Category Archives: Past Member Spotlights

Member Spotlight – Rebecca Walkinshaw

Rebecca WalkinshawMeet Rebecca Walkinshaw, Insurance Coorinator at Commerce Park Children’s Dentristry and Orthodontics, and YEP Board Member!

Employer: Commerce Park Children’s Dentistry &
orthodontics

Title: Insurance Coordinator

YEP: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do:

RW: I have been with my office for the past 6 years. I have worked throughout the office, face to face, over the phone and now in the insurance and billing side of things. I really love my job and the people I work with. I spend most of the day collecting payments from insurance companies and speaking with them in order to get the patient the most benefits possible.

YEP: How did you find out about YEP and why did you want to get involved?

RW: My office manager, Allison, introduced me to YEP. Once I attended the information session, I realized that I wanted to be involved with the events that were going on. I think there are some great ideas and am excited to help get the YEP name out into the community.

YEP: Which YEP event has been your favorite so far?

RW: I really enjoy the board meetings actually. I think it is a great place to brainstorm as to new ideas and helping revise existing plans that have been done. I’m looking forward to the future events, especially getting involved with the mentoring program in Shelton schools.

YEP: Tell us more about you. What are your future aspirations?

RW: I was just accepted to SCSU grad program for my MBA in finance, which begins in September, so that is an exciting and nerve racking road that I will be going on. I always loved school and I am ready to further my education to be more well versed in the finance aspect of things.

YEP: Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?

RW: This will be my 3rd year riding in Smilow’s Closer to Free bike ride on September 9th. I will be riding 62.5 miles in memory of my mom Diane. I love that I can help raise money for a great cause and be able to enjoy the ride with family and friends cheering me on the whole way.

Member Spotlight – Shawna L. Vallillo

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Name: Shawna L. Vallillo
Title: Realtor at Keller Williams Realty,
YEP Events Committee Chair

YEP: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.

SLV: I am a residential realtor who represents clients looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate in Fairfield and New Haven counties.
YEP: How did you find out about YEP and why did you want to get involved?

SLV: I found out about YEP from Veronica Parsloe. We met at Shelton Day and talked about all of the amazing things the group does, and I knew I wanted to be involved.
YEP: Which YEP event has been your favorite so far?

SLV: I have only been to a few. I really enjoyed meeting everyone at December’s Pizza Party at Vazzy’s Cucina.
YEP: Tell us more about you. What are your future aspirations?


SLV: I would like to meet people who share the same values and enjoy working to make our community a better place to live.

YEP: Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?

SLV: Fun fact – I am very artistic; I can do calligraphy, draw, paint, and enjoy crafts.

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Member Spotlight – Peter Gerardi

 

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Welcome to the Young Emerging Professional’s Member Spotlight, where YEP sits down with one of our members and sees what they’re up to. These folks are the heart and soul behind our events and our mission.

This month we’re proud to present Peter Gerardi:

Employer: Newtown Savings Bank in Shelton

Title: Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President, Newtown Savings Bank in Shelton

YEP: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do:

PG: Back in Mid-April this year, I joined Newtown Savings Bank managing the Shelton Branch located on Bridgeport Ave. My responsibilities cover all areas of retail banking, including sales, service, operations, and staff supervision. I enjoy my direct interaction with the local customers and advising them with their
banking needs. Business development and community involvement are included in my responsibilities, however I do have personal enjoyment fulfilling those duties.

YEP: How did you find out about YEP and why did you want to get involved?

PG: I was attending a Greater Valley Chamber event, Schmooz-a- Palooza (love the name), where I met Nancie Gray. During our conversation, I explained how I was looking to get involved with a local social/networking group but also have an interest in community involvement and volunteering. With no
hesitation, she suggested I investigate joining YEP. After meeting with Kayleigh, it was clear, with her leadership, this group has significant benefits to be affiliated with.

YEP: Which YEP event has been your favorite so far?

PG: I have not yet attended too many events however I’m really looking forward to upcoming Mystery on Main. Sounds like a good time trying to figure out the “who done it” with an interactive murder mystery. I grew up playing Clue!

YEP: Tell us more about you. What are your future aspirations?

PG: I sincerely enjoy working with individuals and businesses with their financials goals and plans.Hearing their stories and how they arrived where they are today is so personal. Where ever my future takes me, I am sure it will be using my experience and knowledge to help others.

YEP: Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?

PG: My family has been getting into bicycling now that my youngest, who is 5, is ready to take the training wheels off. For our family vacation this summer, we did a road trip visiting friends and family we don’t get to see often. We visited Washington DC, Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA, and Oak Island, NC. We took bike rides at each stop along the trip but my favorite was riding to around DC seeing the monuments. It was a memorable experience for all of us.

Member Spotlight – Tony Wimperis

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Welcome to the Young Emerging Professional’s Member Spotlight, where YEP sits down with one of our members and sees what they’re up to. Over the next several months, we will introduce you to the YEP Team. These folks are the heart and soul behind our events and our mission.

This month we’re proud to present YEP’s Tony Wimperis (Board Member):

Employer: Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C.

Title: Senior Tax Accountant

YEP: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do:

TW: As a CPA, I prepare tax returns for all types of taxpayers: individuals, businesses, and estates/trusts, and not-for-profits. We see a lot of complicated tax issues come through our doors, and what I love about my job is the process of resolving these headaches for our clients while educating them along the way. It is very rewarding to step into someone’s shoes in order to hand them a greater sense of control over their finances at the end of the day.

I graduated from Babson College in Massachusetts with a concentration in accounting, and hold a Master’s degree in Taxation from the University of New Haven.

YEP: How did you find out about YEP and why did you want to get involved?

TW: I was originally invited to a YEP event by Heather Smith-Jaser, an audit manager in our office and a former YEP board member. I got involved in the organization because it provides a great opportunity to build relationships with other professionals in the area. As a new YEP board member, I see it as an avenue for improving and enriching the Valley’s business community.

YEP: Which YEP event has been your favorite so far?

TW: For me, it is Pinktoberfest. This event is always a blast, and it is for a great cause!

YEP: Tell us more about you. What are your future aspirations?

TW: I am focused on becoming a partner in a CPA firm…I have a heart for assisting people with their tax issues and finances, and see it as a great way to serve them. I view my career as an opportunity to encourage and advise clients in ways that will build their wealth while keeping them in compliance with the rules.

YEP: Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?

TW: At 16 years old, I was in a Got Milk? Mustache print advertisement for winning a skateboard graphic design contest. I am shown in the ad with a milk mustache, holding the board I designed. Skateboarding was a huge part of my life back then, so this was quite a blessing…. The design was chosen out of 4,000 entries, and the only skateboarders to be in Got Milk? ads up to that point were two of my heroes: Tony Hawk and Bob Burnquist. I was NOT very artistic growing up, so it came as a total surprise. To this day, I still can’t believe it actually happened!

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Member Spotlight – Kayleigh Apicerno

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We’re proud to present YEP’s current Chair, Kayleigh Apicerno:
Employer: R.D. Scinto, Cloud Media Marketing
Title: Receptionist/ Marketing Coordinator at R.D. Scinto. Owner of Cloud Media Marketing

YEP: Tell us a bit about what you do?

KA: I recently joined the team at R.D. Scinto. I am the Receptionist and Marketing Coordinator, responsible for the marketing communications and social media. After 5, I switch hats and work on my business, Cloud Media Marketing, training individuals and small business owners social media.

YEP: Tell us a bit about yourself?

KA: This is always the most difficult question! When I am not working, I spend my time learning. I really believe that it is important to learn something new every day. With the Internet at our fingertips, there are no excuses. Currently, my favorite pastimes include Coursera and Duolingo. I’m learning Italian a little each day!

YEP: What is your role with YEP?

KA: I am the current Chair of YEP.

YEP: What is it about YEP that you like?

KA: Getting to know other young professionals in the area. I have made so many friends and learned so much about the community thanks to this organization. Being a part of this group and seeing what my fellow peers are able to do have inspired me in many ways. I almost certainly would not have taken the leap and actually opened my own business. I also find it very fulfilling to give my time to the various causes in the area.

YEP: Future aspirations?

KA: As I mentioned, I just recently started my new position and my business, so I am working on figuring everything out. And of course, I am working very hard to make YEP a well-known and respected organization here in the Valley.

YEP: Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?

KA: Let’s see. This past March, I went on a trip to St. Lucia in the Caribbean. It was my first time out of the country besides a brief visit to Canada when I was 9. It was a gorgeous island. I did not use my phone or any technology the whole time I was away (besides taking photos)! It was tough, especially since my business is social media, but somehow I made it through!

Member Spotlight – Veronica Parsloe

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Employer: Parent Child Resource Center (PCRC)

Title: Director of Development & Marketing

YEP: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do:

VP: My position with PCRC is administrative-based, focusing on anything from financial development, such as fundraising and grant writing, to marketing initiatives, such as coordinating the shoot of a promotional video for the agency or re-branding to make sure our logo and other branding standards are implemented throughout the organization.

YEP: How did you find out about YEP and why did you want to get involved?

VP: For a long time, I have wanted to be a member of a young professionals group so that I can meet new people in the area and increase my network to have resources to provide me with feedback on my professional work, and to also work on interesting new projects in the community. Specifically since joining YEP I have had the pleasure of meeting many young professionals who have helped me learn more about the Valley, from champions in the community to the best place to grab lunch.

YEP: Which YEP event has been your favorite so far?

VP: Shakespeare in the Bar. I have a bit of a theatre background in my family, so I was excited to see a performance in a new way. Also, one of our members played a primary role, so it was fun to learn more about a new friend.

YEP: Tell us more about you. What are your future aspirations?

VP: I would like to become an Executive Director of a healthcare non-profit. I hope to go to school for a Masters in Healthcare Management, a Healthcare MBA, or a similar degree so I can learn more about the business end of running an organization.

YEP: Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?

VP: I almost went pro playing tennis. Unfortunately I have a re-occurring issue with my wrist so I was not able to pursue that career. I was lucky enough to learn about development and marketing at the early age of 16 and have been working in the field ever since. I began volunteering at an earlier age, and volunteering is what led me to my true passion. I love volunteering and never thought of it as a “chore,” the way many people do. Tell me a more fulfilling way to get involved with your community and meet new people. Volunteer experiences alone have allowed me to grow so much, not just professionally but also in my personal life. I was in AmeriCorps and had a great time. I hope to join the Peace Corps later in life.

When I’m not working, I am kayaking, hiking or checking out a new restaurant. I have a guinea pig named Glen Coco and a yorkie, Atticus. I love traveling and hope to go on a road trip this summer.

Member Spotlight – Elizabeth Potenza

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Welcome to the Young Emerging Professional’s Member Spotlight, where each month YEP will sit down with one of our members and see what they’re up to.

This month we’re proud to present YEP’s Elizabeth (Libby) Potenza (YEP’s Marketing Committee Chair):

Employer: Sacred Heart University

Title: Program Assistant, SHU Online and Cohort Programs

YEP: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do:
EP: I am a graduate of Shelton High and Uconn. I work in the School of Nursing at Sacred  Heart University. I primarily work with RNs who want to obtain their Bachelors and/or Masters Degree(s). Most of our students take their classes in an online format. We also have several cohorts of students in area hospitals — they learn in a hybrid format (online and onsite in their places of employment). I truly enjoy working at Sacred Heart because of its emphasis on social justice and bettering the community.

YEP: How did you find out about YEP and why did you want to get involved?
EP: I noticed that some of my Facebook friends were involved with YEP, so I decided to check out a YEPresent event last year. I had been looking for a way to be more involved with the local community and YEP was a perfect fit! It has opened up many volunteering opportunities for me.

YEP: Which YEP event has been your favorite so far?
EP: Shakespeare in the Bar at Porky’s last March has been my favorite event so far. It was so fun to be in an open space with the play unfolding right in front of us. Some of the audience members were even asked to participate. I’m looking forward to this event again this year.

YEP: Tell us more about you. What are your future aspirations?
EP: I worked in human resources and non-fiction publishing before I got into higher education. I want to continue in higher ed and eventually get a Masters in Applied Psychology or Business. Besides YEP, I’m also involved with the SHU-ERC (Emergency Reserve Corps) through work. We help to keep SHU and the surrounding area safe in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. My interests include movies (especially independent ones), dancing (Nia and Zumba), and food (especially organic and locally grown). I also love spoiling my rescue cat named Tabitha (Tabby for short).

YEP: Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?
EP: I’ve gotten to meet several famous authors in person including David Sedaris, Anna Quindlen, Elizabeth Gilbert, Wally Lamb, and Ann Leary. My favorite recent read is “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey.

Member Spotlight – Robert VanEgghen

Welcome to the Young Emerging Professional’s Member Spotlight, where we sit down with one of our members and see what they’re up to. Over the next several months we will introduce you to the YEP Team and active members. These folks are the heart and soul behind our events and our mission.

This month we’re proud to present one of our active members, Robert VanEgghen:

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Robert VanEgghen

Employer: DRS Seismic Consultants, LLC

Title: Owner

YEP: Tell us a bit about what you do?

RV: Simply put, DRS uses seismographs to monitor and record vibrations from activities that can cause excessive movement in the ground such as pile driving or blasting. This information is used to ensure that blasters and other construction related fields are adhering to safe, federally regulated levels of vibration.

YEP: Tell us a bit about yourself?

RV: I moved to Oxford when I was 10 and over the years have fallen in love with the Valley, thanks in great part to the numerous wonderful organizations doing their share to help.

I went to Seymour High School and graduated from Rutgers University. I like to try everything I can from scuba to skydiving, Tough Mudders to being on an adult kickball team.

I’m blessed to have a father that always stressed the importance of helping others. Through him I’ve volunteered in some manner all my life, now sitting on the United Way CVC & Greater Valley Salvation Army Board.

YEP: What is your role with YEP?

RV: Not nearly as much as I want it to be! In such a short time I’ve seen YEP grow and become a powerful force for good in the Valley. I’ve attended a few event but need to step it up.

YEP: What is it about YEP that you like?

RV: Far too many people around my age are perfectly content to sit back and let their parent’s generation be active. YEP grabs the reigns and reminds us that it’s our obligation to serve those in need…and that there’s no reason we can’t have a blast doing it!

YEP: Future aspirations?

RV: I’d like to grow the business to a point where I can take a step back and pursue my passion of working with children as a school counselor

YEP: Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?

RV: Skydiving is still pretty high on list but I have a lot more traveling to do so I’m sure something will take its place soon…

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Member Spotlight – Chris Hill

Welcome to the Young Emerging Professional’s Member Spotlight, where we sit down with one of our members and see what they’re up to. Over the next several months we will introduce you to the YEP Team. These folks are the heart and soul behind our events and our mission.

This month we’re proud to present our current Chair, Chris Hill:

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Chris Hill

 

Employer:   Paychex

Title: Senior Account Representative

YEP: Tell us a bit about what you do?

CH:  My responsibilities range from developing relationships with my referral partners, including bankers and accountants, to managing my current client base and ensuring their overall satisfaction with Paychex.  Above all else, new client growth is my number one responsibility!

YEP: Tell us a bit about yourself?

CH:  I grew up in Simsbury, CT, attended UConn in Storrs, and moved to New Haven shortly following graduation in 2003 where I still reside today.  I LOVE sports and mainly enjoy playing soccer, golf, and basketball.  I love to be active, and, above all else, I love spending time with my friends and family.  I’m an avid Red Sox fan, NY football Giants, and, most importantly, UConn basketball.  The best of all worlds! I’ll always pick the Huskies to win my brackets every year!

YEP: What is your role with YEP?

CH:  I currently serve as the Chairman for YEP.  In the prior 12 months, I served as the Treasurer.

YEP: What is it about YEP that you like?

CH:  Initially, I joined YEP 3 years ago for the great networking opportunities within the community.  It slowly became so much more.  Over the last 3 years, I’ve developed life-long friendships and have been involved in some amazing non-profit fundraising efforts and wonderful volunteering in the Lower Naugatuck Valley.  I still enjoy networking with like-minded individuals today!

YEP: Future aspirations?

CH: I love what I do now, but it’s always in the back of my mind to go back to school to pursue a Masters in Psychology (or something similar).  Ultimately, I love to help people, and the idea of being my own boss sounds appealing!!  I’d love to travel the world, but I’ll start with simply using up the vacation time that I haven’t used!

YEP: Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?

CH:  I air-balled a half-court shot at a UConn game to win a car, I’m kinda addicted to Candy Crush right now, I once had to have a lifeguard rescue me in the Pacific Ocean from a rip-tide, and I once played the meanest prank of all time on a college friend, yet we’re still friends to this day.  Feel free to ask me in person about it!

Member Spotlight – Alan Mogridge

Welcome to the Young Emerging Professional’s Member Spotlight, where we sit down with one of our members and see what they’re up to. Over the next several months we will introduce you to the YEP Team. These folks are the heart and soul behind our events and our mission.

This month we’re proud to present Alan C. Mogridge:

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Alan Mogridge

Employer: Valley YMCA

Title:  Executive Director

 

 

YEP: Tell us a bit about what you do?

AM: As the Executive Director for the Valley YMCA, I am responsible for establishing and implementing the mission, vision, and values of the YMCA within the community.  This involves all aspects of building an outstanding staff (hiring, supervising, and training), fundraising, property management, developing, and working with an involved volunteer board of managers and establishing the YMCA as an important force for local community development.

YEP: Tell us a bit about yourself?

AM: Prior to coming to the Valley YMCA, I was the Associate Executive Director of the Greater Waterbury YMCA.  My professional career began with the YMCA of Central & Northern Westchester, NY, where I was a Child Care Site Director.  I was hired as the Aquatic Director in 2002, and promoted to Senior Program Director in 2004.  I directly supervised the Aquatics department and managed the Wellness, Membership, and Sports & Teen departments.

The YMCA has always been a big part of my life.  Both of my parents have been with the YMCA for over 35 years, so I ‘grew up’ in the Y.  During high school and college, I worked in Y’s in Rye and Tarrytown, NY,  Norwalk, CT and Bangor, ME in aquatics, childcare, membership, day camping, resident camping, and maintenance.

I was a Division 1 college swimmer and received my bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maine.  Currently, I live in Norwalk with my wife Diana.

YEP: What is your role with YEP?

AM: I’ve been involved with YEP for about a year.  I am a board member with YEP.  I sit on the Community Outreach Committee, and try to make it to as many YEPresents events as possible!

YEP: What is it about YEP that you like?

AM: We have a lot of fun, while doing great things for the communities we live in.  There is also the opportunity to network and make new friends.  I really enjoy being a part of YEP.

YEP: Future aspirations?

AM: I want to be the CEO of my own YMCA one day.  Other than that, I want to continue to work to make the communities I work and live in a better place for everyone!

YEP: Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?

AM: Well, I love to travel and a have been to many places around the world including Russia, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, England, France, and The Netherlands.

After college in 2000, I lived abroad in Australia for 6 months.  As part of my trip, I went on a 5-day live aboard SCUBA diving trip where I did 14 dives including night dives and a shark feed dive on Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.  It was amazing!

 

 

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