Board of Directors

“There is no better job than to know the work you do will directly impact another. I get to pay it forward every day by lightening the burden of someone who truly needs the support physically, emotionally and mentally.”

- Colleen Bucci, Vice President/Director of Development

Cathy Gabrielsen

Cathy Gabrielsen

President

At the young age of 32, Cathy Gabrielsen, a wife and mother of two toddler boys, added "cancer survivor" to her resume. She established the non-profit, Cuddle My Kids (CMK) in 2007 to serve as an in-home, no-cost cancer support program offering enrichment and creative play to children who have a parent or caregiver in cancer treatment.

Click here to read Cathy's full biography


Colleen Bucci

Colleen Bucci

Vice President

In the Vice Presidential role, Colleen partners with CMK President and twin sister, Cathy Gabrielsen, in running the business side of the non-profit. These two have been working hand-in-hand since the inception of Cuddle My Kids and have successfully grown the organization from its original in-home cancer care service to a professionally-staffed office of four employees serving the tri-county Philadelphia area. Together they have positioned Cuddle My Kids as the true pioneer of cancer support services for families.

In her Head of Development position, Colleen oversaw all aspects of fundraising. She has been instrumental in raising over a million dollars for the non-profit through fundraising activities.

Colleen earned a BSJ from West Virginia University and The Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism with a minor in Psychology. She also studied Marriage & Family Counseling in the Graduate Program at Marshall University.


Scott Gabrielsen

Scott Gabrielsen

Chairman of the Board

Scott experienced the direct effect cancer has on a family while raising his young children with Cathy and her battle to be a survivor. Scott holds the title of Chairman of the Board for CMK yet is most proud to be Cathy’s husband. Scott is currently an Executive Vice President for CBRE, Inc. the world’s largest Commercial Real Estate company, based out of their Wayne, PA office. Scott has been in commercial real estate for almost 25 years and has been honored as a Co-Star Power Broker within the region as well as a Philadelphia Business Journal “40 under Forty” winner.

In his early years out of college, Scott enjoyed a ten year career playing professional indoor lacrosse for the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League and was a member of five World Championship Teams (1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998). He is a 5X Hall of Famer and continues his involvement in lacrosse as a coach and Color Commentator for TV broadcasts.


Patricia Brennan

Patricia Brennan

Treasurer

A graduate of Georgetown University and a Certified Financial Planner, Patti Brennan is different. Not only does she provide comprehensive wealth management, she creates integrated strategies that are unique for each client. She takes this one step further with a process that updates all financial plans each night with changes in the total portfolio.

Patti Brennan is not just a number cruncher. Known for her ability to see the impact of the “little details” on the big picture, Patti is known for communicating complex financial concepts in simple, understandable and meaningful terms.

Patti also serves on the following boards:

  1. Royal Alliance National Advisory Board – Chairwoman, 2012.
  2. Chester County Economic Development Council Board Member with Oversight of SBA lending through SeedCo PA.
  3. Chester County Hospital System Board of Trustees.

Patti and her husband Ed live in West Chester, PA along with their 4 children.


Karen Stanzione Conte, ESQ

Karen Stanzione Conte, ESQ

Secretary

Karen is a Partner at Reilly, Janiczek & McDevitt, PC. Her areas of concentration include toxic tort litigation, medical malpractice, premises liability, motor vehicle liability, products liability and general insurance defense. She is an active member of the South Jersey Claims Association and currently serves on the Educational Staff.


Kathy Megill, RN, BSN

Kathy Megill, RN, BSN

Nurse Navigator

Kathy has been a Board Member for Cuddle My Kids since its inception in 2007. Kathy watched her mom battle breast cancer and become a survivor! She was convinced to join the CMK family when she met Cathy Gabrielsen. After hearing Cathy’s story of battling cancer as a young mother and how Cuddle My Kids would provide free support families with cancer, Kathy knew immediately that this was a very special organization that she would always want to be a part of.

Kathy brings 20 years of experience in Nursing, mostly concentrated in Oncology, to the CMK team. She began her nursing career at North Philadelphia Health System as the Assistant Nurse Manager of a Medical-Surgical Oncology Unit. In years following, she was a staff nurse for Main Line Hematology-Oncology Associates.

After having children, Kathy decided to be a school nurse for the West Chester Area School District. She also spent some time as a hospice nurse for an inpatient hospice unit. Kathy’s nursing experience allows her to understand the life experiences and journey the cancer patient and their family are facing. In her position as Nurse Navigator, Kathy speaks directly with the families and provides the individual support each family needs.

Kathy has a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Villanova University.


James Harrington, ESQ

James Harrington, ESQ

Board Member

Jim has been a Board Member of Cuddle My Kids, Inc. since 2011. Jim works for Shire Pharmaceuticals as the Global Chief Intellectual Property Counsel. Prior to joining Shire Jim spent five years in Brussels, Belgium where he supervised the Johnson & Johnson European patent department. He has had a diverse career practicing law in the private, corporate and government sectors. He currently specializes in licensing, acquisitions and global patent litigation. Before attending law school he was the senior forensic molecular biologist in New Jersey's forensics.


Timothy Irvine

Timothy Irvine

Board Member

Tim Irvine is a Senior Partner with Creative Financial Group. Established in 1976, Creative Financial Group is a leading financial services firm in the Delaware Valley, dedicated to helping professionals and business owners reach their financial objectives.

Tim is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep and an Alumni of University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Tim resides in West Chester with his wife, Vicki and their seven children, Timothy, Cecilia, Matthew, Abigail, Ava, Marita and Margaret Mary.


Daniel Murray

Board Member


Michael Zebrowski

Board Member

Michael is Founder and CEO of A.I. Labs.


Edward Brennan

Board Member

Edward is the President of Brennan’s Office Interiors.


Staff

Wendy King

Wendy King

Event Coordinator | Community Outreach

Wendy joined Cuddle in the fall of 2016 as our Event and Community Outreach Coordinator. Her past experience fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Duke Cancer Center have given her expertise in raising money and awareness for the non-profit sector. Cuddle My Kids is a special organization for Wendy as she has been affected by cancer after losing her mother to Liver Cancer and recently having a sister that is a breast cancer survivor.

Wendy oversees and manages fundraising events benefitting CMK programs. She also serves as a liaison between CMK and the community in coordinating events to help build awareness about CMK and its services.

Wendy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University. She is married with 3 children and lives in West Chester.


Judy Phillips

Judy Phillips

Program Administrator

Judy Phillips has been a Program Administrator with Cuddle My Kids since 2011. Judy brings a ton of creativity along with an art background to our cuddle cares program. She offers clients exposure to different art mediums including art journaling, painting pottery, games and lots of fun while providing a peer support group model for families to interact and build relationships. Judy initiates our unique in-home support program visiting the homes of clients and offering child focused fun and respite to the parent.

Judy manages the volunteers that are essential to our programs. She is a face you will see at many of our CMK functions helping things to run smoothly.

Judy loves working with children and was previously a teacher at First Presbyterian Preschool in West Chester.

Judy and her husband Glenn are originally from Southern California but have been residing in West Chester for the past 15 years. They are parents of five adult children and recently became grandparents for the first time!

Judy has a background in Theatre Arts and enjoys cooking and sculpting in her free time.

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