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Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers

Board of Directors

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Kyle Elsenbaumer

CPA, Treasurer

Kyle is a CPA at Campbell, Rappold, and Yurasits, LLP. He is clearly dedicated, knowledgeable concerning our cause! We are lucky to have him on board.

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Dr. Gerard Petersen 

President, Chief Pulmonologist at Lehigh Valley Health Network

Dr. Petersen was Mr. Wescoe’s physician and has become a close friend of the Wescoe family. He has a firm understanding of IPF from the medical perspective and from the perspective of his patients.

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Trish Colasurdo, D.C.

Vice-President

Dr. Colasurdo is a co-founder of the Tri-a-Biathlon Challenge and the Coopersburg 5K Health and Wellness Expo. She has also worked on many fundraising committees, including Southern Lehigh Education Foundation (SLEF).

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Dr. Doug Corwin

Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director for Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship, St. Luke’s University Health Network

Since 2014, Dr. Corwin has worked closely with Wescoe Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis. He is a strong resource in his medical expertise and unwavering support for Wescoe’s programming. 
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Jennifer Fernandes

Secretary

Jennifer is a dear friend of the Wescoe family who knew Mr. Wescoe. Jennifer has experience doing fundraising for the American Heart Association. Jennifer is also a marathon runner and a coach for “Girls on the Run”.

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Mike Pfeiffer
Mike is a 25 year veteran of the biotech industry where he has spent the past 15 years working in rare diseases of the lungs and the central nervous system. Mike has also been a great advocate for patients with interstitial lung diseases in our community and has been a supporter of the local ILD support groups in PA and New Jersey. Mike is married and has 2 girls and lives in Bethlehem, PA.
 
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Dr. Dennis McGorry
 
Dr. McGorry has been with Wescoe and the pulmonary fibrosis community since 2014. We are so lucky to have him join us as he has supported so many living with this disease. 

Staff

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Jennifer H. Wescoe, M.Ed., NCC

Founder, Executive Director

Jennifer founded Wescoe Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis in memory of her Dad, Ron Wescoe. Jennifer is dedicated to raising awareness and educate the community about IPF through support groups, educational programs, advocacy, and IPF community events.

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Michelle Robinson
 
Marketing Manager
 
Michelle is ecstatic to join the Wescoe team and spread the word on the fantastic support the foundation offers its community! Michelle brings expertise in communications, social media, web content management, and design. By streamlining communications, Michelle hopes to reach a larger audience and engage with even more of the community to help IPF patients and families live their best life. 
 
Michelle holds a BFA in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She continues to sharpen her skills by studying current trends in the design world and applying them to various projects. Outside of working hours, she is usually exercising with her Peloton or relaxing with her husband, three stinky corgis, and sassy baby girl. 
 
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Colleen Madden Pellegrino

LCSW

I have worked with the Wescoe Foundation since it began as a volunteer and a mental health consultant. I have served on the 5K planning committee for several years. you are likely to see me at the Wescoe Walk in the Fall and the IPF Information Session in the spring. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania. I partner with the Wescoe foundation in facilitating local support groups for patients and caregivers. I am available for phone support or to be seen for individual counseling. Ask Jen to connect us!

When not assisting the Wescoe Foundation, I own a private group practice, Summit View Counseling, LLC in the Lehigh Valley. Summit View provides outpatient therapy to address issues of anxiety, depression, relationship/family conflict and other life stressors. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Slippery Rock University in 1993. I received my master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. I have previously worked in the child welfare system and served as a foster parent in the Lehigh Valley. I live in the Lehigh Valley with my husband and a house full of boys. I enjoy kayaking and writing.

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Terri Dressler

Program Manager

Terri is excited to join the Wescoe Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis as the Program Manager. She brings 20+ years of varied professional experience, working in both large corporations and small businesses. Terri has 4 years non-profit experience specializing in outreach, fundraising and education. She has learned that connecting with new people and sharing their stories is the most rewarding part of working with non-profit organizations.
A dear friend of Terri’s was recently diagnosed with IPF. She followed his journey from diagnosis through a successful double lung transplant, seeing first-hand how it takes a village and how having the proper support is critical.

In Terri’s free time she enjoys being active with her husband and 5 kids, teaching fitness classes and volunteering at the local YMCA.

Terri earned her BS in Sociology from York College of PA

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MJ Boensch

PA-IPF Support Network Project Coordinator

MJ is very excited to join the team at the Wescoe Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis as the PA-IPF Support Network Project Coordinator. Through a variety of personal and professional endeavors, she brings extensive experience in both project management and collaboration with stakeholders. As an active community member dedicated to volunteerism as well as a passionate advocate for the food allergy community, MJ is aligned well with our non-profit organization committed to working on behalf of others.

In her spare time she stays busy with her husband raising their two children, practicing yoga, cooking/baking, and seeking out opportunities to hear live music.

MJ earned her BA in English / Communications from Albright College in Reading, PA

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Hayden Rinde

Social Media Manager

Hayden is excited to join the Wescoe Foundation team as the Social Media Manager. She met Jennifer through her full-time role with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and when presented this opportunity to work with Jen and her team, she jumped on it! Hayden has over 9 years of marketing and customer relations experience and believes strongly in the power of social media to engage and connect people.
 
In her spare time, Hayden enjoys spending time with her husband and puppy dog, baking custom treats, and exploring all things local!
 

We love our VOLUNTEERS!

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John Mullin

Patient Liaison: Emeritus. 

We will deeply miss you, John.

As an individual diagnosed with IPF in 2011 and having a successful lung transplant 2015; I have committed my life today for helping others with this horrible disease. I live by my motto that I am healthy, happy, and humble. I am healthy today with the help of my hospital care center, happy to have established new strong friendships, and humble for being given the “gift of life” from a donor that I never met. In the last 8 years I have participated in fund raising walks, joined countless Support Group meetings, was acknowledged by the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation for my volunteer services, AND met Jennifer Wescoe as one of my cherished friends.

 

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Brian Zionts-Bernstein

Brian Zionts-Bernstein was first introduced to the Wescoe Foundation in 2008, shortly after being diagnosed with IPF. In December 2014, Brian received the “Gift of Life”, a double lung transplant. Brian has been attending support group meetings where he shares his personal story and experiences to help other patients battling IPF and supports them on their pre/post lung transplant journeys. Brian also uses his IT background to help Jennifer manage the website and is always willing to jump in wherever he is needed. Brian is very thankful to his donor, donor family, and medical team. He honors his donor by educating the public about organ donation awareness, helping others along their Pulmonary Fibrosis and transplant journeys, and is doing his best to take care of the precious gift he received… LIVING & LOVING LIFE!!!  

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Amanda Viggiano

Amanda has been teaching middle school science for 16 years. She lives in Red Bank, New Jersey, with her husband, Jeremy, and her two sons, Grey and Wes. 

Amanda lost her mom, Andrea, to IPF in November of 2020, which led her to the Wescoe Foundation.  Andrea was the love of her life, and as many know, it can be a lonely and helpless road caring for someone with Pulmonary Fibrosis–or perhaps, learning how to cope with that loss. So, she wanted to do something about it. Amanda wants to honor her mother and everyone else who has had to care for someone suffering OR for anyone who is suffering themselves with this terrible and non-discriminatory disease.

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Lori Wilson

Content Specialist

Lori Wilson recently joined the Wescoe Foundation to volunteer her time and talents to the pulmonary fibrosis community. Having lost her dad, Bill, to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2016, she became interested in opportunities to create awareness of the disease and ways to connect this community to each other and the information and resources they need. Lori brings nearly 15 years of written and digital communications experience to the foundation as well as a background in photography. She is a 2006 graduate of Shippensburg University with a BA in Communications and an emphasis in Public Relations. She earned a graduate certificate in Marketing Analytics from Penn State in 2019.

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John and Carol Jorgensen are currently serving as the co-chairs of the Wescoe Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis Project Positivity. They come to this endeavor realizing that we all need happiness in our lives as we fight the battle of this disease.   Drawing on their experiences,  Carol as a high school math teacher and John as a consultant, they develop monthly experiences that encourage participants to spend some time experiencing joy and some great laughs as well.