Board of Directors

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.

Steve Connolly

Steven Connolly earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and then spent several years in Public Accounting, earning his CPA designation

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Pamela Hervey


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

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Tom Jocelyn


Tom Jocelyn is President and CEO of Scientific Electric Company (est. 1941), a specialized electrical contracting firm that has

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Mike Nieves

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

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Yemi Oluwole

Yemi Oluwole is a Portfolio General Auditor – Vice President, in the American Express Company’s Internal Audit Department

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Chris Nay

Chris Nay is the Head of Investments for the Financial Institutions Group at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Prior to

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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 gala. She

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Richard Sgaglio


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

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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

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