Board of Directors

The Ashley Lauren Foundation was founded by a woman with a passionate, focused vision of helping children in NJ who suffer from cancer - stemming from her own experiences with her daughter’s diagnosis of cancer. She was immediately joined by three others that shared in that same vision. Their first Board Meeting, held at a local diner, brought like-mindedness regarding the plans and goals for the future of the organization. Thus, The Ashley Lauren Foundation was born and became incorporated with the State of New Jersey on July 6, 2005.
Monica Vermeulen
Monica VermeulenFounder/CEO
A cancer survivor herself, Monica experienced, first hand, the pain involved in having a child with cancer. Her daughter, Ashley Lauren, was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor at the age of three. Having lived through the unexpected hardships of pediatric cancer, she realized how important the need for support was during this difficult time. Her passion is to reach out with hope and help to other families that are coping with the same difficulties.
Monica has been a Brick, NJ resident for over 32 years. She is married and has two children. Monica has a B.A. in Non-Profit Management (Focus-Pediatric Cancer) from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey – graduating Summa Cum Laude/Program Distinction. She served as a former Alumni Representative on the Ocean County College Board of Trustees and is President of Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Chapter. Monica is also the Director/Choreographer of Kidz-4-Kidz, Vice-President of The Guild Theatreworks, Inc. and Vice-President of Jersey Shore United.
Thomas C. Corley
Thomas C. CorleyPresident and Treasurer
Tom is a CPA and President of Cerefice & Company, Rahway, NJ. Tom spent most of his career in tax and finance, beginning his tax career at Arthur Andersen. Prior to Cerefice, Tom headed the Finance Department, as CFO, of a publicly held company specializing in Homebuilding and Venture Capital investment. Tom was also a founder of McGuinness, Corley & Hodavance, a CPA firm specializing in large corporate tax compliance and consulting and prior to that held the position of Senior Tax Manager for ESSROC Materials Inc., one of the world’s largest Cement Manufacturers. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the New York State Society of CPAs, the New Jersey Society of CPAs, the Certified Financial Planning Board and is Certified by the Corporation for Long-Term Care. Tom holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from St. John’s University and a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Tom is also the author of the book “Rich Habits” and “Rich Kids – How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life.” Tom and his wife Denise live with their three children in Freehold, New Jersey.
Carolyn Walker
Carolyn WalkerSecretary
Carolyn Walker is currently the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, a life-long resident of New Jersey, currently resides in Brick, having grown up in Cranford and living in three other counties of the state. She is employed as a Trust Officer in the Estate Settlement Unit for Wachovia Trust in Toms River, NJ.

Carolyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgian Court University with a BS in Business Administration having been a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society as well as the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. She also is a graduate of Cannon Trust School and is a Certified Trust Financial Advisor. Carolyn is the proud mother of two daughters and four grandchildren. She is also a member of the Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Ocean County College.

Tom Arnone
Tom ArnoneTrustee
Tom Arnone has served on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders since 2010, where he oversees the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering and serves as the liaison to Public Information and Tourism, Economic Development and the Office of Shared Services. Mr. Arnone also served as a councilmember and mayor in Neptune City. He is currently the vice president of Property Management for PRC Group and serves as vice chairman of the Monmouth Ocean Foundation For Children With Special Needs. Mr. Arnone and his wife, Catherine, reside in Neptune City with their daughter, Lauren Ashley.
Lou Russo
Lou RussoTrustee
Lou is the On-Air Radio Personality of 94.3 The Point’s Lou and Liz In The Morning show. He has been doing the Morning Show for over ten years. Lou and his wife Diane have been married for six years.
Lou Bernardo
Lou BernardoTrustee
Lou is head of tax for a trading company in New York called Hartree Partners. He became involved with The Ashley Lauren Foundation many years ago when he started an annual fundraiser to help children with cancer. Lou and his wife Judie have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
Howard Levine
Howard LevineTrustee
Howard is a Healthcare Information Technology Executive with over 20 years of experience in various technology roles. Mr. Levine holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information System Services from Stockton University in New Jersey.

He has chosen to dedicate his free time to assist children and their families that are dealing with cancer. Howard is a resident of Marlboro, NJ where he lives with his family.

Serena DiMaso
Serena DiMasoTrustee
Deputy Director Serena DiMaso has served on the Freeholder Board since 2012. Freeholder DiMaso served as Holmdel Mayor and is an active member of the Town’s First Aid Squad. She currently serves on the Hackensack-Meridian Hospital’s Corporation Board of Trustees and is Chairwoman of the Bayshore Hospital Foundation. She is also on the Board of the National Foundation for Women Legislators, holds a law degree from St. John’s University School of Law, and is a member of the New York State Bar. Freeholder DiMaso is married to Dr. Gerald DiMaso and they have four children.
Carolyn Burtnick
Carolyn BurtnickTrustee
Carolyn Burtnick was born and raised in Colts Neck, NJ. She has been working in the local publishing business for 20 years, and currently is the Editor in Chief at Community Magazine (CM). She attended Saint John Vianney High School in Holmdel, and went onto college at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, graduating and majoring in marketing. Ms. Burtnick specializes in media, with a focus on advertising, social media, website creation, and publicity. She has been very active in her local communities, giving her time to many non-profits, as well as serving on local business boards. Carolyn has been working with The Ashley Lauren Foundation for over seven years, specifically volunteering with special events, and has been a member of the Butterfly Ball Committee since its inception.
Nancy Kolakowski
Nancy KolakowskiProgram Director/Family Liaison
Nancy Kolakowski‘s journey with The Ashley Lauren Foundation began as a volunteer in 2010. Immediately she knew The Ashley Lauren Foundation was her new home. Nancy’s passion is to provide The Ashley Lauren Foundation children and their families with as much hope, love and support possible.

Nancy has always had a passion for philanthropy and giving back as she managed corporate philanthropy initiatives for Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase. Her professional and personal volunteer experience includes event and program support for Susan G. Komen, Ronald McDonald House New York City, Monmouth County Family & Children’s Services and Special Olympics New Jersey.

Nancy currently resides in Brick, NJ. She is the proud aunt of six incredibly awesome nephews (Dylan, Brayden, Colin, Cameron, Austin and Jaxon) and the godmother to her beautiful cousin Ava, all of whom she adores. As a graduate of the Holistic Health Program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Nancy is a board certified health coach with a passion for health and wellness and loves to discover new recipes, cook and exercise.

Nancy Wendt
Nancy WendtFamily Liaison
Nancy found her way to ALF through Mary Spano Gleckner as a volunteer for the Foundation’s Butterfly Ball. It did not take long for her to become more involved in our ALF events, and she inquired as to whether she could join ALF in its mission of hope and help as a family liaison.

Nancy lives in Howell. She is a legal secretary with a prominent New Jersey law firm since graduating college. Known to most as a passionate and avid skier, she was involved with various group clubs, their boards and councils and the volunteer community at large.

Mary Spano Gleckner
Mary Spano Gleckner Family Liaison
Mary Spano retired from the family business in 2006 and put all her efforts into volunteering throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties to discover where her strengths are needed most. She spent several years with the Red Cross as an Emergency Response Volunteer, a Disaster Volunteer and went on to teaching classes for Disaster Services and Health Services. Simultaneously she volunteered for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes), CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), Gala Committee for The FoodBank Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Collier Youth Services and has been a missionary for Swaziland Relief with annual trips to Africa since 2008. Six years ago Mary found her way to The Ashley Lauren Foundation, and has been involved in events, the Butterfly Ball and in 2012 joined as a Family Liaison. Mary loves the children and now found her home at ALF.