The Team

Bryan Finocchio: Artistic Director

Bryan Finocchio graduated from The University of Massachusetts Boston in 2011 with his BS in Nursing.  Aside from nursing, he has always had a passion for the arts, both visual and performing.  Putting together a charity fashion event gave him the best of both worlds. He founded Catwalk for a Cure in April of 2010 when his womens health professor was diagnosed with breast cancer.  He also has family members and friends who were diagnosed as well, and decided that this would be a new and unique way to give back.   Bryan never imagined the success that Catwalk for a Cure has had and will continue to have. He plans to produce many more events in the future along with his incredible and dedicated team.

Neira Pekmez: Event Coordinator

Neira Pekmez graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising.  Apart from fashion, she is also interested in marketing, public relations, and event planning!  She has worked as a lingerie stylist for many breast cancer survivors and is incredibly honored to be a part of such a great cause.

Christina Ruggeri: Model & Designer Coordinator

Christina has known Bryan since the 7th grade. When he asked her to help with “Catwalk for a Cure” last year, she said, “Absolutely!”.
She is fortunate enough not to have had anyone in her immediate family suffer from Breast Cancer, but she has known and knows many women and families that have been affected by this disease. “Being a young lady myself, with many female family members and friends, I was incredibly willing to help with this charity event. Any contribution to help eradicate this disease is definitely worth my time and effort.” Christina is a 2009 graduate from Boston University with a degree in Health Science/Human Physiology. She is currently finishing prerequisite courses in order to apply for Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs.

Iliana Galvez: Asst. Event Coordinator

Iliana Galvez is a 2011 graduate from Bay State College with a Bachelors of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising.  Iliana enjoys assisting in events, marketing, and the business aspect of fashion.  Being part of this event is special because it led me to an amazing cause and hopefully change the lives of many.

Nick Mandella: Lead Photographer & Press Liaison

Nick Mandella is a freelance photographer specializing in head-shots/portraiture and event photography. He is a graduate of Suffolk University with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and Communication. He was a photographer for Catwalk for a Cure in 2010 and has since been asked on to the board as a Photographer and Press Liaison.  He is honored to volunteer his time for this great event raising awareness and funding for such an important cause. His heart goes out to all who have been affected by the disease.  Nick would like to extend a great debt of gratitude to Bryan Finocchio for allowing him to be a part of his elegant vision.

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