Paul Pristavec, a Staten Island native, is a Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch. He joined Merrill Lynch in 1992 and has been advising high net worth individuals and wealthy families since 1996. He is a parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church and is involved in charitable work for the Archdiocese of New York. Paul and his wife Dana reside in the Tottenville section of Staten Island with their four children.


It is an honor to be associated with the Cristian Rivera Foundation. I have been a close friend of Christian’s father, John “Gungie” Rivera for many years and became aware of Pontine Glioma when Cristian was taken from us. Being the father of four children, I understand the importance of finding a cure and bringing awareness to this terrible disease.