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 in upstate New York. Barbara previously started her professional career as an entrepreneur. Her success in business in event planning and  merchandise sales, as well as her organizational skills, enhance the foundation’s efforts in meeting and exceeding their fundraising goals.

Katrina Wolenski

Katrina Wolenski

Chief Communications Officer
Katrina Wolenski

Katrina is a long-time resident of Sullivan County. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from St. John’s University, graduating Cum Laude. With her vast professional background, she has experience in management, marketing, event planning, hospitality and more. She currently works as Director of Member Experience at the exclusive Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, New York.

She is inspired to volunteer for the Allyson Whitney Foundation after the organization helped a good friend, Jazmine, who was afftected by cancer at age 25. Katrina’s work with the foundation and the direct affect it has on young adults with rare cancers is what motivates and drives her passion to help others every day; in Jazmine’s honor.

Melissa DiCostanzo

Melissa DiCostanzo

Chief Advancement 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 Financial 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-Sforza

Katy Strong-Sforza

Co-Founder
Katy Strong-Sforza

Barri Glick

Barri Glick

Co-Founder
Barri Glick

Gabrielle Scott

Gabrielle Scott

Co-Founder
Gabrielle Scott

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

Become an Ambassador

Become an Ambassador

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Team Queens Girls

Team Queens Girls

Ambassadors
Team Queens Girls

Assunta, Melany, and Victoria

Kim and Sarah Vogl

Kim and Sarah Vogl

Organizers of the West Coast 5k Walk
Kim and Sarah Vogl

The Allyson Whitney Foundation is committed and passionate. Banded together entirely of volunteers, including our Board of Directors and Team, to give hope and light.