Cherise is a former chemist-now-realtor with Compass, and is known in the real estate industry as "Agent Lady." Cherise provides home buying and selling services all across Philadelphia; however, her focus is working with first-time home buyers in Center City and surrounding areas. Cherise's passion for real estate goes far beyond just closing deals, and is shown by becoming a personal resource to all her clients. Cherise received a Bachelors degree in Chemistry at West Chester University and became a licensed realtor after attending Temple Real Estate School. Cherise was awarded a Who's Next, 40 Under 40 Award by Billy Penn in 2018.
Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP
Mara, a South Jersey native, is a 2017 graduate from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, where she completed a Health Law concentration. During law school, Mara worked for Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in both their Office of General Counsel and their Office of University Counsel where she specialized in HIPAA-related compliance work. When she isn't writing for Philly.com's Health Cents blog, Mara takes an active role in the Philadelphia Jesuit Community through the regional program Contemplative Leaders in Action, and through active involvement with her alma mater, The University of Scranton, where she majored in International Business and completed minors in Spanish and Philosophy. Following undergrad, Mara completed a year of service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in San Francisco before returning to the East Coast to earn her law degree. In September 2017, Mara will join the law firm Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoads, LLP in their Philadelphia office. She was awarded a 30 Under 30 Award by South Jersey Millennials in 2018.
Raquel Assaye, Treasurer
Racquel Assaye has over twenty three years of experience in the accounting and auditing field. She currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer and a member of Interim Leadership at the Mazzoni Center. She is team oriented and recognizes that the successes in her role are in large part due to the efforts of each of her team members and is not shy in her appreciation of them. Of the twenty three years spent in the accounting sector, sixteen were spent in the nonprofit environment. While there is opportunity for greater earnings in the for profit environment, she enjoys marrying her passion for numbers with her heart for service to marginalized communities, such as those being served by the Center. Racquel teaches budgeting to anyone who would listen. Her vision is financial independence for all regardless of their pay scale. She has had the satisfaction of seeing lives changed as people’s financial circumstances change just by employing budgeting tools. Growing up with little resources in South America ignited this passion within her as a means to escape her circumstances. She holds a B.S. in Business Education/Business Administration from Andrews University and a M.S. in Accounting from Drexel University. She also successfully completed the four parts of the CPA exams.
Maria Matysik is a marketing and sales professional in the technology industry with a focus in social media and digital. In her current role at Curalate Inc., a local Philadelphia tech start-up, she connects with prospects and clients at some of the world's most beloved brands to provide technology that powers their marketing, e-Commerce and social strategy. Outside of the tech space, Maria has a passion for events, PR and content marketing and has worked for a variety of companies and across industries from nonprofit to fashion. Maria received a Bachelors degree in Marketing with a minor in Advertising at the University of Delaware in 2017.
Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia
Dawn Bundick has over 25 years of Customer Service and Hospitality experience and is a founding member of Party Partners of Philadelphia. She began her career in 1988 at Strawbridge & Clothier and transitioned to hospitality in 2000 when she assumed the role of Sales & Marketing Manager for Hard Rock Cafe (HRC) Philadelphia. In 2014 she was promoted to Senior Sales & Marketing Manager and Regional Support for the North America East Cafes. In her time with HRC, she has been integral in marketing the Cafe to conventioneers, visitors, and locals by spreading the spirit of Rock n’ Roll and creating authentic experiences that rock! Dawn handles events and events for the café ranging from 50 to 700 people.
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