Intern of the Week – Gino Pisano

Meet Gino, a sophomore at the University of Delaware majoring in Finance. He’s seeking a Summer 2023 internship in the Greater Baltimore region focused on financial advising, investment banking, or wealth management.  

Gino plays Division 1 lacrosse at the University of Delaware. He earned a spot on the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll in Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Fall 2022. When asked what he has learned from his experience as a student-athlete, Gino shared, “I understand time management and the value of teamwork when working together to achieve a common goal. I pay attention to the details and work hard to ensure things get done the right way.” 

Gino is Proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Access, basic HTML, and Python. 

Outside his experience at the University of Delaware, Gino has developed leadership skills as a club lacrosse coach for youth athletes. He also supports various lacrosse tournament operators in the summer months at competitions located from Philadelphia, PA to Annapolis, MD. Gino has also volunteered at UDANCE for the last two years, helping to plan a fundraising dance event to raise money for children battling cancer.

If you have an internship opportunity in the Baltimore region that will support Gino’s professional development in Finance, contact him directly at  

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Serving Veterans: CSP Volunteers with Catch A Lift

Recently, members of the CSP team volunteered at a Catch A Lift event as part of our Community Connections program. Catch A Lift is a national non-profit that lifts spirits and saves lives, providing U.S. military combat veterans with an array of holistic and practical methods to heal the whole person—mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Alongside people from all walks of life and a variety of companies, our team put together gift bags for new members of Catch A Lift. Members are combat-injured veterans who are finding new focus and energy by instilling a new, thoughtful, and healthy lifestyle founded on four core pillars: Nutrition, Fitness, Emotional Wellness, and Community. The gift bags were full of items that support this renewed lifestyle, from an inspiring book written by a Sergeant who was also speaking at an upcoming event, to giveaways, t-shirts, and more. 

Kay Calivas, one of the CSP team members volunteering at the event shared, “The stories we heard from volunteers and those shared on the Wall of Heroes were heartbreaking but also inspiring. These experiences have lasting effects on heroes and their families. If filling a bag with items can show we value them and we remember them, it’s a very simple but important way to give back.”  

Mentors, coaches, and veteran leaders adapt Catch a Lift’s programs to accommodate the individual abilities, attitudes, and aspirations of members. Finding a personal purpose is the Catch A Lift cure for addiction, dangerous weight gain, and debilitating depression. By fostering a commitment to forward movement and getting better every day, renewing personal energy, and choosing to join and serve a broader community, wounded vets find life-saving purposes that they share with others.

Catch A Lift was founded in memory of Cpl. Christopher Coffland, U.S. ARMY. who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. Chris’ phrase, “I’m gonna catch a lift,” indicated he was heading to the gym, but more importantly, it meant he was going to get centered, refocused, and re-energized.

To date, Catch A Lift has funded more than 8,600 wellness grants, providing a real, practical, and profound impact to thousands of veterans and caregivers.

Our team will continue to volunteer with Catch A Lift. If you’re interested in supporting the organization too, visit to learn more.


Meet the Team – Donna Garon, Senior HR Consultant

Meet Donna GaronSenior HR Consultant at Chesapeake Search Partners. She brings more than 20 years of HR operations experience to CSP.

Donna’s involvement with SHRM chapter events led her to meet CSP’s HR Practice Director, Jason Nemoy, and ultimately land a role with the team.  “In 2019, Jason reached out with an amazing opportunity for me to support CSP in an HR consultant role that was an ideal fit that aligned perfectly with my strengths,” said Donna. “I collaborated with Jason and the team so well. It was such a rewarding experience. Today, I’m lucky to be supporting CSP’s clients on an ongoing basis, structuring and building the foundations of high-quality HR departments.”

In her role, Donna supports HR teams in facilitating positive change and developing competitive advantages for their companies. “When run properly, HR teams can impact the bottom line – reducing the costs associated with turnover, compliance issues, legal risks, and costly errors. When you think about it, disgruntled employees have the potential to be more productive employees. I stress to my clients that there’s an opportunity to bring it back to the basics. This means getting people compensated fairly, securing and streamlining benefits coverage, and prioritizing excellent internal customer follow-up. All of this helps keep turnover costs down and increases productivity.” 

Donna continues to focus on elevating HR from a purely administrative and processing role, to becoming a business partner that adds value, reduces turnover, increases productivity, and brings in quality hires. “We look for ways to collaborate with leadership teams that do not fully support HR. My challenge is to win them over and encourage them to accept HR as a trusted asset of information and guidance.” 

Donna originally hails from Southington, Connecticut, and has lived up and down the east coast in New York City, Alabama, and Georgia. Today she resides in Maryland with her three sons. She balances her work and personal life by allocating plenty of time for family, volunteering, activism, and providing guidance and support to others. She also enjoys attending live music events, participating in cosplay at the Renaissance Festival, and doing performance art in Washington DC.  


Intern of the Week – Sophia Merritt

Meet Sophia, a junior at the University of Lynchburg majoring in Sports Management with a minor in Marketing. Following a 10-day internship abroad with Living Sport’s International Business Program in London this June, Sophia is looking for a Summer 2023 internship in the Baltimore or the Eastern Shore region of Maryland.

This semester, Sophia is interning with Coach Koduelka and the Lynchburg men’s lacrosse team. She is in charge of documenting the season and communicating updates about the team via social media channels and the weekly alumni and parents newsletters.

Sophia has developed leadership skills as a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. She demonstrates teamwork and collaboration as the social chair for Alpha Sigma Alpha and as the Vice President and webmaster for Delta Sigma Pi, the business fraternity at Lynchburg. Sophia has also developed experience in sales and marketing by working as a Sales Associate at T.J. Maxx and a waitress at Dead Freddies.

Additional skillsets include proficiency in POS systems operations, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint, G-Suite, Canva, and Adobe Photoshop.

If you have a sports management or sports marketing internship opportunity in the Baltimore or Eastern Shore region that will support Sophia’s professional development, reach out to her directly at

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Intern of the Week – Antonio Tolentino

Meet Antonio Tolentino, a senior at Loyola University majoring in Business Management. Antonio is looking for a full-time job opportunity in finance in the DMV beginning this summer.

Antonio’s professional experience includes a summer 2022 role with Greenspring Advisors in Towson. As an intern, he studied private and institutional clients, researched equity and fixed-income funds, and attended investment committee meetings. Before that, he supported company analysis at Winklevoss Capital where he conducted in-depth research on start-ups for acquisition, with the backing of the firm’s portfolio manager.

Antonio is actively involved with Loyola University. He’s a member of the Sellinger student advisory board as a DEI representative. He also represented Loyola in the CFA Research Challenge where he led his team in conducting in-depth research, culminating in a presentation of their recommendation on HB Fuller. At the Simon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Antonio has been a career lead member for the last two years, planning and promoting business innovation and entrepreneurial panel discussions. Lastly, as a captain of the Men’s Club Basketball team since 2019, Antonio organizes tryouts, practices, tournaments, volunteering efforts, and budgets for the team. 

Outside of Loyola University, Antonio is enrolled in self-paced online courses that include Financial Modeling Certification, Adventis, and Bloomberg Market Concepts. His software proficiencies include Microsoft Office, Bloomberg Terminal, FI 360, Morningstar Advisor, Tamarac, Money Guide Pro, and TradingView.

If you have a full-time opportunity that aligns with Antonio’s professional experience, please contact him directly at

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