Leadership and Board of Directors
December 2019

Bjorn Bumactao
President

bbumactao@sd4s.org

Bjorn ("BJ") is a Vice President and Banking Center Manager for Webster Bank. BJ is a banking professional with 10 years of experience in the industry and has worked in Fairfield County his entire career. He is small business lending certified and a current member of the Stamford BNI networking organization. 

BJ was raised in Stamford and attended the Stamford public school system . Afterwards , he attended college at the University of Bridgeport and graduated with a BA of Fine Arts with a focus on retail management.

Jim McClafferty
Board Chairman
Past Co-President 2011 - 2014

jmcclafferty@sd4s.org

Jim McClafferty is a co-founder of Stamford Dollars for Scholars. He graduated from Manhattan College with a BS in Computer Science and followed with a 20+ year career in the software and information technology industries. In 2010 he founded Brain Parade, LLC and created See.Touch.Learn., an iPad application for children with special learning needs. Jim currently serves as Brain Parade's President and lives in Stamford with his wife and three children.

Michael McNamara
Treasurer

 

mmcnamara@sd4s.org

Michael McNamara has lived n Stamford, CT for over 35 years, providing support and participating in a variety of charitable and not-for-profit organizations. Most recently this included over 20 years of volunteering with Junior Achievement, teaching entrepreneurship to high school students; teaching fishing and environmental stewardship to parents and children through the CT state sponsored program called CARE (Connecticut Aquatic Resource Education); and as a member of the finance committee at his local church. Mike has a BS in Accounting from State University of New York at Albany and an MBA in Finance from UCONN.  Mike is a Certified Public Accountant and has been employed for over 20 years at UBS AG working in the finance-technology area.

Fara Hojjat
Board Secretary

 

fhojjat@sd4s.org

Fara is Lead Banker for United Bank in Greenwich, CT. Prior to her current position, Fara was a Senior Universal Banker at Webster Bank. Fara holds a Masters Degree in Business Management from the University of Liverpool as well as certificates in photography and graphics design. 

David McCall
Vice President
Fundraising Chair

dmccall@sd4s.org

David has been one of Stamford Dollars for Scholars earliest supporters. David is currently an Executive Director of Data Management at UBS and is based in Stamford, CT. David attended Aston University overseas  and studied international business. David has been responsible for multiple fundraising initiatives that have enabled Stamford Dollars for Scholars to further our mission of providing opportunities to students.

Jamie Cole
Vice President
Operations Chair

jcole@sd4s.org

Jamie joined Stamford Dollars for Scholars in November of 2019. She has a BS in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources. She is a Senior Account Manager at Merritt Staffing a local agency in Downtown Stamford that has been a pillar in the community for over 30 years. Jamie works directly with hiring managers to find targeted talent to grow their business. In her free time she volunteers with Dress for Success, loves cooking, and traveling..

Nancy Blasnik
Director

 

nblasnik@sd4s.org

Nancy was Treasurer for Stamford Dollars for Scholars from 2011-2014.  Nancy is an accountant for her own firm with 19 years of experience.  She received her BS degree from the University of Connecticut.

Kenneth Borecki
Director
Investment Committee Chair

kborecki@sd4s.org

Ken Borecki, CPA, CFA, CAIA, has a broad background in accounting, finance and investments. In his last position, Ken managed a private investment fund for the clients of a $500M wealth management firm and currently serves as a financial advisor to a small number of clients. Ken served on the Board of Stewards of the First Congregational Church of Darien where his primary role was management of the church endowment. He was also Chairman - Sponsor Fundraising for the Darien Middle School Quiz Bowl team in 2013. Ken holds a BS in Finance and a MS in Accounting from LIU - Post.

Emily Derr
Director 
Promotion and Marketing Chair

ederr@sd4s.org

Emily is a freelance illustrator, jewelry designer and production manager for NAGI Jewelers in Stamford. Emily received her degree in fashion design from Syracuse University, an MBA from DeVry University, and has studied gemology at the Gemological Institute of America. Born in Michigan, Emily has always been committed to improving her community and to fostering creativity. She currently serves on the board of directors at the Stamford History Center and the 70 Strawberry Hill Condo Association, and is an artist member of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Emily is an avid yogi, loves to run dance, draw and paint.

Gary Freeman
Director

Past President 2014-2018
Web Master & Email Coordinator

gfreeman@sd4s.org

Gary Freeman has over 40 years experience in information technology.  During his career, Gary has managed software development for companies in manufacturing, banking, investment and the information delivery fields.  Gary retired from Pitney Bowes in 2010 after 14 years of service and joined Stamford Dollars for Scholars in 2011.  Gary holds a BS in Computer Science from Stony Brook University, and an MBA from the University of New Haven.

William Liberis
Director

bliberis@sd4s.org

Bill is a Managing Partner of Liberty Payment Solutions, providing payment processing needs for any size business. Bill has held several positions in the banking and payment processing industry, including a 17 year stint with JP Morgan Chase as Vice President, Senior Product Manager. This is Bill's second stint on the board of SD4S. Bill holds a BS in Civil Engineering and MMS in Quantitative Methods, both from University of Massachusetts, Lowell Campus.

Sue Oates

Sue Oates
Director

soates@sd4s.org

Sue's professional experience includes 16 years in the Corporate arena as a banking audit manager with KPMG and as a Finance Project Director with The Thomson Corporation (Thomson Reuters).  For the last ten years, Sue has volunteered significantly at Trinity Catholic High School and St. Aloysius Elementary School leading many fundraising, student, parent, and community service events.  Most recently she was the moderator of the Business Club/School Spirit Store at Trinity.  Sue holds a degree in Accounting from Bryant University.  Sue and her husband Bob reside in Stamford with their two teenage sons. 

John Schnefke
Director
Golf Event Chair

jschnefke@sd4s.org

John Schnefke joined Stamford Dollars for Scholars in May 2018. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a BS in Agriculture and Forestry with a Minor in Business Administration.  He is presently working at Speed Printing & Graphics as their Sales Consultant. John also has his own business creating custom furniture. He has been active in the local non-profit community for many years

Justin Stevens
Director
Awards Ceremony Chair

jstevens@sd4s.org

Justin joined Merrill Lynch in 2014 as a financial advisor. Justin draws upon his corporate financial reporting and cash flow management experience to provide his clients with a road map to achieving their financial and professional goals. Justin works closely with the management teams of these organizations to ensure that the structure of their retirement plans align with their corporate initiatives and objectives. Justin graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Finance and a minor in Business Law. In his spare time, Justin serves as President of the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association and Economic Development Chair of the 100 Black Men of Stamford, Inc.

Emeritus Advisors

Tony D'Amelio
Founder, Past Co-President 2011-2014

Founder of Stamford Dollars for Scholars, Tony has supported the Dollars for Scholars chapter in his home town of Wethersfield, CT for over 20 years.  Tony has had a career in the music and lectures industries as an agent.  His firm, the D'Amelio Network, manages the speaking careers of notable experts and authors.   Tony received his ASEE, Electrical Engineering from the University of Hartford.