Karen at a young age started bringing home stray animals from the streets of Newark, NJ. Even when she was in college she tried to sneak a stray dog in the dorms during a storm. Her first job was delivering news papers at 12 years old and she did this for 3 years. In school, she was voted "best personality" and received a scholarship and an achievement award for a foreign language. In college, she joined Delta Phi Epsilon. She is a graduate of Monmouth University with a Bachelor of Science and graduated in the upper 3% of the class.
Her career was in Human Resources with a focus on recruiting. Also, she started as a volunteer at a local animal shelter and was elected to the board of directors. She started Save Animals In Shelters, Inc. in 2012 and has since left the corporate world.
She is married and lives with her husband and a rescue dog and also a rescue parrot. On her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, repairing jewelry, and investing in the American stock market.
Judith Fordham - Vice President
During high school, Judith was involved with many activities to include, but not limited to fund raising, planning events and alumni reunions. She graduated Monmouth University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. For the past 25 years she has been in the electronics industry as a sales executive.
She has two beautiful children: Matthew and Heather. Matthew received many scholarships in high school, graduated college and he is currently attending medical school. Heather is currently in college studying communications as her dream is to be a News Reporter.
On her space time, Judith loves to spend time with her 3 cats and all her family and friends. She is a 3 time cancer survivor and continues to be an outpatient client of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. And with all this, she still has a very positive attitude.
Judith is most known for her great heart, warm and extremely comical personality. Within a New York minute, she can light up any room.
Michael Teresa - Secretary
Michael has earned a degree in microbiology and a masters degree in telecommunications where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He has spent most of his career in the field of telecommunications and is currently consulting companies in this area. He also has many skills in construction as he recently updated his house. He is currently a member of the Engineering Advisory Board at a local college.
Michael is married and has one son and daughter. He is a true family man and on his spare time he also visits his parents and sisters. When he has extra time , he enjoys reading, riding his mountain bike and skiing. He also follows the financial markets and can tell a good buy or sell.
Michael is most known for his brilliant mind, hard work ethic and trustful nature. He is a serious professional intellect and yet he can make anyone laugh.
Gregory Di Sessa - Treasurer
Greg's first job was delivering news papers at the age of 13 which lasted for 4 years. In school, he was involved in many athletic activities and was voted "most athletic". Greg has a bachelor degree in finance and a masters degree in management. He spent most of his career in sales and marketing and is currently working for Fed Ex for over 10 years.
Greg is married with 2 daughters. He and his wife, Ana are founders of a 501(c)(3) charity that benefits a third world country, Paraguay. Greg's time is spent doing fund raisers and he has continued his love of sports by coaching varies children's teams. Also, he is involved in his local church and is a member of the Elks.
Greg is loved by everyone he meets because he has a great, warm personality and always goes the extra mile for people. He is a family man who adores his Wife and children. He is honest, comical, and always sees a positive in every situation.
Veronica Zeichner - Advisory Board Member
Veronica has a bachelor of science in accounting and her career has mostly been in the not-for-profit industry. She is currently a Chief Financial Officer at a local college.
She is married with one daughter and has 2 dogs. Veronica is an avid runner and works out on a daily basis. She loves the beaches, warm weather and is constantly looking for the sunshine. When she is not calculating numbers, she is dining at restaurants, and she is also known to be the best dressed in any setting.
Bernard Friedman MD - Advisory Board Member
Dr. Friedman graduated from Cornell University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed further training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the current New Jersey Medical School Rutgers, at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. After 40 years of practice he is now retired but continues as a voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine there. He counts dogs and special people among his best friends.
In Memory of: Dean Everetts - Assistant Secretary
Dean had worked his entire life in the service industry. At an early age he enrolled in the Marines and spent 2 years traveling all over the USA. After his time in the military, he joined an electrician union and worked many years there. He then started his own business called Eagle Eye doing home improvements to include but not limited to electrical, plumbing, and construction work.
Dean married his high school sweet heart and all together they had 4 children. He lived near the sea because they all loved the beach and fishing. Since he had a passion to help others he joined this charity.
In 2014, Dean was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer at the age of 60. He fought a difficult battle and later passed in 2016. Dean was loved by all and was most known for his family dedication, extreme hard work ethic, and fabulous sense of humor. There was no one funnier than him.