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Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend
Celebs Who Care
Board of Directors
Board Chairman/Executive Committee Chair
Rebecca Rothstein is a Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor at Merrill Lynch Private Bank & Investment Group. Rebecca and Ron, her husband of many years, have four sons and live in Beverly Hills, CA. Rebecca became involved with Teen Cancer through her friendship with musician Roger Daltrey: “It’s always been Roger’s dream to bring the teen cancer cause to America, and I’m honored to help him achieve that vision.”
Executive Committee/Finance & Audit Committee
After an early career in the William Morris office in London working in business affairs, meeting and working with many of the movie and rock stars of the mid to late 70’s, he went back to music, his first love and signed a songwriting deal and had songs recorded by various artists, at the same time he worked closely with Jeff Wayne writer and producer of the multi million selling musical version of HG Wells’ The War Of The Worlds and various other music companies consulting on business affairs and music publishing, including Trinifold Management. In 1983 he became a Director of Trinifold and later Managing Director. Over the past 30 years he has worked closely with CEO Bill Curbishley on all the company’s artists and now co manages The Who and looks after several other artists on the roster. He has also worked extensively on The Who and Led Zeppelin catalogues exec producing several documentaries and live concerts. He became involved with Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK in 2000 when The Who performed with special guests at the Royal Albert Hall and has worked with the charity as a patron ever since.He hopes to help Roger Daltrey and the Board establish the charity as a major force for good in the USA.
Board Treasurer/Executive & Finance Committee
Howard Jaffe is an attorney and serves on the boards of nonprofit companies. A long time passionate fan of The Who, he approached Roger Daltrey about founding a charity in America similar to the ideas and success of the Teenage Cancer Trust in the United Kingdom. Howard became part of the team that organized and launched Teen Cancer America and hopes to expand the charity to cover the entire United States so every teen battling cancer has a place in a hospital to simply be a teen.
Dr. Glenn Taylor
Executive Committee/Hospital Programs & Services Committee
Dr. Glenn G. Taylor is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. He is a founding member of Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Spine Specialists of Waterbury, Ct., one of Ct.’s most highly regarded specialty practices. Dr. Taylor is a former Chief of Staff at Waterbury Hospital, ranked as one of Connecticut’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. Educated and trained in England at King’s College, London and St. George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London and at Yale New Haven Hospital and Newington Children’s Hospital in Connecticut, Dr. Taylor is experienced in both British and American hospital and health care systems. This special expertise facilitates dialogue and liaison between physicians and hospitals wanting to develop teen and young adult cancer centers here in the U.S. and established programs in the U.K.. Glenn and his wife, Maria, are committed and honored to work with Roger and Teen Cancer America in this wonderful cause.
Finance & Audit Committee Chair
Jeff Ward is Chief Strategy Officer for First Citizens Bank, the official sponsor of Teen Cancer America in the Southeastern US. Jeff and his colleagues throughout the bank are excited to introduce TCA – First Citizens’ most comprehensive philanthropic effort ever – to people across our markets. The bank’s goal is to spread the word about TCA’s mission and help fundraise and sponsor new medical centers coming on board, primarily in the Carolinas.
Zachary Cohen is a recent graduate of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Business where he received his degree in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises. He is deeply involved in managing his family’s Transportation and Logistics Company, New England Motor Freight, which operates inmore than 30 offices in 15 states throughout the Eastern U.S. In spite of his young age, Zach has been active in many philanthropic causes. His membership on the Syracuse University Student Philanthropy council helped support the creation of the University’s Scholarship in Action program, whose goal is to transform the lives of both current and future SU students. In addition, he has worked to support special education groups such as Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, by working with administration and
student body of the CPNJ Horizon High School, which caters to the needs of those challenged by the disease. It’s his concern for others and his desire to support causes that impact children and young adults that brings him to Teen Cancer America.
Deborah Montaperto began her career on Wall Street in 1986 and joined Polk Wealth Management in 2008. Prior to joining the team, Deborah was a Managing Director in Citigroup’s Investment Banking division, where she was responsible for fostering important client relationships among Institutional Clients Group and Global Wealth Management, focusing on the delivery of investment banking transactional services to existing clients.
Deborah is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and holds several securities licenses including the Series 7, 63, 65, 31, 3 (Commodities and Futures) and 24 (Supervisory Principal).
She has been recognized from 2010-2014 by Barron’s as one of the Top 100 Women Financial Advisors and by Registered Rep.’s Top 50 Wirehouse Women in 2011. Deborah currently serves on the Morgan Stanley PWM Advisory Council. She graduated with a B.A. cum laude from Tufts University and earned an M.A. degree from the Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy.
Board Secretary/Development Committee
Maria Taylor is a native of Connecticut and a 26-year veteran of the luxury real estate market in Connecticut’s tiny Northwest Corner. She consistently ranks in the top 3% of the brokers in her firm. Additionally, she has earned the respect of her peers and the community at large through her expertise in the restoration and renovation of neglected vintage properties. Maria also selflessly dedicates her time to an outstanding roster of charitable efforts, including service as a veteran board member on the Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation in Waterbury, as an active committee member of the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, and as a past board member of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. Maria brings a facility and an energy for raising the awareness and the resources to make this initiative a resounding success in the USA.
Development Committee/Hospital Programs & Services Committee ChairChar is a community activist, serving on boards involving the arts and medical causes— especially Angie’s AYA CANCER INSTITUTE in Cleveland.She and her husband, Chuck, enjoy spending time with their daughters and families – love traveling and biking as a group.Having lost their daughter Angie to melanoma at age 15, has driven Char to help drive attention to this age group’s special battles with cancer.
Development Committee Chair
Darren Strowger is the co-founder of the Cloud service company, Excell. By joining IT service and software, Excell provides a number of tech services, including audio visual services, business centers, could and data capabilities, network connectivity, security and more. Darren was a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust for fifteen years, and has lent great contributions to Teen Cancer America.
Mr. Kaplan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Douglas Emmett, Inc. (DEI), an office and residential REIT listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of DEI. He co-founded Douglas Emmett Realty Advisors in 1991, which grew during the 1990’s into a large manager of institutional real estate funds and is the predecessor to DEI. Douglas Emmett went public in 2006 in what was then the largest REIT IPO in history. Currently, the Company has approximately 600 employees.
Mr. Kaplan is on various boards at UCLA, including the UCLA Board of trustees. He is a dedicated environmentalist and is on the board of the Los Angeles Waterkeeper, an environmental organization devoted to cleaning the Santa Monica Bay. He is also on the board of Teen Cancer America, a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Kaplan received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara, and his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA in 1986. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California with his wife and their three children.
Development Committee/Hospitals Programs & Services Committee
A highly successful music and film producer and band manager, Bill Curbishley is best known for managing the Who. He founded Trinifold Management in 1974 to handle The Who and later expanded to include other major acts including Judas Priest, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Bill was heavily involved in the stage show of “Tommy,” which went on to garner five Tony awards on Broadway. His further involvement with the Who led to his producing the movies “Quadrophenia” and “McVicar.” Bill also produced the film, “The Railway Man,” based upon an Eric Lomax story about his capture and torture by the Japanese on the Burma-Siam railway during World War II. Bill’s involvement with teen cancer comes about through his long-time friendship with Roger Daltrey.
Dr. Gerald Grant
Development Committee/Hospitals Programs & Services Committee
Dr. Gerald Grant is a board certified pediatric neurosurgeon and Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He specializes in the surgical management of pediatric brain tumors and is Division Chief of Pediatric neurosurgery and Acting Associate Professor at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford. He is also an Air Force veteran with extensive neurosurgical experience abroad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Grant had the opportunity of training for a year in neurosurgery at Atkinson Morley’s Neurosurgery/Neurology Hospital in London and therefore is very familiar with the noble mission of the Teenage Cancer Trust. He is passionate about advocating for the teenagers with cancer with the primary goal of improving their survival and quality of life on a daily basis. After personally touring Teenage Cancer Trust units in London Dr. Grant was impressed with the impact of these units had on the teenagers and young adults afflicted with cancer as well as the passion of Roger Daltrey and his team in this effort. Dr. Grant is honored to work with such a dedicated team to leverage all the great things that Teenage Cancer Trust has done for teenagers and young adults with cancer in the UK to help build Teenage Cancer America.
As UCLA Health Senior Director of Development, Becky Mancuso-Winding oversees a number of priority patient programs that attract national media attention, which include UCLA Operation Mend, Daltrey-Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program at UCLA, UCLA Alzheimer’s Dementia Care Program, and UCLA People-Animal Program (PAC).
With a strong conviction to do something more personally fulfilling in her career, Becky transitioned from the entertainment industry to healthcare in 2009, making the connection to UCLA Health through her twelve years of serving on the Board of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, where she was very involved in a number of pediatric healthcare initiatives and was instrumental in starting the ongoing annual fundraiser, Mattel Party on the Pier. Throughout her career, Becky has held numerous executive positions in the film and music industry, but is best known for her pioneering work as one of the industry’s first credited feature film music supervisors, having crafted award winning soundtracks for over forty music oriented films, including Urban Cowboy and Footloose. She was a producer on a number of award winning television specials that included Sesame Street’s Elmopalooza for ABC, The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Sesame Street for ABC, Elmo Saves Christmas for PBS and Cinderella featuring Dorothy Hamill and the Ice Capades for ABC.
Rick French is chairman & chief executive officer of French/West/Vaughan (FWV), one of the nation’s largest independently-owned public relations, public affairs, advertising and digital media agencies. He is 2017 inductee of the North Carolina Media & Journalism Hall of Fame; has twice been named PR Agency Professional of Year; and is listed among the 300 “Most Influential Communicators in the World,” by PR Week. But that’s only part of Rick’s resume: he is also a noted film financier and producer who serves as Managing Partner of Prix Productions; he co-owns the Daytona Tortugas, the Advanced A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds; and holds board seats and private equity investments in a half-dozen other media, sports and entertainment ventures. He is a national trustee of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in Cleveland, Ohio and the London-based Buddy Holly Educational Foundation.
Triple Threat Productions, Inc.
Transatlantic Reinsurance Company – Mike Sapnar
The Lawrence Foundation
Sue D White
Results Advertising & Productions Inc.
John and Heather Dean
Jerome I Nadel
Francis Meyer Charitable Lead Unitrust
Dr. Harry Alberts, Alex and Lyndsay Alberts
Dr. Glen Taylor
Dr. Gerald Grant
Chuck and Char Fowler
Based Princess Enterprises
Anne & Michael Recine
What do I do at Teen Cancer America? Strategic design and delivery, organizational management, profiling and external relations.
Hometown: Felixstowe, England
College: University of Coventry
Favorite Who song: Behind Blue Eyes
If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Marshall Tucker Band, Oasis, Gladys Knight and The Pips
Favorite Vacation Spot: Alicante, Spain and Los Angeles
Why Teen Cancer America? Having built up Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK and changed the structure of cancer services for young people over there, I am inspired to achieve the same and more in the USA. Teen Cancer America will deliver!
One fun fact: I can pronounce this without reading: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, a small village in Wales with the longest name in the world.
Hospital Programs & Services Director
What do I do at Teen Cancer America? I work with hospitals across the country interested in developing specialized facilities and programs for the teen and young adult cancer population with the emphasis on young people ages 13-25. As each health care and hospital system is unique, I work to encourage and support the creation of the best model for teen and young adult patient care including space, teams, treatment and research that meet the needs of each individual hospital while providing best patient care for this age group.
Favorite Who song: Behind Blue Eyes
Hometown: Born in Tacoma, WA but raised in Los Angeles, CA
If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Bon Jovi, Adele, and David Bowie
Favorite Vacation Spot: Moorea, Tahiti
Why Teen Cancer America? I have been committed to serving this population for over 20 years. For the majority of my career I worked in a clinical role and saw first hand the challenges that this population faced in the health care system. Teen Cancer America’s mission focuses on very important unmet needs of the teen and young adult cancer population. There is much to be done but it isn’t impossible and Teen Cancer America has the ability to change the tragedictory of health care This must change and who better to make that happen than Teen Cancer America.
One Fun Fact: I am terrible at thinking of fun facts
Michelle Elle Aland
Development and Partnerships Director
What do I do at Teen Cancer America? Create partnerships to raise funds and awareness for TCA.
Hometown – Pittsburgh, PA
College – Stetson University, FL
Favorite Who song – You Better You Bet, Eminence Front, Magic Bus
If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Foo Fighters, Oasis, Beyoncé, JayZ
Favorite Vacation Spot – My friend’s villa in Spain
Why Teen Cancer America? I have been involved with this fantastic charity for the past 10 years in the UK and am excited to help TCA expand in America. TCA occupies a unique and necessary space for teens and their families.
One Fun Fact – Upon being locked in, had to climb down the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh on a ladder track which is 400 feet high.
What do I do at Teen Cancer America? I work with hospitals across the country to help develop comprehensive programs and specialized space for the teen and young adult cancer population along with the Director of Hospital Programs and Services while maintaining the office and facilitating the charity finances.
Hometown – Elkhart, Indiana
College – Indiana University
Favorite Who Song – I Can’t Explain
If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Mumford and Sons, Chvrches, and Adele
Favorite Vacation Spot – Thailand
Why Teen Cancer America?I believe that when a young person is diagnosed with a serious illness in their teens, the effect it can have on the individual as well as their family and friends is enormous and profound. Teen Cancer America is working to educate and train health professionals, patients, and create support systems to maintain a regular lifestyle as near to normality as possible for a young person diagnosed with cancer! In this way the impact of having their worlds turned upside down is not as great because all young people deserve to reach for their dreams and live out their aspirations.
One Fun Fact – I climbed the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States; Mt. Whitney.
Communications and Social Media Specialist
What do I do at Teen Cancer America? Responsible for carrying the voice and communications of TCA throughout our digital community.
Hometown – Born in Tacoma, WA (Raised in Richmond, IN)
College – Indiana University
Favorite Who Song – Pinball Wizard
If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Michael Jackson, Kendrick Lamar and The Temptations
Favorite Vacation Spot – Orlando, FL
Why Teen Cancer America? I think we can all look back and remember what it was like growing into our teenage years; having fun, not thinking about what tomorrow may bring. However, try to imagine yourself in the shoes of these teens and young adults being diagnosed and battling cancer every day. I have always felt like one’s teenage years are meant to be fun, building memories that last a lifetime. When I researched Teen Cancer America, I immediately seen their cause and knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.
One Fun Fact – I’ve driven across the USA. Once I was finished, I calculated that it was 99 hrs of drive time!
Administrative AssistantWhat Do I Do At Teen Cancer America: Co-ordinate and provide support to the main TCA office while maintaining Donations and Administrative duties, as well as organize and attend events!Hometown: San Diego, CACollege: Chapman UniversityFavorite Who Song: The Kids Are Alright
If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Fleetwood Mac, and Queen Bey (BEYONCE) of course!Favorite Vacation Spot: Yosemite and the RedwoodsWhy Teen Cancer America? I worked with teens through the Boys & Girls Club organization, and it became very clear to me while working with these special young people that teens have their own unique set of needs. Teens are not children, and they’re not adults. They need spaces that are comforting to them so they can heal and grow through challenges like cancer.One fun fact: A few years ago, I took a spontaneous trip to an archaeological dig in Spain, and spent the summer excavating Roman and Iberian ruins in Andalusia. It was incredible!
InternWhat Do I Do At Teen Cancer America: I assist with campaigns, social media, and other tasks in the office. I’m also a cancer survivor who attend events as an ambassador and advocate for the need for TCA!Hometown: Los Angeles, CACollege: University of Pennyslvania (Current)Favorite Who Song: Baba O’Reilly
If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to: Queen Bey (Beyonce), Son Lux, and OdeszaFavorite Vacation Spot: New York City and HawaiiWhy Teen Cancer America? I’m a cancer survivor. When I was 15, I was treated in a pediatric center where there was no one within five years of my age. I was treated like a child; one nurse even asked if I wanted a balloon animal. After I finished treatment, I was looking to find a cancer community and a way to give back. I believe I had cancer to help others and when I found TCA, I immediately realized this is where I belong. TCA is my family and I’m so grateful to be giving back and meeting so many people in the cancer community!One fun fact: My high school is one block away from Teen Cancer America HQ! I used to park in their building before I started working for them!
What Do I Do At Teen Cancer America? I intern at TCA and work along side the Social Media Specialist with tasking and posts. I also work with the Administration Assistant with scheduling and cataloging company inventory. I participate and attend all TCA fundraising events.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Favorite Who Song: Baba O’Riley
If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to: The ChainSmokers, Chance The Rapper, Drake
Favorite Vacation Spot: Vail, CO
Why Teen Cancer America? Ever since I was little I have always been inspired by my uncle who has been doing charity work since before I was born. He is the one who always told me to give back and donate my time. So, what better way to fulfill my inspiration then to work for TCA.
One fun fact: I front flipped off a 20 foot high boat in Cabo.