Who We Are

Barbara Strong

Barbara Strong

Chief Executive Officer
Barbara Strong

Barbara holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, along with a certification in Students with Disabilities. She is an educator in the Catskills, New York. Barbara previously started her professional career as an entrepreneur. Her successful business venture in event planning and sales merchandise, as well as her organizational skills, enhance the foundation in successful fundraising.

Katrina Wolenski

Katrina Wolenski

CCO
Katrina Wolenski

Katrina works full time as Director of Sales & Marketing for Combined Energy Services, a propane and fuel oil company located in Monticello, NY that services the Catskill and Hudson Valley regions. She holds a BS Degree in Business Administration from St. John’s University, graduating with honors.

After graduating from St. John’s University, Katrina moved back home to Sullivan County where she began her post college career at Monticello Casino & Raceway as the Marketing Secretary. At MC&R, Katrina received the “Employee of the Year” award for her dedicated efforts to her job. Her career journey includes employment at Monticello Motor Club as Member Service Manager, Cardworks Servicing Company as Assistant to the CFO and Johnstons Subaru as Title Clerk.

Having worked in a variety of industries and positions, Katrina has experience in Marketing, Management, Human Resources, Finance, Event Management, Fundraising and more. She thrives off organization and detail orientation, which is where her enjoyment for event planning and fundraising comes into play.

When not working, Katrina spends her time with her husband, family and friends; as well as helping the Allyson Whitney Foundation! She loves living upstate – taking advantage of our beautiful area – season changes, lake activities, concerts, restaurants, harvest fests and more!

Melissa DiCostanzo

Melissa DiCostanzo

Chief Executive Officer
Melissa DiCostanzo

Melissa DiCostanzo was born and raised in Sullivan County. She went to Monticello High School and received her BSN through SUNY Delhi. She currently works as a PACU RN, but has specialized in Critical Care and Pediatrics. She has seen first hand the devastation that cancer can cause to both the patient as well as the patient’s support system.

Melissa became an active member of the foundation after her dear friend Jazmine became a grant recipient during her battle against pancreatic cancer. She is passionate about giving back to others in memory of Jazmine and hopes to help the Allyson Whitney Foundation accomplish a goal of reaching an international audience.

Lucia De Gregorio

Lucia De Gregorio

Chief Executive Officer
Lucia De Gregorio

Lucia is a long-time resident of Sullivan County, New York. Her entire education and professional career have been based in finance. She holds an MBA in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance. She is currently the Assistant Vice President of Finance, at Catskill Hudson Bank, where she has worked for more than a decade.

Close friends of the Strong family, Lucia has always been inspired by their determination to fulfill Ally’s dream of helping others in similar situations. Her connection with the Foundation began with her tireless fundraising efforts for the annual 5K events, and volunteering in different capacities. Lucia considers it an incredible honor to be on the Board of the Allyson Whitney Foundation, and is committed to carrying on Ally’s legacy, while helping other young adults in their battle against rare cancers.

Katy Strong

Katy Strong

Co-Founder
Katy Strong

Barri Glick

Barri Glick

Co-Founder
Barri Glick

Gabrielle Ingber

Gabrielle Ingber

Co-Founder
Gabrielle Ingber

Ashley Morse

Ashley Morse

Co-Founder
Ashley Morse

Barbara Rustic

Barbara Rustic

Administrative Assistant
Barbara Rustic

Paul and Sheryl Manz

Paul and Sheryl Manz

Accounting & 5k Volunteer Coordinator
Paul and Sheryl Manz

Accounting & 5k Volunteer Coordinator

Mai Fung

Mai Fung

Graphic Designer
Mai Fung

Kara Tloczkowski

Kara Tloczkowski

In-Kind Donation Coordinator
Kara Tloczkowski

Angela Rein

Angela Rein

AWF 5k Co-Race Director
Angela Rein

Bridget Stafford, Susan Mraz, Samy Kentop

Bridget Stafford, Susan Mraz, Samy Kentop

Grant Committee
Bridget Stafford, Susan Mraz, Samy Kentop

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Become an Ambassador

Team Queen Girls

Team Queen Girls

Ambassadors
Team Queen Girls

Assunta, Melany, and Victoria

Kim and Sarah Vogl

Kim and Sarah Vogl

Ambassadors
Kim and Sarah Vogl

The Allyson Whitney Foundation is comprised entirely of volunteers, including our Board of Directors and Team.