Meet our Junior Board of Trustees

Rohan Patel

Rohan Patel


I am currently an undergraduate student at Nova Southeastern University, preparing to study medicine. I had the privilege of meeting the team here at ECF during my tenure as a 2019 State Officer for the New Jersey Association of Student Councils. I remember interviewing ECF to be a top contender to be our state charity, and instantly feeling the passion that the team members had for the work they did. I am moved by their mission and strive to further it daily. As Student Body President of my high school, I made it my goal to promote ECF’s values to our student government, and I am so thankful our student body wanted to help in any way they could. I am honored and humbled to serve as the chair of the first-ever Jr. Board of Trustees and am looking forward to watching student leaders strive to enact change in their communities – through ECF. 

Olivia Browndorf

Olivia Browndorf

Vice Chair

My name is Olivia Browndorf and I am from West Windsor, NJ. I am studying education at Syracuse University. I heard about ECF from Rohan Patel while he was serving on the state board of the NJ Association of Student Councils and ECF was nominated as our state charity. I wanted to be a part of the Jr. Board because ECF’s message and goal has been so empowering since I first heard about it. They strive to help as many people and families as possible while always having a smile on their face–it is absolutely amazing. I love seeing my friends, my family, traveling, and throwing in any adventure I can get! I am so excited to be a part of this team, and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish. Thank you so much for this opportunity! 

Saniya Mandloi

Saniya Mandloi


My name is Saniya Mandloi and I live in Princeton, NJ. I am a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University, studying at the Tepper School of Business. I learned about the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation because this organization has been the NJASC State Charity for the past two years. I wanted to join this Junior Board because I love giving back to the community and seeing how ECF can impact so many people in a positive way. In my free time, I love to hang out with my friends and family, dance, and get food! I am so excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to contribute to this organization.

Bennet Tilves

Bennet Tilves


I am a recent graduate from Mount Olive high school and am now studying environmental science and public policy at the University of Delaware. I met the wonderful people here at ECF through my involvement in NJASC, where I served as 2019 President. ECF was the 2019/2020 State Charity and we worked very closely with them at our conventions as well as at our leadership training conference. I was an active member in many clubs and sports in my high school and hope to be in college as well.  I wanted to be a part of this junior board because I know firsthand how difficult it can be for a family to go through a pediatric cancer diagnosis. My brother was diagnosed with cancer at 18 and our world was turned upside down. My family was lucky enough to not need the help of ECF, but I know just how hard this can be on a family. The uncertainty of the future, the unexpected trips to the hospital, and the constant cycles of chemo take a huge emotional toll on a family. My brother has been in remission for a year now, but we still feel aftershocks of his diagnosis. It is organizations like ECF that are able to take an experience like a cancer diagnosis and heal a hurting family, ease financial pressures, and extend a helping hand during a horrific time in someone’s life. Being able to help others like my community helped us and being a part of such an amazing group like ECF is why I joined this junior board.

Salini Iyer

Salini Iyer

Special Assignments

My name is Salini Iyer and I am from Plainsboro, NJ. I am currently a student athlete studying Business Management at The College of New Jersey. I heard about ECF through my high school student government’s involvement in NJASC as it is our state charity and I loved the work that was being done through this organization. I have a close family member who has been battling cancer for many years, and I completely understand the physical and emotional toll that a cancer diagnosis can have on a family. When I heard about all the great work that this organization does to help ease the stress that families go through, it inspired me to want to be apart of the Junior board and help give back. During the summer I enjoy volunteering at the local Special Olympics summer camp, and in my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, going on runs, and doing a lot of outdoor activities. I am honored to be able to have the opportunity to serve on a board like this for such a great organization and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. 

Arin Sang

Arin Sang

Special Assignments

My name is Arin and I am from Princeton, NJ. I plan to study economics and political science at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. In high school, I was involved in student government and I heard about ECF through other mutual friends and peers who have previously partnered with this amazing organization. Being on the Junior Board not only gives me the opportunity to build leadership skills and cultivate lasting relationships, but it also allows me to contribute to a cause that has affected many of the people I know and love. Aside from this position, I volunteer for the NJ Homefront organization and my local church. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, running, and spending time with friends and family! Although the future is still uncertain, I hope to potentially go to law school and live in New York City.

Doriana Castelforte

Doriana Castelforte

Special Assignments

My name is Doriana Castelforte and I am from Mullica Hill, NJ. I love playing tennis, listening to music, and hanging out with my friends. I plan to one day pursue a career in the medical field. I first heard about ECF from my school counselor and since then I have fallen in love with this organization and its mission. I am so grateful to get the opportunity to be a part of such a hardworking and passionate team. I am excited to collaborate with everyone to continue to further ECF’s mission, make a positive impact, and help as many families as possible!

Join the Junior Board

We are looking for new members of the Junior board. In order to apply to be a trustee on the Jr. Board, you must be nominated. The nomination form can be found below. This form will serve as an “application” to the board. There are 5 questions for you to answer along with a personal information section. For more information contact

Nomination Form

Junior Board of Trustees Rights and Responsibilities

Junior Board Brochure

Junior Board Scholarship Application


As a Jr. Board, we actively support the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation’s mission, which is to, “provide NJ families faced with the crisis of pediatric cancer a place to turn for comfort and support through professional in-home counseling and a uniquely tailored package of assistance.” As a board particularly reaching out to youth, it is of importance that we advocate for youth involvement, present opportunities to students trying to get involved in civic engagement and ensure that ECF news and communications are reaching the students of New Jersey.



Finance Committee

The finance committee formulates and proposes investment and financial policies to the Jr. Board and shall implement such policies as are approved by the Jr. Board.

Service Committee

The Service Committee shall assume primary responsibility for addressing the professional and family services furnished by the Foundation.

Development Committee

The Development Committee shall recommend, organize and develop the Foundation’s fundraising programs, policies, and procedures for review by the JR. Board; and shall oversee all fundraising activities of the Jr. Board


  • You will actively promote ECF, recruit potential volunteers, recruit potential Jr. Board members, encourage and support staff, and continually strive to strengthen the Jr. Board’s membership.
  • Keep ECF’s future in mind, never sacrificing the long-term stability for short-term gains.
  • Ask questions, request information, participate in, and take responsibility for making decisions on issues, policies and other board matters.
  • Accept the bylaws and operation policies manual and understand that you are morally responsible for the health and well-being of ECF.
  • Support the financial health of the organization, while also engaging in fundraising activities and events.
  • You will attend as many board meetings as you can, in person or via phone meetings, and serve on at least one ECF committee that you feel suits your interest.

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ECF has helped me tremendously with the support of my Caseworker, Eileen, as well as the volunteers with the holiday wish lists and in making sure Ty had a wonderful birthday every year. And when times were really hard, ECF helped out with meals and food. I don’t think I would have made it through without having to talk to someone who understood. Thank you ECF

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77 Brant Ave.
Suite 304
Clark, NJ 07066
(908) 322-4323
Fax: (732) 943-7529

Joann Passantino
Executive Director, ext. 16

Victoria Shestack Aronoff
Development Director, ext. 15

Trish Picone
Accountant, ext. 12

Gloria Pocchio
Office Manager, ext. 10

Central Regional Center

77 Brant Ave.
Suite 304
Clark, NJ 07066
(908) 322-4323 x17

Barbara Kopel
Sr. Central Regional Director

Southern Regional Center

451 Beech Ave.
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
(856) 853-4803

Mary Ann Sullivan 
Southern Regional Director

Eastern Regional Center

1710 Highway 71
Suite 2
Wall, NJ 07719
(732) 282-2324

Rosemarie Contreras
Eastern Regional Director

Northern Regional Center

174 Paterson Ave.
PO Box 212
Midland Park, NJ 07432
(201) 612-8118

Inessa Rome
Northern Regional Director



The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations to the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation are tax-exempt to the extent allowed by law. Tax ID #22-2459774