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Our Team

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Barbara WarterPresident, M.S. CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist, Co-founder of Signing Fingers, LLC. and Certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor, is the Founder and visionary behind Warter Strong.  Barbara specializes in the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children.  She also teaches American Sign Language (ASL) to people of all ages.  Ms. Warter earned a BS degree from Union College and her Masters in Speech Pathology from Columbia University.  Barbara is a proud author of her first children's book, ABC, Do Happy with Me (available for sale on Amazon).


Debra Mistretta, Board Member, is currently a Managing Director and a Portfolio Manager for a multi-sector real estate investment account with properties located in major markets throughout the U.S.  She is responsible for the overall investment strategy as well as directing new property acquisitions, asset management, dispositions, financings, and client service activities   Ms. Mistretta earned a BS degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA degree in finance from Fordham University. She also received her Certified Managerial Accountant designation.


Natalie Seidman, Board Member, is a Managing Directeor responsible for strategic decision making for Edelman Intelligence.  Natalie’s background spans management consulting, traditional market research and alternative data.  Ms. Seidman holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from Binghamton University.


Jeffrey Sarrett, CPA, CFA, Board Member, is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Tenere Capital LLC.  Jeff's background is in accounting and finance for a wide array of investments.  Jeff holds a BBA from the Univeristy of Michigan.

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Zachary Warter,  Chief Marketing Officer, is credited with the creation of the campaign directive, "Do Happy" as well as the logo development and marketing of the charity's brand image. Zachary is responsible for the marketing, social media advertising, and internal organization of the largest charity fundraising events: The Warter Strong Golf Outing.  He assisted with these three events with a total of $100,00 in revenue and over 500 attendees.  In addition, Zachary connected over 60 sponsors for a combined collaborative promotion.  Zachary is responsible for coordinating with the Gift of Life and organizing Stem Cell Drives and charity walks.  Zachary is also a talented author, writing his first children's book entitled, Otis the Do Happy Dog to support our charity's action-based school initiative, the Do Happy Project.  Zach wrote this book to help spread the mission that "Happy is a Verb" and you have to "do happy" as told through the eyes of his favorite real-life puppy, Otis. 

Currently, Zachary is a Sophomore at Tulane University majoring in Finance with a proposed minor in marketing and management. He is also the Operation Director and Communication Director for his fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau, Sigma Chapter.
Zachary is also proud to have been a stem cell donor for a young man battling leukemia 11/2022. He had the opportunity to meet his recipient 2/2024.   


Corynne Sarrett, Marketing and Social Media Consultant is responsible for the Warter Strong Foundation's social media and marketing.  Corynne has a wide array of marketing experience in social media, content, SEO, SEM, and others.   Corynne graduated from Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business, in December 2018.  Corynne has held positions both with Accenture and Deloitte for consulting.

Dianna Vays, Marketing Manager since 2018, is responsible for supporting collaborations amongst corporate sponsors for a variety of Warter Strong Foundation charity endeavors. Dianna brings a unique perspective to the charity given her educational and professional background that make her a crucial member to our team. Dianna embodies the mission of "Do Happy" and brings that attitude forward with all that she does. 

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