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Board of Directors

The Binkeez for Comfort Board® of Directors provide guidance by contributing to and oversight of the organization's culture, strategic focus, effectiveness and impact.

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Kevin Posterro

Board of Advisors

Binkeez for Comfort® makes a real difference in the lives of those it touches by providing much needed comfort to suffering children. I am incredibly proud to be part of an amazing organization that humbly helps to improve the quality of life of children who are sick and in pain.

Galina Shtivelman

Board of Advisors

Galina is a senior finance professional with over 10 years of finance and management experience, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance, and earned an MBA from Assumption College. Currently in her role as a Campus Controller she oversees Finance, Human Resources and Administrative Operations at a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lincoln, MA that provides premier living solutions and healthcare services to seniors. In the past she’s held finance roles in technology, publishing and public accounting industries. Being in the healthcare industry she often works to support seniors who are facing declining health.

 

Galina has always been a supporter of Binkeez due to her personal connection with Susan Posterro, in the past they served together as Board Members of a national children’s non-profit. When an opportunity presented itself to join the Binkeez Board she gladly accepted as she believes in the mission of the organization and the importance of giving back. She is a proud supporter of Boston Children’s Hospital and Hearing Health Foundation.

Galina along with her husband Misha reside in the Metro West and are parents to three young children, a son and two daughters.

Galina is a senior finance professional with over 10 years of finance and management experience, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance, and earned an MBA from Assumption College. Currently in her role as a Campus Controller she oversees Finance, Human Resources and Administrative Operations at a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lincoln, MA that provides premier living solutions and healthcare services to seniors. In the past she’s held finance roles in technology, publishing and public accounting industries. Being in the healthcare industry she often works to support seniors who are facing declining health.

 

Galina has always been a supporter of Binkeez due to her personal connection with Susan Posterro, in the past they served together as Board Members of a national children’s non-profit. When an opportunity presented itself to join the Binkeez Board she gladly accepted as she believes in the mission of the organization and the importance of giving back. She is a proud supporter of Boston Children’s Hospital and Hearing Health Foundation.

Galina along with her husband Misha reside in the Metro West and are parents to three young children, a son and two daughters.

Mary Beth Thomsen

Board of Advisors

Mary Beth is a marketing professional, freelance writer, and author from Richmond, Virginia with a devout passion for spreading light. She has over 20 years of experience supporting corporate brands  and national non-profits with their marketing strategy and communications, including the American Diabetes Association, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the Amputee Coalition. She has a special interest in working with healthcare and wellness companies. Mary Beth also enjoys contributing to philanthropic missions as a volunteer, contributing her time and talent to help others, particularly children. She is married with a 3-year-old daughter, and has one more on the way.

John McAtee

Board of Advisors

John has worked as a mathematics and languages teacher, operations research analyst, International marketing manager, engineering manager, director of internet engineering and independent consultant. He has published a calculus text and has a patent in industrial process control and is an FLMI fellow. His hobbies are reading, riding motorcycles, digital photography and working with CNC machines. 

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Carolyn Geoffrion

Board of Advisors

Carolyn has worked in the health care industry for 20 years with full understanding of the care and needs patients have. During her free time, she enjoys time with her daughter Alexa, working out, going to the beach and reading.

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Dawn Pierkarski

Board of Advisors

Dawn is a mother of two beautiful girls and happily married to her husband Matt and she is fortunate that she is able to stay home to take care of her family. And because of the graces she has been given she feels it is her duty to pay it forward and to give herself to others. She met Susan even before Binkeez had started and when Susan asked her to be a part of it she knew it was where she needed to be. From day one the organization has had one mission that of providing comfort and love which has never changed.  People ask her “how do you do it?” And her answer to that is, "because I can". The smile on the kids faces and joy a Binkeez brings is something money can’t buy. It makes her heart happy to continue to be part of this mission and to give what she can. 

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Tracy Hennessey

Board of Advisors

Tracy Hennessy was a stay-at-home mom of three when her son, Connor, was diagnosed with ALL-Leukemia in 2001. Six months into his treatment, she decided to go back to school and become an RN and started working at Hasbro Childrens Hospital as a Student Nurse in 2004, continuing as an RN after graduation.

 

She went on to get certifications in Pediatrics and Oncology Nursing. She currently works on the Inpatient  Oncology floor at Hasbro Childrens Hospital dedicating her life to helping other children and families get through the hardest fight of their lives.

 

When not at work or home raising her three boys, Tracy enjoys volunteering at various childhood cancer charities and raising puppies for Ocean State Labradoodles!

Susan Posterro

(non-voting member)

Susan is an activist, philanthropist, author, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Binkeez for Comfort®. Since departing from her over 20 year career, the journey walking alongside terminally and critically ill children has taught her so much about love and strength while forever changing her perspective and heart.

Advisory Board Members

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Rachael Burrows

Board of Advisors

Rachael bravely lives each day with Cerebral Palsy. However what defines Rachael is she is T34 Canadian Paralympian, London 2012, 6 time Canadian Team member, Motivational Speaker and Ottawa Lions TFC member.

Lori Keller

Board of Advisors

I choose to volunteer at Binkeez because I saw and felt, with my own eyes and heart, the impact that a Binkeez blanket has in the life of a sick child. My daughter was diagnosed with kidney cancer (Wilm's tumor) when she was 2 years old. After her kidney removal surgery and 6 months of chemo, we celebrated the news that she was cancer free, but she was very tired and weak from treatment. She received her Binkeez while she was recovering from chemo and from the first touch, there was magic. I know that she could feel the love and comfort that is infused by the people who sew them. Her Binkeez went with her everywhere, every clinic appointment, every dr. appointment (of any kind), but also it was a picnic blanket for a tea party with her stuffed animals, a super hero cape, a mermaid tail, a fort to escape from fear and a million other things that brought her joy, happiness, love, peace and comfort during the scariest times of her young life. Now, 8 years later, that little girl has grown into a young lady, and her Binkeez is still on her bed every night, and I volunteer at Binkeez so other kids who are fighting battles instead of playing outside, know that there is a light in all this darkness.

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Sarah Bucciero 

Board of Advisors

Ms. Bucciero, who has guided the Angels Among Us program at BFC, will continue in that capacity. Ms. Bucciero commented, “It is an honor and privilege to work with an organization singularly dedicated to putting the children and families first.”

Ms. Bucciero, mother of Mason, Carter and Porter, has been affiliated with our founder and before BFC’s inception as a 501c3. Carter passed at age 3 after bravely fighting Grade 3 Malignant Astrocytoma Glioma. Ms. Bucciero’s dream to perpetuate Carter’s legacy began with our St. Jude BFC program, which began in 2013. She has raised more than $150,000 for St. Jude and helps BFC facilitate the St. Jude Binkeez program each year. We are privileged to welcome Sarah onto the Board, effective immediately.

On angel named Carter and a Momma's forever love.

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