Caring for Those Who Care for Us

April 13th,2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Joe Cuneo and Brian Zona

Join Jefferson Educational Society Raimy Fellows Joe Cuneo and Brian Zona on Tuesday April 13th at 4:00PM as they examine the impact of our pandemic year on essential workers serving developmentally disadvantaged Erie Countians. Brian and Joe document the critical value of the care provided by interviewing both human service agency leaders and a client and his family as a prelude to advocating for both increased compensation and public appreciation for these vital human servants caring for Erie County's most vulnerable citizens. Ask yourself "Is an average wage that barely exceeds recent proposals for a $10 per hour Pennsylvania minimum wage fair to those who provide such critical and compassionate service"?  Join us Tuesday April 13th for this Raimy Fellows presentation "Caring for Those Who Care for Us".

This event will be live-streamed on our Facebook page and later posted to our Youtube Channel and Website (www.JESerie.org).

Joe Cuneo and Brian Zona

Joe Cuneo currently serves as a marketing communications consultant for Erie Insurance, a role he has held since January 2021. Prior to this position, he has held marketing and communications roles at Mercyhurst University and Stairways Behavioral Health. Cuneo has also held part-time roles at the Erie Times-News, where he worked for six years as a part-time sports correspondent and freelance writer.

He is a graduate of Gannon University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism-Communications in 2013. He is completing his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership at Mercyhurst University, where he will graduate in May. Cuneo was also a participant in the 2019 Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy


Brian Zona, B.A., is an assistant at L’Arche Erie, a role he has held since 2009. Formerly, he was the program manager and life skills coach at The Barber Institute. He graduated from Edinboro University with his B.A. in sociology in 2017. He has volunteered at the Presque Isle State Park and Tom Ridge Environmental Center and the Obama Presidential Campaign, and he was a Special Olympics coach.