Who We Are

Allie Colon

Allie Colon

Board Member
Allie Colon

 Allie Lehman-Colon was a long time resident of New York. After Allie beat breast cancer in 2016! She realized she got a second chance at life and decided to live life to the fullest. She and her husband moved to the Sunshine State where they were blessed with their miracle baby, Jordyn Whitney. Yes- named after Allyson Whitney. Allie brings to the foundation her skill and presence on social media.

Allie always blogged about her journey and loved helping others that were going through something similar. That’s what inspired her to volunteer for the Allyson Whitney Foundation and help with her dream of helping others.

Catherine Paty

Catherine Paty

Board Member
Catherine Paty

Cathy Paty is a remarkable woman with great passion for the things she truly cares about in this life.  Born and raised in the quaint mountain town of Beth in upstate New York, she bravely chased her goals and relocated to the charming to South Carolina where she continues to awe and inspire others with her amazing musical and vocal talents. Her love for her family runs deep, and she is a fantastic mother to her spicy 14 year old Lila Claire and loving partner to Michael. She is an animal lover and long time supporter of AWF. Formerly the President and CEO of the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, her friendly demeanor has served her well as she charms her way through people’s heart and souls. She hopes her experience can bring positive support to this organization, which is near and dear to her heart. 

Barbara Rustic

Barbara Rustic

Board Member
Barbara Rustic

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

Board Member
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

Board Member
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.

Melissa is an avid runner and athlete and she assists in our endurance race fundraisers.

Past Board Members

Past Board Members

We thank them for their help
Past Board Members

We couldn’t have done what we have without the help of our founding members and past board members. We thank each of them for their time and dedication to the organization. 

Gabrielle Scott, Ashley Morse, Barri Glick and Lucia De Gregorio

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 – Musci

Kara Tloczkowski – Musci

In-Kind Donation Coordinator
Kara Tloczkowski – Musci

Angela Rein

Angela Rein

AWF 5k Co-Race Director
Angela Rein

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

Lucia De Gregorio

Lucia De Gregorio

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.

Become an Ambassador

Become an Ambassador

Become an ambassador
Become an Ambassador

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.