Associate Program Manager
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.
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.
Director of External Relations
Jessica oversees Project Sunshine’s development, communications, strategic initiatives, and partnerships. She has over 15 years of nonprofit experience with a MA in Clinical Psychology and post-grad training in Psychoanalysis. When she isn’t spreading the good word about Project Sunshine, you can find Jessica spending time with or talking about her super cute dog, Zimmie.
CHILDHOOD FACT: As a kid, Jessica would rent the movie Grease 2 from Blockbuster every weekend. She is still looking for her “cool rider.”
Philanthropic and Special Events Advisor
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.
Despite his youthful persona, Joe founded Project Sunshine as a college student…many years ago. When he isn’t helping sick kids 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.
Associate Program Manager
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.
Allison (aka Ally) works with Project Sunshine’s diverse corporate partners to offer unique social responsibility opportunities. Her passion for inspiring others to engage with their communities is reflected in Ally’s experience with civic engagement and community service. She studied linguistics in Montreal and worked as an au pair in France. Ally loves to practice her language skills, especially with French-speaking patients and families in hospitals.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Growing up, Ally’s dream was to open her own candy store. You could say the snack drawer in her desk is the next best thing!
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.
Senior Program Coordinator
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.
Associate Program Manager
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.
Associate Program Manager
Jing works with Project Sunshine’s international programs and has helped PS China flourish since 2009. She also manages the organization’s college internship program. Jing holds a MSW with concentrations in international development and nonprofit management. In her leisure time, she enjoys playing the guqin – an elegant Chinese musical instrument – and eating Ramen noodles, her favorite food since childhood!
CHILDHOOD FACT: Jing used to be a member of her primary school’s Young Pioneers team in China. As part of the team ritual, she had to wear a red scarf every day for six years.
Lauren works on Project Sunshine’s community team, managing chapters throughout the United States. She also oversees our Kids for Kids program, shaping the next generation of PS volunteers. Lauren has a background in psychology and a love for speech pathology. In her spare time, she enjoys taking salsa and bachata classes and cuddling with her fur baby, Lulu.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Lauren grew up in Texas and participated in pageants, making the Top 10 in Miss Teen Texas. Yes, she owns a crown.
Vedrana manages Project Sunshine’s international programs based in China, Kenya, and Israel. She has over 10 years of domestic and international non-profit experience and holds a Master’s degree in international non-profit management from New York University. She’s always on a quest to know what programs work best to improve children’s holistic well-being as well as learning!
CHILDHOOD FACT: Growing up, Vedrana’s nickname was Garfield. You could always find her wearing her favorite oversized Garfield t-shirt.
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.
Associate Development Manager
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.