Our Leadership Team
Impact is a 100% volunteer-run organization. We rely on the energy and talents of a diverse group of committed women and welcome all members to get involved in any capacity that best suits their time and interest. To find out more about current Volunteer Openings, please contact volunteer@
Co-founder and President
Deirdre Spiropoulos resides in Fair Haven, NJ, with her husband George and three young children. Deirdre graduated from Villanova University in 1999 with degrees in Spanish and International Business. In 2001 she joined Prudential’s Leadership Development Program where she rotated across various business units while pursuing her Masters of Business at NYU Stern School of Business. In 2007 she became a Director focusing on succession planning and compensation design for executives and sales teams across Prudential’s international businesses. In 2010 she left Prudential to focus on raising a family and volunteering in her community.
Deirdre is an active board member of the Hayden’s Heart Foundation, a New Jersey-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and improving the lives of families whose children are suffering from congenital heart defects. She is also a proud committee member of the Rumson St Patrick’s Day Parade and recently finished a three-year term on the board of the Newcomers Club of Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, and Shrewsbury.
Co-founder and Vice President
Heather Burke spent a decade in book publishing as a writer, editor, and researcher for organizations such as the Library of Congress and HarperCollins Publishers before making the switch to nonprofit management and fundraising. In 2005 she joined StoryCorps, a national oral history and public broadcasting project, where she helped grow their fundraising efforts over five years of rapid expansion.
In 2005 she relocated from New York City to Monmouth County with her family, and has since worked as a freelance grant writer and consultant for organizations such as Poets House in New York City, Project Write Now in Red Bank, NJ, and Lunch Break, Monmouth County’s oldest and largest soup kitchen and food pantry. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University.
Grants Committee, Chair
Rowena (‘Ro’) was thrilled to join Impact in July 2015 as a founding member and put her Masters degree in Nonprofit Management and experience working in the nonprofit sector to good use. For 10 years, Ro worked as Grant Writer, and then Business and Legal Affairs Officer, for Seeds of Peace, a internationally-recognized conflict transformation nonprofit based in New York.
Ro volunteers in various capacities, most recently joining the boards of Shore House and Rally Cap Sports, and previously serving as President of the board at Sandy Hook Child Care Center.
Ro hails from London, where she worked as an attorney with Charles Russell Speechlys LLP for four years before deciding to move to the U.S. and into the nonprofit field. She now lives in Navesink, NJ, with her husband; two boys, Theo and Hugo; and cocker spaniel, Thompson.
Lori Missig resides in Fair Haven, NJ, with her husband David and two daughters. Lori graduated from Villanova University in 1998 with a degree in Finance. In 1998, she went to work for Morgan Stanley in New York City where she was in marketing and sales for 13 years. She then moved to Northern Trust Asset Management where she currently is a Business Development Executive for the FlexShares ETFs.
Lori has long been an active member of the Monmouth County community since she grew up in Colts Neck. Lori volunteers in various capacities including The Kortney Rose Foundation, Parker Family Health Center and Hackensack Meridian Health.
Bio to come
Upon graduating from Stonehill College in North Easton, MA, Jennifer Trafficante started her career in 1999 at Hollister Associates in Boston, MA as a Professional Placement Consultant. In 2000, she co-founded Fairchild Networking, a professional placement firm and specialized in Accounting, Finance and Investment permanent placement. Jennifer managed a team of recruiters while building long term relationships with each and every client. Jennifer partnered with many CFO’s of Fortune 500 companies in the New England area to help successfully staff their Accounting and Finance teams. For 15 years, Jennifer volunteered at YMCA Training Inc. in Boston where she worked with countless women mentoring them on career goals, resume writing and interviewing skills.
In 2015, Jennifer relocated back to her New Jersey roots having been raised in Holmdel, NJ. She currently resides in Rumson with her husband and 2 young boys. Jennifer is very active at Holy Cross School in Rumson and she is currently the Co-Chair of the Welcome Committee. In addition, she volunteers her time at Arbor Terrace, an assisted living facility in Monmouth County. Jenn is also a part-time sleep consultant for babies and young children.
Communications Committee: Anna Andre, Kate McMahon, Aimee Remey
Web Master: Caroline Margolick
Newsletter Editor: Janet Mazur Cavano
Sponsor Coordinator: Denise Liotta
Volunteer Coordinator: Anna Andre
Events Chair: Lori Missig
Events Committee: Maura Creekmore, Rebecca Donington, Lori Feigenbaum, Sarah Gavlick, Cheryl Jones, Kristin Kroll, Tracey Martinelle, Brooke Olander, Lora Sasiela
Vice Chairs: Mary Riley and Cristie Ritz-King
Non-Profit Coordinator: Betsy McKnight
Grantee Liaisons: Holly Deitz and Betsy McKnight
Financial Review Chair: Michelle Peoples
Financial Review Team: Cheryl Bliss, Melina Calabretta, Meghann Herrmann, Sandra Nick
Finance Chair: Paige Metzer
Accountant: Liz Gearon
Matching Gifts Coordinator: Lisa Attalah
Membership Co-Chairs: Jenn Trafficante and Ali Mayo
Membership Liaison: Bonnie Torcivia
Membership Committee: Jane Mazur Cavano, Rebecca Donington, Lauren Wurst
Enrichment Coordinator: Casey DeStefano
Impact 100 Jersey Coast Advisory Group
- Anna Andre
- Heather Burke
- Rowena Crawford-Phillips
- Casey DeStefano
- Maggie LaRocca
- Denise Liotta
- Alison Mayo
- Kate McMahon
- Betsey McKnight
- Lori Missig
- Michelle Peoples
- Aimee Remey
- Mary Riley
- Deirdre Spiropoulos
- Bonnie Torcivia
- Jenn Trafficante