SUMASA Board 2016-2017

Cheryl Poccia, President 

Cheryl is a part-time student in the Sustainability Management Program and is currently working at an asset management firm in midtown Manhattan. After graduating with a B.S. in Psychology from Drexel University and an A.A.S. in Graphic Communications she stayed living in Philadelphia to work in the health and non-profit industries focusing on program development. Interested in impact investing and corporate social responsibility; she finds ways to better influence the world on a large scale through the SUMA program. She believes that the key to success is transparency, collaboration and a shared purpose.

This is Cheryl’s second year serving on the SUMASA board; serving this year as President. With hopes to have a more dynamic student body she has proposed an ambassador program; pairing alumni and current students with new students. Inspiring collaboration and support, it’s her goal to have sustainability content provided by alumni and students published in a number of outlets. Using her experiences she would like to help SUMA reach a new level of success. As a native New Yorker born and raised upstate; she enjoys traveling to new places looking for the next adventure and meeting new people.


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Leticia Neves, Vice President of Academic Affairs

Leticia started the SUMA program as a full-time student, but has been enjoying it so much that she decided to stick around a little longer and go part-time instead. Born in Brazil, she has a bachelors in  Journalism and a passion for Communications and Sustainability, but is looking to transition to a corporate sustainability-related position.
She loves outdoor activities such as hiking, snorkeling and diving or just walking around the city!

As the VP of Academic Affairs, Leticia hopes to act as a bridge between the students, the program, professionals and SUMA alumni in order to improve the curriculum, skills and marketability of our



Lindsay Ferzoco, Vice President of Administration 

Lindsay started the Sustainability Management Program in the summer of 2015 as a part-time student. For the past three years, she has worked at a technology company as a consultant, most recently advising companies on how to better analyze and streamline data. She began as an account manager overseeing companies producing corporate sustainability reports through their proprietary cloud-based platform. Lindsay hopes to apply her professional experience and degree to develop expertise in ESG metrics and supply chain data management. As VP of Administration, Lindsay hopes to collaborate with each board member to ensure successful implementation of the board’s 2016-2017 strategic vision and goals.

Lindsay was raised in Falmouth, MA and has lived in New York City for just over 2 years. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Finance and International Business and began her career in wealth management. In her free time, Lindsay loves to travel, run, and listen to live music.



Amanda Stevens, Co-Vice President of Communications

Amanda started out as a full-time student in Fall 2015 and has transitioned to part-time, starting Spring 2016. While having lived many places, she considered Colorado home, as it is where she spent much of her formative years traipsing through woods and dancing in a ballet company. She joined the Sustainability Management program after five years working for the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC on corporate sustainability and GHG accounting and has a B.S in Environmental Studies from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

This summer, Amanda has temporarily relocated to NJ to work for Verizon as part of the EDF Climate Corps and to act as a surrogate mom to a flock of ducklings (check out #DucklingBrigade). When not at work or in class, you can most likely find her curled up with a good sci-fi/fantasy book or making a huge mess in the kitchen. As one of the Co-Vice Presidents of Communications, Amanda is really excited to help you all stay on top of all the amazing opportunities in the NY area and building our SUMA brand through social media and use of strategic data.


Michael Jorisch, Co-Vice President of Communications

Michael is entering his second semester in the Sustainability Management program, and is currently interning at the New York State Metropolitan Transit Authority, in its Sustainability Initiatives group.

Michael is a native of New York City, and has a background in Mechanical and Aerospace engineering from The George Washington University.  Outside of school he enjoys playing guitar, photography, cooking and playing softball in Central Park.

As Co-Vice President of Communications, Michael hopes to improve SUMA’s visibility and recognition among the University and the Sustainability community.


Photography for Eastern CT State University publications and web site.

Hilary Osborn, Vice President of Events

Hilary started as a part time student in the Sustainability Management program in Fall 2015. She is from a small town called Willimantic in eastern Connecticut, but has lived in Brooklyn for 4 years. Hilary has a background in art, writing, and agriculture. She is currently assisting research at the Earth Institute, and enjoys walking around the city and eating exotic food in her free time.

Hilary is very excited to be a part of SUMASA and to contribute to helping her fellow SUMA students navigate their Columbia experience by organizing events that showcase the breadth of possibility within sustainability.


Modou Cham, Vice President of Community Outreach

Modou Cham is from The Gambia, West Africa, he was raised in Norristown, Pennsylvania now lives in New York City. He is a part-time student in the Sustainability Management Program and is currently working as the administrator of World Information Transfer, an NGO in general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, promoting environmental health, literacy, and sustainable development.

Modou came to the SUMA program to advance his knowledge in Energy and Sustainable Development. As the VP of Community Outreach, Modou’s goal is to act as a liaison officer and bridge the gap between the SUMA program and the opportunities in sustainability New York City offers. In his free time, Modou loves to travel, discover new restaurants in NYC and play basketball and soccer. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.