Board of Directors
Gary Kris is a seasoned business executive with over 25 years experience developing and executing growth and finance strategies in medical products, consumer goods, industrial equipment, and information technology industries . Gary has founded, operated, grown and sold two businesses involved in medical devices and industrial products. Prior to his entrepreneurial activities, Gary supported the development and growth of a number of large businesses as a management consultant. He also brings a depth of finance experience driving mergers and acquisitions at Pepsico and as an investment banker before that. Gary holds a bachelors degree in accounting and finance from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Gary is actively involved in a number of non-profit organizations including Legal Services of Hudson Valley, Northeast Stem Starter Academy, Friends of the White Plains Youth Bureau and MyMoney.org.
Andrea Wagonseller is a Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager in the New York City Commercial Real Estate Department at M&T Bank. Andrea began her career with M&T Bank in 2007 as part of the Bank’s Management Development Program and has since held several management positions in Retail Banking, including M&T’s North Salem and White Plains offices, and has also provided support for several bank acquisitions and conversions. A graduate of the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Andrea went on to receive her MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business in 2015. Andrea currently serves on the board of the New York City chapter of the Real Estate Lenders Association.
Former Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, ITT, Inc. and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Arch Chemicals, Inc.
Experienced in accounting, tax and financial reporting, acquisitions/dispositions, investor relations, capital markets, financial planning and analysis, pensions and investments and executive compensation.
Steven also volunteers on the Ursuline School Finance Committee; the Holy Name of Jesus CYO Board of Directors, Kensico Little League and Blythedale Children’s Hospital.
The Reverend Merle D. McJunkin has served as Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church since 2015. During his tenure, new ministry initiatives, missions & ministries activities and teaching & training courses have been implemented. Antioch’s membership continues to increase. The church has retired its mortgage and its nearly $4 million Affordable Housing Project was completed in fall 2017. Prior to his ministry with Antioch, Pastor McJunkin served as the Assistant Pastor/Minister of Christian Education of Grace Baptist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia, PA. In this position he served as staff to 24 educational and 7 mission ministries (representing: home missions, global missions, prison ministry, women’s ministry, ministry with the homeless, ministry with those impacted by HIV/AIDS and evangelism).
Prior to his work with Grace Baptist, Rev. McJunkin served as pastor of the East Glenville United Methodist Church in Cleveland, Ohio and Pastor for Program and Christian Education of the Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester, New York.
Born into a church-planting family in Cleveland, Ohio Rev. McJunkin is a graduate of Ohio University (BA) and Colgate Rochester Bexley Hall Crozer Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Since accepting his call to ministry 29 years ago, Rev. McJunkin has served in a variety of ministry settings including work with rural, university, inner-city and metropolitan congregations. Church Growth consultant, Science teacher, Seminary Biblical Greek instructor, and Youth Minister are but a few of the ministry positions he has held.
Pastor McJunkin delights in watching the Holy Spirit transform lives through the many ministries of the church, especially Christian education. His greatest joy is being the father of Shayla Marie, an undergraduate student at Simmons University in Boston, MA (formerly Simmons College). His greatest honor is being the loving husband of Karla R. Jackson McJunkin, BSEE, MBA.
Peter D. Burack
Peter D. Burack is a Co-Managing Partner of ABS Partners Real Estate, a property management and leasing firm based in New York. He has experience in all matters of real estate services including development, finance, acquisitions and sales.
Mr. Burack has been an active member of his community and participated for many years as a Board member of various youth programs. In addition, he has been supportive member of his Temple (acting as chairman of the building committee during a major renovation of the facility) as well as the local school foundation and scholarship fund. Peter also recently joined the Board and serves on the Finance Committee of Hillside Food Outreach, an organization that delivers high quality, nutritious food to those who are otherwise unable to access a traditional food pantry.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (BA 1983) and Kellogg Graduate School of Management (MBA 1988).
Chris has had a 35 year career as a Banker on Wall Street, most recently as a Managing Director and Industry Group Head at Mizuho Securities. Additionally, he has experience financing, renovating, and managing residential real estate in the New York area. As a longtime resident of Chappaqua, he has an understanding of the need for affordable housing in Westchester to fill the need for local housing for those who cannot afford the higher priced residential rental real estate available in the area.
Ellen joined the A-Home Board in February 2020. Ellen is originally from Western New York and has called the lower Hudson Valley home for the last 18 years. She holds a B.S. Degree in Business from Alfred University and a M.B.A. from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo.
Ellen joined the Board to give back to the community and to utilize her skills to help fight hunger and homelessness. She brings 30+ years of Human Resource Management experience in the Consumer Package Goods (CPG) industry. In addition to her work experience, Ellen has been an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, serving on Session, the Mission Commission and teaching Confirmation classes to young adults. It was through FPCY that Ellen first became aware of CHHOP and the wonderful work we do.
Andrew Musci works in the accounting industry for PKF OConnor Davies LLP. He has supervised and trained auditing personnel created procedures to improve efficiency and developed budgets and annual audit reports.
Andrew graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Accounting & Information Systems. He also spends time volunteering rehabbing houses through his church.