We are fortunate to have a Board of Directors who are committed to our mission and provide thoughtful guidance to achieve it. Comprised of innovative, forward-thinking leaders from fields including finance, construction, the law, education, and health, our Board helps ensure that Friends of Karen is able to meet its goals and objectives.

Anne Angeles
Board Member

Anne is a marketing leader whose passion in building brands and growing businesses spans across a broad range of categories.

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Paul Barger
Board Secretary

Paul attended the University of Michigan and The George Washington University Law School.

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Michael Cassidy
Vice President, Board of Directors

Mike is the former CEO and Chairman of Undertone, a digital advertising technology company he founded in 2001.

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Sara Colodner
Board Member

Sara began her professional life as a corps member in Teach for America, teaching Special Education at a NYC public school.

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Pamela Hervey
Board Member

Pam holds a BS in electrical engineering from Lafayette College and an MBA from Boston College, with a concentration in finance and strategic management.

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Jacqueline Holtzer
Vice President, Board of Directors

Jackie, a former Human Resources executive in the banking industry, was introduced to Friends of Karen in 2004.

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Beth Leventhal
Board Member

Beth has spent over 25 years involved with and supporting organizations that are focused on childhood poverty.

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Trish Lobenfeld
Treasurer, Board of Directors

Trish holds an MA in Food Studies from NYU’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health.

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Tony Napolitano
Board Member

Tony holds an M.S. and B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University.

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Palma Patti
Board Member

Palma received a BA from Boston College and graduated from New York Law School. She went on to practice matrimonial law with a NYC law firm.

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David Rosenberg
Board Member

David is a graduate of Queens College (BA) and Penn State (MA).

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Laura Salerno
Board Member

Laura is a communications and media relations strategist with nearly a decade of public relations experience.

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Paul Smadbeck
President, Board of Directors

Paul joined the Friends of Karen Board in April 1996.  He attended Ithaca College, receiving both a Batchelor's and Master's Degree in Music, and is a published composer.

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Steven M. Swirsky
Board Member

Steve has been a member of the Board since 2008.  He is a Member of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., based in the firm's New York office, where he is a leader in the firm's labor and employment law group.

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Sharon Weiner
Board Member

Sharon was introduced to Friends of Karen in 1987 when her children participated in a swim-a-thon at Breezemont Day Camp.

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