Welcoming back our New Board Members
Left: Elizabeth Cassino
Liz joined Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management after college where she remains, currently holding the position of Vice President. Liz has focused on all aspects of client servicing throughout her 25 years with Morgan Stanley. Through a combination of market and product knowledge, management skills, and marketing methods she addresses the specific needs and issues of their high net worth clients.
Liz began volunteering at Mercy Center as an ESOL teacher in 2003 and has continued to serve in a variety of ways. She was a member of the Board of Advisors, chaired the Finance Committee four years, was an active member of the auction committee for the first six years, and hosted several guest bartending nights to benefit Mercy Center.
After completing two terms on Mercy Center’s Board of Directors, Liz remained active on the Audit/Finance/Investment committee and continued to support all of Mercy Center’s fundraising efforts. Her return to the Board reflects her ongoing commitment and support of our values and our mission.
Kathryne Lyons at 2019
Transforming Lives Gala
Kathryne Lyons has been a volunteer ESOL teacher in our Adult Education Program for over 15 years. Seven years ago, Kathryne accepted a leadership role, joining our Board of Directors and serving on the Development Committee. She completed her terms of service in 2021. She has also served as our Gala Committee Chair for the past five years, and has remained on the Development Committee of the board.
Kathryne has further supported our work by introducing new donors to Mercy Center. She made the connections for a Caritas Concert fundraiser at St. Ignatius Loyola Church and Ironstrength for a Cause with Dr. Jonathan Metzl.
We welcome Kathryne back to the Board of Directors, this time serving as the Board Vice Chair. She continues to share her enthusiasm and commitment to the mission of Mercy Center through her work with ESOL students and through her stewardship role on the Board.
Michael has had an extraordinary career in education and administration. He began as a teacher in elementary and secondary schools and worked as an adjunct instructor at several colleges in New York State. While serving as the principal at elementary schools and high schools, he led the formation of programs to assist students with special needs and at-risk students.
Michael’s talents extend to staff development as well. He has provided staff development services to individual schools, for several public school districts in New York City, for the Archdioceses of New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, and at regional and national conferences of various educational organizations. He has also served as a member of Parish Councils in six different parishes.
Most recently, Michael retired from his position as President at Cooke School and Institute, where he supported and oversaw its exponential growth and development. The timing of his retirement presented an opportunity for him to serve on Mercy Center’s Board of Directors. This marks a return to the Board; he served as Board Chair from 2009 to 2015. Michael has also chosen to serve on the Facilities committee, where he shares his extensive experience and expertise. We are grateful for all that he brings to Mercy Center.