Our Board

Board of Directors and Trusted Advisors

Trish Danze, President

Trisha Danze is the co-founder of Thea's Star of Hope and Thea and Lilly's mom.  She attended Rowan University where she earned a BA in secondary education and went onto a 15 year career in retail planning and buying.  For the past 10 years, Trisha has started a new career as a "Momcologist" learning more aspects to pediatric cancer than anyone should really know.  Her passion for helping kids with brain tumors is intensified by every visit to the hospital and every doctor's appointment.  No one knows better about what these kids go through than a mom who has seen "it all."

Jeff Danze, Board of Directors; Secretary

Jeff Danze is the co-founder of Thea's Star of Hope and Thea and Lilly's dad.  He attended Rowan University where he earned a BA in Communications.  Throughout Jeff's 20+ year career, he has worked in public relations and event planning (working on one of the very first Black Tie Tailgate Galas for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) as well as marketing for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and JP Morgan Chase.  Currently, Jeff is a Vice President of Digital Marketing at Freedom Mortgage in Mt. Laurel, NJ. 

Scott Coakley, Board of Directors; Treasurer

Scott Coakley has more than 20 years of Accounting & Finance experience.  He  has spent the last 14 years working for a multi-billion dollar IT company were he currently holds a Senior Manager position within the FP&A Department.   As TSOH’s Treasurer,  Scott is responsible for the Financial  well-being which includes developing the annual budget, comparing the actual revenues and expenses against the plan, quarterly and annual reporting.   Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting as well as a Masters in Finance from Monmouth University.

Marie Valentino, Board of Directors; Marketing Chair

A lover of all things creative, Marie is a goal-oriented marketing professional with over fifteen years experience in developing
high-caliber marketing materials and products.  She has a proven ability to lead teams of creative professionals and to drive the development of strategic projects resulting in increased brand awareness and growth.  As TSOH’s Marketing Chair,  Marie is responsible for the overall marketing and communications strategy for the purposes of branding, fundraising, awareness and recruitment. Marie has Bachelor of Science from The College of New Jersey and an MBA from Monmouth University.

Kari Forwood, Board of Directors; Corresponding Secretary

Kari Forwood is mom of two and an Executive Director with Thirty-One Gifts.  She serves on the Board of Directors of TSOH and performs the role of Corresponding Secretary.  Kari is also involved in our event planning for our Reach for the Stars.  Passionate about helping this organization because of her personal friendship with the Danze family, Kari is eager to share all the information she has learned about pediatric brain tumors with others in order to make a difference in the lives of children.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Rowan University, and obtained her teacher's certificate through William Paterson University. 

Craig Fishman, Board of Directors, Scientific Advisor

 

Craig is the director of strategic alliances at Coriell Institute. In this role, Craig is charged with guiding Coriell's business operations initiatives. Working in collaboration with key scientific stakeholders, he leads business development opportunities, sales and marketing programs, and planning.

Prior to joining Coriell, Craig led an expert group of field application scientists as Illumina's field applications manager for the Northeast Mid-District. While with Illumina, Craig navigated complex customer relationships while also providing training and support resources. Additionally, he functioned as a team lead and research and development scientist with Qiagen, a worldwide leader in assay technology.

Craig holds a Master's of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Drexel University College of Medicine and an MBA from University of Massachusetts. 

Previously, Craig had been an active volunteer with the Muscular Dystrophy Association participating in the MDA telethon and the association's kid's summer camp.  Craig is very motivated in supporting TSOH's mission of improving the quality of life for children suffering from brain tumors through supporting the advancement of research to combat brain tumors.  

Mike Carpenter, Board of Directors

Mike Carpenter has served as a leader in the military and in the manufacturing industry for over 15 years. He was an Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and since leaving the military he has led several manufacturing operations for large and small companies. On TSOH’s Board of Directors he is responsible for supporting major fundraising efforts and for SEO analytics. He came to TSOH because of his passion to serve organizations helping children and youth. TSOH is particularly important to him because research to eliminate childhood brain tumors and to improve treatments will help all our precious children live long fulfilling lives. Mike earned a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy, a MPA from The University of Oklahoma and is currently pursuing a MBA from The University of Illinois. He lives in Pennington, NJ with his wife and two children. 

Stacy Reh, Board of Directors; Development

Stacy Reh is a Project Director with New Jersey's Department of Children and Families, Children System of Care.  For 24 years, Stacy has worked to help improve the quality of life for children and families across New Jersey.  She started her career working with youth and families in an out of home treatment facility for adolescents then fulfilled numerous roles at one of New Jersey's first Care Management Organizations, before coming to work for the State of New Jersey.  Stacy believes that all children have their own greatness and deserve the right to thrive, not just survive and has supported Thea's Star of Hope since 2011. 

Holly Yablonowitz, Board of Directors

Holly Yablonowitz is a graduate of the The College of New Jersey and a proud member of the board of Thea's Star of Hope.  Holly has over 20 years of experience in business management, customer service, project management and event planning. In addition to her business experience, Holly has been also a dance teacher and co-owner of All for Dance in Robbinsville for the past 13 years.  Holly was delighted to meet Thea over 5 years ago in dance class.  Her spirit, joy and strength were inspiring to everyone at All for Dance.   After learning about TSOH, Holly knew that she and All for Dance wanted to play a part in helping to improve treatments for children.

Dan Schuberth, Board of Directors

Dan Schuberth is a graduate of Bowdoin College (B.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania (M.S.).  He returned to UPenn in the Fall of 2016 to pursue a Master's Degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.) while working full time as Regional Operations Manager for McMaster-Carr, a Robbinsville-based industrial supply company.
Dan was elected to his first term on Robbinsville's Township Council in November, 2015. He served as Chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) from 2012 to 2015, where he helped create a vibrant network among Robbinsville's small business owners and encouraged new businesses to open in town. He also served as Mayor Fried's representative on the Township Planning Board in 2015 and as the Council representative in 2016. 
Dan became involved in TSOH in 2014, when he attended our very first family fun walk.  He has been a tremendous supporter, ever since, helping us make connections in the area and supporting every event we have had, since.  He has volunteered with several non-profit organizations and is a Director on the Board of the Mercer County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Mercer).

Kevin Harrigan, Board of Directors

Kevin joined New Penn Financial in January 2013.  His prior professional experience includes running a multi-state, multi channel mortgage lender (Avantor Capital, President & CEO), senior management positions at KeyCorp (Key Home Mortgage President & COO and Key Consumer Finance - SVP Risk Management) and Bank of America (Equicredit SVP).  Mr. Harrigan has over 25 years of experience in financial services/mortgage, including retail, wholesale, and correspondent business channels.  In addition to studies at the weatherhead School fo Management at CAse WEstern Reserve University, he earned his B.S. in Finance/Economics from Rutgers University (1986), and an MBA from Seton Hall University (1992).

Kimberly Sloan, Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

Kimberly previously served on the TSOH board, before moving out of state.  She is back in NJ, now to lend us her expertise in human resources and biotech.  Kimberly's most recent position was as SVP of human resources for REGENXBIO, Inc., a leading biotechnology company focused on the development commercialization and licensing  of recombianant adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy.  Previously, she held vice president positions at Biocon, as well as Princeton Financial Systems.  She earned a Bachelors in Psychology and an MS from Rutgers University. 

 


Roman Pierantozzi, Information Technology Chair
Michael Adler, Legal Advisor