Long Islander Deep in the heart of Texas
From a young age, I have always been fascinated with technology and the role it plays in our daily lives.
In my teens, I built websites for high school bands, my own (failed) projects, and eventually local businesses. As time went by, my ability to create worthwhile things on the internet increased.
Going to college, from my perspective, was an opportunity to round out my skill set. I knew I wanted to be a key part of something important, and was anxious to realize that dream. In my fifth year of undergraduate studies, I stumbled upon a small nonprofit called "I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation."
As I approached college graduation, with 8 years of work as a Pharmacy Technician behind me, life as a nonprofit employee seemed to be more and more of a reality. Upon graduation in 2010, I was hired as employee #2 of what would eventually become "Stupid Cancer."
It was Stupid Cancer that gave me the opportunity to use my technological curiosity for the benefit of an underserved population. Unlike the projects of my teens, I finally had the ingredients to really grow as an operations technologist, in parallel with the growth of the organization.
Along my journey with Stupid Cancer, I was named 2013 "Nonprofiteer of the Year" by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City. Almost immediately after, I became actively involved with YNPN-NYC, serving as Partnerships Chair and then Board Chair.
After nearly 7 years, 5 cross-country awareness road trips, a few hundred podcasts, and a heaping amount of lessons learned, I left New York City and Long Island for Austin, TX in summer 2016.
When I arrived in Austin, I assumed the role of CEO of Testicular Cancer Foundation (TCF). It was a humbling opportunity to take on a role in a disease-specific area that affected my family to the core. When I was a high school senior in 2005, my father had been diagnosed, treated, and got back to life as usual after a diagnosis of stage 2b Testicular Cancer.
Shortly after my start as CEO of TCF, I began consulting for FIRMSPACE, an upscale professional workplace that offers different configurations of office suites with high-end amenities.
In early 2018, I was promoted to Director of Operations and oversee all the daily in and outs of the organization, making sure employees and members alike have everything they need to be successful in the space.
I've been able to merge my experience in the cancer world with my tech interests by co-founding GRYT Health, with several of my BFF's from the cancer world. GRYT exists to dive deeper into improving outcomes through technology and research.
In all, I've found that technology efficiencies can be applied to everyday life, making the complicated less complicated and the most herculean challenges only a matter of time.
When I am not working, you can find me enjoying time with family, riding my motorcycle, or reading the first couple of pages of business books before getting bored and putting them down.
Director of Operations, FIRMSPACE
Jan 2018 - Present
Chief Executive Officer,
Testicular Cancer Foundation
Jun 2016 - Present
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, GRYT Health
Jul 2016 - Present
KK Digital, Inc.
Nov 2014 - Present
Technology Advisor, FIRMSPACE
May 2017 - Dec 2017
Official Member, Forbes Nonprofit Council
Feb 2017 - Jan 2018
Columnist, Practical Ecommerce
May 2015 - Mar 2016
Board Chair, YNPN-NYC
Jan 2016 - Jun 2016
Chief Technology Officer, Instapeer
Aug 2012 - May 2016
Chief Operating Officer, Stupid Cancer
Apr 2010 - May 2016
Partnerships Chair, YNPN-NYC
Aug 2014 - Dec 2015
Oct 2014 - Nov 2015
EVP Mission, Stupid Cancer
Apr 2010 - Oct 2014
VP Operations, Stupid Cancer
Apr 2010 - Nov 2012
Pharmacy Technician, Northwell Health
Nov 2007 - Jun 2010
Pharmacy Technician, CVS Caremark Corporation
Feb 2007 - Jan 2008
Pharmacy Technician, Islip Pharmacy & Surgical
Sep 2002 - Oct 2007
Farmingdale State University of New York
B.A. PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
2007 - 2010
Suffolk County Community College
Islip High School
NYC Nonprofiteer of the year 2013
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – New York City