Lucas Metropulos founded Fishing for Families in Need when he was 15 years old. Lucas also founded a nonprofit in the Bahamas called Lend a Hand Bahamas that works to bring more opportunities and activities to underserved communities of the Bahamas. He is currently a fundraising professional, and graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy Studies. He also holds a Certificate in Blockchain Strategy from Oxford University. He has been the recipient of multiple national accolades including being named One of Ten Outstanding Young Americans, an Environmental Educators 30 Under 30 recipient, SeaWorld's Environmental Educator of Year, a Nantucket Project Scholar, and he received the USA Weekend Magazine National Make a Difference Day Award. Lucas is the author of Civic Engagement: How to Start, Grow, and Sustain Your Efforts.
Juan M. Pellerano-Rendon IV is a first-generation Hispanic-American. He embraces his roots by maintaining his native Spanish speaking abilities as well as a proficiency in Italian. Juan received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami, graduating with majors in Advertising and Sports Administration, with a minor in Marketing. Juan currently works in Advertising at Publicis North America. At Publicis, Juan launched a new indication for HUMIRA, the top grossing drug worldwide. Outside of the office, Juan is on the Young Professional committee member at Ad Club of New York where he helps connect young professionals and cultivate environments to exchange ideas. He also loves to travel, having visited 47 countries on 5 continents.
Tyler Papera is currently a student at Chapman University in Orange, California. He began volunteering with Fishing For Families in Need as a high school student. During that time, he volunteered as the Co-Director of the program. Through volunteering, he grew a passion for the organization’s purpose and a connection to the students.
Matt has served in a variety of capacities from volunteer to CFO since Fishing for Families in Need’s inception. Matt’s passion for helping others resonated with the ability to help grow this outstanding organization as a board member. He hopes to contribute his accounting background, Bachelor’s in Accounting from Florida State and a Master’s in Accounting from University of Virginia with current Big 4 experience at Ernst & Young in New York to further develop the organization.
Adam Gabay is a value-oriented and operations-focused individual who resides in Southern California. He currently works in tenant representation, assisting companies with their workplace strategy and commercial real estate needs throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. Adam received his bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and enjoys backpacking to new destinations around the world.
Frank is an energetic, motivated, and community-oriented individual who has spent the past few years living in New York City. He currently works for a large management consulting firm, specializing in the healthcare industry and serving clients that range from large national payors to local hospitals. Growing up near Cape Cod and having spent time at many of the beautiful beaches along the eastern coast, Frank developed a passion for preserving natural marine ecosystems. In addition to environmental sustainability, Frank is involved in peer mentoring and pro-bono work with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Frank attended Duke University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.