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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Joana Bekerman
Board Member

Joana Bekerman is an Executive Director in Investment Banking at Nikko Securities, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group,...

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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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Daniel Goldstein
Board Member

Daniel Goldstein has more than 25 years of experience in banking and finance. For the past 17 years, he’s been at JP...

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Pamela Hervey
Board Member

Pam joined the Friends of Karen Board in 2002 and has served as President from 2011-2017. Her professional...

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Tom Jocelyn
Board Member

With three decades of experience, Tom Jocelyn is a recognized expert in the field of electrical contracting. In 1992...

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Trish Lobenfeld
Treasurer, Board of Directors

Trish writes about food at HoneyPiesRecipes.com and films cooking videos for her Honeypie’s Recipes YouTube channel...

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Diane McGurrin
Board Member

Diane McGurrin is a business development and sales professional with more than 20 years of experience, the majority...

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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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Suzanne Millette
Board Member

Suzanne Millette is the Corporate Risk Regulatory Relations and Audit Coordination Leader for...

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Tony Napolitano
Board Member

Tony has spent 20 years dedicated to improving human health while working in various facets of healthcare. He is a...

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Laura Salerno-Evans
Board Member

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

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Richard Sgaglio
Board Member

Richard Sgaglio, Ph.D. is a marketing and development professional with more than 20 years of experience, the...

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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 Bachelor’s and...

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Steven M. Swirsky
Vice President, Board of Directors

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, Board of Directors

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

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