Good Life Foundation
Mayor Ben Walsh
Mayor Ben Walsh
Ben Walsh is the 54th mayor in the history of the City of Syracuse. His approach to leadership and public service was shaped by growing up on the city’s west side in a family of proud public servants. His own call to public service first came into focus during his
Ynesse Abdul-Malak, PhD.
Ynesse Abdul-Malak, PhD.
Ynesse Abdul-Malak, RN, MPH, PhD, is a Sociologist with the requisite expertise in research involved different types of methodology on issues of racial and gender inequality, health disparity, and disability studies. She has a broad research background and experience in several higher institutions in the U.S. and abroad. She works
Eugene Akins
Eugene Akins
Life Coach
Eugene is a great asset in the fight to steer youth in the right direction. By using his own past and personal story, Eugene is an amazing credible messenger for youth.
Rickey Brown
Rickey Brown
Life Coach
Part time life coach to youth and community asset, as Executive Director to the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA), Rickey still finds time to work with some of the most challenging youth.
Hasan “Dj Maestro” Stephens
Hasan “Dj Maestro” Stephens
Founder & CEO
Founder and CEO of Good Life, Hasan has dreamt of using his talents in Hip-Hop culture to help shift youth culture and it’s perspectives since his days as a youth. For him, Good Life is that culture change agent.
A leading youth advocate, mentor, entrepreneur and educator, Hasan A. Stephens
Don Sawyer, PhD.
Don Sawyer, PhD.
Board Member
Don C. Sawyer III, Ph.D., is currently a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.  He comes to QU after serving 12 years as an administrator, doctoral student, and community builder at Syracuse University.  At Quinnipiac University he teaches: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Race,
Azariah Yemma
Azariah Yemma
VP of Programming
As Program Director, Azariah is a long time volunteer for Good Life. His commitment to donate his time to see the right outcomes for youth was recognized and appreciated. He is a key factor in the organization’s growth and success.
Azariah is no stranger the justice system. His experience as
Jonathan Cerrito
Jonathan Cerrito
Co-Founder / Board Chair
Jonathan M. Cerrito counsels sponsors of multi-employer and single-employer plans, companies, tax-exempt entities and executives on all matters of tax, ERISA, employee benefits, non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements and the employee benefit aspects of mergers. Jonathan was named by the Whitman School of Management of Syracuse University as one of the
Henry Culbreath
Henry Culbreath
Board Member
Henry Culbreath, Jr., an alumni of DC Public Schools who was reared in DC Public Housing as the son of two heroin addicts. Despite his tough upbringing, Henry embraced the assistance of multiple mentors and educational advocates and won a myriad of scholarships that culminated in him receiving his Master’s from the Harvard
Jud Gostin
Jud Gostin
Board Member
Gostin founded Sensis in 1985, growing it into a market leader in sensors and information technology for military and civilian aviation used, with equipment deployed in more than 25 countries. Previously, he was a program general manager with the General Electric Corp.’s Radar Systems Department, leading the development of advanced
Jennifer Holland
Jennifer Holland
Board Member
As a resident of the city of Syracuse and a mother of two teenage sons and a young daughter, Jennifer Holland knows all too well the need for community support for our youth.  She has always wanted to work with youth. Initially when she decided to further her education, she took up
Sunny Jimenez
Sunny Jimenez
Board Member
Originally from New York City (Spanish Harlem & The Bronx), Sunny relocated from the Bronx about 10 years ago to Syracuse New York. Sunny is very connected to the community and gives her heart to help affect change in her new community of Syracuse NY. With more than 9 years of Hospitality
Andrew Lamirande
Andrew Lamirande
Board Member
Andrew, a senior in the tax group at the Syracuse branch of The Bonadio Group, works with and counsels clients in complex tax engagements. Andrew, originally from the Syracuse area, has recently moved back after an extended stint in the Tamp Bay, Florida area. While in Tampa, Andrew worked with high net worth
RJ Licata
RJ Licata
Board Member
RJ Licata is Inbound Marketing Coordinator at Terakeet, an engagement marketing technology company located in Syracuse, NY. Prior to joining Terakeet, he spent ten years working for the Syracuse University Football Program, most recently as Director of New Media and Web Strategy. He has extensive experience in digital marketing, social
Winfield Prass
Winfield Prass
Board Member
Winfield Warren Prass holds a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, and has over 10 years of service working with at-risk and disadvantaged youth.  Mr. Prass is currently the Senior Case Manager at Children Children Children Inc., a nationally recognized youth services agency, located in
El-Java Abdul-Qadir
El-Java Abdul-Qadir
Board Member
El-Java is a small business development and management consultant, working with aspiring entrepreneurs and start ups in a variety of industries including retail, food production, service provision, and social enterprise. He provides technical and business assistance to clients in new idea generation, market analysis and feasibility, operations, business plan development,