OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Connie Dwyer is the compelling force that energizes the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation Board. Since the Foundation’s inception, she has worked tirelessly to meet her personal goal of building and equipping breast centers that will serve the community; providing outstanding care to all women regardless of economic status. Her ongoing drive and determination ensures the Foundation has the resources to provide its centers with the very latest in technology and services for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
Connie graduated from Niagara University with a BBA. She met her husband Bob there while they were both students. She has been recognized by her alma mater with the Niagara University President’s Medal. Niagara also honored Connie with the Caritas Medal, which is given to those who exemplify the charity of St. Vincent by going out into the community to serve others.
Connie has served many organizations since the Dwyers moved to New Jersey in 1986. Through the Dwyer Family Foundation, she has helped many local causes in the community. Connie and Bob were honored by the Archdiocese of Newark, Saint Michael’s Foundation and the Susan G. Komen North Jersey Affiliate for their service. Connie has also been honored by the Trinitas Health Foundation and the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills with their Women of Vision Award. Giving back is not only something Connie Dwyer believes in – it is something she prioritizes in her life; exemplifying what it means to recognize a need for help and to be a part of the solution. She and Bob reside in both New Jersey and Palm Beach. They have three daughters and twelve grandchildren.
Becky Dwyer Morano
For over 25 years Becky Dwyer Morano has been an active philanthropist and community leader. She has successfully held positions in the equity sales market at various Wall Street securities firms. She is a licensed New Jersey Sales Associate and member of North Central Jersey Association of Realtors. Becky is a Board Member of the Dwyer Family Foundation, Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children and Villanova President’s Advisory Counsel. Her leadership qualities make her an asset to our board.
Frank D. Isoldi
For over two decades, Frank Isoldi has been involved in the world of residential real estate as Realtor/Broker Associate, working with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in their Westfield, New Jersey East office. In addition to being a valued member of our board, Mr. Isoldi also serves on the Westfield United Fund, Downtown Westfield Corporation and the Westfield Foundation. He resides in New Jersey with his family.
Gia Margaret O’Keefe
After a twenty-year career in the financial sector, Gia Margret O’Keefe is a member of the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation Board and the Area Baby Center in Summit, NJ. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees for UnCommon Schools of Newark (NorthStar Academy) and St. Teresa of Avila School. She resides in Summit, New Jersey with her family.
Sarah Roberts is a public relations and communications specialist with a great understanding of marketing, fundraising, media relations as it pertains to non-profits. Currently, she is the director of the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation. Formerly, she held key positions at Center for a New American Dream and ICF Consulting as well as a working for herself as a freelancer for many years. Sarah holds a B.A. in Political Science from High Point University and lives with her husband and two school-aged boys in Summit, NJ.
Nancy Weeks has had several careers, former teacher at Oratory Prep and The Pingry School, published author, former law office manager, market research analyst, and art business owner. She has been doing volunteer work since high school, having been heavily involved with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure (formerly Breast Cancer Foundation), where she helped the foundation raise over $10 million for education, research, and patient care. She has also done similar work with Juvenile Bi-Polar Research Foundation, Overlook Hospital Foundation, TJ Martell Foundation, American Cancer Society, Resource Center of Somerset, Integrity House, Our House, Jacobus Vanderveer House, Papermill Playhouse, and her children’s schools. In addition to that, she is heavily involved in her local first aid squads in Summit and at the shore. Currently, she is on the Board of Trustees for Papermill Playhouse, Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, Franciscans in Action (Haitian Church sponsorship), as well as the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation.
No stranger to philanthropy and the non-profit sector, Patty Anagnostis brings over 25 years of fundraising experience to her position on the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation board. Patty currently is a co-chair of the foundation’s annual Embrace Hope gala. The largest fundraising event of the year. Her prior experience includes her role as a member of the Oak Knoll Mother’s Auxiliary, where she co-chaired the Grand Prix auction and a past member of the Pingy’s Parents Association. Patty’s business experience in a large family business brings added value to the operations portion of the foundation. She resides in New Jersey with her family.
With an in depth background in advertising and marketing, Christina Cranley understands the significance of communication and the non-profit sector. Currently, she serves as Chief Revenue Officer at Fast Company. Formerly, she held key positions at Mediabrands and Omnimedia and started her own consultancy, C2Marketing. Christina graduated from the University of Delaware where she studied communications. She resides in New Jersey with her family.
Katie Darcy was born and raised in Summit, NJ. She graduated from Oak Knoll in 1992, and from Bucknell University in 1996. After college, she worked at Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, in a myriad of roles including trader, Business Manager and Corporate Access. In recent years, she worked in marketing at a local law firm, and just this October, she helped produce a successful fundraising event for Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation. Katie has always been passionate about her volunteer work for St. Jude hospital and as a coach for Summit Lacrosse Club for over 10 years. She has also held board positions with both Santa Claus Shop and Summit Lacrosse Club.
Katie cares deeply about the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation because she is not only a breast cancer survivor, but is focused on advocacy for women before, during and after diagnosis and treatment. She spends most of her time enjoying life in Summit with her four children, her husband and her dog.
After a twenty-year career in the financial sector, Donna Savoca Darrow is a member of the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation Board. She is also on the Parent Teacher Student Organization board in Westfield, NJ. She is a girl scout troop leader for her daughter Emma. She now works at the Presbyterian Nursery School and Kindergarten (PNS&K) and resides in Westfield with her family.
Since moving to Summit in 2008, Erin has been active in the surrounding community. She was formerly a member of the Overlook Hospital Auxiliary Twig, and she also served as Co-President of the Parent Board at Central Presbyterian Church Nursery School and Kindergarten during her children’s tenure there. She has remained an active alumna since graduation from Georgetown University in 1999, serving as a class ambassador and assisting with fundraising and alumnae giving. Erin has co-chaired the spring fundraiser for CDBCF for the past two years. Erin, her husband Doug, and their three children continue to live in Summit.
Amy Everett DiSibio
Although retired from professional life, Amy DiSibio is an expert in the field of equity trading having held key executive positions at Smith Barney, M.P.T. Associates and Prudential-Bache Securities. Devoting much of her time to assisting non-profit organization boards, Ms. DiSibio is currently serving as Colgate University Presidents’ Club Chair, and is a board member of Summit Area Public Foundation (SAPF), Summit Lacrosse Club, and Paul J. Finn Jr. Foundation. Formerly, she held the office of president, vice president and board member of the Summit Educational Foundation, president and board member of St. Andrew’s Nursery School and treasurer for the Lincoln-Hubbard School PTO. Ms. DiSibio earned her BA in Economics at Colgate University and resides in Summit, New Jersey with her husband.
Barbara Abraham Dugan
After a successful career in advertising as Print Media Director for leading agencies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Barbara embarked on a new role as a mother. Barbara serves as a member of Villanova’s President’s Advisory Council. She is a sustainer in the Junior League of Summit and a volunteer in Pingry’s Parent Association. Barbara has been supporting the mission of The Connie Dwyer Breast Center since its inception in 2004 and on the Board since 2007, serving as co-chair of the Annual Spring Luncheon.
With a long standing commitment to fighting breast cancer, Annette Fasciano began volunteering her time with Susan G. Komen, North Jersey in 2001 after holding the position of Managing Director for five years. Her involvement with the Connie Dwyer Breast Center began in 2009 as fundraising chair of the Advisory Board and has since taken on the role of Treasurer. She serves as a consultant on issues of corporate and individual giving for a board member of the Episcopal Social Services in New York City and is involved with fundraising for the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater NJ. Annette is a graduate of Saint Peter’s University and completed the Executive Education in Coaching, Mentoring and Entrepreneurial program at Babson College. Presently, she holds the position of Finance and Business Manager at Jerry Rose Floral & Event Design.
Maureen Dwyer Griffith
As an educator, Maureen Dwyer Griffith relates well to the concept of giving back. She taught 4th grade for four years in Manhattan and after relocating to Summit, New Jersey 3rd grade at the Bradley Garden in Bridgewater. She is a graduate of Niagara University with a BA in Communications and went on to receive her Masters degree in Education at Fordham University. Maureen also sits on the Dwyer Family Foundation Board and the Summit Summies Parent Board.
My major design influences are style and color. I guess you can say my design style has evolved with the look and character originated by Mario Buatta. I enjoy the use of multiple fabrics in a room without making it too busy, establishing classic looks with just a touch of a whimsical accent. It’s a sense of interior design that works well in many homes. The use of a wide variety of textures and sleek modern lines creates a tonal elegance that I am most proud of.
Listening carefully to my clients’ needs and desires is my Golden Rule. I love working closely with them and watching their confidence grow with each decision we make. Satisfaction comes from seeing a project through to completion, watching a family enjoy the comfort of their new surroundings. Many times, the design process grows as a family grows. Many clients call on me to assist them in updating their home year after year.
Janet E. Lesko
Janet Lesko was a founding member of the first Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey. Since its establishment in 2004, Janet has been instrumental in all facets of building and developing this state-of-the-art breast center. Her wealth of experience serves as a rich parallel to her current role, as she works to establish a second Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.
Janet brings a wide range of business experience from her over three decades with AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Avaya. She held a variety of leadership roles in the areas of Quality Process Improvement, Change Management, Marketing and Customer Service. She previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Farleigh Dickenson University, a Trustee Emeritus at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child and a Regent of the Short Hills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Janet is a graduate of Drew University and holds a Masters in Literature and a BS in Science from Adelphi University. She also completed the Executive MBA program at the AT&T School of Business.
Kami grew up in Southern California, daughter of a LA County Firefighter and the oldest of seven children. As a small child she spent most weekdays under the care of her paternal Grandmother Kathy who was also her Pre-school teacher. She attended many doctor appointments with Grandma Kathy not fully understanding her grandmother’s battle with breast cancer until after her passing in 1989.
Kami later married her high school sweetheart Argyle in 2005 who was at that time a Lieutenant in the Army. During his active duty and deployments she worked as a Personal Assistant to professionals ranging from a LA Realtor to OB/Gyn Doctors in Texas before working in Hospital HR. She currently teaches Yoga in addition to her job as Mom to their 9 & 10 year old sons.
After relocating to New Jersey Kami became involved in the Connie Dwyer Foundation after seeing the group’s incredible impact, especially in underprivileged communities lacking access to healthcare, and is very proud to be part of the Embrace Hope Committee for the past two years.
In his 30 years as a leading floral and event designer, Jerry Rose has designed and produced some of the most talked-about weddings and celebrated parties in the country. Jerry brings his practiced eye and meticulous standards to every project. He has been a member of the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation board virtually from its inception. He is an integral part of the creative services committee, spearheading event functions and providing his expert talent and creativity. He is a third generation florist and a graduate of New York’s Parsons School of Design. Additionally, he sits on the creative boards of Paper Mill Theater, Susan G Komen North Jersey Affiliate and the PG Chambers School.
John Simoudis founded his first company, Simoudis Image Design, a branding and communications studio, in 1997 after stepping away from executive management positions in the New York luxury hospitality sector. Today, John is a Principal of Influence, a digital marketing/social brand strategy boutique agency with an expertise in luxury and prestige brands. As a designer and strategic marketing expert, John extends his expertise to the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation providing consultation and creative communication services.
A graduate of St. John’s University School of Pharmacy, Michele Tedesco operated for ten years a family-owned retail pharmacy in Jersey City, representing the third generation of registered pharmacists. During her career, she served on the West Side Businessmen’s Association and Drug Topics Council of Pharmacists. She remains an active member of the New Jersey Pharmacists Association. Michele has been a member of the Connie Dwyer Breast Center Board since 2008 in the role as Co-Chair of the Embrace Hope gala. In addition, she serves on the Board of Advisors of Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, and is vice-president of the Butterfly Angel Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization aiding those in need. She resides in New Jersey and Palm Beach.