We're thrilled to highlight some of the founding members of Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar's Mentor Council. These volunteers aid us in mentor recruiting, building community connections and program development. Their experiences as mentors and community volunteers have been instrumental in helping us to improve many aspects of our mentoring program.
We thank all of the members of the Council for their dedication to our mission and their willingness to pay it forward to our mentors and Scholars.
2018 Sponsor-A-Scholar Mentor Council
Kat Aviza-Sage Colleges
Dan Cullen-Workforce Development Institute
Becky Daniels- Discover Schenectady
Georgia Kelly-Merrill Lynch
Geoffrey Miller-Albany Symphony Orchestra
Nathan VanDuzer-M&T Bank
Tabetha Wilson-Office of Temporary Disability Insurance & Founder of the Radius Podcast
Becky Daniels is the Executive Director of Discover Schenectady and has had the pleasure of mentoring a wonderful student from Schenectady High School for two years.
One of the highlights of her experience as a mentor was bringing her mentee, Luisa, on her first college visit. Helping Luisa to get excited for what lies ahead and gain confidence in what she is capable of has truly made mentoring with Sponsor-A-Scholar one of the most meaningful experiences of Becky’s life.
Eric is a lifelong resident of the Capital Region. He grew up in Niskayuna and played Division 1 lacrosse at Siena College. He was a four year captain and graduated with a degree in Marketing and Management. He started working at Northwestern Mutual shortly after graduating and has been with the company since. Eric has been a financial advisor and has held many leadership roles. He is currently the District Director and enjoys balancing his time mentoring and developing new advisors, while helping his clients achieve their dreams.
Eric lives in Latham with his wife, Amy, and their three daughters, Ellie, Quinn and Harlow. They enjoy traveling, spending time with their large extended families and being involved in numerous philanthropic efforts. Eric has mentored Yusif Okine, a SUNY Plattsburgh student for more than two years.
Georgia is a partner in the Clore-Kelly group, a Merrill Lynch wealth management firm based in Albany. Since 1986, Georgia has been committed to helping clients pursue and achieve their financial and life goals. Whether working with families, retirees, corporate executives, business owners or nonprofit organizations, Georgia believes that successful wealth management begins with thoughtful, personalized financial analysis to reach a deep understanding of each client's needs.
Georgia’s experience and passion in addressing the philanthropic and intergenerational needs of families has deepened her commitment and service to the nonprofit community. She previously served as a board member of the Rensselaer Regional County Chamber of Commerce, Chair of GIRLS Incorporated’s GIFTS Council, and Treasurer of the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York. Georgia is currently a board member of Women@Work magazine.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Georgia enjoys her time on the Hudson River with her husband, Dan, and their children, Brodie and Alana. Georgia’s hobbies include boating, motorcycle riding, golfing and traveling with her family.
Amy Mengel is the founder of Hatwix, a business operations and strategy consultancy. Prior to that, she ran a successful software company for many years.
Amy's mentee, Sabrina Wolfe, is a freshman on the RIT basketball team. Through her mentoring experience, Amy has been able to learn more than she ever expected about women's basketball! She will be taking on a new mentee in the fall.
Geoff is the Director of Development for the Albany Symphony, a life-long goal in his professional career. This past summer, the Symphony participated in an incredible state-funded project, Water Music NY, that chartered the Symphony along the Erie Canal in celebration of its bicentennial. Through this very special initiative, the Symphony made a profound positive economic and community impact on water-side communities and shared the Symphony with over 20,000 people!
He has multiple degrees in music and recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of Saint Rose with a MSEd in Higher Education Administration and Leadership. He is an active volunteer for Capital District Sponsor-A-Scholar, and he mentors Toshan Mahabir, who just finished his first year at SUNY New Paltz. Geoff is also a member of the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce’ s Tech Valley Young Professional Network Steering Committee.
Tabetha Wilson is a state employee, social entrepreneur, writer and podcaster. She is a first generation American who grew up in the City of Albany. Volunteerism, Advocacy and Leadership have been life-long pursuits. Her mission is to be of service to her community and to lend her talents and resources to create a more equitable, inclusive society.
Tabetha was a member, then Co-Chair, of the 2,300 employee Young Professionals Resource Group. Tabetha is a 2017 alumna of the New Leaders Council Fellowship Institute, which trains, develops and encourages millennials to take leadership roles and run for office; she aided her fellows with exceeding their fundraising goal. She recently won election to the Albany City School Board. She also mentors a student at Albany High School with Sponsor-A-Scholar.
Tabetha holds a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from SUNY College at Brockport.