Dr. Sherri Falco, co-founder
Sherri brings vision, passion, and an entrepreneurial spirit to that come from years of preparation in a variety of leadership positions in various fields across the globe. She is a Harvard-educated lawyer who holds not only a J.D. from Harvard, but also an M.B.A in international business, an M.A. in Slavic Linguistics, and a B.A. in Russian and economics. She has her doctorate degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio and is an ordained pastor. She also has international business experience both as finance manager for Procter & Gamble Germany, and as a key member of the start-up team of Procter & Gamble Russia. In addition to business, Sherri has experience in the legal field, working as an associate at Simpson Thatcher and Bartlett, one of the most prestigious law firms in New York City. From the halls of prestigious institutions to the streets of the roughest neighborhoods, from CEO’s of multi-national corporations to those who struggle to put food on the table, Sherri brings a world of experience to Giving Tree Global.
Pasquale Falco, co-founder
Pasquale has tenacity and passion which have opened many doors. His is an “opportunity-creator” who enjoys nothing more than to be deeply involved at every level. This is also reflected in his work experience. Pasquale is a licensed contractor and gifted stonemason who has been self-employed for all of his life. Much of his work has been displayed in magazines such as Home and Garden and Architectural Digest. He built a mansion for Carl Icahn, and has done stonework for many of the rich and famous.Pasquale has established and grown two other businesses, including an irrigation company which he sold but still carries his name. That company is now one of the largest and most profitable in Westchester County. Pasquale left his thriving landscaping company with over a dozen employees to build Giving Tree Global. Pasquale is also a licensed pastor.
Zachary Karpovich, Sustainability Director
Zach is currently a senior at Rye High School. His love for the environment and sustainability was partly a result of his food rescue efforts as a member of the founding family of the Bread of Life Food Rescue & Pantry. He spearheaded the Bread of Life Green Initiative, which includes recycling programs for cardboard and plastic waste and fundraising efforts to purchase energy-efficient appliances and reusable bags. Zach has pursued his passion for sustainability through engineering, chemistry, and public policy as an intern to the United Nations. He is an "idea-generator" with a sense of humor and an entrepreneurial nature. He is both a welcome and integral part of the Giving Tree Global Team.
With a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University, a M.Ed in International Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a M.Ed in Reading from Lehman College, Allison, a certified elementary and reading teacher, taught at the United Nations International School before working as an Administrative Assistant at Yo-Yo Ma’s non-profit organization, The Silk Road Project. She has worked in several corporate and retail organizations before bringing her strong administrative gifts to Giving Tree Global. She has enjoyed many domestic and international volunteer activities including being a hospital candy striper, assisting with mentally challenged adults, restoring medieval castles in France, working at a Haitian hospital and orphanage, caring for children in a Korean orphanage and organizing a children’s summer camp in Kazakhstan.
Sue Wexler, Director of Community Outreach
Sue brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in Corporate Human Resources. Her career began at Salomon Brothers in the financial services industry. She then spent 10 years at Simon and Schuster working with all levels of the organization managing change and problem solving. She partnered with the leadership team in benefit plan design, due diligence reviews and in the development and implementation of communication plans. Later Sue's role became VP of People Services and Human Resource Operations at Revlon where, she formulated strategies, policies and practices and coached both employees and management. Sue is a is a bridge-builder and a great asset to Giving Tree Global.