The Taishoff Center Advisory Council assists with and guides key Center programs and initiatives, including regional events, fundraising, strategic planning, research, and InclusiveU admissions/recruitment. The Council also represents the Taishoff Center and advocates for involvement and giving at Syracuse University.
Rob is CEO of Annapolis Yacht Sales and founder of the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education. He also serves as a member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees, IVMF Advisory Board and Washington, DC Regional Alumni Council. As a member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees, Captain Taishoff has supported the Center’s growth over the past ten years with an unwavering vision of ensuring people with intellectual disabilities are not left out of college.
Amy is a Director of the Allyn Foundation and sits on the Board of the National Down Syndrome Society. She lives in Skaneateles, NY. Amy has assisted the Center in recent years, through support and community advocacy around InclusiveU.
A lawyer and corporate advisor trained at the University of Pisa, Italy, Carmencita served as COO of Continuum Innovation, a global innovation design consultancy with current offices in Boston, Milan and Shanghai. She is excited to enter the world of social integration and inclusion for adults with disabilities and serves as CEO of Tenuta Donna Gilda, a social farm in the Chianti region of Tuscany.
Doug is Managing Principal and Founder of Alternative Access Capital, LLC in Larkspur, CA. He is a member of the Whitman School of Management Advisory Council and father of Jessica, a second-year student in the InclusiveU program. Doug hopes to grow the Center’s support services offered to students in their transition from high school to college life.
Born in Birmingham, England, Gary Payne CLU®, ChFC®, CRPC®, AEP® is both a founder and partner of The Carta Group. He is a past-president and member of the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House of Central New York and is currently on the board of directors for Elmcrest Children’s Center. Payne is also a past president and current member of the CNY Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (SFSP), a past president and member of the Syracuse chapter of the National Association of Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and a member of the Estate Planning Council of Central New York.