Dr. Sherri Falco, co-founder

Sherri brings vision, passion, and an entrepreneurial spirit to Giving Tree Global 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 a licensed pastor.

Sherri has experience as a university instructor at both the University of Washington and the University of New Mexico. 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.

 While raising her children, Sherri started her own business, The Little Language League, a second-language immersion program for children which has received many awards for its effective and innovative curriculum. In addition to business and education, 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, from the elderly to the school-age, Sherri brings the necessary breadth, depth, and 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 work full-time for Giving Tree Global.


Allison Lee, Executive Director

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.

At her core is a desire to serve the disadvantaged.  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.

Born in Korea, Allison, with her family, immigrated to the United States as a young child.  She learned business skills from her serial entrepreneur parents who started and sold many small businesses with hard work and little language abilities.  As in most immigrant families, from an early age, Allison worked alongside her parents in all family pursuits, which she credits as giving her a strong work ethic and a standard of excellence and integrity.

Sue Wexler, Director of Community Outreach and Youth Engagement

Sue brings a broad base of experience to Giving Tree Global with 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. It was in this capacity she gained expertise in company acquisitions, reorganizations and divestures. 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 left the corporate arena to spend more time with her family and to become more active in her community. As president of the Rye Newcomers Club and Middle School Parent Organization she built bridges to help people connect with their community. All of her life Sue has been a "people person" with a heart for helping others. She has volunteered at nursing homes, food pantries, and schools and has taught and led children's programs in church. Sue's ability to build bridges and her compassion for others is a great asset to Giving Tree Global.