Our Team

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Eric Schafer

Chief Executive Officer & Producer

A native of Endwell, New York, and an entrepreneur for 20 years in the fields of marketing and media, he earned a BA in Writing and an MBA at Binghamton University, and has worked throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. He recently returned to Broome County after heading his own marketing and management firm, Azure Management Group, for 15 years in Vietnam.

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Douglas Divine

Chief Financial Officer & Deputy CEO

A successful entrepreneur since age 18, when he started a real estate business that thrives to this day, Doug is a native of Mobile, Alabama. He earned an MBA at the Simon School of Business, University of Rochester, and specializes in the fields of finance and real estate. He has worked with Mr. Schafer for over a decade.

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Dawn Michaels

Director of Content

A native of Broome County, she is an active participant and leader in support groups for crime victims and families of victims in New York and Pennsylvania. She is completing a B.S. in Forensic Reconstruction for Identifying Remains and Missing Persons.

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Evan Haas

Director of Operations

Evan is a rising senior at Binghamton University, majoring in Finance and Management of Information Systems. He is a member of the school's Finance Society, the Investment Association, and serves as the Philanthropy Chair and Co-Treasurer of his fraternity. Evan initially joined Lead Me Home as a financial strategist, and his wide spectrum of business management skills brought his promotion to Director of Operations.

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Zachary Schwid

Director of Digital Operations

Zachary is a sophomore Computer Engineering major at Binghamton University. He has taken a strong interest in programming, and currently oversees the further development of the Lead Me Home website and pitch deck. He will, as well, take the lead in our other technical operations, such as our communications, phone app, and GPS-Trackable clothing technology.

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Krishna Patel

Director of Business Development

Krishna is a junior at Binghamton University majoring in Financial Economics and minoring in Spanish and Urban Planning. She joined Lead Me Home in May 2020, and her wide range of interests and skills enable her to lead our Finance and Marketing efforts.

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Marissa Kufeld

Financial Strategist

Marissa is a Junior majoring in Finance at Binghamton University. She has been involved in fundraising initiatives for many campus organizations including the PwC Scholars Program and Relay for Life. With this, she is extremely excited to join the Finance team of Lead Me Home.

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Andrew Jacobi

Financial Strategist

Andrew is a graduate student studying Economics at Binghamton University, where he also just received his Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Economics. A native of Homer, New York, Andrew has had a number of active leadership roles in the community through the YMCA, and has worked on a Congressional campaign

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Michael Schafer 

Content  & Military Veterans Consultant

A native of Utica, New York, Michael is a decorated Navy veteran of the Korean War. An award-winning primary school principal for 30 years, he has served as a Broome County, New York legislator, and regularly travels the country presenting workshops for helping at-risk teenagers.

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Robert Bluestein

Consultant, Western Operations

The founder and Vice President of Probitsystems, Robert is a Cyber-Security expert and prolific writer on history and sports. He has been honored by Governor Abbott of Texas for his volunteer work with America's Military Veterans.

 

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Christopher Bracco

Law Enforcement Consultant

Chris is a Captain of the Binghamton City Police Department and leader of the department’s Canine Division. 

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Justin Bazan

Military Veterans Consultant

A Master Sergeant in U.S. Army Special Forces for 13 years, Justin is now retired, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Science at SUNY-Broome Community College, and works with veterans.