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Board of Directors
  • Thomas K. Weber, MD, FACS

    Thomas K. Weber, MD, FACS

  • Richard E. Schneyer, Esq.

    Richard E. Schneyer, Esq.

  • Michael Redmond

    Michael Redmond

  • Sanjay Bery

    Sanjay Bery

  • Lisa Hoffman, MA

    Lisa Hoffman, MA

  • Robin Nureck-Bramswig

    Robin Nureck-Bramswig

  • Christina Puglisi

    Christina Puglisi

  • Karen Smith-Hagman, RN, MSN

    Karen Smith-Hagman, RN, MSN

Thomas K. Weber, MD, FACS

Thomas K. Weber MD, FACS | President

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Dr. Weber is Professor of Surgery at the State University of New York at Downstate and Chief of Surgery at the Department of Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System, Brooklyn Campus. 

He is the current Chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table, a recent past President of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer (CGA-ICC), member of InSiGHT; the International Society for the Study of Hereditary Gastrointestinal Tumors and co-chair of the NYC Health Department sponsored City Wide Colorectal Cancer Control Coalition (“C5”).

Dr. Weber has published extensively on hereditary colorectal cancer and is a frequent invited speaker on that subject at national and international meetings.  He has recently joined the Advisory Board of the Human Variome Project, a global effort to study the contribution of genetic variation to human disease including cancer. 

Dr. Weber earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from University College and University College Hospital Medical School at the University of London in the United Kingdom.

Richard E. Schneyer, Esq.

Richard E. Schneyer, Esq. | Secretary

bio_schneyerFor the past thirty years, Richard E. Schneyer has focused his practice in two basic areas of the law. First, he represents individuals in tax matters, estate planning, wealth preservation, probate proceedings, administration of trusts and estates, accounting proceedings and resolution of family disputes. Second, he represents closely held business organizations and their owners.

His experience includes formulating estate plans for individuals that include wills, trusts, gifts, marital agreements, and family limited partnerships. He also advises individuals and corporate fiduciaries in estate and gift tax proceedings and, in particular, defending the valuation of closely held business interests and works of art. Richard has served as an executor and trustee for his clients, and is president of a private charitable foundation.

In representing closely held businesses, his experience includes the structuring and negotiation of business succession plans, buy-sell agreements, employment contracts, retirement arrangements, asset and stock purchase agreements, financing arrangements, and real estate matters.

Michael Redmond

Michael Redmond | Treasurer

bio_redmondMichael has been a colon cancer advocate since his mother, Patricia Redmond, was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in 2007. A few months after Patricia passed away in 2008 Michael and his sister, Lauren Rafferty, organized Team Day at the Bay and participated in the sixth annual Colon Cancer Challenge in March 2009. They were the top fundraising team in 2009 and 2010. Michael has been increasingly involved with the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation ever since, now serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors.

Michael received his Bachelor's degree from Binghamton University in 1997. He is currently Manager of Customer Service for McGraw Communications, Inc. He resides in Floral Park, NY with his wife Nancy and daughters Ryann and Riley.

Sanjay Bery

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Sanjay has been a volunteer and fund raiser for the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation since 2008. For the past four years Sanjay and his Team BCCH (BCCH -- Bery Colon Cancer Helpers) have consistently been one of the top fund raisers for the New York City Colon Cancer Challenge.  Sanjay and BCCH continue to raise funds and reach out to family and friends year round to promote the public awareness and the importance of early detection.

Sanjay was diagnosed in 2008 and is a stage-4 Colon Cancer Survivor.  Sanjay is the 2013 November Calendar Model for Colon Cancer Club Calendar www.colonclub.com - the Colander. As a survivor he brings a unique perspective to the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation and is dedicated to sharing his story of perseverance, hope and survival. 

Sanjay has over 25 years of experience in information technology focused on the asset and wealth management industry.  He lives with his wife and their 2 children in Basking Ridge, NJ.

 

Lisa Hoffman, MA

Lisa Hoffman, MA

bio_hoffmanLisa is an exercise physiologist and Founder and President of Solo Fitness & Wellness. She has more than 20 years of experience in management, program development and strategic planning in the health & wellness industry. Her company, Solo Fitness & Wellness, specializes in engaging individuals to participate in physical activity as primary prevention and therapeutic wellness during health challenges. In particular, the soloHealing program highlights therapeutic fitness & wellness programs for those diagnosed with cancer. This was highlighted in her second book, The Healing Power of Movement: How to Benefit from Physical Activity During Your Cancer Treatment, which focuses on the importance of physical activity during cancer treatment.

Lisa holds a Bachelors Degree in Modern Dance from SUNY at Brockport and was a professional dancer in New York City for over 5 years. She earned her Master’s Degree at Columbia University in Exercise Physiology, and is certified as a Cancer Exercise Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine and American Cancer Society.

Robin Nureck-Bramswig

Robin Nureck-Bramswig

bio_nureckRobin has been a volunteer for the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation since meeting Dr. Weber shortly after its inception. In support of her sister Pamela's inspiring fight against colon cancer, Team Pammy was formed for the Colon Cancer Challenge and continues to raise funds and reach out to family, friends and others to promote the importance of awareness and early detection each year.

Robin is a 35-year veteran of the apparel industry, both in retail and manufacturing. She has recently left her full time career to begin a consulting business and allow her time to pursue other interests, specifically getting more involved with the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation.

Robin lives with her husband Bill Bramswig (who also volunteers as a Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation photographer), in Chappaqua, NY.

Christina Puglisi

Christina Puglisi

bio_puglisiChristina is a financial Analyst at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and has been working with The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation since 2009, as a fundraiser and volunteer.  Christina and her team, the RumpRunners, participate annually in the Colon Cancer Challenge in Memory of her Mother, who passed away in 2009 after a battle with Colon Cancer.  Her team has repeatedly been within the top 10 fundraisers overall for the event, and Christina was the #1 individual fundraiser in 2010.

Christina's motivation comes from the comfort and support her mother received during her illness because of their involvement with the Challenge. Her primary objective is to create awareness of the disease at an early age and prevent colon cancer before it ever becomes an issue. Through the use of social media and her personal and professional networks, Christina is continuously working on new and innovative ways to create events for younger generations to become involved in Colon Cancer awareness and prevention.    

Christina received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park and currently lives in New York City.

 

 

Karen Smith-Hagman, RN, MSN

Karen Smith-Hagman, RN, MSN

bio_smith-hagmanMs. Smith-Hagman is Vice President of Medical Management for EmblemHealth in New York. With over 25 years experience in the health care industry, she has an extensive background in health plan operations, call center management, and health policy planning, programming, implementation and product development.

At EmblemHealth, she is responsible for developing health and wellness, prevention, case management and disease management initiatives. She also spearheads EmblemHealth’s annual colon cancer awareness campaign, including sponsorship of the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation since its inception.

Ms. Smith-Hagman has served in various senior-level capacities for Magellan Behavioral Health, Health Net, Integra, Inc., and Managed Health Network, Inc.

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