Jordan Porco Foundation Announces New Board of Directors

Local professionals to support Hartford-based organization dedicated to preventing suicide, promoting mental health, and creating a message of hope for young adults

Jordan Porco Foundation - We're in it for life

The Jordan Porco Foundation, a Hartford-based organization promoting mental health among young adults, announces the appointment of their new Board of Directors:

  • Carlo Fusco, Chief Underwriter, Mass Mutual
  • Christopher G. Aroh, CPA, CohnReznick
  • Clement Lewin, Ph.D., MBA, Associate VP R&D Strategy, Sanofi Pasteur
  • Ivan Maisel, Senior Writer,
  • Peter F. Culver, Esquire, CEO, IWM Advisors, LLC
  • John “Jack” Soos, Sr. Manager, Industrial Engine Programs, Pratt & Whitney
  • Michael K. Kalman, CEO, MediaCrossing, Inc.
  • Arthur Mintzer, Partner, Social Venture Partners, Connecticut
  • April Brackett, Assistant Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Allied World Assurance Company
  • Jeffrey Lesser, SVP Asset Acquisition-Remarketing, Sherwood Integrated Solutions
  • Sarah-Kate Venison, LMFT, Founder, Psychotherapist and Consultant, SKVenison, LLC

“Our new board members embody the spirit of community, bringing talent, expertise, and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side in our continued efforts to save young adult lives across the country with our unique programs,” said Co-Founder and CEO, Marisa Giarnella-Porco.

The Jordan Porco Foundation’s programs have impacted more than 73,000 college students. But, they know there are so many more that need help. The dedication and support of the new board members will help to ensure the Jordan Porco Foundation can continue keeping pace with the overwhelming need for their programs. In addition, the new board will help launch the Foundation’s 4 What’s Next primary prevention program that teaches psychological resiliency in teenagers.

“I am involved because the Jordan Porco Foundation provides real, tangible and measurable programs for young adults in need,” said Michael K. Kalman, CEO, MediaCrossing, Inc.

Despite the success, many more young adults need their programs. A recent program participant told the Jordan Porco Foundation, “As a mentally ill student who has been suicidal, Fresh Check Day let me know that there are people who will help me and not judge me, and that made me feel safe.” Too many young people continue to struggle with mental health issues and tragically die by suicide. The Foundation’s board understands how crucial community support is in helping bring more lifesaving programs to schools and communities across the country. They’ve taken the pledge to be “In It For Life,” showing their commitment to the Jordan Porco Foundation’s mission to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults.

About the Jordan Porco Foundation

The Jordan Porco Foundation’s mission is to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults. They accomplish this by providing engaging and uplifting peer-run programs. Their programs strive to start a conversation about mental health that reduces stigma while encouraging help-seeking and supportive behaviors. The Jordan Porco Foundation is named in memory of the co-founder’s son, Jordan. Jordan died by suicide in 2011 as a college freshman. What started as two grieving parents’ vision, has grown into a nationally respected Foundation that helps tens of thousands of young adults across the country. Learn more at


Marisa Giarnella-Porco, Co-Founder & CEO,

Rachel Papke, Communications Manager,

Source: Jordan Porco Foundation


Categories: Non Profit

Tags: Charity, Connecticut, Hartford, Jordan Porco, Jordan Porco Foundation, mental health, Non-profit, not-for-profit, suicide prevention

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