The Young Professionals Committee (YPC) was established to garner support for the Maurer Foundation by spreading our life-saving message of breast health education and breast cancer prevention to up-and-coming professionals and the community of Long Island.
These inspiring young professionals seek to raise funds and awareness in support of the Foundation’s mission and programming by hosting events for their peers, and in turn, aspire to cultivate a network of the next generation of Long Island community leaders. The YPC events offer opportunities to support breast health education while encouraging volunteerism and fostering business and philanthropic connections with peers.
The committee was formed in late 2015, with their first event—Cocktails for a Cause—debuting with great success in February 2016. Interested in attending future YPC events? Stay updated on news from our Young Professionals Committee. Or, sign up for our email newsletter and follow us on Facebook to stay informed!
Attorney, Russo & Tambasco
Paul Devlin earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude, from Montclair State University and a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University. He is also an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army where he was selected for the Army’s World Class Athlete Program’s Greco-Roman Wrestling Team. He was the national champion in multiple divisions and earned a bronze medal at the 2004 US Greco-Roman Wrestling Olympic Team Trials. He currently practices law at Russo & Tambasco in Melville, NY.
Attorney, Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP
Rebecca K. Devlin, Esq. is a partner at the law firm of Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP. She concentrates her practice representing clients in all facets of casualty defense litigation, including construction accidents, premises liability, products liability, municipal liability and vehicular negligence. She was named to Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” for 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016. She received a Preeminent AV® peer review rating of 5.0 out of 5 from Martindale-Hubbell. She was also selected as one of the Top Women in Law for 2016, as chosen by Hofstra Law’s Centers for Children, Families and the Law. She resides in Suffolk County with her husband and children.
Relationship Manager, Santander Bank
Dwayne Foo is a Relationship Manager at Santander Bank where he develops and maintains a portfolio of Middle Market companies. Prior to joining Santander in 2015, Dwayne held various roles at Chase Bank for eight years finding numerous successes as he moved from early entry level roles to an Assistant Vice President upon his departure. Dwayne received his BS from Stony Brook University and currently resides in Astoria, NY with his wife and son. An avid lover of sports and good food, Dwayne can be found watching a game or enjoying a meal at a new restaurant in his spare time.
Senior Portfolio Manager, UBS Financial Services Inc.
Will Liu started in the financial services industry in 1999 and has successfully managed money for wealthy families through some of the most challenging market environments in recent history. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Senior Portfolio Manager, he is primarily responsible for the investment strategies and the day-to-day management of his clients’ portfolios. Prior to joining UBS in 2015, he was a Portfolio Manager and Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley for over 5 years. He also worked for Chase Investment Services Corp. and AXA Advisors, LLC. Will earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance, Marketing, and Management Information Systems from University at Buffalo and he is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Michelle, and his 3 wonderful daughters which includes a set of identical twins. In his spare time, his favorite hobbies include fishing and enjoying the great outdoors.
Marketing Manager, Cullen and Dykman LLP
Cecilia Pena-Colon is the Marketing Manager at the law firm, Cullen and Dykman LLP. With more than 10 years of experience in legal marketing, Cecilia oversees the business development, marketing and communications initiatives for the firm. Cecilia received her Bachelors in Corporate Communications from Baruch College and is currently obtaining her MBA from Hofstra University. She enjoys giving back and participating in events that benefit members of the community. Cecilia is fluent in Spanish and conversational Portuguese. She resides in Floral Park with her husband and her cat “Misu”
Vice President of Sales, A&C Management
Jason Ruvin has worked in the insurance industry for the past five years. He joined A&C Management in the capacity of VP of sales. Jason specializes in life insurance, disability income, and long-term care/health insurance. His philosophy focuses on putting the client first. He is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and currently lives in Jericho, NY. Jason also currently volunteers at The Michael Magro Foundation and American Diabetes Association.
Director of Marketing, Long Island Sports Cars
Alexandria Schnepf has found success in the automotive industry since 2008. In late 2015, she joined the Long Island Sports Cars team as Director of Marketing, representing both the Aston Martin and McLaren brands. Throughout her career she has found many successes in the financial and insurance industries as well. However, Alexandria’s passion truly lies within the enthusiasm and craftsmanship of fine automobiles, specifically European Sports Cars. Quality is a term that embodies her morals and yes, she will jump at the opportunity to feel the pinning power of torque. Alexandria enjoys outdoor sports, spending time with her family, and supporting various charities in the community. She currently resides in Merrick.
Financial Advisor, Holst, Hessel & Associates
David Sommo joined Merrill Lynch in 2016 as a Financial Advisor with the Holst Hessel & Associates Team based out of Melville New York. After graduating from St. Josephs College in 2011 with a major in both Business Administration and Criminal Justice, he spent the next five years in the insurance industry. On the side, David is an avid sports lover and athlete playing four years of college baseball. He enjoys volunteering at Cohen’s Children Hospital where he spends time playing with the children and he also dedicates lots of his time being an active member of the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce. He is also involved with ADRC which is a Long Island based nonprofit organization that specifically deals with Long Island families battling Alzheimer’s. David loves giving back and volunteering through fundraisers and events that benefit members of the community. David currently reside in Kings Park.