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Board of Directors

Mary Ann Wasil, President, CEO & Founder

Mary Ann is a Breast Cancer Survivor, Health Activist, Author, President, CEO and Founder of The Get In Touch Foundation.

On February 4, 2004, Mary Ann was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer and began a  life saving protocol of dose dense chemotherapy, followed by a bi-lateral mastectomy and reconstruction.  It was during this time that The Get In Touch Foundation and the Get In Touch Girls’ Program was born, and the development of the Daisy Wheel began.

Mary Ann, a former midnight shift police officer in CT, is also a former actress and model, having worked for ten years on the ABC soap opera, All My Children, as well as on numerous independent films, commercials and voice-overs.  Mary Ann is also a public speaker promoting Breast Health Awareness & Education.  She has been a public speaker in the area of Elementary School Advancement for the National Catholic Educational Association, and in January 2007 was the recipient of the Milford Chamber of Commerce Human Services Award for “unselfish service, care and concern for people in need.”  Mary Ann spent nearly six years in educational advancement before taking the helm of Get In Touch in June 2008.

In 2007 Mary Ann received an Official Citation from the State of Connecticut General Assembly in honor and recognition of her “Dedication and Extraordinary Service in Creating Awareness Toward the Treatment and Prevention of Breast Cancer.”  In 2010, Mary Ann received the Oprah Magazine CoverGirl “Giving Beautiful Back” award, and was honored at Madison Square Garden by the WNBA’s New York Liberty and The Hallmark Channel, along with eighteen other “Women Who Inspire!”

Mary Ann is a dynamic and accomplished public speaker, having been the keynote speaker at various school nursing conferences, nationally and internationally, including the 2010 Overseas School Health Nurses Association Conference in Germany; the 2010 New England School Nurses Association Conference; the 2010 Association of School Nurses of Connecticut Conference; the 2010 Virginia Association of School Nurses Conference; the 2011 International School Nurses of Asia Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the 2011 National Association of School Nurses Conference in Washington, DC;  and most recently, the 2012 NASN Conference in San Francisco, CA, and their 2013 conference in Orlando, FL.

Her book, “A Diary of Healing: My Intense and Meaningful Life with Cancer” was published this spring by Balboa Press, a division of Hay House Publishing.  Mary Ann won a publishing contract from Maria Shriver at her 2010 Women’s Conference to write this book.

Mary Ann’s son Eddy is a sophomore at Fairfield University in Connecticut, while daughter Mary is completing her final year at the University of Virginia.  Mary Ann’s daughter Betsy is a 2013 graduate of the University of Virginia and is a UVa/UK Fellow.

While Mary Ann is currently undergoing treatment for a 2011 recurrence of her breast cancer, she thanks God each day for the blessings He continues to bestow on her, promising always to find new ways of reaching out to those in need.

Lucia Aschettino, Secretary

Lucia is employed at Patient Performance Institute, where her responsibilities include partnering with healthcare providers and other industry stakeholders to assist in patient engagement. She has also held roles in the information technology e-business and marketing at Pitney Bowes Inc, and New Haven Savings Bank and has taught in the New Dimensions Program at Albertus Magnus College.

In addition to multiple certifications in health information technology, Lucia graduated cum laude from the University of New Haven with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and later obtained her Masters in Business Administration from the same university. She has served as a commissioner on the CT Permanent Commission of Women Status since 2010.  She also serves as a volunteer in the Consumer Engagement Practice Group of the American Health Information Management Association.

Frank Duffin

Frank Duffin is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Practice Department and is chair of the Trademark Group. Mr. Duffin’s practice focuses on assisting clients in the development, protection and exploitation of their trademarks, copyrights and other proprietary works.

Formerly a Trademark Examining Attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Duffin practices all aspects of domestic and international trademark law, trade name and domain name matters. Mr. Duffin counsels clients on clearance, procurement, and maintenance of their trademarks, providing strategic planning and management of domestic and international trademark portfolios. As part of the global management of client’s portfolios, Mr. Duffin coordinates and oversees all phases of international litigations, oppositions and cancellation proceedings, including proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Duffin also advises clients on enforcement and policing of their proprietary rights, including domain name disputes, coordination of investigations of potential infringers, risk/benefit analysis concerning actions against potential infringers, implementation of effective enforcement strategies, negotiating settlement and coexistence agreements, licenses and other creative methods of resolving conflicts.

Mr. Duffin is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, the New York International Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and the International Trademark Association (“INTA”). Mr. Duffin has served on various INTA committees, currently serving on the USPTO Subcommittee of the Trademark Office Practices Committee (TOPC). Mr. Duffin formerly served as Chair of the INTA Information Resources Committee (2006-2007). Mr. Duffin co-authored “Best Practices in Protecting and Enforcing Trademarks, Copyrights, and other Intellectual Property Rights” published in the Winter 2009 issue of the Franchise Law Journal; and co-authored “Post-Termination Internet Violations: Who Fixes and How?” appearing in Franchising World August 2007. Mr. Duffin is included in The Best Lawyers in America (2007-present) (for more about the standards for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, please click here).

He is Chair of the Wiggin and Dana Alumni Relations Committee.

Mr. Duffin graduated with a B.A. from Central Connecticut State University. He received his J.D. from the University of Bridgeport School of Law, currently known as Quinnipiac University School of Law, and is a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal honors fraternity.

Celeste Lohrenz

Celeste is an Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager for The Milford Bank. She brings over 23 years of banking / financial experience to The Get In Touch Foundation, in assisting them in reaching their goal of worldwide self-awareness and health education for young women.

Celeste is a lifelong resident of Milford, CT, who is strongly committed to supporting her community. Celeste’s past and present volunteer roles include youth mentor, Rotarian, Chamber of Commerce member, United Way of Milford – Leader-on-Loan; she currently sits on the board of The Stratford Community Fund and Beth-El Center, Milford.

Celeste is a self-proclaimed gourmet cook who enjoys motor sports, golf, traveling, and being tall.

Jorge Santiago, Treasurer

A Senior Vice President and Branch Administrator for The Milford Bank, Jorge is also an instructor with the Center for Financial Training, and brings a passionate interest in community and collaboration to the board of Get In Touch.  A resident of Milford, this father of two young children, ages 4 and 8, is committed to community and education.  Jorge is the current President of The Boys & Girls Club of Milford, as well as a volunteer with Junior Achievement, and a member of the Stratford Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee and the Milford Chamber of Commerce. Jorge is excited to join the board of Get In Touch, and looks forward to the growth of the organization as its mission reaches all corners of the globe, “changing the world one girl at a time.”

Eileen E.M. Scully

Eileen Scully’s passion for supporting nonprofits has always been an undercurrent of her professional life.  With just under twenty years of experience with large, multi-national corporations and small, local businesses, Eileen has evolved into a savvy sales and marketing professional who can work with diverse audiences to bring about organizational and personal transformation.  Her professional roles have included Marketing Director for a $100MM division of a $1B corporation, Senior Research Analyst for F100 organizations, small business owner of a wine brokerage, and sales director for a $300MM services firm.

She has helped to grow the sponsor base of Kayak for a Cause (KFAC) since her first paddle with them across Long Island Sound in 2006, when she raised over $3,000 through grassroots marketing and a self-deprecating blog.  Her sponsor base has grown yearly, and her fundraising is within the top 5% of all participants.  She has also become their social media lead, directing all web-related activity for the group, and coordinating all of KFAC’s outbound communications through Facebook and Twitter to exponentially grow their participant and sponsor base.

Raising a daughter has only increased Eileen’s commitment to access for all girls to responsible, open information about their bodies and their health so that they can make better decisions for themselves and their daughters someday.

Consulting Board

Christine D. Brown, Esq.
Joan M. Cagginello, RN, BSN, MS
Tia Campbell, RN, MSN, NCSN
Nancy Cappello, PhD
Miyoung Cho, RN, BSN
Christopher Conley, CPA
Kristi Funk, MD
Kelly Ann Harkins, MD
Nicole Larizza, MS
Karen Laugel, MD
Diana Lopusny, MD
Carol Mack
A. Dennis McBride, MD, MPH
Kerry Robinson
Anna Rubino
Andrea Silber, MD
Barbara Ward, MD
Teresa C. Younger

Staff

Kristina Cappetta - CA Operations Coordinator

Betsy Nilan - CT Operations Coordinator