Board Trustees

Board Trustees

Gene Murphy, Chair

Gene is the retired CEO/President of Promedia-New Era. Gene is a lifelong resident of Bergen County, and was in the technology business, designing and implementing IT networks, for close to thirty years, twenty-two of those as the owner of Promedia-New Era. Gene was diagnosed with a spinal tumor in 1995 and has been involved with Push to Walk for close to ten years as both a client and a board member. He received a B.S. Degree with a Minor in Business Administration from William Paterson University in New Jersey. Gene has been married for thirty years and has two children. gene.murphy1805@gmail.com

Tony Aceti, Treasurer

Tony has more than forty years of experience as a certified public accountant, serving clients with a focus in the Alternative Investment and Not-For-Profit areas. Tony previously served as president of the Hudson County Chapter of the NJSCPA and was a trustee of the NJSCPA. In addition, he was a trustee and officer to the United Way of North Essex, Chairman of the Board of Barnabas Hospice, and President of the Montville Educational Foundation. He retired from KPMG in 2016. Tony and his wife, Susan, have two children, Lauren and Brian, and recently became grandparents.aaceti.cpa@gmail.com

Victoria Duffin, Secretary

Victoria is a Vice President of Marketing at Lakeland Bank where she leads the organization’s data-driven marketing strategy and digital marketing efforts. She brings nearly 10 years of experience in corporate marketing and consumer insights to the Push to Walk team, along with a long-standing commitment to supporting local non-profits making a positive difference in the lives of others. Lakeland Bank has been a supporter of Push to Walk since 2007 and Victoria is proud to support the on-going growth and success of this valuable organization. Duffin holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Delaware and is currently completing her M.B.A. at Seton Hall University. vduffin@lakelandbank.com

Steve Jekogian, Trustee

Steve was Director of Global Market Research for Merck Consumer Care specializing in Upper respiratory brands, before he retired in 2016. Steve’s career has been in the consumer insight/market research area managing iconic, well established OTC drug, food, and beverage brands. Steve helped keep iconic brands such as, Claritin, Coppertone, Bayer Aspirin, Absolut vodka, and Lipton Soup, in key positions by providing needed consumer knowledge and insight to solve strategic issues, and to identify ways to enhance brand performance. Steve joined the Push to Walk board in February 2016, and hopes to use his experience to provide data and client knowledge to advance the organization. Steve lives in Morristown with his wife and is active in classic British car clubs. stevejekogian1@gmail.com

Bianca Faith Johnson, J.D., Trustee

Bianca Faith Johnson is currently an adjunct professor for the City University of New York, primarily in the English and Business departments. In addition to Higher Education, Bianca has over ten years of experience teaching at the Junior High School level in several urban communities. She has also been involved with several non-profit organizations which range from, Athletic Parent Associations to housing programs for pregnant teens. Bianca has an extreme passion for sports, entertainment, and artists’ rights which was the catalyst for her obtaining her Juris Doctorate degree from Touro Law Center in Central Islip, New York. Bianca is also currently enrolled at Rutgers University School of Business, where she is pursuing her MBA in Strategic Leadership. Bianca was injured in a motorcycle accident in 2017 which left her paralyzed from the chest down. However, she did not allow it to break her spirits and has since spoken in front of thousands of people at several large conferences and events where she advocated for women’s rights and raised awareness for the Spinal Cord Injury Community. Bianca has been a client of Push to Walk since 2018 and believes, as a result, she has strengthened and improved tremendously. Follow her progress by searching #BiancaIsPushingToWalk on Instagram and Facebook.bfaithjohnson@gmail.com

Catherine Mazzola, MD, Trustee

Dr. Catherine Mazzola is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. She completed her Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002 and did her neurosurgery residency at New Jersey Medical School. Her special interests include hydrocephalus, traumatic brain injury and concussion, pediatric brain and spine tumors, craniofacial surgery, plagiocephaly, torticollis, Chiari malformation, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spine deformity, epilepsy surgery and the management of movement disorders such as dystonia and spasticity. Dr. Mazzola is the founder of the Craniofacial Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, the Pediatric Brain and Spine Tumor Center (now called GNOP) and the Spasticity and Gait Disorder Center of Goryeb Children’s Hospital. She has been the Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurological Surgery since 2005. Dr. Catherine Mazzola has gone on neurosurgical missionary trips to Kenya and plans to go on future mission trips to other parts of the world for pediatric neurosurgery outreach. She is also involved in mentorship, training and education of pre-medical undergraduates, medical school students, and residents. Dr. Mazzola grew up in Queens, NY and currently lives with her husband and five children in northern New Jersey.

Kevin J. Moscatiello, Trustee

Kevin is currently the Operations Manager at Vernon Valley Teleport for US Electrodynamics in Vernon, NJ. He has been in the space/telecommunications industry since 1979 starting with his career in the US Air Force. Kevin is a team member for two patents for innovation in satellite command and control software. He has been involved in volunteer wok since 1986 with various sports leagues and the Knights of Columbus where he served two terms as Grand Knight. Kevin was first introduced to Push to Walk at Kessler where his youngest son was being treated for a spinal cord injury. His son attended Push to Walk for two years before returning to college. Kevin and his wife of 39 years have four children and live in Port Jervis, NY. kmoscatiello@yahoo.com

We thank these board trustees for their dedication to founding Push to Walk and for their ongoing service and support.

Founding Board Trustees

Joseph Ragno Trustee 2007-2010 (Deceased March 2, 2020)

Joseph was a dear friend and generous supporter of Push to Walk while the idea was still a dream. He helped make it a reality by taking a lead role in helping Push to Walk form and open its doors by providing the legal work necessary to be recognized as a non-profit organization. Joe will always be in our hearts and will be greatly missed.
During his law career, Joe concentrated in municipal government law, public service labor matters, civil litigation, personal injury and land use law. He joined the firm of Struble and Appelt in 1984 with an extensive background in corporate finance. Before retiring, he was the managing partner of the firm Struble, Ragno in Riverdale, NJ.

Howard Bielski Trustee 2007-2013

Howard is a licensed CPA since 1981. As a Partner in accounting firms for more than 26 years, his duties include auditing, general accounting, business and personal tax preparation, and tax planning. His concentration is in the following industries: Food and Beverage, Transportation, Manufacturing, Retail Trade, Health Services, Contractors, Professional Services and Non-Profit Entities. His office is in West Orange, NJ. howard@bielski.com

Ralph Rathyen Trustee 2007-2013

Ralph has a BA and MA in History and a Masters of Education in Educational Administration from William Paterson University. He retired after 35 years as a public school teacher, coach and educational supervisor in the Butler Public Schools in Butler, NJ. He has also been a licensed professional realtor for five years with a background in residential and commercial real estate. lural@optonline.net