Our Staff

Leadership

Bernadine Venditto

Bernadine Venditto

President & CEO

Full Bio

Bernadine Venditto joined Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County in the fall of 2005 as a Program Manager and was promoted to President in July 2008. Most recently, she has led the organization through a successful merger with JA of Southwest Connecticut. Bernadine holds a B.A. in International Trade from Hofstra University.

Development

Rachel Andoh

Rachel Andoh

Donor Relations Manager

Full Bio

Rachel Andoh joined Junior Achievement in 2014 as the Special Events Manager and Executive Assistant, and in 2018, she transitioned to the role of Donor Relations Manager. Prior to JA, Rachel worked in the solar energy sector for six years, in an administrative and marketing capacity. Rachel earned her B.A. from McDaniel College.

Alisa Jankowitz

Alisa Jankowitz

Special Events Manager

Full Bio

Alisa Jankowitz joined JA of Greater Fairfield County in 2018 as Special Events Manager. She oversees all logistics and fundraising for special events throughout the year, including the Business Hall of Fame, Golf Tournaments, Stock Market Challenge and Bowl-a-Thon events.  Prior to JA, Alisa spent many years working in hospitality; leading a sales team in the wine business, managing NY restaurants, and most recently was a Food & Beverage Director of a premier yacht club. Alisa earned a Business Administration degree from the University of Rhode Island, with a major in Marketing and minor in Italian.

Keith Wolff

Keith Wolff

Business Development Manager

Full Bio

Keith Wolff has been a member of Junior Achievement’s team for two years.  His responsibility as business development manager is to create corporate, individual and foundation partnerships who help fund our programs and special events.  He began my relationship with Junior Achievement as a volunteer, teaching career readiness and personal finance to high school students.  He continues to volunteer to students throughout Greater Fairfield County.

John Chamberlain

John Chamberlain

Marketing/Communications Specialist

Full Bio

John Chamberlain joined Junior Achievement in 2019 as the Marketing/Communications Specialist. Prior to JA, John worked at a number of charitable organizations including Discovery Museum, Housing Development Fund, and Habitat for Humanity building experience in fundraising, communications, strategy, and operations. John earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and completed the Leadership Greater Bridgeport program in 2018.

Education

Jennifer Murphy-Pitcher

Jennifer Murphy-Pitcher

Director of Program

Full Bio

Jennifer Murphy-Pitcher joined Junior Achievement in August of 2013; she was promoted to Director of Program in April of 2016.  Prior to her role at JA, she worked at GE Capital in Danbury for 14 years holding various positions in operations, training, audit and marketing. Jennifer has also taught various JA programs over the past 20 years.  Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in Business Management from Sacred Heart University and her MBA from Post University.

Suzanne Garofola

Suzanne Garofola

Program Coordinator, Danbury

Full Bio

Suzanne Garofola joined Junior Achievement in November of 2018 as a temp and shortly thereafter became a permanent member of the team as the Greater Danbury Program Coordinator. She first began her tenure with Junior Achievement as a volunteer in 2010, and has been volunteering in the classroom ever since. Suzanne is grateful to have the opportunity to work for such a wonderful company with dedicated employees who are so passionate about delivering real life skills to kids.

Meg Melagrano

Meg Melagrano

Sr. District Manager

Full Bio

Meg Melagrano has been with Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County for 14 years. Starting as a parent volunteer in Fairfield, then working part-time at JAGFC, she is now Senior District Manager for the Valley. Meg spent 9 years with New York Life Insurance Co. in Manhattan before taking time to raise her family.  She earned her B.A. from Villanova University.

Dana Ross

Dana Ross

District Manager, Stamford/Norwalk Area

Full Bio

Dana M. Ross, District Manager, Norwalk/Stamford Area.  Dana has been with Junior Achievement for 5 years, building up her relationships in schools spanning from the New York State Line through Norwalk.  She is skilled in volunteer management and recruitment, a necessity in her program management position.  Dana previously had a long career with the American Red Cross where she directed youth services, volunteer services and community development.

Twanda McAlister

Twanda McAlister

District Manager, Bridgeport Area

Full Bio

Twanda McAlister joined JA in October of 2019, as District Manager of the Bridgeport area. Prior to joining JA, Twanda worked in various fields of management. Her most recent role was as a Product Manager working for global trade show company, Reed Exhibitions. There, she managed a broad spectrum of portfolios, ranging from building and development, to the jewelry and security industries. She has mentored, taught, and coached young people in the areas of art, public speaking, and building life skills; enforcing the importance of self-empowerment and personal success.

Kristine Dovale

Kristine Dovale

Program Administrator

Full Bio

Kristine Dovale bio coming soon.

Operations

Rena Sullivan

Rena Sullivan

Operations Manager

Full Bio

Rena Sullivan is the Operations Manager at Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County. Her duties include all aspects of financial entry and reporting, HR, I.T. liaison along with other general operations. Rena was first introduced to JA in 2004 when she became a classroom volunteer for her son’s first grade class. A few years later, she became the school volunteer coordinator and joined the JA staff in 2009. Rena hold a B.S. in Accounting from Moorhead State University. She believes strongly in JA’s mission and has enjoyed being a part of empowering youth to own their economic success.

Nicki Kirk

Nicki Kirk

Full Bio

Nicki Kirk bio coming soon.