STACY LYNN COSTA
Among leaders in education, Stacy Lynn Costa offers a vantage point from which few others can see. A visionary who has played a critical role in the profound development and implementation of education and support services for more than 87 public school districts and 200 public and private schools, Costa’s accomplishments reflect her personal commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of every family and child with whom she interacts.
In late 2013, following nearly two decades of classroom and district administration experience in New Jersey, Stacy launched School Answers Academic Success Center. Her motivation to move in this direction personally and professionally was the void that she felt existed -- a single location for multiple, high-quality educational support services provided affordably for parents and their children. School Answers franchise initiatives are underway with expansion opportunities planned for 2015-2016. Immediately prior to School Answers, for well over a decade, Stacy served as a top administrator. Her experience includes all levels - building, district and county level administration.
Stacy is an inspiring academic leader who has consistently pushed multiple school systems ahead, directing necessary change and motivating others to join her in the journey. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Leadership from Georgian Court College in Lakewood, N.J. She continued her studies at Seton Hall University, earning an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy. In addition to School Answers, Stacy Lynn Costa is currently an instructor at the college level.
Angela Ho currently serves as Senior Vice President and Principal Accounting Officer at OceanFirst Bank. Angela has 10+ years of experience in the banking and accounting industry and served as VP and Controller at NorthField Bank from 2012-2016, Accounting Policy Manager at Signature Bank from 2010- 2012, and as a Senior Associate and KPMG Audit from 2006-2010. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she majored in Accounting and she is presently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at University of Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Angela is an Alumni of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Leadership Academy and received a 2015 award for New Leaders in Banking from the New Jersey Bankers Association. Angela is active with AICPA and is dedicated to causes related to education and financial literacy. Angela lives in Lavallette, NJ.
Ed Moldaver is a Managing Director at Barclays, where he helps ultra high net worth individuals, families, and institutions manage their wealth. Before joining Barclays, Mr. Moldaver was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Smith Barneys. In 2012, Mr. Moldaver was ranked the #1 financial advisor in New Jersey in Barron Magazine’s “Top 1000 Advisors: State by State”. Mr. Moldaver is also involved in his local community, where he serves as treasurer and trustee member of the Guardian Angels, a Partner in Education with the NYC Mentoring Program of the NYC public school system, and a youth football coach. Mr. Moldaver earned his bachelor’s degree at Widener University and has completed his Certified Portfolio Manager (CPM®) certification sponsored by the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers (ACPM®) and Columbia University. He lives in Colts Neck, NJ with his wife Eve and their children.
GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON
David A. Paterson became the 55th Governor of New York State, serving from 2008-2010. He immediately raised eyebrows when he warned of an impending fiscal crisis in his inaugural address. Despite the greatest economic crisis that New York State has ever faced, Governor Paterson enacted sweeping reforms on a wide range of issues facing New Yorkers, and largely reduced New York’s deficit by nearly 40 billion dollars, twice the amount in any comparable period. He also became the first Governor to sign legislation which criminally penalized predatory-lending during America’s worst foreclosure crisis, among many other legislative initiatives. Since stepping down as Governor, he has hosted a drive time talk-radio show in New York City, appeared as a guest commentator on various political news programs, and remained a highly sought-after speaker by many diverse organizations. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor of Government at New York University, and has been appointed a distinguished professor of health care and public policy at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2014, Governor Paterson was appointed New York State Democratic Party Chairman by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Governor Paterson earned a degree in law from Hofstra University, School of Law and a B.A. in History from Columbia University.
Mary Sliwa is an Assistant Vice President in the Wealth and Investment Management division of Barclay’s.
Mary draws on over 25 years of experience as a leading executive in the corporate media arena and as the COO of the Guardian Angels to guide the team on the complex issues surrounding philanthropy and endowment that affect high net worth clients. In addition, Mary coordinates strategic relationships through her vast personal and business networks of executives, philanthropists, politicians and media figures.
Mary joined Barclay’s in 2012 from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney where she worked with Ed Moldaver. Prior to joining Ed’s team, Mary led the Guardian Angels in her role as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director responsible for developing the board, all marketing, public relations, fundraising, sales development and political outreach. For over 13 years, Mary led the organization’s evolution form a respected New York City community safety patrol group into an internationally well-recognized service organization with chapters worldwide.
Mary earned a Psi Chi Certificate of Recognition in psychology from Fordham University, a graduate certificate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a graduate certificate in media and public relations from the Sterling Institute and her BA degree in Special Education for Multiply Handicapped Children from William Paterson University.
Kathie DeChirico-Stuart, an experienced C-Level executive with broad industry experience in leadership and management has been appointed as the Vice Chair of the DoughMain Financial Literacy Foundation as well as the Chair of the Women’s Financial Literacy Initiative that is focused on awareness and education around financial health and independence.
She has served as COO at prestigious companies such as VVA LLC/VVA Sweett Group, The Bromley Group, and Basic Elements in a dual President/ COO capacity, as well as NewsCorp/The Wall Street Journal as a Director of Brand Development and brings years of strategic foresight, brand development, operational alignment to strategy, in addition to business development oversight and execution.
With a BS from Rutgers University and an MBA from Villanova University, she is a community enthusiast with her sights always on bringing the future to the present.
June Jaffee began serving the Muriel F. Siebert Foundation as Executive Director in 2004 where the organization’s top priority is financial literacy. Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Jaffee held various Public Relations positions at several international companies. Ms. Jaffee also worked as a National Sales Executive at Revlon for 15 years.
Ms. Jaffee is a native Californian who graduated with honors from UCLA with a BA in Political Science. During her time there, Ms. Jaffe held the position of Vice President of the Associated Students of UCLA and later founded the UCLA Club of New York. Ms. Jaffee enjoys spending her time in New York City where she currently resides.