Board Members 2016-2017
MARIA GOZON, PRESIDENT
Maria was born and raised in the wonderful state of New Jersey, or as people from out of the state like to say, “Joisey.” She is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting at Pace University. Earlier this year, she discovered Rotaract at Pace and since then has only wanted to become more involved. Maria loves that leadership plays such a large role in Rotaract and that the club encourages you to speak your mind.
Great food and new experiences are two things that Maria greatly appreciates in life. In addition to that, she thoroughly enjoys trying new places to dine. Dessert is a mandatory part of every meal for her, and she is not ashamed!
Since being inducted in May 2014, Maria has had the great opportunity to attend conferences such as Rotaract Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and International Young Leaders Assembly (IYLA). The experience exposed her to like minded individuals where they shared their involvement in Rotary and Rotaract. Maria is excited about her first year on the board of Rotaract at the UN and plans to create not only a great experience for herself, but fellow Rotaractors alike.
CHRISTOPHER DALEY, VICE PRESIDENT
Chris was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. He moved to New York City in 2010 to pursue his Bachelors in Latin American Business Affairs at Brooklyn College. He is currently a Debt Negotiator at National Debt Relief. Chris recently received an award for settling over 100 debts in a single month. Chris first found out about Rotaract while studying abroad in high school as a foreign exchange student in Brazil through Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program. Eventually, he became a member of Rotaract Club at the United Nations while in college in December of 2012.
Traveling, politics and learning other languages are his personal interest. He also enjoys working out, swimming and eating at different restaurants. Previously, he traveled on a medical brigade to Nicaragua to translate and provide medical assistance to rural communities. He also interned for Global Brigades as a Global Health Program Associate for their medical/dental program in Honduras where he planned/managed in-country linguistics for students.
Chris joined Rotaract due to the attraction of like-minded people, having the opportunity to meet people from around the world and helping people in his community. He looks forward to working with others and having another successful year.
MOLLY TREROTOLA, SECRETARY
Molly was born and raised in Boston and currently works in global health and CSR communications for a PR agency in the city. Though Boston born, Molly's heart belongs to either Madison, Wisconsin—where she earned a degree in Journalism from UW Madison—or Peru. Following graduation, Molly lived in Peru for a year building a passion for global health and international development while coordinating communications for healthcare non-profit, MEDLIFE. She also became quite fond of ceviche, alpacas and salsa dancing!
Molly attended her first Rotary event as a bubbling toddler, making a ruckus in the back of her dad's local Rotary chapter meetings. The experience apparently left its mark; Molly sought out joining the Rotaract club when she moved to NYC as a way to make connections with locals and international visitors while supporting Rotary's admirable mission of building bridges across borders.
Preceding Rotaract, Molly was an active member of AIESEC, an international organization that facilitates leadership opportunities for students around the world. She also interned with the US Department of State in Lisbon, Portugal, following a semester in Spain.
Outside of the office, Molly spends her time experiencing the arts, music and food of NYC. You can also find her listening to NPR podcasts, kicking up her heels in salsa class and snapping photos of beautiful things. Molly values personal growth and purposeful work, and she wants to make the world a better place.
MEGAN STEWART, TREASURER
Megan spent the first 18 years of her life in Seattle, where she learned to embrace the rain and developed a healthy Starbucks addiction. After spending three years in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she earned her Bachelor’s in International Relations at the College of William & Mary, she headed to New York to start the Master of International Affairs program at Columbia University in January 2016. She was introduced to Rotaract through a friend, and ever since has been incredibly grateful for this group of people who make a new girl in the city feel at home!
An avid traveler, Megan has visited 18 countries and is always up for a new adventure! She loves that Rotaract gives her the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and work with so many international communities right here in New York. When she isn’t in her graduate classes, Megan enjoys taking dance classes at the many amazing studios here in New York, watching too many sitcom reruns, and exploring new restaurants with friends!
Megan is excited for her first year on the board and looks forward to working together to help the community in New York and beyond.
Leah Gervais, Director of Events
Leah is a Colorado native that moved to New York to attend New York University. At NYU, she attended Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she constructed a major of sustainable development, international economics, and public health, with a minor in biology. She currently works a Philanthropy New York, an association for foundations, charitable trusts, and other grantmakers in the greater NYC area.
Leah became a part of the Rotary family at the ripe age of 15 years old when she served as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in France. She was the President of her High School's Interact Club and led them on a service trip to Jamaica. She is now part of the Rotaract Club of the United Nations and is excited to use her social butterfly skills as Director of Events.
Sylvester Weise, Director of Public Relations
Sylvester was born and raised in the south of Germany and moved to New York City in early 2015. He’s currently working for a German software company named Plunet recently opened a office in NYC for the americas region. Plunet produces a software solution for project - and business management for the translation industry. He is responsible for the technical side and provides support services and technical project engineering for north- and south American to translation agencies and departments in the industry. He sets his focus on it-security related consultation and services.
He got involved in Rotaract at the age of 18 with the Rotaract Club at his hometown Landshut/ Bavaria. Inspired by an atmosphere of responsibility, humanity and active serviceship he discovered the fascinating world of Rotaract and Rotary. As moving to New York he started immediately attending the meetings of Rotaract at the UN until he became a member in June 2015.
Beside his enthusiasm for IT - services and consultation, he’s interested in politics and economics, loves playing golf and meeting interesting people out of all different cultures and countries. One thing that he is really passionate about is Tanzania, Africa, where he spend at least once a year a lot of time learning of its culture and meet people but also support a school for orphans in the northwest of the country.
Olga Cajaichin, Club AMBASSADOR
Olga Cajaichin is a Finance and Accounting graduate and an entrepreneur. After getting an extensive experience from working at PWC, Robinson, Grimes &Co, CPA firm and IBM, she decided to open her own e-commerce company, where she manages all the financial and accounting aspects of the business.
Olga has been introduced and involved with Rotary activities since the age of 14, as her godparents are members of one of the Rotary Clubs in her hometown: The Rotary Club of Chisinau. They were the ones who motivated her to start the first Interact club in the country, which she accomplished together with a group of motivated youth. Later on, she became member of Rotaract Club of Chisinau.
At the age of 19 she moved to study abroad. First, Olga moved to Hungary, where she became member of Rotaract Club of Budapest, and then to France, where she transferred her membership to Rotaract club of Lyon.
To all that, she took advantage of the Rotary Summer short term exchanges in Denmark, Belgium, Germany and Austria.
Finally, she came to United States as Georgia Rotary Student. As terms on participation of this program, she had to not only study, but also help the Columbus Rotary Club with its activities, and attend various thematic events where she had to promote the Rotary values and beliefs.
She moved to New York in 2014, for her internship with PWC. One of the first things she decided to do is get to know the Rotaract club of New York at the United Nations. She volunteered and attended couple of events until she took the final steps to become an official inducted member of the club in 2015.
Olga is truly excited about her new board role as Club Ambassador since she is interested in getting to know more members of the Rotarian family in New York, and is really motivated to strengthen the ties and relationship between the Rotaract Club of New York to the United Nations and all of the Rotary and Rotaract Club in New York.
Gerardo Aponte, CLUB AMBASSADOR
Gerardo was born in Sleepy Hollow, NY and raised in the Dominican Republic. He currently has a Bachelor in Computer Science Engineer from PUCMM. He found about Rotary when he went to an RYLA and after this, he and of his friends decide to found an Interact Club, after passing to college and then start into Rotaract. In 2012 he decides to move to NY and 2013 he joins the club Rotaract at the UN-NYC.
Rotary, Yelping, eating, meeting new people and their culture are his interest. He loved eating, trying a new plate and going to a new place for a nice meal.
He very excited for this year and is looking forwarding to work with the others and having another successful year.