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Executive Staff

     
Peter T. Wilderotter  

Peter T. Wilderotter - President and CEO
I have worked in the Independent (non-profit) Sector for my entire career. We provide that valuable intersection in areas where the market isn't ready or isn't interested in the problem or solution and the government isn't capable. When we click, a synergy is created that is unstoppable.

What inspires our board and staff is following through on and achieving in our lifetimes what Christopher & Dana so generously and courageously started. This is a civil rights movement and although the baton was passed to us in the most unfair and sad way, we will hold it brightly and with our founders' optimism until we reach the finish line.

   
Susan Howley  

Susan Howley - Executive Vice President, Research
It's my responsibility to insure that all our research programs are implemented efficiently, AND EFFECTIVELY, according to the policies of the Foundation and the recommendations of our scientific advisory panels. I spend the lion's share of my time working closely with all our research grantees and advisors, networking and trying to remove barriers that slow the pace of their progress. Although I have no formal scientific training, I am envious of the passion with which scientists live their lives and pursue their work. So much so that in another life, I'd join their ranks as a neuroscientist.

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Aimee Hunnewell  

Aimee Hunnewell - Vice President of Development
Aimee began her career at the Reeve Foundation in 1997 when the organization was still known as the American Paralysis Association (APA). She became Vice President of Development in January of 2010 and currently manages a development department of six, overseeing all fundraising initiatives from direct mail, major gifts and planned giving, to Team Reeve, special events and corporate & foundation relations. She is also a member of the Executive Management Team and works closely with the President & CEO, the accounting, operations and HR departments, to coordinate processes and support overall Foundation needs.

During her tenure, Aimee has experienced growth and positive change both personally and most importantly in the research programs & quality of life initiatives that the Foundation supports. She is fueled by the knowledge that the Reeve Foundation is making a difference and carrying on the vital work that Christopher & Dana Reeve believed in so passionately.

Aimee received her BA from Boston College, and currently lives with her husband and three children in Peapack-Gladstone. In her spare time, when she's not at a sporting event or activity with one of her kids, she enjoys reading, home improvements and interior decorating.

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Maggie Goldberg

Maggie Goldberg - Vice President, Policy and Programs
Maggie Goldberg leads the Reeve Foundation's Quality of Life initiatives including the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC), Quality of Life Grants, Peer & Family Support Program, Community Engagement, advocacy, Military & Veterans Program, and the Multicultural Outreach Program. She and her team work to promote the well-being of people living with a spinal cord injury, mobility impairment or paralysis by providing comprehensive information, resources, referral services and programs. The PRC is a national hub that conducts health and community living initiatives addressing prevalence, health disparities and increases the awareness of proven health promotion interventions for paralysis. Maggie is committed to fostering community involvement and advancing public policy to improve the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis.

For over 13 years, Maggie presided over the building of the unprecedented Reeve brand. She spearheaded and managed all communications, marketing and media relations efforts for the Reeve Foundation, securing coverage in almost every national media outlet. She was named to PRWeek’s annual “40Under40” list in 2009. Maggie joined the Foundation in 2000 after working for Witeck Combs Communications whose clients included Renew America, HRC and the National Organization on Disability. She began her career in Washington, DC as an aide to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, working out and spending time with her husband and two children.

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Rebecca Laming  

Rebecca Laming - Vice President, Marketing & Communications
With a passion for storytelling, Rebecca Laming discovered her "calling," crafting communications that ignite advocacy and brand affinity. She joined the Reeve Foundation in December 2013, to lead all communication and marketing practices for the organization, as well as raise the group's profile as a leading nonprofit dedicated to the care and cure of paralysis. Rebecca and her team cultivate content, craft stories and identify opportunities to strengthen the reputation of the Reeve Foundation. This includes fostering relationships with press, partners and other industry authorities, in addition to formulating campaigns that highlight the advances made across the organization, including research, development and the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC).

What attracted Rebecca to lock arms with the Reeve Foundation was its dynamic mission. Through the efforts of the communications team, the Reeve Foundation is able to amplify the voices of people living with paralysis and reimagine the future when it comes to the care and cure of spinal cord injuries.

Rebecca honed her communications skills in the media and marketing sector, working with agencies such as UM and Starcom MediaVest Group. Most recently, she directed global communications and public relations for the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA). It was during her time with the MMA that Rebecca was honored by Forbes and recognized in the "30 Under 30" edition for marketing and advertising. Rebecca holds a BA in Journalism from Indiana University and works with animal rescue organizations across the tri-state area.

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Michele Loiacono  

Michele Loiacono - Vice President, Operations
Michele's first position with the Reeve Foundation began in 2000 as an administrative assistant. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Montclair State University and interested in the philanthropic work of the Foundation, she grew into roles with greater responsibility. Over a dozen years later, Michele is the Vice President, Operations, which entails a wide variety of duties including helping employees with growth and development planning as well as personal relations. She also works on all aspects of benefits from insurance processing to employee information tracking and oversees all office operations which includes working closely with the President & CEO and the Executive Team. Further, a large portion of her role works with the finance department and acts as the "bridge" to the Development department. This includes everything from accounts receivable/payable and 1099 processing to coding and budgeting preparations to name a few. When Reeve regional volunteer groups began developing and expanding, Michele greatly appreciated and enjoyed the opportunity to help launch the inaugural Chicago comedy event featuring then up-and-comer and now superstar, Chelsea Handler.

Knowing Christopher and Dana and seeing their passion for the mission has always been the driving force behind her dedication to the Reeve Foundation. That paired with a dedicated staff and amazing community fulfill her days with a sense of accomplishment and reward. Michele enjoys spending her free time with family and friends and loves the beach and cooking.

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Harold Aguilar  

Harold Aguilar - Peer & Family Support Program Administrator
Harold Aguilar started working with the Reeve Foundation in April 2006 as an Associate Information Specialist. His role at the time was interacting with the public and answering their questions relating to paralysis and helping them improve their quality of life by providing relevant resources. Over the years, he has now transitioned to being the Peer & Family Support Program Administrator. In this role, he helps keep the Peer & Family Support Program moving forward by making sure a lot of the behind the scene activities work seamlessly.

Harold has been spinal cord injured for over 20 years and has volunteered as a mentor at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, NJ over the years. In 1999, he graduated from New Jersey City University with a B.A. in Media Arts specializing in digital media. Before coming to the Reeve Foundation, he worked as a freelance multimedia designer. In addition to his role here at the Reeve Foundation, Harold is the acting Chairperson for the Advisory Board on the Disabled of Union County here in NJ. He also is a member of the Board of Directors for New Jersey Disability Rights. In all these roles, he tries to give back to the community by sharing his experiences and solutions he found along the way while living with paralysis.

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Leigh Alspach  

Leigh Alspach - Manager, Team Reeve
Leigh began working at the Reeve Foundation in January of 2008, first as the Development Associate and shortly thereafter as Manager of Team Reeve, the Foundation's athletic fundraising program. She handles all the logistics of Team Reeve's marathon partnerships- from recruitment to planning team activities and everything in between. Leigh also spends time coaching Team Reeve athletes on how to succeed in their fundraising goals. Helping teammates accomplish both their training and fundraising goals is what Leigh is most passionate about, bringing "meaning to their marathon."

Leigh has over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector, after receiving her B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University.

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Caroline Bernal-Silva  

Caroline Bernal-Silva - Assistant to the Development Team

In August 2014, Caroline took on the role as assistant to the development team, where she aids in any capacity.

Caroline came to the Reeve Foundation after a 6 month stint with the United Nations NGO Committee on Ageing and after graduating with her MSc in Anthropology, Environment and Development from University College London.

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Alan T. Brown  

Alan T. Brown - Director of Public Impact
As Director of Public Impact I use my experience of being in a chair for over 25 years to help individuals and their families deal with living with SCI, Every day I try to touch one person and help them through the tough times. I also work on advocacy, peer mentoring, public relations, marketing and development.

My background in the sports and entertainment world has allowed me to experience winning a World Series in 1997 to starting a sports radio station and working with some of the best athletes and celebrities in many ways. To be able to use this to help and make an impact on our community is my goal. It is an honor to work for an organization that focuses on living with paralysis now and having the best quality of life we can, while we are looking for cures at the same time.

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Melissa Burke  

Melissa Burke - Accounting Manager
Melissa began her work with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in the Fall of 2013. As the Foundation's Accounting Manager, Melissa is responsible for daily cash management, payroll, treasury, systems and controls, financial reports and coordinating with the outside auditors.

Prior to coming to the Reeve Foundation, Melissa worked as an auditor in a public accounting firm for four years specializing in non-profits. Melissa earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Accountancy from The College of New Jersey and holds her CPA license.

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Angela Cantillon  

Angela Cantillon - Director of Operations, PRC
Angela began her career at the Reeve Foundation in 2003 as an Information Specialist for the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) and quickly realized that she found at the Reeve Foundation what was missing in her career -the ability to make a difference in today’s world. In 2004 the position of Associate Director of Operations for the PRC became available and she took the position to better utilize her degree in business and her previous career experience as an assistant comptroller and general manager. Angela was promoted to Director of Operations in 2013 and currently manages a wide range of projects that include public education through conferences/meetings, a speaker program, intern and office volunteers, advertising for the PRC and contractual and financial management of the PRC.

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Bill Cawley  

Bill Cawley - Manager, Peer & Family Support Program (PFSP)
Bill started working at the Reeve Foundation in 2009. He is currently the Manager of the Peer & Family Support Program helping to develop a program that will have a positive impact on those living with paralysis, their family members and caregivers. He feels fortunate to work with a dedicated group of regional coordinators and peer mentors across the country.

What has always drawn Bill to the Reeve Foundation is the tagline of "Today's Care. Tomorrow's Cure." Bill believes there will be a cure for paralysis one day, but until then, there is a lot of living to do. He graduated from Penn State in 1990 with a Liberal Arts degree. After moving around with his first job, Bill moved into financial services and spent the vast majority of his career in banking. Bill is living with a spinal cord injury a diving injury in 1992; since then he has continued working, got married, and has four amazing children.

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Beth Eisenbud - Associate Information Specialist
Beth has been at the Reeve Foundation since 2007. She is the Information Assistant assisting the Information Specialist Team with shipping information packages to people who request them. She also mails other materials including Paralysis Resource GuidesAutonomic Dysreflexia Cards, and other handouts to people all across the United States. In any given month, Beth can ship out well over 1,000 Paralysis Resource Guides. When schedules allow, she travels to various Paralysis Resource Center conferences bringing information to a wide audience.

She is passionate about what she does because she believes that providing information to people helps them to make informed decisions. Previously, Beth worked as a travel planner, in public relations, and editorial positions at a magazine. In her spare time, Beth enjoys spending time with her children and friends, cooking, and exploring different ethnic cuisines.

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Sheila Fitzgibbon  

Sheila Fitzgibbon - Senior Director, Paralysis Resource Center
Sheila Fitzgibbon is the Senior Director of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's Paralysis Resource Center (PRC). As such she manages the PRC's library and information services, the information specialist team, book distribution, and its operations. She also produces information resources and leads special projects. Sheila started at the Reeve Foundation in 2002 and has seen the difference the PRC and Foundation make in the lives of people with paralysis.

Prior to joining the Reeve Foundation, Sheila was the library director at a health care publishing company. She has held committee and board positions with various NJ library associations. She received her Masters in Library Science (MLS) degree from Rutgers University's School of Communication, Information and Library Studies. In her spare time, Sheila volunteers as a riding instructor to people with disabilities. She is a therapeutic riding instructor certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. She is also certified by Special Olympics as a coach. Shelia has served as an officer on the board of the Horseback Riding for the Handicapped of NJ organization for many years.

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Debbie Flynn  

Deborah Flynn - Western Regional Director
Debbie Flynn joined the Reeve Foundation in February 2013 as Western Regional Director, but her association with the foundation started back in 2002 when her son Pete became paralyzed at the age of twenty. Together with friends and colleagues Debbie started a non-profit called The QUAD Foundation which became the Reeve Foundation's San Diego Chapter.

Debbie's experience as a Business Development Director in the electronics industry will help her identify and develop new donor and sponsor relationships, and grow the Foundation's programs and initiatives for improving the lives of those living with a spinal cord injury.

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Rita Gentles – Manager, Marketing & Communications
Rita joined the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in June 2014 as a Marketing & Communications Manager. Since joining the team, she has worked to enhance the foundation's marketing and communications discipline while creating new growth opportunities. As a cross functional marketer, Rita’s role includes a partnership with the foundation's Paralysis Resource Center, which promotes the health and well-being of people living with a spinal cord injury.

Rita's career was started at Universal McCann (UM) where she established and implemented PR plans for global executives, including securing national speaking opportunities and prestigious industry awards &recognitions. As the Global Communications Manager she maintained oversight of UM's US internal and external communications strategy, as well as revolutionized the agencies product award process. Rita is an expert project manager who has extensive roots in PR, marketing, social media and design.

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Stevie Hutchinson  

Stevie Hutchinson - Project & Development Manager
Stevie joined the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in April 2013. As West Coast Project & Development Manager, Stevie is responsible for all fundraising events and initiatives on the West Coast. She spearheads several special events, including Hope for the Holidays -- an annual fundraising gala, Fore Pete's Sake Golf Tournament, and Run in the Dark 5K -- a fundraising marathon.

Stevie cultivates close relationships with sponsors and volunteers to strengthen the Reeve Foundation's events with the goal of securing critically needed funds, while engaging the community in Reeve's important mission and programming.

Prior to joining the West Coast Reeve team, Stevie worked with the SCI community as Program Manager for a former subsidiary of the Reeve Foundation, Life Rolls On. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing surf and skate programs for individuals with paralysis in nine cities across six states. Earlier in her career, Stevie worked as Senior Project Manager in the media department for a global translation company. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in communication.

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Bari Lovi - Director of Major Gifts
Bari joined the development team at the Reeve Foundation during the Fall of 2013. As the Director of Major Gifts, Bari is responsible for developing and cultivating donor relationships to support the organization's research programs and special initiatives.

Bari comes to the Foundation with 12 years of development experience in the non-profit sector. She earned her Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and BS in Counseling from Penn State University.

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Donna Lowich  

Donna Lowich - Senior Information Specialist
Donna has been an information specialist since March 2002, just prior to the opening of the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC). As an IS team member, she provides information and resources on spinal cord injury, stroke and other diseases that result in paralysis. As someone who has had a spinal cord injury for more than twenty-five years, Donna tries to add a personal touch when responding to a question, either by letter, email or on the phone.

She graduated from Kean University with a degree in English; she has an MLS from Rutgers University. She has written a number of stories regarding her family and friends' responses to different situations that arose, and how they helped her. Some of her stories have been published and a number of them have been posted in our "Tell Us Your Story" section.

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Julie Lubinsky  

Julie Lubinsky - Manager, Web Production and Social Media 
Working with the Foundation's digital media team, she makes sure ChristopherReeve.org is updated on a daily basis to give you reasons to come back every day. Social media drives awareness of the Reeve Foundation's mission and in engages our community by aggregating and sharing inspiring stories and news about spinal cord injury and paralysis from all over the world. (Engage with us on Twitter (@ReeveFoundation), Facebook and in our online Paralysis Community.)

Julie came to the Reeve Foundation from MensHealth.com in January of 2008. She is a Kutztown University alumni and has a passion for photography. She strongly believes in volunteering locally. She is on the Board of Trustees for the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society, and is an active volunteer for the Northwestern Youth Athletic Association, Northwestern Lehigh Educational Foundation, and the Weisenberg/Lowhill Townships Historical Society.

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Bernadette M. - Director, Information and Resource Services 
Bernadette began working for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center in February, 2002. She is one of the original Paralysis Resource Center staff members. Hired as an Information Specialist, she is currently the Director of Information and Resource Services. Some of her job duties include talking to the newly injured, developing patient education materials as well as posting in the Reeve Community.

Bernadette was originally an elementary school/ special education teacher. After a work related injury she returned to college and obtained a degree in Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling. She has worked as a private case manager assisting individuals to return to work, been the Resource Center manager for other SCI non-profits and volunteers time as a moderator on a SCI website. The desire to assist others with a spinal cord injury is what is at the core of her enthusiasm for her job. Her motto is to "Give the same quality assistance that you would want your mom to receive." A co-founder of Team Reeve, Bernadette loves to handcycle, watch her kids recreational sports and serves as a peer mentor in her community. In her spare time she blogs, dabbles in photography and scrapbooking.

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Kathy McArthur- Information Specialist
Kathy came to the Reeve Foundation's Paralysis Resource Center in 2004 as an Information Specialist and continues in that role. She assists individuals, family members, friends, caregivers and professionals in finding authoritative information, resources, and tools. Kathy has a B.S. in Management Science.

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Patricia Stush  

Patricia Stush - Director of Strategic Partnerships & Development Communications
Shifting to a dynamic new role after leading growth in major gifts and regional fundraising as the Reeve Foundation's Director of Development for several years, Patricia currently spearheads strategies and activities with organizational and institutional partners as well as development communications. Patricia also continues to oversee direct response and select individual giving initiatives, working gratefully as part of the team with volunteers, community members, donors and colleagues to advance the Reeve Foundation's mission and message.

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Rebecca Sultzbaugh  

Rebecca Sultzbaugh - Coordinator, Peer & Family Support Program
Rebecca began her career with the Reeve Foundation (then the American Paralysis Association) in 1995, when she worked for a year as the front desk receptionist and development assistant. She came on board just as Christopher was joining the APA, and experienced firsthand the excitement and impact generated by his commitment to SCI research and the disability community.

She left the Foundation in 1996 to pursue a Master of Social Work degree at Rutgers University, and returned from 2000 to 2003 to work on the Quality of Life Grants program with Dana Reeve during the program’s early years. After an eight year hiatus spent raising her children, she returned to the Reeve Foundation to work on the Quality of Life Grants again. In 2014, she transitioned into her current role as the Program Coordinator for the Peer & Family Support Program.

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Bea Torre  

Bea Torre - Assistant to the Leadership Team
Bea worked as an executive assistant and paralegal for more than 20 years before joining the staff of the Reeve Foundation in January of 2006. In addition to providing broad support to the President & CEO, Bea serves as the liaison for the Board of Directors. She also manages some of the Foundation’s compliance requirements, such as state registrations and annual report filings. In addition, Bea works on the planned giving team with other members of the development staff, and administers legacy gifts received by the Foundation. Bea is devoted to the Reeve mission and callers, colleagues and community members can rely on her to help find the resources and solutions they need. Aside from her professional duties, Bea is an active child and animal advocate and loves to bake, cook and garden.

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Donna Valente  

Donna Valente - Director, Quality of Life Grants
Donna was hired in 1996 as Development Associate at the American Paralysis Association (which became the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation in 1999). Donna’s main focus was writing grant proposals, and she also crafted special letters and other pieces for the late Christopher Reeve at his request. Donna volunteered to take minutes of meetings of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In 2004, she took on the Quality of Life grants program, working closely with the late Dana Reeve. Donna shares Dana’s passion to improve the Quality of Life for families living with paralysis.

Prior to coming to the Reeve Foundation, Donna worked as development assistant at Matheny School and Hospital, as a classroom assistant for students with disabilities at the County College of Morris, and in various office settings. Donna enjoyed a dual career as a vocalist, performing and recording with several rock bands throughout the tri-state area and occasionally as a soloist. Donna earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Montclair State University, and an Associate of Arts in Humanities/Social Science from County College of Morris.

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