Meet Our Team

Making What We Do Possible

  • Darren is the CEO and founder of Powered by Professionals. Under Darren’s leadership, PBP has started 17 charitable organizations in 15 years. As of December of 2019, PBP is thrilled to announce that we have raised donations totaling over $130 million for our clients.

Darren Port CEO
  • Allison graduated from the University of Vermont in 2011 with a BS in Art Education and later received her New York State teaching license in Art Education. Allison has worked with non-profit organizations, including the 92 Street Y, over the last five years as an educator and program coordinator.

ALLISON GEISINGER Vice President of Development & Events
  • Amy Ferrone joined the Powered By Professionals team in July 2018 as Manager of Fundraising and Events. Amy comes to PBP with seven years of event planning experience working in planning and executing gala dinners, 5Ks, bike rides, walks, and meetings for top nonprofit clients.

Amy Ferrone Director of Development & Events
  • Kara DeBaene, Manager of Development and Events, joined PBP in July 2021 with seven years of experience in event management, planning and logistics. Her career began in corporate events, leading a team focused on growth and execution, and then transitioned into the sector of specialty events and weddings, focused on precision and perfection.

Kara DeBaene Manager of Development & Events
  • Tatyana James joined Powered by Professionals in July 2021 as Manager of Development and Events. Tatyana comes to Powered by Professionals with 7 plus years of nonprofit and association management and event management and logistics experience.

Tatyana James Manager of Development & Events
  • Donnie joined Powered by Professional in July 2021 as Manager of Development and Events. Donnie has 14 years of experience in fundraising and event management and has helped organizations both large and small achieve their fundraising goals. 

Donnie Manetta Manager of Development & Events
  • Reese has been with Powered by Professionals since July of 2017 and enjoys working in the fundraising and non-profit space supporting noteworthy causes. She has a keen eye for data administration and is passionate about keeping PBP’s events portfolio highly organized. She is currently working towards her Bachelors in Health Sciences.

REESE TOSHACH Executive Assistant
  • Maiya is the Development and Events Coordinator at Powered by Professionals after spending the spring and summer here as an Events Management and Fundraising Intern. She recently graduated from Fordham University in May of 2019 with a BA in International Political Economy.

MAIYA LARSEN Development & Events Coordinator
  • Sarah joined the PBP team in June 2021 as Development & Events Coordinator. She joins the team with five years of experience in the public relations industry where she developed creative ideas, campaigns, and partnerships for the clients she represented in the luxury hospitality and publishing industries.

SARAH COYNE Development & Events Coordinator
  • Alex is an experienced director with an established history of working in the digital marketing industry. Alex is skilled in web design and development, as well as search engine optimization and other forms of digital marketing.
ALEX GAMBINO Director of Digital Marketing
  • Stephanie graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Accounting. After spending the first ten years of her career in various accounting and investment banking roles at Goldstein, Golub, Kessler and Bear Stearns, she transitioned into an Event Planning position at Bear Stearns.

STEPHANIE JAVORSKY Director of Partnership
  • With twenty years of experience, Matt has worked in all the major areas of video production, developing and creating content for broadcast networks, producing documentaries for nonprofits, running a production company, and leading the video production department of a marketing agency. 

MATT ZUCKERMAN Director of Video Partnership
  • Nili joined Powered by Professionals in April 2018 as the Office Manager. Nili’s tasks include keeping the office clean, greeting guests when they arrive for meetings and checking in with staff to see how their daily responsibilities are going...

NILI RICHMAN Office Manager