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David Paine is the president and co-founder of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, (“9/11 Day”).

David created 9/11 Day in 2002 in collaboration with his close friend Jay Winuk. Jay had lost his brother Glenn J. Winuk, an attorney and volunteer firefighter/EMT who was killed in the line of duty during the rescue effort at the World Trade Center.

"We didn’t want the terrorists to have the last word, or allow them to forever define how future generations of Americans would learn about, remember and observe 9/11," David says. Inspired instead by a remarkable spirit of national unity and compassion that arose in response to the terrorist attacks, David and Jay wanted to transform 9/11 from day of tragedy into a day of national unity and doing good. The idea with 9/11 Day was simple: Invite Americans to do one good deed on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in tribute to 9/11 victims, first responders, recovery workers, military, those injured and others impacted by 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“For a period of time after 9/11, we weren’t Red States of Blue States. We were the United States,” David says, “People did everything they could to help one another, not only the victims of the attacks, but people they didn’t know, perfect strangers who might have been stranded, or needed a helping hand. We wanted to keep that spirit of togetherness and service alive as a permanent and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, first responders, members of our military and others who rose in service in response to the attacks."

Under David’s leadership, 9/11 Day has grown to become the nation’s largest annual day of service in the United States, now formally recognized under federal law and Presidential Proclamation. As president and chief operating officer, David creates and oversees many of 9/11 Day’s programs, including its nationwide 9/11 Day Meal Pack volunteer service projects, now held in eight major U.S. cities, which mobilize more than 12,000 volunteers who together pack over three million non-perishable meals for people in need. David also guides national fundraising, works closely with hundreds of companies and other organizations, and coordinates federal activities in support of 9/11 Day, working with the U.S. Congress, White House and the Corporation for National & Community Service, a federal agency that oversees national service programs including AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps.

Prior to creating 9/11 Day, David founded and lead the national public relations firm, PainePR, an award-winning agency known both for its outstanding creative work, as well as its pioneering use of innovative humanistic philosophies in the workplace. During David’s tenure, the firm was named “Best Managed,” “Best Place to Work,” and “Most Creative” among national agencies, and also won more than 200 awards for its work. David lives with his wife Laney and their four children, Ryan, Alyssa, Eric and Matthew, in California.

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Jay S. Winuk is co-founder and executive vice president of 9/11 Day and MyGoodDeed, the nonprofit organization that annually organizes the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

On September 11, 2001, Jay’s brother Glenn J. Winuk, an attorney, volunteer firefighter and EMT, was killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center. Inspired by his brother’s devotion to community service and courageous actions, Jay joined David Paine in 2002 as co-founder in helping to build the 9/11 Day Observance initiative. He has become a passionate advocate for volunteering and national service.

Jay is a frequent public speaker and a leading national voice about volunteerism, charitable service, terrorism, individual empowerment and his own experience as the brother of a murdered 9/11 first responder. His work, commentary and personal story have been featured in major news media reports, documentaries and books throughout the nation and world. Jay was a featured speaker at the nationally televised ServiceNation “Presidential Candidates Forum” at Columbia University, representing the 9/11 family community and delivering his remarks just prior to those of candidates U.S. Senators Barack Obama and John McCain.

Since co-founding MyGoodDeed, Jay has spoken about charitable service and volunteerism before dozens of audiences – including at national conferences, corporate and annual meetings, press conferences with national legislative leaders, charitable events, on Capitol Hill, at colleges and high schools and more. Opinion pieces and articles Jay has written about these themes have been published by numerous media outlets and organizations, including, Yahoo News, the National Constitution Center, Gannett Newspapers, McClatchy, Maria, the HandsOn Network, The Record and the United States Department of State, which invited Jay to write a piece for its publication, “Resilience After Terrorism,” which was distributed to all U.S. embassies around the world in 2011.

In June 2011, Jay received from President George H.W. Bush and the Points of Light Institute the “Daily Point of Light Award” for “creating meaningful change in communities across America” and “helping to shape a better tomorrow for our nation.” In September 2008, Jay and David received the “President’s Call to Service Award” from The White House, one of the nation’s highest civilian service honors. In December 2011, Jay received the “Most Inspiring Person of the Year” Award” from Beliefnet, the largest online resource for inspiration and spirituality. In September 2011, he and David were awarded the “Teammates in the Community Award” by the New York Mets and the Citi Foundation for their work promoting service and volunteerism.

In recognition of his work in the national service sector, and as a tribute to his late brother Glenn, Jay was invited by U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to be her guest at President George W. Bush’s final “State of the Union” address on January 28, 2008. Upon the killing of terrorist Osama Bin Laden by the U.S. military in May 2011, Jay was invited by the White House to be among a select group of 9/11 family members to meet privately with President Barack Obama.

In association with his late brother’s law firm, Holland & Knight, Jay directs the Glenn J. Winuk Humanitarian Fund, which provides scholarships to college students demonstrating a record of community service and makes other charitable grants

In addition to his leadership role for MyGoodDeed, Jay serves as president of Winuk Communications, Inc., the public relations agency he founded in 1994. He has won numerous national public relations awards, including Silver and Bronze Anvils from the Public Relations Society of America, the industry’s highest honors, and has provided PR support to many of the nation’s leading corporations, nonprofits and other organizations. Previously, Jay was an executive at Burson-Marsteller and Golin/Harris, two of the nation’s top 10 PR firms, and served as director of public relations for Radio City Productions, the nation’s leading live entertainment company. He also was a partner and managing director of Dirty Water Integrated, a branding/advertising/PR agency. Over the years, Jay’s clients have included the NFL Alumni Association, The Coca-Cola Company, General Foods, the city of Berlin, Pfizer, Kreindler & Kreindler, a Journey for 9/11, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Citibank, Clear Channel Entertainment, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Robert K. Futterman & Associates and many others. Jay began his career in the nonprofit sector, serving as the director of public relations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. He earned a master’s degree in public relations from Boston University and a B.A. degree in communications from the State University of New York at Oneonta.

Katie Loovis is the vice president for external affairs at The Chamber For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro, former Secretary of the Board for MyGoodDeed, and a long-standing supporter of establishing 9/11 as a national and global day of service and remembrance.

Katie’s career in public service includes key roles in government (The White House), business (GSK), and the nonprofit sector (Achieving the Dream). She is a strategic communications and government affairs executive with 20 years of experience developing meaningful, multi-sector partnerships that transform lives and improve communities. Globally, Katie is on the Advisory Board for Corporate Citizenship at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She participated as a delegate for the U.S. Department of State-sponsored program to Israel and the West Bank coordinated by the American Council of Young Political Leaders in May 2012 and captained the USA Under-19 Women’s Lacrosse Team to a silver medal in the 1995 World Cup.

Locally, Katie is on the Board of Directors for Durham Tech Foundation and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, and is Secretary of the Board for the regional chapter of the American Association of University Women. She is an appointee to the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness Leadership Council and the Orange County Local Reentry Council, is a member of the Junior League, and is a former Rotarian. Katie volunteers with the NC Study Center and is a graduate of Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro (2017), Leadership North Carolina (2018), and the Town of Chapel Hill's Inaugural Peoples Academy (2018).

Katie earned an MPA and BA in Communication Studies with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she co-captained the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Team. There is an endowed scholarship in her name. Currently, Katie is earning her doctorate (Ed.D.) from NC State University with a focus on Community College Leadership. She is a Master Gardener (2015-2016) and delighted to live in “Blue Heaven” and cultivate four beautiful acres of native fruit and nut-bearing trees.

Joe Spalluto serves as Chairman of MyGoodDeed, having joined the board of directors in 2006. At the time of the 9/11 attacks Joe was Managing Director of Keefe, Bruyette and Woods. Keefe, Bruyette and Woods – the nationally respected New York-based investment banking and services firm was headquartered in the World Trade Center and lost 67 of its colleagues during the terrorist attacks. Mr. Spalluto received a BA from Amherst College and a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Gerry Papetti serves as Treasurer of MyGoodDeed.

Gerry Papetti is Partner at U.S. Financial Services, LLC an independent Wealth Management Firm. Gerry specializes in advising Corporate America, High Net Worth Individuals such as Senior Executives, Medical and Dental Professionals, Closely Held Business Owners, and Retirees in the process of accumulating as well as preserving wealth. Gerry began his career in Public Accounting with Touche Ross, and later pursued a tax career with Price Waterhouse. In 1985, Gerry started specializing in Financial Planning and in 1989, formed U.S. Financial Services, LLC. Gerry is also a frequent lecturer to other professionals on investment, business, estate and related taxation topics. He has appeared on CNN and CNBC and is the author of various published articles. Gerry believes that a financial planner’s value to a client is based on their relationship. Critical components include Trust, Competence and Philosophy.


  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor
  • FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65


  • New Jersey Society of CPAs
  • Financial Planning Association
  • Society of Financial Service Professionals
  • Adjunct Faculty Member Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Chairperson of the NJSCAP Personal Financial Planning Committee
  • Treasurer and Board Member of 9/11 Day.Org
  • Finance Council Member Resurrection Parish, Randolph, NJ
  • Treasurer and Board of Advisor Member of the Franchini Family Charitable Foundation

Joseph A. Guay is the secretary of MyGoodDeed.

A partner in Holland & Knight’s New York office, Joe serves as the firm-wide head of the Real Estate Section. He also co-chairs the Hospitality, Resort and Timeshare Group. His practice is focused in the areas of real estate, business and commercial lending with a strong emphasis in hotel and resort development and hospitality law including hotel acquisitions and dispositions, development and finance, mixed-use development projects, hotel management agreements, branded residential projects, restaurant agreements and general hotel operation matters throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. He represents national hotel company owners and operators, pension fund advisors and investment funds, and real estate development companies, institutional lenders and investment banks.

Joe also serves on the Board of SARAH, Inc., a community service provider serving children and adults with disabilities in communities across the Greater New Haven and Shoreline area of Connecticut, and is active in providing pro bono legal services through Lawyers Alliance of New York (and is a past Cornerstone Award recipient). Joe is a 1991 graduate of The University of Connecticut and a 1994 graduate of The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Born and raised in Connecticut, Joe currently lives in Madison, Connecticut with his wife Joann and their three boys.

Cindy is a 9/11 family member who lost her husband, Michael McGinty during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in NYC. Mike was a 1981 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and worked for Marsh McLennan.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Cindy worked in the insurance industry in Human Resources and Health Claims for over 15 years. She then left the work world to raise her two sons and later turned her skills to volunteer work with her church and school community. Cindy is a founding member the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund and was also on the Family Advisory Committee for the Mass 911 Fund. Currently Cindy is the Development and Marketing Chair for the Connecticut 4-H Development Fund at Auerfarm, President of the McGinty Scholarship Foundation a CORE Ambassador for Homes for Our Troops, and is on the is on advisory committees for the Dublin School and the Foxborough Regional Charter School. Cindy believes deeply in the idea of community service, volunteering and helping family members to remember their lost loved ones.

Alice Hoagland, today a respected authority on airline safety, is the mother of 9/11 victim Mark Bingham, who along with the other brave passengers of United Flight 93, stormed the cockpit and fought with terrorists for control of the hijacked aircraft. Although Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, PA, killing all aboard, the efforts of Mark and others heroically prevented the terrorists from striking intended targets in Washington DC.

AnnMaura Connolly is President, Voices for National Service, and also Chief Strategy Officer of City Year the Chief Strategy Officer of City Year. In her role as President of Voices for National Service, AnnMaura oversees the day-to-day operations of a coalition of service organizations that works to advance citizen service policy. As Chief Service Officer at City Year, AnnMaura directs City Year’s public policy and public affairs work, manages relationships with national leaders and organizational partners, oversees City Year’s international programs, and collaborates with the CEO on strategic advancement issues.

Additionally, AnnMaura serves as a co-convenor of ServiceNation, and AnnMaura has over 20 years of experience in the service field, beginning with her service year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and including senior management positions at Youth Service America and the Corporation for National and Community Service. She has also acted as an independent consultant to a variety of foundations and nonprofits, including the Grantmaker Forum on Community and National Service, Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. She joined City Year as Chief of Staff in 2000, and went on to serve as the Senior Vice President for Global Initiatives and Strategic Partnerships, and Chief External Affairs Officer before being named CSO in May of 2010.

Tom Michaud is in his 33rd year at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW). He was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in October 2011 and is responsible for directing all of the firm’s business lines in both the United States and Europe. Previously, he served as President since 2006 and Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer since 2001. Under Tom's leadership, KBW has grown to become one of the nation's leading investment banks to the financial services industry. The company is regularly recognized for its leadership in mergers & acquisitions, capital raising, equity research and equity sales and trading and is considered one of the premier specialist investment banks in the nation. Tom Michaud maintains strong personal relationships with leading industry executives, policy makers and institutional investors and has been instrumental in executing many of KBW’s largest transactions.

In February 2013, Tom led the firm’s merger into Stifel Financial Corp. KBW is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Stifel and Tom serves as Senior Vice President and is a member of Stifel’s Institutional Group Management Committee. Tom is a graduate of Middlebury College and earned an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He currently serves on the Board of the Foreign Policy Association of New York and the Advisory Board of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He is a past Member of the Greenwich Town Meeting and a past Board Member of the Greenwich Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Middlebury College Capital Campaign Committee.

Rich is a Managing Director/Senior Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management.   He has been a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch for over 33 years, and for nearly 20 years, Rich has been a member of its Circle of Champions, as one of its top advisors. Since 2003, Rich has been the West Coast senior partner of a leading team within Merrill Lynch.   In September of 2019, the team surpassed $4 billion dollars of assets under our management. 

Rich was born and raised in and around New York City.  In 2003, he moved with his family from Chappaqua, New York to Walnut Creek, CA (a suburb outside San Francisco).  But as he likes to say, “Once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker.” On 9/11/2001, Rich was working in ML’s office in midtown Manhattan.  “The memories of that day and the weeks and months following 9/11 remain seared into my psyche,” says Rich. “Our office in NY was diagonally across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  As you can image, witnessing so many of the hero’s funerals had a profound impact (to this day, hearing bagpipes triggers all sorts of memories).  I have long worked to educate others around the country what it was like to be in the New York City area in the days and weeks following 9/11.  Working to ‘take back the day’ is something the comes naturally to me.   Being able to join your Board, and officially channel my energy and passion, would be an honor and a privilege,” Rich says.