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Leadership Team

SUSAN KOVAR

Susan is a digital marketer and partnerships strategist with a passion for mission-driven organizations. She is especially interested in the power of technology in storytelling. She volunteered as a pro bono consultant with the Service Corps in 2015, creating a marketing and communications plan for an international literacy organization. By day, Susan manages new partner marketing initiatives in the book publishing world, focused on customer acquisition and content discovery. She’s no stranger to the non-profit sector, having worked at the Prospect Park Alliance, managing marketing and communications, and the Pearson Foundation, working on a literacy program for kids. Susan graduated from Brown University with a degree in Classics.

SOTIRIOS GOUNTAS

Sotirios is a change management professional, and an ardent supporter of organizations that value and prioritize people. He is the current Director of Change Management and Training at New York Life Insurance Co., where he is helping to foster a learning culture and support the professional growth and development of the workforce.  His dedication to international development initiatives in part fuels his desire to serve with Net Impact NYC. Having previously worked with the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and various non-profits in challenging socio-political contexts, he appreciates the importance of bringing people from all parts of communities together to help solve complex social challenges.  In addition to having served as a Service Corps Consultant and Mentor with the Net Impact NYC Chapter, Sotirios remains active in his community by supporting organizations that work with the differently-abled.  Sotirios graduated with an M.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University and a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University.

KELLY MILLER

Kelly currently works at NYU Stern’s Fubon Center for Technology, Business and Innovation. Before this role, she spent five years working in the start-up sphere – at a startup focused on industrial scale compost, at a business accelerator that mentored cleantech startups, and at an urban management research center that operated on an academic venture capital model. Kelly’s involvement with her undergraduate chapter of Net Impact helped develop her passion for working with organizations that support unique and innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges. She is excited to support the mission of the Net Impact NYC and help inspire others to learn about the social impact sphere. Kelly graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in international Relations, and minor in Spanish. 

CALEB CHEN

Caleb currently works at an early stage, 4-person, start-up that is improving the way employers hire hourly workers, by connecting people to jobs based on preference and attribute analysis using data science. His main responsibilities include managing client operations, developing marketing strategies, and creating a roadmap for product design. He was previously a consultant at Ernst & Young working in the Rapid Profit Transformation practice helping companies decrease process inefficiencies. 

Growing up, Caleb was fortunate enough to be a part of a few local non-profit organizations that have helped him in invaluable ways. He loves the opportunities to help local non-profits Net Impact provides and all the talented people he has met during his time as a mentor and volunteer consultant. He graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics and Chinese.

VALENTINA LANIZI

Valentina is a Senior Associate at GLG where she connects clients with subject matter experts to help them solve complex strategic and operational challenges. She first joined Net Impact NYC as a Service Corps consultant back in 2018 and continued to volunteer with the chapter by helping plan the annual social impact summit in the spring. She also provides pro-bono marketing consultations for small business owners in underserved New York City communities through Start Small Think Big’s Market Access Program. Valentina is passionate about social impact and convening events that educate and empower NYC professionals to use their skills for social good. She received her B.A. from Loyola University Maryland with a major in Political Science and double minors in French and Writing.

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STEPHANIE CHEUNG

Stephanie is a brand enthusiast passionate about the intersection of culture and social impact. In her current role, she is leading marketing initiatives for international destinations such as Dubai, Vienna, and South Korea. Stephanie is currently a Director of Strategy & Insights at Marketing Challenges International.

ARTHUR CHEN

Arthur is a strategist focusing on unlocking data and analytics to arrive at the right decisions through dynamic and insightful visualization. 

Service Corps Committee

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AMINAH MAJEED

Aminah is a non-profit development specialist with 10+ years of fundraising and development leadership experience in the education sector.

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EVAN PLEMENOS

Evan currently works as a corporate restructuring and turnaround consultant. He works with companies who are in distress to improve their financial and operational situations.

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LAYLA HASSOUN

Layla is a design strategist currently leading product management, design, product development for the Tommy Bahama footwear team.

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HALLIE STEBBINS

Hallie is currently working as an acquisitions editor at Oxford University Press, where she acquires nonfiction books in linguistics.

YIFEI HAN

Workday Specialist at Point72. I specialize in helping companies that use Workday as the ERP system to optimize their financial operations, business processes, reporting capabilities, etc. I was previously a senior technology consultant at PwC and then a financial systems manager at WeWork. I got involved with Net Impact in fall 2019 as a pro-bono consultant and project lead and I decided to join the committee after having a very rewarding experience. I graduated from Emory University Goizueta Business School with a concentration in Finance in 2015. 

PENNY ZHANG

Penny is currently working as a research lead at IBM, where she conducts quantitative and qualitative research for strategic transformation projects across functions and product teams.

Favorite hobbies: Hiking, skiing, biking, and singing

MARK A. BERNARD

Mark is a scientist and researcher who studies racial and socioeconomic health disparities, blending his organic chemistry background with public health principles to ultimately develop novel clinical interventions for patients.

Events Committee

KATELYN BARONE

Katelyn is a communications professional with experience telling compelling stories across a variety of industries.

OXANA ERMOLOVA

Oxana is committed to fostering cross-sector partnerships in service of supporting innovative approaches to addressing systemic inequities. In her current role, she is focused on empowering low-income female entrepreneurs through microfinance.