Board of Directors

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Amy Peck

Founder & Executive Director, Mentor

Amy Peck is a health provider and businesswoman who has specialized in adolescent issues throughout both her professional and volunteer life. She has run a successful nutrition therapy practice for over 35 years providing specialized care for teens and adults. Amy has been a featured speaker at dozens of professional conferences and worked with for corporations including IBM and ConEdison, as well as 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 earned a Master’s Degree in Science from Columbia University. She and her husband Ralph Sinsheimer are the proud parents of three wonderful adult children.

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Michelle Fatibene

President, Board of Directors, Mentor

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.

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Robert Fraiman

Board of Directors, Mentor

Rob Fraiman has been President of Cain Brothers, a division of KeyBanc Capital Markets, since 2010. As an investment banker with over 36 years’ experience, he has advised CEOs and Boards of clients in the U.S. healthcare industry in mergers & acquisitions, capital raising, and strategic growth initiatives. 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. In addition to Campus Bound Scholars, he is on the board of the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Program at Columbia Business School and is a General Partner of the CB Executive Co-Investment private equity fund. He previously served on the board and executive committee of Grand Street Settlement, a New York City community social services organization. Rob is married to Melanie Harris, chair of the board of Professional Children’s School in New York City, an independent middle and high school. He has two daughters, Kate, a graduate of Kenyon College and Suffolk University Law School, and Annie, a graduate of Colgate University and current Ph.D. student at Hofstra University.

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Doreen Gadigian

Board of Directors, Mentor

Doreen Gadigian has been a Special Education teacher for over 30 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 held the Assistant Director of Operations position at the Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah for two years, and  volunteered there for four years. Doreen is the mother of three boys, all college graduates who have started in their careers. She is passionate about helping others and enjoys being part of this organization.

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Laura Jaffe

Treasurer, Board of Directors, Mentor

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.

Advisory Council

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Carroll Welch

Advisory Council, Mentor

Carroll Welch is a certified career and executive coach with a private consultancy through which she supports professionals on a range of career development issues.  Prior to beginning her coaching practice, Carroll was a practicing employment law attorney. Her involvement with CBS began in 2014 as a mentor; since then, she has worked with students pursuing the fields of architecture, technology and environmental studies.  As an Advisory Board member, Carroll has provided CBS students with career coaching support and has developed and led career-related programs and workshops.  She attended Johns Hopkins University for her undergraduate degree and University of Virginia School of Law for her JD. She holds certificates in Executive and Organizational Coaching from NYU, and in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Extension School.  Carroll has served as a board member with the Katonah Village Library and the Katonah Historical Museum.  She and her husband Jeff have two daughters who are college graduates, and a son who is currently a college student.

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Peggy Williams

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.

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Dr. Laura Vraney

Clinical Psychologist at LMV Psychological Wellness, P.C.

Dr. Laura Vraney is a licensed psychologist and has a private practice in New York. 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. In addition to clinical work, as a military family member herself, Dr. Vraney has traveled with the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program for the United States Army Reserve and National Guard providing education on mental health and deployment for service members and their families.  
 
Dr. Vraney is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Eating Disorder Association, and International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. She is licensed in the states of New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

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Nicole Moore

Mentor

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.

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William Phillips

Advisory Council, Mentor, Program Alumnus

William Phillips is a Software Engineer in the Space and Airborne Systems division at L3Harris Technologies, an Aerospace and Defense company based in Colorado Springs, CO. William is also a CBS Advisory Board Member, Mentor and past Scholar-Mentee. In 2021, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University at Buffalo, where he received the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program’s Student of the Year award, as well as being named Graduating Student of the Year. William is also the recipient of the 40 under 40 – Achievement in Technology Award by the Union of Jamaican Alumni Association. William’s passion for technology began at Mount Vernon High School where he learned to build and program robots, develop mobile applications and create submissions for technology advancement competitions. William’s drive to impact the lives of others through technology continued to grow during his college years, when he researched Brain Computer Interfaces, or headset devices enabling users to operate computers with their brains, for potential use by ALS patients. Throughout college, he frequently mentored other engineering students on career development topics; he now enjoys sharing advice on succeeding in college with his CBS mentee.

Our Board of Directors guides our efforts to ensure that local first-generation students have the support they need to succeed in college.

We are business men and women, volunteer leaders, philanthropists and passionate community members
working daily to improve the lives of those around us.