Our Mission

Aspiring Kindness Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public corporation for purposes of providing Financial assistance to support and enhance the abilities of emergency responders and service providers. Additionally, we plan to support those organizations dedicated to serving the memory of those who have given themselves in our time of need and in support of those individual’s family’s needs.

The Fire That Changed Our Lives

On January 19th, 2000 tragedy struck Seton Hall University, when a fatal dormitory fire took the lives of 3 students: Aaron KarolFrank CaltabilotaJohn Giunta and injured 60 students and firefighters. It is one of the deadliest college fires in U.S. history.

Who We Are

Jason Tarantino - President

Jason Tarantino is an Managing Director at Morgan Stanley in the company’s Institutional Securities Group Product Operations department since 2016. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he held various Operations roles at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch totaling more than 15 years of experience in the Industry.  Additionally, Mr. Tarantino has been involved in numerous non-for-profit companies and an active volunteer. 

Mr. Tarantino earned a bachelors degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Mike Merizio - Vice President

Mike Merizio is a Principal Staff Rates Analyst with PSE&G where he provides technical and cost analysis for electric & gas rate designs and tariff special provisions.

Mr. Merizio earned a B.S. with a double major in economics and environmental business from Rutgers Cook College and an M.B.A. in business administration from Seton Hall University.

James Merizio - Secretary

James is an Assistant Vice President at MUFG Bank of Tokyo in the Market Data and Trade Technology department.   James has held various leadership, engineering, and project management roles with a variety of banks during his 20-year career in the Market Data industry.

Mr. Merizio earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 1998.

Sean Magee - Treasurer

Sean Magee is a Vice President and Investment Manager in Deutsche Bank’s Wealth Management division, where he specializes in the design and management of fixed-income portfolios for institutional investors, both domestically and internationally.

Mr. Magee earned a B.S. in finance from the University of Rhode Island, M.B.A. in finance from Fordham University and holds the CFP® designation.

Aron Lukacs - Audit Advisor

Aron Lukacs

Aron Lukacs is a Vice President at the Ayco Company, LP where he provide financial counseling to corporate executives and high net worth individuals. He provides clients with estate, investment, tax, insurance planning along with the maximizing benefits and compensation structuring.

Mr. Lukacs earned a B.S. in business management from University Of Scranton and an M.B.A. in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Corey Freuler - Technology Advisor

Corey Freuler is Manager of Digital Marketing & Technology at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP where he manages the marketing technology team, responsible for client relationship management (CRM) and digital marketing initiatives.

Mr. Freuler earned a BS in Computer Information Systems from Rider University and is a member of ILTA (International Legal Tech Association)

Sameer Joshi - Marketing Advisor

Sameer Joshi is a Business Manager at OmniActive Health Technologies Inc., where is he responsible for the organizations general business functions, to ensure profitability and healthy growth for the group.

Mr. Joshi earned a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Scranton and an M.B.A. in International Business Consulting from Offenburg University of Applied Sciences , Germany.

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