Board of Directors & Executive Staff

Board of Directors

José Martin Jara, President

Partner, Archer & Greiner P.C.

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

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 Chief Executive Officer Alan Mucatel, is committed to all those we support.

Executive Staff

Alan Mucatel

Chief Executive Officer

Belinda Conway

Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer

Sharron Madden

Executive Vice President / Chief Program Officer

Elise Zealand

Executive Vice President / General Counsel

Elliot Hagler

Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Garofalo

Senior Vice President for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services

Angela Ghiozzi

Senior Vice President for Early Childhood Services

Carlton Mitchell

Senior Vice President for Children & Family Services

Anne Patterson

Senior Vice President for STEPS to End Family Violence

Susan Sampogna

Senior Vice President for Residential & Youth Development

Christina Soddano

Senior Vice President for Mental Health & Health Services

Dr. Angela White

Senior Vice President for Education Services