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Board Of Directors

  • 2017 Board of Directors

  • Our Board of Directors with Make-A-Wish America President & CEO, David Williams and Linda Pauling (center), mother of Chris, the boy whose wish inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish, at the 2015 Wish Ball.

  • Our Hudson Valley Board of Directors at the 2014 Wish Ball

  • Our Hudson Valley Board of Directors

Board Officers

Glen Iurato, Chair

Glen IuratoGlen Iurato is a partner at the accounting firm Colasanti & Iurato, LLP. Glen has over twenty years of accounting, tax and managerial experience. His areas of expertise are financial statement reporting and internal accounting and budget controls. He received a B.S. in Accounting from Mercy College and became a CPA in 1994. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Glen lives in Chappaqua with his wife Lynn and their two sons.

Andrew C. Quinn, Vice-Chair

Andrew QuinnAndrew C. Quinn is the managing partner of The Quinn Law Firm, PLLC. The firm’s primary focus is to serve the needs of the law enforcement community including the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association, the Yonkers Police Association and the Putnam County Sherriff’s Association. Andrew is a graduate of the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington D.C.. Andrew and his wife, Cornelia, are parents to wish child, Jake, his twin brother, Garrett, and older sister, Julianne. The Quinns live in Yorktown.

Jennifer M. Herodes, Secretary

Jennifer M. Herodes, Esq. is a Partner in the law firm of Herodes and Mole’, PC in Mahopac, New York. Her firm provides special counsel to municipalities and the scope of her practice extends to real estate law, land use and zoning, civil litigation, wills and estates, corporate law commercial transactions and criminal law. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Oneonta and her law degree at Pace University School of Law. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Putnam Bar Association. Jennifer, her husband Bobby and four children live in LaGrangeville in Dutchess County.

Jason Anthony, Treasurer

Jason AnthonyJason Anthony is a Senior Vice President in Structured Product Sales at FTN Financial. Prior to joining FTN Financial, Jason was a Vice President in Fixed Income Sales at JP Morgan Securities. Jason is a Wish Grantor and Wish Dad. His daughter, Kaitlyn received her wish to go to Disney World in 2008. In her memory, Jason and his wife Jessica have been major fundraisers and volunteers for Make-A-Wish. He graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Finance. Jason and Jessica live in Bedford with their four children.

Board of Directors

As a whole, the board determines the Foundation’s mission and vision. It selects, evaluates and supports the president and chief executive officer. The board also protects the Foundation’s assets, enhances its public standing, ensures accountability, maintains legal integrity and assesses its own performance.

Dr. Jay Boyer

Dr. Jay Boyer

Dr. Jay Boyer is a Board Certified Pediatric Pulmonologist at the New York Medical College and Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, where his is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics. Dr. Boyer is also a Fellow of the American Thoracic Society and a Fellow of the America College of Chest Physicians. Previously, Dr. Boyer also served as the Medical Director for the Marty Lyons Foundation (Westchester Chapter). He received his undergraduate degree in Biology at Fordham University and his M.D. from the State University of New York at Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Boyer lives in Yorktown Heights with his wife Marianne and their children.

Debbie Flynn

Debbie Flynn has been a MAW volunteer for more than a decade, serving as a Wish granter. Each year, she and Cathy Sifre, conduct a fundraiser that has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help make wishes come true. Debbie attended SUNY New Paltz. She currently assists in the bid process and construction scheduling for new multifamily properties for Seakill Home Builders, and also serves as property manager. Debbie volunteers with Kingston Kiwanis and has previously volunteered at St. Joseph’s Church in New Paltz, where she taught religious instruction, worked the food pantry, and is a Eucharistic Minister. Debbie has two children and two grandchildren and currently resides in New Paltz.

 Robert (Bob) Fuhrer

Robert (Bob) Fuhrer

Robert Fuhrer returns to the Board for a second stint as a Director. Bob founded Nextoy, LLC in 1981. The Company develops and brings new consumer product concepts to the market in the field of toys & games, puzzles, publishing, and gifts. Nextoy’s clients include Hasbro, Spin Master, Goliath Games, Sterling Publishing and the New York Times. Classic Nextoy products include KenKen® Puzzles, Crocodile Dentist, Gator Golf, and iTop. Bob is a graduate of Syracuse University, and is a long-time resident of Chappaqua, New York, where he lives with his wife Judy. They have three grown children.

Howard Goldstein

Howard Goldstein

Howard Goldstein is the Managing Partner of Cortlandt Private Capital, an investment firm specializing in working with and investing in private companies. He is also the co-founder of and an operating partner of Vendanta Capital, a diversified Venture Capital Investment firm. He also serves on the Board of the Hudson Valley Hospital Center and the Hope for Youth Foundation. Howard is a certified Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley. Howard graduated from Clark University and received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Howard lives in Cortlandt Manor with his wife, Neva, (also a Wish Granter). They have two grown children, Rebecca and Jesse.

 Kevin Graves

Kevin G. Graves

Kevin G. Graves is the managing Partner in the law firm Doonan, Graves and Longoria LLC, a broad based real estate, estate, and business law practice operating in New York, Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire. Previously, Kevin served in the County Attorney’s office and served on the County Executive’s Cabinet as the Westchester County Director of Real Estate. Kevin is a longtime supporter of Make-A-Wish and an avid golfer. Kevin graduated from the University of Rhode Island and received his Juris Doctorate from Howard University. Kevin resides in White Plains with his wife, Donna.

Linda HanniganLinda Hannigan
Linda Hannigan is a partner at Sedore & Co., CPA’s in Poughkeepsie where she specializes in audits of not-for-profit organizations and municipalities. Linda has thirty years of experience and earned the AICPA Governmental/Not-for-Profit Accounting and Auditing Certificate of Achievement. Her professional memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants New York State Society of CPA’s, NYS Government Finance Officers’ Association and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Linda currently serves as Treasurer of the Bon Secours Community Hospital Foundation as well as Treasurer of the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board. Linda received a BS in Accounting from St. Thomas Aquinas College and received her CPA designation in 1986.

Tom Leihbacher

Tom Leihbacher is a Wish Dad. Tom currently is a volunteer at the Hudson Valley Chapter, and is a part our Chapter’s Speaker’s Bureau. Outside of Make-A-Wish, Tom is a Sales Manager, East for YP.Com (AT&T) where he helped relaunch YP as a premier advertising platform. Prior to joining YP, Tom was involved in sales for Boingo Media of Los Angeles and at Premier Retail Networks (PRN) of San Francisco. He also volunteers at the Ossining Food Pantry and is a Youth Group Leader at Faith Lutheran Brethren Church in Briarcliff. Tom received a BS in Advertising from the University of Florida and a Masters in Education from Pace University. Tom and his wife, Rachel, have a grown son - Wish Alumni Tommy - and currently live in Briarcliff Manor.

Kerry LyonsKerry Lyons

Kerry Lyons, is Senior Vice President, Marketing for Ripple Street, an influencer marketing company that connects brands with the people who love them to drive targeted trials, branded content creation, authentic product reviews, insights and more. A freelance writer in her spare time, Kerry has been published by The New York Times, Huffington Post, Parents magazine and Budget Travel, among others. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Mercy College. Kerry received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Villanova University and lives in Irvington with her husband Desmond, their five children and two dogs, Beckett and Barkley.

Ken Mahoney
Ken Mahoney is a financial advisor and the CEO of Mahoney Asset Management. Ken is a regular guest financial contributor on CNBC and WPIX and a financial analyst on Fox Business. Ken is also a producer who has won multiple Tony Awards and three Emmys. He also has also received a Grammy nomination. Ken, his wife Trish, and their two sons live in North Salem, NY in Westchester County.

Michael Mueller
Michael Mueller is a Detective with the Yonkers Police Department, currently on assignment with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Task Force. Mike joined the Yonkers Police Department in 1997 and was promoted to Detective in 2006. Mike is a graduate of the United States Department of Justice/FBI Criminal Investigation Course. He has served in leadership roles in the Yonkers Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, St. Baldrick’s, and the CYO at Annunciation- Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Michael lives in Yonkers with his wife Amanda and their two children.

Jessica A. Rosh

Jessica A. Rosh is an attorney with training in mediation and conflict resolution. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Juris Doctor from New York Law School, where she was an Articles Editor on the Law Review. Jessica previously served on the President's Advisory Council of The Rosenthal JCC in Pleasantville, NY, as well as on the Board of Directors of Bet Torah in Mt. Kisco, NY.

Jessica and her family have been a longtime supporters of Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley and she is a Wish Granter and Wish Sibling as well. Her brother's Wish - the Chapter's first Presidential Wish - was granted in 1989. She lives in Westchester County with her husband David and their 2 daughters, Lauren and Emma.

Cathy Sifre

Cathy Sifre has been a MAW volunteer for more than a decade, serving as a Wish granter. Each year, she and Debbie Flynn conduct a fundraiser that has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help make wishes come true. Cathy graduated from the University of Delaware and spent over twenty years in the advertising industry. In addition to her work with Make-A-Wish, she is involved in the New Paltz Chamber of Commerce, the New Paltz PTA and the New Paltz Athletic Association. Cathy lives in New Paltz with her husband, George, and their two children.

Karl Thimm
Karl Thimm, a longtime supporter of Make-A-Wish, is a co-founder of Karlen Inc, DBA Appliance Sales Plus and has been its President since 1979. He also sits on the Executive Board of Intercounty Appliance Corporation of Medford, New York. Karl graduated from Westchester Community College with a degree in Accounting and Business Management, and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He serves as a Trustee for Putnam County Savings Bank (PCSB) and is a member of the Foundation Board of the Putnam Hospital Center. Karl and his wife Janis reside in Mahopac, New York. They have two grown children and six grandchildren.

Jim Tobin
Jim Tobin is the founder and CEO of River Communications, one of the leading financial services marketing and public relations firms in the U.S. Prior to River, Jim was a partner at the financial public relations firm Rubenstein, Wolfson & Co. Jim is an Adjunct Professor at his Alma Mater, Iona College. Jim is a member of the White Plains Police Department Opioid Task Force, and a long-time coach in White Plains Bernies Football Program.

I have truly been inspired by my fellow board members and the outstanding staff in playing a part in making a difference for the children and the families affected by life threatening illnesses. ”

— Vice-Chair, John Armentano

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