Board Members & Staff

The Cooper Foundation Board of Trustees

Philip Norcross
Philip A. Norcross, Esq.

The Cooper Foundation Chair
Managing Shareholder & CEO,
Parker McCay

Grace Barr
Grace Barr

Member, The Women's Board
of The Cooper Foundation

Jeffrey Brown

President & Vice Chairman, NFI Industries

Amanda Burden, MD

Director, Simulation Program
Cooper University Health Care

Chuck Cahn
Chuck M. Cahn

Former Mayor, Cherry Hill

Amanda DiMattia
Amanda DiMattia

The Cooper Foundation, 3rd Vice Chair
CEO, Cherry Hill Imports

Chris Fifis
Christopher Fifis

The Cooper Foundation, 2nd Vice-Chair
Director of Business Development, Grassi

Donna Forman
Donna Forman

The Cooper Foundation, 1st Vice-Chair
Former VP, The Little Rock Foundation

Generosa Grana, MD

Director, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Michael Hirsch
Michael E. Hirsch

Retired, Executive VP, Sea Gull Lighting

Anne Koons
Anne E. Koons

Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS

Emily Kostic
Emily Kostic

Director, PR, Social Media & Brand, Ad Council

Deborah Krauss Kelleher
Deborah L. Krauss-Kelleher

Vice President, Total Rewards

Martha Matthews
Martha S. Matthews, MD
Medical Director, Cleft and Craniofacial Program
Anthony Mazzarelli
Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE

Cooper University Health Care

Kevin ODowd
Kevin M. O'Dowd, JD

Cooper University Health Care

Rob Ortiz
Robert A. Ortiz, Jr., JD

Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer,
The Cooper Foundation

Sal Paolantonio
Sal Paolantonio

National Correspondent, ESPN

Phyllis Pearl
Phyllis Pearl

Retired Superintendent of Elections, Camden County

Dr Schwarting
Roland Schwarting, MD

Chairman and Chief, Department of Pathology
President, Cooper Medical Staff

Adam Taliaferro
Adam Taliaffero, Esq. 

State Advocacy & Alliance Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb
New Jersey State Assemblyman,
Third Legislative District

Jack Tarditi Square
Jack Tarditi

Managing Director, Conner Strong & Buckelew

Ann "Teddy" Thomas

Member, The Womens Board of The Cooper Foundation

Not Pictured:

Penny Ferrara

Member, The Women's Board of The Cooper Foundation

Debra Fogel


Judith Heuisler

Member, The Women's Board of The Cooper Foundation

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The Women's Board of The Cooper Foundation

It was 1919 when a volunteer auxiliary of community women came together to support the work of the caregivers at Cooper Hospital. Since then, the Auxiliary has grown to become the Women’s Board Committee of The Cooper Foundation and has raised millions of dollars for the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, and other hospital initiatives.

Over the decades, Board members have organized a variety of events, all benefiting Cooper. In recent years, the Board played an instrumental role in helping to fund renovations to the pediatric unit in the hospital’s Kelemen building, making it a brighter place to be for our littlest patients.

Colleen Hirst

Eileen Archer
Grace Barr

Mary Berardi

Marilyn Cohen

Penny Ferrara

Janet Houston

Sarah Silva
Vice President

Maria Nocchi

Cathy Sharrar

Diana Short

Betsy Sullivan

Ann "Teddy" Thomas

Marian Wissman

The Cooper Foundation Staff

A Note from Robert A. Ortiz, Jr., J.D.

For more than 130 years, Cooper has been dedicated to providing the most advanced, compassionate, patient-centered care to our patients.

As the philanthropic arm of the prominent academic health system, The Cooper Foundation raises and administers charitable funds to support Cooper’s mission: To Serve, To Heal, To Educate.

It is because of your unwavering generosity that we are able to support lifesaving programs and services that improve the lives of those we serve.

I am honored and excited to serve as Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer of The Cooper Foundation. Since beginning in this role with the Foundation in 2020, I’ve witnessed firsthand what can be achieved with ongoing support from our community.

I welcome the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the many ways to get involved and help make a difference here at Cooper.


Robert A. Ortiz, Jr., J.D.

Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer
The Cooper Foundation

Robert A. Ortiz, Jr., JD

Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer

Lois G. Gabin-Legato, JD

Vice President of Advancement, Major Gifts & Planned Giving

Lisa Morina

Vice President of Advancement for Corporate Relations

Dina Mathews-Laurendeau

Director of Development

Emma Kimenhour

Annual Giving Manager

Anthony DaPonte

Finance/Accounting Manager

Tara Elk

Program & Marketing Manager

Tricia Clarke

Prospect Research & Database Manager

Mary Grace Perry

Research & Stewardship Coordinator