Leadership

Leadership

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      casey hansen

      President, Chairman Board of Directors

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      casey hansen

      President, Chairman Board of Directors

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      Ira Hazan

      Vice Chairman, Board of Directors

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      Ira Hazan

      Vice Chairman, Board of Directors

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      Nilsson Kocher

      Board Member/Treasurer

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      Nilsson Kocher

      Board Member/Treasurer

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      Susan Lindstrom

      Board Member

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      Susan Lindstrom

      Board Member

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      Stefan Sharma

      Board Member

      Stefan Sharma

      Board Member

      Josh Kaston

      Board Member

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      Josh Kaston

      Board Member

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      Bradley Stern

      Board Member

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      Bradley Stern

      Board Member

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      Alex Kirshbaum

      Chief Marketing Officer

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      Alex Kirshbaum

      Chief Marketing Officer

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      Mike Davis

      Board Member - Co-founder

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      Mike Davis

      Board Member - Co-founder

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      Whit Hansen

      Board Member, Vice President

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      Whit Hansen

      Board Member, Vice President

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      EMIL TARAZI

      Board Member - Chief Knowledge Officer

      EMIL TARAZI

      Board Member - Chief Knowledge Officer

      Ravi Patel

      Board Member

      Ravi Patel

      Board Member

      Sarah Rusin

      Board Member, Chief Operating Officer

      Sarah Rusin

      Board Member, Chief Operating Officer

      Danny Prussmann

      Board Member, Creative Director

      Danny Prussmann

      Board Member, Creative Director

      Aaron Ring

      Board Member, Director of Creative Strategy

      Aaron Ring

      Board Member, Director of Creative Strategy

      Will Smidlein

       Chief Software Architect

      Will Smidlein

       Chief Software Architect

      Elizabeth Scully

      Chief Communications Officer

      Elizabeth Scully

      Chief Communications Officer

      NICK GIANADDA

      Board Member - Chief Information Officer

      NICK GIANADDA

      Board Member - Chief Information Officer

      PATCH CHARRON

      Chief Technology Officer

      PATCH CHARRON

      Chief Technology Officer

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      Casey Hansen

      President, Chairman Board of Directors

      Casey currently serves as a Sales Director at Capax Global. He holds a BSM in Finance and a Masters in Finance from Tulane University – A.B. Freeman School of Business. Casey founded our organization in an effort to assist the families of loved ones in obtaining the necessary education and access to resources that was not readily available to him after his mother was diagnosed with ALS and Dementia.

      Ira Hazan

      Vice Chairman, Board of Directors

      Ira Hazan is a resident of Sands Point, New York. He is a dedicated Trustee of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Great Neck, New York, where he is a Community Relations Committee member and has also served as co-chair of their Cardiology Committee.  Ira is a member of the President's Council at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Cold Spring Harbor, New York and is also a member of YPO/WPO International. He is a former treasurer and board member of The Sephardic Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, where he was selected as the 1994 recipient of "The Man of the Year" honor and also served on several committees. He is the former President/CEO of Isaac Hazan & Company - a family owned clothing manufacturer that served the fashion industry for 75 years. Ira is passionate about his family, helping others and giving back.

      Joseph Kreuz

      Board Member/Vice-President

      From 1993 to present, Joseph has served as the Founder of AP Professionals and affiliated companies. He has served as a member of the board of directors and advisory board for various for profit and nonprofit organizations including the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, the Downtown Priest Committee and the Employer Services Corporation. He is actively involved in charitable giving with many nonprofit organizations including Woman and Children’s Hospital, Kids Escaping Drugs, SABAH, Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, March of Dimes, and more. 

      Nilsson Kocher

      Board Member/Treasurer

      Nilsson Kocher joined the Wetzel Foundation in 2014. Mr. Kocher is currently a Portfolio Manager for Citadel LLC after having helped launch their Global Fixed Income business in 2008. He began his career at Morgan Stanley.

      Mr. Kocher became deeply passionate about The Wetzel Foundation's cause after a very difficult experience helping care for his terminally ill father. He experienced firsthand the many deficiencies in our healthcare system with regard to advanced care, and therefore jumped at this opportunity to make a difference.

      Mr. Kocher holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude, and an MBA from Columbia University where he graduated first in his class. He currently resides in Larchmont, NY.

      Stefan Sharma

      Board Member/Chief Technology Officer

      Stefan Sharma joined the Wetzel Foundation in 2014. He will establish our organization’s technical vision and lead all aspects of technological development, direct our strategic direction, development and future growth, act as a steward of our organization’s resources, and ensure control of IT and IO departmental budgets. Stefan joined Savitt Partners in May 2009 and has quickly become an integral member of a highly experienced team of real estate professionals. Prior to joining Savitt Partners, Stefan served as a Financial Statement Analyst at Stiles Lake Investors in New York, where he was responsible for creating analytical income statements and balance sheets for properties considered for acquisition. Stefan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He currently serves on the board of the Sharma Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting various nonprofits such as Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation and Volunteers in Medicine. 

      Alex Kirshbaum

      Chief Marketing Officer

      Known as the dream weaver, Alex Kirshbaum is Partner and President of NUE, a creative music agency recently named to Inc Mag’s 500|5000 list as the 3rd fastest growing Media Company in America. Alex's background was heavily focused in finance, double majoring in Finance and Marketing, at Tulane's A.B. Freeman School of Business and working in real estate finance and investment. He jumped into the music industry to head up business development for NUE. Alex stayed forward thinking in the digital era and moved on to co-found SoundCTRL (www.SoundCTRL.com ), the authority in Music Tech culture, news and events. He is also the executive producer for both the hit digital series #CRWN and The Annual FlashFWD Awards, which honors premiere stars in Music Tech. Alex is very passionate about being a part of shaping the new music business frontier through creative partnerships with artists, brands and tech companies.

      Susan Lindstrom

      Board Member

      Susan is the founder of Paper Source, a company that she grew from a single store in Chicago to a company that has 73 locations with 110 million dollars of revenue in 2013. She is extremely passionate about our organization’s mission and goals and will bring her overall business knowledge and experience to our organization.

      Bradley Stern

      Secretary

      Bradley Stern's career began at Impala Asset Management as an operations analyst in 2005. Since then we have launched 8 new funds, and has taken over the FX risk management of the firm while fulfilling his role as analyst.

      Mr. Stern has been involved with the breast cancer awareness after his Aunt became diagnosed with the disease and has since been an active participant in raising awareness and funding. He has also been in involved in raising awareness for men’s health issues through the Movember Charity.

      Mr. Stern holds a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and also achieved a Masters in Finance from the A.B Freeman School of Business.

      Josh Kaston

      Board Member

      Joshua Kaston is Vice President of Operations at K2M-Global and Vice President of Financial Alliance Processing Services Inc.

      Since joining his families’ portfolio companies in 2003, Joshua has contributed to expanding the capabilities and presence at Financial Alliance Processing Services. As one of the largest independent credit card processing corporations in the US, FA facilitates credit card processing to merchants via physical credit card terminals, wireless devices, satellite technology and internet based/e-commerce web function

      In 2012, Joshua ran the G8Youth Summit in Washington DC. He has participated in Meeting of the Minds at American Airlines, teaches a business course at WIBO in Harlem and is on the executive board at TEDxWallStreet. In 2014, Mr. Kaston was selected to participate in an American Consulate program in the Middle East to support entrepreneurs.

      He is a graduate of University of Delaware, obtaining a B.A in International Relations, while concentrating on International Political Economy and specializing in the Middle East.

      Mike Davis

      Degree: BBA in Information Systems 1980 - 1984

      Armstrong State University

      Savannah State University

      Employer:1984 - 2014 Gulfstream Aerospace A General Dynamics Company

      Position:High Performance Computing Analyst

      Computational Fluid Dynamics Infrastructure

      Responsibility:Technical Interface between "Scientific Computing" and the "HPC Technical Staff"

      Military:1970 - 1972 - US Army - MACV (Military Airlift Command Vietnam) Vietnamization Program.


      Whit Hansen (Co-Founder)

      Whit works as a filmmaker in Los Angeles. He is an Emmy-nominated editor for his work with Doctors Without Borders (MSF). He has worked with the NFL, the Carolina Panthers, as well as on the Showtime show “Homeland”. He has an Economics degree from Davidson College.