range of issues including complex business valuation, option pricing models, shareholder dissent, and economic damages.
He has worked as a senior auditor for Deloitte & Touche, a private industry controller for a manufacturing company and designed, developed and operated a four-unit restaurant company in California and Washington State. He has a Bachelor of Art in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from Clemson University. He and his family are currently American expatiates living in Beijing, China, and he is pursuing a Masters of Taxation degree.
Michael D’Elia is a principal of Olympic Construction LLC. Michael founded Olympic Construction LLC in 2002. He has over 20 years of varied construction industry experience and more than 30 years of business experience in sales and business management. As founder of Olympic, he is committed to the advancement of the company with the same continued dedication to quality and service that he has developed over the years. Michael’s natural leadership skills and vision are responsible for the company’s strong growth. He has a reputation for integrity, reliability, and dedication. This, combined with his diversified experience, has earned Olympic a reputation as a premier general contractor in Fairfield County.
Michael has served on the Environmental Protection Board in Stamford, the Stamford Golf Authority, the Allyson Rioux Memorial Golf Tournament Committee and the Citizen Advisory Board for Bankwell in Stamford. Michael lives in Stamford with his wife and three boys.
Susan is actively involved in her local community. She volunteers for Horizons in New Canaan, CT and is on the board as well and is currently a board member at New Canaan Country School. Prior to becoming a full time mom, Susan worked in the domestic and international financial services industry for 14 years. Susan is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Susan lives with her two boys and her husband in Stamford, CT.