Megan supervises Project Sunshine’s robust college programming, which includes 50 chapters nationwide. Prior to joining the Project Sunshine team, she worked in higher education with a focus on leadership development and club activity advisement. Her love of volunteerism runs deep, having taught ESL in Harlem for many years before serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in western China.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Megan has a lifelong obsession with junk food-named animals – from Cookie and Marshmallow, the adorable hamster twins, to her childhood dog Oreo. Today, she is a proud mom to Pasta, the English Bulldog.
Special Advisor, Project Sunshine Book Club
Sally is an award-winning children’s book author and founder of the Project Sunshine Book Club. Before entering the magical world of books, Sally was a reporter for the Associated Press; her articles have also appeared in The New York Times, Family Circle, Family Life, Parenting, McCall’s and Stagebill. When she’s not reading or writing, Sally enjoys swimming, playing tennis, and spending time with her husband and children.
CHILDHOOD FACT: As a second grader, Sally made rounds in her Virginia neighborhood every morning, feeding Cheerios to her favorite dogs – including her own dog, Chippy.
Mark uses his 17 years of administrative experience to manage the day to day operations of Project Sunshine’s headquarters. Whether offering tech support or coordinating with vendors, Mark ensures the office is up and running. He is also the only person alive who could make expense reports entertaining. In his spare time, Mark is an avid guitarist, singer, poet, novelist, and street photographer.
CHILDHOOD FACT: In 1989, Taylor Swift was born. That same year, Mark beat the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade game within two weeks of its release. He repeated this hard-won victory in 2014 at Jersey City’s Barcade with only $4 in quarters and help from his two brothers.
Christine manages Project Sunshine’s corporate team and Sending Sunshine operations. With an MPA focusing in nonprofit management, she possesses over 10 years of experience in philanthropy and grant writing. She has served diverse populations from underprivileged youth in NYC to orphaned children in Uganda as an active volunteer since middle school. When she isn’t devoting her time to others, Christine hangs out with her close family and enjoys watching movies with her husband.
CHILDHOOD FACT: When staying at hotels, Christine and her twin sister Cathy used to draw elaborate blueprints of the hotel rooms to keep as mementos.
Megan (aka Meg) supervises Project Sunshine’s northeast college chapters and hospital relationships. She brings to the organization her invaluable experience as a Certified Child Life Specialist, helping young patients and families cope with medical challenges in hospitals. When she isn’t adapting her knowledge in child development to create innovative programs, you can catch Meg at her favorite indoor cycling class or gloating about her rescue cat, Georgie.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Meg was obsessed with cash registers as kid. Now, instead of operating them, she contributes to them with every shoe sale she sees.
Katy leads the charge with Project Sunshine’s community programs and the organization’s volunteer database operations. Prior to working at Project Sunshine, Katy led girls’ education programs in the Peace Corps and large-scale volunteer programs for dozens of nonprofits in NYC. When she’s not working, you can find Katy exploring with her husband and dog or eating her way through all the dollar slice joints in the city.
CHILDHOOD FACT: An animal enthusiast from birth, Katy spent her summers as a Junior Zookeeper at the Dallas Zoo while caring for up to 8 pets at home. Her father never recovered from the “home zoo” where he resided.
Chief Operating Officer
Christine brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization as she leads our ongoing business operations. Prior to joining Project Sunshine, she held various financial and accounting roles in for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Christine has a case of wanderlust and loves to travel and explore new places. She holds a MBA, MPA, and 1st degree blackbelt in HapKiDo.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Growing up, Christine chased her cat, Stinker, around the house to play dress-up with him. She still enjoys seeing cats in outfits – particularly in kimonos and samurai costumes.
Samantha works with corporate volunteers and manages the Star for a Day program. She recently received a MPA from the University of Delaware with a concentration in nonprofit management. Samantha has worked in various healthcare organizations addressing the psychosocial needs of pediatric patients. When she isn’t elbows deep in arts and crafts, Samantha loves exploring new cities in pursuit of items for her mermaid collection.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Samantha was her sleepaway camp’s Simon Says champion.
Wallis works on the development team coordinating special events, writing grants, and supporting marketing initiatives. She literally organizes everything and is suspected to have a computer for a brain. With over six years of experience as a writing tutor, Wallis brings these skills to executing the organization’s communications objectives. When she’s not working, Wallis can be found mixing cocktails with her husband and obsessively flossing.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Wallis’ favorite childhood toy was a cardboard refrigerator box.
Lisa joined the Project Sunshine team over 13 years ago. As a PS pioneer, she created the organization’s signature events, established key partnerships, and managed fundraising initiatives. Lisa has 22 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with a background in sales and marketing. When she’s not dazzling donors, Lisa uses her skills of persuasion to test new recipes on her husband, two sons, and dog Scooby.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Lisa used to make up disco dance routines to the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever.
Jess has worked in the nonprofit field since she was 16 years old – previously with an arts organization as well as an order of nuns. She helps the development team advance the mission of Project Sunshine through various fundraising and communications projects. Jess enjoys all aspects of donor stewardship, from diligent record keeping to celebrating supporters. She spends her spare time looking at photos of dogs to adopt until her boyfriend caves.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Jess received a standing ovation at a keyboard recital for her rendition of Titanic’s theme song, “My Heart Will Go On.” It remains one of her mother’s proudest moments.
Despite his youthful persona, Joe founded Project Sunshine as a college student…many years ago. When he isn’t helping pediatric patients find their smiles, Joe spends his spare time as the CEO of New Legacy Group, an SEC registered investment advisory firm. Joe has a B.S. in Accounting from Yeshiva University and has participated in executive education programs at Harvard Business School.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Joe was an undefeated NCAA tennis player.