About For Pete's Sake
Helping adult cancer patients and their families
For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (formerly Crossing the Finish Line) is a non-profit organization that assists adult cancer patients, their caregivers and loved ones. Inspired by the late Peter R. Bossow, Jr., we give these patients a break from cancer in a secure and comfortable environment.
Eligible patients, along with their caregivers, receive a one-week expense-paid excursion to select vacation locations along the East Coast and in the Caribbean. For Pete’s Sake owns two respite homes near Orlando, Florida and relies on donated vacation homes to supplement additional stays. For more information about our nomination process, please visit our program page.
The lasting memories from their respites help our patients recognize that it is their priceless lives, not cancer, that defines them. We aim to strengthen the hearts, minds, and souls of these courageous individuals as they battle the psychological, emotional, economic, and spiritual trauma that accompanies a cancer diagnosis.
For Pete’s Sake, join us in giving people a break from cancer!
Meet Our Staff
Our office is staffed by full and part time employees and many, many volunteers who help both in the office and behind the scenes at our special events.
Read more about our staff and email them with any questions. Some of our part time employees are not in the office everyday, but they'll respond as soon as they can. We look forward to hearing from you!
Marci Kuttler Bossow Schankweiler (say that 5 times fast) is currently President and founder of For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation, which she started with her late husband, Peter R. Bossow, in 1999. In her tenure as President, Marci, with her team of employees, volunteers and colleagues, has solicited funds to support the organization's goal of providing respite excursions to young adult cancer patients and their caregivers. Thousands have benefited from the life-altering services that FPS offers.
Marci's level of energy and enthusiasm leads many to question if she is, in fact, a human being. Her staff is fairly sure that she knows a secret and has found a way to inject more than 24 hours into each of her days. In her spare time, Marci enjoys presenting science projects in her daughters' classrooms, verbally insulting her Blackberry and the man who got it for her (Tom McGinn), fighting for sidewalks in her neighborhood and finding solutions to the world's most pressing problems.
Before the inception of FPS, Marci practiced law in the Philadelphia firm of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman and Goggin and at the Law Office of Thaddeus Mikulski in Trenton, NJ. Yes, you read that correctly. She left a lucrative career in law in order to give her time, talent and money to FPS. She has never regretted the decision, but becomes nervous when she thinks about ways to fund her daughters' college careers.
She is active in her local community and can often be found at her family's bakery business in Sea Isle City, NJ and Doylestown, PA. She also was an adjunct professor in the Communications Department of LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA and in the College of Business from The College of New Jersey. Marci is an alumna of Mt. St. Joseph Academy and pursued a teaching degree in Mathematics from LaSalle University, where she later became an honorary brother of the Sigma Phi Lambda Fraternity. She attended Temple University Law School and completed her law degree in 1995. She later received an LLM in Taxation in May, 1998, also from Temple University Law School.
Marci was raised in Doylestown, PA and is the oldest of nine children. Marci's siblings and their spouses are always on hand to fund the majority of FPS's live and silent auctions - with only minor pleading from Marci. Marci has remarried. She currently resides in North Wales, PA, with her husband, Mark (a man with great and unrelenting patience), and their two small daughters, Maura Grace and Rose Marie, who are both honorary FPS staff members.
To reach Marci, just e-mail her!
Margaret, "Peg", Eckert is currently a part-time Program Coordinator for FPS. Peg joined the FPS team in March 2009 and job shares with Mariann and Jane. It is still unclear as to whether or not Peg filled out an application, or just started showing up one day. Peg received a Bachelor of Nursing from La Salle University in 1995 and was certified by Oncology Nursing Society from 1988 until retirement 2008. Peg is also certified in Chemotherapy and Biotherapy by the University of Pennsylvania. Peg held positions at Fox Chase Cancer Center and Holy Redeemer Hospital. She also collaborated in the establishment of Medical Oncology Unit at Holy Redeemer Hospital 1986. With all of these qualifications it is clear that FPS hires program coordinators based on 3 things: nursing background, willingness to help, and whether or not you have a face. We are happy to report Peg meets all of these qualifications. It was recently discovered that she enjoys watching "Dancing With the Stars" while fast forwarding through the "junk" as she calls it. She has been married for 44 years and has two daughters and three granddaughters.
To reach Peg, write her an email.
Mariann Kuttler is also a part-time component of the Program Coordinator Team. Mariann is a native of Philadelphia, which is where her tough streak comes from, and has been a Registered Nurse for 40 years. She received her R.N. from Fitzgerald-Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, and her B.S. in Psychology from Philadelphia University. She has held a variety of nursing and nursing management positions at Holy Redeemer Health Care System, the University of Washington at Seattle, Oxford Hospital in Philadelphia, and at Fox Rehabilitation Center.
Mariann has been a business owner for over 40 years as the successful proprietor of MaryAnn Pastry Shoppe with locations in Doylestown, Pa, and Sea Isle City, NJ. She is a favorite in the FPS office due to her frequent contributions of powdered donuts, cinnamon buns and other decadent pastries. Mariann and her husband, Herb, are the parents of nine children (including Founder/President, Marci Schankweiler) and resides in Doylestown and Sea Isle City. She is active in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Doylestown, and St. Joseph's Church in Sea Isle City.
If you'd like to contact Mariann, please e-mail her.
Jane Greenberg rounds out the Program Team as a part time Coordinator. She graduated from Gwynedd Mercy Junior College nursing program with an associate degree and worked in nursing in the hospital setting for several years as staff nurse, unit manager, supervisor and director of nursing. She finished her education at La Salle University in 1985 with a BSN degree. She worked in the long term care industry in PA and NJ since 1991 and became responsible for the operation and management of a 170 bed facility with gross revenues of $18 million annually. In this position, she participated in contract negotiations with labor union, contract management, vendor contracting, marketing facility, census building and personnel issues. Eventually, she served as regional director for 4 years, covering 7 long term care facilities in NJ.
Jane loves to crochet and her handiwork is exquisite. She is the proud grandmother of nine grandchildren and she is always willing and able to babysit! She likes to travel, read and cheris spending special time in Sea Isle City, NJ.
Sara O'Brien, the FPS part time Finance Director, spends her time in the office tied to the accounting needs of the organization. Sara graduated in 1998 Maxima Cum Laude from La Salle University with a BS in Accounting. After graduating she began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a Senior Associate in Assurance and Advisory Services. She then began her non-profit career at American Red Cross where she was Account Manager for Blood Services and worked in the Donor Resources Department. Afterwards she worked as an Accountant for Liberty Lutheran Services. Sara is married to Chris, also an accountant (nerd-love at first sight), and has two boys. She likes to run and exercise and definitely promotes the importance of exercise the lives of her colleagues at FPS.
If you'd like to contact Sara, shoot her an e-mail.
Amber Gruver, For Pete's Sake Operations and Communications Director, has been with FPS since August 2006. Like Marci, she has done nearly every job in the office! She is a graduate of La Salle University (yes, LaSalle is a favorite feeder for FPS) and has watched FPS grow in leaps and bounds through the years.
She spends her leisure time shampooing her hair, dancing to top 40 music, telling stories about her seven-year-old brother and reading really intellectual books. She is completely selfless except when it comes to sushi. When she is in the office, she is kept extremely busy by the constant questions - as Amber is the expert on everything, except computer speakers and anything electronic. If there were a major disaster in which Amber was the sole survivor, Amber would be up to the challenge of keeping FPS running. She'd be lonely, but she'd have the time.
If you'd like to contact Amber, email is your best bet.
Sarah Langevin Hopkins is our new Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator. She has been in non-profit fundraising & special events since the beginning of time-before cell phones & laptops! With 20 years of fundraising experience with The Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey, National Adoption Center and yes, La Salle University, she is excited to take our events to a new level of perfection.
Sarah's motto has always been, "events are a team sport," so don't be surprised if she calls and asks you to volunteer, help, donate, solicit or host something for an upcoming event. Sarah is type A, but with a sense of humor. In her free time she is raising her twins S & G. Sarah loves to hike, camp, read and enjoy the beauties of nature.
Sadly, Sarah did not graduate from La Salle University, but we let it slide. She did graduate from Union College, Schenectady, NY (yes she does know how to spell it).
E-mail Sarah at Sarah@takeabreakfromcancer.org.
Pam Brumbaugh has joined the For Pete’s Sake staff as the Office Coordinator. Originally from the small western Pennsylvania town of Dayton, Pam graduated high school with a class size of 57, and enrolled at Penn State University, Main Campus. (Although not from LaSalle, we will forgive her since she is a transplant!) She graduated Penn State with a degree in Economics, and actually worked in her field for the first half of her career serving the needs of Penn State, the Borough of Norristown and the Borough of Doylestown in the fields of economic development and grant writing. She then had the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom for her daughters and became a full time volunteer for her church and her daughters’ school, serving on both the Pastoral Council and the Home and School Board. Most recently Pam served as the school secretary at St. Rose of Lima.
The ultimate multi-tasker, Pam strives to attend to the needs of the office, always with a smile. Pam’s family includes her husband Bob (who she met on Valentine’s Day in Pattee Library at PSU), and teenage daughters, Bridget and Christine. Pam and her family enjoy traveling by motor home and have had the chance to visit many sights – Key West to Acadia, Yosemite National Park to her favorite destination: Walt Disney World. Pam is a Disney fanatic, and would be happy to help plan your trip! Feel free to contact our “Girl Friday” at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Board of Directors
Kate Shields, Board Chairperson, is an award-winning public relations and social media professional with more than 10 years of diverse experience - working both within agency and Fortune 500 corporations to develop and execute business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing communications and social media strategies.
Kate began her career at Vault in 1998 - three days after earning her master's degree in public relations from the nationally-acclaimed S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
In 2000, Kate moved into the in-house public affairs department for Campbell Soup Company, where she served in a number of roles including brand communications manager for the company's two largest divisions. In this role, Kate served as the internal liaison for public relations to dozens of marketing managers, while managing five public relations agencies and more than $5 million in marketing budget allocation. While at Campbell, Kate contributed to nationally-renowned public relations campaigns such as Chunky soup's "Tackling Hunger" partnership with the National Football League, the Campbell Soup Labels for Education program, the Campbell Soup Company/National Association of Letter Carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" initiative and the Pace salsa/Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association partnership on cowboy heritage. During her tenure, Kate earned the Dorrance Award, Campell's highest team honor, for her contributions to double-digit growth of the Pace salsa brand.
In 2003, Kate began a new role at ARAMARK, a $10 billion provider of food-service and facility management services. At ARAMARK, Kate served as communications manager for the company's Sports and Entertainment division, and led the company's public relations outreach for the 2004 opening of Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston's Reliant Stadium and the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston's Minute Maid Park. Kate also held responsibility for tourism public relations campaigns for national parks managed by ARAMARK, such as Shenandoah National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Denali National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powel).
Kate returned to Vault as Vice President & Manager Partner in 2005, and provides strategic planning input for all clients, while focusing on the agency's new business development, pro bono, professional development and client satisfaction initiatives. Currently, Kate leads strategic PR planning and social media programs for client such as Tasty Baking Company (Tastykake), Rita's Water Ice Franchise Company, Apple Vacations, Campbell Soup Company, Alouette Cheese, Airgas, FineStationery.com, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Office of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
In addition to her graduate degree from Syracuse University, Kate holds a bachelor's degree in English and communication from the University of Scranton. Kate is an enthusiastic advocate for the education of young women, the well-being of the developmentally disabled and cancer patients and their caregivers. Following suit, she is actively involved at her alma mater, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, and serves on the Montgomery County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Board.
Marcella Bossow Schankweiler, Esq. is currently President and founder of For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (FPS), a non-profit cancer organization started by Marci and her late husband, Peter R. Bossow, in 1999. In her tenure as director, Marci, with her team of employees, volunteers and colleagues, has solicited funds to support the organization goals: providing respite excursions to young adult cancer patients and their caregivers. More than 4,100 people have benefited from the life-altering services that FPS offers.
Before the inception of FPS, Marci held numerous positions from cake decorator to teacher to attorney. She practiced law in the Philadelphia firm of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman and Goggin and at the Law Office of Thaddeus Mikulski in Trenton, NJ. Aside from her role in FPS, Marci is an advisory board member for Real Alternatives, an organization that provides alternatives to abortion, a former advisory board member for The Wellness Place in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and a former member of the Alumni Board of LaSalle University. She is active in her local community and can often be found at her family's bakery business in Sea Isle City, NJ and Doylestown, PA. She also was an adjunct professor in the Communications Department of LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA and in the College of Business from The College of New Jersey.
Marci is an alumna of Mt. St. Joseph Academy and pursued a teaching degree in Mathematics from LaSalle University. She attended Temple University Law School and completed her law degree in 1995. She later received an LLM in Taxation in May, 1998, also from Temple University Law School.
Marci Bossow was raised in Doylestown, PA and is the oldest of nine children. Marci has remarried. She currently resides in North Wales, PA, with her husband, Mark, and their two small daughters, Maura Grace and Rose Marie.
Marci was recently recognized by Major League Baseball and People Magazine as an All Star Among Us and represented the Philadelphia Phillies in Anaheim this past summer. Further, she has received the following awards the past few months:
- La Salle University's most prestigious alumni honor, The Signum Fidei Medal.
- Philadelphia Business Journal Women of Distinction Award.
- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Distinguished Graduates Award.
With more than 16 years of commercial banking expertise, Charles "Chuck" Greenberg is your Market Executive for Commercial Banking in Pennsylvania.
Chuck leads Bank of America's team of commercial bankers developing comprehensive financial solutions for companies with revenues between $50 million and $2 billion in Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Ohio.
Chuck graduated with a degree in Finance from LaSalle University in Philadelphia and currently sits on the Board of Directors for City Year Greater Philadelphia and For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation.
A native of Montgomery County, Chuck currently resides in Abington Township with his wife, Amy and their four children.
Steve Harfst is currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of USA 3000 Airlines. Based in Philadelphia, PA., USA 3000 commenced commercial operations in December 2001 and was the first airline certified for commercial operations in the United States after 9/11. USA 3000 is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Apple Leisure Group, the largest vertically integrated travel company in the United States. Today, the airline operates a brand new fleet of eight (8) A320 aircraft in scheduled service from US cities to popular vacation destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Florida.
Mr. Harfst earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1986. Upon graduation, he was selected to enter the U.S. Navy Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) program in Pensacola, Florida. Upon completing Naval Flight Training in 1989, Ltjg. Harfst earned his coveted "Wings of Gold" and was awarded the prestigious "David McCambell Award" as the #1 graduating Naval Aviator for the year. During Lt. Harfst's ten-year Naval career, piloting the Navy's F-14 Tomcat, he flew 38 combat sorties and over 95 combat hours in support of Operation Southern Watch in Southwest Asia, earning the Flight/Strike Air Medal with "V", served as Pilot Training Officer and as a fully qualified, Carrier Air Wing Landing Signal Officer (LSO). In 1993, Lt. Harfst was transferred to Fighter Squadron 101 as an F-14 Flight Training Instructor. Lt. Harfst led the carrier qualification phase of training and was responsible for the initial and recurrent training of all F-14 pilots Navy-wide and earned the Navy Commendation Medal for his performance. In 1996, Lt. Harfst resigned his commission with the U.S Navy after accumulating over 1,600 hours of flight time and 227 arrested landings.
Upon retiring from naval service, Mr. Harfst joined North American Airlines as Assistant Director of Traffic. North American is a fully certificated U.S. Part 121 Flag airline operating a fleet, at that time, of two B737NG and two B757 aircraft. Since 1990, North American has provided domestic change-of-gauge feeder service for El Al and other foreign carriers, plus Caribbean, Mexican and Hawaiian charter flights for a variety of U.S. based Tour Operators, transportation for the White House Press Corp following the President, scheduled service in select, niche markets and U.S. Military operations. North American Airlines' corporate offices are located at JFK International Airport in Jamaica, NY and employees over 620 personnel at bases in New York and Boston.
In 1998, Mr. Harfst relocated to Seattle as the Director of Marketing for GT Development Corporation. In December 2000, Mr. Harfst re-joined North American Airlines, first as Director- Financial Analysis and then as Vice President of Finance. In July 2002, Mr. Harfst was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer and through his leadership the airline remained profitable, doubled in size and transitioned into a mixed fleet of B757 and B767 aircraft. By January of 2006, North American Airlines profitably operated 5 B757 aircraft and 3 B767 with an additional B767 aircraft scheduled to join the fleet by year's end. Mr. Harfst led the sale of privately owned North American Airlines to World Air Holdings in April 2005.
In March 2006, Mr. Harfst became the Chief Operating Officer of IndiGo based in New Delhi, India. Mr. Harfst joined IndiGo during the company's pre-launch phase and after beginning commercial operations on August 4th 2006 with their first of one-hundred (100) A320 aircraft, IndiGo quickly became the largest domestic, low-fare carrier in India. During Mr. Harfst's tenure, IndiGo took delivery of a brand new A320 aircraft every four to six weeks and grew to a fleet of twenty (20) aircraft with over 2,000 employees operating 120 flights per day serving 17 different cities within India. IndiGo has been recognized as the best "Low Fare Carrier" in India in both 2007 and 2008 and built a solid reputation for great customer service, low fares and on-time departures. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Harfst had complete operating responsibility for the airline. He left IndiGo in October 2008 and assumed his new role at USA 3000 in November 2008.
Thomas Leonard recently retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers where he spent over 38 years. During that time Tom served as Engagement Partner on numerous well known financial service companies principally in the Asset Management Area. He was also Partner-In-Charge of the Philadelphia Office Financial Service Practice and the Firm's Investment Management Practice from Philadelphia to Florida. Tom was also a member of the Firm's National Operating Committee for Investment Management. Tom is a 1970 Alum of La Salle University where Tom serves as Treasurer on the Alumni Board of Directors. Tom recruited for PWC at La Salle and in that capacity hired our own Jeff Boyle and Matt Kuttler.
Tom has really not retired. He serves on a number of Boards. In addition to For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation and the La Salle Alumni Board, Tom is on The Wilmington Trust Mutual Fund Board and Revolution Capital Mutual Fund Board where he also serves as Audit Committee Chair. He is also an Independent Director for TCP Capital and AlphaOne Capital. He serves as a member of the Finance Committee of Copperleaf Golf Club in Bonita Springs Florida.
Tom splits his residence with his wife Jean between Media, Pa and Bonita Springs Florida where he plays a lot of golf but he says he isn't improving. He is a fanatic Eagles fan having only missed 5 home games in 43 years. Tom has 4 children, Tom Jr. who is also a partner at PWC, Ryan who resides in Sicklerville, Danielle (Deceased) and Kimberly who just graduated from Cabrini College. Kim is the only non-La Salle alum.
Ed Mannello, R.Ph., MBA is currently the Director of the Study Recruitment Center within AstraZeneca. In that position, Ed is responsible for leading the development, execution and measurement of both strategic and tactical recruitment efforts. Prior to that role, Mr. Mannello held various positions of increasing responsibility at Covance, a clinical research organization in the pharmaceutical industry, for eight years with the majority of them focused on leading teams for the successful delivery of clinical trials.
Ed started his career in 1988 working for Thrift Drug (currently Eckerd / Rite Aid) as a pharmacy intern and spent eight years as the store manager and chief pharmacist at a number of retail pharmacies. He joined the pharmaceutical research industry in 1996 as the Clinical Director for Pennside Partners, a medical market research consulting firm.
He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and he earned a Masters of Business Administration focused on Pharmaceutical Marketing from Saint Joseph's University.
Mr. Mannello resides in Pocopson Township in Chester County Pennsylvania with his two daughters. He was married for 8 years to Erin Mannello and then widowed in September 2002 due to the complications of breast cancer. Ed's family enjoyed the benefits of For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation in June 2002, as they were the recipients of a respite excursion to the FPS-owned Florida home.
R. Bradford Minor, Jr. has been involved with the southern New Jersey Business Community for over 24 years. In 1997 he became Vice President, General Manager for Minmar Marine in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, one of the largest privately owned marina's in South Jersey. Brad was elected to the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Marine Trades Association for two terms, from 2004-2008.
Brad and his wife Kelly have enjoyed working with a number of charity organizations, including Charlie's Fight, which helps to raise money for cystic fibrosis research in Philadelphia area, the Bradley Allen Hublien Foundation, which has raised money for local Delaware charities, and For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation. He has been involved with For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation over the past ten years hosting the annual fishing tournament.
He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts. He currently lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey with his wife Kelly and their four children.
Christopher Selgrath, DO - Director Emeritus is Adjunct Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics at Temple University Health System. Dr. Selgrath received a B.A. in Biology from LaSalle University and his D.O. degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. After medical school, Dr. Selgrath completed his orthopedic surgery residency and was named Chief Resident at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's Orthopedic Surgery Department. After residency, Dr. Selgrath was awarded a fellowship in adult hip and knee reconstruction at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University for the year 2003/2004. He and his wife, Elizabeth, created and co-chaired the For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation Charity Gala for its first 3 years and helped to raise over $270,000. They are also part owners of Sylvester's Fish Market and Restaurant in Avalon, N.J. with his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Bernadette Selgrath and younger brother Matthew, who are also involved in FPS and the Charity Gala. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation Foundation and a member of the AOA, AOAO, POS, and ACOS. Dr. Selgrath is the treasurer and holds a seat on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Orthopedic Society.
Dr. Selgrath and his lovely wife Elizabeth have two beautiful children Nathan and Emerson.
Loretta Shacklett is currently coordinating an outreach "Art Talk" program at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This program services older adults, M.S. patients and people no longer able to physically visit the Museum. Simply, it brings the Art Museum to the participants via the internet and phone access.
Loretta has been involved with FPS since 2001. She has volunteered in many aspects of our program, including managing the day to day operations with Mimi Keefer during a transition period in office staff. She has been a member of the Program Committee for the past 6 years and has worked with Mariann and Mimi in the coordination of the Program.
Loretta graduated from Villanova University with a Biology and Chemistry degree and holds a Master's Degree from Chestnut Hill in Psychological Counseling and Human Services.
She resides in Blue Bell with her Husband of 30 years. She has 2 grown sons and 2 beautiful grandsons.
Eric Toppy is the Global Launch Leader, Metabolics for Johnson & Johnson. In this role, Eric leads a global marketing team located in Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the United States.
Over the past twenty years, Eric has developed innovative strategies in healthcare that include the creation of Health Policy Excellence, numerous successful brand launches, innovative health policy positions, and award winning payer strategies. He has also held leadership positions at Centocor, Biovail, Bristol Myers Squibb, Oxford Health Plans, & Pfizer.
Eric has a breadth of experience in biologics (immunology/oncology,) cardiovascular, and neuroscience and has developed numerous strategies for eighteen different brands in these therapeutic areas. Some brand examples include: Remicade, Procrit, the Glucophage franchise, Abilify, and most recently Stelara & Simponi.
Eric's work in health policy has been published in Biotechnology Healthcare and Managed Care and speaks at congresses, community, and internal J & J operating companies on the topics of marketing, health policy reform, and leadership.
Eric is active in several organizations and universities. They include Pennsylvania BIO, American Diabetes Association, For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation, Thomas Jefferson School of Population Health, and La Salle University.
Daryl Robinson is a native Philadelphian with a diverse professional background in the educational and professional fields. He is an ordained pastor/preacher and has served several years as a youth and associate pastor in the Philadelphia area. As a volunteer in local civic organizations he has served his community as a leader for Upper Darby P.A.L., Watkins Recreational Center and various youth oriented activities. He is currently a candidate to receive his B.S in the Bible and Christian Leadership from Philadelphia Biblical University.
Et-tsu Chen, MD, n is a radiation oncologist with the University of Pennsylvania Health System. She is currently the Director of Radiation Oncology at The Cancer Center at Phoenixville Hospital. She is committed to providing the highest level of oncology care in the community setting. She has worked at other Penn affiliate sites, including Chester County Hospital and Holy Redeemer Hospital. In her practice, Dr. Chen has nominated many of her patients to For Pete’s Sake and recognizes firsthand the restorative power of a respite vacation, for both the patient and their family.
Dr. Chen earned her M.D. degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. She completed an internship at the University of Michigan, followed by residency training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident. She also holds a Bachelors degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University.
Marta Hobbsis the co-founder of CheapCaribbean.com, Inc - the largest website in the world dedicated to travel in the Caribbean and Mexico, which she started along with her husband “Caribbean Jim” in 2000.
Having immigrated to the United States from Poland at the age of 12 with her parents and sister, Marta and her family began their residence in America in Brooklyn, NY. Attending US schools with little knowledge of the English language was only the first challenge. Soon Marta was working part time while paying her way through Hofstra University and majoring in TV Production. Working for NBC and Fox Sports while taking college courses, Marta met her future husband, Jim. A few years later they married and welcomed their daughter Mira into the world. Suddenly the hours of late night TV newscasts weren't as appealing to a great family life. Marta and Jim set out on a mission to star their own company after a vacation in the Caribbean and a newly found love for the islands and their culture.
Over a decade later the two are proud founders and owners of www.CheapCaribbean.com - the largest website in the world booking travel to the Caribbean and Mexico. The company presently employs 350 people with offices in Pennsylvania, Texas and Arizona (main call center located in Doylestown, PA) and a cruise division in Florida. A basic idea of providing dream vacations at reasonable prices paired with US-based customer service and treating every client and vendor as family, quickly grew into a multi-milion dollar business. While building new offices and running the Doylestown office, Marta gave birth to the couples' son, AJ, in late 2003.
In 2011 Marta left her position at CheapCaribbean to spend more time with her children. After a decade of starting, growing and running a business along with her husband "Caribbean Jim," only one career goal was left unfulfilled... one of being involved in a charity-based organization. Even though Jim and Marta set out to give back as much as they could while running CheapCaribbean, they quickly learned this was limited if one wanted to be successful and profitable in his/her business venture. Therefore, Marta was thrilled to be approached by Marci to join the Board of For Pete's Sake, an organization with which CheapCaribbean has worked with for years. Providing respites for FPS families and support for Marci and her team was just the beginning. Marta is honored and excited to be a part of the FPS team and looks forward to dedicating herself to serving the organization and its beneficiaries on a more regular basis.
Christopher J. Solecki is currently the Director of Human Resources & Legal Affairs for Givnish Family Funeral Homes, a regional operator of funeral homes with locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Prior to his work with Givnish he worked in risk management at Prudential Life Insurance Company.
Chris received his Juris Doctorate from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. He is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Economics and Accounting, was a member of the tennis team, a member of Alpha Delta Gamma National Fraternity and was elected to Pi Gamma Mu International Honors Society. Chris is also a graduate of LaSalle College High School.
Chris is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and is a Leadership Philadelphia Fellow.
In addition to his work with For Pete’s Sake, Chris is a Southeastern Pennsylvania Advisory Board Member for Best Buddies of Pennsylvania, an organization established to create increased opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Chris and his wife Robin reside in Lafayette Hill with their four children.
Deb Rinaldi, Publicist, Business Communications, Philadelphia Phillies
Deb first started working for the Phillies in 2001, where she was involved in promoting and publicizing the progress related to the construction and development of the team’s new ballpark. Since the opening of Citizens Bank Park in 2004, Deb’s responsibilities have shifted to securing strategic news coverage in regards to the organization’s business relations with corporate partners, philanthropy in the community, high-profile promotions and other off-field events. Her experience includes preparing and staging news conferences, writing and distributing news releases and media advisories, prepping executives and staff for interviews, and assisting with the team’s social media and online efforts.
Prior to the Phillies, Deb was the Trade Show Promotion Director at North American Publishing Company (NAPCO) in Philadelphia, where she was responsible for promoting the company’s various tradeshows, conferences and exhibits. She was also NAPCO’s Advertising Promotion Manager for their trade publications in the commercial print and direct marketing industries.
In addition, her experience includes working for SMG as their marketing coordinator, where she was responsible for coordinating new business proposals related to the management of stadiums, arenas, theatres, and convention centers across the country.
Deb is a member of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, a board member of the For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation, and is involved in fundraising efforts for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She attended The College of New Jersey and has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Professional Writing. Deb resides in Marlton, N.J., with her husband, Joe, and three-year-old son, Chase Joseph.
Chris Sullivan Chris Sullivan is President & Founder at Wasabi Media & Marketing. He believes whether it be for his client, company, charities, organizations, friends or family, his passion is the creation, development and implementation of ideas that lead to positive change.
His track record for ideation that leads to business results is proven. For one of his B2B clients, it led to a 30:1 return on marketing investment. For one of his home services clients, it led to the doubling of their online conversions. For his latest venture, Wasabi 3D, it's going to lead to a paradigm shift in how consumers interact with experimental social media.
FPS Advisory Board:
- Patrick Bello
- Jeffrey Boyle, CPA
- Patricia Gambino
- Michael Keenan
- Mariann E. Kuttler
- Thomas McGinn, CMA
- J. Scott Miller
- James Murray
- Joseph Sundheim, CPA
- Stephen C. Target
- John Washlick, Esquire
For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation is proud of its financial integrity and its commitment to stewardship using the financial resources entrusted to us by our community of family and friends. Each year we undergo an audit as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Charitable Organizations. We are proud that 75 cents of every dollar is expended for our program. We have a solid commitment to our donors to ensure their generosity is channeled directly to benefit those adult cancer patients and their loved ones traumatized by cancer.
The results of this audit are available on our website for the calendar years ending 12/31/01, 12/31/02, 12/31/03, and for the fiscal years ending 06/30/05, 06/30/06, 06/30/07, 06/30/2008, 6/30/2009, 6/30/2010, 6/30/2011, and 6/30/2012. Similarly, FPS files the Form 990 each year with the Internal Revenue Service as part of our 501(c)3 designation. This form is available for the calendar years ending 12/31/02, and 12/31/03, for the six months ending 06/30/04, and for the fiscal years ending 06/30/05, 06/30/06, 06/30/07, 06/30/08, 06/30/09, 06/30/10 and. 06/30/11 (Please note that all financials prior to 12/1/2010 will reflect our previous name, Crossing the Finish Line).
We also invite prospective donors to visit our financial and program information available on guidestar.org. We take our role as stewards of our donorsâ€™ treasures and talent very seriously, and hence, we carefully watch all expenditures made by the organization.
We value our donors and their commitment to our organization. We highlight our financial accomplishments to ensure that your contribution is used to promote our mission and our patients.
- We have occupied donated office space since the beginning in 2000 thanks to Preferred Real Estate Investments and Brandywine Realty Trust.
- Our friends at iBeast have donated website service and computer support from inception.
- Thousands of dollars are donated directly to our program through use of donated homes, limousine service compliments of the Founders Service Corporation, complimentary entertainment tickets, complimentary airfare (when applicable) from Southwest and USA 3000 and general program assistance at varying levels of our mission.
- We maintain a special event cash expense ratio of 39% for combined events. Thus, for every $1.00 of ticket cost, $.61 goes directly to the charity and $.39 is used to fund the event. This ration is required as a result of our Standards of Excellence Certification by the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations.
- We hold a strong commitment to pursue in-kind donations for the entire operation and deeply appreciate all contributions. For Pete's Sake would not exist without your time, efforts and materials!
For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation uses operating committees to help assist with and manage its daily operation, the annual development goals and the future strategic goals of the organization. Currently, there are six operating committees: Finance, Technology, Building/Real Property, Program and Marketing/Development.
Along with these committees, FPS has an extensive network of additional volunteers in varying capacities. These individuals serve on special event committees, office volunteer groups (evening and day), and most recently an expansion committee aimed at further resourcing the organization with the hope of reaching out to more cancer patients and their loved ones in crisis. If you are interested in volunteering for For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation, please call our office or email email@example.com.
The role of the Finance Committee is to oversee and guide the Board of Directors in critical components of fiscal reporting and management in For Pete's Sake operations. The three key components of fiscal oversight are: the audit function, investment management and budget planning, and evaluation. The Committee also reviews the long-term financial plan of the organization as it relates to cash position and development opportunities. The Finance Committee consists of:
- Evan Fineman, CPA
- Eric Meck
- Tom McGinn, CMA
- Christopher Vargo
- Sara O'Brien, CPA
- Kevin Norris
The Technology Committee advises management and the Board of Directors about technological advances and purchases that help smooth operation of the organization. The Committee reviews equipment purchase requests to ensure that any investment in technology will enhance the organization's efficiency and match FPS's long-term needs. The Technology Committee consists of Christopher Hartman and Scott Applegate.
Building/Real Property Committee
This committee efficiently manages real property owned by the organization and evaluates all aspects surrounded with the potential acquisition of additional properties. The committee meets on an as-needed basis. The Building/Real Property Committee consists of:
- William McGroarty, Esquire
- Dustin Laricks
- Warren Becker
- Andrew Gerardi
- Anthony Gerardi, AIA
- Patrick Bello
- William Matthews, Esquire
Patient Program Committee
The Committee oversees the planning and implementation of the Patient Program and Port Support. They specifically form the internal and external program guidelines, review patient program expenditures with recommendations for resource efficiency, formulate processes for program operation to ensure a flow of donated accommodations. They also develop Port Support services for Patients and surviving caregivers to ensure their involvement in the FPS Community. The committee reports patient statistics and program highlights to the Board of Directors monthly. The Patient Program Committee consists of:
- Mariann Kuttler, RN
- Brother Gerry Molyneaux
- Scott Miller
- Miriam Kefer
- Chris Selgrath
- LuAnn Chynoweth, LCSW
- James McCrudden
- Lisa Doncsecz, BSN
- Loretta Shacklett
- James Trainer
- Mary Oleksiak
- Jane Greenberg, RN
- Trish Gambino
- Suzanne Kuttler-Kelly, D.O.
- Mary Thomas
For Pete's Sake Marketing/Development Committee works primarily to increase awareness and visibility for CFL and assist resourcing the organization with one purpose: to further the mission of respite vacation for adult cancer patients and their families. They build strong media relationships, strong business relationships and strong donor relationships in the hope that these efforts will result in annual increases in event attendance, funds raised, homes donated, and the number of excursions CFL provides. The Marketing/Development Committee consists of the following individuals:
- Amber Gruver
- Brad Minor
- Catherine Sheilds
- David Speicher
- Drew Maginnis
- Patrick Bello
- Edward Mannello
- Eric Toppy
- Joseph M. Sundheim
- J. Scott Miller
- Marcella Schankweiler
- Christopher Selgrath
- Steve Harfst
- Thomas Leonard
- James Murray
- John Washlick
- Mariann Kuttler
- Michael J. Keenan
- Patrick Bello
- Thomas M. McGinn
- Charles W. Greenberg
- Patricia Gambino
- John Swanick
- Deborah Francesco
- Jeffrey DeVuono
- Dawn Westermann
- Kevin Norris
- Kevin O'Brien
- Rosemary Russell
- Stephen Target
- John Monaghan
- Evan Fineman
- Jane Quigley
- Craig A. Jones
- Christopher Vargo
- Joseph R. Conway
- Loretta Shacklett
Making it all possible
We are extremely grateful not only for their cash support, but thank them for their in-kind donations as well. The following corporations have supported us with donations and in-kind contributions of $1,000 or more. Corporate Partners with a logo displayed have contributed $3,500 or more in the 11-12 fiscal year. We are always grateful for their generous support.
- Allegheny Iron & Metal Co., Inc
- Beneficial Bank
- Bringing Hope Home
- Clear Channel Outdoor
- Dara’s Defense
- Delran Builders Company, Inc
- Garman Decal
- ICG, Inc.
- Johnsons Popcorn
- La Salle University
- The Philadelphia Phillies
- Quaker City English Dart League
- Roffman Miller
- Sandy River Charitable Foundation
- Wells Fargo
- Aardvark Event Logistics
- Advanced Staging Productions
- Auto Lenders
- Bank of America
- Beneficial Bank
- Blake Florists & Decorators
- C.H. Schwertner & Son, Inc.
- Cameo Driving School, Inc.
- Cancer Treatment Centers of America
- Carlow Cookery
- Chadwick Service Company
- Christian Brothers
- Christiana Care Health System
- Coca-Cola Refreshments
- College Pursuit
- Cozen O'Connor
- Crown Trophy
- Firsttrust Bank
- Founders Service Corporation
- GlaxoSmithKline Foundation
- H. Howard Colehower Foundation Fund
- Herr Foods Inc.
- IMS Health
- Independence Blue Cross
- JetBlue Airways
- JoAnn Maiese Foundation, Inc.
- Kline & Specter, P.C.
- La Salle University
- Laura Meikle Koch Memorial Fund
- Maryann Pastry Shoppe
- McMahon Agency, Inc.
- Minmar Marine
- Morey's Piers and Beachfront Waterparks
- Neiman Marcus
- O'Neill Consulting Corporation
- Philadelphia Distilling
- Platoon Fitness Training, LLC
- R & M International
- Rauchut's Tavern
- Ribbons Express, Inc.
- RICOH US
- Rooms To Go
- ShutterBooth Philadelphia
- Smith's Restaurant
- Tait, Weller & Baker, LLP
- Talamore Country Club
- The Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation
- The Borden Agency
- The Gene Haas Foundation
- The Giving Tree
- The Philadelphia Phillies
- The Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts Program
- Two or More Foundation
- United Parcel Service
- University of Pennsylvania
- Wells Fargo Community Foundation
- Woodloch Pines, Inc.
- WorkZone, LLC
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