Operating Committees

Our operating committees are the backbone of our organization. It is within these committees that scores of talented volunteers come together to chart a path of success in our daily operations, annual development goals and the future strategic initiatives. Currently, there are seven operating committees: Finance and Investment, Audit, Patient Advisory, Advancement, Governance, Planned Giving and Executive. We are also in the process of forming an Ecumenical committee.

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 Nicole@takeabreakfromcancer.org.

Finance and Investment Committee

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

  • Joseph Manion, Chairperson
  • Kevin Norris, Co-chair
  • Amy Beilman
  • Ann Mossing
  • Charles Quatrone
  • Christopher Carroll
  • Lester Rich
  • Paul Mullen
Audit Committee

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, Chairperson
  • Alice Meehan, Co-chair
  • Peter Keenan
  • Chris McBryan
  • Dennis McGowen
  • Jim Mahoney
  • Kevin Norris
Patient Advisory Committee

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.

  • Susan Schultz, RN, Lankenau Medical Center, Chairperson
  • Deb Rinaldi, Co-chair
  • Lisa Doncsecz, 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
  • John Kosteva, MD, University of Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Aly Rice, SW, Alliance Cancer Specialists
  • Teressa Novonty, SW, Penn State Hershey Medical
  • Lori McKown, SW, Jefferson Cancer Institute Allegheny Health Network
  • Elizabeth Salgado, SW, Montifiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care
  • Maggie Franzetti, SW, John Theurer Cancer Center in Hackensack NJ
  • Tricia Tysiak, RN, BSN, OCN
  • Terri Mchugh DO, MainLine Healthcare Cancer Risk assessment and Genetics
Advancement and Development Committee

The Advancement and 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. 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.

  • Brad Minor, Chairperson
  • Pat Bello, Co-chair
  • Christopher Selgrath, DO
  • Dale Moss
  • Deb Rinaldi
  • Kate Shields
  • Jon Sobotkin
  • Alyce Cerniglia
  • Craig Jones
  • Alice Anne Bossow
  • Trish Sinnott
  • Andrew Gerardi
  • Christopher Condon
  • John Kovatch
  • Joe Nicolas
  • Nicholas Carroll
  • Robert Asklar
  • Diana Zalewski
  • Maureen Waddington
  • Michael Gers
  • Meg McGinn
Executive Committee

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.

  • R. Bradford Minor, Jr., Board Chairman
  • Meghan Patton, Board Vice Chairman
  • Joseph Manion, Board Treasurer
  • Brian Havrilla, Board Secretary
  • Christopher Selgrath, DO, Former Vice Chairman
  • Marcella B. Schankweiler, Esq., FPS Founder and President
Planned Giving Committee

The role of the Planned Giving Committee is to provide guidance and lend their expertise in the development of legacy and planned gifts to support our mission. Members assist in the creation of personalized charitable giving plans and ensure donor relationships are stewarded appropriately.

  • Scott Miller, Jr
  • Carol Livingood, Esq.
  • David Shoup
  • Tom Sumter, Esq.
  • Bob Jones
Governance Committee

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.

  • Chris Solecki, Chairperson
  • Meghan Patton, Co-chair
Ecumenical Council

The role of the Ecumenical Council is to address the needs of families facing cancer and the impact this journey has in three distinct components 1) general coping with disease in close proximity of time before/during and after respite, 2) end of life spiritual enrichment and 3) bereavement. The committee has two distinct roles: to be a resource related to materials that could be provided to families and to be available personally for any personal outreach should this need arise.

  • Pat Bello
  • Pastor Dorian Smith
  • Pastor Bruce Carter
  • Rabbi Eric Goldberg
  • Father Joe Campellone
  • Mariann Kuttler
New York Council Members

This region educates New York and North Jersey Oncology Teams about the FPS nomination process, and raises funds for the FPS mission.

  • Peter Ma, Chairperson
  • Colleen Koh, Chairperson
  • Cayla Cheng
  • Mike Gentile
  • Rob Piszko
  • Cameron Neely
  • Carol Perez
  • Ellen Reilly
Young Friends of FPS

FPS Young Friends work to engage those in their 20’s and 30’s in the mission of For Pete’s Sake through community engagement, networking and professional development and events.

  • Diana Zalewski- Co-chair
  • Robert Asklar-Co-chair
  • Patrick Swanick
  • Jeff Seidl
  • Mary Kate Leis
  • Phoebe Gutt