Board Members

Board Members

Tony Aceti

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.

Kevin Begley

Kevin served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Village Super Market for 28 years until his retirement in 2015. Village Super Market is a publicly traded operator of 29 ShopRite supermarkets in New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and Maryland with annual revenues of approximately $1.6 billion. Kevin continues to serve on Village’s Board of Directors. Previously, he was a Senior Manager in the audit department of a Big Four accounting firm. Kevin is a licensed CPA in NJ. He holds a BS in Accounting from St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ. Kevin currently resides in Livingston, NJ with his wife.

Kenneth Bostwick, Jr.

A native of New Jersey, Ken is a vice president at Lakeland Bank. He has over 35 years of banking and financial industry experience. Ken, his husband and two children reside in Lake Mohawk, NJ. In addition to his financial background, he has been associated with and been an officer of many not for profit/civic organizations, most recently, the Butler/TriBoro Rotary Club and The Riverdale Art Center. Ken and Lakeland Bank have been supporters of Push to Walk since 2007. He is proud to bring his experience and dedication to Push to Walk and looks forward to the continued expansion of such a unique and valuable organization.

Ellen K. Duffy

Ellen is currently the Senior Vice President for Debt Issuance and Finance at New York City Housing Development Corporation. She is responsible for structuring and executing the debt issuance, as well as overseeing the cash management and investment functions for the Corporation. Prior to joining the Corporation, Ms. Duffy was a principal of the housing finance group at Bank of America Securities. Ms. Duffy previously held positions in the housing groups of the public finance departments at CS First Boston, First Union Securities and Citicorp Investment Bank. Ms. Duffy holds a B.A. in Economics from Providence College. She is happy to be involved with Push to Walk.

Steve Jekogian

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.

Helene Kennedy

Helene, principal of Kennedy Communications, is a marketing communications consultant with over 25 years of experience developing and implementing communications strategies for financial services organizations, small businesses and nonprofits. This includes counseling senior executives, managing media and stakeholder relations, writing speeches and policy positions, and overseeing websites and the use of social media. She previously served as the Chief Communications Officer for the International Federation of Accountants and the Director of Communications for the American Institute of CPAs. An accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, Helene holds an MA degree in English from the University of Maryland and a BA in English from Fairfield University.

Catherine Mazzola, MD

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.

Gene Murphy

Gene currently serves as CEO/President of Promedia-New Era. Gene, a lifelong resident of Bergen County, has been 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 an active client of Push to Walk for more than three years. He received a B.S. Degree with a Minor in Business Administration from William Paterson University in New Jersey. Gene has been married for twenty-five years and has two children.

Debby Perelmuter

Debby is from Montclair NJ, was a senior vice president with nearly 30 years of experience at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (currently on leave). Her primary areas of expertise were in monetary policy and financial market analysis, operations and strategy. Debby was on the Bank’s Diversity Advisory Council and provided executive leadership to the Bank’s FedAbility resource network — a formal network within the institution focusing on disability issues and has worked closely with the Wall Street Warfighters, an organization that prepares newly-returning disabled veterans for careers in finance. She holds a B.S. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business, New York University. She currently sits on the Business School Advisory Board at Montclair State University, provides economics and finance expertise and mentoring at Montclair High School for the Fed Challenge program, has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities and business organizations and has served as an officer or trustee on a number of local non-profit organizations over the past two decades. Debby has multiple sclerosis, is a client of Push to Walk, and hopes to use her talents to help propel the organization further.

Eric Segal

Eric received his BS in Business and Industrial Psychology from Boston University. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Security Business Solutions in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Eric provides complete security services to organizations to examine and prevent “people failures.” In addition to Push to Walk, he dedicates his time to Camp Loyaltown, Inc. (a camp for physically and mentally challenged children and adults) where he acted as President and currently serves as Treasurer. Eric also serves on the Board of Directors for the AHRC of Nassau County.

Paul Sutor

Paul is currently Director of Operations for Plymouth Rock Assurance (a personal lines insurance company) in Berkeley Heights, NJ, where he has a number of project management, operational, and financial responsibilities. He has been working in the Property and Casualty (P&C) Insurance industry since his graduation from Seton Hall University. He spent many years with the P&C subsidiary of Prudential Financial in a variety of actuarial, underwriting, and financial roles, and also spent time as Vice President of Underwriting for Parkway Insurance Company, a Fireman’s Fund subsidiary. Paul is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and has an MBA degree from Monmouth University. He spent many years coaching youth sports, has participated in the Seton Hall Career Center mentoring program, and enjoys almost any kind of outdoor activity.

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

Founding Board Members

Joseph Ragno Board Member 2007-2010

Joseph concentrates 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. He is currently the managing partner of the firm Struble, Ragno in Riverdale, NJ. Joseph was instrumental in helping Push to Walk form and open its doors by providing the legal work necessary to be recognized as a non-profit organization.

Howard Bielski Board Member 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.

Ralph Rathyen Board Member 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.