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Board of Directors
  • Sanjay Bery

    Sanjay Bery

  • Thomas K. Weber, MD, FACS

    Thomas K. Weber, MD, FACS

  • Richard E. Schneyer, Esq.

    Richard E. Schneyer, Esq.

  • Michael Redmond

    Michael Redmond

  • Charles Kligman

  • Lisa Hoffman, MA

    Lisa Hoffman, MA

  • Robin Nureck

    Robin Nureck

  • Christina McClellan

    Christina McClellan

  • Karen Smith-Hagman, RN, MSN

    Karen Smith-Hagman, RN, MSN

Sanjay Bery

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Sanjay has been a volunteer and fund rasier for the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation since 2008. Since then Sanjay and his family team (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 public awareness and the importance of early detection.

 

Sanjay was diagnosed in 2008 and is a stage-4 colon cancer survivor. As a survivor he brings a unique perspective to the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation board and is dedicated to sharing his story of perseverance, hope and survival.

 

Sanjay has over 30 years of experience in information technology focused on financial services. He lives with his wife and their 2 children in Basking Ridge, NJ.

 

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.

Dr. Weber is a recent member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons. He is an American Cancer Society Research Scholar and and NIH funded scientific investigator. He was the recipient of a 2014 Prevent Cancer Foundation Laurel Award for outstanding achievement in cancer prevention. He is Chari Emeritus of the National Colrectal Cancer Round Table, a recent past President of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer (CGA-ICC) and a member of InSiGHT (International Society for the Study of Hereditary Gastrointestinal Tumors). Dr. Weber is a recent Co-Chair of and now Special Advisor to the NYC Health Department sponsored City Wide Colorectal Cacner Control Coatlition (“C5”).

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

 

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.

Charles Kligman

Charles Kligman

In 2009, Charlie's wife Robin Maxwell was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.  Since that time, Team Robin the Brave has been among the leading fundraisers in the annual Colon Cancer Challenge.   Robin passed away in December of 2013 after an inspirational and valiant battle.  Charlie and his two children, Josh and Brandi, are now dedicated to assisting others in the fight against this horrible disease.

Charlie is recently retired after a 33 year career with Deloitte, LLP.  He was a senior tax partner with significant regional and international management responsibilities.

Charlie is an attorney and CPA.  He received a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut in 1974, a JD from Rutgers School of Law, Newark, N.J. in 1979 and an LLM in Advanced Tax Law from NYU in 1985.  He resides in Short Hills, N.J.

 

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

Robin Nureck

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Robin began as a volunteer for the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation 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 to avoid losing loved ones.

After a long career in the apparel industry, both in retail and manufacturing, in 2013, Robin co-founded SNR Brand & Licensing  Strategists, a consulting business allowing her time to pursue other interests, specifically getting more involved with the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation.

Robin lives in Chappaqua, NY.



Christina McClellan

Christina McClellan

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Christina is the Business Manager for the Physician-in-Chief's Office at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  After her mother passed away from colon cancer in 2009, she bridged her professional background in finance with her passion for oncology care at MSKCC and has gained extensive experience in both clinical research and hospital administration. 

Christina has worked with The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation since 2009 and her team, the RumpRunners, participate annually in the Colon Cancer Challenge in Memory of her Mother.  Recognizing the importance of early age awareness, she started the first ever Young Professionals Board for the CCCF. 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 Hoboken, NJ with her husband.

 

 

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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