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
General Manager, 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
Nicole Donian-Pody
Penny Ferrara
Ellen Gagnon
Fran Gates
Nicole Guerin

Sarah Silva
Vice President

Judith Heuisler
Janet Houston
Barbara McMaster
Maria Nocchi
Cathy Sharrar
Betsy Sullivan
Teddy Thomas
Marian Wissman
Melissa Wojtylak

The Cooper Foundation Staff

We Made a Call for Help and So Many of You Answered!

Since launching the COVID-19 Assistance Fund, our community has mobilized to support front-line healthcare professionals at Cooper University Health Care. On behalf of everyone at Cooper, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Many of you have already reached out offering to help. Your donations will provide medical equipment and supplies for Cooper physicians, nurses, medical students, and staff caring for people who have come into contact with the virus.

The Need Is Still Great

The New Jersey Commissioner of Health named Cooper University Health Care as one of three health systems in New Jersey operating as a coordinating entity in anticipation of the COVID-19 surge and the need for critical care beds. Cooper will coordinate all of the Southern NJ counties.

As the only Level 1 Trauma Center in southern New Jersey, the region is counts on our expertise. Your continued generosity will help ensure our team has the equipment they need to treat and protect our workers, our patients and our community.

Right now, we may be physically separated, but we are closer than ever.

Thank you for your support!

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

Tara Elk

Program & Marketing Manager

Mary Grace Perry

Marketing & Event Specialist

Tricia Clarke

Gift Processing & Database Specialist