As honored advisors of this public charity, it is our utmost priority to ensure that the Path to College Foundation’s mission and goals do the most amount of good for the most deserving students
Christine Sylvain is the Founder and Executive Director of the Path to College Fellowship, whose mission is to secure the acceptance of as many high-achieving, low-income students into top-tier universities as possible. Christine’s vision is to answer and address one of society’s most urgent educational inequities: access to higher education.
At her core, Christine loves the art of storytelling in any medium especially at the intersection between history, politics, and literature. She has a Master of Arts in Journalism from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Political Science from the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University. Christine began her career as an associate producer of documentaries for broadcasters such as PBS and HBO. She worked on “Hecho a Mano,” a film which won an Emmy in the cultural and historical documentary category.
Christine first realized her passion for educating and mentoring adolescents through her experience running the Journalism Department at a charter high school in Riviera Beach, Florida. Since then, Christine has been on the front lines of guiding and encouraging bright students to apply to selective universities. She has a deep understanding of some of the systemic challenges holding our best and brightest back from achieving the highest levels of their academic potential. Path to College is the way beyond these obstacles for the most overlooked and most over-deserving students.
Ross Capodanno is a committed member of the community, always finding opportunities to volunteer his time while also staying committed to his job as a business banker. Ross has been in banking for more than 13 years, the last 9 at PNC Bank. Currently, Ross is in Business Banking helping our small and medium local business owners achieve their financial goals.
Several times Ross has been recognized with the Market All Star award by PNC as well as their National Circle of Excellence award. Ross received his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Stetson University. While attending Stetson, Ross joined the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. His community involvement involves volunteering with Urban Youth Impact, the YWCA of Royal Palm, and sitting on the board of Path To College Fellowship.
Jesse Bryan is a Consultant at Development Guild, a Boston based management consulting firm that assists non-profits with organizational strategy, fundraising, and talent management. Residing in the NYC office, Jesse primarily manages executive level fundraising searches for a variety of non-profit organizations. Some of his client work includes executive level fundraising searches for: Partners In Health, Boston Children's Hospital, Fountain House, Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Health System and George Washington's Mount Vernon
Prior to joining Development Guild DDI, Jesse worked for 10 years at Heidrick & Struggles providing candidate research and outreach for the firm’s education, nonprofit and social enterprise clients. While with Heidrick & Struggles, Jesse served as lead researcher for senior level positions at Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Connecticut, the MasterCard Foundation, Partners In Health, and the Ford Foundation.
A graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in history, Jesse now calls Brooklyn home. He is a board member of Path To College, a three-year elite preparatory program for motivated, but underprivileged students in Palm Beach County.
Raymond Wu is a consultant for Field Capital, a healthcare-focused private equity firm. Previously, he held positions as Senior Associate for WFD Ventures and Tullis Health Investors and Vice President at FOS Capital Partners. Ray graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering and a Minor in Computer Science. He also attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for two years prior to embarking on his career in Venture Capital and Private Equity.
The stark disparity in education opportunities among the socio-economic classes became very apparent to Ray during his undergraduate years at Stanford while working with students from neighboring East Palo Alto, a lower-income city in the heart of Silicon Valley. He is a firm believer that education and mentorship for our youth are integral components of a healthy society and sees the Path To College organization fulfilling an important unmet need in the community.
Kristin Aiello graduated in 2007 from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in English literature. She earned her master’s in public administration while working as a research analyst for UCF’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Management. There, Kristin provided technical assistance to charities serving low income populations. Following the return to her beloved hometown, she was employed with the Palm Beach division of March of Dimes, specializing in fundraising and event planning. She then joined the team at Venue Marketing Group, where Kristin combined her creative and critical thinking skills to provide advertising solutions to clients. In her current role, as the Director of Communications for the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, she creates and shares content to further the organization’s mission of protecting and celebrating the architectural and cultural heritage of Palm Beach. Kristin spends her free time involved with The Benjamin School and UCF Alumni Associations, volunteering with the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, traveling when she can, pursuing creative endeavors, taking in the country’s rich cultural offerings, and enjoying Florida’s natural beauty with family and friends. She is honored to join the executive board of the Path to College Fellowship and share her varied nonprofit experience and lifelong passion for learning.
Michelle Pelletier currently works as in-house counsel within the General Counsel’s Organization at American Express, where she provides legal guidance for business clients primarily located in Latin America. She spends her time drafting and negotiating contracts as well as monitoring regulatory developments in the region. Michelle is a summa cum laudegraduate of the Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University, and a magnacum laudegraduate of the University of Miami School of Law. She also holds an LL.M. in international business law from the ESADE Law & Business School at the Universidad Ramon Llull in Barcelona, Spain.
Michelle deeply believes in the power of mentoring, having experienced the lasting impact of several important mentors in her life, and she is an enthusiastic supporter of the Path to College mission. In her free time, Michelle enjoys attending yoga classes and traveling the world, and she is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Alan Saladrigas is an attorney at Perlet & Shiner, P.A., a criminal defense firm. Previously Alan worked as an Assistant State Attorney and Assistant Statewide Prosecutor in Palm Beach County, Florida. Alan graduated from Florida International University College of Law, where he attended part-time while working as a police officer. Alan also received his B.A. from Florida Atlantic University Harriet Wilkes Honors College. As a son of Cuban immigrants Alan has learned firsthand how education is the primary tool to generate equality and financial freedom.