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!
Mariann Kuttler is a Program Coordinator. 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 and her husband, Herb, were the successful proprietors 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 Herb are the parents of nine children (including Founder/President, Marci Schankweiler) and reside 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.
Carol Schwind is a Program Coordinator. She has been a nurse in Oncology and Hospice for many years in Bucks County and finds enjoyment in caring for others. Carol has been married to her high school sweetheart, Tom, for 24 years and has the “Schwind Gang” of 5 children who keep her quite busy when not with us!
Patricia Tysiak (RN BSN OCN) is our Program Director. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from The University of Scranton. Tricia has held several nursing roles at hospitals including Lankenau, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Holy Redeemer. She also worked in an outpatient oncology office for 13 years.
Her most recent role, before her current position at FPS, was Oncology Nurse Navigator at Holy Redeemer, helping cancer patients navigate and discover necessary resources after their cancer diagnosis. She started at FPS as a volunteer and aligns her personal values with the mission of the company through her experiences helping cancer patients for over 30 years. Her favorite memories include traveling with her family to Maine, Hawaii and Ireland. She also loves her “happy place” in Ocean City, NJ. Her hobbies include reading, walking her dog, and cross stitching.
Pam Brumbaugh is our Mission Coordinator. Pam is a coal miner’s daughter and is originally from the small western Pennsylvania town of Dayton (It is south of Punxsutawney Phil’s home).
Pam graduated high school with a class size of 57, and enrolled at Penn State University, Main Campus. She graduated Penn State with a degree in Economics, and 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. Pam strives to attend to the needs of our Program Department and office with a smile. Pam’s family includes her husband Bob (who she met on Valentine’s Day in Patee Library at PSU), two adult daughters, Bridget and Christine, and her bulldog, Ernie. 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 Walt Disney World. She also enjoys cooking and baking for her family and friends.
Alisa is our Family Engagement Officer. She is a graduate of the Widener University School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Alisa has many years of hospitality management/event planning experience including starting and running her own kids cooking party business for eight years. Alisa’s involvement with FPS started over 10 years ago as a data input volunteer for the annual Fashion Show and then moved on to helping plan a family fun day and Annual Golf Outing in Dave Duemler’s memory. After selling her business, she decided to put her love for FPS and event planning to good use by joining the FPS team in September of 2015. She now helps our Travelers get involved in the FPS mission, and ensures they feel connected to our community.
Alisa and her husband, Joe (who she met at Widener University), have two fun loving teenage kids who keep them very busy. Alisa loves spending time with her family and friends. When she has the time she also still enjoys cooking, baking and entertaining.
Meg Schmitt is our Marketing Manager. She is a Temple University graduate, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and a certification in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. Following graduation, she dove headfirst into the world of eCommerce and online marketing and communication by aquiring additional certifications in Social Media, Google Analytics, and GoogleAds, and Email Marketing. After spending over three years in the retail industry as a Marketing and Creative Manager, she felt a draw to go back to her nonprofit involvement that she valued throughout her undergraduate career.
When Meg isn’t researching the next upcoming marketing trend, you can find her crafting, cooking, or hiking local Pennsylvania trails!
Amber Mercado, Regional Director of New York, has been with FPS since August 2006. She is a graduate of La Salle University just like Marci and Pete.
She spends her leisure time singing “Wheels on the Bus” to her two year old son (over and over and over again), practicing yoga, and reading really intellectual books. She is completely selfless except when it comes to sushi. Her favorite part of the job is interacting with patients and hearing their unique stories. She also loves managing the FPS social media accounts, so can you follow us on Instagram and make her happy, please (instagram.com/breakfromcancer)?
Cheryl is our Chief Philanthropy Officer, and has a wealth of experience in the non-profit sector. She brings to FPS over ten years of experience in special event and volunteer management, campaign and peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate development, donor cultivation, board and committee development and program delivery. She also brings a wealth of experience in baking chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, and in primate behavior as she is a former zoologist! In her free time, she loves to relax with her husband and two children.
Cheryl’s diverse background, attention to detail and commitment to building strong and meaningful relationships ensure that she will treat our donors and corporate partners with the utmost care.
Danielle is our Finance Officer. She received her MBA from Temple University in 2004 and her B.S. in Accounting from LaSalle University in 1994.
Danielle started off her accounting career by working with two regional public accounting firms, she moved to the private sector to work for PECO Energy in their ventures department. After gaining experience with mergers and acquisitions, Danielle used that experience and was hired as Controller for an importing company where she worked for over 16 years.
Danielle, her husband, Bob, and their three children are active members at their Crossfit gym, Crossfit T1. When the family is not working out they are helping organize and participate in the Annual Oreland 5k, in honor of their son Aiden Coyne or watching the kids numerous sporting events throughout the school year.
Ellen is our Philanthropy Manager. She is a graduate of Drexel University and was the Special Event Manager at Drexel University College of Medicine prior to joining the FPS family. She runs on caffeine and can often be seen carrying 20 cups of coffee into the office first thing in the morning (just kidding, more like 2). This energy boost allows her to oversee 4 major internal events and over 100 community events throughout the year!
Ellen has three fun loving kids who keep her very busy with sports and various other activities. She loves spending time with her family and friends, and when she has time she loves to cook and bake!
Caitlin is our Community Engagement Manager. She graduated from Grove City College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication. Caitlin was introduced to Marci through the world of volleyball and was lucky enough to spend her summer as the development intern in 2017. She loved her time in the office so much that she was determined to join the staff full time. It has always been important to Caitlin that her career was one that would make an impact on others’ lives.
Caitlin loves to coach volleyball with her dad, explore all the local parks in Bucks County, and spend time with her family. When she’s not working, you can find her on a volleyball court, spending time at her mom’s flower shop in Doylestown, or visiting local coffee shops.
Meghan is the NY Community Engagement Associate. She graduated from Harding University in 2010 with her Bachelor’s of Arts in Early Childhood Education. After spending seven years working in the school systems, she decided to pursue her passions of community and celebration and enter into the world of event planning. Once introduced to FPS, she felt compelled by their mission and wanted to be part of something so good.
Meghan believes that everyday should start with coffee and a crossword puzzle; and that steak is a gift from God. She loves spending as much time as she can outdoors and wandering through Central Park. She loves all things falls and is known for bringing Christmas cheer during her 25 Days of Christmas each December. She’s a born and raised Buckeye, but her heart belongs to New York.
Madeleine is our Office and Volunteer Coordinator. She recently moved to Pennsylvania all the way from Little Rock, Arkansas! Madeleine graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2018 with a BA in Sociology. She has always loved volunteering with local organizations and was given the opportunity to intern with Make-A-Wish Mid-South in the Fall of 2018. That internship really solidified her passion for working in the non-profit sphere. Madeleine is thrilled to be working at FPS and is excited to see where this journey takes her!
During her free time, Madeleine likes to visit museums in Philadelphia with her grandmother and hangout with friends. She is also an avid traveler and hopes to visit all 50 states one day!
Marci Kuttler Bossow Schankweiler (say that 5 times fast) is currently Founder and CEO 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.
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 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 and enjoyed rowing on the crew team. 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 daughters, Maura Grace and Rose Marie, who are both honorary FPS staff members.
FPS is Marci’s passion and she enjoys spreading this passion wherever she goes! Today, she enjoys sharing her story and the many entrepreneurial lessons she has learned in her presentation, Pause on Purpose.