Barbara Warter, President, 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.
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.
Diana Vays, Strategic Planning Manager, is responsible for developing and creative and effective ways to help the Warter Strong Foundation reach their goals through innovative public relations, marketing and social media platforms. Diana is a strategic planner and freelance writer for various lifestyle consumer products and services As a fun aside (or as a life-long dream), Dianna is working towards obtaining her nursing degree in the fall! In her free time, Dianna juggles her four boys and my sweet puppy, Cleo.
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 Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business, in December,2018.
Zachary Warter, Creative Designer, is credited with the creation of the campaign directive, "Do Happy". While still in high school, Zachary uses his natural talent, combined with his first hand life experiences with his dad, Oren and brother Ryan, to fuel his creative work. Zachary is a spokesperson for the Warter Strong Foundation and a powerful advocate for sustaining his family's legacy. Zach also dedicates his time to the Friendship Circle as a President and LifeTown. He is also proud to be a High School Ambassador for the Gift of Life and is the Founder and President of the Gift of Life Club at his High School.
Zachary is also a talented author, writing his first children's book entitled, Otis the Do Happy Dog to support our 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. Available for direct sale on Amazon.