The Board of Directors are strongly committed to the mission and goals of For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation. Each member serves actively on at least one standing Operating Committee and attends programs, events and fundraisers throughout the year. FPS Board Members are responsible for actively participating in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of appropriate donors while remaining informed about FPS business, especially regarding fiscal, legal and contractual matters.

The purpose of the Advisory Board at For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation is to serve as ambassadors and advisors for the organization. Members of the Advisory Board shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Directors and have only such authority and obligations as determined by the Board. Advisory Board members may include former members of the Board of Directors.

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.

Marcella Bossow Schankweiler, Esq. is Founder and CEO of For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (FPS). 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 5,000 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.

• 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.

Joe Nicolas is the CEO of Magellan Search & Staffing. Joe is a highly motivated executive. His leadership style promotes a competitive but friendly workplace which enables the Magellan team to excel. While Joe is driven to achieve his own goals, his focus on making a true difference in the lives of others is what makes him a success.

Kevin Norris is President & Chief Investment Officer of Girard Partners and President of the Wealth Management Division of Univest Bank & Trust Company. Kevin relies on his 30+ years of financial experience to drive Girard Partners goal-based investment strategy and practices, in addition to inspiring the firm's steady growth. In his position, he has oversight responsibility for formulating the investment strategy and securities selections, while still retaining personal relationships with clients on a daily basis.

On December 19, 2013, Girard Partners agreed to join the Univest Corporation, a financial solutions provider that has served its customers, communities, employees and shareholders for 137 years. The firm decided to join with Univest, because of a similar vision and strategy of always acting in the best interests of the clients.

Before joining Girard partners in 1996, Kevin held Vice President positions at Black Rock Institutional Management for 3 years, and at The Fairfield Group for 5 years, where he was responsible for the management of over $3 billion in institutional assets. Previously, he held a variety of positions at Beneficial Savings Bank during his 13-year tenure there, concluding in a Vice Presidential role. Kevin is a registered Securities Principal and a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA). He graduated from LaSalle University with a B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Accounting.

Kate Shields 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.

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.

R. Bradford Minor, Jr. is a Financial Consultant at AXA-Advisors. Brad has been involved with the southern New Jersey Business Community for over 24 years. In 2012, he joined AXA-Advisors as a Financial Consultant. Brad's goal is to help individuals and businesses develop sound financial strategies and risk management plans. As part of the process, he provides current financial pictures to clients, in concert with their tax, accounting and legal advisors, in order to help them achieve their financial goals.

Prior to joining AXA, Brad was 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 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.

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.

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 seven operating committees: Finance and Investment, Audit, Patient Advisory, Development, Advancement, Governance, and Executive.

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 info@takeabreakfromcancer.org.

The role of the Finance and Investment Committee is to provide oversight and guidance to the Board of Directors with respect to the critical key components of fiscal reporting and management in the operation of For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation. The three key components of fiscal oversight are: 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

  • Kevin Norris
  • Joe Nicolas
  • Ann Russell
  • Charles Quatrone
  • Christopher Carroll
  • Lester Rich
  • Paul Mullen

The role of the Audit Committee is to review all items related to the audit including appropriate allocations and compliance with mandated 990 requirements. This committee will also be defacto members of the Finance and Investment Committee and will be involved in those outlined aspects above in addition to the audit function.

  • Charles “Chuck” Greenberg
  • Christopher J. Solecki
  • Chris McBryan
  • Dennis McGowen
  • Jim Mahoney
  • Kevin Norris
  • Sara O'Brien

The Patient Advisory Committee oversees the planning and implementation of the Patient Program and Ancillary 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 Ancillary 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.

  • Christopher Selgrath, DO, Aria Health
  • Et-tsu Chen, MD, University of Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Fern Nibauer, University of Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Gerry Molyneaux, La Salle University
  • Lisa Doncecz, Health Quality Partners
  • Luanne Chynoweth, LCSW, Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Mary Oleksiak, MSW, Abington Jefferson Health
  • Mary Thomas, RN, University of Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Melissa Kratz, RN, MSN, Lehigh Valley Hospital
  • Patricia Gambino, RN, University of Pennsylvania Hospital

The Development Committee is responsible for the Annual and Development Programs and all other fundraising activities of the Organization. Committee members will also be involved in all development planning and take part in the annual planning process that results in a comprehensive development plan for the organization.

  • Deb Rinaldi
  • Kate Shields
  • Patrick Sinnott
  • Ryann Gallagher
  • Jon Sobotkin
  • Warren Becker
  • Joy Mears
  • Alyce Cerniglia
  • Brian Hopkins
  • Craig Jones
  • Colin Miller
  • Charlotte Flynn
  • Mary Kate Leis
  • Alice Anne Bossow
  • Trish Sinnott
  • Ben Mears
  • Andrew Gerardi
  • Christopher Condon
  • John Kovatch

The Advancement Committee concentrates their efforts on For Pete’s Sake’s Endowment and Planned Giving Campaigns. This committee is responsible for working toward meeting the long term financial goals of FPS and ensuring the organization’s success and sustainability.

  • Trish Sinnott
  • Brad Minor
  • Alex Dergalis
  • Drew Maginnis
  • J. Scott Miller
  • Jennifer O'Brien
  • Jim Murray
  • Joe Coleman
  • Joe Nicolas
  • John Monaghan
  • Kevin O'Brien
  • Lisa Duemler
  • Loretta Schacklett
  • Nicholas Carroll
  • Patrick Bello
  • Tom Sumter
  • Walter Kulp

This Committee meets to review major issues confronting For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation. The Committee meets between scheduled board meetings and is given limited authority to act on the Board’s behalf as dictated by the organization’s Bylaws. The committee is compromised of the chair, co-chair, treasurer, secretary, and CEO.

This Committee shall oversee the legal, financial, accounting, and human resource processes of the Corporation. It shall conduct an annual review of the Corporation’s Bylaws and policies and recommend changes. It shall be comprised solely of members of the Board who are not employed or otherwise paid by the Corporation.

  • Loretta Schacklett
  • Charles "Chuck" Greenberg

This Committee shall oversee all major technology investments, programs, and upgrades. This Committee is responsible for ensuring operational effectiveness and efficiency in meeting the organization's long term goals and strategic initiatives.

  • Craig Jones, Former President aurionPro Solutions
  • Thomas McGinn, Microdermis Corporation
  • Christopher Hartman, iBeast Business Solutions, Inc
  • Jennifer Wolf, The Advisory Board Company