Founder and Community Engagement Director
Jodi O’Donnell-Ames is a certified teacher, writer, massage therapist, member of Union Fire Co. and Rescue Squad and tireless advocate for those affected by ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). She lives with her husband, Benton, and their three amazing children in Titusville, NJ.
Cara Haggerty is a graduate of The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor's Degree in English and minors in Marketing and Psychology. Cara oversees our HLC programming and helps with marketing, outreach, and communications. She lives in Lawrence, NJ and is proud to be a part of the HLC Team.
Nicole Russano is a native of the Mercer County area, currently residing in Ewing Township. Nicole will oversee all HLC programs, including all current and future camps. She has two children, Alexandria and Damian. She is a full-time dance mom, part-time actor in local theater and enjoys traveling as much as possible.
Lydia Shirley is a graduate of Rider University with a Bachelor's Degree in Arts Administration and Theatre, and a certificate in Leadership. She currently serves as a board member for the New Jersey Chapter of the Educational Theatre Association (New Jersey Thespians). She loves all things regarding social media, organizing, dogs, and coffee.
Kayley Anthony is a junior at The College of New Jersey and is completing her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. Kayley has interests in the fields of social media and advertising. She currently lives in Middletown, NJ, and is very proud to have joined the HLC team.
Hope is Hope Loves Company's furry friend and mascot! Hope was named by our HLC families, friends, and followers and is a wonderful addition to the HLC team! Hope attends many networking and fundraising events, so be sure to be on the lookout for Hope at our next event!
Thank you Build-A-Bear for donating Hope and friends to HLC for our Hugs of Hope care packages!
Brianna Shvets is a rising junior at Princeton University and is majoring in Public and International Affairs. Brianna has interests in understanding how marketing and policy can interact together in non-profit work. She currently lives in Lawrence, NJ, and is very excited to work with the HLC team.
Board of Directors
Tracey is the Vice President of Client Engagement at Verisk Analytics in Foxboro, MA, where she lives. She was a close friend and dedicated caregiver to the late Susan Anderson and learned first hand the effect that ALS has on an entire family during that life-changing experience.
Keiren Dunfee is a Client Communications Graphic Designer with Corporate Synergies and Keiren Dunfee Graphics. She is proud to be captain of Team O'Donnell-Ames, one of the top fundraising teams at the ALS Out & Back Run in Philadelphia.
Tim Gamberzky is the Chief Operating Officer of the Electrochemical Society (ECS), an international nonprofit scientific membership and publishing organization which has been in existence since 1902. In his capacity as Chief Operating Officer, Tim has contributed to the advancement of the Society through his efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of systems, processes, and operations, while leading the Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Real Estate organizations.
Warren "Benton" Ames
Warren “Benton” Ames is a car guy from ‘day one’. He currently does research work for ExxonMobil Corp. He also fights back against the disease that claimed a loved one, in hopes of providing the help that wasn’t there when his own children needed it.
Dr. Michael Palmer, PHD
Dr. Palmer is the director of Healthmark Counseling, LLC; a private outpatient mental health practice in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. Dr. Palmer is a lecturer, consultant, and is a member of the NJ Dept. of Children and Families strategic planning committee to prevent domestic violence. He hopes to contribute to the growth and expansion of HLC and its mission.
Dr. Ron Suzuki, M.D.
Ron is a family practitioner and has offices in Pennington and Plainsboro, NJ. He is also an acupuncturist. He is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Ron has volunteered at Camp HLC and is happy to be part of the Board!
Linda A. Osman, Esq.
Linda A. Osman, Esq. is an attorney with a private practice in Chesterfield, NJ since 1994. A general practitioner, she represents clients in real estate (commercial and residential), family law, estate matters, corporate, landlord/ tenant, land use, municipal court and more. She is hopeful this diverse background enables her to assist HLC achieve its goals.
Founder of Cooper Creative Group, Sara is a project management and marketing professional who is deeply committed to her community. She enthusiastically serves on non-profit boards & committees in various capacities with a focus on fundraising, marketing/public relations and governance. With over 20 years of experience in developing and growing client relationships, Sara has proven success in building business opportunities and revenues while executing directives.
Craig and Kristen Colby
Craig and Kristen Colby join Hope Loves Company from Delaware! They've met with all the elected officials of their State, making ALS a top priority for Delaware. They've been part of the ALS community for the last 11 years. Craig was diagnosed in 2008 after 14 months of diagnosis. They've been fighting for ALS warriors and their families since! In 2017 Craig started his scholarship for children effected by ALS.
Christine (O'Shea) Powers
Christine (O'Shea) Powers is a Boston native now living on the South Shore in Braintree with her husband (of 23 years) Tom Powers and Fur Baby Austin Powers.
She is a retail buyer by day and by night is a fitness instructor (4 nights a week) with many hobbies. Balancing a work life balance is extremely important to her.
Mackenzie is a recent 2020 graduate of Penn State University and now works as a Human Capital Analyst for Deloitte Consulting in Boston. Having attended Camp HLC herself, she is thrilled to continue to give back for years to come through the Board of Directors. Her background as not only a caregiver for her mom, but also as an international ALS advocate and fundraiser, will lend itself greatly to this position.
Gary is the Executive Director of Home Care Business Development at the Joint Commission, the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. He has spent his career focused on providing solutions to improve patient outcomes and safety for patients and caregivers. Gary has been impacted by ALS through the loss of several friends and is committed to helping HLC reach more children and young adults who are coping with family members battling ALS.
Board of Advisors
Advisory Board Member
Jack Tatar is managing partner of Doyle Capital, a venture fund that invests in early stage companies in the “transformative technology” sectors of crypto assets, blockchain, distributed computing, AI and others. He’s the co-author of the current best seller, Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond (McGraw Hill, 2017) and the first book published on Bitcoin, What's the Deal with Bitcoins? (2013) as well as books on retirement including Safe 4 Retirement: The Four Keys to Your Safe Retirement.
Advisory Board Member
John Heller is a self-employed business owner and Founder of POINTE PROPERTIES, L.L.C., a Real-Estate investment and renovation company. Previous owner of the Riverton Health & Fitness Center, and utility Executive with EXELON CORPORATION/PECO ENERGY COMPANY.
Advisory Board Member
Heidi is an accountant with Princeton Financial Group, LLC, and has over 25 years of experience working with small businesses, including several non-profit organizations. “I am honored to have been part of HLC since 2013, to watch it grow, and to work with all these incredible individuals.”
Advisory Board Member
Professional windsurfer, Jesper Vesterstroem has worked in the sports and fitness industry for decades.
Jesper, having lost his dad to ALS, understands the impact it has on an entire family. His courageous journey ignited his goal to support HLC as a board member and camp facilitator.
Advisory Board Member
Linda Cassidy is a self-employed Environmental Health and Safety Consultant. She has 20 years of safety experience, working mainly with laboratories and healthcare facilities. She has also worked with various non-profit
organizations. Linda is thrilled to be a part of Hope Loves Company!