Board of Directors & Executive Staff

Board of Directors

José Martin Jara, President

Partner, CKR Law LLP

Margery E. Ames, Esq., Vice President

Retired Executive Director, the Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities, Inc.

Matthew del Percio, Vice President

Principal, Altman Vilandrie & Co.

Carol Chen, Treasurer

Managing Director, Genworth Financial

G. Crossan Seybolt, Jr., Secretary

Senior Vice-President, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Christopher M. Ackerman

Senior Researcher, Google

Susan S. Benedict

Director, The Scholarships Foundation, Inc.

Judith Benitez

Retired Office Manager, Child Study Center

Mark Broude

Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP

Tony Cirincione

Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Joyce R. Coppin-Mondesire

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Mercy College

Jo Ann Davaris

Global Chief Privacy Officer, Mercer

Thomas Gallagher

Managing Director, BNY Mellon

Joseph C. Hoopes, Jr.

Independent Financial Consultant

Martin Maleska

Advisory Director, Investcorp International (retired)

Brigette R. McLeod-Williams

Senior Marketing Counsel, The Colgate-Palmolive Company

Karen Myrie

Community Volunteer

Ellen Polansky

Principal, Ernst & Young

Elizabeth M. Renyi

Community Volunteer

Robert Schanz

Independent Real Estate and Construction Consultant

Lawrence B. Thompson, Esq.

Attorney, Emmet, Marvin & Martin, LLP

Kim Walker

Intellectual Property Counsel, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Allen Waxman

General Counsel, Roivant Sciences, Inc.

Rising Ground is also supported by an Associate Board, a network of young professionals who contribute their time, talents, and resources to advance the work of our programs. For a full list of Associate Board members, click here.

Alan and Girls

Everyone at Rising Ground, led by Executive Director Alan Mucatel, is committed to all those we support.

Executive Staff

Alan Mucatel

Executive Director

Belinda Conway

Associate Executive Director

Angela Ghiozzi

Assistant Executive Director, Early Childhood Services

Carlton Mitchell

Assistant Executive Director, Foster Care, Preventive Services, and Juvenile Justice

Susan Sampogna

Assistant Executive Director, Residential Services

Denise Walsh

Assistant Executive Director, Developmental Disabilities Support Services

Dr. Angela White

Assistant Executive Director, Education Services

Elise Zealand

General Counsel

Meredith Barber

Senior Director of Institutional Advancement

Elliot Hagler

Chief Financial Officer