THE BLUEPRINT FOR THE ROAD TO GREATNESS
Road to Greatness was created with the belief that everyone has the capability of being great in their own right. Some are actively pursuing that greatness, while others need that motivation to begin their own path.
Over the years, the communities of Sunnyside and Woodside have been witnessing youth programs constantly vanish throughout the neighborhood. After a popular youth program disbanded in June 2014, one community leader, Kenny Medrano, knew he had to take action. Through partnerships with a local church and community association, he was able to continue programs. In May 2015, he formed a team of incredible professionals who shared the principles of leadership and resilience. They were driven to make a lasting impact in the community. This became the origin of the Road to Greatness.
The mission of Road to Greatness is to cultivate leadership within individuals and strive to advance the social and economic progress of communities in Queens.
In order to make an impact in our communities, the Road to Greatness begins at the fundamental level: through the youth.
Beginning in 2016, through its partnership with P.S.199Q, Road to Greatness provided an arts and sports program in a school that had a need for both. This is only possible by the actions and support from incredible, like-minded individuals like you.
Join us as we continue this movement to make a long lasting impact in the community for our 2017 Spring Cycle.
Road to Greatness, Inc.
P.O. Box 4795
The Road to Greatness team shares a common standard based on leadership and passion. Our diverse staff and board is compiled of professionals that make sure that the organization will always maintain a standard of excellence. Our team is dedicated to establish Road to Greatness as a staple in the community for years to come.
Founder & President
Kenny Medrano is the founder of Road to Greatness. He is a social entrepreneur and avid backpacker. He’s a New York native, specifically from the great county of Queens. His family is from Quito, Ecuador. He holds a B.B.A from Baruch College. Professionally, he started in music publishing working in licensing and copyright administration. After years of volunteering, he found his calling when he became the director of a Boys & Girls Club in his childhood neighborhood. He created this organization because of his passion and commitment to foster leadership for the youth and other aspiring entrepreneurs.
Mel began his professional career with the Boys & Girls Club Movement as Associate Executive Director of the Crime Prevention Association Boys & Girls Club in Philadelphia. He eventually became the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Albany, Executive Director at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, and Regional Service Director serving more than 30 Clubs in New York and New Jersey. He currently serves as the Chief Professional Officer at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. A graduate of Manhattanville College, Mel is married to Barbara Allen and has three children, Adam, Lorin, and Brian.
Marco began his career at J.P. Morgan as an equity research analyst covering financial stocks for 6 years. He is currently a management consultant at Accenture, with clients such as Pepsi and Johnson & Johnson. He holds a B.B.A from NYU Stern and an M.B.A from Wharton. His first paying job was selling sodas in Shea Stadium. He credits his humble beginnings in his hometown of Woodside, Queens as his motivation for his professional success. He lives with his partner and daughter in Philadelphia.
Being immersed in the film and music industry since 2012 by chance, Kathy finds that she enjoys data and the story that can be told behind the numbers. She works as a Royalties Manager for The Orchard, bringing her experience in film and TV data to help them with their royalties for their ever expanding film division. As a form of giving back, she has dedicated several years volunteering in various non-profit and charity efforts. Originally approaching Road to Greatness to assist them with event logistics and planning, she became entrusted with numbers and financials over time. When she has a moment to herself, she enjoys being with her two fur balls, a larger-than-life (and larger than herself) Border Collie named Charlie and an always hungry Puggle named Gus.
Jennifer Weil, an After School Program Director originally from the South, graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, specializing in Human Services. She entered the Youth Programming sector in 2007 when she held a position coordinating an After School feeding program for underserved communities in South East Washington DC. She moved to Queens in late 2008 and landed at the Queens Community House in Forest Hills, where she directed their After School Program for almost five years. She was directing programming at the Boys Club of New York for elementary-aged boys in the Lower East Side. She is now the Communications Coordinator at at the Queens Community House. Jennifer also runs a local blog on Instagram (@astoriabout), and she enjoys creating opportunities for neighbors to engage in meaningful community work. She joined Road to Greatness in 2015 and has been involved with marketing, development and in this coming year, programming.
Andrew has always prided himself on being a well-rounded professional and individual. After graduating from St. John’s University, he sought out different opportunities in the business world, including event planning, marketing, volunteer management, sales, and after school program management. During that time, he developed a connection with the nonprofit world and worked with a few schools out in Queens with their committee/board development and assisting students with creating their own way to give back to the community. After learning about Road to Greatness in early 2016, he decided to put forth effort into building up the Sponsorship side of the organization to support the program as it continues to grow. In his personal time, he is an avid food adventurer who always is looking for a new local restaurant that serves up the scrumptious dishes.