October 23, 2018
Non-Profit Supporting Critically-Ill Children Adds Community Leaders in Business Development, Finance and Banking

NORTH SALEM, NY,  Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families, has elected three new members to its Board of Directors, New York City resident Diane McGurrin, Westchester resident Suzanne Millette and New Jersey resident Daniel Goldstein.

Diane McGurrin is a business development and sales professional with more than 20 years of experience, the majority of which spent working in the human resources consulting industry. Prior to joining industry leader Mercer as Senior Associate, Career Products, Diane held the role of Vice President at Right Management, Mullin & Associates and Lee Hecht Harrison, all niche leaders in the Human Resources field.  

Diane was introduced to Friends of Karen at a Board Match event where she specifically sought out the organization after doing research and finding their mission moving. Diane said “Friends of Karen is unique. No other organization does what they do – working with the ill child, the siblings and the family as a unit. So much goes on between the patient and the family, it’s important to make sure they have what they need.” Diane added “Being involved means helping to move the needle a little bit…raise awareness, raise funds, whatever is needed to assist.”

Diane received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from the State University of New York College at Oneonta. She received her Master of Business Administration in Management from Adelphi University. Diane resides in New York City.

With over two decades of experience in risk management, Suzanne Millette is a Senior Vice President and Director of Portfolio Risk Management at EACM Advisors, a subsidiary of Bank of New York Mellon Investment Management, a firm she has been with for more than 10 years. Prior to EACM Advisors, Suzanne was at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she was a Director in the risk management consulting practice. Suzanne’s experiences in the areas of financial risk management and enterprise risk management have made her an acknowledged leader in her field.

Suzanne noted, “The mission of Friends of Karen is unique, that’s what drew me to them. It’s more than providing support for a critically-ill child. It’s keeping a family functional both emotionally and financially in a time of crisis. Friends of Karen is a terrific organization because it takes this two-pronged approach.”  

Suzanne attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting and her Master of Business Administration. She also holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Accounting degree, which she received from The Ohio State University. She resides in Bedford, NY with her husband Sean and their nine-year old son.

Daniel Goldstein has more than 25 years of experience in banking and finance. For the past 17 years, he’s been at JP Morgan Chase where he serves as Executive Director and head of Planning & Analysis for Technology & Operations within the Asset & Wealth Management division. Because of his experiences in project management, strategic planning and financial analysis, along with being an acknowledged expert in finance, Daniel was chosen to participate in Board Lead, the program that matches non-profits with employers.

Friends of Karen’s mission resonated with Daniel. In addition to having a child with diabetes, Daniel was there when a neighbor’s child was diagnosed with leukemia. Daniel says “Having a child who is medically dependent plus seeing what my neighbor was going through opened my eyes to the many needs a family has. For me, while the funds obviously help, it was learning how the organization supports families with the non-financial needs that explicitly drew me.” Daniel added, “Seeing the myriad of little things that allow a family to survive, remain stable and able to cope inspired me to want to do more.”

Daniel graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dickinson College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a concentration in Business and Financial Management. Additional accolades include Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon. Daniel lives in New Jersey with his wife Susan, his two step-sons, Kyle and Stephen, his daughter Olivia and five rescue dogs.   

We are incredibly pleased and fortunate to have Diane, Suzanne and Daniel join us on the board,” said Paul Smadbeck, Friends of Karen Board President. “Each of them is an exceptionally accomplished individual whose personal commitment and professional expertise will be invaluable in helping us further our mission as we continue to strengthen our ability to help more families caring for critically-ill children in the tri-state area.”

About Friends of Karen: The mission of Friends of Karen is to provide emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families in order to help keep them stable, functioning, and able to cope. Friends of Karen serves families living in the New York tri-state region and offers its lifeline of support services at no cost to them so they have more time for what's most important: each other. Friends of Karen has received a four-star rating for nine years from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates the financial efficiency and responsibility of over 9,000 U.S. charities. Friends of Karen also meets the 20 Standards of Charity Accountability of the BBB of Metropolitan New York.
For more information, visit or call (914) 277-4547.


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