Staff

Susan SamarooSusan Samaroo

Executive Director

Susan came to The Maurer Foundation with over 20 years of nonprofit experience, having excelled in all aspects of the industry. Her strategic and innovative approaches to program development, business networking, operations and community outreach positions the foundation for financial success thus increasing the ability to spread our life-saving message. She remains an active member of several committees on Long Island which vary in focus from children to education to healthcare. Susan’s accomplished background and key strengths make her an excellent asset to the foundation’s team. In her spare time she enjoys jet skiing, zip lining and playing sports with her husband and two sons. EMAIL»

Susan Simon

Susan Simon

Program Director

What drew Susan to the Maurer Foundation was her mother, who is a breast cancer survivor. Susan uses her background in public relations and advertising to educate people of all ages about early detection of breast cancer, and because of her mother, this is a very personal issue for her. Before joining the Maurer Foundation, Susan worked in advertising at Foote, Cone and Belding and was a public speaker and educator for Wood Tobe Coburn College in Manhattan, NY. When she’s not educating, she loves to Samba and Jazz dance, and travel with her husband. EMAIL»

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Ashley Garcia

Event Planner

After working on corporate events in the finance and fashion industries, Ashley has returned to the foundation to focus on our social media and marketing initiatives, planning our large annual events, and developing fundraising partnerships. She enjoys the challenge and creativity of planning fundraisers, being active in the local community and reaching out to fellow Long Islanders to gain support for the foundation. In her spare time she loves playing with her three small children, baking, traveling and taking lots of pictures. EMAIL»

Beatriz NarbonBeatriz Narbon

Development Associate & Educator

Beatriz comes to The Maurer Foundation after spending 2 years working at Save the Children, as a member of their Resource Development team. With her background in Corporate Partnerships and a degree in International Studies and Public Health from Fairfield University, Beatriz brings to the foundation her experience in program and resource development with her passion for healthcare and public health. In addition, Beatriz grew up in Latin America and is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese, thus increasing the ability to spread and grow our life-saving mission. In her spare time, Beatriz likes to travel to visit family members, spend time with her husband and daughter and practice yoga.EMAIL»

Kathy WhelanKathryn Whelan

Breast Health Educator

Kathy joined the Maurer Foundation in 2012 after many years of working in financial services. Her transition from the corporate world to the non-profit world came about due to her passion for educating others and her strong interest in the breast education programs the Maurer Foundation provides. She’s a firm believer in the power of education and gets to see, firsthand, the impact the Maurer Foundation is making.

When she’s not delivering school and corporate programs, Kathy is a very active volunteer working at various fundraising events with the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. On her “off days,” she can typically be found volunteering at blood drives sponsored by the New York Blood Bank. She also enjoys traveling and family time.

Elizabeth DavisElizabeth Davis

Breast Health Educator

Elizabeth joined The Maurer Foundation after being a stay at home mom for almost 13 years. The Maurer Foundation provided a great way to reenter the workforce and she enjoys teaching people from all over Long Island the importance of the foundations mission. When she isn’t working she spends her time with her family, volunteering, reading, and playing video games.

Janet FernandezJanet Fernandez

Fiscal Advisor

Janet Fernandez is a certified public accountant, a certified divorce financial analyst and a chartered global management accountant and has been with The Maurer Foundation since 2008. She also serves as a Board Member for Independent Group Home Living Program, Inc. Janet specialized as a fully dedicated non-profit auditor with a large accounting firm before starting her own CPA firm. Janet is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Accounting from Long Island University, graduating summa cum laude.

April ZubkoApril Zubko

Web & Graphic Designer

As The Maurer Foundation web and graphic designer, April maintains the website and designs invitations, postcards and direct mail pieces to help get the word out about the Foundation. She is the former publisher of the ReSprout Lean & Green Guide, has served on the board of the Long Island U.S. Green Building Council, and has been a professional writer and graphic designer all her life. In her spare time, she helps other small business and non-profit clients communicate their vital message through her web design and content marketing business www.aprilzubko.com.