Our Team

Board Members

Leah Michelle Ziniti

MBA – President, Board Member

Leah started the Caterina Grace Foundation in April 2016 in memory of her daughter, Caterina Grace. Caterina passed away at 3 months old and was later diagnosed with Nemaline Myopathy. Leah’s dream is to one day eradicate genetic diseases like Nemaline Myopathy. There is no cure or treatment for Nemaline Myopathy. The current goal is to fund the discovery and development of effective therapies for Nemaline Myopathy.

Formerly, Leah was a Manager of Inventory Management within the Global Supply Chain Team at Henry Schein, Inc. Based in Melville, NY, Henry Schein, Inc. is the largest distributor of dental, medical, and laboratory equipment in North America. Leah spent 10 years with increasing responsibility as a strategic and inspirational leader focused on coaching and developing team members and driving supply chain best practices, including providing superior fill rates and customer satisfaction, optimizing inventory levels, increasing gross margin, and maximizing cost containment and profitability initiatives.

Leah holds an M.B.A. in Management from Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business and a B.A. from Quinnipiac University where she dual majored in Mathematics and Psychology. Leah lives in Garden City with her loving husband, Anthony and beautiful son, Dominic.

Wendy Ehrlich

MBA, CRPC – Director of Finance, Board Member

Wendy Ehrlich is a Vice President and Senior Advisor Consultant for OppenheimerFunds, Inc which is a top investment firm and mutual fund company that has been around for 50 years. She supports financial advisors by taking the time to understand their business and offer a broader range of insights, tools and resources to enhance the success of their practice.

This includes not only investment expertise, but also acting as a partner to help advisors build and run their practice. Wendy offers actionable insights that enable advisors to enhance the expertise of their team, structure of their practice, client-service standards, new business development and wealth management strategies.

Wendy has been with OppenheimerFunds since 1987. Prior to joining OppenheimerFunds she worked as a Financial Advisor at Gruntal & Company. She began her career at E.F Hutton in 1982. Wendy holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Buffalo, as well as an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University.

Wendy holds the CRPC® (Chartered Retirement Planning Consultant) and Series 7 and 63 licenses.

Wendy’s deep rooted financial background will serve the CGF very well.

Scott Wolke

Board Member

Scott has been with the Caterina Grace Foundation sincecreation, and proudly sits on the board of directors.He is no stranger to charity endeavors, as he currently is in his 14th year working for a sports marketing firm that specializes in fundraising and philanthropy.

Scott will be implementing his knowledge and background of such to help further grow CGF and help spearhead all future events to grow exponentially.

Married to his wife of 5 years, and father of 3, this family man has an infectious personality and willingness to always go above and beyond to help others, making him an extraordinary asset to the Caterina Grace Foundation!

Scott can always be reached by the following

Scott.wolke@caterinagracefoundation.com

Karen Beck

M.A. – Board Member

Karen is the Director of Distribution for the sports profile-interview television series, In Depth with Graham Bensinger. Based in St. Louis, MO the show airs on FOX, CBS, ABC, & NBC stations across the US & internationally on ESPN & Fox Sports. Karen handles the distribution and sales efforts for the show which is currently in its 8th season. Karen is also a Research Consultant for Debmar-Mercury, the production & distribution company behind programs such as The Wendy Williams Show & Family Feud. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY where she teaches Media Management. Prior to her current roles, she was Director of Programming for 10+ years at Fox Television Stations, the largest Owned & Operated Station Group in the US.

Karen holds an M.A. in Corporate Communications from CUNY’s Baruch College and a B.A. from York College of Pennsylvania.

Karen lives in Lynbrook with her husband Gregory and their three beautiful children, Madison, Michael & Christopher. She is very active in the PTA & leads her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.

CGF knows Karen’s strong background in Media Relations with help spread awareness significantly.

Colleen Cavaliere

Director of Marketing

Colleen has been employed by Northwell Health for over the past 10 years. Northwell Health (formerly NSLIJ) is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer. Northwell Health’s goal is to be a national health care leader, committed to excellence, compassion and improving the health of the community. Colleen is presently the Executive Office Supervisor for Northwell Health’s Central Region Administration which oversees 6 of Northwell Health’s facilities in Queens and Nassau County.

Colleen has been involved in the Caterina Grace Foundation since its inception and brings over 25 years of experience with a strong background in organizational skills, graphic arts, marketing, fundraising and event planning.

Colleen currently lives in Franklin Square, NY and is the proud mother of 3. She spends majority of her free time enjoying her extended family and 5 beautiful grandchildren.

Anthony Ziniti

Advisor

Along side his wife, Anthony founded the Caterina Grace Foundation in April 2016 in memory of his daughter, Caterina Grace. Caterina passed away at 3 months old and was later diagnosed with Nemaline Myopathy.

He is currently a Senior Vice President at Cantor Fitzgerald Capital, a global financial services firm and open architecture wholesale distribution company. CFC aims to leverage the strength of Cantor Fitzgerald to provide institutional solutions to the retail investor. Anthony brings over 10 years of experience in the financial services and the alternative investment industry. Anthony works directly with registered representatives and investment advisors in the Northeast area .

Anthony earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Quinnipaic University with an Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management major and a Psychology minor and his Masters of Business Administration from Molloy College with a Personal Financial Planning major. He currently holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses and the following designations: CFP® (Certified Financial Planner), CRPC® (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor) and the CAIA Fundamentals in Alternatives designation.

Anthony will serve as an advisor to the Caterina Grace Foundation. His dedication to honoring his daughters memory, along with his financial background will serve the foundation well.

Dr. Eugene Deblasio

Advisor

Dr. Eugene DeBlasio, graduated from the Univ of CT School of Medicine in 1974. For 40+ years he practiced pediatrics as an MD in Bayside, NY.  Currently, Dr. Gene owns and operates National Medical Consultants, P.C., a company focusing on medical malpractice assistance through a network of over 3700 Medical experts who are distinguished specialists in all areas of medicine.