MEET THE TEAM

Anastasia Gavalas Wing It

Anastasia Gavalas

FOUNDER & CEO

Anastasia Gavalas founded Wing It Project in the Spring of 2013. As an educational specialist and advisor, the spine of her work centers around leadership and diversity. She believes that children who are given the chance to tap into their individual strengths and beauty can transcend circumstances and reach their highest potential. Creating a nonprofit that connects socially-conscious organizations and children-in-need helps build communities of empowered people around the world. She holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Leadership and Administration, National Multicultural Education Certification, Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Bachelor of Science in Bilingual and Elementary Education. She lives on the east end of Long Island with her husband and five children.

Dr. Helen Kanellopoulos

BOARD CHAIRPERSON

Dr. Helen Kanellopoulos is the Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services and Special Education in the Freeport Public School District, New York. She received her Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from St. John's University, Certificate of Advanced Studies, Educational Administration from Long Island University, Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts in English from Molloy College.

Wing It Project Sandy Steele

Sandy Steele

STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Sandy Steele started her career as the Vice President and Director of Global Internal Marketing Communication at Alliance Bernstein, a leading investment management firm. She combined her international business experience with a lifelong passion for style to form Luxe Home Design Inc. She holds a CPE in International Business and Finance from New York University, BS in Finance from St. John's University, and a Paralegal Certificate from LIU.

Wing It Project Cynthia Lin

Cynthia Lin

SOCIAL MEDIA & INITIATIVES

Cynthia Lin currently works on building our global social media platforms and initiatives. Additionally, she supports our outreach to volunteers and connects with youth interested in service work. She uses her technology, video editing and artistic skills to expand our reach for global collaborations. She is a Summa Cum Laude 2021 graduate of Southampton High School and studies at Yale.

Danielle Anderson

FINANCIAL ADVISOR

Danielle Anderson holds a Master of Science in Taxation and Bachelor of Science in Accounting and began her career at the prominent firm of Markowitz and Fenelon & Bank LLP. She ventured out to start her own firm last year with much success. Her strong knowledge of business and accounting in the nonprofit arena helps her serve our organization with regards to financial advisory strategies and operational management systems.

The greatest dream you can ever have is to live your potential.                   Anastasia Gavalas, founder & chief wing giver