Board of Directors
Founder & Executive Director
Amy Peck is a health provider and businesswoman who has specialized in adolescent issues throughout both her professional career and volunteer life. She has run a successful private nutrition therapy practice for over 35 years providing specialized care for patients with complex eating issues. Amy has been a featured speaker in professional conferences throughout the northeast and provided workshops for corporations including IBM and ConEdison, as well as to many smaller local businesses. Amy served as the regional chairperson for The Fresh Air Fund for eight years and on the Board of Directors of Latino U College Access while incubating Campus Bound Scholars. She has been a volunteer ‘big sister’ through the Big Brother/ Big Sister program, and mentored her own Fresh Air Fund child for over 20 years from elementary school right through college and graduate school. This experience inspired Amy to create Campus Bound Scholars to support other students who are first in their family to attend college. Campus Bound Scholars has been a labor of love for Amy, and nurturing it into a thriving organization now supporting dozens of deserving students has been one of the most rewarding experiences of her life. Amy earned a BA from Middlebury College, was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Traveling Fellowship and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Science from Columbia University. She and her husband Ralph Sinsheimer are the proud parents of three wonderful adult children who always make time in their busy lives to help others.
President, Board of Directors
Michelle is herself a first-generation college graduate. She immigrated to the US when she was 12 years old and attended Fox Lane Middle and High School. Michelle then went on to Brown University for her undergraduate degree and Columbia Business School for her MBA. She has more than 25 years of work experience in management consulting, executive recruiting and product management. Michelle has been heavily involved in the community through the Bedford Village PTA, Fox Lane Middle School FLMSA and various other local activities. She has been an alumna interviewer for applicants to Brown University for more than 20 years and served as the Area Chair for some time. Michelle knows first-hand the challenges of being the first generation to attend college and has never forgotten the many, many teachers, counselors, and others that helped her. Being a mentor for CBS is but a small way to say thank you to those who voluntarily took an interest in her and provided so much encouragement.
Board of Directors
Robert Fraiman, Jr. has been President of Cain Brothers, a division of KeyBanc Capital Markets, since 2010. As an investment banker with over 33 years’ experience, he has advised clients in the healthcare industry in mergers & acquisitions, debt and equity capital raising, and strategic growth initiatives. He is a regular speaker at healthcare industry events sponsored by ACG, The Deal, Nashville Health Care Council, and Health Evolution Summit. Rob began his investment banking career at Bear Stearns in 1985 and helped build that firm’s healthcare investment banking practice over nearly two decades. Rob earned a BA in History from Colgate University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a General Partner of the CB Executive Co-Investment private equity fund. In addition to serving on the Campus Bound Scholars board, he serves on the board of Grand Street Settlement, a New York City community social services organization. He is also on the board of KAABOO, LLC. Rob is married to Melanie Harris, vice chair of the board of Professional Children’s School in New York City. He has two daughters, Kate, a graduate of Kenyon College, and Annie, a graduate of Colgate University.
Board of Directors
Doreen Gadigian has been a Special Education teacher for 31 years. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Special Education and received her Master’s degree at The College of New Rochelle. Doreen has been very active in the community, serving on the Somers PTA for 16 years, while her children attended school in that district. She has been the Assistant Director of Operations for the Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah for two years, and a volunteer there for four years. Doreen was awarded the honor of Volunteer of the Year in 2014. She is the mother of three boys, all college graduates who have started in their careers. Doreen is passionate about helping others and believes in “paying it forward.”
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Laura Jaffe is a first generation college graduate from the University of Wisconsin who earned a Master’s in Education from Manhattanville College. After teaching in the Bronxville Public Schools and tutoring at the St. Vincent's Inpatient Adolescent Unit, she took several years off to start a family. A friend convinced her to return to the workforce at a gourmet food business where Laura worked for over 30 years, retiring in 2016. Her job included accounts payable, accounts receivables, payroll and human resource responsibilities, all excellent training for being both the CBS treasurer and a mentor to first generation students. Laura has also done volunteer work for Bedford Audubon, the Katonah Village Library and the Northern Westchester Community Center. Laura and her husband Jim have mentored numerous first gen college students through Campus Bound Scholars including a young woman who is now a graduate of SUNY Albany. Both Jim and Laura have found this experience to be extremely rewarding and worthwhile, and they are totally committed to the mission of Campus Bound Scholars.
Board of Directors (On Sabbatical 2018)
Steve left a successful 31 year Corporate Banking career at the end of 2017. He was most recently a Managing Director at Royal Bank of Scotland in Stamford, CT and London, UK. He served as a currency risk advisor to US and European multinational companies and private equity funds; monitoring international political and economic developments and structuring derivatives contracts to hedge currency devaluation risks. His role required active travel throughout the US and Europe. Previously to Royal Bank of Scotland, Steve held positions at JP Morgan and Royal Bank of Canada, both in New York City. During his years on Wall Street, Steve actively recruited and mentored college graduates, one of the most rewarding aspects of his career. Since arriving in Goldens Bridge in 2002, Steve was active in a number of community organizations. He served as President of the Board of the Bedford Presbyterian Church from 2009-2012 and was Chairman of their $1,000,000 Capital Campaign – It’s All About Mission. He co-authored the seed grant proposal for the Westchester Youth Alliance and served on its Finance Committee. Steve is one of our founding Board members and served as President in 2014-15; his student mentee recently graduated from Princeton University. Steve graduated from Hobart College with a BA in Economics and has an MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. He currently lives in Grantham, NH with his wife Pam, and is the proud father of three pretty cool “kids.”
Carroll Welch is a career and executive coach with a private consultancy through which she supports professionals on a range of career development issues. Prior to her coaching work, Carroll was a practicing litigation and employment law attorney at two large law firms. Carroll’s involvement with CBS began in 2014 when she served as a mentor to an architecture student at Cornell University and to a Culinary Institute of America-bound student in 2015. As an Advisory Board member, Carroll provides support to CBS students on career-related issues. She attended Johns Hopkins University for her undergraduate degree and University of Virginia School of Law. She has a certificate in Executive and Organizational Coaching from NYU, is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator and a GetFive job search methodology coach. Carroll was been an active member of the Town of Bedford community for over twenty years, including as a board member with the Katonah Village Library and the Katonah Historical Museum. She and her husband Jeff have three children.
Guidance Counselor, Mt. Vernon High School
Peggy Williams is a School Counselor for the Mount Vernon City School District. Starting in 1999, she has been dedicated to supporting and guiding high school students through both the high school experience and the transition after high school to where ever their goals might take them including but not limited to college, the armed forces or entry-level employment. Peggy’s involvement with CBS started in 2014 when through the HerHonor Mentorship Program, Peggy began to refer students from Mount Vernon High School as applicants for CBS. As an Advisory Board member, Peggy will use her expertise in the college admissions and financial aid processes to support the selection of future CBS Mentees. Peggy received her BA and MS, Ed. from Iona College and the College of New Rochelle, respectively. She is a NYS Certified School Counselor and was recently awarded, the 2018 Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the Mount Vernon City School District. Peggy is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the proud mother of one son.
Dr. Laura Vraney
Clinical Psychologist at LMV Psychological Wellness, P.C.
Dr. Laura Vraney is a licensed psychologist and has a private practice in Mount Kisco, NY. She is also a part-time supervising psychologist at the Center for Anxiety in Suffern, NY. Being a member of a military family herself, Dr. Vraney travels with the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration program for the United States Army Reserve and National Guard providing education on mental health to service members and their families. She also provides crisis consultation in the emergency department at Putnam Hospital in Carmel, NY.
Dr. Vraney received her BA from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology with a specialized focus on family systems. She pursued her post-doctoral fellowship at the Klarman Eating Disorders Center at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Belmont, MA, specializing with college-aged women diagnosed with an eating disorder and co-occurring diagnoses of anxiety, substance use, depression, and trauma. Dr. Vraney co-facilitated the Women's Recovery Group, which focused on the co-occurrence of eating disorders and substance use among college women. Dr. Vraney has clinical experience in a variety of treatment settings, including community mental health and college counseling working with students with issues of identity development, depression, anxiety, trauma, and life transitions. In addition to clinical work, she completed a certification program to work with the military and their families regarding deployment and reintegration.
Dr. Vraney is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, National Eating Disorder Association, and International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. She is licensed in the states of New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
Nicole Moore is a first generation college graduate from Harlem, NY. She attended The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. As an undergraduate she attended the University at Albany, SUNY where she earned a BA in English Literature with a minor in Women’s Studies. During her time at SUNY Albany, Nicole was part of the Residential Life program on campus. In addition she was a member of the Women’s Studies Teaching Collective where she facilitated courses for fellow undergraduates. During her senior year she applied for the Teach for America program and landed a slot as a 2014 TFA Corps Member in New York City. In 2016 she earned her Masters in Education from Relay Graduate School of Education in New York City. This fall she will being her sixth year as a 5th grade teacher at P.S. 5 Ellen Lurie in Inwood, NY.