David Paine

President and Co-founder

David Paine is the president and co-founder of the 9/11 Day Observance and MyGoodDeed, the nonprofit group that organizes the 9/11 Day Observance each year. David serves as the day-to-day executive director of 9/11 Day and MyGoodDeed, volunteering much of his time to support the organization. He manages the 9/11 Day national public service campaign, “Born on 9/11,” has developed national educational programming to help students learn about 9/11 through service, and works each year with hundreds of nonprofit partners, corporations, policy leaders and 9/11 family members to build participation in 9/11 Day. Under the leadership of David, and his co-founder Jay Winuk, 9/11 Day has grown to become the largest annual day of charitable service in the United States.

The idea of making 9/11 a National Day of Service and Remembrance was originally conceived in the winter of 2001 by David, who at the time of 9/11 was CEO of PainePR, a national PR and marketing agency in California. David had grown up and worked for many years in the NYC area, before moving to California in 1984. Like many Americans who witnessed the 9/11 attacks, David felt compelled to act, and was inspired by the remarkable spirit of unity, compassion and service that brought together so many Americans and others throughout the world in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. “I thought it would be a wonderful thing if we could honor those who lost their lives, were injured, or rose in service, by keeping that spirit of service and unity alive, at least for one day out of the year,” Paine said. In the Spring of 2002 David formed a nonprofit called One Day’s Pay to help support the growth of the idea. Soon thereafter, David was joined by Jay Winuk, a close friend and former work colleague, who had lost his brother Glenn in the attacks. Jay became co-founder of One Day’s Pay. (In 2007, the name of One Day’s Pay was changed to MyGoodDeed.) Together they worked tirelessly toward the goal of establishing September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under federal law, which they achieved in 2009, when the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama joined together to pass federal bipartisan legislation that formally recognized September as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance under federal law. In 2011, David helped build and lead a nationwide coalition of nonprofit organizations, businesses and civic groups in organizing the single largest day of charitable service in U.S. history, in commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. More than 30 million Americans, from all 50 states, engaged in good deeds and service in observance of 9/11 that year.

Today, besides running 9/11 Day, David is a regular contributor to publications and blogs, and speaks frequently to groups about the growth of 9/11 Day, and the importance of goodness in overcoming tragedy. He also runs a private internet development company, Paineacs Inc., in Newport Beach.

Prior to founding the 9/11 Day Observance, 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 decided to sell his interest in the firm in 2008 to dedicate more time to the 9/11 Day Observance. The agency is now called Citizen Relations, based in Los Angeles, New York and Orange County.

David presently lives with his wife Laney and their children in California, squeezing in a little time now and then to work on his new vegetable garden. Feel free to contact David by email at: david.paine@911day.org.

Jay Winuk

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President
Jay S. Winuk is co-founder and executive vice president of the 9/11 Day Observance 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 CNN.com, Yahoo News, the National Constitution Center, Gannett Newspapers, McClatchy, Maria Shriver.com, 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.

Joseph Spalluto

Chairman of the Board
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 t 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.

Gerard Papetti

Gerry Papetti serves as Treasurer of MyGoodDeed. He is Partner at U.S. Financial Services who specializes in advising high net worth individuals such as Senior Executives, Medical and Dental Professionals, Business Owners, and Retirees in the process of accumulating as well as preserving wealth. Gerry is a CPA and a Certified Financial Planner and 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 has also obtained his Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor’s designation (CMFC). Gerry has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Fairleigh Dickinson University for the Certified Financial Planning Program. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA) and Society of Financial Service Professionals (SFSP). Gerry is 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. He has served as the Chairperson of the NJSCPA Personal Financial Planning Committee and was the Fund Raising Chairperson of the CPA 5K Run for Children’s Charities. Gerry is also the Treasurer and a Director of The Jim Fassel Foundation, Inc., which benefits uniformed service professionals of New York City’s Police Department, Fire Department and Port Authority Police Department. Gerry believes that a financial planner’s value to a client is based on their relationship. Critical components include Trust, Competence and Philosophy.

Katie Loovis

Katie Loovis serves as the Secretary of MyGoodDeed. She currently is director of corporate responsibility for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) – a global health care company that helps millions of people around the world do more, feel better, and live longer. In this role, Katie is responsible for leading the development and implementation of a comprehensive corporate responsibility engagement plan in the U.S. She provides thought-leadership and serves as a spokesperson with key stakeholders. Most recently, Katie was GSK’s director of U.S. community partnerships and stakeholder engagement. In this role, she shaped the strategy for GSK’s philanthropy in the U.S. at the national, state, and local levels. Katie led the investment of nearly $10 million in charitable programming that leverages a collective impact approach to improve health outcomes and build healthier communities. Prior to GSK, Katie served as chief operating officer for Achieving the Dream - a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive nongovernmental reform network for community college student success. At Achieving the Dream, Katie was responsible for managing day-to-day operations, directing all strategic communications and marketing, helping coordinate long-term planning, and serving as secretary to the Board of Directors. Previously, Katie worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce heading up business & society relations out of the Business Civic Leadership Center (now Corporate Citizenship Center). Before that, she was director of the Office of External Affairs at the U. S. Department of the Interior, where she advanced the agency’s mission, initiatives, and policies with the private and nonprofit sectors. In that role, she also served as executive director of Take Pride in America®, a national initiative promoting volunteer service on America’s public lands. Katie served at the White House for five-plus years on President George W. Bush's compassion agenda, first in the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and then at USA Freedom Corps – an office established to help Americans answer the President's Call to Service. While at the White House, Katie served as the liaison to national service programs and initiatives; helped shape national policies on disaster response, immigration, financial literacy, and global diplomacy; and authored executive orders and initiatives strengthening and expanding a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility throughout the country and abroad. Additionally, Katie worked at Lipman Hearne, a strategic communications and marketing firm for nonprofits. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Katie is a regular volunteer with the Junior League of Washington and former Team Captain of the Under-19 USA Women’s Lacrosse Team. Katie is committed to health and wellness and currently earning her Master Gardener certification. In May 2012, 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. She serves on the board of directors of My Good Deed and the advisory boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center and Prevention Partners. Katie holds an MPA and BA with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she captained the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Team.

Joseph Guay

Joseph A. Guay is a partner in Holland & Knight’s New York office and 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 McGinty

Cindy, a graduate of the University of Connecticut, 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 turned her skills to volunteer work. Cindy lost her husband Michael on September 11, 2001. Cindy is the founder and President of the McGinty Scholarship Foundation and was a member of the Family Advisory Committee for the Mass 911 Fund. She is a founding board member of the Mass Military Heroes Fund. Cindy believes deeply in the idea of community service, volunteering and helping family members to remember their lost loved ones.

Alice Hoagland

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


AnnMaura Connolly is the Chief Strategy Officer of City Year. As CSO, 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 oversees the day-to-day operations of Voices for National Service, a coalition of service organizations that works to advance citizen service policy. 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.