The NCAG Board of Directors

  • President of the Board: Steven Sirot (New Jersey)
  • Education Services Committee: Cyndy McDonald, Chairperson (California); Paula Bishop (Washington), Ryan Clark (North Carolina), Al Hoffman (Connecticut), Missy Yavasile (California)
  • Membership Services Committee: George Gately, Chairperson (North Carolina); Stuart Canzeri (Georgia), Peter Lampert (Colorado), Lisa Marker-Robbins (Ohio), Stuart Siegel (Idaho)


Gary E. Carpenter, CPA, CCA - Gary is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York and a Certified College Advisor (CCA).   He has provided continuing education courses in the area of college financial planning for various state CPA Societies, the New York State Bar Association and the Financial Planning Association of New York.  He has been quoted in Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, MONEY, Financial Advisor, AARP Magazine and on MSNBC and CNBC.  He has had over thirty years experience in tax and financing and has spent the past fourteen years in college planning and consulting.  Mr. Carpenter is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the principal founder and former Executive Director of the NCAG, Inc.  He is active in committee service for the New York State Society of CPA's and serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

Joining Gary as founders were Michael Davila, Al Hoffman and Joe Nagy .

NCAG membership can have great value for you!

NCAG Mission

Provide education and resources for college planning professionals, students and families.

Helping you help others

NCAG is accepting new members and is growing quickly. Membership is inexpensive, but the information that you gather and community that you will form will be invaluable as your practice continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of those you serve.


The NCAG is a member-driven organization. We look to our members to take an active part in NCAG by electing board members, working on committees and doing presentations if they wish.