Board of Trustees – Meet our Leadership

Steven M. Wooton, Sr.

Steven M. Wooton, Sr.

President

Senior Application Consultant, (C) Systems Global

Steven M. Wooton, Sr. is the President of the Board of Trustees. When he is not busy volunteering his services as Santa, or chairing his annual dinner/dance, or working endlessly with the Odd Fellows of NJ, he works as a Senior Application Consultant.

Michael Yuschak

Michael Yuschak

Vice President

President/CEO, Shore Systems, LLC

Born and raised at the Jersey Shore, Michael Yuschak had his first exposure to cancer at an early age. After an eight-year battle against breast cancer, his mother, Bernadette, passed away when Michael was just a freshman in high school. Mike and his wife Kerren are the founders of Shore Systems, LLC, and give back and honor the memory of Mike’s mother by providing incredibly generous amounts of free IT services to ECF. In addition to supplying ECF with the computers and network assistance, they have donated their time, brought in subcontractors, and appealed to their customers to donate any gently used computers to ECF.

Carl Hillier, CPA

Carl Hillier, CPA

Treasurer

Sr. Director – Corporate Finance, Johnson & Johnson

Carl began his association with The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation in 2007. The Corporate Finance team at Johnson and Johnson was seeking to partner with a local charitable organization where they could make a positive contribution and who had a mission that is consistent with the J&J Credo. In the beginning, Carl and the J&J Finance team provided decorated gift bags for the children and this involvement grew over the years to include an Annual Holiday Party for ECF families, fund raising and food drives. Carl has been with Johnson & Johnson for 25 years working in many areas of finance in Canada and the United States. He is currently based in the Worldwide Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ.

Betsy Shaheen

Betsy Shaheen

Secretary

Corporate Secretary-Credit, Builders General Supply Company

For over 30 years Betsy Shaheen has been running special events and handling customer accounts at her family business, Builders’ General Supply Company, which has been selling lumber, windows, cabinetry and more to homeowners and contractors since it was started by her grandfather in 1931. ECF’s founders, the Vizzonis, were customers of Builders General, and got the company, Betsy, and her brother involved in the organization. Betsy, who graduated from Seton Hall University, currently lives in Atlantic Highlands and has three daughters.

Christina Mecca

Christina Mecca

Recording Secretary

Bill Campbell

Bill Campbell

Trustee

Director of Business Development, Townsquare Media

Karen Diaz

Karen Diaz

Trustee

Director, Affinitor Marketing, Novartis

Ralph Diaz

Ralph Diaz

Trustee

VP, Sr. Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

Ralph has spent over 25 years in the financial services industry. He currently works at Merrill Lynch as Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor and is a designated Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor.  Whether devising an investment program, determining estate needs or creating a Social Security strategy, he helps clients and friends to articulate and achieve their financial goals. Ralph graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Economics. Before joining the board of the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation in 2015, he helped small charities finance advertising space on digital media and initiated fundraising efforts.

Valerie Sculthorpe

Valerie Sculthorpe

Trustee

Valerie Sculthorpe has been the Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of Investors Bank in Wall Township since 2014. Valerie graduated from Monmouth University in 2004 with a B.S. in Business Management and Minor in Information Technology. During her time at Monmouth, Valerie played on the women’s golf team. She became involved with ECF in 2015 as a member of the Crystal Gala Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce and Monmouth University Alumni Association. Valerie resides in Brick with her husband,Bryan.

Jonathan Kanarek

Jonathan Kanarek

Trustee

Director of Analysis, Global Credit Services

Jonathan Kanarek began serving on the board of trustees for the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation in 2015 and currently chairs its Strategic Planning Committee. Jonathan’s interest in joining ECF was sparked by his wife Allison’s several years of involvement with the foundation and his befriending of a young cancer patient at an ECF event who has since passed away.

Jonathan is a Vice President – Senior Analyst in the Corporate Finance Group at Moody’s Investors Service. Jonathan concentrates on the healthcare sector, covering high yield credits. He focuses on credit analysis in medical devices, contract development & manufacturing organizations (CDMOs), and other healthcare services companies. Throughout his career, Jonathan has covered several other industries, including supermarkets, drugstores, food distributors, drug wholesalers, foodservice companies, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, and has several years of both credit and equity research experience.

Jonathan graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Finance and a minor in Psychology. He received his MBA from NYU-Stern with concentrations in Corporate Finance and Real Estate and is also a CFA charterholder.

John F. Kwasnik

John F. Kwasnik

Trustee

Attorney at Law, Mezzaca & Kwasnik, LLC

Mr. Kwasnik, a Managing Partner with the law firm of Mezzacca and Kwasnik, LLC concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, trust and estates, community association law, land use, civil litigation, commercial transactions and corporate law. He is actively involved with civic duty and volunteering, and counted among his many active memberships in organizations are: the Rahway Police Athletic League and the VSA Arts of New Jersey, Inc., where he serves on the Board of Directors, the Rutgers University Alumni Association, and the Children’s Specialized Hospital Softball Tournament, which he co-chairs.

Robert Mecca

Robert Mecca

Trustee

Head of Finance, R&D and M&A, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Mike Walsh

Mike Walsh

Trustee

Financial Advisor/Managing Director, Ameriprise

Mike was introduced to ECF by its co-founder Joe Vizzoni in 1992 and immediately got involved in organizing the ECF’S first golf outing. He previously served on ECF’S Board Of Trustees from 1997 to 2003 including serving as Board President. He is also a long-time member and past President of The Friendly Sons Of St. Patrick Of Union County, has worked on various fund-raising committees for Roselle Catholic High School, and is a long-time supporter of the Disabled American Vets.

Mike has worked as a financial advisor for forty years and currently works in Ameriprise Financial Services’ Bedminster, N.J. office.

David Zimmel

David Zimmel

Trustee

President and Co-founder of Zimmel Associates

David Zimmel, President and Co-founder of Zimmel Associates, leads an Edison, New Jersey, corporate real estate brokerage firm that handles more than 5 million sq. ft. of exclusive office, industrial and flex space. His career covers more than three decades dedicated to the real estate industry and the closing of more than 3,000 real estate transactions. A native of New Jersey, Dave began his real estate career in 1978 after graduating from Rider College with a degree in Political Science. He specialized in office, industrial and shopping center space for eight years before partnering with his father, Bernard Zimmel, at Zimmel Associates in the mid 1980’s.

Joel Markel

Joel Markel

Life Member, Former Board Member

President/CEO, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services

Joel Markel is the President/Owner of Preferred Home Health Care, a leading provider of medical and non-medical home health care in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He first became involved with the Emmanuel Cancer Fund (ECF) in 1990 when his five-month-old son, Ryan, was diagnosed with a malignant liver tumor. ECF provided help and support to Markel’s family during this time, which inspired them to remain involved with the organization even after Ryan’s death six months later. Markel has dedicated his life to caring for others, and he has helped raise awareness about issues such as children’s health, elder care and cancer treatment. He is a graduate of the City University of New York-Brooklyn College and is involved with a number of boards and organizations that promote home health care. Regarded as one of the leading home health care agencies in the region, PHHC fosters long-standing relationships with all local hospitals, which allows the company to have a keen understanding of home care complexities and enables it to deliver optimal care to all of its clients. Additionally, PHHC has been publicly certified by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Program), the leading accrediting organization for the home health care industry, as voluntarily achieving the highest standards of excellence for home-based health care. The company is also active in a number of educational and service initiatives, including a partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Joseph & Susan Vizzoni

Joseph & Susan Vizzoni

Founders

Sue and Joe Vizzoni are the founders of ECF. Please read more about them by clicking here.

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ECF has helped me tremendously with the support of my Caseworker, Eileen, as well as the volunteers with the holiday wish lists and in making sure Ty had a wonderful birthday every year. And when times were really hard, ECF helped out with meals and food. I don’t think I would have made it through without having to talk to someone who understood. Thank you ECF

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Central Regional Center

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