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November 13, 2018

Encourages NAF members to consider a career in public service

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw recently spoke at Orchard Park High School’s 6th annual Academy of Finance “Work Based Learning” Conference. Serving as the keynote speaker, Comptroller Mychajliw discussed the importance of the National Academy Foundation (NAF). He also stressed student involvement to prepare them for the business world and life after high school. 

“When I meet with young people I share with them my rough upbringing. My family struggled. We didn’t have a lot of money. As a family of immigrants we lived by the belief that we can accomplish anything with God’s grace, hard work and a quality education,” said Comptroller Mychajliw. “The journey I took to get here made me who I am. Students who struggle need to know they aren’t alone. We all face challenges. However, despite those challenges, it is critical that we teach our young people that they can choose their future and achieve their dreams if they work hard.” 

Comptroller Mychajliw noted that the Orchard Park NAF has students on the right track thanks to NAF Director Patrick Loftus and partners like Timothy Stalker, a Financial Services Representative at Financial Partners of Upstate New York, who volunteers as Advisory Board Chairperson, and the conference’s primary sponsor, AXA Advisors. 

Comptroller Mychajliw spoke with 125 students at Orchard Park High School on November 8. He has presented to NAF academies throughout Erie County as he works with educators, business leaders and young adults to prepare the students for the next stages of life, personally and professionally.   

For additional information or to contact Comptroller Mychajliw’s Office, please call 858-8404 or email