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.

Francisco Barrenechea
Board Member

Francisco is a Vice President in the Structured Lending and Special Situations group at Morgan Stanley. He...

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Marisa Carson-Bibens
Board Member

Marisa became part of a Friends of Karen Family in 1990 after her sister was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic...

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Sara Colodner
Board Member

Sara works for theSkimm in Digital Media Sales having previously worked at other digital media and entertainment...

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Arlene del Mundo
Board Member

Arlene del Mundo became a board member in January 2020 after attending a board match function in Manhattan. She was...

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Pamela Hervey
Board Member

Pam Hervey joined the board of Friends of Karen in 2002, after learning about the organization from a friend and...

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Tom Jocelyn
Treasurer

With three decades of experience, Tom Jocelyn is a recognized expert in the field...

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Jonathan Malawer
Board Member

Jonathan Malawer joined the board in January 2020.  He wanted to become involved with a charitable organization...

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Louis Meltzer
Board Member

With over a decade of real estate experience, Louis Meltzer is the principal of LEM Equities, LLC a real estate...

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Mike Nieves
Board Member

Mike Nieves is the SVP, Finance and Treasurer at Penn Entertainment.  He previously worked as a real estate...

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Laura Salerno-Evans
Vice President

Laura Salerno-Evans became involved with Friends of Karen as a teenager after attending the organization’s annual...

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Evan Schreiber
Board Member

Evan Schreiber joined the board in March 2021. He wanted to get involved with a charitable organization and...

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Richard Sgaglio
President

Richard Sgaglio, a marketing and development professional with more than 25 years of experience, is most proud of...

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Paul Smadbeck
Immediate Past President

Paul joined the Friends of Karen Board in April 1996. He attended Ithaca College, receiving both a Bachelor’s and...

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Steven M. Swirsky
Board Member

Steve has been a member of the Board of Friends of Karen since 2008. He is a Member of Epstein Becker & Green, P...

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Sharon Weiner
Secretary

Sharon was introduced to Friends of Karen (FoK) in 1987 when her children participated in a swim-a-thon at...

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