The following individuals are part of the core AFFORDABLE team that is involved in the daily operations of our organization.

Alex Campbell


Warren “Alex” Campbell IV was born and raised in Annapolis, MD. He then attended Gettysburg College where he received a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Neuroscience in 2015. While at Gettysburg College, Alex utilized the interdisciplinary liberal arts education to diversify his educational experience. This included studying Medical Anthropology and Pharmaceutical Development in Copenhagen, Denmark as well as working as a peer science mentor to teach general chemistry and cell biology to his fellow undergraduate students. Additionally, Alex was able to research Huntington Disease Biophysics under Dr. Shelli Frey, the findings of this study were published in the journal Biochemistry which emphasized the role of cholesterol on membrane fluid dynamics and its subsequent role in Huntington disease pathology.

Following his successful undergraduate career, Alex moved to Washington, D.C. to conduct research in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). At the NIAID he researched anthrax microbiology and biomedical engineering under Dr. Stephen H. Leppla. His primary focus was designing and producing unique chimeric anthrax toxins to target HER2 positive breast cancers. While there, undertook an extra project to develop a novel enzymatic process to facilitate the development of “designer proteins” that may be of substantial benefit to future drug design and is currently under patent review.

Alex is now in The Ohio State University College of Medicine MD/PhD MSTP program because he was attracted to what the program had to offer, this program has allowed him fulfill his desire to integrate medical research and healthcare in innovative ways. Being able to work in this program has offered him a unique opportunity to transform the medical profession from within. His research focus will be on retinal stem biology and improving retinal regeneration following injury. Meanwhile, his medical training has exposed him to healthcare system challenges that have inspired him to search for new approaches and solutions to collective financial and healthcare barriers that can improve societal health.

Alex’s goal is to bring a multitude of organizations from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors to improve overall community health. There are various communication and structural barriers to such a vast inter-institutional collaboration that makes Affordable so important, and he will be working intimately with the Networking Team to bring our society closer together.


Sean Pannella


Sean is an options trading systems developer for Susquehanna International Group interested in contributing back to community. He earned one bachelor’s of science in computer science and a second in mathematics both at University of Maryland. Sean has always been interested in applying technology to helping others. During his time at University of Maryland he helped make a system that assisted blind people with finding bus stops. (
Sean is always looking to build something that has scalable social impact.


Matt Hortopan

(Chief Strategy Officer)

Matthew Hortopan is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, graduating with Business Departmental Honors. Upon graduation, Matthew entered the Management Consulting space as an Associate with NFQ Advisory Services in their Capital Markets practice, specializing in technology, located in New York, New York. Mathew intends to utilize his skillset gained in consulting to provide strategic solutions to complex problems affecting AFFORDABLE to benefit the community. Furthermore, Matthew will assist in AFFORDABLE’s efforts of building meaningful relationships with academic institutions, private philanthropists, and other key parties to increase awareness, action, and resources dedicated to AFFORDABLE.

Ross Pannella

(Chief Recruitment & Philanthropy Officer)

Ross Pannella has a passion for philanthropy and aims to bridge the gap between software developers and humanitarians. Ross continues to discover talented individuals that have contributed their unique qualities and experiences to the AFFORDABLE team. He also serves as the director of fundraising.

Jake Dipardo

(Chief Marketing Officer)

Jake is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing at the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University in New York. He has a strong background in business operations as well as volunteering for New York area non-profit organizations. Last fall he worked as a consultant for the North Shore Learning Center on Staten Island, New York where he helped them raise around $13,000 as well as helping them find better board management. He applied his talents in marketing to revitalize their entire website, social media, volunteer forms, and their fundraising department. Affordable is proud to have Jake as a skilled graphic designer with experience in non-profits that will help improve the overall look of Affordable. Jake is excited to work with the great minds of the Affordable team to help our full potential.

Patrick Peter

(Software Developer)

A former bio major interested in Linux, Rust, new & user-friendly tech, and eusocial hymenopterans. Has worked most in C/C++, Java, and Python 3.

Ariana Marean

(software consultant, Advisory Board)

Ariana Marean is currently a recent graduate of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University and currently working for the CDC. She is originally from the Chicago suburbs but has come to call Columbus home. With her free time, she builds connections among the technical community in Ohio through her work with the student organization OHI/O. She is pursuing opportunities in the technology space that will allow her to use the wide range of skills she has gathered in her time at Ohio State.

Heggy Castaneda

(Software Consultant, Advisory Board)

Heggy is a front-end developer with a growth mindset and flair for intuitive user experience design with a background in Finance and Operations Research.  She is driven to always continue to expand her knowledge, stay current with technology, and contribute back to the local tech community.  In recent years, she deepened her technical knowledge by taking online courses and attended schools such as General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive coding Bootcamp, UCSC’s Internet Programming and Development program, and Udacity’s Mobile Web Specialist Nanodegree program.  She is excited to help with AFFORDABLE!

Before joining Affordable, she worked at several bay area startups as a Creative Technologist, QA Engineer, and Project Manager.  On weekends, Heggy usually attends local tech meetups or hosts tech events as a TechLadies’ volunteer city organizer.  Her favorite book is Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck.

Andy Zawada

Andy Zawada- CIO, Software Team Manager, Developer

My name is Andy Zawada and I am from Columbus, Ohio. I attended Columbus St. Charles for high school, and I am currently a senior in the CSE program at Ohio State. I will be graduating in December 2020. This summer I am working at Nationwide Financial full time as a contractor, working on cloud migration efforts and cloud skill uplifting for our different teams. I have a background in application run support at Nationwide, and between work and personal projects have touched everything from React Native and Angular to Oracle and ESP batch processing. After graduation I am looking for an opportunity in cloud development, cloud migration, application modernization, DevOps, or site reliability engineering. A little bit about me away from the keyboard I am passionate about strength and conditioning, and am a big hockey fan. Most weekends between September and March you will find me in a hockey rink.